vendredi 4 juillet 2014


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News and Prayer for the Persecuted

ISIS Terror Group Declares Caliphate in Iraq, Syria; Nails 9 Men to Cross for Rebellion
7/1/2014 Syria (Christian Post)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), declared the seized land in Iraq and Syria a caliphate (Islamic State).  Many Christians and other minorities are being severely punished for any act deemed a rebellion. With a rise in extreme intolerance, many have fled to neighboring cities for shelter. Those who cannot flee are subject to this extraordinary violence. The group also nailed nine men to a cross in Syria as punishment for rebellion.

  • Pray for the protection of our Christian brothers and sisters as they flee for shelter 
  • Pray ISIS will be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity and God's 
    children, and their works against our Heavenly Father will meet swift failure
  • Pray for the renewing of strength for our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria during these dark hours 

North Khartoum Church Reduced to Rubble as President 'Islamizes' Sudan
7/1/2014 Sudan (CNN)

Sudanese authorities demolished the Church of Christ in Bahri (North Khartoum) in ignorance of an appeal by that church's pastor to delay the demolition until after the rainy season. The church, which boasted 600 congregants, was destroyed for its "shanty" construction; however, a similarly constructed mosque that shares the same land plot as the church remains unharmed. Other churches, Christian schools and training centers have been forcibly closed and demolished by the reigning regime, which came to power in a 1989 military coup. 

  • Pray for an end to religious intolerance in Sudan and for peace in their nation
  • Pray for the uplifting and renewing of the members of Church of Christ
  • Pray for the protection of Christians in Sudan who risk their lives daily to worship God 

North Korea: US Tourist to go on Trial After Leaving Bible in Hotel Room
6/30/2014 North Korea (Christian Today)
Two US citizens are to go on trial in North Korea, charged with "perpetrating hostile acts" against the state. Jeffrey Fowle was detained after leaving a Bible in his hotel room, while Matthew Miller supposedly tore up his tourist visa seeking shelter in the DPRK. Without diplomatic ties, they may face a sentence similar to Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary, sentenced to 15 years hard labor in April 2013.

  • Pray for the safe and quick release of Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller 
  • Pray for the uplifting and comfort of our Lord Christ to come upon the families of the persecuted 
  • Pray for the safety of believers worshiping in underground churches in North Korea   

Pakistan Halts Christian Exodus; Sri Lanka Detains Refugees
6/29/2014 Pakistan (BosNewsLife)

Pakistani authorities illegally removed one thousand "persecuted" Christians from fleeing Pakistan and hundreds of Christian asylum seekers have been detained in Sri Lanka, a source told BosNewsLife. Local media in Sri-Lanka reported that the Immigration and Investigation police have a joint operation against Christian asylum seekers and are deporting them for "anti-state activities" in India and Pakistan.

  • Pray for the swift and safe release of all detained Christians seeking asylum
  • Pray Pakistan and Sri Lanka will rise above intolerance and bring equality to the people 
  • Pray the Spirit of our Lord will comfort our brothers and sisters and bring them to His victory

Some Denominations Unaffected, Others Hindered by Russia's Control in Crimea
6/27/2014 Crimea (Forum 18) 

Though not every denomination has been equally or severely affected, Russia's annexation of Crimea has resulted in various hindrances and obstacles for several religious communities. Clergy fleeing the initial turmoil of the region seems to have slowed, but several Greek Catholic priests entering the region were informed that they could only stay for three months at a time, with one month between each visit. Russia's demand for all religious communities to re-register under Russian law will likely prove burdensome to smaller and less-established religious communities who may not be able to meet registration requirements.
  • Pray for the provision of a safe place of refuge for the clergy
  • Pray for the protection and safety of Christians in Crimea during this time  
  • Pray for revival in Crimea 
USA: Christian Teacher Forced to Remove Bible Notes from Behind Desk
6/27/2014 United States (Christian Post)
Judge Leslie G. Foschio, has ruled that a New York school's removal of Christian items from Joelle Silver's classroom was legal. Silver argued that while Christian items were removed from her class, a social worker at the school is allowed to display materials that "promote the gay rights agenda and an anti-Christian activist organization." Foschio concluded the lawsuit could advance regarding equal protection.
  • Pray for a renewing in strength as Joelle Silver stands not just for her rights, but the rights of all Christians in the United States
  • Pray Silver's voice is heard and many will follow her example and not be silent in the midst of pressure
  • Pray this battle will bring Christ glory and open the eyes and hearts of believers and non-believers 

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