Afghanistan – New Dangers in Volatile Situations

Life for the small Christian community in Afghanistan has always been difficult. They cannot worship openly and often face threats of beatings and other forms of torture from opposing family members and the community they in.

However, the dangers these believers face have now increased significantly. Many foreign Christian workers have been forced to flee. And Afghan church leaders have received notice that their locations and activities are being closely monitored. We heard that one member of the Hazara community was killed merely for having downloaded a Bible app on his/her device.

And because the foreign Christian workers have left, now the local Afghans are leading these small house church fellowships and risking their lives every day to share the Word of God to their neighbours, families and friends.

Pray that God’s presence and His glory will be evident in His people. Pray that many in Afghanistan will turn to Christ as their source of hope and salvation. Pray that God’s peace that surpasses all human understanding will replace fear and anxiety in the hearts of believers who remain in the country.

Pray that God will divinely intervene in every seemingly impossible and hopeless situation to soften the hearts of those opposing Him and turn them away from acts of violence and brutality.

 

(Source : VOMC, Photo : Internet)

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Pakistan – Christian Couple Previously on Death Row Receives Asylum

Shagufta and Shafqat were accused of sending insulting text messages via a phone registered under Shagufta’s name. They were arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Click on this link to read more: https://gosheninternational.org/pakistan-praise-god-for-christian-couple-exonerated-after-spending-7-years-on-death-row/.

In 2021 they were acquitted of all charges and released from prison. According to International Christian Concern (“ICC”) news, the couple have since left Pakistan and arrived safely in Europe, where they received asylum, and reunited with their children.

We wish to thank all those who have prayed for them.

Please continue to pray that they will be able to adapt to their new environment. Pray that God will bring new friends into their lives who will support, and encourage them. Pray for divine provision for all their needs.

Pray that they will find complete healing and restoration in the Lord.

 

(Source : ICC, Photo : VOMC)

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Pray for the Church in Afghanistan

The future of Afghanistan’s Christian population, a minority in this nation, grows more uncertain as the chaos and internal conflict continues. Many church leaders and their families have had to flee their homes and go into hiding as persecution escalates and intensifies in the ensuing crisis. Some leaders have already received death threats and thugs are hunting them down.

There are also many overseas workers living in the capital and are unable to leave the country because commercial flights have been cancelled.

Pray for divine protection over all the pastors, ministry leaders, church members and their respective families. Pray that they will be safe and hidden from thugs who are opposed to the gospel. Pray that God will cover them with His feathers and shelter them with His wings (Ps 91:4a).

Pray that those who have been physically separated during the chaos will be reunited and all foreign workers will be evacuated safely out of the country. Pray also that all sensitive and Christian materials will be destroyed or remain hidden from sight and will not be used as evidence to persecute believers.  

Pray that God will comfort and strengthen believers, and fill them with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Pray that they will be strong and courageous knowing that God is with them wherever they go (Josh 1:9). Pray for an immense anointing of grace, power, wisdom and discernment as they navigate the challenges ahead of them.

We declare Psalm 91 over believers in Afghanistan.

 

(Photo : Internet)

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China – Street Preacher Released from Residential Surveillance

Street preacher, Chen was arrested on 19th June and held under designated residential surveillance for 20 days. During this time, he was questioned and officials attempted to persuade him to stop preaching the gospel in the streets. For the past 2 decades, Chen had travelled many times to other regions throughout China to preach the gospel.

Praise God that Chen has since been released in early July.

We thank God for his faithfulness to the gospel throughout the years. We pray that God will protect him and use him mightily as a witness for Christ. Pray that the gospel message will continue to spread and transform lives for the better. Pray that those who hear the gospel will believe and receive salvation and eternal life.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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India – Pastor Forced to Flee

Pastor Sanjay, his wife and children, and several members of their church in Shyampur, Uttarakhand, were taken into custody on 13th June because of a complaint that they were violating COVID-19 protocols.

However, instead of being questioned about the alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols, he was interrogated about the ministry of his church and accused of converting others to the Christian faith by giving financial incentives to them. He was also beaten, whipped with a belt and had insults hurled at him.

The detained believers were eventually released. Pastor Sanjay was asked to move out of the village upon his release. His landlord asked him to vacate the home he and his family had been living in and no one else in the village was willing to rent any accommodations to them. So, Pastor Sanjay and his family had to leave the village and move to an undisclosed location for their safety.

Church members continue to face ongoing opposition and pressure to abandon their Christian faith and to stop attending fellowship.

Please uphold Pastor Sanjay and his family in prayer. Pray that as they adjust and settle into their new home in a new location, they will experience a time of healing and spiritual refreshment. Pray that they will find divine guidance and direction for future ministry opportunities.  

Pray for the church in Shyampur, that they will find the courage and strength to stand firm in their faith.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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