Imprisoned in Iran: The Case Against Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Youcef Nadarkhani, age 34, has been in trouble for years. Although born a Muslim, Youcef converted to Christianity at a young age — an act that would become the most dangerous thing he would ever do in his life. It was the reason that this husband and father of two children was first imprisoned in December 2006 and again in October 2009, where he has remained ever since. His crime, according to the laws of his homeland of Iran, is so...

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2011 CFI Board Trip To Thailand

On a Mission When Adoniram Judson first traveled to Burma as a missionary in the mid-1800s, he was crossing into one of the most wild, untamed, and hostile lands on earth. But as he settled in Burma as his mission field, he was determined to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the natives at whatever cost. Although Judson only converted one man throughout his life in Burma, that lone believer helped launch the spread of Christianity in the...

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Churches, Christian Schools a Thing of the Past in Afghanistan

Churches, Christian Schools a Thing of the Past in Afghanistan

The 2010 International Religious Freedom Report has revealed that Christian churches and schools no longer exist in Afghanistan. The report, which is published annually by the U.S. State Department, states that the last remaining church was demolished in March 2010 and that only “[Private] chapels and churches for the international community of various faiths are located on several military bases…and at the Italian embassy.” Religious...

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More Violence in Egypt: Two Dozen Christians Killed in Riots

More Violence in Egypt: Two Dozen Christians Killed in Riots

Just days after St. George’s Church in Egypt was burned to the ground, thousands of Egyptian Christians are now left to deal with the aftermath of last Sunday’s riots that killed at least 24 believers and injured 200 others. More than 1,000 Christians, who were protesting the church burning by staging a peaceful demonstration in front of a TV station in Cairo, were violently assaulted when attackers began throwing stones and firing pellets at...

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New and Questionable Charges Filed Against Persecuted Iranian Pastor

New and Questionable Charges Filed Against Persecuted Iranian Pastor

Iranian authorities have issued a statement proclaiming that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been charged not with apostasy, as previously reported, but rather with the crimes of rape and extortion. The statement claims that the pastor is “a convicted rapist and extortionist,” and that “this individual is guilty and his crime is not attempting to convert others to Christianity, rather his crimes are of a security nature.” The report then...

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