Egyptian Christian still held in prison for reporting attacks on churches
An Egyptian Christian remains in prison for reporting attacks on churches, despite other journalists being pardoned. Bishoy Boulos, a Christian convert, was not among several high profile journalists to be released by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ahead of the current UN summit in New York. One hundred people were pardoned by al-Sisi but Boulos’ ongoing detention has sparked concern among campaign groups. Excerpts taken from this link.
US missionary killed in Haiti ambush
An American missionary was killed by still unidentified gunmen while serving in Haiti, and the young child under her care was also kidnapped. Haiti’s National Police told NBC News that Roberta Edwards, 55, was killed in her car on Saturday night, while the four-year-old child inside the vehicle was kidnapped. The police said they are conducting a thorough investigation and could not provide any more details on the case. More on this link!
Syrian Christians struggle to survive amidst persecutions
Christians in Syria are undergoing a horrid time as they face an uncertain future amidst persecutions released out by the Islamic State. While an estimated 700,000 Christians of the pre-war estimation of 1.4 million have already fled the country, those remaining in Syria are shifting bases constantly as IS carves out a caliphate with atrocities committed against those who don’t swear allegiance to it. Many young kids are face mental trauma after having watched terror unleashed on and around them, many Christians have been executed cruelly regardless of their age or gender. Here is a feature that should prompt us to pray for Syria and those persecuted by the IS.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State terror group claims it will be executing 180 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped in mass raids in February, after negotiators failed to meet the jihadists’ high asking price to free the hostages.
Six US churches burnt down in two weeks
Six churches in St. Louis, Missouri have been set on fire in two weeks with investigators confirming that all the incidents were arson attacks motivated either by religion or race. The first fire was at the Bethel Nondenominational Church in Jennings, St. Louis on Oct. 8, according to the Associated Press. This was followed by the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, New Testament Church of Christ, New Life Missionary Baptist Church and Ebenezer Lutheran Church. More on this link!
Headmaster attacked by teachers for being a Christian in Pakistan
A Christian head teacher has been attacked by his co-workers in Pakistan who said they refuse to work under a Christian. Police had to be called to Pernawa village school, Pakistan, when the teachers beat the Christian headmaster of the school, Saddique Azam. The teachers attacked Azam both verbally and physically, saying: “You are a Christian and Choora so how can you be Headmaster and our senior?” “Choora” is a derogative term used to describe Christians in Pakistan. Excerpts from this link.
Bangladeshi pastor attacked with knife for his faith
Three men attacked a pastor after cunningly making their way to his house in Bangladesh on the pretext of learning more about Christianity after he agreed to share the gospel with them. The men tried to slit the throat of the Rev. Luke Sarker, 52, with a knife. Sarker’s wife heard his screams and ran to confront the attackers. The men fled after she and other neighbors arrived, according to local authorities. Read more here.
Follow-up: Saeed Abedini’s parents watches his trauma with tears
Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini’s parents who are allowed to visit him for 15 minutes every week watch his trauma with “uncontrollable tears.” Abedini’s wife Naghmeh has revealed that it is also taking a toll on their health. Pastor Abedini has been in Iranian prison for the last three years. “Increasingly, my updates from Iran come with many tears. The pain of seeing your son shackled, describing the pains in his body or the beatings he endures has at times been too much for his elderly parents. Today’s update was told through uncontrollable tears. Having seen the pain of my own children, I can only imagine the pain Saeed’s parents have endured the last three years,” said Naghmeh. For more, click here.
UK becomes first country to legalize ‘3-parent baby’ procedure
The UK today becomes the first country in the world to allow the creation of a baby from the DNA of three parents. The move, which was approved in law earlier this year, comes into force today, despite concerns which have been outlined by Christian and secular groups. The procedure involves the replacement of a small part of the mother’s DNA with that of a donor so that certain genetic health conditions are not passed onto the child. Researchers at Newcastle University say the technique could help around 2,500 families a year. But because this means that the baby will technically have DNA from two women and a man, ethical concerns have been raised. Excerpts from this link.
Earliest draft of King James discovered by US professor
A New-Jersey based professor Jeffrey A. Miller recently found that some of the photographs he took of a notebook belonging to 17th Century Biblical scholar Samuel Ward were pages of a draft of the King James Bible. In fact, further research pointed out that he had stumbled upon the earliest known draft of the King James Version, which was published in 1611. Click here for more.
Work on Under-water Orthodox Church underway
Construction of the world’s first underwater Orthodox church has begun off the coast of Crimea. The project is backed by Archimandrite Tikhon, himself a keen diver, the ‘Mother of the Beavers’ diving club in Sevastopol and the Night Wolves motorcycle gang, known for their right-wing nationalism. The church is to be built around 100 metres off the coast of Cape Fiolent, near Sevastopol, at a depth of around 20 metres. The first part to be erected was a three-metre tall cross incorporating a ship’s anchor design. Click here for more.
Editor’s Note: If a news item appears on News Digest, it does not necessarily mean that the editor or Revive Nations endorses the idea. I’m not quite sure about the purpose behind the under-water church, but the fact is that if a church (any church!) does not host the presence of God, it is only a tourist destination, regardless of how unique it is!
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