WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, March 1, 2010

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“…let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now…”  Nehemiah 1:6 


* 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.


Releases and further arrests for Christians in ERITREA[i][1]

On 5th February 2010 , Twelve Christians held at the Adi-Nefase military camp in Assab, Eritrea for the past two years, were released on bail. On 15th February 2010,   two more Christians were released on bail from the Mitire Military Confinement Centre after year and a half of detention for witnessing about Christ. Upon their release from Adi-Nefase military camp, the Christians were warned that they will be executed if they are caught participating in Christian activities.

On the other hand, on 18th February 2010, seven  Christians gathered together for prayer in a private home in Asmara, were arrested and taken to an unknown location by Eritrean security officials. According to the Christian sources inside Eritrea over 2,000 Christians in the country “remain incarcerated in harsh detention centers for their refusal to stop worshiping outside of the government sanctioned religious communities.”

Prayer points:
v     Pray for God’s protection and strength over Eritrean Christians, so that they might be able to overcome the persecution and sufferings for their faith.
v     Pray for all detained brothers, sisters and leaders of the underground church in Eritrea to endure in physical and spiritual health.
v     Thank God for the recently released Christians and pray for their re-adjustment to outside life.     

Attempts for false terrorist charges against Christian in Ethiopia[ii][2] 

Christians in Ethiopia are also struggling with much repression from the government. Compass Direct has reported of the attempts by the prosecutors and the police to concoct terrorist charges against Bashir Musa Ahmed (39) – an Ethiopian Christian, arrested without formal charges in May 2009 for the possession and distribution of Bibles. Bashir was arrested in the capital of Ethiopia’s Somali Region Zone Five, a predominantly Muslim area in eastern Ethiopia. Both state officials and Christian leaders agree that “Islamist interests have kept Ahmed in jail in spite of the state’s failure to find any legitimate charge against him”. 

Prayer points:
v    A Christian leader in Ethiopia said that a conviction on terrorism charges would bring Bashir Musa Ahmed a harsh sentence. “Bashir has an indefinite and uncertain future,” he said. “Pray for him.”
v    Pray for strength and endurance in Bashir, as well as comfort and peace in his family members and close ones.
v    Pray for the most favorable and speedy outcome in Bashir’s case, in which justice and truth to prevail.

Court pushes to close Malatya murder case in TURKEY[iii][3]

On 19th February 2010 , judges on the trial over the 2007 Malatya murders of Turkish Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and German Christian Tilmann Geske, rejected plaintiff appeals to investigate the suspected link between the murders and a larger operation, led by retired generals, politicians and other key figures, called Ergenekon. Sources state that “over the last three years, plaintiff lawyers have presented volumes of evidence showing how the Malatya murders were just one operation in a series of many targeting the country’s Christian minorities in an effort to destabilize the current Islamic-leaning government.” If the Ergenekon is not investigated at this court level, plaintiffs’ lawyers are ready to take the case to the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Prayer points:
v    Pray for transparent, just and thorough investigation on the Malatya case.
v    Pray that all attempts for destabilization in Turkey and attacks against Christian minorities should be prevented.
v    Pray for balanced and religious freedom oriented governmental policy in the country.

More arrests of Christians in IRAN[iv][4]

The latest news shows that more Iranian believers have been arrested in recent weeks. Among them has been Reverend Wilson Issavi of the Assyrian Evangelical Church in Kermanshah, arrested on 2nd February 2010 together with a couple and a woman visiting them near Isfahan. The church building of the pastor was also sealed. On 16th February 2010, a Christian couple who converted from Islam was also arrested. The wife was released two days later but the husband remains detained.  

Prayer points:
v     Pray that the detained Christian in Iran will be soon released and reunified with their families.
v     Pray for persecuted Christians in Iran not to grow weary.
v     Pray for God’s move in the nation.   

 ü      Stay updated about the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) focus on the different continents, as well as all the Prayer Information, available at http://www.globaldayofprayer.com/prayNations.php and http://www.globaldayofprayer.com/prayGlobal.php.      

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][1] Source: The Voice of the Martyrs, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1002253  
[ii][2] Source: Compass Direct News, available at:  http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/ethiopia/15414/   
[iii][3] Source: Compass Direst News, available at http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/turkey/15613/       
[iv][4] Source: The Voice of the Martyrs, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1002253