Update Pauline, Widow of Gaza Christian Bookshop Owner, Asks for Our Prayers
"She's been through very tough years in which grief dominated her life, but now there is also space for Gods restoration and grace," an Open Doors field workers shares about Pauline's current situation in regards to the killing of her husband, Christian bookshop owner, Rami Ayyad, in October 2007. Strengthened by prayers from Christians worldwide, Pauline asks for our continued prayers as unrest and turmoil erupts in the Middle East.
may god bless and watch over our brothers and sisters in all those countries that hate christians MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON OUR CHRISTIAN FANILY ( GODS FAMILY ) OUR GOD IS LOVE
Brothers and Sisters in Central Asia Ask for Our Prayers
This week Open Doors received prayer requests from Christians living in countries in . These heartfelt requests come directly from our brothers and sisters whose lives are on-the-line for the sake of our Lord and Savior Jesus.
Dear Donna Matthews,
The revolution in Egypt has led to a breakdown of law and order that Islamists have used to their advantage. They have led several large attacks on Christians, and the future does not look bright.
Last month, the leading defender of , Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated. Pakistani Islamists have killed many others and have targeted most of the Christian leaders in the country. They have said openly that they want to decapitate Christianity in terms of leadership. They have infiltrated every level of the government, and, frankly, the battle for has been lost.
Our typical response to all this instability and uncertainty is fear and trepidation, but none of this was unanticipated by our Father. Prior to Egypt's recent instability, believers in a prayer movement there were hearing from the Lord that they were entering a three-year period of intense crushing from the evil one.
If you are tempted to fear, remember that there is a grand plan being worked out. As the Word tells us, "The Lord sat as King at the flood" (Psalm 29:10 NAS. That means that in the midst of the craziness of the world, the Lord reigns and is undisturbed (but not uncaring).
The persecuted know that our lives here are temporary and so their security is not connected with money, position, or power. They know that the Lord is our security and our source of life. As our metaphorical boat is tossed to and fro in the waves, hold onto the mast. That is, grasp hold of the Lord with all you have. Your connection with Him is the source of life, real life. He is the bread of life and the real food your soul craves (peace, contentment, and hope).
Please give generously to the persecuted. Thank you in advance for your generosity towards them.
p.s. - we've changed the format of our e-newsletter, so I urge you to take a look! It's an easy to use, flip-page newsletter so you can view the electronic newsletter just like the printed version.
Ruth, a courageous Muslim background believer, experienced God's miraculous provision for the needs of both herself and her six children after being driven from her home when her Muslim husband learned of her faith in Christ. Despite Ruth's tragic death, her children continue to see God's hand supplying all of their needs.
April 28th, 2011
But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Psalm 31:14-15
Prayers Have Been Answered for Egyptian Family
Maher Ahmad El-Mo'otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, 58, and his daughter, 17-year-old Dina Mo'otahssem who fled Egypt to Syria after spending two and a half years in hiding for becoming Christians, arrived safely in on March 30. They are now in the process of applying for asylum and hope to eventually be reunited with the rest of their family in the United States.
North Koreans and, ultimately, at bringing about their freedom. North Korea ranks at the top of Open Doors World Watch List, and desperately needs our prayer and support. Open Doors USA is providing a number of resources for you to be involved with this worldwide effort on behalf of North Koreans that can be found here. More information on recent developments in North Korea and the plight of Christians there can be found here>>Freedom Week: This week (April 24-30) is North Korea Freedom Week, an annual event aimed at raising awareness for the plight of
Last week we prayed for our brother, Biplob Marandi who was sentenced to one year in prison for "creating chaos" by selling and distributing Christian books and other literature at a Muslim gathering. The next day Compass Direct News reported that a judge exonerated him! His attorney told Compass, " His release proves that he was innocent and that he did not create any trouble."
Paul Bhatti, Brother of Slain Pakistani Minister for Minorities, Takes on Brother's Work
Following in his brothers' footsteps, Paul Bhatti, the newly named "special adviser" to the Prime Minister, hopes bring justice to minorities in Pakistan.
March 24th, 2011
"We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 1:3
"Yes, We Are Free Now" Story of Hope in the Libyan Desert
In the midst of the chaos in Libya, a secret believer shares his experience of God's protection and presence with him as he travels across the Libyan desert toward freedom.
Praise the Lord that human rights lawyer and religious freedom advocate Nguyen Van Dai has been released from prison in Vietnam after serving his four-year sentence. He must still fulfill a four year administrative, or "house arrest," sentence.
Please continue to pray for Nguyen Van Dai and Christians in Vietnam.
Nguyen Van Dai
March 17th, 2011
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." - Matt 5:4
Pray For Suffering Japanese As Crisis Worsens
As the nightmare of one of the worst disasters in Japanese history continues to grow in scope by the hour, Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. Carl Moeller is calling on Christians to reach out in prayer for the physical and spiritual welfare of the Japanese.