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Each year on the 12th of December amnesty is given to certain prisoners in Turkmenistan. Pray that amnesty will be given to Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev, who was sentenced to four years' imprisonment October 2010.
The case of Asia Noreen, the first Christian woman sentenced to death in
On Jan. 4, while quietly sharing an evening meal, a truckload of
district police officers with guns cocked and ready to shoot burst into
Pastor Wannas house shouting, Stop! Nobody move! They then forcibly
detained 11 Christians and charged them with conducting a secret
meeting without approval.
Praise God that Pastor Shestakov is now home with his family. Pray for the Shestakovs as they adjust back to life together. Pray also that the church in Andijan will be strengthened.
Your letters on behalf of prisoners do make a difference! Take time to write a letter to another prisoner in Uzbekistan, Tohar Haydarov, using the link below.
January 27th, 2011
"If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." Psalm 37: 23-24
Jailed Pakistani Mother Living in Constant Fear, Husband Says
Asia Noreen, sentenced to death on "blasphemy" charges, has lived in constant fear since the killing of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer. "She knows the Muslims have announced a prize on her head and would go to any lengths to kill her," Noreen's husband, Ashiq Masih, told Compass. Masih said his wife is "very afraid."
Arrested: November 2007
On June 10, a Chinese court sentenced Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan, 38, to three years in prison for "illegal business operations," and given a US$21,975 fine, according to China Aid Association. Shi Weihan operated a legal bookstore and only sold books with the government's approval. His Holy Spirit Trading Company printed Bibles and Christian literature and distributed then freely to local house churches. Weihan was arrested in November 2007 for printing and distributing Bibles and other Christian literature.More Info...
Her daughter also said the prison recently changed its visitor policy. Previously, almost anyone could visit Yang Caizhen. Now, only close family members may visit.
Kim Kyung Il has been in prison 10 years. Just a few days ago, VOM contacts received word that his sentence is expected to be commuted in March and he may be free in September. Normally this would be cause for rejoicing, but as soon as Kim Kyung Il is released he'll face deportation to North Korea. There, he will almost certainly be executed. Our contact writes, "The only hope he may have is a huge outpouring of public awareness on this issue, which might at least delay his execution once he's returned."
Friends are working frantically to help Kim Kyung Il, but it's not easy. Please pray with us for a solution, and take action by writing Chinese officials today.
Kim Kyung Il
Father Nguyen, now 64, has warned that he will go on a hunger strike and refuse medical treatment if he is readmitted to jail on March 15, 2011. The pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2007 for "damaging national security." He was released March 15, 2010 to undergo a year's medical treatment after suffering two serious strokes leaving him partially paralyzed.
Nguyen Van Ly previously served a total of 15 years in jail, including years in solitary confinement. While on medical leave, authorities have prevented the pastor from giving interviews or meeting other democracy activists.
Please pray authorities will not send the Father Nguyen back to prison. Ask for healing for him.
Father Nguyen Van Ly