Iran Frees Two Members Of Church Of Iran, Others Detained


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

imagesIranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Two members of Iran's largest evangelical house church movement who were among several Christians detained last month have been released on bail, but at least one member remains behind bars, Christian activists said Wednesday, June 1. Activists also expressed concern about the deteriorating health of Maryam (Nasim) Naghash-Zargaran, a Christian concert serving a four-year sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison on what her supporters say are trumped up charges because of her faith.

Muslim Militants Release 20 Christians In Syria; Priest Under House Arrest


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

syria-priest-717x450-440x276DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Some 20 Christians kidnapped by fighters linked to terror group al-Qaida in Syria have been released but their priest remained under house arrest Monday, October 13, awaiting an Islamic court trial, church sources said.

Iran Pressures Detained Pastor To Confess Wrongdoing; Christian’s Family Under Pressure


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

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TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A detained Iranian pastor faces charges of "waging war against Allah" and is pressured to falsely confess that his evangelical church movement is involved in anti-government activities, Christian rights activists say.

Colombia FARC Rebels Close Churches, Kill Pastors


By BosNewsLife Americas Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

colombia_farc-rebels-march-in-la-macarenapreview1BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in south-eastern Colombia face a difficult Christmas amid reports that at least 150 churches have been closed down by leftist rebels. Open Christian worship and other religious activities are forbidden in the rural areas controlled by the rebels, known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), BosNewsLife monitored Thursday, December 19.

Iran Christian Moved To Notorious Prison For Evangelism


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

iran-protests1TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A devoted Iranian Christian has been transferred to a ward of Tehran's notorious Evin prison to serve a three-year sentence for evangelism and related charges, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife Saturday, December 7. Rasoul Abdollahi, who converted to Christianity, was reportedly accused of "collusion against the government and evangelism" following a crackdown by security forces on Christian groups.