US Church Shooting Kills 1, Injures 4

A church shooting in the U.S. state of California killed at least one person and injured four others Sunday before the suspected gunman was overpowered and detained, police said.

China Detains Presbyterian Church Members

Chinese authorities have detained several members of the independent Presbyterianism Early Rain Qingcaodi Church in southwest China on “baseless fraud” charges, Christians say.

China government officials raid church, detain pastor and four congregants

In ongoing efforts to suppress Christianity in China, officials from the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on October 31 raided yet another church, detaining its pastor and four congregants, China Aid reports. China ranks 17 on the 2021 US Open Doors Watch List of top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.

Myanmar Military Shells Churches, Orphanage

Myanmar’s military has shelled a town in the country’s Christian majority state, destroying at least three churches, an orphanage, and more than 160 homes and offices, aid workers say.

Christian ministries among religious organizations receiving $6 billion in pandemic aid for small businesses

Churches and Christian non-profits were among religious organizations that received at least $6 billion in COVID relief loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) run by the Small Business Administration (SBA), Ministry Watch reports. In order to receive PPP funds, applicants must claim:  “Current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” PPP beneficiaries in the religious organization category also included mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship.

U.S. Churches Defy Coronavirus Bans On Indoor Worship

Churches across the United States are planning to defy bans on indoor worship and will open for in-person services this Sunday, May 17, Worthy News learned. The move is part of the “Peaceably Gather Sunday” initiative in which congregations seek a balance between safety against the coronavirus and worshipping without restrictions.

American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Faces New Charges

Andrew Brunson, the American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey for nearly a year on dubious terrorism charges, is now facing new charges: ‘gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order.’

Presbyterian Church (PC-USA) Divests from Israel

Jewish organizations in America reacted with disbelief at Friday’s decision by the Presbyterian Church(USA) to divest $1.9 million from companies implicit in Israel’s presence in the West Bank, according to Ynet news.

Pakistan Evangelical Pastor Shot By Militants

pakistanAn evangelical Pakistani pastor was recovering of his injuries after he was shot by suspected Islamic militants who oppose his Christian activities, an advocacy group said.

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