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News and Prayer for the Persecuted
April 19, 2013
Raise Your Voice to
End Forced Church Closures
in Indonesia! 
Since 2006, dozens of churches have been sealed shut by government officials across Indonesia who fear pressure from radical Islamic groups. As recently as March hundreds of Indonesian Christians on the outskirts of the capital of Jakarta watched in utter dismay as authorities used heavy machinery to tear down the church that they had been locked out after more than 12 years of peaceful services.
Let those at the highest levels of Indonesia’s government know that they cannot sit idly by while churches are shut down at the behest of extremist groups. Sign our petition today!

Christian Broadcasts to Continue in North Korea
4/13/2013 North Korea (BosNewsLife)
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TWR is launching new Christian broadcasts into North Korea to give people hope in God. CEF and TWR are partnering together to air "Gospel Train for Children" so that parents will learn to share the good news with their children. Many Christians in North Korea meet in secret and some 100,000 Christians are in prison camps for refusing to follow the regime's founder Kim Il-Sung. Many Christians outside the camps meet in underground churches and secretly listen to TWR. One Christian listener said, "If not for the Word of God, and your love and devotion in the midst of our sufferings, our lives would be dark and hopeless.”  TWR will continue to air the good news in North Korea, giving people hope in God in the midst of darkness and suffering. 

Pray for the North Korean believers to persevere and develop an unshakable faith
Pray that those listening to the broadcasts will hear the Gospel and accept Christ as their personal savior 
Pray that parents will raise their children in the way of the Lord by learning to share the Gospel through the Gospel Train broadcast
Two Christian Communities in Pakistan Torched in One Month
4/14/2013 Pakistan (Worthy News)
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Nearly 200 homes in the Joseph Colony of Lahore, Pakistan were destroyed by a Muslim mob. The Supreme Court condemned the police for not doing anything to protect the Christians being attacked.  On April 3, another mob of Muslims damaged a church and shops owned by Christians in the Francis Colony of Gujranwala. The local police had assured the Christians in the colony that they would be safe, but the second attack confirmed otherwise. Asif Barkat described the situation: "The police [were] doing what [they] does best: nothing. Their bias towards Christians is quite evident, because when the Muslims were raiding our church and property, they just watched, but when we confronted them, they started hitting us with batons and used live ammunition to deter us."  
Pray that the Muslims will hear the Gospel and be saved
Pray that there would be peace in this situation
Pray for the Christians, that they will display love in the midst of persecution
Church in Kenya Endures the Trauma of Persecution
4/15/2013 Kenya (Mission Network News)
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It has been a year since the attack on the African Inland Church in Garissa, and Open Doors  has recently spoken to the believers who remain in Garissa. The Christians there are holding on to Jesus but they still feel afraid. Lydia Ndavi said that she "missed some Sunday church services out of fear. You know, when I hear rumors of a possible attack, I get afraid and stay home that Sunday." Caleb reports that the church in Garissa is struggling to keep going due to "continued insecurity." Muslim extremists are targeting churches, pastors, and Christian businesses. 
Pray that the believers will no longer be controlled by fear, but by God's peace
Pray that there would be revival in this Church, that they will let their light shine in the darkness
Pray that the believers who are persecuted will be comforted and encouraged by the Holy Spirit
American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Told to Deny Christ
4/16/13 Iran (Christian News Network) 
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Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran, was given an ultimatum to either deny Christ or remain incarcerated.  Saeed Abedini, an American Pastor in Iran, has been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran for planting house churches. He says that the officials have given him the choice to deny Christ or remain in prison. The ACLJ has obtained a recent letter from Saeed, which describes the stress and pressure he is facing in prison: “‘Deny your faith in Jesus Christ and return to Islam or else you will not be released from prison. We will make sure you are kept here even after your 8 year sentence is finished.’ These are the threats that prison officials throw at me. My response is Romans 8:35-39.”
Pray that Pastor Saeed will stand firm and not recant, pray that he will persevere
Pray that he will be strengthened by the presence of the Lord
Pray for the officials, that they will be saved and hear the gospel as a result of Saeed's witness
Christian Murdered by Muslim Youth in Pakistan
4/16/13 Pakistan  (Pakistan Christian Post)
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A 20-year-old Christian boy name Allah Ditta was living in Talab Sarae, a small village in Pakistan. On April 4 a gang of Muslim boys sat in the street and started saying filthy remarks to the women of the Christian colony. Alla Ditta abused them in return and asked them to leave the colony. Sadam pulled out his gun and shot Allah Ditta in the head. Alla Ditta died on the spot. Aneeqa Maria, the Voice Chief advocate, said, "It is a pity that in the country of over 180 Million people, Christians are living their lives in fear and under the shadows of death...Nobody knows when his time is coming up for being slaughtered. Law enforcing agencies and police are looking for such incidents so that they can make money as a bribe from the offender, making this appalling confrontation a catastrophe."
Pray that those responsible for the murder will be convicted and repent
Pray that the Muslims who turn to violence would be saved
Pray for Alla Ditta's family, that they will be comforted, and put on love and forgive the one who killed Alla Ditta
Christian Convert Captured and Tortured in Somalia 
4/17/13 Somalia (Christian Today)
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Al Shabaab, a terrorist group associated with al Qaeda, has kidnapped Hassan Gulled who converted from Islam to Christianity. Gulled had fled to Kenya in 2007 searching for safety and to start a better life, but he returned to Somalia to visit his family. While in Somalia, al Shabaab militants monitored (stalked) him for three weeks and then captured him into a Land Cruiser and drove away while his family watched helplessly. It is possible that Gulled is dead. He was probably interrogated and pressured to recant his Christian faith.
Pray that Hassan Gulled is safe and will be found
Pray for the efforts of al Shabaab to be stopped in Somalia
Pray for religious freedom for Christians in Somalia 
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