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Lebanon – Families Find Hope through Christian Ministries

God is at work in Lebanon as Christians reach out to share the hope of Christ through visitations, food distribution, family counselling, Bible study groups, educational and athletic programs for kids.

One VOM worker visited a man who wanted to divorce his wife. After the worker shared Biblical truths with the man and prayed with him, he no longer wanted to divorce his wife and is more open to hearing more from the Bible. In another case, a single mother expressed gratitude for how the sports has discipled her son with biblical principles and have been role models for her son in the absence of his father.

Pray that many more families will find hope in Jesus and receive salvation.

Pray that God will provide these ministries with all that they need to reach out to Lebanese families with the Gospel.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Pakistan – Praise God for Christian Couple Exonerated after spending 7 years on Death Row

Christian couple, Shafqat and Shagufta, were convicted in 2014 of sending insulting text messages to someone.

The text messages were allegedly sent from Shagufta’s handphone, which had gone missing one month before the incident and which was never recovered. Furthermore, the couple were illiterate and could not have been able to send the alleged texts.

Shafqat is paralyzed below the waist due to an accident in 2004. As a result he was constantly at the mercy of prison guards as he needed their assistance.  The years he spent in prison were extremely hard as he suffered from severe bed sores and was in significant pain. The family also disclosed that Shafqat was in a coma for 3 days in March this year but was not taken to the hospital for treatment.

We praise God that the courts, in June 2021, have ruled in favour of the couple and cleared them of all charges. And they have been released them from prison.

Pray that the Lord protect and bless Shafqat and Shagufta and their 4 children from any negative repercussions from their accusers and the community persecuting them.

Pray that Shafqat will receive the appropriate medical treatment even as he and his family are living in hiding. Pray that all attempts to harm them and their loved ones will be thwarted and there will come a time when the couple and their children will no longer need to hide but be able to live in safety and harmony with others in their community.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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Bangladesh – Four Christian Men Attacked while Worshipping God and Having Fellowship

On 13th April, several Christians were worshipping God and having fellowship when a group of men came over and accused them of causing a disturbance. An angry mob soon formed and started beating four Christian men with sticks and stoning them. The four suffered head wounds and their lives are still in danger.

Pray for physical and emotional healing from the trauma of the unprovoked attack. Pray that these men will have the courage and strength to remain firm in their faith and continue with their ministry. Pray that they will be able to release forgiveness towards the perpetrators of the attack.

Pray that the attackers will have the opportunity to hear the gospel and receive salvation in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Laos – They Destroyed his Hut & Kicked him out of Village but Man Refuses to Abandon Christ

Keo’s wife suffered from numerous health problems for several years. A witchdoctor advised the couple to live separately until his wife receives healing. So, Keo lived in a small hut he built for himself.

In November 2019, Keo attended a worship gathering and was touched by the Lord. He received salvation and was baptized.

In early 2020, his wife, relatives and fellow villagers found out about his Christian faith.  His wife and relatives threatened to leave him and cut him off from family if he did not stop believing in Jesus. Village leaders warned of possible eviction from the village.

Despite the persecution, Keo refused to abandon Christ, so villagers destroyed his hut. 61-year old Keo is now living with a local pastor. He is in poor health and has no job.

Pray that Keo will remain strong in his faith and will continue to grow in maturity in Christ. Pray that he will experience healing, find work to support himself and get a place of his own to live in.

Pray that the Lord will bless the pastor who so generously welcomed Keo into his home, and the pastor’s family and church. Pray that all their physical, financial and spiritual needs will be met even before they ask of the Lord.

Pray that Keo’s wife will be open to hear and believe the gospel and receive salvation, and be reunited with Keo.

 

(Source  & Photo : VOM)

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Indonesia – Another Four Christians Slain by the Same Group

Five members of a group responsible for the attack in Central Sulawesi that left four Christians dead in November 2020 (click here for more information: https://gosheninternational.org/pray-for-indonesia-salvation-army-attack-leaves-4-dead/ ), were recently spotted in the village of Kalimago on 11th May this year.

When villagers combed the area in search of the group of five, they found the bodies of four Christian farmers who had been working on a coffee plantation. A fifth worker, who managed to escape, were able to identify the assailants. The four slain victims were aged between 42 and 61. One of the victims was decapitated whilst the others were found with wounds on their necks.

Please pray for the families and friends of the victims as well as the survivor who is still recovering from the trauma of this brutal attack. Pray that God’s peace will reign in the hearts and minds of those enduring intense persecution in Central Sulawesi.

Pray that the notorious crimes of this group of assailants will be stopped and those responsible for the violence will be held accountable. Pray that these men will encounter Jesus, like the Apostle Paul,  and turn from the violent ways and receive salvation.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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