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    1 - Christians in North Korea
    Everyday life remains harsh for millions. For the fifth year in a row, this is the world's most difficult country in which to be a Christian. More were arrested in 2006 than in 2005. Now between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are suffering in prison camps, many undergoing torture, some facing death. Some take enormous risks to flee to China. If successful, they may be returned by China to face prison camps and worse. But some have become Christians in China.

    population 23.1 million (2% Christian)

  • #2
    vom groupsweekly prayer updatesVOM Prayer Updates for September 30, 2008
    On Tue. Sep 30 2008 at 08:52 AM Moderator wrote:
    IRAQ – Father and Son Martyred – Compass Direct News

    Rayan Nafei Jamooa, a Christian, was killed by a group of armed extremists on Sept. 10 in Mosul, Iraq, Compass Direct News reported. The murder occurred only two weeks after his father, Nassar Jamooa, also a Christian, was kidnapped and killed by unidentified assailants. Although there are often financial motivations behind the kidnapping of Christians in Iraq, a local clergyman noted that ransom money was not requested in either case and maintains that these men were targeted strictly because of their faith in Christ. Pray for those who are grieving the loss of Rayan and Nassar. Pray that their killers will come to know Christ’s love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of God’s people in Iraq.

    Romans 12:14, 21

    INDIA – Government Warns States to Control Anti-Christian Violence – VOM Sources

    VOM sources report India’s government formally warned Orissa and Karnataka state to control the anti-Christian violence that has continued into its fifth week following the murder of a Hindu leader by Maoists extremists. Despite the warning, VOM sources continue to receive reports of attacks on Christians in both states and throughout the country.

    * In Orissa’s Kandhamal district, a Christian man was hacked to death by militants who stopped him and his wife while they were fleeing to a relief camp in the town of Phulbani on Sept. 20. His wife escaped the scene unharmed. Arson attacks on at least 10 houses and the kidnappings of Christians have also been reported. A young Christian woman was dragged from a relief camp into a nearby jungle where she was abused by a gang of extremists.

    * In Karnataka, seven Christians were arrested and detained on charges of forcible conversion in Thalikare village and four churches, three in the city of Bangalore and one in Kodagu district, were ransacked and vandalized by extremists, also on Sept. 20.
    Pray for an end to this wave of brutal violence. Pray that believers under attack will set Christ apart as Lord and not give in to fear. Pray that those who persecute Christians will come to repentance and faith in Christ.

    1 Peter 3:14-17

    Sri Lanka – Churches Set on Fire – National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka

    More than 60 people set fire to a church building used for Sunday school in Puttlam district, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka reported. Members of the church who live in the vicinity arrived at the scene and attempted to stop the arson attack and were assaulted by the mob. The attackers threatened children who had also gathered, but their parents took them away to safety. The pastor informed the police about the attack, however, they were not able to bring the large mob under control for some time, but eventually succeeded in dispersing them. Meanwhile on Aug. 17, another church in Puttlam district was set on fire and completely destroyed during the night. A group of people who visited the pastor’s house earlier that evening and threatened him are suspected of having carried out the arson attack. A police complaint has been made and three people have been arrested. Pray for the members of these two churches. Ask God to protect them and provide resources to rebuild the church building. Pray their testimonies will glorify God and draw their persecutors into fellowship with Him.

    Psalm 23

    Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.


    • #3
      I am sad to say this is something that I sometimes forget to pray about...I want to have a bigger heart for praying for our brothers and sisters overseas.
      sigpic "My DADDY is bigger than your problems!"



      • #4
        Jesus, I forget to pray for others who are not in my centre of life.. Please Jesus take care of ALL who are suffering because they believe and trust in you!

        Jesus please hear my prayers always for..

        Lorie & Her Son's Matty & Josh
        Mieke & Charles,Vhayes & her Husband
        SteelerBabe,Ken, Gracie, Mike
        Colo & Famiy & MercyChild
        Daughter & Family
        Vickie & Ashley
        For ALL suffering with ALS
        Moonglow and Nate
        My Brother Greg, and Sister Victoria, Dad & Cecilia
        Maureen and her Sons Kevin & Keith
        Kevin & Gwen, Ron & Angel
        Gary &Cleaveland
        EVERYONE here at the BibleForums
        Please Jesus hear my prayers...

        ***GOD BLESS***

        Redneck Charger..


        • #5
          Father God we lift up each precious soul who has laid life and limb on the line for the Gospel's sake, protect and deliver them O God we do earnestly pray, give comfort on everyside, new found strength each day, encouragement in this dark valley, Lord undertake for each precious soul and each need, heal those who are wounded and those who have become ill, Lord undertake for their family's and friends and the churchs they had to leave, do all that needs to be done for each soul, each family , each church in Christ' Mighty name we do humbly pray amen and amen


          • #6
            Thank you Adam.

            2 - Christians in Saudi Arabia
            Under the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islamic law, apostasy (conversion to another religion) is punishable by death. Public non-Muslim worship is prohibited. Christians here are expatriate workers. In 2006 four East African Christians were arrested when meeting for worship. they were detained for over a month in tortuous conditions, allegedly for "preaching to Muslims, planting churches and gathering ladies and gentlemen together for prayer" and then deported.

            Population 27 million (5% Christian)



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              3 - Christians in Iran
              Presidant Ahmadiinejad's regime and the possibility of nuclear weapons attracts global attention. Shariah law is implemented and although Christians belong to a recognised religious minority guaranteed religious freedom, they have reported imprisonment, harassment and discrimination because of their faith. Some Muslim converts to Christianity have been arrested and held in custody for several weeks, then forced to pay large sums in bail.

              Population 69 million ( 0.3% Christian)



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                4 - Christians in Somalia
                Plagued by political instability, if not anarchy, there is no constitutional or legal protection of religious freedom in Somalia. Islam is the official religion, and social pressure is strong to respect Islamic tradition, especially in some rural areas. At least 6 Christians were killed for their faith in 2006. Most had Islamic backgrounds and were killed after this was revealed. An Italian nun was killed, possibly because of the Pope's comments about Islam.

                Population 8.8 million (few Christians)



                • #9
                  I pray to the Lord that he gives our brothers and sisters in Christ strength, but also mercy that they may know that Jesus died for their sins and that the Glory of Heaven awaits them.

                  Mark 10:

                  29"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first."

                  Matthew 5:

                  10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
                  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

                  11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

                  2 Thessalonians 1:

                  3We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

                  5All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

                  11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
                  “ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” ~ 1 Peter 1:3


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                    5 - Christians in Maldives
                    This multitude of tiny islands is one of the least evangelised countries on earth. All citizens must be Muslim. Sharia law is observed. Islam is considered to be an important tool in stimulating national unity and maintenance of the government's power. Conversion from Islam is prohibited. Converts can lose citizenship. No churches can be opened, though foreigners are allowed to practice their religion in private as long as they do not encourage citizen's to participate.

                    Population 359,000 (few Christians)



                    • #11
                      Father, please allow these brethren of ours to find relief in spreadding Your word. Let all things happening there be to the furtherance of Your sweet gospel. Bless those people with comfort in seeing you in the things being done in their country, and may all things be done to Your glory in Jesus' name. AMEN.
                      Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus


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                        6 - Christians in Yemen
                        The constitution guarantees freedom of religion but also declares that Islam is the state religion and that shariah is the source of all legislation. The government allows expatriates some freedom to live out their faith, but Yemeni citizens are not allowed to convert from Islam. Converts from an Islamic background may face the death penalty if they are discovered. Last year several Christian converts were arrested and physically harmed because of their faith.

                        Population 22 million (few Christians)



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                          7 - Christians in Bhutan

                          Officially, the Christian faith does not exist and Christians are not allowed to pray or celebrate in public. Even house gatherings involving several families are forbidden by the government. Religious workers are denied visas to enter Bhutan and the import of printed religious matter is restricted, with only Buddhist texts allowed in. Society exerts strong pressure to comply with Buddhist norms. Harassment and pressure by Buddhist zealots occur in certain areas.

                          Population 2.3 million (0.5% Christian)



                          • #14
                            Benjamin Persson sent a message to the members of Voice of The Martyrs.

                            Subject: Saudi Martyr - Fatima

                            Dear Fellow Ambassadors for Christ,

                            A member of our Facebook group from Saudi Arabia, sent me this prayer request and asked if I could send it on to you all.

                            A Saudi Arabian sister in Christ, Fatima al-Mutairi, was martyred by her brother in August for her faith in Jesus. Please stand with us and pray for her family, her tribe, and her country. More details, along with a poem that she wrote, is available at


                            grace and peace
                            Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.


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                              8 - Christians in Vietnam
                              The government is keen to paint a positive picture of human rights and religious freedom. In practice a system of registration is used to keep religious groups under strict control. In the Central Highlands evangelical Christianity has been seen as linked to independence movements: a government document indicates their aim is to "manage, limit and reverse the growth" of the Church in this region. Reports are that arbitrary arrests, harassment and fines continue.

                              Population 84.4 million (8% Christian)