Persecuted Watch

Pakistan – Pastor Zafar’s Life Sentence Upheld

Pastor Zafar, accused of sending insulting text messages, had been in prison since July 2012. In 2017, he was sentenced to life imprisonment even though the handphone used to send the text messages in question was not even registered in Pastor Zafar’s name. Read more about this case here – https://gosheninternational.org/persecution-watch/page/18/.

Pastor Zafar appealed against his sentence. After numerous delayed appeal hearings, the court ruled on 22nd June 2021 to uphold the life sentence, despite the fact that new evidence of Pastor Zafar’s innocence was presented to the court. His lawyers now intend to appeal to the High Court.

Pastor suffers from diabetes and had two minor heart attacks during his imprisonment – one in 2019 and another in September 2020. He has poor eyesight and requires cataract surgery. Pastor Zafar’s wife, Nawab, recently injured herself due to a fall.

Please continue to remember Pastor Zafar and his family in your prayers. Pray that Pastor Zafar will be given appropriate and timely medical treatment. Pray that he will find favour in the eyes of prison guards and fellow inmates, and that they will treat him with respect and kindness.

Pray that God will strengthen his body, soul and spirit, to remain firm in his faith and to endure the challenges he is facing now. Pray for a favourable outcome at his appeal hearing in the High Court and he will be vindicated and released from prison.

Pray that all the needs of Pastor Zafar and his family will be divinely provided for. Pray for healing for his wife, Nawab.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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Vietnam – Pray for Den who was Denied Medical Care because of her Faith in Christ

Den’s son died in the military while in the line of duty and she was given a martyr’s mother certificate, which allowed family members to receive government benefits. After she became a Christian, authorities confiscated that certificate and told her she could get it back if she renounced her faith in Christ.

When Den fell ill with a serious illness, church members rushed her to the hospital but hospital staff sent her home because she did not have her martyr’s mother certificate with her. Upon returning home, her illness and pain grew worse and she was taken to the hospital again. The hospital finally agreed to admit Den but did not allow her to have any visitors due to the coronavirus.

Pray that Den will receive the medical treatment and care that she needs and that she will receive healing. Pray that Den will continue to shine for Jesus and testify of God’s goodness in her life. Pray that many people will be touched by her testimony and receive salvation.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Laos – Pray for Three Families Facing Jail Time for Following Jesus

On 4th May, 13 new believers, from three families who are related, received salvation in Christ after witnessing one of their relatives miraculous healed of an ailment following the prayer from a pastor.

Out of the 120 families living in this village, 40 families are already Christian.

After becoming Christians, the men from each of the three families of new believers were taken into custody and interrogated. The men were told they had to first obtain official documentation from a government office if they wanted to continue following a foreign religion or else face jail term. The families’ case is now with the provincial authorities awaiting the required documentation.

Pray that these three families will be able to obtain the proper documentation and continue following Jesus. Pray that they will continue to trust in the Lord to make a way for them, for those who believe in God will not be put to shame (Rom 10:11).

Pray that many other villagers will also come to know the Lord through the faith and living testimonies of these new believers.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Pray for Pastor Wang

Pastor Wang, founder of the Early Rain Covenant Church, has been in custody since December 2018. He is currently serving a 9-year prison sentence. It has been reported that he has been kept in solitary confinement, not given adequate food and medical treatment.

Pray for Pastor Wang’s physical, emotional and mental health as he continues to serve out his prison sentence. Pray that God will strengthen and sustain him.

Pray that God will protect and watch over Pastor Wang and his family, and his church members – that they will remain firm in their faith and continue to do the work of the ministry wherever they are.

China – Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church’s Preacher Wu and his family

It is reported that Preacher Wu, from the heavily persecuted Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), and his family have been confined in their home against their will since 4th June.  They are not allowed to leave their home and no one is allowed to visit them or enter into their home.  Visitors can only bring food and pass it to them through the door.

Pray for Preacher Wu and his family – that they will remain strong spiritually, emotionally and physically despite being locked in their own home and deprived of social interaction with others.

Pray that they will continue to wait patiently upon the Lord and hope in His word (Ps 130:5), having the confidence that everyone who puts their hope in God will never be put to shame (Ps 25:3).

 

(Source : ICC, Photo : Internet)

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