Monthly archive for December 2021

India – Christians Assaulted and Detained

On 17th October,  about 60 Christians were beaten, stoned and had their vehicles vandalized by an angry mob. The believers were accused of forcefully converting people to Christianity and detained. Some of them have since been released on bail but others remain imprisoned.

Pray that these believers will remain firm in their faith and the Holy Spirit will help them forgive their attackers. Pray that those who were injured in the attack will receive physical healing.

Pray that those who are persecuting them will hear the gospel, experience God’s forgiveness and love, and receive salvation.  

 

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Myanmar – Family Expelled From Their Land and Home after Receiving Salvation in the Lord

After Aung Hte and his wife received salvation in Christ in 2017, his in-laws expelled him and his family from their land and home in an effort to appease the spirits they worshipped.

His family became destitute and was forced to live in a tent on rented land while Aung Hte worked in a remote fishing village to provide for his family’s needs.

Pray that Aung Hte and his family will find a safe and permanent shelter. Pray that their faith in the Lord will continue to grow in spite of the difficulties they are facing.

Prat that their relatives will see the love of Christ reflected in the lives of Aung Hte and be open to hear the gospel and receive salvation.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Nepal – Pray for Pastor Keshav

Pastor Keshav from the Abundant Harvest Church in Pokhara, Nepal, was initially arrested and detained in March 2020 for allegedly releasing a video claiming that the COVID-19 virus could be healed through prayer. The pastor denies ever uploading the video. Click here for more details on this case : https://gosheninternational.org/nepal-pastor-released-on-bail/.

He was released on bail but re-arrested and charged with “outraging religious feelings” and “attempting to convert”. He was detained in a remote area with restricted access to transportation.

On 21 November 2021, Pastor Keshav was convicted and imprisoned for proselytizing. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined 20,000 NPR (SGD $225.85).

Pray that God will intervene in Pastor Keshav’s case such that his sentence will be overturned upon appeal and he will be released from prison. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move mightily in the hearts of those involved in his case such that the truth of the matter will be unveiled and justice will prevail.

Pray that the church and the ministries that Pastor Keshav oversees will remain firm in their faith and carry on with the ministry work. Pray that many in Nepal will have the opportunity to hear the gospel message and receive salvation.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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Pakistan – Christian Prisoner Acquitted

Sajjad, a Christian, was accused and charged in 2011 for allegedly sending insulting text messages. He was initially sentenced to life in prison but this sentence was, in March 2021, changed to the death penalty.  Sajjad’s many appeals against his sentence was met with numerous delays.

During his time of imprisonment, Sajad endured torture and ostracism. Even his brother and nephew were attacked and threatened after visiting Sajjad in prison.

We praise God that Sajjad has finally been acquitted of all charges by the High Court in Lahore on the grounds of insufficient evidence. He was released from prison on 13th November.

Pray for Sajjad and his family as they are, for safety reasons, unable to live life as they used to. Pray that they will be able to adjust to a new way of life. Pray that they needs, both emotional and physical, will be divinely provided for.

Pray that God will protect Sajjad and  family and all those involved in his acquittal, from the dangers of mob violence.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Pakistan – Pray for Christian Nurses Released on Bail

Two Christian nurses, Maryam and Navish, were arrested in April this year and charged for desecrating religious hangings on a wall. They were acting on the instructions of their superior, the head nurse. Click here for more details on this case : https://gosheninternational.org/pakistan-please-pray-for-two-christian-nurses/

We thank God that these two believers have been granted bail in September and released from prison. According to their lawyer, they are staying in a secure location. For safety reasons, they have not been able to return home or return to work.

Pray that Maryam and Navish will be acquitted of all charges against them. Pray for their safety and that of their families, legal representatives and all others involved in their case.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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