Editorial: News Digest will be going fortnightly starting this edition. This change was necessitated as it was becoming difficult to add all the Christian news around the world within the News Digest for a month. Through fortnightly editions, we intend to cover more news and thus, also raise up prayer points for our brethren who’re suffering for their faith around the world like the ones in Nigeria, Iran and Israel below. And of course, we’ll continue to cover some positive stories as and when we get them. Read the testimony of a woman who escaped from her kidnapper’s clutches by praying in tongues!

Suicide Bomber Kills Five Believers in a Church Attack in Nigeria

Nigeria_YobeA suicide bomber attacked the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe, Nigeria, killing at least five believers. The bomber entered the church and detonated the explosives killing four instantly, including the pastor. The bomber, incidentally, had arrived at the church in a rickshaw disguised as a worshipper. The incident seems to be another one of Boko Haram’s attacks, which is very active in Potikum. Click here to read more on this.

Five Predominantly Black Churches in US Burn Within a Week

fire_churchIn the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, five churches with predominantly black congregations in five Southern states burned. Three of the fires were being investigated as arson. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working with local authorities to find those who set them. Excerpt taken from this Washington Post link.

Oklahoma Governor Refuses To Remove Ten Commandments Monument

ten-commandments-monumentThe governor of the state of Oklahoma in the USA says she will not take down the Ten Commandments monument despite a state Supreme Court ruling that demands the monument be removed. Gov. Mary Fallin said this week that the monument will stay while an appeal is filed. “The Ten Commandments monument was built to recognize and honor the historical significance of the Commandments in our state’s and nation’s systems of laws,” she wrote in a statement. Click here to read more on this story. Meanwhile, pastors are opposing and planning to protest the unveiling of a satanic statue scheduled later this month in downtown Detroit.

ISIS Threatens Slaughter of Israeli Christians

isis-in-syriaISIS has threatened to mass-slaughter all Christians and ‘non-believers’ in Israel unless they leave the country. In an Arabic leaflet, the extremists accused Christians of trying to convert Muslims and calls for people to help find the ‘Christian Collaborators’. The message says, “ISIS soldiers will work to kill these people so this country is clean of them and … will clean this country and the Muslim Quarter from these Christians during this holy Ramadan.” Read more here.

Father of Slain Chibok Girl Proud of His Daughter

A Nigerian pastor whose daughter was murdered by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam has said he is “grateful that she didn’t change her religion”. Pastor Enoch Mark and his wife Marta were in Chibok, Borno State, the night that 276 girls – including their eldest daughters, Monica and Sarah, were taken from their school in the town last April. Some 50 managed to escape, but 219 were kidnapped, and are believed to remain in captivity. Excerpt from this link.

Iranian Pastor Farshid Fathi To Be Released Early

pastor-farshid-fathi-with-his-familyFarshid Fathi, an Iranian pastor who has been imprisoned for his faith since 2010, has received news that he will be released early. Fathi was serving a six-year sentence for exercising his Christian faith freely. Fathi’s new prison release date is Dec. 10, 2015. Originally, the pastor was supposed to be held until Dec. 2017. Farshid has long been been separated from his wife Leila and two children, Rosana and Bardia. Click here to read more.

Woman Escapes From Kidnappers After Speaking in Tongues

Kathi Byker narrated the testimony of an incident that happened in August 2011, when she was kidnapped at knifepoint by men who intended to ask for a ransom from her husband David. Kathi, while being kidnapped, began praying and speaking in tongues, even with her mouth (and eyes) duct-taped. She recalled the scripture portion of Romans 8:26, and said she kept feeling more at peace the more she prayed and spoke in tongues. Through a series of Godly interventions, Kathi reveals how she managed to escape the kidnappers. Click here to read the entire story.