Persecuted Watch

China demolishes state-sanctioned Church during Easter

Donghu Church in Qinghai, a state-sanctioned church, had about 300 members and was the oldest and largest church in its district. It was demolished on 12th April this year.

Previously the church had its power supply cut on Christmas day and in 2017 the fire department closed the church citing a ‘hidden danger’. In the following year, the church bought a new building but they were not allowed to relocate there or renovate the building. So the congregation had to meet in a hotel, only to be told later that that constituted an ‘illegal gathering’. Now the authorities have pulled down their church.

Please pray for members of Donghu Church. Pray that they will remain firm in their faith in Christ despite not being able to meet for worship and not being able to listen to sermons being preached online.

Pray that the each individual will be strengthened and encouraged as they meditate on the Word of God.

 

(Source & Photo Credits : RI)

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Laos – Young Couple Kicked Out of Family Home

Phu and Sri married at a young age and moved in to stay with Phu’s parents. After Sri gave birth to their daughter, she was often ill and had no one to take care of her whilst her husband, Phu, worked long hours in a banana plantation.

Sri sought prayer from a local house church and was healed of her illness. Both Sri and Phu, placed their faith in Christ but when Phu’s mother found out, she beat Sri so severely that Sri’s face and ears became swollen. Phu’s mother also told her son and daughter-in-law that they could no longer live with her. Sri has no family to provide support for them.

Pray that they will be able to find alternative accommodation and receive support from the church.

Pray they will be greatly blessed and well provided for as they continue to place their trust in God stand firm in their newfound faith.

Please share this prayer request.

 

(Source & Photo Credits : VOM)

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COVID-19 and the Persecuted Church

As the world struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, the burden is far greater for those who are downtrodden and oppressed.

In an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19 in India, residents have been ordered to return to their home villages. This has left most of them without food or shelter, and many of India’s Christians are among the poorest segments of the population and they may face further rejection because of their faith.

Christians in refugee camps around the world are also experiencing similar problems. They are frequently neglected when humanitarian aid is being distributed.

In Pakistan, organisations have been providing food aid to those hard hit by the lockdown. On more than one occasion, Christians have been denied food aid when their identification papers show they are Christians.

Please pray for healing for those who are suffering from this disease. Pray for those who have lost loved ones as a result of this infection. Pray that they will be comforted by the Lord and that they will find the strength to carry on.

Pray for those who have been denied humanitarian or medical aid because of their faith in Christ. Pray that God will supply the funds and resources for humanitarian or Christian organisations to provide for and assist believers who have been neglected.

Do share this prayer request.

 

(Source & Picture : VOM)

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Iran – Two Prisoners of Faith Released

To stop the spread of COVID-19 within the country’s prisons, thousands of prisoners, except for the many Christians who were imprisoned for their faith, were released in mid-March this year.

However, 2 Christians have recently regained their freedom.

Rokhsareh (Mahrokh) Ghanbari was, in October 2019, sentenced to 1 year in prison for alleged ‘propaganda against the system’.  She was granted temporary release on 2nd March but on 2nd April, she was informed that she no longer need to return to prison.

In March 2019, Amin Khaki was sentenced to 14 months in prison for alleged ‘propaganda against the regime’. He was also temporarily released on 2nd March due to COVID-19 concerns and on 6th April , he was notified that he would not have to return to prison.

We praise God for the release of these 2 believers.

We pray for their protection as they readjust to life outside of prison and as they continue with their ministries in the midst of these unprecedented times.

We pray that many people in Iran will be able to hear the gospel message preached online and find hope and confidence in our risen Saviour.

 

(Source & Photo Credits : VOMC)

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Morocco – New Christian Denied Child Support

When Latifa came to know Christ, her husband vehemently opposed her new faith and gave her an ultimatum, to either give up her new found faith or he will divorce her.

Latifa chose her faith in Christ and her husband divorced her. During the divorce proceedings, she is not given any child support because of her Christian faith.  She is now the sole provider for her 3 children.

Pray that Latifa will be able to find work in order to provide for herself and her children.  Pray that she will be able to find emotional support from the Church.

Pray that she will remain strong in her faith in Christ and that her children and ex-husband will also come to know Christ.

Please feel free to share this prayer request.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM)

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