WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, November 15, 2010

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" It is you who light my lamp;
the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
By you I can crush a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.. "
 Psalm 18:28-29


~ 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.

Massive attack against Christians in IRAQ[i]

Worldwide attention has been drawn to a shocking attack on Christians in Baghdad, Iraq. Compass direct News Service reports that on 31st October 2010  at least 58 people, most of whom Christians, were killed and more than 80 others severely injured when Islamic militants stormed the Syriac Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad's Karrada district during Mass. The Islamic militians, claiming responsibility for the attack, are members of a militant organization called the Islamic State of Iraq, which has links to al Qaeda. The gunmen entered the building armed with automatic weapons and explosives and demanded that the Coptic Church of Egypt release Iranian women whom the extremists claim voluntarily converted to Islam but were locked up in the church. About four hours after the siege, Iraqi security forces launched an assault on the church building. The attack was the deadliest one against the country’s Christians since Islamic extremists began targeting them in 2003.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) officially condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack on Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Catholic church and expressed its sincere condolences to the victims and their families.

Prayer points:
* Pray for God’s comfort for those mourning for  killed in this horrible massacre.

* Pray for
Iraqi Christians not to loose courage and to keep their faith alive and strong in the midst of persecuton.

* Pray for peace and stability in Iraq.

Missionary beaten in NEPAL[ii]

Indra Rai Waglan, a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary, was brutally beaten on 17th October 2010 in Nepal by six men, who accused him of blasphemy, reports VOM Canada. Indra has a broken rib and bruises all over his body. The incident happened when the missionary and an elderly believer were traveling to a neighbouring village to conduct a prayer meeting. The six men, who attacked the missionary were  identified by the police and their case is before the court.

Prayer points:

* Pray for the healing and restoration of Indra Rai Waglan.

* Pray for protection over local Christians and missionaries in Nepal.

* Pray for police and governmental officials, in charge of keeping security and religious tolerance in the country.

Continuous repressions against Christians in BELARUS[iii]

Forum 18 News service reports that the Belarusian film “Forbidden Christ”, documenting Soviet-era persecution of Protestant churches, was banned from a Catholic film festival by the Belarusian State Plenipotentiary for Religious and Ethnic Affairs. The documentary sent for an "expert analysis" to the KGB secret police. The film director Aleksei Shein told Forum 18 that "perhaps the authorities fear that some believers will see a parallel with what is happening in our country now".

Forum 18 aditionally reports of a pastor in Belarus, who has been fined for alleged unsanitary conditions for food served to children at a summer Bible school. The situation with the New Life Pentecostal Church in the capital Minsk is also worsening, as the church  has had to exist without a legal bank account, which was frozen after two large fines were imposed in July 2010?.

Prayer points:

* Pray for the church in Belarus.

* Pray for freedom of religion and righteous authorities in Belarus.

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: Comas Direct News Service, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/iraq/27961
[ii] Source: Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1011112
[iii] Source: Forum 18 News Service, available at: http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1510