India – Lift Up 16-Year Old Nitish in Prayer

In August this year, 16-year old Nitish, a resident of Northern India’s Bihar state, was attacked with acid at 6.30am in the morning as he left the house to go to the market. As a result of the attack, Nitish suffered burns covering 60% of his body. With the help of a local pastor, Nitish was rushed to a nearby clinic for treatment. However, due to the severity of his injuries he was sent to a specialized burn unit in the city of Patna.

Although the motives of the attack are not officially known, a local pastor stated that, “there has been increased anti-Christian sentiment and attacks against Christians in the district are increasing.” Nitish and his brother, Sanjith, are both active in the local church and conduct daily prayer gatherings. The teen’s family came to faith in Christ two years ago.

Pray that Nitish will receive speedy and complete healing from his injuries. Pray for his concerned family and friends as they deal with the horrific nature of this attack.

Pray that those responsible for the attack will recognize the seriousness of their action, experience repentance and ultimately surrender their lives to Christ.

Pray for the ongoing ministry of the small church in this village. Pray that it will shine brightly for the Lord and be a blessing to all the members of the village community even in the midst of the heightened anti-Christian sentiment.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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China – Continue to Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church

On the morning of 22nd August, Early Rain Covenant Church members gathered in a home for worship and a fellowship meal. Officers acted on a complaint that an illegal assembly was taking place at the home and tried to enter the home and demanded the identification of everyone present.

After the members’ “love feast” meal, about 17 adults and 10 children were taken into custody while 2 members were physically abused. Most of them were released that night except for Pastor Dai and brother He Shan.

Early Rain Covenant Church members have experienced several raids despite the fact that they now meet in smaller groups and had to frequently change the meeting locations.

Pray for an increase anointing of strength and resilience in the members of Early Rain Covenant Church as they seek to obey and follow the Lord in the midst of a very hostile situation.

Pray for wisdom, discernment and guidance for Pastor Dai and other church leaders as they carry on their ministry work and provide direction to their members. Pray also for the release of Pastor Wang and other believers who remain incarcerated because of their faith in and unwavering commitment to Christ. Pray that God will watch over them and their families and provide for their every need.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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Afghanistan – Meeting Practical Needs with God’s Love

Front-line workers and others are facing challenges in getting aid into Afghanistan. One of the biggest obstacles is that most banks are closed, thereby blocking necessary funds and relief supplies, food and other materials from reaching those in need.

Our ministry partners have the connections and contacts needed to get practical assistance to front-line workers so that they can assist our Afghan brothers and sisters-in-Christ.

Pray that God will protect these courageous front-line workers and bless them with wisdom and discernment to circumvent the challenges they are facing in this current volatile situation. Pray that many will be able to receive the practical help they need. And this display of love and boldness will be a powerful witness drawing many more Afghan people to Christ.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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India – Believers Brutally Attacked for Not Denying Christ

On 15th August, 11 Christians were summoned by the village chief of Adnadhi, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, to a place where he and about 250 people were gathered. The believers were given two options – abandon their faith in Christ or leave the village.

When the Christians refused to give up their faith, they were stoned. Four of the victims sustained internal injuries and had to be hospitalised.

The village of Adnadhi is home to 15 families who converted to Christianity about 20 years ago. Although they face some opposition in the past, this recent attack was completely unexpected. The incident was reported to the police but no action has been taken against the perpetrators.

Pray that God will strengthen and embolden these Christians to remain firm in their faith. Pray also that they will receive divine wisdom, guidance and direction on what they should do in this situation.

Pray for physical healing for those who are injured, and those who are traumatized and fearful because of the unexpected and brutal attack.

Pray that God will work within the hearts and minds of the opposing villagers such that they will be convicted of the truth of the gospel and receive salvation.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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China – Pray for Pastor Wang

Pastor Wang of Early Rain Covenant Church, sentenced to 9 years imprisonment, has been held in a highly restricted cell and not allowed to have visitors or even speak with other inmates, except for two criminal offenders who are charged with watching him. He eats and sleeps in the same cell with these two men. And he is fed moldy rice and given expired prison medication when he requires medical attention.

Pastor Wang’s wife, son and elderly parents continues to face harassment as they live under virtual house arrest with officers stationed outside their apartment.

Pray that Pastor Wang will find favour with the prison guards and fellow inmates, and receive more humane treatment in prison. Pray that Pastor Wang will continue to be a light shining brightly for Jesus and will draw many to believe in the Lord Jesus and receive salvation.

Pray that God will bless him with good health – mentally, physically and emotionally. Pray also for his family – that they will experience an increased portion of God’s grace, thus, empowering them to endure the difficulties and still remain firm in their faith.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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