India – Christian Families Threatened For Weeks

16 families from a church in Jharkland state were terrorized every night by mobs armed with clubs for almost 3 weeks. The thugs threatened to kill the Christian families unless they returned to their ancestral religion.

According to Pastor Sarabjit Bharati of Kirpa Bhavan Salom Church, 2 of the Christian families succumbed to the intimidation and were forced to perform re-conversion rituals and pay hefty fines if they were ever found attending Christian meetings or professing their faith in Christ. The church members also face possible expulsion and boycott.

Please pray that these Christian families will find strength and courage to withstand the threats and remain firm in their faith in Christ.

Pray for the 2 families who yielded to the pressure of their oppressors. Pray that they will receive God’s grace and restoration and return wholeheartedly to Him.

Pray that God will protect the ongoing ministry of this church in the village and surrounding areas so that the Lord’s transformative work will continue to touch many lives, including the perpetrators.
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Young Couple in Laos Become Non-Citizens less than 6 months after becoming Christians

Shortly, after Phiarune and his wife, Lai, became Christians, they moved to stay with Lai’s parents. But Lai’s parents disapproved of their faith in Christ and their new practices like saying a prayer before dinner.

Phiarune’s father refused to include the young couple’s names in the family-registration booklet, which serves as a passport and social security card as a family unit.

As a result of that, the couple and their young son had to move out of the home.

Pray that Phiarune and Lai will get their own family registration booklet and be official recognized so that they can find work and receive education and social services.

Pray that they will find support and encouragement from fellow believers.

Pray that God will supply their every need (Phil 4:19) and they will be convinced that knowing God far surpasses everything they have lost for His sake.

 

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Church Meetings Raided in Turkmenistan

Last year, a homeowner was fined a sum equivalent to one week’s wages for having a Christmas celebration in his house.

In February this year, a Christian meeting in another home was raided. The personal information of all the participants were recorded and the homeowner was made to pay a fine.

A few weeks later, a house warming celebration was raided, and the Christians there were accused of violating an order against religious gatherings. Some of the believers were detained for a few hours.

According to VOM, there are only 8 protestant churches in this country with a population of 5.6 million people.

Please pray that our brothers and sisters in Turkmenistan will have the wisdom, discernment and grace to overcome and emerge victorious over every challenge or difficult situation they may face in their walk with the Lord.

Pray that those who are opposing the gospel will be won over into the Kingdom of God because of the testimony of the believers.

Pray that many more people in Turkmenistan will have the opportunity to hear the gospel being preached and receive the hope of eternal life that only salvation in Christ can bring.

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India – Christians Arrested for Preparing Relief Aid

A pastor and seven others were assembling relief packages for the poor in the area, when they were accused & detained for gathering for worship in numbers forbidden under the COVID-19 restrictions.

The pandemic lockdown has been the hardest on the poor who are unable to obtain food and other necessities. So Pastor Ramesh and several church families, pooled their own resources, and gathered in a home, to pack gifts to be distributed to the poor in the area when they were taken in for violating the lockdown restrictions.

Pastor Ramesh and the group were eventually released after the intervention of the village head, Kallu.

Pray that all charges against Pastor Ramesh and the other members who assisted him with the humanitarian relief efforts will be dropped.

Pray that God will multiply whatever little resources they have so that many more will be blessed.

Pray for God’s blessings and protection to be upon them as they seek ways to continue reaching out to the community with His love and compassion.

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Pakistan – Church Building Attacked Over Land Dispute

Trinity Pentecostal Church in the town of Kala Shah Kaku, Pakistan, was vandalised in May this year over an alleged land dispute.

A group of men demolished the main gate and boundary wall of the church, broke the cross, damaged another wall and threatened to burn the building and the Christians present there.

According to Pastor Samuel Hadayat, who has been pastoring this church for the past 22 years, the church purchased an empty plot of neighbouring land to accommodate their growing congregation. But the previous owners of the land are now trying to put pressure on the church to relinquish the empty lot.

Please pray that this dispute will be resolved amicably through legal mediation and that peace and stability will be maintained in this town.

Pray that the church will be a shining light of Christ’s love, grace and forgiveness in this community and the perpetrators of this attack will be convicted of their wrong doing and turn in repentance to Christ.

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