January News Digest 2014

Twelve Christians Brutally Murdered by Militants in Nigeria

Twelve Christians were brutally murdered by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria. These Christians were killed in two separate attacks in two villages in the Nigerian state of Borno. The first attack took place on Saturday, December 28, in the Christian village of Tashan-Alede where eight people attending a wedding celebration were killed when militants connected with Boko Haram opened fire on the Christians gathered. On December 29, the day after the attack on Tashan-Alede, suspected militants killed four more Christians when they attacked the neighboring village of Kwajffa. Click here to read more.

Lebanon-LibraryChristian Library in Lebanon Burnt Down

A Christian library in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli was intentionally burned down after its owner, a Greek Orthodox priest, was falsely accused of writing an article insulting Islam and the prophet Mohammed.

Assailants set fire to the Saeh Library, destroying two-thirds of the collection of 80,000 books and manuscripts. It was later revealed that the priest had nothing do with the article in question. Excerpts from this link.

Texas Mayor Declares 2014 as the ‘Year of the Bible’

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Tom Hayden, mayor of Flower Mound, Texas, USA, publically designated 2014 as the “year of the Bible” and is encouraging citizens to read the Christian scriptures daily. He made the official announcement last month in an effort to help citizens in his north Texas town better connect with the Bible. Hayden said that he’s hoping to inspire residents with the values that the nation was built on. These morals that help make America great, he believes, are in the Bible — which he hopes citizens will fully embrace. Click this link to read more about this story.

North Korea Remains Number One Persecutor of Christians

In a study done for systematic study of persecutions of Christians all over the world, Open Doors 2014 World Watch List revealed that North Korea continues to be the worst place on earth to be a Christian. For the 12th year running, the country held on to its number one spot in Christian persecutions. Just for possessing a Bible, or for spending time in prayer, a Christian can be executed, or forced into a lifelong labor camp, along with several generations of his or her family. Click here to read more. May this report push you to pray for those children of God who continue to worship the living God, despite threats to their lives.

Rev. Billy Graham in the Most Admired Men List for 57th Time

BillyGrahamReverend Billy Graham was again named as one of the top 10 most admired men in America. In the annual Gallup survey, American citizens picked their favourite evangelist for the 57th time – the most that any other man. Although Rev Graham has never made it to the first spot, he has been no. 2 on numerous occasion, revealed Gallup. Click here to read more.

Churches Attacked in Sri Lanka

Twenty-four people, including eight Buddhist monks, were involved in the attacks on two churches in Sri Lanka. Although no one was harmed, the mob vandalized the churches, burnt down Bibles and other Christian books and threatened the members and pastors. One of the pastors, in fact, was issued a death threat. A leader of the Assemblies of God church in Sri Lanka has called for an urgent prayer support for “justice, peace and common sense to prevail and for the protection of these pastors, believes and their families.” For more, read from this link.

el-salvadorSix Evangelical Christians Shot Dead in El Salvador

Six evangelical Christians were shot to death at the weekend in El Salvador by gang members. The Christian men, whose ages ranged from 16 to 54, were killed in Ahuachapán State, a rural western region close to the Guatemala border. According to Fox News Latino, those targeted were leaving a church service when gunfire broke out. Investigators have been unable to determine what motivated the shootings, though gang wars frequently occur in this part of the country. More on this here.

Pepsi Sponsors Christian Music by Top Christian Artists on Their Cans

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The multinational mega corporation Pepsi is supporting Christian Music by featuring Christian artists on their limited edition cans. For the first time in history last year, Pepsi supported Christian music by displaying a handful of Christian artists and their messages of hope on the brand’s popular cans. Toward the end of 2013, the Winter Jam Tour and Pepsi MidAmerica joined forces for one of the largest Christian music marketing initiatives in the history of the beverage industry. Excerpts from this link.