In case you haven't read the Compass Direct website lately - please do. Compass Direct updates their website frequently and they stay on top of the most recent persecution news.
Here's their two latest top notch news stories.
CHINA : CAI PRESSURED TO DROP APPEAL OF CONVICTION: Pastor and two others bow out of legal fight after court clerk threatens house church leader.
Pastor Cai Zhuohua and two other Christians found guilty on November 8 of “illegal business practices” have dropped plans to appeal their conviction, two days before a legal deadline for the appeal.
A fourth Christian, Hu Jinyun, will continue the appeal process through her own lawyers, according to a China Aid Association (CAA) report released today.
A clerk from Haidian District People’s Court visited Cai at the Qinghe detention center and warned him that his sentence would be increased if he “annoyed” the judges with an appeal, according to CAA. Facing heavy pressure, Cai, his wife and brother-in-law agreed to drop the appeal.
This decision came as President Bush began an eight-day tour of Asia. Bush intends to visit China November 19-21. In a speech made in Japan, he urged China to open the door to more political and religious freedoms, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported today.
Here is the second news item... INDIA : HINDU EXTREMISTS ATTACK CHURCH IN HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA :World Hindu Council threatens to burn pastor and church members to death.
November 14 (Compass) – Hindu extremists attacked 62-year-old Pastor Feroz Masih in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on November 4, accusing him of “forcibly converting” Hindus and severely beating him.
The attackers then forced Masih to sign a document saying he was willing to participate in a ceremony planned for Sunday (November 20), in which all 60 members of his church would be converted back to Hinduism.
If the pastor and other church members refused to take part, the extremists said, they would be burned to death.
Please finish reading. I feel heavy-hearted after reading these stories because the evil is just palpable. However, it's amazing how much stronger and more real God is and how He has overcome all evil.