Deacon Jang remains in North Korean Prison

Zhang Wen Shi, also known as Deacon Jang, is an ethnically Korean Christian who lived and ministered in Changbai, China, a town located on China’s border with North Korea.

When North Koreans visited Changbai to conduct business, purchase items or seek medicine or other help, Deacon Jang often provided them with warm clothing, food and supplies for their return to North Korea. He also shared the gospel with those who were willing to listen.

In November 2014, Deacon Jang was abducted in China and taken to North Korea. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since his imprisonment, several former prisoners have reported seeing or hearing about him.

Please pray for his release. Pray also for his health. Pray that fellow prisoners and guards will encounter the Lord and come to faith in Christ through the living testimony of Deacon Jang.

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Tajikistan – Churches Fined for Bible Translation

Four different churches in Tajikistan received huge fines for planning to create a new Tajik translation of the Bible after receiving feedback that the current available translations in the local language uses archaic words and sometimes the translation is unclear. They were fined between $1,000 and $1,500 CAD, amounts equivalent to the combined monthly average salaries of 5 to 8 Tajik labourers.

Pray that God will provide more than enough finances and resources for these churches to pay the fines, continue their ministry and proceed with the translation so that many more locals will be able to read and understand the Word of God.

Pray that church leaders will be anointed with wisdom to overcome the many challenges imposed on them. May they be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses in the community. May the gospel message convict many of their sin, leading them to repentance and salvation in Christ.

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Indonesia – Crowd Attempts To Stop Construction of Church Building

Saint Joseph Church, in Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island’s east coast, received approval in October 2019 for construction of a new church building.

The old building was demolished and construction work for the new building commenced. But in Feb 2020, a crowd of protestors gathered to stop the construction and  sued to have the building permit revoked.

Pray that there will be a peaceful resolution of the situation and that the church will be able to complete construction of the new building.

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India – Church Elder Beaten and Run Over By Motorcycles

Isaac Paulose, 48, was beaten by extremists armed with bamboo rods and a thick metal chain with a heavy lock on it and then run over by several motorcycles, causing multiple fractures and injuries.

Pastor Isaac, an elder at Grace Fellowship Church, Sehore, was attacked shortly after dropping his 5-year-old son off at school that morning. His attackers accused him of ‘converting’ people to Christianity. They taunted and ridiculed him and threatened to kill him if he continued his ministry. Pastor Isaac’s wife who was initially shaken by the attack has since found peace and strength from the Lord.

Pray for complete healing for Pastor Isaac and that God will provide the finances needed for all the medical treatments he would require.

Pray that Pastor Isaac and his family will continue to experience God’s peace which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).  Pray that his ministry in this region will continue to grow and many more will receive salvation.

Pray that even the perpetrators and those persecuting Christians will have an encounter with the Lord and an opportunity to turn in faith to Him.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : Morningstar News/VOM)

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Pastor Not Allowed To Leave Wa State

Rev Ai, arrested in 2018 together with other Christian leaders, has since been released but the situation remains difficult for Christians in the region. They are not allowed to meet for fellowship or pray before meals. Pastors are strictly prohibited from leading church activities. Pastor Ai and his family are also barred from leaving the region.

Pray for divine protection for Rev Ai and his family whilst they remain where they are. Pray that they will continue to put their trust in a sovereign God who will never leave or forsake them.

Pray for wisdom to discern God’s will in this situation and that they will submit to and obey the Lord’s guidance.

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