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WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, March 15, 2011

March 16, 2011

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

Psalms 20:6

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* 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.
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Assassination of a Christian Cabinet Member in PAKISTAN[1]

Compass Direct News Service (CDNS) reports about the assassination of Mr Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights in Pakistan on the 2nd of March, carried out by suspected Islamic extremists from Pakistan’s Taliban and al Qaeda. Shahbaz Bhatti was Pakistan’s only cabinet-level Christian and was an outspoken critic of the country’s widely condemned “blasphemy” laws, due to which he received many death threats by Islamic Militant Organizations and had requested higher levels of security which apparently was not provided. The murder of Shahbaz Bhatti comes two months after Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer was killed by his bodyguard for supporting Asia Noreen (also known as Asia Bibi), the first Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. According to Compass Direct in a recent interview with the BBC, Bhatti had said he was “ready to die for a cause” as a Christian. “I am living for my community and suffering people, and I will die to defend their rights,” he said. “These threats and warnings cannot change my opinion and principles.”


Prayer points:

  •  Pray for Shahbaz Bhatti’s bereaved family and friends.

  •  Pray for God’s protection over the Christian community and small minority groups in Pakistan.

  •  Pray that God may raise and use more people like Bhatti, who have the strength and the courage to stand for religious freedom and justice in Pakistan.

Attacks against Christians in EGYPT[2]

Another release of Compass Direct News Service (CDNS) reports that on the 4th of March a  Muslim mob carried out a  destructive attack at a church building in Sool, a village south of Cairo, after a local imam, Sheik Ahmed Abu Al-Dahab, issued the call during Friday afternoon prayers to “kill all the Christians”. The Church building was set ablaze and completely destroyed, however the priest managed to narrowly escape the attack. According to CDNS, on 6th of March, roughly 2,000 people gathered outside the Radio and Television Building in Cairo to protest the attack which Copts view as a long-standing government refusal to address or even acknowledge the persecution of Christians in Egypt.


Prayer points:

  •  Pray that the raised tension between Muslims and Copts in Egypt would ease out.

  •  Pray for God’s protection over Christians in Sool as well as over the entire Christian community in Egypt.

  •  Pray that God may raise and use more people like Bhatti, who have the strength and the courage to stand for religious freedom and justice in Pakistan.
 Christian killed, homes and churches burned in ETHIOPIA[3]

Voice of the Martyrs, Canada reports that on the  2nd of March Muslim extremists killed one Christian, wounded several others, burned down 55 churches, 30 Christian homes, a Bible school, a Christian orphanage and a church office in Asendabo, Western Ethiopia. The violence started after Muslims falsely accused Christians of desecrating the Qur’an. More than 3,000 Christians are said to be displaced due to the violence. According to VOM the local police and government officials did nothing to stop the attackers. However the federal government officials had then intervened and taken steps to remove the local Muslim administrator for his failure to protect Christians.


Prayer points:

  •  Pray for recovery and healing over all affected by the attacks.

  •  Pray also that there would be an end to all violence committed against Christians in Ethiopia.

  •  Pray for the Church in Ethiopia to stay strong and consolidated in spite of the opposition and persecution.

 

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

 


[1] Source: Comas Direct News Service, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/pakistan/69255/

[2] Source: Comas Direct News Service,, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/egypt/69546/

[3] Source: Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1103104