India – Pray for Two Christian Men Who Were Attacked at the Village Water Pump

A father and his adult son, both Christians, were attacked by villagers while pumping water in their village in Rajasthan state.

One evening, a group of villagers were partying and drinking near the village water pump where the father and son went to get water for their nightly needs. Upon seeing the two Christian men, the villagers yelled at them, “You are Christians and have no right to have water!” And one of the villagers punched the son.

To avoid a possible altercation, both father and son decided to run back home. However, other villagers joined the drunks and attacked the believers’ house with sticks, stones and axes. Fortunately, the family was able to escape with only minor injuries, but their water lines, water tank, pump and bicycles were damaged or stolen.

Pray for protection for this family as they face continual threats from villagers opposed to the gospel. Pray that God will strengthen them, help them to endure the afflictions and remain strong in their faith.

Pray that God will supply and provide for all their needs and replenish all that was destroyed or stolen from them.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Afghanistan – A Dangerous Time for Believers

A front-line worker who spent years living in Afghanistan says it is a dangerous time for believers in the country but God is working in spite of the Taliban advance.

Some believers have already fled the country and some are in hiding. And some have chosen to stay in order to be a light in the nation even though believers are receiving threats and several have been targeted. The majority people group in Afghanistan, the Pashtuns, are an unreached people group who desperately need to hear the gospel.

Pray that God will give Afghan believers the grace and strength to weather the suffering and persecution. Pray that God will use them mightily to advance His Kingdom and further the gospel.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Bangladesh – Pray for Church Facing Ongoing Oppression

Christians from the Bangladesh Tribal Baptist Church in Suandrapara, a village in Southeastern Bangladesh, is being pressurized by villagers to renounce their Christian faith. As a result, most of the 50 members of the Bangladesh Tribal Baptist Church have been forced to stay away from their homes for fear of being attacked.

Their church building had been physically damaged on 2 occasions when members refused to accede to the villagers’ request to demolish their place of worship and renounce their faith. The front gate and cross on the church building were destroyed during the 1st attack whilst a wall, door and the tin roof was destroyed in the 2nd attack.

Pray that God will bestow wisdom upon the pastor and members of the church as they seek to overcome these challenges in a peaceful way. Pray that the Lord will anoint their lips and give them the right words to say to their neighbours who are opposing the gospel so that they will be allowed to openly practice their faith.

Pray that these believers will remain faithful and committed to following the Lord, no matter the cost.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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China – Pray for Wisdom as Parents Seek to Train their Children in the Ways of the Lord

Christian parents in China have encountered many challenges trying to provide Biblical training for their children as churches face punishment for allowing children to attend worship services. In fact, several youth Bible study camps have been raided by the authorities.

Several Christian schools were also raided in September and October this year. Students, teachers, staff (including a director and a principal) and a few parents were taken into custody during the raid. Although the students have since been released, the rest are still detained.

Pray that these detained believers will be released soon and will not be subjected to any fines or prison sentences. Pray for wisdom, guidance and protection for Christian educators as they endeavour to honour God by training the young in the ways of the Lord.

Pray that Christian parents will persevere in raising their children in an environment where every conversation in the home revolves around God and His Word (Deut 6:7). And these young believers will learn to love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind (Matt 22:37).

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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Central Asia – Pray for Pastors who Risk all To Disciple the Young

In many post-Soviet countries, teaching religion to children under the age of 18 is illegal.  However, pastors in several Central Asian countries have been faithfully teaching the gospel to the young in spite of great personal risk. They hold summer camps for all children, both believers and non-believers.

Pray that God will protect these pastors and their families as they do the work of the Lord. Pray that the children who attend the summer camps and their families will be greatly blessed and those who do not know the Lord will receive salvation.

Pray that these pastors and their churches will be blessed with the necessary financial provision, resources, creative ideas and help that they need in order to bless and minister to the community they live in.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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