Korean Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim (senior pastor of Light Presbyterian Church in Toronto), who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years, has been hospitalized due to worsening health conditions for the past two months. According to Radio Free Asia, Canadian diplomats told Lim’s family that he has been hospitalized and receiving treatment since August.
Central Italy region was hit by two strong earthquakes measuring 5.5 and 6.1 on Richter scale about two months after the 6.2 tremor that flattened three towns.
About 20 Chinese Christians were beaten by Public Security Bureau in Nanle County on September 25, according to China Aid.
A Christian town about nine miles from Mosul was freed from ISIS on October 20 by Iraqi forces after its two-year captivity under the militant control. Before the militant invasion in 2015, the town had a population of 15,000.
A Christian pastor and his father were brutally beaten by a mob of 50 people in Pakistan on October 19th over a property dispute which is in the process of hearing at the court. The mob also beat other family members including women.
About 48 Christians were massacred by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria in separate attacks in the month of October and September, according to media reports.
Hundreds of Iraqi Special Forces assembled near the ISIS-held Mosul in preparation for an anticipated confrontation with the militant group to uproot them from their stronghold city.
Boko Haram has freed 21 of the nearly 200 girls held by the kidnappers following a negotiation between the group and the Nigerian government.
Pakistani Supreme Court has delayed the hearing of Christian woman Asia Bibi’s blasphemy case, after a member of the bench recused himself from the case.
Bible Society was approved last month in Azerbaijan after a 20-year struggle.
Pakistani Supreme Court will be hearing Asia Bibi’s final appeal on October 13th. Bibi is a Christian woman who was given death penalty on alleged charges of blasphemy about six years ago.
Hundreds of students are protesting to demand free education for all in South Africa since February in a campaign called #FeesMustFall.
The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency after months of anti-government protests in the Oromia region.
Hurricane Matthew has claimed at least 478 deaths in Haiti, and left over 300,000 people in need of disaster relief. An estimated 61,000 people have sought shelter in the impoverished country.
In the face of the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew, Christian aid groups have come to provide relief to those affected both in Haiti and in the southeastern states of the United States.