WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, December 1, 2011

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Do not hide your face from me.Do not turn your servant away in anger,   you who have been my help.Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,   O God of my salvation!If my father and mother forsake me,   the Lord will take me up. Psalms 27:9-10 

* 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.


Christians killed in NIGERIA[i]

Compass Direct News Service (CDNS) reports that during the last week of November Fulani Muslim herdsmen along with Muslim soldiers have killed at least 45 ethnic Berom Christians in Plateau state, Nigeria. Initial smaller attacks began on November 20th over allegations by Fulani Muslims of cattle theft, followed by an attack on a Barkin Ladi church on November 23rd that killed four Christians. An assault the next day left 35 Christians dead in Barkin Ladi and nearby Kwok village. The attacks have caused displacement of thousands of Christians due to many fleeing the area in fear of further attacks. Sources report that religious conflict has been growing in Plateau state since 2006 with no successful prosecutions on part of the government. Predominantly Christian areas affected by the attacks included Rantya Gwol, Anguwar Tasha, Gangare.

Prayer points:
*  Pray for comfort over the families and the close ones of the killed Christians.
*  Pray that there would be stop to the killing of Christians in Nigeria.
*  Pray for that the government would take a serious stand against such religious violence.  

Three Christians die in a military camp in ERITREA[ii]

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOM) reports through the sources of Open Doors that three Christians have died in Eritrean military camps due to denial of basic needs for survival. Two women, 28 and 21, died in the Adersete Military Camp in western Eritrea, confined in a dungeon-like cell intended for religious prisoners. The women were arrested in 2009 at a prayer meeting. Within few weeks from these deaths, a 26-year-old Christian died from malaria in another Eritrean military camp, being denied medical treatment because of his refusal to recant his Christian faith. 

Prayer points:
*  Pray for the grieving family of the three Christian martyrs.
*  Pray for all imprisoned Christians in Eritrea.
*  Pray that persecution would only further strengthen and not discourage the Christian community in the country.  

Christian leaders accused of blasphemy in PAKISTAN[iii]

Christian Today reports in an article from November 18th that Bishop Pervaiz Joseph and Rev Baber George have become the target of a blasphemy law in Pakistan which forced them into hiding with their families. Bishop Pervaiz Joseph leads the Pastors Care Ministries and is Pastor of a Charismatic Gospel Church located in Lahore. Rev Baber George is working with the Full Gospel Assemblies Church Pakistan, 'mother church' of all Pentecostal church movements in Pakistan. The two Christian leaders have been meeting frequently with Muslim religious and political leaders to discuss issues of common interests and to promote religious harmony. In a similar meeting with Sunni Tehreek in Lahore, in October 2011, the misuse of Pakistan's blasphemy law was also discussed. Following the meeting the Muslim religious leaders, who were also working with them while discussing the misuse of blasphemy laws, claimed that Bishop Joseph used some derogatory remarks against the Muslim Holy Prophet Mohammed. No such remarks were made by Bishop Joseph and Pastor George. They have been reported to be in hiding with their families when Islamic leaders announced that a blasphemy case would be filed against them. According to the article, sources in the area say Christian clergymen have been receiving threatening phone calls from Islamic leaders. These incidents further raise concerns over the wide misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Prayer points:
*  Pray for the safety of Bishop Pervaiz Joseph, Rev Baber George and their families.
*  Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Pakistan who are being victimized by blasphemy laws.
*  Pray that the Christian community in the country will be strengthened and encouraged in the midst of persecution and tension.  

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

[i] Source: Compass Direct News Service, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/nigeria/article_123658.html
[ii] Source: Voice of the martyrs Canada, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#5
[iii] Source: Christian Today, available at: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/bishop.and.pastor.in.pakistan.accused.of.blasphemy/28907.htm