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Converts Arrested in Yemen

Police in the Muslim nation of Yemen are holding several people who converted to Christianity from Islam.

An official speaking anonymously says the group of nine were arrested in May or early August. And he says the converts are still in police custody.

Converting from Islam is illegal and can be punished by death under Yemeni law.

Most are released if they renounce their new faith, but a relative of one convert is afraid they're facing torture or abuse in prison.


Ministry's Bibles Taken in China

Chinese officials stopped a U.S. ministry team from bringing 315 Bibles into the country this week.

Customs officials in the city of Kunming seized the Bibles from a team with Wyoming-based "Vision Beyond Borders."

The Chinese say the team violated a 1997 law that says foreigners can bring only their personal religious literature into the country.

CBN News spoke with Vision Beyond Borders' Patrick Klein in Kunming.

He says that even though China is printing more Bibles than ever, there still aren't enough for the growing number of believers in the country.

"From what we hear, the church has about 130 million people now... we've heard reports up to 75 million Christians don't have Bibles," he explained. "You know the Bibles that are distributed in China, they are distributed through the government church and that is just for people in the three -self church. What we're hearing from the underground church is that they are desperate for Bibles."

The team was allowed to take the Bibles with them when they left the country. 

READ MORE: 
Ministry's Bibles Taken in China

Bibles Returned by Chinese Officials


D.C. Hosts 'The Call' Prayer Movement Again

An estimated 50,000 U.S. Christians bent their knees in prayer on Capitol Hill this week.

"The Call" first came to Washington, D.C. eight years ago.

Since then, the massive prayer movement has been held in several cities in the U.S. and around the world.

This year, organizers brought it back to to D.C. to ask god for mercy and healing for the nation's sins.

"America is in a moral mess, economic mess, military mess, we're just in a mess! And I believe it's at times like this the power of prayer becomes the thing that calls us back to God and can bring us back to the place where God blesses our land," one attendee said.

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'The Call' Covers the Nation with Prayer

'The Call' Moves a Muslim Indonesia

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