WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, August 15, 2011
GeneralAugust 16, 2011
August 15, 2011 Vindicate me, O Lord,for I have walked in my integrity,and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.Psalms 26:1
* 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. _______________________________________________
Coptic Christian Killed in Attack on Village in Upper Egypt[i]
A Compass Direct News Services (CDNS) release from August 10th reports about the attacks at Nazlet Faragallah village in Minya, 218 kilometers (136 miles) south of Cairo, in which Maher Nassif, 46, a Coptic Christian, was killed and several others were injured. The report states that the attackers raided an unknown number of homes owned by Christian villagers and set eight on fire. The general consensus describes that the attacks have started after an argument between a Coptic woman and a Muslim taxi driver. According to a young Egyptian teacher relations between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have gotten much worse since the Jan 25-Feb.11 revolution. He also blamed worsened relations on the increased radicalization of certain Muslims in Egypt who want to complete their faith by killing Christians.
Prayer points: v Pray for God抯 comfort and restoration of Maher Nassif’s family. v Pray for protection for Christians in Nazlet Faragallah village in Minya. v Pray for religious freedom and democracy in Egypt.
Mass arrests of Christians continue in Eritrea[ii]
The Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOM) reports that Eritrean officials have arrested at least 90 Christians in recent months, including many college students. According to the report college students have been arrested for refusing to take part in celebrations for the country's Independence Day (May 24). The mass arrests could be connected with the banning of all Christian groups that did not belong to a state-approved church in 2002 by the Eritrean government. Since then, thousands of Christians have been imprisoned, sixteen of which are known to have died in custody.
Prayer points: v Pray for the release of imprisoned Christians in Eritrea. v Pray for God’s protection over Christians in the country. v Pray for changes in the law and it’s practice in Eritrea with respect to freedom of religion.
Oppression against Christians continue in UZBEKISTAN[iii]
The latest edition of Forum 18 News Service has reported that an indictment has been filed against the Baptist Konstantin Malchikovsky in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, accused of not paying in monies from church offerings and book sales. The charges have been accompanied by a hostile campaign in the state-run media accusing Baptists among other things of running an "illegal training centre". Work with children has also been attacked. In other cases it has been reported that a computer hard disk belonging to another Protestant has been ordered to be destroyed, and a prisoner of conscience on a ten year jail sentence for exercising freedom of religion or belief, has had his sentence confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Prayer points: v Pray for just legislation and practice in regard to freedom of religion in Uzbekistan. v Pray for dropping of all charges against Konstantin Malchikovsky. v Pray for wisdom and courage in Christians of Uzbekistan.