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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – 13 November 2011
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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church13 November 2011
In the traditional church calendar, “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” stand out in the month of November, set apart to remember the saints of the church and the souls of those who departed this world. It is fitting, then, that the modern church has set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). There are many countries in the world today where Christians are martyred for their faith. Believers in Afghanistan are facing death threats; Christians in Uzbekistan, Nigeria and many other countries all around the world face violence, imprisonment and even death. There are other places in the world such as North Korea where acts of persecution take place, but we don’t see or hear of it. Brother Andrew of Open Doors once said, “Our heroes are not with us simply because they are in prison.” IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
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Mauritania (#13 WWL <http://members.opendoorsusa.org/worldwatchlist/> )
Citizens are Muslims by default. The government restricts the evangelization of Muslims and the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials. Conversion to another religion is punishable by death. Extremist group al-Qaeda in the Maghreb is gaining support and is also monitoring Christians in the country. In 2010 a young woman was beaten and burned to death by her family when her Christian faith was discovered. Over 20 Christians – some with children – received dead threats and most had to flee their homes to escape a similar fate.
Source : Open Doors USA <http://www.opendoorsusa.org/persecution/country-profiles/mauritania/>
· Pray for availability of Scripture in all national languages and for God's Word to find good soil in many hearts, that those who read it and hear it would be transformed through its message.
· For God to convict Mauritanians of sins that have proven "strongholds" in preventing believers from growing into maturity in Christ: especially love of money, deceit, sexual sin, pride, witchcraft. Pray the Holy Spirit will help believers to press on in being transformed and growing in holiness.
· For Mauritanian women & children to hear and respond to the Gospel. Pray for strong marriages and families among those who have trusted in Christ.
· Pray for God to give wisdom to President Abdul Aziz and his cabinet, that the president and other leaders would seek God's face and have a heart to know and act on God's priorities for this land and its people.
· Pray for God to raise up workers for the harvest in Mauritania
Azerbaijan (#24 WWL <http://members.opendoorsusa.org/worldwatchlist/> )
Azeri believers are considered traitors as Christianity is associated with the country’s rival nation, Armenia. Many are unable to find or keep employment and are watched closely by the secret services. Many churches have not been able to renew their registration in 2010. It is virtually impossible to put up a new church building and, according to the law, private homes cannot be used for holding religious services. However, the number of indigenous believers continues to grow, and many are active in outreach.
· For the provision of more Bibles, literature and training material, despite restrictions on imports and distribution
· For undisturbed opportunities for children to hear the gospel through summer camps or weekly activities
· For endurance and courage for active Christians, who face much opposition
Source: Open Doors USA <http://www.opendoorsusa.org/persecution/country-profiles/azerbaijan/>
Read more about the law on Religious Literature being tightened in Azerbaijan HERE <http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16434>
Nigeria –North (#23 WWL <http://members.opendoorsusa.org/worldwatchlist/> )
Boko Haram attack 'kills 63' in Damaturu
At least 63 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Damaturu, the Red Cross says.Witnesses said the bombs hit several targets, including churches and the headquarters of the Yobe state police.The Islamist militant group Boko Haram told a newspaper it was behind the attack and that it planned to hit further government targets.A Nigerian journalist told the BBC he personally counted nearly 100 bodies. "I saw 97 dead bodies in the morgue," Aminu Abubakar, who is in Damaturu, said."But an official involved in the evacuation told me that he counted 150 dead bodies although some had been taken away by their loved ones," he said A Roman Catholic parish priest told our correspondent his church had been burnt down and eight other churches also attacked.He described gangs of young men roaming the streets throwing improvised bombs into the churches.
Source: BBC News Africa <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15605041#story_continues_2>
· For comfort for Christians bereaved or made homeless through violence.
· Thank God that the Church is becoming more united as a result of opposition.
· For wisdom and courage for church leaders reaching out to their Muslim neighbours and caring for converts.
Source: Open Doors South Africa <http://www.opendoors.org.za/eng/persecuted_christians/file_country_profiles/nigeria/>
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