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Central Asia Exerts Stranglehold on Religious Freedom
10/2/2013 Central Asia (International Christian Concern)
The five countries that make up Central Asia-Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan- all have recent reports of repressing religious freedom. They do not allow any religious activity unless it has government approval and persecute anyone who violates their laws. Their most popular method is fining people sums that are very difficult to pay and torture victims to prove their power. 

  • Pray for those who are suffering from fines that put them in severe financial hardship
  • Pray that God would bring His comforting touch to believers during this difficult time
  • Pray the governments will repent for oppressing religious minorities

Armed Rebels Victimize Christians in Colombia with Impunity
10/2/2013 Colombia  (International Christian Concern)

Christians in Columbia are facing heavy and violent persecution for their beliefs, regardless of the country's official position on religious freedom. The National Liberation Army persecutes Christians because their beliefs are not compatible with the rebel cause. Christians are being demanded to leave their homes, and even killed. Many of the attacks involve causing trauma to Christian children, such as kidnapping and murdering parents in front of them.

  • Pray for the the safety and protection of victims who have been forced to leave their homes
  • Pray for the safety and protection of Christians in Columbia
  • Pray that the government will provide protection for Christians and religious minorities in Columbia

"Protect Us Or Expel Us!" Christians of Pakistan Demand Security
9/29/2013 Pakistan (Tribune)

Nasir Masih Sahotra, minority wing leader in Pakistan, believes that the bombing of the All Saints Church on September 22 could have been prevented if security were improved. He believes the government's lack of response to terrorist attacks in the past led to the attackers having confidence on September 22. Not only was security substandard, but the medical treatment those injured received.

  • Pray the government of Pakistan will protect religious minorities
  • Pray that God would use Nasir Sahotra to defend persecuted Christians in Pakistan
  • Pray for strength and perseverance for persecuted Christians in Pakistan

Obama Expresses Concern over Imprisoned US Pastor to Iranian President
9/27/2013 Iran (Fox News)
Amidst a week that saw the highest level of engagement between the United States and Iran in decades, President Obama reportedly asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about the case of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini. September 26 marked one year that Saeed has been in an Iranian prison. Numerous government officials had spoken out about the case but this is the first public acknowledgment of the President addressing it. 

  • Pray that President Obama's talks with President Rouhani to release Saeed will be successful
  • Pray there will be greater awareness and burden for Saeed's situation 
  • Pray for the safety and protection of Saeed as he in detained
Christians in Laos Forced to Revert to Animism
9/26/2013 Laos (UCA News)
Across rural areas of Laos reports are coming in of Christian communities being pressured to give up their new found faith in Christ. Those who refuse are threatened with forced eviction from their homes. Animism, or the worship of the natural world, is a traditional belief system for many villages in Laos. 

  • Pray for courage and strength for believers to not recant their faith even in the midst of eviction
  • Pray for the safety and comfort for believers who have been evicted from their homes
  • Pray for revival in Laos

Violence against Egyptian Christians Reaches a Level Not Seen for Centuries
Islamic extremists in Egypt are violently retaliating against Christians for their part in deposing President Morsi. Homes, businesses, and places of worship have been destroyed, with very little response from the Egyptian police force. In some regions, Islamic gangs are insisting that Christians pay jizya, for "protection" and attack anyone who refuses. 
  • Pray for strength for Christians who are facing persecution in Egypt
  • Pray against the Islamic extremists' reign of terror and that they would repent for their ways
  • Pray for peace in Egypt

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