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WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News: Ethiopia, Australia, Sudan

May 3, 2017


"Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."


Psalm 37: 1-3

 
Dear Friends in Christ,

The World Evangelical Alliance is a global ministry working with local churches around the world to join in common concern to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus in their communities. God is glorified and the nations of the earth are forever transformed.

The purpose of the WEA Religious Liberty Prayer Release is to keep you informed and mobilized in prayer and intercession for the needs of justice and religious liberty in the Church around the globe, so that we can stand together for the work of the Kingdom and the healing of the Nations. The Prayer Release is comprised on the basis of different credible resources.
 
Ethiopian State to consider new law to restrict Christian activities

According to reports, Ethiopia’s northern Tigray State is currently exploring the possibilities of adopting a new law that would limit Christian activities to within official church compounds.

It is believed that non-orthodox Christians would be the worst affected as the new law would make it compulsory for churches seeking its own property to have a minimum of 6,000 members — a number greater than the total population of non-Orthodox Christians in Tigray State.

Furthermore, it is also reported that the new law would curb evangelising outside church compounds. Recently, a similar law was implemented in the neighboring Amhara State. 
Prayer points:
  • Pray that the new law would not be implemented in the Tigray State;
  • Pray that lawmakers in the State would ensure that any legislation passed would not run in contrary to the spirit of religious freedom;
  • Pray for greater protection for non-Orthodox churches in Ethiopia.
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Australian Islamic group calls for Christian converts from Islam to be killed

It is reported that Hezb ut Tahrir, an extremist Islamic group in Sydney, has called for the killing of Christian converts from Islam in Australia. According to the different schools of Islam, apostates could be given the death penalty for leaving Islam.
Prayer points:
  • Pray that the Australian government will intervene to protect  Christians that are under threat;
  • Pray that God will strengthen new believers to stand strong and faithful despite the threats to their lives;
  • Pray that God will protect these Christians and their families.
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Mob Kills Christian Elder at Evangelical School in Omdurman, Sudan

Younan Abdullah, an elder with Bahri Evangelical Church, died in a hospital after being stabbed while he and others were defending women at the Evangelical School of Sudan, Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC). The incident occurred during a protest held by Christians against the attempted seizure of the school property by a Muslim businessman.

According to a report by Middle East Concern, police were present during the attack on the school but failed to intervene. Abdullah is survived by his wife and two young children.
Prayer points:
  • Pray that God will comfort the family and friends who are grieving this loss;
  • Pray that the authorities in Sudan will take action against the perpetrators and bring them to justice on account of this heinous crime;
  • Pray that the other church member who has been stabbed will completely recover and heal from his injuries;
  • Pray that the Christian community will stand strong and that God’s grace would be upon them in these trying times.
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The purpose of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission is to promote freedom of religion for all people worldwide as defined by Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, and in accordance with Scripture. Our aim is to help all people, but especially Protestant Christians, to exercise their faith without oppression or discrimination.