Editorial: As persecutions continue to be on the rise in various parts of the world, let’s remember our brethren in prayer. Many imprisoned children of God face death sentences. Let’s also remember our brothers and sisters from Nepal, many of whom have lost their loved ones and properties. The exact number of Christians who have lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal is not yet known, there were quite a few churches who were affected by the calamity.

Sudanese Pastors Jailed, May Face Death Penalty

sudanesepastorSudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under laws that call for the death penalty, their attorney said. National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officials have charged the Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith (also transliterated as Peter Yen Reith) with undermining the constitutional system (Article 50 of the Sudan Penal Code) and spying (Article 53) – offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment – and waging war against the state (Article 51), which calls for the death sentence, said the pastors’ attorney. Excerpt taken from this link.

Some Boko Haram Hostages Rescued; Some Killed

BokoHaramRescuedBoko Haram militants killed some of their captives stoning some of them to death in Nigeria. The ones that were rescued praised God that they found themselves alive. Nigeria’s military said it has freed nearly 700 Boko Haram captives in the past week.

It is still unclear if any of them were among the so-called ‘Chibok girls,’ whose mass abduction from their school a year ago sparked outrage worldwide and a campaign for their freedom under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. More on this link.

Convicts Sing Christian Worship Songs Before Indonesia Executes Them

Eight men who were executed by Indonesia worshipped God by singing hymns just moments before they were shot. Pastor Karina de Vega, who was assigned to counsel Nigerian prisoner Okwudili Oyatanze told the Sydney Morning Herald that the prisoners sang ‘Bless the Lord O My Soul’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ as they were lined up, bound to crosses, to face the firing squad. Two of those executed, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, gained particular media attention in the days leading up to their deaths. The two Aussies had come to know the Lord during their prison term and Chan, in fact, studied theology and was ordained a minister this year. Incidentally, they’d made positive influence in the lives of other prisoners, according to Hillsongs’ senior pastor, Brian Houston. For more, click here.

Imprisoned Saeed Abedini Celebrates His 35th Birthday

Save-Saeed-ProtestSaeed Abedini, the Iranian born American pastor, who has been imprisoned in Iran for the past many years celebrated his 35th birthday, which incidentally fell on the National Day of Prayer for America. He delivered an open letter through a family member, in which he urged the Americans to pray for a revival to hit the nation. “Remember my chains in your freedom and chain together in unity for our beloved America. Know that I am chained with you in prayer on that day in seeking God for America,” he wrote. Click here to read the complete letter.

Pastor, 70 Christians Killed in Nigeria

soldier-boko-haramGunmen killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in the past month, sources said.

Setting fire to church buildings and houses in attacks that continued this week, radicals killed the Rev. Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in the town of Foron, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA). Excerpts taken from this link.

The Gideons Distribute Two Billionth Bible

The Gideons International has just surpassed the two billion mark in distributing Bibles and New Testaments since the Association began doing so in 1908. The distribution of the first one billion Bibles and New Testaments by Gideon members spanned 93 years (1908 to 2001). This second billion was attained in less than 14 years (2002 to 2015). Excerpts taken from this link.

Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao Narrates His Born-Again Experience

manny-pacquiao“God has a purpose,” declared Manny Pacquiao, the boxing champion who lost the much talked about and hyped about boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently. In an interview to Fox News, the Filipino boxer revealed that God brought him back into His kingdom to “use me to glorify His name, to let people know there is a God who can raise the people from nothing to something.”

He also narrated to CBN how he came to know the Lord and his experience on how he became a born again. Click here to read more about this champion boxer.