19 different human rights and religious organizations have condemned the treatment of Christians by the regime in Iran.
CHR Comment: Christians have experienced persecution there since 1979 but these days there are both openly active congregations, as pictured above, as well as house churches.
Source: Human Rights Groups Condemn Persecution Of Iranian Christians | Christian News on Christian Today
More Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together.
CHR Comment: Here is another encouraging story about the growing number of Christians in Iran, fueled by bold witness and growing disillusionment with Islam. The article describes hundreds of thousand of Christians, a figure in keeping with an earlier story shared from the New York Times.
Source: The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences
Christianity is growing so fast and so noisily in parts of Nigeria that the authorities are actually having to shut churches down – to secure peace and quiet for local residents.
CHR Comment: 70 churches were shut down for not complying with local ordinances that are trying to address noise pollution in the city. Mosques and clubs have also been shut down. But the rapid growth of numerous, small local churches alongside large churches like the one pictured above are contributing to overwhelming noise pollution. The article notes the large number of Anglicans in Nigeria and the fact that the population of the country is projected to double by 2050.
The article also mentions a conservative Anglican organization called Gafcon, which stands for Global Anglican Future. For more on Gafcon, see second link below.
Source: Churches forced to shut in Nigeria – for being too noisy | Christian News on Christian Today
When a mob of Muslims swooped on a little church deep in rural Aceh in Indonesia this month, the local police were nowhere to be seen, although they had received warnings of a possible attack.
CHR Comment: The article points out that the Christian population of Aceh Singkil province has grown from 6% to 11% since 2000. That is a substantial change, which perhaps explains why Muslims, such as the Islamic Defenders Front, are growing more violent. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, has a Christian governor. Christians and Muslims intermarry and convert to one another’s religions.
Source: In Indonesia, minorities under threat from Muslim hardliners
Here is a much more detailed analysis of the recent surveys and projections about religion generally and the growth of Christianity and Islam. The article includes helpful visual data.
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.