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WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, September 1, 2011

September 2, 2011

O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides.  Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with the bloodthirsty, those in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes."

Psalms 25:16-18


Hostilities against Christians grow in NORTH SUDAN[1]

A Compass Direct News Services (CDNS) release from August 23 reports about growing hostilities against Christians in North Sudan. Since South Sudan seceded on July 9, pressures on churches and Christians in predominantly Islamic North have increased, with Muslim groups threatening to destroy churches, kill Christians and purge the country of Christianity. A Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS) congregation, whose church building was burned by Muslim extremists seven months ago, is still afraid to meet for worship. A Christian leader from the region was quoted saying “The increased challenges now faced by many Christians in North Sudan are something for which we need to pray very hard for the Lord to intervene.”

Prayer points:

Pray for all our Christian brothers and sisters in North Sudan.

Pray for the restoration of the church building and the congregation worship services of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan.

Pray for peaceful co-existence of the Christian minority in predominantly Islamic North Sudan.

 

Attack against Christian minority in VIETNAM[2]

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOM) reports that on July 7 Vietnamese security forces and police descended upon a worship service of minority Degar Montagnard Christians in the village of Buon Kret Krot, Gai Lai Province, the central highlands of Vietnam, beating the attendees. 16 Christians were severely injured and one man remains under arrest, with his condition being unknown. Police threatened the church attendees stating, "If anyone worships like this, we will return to arrest you all and put you in prison for five years."

Prayer points:

Pray for the release of the imprisoned believer and healing upon all injured Christians.

Pray for God’s protection over Degar Montagnard Christians in central Vietnam.

Pray that police and authorities might protect minority groups in the country, instead of attacking them.

 

Christians May Face More Restrictions in KAZAKHSTAN

The Research and Analysis Report of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) from August 18th, which most of you have already probably reviewed, gives a detailed analysis on the current situation in Kazakhstan in regard to current restrictions on civil rights, including religious freedoms, as well as prognosis for further strengthening the government’s grip over religious groups and activities. Expectations for further restriction of religious rights comes from the attempts of the Kazakh government to foster fear of Islamist extremism, having in mind that activities of untraditional religious movements, including evangelicals and Baptists, are seen by policy officials as responsible for extremism and terrorism. Currently all religious groups are required to register with the government and registration can be easily denied on the basis of an insufficient number of members or if its charter violates the law. Activities of unregistered organizations are penalized with fines or detention. Amendments increasing the harshness of penalties for unregistered religious activities are to be re-introduced in the parliament in 2011. 

Prayer points:

Pray for just legislation and practice in regard to religious freedom in Kazakhstan.

Pray for dropping of the planned amendments in the Legislative Acts on Questions of Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations.

Pray for wisdom and courage in Christians of Kazakhstan.

 

¨¹  Additional prayer items are available at the WEA website, http://www.worldevangelicals.org/pray/ .

¨¹  Please continue to pray for the preparations of International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church 2011 (IDOP 2011). Visit www.idop.org for more information.

 

[1] Source: Compass Direct News Service, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/sudan/article_116757.html

[2] Source: Voice of the martyrs Canada, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1108253

 

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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.