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News and Prayer for the Persecuted
April 26, 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 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 Tortured by Islamists in Egypt Mosque
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A mosque in suburban Cairo was used by Islamic hardliners to terrorize a Christian and anti-Islamist protestors in suburban Cairo in March. Amir Ayad was asked for his ID by who he thought were police. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood hit him unconscious and Amir woke up on the floor of the mosque. “Inside the mosque I was tortured, naked…my hands were tied behind my waist. They came with thick wooden sticks and metal rods and started to strongly hit my legs and arms in order to break my bones,” Amir said. According to Amir, the facility was installed in order to scare protestors who disagreed with the Brotherhood’s policies, saying that he was beat alongside nine other demonstrators. Christians and liberals are growing increasingly concerned with the Muslim Brotherhood’s failure to protect religious minorities.

Pray for complete healing of Amir, as well as the other captives attacked.
Pray for protection against further attacks.
Pray that the authorities will put an end to this atrocity and the perpetrators will be brought to justice. 
Kidnapped Syrian Bishops Still Missing, Despite Reports Otherwise
4/24/2013 Syria (Reuters)
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Two Syrian bishops kidnapped on Monday by armed rebels in a village near Aleppo are still missing, contradicting reports that the men had been freed, Reuters reports. The bishops are the most senior church leaders abducted in the conflict which has now killed more than 70,000 people across Syria.
Pray for the swift rescue of these two bishops, Paul Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort their friends and families during this uncertain time. 
Pray for peace in Syria. 
Christian Activist in Vietnam Blocked from Meeting U.S. Officials
4/24/2013 Vietnam (CSW)
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A Christian human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, was blocked by Vietnamese security agents from visiting with a high ranking U.S. diplomat earlier this month. Although the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi had invited Nguyen to visit, over 20 security officers and police came and blocked the way to Nguyen's home. The incident is yet another indication of just how much control the Vietnamese government exerts over citizens who stand up to defend human rights and religious freedom.
Pray for Nguyen, that he will not grow weary or discouraged by this persecution, but be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to fight the good fight. 
Pray that religious freedom will be recognized by Vietnam authorities in both word and deed. 
Total Amnesty for Boko Haram?
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Recently, President Goodluck Jonathan called on the federal government of Nigeria to set up a committee to consider whether Boko Haram should be granted amnesty for crimes the group has committed across Nigeria’s northern states. The announcement came on the heels of a suicide bombing on a bus station in a Christian neighborhood likely perpetrated by Boko Haram. As deadly attacks continue, Christians are left dumbfounded and wondering why the government is considering granting amnesty to the extremist group. 
Pray for the leadership of Nigeria, that those in power would act with integrity, bringing justice and peace of mind to all of its citizens
Pray for Boko Haram to be labeled a terrorist organization, and be held accountable for their actions
Pray for Christians in Nigeria, that they would not walk in fear but in the knowledge that God is for them, not against them
Pakistan Christian Family Hiding Amid Death Threats
4/26/13 Pakistan  (BosNewsLife)
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Sadiq Masih Zafar, a Christian father, said that his family is hiding after Islamic militants tried to abduct and kill one of his daughters because they refuse to convert to Islam, BosNewsLife reports. “Religious extremists brutally carry on their act without any problem as they don't fear the law. The law enforcing agencies are helpless against them making the religious minorities vulnerable," he said.  
Pray for the safety and provision of Sadiq and his family. 
Pray for protection of Christians in Pakistan, especially for the protection of Christian girls against abductions, forced marriages and forced conversions. 
Pray for religious freedom to be recognized in Pakistan in both policy and practice. 
Despite Suffering of Christians in Burma, EU Lifts Sanctions 
Article ImageInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the European Union (EU) has announced it is lifting all remaining economic sanctions against Burma despite regular incidents of violent discrimination against Christians and other religious minorities. The EU and other Western governments had maintained sanctions against the Burmese government for years due to concerns over massive human rights violations until the nominally civilian government promised to begin making reforms in 2010.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the suffering Church in Burma.
Pray for those in authority to recognize the injustice Burmese Christians are experiencing, and act on their behalf.
Pray for Christianity to grow despite this persecution. 
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