India Missionary Facing Trial Over "Forced" Conversions

By Joe DeCaro, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent

indianowNEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- A major mission group in India said one of its missionaries was out of jail Saturday, January 31, but cautioned he still awaits trial for allegedly forcing people to convert to Christianity in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

NEWS ALERT: Minsk Church Threatened With Closure; Evangelicals "Fasting"

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

prayingMINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Members of one of Belarus' largest evangelical churches continued a five-day “fasting and prayer” action, Friday, January 30, amid attempts by authorities to seize their place of worship as part of an alleged crackdown on non-Orthodox groups.

MISSION WATCH: Wycliffe Building Airstrips To Rescue Missionaries

By Joe DeCaro BosNewsLife Special Correspondent

photo_lg_papuanewguineaORLANDO, FLORIDA (BosNewsLife) -- U.S.-based Bible translation group Wycliffe Associates (WA) is raising funds and providing volunteers to restore and reopen airstrips in Papua New Guinea to evacuate missionaries for medical reasons should the need arise, an official said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Friday, January, 30.

NEWS WATCH: Europe Concerned Over Dependency On Russian Gas

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Budapest

nabucco-gas-pepeline-project-gas-supply-sourcesBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Amid a major global financial crisis, Eastern European governments were anxiously awaiting Thursday, January 29, if and when European Union funding will come for the Nabucco pipeline, in hopes of making Europe less dependent on Russian natural gas.

Eritrea Police Raid Church Service; Dozens Detained

By BosNewsLife Correspondents Eric Leijenaar with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

presidentASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Eritra have detained dozens of Christians during a church service as part of a major crackdown on Christian worship, shortly after news emerged that at least two believers died this month in a military concentration camp, rights investigators told BosNewsLife Thursday, January 29.

Egypt Christian Convert Receives Death Threats From Judge

By BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent Eric Leijenaar

coptbeatenCAIRO/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- A Netherlands based advocacy group expressed concern Thursday, January 29, over a young Christian convert in Egypt after a judge allegedly threatened to kill her for abandoning Islam and trying to flee Egypt because of harassment by family and police.