January 2, 2020

NIGERIA: Eleven Christians Reportedly Killed

Captives of Boko Haram
Image taken from an earlier
video of Boko Haram captives.

In a video released on December 26th, ISIS shows the murder of eleven Christians, claiming that it was committed in retaliation for the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader who died during a raid in Syria by U.S. special forces in October.

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BURMA (MYANMAR): Churches Reopen in Rebel-Controlled Area

A church in Shan state's Pansang township. - Photo: Radio Free Asia www.rfa.org
A church in Shan state.
Photo: Radio Free Asia

In September 2018, Wa rebels in the state of Shan began closing churches and arresting Christians (read more). In the process, the pro-Chinese rebels had closed more than 100 churches. In September 2019, the rebels began allowing some of these churches to reopen and, by mid-December, all but one of the 52 Baptist churches in the region had been allowed to resume ministry.

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CHINA: Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to Nine Years

Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong - Photo: ChinaAid www.chinaaid.org
Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong
Photo: ChinaAid

In what is believed to be the longest sentence against a house church leader in more than a decade, Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church was sentenced to nine years in prison for "inciting to subvert state power" and "illegal business operations." The charges for business operations relate to the printing and distribution of Christian books by the church.

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