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anonymous Prison Ministries! CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED! March 20, 2009 9:10 PM

CHRISTIANS WHO ARE PERSECUTED BY IMPRISONMENT/ OR WHO HAVE BECOME CHRISTIANS WHILE IN PRISON!

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anonymous  March 20, 2009 9:12 PM

Dear Donna,

Send an email on behalf of Osman and Alimjan

Take Action Now

Imagine sitting in a prison cell... for over a year. 

But you don't sit much.  You are forced to work 12 to 15 hours a day.  Exhausted and alone, your daily ritual goes on for over a year, no end in sight.  A backwards system of justice declares you guilty until proven innocent.  All of this because of your faith and your ethnicity. 

Meet Osman Imin and Alimjan Yimit. D
etained by Chinese authorities for over a year, these two Christian brothers are accused of compromising national security.  Though innocent, neither has received a trial.  They have little hope for justice.

That’s why they need your voice

Visit our website to email the Chinese Ambassador today and request the immediate release of Osman and Alimjan.  We have already sent 883 emails - we hope you will add to that number!

Osman and Alimjan are ethnic Uyghurs, a distinct people group who came under Chinese rule and reside in Xinjiang province.  Most Uyghurs are Muslims.  Uyghur Christians are especially persecuted, both by Muslim Uyghurs for leaving Islam, and also by the Chinese government who see their desire for autonomy as a threat.

Alimjan, a house church pastor, and Osman, a Uyghur Christian, were singled out by the Chinese government for their faith and ethnicity.

You can help these men.  Help set them free and reunite them with their families with a simple email to the Chinese Ambassador on their behalf. 

Thank you for using your voice and your freedom to speak up for those who have lost both for their faith in Christ!

Lindsay Vessy 


Lindsay Vessey
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anonymous  March 20, 2009 9:31 PM

March 18, 2009 

Dear Donna 

“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him…”  Nahum 1:7

Christian Human Rights Activist Faces Charges in Pakistan 

Hector Aleem, a human rights activist, remains in jail on trumped up charges of blasphemy and abetting.  Last November, a Muslim scholar received a text message insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad .  Authorities arrested and charged  Aleem for the crime.  Recently however the investigating officer ruled out the possibility of a blasphemy charge since evidence showed the text message came from an unlisted phone number that did not belong to Aleem.  According to Compass Direct News the deputy secretary of Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights said Aleem may have been framed due to his social activism.  Aleem is the director of a small Non-Governmental Organization that lobbies for the rights of Pakistani Christians in Islamabad.

Although Aleem may ultimately be found innocent by the courts he could encounter problems long after trial is over. The crime of abetting does not carry a severe penalty in Pakistani criminal law. But in this case its connection to blasphemy against Islam could put Aleem in danger of attacks by Muslim extremists even if he is found innocent. 

Pray for Hector Aleem, for a righteous verdict, his safety and protection. Pray for his witness to those who care for him during his incarceration. May the light of Christ shine forth opening the eyes and hearts of everyone he encounters. “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28a) 
Pray for Christians in Pakistan, for courage, strength and faith as they stand shoulder to shoulder encouraging one another. "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” (Zephaniah 3:9)  Thank You, Father, for their bold example and faithfulness. Please remind us to prayerfully take a stand with them in intercession.

Open Doors Launches an Email Campaign to Protest the Chinese Government Imprisonment of Christians

Osman Imin arrested on November 17, 2007 was charged with “revealing state secrets,” then sentenced to two years of “re-education through labor.”

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anonymous  March 20, 2009 9:33 PM

Open Doors Launches an Email Campaign to Protest the Chinese Government Imprisonment of Christians

Osman Imin arrested on November 17, 2007 was charged with “revealing state secrets,” then sentenced to two years of “re-education through labor.”

Alimjan Yimit, a Muslim convert and house church leader was arrested on a “national security issue” on Jan. 12, 2008.  Today he remains locked up in pre-trial arrest.

Yimit and Imin are part of the Uyghur ethnic minority group in the Northwest region of China. The Uyghur community is primarily Muslim and generally hostile toward individuals who convert from Islam to Christianity.  Both men are Uyghur Christian church leaders and were arrested and accused of proselytizing and “crimes against the state”.  Since their arrest they have been subject to physical beating, interrogation, unjust judicial practices and economic hardships. 

Pray for our Christian brothers in prison and their families.  Pray for the protection of their spirit as they endure persecution in the name of the Lord, that others will see His light and chose to follow Him as a result of the obedient witness of these brave saints. "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28)       

As you Pray for these men and their families we also ask that you help Osman and Alimjan by sending an emailto the Chinese Ambassador on their behalf petitioning for their release.  

Please also consider sending notes of encouragement to their wives and children.  Osman Imin and his wife Nurgul have two daughters (7 and 5) and Alimjan Yimit and his wife Gulnur have one son, 8 years old, and a daughter, 5 years old.  Refer to the guidelines, which can also be found in the "Pray" section of our website.  Thank you for being the vital prayer force of Open Doors! Please keep these requests in prayer this week. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b)  

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

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anonymous  May 13, 2009 9:54 AM

Hello Friends.

Since our last communication with you, the PrisonerAlert for Alimujiang Yimiti has been viewed over 29800 times, and over 3600 letters of encouragement have been sent. What a blessing this must have been to Alimujiang Yimiti -- and what a message it will have sent to the officials, that this person is cared for internationally.

Now imagine what could happen if we could double, triple or increase by ten or one hundred-fold the number of people, around the World, that are praying and writing on behalf of those imprisoned and persecuted for their faith.

You can help. Please forward this email to those you know have a heart for God's people and encourage them to sign-up too. It's the work of friends telling friends that will bring the greatest response to those who need it most. As the email does its work, you can revisit the chart below to see the effect that you have had.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us on behalf of those who suffer for the Lord.


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anonymous  May 13, 2009 9:56 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

Uyghur Christian, Alimujiang Yimiti, is seriously sick in prison and there are concerns he is not receiving adequate medical attention, according to China Aid Association. On March 31, Alimujiang was seen with his hands bound being roughly escorted by police and a prison doctor. He shouted, "I'm sick. Tell my lawyer to come quickly to see me."
We encourage you to continue praying and writing to Yimiti. He has been strengthened by the prayers of believers like you. Also, write to the Chinese government requesting he be released.Send this e-mail to others who have a heart for persecuted believers and encourage them to write as well. Pray and write today!

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anonymous  May 29, 2009 9:34 AM

Marzieh & Maryam

Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: March 2009

On March 5, Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad and Maryam Rustampoor were arrested by Iranian security forces and labeled "anti-government activists," according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN). Thirty year-old Marzieh and 27-year-old Maryam are being held at Evin Prison, which is notorious for treating women badly. "Both women are allowed just a one-minute telephone call everyday to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention," FCNN reported. During their last call on March 28, Marzieh said that she was suffering from an infection and high fever.

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anonymous  May 29, 2009 9:36 AM

Dear Friends of the Persecuted Church ...

Marzieh and Maryam's faith is strong despite being transferred to solitary confinement, constant interrogations and being held without a charge. VOM contacts report they have both been ill, but their faith in Christ has not wavered. One of them recently said, "I’ve taken up my cross, I now have to bear it."

We encourage you to continue praying and writing to Marzieh and Maryam. They have been strengthened by your prayers. Also, write to the government requesting they be released.



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 January 07, 2010 8:47 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Chinese house church leader, has already been in prison for more than two years. On Nov. 7, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations," according to China Aid Association. Neither his lawyers nor his family expected such a harsh sentence. Please send Yimiti a letter of encouragement to let him know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians who are suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Yimiti.
Your letters make a difference; they can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.



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 April 21, 2010 5:37 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

On March 16, The People's High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region rejected an appeal from Uyghur house-church leader Alimujiang Yimiti, according to ChinaAid Association. In October 2009, Alimujiang was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations." Please send a letter of encouragement to Alimujiang, letting him know you are praying for him. Also pray for his persecutors. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Alimujiang. Your letters can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Alimujiang and encourage our Chinese brother.




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 November 20, 2010 5:58 AM

Update on Asia Bibi

On Nov. 17, Asia Bibi's attorneys filed an appeal against the death sentence she received after being convicted of blasphemy. Her husband, Ashiq, asked believers to continue praying for his family. "Please pray for my wife, asking God to release her soon," Ashiq said. "Please spread the news all over the world and appeal for prayer for me, my wife and our children. I am praying for those helping me and thankful to VOM."
VOM encourages you to send a letter of encouragement to Asia, letting her know you are praying for her. Also write to the Pakistani government and ask for her release. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in Pakistan. Write to Asia and encourage her today!


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