International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church13 November 2011 (IDOP)
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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At least two Christians have been killed and others face direct threats in Syria. A Syrian bloodbath has been going for months, as citizens have protested against dictator Bashar al-Assad. Since agreements with the Arab League, Syrian troops have pulled out of some cities. But Paul Estabrooks with Open Doors, USA <http://www.mnnonline.org/groups/ODM> says as a result, in the city of Homs, "Christians in general, and women in specific, are being threatened and told to leave the city. There are checkpoints everywhere they go. And these checkpoints are not military people. They're local vigilantes of extremists who are telling them to leave the city, that this is a Muslim city, that 'we don't want you Christians here, and you should get out.'" Miraculously, the church is still growing in Syria, but Christians are begging for one thing. "In these recent cases, the Christians in Syria are just pleading with us to remember them in prayer. They say: “We need prayer--now more than ever before."
· Pray for protection for believers.
· Pray that God's children will remain a light in these darkest of times.
Source: Mission News Network <http://www.mnnonline.org/> .
Read the full article HERE <http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16449>
The Burmese army has attacked churches and worshipers in Kachin State, which is 90 percent Christian. Severe restrictions have also been imposed on Christian activities.
On Oct. 16, soldiers burned two church buildings and homes in the northern area of Namsan Yang village. A pastor and four other men were detained.
Officials informed Christians that they must request permission 15 days in advance for activities such as reading the Bible, conducting a Bible study, holding Sunday school, prayer and fasting. Churches in Burma are already required to obtain permission for any events other than Sunday services, but these new regulations impinge on the daily, private actions of individual Christians.
A Christian pastor was forced to flee his home after 500 soldiers took over his village. He said the soldiers took all the villagers' belongings, including animals and building materials, and they are still living in the villagers' houses.
Source: Barnabas Aid
· Please pray for Christians in Burma who have lost their livelihoods, homes, belongings and churches.
· Pray that the Lord will place a hedge of protection around them and supply all their needs according to His riches in glory.
· Pray that the soldiers and other officials come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.
"This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:21-23)
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