On June 18, Zafar Bhatti, a Christian pastor who was falsely accused of blasphemy, had his appeal postponed for the seventh time after six years in prison. Bhatti was arrested after an Islamic leader reported that an unknown number was sending him blasphemous text messages. With little evidence, the police accused and arrested Pastor Bhatti. … See MoreSee Less
Last week, the US Treasury Department announced Global Magnitsky sanctions against four Iraqis on the basis of serious human rights abuses and corruption. These sanctions target the individuals’ finances and prevent them from traveling to the United States. … See MoreSee Less
For 16 months, this church was locked and sealed. Just days before Christmas 2017, Hindu radicals gathered together and attacked the church.
The attack was swift and violent. Fifteen Hindu radicals rushed into the church hall, which was prepped with Christmas gifts and food for a fellowship meal. They “stormed into the hall, and started to beat us,” recalled Pastor Karthik.
On March 26, 2019, Pastor Karthik placed a key into the lock, carefully unsealing the church. Inside were the remnants of a time capsule. A fellow believer was with Pastor Karthik when he opened the door, and was amazed. “I glanced through the doors of the church,” he said. “I felt the challenge is much bigger than interim relief. The pastor has to start with the rubble that we were surrounded with. Broken chairs, a fully destroyed pulpit, damaged audio and visual equipment, and broken glass walls…”
Following the death of her husband, Sharifa Kasozi Nakamate asked a local pastor to buy her spouse. According to Morning Star News, this angered some of the local Muslim community, who gave her a "few days to recant the Christian faith or face the wrath of being an apostate.” … See MoreSee Less
“They have no hate in their hearts,” Yamini Ravidran, a Christian activist from Sri Lanka, explained at the U.S. State Department’s Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. “The survivors are on the path to recovery.” … See MoreSee Less