WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, February 15, 2010

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 “…The LORD has heard my plea;
   the LORD accepts my prayer …”
   Psalm 6:9

* 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.


Push for Islamic courts in Kenya[i][1] 

Christians in Kenya have been alarmed by the recent push on part of the Islamic community for expanding the scope of Islamic courts through the debated draft constitution, reports Compass Direct News. The Islamic courts have functioned only in Kenya’s Coast Province, but the draft constitution proposes  its jurisdiction to expand across the nation and  its scope to increase from matters of personal status, marriage, divorce, and inheritance to civil and small claims cases, with  the Muslim tribunals being upgraded to High Court status. Christians, who make up  eighty percent of the population, have defeated a similar proposal in a referendum in 2005 . Christian leaders claim that the proposed draft discriminates the non-Muslims and foresee an attempt to expand the scope of the Islamic courts as part of a long-term effort by Muslims to gain political, economic and judicial power. The raised religious tension in Kenya comes at a time when authorities are on high alert against Muslim extremists with ties to Somalia.  

Prayer points:
v     Pray to grant wisdom to representatives of all the parties , engaged in crafting the “Harmonized Draft” of the constitution in Kenya.
v     Pray for peaceful resolving of the raised tension in the country.
v     Pray for true religious equality and balance in Kenya to be preserved.      

Bible study raided and Christians arrested in Morocco

Compass Direct News additionally reports this week about the eighteen Moroccan Christian who were arrested and about one U.S citizen who was deported after the Moroccan authorities raided a Bible study in a small city in Morocco, southeast of Marrakech. The incident happened on 4th February 2010 at the home of a Christian in Amizmiz city. Among the arrested were five children including two infants. Interrogations of detainees continued for fourteen hours. A statement of the  Interior Ministry claimed that the raid took place "following information on the organization of a secret meeting to initiate people into Christianity, which would shake faith of the Muslimsand undermine the religious values of the  Kingdom."

Prayer points:
v    Pray for religious freedom to be truly recognized by Moroccan authorities.
v    Pray for Moroccan Christians not to be fearful or discouraged at the face of repression and opposition.
v    Pray for the arrested Christians and their families to be completely restored and to remain in love in spite of the undergone stress.  

Christians expelled from their homes in LAOS

Whether in Africa or Asia, Christians around the world continue to be persecuted and oppressed. Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reported that in Katin village of Ta-Oyl district, Saravan Province, Lao about 100 local officials, police and villagers, forced  forty eight Christians during their Sunday morning service to an open field. Six of the eleven Christian households in the village have been destroyed and belongings from all eleven homes have been confiscated. Since then, officials from the local police at Katin village are keeping the Christians from returning to the village, making all adults and children sleep on the ground in the woods and hardly survive with no supplies. All the harsh measures undertaken against Christians in the village are in order to persuade the believers to renounce their Christian faith.

Prayer points:
v    Pray for both officials and villagers in Katin village to respect freedom of religion and Christians in Laos to be protected from persecution and oppression.
v    Pray that the persecution against Christians in Laos will cause the gospel massage to be largely heard and respected. According to Compass Direct News, “in spite of the hostilities, more households accepted Christ in Katin village last year, resulting in to the current total of 11 Christian households”.
v    Pray that the families expelled from Katin village will be able to return back and live peacefully in their homes.

Unregistered Christians continuously targeted in UZBEKISTAN and KAZAKHSTAN

The latest reports from the Voice of the Martyrs continue to alarm the world about the unjust treatment of authorities towards unregistered Christians and church communities in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. In recent weeks several Christians from the Baptist Council of Churches in Uzbekistan have faced arrests and abuse. The Baptist Council of Churches refuses to register with the state. On 17th January 2010 a Christian in Kazakhstan has been fined 100 times the minimum monthly wage for hosting a worship service for women and children in her home. She will face criminal charges if does not pay the fine.

Prayer points:
v     Pray that the religious freedom will be respected in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
v     Pray for persecuted Christians in Central Asia.
v     Pray for God’s move in this whole region.    

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[i][1] Source: Compass Direct News, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/kenya/15118/  
[ii][2] Source: Compass Direct News, available at http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/morocco/15087/

[iv][4] Source: The Voice of the Martyrs, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1002111