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Frances
Dec 3rd 2008, 05:19 PM
in Egypt

Please pray for Muhammad Hegazy and his family after his attempt to identify himself as a Christian on his ID car. Ask God to protect them and give them strength to endure.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 4th 2008, 05:27 PM
Mauritania

Many are seeking to establish Islamist rule in this country. Pray for more openness to the Gospel and for opportunities for the national church to grow.

jsph110
Dec 4th 2008, 09:09 PM
FAther we ask you in Jesus' name to bring justice for and stop the persecution of your servants. in Jesus' name. ty Jesus.

Frances
Dec 5th 2008, 04:27 PM
Eritrea

Remember the family of evangelical Christian teklesenbet Gebrab Kiflom who died recently while in military confinement. Aak god to strengthen the hundreds of Christians who remain in prisons and military camps.

Adam168
Dec 5th 2008, 09:16 PM
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CHINA - House Church Leader Sentenced to "Re-education Through Labor" – China Aid Association

On Oct. 30, house church leader Pastor Zhu Baoguo was sentenced to one year "re-education through labor" on charges of being an "evil cult" leader, China Aid Association reported. Pastor Zhu and four other leaders were detained by authorities during a church service in Dushu village, Henan province on Oct. 12. While the other four leaders were sentenced to five days of administrative detention, Pastor Zhu was sentenced to 15 days. Two days after Pastor Zhu's release from detention, he was sentenced and taken to a labor camp in an unknown location. There is considerable concern for his health as he suffers from heart disease. Ask God to protect Pastor Zhu. Pray that he will be a bold witness for Christ and for the persecutors of Christians in China to open their hearts to the love of Christ.

Psalm 119:86-88 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:86-88&version=50)

VIETNAM – Chapel Attacked in Hanoi – Asia News.it (http://news.it/)

On Nov. 15, a group of Communist Party activists attacked the St. Gerardo Chapel on the property of the Thai Ha Catholic parish in Hanoi, Asia News.it reported. Hundreds of activists arrived at the monastery and asked for an urgent meeting with some of the believers. They began shouting, throwing stones at the building and trying to provoke the believers. Local Christians were quickly alerted to the attack and within an hour, a large group of Christians were on the scene. The attackers were eventually intimidated by the growing number of believers present and fled before they could cause serious damage to the premises. Local Christians suspect the attack is related to their ongoing battle for restitution of parish land seized by authorities. Pray that these Christians will be encouraged to continue meeting together for worship despite opposition. Pray that the passion of God's people in Vietnam will be a light that draws others to Christ.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2010:23-25;&version=50;)

INDIA – Believers Beaten in Mumbai – VOM Canada

On Nov. 15, a mob of 30 Hindu extremists attacked the Church of God building in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, VOM Canada reported. The extremists were angered by the conversion and baptism of five Hindus, and barged into the church building shouting anti-Christian slogans. They damaged furniture and other church property and assaulted several believers. Pastor Fernandes was stripped and beaten so severely he lost consciousness. The mob dispersed when the police arrived. Several people have since been arrested for their involvement in the attack. Pray for healing for Pastor Fernandes and the other injured believers. Pray that Christians in India will put their hope in the Lord as the upholder of their cause.

Psalm 146 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20146;&version=50;)

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Frances
Dec 6th 2008, 04:52 PM
Colombia

On 12 September a pastor baptised 13 teenagers from a centre for the children of pastors threatened by the civil war. Pray that god would continue to bless the staff at the centre and use them to bring more children to know Jesus.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 7th 2008, 05:05 PM
Colombia

Remember a pastor from north Colombia who was shot through the head in Septemberby paramilitaries for preaching about Jesus in places prohibited by that group. Miraculously only his tongue was damaged in the attack. Please ask God to Heal him.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 8th 2008, 05:24 PM
Mexico

Please continue to pray for 76 believers still helpd after more than 10 years in a maximum security prison in Acteal. Ask God to sustain them and their families with His everlasting Love. . . .

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 9th 2008, 04:42 PM
Mexico

Please pray for solutions to the Acteal case; asking God to give wisdom to the Court of Supreme Justice which is examining it again, and pray that the prisoners will finally be allowed to go free.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 10th 2008, 05:43 PM
Iraq

An estimated 2,000 Christian families have fled the city of Mosul since the end of September following the murders of 15 Christians. Please pray that Prime minister al-Malikiwill take immediate action to prevent further violence against Christians in this region.

Frances
Dec 11th 2008, 04:31 PM
Afghanistan

Christian relief worker was murdered in Kabul on 20 October in a drive-by shooting. Pray for her family, for the staff of Christians organisations and NGO's and for Afghan Christians as they face intimidation.

Frances
Dec 12th 2008, 05:04 PM
Iran

An Iranian judge ordered the release of Iranean Christians Mansuur Matin Azad and Arash Basirat, who had been charged with 'apostacy'. Praise God that htese men have been aquitted. Pray for strength for other imprisoned believers still facing trial.

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Adam168
Dec 13th 2008, 03:58 AM
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CHINA – House Church Leaders Released from Prison - China Aid Association

On Nov. 25, 2008, Pastor Wang Weiliang was released from prison on “medical” parole. Praise God, Pastor Wang is now receiving care in a local hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to China Aid Association (CAA). In December of 2006, Pastor Wang was sentenced to three years in for trying to prevent the destruction of Dangshanwan Christian Church in Zhejiang province. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Chinese officials also released house church leader Zhu Baoguo from a Chinese labor camp for “medical reasons.”

Pastor Zhu was first arrested in October 2008 during a church service in Dushu village, Henana province with four other church leaders. Pastor Zhu was sentenced to 15 days detention for being an “evil cult leader.” On Oct. 30, two days after being released, Pastor Zhu was promptly re-arrested and given a one year sentence in a “re-education through labor” camp. His detention at the camp ended last week with a medical release. VOM rejoices with the families of these leaders and encourages you to pray for their speedy recovery. Ask God to protect them and other believers living under tough conditions because of their stand for Christ.

Romans 8:11 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:11&version=50)

NIGERIA - Christians Attacked by Muslims in Nigeria – VOM Sources

On Nov. 28, following a local election, anti-Christian violence erupted in the central Nigerian city of Jos. Sixteen church buildings were ravaged by Muslim mobs, thousands of Christians fled from their homes, and sources estimate that hundreds were killed. Although initial reports pointed to the local government elections as the catalyst for the violence, Christian groups in Nigeria maintain that the voting process was peaceful and that the attacks occurred before the results were even announced. Other news reports have also suggested that Christians were responsible for the deaths of 300 Muslims; however, local security sources insist that the Muslims were shot by authorities when they defied the imposed curfew and launched fresh attacks. Some sources suspect that the violence may have been planned in advance since the majority of the 500 arrested Muslims have told police that they arrived in Jos three days prior to the attacks from neighboring Niger or from northern Nigerian states. Some of the arrested were also wearing fake police and military uniforms. Ask God to bring peace to this unstable Nigerian region where Christians are targeted. Pray that any Christians who retaliated violently will repent and seek to walk Christ’s path of discipleship.

Psalm 103:1-5 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20103:1-5;&version=50;)

EGYPT – Christian Brothers Falsely Accused of Murder - Compass Direct News

On Nov. 22, Refaat and Ibrahim Fawzy Abdo, Egyptian brothers falsely accused of murdering a Muslim, were sent to the El Wadi El Gadid Detention Camp in an attempt to coerce them into confessing to the crime, according to Compass Direct News. The brothers were arrested after about 60 armed Muslims stormed the Abu Fana monastery in Mallawi, Upper Egypt on May 31, where the brothers worked as building contractors. In the attack, a Muslim was killed, four Christians injured, and three monks briefly kidnapped. The brothers were subsequently charged with the murder of the Muslim even though they were not in the area where the violence occurred. In the initial days of their detention, they were tortured with electric shocks eight hours a day for three days in an attempt to make them testify that the monks at the monastery were armed. Pray that Refaat and Ibrahim will be released and that the false charges against them will be dropped. Ask God to strengthen and provide for their families.

Psalm 27:1 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2027:1;&version=50;)

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Frances
Dec 13th 2008, 05:33 PM
Somalia

On Sepetember 23 Muslim extremists beheaded a Christian relief worker before horrified onlookers in Manyafulka village, calling hin a 'murtid' - one who converts from Islam to Christianity. Ask God to comfort his relatives and protect his people in this war-torn country.

Frances
Dec 14th 2008, 05:00 PM
Thank you Adam.

Libya

Thank God for those who are discipling new believers in Libya. Pray that these believers will apply what they have learned and grow in their faith. Pray that God would use them to establish a strong, vibrant church in Libya.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 15th 2008, 04:48 PM
Algeria

Pray for courage for church leaders in Algeria, especially Mustapha and Salah, who receive frequent expoure in the media. Pray that the change in government would result in greater freedom for Christians in this nation.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 16th 2008, 05:33 PM
Maldives

Praise God for the hope offered by the recent election of Mohomed Nasheed. Pray that the change in government will result in greaater freedom for Christians in this nation.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 17th 2008, 05:52 PM
Indonesia

Pray for churches across the country as they celebrate Christmas. In the past Christmas time has been marred by disruption of celebrations and attacks on churches.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

jsph110
Dec 17th 2008, 08:09 PM
God forgive the persecuters of your church in Jesus name. Protect your loved ones. we pray that no weapon formed against them shall prosper. ty Jesus.

Agyei
Dec 18th 2008, 04:47 AM
Father, We ask that you bless and strengthen our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted. We ask that you deliver them from the hand of the devil and lift them up during their struggles. We ask that you comfort them during times of uncertainty and keep your face before them. We also ask that you show mercy to those who persecute them and reveal to them the good news which is your word so they may be saved and join us in the struggle to do the will of God on earth. This we pray In Jesus name, Amen. :pray::pray:

Frances
Dec 18th 2008, 05:15 PM
Bhutan

Pray for Bhutan as it continues the transition from monarchy to parlimentary democracy. Pray for Christians to discern the new opportunities arising from this change in government.

Frances
Dec 19th 2008, 05:29 PM
Myanmar

Pray for the Christians affected by famine in Chin State caused by rats eating the rice crops. 90% of the Chins are Christians and very minimal help is reaching them.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 20th 2008, 05:18 PM
Southern Philippines

Praise God for the spiritual growth of believers from the Saa tribe in pasobolong, many of whom suffer from leperosy. Pray that they wil experience physical healing. Ask God to protect the health of threee lay workers who serve the community.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 21st 2008, 04:09 PM
China

Many house churches will be running outreach programmes during the Christmas season. Pray that the authorities will be more tolerant during the festive period. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring many to know Jesus.

Adam168
Dec 22nd 2008, 02:48 PM
VOM-USA Prayer Update for December 19, 2008

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But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews%2010:39;&version=50;)
GAMBIA – Missionary couple arrested in Gambia - VOM Canada

On Nov. 29, David and Fiona Fulton, British missionaries who have been working in Gambia for 12 years, were arrested for sedition. The couple was paraded on state television and subsequently charged on Dec. 4 with writing letters that criticized the country and for publishing and distributing materials "with the intent to bring into hatred or contempt, to excite disaffection against the President or the Government of Gambia." David and Fiona pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case was adjourned until today. Sources close to the Fultons maintain that the couple desires only to spread the Good News and that David's work as chaplain to the Gambian Army and Fiona's care of the terminally ill are not political. At last report, the Fultons were unable to secure bail and remained in detention. David is being held at the high-security Mile Two prison while Fiona and their 2-year-old adopted daughter are in custody at a police station in Banjul, Gambia's capital. Pray that the charges brought against this couple will be dropped. Ask God to give them strength and health while in detention. Pray that they will rest in the knowledge that Jesus is alongside them during this difficult time.
Psalm 23 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2023&version=50)
CHINA - Underground Christians Arrested – China Aid Association
House church Christians continue to be targeted and arrested throughout China, according to a Dec. 4 report from China Aid Association. More than 50 house church Christians gathered for fellowship in Xiji town, Zaozhuang city, Shandong province on Dec. 2 when Public Security Bureau officials surrounded them and arrested approximately 20 believers. The officials claimed that they would release the prisoners for 2,500 Yuan (approximately US$27) each. On Dec.3, more than 50 house church Christians were arrested by local police in Tai Kang county, Henan province. At the time of the report, none of the believers had been released. Pray that these Christians will be released from detention. Pray that, like Paul, their imprisonment will result in the advancement of God's kingdom.
Philippians 1:12-14 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%201:12-14;&version=50;)
NIGERIA – Six Pastors Killed, 40 Churches Destroyed – Compass Direct News
Following Muslim attacks on Christians in Nigeria on Nov. 28-29, six pastors are dead, at least 500 other people killed and 40 churches destroyed, Compass Direct News reported. More than 25,000 persons were displaced in the two days of violence, according to the National Emergency Management Agency. What began as outrage over suspected vote fraud in local elections degenerated into angry Muslims taking aim at Christian sites rather than at political targets. Police and troops reportedly killed about 400 rampaging Muslims in an effort to quell the unrest, and Islamic extremists shot, slashed or stabbed to death most of more than 100 Christians killed. Pray for peace in this area. Ask God to comfort the families of those killed. Pray the testimonies of martyred believers will draw their persecutors into fellowship with Christ. Pray believers in Nigeria will forgive their persecutors. Psalm 91:1-4 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2091:1-4;&version=50;)

Frances
Dec 22nd 2008, 06:05 PM
Central Asia

Pray for the safety of Christian workers and their families, particularly those who have recently experienced threats from their neighbours and harassment from the police.

Tajikistan

pray that Christian marriages will reflect Jesus' Love to Tajik society.

Frances
Dec 23rd 2008, 05:29 PM
Uzbekistan

Police activity against Christians in Uzbekistan is ongoing. Ask God to protect those who continue to meet together to study God's Word as they are taking a great risk.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

one_lost_coin
Dec 23rd 2008, 06:39 PM
Please pray for the Chaldean refugees (Christians from Iraq) who have just arrived at our parish.

Frances
Dec 24th 2008, 05:44 PM
India

Violence in Orissa has spread - by those seeking to establish India as a Hindu nation. One who has experienced the reality of it said " They started destroying everything they saw in the house, and brutally beat us. Some young people came to my aid and took me to hospital. the next morning the fundamentalists attacked those who had helped m,e, forced them to bow down and worship their gods, shaved their heads and put a mark on their foreheads - as a sign they had become Hindus.
Over 20 people then came to my house and threatened to forcably convert me to Hinduism, they shaved my head, they forced me to drink cow's urine and eat it's dung, nobody stayed to help. They took all we had, even our animals. We are helpless and unable to receive any help from anywhere. We live in constant fear, but with strong determination not to leave our faith."

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Adam168
Dec 26th 2008, 10:52 PM
VOM-USA Prayer Update for December 26, 2008

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For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah%209:6;&version=50;)
PAKISTAN - Young Christian Woman and Her Father Imprisoned – VOM Sources

Twenty- year-old Sandul Bibi and her father Gulsher are in prison in Pakistan, charged with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the “blasphemy” law. Sandul is falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran. On Oct. 9, a large crowd of Muslims attacked Christian families at a church, throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, “Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul.” Sandul and her father were arrested after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. Loudspeakers from different mosques broadcast accusations that Christians had disgraced the Quran, calling Muslims to attack and burn their homes. The angry crowd threw stones and set fire to Sandul’s home. Christians believe Sandul and her father were targeted and arrested because they were aggressively winning villagers to Christ. Pray Sandul and her father are released from prison. Ask God to encourage her family and for believers in Pakistan to be emboldened to continue proclaiming and sharing Christ.
Joshua 1:9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%201:9&version=50)
INDONESIA - Riots Erupt in Indonesia over Christian Teacher's Alleged Blasphemy – VOM Sources
On Dec. 9, riots broke out in Masohi, Central Maluku province, Indonesia, after Welhelmina Holle, a Christian elementary school teacher, allegedly made comments that insulted Islam while tutoring a Muslim student. News of the incident spread throughout the Muslim community, sparking the Indonesian Ulema Council to file a complaint with the police against Holle. Approximately 500 Muslims protested outside the Central Maluku Education Agency, accusing Holle of blasphemy and calling for his dismissal. The mob then gathered outside the Central Maluku Police headquarters and demanded to meet with the police chief, but when informed that he was not on the premises, the Muslims dispersed. However, confrontations between some of the Muslims and police officials incited violence. Police and soldiers were eventually able to intervene, but two churches, a health clinic, several vehicles and approximately 65 homes were burned. At the time of the report, Holle remained in detention. He is reportedly being charged with blasphemy, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Ask God to strengthen Holle. Pray for those who have lost property in the riots. Pray that Christ will equip Indonesian Christians to follow His example and remain faithful to Him.
2 Timothy 1:7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%201:7;&version=50;)
KENYA - Somali Christian Shot by Muslims in Kenyan Refugee Camp – Compass Direct News
Salat Sekondo Mberwa, a Somali Christian who fled to a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, in 2005 after Muslims murdered a Christian relative, was shot by Muslims on Nov. 26, according to Compass Direct News. At approximately 6:00 p.m., the Muslims broke into Mberwa's residence in the camp and shot him in the shoulder as he tried to escape out a window. The assailants left him for dead. He was later discovered by his family and is recovering in Dadaab. Mberwa faced a similar attack on Oct.13 when five Muslim youths threatened him and forcibly entered his residence. When Mberwa and his son fought off the assailants, Mberwa was arrested by relief camp police. Pray for a speedy recovery for Mberwa. Ask God to protect the Mberwa family as they face opposition. Pray that Somali Christians forced to flee their country will continue to rely on the Lord to meet their needs. Psalm 103:1-5 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20103:1-5%20;&version=50;)

Frances
Dec 27th 2008, 04:47 PM
Syria

Thank God that this ancient Church, whose roots go back to the time of the Apostles, has so many young members. Pray that these young people will be willing to serve God unconditionally and will go wherever He sends them.

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 28th 2008, 05:16 PM
Syria

Pray that church leaders follow the Holy spirit's leading. Pray that they will discern how the younger members fit into God's plan for His Church.

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 29th 2008, 05:36 PM
Lebanon

Pray for greater unity among God's people; and that they will see they are all part of one Body, following one Lord.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 30th 2008, 04:59 PM
Lebanon

Over the past year it has become clear how easy it would be for the country to descend into another war. Pray that God's people will be filled with love for one another, and that this love will overflow to those around them.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Dec 31st 2008, 05:22 PM
Please pray for wisdom for Open doors International board of directors - that they will be one in spirit and purpose as they lead the company forward in serving our persecuted brothers and sisters across the world.

Adam168
Jan 2nd 2009, 10:38 PM
VOM-USA Prayer Update for January 2, 2009

The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com (http://www.persecution.com/)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 corinthians 4:16-18 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20corinthians%204:16-18;&version=50;)
CHINA - 40 Christian Leaders Detained, 16 Sentenced to Administrative Detention - China Aid Association

On Dec. 16, 40 pastors and house church leaders were detained at a Christian leaders gathering in Taoling village, Henan province, according to China Aid Association. Officials told the Christian leaders they needed to pay between a 1,000 to 2,00 yuan fine (US $11.20-$22.40). Some of the Christians were released after paying the fine. However, 16 leaders were sentenced to 10 to 15 days administrative detention for engaging in an "illegal religious gathering." Mr. Yan Linshan, the host of the meeting, received 10 days of administrative detention and a 1,000 yuan fine. Pray for the imprisoned Christian leaders. Ask God to encourage them and their families during this difficult time. Pray God protects Christians in China and for them to forgive their persecutors.
Psalm 27:1 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2027:1;&version=50;)
INDIA - Hindu Extremists Attack Christians in Karnataka - Compass Direct News
On Dec. 14, Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal group attacked a Christmas program organized by the Helping Hands organization and accused the director of forcible conversion. Extremists disrupted the program which helps rural women and children, accusing Samuel Moses of trying to forcibly convert women and children. The extremists burned gospel literature and took Moses and his accountant to the Bangarapet police station. The Christians were detained in the police station for about nine hours, with the incident publicized on local broadcast and print media. The Christians were later released without charges. Police Inspector Chinnana Swami told Compass Direct that the Christians were detained for questioning, but police found no forcible conversion and the case has been closed. Praise God the Christians were released. Ask God to protect Christians in India who face intimidation and sometimes imprisonment because of their faith in Christ.
Romans 8:31 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:31;&version=50;)
VIETNAM - Authorities Destroy Church Building - Compass Direct News
On Dec. 17, local government officials destroyed a new wooden church building built by Hmong Christians in Cu Hat village, Dak Lak province, Compass Direct News reported. A large contingent of government officials, police and demolition workers arrived at the church in the morning and destroyed it. Police with electric cattle prods beat hundreds of distraught Christians who rushed to the site to protect the building. Five people were injured in the atack, including a child who suffered a broken arm and a woman who was poked in the stomach with a cattle prod. Pray for those injured in this attack. Pray believers will be able to rebuild the church building. Romans 8:11 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:11;&version=50;)

Frances
Jan 5th 2009, 04:54 PM
15. Pakistan

For Christians in Pakistan, life in the “land of the pure” (this is what Pakistan means) is fraught with difficulties, limitations, discrimination, threats, pressure, harassment and occasionally murder. The government offers only very limited protection to Christians. As result, Muslim fanatics have almost free reign and they use their freedom to make life for Christians as difficult as possible. Add to this that corruption is rampant, and that the infamous Blasphemy Laws will not likely be repealed or adapted, and it is much easier to understand how difficult the situation of Pakistani Christians really is. They are second-class citizens at best. According to our information, the influence of fanatic Muslims increased in the state security forces and the police, which meant that Christians in general were more closely monitored than before. Also the number of attacks on churches, Christian homes and other meeting places increased.

Frances
Jan 6th 2009, 05:09 PM
23. Libya

Libya has no constitution and there is no law clearly providing for religious freedom. The country adheres to traditional Islamic law. It is prohibited to proselytize Muslims. The authorities restrict the importation and distribution of religious literature in the country. Converts from Islam are subject to social pressure and ostracism. Most persecution comes from family and society. The expatriate churches are generally free to conduct worship services on their compound as long as they do not engage in politics and they don’t allow access to Libyans. In contrast to 2006, the total number of points for Libya increased because we received reports that several Christians were arrested for their (suspected) Christian activities and others were physically harmed because of their faith.

Frances
Jan 7th 2009, 05:15 PM
24. Mauritania

The Islamic republic of Mauritania recognizes Islam as the official religion of its citizens. The government limits freedom of religion partly by restricting the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelization of Muslims, though private ownership is not prohibited. There is no freedom for conversion to a religion other than Islam. The sentence for apostasy is death -- although this sentence has (formally) not been carried out in recent years. According to our regional co-workers, there was no change in the trend toward Christian persecution.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Jan 8th 2009, 05:43 PM
39. Jordan

The state religion of Jordan is Islam. Conversion from Islam and evangelization of Muslims is prohibited. Converts from Islam face societal and sometimes governmental discrimination. Muslims who convert to another religion are still considered Muslims and fall under jurisdiction of Sharia courts. Jordan is known as one of the most Western-orientated and free countries in the Middle East. So the rise of points for Jordan will come as a surprise to many. This increase is explained by both more information that we received on the country and an increase in control of Christians in general, particularly the increased pressure on foreign missionaries. Many visas were not renewed, and three missionaries and their families were forced to leave the country, some after a few days of detainment. Church leaders reaching out to Muslims were harassed. Some ministry to Iraqi refugees was also hindered. Further, our staff in the region reported that it is now impossible for new denominations to register.

Frances
Jan 9th 2009, 05:04 PM
41. Belarus

Belarus has one of the most repressive regimes in Europe. Under the dictatorship of President Lukashenko, human rights are trampled and dissidents are jailed. The government continued to restrict religious freedom. Though the country officially has no state religion, the Belarusian Orthodox Church has a privileged position. Protestants (like Lutherans, Reformed, Evangelicals and Baptists) attracted negative attention, presumably for their perceived links with the United States. Numerous attacks on religious monuments, buildings, and cemeteries occurred with little discernable response from the government. Authorities kept many religious communities waiting as long as several years for decisions about property registration or restitution. Authorities also harassed and fined members of certain religious groups, especially those that the authorities appeared to regard as bearers of foreign cultural influence or as having a political agenda. Foreign missionaries, clergy, and humanitarian workers affiliated with churches faced many government-imposed obstacles, including deportation and visa refusal or cancellation. In 2007, the number of persecution incidents increased, resulting in a slightly higher score for the country on the list. More Christians were arrested and interrogated, more were harassed, and more church meetings were disrupted.

Adam168
Jan 10th 2009, 06:03 AM
VOM-USA Prayer Update for January 9, 2009

The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com (http://www.persecution.com/)

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John%203:1;&version=50;)
ERITREA – Approximately 100 Christians Arrested – VOM Canada

Since late November, approximately 100 Christians, including men, women and children have been arrested by Eritrean authorities, VOM Canada reported. The wave of house arrests began in northern Eritrean cities and moved to southern regions before reaching the capital, Asmara, on Dec. 12. Some of the detained Christians were reportedly transferred to a military facility and were severely mistreated. Local sources indicate that an unspecified number may have died due to untreated injuries sustained in detention. Pray for the release of those detained. Ask God to comfort those who have lost loved ones. Pray that Eritrean Christians will continue to follow Christ's example of faithfulness, even at great cost. Pray that Eritrea's leaders will repent and come to faith in Christ.
1 Peter 2:21 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%202:21&version=50)
BANGLADESH – Christians Held Captive – Compass Direct News
On Dec. 10, 13 believers who converted to Christianity from Buddhism four months ago were forcibly held captive by Buddhist clerics and local officials in Rangamati district, Chittagong division, Bangladesh, Compass Direct News reported. In an attempt to coerce them to reconvert to Buddhism, the Christians were reportedly pressured into undergoing Buddhist rituals, such as shaving their heads and wearing saffron robes. According to local Christian leaders, believers in this predominantly Buddhist area often face eviction from their homes or bodily harm if they refuse to return to Buddhism. Pray that these Christians will be released unharmed. Pray that they will cling to God for their strength. Ask God to work in the hearts of those who oppose His followers in this area.
Psalm 63:8 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2063:8;&version=50;)
CHINA – Church Building Destroyed, Believers Beaten – China Aid Association
On Dec. 17, the officially registered Chengnan Christian Church of Tinghu district in Jiangsu province was attacked by a mob led by government officials, according to China Aid Association. Over 50 Christians were gathered for worship when police officers barged in and dragged several believers outside where more than a thousand people were gathered, including government officials and security guards. The crowd then demolished the church's office, training center and cafeteria and confiscated church property. Ten believers were beaten when they tried to stop the destruction. The church has faced ongoing harassment from government officials and had obtained a court order on the evening of Dec. 16 to protect their building from such an attack. It is suspected that the destruction was the result of officials and powerful businessmen working in collusion to obtain the coveted church property by force. Pray for these Christians in the aftermath of this attack. Ask God to give healing to those injured. Pray that those responsible will come to repentance and be reconciled to God. Romans 8:11 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:11;&version=50;)

Frances
Jan 10th 2009, 04:39 PM
42. Palestinian Territories

The Palestinian Territories – West Bank and Gaza – are new on the World Watch List this year. During the past year, the trend towards persecution of Christians increased considerably. Apart from that, we also collected more information on this area than in previous years. The Palestinian Territories fall under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, which does not have a constitution. The Palestinian Basic Law provides for freedom of religion. However, it also states that Islam is the official religion and that the principles of Sharia shall be the main source of legislation. In June 2007, the unity government of Hamas and Fatah came to an end when Hamas militants launched a military coup against Fatah. A few days later, they took over the Gaza strip. In the same period, unidentified militants attacked the Rosary Sisters School. The victory of Hamas also resulted in more violence against Muslim Background Believers (MBBs). Given these circumstances, extremist Muslims seem to feel increasingly encouraged to persecute MBBs. Also, a growing number of incidents against MBBs were reported: e.g. two believers had to flee to Jordan; one of them was detained by his family because he converted to Christianity. The manager of the Bible Society Bookshop in Gaza was killed after he had received threats from extremist Muslims. Nobody has been charged with the murder. The bookshop was bombed in April 2007 after previous threats. Several other Christians were imprisoned, questioned and beaten because of their faith.

Frances
Jan 11th 2009, 04:39 PM
1. North Korea

North Korea is again on the top of the list for the sixth time in a row. The government deals harshly with all opponents, including those who engage in religious practices. A personality cult has been built around the country's leader, Kim Jong-Il, and his late father and founding president, Kim Il-sung. The North Korean population is cut off and isolated from the rest of the world and dependent on the regime for their needs. It is a widespread North Korean perception that Christianity is "a bad element" in the socialist country. The North Korean authorities have brutally persecuted and slaughtered God's people. Christians have been beaten, arrested, tortured, or killed because of their religious beliefs. Our local source estimates the number of underground Christians to be at least 200,000, and it's likely that there are as many as 400,000 to half-a-million believers. At least a quarter of the Christians are imprisoned for their faith in political prison camps, from which people rarely get out of alive. Raids are made regularly, both in North Korea and China, to arrest refugees and those helping them. However, the Christians are brave and they dream of reopening the churches of their forefathers.

Frances
Jan 12th 2009, 06:13 PM
2. Saudi Arabia

In Sharia-ruled Saudi Arabia, the deplorable state of religious freedom remained generally unaltered. Under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic law, apostasy (conversion to another religion) is punishable by death if the accused does not recant. There were no reports of executions for apostasy in 2007. Public non-Muslim worship is prohibited. Non-Muslim worshippers who engage in such activities risk arrest, imprisonment, lashing, deportation, and sometimes torture. Like the previous year, several Christians were arrested for their involvement in religious activities.

Frances
Jan 13th 2009, 06:06 PM
A radio presenter in UK is taking legal action after he alleged he was sacked for offending Muslims by defending Christianity on air, please pray that the Lord is Glorified through the outcome.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4213994/Presenter-sacked-for-supporting-the-Bibles-teachings-on-radio.html

Frances
Jan 14th 2009, 05:52 PM
B] Iran [/B]

Islam is the official religion in Iran, and all laws and regulations must be consistent with the official interpretation of Sharia law. Although Christians are a recognized religious minority who are guaranteed religious freedom, they have reported imprisonment, harassment and discrimination because of their faith. Armenian and Assyrian churches are allowed to teach fellow countrymen in their own language, but it is forbidden to minister to people with a Muslim background (speaking Farsi). Under Iran's strict apostasy laws, any Muslim who leaves Islam to embrace another religion faces the death penalty. Many church services are being monitored by the secret police. Believers that are active in churches or the cell group movement are being pressured. They are questioned, arrested and sometimes put in jail and beaten. Individual believers are being oppressed by society, under pressure of the authorities. They have difficulty in finding and keeping a job and are easily fired when it becomes known they are Christian.

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Jan 15th 2009, 05:26 PM
Maldives

In the archipelago of the Maldives, Islam is the official state religion and all citizens must be Muslims. Sharia law is observed, which prohibits the conversion from Islam to another religion. A convert could lose citizenship. It is prohibited to practice any other religion than Islam, which is considered to be an important tool in stimulating national unity and maintenance of the government’s power. Thus it is impossible to open any churches, though foreigners are allowed to practice their religion in private if they don’t encourage citizens to participate. The Bible and other Christian materials cannot be imported apart from a copy for personal use. In the country -- one of the least evangelized countries on earth -- there are only a handful of indigenous believers, and they live their faith in complete secrecy because of the omnipresent social control by other Maldivians. There is lack of respect for religious freedom in the Maldives. After bomb attacks against Western embassies, the government took active steps to curb radical Islam.

Frances
Jan 16th 2009, 04:48 PM
Bhutan

Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. A key leader says there are approximately 13,000 Bhutanese Christians in the country. Officially, the Christian faith does not exist and Christians are not allowed to pray or celebrate their faith in public. Christians can meet as a family but not collectively with other Christian families. Religious workers are denied visas to enter the country. Christian children are accepted in schools, but they face discrimination if known to be Christian and they face the constant pressure to attend Buddhist religious festivals. It is almost impossible for Christian students to get to university level. For Christians with government jobs, discrimination is also an issue, as there are cases of believers being deprived of government jobs simply because of their faith. The import of printed religious matter is banned, and only Buddhist religious texts are allowed in the country. Persecution mainly comes from the family, the community, and the monks who yield a strong influence in the society. There is discrimination for some Christian workers in the government, but this is not rampant. Cases of atrocities (i.e. beatings) are sporadic. The persecution mainly comes in the form of pressure to reconvert, and this comes mainly from the family and community.

Frances
Jan 18th 2009, 06:02 PM
Yemen

The Yemeni Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but it also declares that Islam is the state religion and that Sharia is the source of all legislation. The Yemeni government allows expatriates some freedom to live out their faith, but Yemeni citizens are not allowed to convert to Christianity (or other religions). Converts from Islamic background may face the death penalty if they are discovered. Proselytizing of Muslims is prohibited. During the past year, several Christian converts were arrested and physically harmed for their faith. There was no major change in the lack of religious freedom for Christians in Yemen .

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Jan 20th 2009, 06:31 PM
Afghanistan

Afghanistan is an Islamic republic with no churches and a Christian population of about 0.01 percent. After domination by Muslim fundamentalists, there is still much anarchy, and the central government does not control the entire country. Violence occurs frequently, and Muslim fundamentalist resistance seems to be gaining strength and confidence. Freedom of religion as stated in the nation's constitution remains a contradiction, as Islamic law is promoted as the law of the land. Although it guarantees freedom of religion to non-Muslims, laws that are “contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam” are prohibited by the same constitution. Christians need to be very careful. Foreigners caught in outreach are jailed and usually deported. Local Afghans who commit themselves to Christ are often pressured by family and society to follow the cultural norms of Islam. Converts to Christ suffer repeated verbal abuse and intimidation, beatings, loss of employment, imprisonment, and sometimes even death. Some had to flee the country for their lives. On July 19, 2007, rebel Taliban forces abducted a group of 23 Christian South Korean aid workers. Several were pressured to convert to Islam and beaten when they refused. Two of them were executed. The rest were later released and deported

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Jan 24th 2009, 05:32 PM
. Laos

Laos is a communist state with some 100,000-120,000 Protestants and about 45,000 Catholics. Though there has been some progress in southern areas (e.g. Attapeu province), the state's attitude towards Christians continues to decline in several northern areas of the country, especially regarding Hmong Christians. The year 2007 is unique, as the government has shown two faces. On the one hand, they have shown leniency towards Christianity in certain areas of the country. On the other hand, they have shown their dislike for the church and continue to consider Christians as enemies of the state, specifically by being passive towards the local authorities in the provincial and district levels that continue to restrict religious and ethnic minority rights. The Laotian authorities allow limited presence of Christianity and put leaders especially under strict surveillance. The regime limits the number of open churches, and it closes churches, especially in the countryside. The church in Laos experiences societal pressure against converts who renounce evil spirit worship, surveillance at every level by the state, and social control. Still there are many unregistered activities, and the church seems to be growing despite persecution.

Frances
Jan 28th 2009, 06:17 PM
Uzbekistan

Restrictions and persecution continued for Christians in Uzbekistan The government has passed legislation that prohibits or severely restricts activities such as proselytizing, importing and disseminating religious literature, and offering private religious instruction. The law prohibits having more than one copy of a Christian book, including the Bible. In order to operate, churches must obtain registration, which is very hard to get. As there are few registered churches, many Christians have to meet secretly in homes under constant threat of arrest for illegal religious activities. Police raids are common and often lead to Christians being arrested, beaten and even tortured, and their literature and other Christian material destroyed. Uzbek believers are especially put under pressure to reconvert to Islam. The media regularly agitate against Christians and this causes an increase of intolerance in society.

Frances
Jan 31st 2009, 06:07 PM
China

China is a large country with many contradictions. There are Christians who are restricted in their freedom to worship, but there are also areas where the situation is not as tight. Although the situation in China differs per region, it remains difficult for many Christians to practice their faith.

Frances
Feb 2nd 2009, 05:34 PM
Pakistan

For Christians in Pakistan, life in the “land of the pure” (this is what Pakistan means) is fraught with difficulties, limitations, discrimination, threats, pressure, harassment and occasionally murder. The government offers only very limited protection to Christians. As result, Muslim fanatics have almost free reign and they use their freedom to make life for Christians as difficult as possible. Add to this that corruption is rampant, and that the infamous Blasphemy Laws will not likely be repealed or adapted, and it is much easier to understand how difficult the situation of Pakistani Christians really is. They are second-class citizens at best. According to our information, the influence of fanatic Muslims increased in the state security forces and the police, which meant that Christians in general were more closely monitored than before. Also the number of attacks on churches, Christian homes and other meeting places increased.

source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Feb 5th 2009, 05:17 PM
Libya

Libya has no constitution and there is no law clearly providing for religious freedom. The country adheres to traditional Islamic law. It is prohibited to proselytize Muslims. The authorities restrict the importation and distribution of religious literature in the country. Converts from Islam are subject to social pressure and ostracism. Most persecution comes from family and society. The expatriate churches are generally free to conduct worship services on their compound as long as they do not engage in politics and they don’t allow access to Libyans.

Frances
Feb 7th 2009, 07:51 PM
. Pakistan

For Christians in Pakistan, life in the “land of the pure” (this is what Pakistan means) is fraught with difficulties, limitations, discrimination, threats, pressure, harassment and occasionally murder. The government offers only very limited protection to Christians. As result, Muslim fanatics have almost free reign and they use their freedom to make life for Christians as difficult as possible. Add to this that corruption is rampant, and that the infamous Blasphemy Laws will not likely be repealed or adapted, and it is much easier to understand how difficult the situation of Pakistani Christians really is. They are second-class citizens at best. According to our information, the influence of fanatic Muslims increased in the state security forces and the police, which meant that Christians in general were more closely monitored than before. Also the number of attacks on churches, Christian homes and other meeting places increased

Frances
Feb 10th 2009, 06:02 PM
(Apologies for posting Pakistan twice in three days).

. Mauritania

The Islamic republic of Mauritania recognizes Islam as the official religion of its citizens. The government limits freedom of religion partly by restricting the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelization of Muslims, though private ownership is not prohibited. There is no freedom for conversion to a religion other than Islam. The sentence for apostasy is death -- although this sentence has (formally) not been carried out in recent years.

Frances
Feb 12th 2009, 05:07 PM
Jordan

The state religion of Jordan is Islam. Conversion from Islam and evangelization of Muslims is prohibited. Converts from Islam face societal and sometimes governmental discrimination. Muslims who convert to another religion are still considered Muslims and fall under jurisdiction of Sharia courts. Jordan is known as one of the most Western-orientated and free countries in the Middle East. So the rise of points for Jordan will come as a surprise to many. This increase is explained by both more information that we received on the country and an increase in control of Christians in general, particularly the increased pressure on foreign missionaries. Many visas were not renewed, and some missionaries and their families were forced to leave the country, some after a few days of detainment. Church leaders reaching out to Muslims were harassed. Some ministry to Iraqi refugees was also hindered. Further, it is now impossible for new denominations to register.

Frances
Mar 2nd 2009, 07:11 PM
North Korea

Christians continue to experience severe persecution. The only worship allowed is that of the ‘beloved leader’ Kim Jung-il and his father Kim Il-Sung. Christians are seen as a threat, so increasing numbers have been sentenced to horrific conditions in labour camps or secretly executed. The border with China is virtually closed and Chinese Authorities vigilantly persue North Korean defectors and return them home.

Pray for the estimated 400,000 believers, especially the 50-70,000 in labour camps, that they will know God’s Love and Comfort. Praise God that so many are determined to remain faithful, whatever the cost.

(source www.opendoorsuk.org)

Frances
Mar 6th 2009, 06:18 PM
Somalia

The tiny number of ethnic Somali Christians practice their faith under extremely dangerous conditions. At least 10 Christians were killed for their faith in 2008 and several others kidnapped and raped. Fighting between Somali Islamic militias and Ethiopian forces reportedly led to increasing hostility towards Christians in some areas. Islam is the official religion; there is no legal provision for religious freedom.

Pray for an end to the chronic political instability and fighting in this war-torn country. Pray that the handful of believers will grow in their faith, and that their freedom to worship will be recognised.

Frances
Mar 7th 2009, 05:36 PM
Iraq

Iraq’s Christian minority experienced much violence in 2008. Bomb blasts regularly damaged churches and Christians continued to receive death threats, some clearly intended to expel all Christians from areas of Baghdad and Mosul. At least five Christians were kidnapped and 35 murdered for their faith in 2008. the violence has forced tens of thousands of Christians out of their homes, some out of the country..
Pray for internally displaced people. Pray that those who have lost loved ones will be comforted, that their homes and liberty will be restored.

Frances
Mar 10th 2009, 06:40 PM
Bangladesh

Persecution increased in 2008. There were reports of believers being arrested, beaten and discriminated against by the police. In rural areas, families and local Muslims put pressure on believers to return to Islam. Pastors and their families are easy targets for local gangsters and Christian women my be harassed and violated. In May 2008, a pastor’s daughter was abducted and raped by a group of teenage Muslims.
Pray for pastors working with those becoming Christians from a Muslim background.