Prayer fuel: News from around the world

Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the November issue of EN. May these encourage us as well as spur us on to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world facing severe persecution.

Germany: returned
A family court in Germany decided in mid- September that the children of Christian couple Dirk and Petra Wunderlich can be taken out of state care and returned home to their parents.
They had been taken away in a raid by police and social workers because they were being homeschooled. Christian Concern

Nigeria: free
One of Nigeria’s most senior church leaders, who was kidnapped along with his wife, was freed in mid-September, a week after the kidnapping.
Archbishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife Beatrice were seized near their home. She was abandoned unharmed several hours later. Archbishop Kattey, who is the head of the Anglican Church in the predominantly Christian Niger Delta, was described as being in a stable condition. No ransom was paid. Barnabas Fund

USA: can do
An appeals court in America has ruled that a Christian man can continue to freely distribute Bibles at a gay pride festival, it was reported in mid-September.
A previous ruling from a lower court was reversed, and now Brian Johnson has the freedom to hand out Bibles at the Twin Cities Pride Fest in Minneapolis, as he had been doing for more than a decade. The Christian Institute

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