Friday, November 28, 2008

Let's pray for this:

Thank you for joining with us as we pray for the persecuted church around the world. "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." -James 5:16


– Trial for Detained Christian Delayed – China Aid Association Chinese officials have yet to declare a new court date for Alimujiang Yimiti, a Christian house church leader and ethnic Uyghur in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang, detained since his arrest on Jan. 12, China Aid Association reported. In mid-October, Chinese state prosecutors returned Yimiti’s case to a Xinjiang court for consideration. Charges against Yimiti include “inciting secessionist sentiment to split the country” and “collecting and selling intelligence for overseas organizations,” CAA reported in June. Yimiti converted from Islam to Christianity more than 10 years ago and became active in the growing Uyghur church. Media reports state that Yimiti’s friends have said they believe his faith is the real reason for his arrest. Officials have threatened to hand down a sentence ranging from six years in prison to the death penalty. Pray for Yimiti and his family during this difficult time. Ask God to protect and comfort them and for believers in China to continue living out their faith unashamedly. Philippians 4:6-7


– Christians Acquitted in Blasphemy Case – Compass Direct News On Oct. 29, a court in northwestern Algeria acquitted three Christians charged with blaspheming Islam and threatening a member of their congregation who reconverted to Islam, Compass Direct News reported. The defendants believe the judge’s decision to acquit was due to the spurious evidence used against them. The acquittal also comes as part of a larger trend of the Algerian government bowing to negative international media attention and government condemnations of such cases, they said. Defendant Youssef Ourahmane said that as a result, a recent government crackdown against evangelical Christians has eased off in recent months. “We had noticed the last four or five months the government is trying to back down a little bit,” Ourahmane said. “I think the pressure on them has been strong, such as condemnations from the U.S. and foreign ministries from France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. This pressure from outside has embarrassed the Algerian government very much,” he added. Pray for believers in Algeria who face intense challenges when they live their lives for Christ. Ask God to encourage them and for grace to forgive their persecutors. Isaiah 54:17


– Pastor Sentenced to Community Service for Leading Unregistered Church – Forum 18 News Baptist pastor Andrei Blok has been sentenced to 150 hours of compulsory community service following his refusal to pay a fine for leading an “unregistered congregation,” Forum 18 News reported. “If not for many telephone calls to the court and city officials from around the world, Andrei could have been put into prison for several months," his family told Forum 18 News. Yuliya Merkel of the local Justice Department insisted to Forum 18 that Blok "needs" to register his church, and refused to say what would happen if the church continues to worship without registration. Pray for Pastor Blok, his family and congregation. Ask God to bless and encourage them during this challenging time. Pray they will be a witness of Christ’s love to their persecutors. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Now that we have the freedom to worship our Mighty God without inteferences, let's pray for our fellow brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted daily.
I am sure God will bless us all.



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