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6 years ago

Somali Christians Plead For Prayer

Somalia’s small community of secret Christians has called on believers around the world to pray for them specifically during Ramadan. Somali Christians are routinely persecuted facing harassment, assassination, violent attacks, abduction and forced conversion to Islam. Along with the political instability and the control of al Shabaab rebels over certain areas, the arrival of Ramadan increases the activity and zeal of extremist toward Christians in Somalia.

The Christians understand that their compatriots believe they are honoring Allah by persecuting those that have left the Islamic fold. But they pray that “Muslims will come to respect their Christian neighbors, families, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers and allow us to live in peace, even if we do not convert to Islam,” explained one Christian, who must remain anonymous for security reasons. “Please pray for all Somali Christians who suffer persecution to not seek revenge but commit their case unto God.”

Father, we ask for Your mercy upon the people of Pakistan, that proper water, food, shelter, and medicine will be provided to the affected areas as soon as possible. We ask that Christians would not be discriminated against in the relief efforts, and for peace to come to Pakistan in the midst of the widespread disaster. We also lift up our brothers and sisters in Somalia and ask for protection over those facing heightened persecution during Ramadan. Father we commit your Word into our hearts “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” - Matt 5:44 and ask that You fill them with compassion and love, instead of a desire for vengeance for their mistreatment. Humbly we come to You asking that You provide a way for all Christians facing persecution to worship You openly, that through their testimony many will become aware of their need for salvation through Christ alone.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team
6 years ago

Dear Donna,

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6

Prayer Urged for Pakistan Flood Victims

The media has given extensive coverage to the floods, the worst in 70 years to hit Pakistan, causing widespread devastation. Reports estimate 1,600 people have died and 14 million have been affected. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Pakistan.

What has not been reported is the impact this disaster has had on Christians living in a Muslim-majority society. Open Doors has received the following statement from church leaders in Pakistan, “Many people have lost their homes, and the safest areas for them to congregate have been mosques. Ramadan has begun and we are deeply aware of how vulnerable Christians are at this time. We are concerned that Christians will be sidelined in relief efforts, and are working to provide immediate assistance.”

6 years ago
Chuck Colson draws attention to a worrying trend by the current administration to replace “freedom of religion” with “freedom of worship,” which is a much more limited concept than our 1st Ammendment Right.  Be sure to watch this video and forward to your friends and family.  Please note, the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom has been appointed since the creation of this video.
6 years ago

Kogo Four Need Our Prayers and Encouragement

Danazumi, Ummaru Ado, Aminu Barau, and Talatu Bala - commonly referred to as the Kogo Four - were arrested February 2009. Their “crime” was constructing a church without a permit. Although the constitution of Nigeria allows freedom of worship; the same constitution stipulates the need to get permission to construct a place of worship. Since Kogo is under Muslim dominance, and ruled according to Sharia Law, the chance of receiving a permit is unlikely.

At the trail the men were not sentenced; but their appeal to receive the permit to build a church was denied. Since then, a lawyer appointed by Open Doors has successfully removed the case from the Islamic court system and into conventional courts; they now are awaiting a hearing date to obtain the legal permission to construct a church.

The Kono Four and the congregation of the Kogo Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) ask for our prayers. In addition Open Doors is offering an opportunity to write letters of encouragement to help them persevere in their quest to build a house of worship. Please refer to the letter writing guidelines on the Open Doors website.

Father we pray for Danazumi, Ummaru, Aminu, Talatu and the congregation of the Kogo ECWA; that through Your grace they will live out clear testimonies in the midst of this trial. Father we ask for wisdom for the lawyer as he pursues the permit to build a church and for You to intervene in the decision of the courts, praying that Your Name will be glorified in the process and that many would come to faith in Jesus Christ through these events.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

6 years ago

July 15, 2010

Dear Donna

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.” 1 Cor. 4:16-18

Muslim Mob Kills Wife and Children of Christian in Pakistan

On June 21, Jamshed Masih left his house for work while his wife and four children were still singing hymns before breakfast. Later that morning, a neighbor, Ali Murtaza, witnessed Masih’s 11-year-old son buying detergent for his mother at a local shop. The shopkeeper asked him if he was a Christian; the child responded that he was. “The shopkeeper refused to give him the packet of detergent and spoke harshly to him, ‘I don’t sell to any non-Muslim, you are not welcome here, don’t you dare ever come to my shop again,’” Murtaza said. Soon after, a mob of local residents came to the family’s door, led by the Muslim religious leader, Maulana Mahfooz Khan. The mob confronted Masih’s wife, Razia, and accused the boy of blaspheming Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. When she protested, they brutally murdered her and her children.

The family had recently moved to the area due to a work transfer for Masih. The Muslims there had notified the religious leader, Khan, saying, “We cannot allow these non-Muslims to live here, they will be a bad influence on our children.” Local authorities are now too afraid of the Muslim leader to file charges, according to Compass News. Masih has filed a complaint with the chief minister of Punjab Province, begging him for justice. “We condemn this brutal murder of innocent children in the name of Islam,” local pastor Saleem Mall said. “This has to stop now. We appeal to the government to let us live in peace.”

Father, we are devastated to hear of Masih’s loss and the persecution he faces. Please give him strength as he mourns his loved ones, and let him experience Your comfort and love in the midst of such pain. We pray for justice, freedom, and peace in Pakistan, and for protection over the Christians who remain opposed in Muslim dominant areas.
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North African Christians are being comforted by prayer and support.
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July 8, 2010

Dear Donna

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, he is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by a stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:20

Church Sealed in Indonesia Worshippers Forced to Hold Services Outdoors

Since April 11, the Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Taman Yasmin Church in Bogor, West Java has been forced to hold its services on the roadside in front of their sealed church in stifling heat. The church pastor, Rev. Ujang Tanusaputra, told Compass News that the church had received an official building permit from the Bogor city government. The construction was going smoothly until a Muslim group began demonstrating, so the government quickly sealed the building to appease them. Although the church brought a lawsuit against the mayor’s sealing, and won, the congregation is still not permitted to worship in the building, which is 80 percent completed.

On June 20, Compass visited the church’s Sunday worship gathering, where about 200 people met in a service limited to one hour, with around 100 policemen present. Tanusaputra said he hopes the Lord will intervene to show that Indonesia is a country where laws are followed and all faiths may worship freely. “We [will] continue worshipping by the roadside as part of the struggle to remove the seal,” he told Compass.

Despite having the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia is a secular republic. Islamists, however, continue to incite violence against Christians and use legal means to oppress the church. Church closures by fundamental Muslim groups have been an ongoing problem in Indonesia. During the 63 years of the country’s life as an independent state, at least 1,100 churches have been revoked, attacked, or shut down.

Father, we ask for your mercy and favor to be upon the Christians in Indonesia, so they may worship you freely. This week, as we celebrated our nation’s freedoms in America, we pray for the same freedoms for our Christian brethren in Indonesia. Father, today we pray specifically for the churches’ doors in West Java to be re-opened, and for the government and Muslim organizations to cease in their opposition to Christianity. Lord, please bring hope and peace to Indonesian Christians as they stand against growing aggressions; bring them into a deeper trust in You and Your love.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

6 years ago

Testimonies of Moroccan Believers (MB

Sameer is a devoted Christian; recently when a Western couple was deported they gave Sameer their old laptop, empty of any information. A week later the Security Police came to Sameer's house and confiscated the computer, blindfolded him and took him to an undisclosed location. The police officers questioned him, "Why are you a Christian? What do you hold against Islam?” Sameer said that each time God gave him the right answers and helped him to stand strong through-out the torture. After three days the police allowed him to go saying, "We will monitor you." Even though Sameer still suffers from anxiety, he wants continue to serve God by visiting local brothers and sisters, encouraging them.

Adel has been a Christian for many years; recently he was jailed for two days because he had evangelized among Muslims. Currently Adel is under surveillance from the Security Police and expects that he will be sent to jail again. Adel says, "I'm not afraid. In prison there are people who don't yet know about the gospel."

Abdel makes a living by producing leather covers for Bibles, bookmarks, and bags with Christian symbols. He also has a small shop where he distributes Bible CDs in the Berber language. In Morocco the distribution of Christian materials is dangerous, and on a regular basis, the Secret Police come to his shop to interrogate him or order him to go to the police station. According to Abdel the Moroccan churches still need much instruction and guidance in the Christian faith, and because most Berbers are illiterate, they are grateful for Christian CDs in their language.

Father we pray for these saints who share the Gospel message in spite of difficulties, challenges and hardships. We ask that You protect, comfort and provide for Sameer, Abdel and Adel - bless them abundantly!

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

6 years ago

Pakistani Christian Child Abducted, Forced into Bonded Labor

Eleven-year-old Danish Masih was kidnapped and forced into bonded labor to pay off his family’s debt to a powerful Muslim landowner. Since his abduction 18 months ago Masih has been working without a break from 4am to 11pm, often in iron chains.

Growing weak and ill from malnutrition he survives on only half a loaf of bread per day. To the family’s dismay, Ashraf Cheema the landowner, when contacted by Compass News said that no such boy works at his farm or fields, and that “someone must have misled you.” The denying of his existence means that although Masih is working in slave-like conditions, he is doing nothing to pay off the family debt.

Previously the boy’s father and older brother had also been working for the same rich and influential landowner to pay off the debt of 142,000 rupees (US$1,640), but their employer was neither paying their monthly wages nor deducting the amounts from their debt. The family then fled the area to escape the situation, only to have the young boy abducted.

Father, we lift up young Danish Masih to You, and ask that You would take him out of his slave-like condition, and reunite him with his family. We continue to pray for the corruption in Pakistan, and the injustice against Christians there that You would put a stop to it. Lord, we humbly ask for Your divine intervention for those in debt, and we thank You in advance for Your provision.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

6 years ago

June 24, 2010

Dear Donna

Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:11-12,14

Moroccan Christians Targeted on Facebook

Muslim extremists in Morocco are now using the social networking site Facebook to expose and vilify Christians. Sadly, they are using images and derogatory tags such as “hyena evangelists” or “wolves in lamb’s skins” that are trying to “shake the faith of Muslims.” Dozens of Christians have been called to police stations for interrogation, many of them verbally abused and threatened with jail or death. Most Moroccan Christians that spoke to Compass News said their Muslim relatives’ attitudes had shifted, and many were kicked out of their homes or chose to leave “to not create problems” for their families.

Efforts against national Christians have been gaining momentum in Morocco. Abdel Adghirni, a Moroccan lawyer, said that “The government is trying to dominate.” Since March, the government has expelled more than 100 foreign Christians for alleged “roselytizing.” Adghirni added that he believes Morocco cannot survive and develop economically without national diversity saying that, “We can’t be free without Christians. The existence of Christians among us is the proof of liberty.” But, amid a media campaign to condemn Christians in Morocco, more than 7,000 Muslim clerics signed a statement denouncing all Christian activities and calling foreign Christians’ aid work “religious terrorism.”

Father, we are saddened by the hardship that Moroccan Christians are facing, and we ask that Your grace and mercy would be upon them now. Please open the eyes of the governmental authorities and Muslim families, and take away their view of Christians as criminals or traitors. We pray also that the Christians would respond to their persecutors with compassion, love and forgiveness.

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Pakistan - Police file a false report on Christians, arresting five of them after a Muslim extremist attack
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Indonesia - Demonstrators from Islamic organizations demand closure of 600-member church.
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Iraq - A number of Christians have been shot in their homes, causing many to flee
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On-going Prayer for Afghanistan

We continue to lift up Afghan Christians in prayer, particularly as a call for public execution of Christian converts was made last week. As of right now in Afghanistan, proselytizing is illegal and conversion from Islam is punishable by death. Despite this, many people are coming to know Christ! We praise God and continue to pray with boldness of heart, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 35,37-39

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

6 years ago

Recently, Open Doors USA Advocacy began a campaign to gather signatures, asking the Nigerian government to launch a thorough investigation of the recent slaughter of 500 Christians, to hold the perpetrators to account for their involvement in these crimes and ensure that the victims receive compensation for the crimes committed against them. In early March, ethnic Fulani Muslims attacked three villages near Jos which resulted in the deaths of up to 500 Christians and the burning of about 75 homes. Help our brothers and sisters in Nigeria today!
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6 years ago
Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

On April 20, the family of Uyghur house church leader Alimujiang Yimiti was allowed to visit with him for the first time since his arrest in January 2008, according to China Aid Association. The family reported that Alimujiang was noticeably thinner but in good spirits. Please send a letter of encouragement to let Yimiti know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in China, and encourage them to pray and write to him as well.
Your letters make a difference and can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.

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Alimujiang Yimiti
6 years ago

 Stand with Nigerian Christians

"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies."
 2 Corinthians 4:8-9


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