Pakistan – Christian Medical Worker Forced to Decline Promotion

Riaz, a Christian, has been working at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi for the past 6 years. After he was promoted to the position of deputy director on 8th April, he started receiving death threats from his colleagues who refused to work under the leadership of a Christian.

Because of the persistent pressure from fellow staff members, Riaz officially withdrew from the position on 16th June. But that did not appease his opponents who now wanted him removed completely from the hospital.

On 23rd June, two doctors and their aides entered Riaz’s office and began breaking furniture and manhandling Riaz. Three officers present at the scene did not intervene but merely looked on while the abusers continued to attack him.

Finally, hospital security staff intervened and removed the assailants from the office. The aggressors then turned on the director of the hospital, who was thankfully able to lock his door in time. From outside the current director’s office, the aggravated doctors continued to demand that Riaz’s employment be terminated immediately.

While police reports have been filed, no arrests have been made. Riaz continues to face harassment and threats. Speaking of his co-workers, he says, “It seems that the entire staff had turned against me and were protecting the attackers.”

Please pray for the protection of Riaz, his family, and other Christian staff members at the medical centre who are at risk.

Pray that the rest of the staff will not condone such discrimination of fellow workers but will speak up for the importance of fairness and respect for one another in the work place.

As Riaz continues to demonstrate the love of Jesus to all who cross his path, pray that that Lord will soften the hearts of his opposing co-workers, leading them to accept Riaz as a valued colleague and work alongside him in harmony.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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China – Christian Memorial Service Raided

A Christian memorial service in Guiyang city was raided and all items of religious nature was removed. Praying, singing of hymns or reading Scripture at the service was also not allowed. People entering the building for the service were being monitored and anyone who brought musical instruments were prohibited from entering into the venue.

The persecution of Christians has been intense in Guiyang. Many worship services have been raided, as well as the homes of pastors. And Christians were arrested merely for professing their faith in Jesus.

Pray for Christians in Guiyang and others in China facing increasing pressure to deny Christ. Pray that they will courageously remain firm in their faith and boldly continue to minister to one another and share the gospel message of love and hope.

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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Bangladesh – Pray for Mannan

Village leaders were angry with Mannan for deciding to follow Jesus Christ.  They told villagers to ostracize Mannan’s relatives and even told local vendors to deny them food. As animosity between the parties grew, village leaders accused Mannan of causing trouble and called for police to arrest him.

As a result, Mannan and his relatives were summoned to the police station on 15th June. As Bangladeshi law allows for freedom of religion, police officials tried to calm tensions, and called for peace and coexistence between the parties as there were no grounds for arrest.

We praise God for the police officers who prioritized peace and religious freedom.

Pray for Mannan to remain strong in his faith and for his relatives to receive salvation in Christ.

Pray that the hearts of the village leaders and villagers will be softened, and that they will turn to Jesus for forgiveness, salvation and everlasting life.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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Many in Restricted Nations & Hostile Areas are Hungering for the Truth of God’s Word

Shakeel and his family shared a home with a Catholic Christian family. A Christian worker, who visited the Christian family regularly for prayer and encouragement, was introduced to Shakeel’s family. When the Christian worker prayed for Shakeel and his family, they were moved and felt peaceful. So, they requested that the worker continue visiting and teaching them the Word of God. They were given an Urdu Bible, which their teenage son was able to understand and read to them. After some time, Shakeel received salvation and was baptized. The rest of his family has also requested to be baptized.

Pray for Shakeel and his family – that they will continue to grow in their faith and Christlikeness. Pray that as they delight in and meditate on the Word of God, they will be fruitful and will prosper in all that they do (Ps 1: 2-3).

Pray that many more in Pakistan will hunger for the truth of God’s Word and respond in faith to the gospel message.

 

(Source & Photo : VOM)

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India – Pastor Killed For Sharing His Faith

For a period of more than 2 months, Pastor Vin had been sharing his faith with Sonu, a prisoner who was recently released on bail. Sonu had even been to the pastor’s home for prayer but rejected an invitation to give his life to Christ.

On the evening of 30th June, Pastor Vin received a phone call from Sonu’s brother asking for prayer for a villager who was sick. As Pastor Vin left the village on his motorbike, Sonu who was waiting in ambush, struck the pastor from behind with a wooden beam, knocking him to the ground. Sonu then repeatedly struck Pastor Vin to the point of death. Sonu was subsequently apprehended. His father and brother were also charged for taking part in the murder.

Pastor Vin is survived by his wife and 11-year-old daughter. He was well respected in the community and was a dedicated pastor as well as a registered medical practitioner.

Pastor Vin’s wife, Sunita, believes that he was killed for sharing his faith with Sonu. Despite her loss, Sunita is determined to continue the ministry work of her late husband. “I have resolved to carry on the work my husband was doing and I want to live his dream,” she added. “Vin became a martyr for his faith and I too will die for my faith.”

Pray for Sunita and her daughter, that they will receive the much-needed comfort, encouragement and strength. Pray that the Lord will provide for all their physical and emotional needs.

Pray that God will empower and anoint Sunita as she faithfully and courageously takes over her late husband’s ministry work. Pray that the ministry will flourish and many people will be blessed and receive salvation.

Pray that Sonu and his accomplices will respond to the gospel message, repent of their sins and surrender their lives to Christ.  

 

(Source & Photo : VOMC)

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