WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, February 3, 2010
PrayerFebruary 3, 2010
“… Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD …”Joel 1:14 * 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 Christian based resources.
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, as well as several other sources, provide the striking report about the mob violence between Muslims and Christians that erupted in Jos, Nigeria on January 17, resulting with at least 100 people killed, hundreds injured and homes and religious sites burned. The violence started at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in the nearby city of Nasarawa Gwong and continued with attacks of churches in the area. The Nigerian army has been summoned to restore the order. In spite of that the tension in the region is still strong and people are full of fear and grief.
Prayer points: v Pray for peaceful resolving of the erupted violence and for quick restoration of law and order in the region of Los, Nigeria. v Pray for the grieving families, who have lost their beloved once. v Pray for the Church in Nigeria to be able to overcome the evil with good and not to loose courage in the face of persecution.
Two church buildings under construction burned in INDONESIA[ii]
Compass Direct News reported that on January 22ndthe partially constructed buildings of the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan Church and the Pentecostal Church in Sibuhuan village, Padang Lawas Residency, Indonesia, were burned by hundreds of attackers on motorcycles. Local church leaders said they had never had problems with local citizens and the attackers were supposed to be Muslim extremists from outside the area. Fortunately, no people were hurt in the fires, but many have been traumatized and fled from the region. Christians have waited for years for building permits for the churches and in spite of the incident they will not give up their rights of receiving building permits.
Prayer points: v Pray for the safety of the Christians in North Sumatra, Indonesia, and for quick recovery after the traumatizing incident on January 22nd. v Pray for adequate restoration of the damages for the two churches and quick finalization of the procedure for receiving building permits. v Pray for suppressing of all violence from extremist movements in the region.
Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati and Farzan Matin, three Iranian Christians, remain still in Evin prison, after the authorities arrested them together with 12 other Christians in Pakdasht, Iran, on December 24. The believers gathered at a house church to celebrate Christmas when they were arrested. 12 of the detained were released on January 4th. Sources report that security officials have raided the imprisoned Christians' residences and confiscated their books, computers, phone directories, CDs, DVDs and Christian literature. According to Compass Direct News report at least 14 Christians have been detained in Iranian prisons for weeks without legal counsel in the past few months. The repressive government treatment of Christians in Iran continues, in spite of the international condemnation of the recent treatment of the two Christian ladies - Maryam and Marzieh, arrested on 5 March 2009 for their faith.
Prayer points: v Pray for the release of Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati and Farzan Matin from Evin prison as soon as possible. v Pray for God’s strength and comfort over the families of the tree ladies, not being permitted to visit them in prison. v Pray for religious freedom and spiritual breakthrough in Iran!
The Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) is a prayer and unity initiative among Christians across borders and denominations, started in South Africa in 2000 and spreading out around the globe until today. Nations are invited to participate in the initiative this year on 23 May 2010. The organizers have decided to utilize the platform of the GDOP network to not only focus on the one event, 23 May 2010, but to provide regular prayer information they receive on a daily basis from all around the word. The weekly focus on the different continents, as well as all the Prayer Information will be available on the following links: http://www.globaldayofprayer.com/prayNations.phpandhttp://www.globaldayofprayer.com/prayGlobal.php.
Prayer points: v Pray for the organizers of this event at global level – for wisdom and grace in the coordination of all details. v Pray for the national leaders and organizers of the event at each particular nation. v Pray for the power of prayer and unity to be inflamed as never before throughout 2010.