Pray for Pastor Zaki

Christian leaders in Syria are struggling to operate fully after years of trying circumstances and constant instability.

War, economic struggles, and now coronavirus all contribute to a constant influx of displaced peoples in need. The church staff who have been serving the displaced, including Pastor Zaki in Damascus, are exhausted. It is a constant battle to discern who to trust and who to help. However, Pastor Zaki reports that though things are hard, there is an unprecedented openness and acceptance to the gospel from locals in Syria.

Pray that those who are serving tirelessly will receive renewed strength. Pray that as they wait upon the Lord, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Pray that Pastor Zaki and his ministry team will be anointed with great wisdom and discernment as they minister and many in Syria will receive the truths of the gospel and come to salvation in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM)

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Laos – Christians Forced Out of Their Homes for Refusing to Renounce Christ

On October 10th, seven Christians from two different families were chased out of their own homes for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.

These Christians, from the village of Pasing-Kang, Laos, are forced to live in makeshift huts in the woods. Village leaders have forbidden the relatives of these seven Christians to bring food, clothing or provide any form of assistance to them. The rest of their family members are concerned that they too may also be thrown out of their homes if they provide any help.

Christians represent about two percent of the population in this country. Christianity has commonly been viewed as a North American religion and a tool used to undermine the regime.

Please pray that these precious brothers and sisters in Laos will find peace and comfort in the shelter of the Most High. Pray that they will be greatly blessed as they remain steadfast under trial, knowing that he who has stood the test will receive the crown of list which God has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

Pray that God will supply all their needs for both spiritual and physical sustenance. As they seek to please the Lord, pray that God will cause their enemies to make peace with them (Prov 16:7). Pray that their willingness to suffer for Christ will ultimately serve as a testimony so that their unsaved relatives and other villagers of their former community will come to faith in Christ.

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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Laos – Teenager Kicked Out of His Own Home

When 15-year old Seng’s parents found out about his decision to follow Christ, they sat him down and tried to talk him into renouncing his “foreign faith” or else they would kill him or kick him out of the house.

Although Seng had only accepted Christ a few days earlier, he did not succumb to his parents’ threats and held fast to his faith in Christ. His parents bagged up his belongings and told him to leave the house. They said, “Go stay with those Christian friends of yours. You are not welcome here,” and “Stop this religion at once.” Seng is now staying with friends with assistance from VOM.

Pray that Seng will continue to remain firm in his faith and grow in maturity in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM)

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Gunned down in Punjab State

On October 23rd, during a special prayer service, thugs entered the Pentecostal Church in Amritsar and opened fire at the congregation. A 35-year old Christian man, Prince Atwal, was shot dead and three others wounded. Atwal was shot in the head and chest. The church was previously attacked by gang members who accused them of forced conversions.

Pray for our brothers and sisters in India who are facing an increasing intensity of animosity towards Christians. Pray for strength, courage and wisdom to face the challenges and remain firm in their faith in Christ.

 

(Source : ICC, Photo Credit : Internet)

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Toddler Taken Away from Adoptive Parents

Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi, adopted 3-month old Lydia from a local orphanage. Lydia had a heart defect and digestive problems. Six months after the adoption, Sam and Maryam were among eight Christians who were arrested in July 2019 for their faith in Christ. Sam was charged with “propaganda against the regime” and sentenced to one year in prison whilst Maryam was barred from working as a nurse in government-run hospitals.

Eighteen months later, the Court declared that Lydia was not eligible for adoption by the Christian couple since she was born by parents of another faith. Her heartbroken parents appealed, but in September 2020, the court’s earlier decision was upheld.

Pray for a divine intervention in this situation such that the couple will be allowed to keep their child.  Pray that the convictions against Sam and Maryam will be overturned and the family will be reunited. Pray that God will continue watching over little Lydia and ensure that she gets the best care possible.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM)

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