WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, December 1st, 2009

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 “… if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land..”
2 Chronicles 7:14 

* 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.

2 Christian ladies jailed for their faith in IRAN RELEASED[I][I]

Our prayers on behalf of the two Christian ladies - Maryam (27) and Marzieh (30), imprisoned in Iran for their faith, have been answered! Maryam and Marzieh were released from Evin prison after 9 months imprisonment on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 3:30pm, without bail.The full update can be found at the Open Doors website,  given below. According to Compass Direct source, the ladies' release was due to "international pressure”, as well as the inability of the Iranian government to proceed with the case. It is still unknown whether the release of the ladies is unconditional.  They could face charges of ‘proselytizing’ and ‘apostasy’. They still need our prayers.

Prayer points:
v  Continue to pray for Maryam and Marzieh to have a safe transition.
v  Pray for the full health recovery of the two ladies and their further safety in Iran.
v  Pray for the Iranian church which continues to face much pressure.

Christian martyred in SOMALIA[ii][ii]

Recent events in Somalia remind us again of the severe persecution that our brothers and sisters face in that country. The 23-years-old Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf, was discovered dead on the morning of November 14, 2009 in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district in Somalia. Members of the Islamic extremist group al Shabaab have executed the young Christian.   Yusuf was accused of trying to convert a 15-year-old Muslim to Christianity. The militants also have accused the family members of Yusuf of failing to report his conversion to Christianity. The underground Christians, who were associated with Yusuf, have relocated themselves for their safety.
Prayer points:
v  Pray for comfort for those mourning the loss of the young Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf.
v  Pray for safety and God’s protection over the family members of Yusuf and the relocated believers in the region.
v  Pray for every life that has been sacrificed for Christ in Somalia, to give the fruit of salvation and true witness for the inhabitants of this nation.
Christian Priest Killed in Russia[iii][iii]

Father Daniil Sysoyev (34), was a Russian Orthodox priest in Southern Moscow, who had received regular death threats in recent years for criticizing Islam and evangelizing among Muslims. On November 20th, 2009 the priest was gunned down in his church building by a masked man. Father Sysoyev left a mourning wife and three children.

Prayer points:
v  Pray for the wife and the children of Father Sysoyev that they will find the love and comfort in Christ for the loss of their beloved one.
v  Pray for Christians in Russia to be encouraged to stand stronger through the witness of Father Sysoyev. 
v  Pray for God’s move in Russia.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2009

Jubilee Campaign USA’s Bulletin of November 19th, 2009 reported about Father Nguyen Van Ly, a 63-year old Catholic Priest and human rights advocate in Vietnam, who was arrested in March 2007 for his religious freedom and pro-democracy work under the guise of "disseminating anti-government propaganda" and was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and 5 years house arrest without a chance to defend himself. Since his arrest, Father Ly has served his time in solitary confinement with limited visits from his  family. On November 14, 2009, Father Van Ly suffered a second stroke   which has paralyzed the right half of his body. According to the Jubilee Campaign statement “Father Ly is an inspirational symbol among Vietnamese activists and human rights defenders everywhere”.
Prayer points:
v  Pray for the health recovery of Father Nguyen Van Ly and for his release from prison.
v  Pray for the release of activists and dissidents in Vietnam.
v  Pray for the voice of the persecuted church in Vietnam to be heard.

ü  Additional prayer items are available at the WEA website, http://www.worldevangelicals.org/pray/ .
ü  Keep in your prayer also the upcoming events and activities of the WEA globally, regionally and nationally, posted at http://www.worldevangelicals.org/newsletter/july31_09.htm


[i][i] Source: Open Doors website at: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/campaign/iranianwomen.php
[ii][ii] Source: Compass Direct, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/somalia/11836   
[iii][iii] Source: the Voice of the Martyrs, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#0911252