Dutchman Anne van der Bijl, known as the “Brother Andrew” who founded Christian charity Open Doors and became a voice of voiceless persecuted Christians, has died, his group confirmed Wednesday. He passed away in the Dutch town of Harderwijk at age 94.
The house church movement in Afghanistan is slowly growing, despite a surrounding environment of brutal tribalism and Islamic extremist violence that forces evangelism and worship to be carried out in secret, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) reports.
One year on from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the International Christian Concern (ICC) advocacy group has published a report urging the International community to support Afghan Christians who are facing extreme human rights abuses.
Global advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) says Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban has “decimated” the rights of women and girls since taking over the country.
The State Department said that it would not support “violent opposition toward the Taliban government” in a statement to The Foreign Desk Thursday.
The Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda is now reportedly operating with “increased freedom of movement” inside of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan following Democrat President Joe Biden’s disastrous pullout from the country last summer, which resulted in the deaths of numerous U.S. Military personnel.
Senior Obama administration officials engaged in a secret meeting with Iran in 2018 as part of an effort to undermine the Trump administration’s diplomatic push to isolate the hardline regime, according to an internal State Department document.
A Christian charity hopes that the graduation of two young women who were among hundreds of Christian schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria will encourage persecuted Christians.
The U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) says Afghanistan should be designated as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) due to the persecution of Christians and other minorities.
A North Korean Christian radio program supported by International Christian Concern (ICC) is working to reach more North Koreans with the Gospel by integrating news and other secular content into its Bible-based programming, ICC reports.
A Pakistani pastor and his family have fled their home in Pakistan after Muslim shooters killed his sister and her husband, missionaries said.
A top US diplomat will meet this week in China to discuss issues in Afghanistan with his Chinese, Russian and Pakistani counterparts, the Chinese foreign ministry and the State Department said on Tuesday (Mar 29).
More than 76,000 Afghan nationals brought to the United States following President Joe Biden’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to shield them from deportation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday, despite the fact that a watchdog report last month found some refugees posed serious security risks.
A Christian aid group has condemned U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to seize $7 billion in Afghan funds, saying it could increase Islamic extremism.
Newly leaked notes made during a White House Situation Room meeting as Taliban fighters gathered outside of Kabul, Afghanistan highlight the Biden administration’s lack of preparedness to deal with the ensuing evacuations.
US Christian ministry Heart4Iran has joined with CBN’s Superbook to conduct an outreach to thousands of desperately vulnerable children in Iran, CBN News reports. Many of these children are from families of Afghan refugees who escaped the Taliban, and many are orphans who lost their parents to COVID-19.
Hungary says it has already supported hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians worldwide as believers face the worst crackdown in modern history.
A leading advocacy group supporting persecuted Christians has urged Americans to boycott the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
Christian advocacy group Open Doors said Wednesday that Afghanistan had replaced North Korea as the worst country for Christians on its annual World Watch List (WWL).
The White House announced plans Tuesday to send more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as millions face starvation under the new Taliban government following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal.