Friday, July 16, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 16, 2010

Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18


On Tue. Jul 13 2010 at 09:24 AM Moderator wrote:
INDIA — Assailants sever Christian's hand in India — VOM Contacts

On July 4, unknown assailants attacked a college professor, severing his right hand and part of his arm in Kerala, India. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts T.J. Joseph, a professor at Newman's College in Thodupuzha, was returning from a Sunday service at his church when a van pulled up beside him. The assailants forced him from his car and attacked him with knives and swords, amputating his lower arm and inflicting deep wounds to his body. At last report, doctors were attempting to save his limb. According to reports, several Muslim students were offended by test questions on an exam T.J. Joseph gave two months ago. After protests by Islamic groups, T.J. was suspended from his job and apologized for his “unintentional error.” Nevertheless, he continued to receive threats. T.J.’s assailants in the July 4 attack are suspected to be members of the Islamic militant group, the Popular Front of India, but the attack was condemned by other Islamic groups. The media in India reported that T.J. Joseph forgave his attackers. Praise God T.J. has forgiven his persecutors. Pray for his full and speedy recovery. Pray that the misunderstanding which led to the attack will be resolved. Pray for peace among India's religious communities.

Psalm 5:11-12

IRAQ — Christian killed in bomb attack — VOM Canada/ Asia News

On July 5, Behnam Sabti, a Christian, died instantly when a bomb exploded under his car in Mosul, Iraq. According to local reports, Behnam was killed because of his “religious identity.” In recent months, Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq have faced violence because of their beliefs. Pray for Behnam’s wife and three children as they mourn the loss of husband and father. Pray that those responsible for this attack will be found and brought to justice. Pray for peace in Iraq and that Christians will be able to live their faith in freedom. Pray Christians will forgive their persecutors.

Joshua 1: 8-9

INDONESIA — Christians face death threat and increasing opposition — Compass Direct News

In recent months, Christians in Bekasi, Indonesia have faced growing opposition from Muslim extremists opposed to “Christianization,” according to Compass Direct News. Compass reported that on June 27, Muslim organizations in Bekasi announced they would establish “paramilitary units in local mosques” to oppose “ongoing attempts to convert people to Christianity.” Muslims have accused Christians of “aggressive proselytizing.” Church services throughout the city have been interrupted repeatedly and Christians have been threatened. In June, the Bekasi Islamic Congress met and set up a “mission center” along with a youth army to oppose Christian efforts. There is also a push for Shariah law in the region. Pray for protection for Christians in Bekasi. Pray the authorities will protect the Christians against opposition from militant Islamic groups.

Revelation 2:9-11

Saturday, July 10, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 9, 2010

"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18


On Tue. Jul 06 2010 at 10:55 AM Moderator wrote:
INDIA — Pastors Attacked — VOM Contacts

On June 23, two Assemblies of God pastors, Shiju Kuriakose and Jayan, were attacked by unknown assailants, according to VOM contacts. The pastors were beaten with iron rods while leaving a prayer meeting at a Christian’s home in Bangalore, India. Both pastors were badly injured and were admitted to the hospital. Pray that God will heal their injuries and give them wisdom and strength to continue sharing the gospel.

Ephesians 6:18–20

NEPAL — Pastor and Church Members Beaten by Maoists — VOM Contacts

On June 13, Maoist rebels in Nepal attacked Christians at an evening prayer meeting, according to VOM contacts. The rebels ordered them to stop the meeting and then assaulted the pastor and believers when they refused. Before the attack, the pastor had asked the Maoists to leave and return the next day to talk with him, but the rebels instead began to beat him with sticks. When church members, including the pastor’s father and women in the church, tried to defend the pastor, the Maoists attacked them, too. The rebels also burned Bibles and hymnals during the attack. The following day, local villagers accused the Christians of not paying the “temple tax” and of “converting the local people to Christianity.” Each family was ordered to pay the exorbitant tax, and Christians have been warned that they will be expelled from the village if they do not pay. Some believers have voluntarily left the village, and those remaining risk losing their homes. Pray that God will heal the pastor and others who were beaten during this attack. Pray that they will look to Christ for strength and direction and that their testimonies will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ.

Psalm 5:11–12

PAKISTAN — 20th Court Hearing for Asia Bibi — VOM Contacts

Asia Bibi’s 20th court hearing is scheduled for today, July 6, in Pakistan. According to VOM contacts, witnesses for the prosecution again failed to appear in court on June 29. Pray that the judge will rule in Asia’s favor and all charges will be dropped. Praise God for her courage during this difficult time.

2 Corinthians 1:8–9

Friday, July 2, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 2, 2010

"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18



On Tue. Jun 29 2010 at 12:07 PM Moderator wrote:
PAKISTAN--18th Court Hearing for Asia Bibi--VOM Contacts

Asia Bibi’s 18th court hearing is scheduled for today, June 29, in Pakistan. According to VOM contacts, witnesses for the prosecution have never appeared in court and the judge is becoming increasingly impatient with them. Pray that the judge will dismiss the false charge of blasphemy against Asia so that she can rejoin her husband and daughters. Praise God for her faithfulness.

Psalm 91:1-6

CHINA--Beijing Christian Harassed, Henan Believers Sent to Labor Camps--China Aid Association

On June 22, Chen Tianshi, head of a house church in Beijing, was visited by Public Security Bureau police. Police told Chen they had come to "check on his temporary residence certificate." But Chen told Radio Free Asia that the police had been watching him because of a recent article he had written on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
In Henan, two members of a house church have been sentenced to one year of re-education through labor on charges of engaging in "cult activities." A statement by the re-education administrative committee accuses the two believers of teaching "heresies and fallacies" in an organization called Total Scope Church. However, a local believer said the charges were fabricated and the two are not members of Total Scope Church. Pray that believers in China will remain faithful and courageous.

Psalm 5:11-12

INDIA--Ministry Vehicles Burned by Hindu Extremists--VOM Contacts

On June 22, seven vehicles belonging to Jesus With Us Ministries were burned by Hindu extremists in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Hindu extremists reportedly poured gasoline on the vehicles, which were parked in the church compound, and then ignited the fuel. The vehicles were completely gutted by fire. Neighbors alerted the pastor and local police, who investigated the incident. Believers say the arson was probably prompted by a meeting the church held a few days earlier. The vehicles had been used to transport believers to the meetings. Pray for peace between Hindus and Christians in Tamil Nadu. Pray that the church vehicles will be replaced and that the believers’ testimonies will draw Hindus into fellowship with Christ.

Romans 8:34-36

Friday, June 25, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 25, 2010

"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18


On Tue. Jun 22 2010 at 01:03 PM Moderator wrote:
INDIA — Christian Forcibly “Reconverted” to Hinduism — VOM Canada / Asia News

On June 8, 19-year-old Bhakta Bivar was beaten, tortured and forced to participate in a ceremony “reconverting” him to Hinduism, according to VOM Canada and Asia News. Six Hindu extremists reportedly stormed Bhakta’s home in Nuapada district, Orissa state, India, intending to kill him and his parents. When the attackers realized Bhakta’s parents were not home, they beat him and dragged him to the local Hindu temple, where he was forcibly “reconverted” to Hinduism. The next day, police arrested five of the assailants, who were charged and then released. Pray that Bhakta will not be fearful but will turn to the Lord for his daily strength. Pray that the persecution he has faced will embolden him to witness to his Hindu neighbors. Ask God to bring peace to India’s Orissa state.

Matthew 5:13–16

SOMALIA — Christian Convert Abused by Family — Compass Direct News

A 17-year-old girl in the Gedo Region of Somalia was severely beaten by her family recently after they discovered she had converted to Christianity, according to Compass Direct News. Nurta Mohamed Farah, 17, was later taken to a doctor, who prescribed medication for a “mental illness.” When she refused to abandon her Christian faith, her family forced her to take the medication. Nurta’s family has read Islamic scripture to her twice a week since May 10, when they learned of her conversion. Somalis traditionally believe that the Quran cures the sick — especially the mentally ill. Nurta has been shackled to a tree during the day and held in a small, dark room at night, according to Compass. “There is little the community can do about her condition, which is very bad,” a Christian source told Compass. “I have advised our community leader to keep monitoring her condition but not to meddle for their own safety. … We need prayers and human advocacy for such inhuman acts, and for freedom of religion for the Somali people.” Pray that Nurta will be encouraged and emboldened as she suffers for her faith. Pray that her steadfast commitment to Christ will soften the hearts of her parents so that they, too, will come to know him.

Psalm 91:1–5

CHINA — Pastor Released on Bail — China Aid Association

On June 13, Pastor Wang Dao was released on bail after being held for more than a month on charges of “gathering a mob to disrupt the public order,” according to China Aid Association. Pastor Wang was arrested in China’s Guangdong Province in early May. Pastor Wang, a leader of the Liangren Church, has reportedly been threatened with exile and denied the right to meet with his lawyers. He now faces new charges of “hindering the administration of credit cards.” Pastor Wang insists the criminal charges were brought against him because of his Christian faith. Pastor Wang’s house church has also faced unjust treatment from authorities, according to China Aid. Church members have reportedly been locked out of their rented building, ordered to disband from a peaceful meeting in a park and evicted from another rented building. Upon his release, Pastor Wang expressed thanks to all those in his Christian family who have prayed for and supported him. Pray that the charges against Pastor Wang will be dropped and that he and members of his church will stand firm in their faith in Christ.

Psalm 23:1–5

Friday, June 18, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 11, 2010

"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18


On Tue. Jun 15 2010 at 09:34 AM Moderator wrote:
AFGHANISTAN — Christian Aid Groups Suspended — The New York Times

On May 31, the Afghanistan government suspended two Christian relief organizations over suspicions that they converted Afghans to Christianity. Proselytizing and converting from Islam to Christianity are crimes in Afghanistan. According to a New York Times report, an Afghan television station, Noorin TV, mentioned the two Christian organizations in a report that showed Westerners baptizing Afghans, and Afghans praying at private prayer meetings. However, Noorin TV later confirmed that it had no evidence linking the organizations to the baptisms or prayer meetings. Mohammed Sediq Amarkhiel, a spokesman for the government agency that regulates aid groups in Afghanistan, told The New York Times that there was no evidence against the Christian aid groups. He said the groups were suspended because television reports “raised suspicions” and “made people very emotional and angry.” Amarkhiel said the government will further investigate the groups’ activities. “If they are really involved in proselytizing Afghan people for Christianity, then definitely these people will be introduced to the judicial authorities,” Amarkhiel said. The report by Noorin TV led to a protest by Kabul University students and has also fueled anti-Christian sentiment within the Afghan government. According to the Associated Press (AP), the deputy secretary of the Afghan Parliament has called for the execution of Afghan Christians. The AP report quotes the deputy secretary as saying, “Those Afghans that appeared on this video film should be executed in public. The house should order the attorney general and the National Department of Security to arrest these Afghans and execute them.” Pray for believers as they share the gospel in this very difficult region. Pray that their testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ.

Romans 8:34–36

IRAQ — Christian Killed in Kirkuk — VOM Canada

On June 7, a Christian businessman was shot to death in front of his home in Kirkuk, Iraq, according to VOM Canada. Those who witnessed the murder of 34-year-old Hani Salim Wadi described it as a “targeted killing.” Several Christians in Kirkuk and Mosul have been attacked in recent months, and Christians in Iraq have expressed fear of renewed violence. Chaldean Archbishop Emil Nona said, “We are seeing another, the umpteenth, attack against Christians. The violence continues without relief.” Pray for Hani Salim Wadi’s wife, daughter and extended family as they mourn their loss. Ask God to guard the hearts of Iraqi Christians against fear so they can continue serving him with boldness.

2 Timothy 3:10–12

Sunday, May 30, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for May 28, 2010

"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18


VOM-USA Prayer Update for May 28, 2010
On Tue. May 25 2010 at 02:15 PM Moderator wrote:
IRAN — Christian Women Acquitted — Elam Ministries

On May 22, Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh were acquitted of all charges by the Iranian judicial authorities, according to Elam Ministries. Iranian authorities warned Maryam and Marzieh that any future Christian activity would be dealt with seriously. “We are most grateful to everyone who prayed for us,” Marzieh told Elam Ministries. “I have no doubt that God heard the prayers of his people.” Maryam added, “I believe our arrest, imprisonment and subsequent release were in the timing and plan of God, and it was all for his glory. But the prayers of people encouraged and sustained us throughout this ordeal.” Following their acquittal, Marzieh and Maryam left Iran for another country. Praise God for his mercies and for the final acquittal of these women. Thank God for their courage and resilience, and pray that God will continue to protect and encourage them. Pray that their courage and testimony will draw their persecutors into fellowship with Christ.

Psalm 18:2–3

UZBEKISTAN — Christians Arrested and Fined — Forum 18 News

On May 18, three members of the Church of Christ in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, were sentenced to 15 days in jail following a raid on their church, according to Forum 18 News. Eight believers were charged in connection with the raid. Three of those charged, Avanesyan, Dechkov and Adambaev, were detained immediately and sentenced to 15 days in jail, while the other five, Babaeva, Son, Kim, Avakyan and Ravilova, were fined. Two of the believers were fined 80 times the minimum monthly wage (more than $1,500), and the others were fined five times the minimum monthly wage (more than $100). Local Christians are concerned that authorities are trying to close the Church of Christ, according to Forum 18 reports. Pray that God will give these believers the strength to stand firm despite persecution, and pray that they will be bold witnesses of Christ’s love and truth to their oppressors.

Revelation 2:9–11

EGYPT — Update: Christian Convert’s Lawsuit Suspended — Compass Direct News

An Egyptian court has suspended a lawsuit filed by Mohammed Hegazy to change the religion status on his identification card from “Muslim” to “Christian,” according to Compass Direct News. The courts will not rule on Mohammed’s case until the Constitutional Court rules on a challenge to the section of civil code that, in theory, allows Egyptians to change the religion status listed on their card. Mohammed fears that the court’s suspension endangers his children’s welfare and will force them to lead a double life indefinitely. “I didn't want them to have to go through the same harassment and persecution that I went through,” he told Compass Direct. “My daughter won’t be able to go to school without constantly fearing for her safety. She might even be killed simply because she is my daughter.” Pray that God will sustain and protect Mohammed, his wife and their two young children. Pray that the courts will ultimately allow Mohammed to change the religion status on his I.D. card and that his case will embolden others to push for religious freedom in Egypt.

Hebrews 10:32–34

Friday, May 14, 2010

VOM-USA Prayer Update for May 14, 2010

"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18


On Thu. May 13 2010 at 02:08 PM Moderator wrote:
IRAN — Christian Released on Bail — Farsi Christian News Network

On April 24, Vahik Abrahamian, an Armenian Christian, was temporarily released from Evin prison after 53 days in solitary confinement, according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN). Abrahamian and his wife were arrested by undercover officers while returning home from visiting a friend. His wife was released immediately, but Abrahamian was searched and detained. While in prison, he was denied access to a lawyer and was not allowed to speak with his family. Abrahamian finally gained temporary release from prison after paying bail. “The arrest of this Christian man, who is a dual citizen of Iran and the Netherlands, caused great shock and concern among his friends and acquaintances,” FCNN reported. “He had voluntarily returned to Iran to serve his people as a social worker and to demonstrate the love of God to them.” Pray for him and other believers who face persecution in Iran. Pray that Abrahamian’s case will be dismissed, and ask God to move on behalf of Christians in prison who are awaiting court dates in cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Qom, Rasht and Tabriz.

Psalm 91:1–5

IRAQ — Bomb Attack Targets Christian Students — Compass Direct News

On May 2, a bomb attack near Mosul killed one person and injured nearly 160, including at least 50 Christian students, according to Compass Direct News. The attack targeted three buses that transport Christian students from villages east of Mosul to their classes at the University of Mosul. The buses were traveling their daily route, escorted by two military vehicles, when a roadside bomb followed by a car bomb exploded as the buses cleared a checkpoint east of Mosul. The owner of a nearby auto repair shop, Radeef Hashim Mahrook, was killed in a secondary blast as he tried to help the students. More than 1,000 students have dropped out of classes for the rest of the semester as a result of the attack. Pray that God will comfort those mourning the loss of Radeef. Ask God to heal the bodies of the injured students, and pray that this experience will lead them into a closer relationship with Christ. Pray for an end to these attacks against the Christian community in Iraq.

Revelation 2:10

CHINA — Update: Chinese Pastor Released — China Aid Association

Pastor Dou Shaowen was released from prison on April 17, nearly two months before the end of his one-year sentence, according to China Aid Association. Government officials had abolished his house church in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, in December 2008, but Pastor Dou continued to organize religious activities. He was arrested on June 14, 2009, and sentenced to one year of re-education through labor. Pastor Dou reportedly lost 38 pounds while in the re-education camp, where he was forced to work 18 hours a day and sleep in a room with more than 70 other prisoners. Praise God that Pastor Dou has been released early from prison. Pray that God will heal Pastor Dou’s body and that Pastor Dou will remain steadfast in the faith.

1 Peter 5:8–10

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