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WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News: Sri Lanka, Sudan, Kazakhstan

May 30, 2014

 
WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News

26 May 2014

RLPN: 2014/05


"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to his purpose"

Romans 8:28
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The 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 resources. 
 
Buddhist monks and authorities obstruct prayer meeting in SRI LANKA
 
24 May, It is reported that on 27 April, while a group of 30 Christians were gathered for prayer in Bandaragama, Sri Lanka, a mob of around 30 persons led by Buddhist clergy stormed the premises they were praying in, and demanded that prayer meetings be stopped.

According to reports, the police who arrived on the scene instructed the Christians to stop the prayer meetings since there was no prior approval from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

However, according to Sri Lankan legislation, there is no legal requirement to obtain prior approval for religious worship activities.

Christians in Sri Lanka have been facing an increase in persecution over the past couple of years. According to statistics from the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, 103 incidents of Christian persecution were recorded in 2013 – a 98% increase from 2012.

So far this year, there have been over 40 attacks on churches and Christians in Sri Lanka.


Prayer points:
  • Pray for boldness among church leaders in the front-lines of persecution in Sri Lanka;
  • Pray for God’s wisdom upon church leaders who serve in Buddhist-dominant villages;
  • Pray for Christians in the country to stand in solidarity with their fellow persecuted brethren;
Souce: NCEASL Incident Reports
 
Christian man jailed for refusing to pay fine for holding worship service in KAZAKHSTAN

16 May, According to reports, a Christian father of 3 was jailed in Kazakhstan for refusing to a pay a fine for leading an unauthorized worship service in his home.

Denis Yenenko was imprisoned for 6 days after he refused to pay a fine of USD 475 following a raid on his home in Sergeyeyka in 2013.

He was initially penalized for "participation in the activity of an unregistered, halted or banned religious community or social organization."

It is reported that, in 2014, 39 people were fined for exercising their right to religious liberty in Kazakhstan.

Prayer points:
  • Pray that the charges against Denis Yenenko would be dropped;
  • Pray for more religious freedoms in Kazakhstan;
  • Pray that Kazakh Christians would take comfort in the knowledge of God's sovereignty over the growing persecution in the country.
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Daniel Wani with his wife Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, Source: Gabriel Wani/Facebook/news.com.au

8 month-pregnant Christian woman sentenced to death in SUDAN
 
20 May, An 8-month-pregnant Christian woman in Khartoum has been sentenced to death for her alleged conversion to Christianity. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for having relations with her husband, who is a Christian.
 
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, 27, was convicted on 30 April and on 11 May she was given 3 days to recant her Christian faith.
 
Meriam has been detained since February 2014. During her imprisonment, she has been denied bail, subjected to beatings and faced insufficient provisions of medication.
 
The couple’s 20-month-old son is staying in prison with Meriam, as authorities have denied the father the right to care for the child.
 
Prayer points:
  • Pray that the sentence will be overturned and Meriam would be released from prison;
  • Pray for Meriam and her unborn child’s health, that they would receive adequate medications;
  • Pray that the Lord would strengthen Meriam and enable her to trust Him during this difficult time;
  • Pray for Jesus’ comforting presence to be upon the family of Meriam.

Source: WEA RLC Statement
 
 
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The purpose of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission is to promote freedom of religion for all people worldwide as defined by Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, and in accordance with Scripture. Our aim is to help all people, but especially Protestant Christians, to exercise their faith without oppression or discrimination.