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Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - NB06 - Thu 31 Aug 2006

August 31, 2006

RLP NOTICE BOARD #06
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ITEMS:

1 SUMMARY FOR BULLETINS - MALAYSIA

2 IDOP - SUNDAY 12 (or 19) NOVEMBER 2006

3 GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

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1 SUMMARY FOR BULLETINS - MALAYSIA

As noted at the end of RLP 393, being the monthly update edition
meant it was not practicable to provide the usual Summary for use
in church bulletins, prayer groups and elsewhere. However, a
summary of the Malaysia item in the RLP was subsequently written
for a particular purpose and is reproduced here for use wherever it
would be helpful. The opening words may need to be adjusted.

MALAYSIAN SITUATION DETERIORATES SHARPLY

Last week\'s note referred to a court case to decide whether
Malaysian Muslims have the Constitutional right to change their
religion without the permission of a Sharia (Islamic) Court - which
would never be given. The plaintiff, Lina Joy, converted from Islam
16 years ago and wants to be legally recognised as a Christian.
Lina is engaged to a Christian, but in Malaysia a Muslim woman is
compelled by law to marry a Muslim. Lina has now been forced into
hiding by the threats of Islamic extremists to hunt her down and
kill her. Lina\'s fiance also has been threatened. Meanwhile
posters, emails and mobile phone messages are circulating there
calling for the death of a human rights lawyer and leading
religious freedom activist, Malik Sarwar, a Muslim and member of
the Malaysian Bar Council. Please pray for him as well as for Lina
Joy, her fiance, her advocates and the judges deciding her case.

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2 IDOP - SUNDAY 12 (or 19) NOVEMBER 2006

Please ensure your church, fellowship or group has the
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - as above or
one day that week - firmly in its calendar. Details of resources
will be advised shortly. Be part of this immense global prayer
group of some 300,000 churches in 130 nations.


3 GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

In coming weeks, Anneta Vyssotskaia will be a guest writer
contributing RLPs while Elizabeth Kendal, our regular WEA RLC
researcher and writer, concentrates on finalising the IDOP material
and another writing assignment. They will value your prayers.

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Thankyou for being part of the team of intercessors who support our
sisters and brothers suffering for their faith in Christ.

Ron Clough, Moderator, Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin