China Shuts Down Church-Run Acadamy Amid Tougher Religious Policies

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Chinese Christians say authorities in China have shut down a church-run academy in the central Henan province as the ruling Communist Party has intensified government control over religious activities ahead of an important political meeting next month.

China Frees Rights Lawyer But Removes Crosses From Churches


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

indexBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Zhang Kai, who was detained last year after defending some 100 churches affected by an ongoing cross demolition campaign in China, has been released and can celebrate Easter with his family, BosNewsLife learned.

Former Jailed Widow Evangelist Dies In India


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

VaniNEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- A young widow who was jailed in India for her evangelistic activities has died of a heart attack, BosNewsLife learned Friday, March 27. Vani, 31, was reportedly detained early last year on what her supporters viewed as trumped up charges of "kidnapping a teenage girl" and "forcing" her to convert to Christianity.

Canada Law Society Rejects Christian Graduates (Update)

(Following article updates a previous version and makes clear that it is a proposed law school).
By BosNewsLife Americas Service

UniversitySTREETSVILLE, CANADA (BosNewsLife)-- A Canada-based Christian rights group has urged Canadian believers to pray for religious freedom in their country after British Colombia Law Society refused to accredit graduates of a major Christian university. The Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC) said graduates of Trinity Western University (TWU) law school would "not longer be able to practise law" in Canada's western British Columbia province.

Two Nigeria Christian Girls Escape Boko Haram Abduction


By BosNewsLife Africa Service

vomso_201405_02_photo1ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- Two teenage Christian girls who were recently abducted by Islamic militants in Nigeria have escaped, Christian aid workers say. The Voice Of the Martyrs (VOM) aid and advocacy group said it is providing assistance to the two sisters, identified as Kamka, 19, and Naya, 16.

Boko Haram Kills Nigeria Christian Volunteer


By BosNewsLife Africa Service

nigeria_christians1ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- Churches in north-eastern Nigeria faced another tense day Friday, May 16, after confirmation that a volunteer supporting persecuted Christians has been killed by Islamic militants. Fighters of Boko Haram, or 'Western education is sinful', are blamed for killing the volunteer of the Voice Of the Martyrs (VOM) in the Gwoza area of Borno state, Christians said.