Remember Salamat Mansha and Haroon Ayub In Your Prayers

On 13th February, two Christian friends, Salamat Mansha Masih and Haroon Ayub Masih, were reading the Bible aloud in a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, when they were confronted by Haroon Ahmad and his friends and told to stop what they were doing. Haroon Ayub and Salamat then offered Haroon Ahmad and his friends a Christian book titled, Water of Life.

Both Haroon Ayub and Salamat are accused of dishonouring and insulting another faith. Salamat was arrested but Haroon Ayub and his family escaped and have gone into hiding.

Pray for Salamat Mansha and Haroon Ayub’s safety and protection as well that of their families. Pray that God will endow them and their lawyers and the courts with wisdom to deal with the false charges.

Pray that the Scriptures they read aloud at the park and the Christian book they distributed will speak to the hearts of those with whom they had the opportunity to share the Gospel – including Haroon Ahmad and his friends – drawing each of them to faith in Christ.

Isaiah 55:11 ~  So will My word be which goes out of My mouth. It will not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire and without succeeding in the purpose for which I sent it.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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Pakistan – 12-Year Old Kidnap Victim Returns to Her Family

12-year old, Farah Shaheen, was kidnapped, forced to renounce her Christian faith and marry her kidnapper, Khizar. Five months after she was kidnapped, Farah was found in December 2020 chained in the home of her kidnapper. The marks on her ankles show that she was probably chained for most of her time in captivity.

In a court ruling on 16th February, custody was given to her father, Asif Masih. The court also ruled that the marriage was not legal and Farah has since been returned to her family.

Pray for Farah’s emotional healing, as well as that of her family. Pray that God’s loving presence will fill their hearts with an overwhelming sense of peace, comfort and even joy as they recover from the traumatic event.

Pray for Farah’s continued safety as the kidnapper has not been formally charged for his crimes and has been released on bail.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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China – Pastor Huang Yizi Requests for Prayer

Pastor Huang was imprisoned twice before, including a 5-month term in a “black jail” where he was housed in undisclosed location and denied any visitation from family, friends or legal representation.

Pastor Huang requests for prayer because he is continually being monitored and randomly summoned for interrogation. Despite the harassment and uncertainty, pastor Huang continued to preach online. However, internet monitors have recently shut down his livestream sermons.

Pray for protection for Pastor Huang and his family and members of his church. Pray that they will continue to draw strength from the Lord to endure the challenges and persevere in their faith. Pray for an anointing of wisdom and discernment as they navigate these challenges.  

Pray that there will be other ways and means for the gospel message to reach those in need of God’s eternal salvation.   

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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Myanmar – Christians Beaten During Detention

About 11 Christians, including youths, in Myammar’s Shan State were detained during a raid at the Kachin Baptist Convention in Lashio on 28th February this year. The Christians were eventually released but they were beaten and traumatised during detention.

Please pray that these Christians will be healed of all physical and emotional scars from the trauma of the arrest and detention. Pray that they will surrender all their fears and anxiety to God and be restored to wholeness.

Pray that peace and stability will be restored to Myammar.

 

(Source : ICC, Photo Credit : Internet)

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Pakistan – Imran Released After Spending 10 Years in Prison

Imran was falsely accused by a neighbour in December 2009 and sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2010. Imran fought the false charges through the court system but was met with multiple delays. During his imprisonment, he lost his parents and his business, and his children’s education and future were also affected.

On 8th December 2020, Imran was finally acquitted of all charges. He was released and reunited with his family on Christmas Day. Imran is currently in hiding as those who are angry with the court’s decision continue to issue threats.

Pray for protection for Imran and his family from any violent reprisals due to his acquittal and release. Pray that God will make a way and provide  for them to re-establish their lives.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM & ICC)

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