WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, December 15, 2010

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“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3   _______________________________________________

* 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.


Terrorist Threats on Christians in Iraq leads to Anti-Christian Sentiments in Egypt[i](follow up from the previous prayer calendar dated 15th November 2010).  

As bombings continue against Christians in Iraq, Christians in Egypt have gathered to pray and plan for their own safety. When a group of Islamic extremists on 31st October 2010 burst into ‘Our Lady of Salvation Church’ in Baghdad and began spraying the sanctuary with gunfire. The militant organization that took the responsibility said Christians in Egypt also would be targeted. Security has been increased at churches throughout Egypt. The recent wave of concern came against a backdrop of already heightened tensions between the Muslim majority and the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt.

Prayer points:
v Pray that the persecutors of the church in Egypt may be exposed and opposed, and that they may be brought to justice.
v Pray that the persecutors’ declarations of threats against Christians in Egypt will be defeated, and that their terrorist actions against God’s people be confounded and confused.
v Pray for safety and protection among Christians in Egypt.    

Afghan Christian Convert facing execution for his faith[ii] 

Said Musa, an Afghani amputee in prison for his Christian faith since May 2010  has been illegally detained for over six months and now faces an unjust trial. 

He has been beaten, abused, and threatened with death for holding to his Christian faith.  The Afghan government was supposed to  try him in a Shari'a court Sunday 21st November 2010, but the hearing was delayed. Said Musa neither does have a legal representation nor any knowledge of the charges levelled against him.  

In a letter to the churches of the world Said said that when potential lawyers find out he is a Christian they spit on him and refuse to help. 

Prayer points:
v Pray that the court hearing will be further delayed in order that the international community including Christian worldwide organizations would appeal for his release and communicate with the Government of Afghanistan to comply with the Human Rights treaties that the state has ratified.
v Pray that Said Musa will be offered a legal representation during the court hearings and that he will be granted a due process of law.
v Pray that other Christian converts in Afghanistan who are facing harsh persecution because of their faith, that they may be strengthen in their faith in Christ.  

Burmese Officials Order Closure of Chin Church[iii] 

Officials in Mergui Region, Burma, ordered a Baptist church to cease holding worship services after the pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the military government’s Union Solidarity and Development Party(USDP).  

The election commission summoned 47-year-old Pastor Mang Tling of Dawdin village, Gangaw township, Mergui Region on 09th November 2010 , two days after the election and ordered him to stop holding services and discontinue the church nursery programme, although the new 2008 Burmese constitution guarantees religious freedom as it forbids “abuse of religion for political purposes” and the election laws bans members of religious orders from voting for or joining political parties. 

Prayer points:
v    Pray that God would work in the hearts of the government leaders in Burma to end repression of Christians and comply with its national legislation that grants freedom of religion.
v    Pray that the State Peace and Development council will recognize the right of their citizens to exercise freedom of speech and religious freedom.
v    Pray that churches in Burma would flourish even under oppression.

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  

[i] Source: Open Doors-USA, available at:  http://www.opendoorsusa.org
[ii] Source: Jubilee Campain, available at: http://www.jubileecampaign.org
[iii] Source: Comas Direct News Service, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org