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Updated January 14, 2017

Persecution of Christians in 2016: 90,000 Martyrs

From a press release from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity

"The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) has done extensive research on Christian martyrdom, both historical and contemporary. The CSGC estimates that between 2005 and 2015 there were 900,000 Christian martyrs worldwide—an average of 90,000 per year. The CSGC published their methodology and findings in the journal Society under the title, "Christian Martyrdom as a Pervasive Phenomenon," which is available upon request by emailing"
>>Read the full report here.

The DACB keeps a record of martyrs in Africa. Read some of their stories in the DACB's martyr index.

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Resources for Research: Newly Redesigned Website for Old & New in Shona at Boston University

The website is the fruit of about 6 years of work by graduate students from the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at BU who scanned roughly 1,200 of Dr. Inus Daneel’s photographs of life among the AICs and Traditionalists from the 1960s on. Here is a sample 4-minute audio slide narrated by Daneel:

January 2017 Issue of the Journal of African Christian Biography

journal6-16The January 2017 issue of the JACB is now available as a free download. The January 2017 issue is on Simon Kimbangu, Joseph Malula, and Jean Bokeleale, three fathers of Congolese Christianities. The issue can be accessed here in e-journal or booklet form.
    The 2016 ANNUAL (Cumulative) issue (June-December 2016) is also accessible here.

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