WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, July 15, 2010

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July 15, 2010

"Because the poor are despoiled,
because the needy groan,
I will now rise up,’ says the Lord;
‘I will place them in the safety for which they long
Psalm 12:5
* 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.

Christian killed in a bomb attack in IRAQ[i][1]

Although Iraqi officials have stated that during the recent months violence in the country has decreased, VOM Canada reports that Christians and other minorities groups are still living in fear and danger for their faith. On 5th July 2010, the 54-year-old Behnam Sabti - nurse at the Mosul’s Jumhuriya hospital and a father of three children, was instantly killed   when a bomb which was fixed to his car exploded. The planned attack against Behnam Sabti was clearly based on his religious identity as a professing Christian. No information by local authorities about results from investigation of the organized attack is available in the report of VOM Canada.

Prayer points:
   v     Pray that rights and freedom of Christians and minority groups in Iraq might be protected and granted as never before.
   v     Pray that the Lord will enable and strengthen believers in Iraq to stand firm for their faith in spite the difficulties they are facing
v     Pray particularly for the mourning family of Behnam Sabti.

Sealed church in INDONESIA

Compass Direct News Service reports that since 11th April , 2010 The Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Taman Yasmin Church in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, has held services on the roadside in front of the sealed church in stifling heat, after the mayor of the Bogor had sealed the church building. The church had received an official building permit from the Bogor City government, but because a Muslim group that objected to the presence of a church, its construction was stopped and later sealed. The church brought a law suit against the sealing of the church premises and in spite that it won the court case,  permission has not been granted to use the building for worship. The church has filed a religious discrimination appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

Prayer points:
   v    Pray that the local government in Bogor, Indonesia, might respect the rule of law and act justly in the situation with the (GKI) Taman Yasmin Church.   
v    Pray together with our brothers and sisters in Bogor that the sealing of the church premises might be abolished and the believers could finish their construction.
v    Pray for true freedom of religion in all Indonesia.

Global day of prayer for NORTH KOREA

Lastly in this edition of the WEA RL Prayer Bulletin we would like to remind you that 27th July 2010h is the Global Day of Prayer for North Korea, marking the 57th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, as announced at the prayer-list section at the website of WEA. Numerous human rights and religious liberty organizations report of the continuous and persistent horrible human rights violation and religious persecution in North Korea. As pointed out by Open Doors, North Korea remains still the most difficult place in the world for Christians.

Prayer points:
   v    Join in prayer with the global church on 27th July 2010 for freedom, justice and dignity for the people in North Korea.
   v    Pray for strength and grace for endurance in our suffering brothers and sisters in the labour camps in North Korea.
   v    Pray that the Gospel of salvation of Christ might cover this nation and that the forces of evil might not be able to stop it.

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][1] Source: Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, available at http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1007081    

[ii][2] Source: Comas Direct News Service: available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/indonesia/22451