AN ANCIENT PRINCIPLE The Apostle Paul was once set free from prison, but he wouldn’t go. Paul did not leave the jail which held him in Philippi until he had first asked for the magistrates to come to him in person (Acts 16:16ff.). Why the unnecessary stay? Students of the New Testament recognize the Apostle... Continue Reading →
Do you know any bad prison stories? If you’ve ever seen The Shawshank Redemption, then you have heard of at least one bad prison. My guess is that you know of several others, too. Ever heard of Alcatraz, that eerie, isolated mass of prison rock sitting about a mile and a half offshore in San... Continue Reading →
The news out of North Korea does not appear good for Christians, but that doesn’t mean good can’t come from it. Our God redeems what otherwise appears lost and hopeless. Encouragement might result (see here).
I recently read a story concerning the state of Christians in North Korea. As expected, the situation for Christians there is grim. Though some reports state that new leader Kim Jong Un is easing some restrictions which made North Korea infamous in the first place, leading them to the #1 spot for the persecution of Christians on Open Doors annual watch list, the truth of the matter is that there are still tens of thousands of Christians in prisons in North Korea.
In the story, Ryan Morgan, an analyst with International Christian Concern (Asia), says this about recent reports of reform:
“We have not heard any reports of improvement for Christians in the country and have no reason to believe anything has changed. The regime still has up to 70,000 Christians locked away in virtual concentration camps.”
Oddly, the Lord has used reports such as these in an unexpected…
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Though Shoaib's letter is not as powerful as the letter we posted from Said Musa last week, there is an urgency about this letter. It is clear from the letter that Shoaib is appealing to the Afghan Government based on its own constitution. He is appealing to the government for justice, which is what the... Continue Reading →
In a wonderful sign of Christian unity, thousands of Christians took action on behalf of Said Musa, an imprisoned Christian facing death in Afghanistan for converting to Christianity. Said Musa HAS BEEN FREED from prison and is now safely out of the country. But Said Musa was not alone. Another Christian—Shoaib Assadullah—is facing the same... Continue Reading →
You will not see this story on the mainstream outlets, but it is fantastic. You will be encouraged. I had forgotten about the work going on at Angola. I used to read about it back home in Louisiana. I have an interest in prison ministry and used to do that in Louisiana. This story concerning... Continue Reading →