Youcef Nadarkhani’s life may soon come to a tragic end.
An execution order was recently issued against the 34-year-old Iranian pastor, who has been in prison for nearly two and a half years. Nadarkhani was first arrested in the fall of 2009 on charges of apostasy, as his persecutors claimed that he was once an adult Muslim who later converted to Christianity, despite the lack of evidence. Nadarkhani, however, has maintained his innocence, claiming that he was always a Christian as an adult. The pastor has also refused to renounce… Read more
Hundreds of homes,two nursery schools and other buildings have been destroyed in a massive fire in Thailand’s Umpiem Mai refugee camp which took place on February 23.
The camp is home to more than 17,000 refugees from Burma, who have been displaced from their homeland as a result of the ongoing violence and persecution carried out by the Burmese junta.
The blaze, which reportedly began as a cooking fire around midday, spread quickly throughout the camp with the help of hot, dry weather and strong winds.
No casualties have been… Read more
Eight Christian families have been evicted from their homes in northern Egypt following two attacks on their village.
The conflict first began in late January, after rumors surfaced of an affair between a local Christian and a Muslim woman. Although the man, Mourad Samy Guirguis, has denied the allegations, enraged Muslims looted and torched numerous Christian homes and shops on two separate occasions, until Guirguis finally turned himself in to authorities for his own protection.
Shortly thereafter, village elders and local police unanimously agreed to evict eight Christian families from… Read more
Fear is spreading throughout many regions in Egypt as Christians become the recent victims of numerous kidnappings and attacks by fundamental Muslims.
CFI’s co-worker in the region recently reported that three Christian doctors have been kidnapped in El Minya, and three more doctors have received threats by telephone.
Another report indicates that four Coptic Christians have been kidnapped in the cities of Qena and Nag Hammadi. In Nag Hammadi, the Christians were taken as churchgoers were gathered around the Church of the Archangel Naga Hammadi, after the attackers set fire… Read more
Canadian natives Joe and Marnie Scott had their work cut out for them.
As CFI volunteers, their first assignment was to teach more than 75 children at the Freedom House in Thailand. “We didn’t speak the language and had to use an interpreter,” said Joe. “It was a lot of children and a huge barrier, so we knew we had to be entertaining and crystal clear.”
Earlier, the Scotts had taken a course on how to use The Wordless Book, an evangelistic story comprised of a series of colored pages… Read more