WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, July 1, 2010

General July 2, 2010

"O grant us help against the foe,
for vain is the help of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes."
 
Psalm 60:11-12
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* 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.

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Professor beaten for refusing to convert to Islam in PAKISTAN

In the morning on 14th June 2010, at the University of Peshawar, the psychology Professor Samuel John was attacked and severely beaten by 20-25 Muslim students after he refused their demand to convert to Islam. The wife of the Professor, trying to help him, was beaten as well. The Christian Professor had recently been honoured with an award for best results in psychology at colleges throughout Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, which according to some Christian sources irritated the Muslim community. The Professor continues to get threats for him and his family, even in the hospital. Police have refused to register the incident. The University officials are also taking no actions, paralyzed by powerful Islamic groups. Compass Direct has reported that other Professors have decided to go on strike on John’s behalf, demanding an apology from the students who threatened him. The same report states that in another Pakistani village in Southern Punjab Province, Muslim administrators have asked three Christian students in the eighth grade to leave the school because they refused to convert to Islam.

Prayer points:
Pray for God’s protection over Professor Samuel John and his family.
Pray that Universities in Pakistan should fulfill their function as places of diversity and freedom.
Pray that the Lord will enable and strengthen the believers in Pakistan to stand firm for their faith and freedom.    

Christian beaten and forcible reconverted to Hinduism in INDIA 

Christians in India suffer similar threats from Hindus as Christians in Pakistan from Muslims. On 8th June 2010 the 19-year-old Christian boy Bhaktat Bivar was beaten and tortured in his home, after which he was forced to undergo ceremony on conversion to Hinduism in the local Hindu temple in Nuapada district, Orissa, India. Police arrested five of the assailants, who after charges were released. VOM Canada reports that according to the Global Council of Indian Christians the recent new rise of violence against Christians in Orissa State after the 2008 pogroms has some hidden interest behind it.  

Prayer points:
Pray that Christians in Orissa state, India, might preserve their normal peaceful life and that the 2008 violence should never be repeated again.   
Pray for the safety and restoration of the 19-year-old Bhaktat Bivar and his family.
Pray for healing and strength in Christians in Orissa State.  

Unregistered religious activities considered as extremism in KAZAKHSTAN 

Forum 18 News Service has reported on disturbing intentional association of unregistered religious activities with extremism, separatism and terrorism by the State authorities in Kazakhstan. The report states that Muslims and Baptists have been increasingly targeted in 2010 by Kazakhstan's regional police departments for the fight against extremism, separatism and terrorism in Kazakhstan. Anti-terrorism police in particular has targeted the Council of Churches Baptists - who on principle refuse to seek state registration. Insisting that state registration is compulsory, state authorities are putting intentional pressure on unregistered peaceful religious communities in Kazakhstan, in contradiction to Kazakh law and international human rights standards. 

Prayer points:
Pray for true freedom to profess, practise and propagate faith in Kazakhstan.
Pray that the nation's leaders will honour the rule of law and respect fundamental human rights.
Pray that Christians in Kazakhstan might resist persecution and serve as testimony for non - believers in Kazakhstan.  

Additional prayer items are available at the WEA website, http://www.worldevangelicals.org/pray/ .  

Keep in your prayer also the upcoming events and activities of the WEA globally, regionally and nationally, posted at http://www.worldevangelicals.org/newsletter/july08.htm

  Source: Compass Direct News, available at http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/pakistan/22047/    
Source: Voice of the Martyrs, Canada: available at:
http://www.persecution.net/arch5.htm
Source: Forum 18 News Service, available at:
http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1459