The following is today’s prayer update from Voice of the Martyrs. Please pray for our brethren in India, Sudan, and in the former Soviet Republics thanking GOD for the good news.
VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 10, 2011
The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5–6
India—Christians in India Face Daily Threats—Compass Direct News, Asia News
- Psalm 25:2
- O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
Hindu extremists continue to target Christians in India with false accusations, beatings and even murder. In Madhya Pradesh, Hindu militants stopped Pastor Shivraj Maravi’s renovation of his small house, where he sometimes holds Sunday services. The extremists filed a police report against Pastor Maravi on May 4, and police then arrested him and charged him with forcible conversion under the state’s anti-conversion act. In Uttar Pradesh, Hindu radicals stopped Pastor B. Vijaya Kumar and his family as they walked home from a prayer meeting on May 8. The extremists detained the family for three hours before police arrived and questioned Pastor Kumar. Police then ordered the family to leave the area. On May 12 in Odisha, 17-year-old Nirupama Pradhan was raped and murdered after school. Police waited two weeks before arresting the suspect. Continue to pray for Christians in India. Pray especially that God will turn the hearts of Hindu radicals to him.
Former Soviet Republics—Christians Grateful for Books and Materials—VOM Sources
- 1 Peter 3:12
- For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
Christians from Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia wrote notes of thankfulness to VOM recently for the Christian literature they had received. The materials included VOM newsletters, copies of FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs and prayer calendars. They especially enjoyed the prayer calendars. A woman in Ukraine said that her women’s group is using the calendar. “What we learn from your materials makes other Christians’ problems a reality for us and urges us to pray for them and also to be grateful for freedom in our country,” she wrote. Another sister wrote, “The Lord calls me to pray especially for the radical Muslims, because they also have the right to be saved.” And a worker in the region wrote, “So many people and churches want to pray! People get in groups just to pray for the persecuted. I am always short on materials. People literally are ‘in line’ for materials.” Praise God for the response of these brothers and sister in the former Soviet Republics. Pray together with them for the persecuted church.
Sudan—Christian Woman Arrested for Evangelism—VOM Canada, Compass Direct News
- James 1:12
- Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Hawa Abdalla Muhammad Saleh was arrested on May 9 in the Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons in Al-Fashir. Authorities have accused her of possessing and distributing Bibles to others in the camp. Sources said she could also be tried for apostasy, which is punishable by death in Sudan. Abdalla has reportedly been transferred to an unknown location in Khartoum, and some fear that she may again be tortured, as she was when she was detained for six days in 2009. Please pray for Abdalla’s release. Ask the Lord to give her the strength and grace she needs to withstand this current trial.
Thanks for praying.
posted by T.A.