Advertisement of Bible verses by Christian organizations in public spaces and trains is currently being challenged by Germany's political group, The Left/Pirates. Prominent Chinese-American pastor and church planter Francis Chan was forced to return to the United States after Hong Kong authorities denied his visa. For organizations such as DOOR, 2020 was a season for more opportunities to spread the gospel despite the hardships it brought. In spite of the results of the health crisis to the countries in the Middle East, people are still experiencing the move of the Holy Spirit and meeting Jesus Christ through online platforms. Faithlife reveals that the most popular songs and sermons in church this 2020 has the theme centered around hope and comfort, a report said.
Beating out news, commentary, and other mainstream podcasts, The "Bible in a Year" podcast has taken the top spot in Apple's All Podcast List to start the year. A report reveals that Open Doors, an organization that supports and aids persecuted Christians worldwide, has some "secret workers" discreetly working to help believers in dangerous places such as North Korea. Open Doors released the list of the most dangerous countries for Christians in 2021. On Jan. 6, a city North of China went on lockdown after experiencing an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases. Christians and missionaries were blamed by netizens on social media who suspect that they brought the recent COVID strand in Hebei province. Local priests, however, decry the allegations Former NFL star Tim Tebow challenged young Christians to enlist themselves and be laborers for Jesus. The Christian citizen journalist who covered the Wuhan virus outbreak in February was sentenced to four years in prison Monday at the Pudong New Area People's Court in Shanghai.
Detained Christian Journalist Who Reported About Wuhan COVID Looks ‘Unrecognizable,’ To Face Trial On Dec. 28
Christian citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, a Wuhan COVID whistleblower, looked very thin and was "almost unrecognizable, like skin and bones," according to her defense lawyer Ren Quanniu, who visited her at the Shanghai Detention Center on Dec. 17. A fishing fleet captain was executed in North Korea for listening to a foreign media outlet while at sea.
China: ‘Tens Of Thousands’ Of Pastors Go Into Hiding To Prepare For Government’s ‘Final Assault’ Against Christianity
Tens of thousands of pastors in China have reportedly gone into hiding in anticipation of the communist government's "final assault" against Christianity. South Korea just passed a law on Monday banning the sending of leaflets, Bibles, other printed materials, flash drives, goods, and even money to North Korea.