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Religious Liberty Prayer News - March

March 14, 2016

WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News

08 March 2016

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
    the world and those who dwell therein,
 for he has founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers."

Psalm 24:1-2
 
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. 
 
Gunmen kill 16 including 4 nuns in attack on retirement home in YEMEN

On 4 March 2016, gunmen killed 16 people including 4 Catholic nuns in an attack on a retirement home in southern Yemen.

According to reports, the victims were handcuffed and then shot in the head.

At the time of the attack, 80 residents were living at the home, which is run by Missionaries of Charity, an organization established by Mother Teresa.


Prayer points:
  • Pray for Jesus’ comforting presence over the families grieving the loss of loved ones;
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in the Middle East;
  • Pray that those responsible for this crime would be brought to justice.

Christian burial disrupted in Trincomalee, SRI LANKA

It is reported that on 31st January 2016, a Christian burial was disrupted by villagers who insisted that the burial should be carried out according to the traditions of the majority religion in the village.

During the incident, the villagers also harassed the family’s pastor and demanded that he leave the funeral.

As a result of the objections raised by the villagers, the family of the deceased was forced to carry out the burial according to non-Christian rites.

Prayer points:

  • Pray for greater religious freedoms in Sri Lanka;
  • Pray that Christians facing pressure and persecution would not fear but trust God;
  • Pray that those harassing Christians would be brought to justice.
177 incidents of persecution against Christians recorded in 2015 in INDIA

According to a report by the Evangelical Fellowship of India, 177 incidents of persecution were recorded against the country’s Christian community in 2015. The incidents included physical violence, discontinuation of worship services, church attacks, rape, and arrests of pastors and Christian workers.

The report also stated that Christian persecution was most severe in the central states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.


Prayer points:
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in India;
  • Pray that those persecuting Christians would experience a change in heart, repent, and turn towards God;
  • Pray that Christians would stand firm in their faith in spite of the pressure and persecution.
 
 
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