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WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News: Nigeria, Iraq, India

July 29, 2014

WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News

28 July 2014

RLPN: 2014/07


"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. "

Psalm 89:14
 
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. 
 
1631 Christians killed in the first 6 months of 2014 in NIGERIA
 
28 July, According to reports, Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and others have killed 1631 Christians in Nigeria for their faith in the first 6 months of this year.  In 2013, 1783 Christians were killed for their faith.
 
In a report released earlier this month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that Boko Haram was responsible for the killing for at least 2053 people in the first 6 months of 2014.
 
Designated a terrorist organization by the US State Department in 2013, Boko Haram has evolved from a local insurgency to a brutal militant group in the past few years.
 
Boko Haram, which means Western education is sin, seeks to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria.
 
Prayer points:
  • Pray that families who have lost loved ones would continue to place their trust in the LORD;
  • Pray for God’s comfort upon those mourning the loss of loved ones;
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Nigeria;
  • Pray for Boko Haram militants, that God would enable them to repent and turn away from violence.
     
 
Church attacked, pastor assaulted in Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

18 July, It is reported that the Nazarene Church at Sehkari Nagar, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh was attacked on July 16 by activists of the Hindu extremist group, Bajrang Dal.
 
In the attack, the gang ransacked the church; physically assaulted the pastor and vandalised church property.
 
In a media report, the pastor said, "Today, while service was going on as usual, suddenly a mob of people from the Bajrang Dal entered the church premise and started beating us up. They also desecrated the altar, broke furniture and objects of worship. Even our women were not spared as the attackers misbehaved with them. After beating us up the attackers hoisted a saffron flag on the top of the church building and threatened us with dire consequences if the church was not closed down."
 
Prayer points:
  • Pray for God’s protection and comfort over the pastor and the congregation;
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance upon the pastor and the leadership of the church;
  • Pray for those attacking Christians in Uttar Pradesh, that they would experience a change in heart, repent and turn away from violence.
Source: Evangelical Fellowship of India
 
 
Islamist militants issue ultimatum against Christians in Mosul, IRAQ 
 
20 July, Islamist militant group Isis has threatened Christians that they would be killed unless they converted to Islam or paid a protection tax.
 
According to reports, a statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was read out at the city’s mosques calling on Christians to comply by midday on 19 July, or face death if they did not leave the city.

The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as "dhimma," under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a "jizya".


"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.

Prayer points:
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Iraq;
  • Pray for members of Isis, that God would soften their hearts and enable them to turn away from all violence;
  • Pray for Christians fleeing Iraq that they would rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance during this time of great distress.
 
 
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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.