Persecuted Watch

Pakistan – Pray for Amjed & Samina

Samina had to work in a factory to support her family and pay for her husband’s medical expenses. Her husband, Amjed, suffers from kidney disease requiring dialysis three times a week.

When Samina prayed to the Lord at work, her co-workers stopped her and pressured her to renounce her Christian faith. Despite the pressure, Samina and Amjed have stood firm in their faith, praying regularly at home and at church.

Pray for the couple to continue to be encouraged as they navigate Amjed’s health challenges, their financial troubles and persecution at Samina’s workplace.

Pray for Amjed to be healed from his disease. Pray for God’s provision for this family and for Samina to continue to exhibit God’s grace and truth at work. Pray that her testimony and faith in the Lord will draw many to receive salvation in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Uzbekistan – Pray for Tatyana who was Arrested for Distributing Christian Magazines

During Christmas, Tatyana, a member of a local Baptist church offered Christian magazines to 15 of her neighbours. She was subsequently summoned for questioning and told that the magazines were imported illegally, not approved and distributed unlawfully. As a result, the magazines were confiscated and later destroyed. Tatyana was fined the equivalent of 2 weeks’ average wages. She intends to appeal the decision of the court.

Pray for Tatyana and other believers who are facing legal pressures or other forms of persecution because of their faith. Pray that God will protect them, anoint and empower them as they seek ways to share the Good News of the Gospel with their friends and neighbours.

Pray that a favourable decision will be made regarding Tatyana’s appeal against her conviction.

Pray that citizens of Uzbekistan will be able to freely share their Christian faith without any interference or repercussion.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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China – Continue to Pray for Elder Zhang

Elder Zhang from Renai Reformed Church was arrested on 16th March when a gathering at the Church was forcibly broken up. After his arrest, Elder Zhang’s home was searched and a computer, cell phone and other items belonging to his wife was confiscated. The homes of other church members were also raided.

When Elder Zhang’s administrative arrest was completed on 28th March, it was expected that he would be released. But instead, he was transferred to criminal detention on allegations of fraud. Attempts have been made for Elder Zhang’s lawyer to meet with him, but the requests have been denied.

Pray that Elder Zhang will have a deep awareness of God’s reassuring presence throughout his detainment, filling him with peace and fortifying his spirit. Pray for his release soon

Pray that his wife and  family, as well as the congregants of his church, will find strength in the Lord through this time of trial.

Click on this link for more details on this case : https://gosheninternational.org/china-pray-for-christians-arrested-after-church-raid/

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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India – Pray for Pastor’s Wife Rescued From Forced Prostitution

Pastor Ramdrash and his wife, Sunita, have been ministering in a small church since 2001. Over the years, they have endured frequent threats from members of the surrounding community. On 21st February 2021, Sunita was approached by someone in the village who asked if she could go pray for someone who had allegedly been ill. She innocently went with the villager who suddenly disappeared upon arrival at the location.

When his wife did not return, Pastor Ramdrash went searching for her but was unsuccessful. A police report was made and investigations revealed that Sunita’s abductors made arrangements for human traffickers to purchase her and she was then sold her to a brothel in the state of Rajasthan, located over 1,400 kilometres away.

Thankfully, through the continued prayers of concerned believers, police were finally able to rescue Sunita about a month after she was initially abducted. Her captors have since been arrested and Sunita is now staying with her husband and children in a safehouse. While grateful to be rescued and reunited with her family, this pastor’s wife is presently in need of healing after the trauma she experienced.

Please pray for Sunita’s complete recovery from the aftermath and trauma of the horrific ordeal. Pray also for her husband, Pastor Ramdrash, and their children – that they will find the much needed comfort and assistance from the Lord and His church.

Pray that this family will find hope, courage and protection from the Lord to continue their ministry to others and many who hear their testimonies will be blessed and seek salvation in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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China – Pray for Christians Arrested after Church Raid

Renai Reformed Church in Guiyang was raided on 16th March and more than 10 Christians were taken into custody.

The church, with less than a hundred members, faced ongoing harassment for refusing to join the government-sanctioned Three-Self Church. In September 2018, they lost their facility after being banned from meeting for worship services. Subsequently, the congregation began holding services in restaurants and hotels where they were raided at least three more times.

Although some of those detained earlier have been released, the church’s leader, Elder Zhang Chunlei, and some members have not been released yet.

Pray for protection over Elder Zhang and the believers who are still in detention. Pray that they will remain strong in the Lord and will not succumb to fear or any form of intimidation. Pray for their release soon.

Pray for wisdom for members of Renai Reformed Church as they seek alternative ways to continue their ministry.

Pray for the many Chinese Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. Pray that God will shine His light through them and lead many more to faith and salvation in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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