bulletin

Religious Liberty Prayer News: Philippines; Malaysia; India

June 22, 2017

"You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Matthew 10:22 

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. 
 
Christians Shot to Death in Attack on Marawi, Philippines

It was reported that among 19 civilians an Islamic extremist group in the Philippines killed after storming a city on May 23 were eight Christians shot for refusing to recite the Muslim creed.

Government investigators stated that the eight slain Christian laborers had fled Marawi and were on their way to the neighboring city of Iligan when dozens of armed Maute militants stopped them. The Islamist militants tied their hands and shot them after the Christians refused to recite the Muslim conversion creed.
Prayer points:
  • Pray for God’s comforting presence over all those grieving the loss of their loved ones;
  • Pray that Christians would respond to the killings in a Christlike manner;
  • Pray for God's protection over all Christians in the Philippines;
  • Pray that the authorities will take action against the unjustified killings, and the perpetrators will be brought to justice. 
Read more...
Outlaw Evangelicalism in Malaysia, says Islamic coalition

A coalition of Islamic NGOs has put forward a provocative proposal: ban Christian evangelicalism in Malaysia.

"In Malaysia, the dangerous movement that is evangelicalism must be kept in check as it threatens religious harmony in Malaysia," said Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) CEO Azril Mohd Amin in an essay which was published in a online newspaper. 
Prayer points:
  • Pray that God would intervene and not let the proposal be implemented in Malaysia;
  • Pray that Christians in Malaysia would stand strong in the faith during these trying times;
Read more...

(Image: Azrin Mohd Amin - CEO of Centre of Human Rights Research and Advocacy)
Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

It was reported that Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water.

Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said. 

“The youths were forced by the extremists to consume gangajal and tulsi leaves and deny Christ,” Pushpa Kumari stated. “The village president instigates the mob to attack whoever converts to Christianity.”

Prayer points:

  • Pray that God would strengthen and comfort these families that are being persecuted ;
  • Pray that Christians in the area would stand firm in their faith despite the issues they are facing;
  • Pray that the authorities would take necessary actions to provide water to these families;

Read more...