China – Structure for Underground Church in Youtong Demolished

On 27th June, the meeting place of an underground Catholic church in Youtong, Hebei Province, was demolished by workers hired by the authorities. According to Dong, the bishop of the church, the authorities visited him before the demolition. During the visit, Bishop Don informed them that he had no intention to join the government-sanctioned official church.

Prayerfully uphold all believers in China who are courageously standing firm in their faith regardless of the consequences. Pray especially for those who have been arrested, imprisoned or harassed because of their faith. Pray that God will strengthen, protect, encourage and comfort them as well as their families and fellow church members.

Pray that the church will continue faithfully and boldly preaching the true message of the Gospel. And many who hear the message will believe in the Lord and receive salvation.

 

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India – Two Families Barred From Village Because of Their Christian Faith

Two Christian families were recently kicked out of their village because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

On two occasions, the families were brought before the village council where, in the presence of police officers, government authorities and village leaders pressured them to renounce their faith in Christ. When the families stood firm in their faith, village leaders banned them from the village.

Pray that these two Christian families will be able to find new homes in another village. Pray that they will remain strong in their faith despite the inconveniences and suffering their have had to endure. Pray that villagers from their former village will come to faith in Christ.

 

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Pakistan – Pray for 13-year-old Nayab

13-year old Nayab was forced to renounce her Christian faith and marry her employer Saddam, who was already married with five children. In May 2021, the Pakistani courts upheld the legality of the marriage and gave custody of young Nayab to Saddam. The Christian family appealed against the court’s decision but a hearing scheduled in November 2021 was postponed indefinitely.

Now a year later, Nayab’s family members received reports that the young teen may have been sold to an unknown person. Fearing for her safety, the Christian family requested assistance from the courts. On 25th July this year, the Lahore High Court ordered Saddam to present Nayab to the court by 27th July 2022.

Pray that God will protect young Nayab and minister healing to her through the power of His Holy Spirit. Pray that her family will be filled with God’s shalom peace, comfort and hope as they await further news of her whereabouts.

Pray that the Pakistani Courts will ensure that justice prevails in this case and the young teen will be rescued from captivity and rightfully returned to her concerned family. Pray also for the many other young girls in Pakistan who have been forced into similar situations.

 

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Ukraine – Christians Persecuted in Russian-Occupied Areas

There were recent reports of harassment against Christian citizens and others in Russian-occupied Crimea, which Russia seized control of in 2014. Three Baptists – S. Gerasimenko, P. Shokha and L. Shokha, were charged on 1st July this year for participating in “missionary activities”. So far, no date has been set for their hearings.

Then in February this year, Liana P. was found guilty of leading a Pentecostal group without informing the Russian authorities. And three others were arrested around the same time for handing out religious leaflets outside a shopping centre in Kerch. Thankfully, the case against these three Christians was dismissed in mid-May this year.

Pray for those who are presently facing trial  for endeavouring to share their faith in Christ with others. Pray that these believers will receive strength and courage to stand firm in their faith. Pray for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine so that any further threat of destruction and potential loss of life will come to an end.

 

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China – Pray for Christian Lawyer Cheng Yuan

Cheng Yuan was arrested in 2019 for his work as a lawyer and for his involvement with an organization known to protect the rights and interests of vulnerable members of society. Cheng was sentenced to 5 years in prison whilst 2 other members of the organization received sentences of two or three years.

Cheng’s wife, Shi Minglei, and their daughter had to flee the country for safety in 2021. Shi continues to advocate for her husband’s freedom from the United States where she is presently residing.

On 5th July this year, Shi received a letter from Cheng informing her that he was transferred to the Hunan Chishan Prison and placed in solitary confinement from 18th January to 18th April. And during that time, he was prohibited from making any contact with his family or his lawyer and subjected to forced labour. Cheng disclosed that he was made to work all day operating a sewing machine and forced to submit to indoctrination each evening.

According to former inmates of Hunan Chishan Prison, the living conditions of the prison are torturous – the cells have no windows and can barely accommodate a small bed. A blinding light is kept on for 24 hours a day and prisoners are not allowed to cover their eyes from the blinding light with their blankets.

Please uphold Cheng in prayer. Pray that the Lord will give him the strength to endure the harsh conditions and treatment in prison. Pray for Shi and their daughter as they cope with the separation and limited contact with Cheng. Pray that this Christian family will be able to find peace and comfort and hope in the Lord and be encouraged that they are not alone but that the sovereign God is with them.

Continue to also remember and pray for other believers who are also suffering in prison because of their faith in Christ.

 

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