VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians in southern Laos faced a grim New Year after seven believers, including church leaders were detained by the Communist government's security forces during violent church raids, a well-informed advocacy official told BosNewsLife.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ISLAMABAD/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- The lawyer who helped free a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan has received "temporary shelter" in The Netherlands, the Dutch foreign minister confirmed Thursday, November 8.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ISLAMABAD/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan, was reportedly on her way to The Netherlands after her release from jail following a recent acquittal of blasphemy. Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who already fled to The Netherlands, confirmed reports about her release on Wednesday, November 8, through a Dutch-based foundation helping persecuted Christians.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos ISLAMABAD/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- The lawyer who helped free a Christian woman who faced the death sentence in Pakistan for blasphemy has fled to The Netherlands amid international fears for his safety.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Indonesia fear that new religious legislation will force them to seek government approval before holding Sunday schools or confirmation classes.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (BosNewsLife)-- Representatives of evangelicals in Sri Lanka say devoted Christians and churches face increased violence and discrimination by Hindu and Buddhist extremists. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) said it recorded 67 incidents this year alone and expressed concern about fresh political turmoil in the South Asian nation.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for "blasphemy" against Islam, has been acquitted but concerns remain about her safety, several officials told BosNewsLife. “Finally it has happened. Asia Bibi was released after nine years of detention, eight of which she spent on death row," said European legislator Peter van Dalen who met Bibi's family ahead of Wednesday's decision.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service, Stefan J. Bos and reporting from the region JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Indonesia's quake-hit Sulawesi island say they experience miracles amid the devastation, including the death of dozens of children at a Christian camp. In one location a church is the only one building standing. Elsewhere, a Christian pilot claims the Holy Spirit made him leave three minutes early from Palu airport which moments later was hit by last week's 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet).
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)-- Evangelical Christians in Burma say that the country's biggest non-state army is detaining some 100 pastors while conscripting Bible students into its ranks as fighters and destroying churches.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting from BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos from Jakarta JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Millions of people in Indonesia are becoming Christians, despite efforts by authorities and militants to halt this trend, according to an extensive BosNewsLife investigation. Amid the turmoil, the world's largest Muslim nation experiences unprecedented church growth. Following are links to the SEVEN latest stories about the trials and triumphs of those seeking Christ or who raise debate about Indonesia's attitudes towards minorities. Click on the headline or read more. Media can reach reporter Stefan J. Bos for interviews or additional audio via email@example.com or +36 70 31 71 611