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Extreme Devotion

  • 06 February 2020
CHINA: Authorities Prevent Overseas Church Aid Against Coronavirus

The Chinese government has introduced even tougher restrictions on religious freedom, requiring religious leaders to “display complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party”. The rules limit communications between churches and overseas organisations, including donations. But even before the new rules took effect on 1 February 2020, there were reports that Chinese officials were confiscating aid […]

  • 21 March 2018
ROMANIA: Extreme Truth

“Are you not afraid of what we will do to you?” the Communist colonel asked, his tone a combination of mockery and challenge. Young Pastor Kochanga, having preached only one sermon in his career, stood before the colonel, knowing that the man held the power of life or death over him. He answered in a […]

  • 28 February 2018
SUDAN: Extreme Reminder

“Collect some wood!” the soldiers snarled. Young James Jeda assumed that the soldiers were about to cook their dinner. Earlier that day, he had watched, horrified, as the radical Muslim soldiers killed his parents and four siblings in Southern Sudan. They spared James only to use him as a worker. When the fire was well […]

  • 28 February 2018
ROMANIA: Extreme Injustice

Pastor Florescu couldn’t bear to watch his son being beaten by the Communist officers. He had already been beaten himself, and he had not slept for two weeks for fear of being attacked by the starving rats the Communists had forced into his prison cell. The Romanian police wanted Florescu to give up other members […]

  • 27 February 2018
ROMANIA: Extreme Proclamation

Sabina Wurmbrand reached over and pinched her husband’s arm. “Richard,” she said fiercely, “stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ. They are spitting on his face!” “If I do so,” Richard Wurmbrand answered, looking intently at his wife, “you will lose your husband.” Her eyes bore into his. “I don’t […]

  • 29 January 2018
PHILIPPINES: Extreme Willingness

“My dress,” the young girl murmured, her words slurred through swollen lips. “Please give me my dress. I want to hold it.” The Christians surrounding the girl’s bed were sad. Because of her extensive internal injuries, doctors could do nothing for her. Weeks ago, the believers had bought her a white dress to celebrate her […]