We need to pray for our brethren in India, Iran and Laos.
VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 17, 2011
The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.comHe who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1–2
India—Mob Attacks Mission Training School—VOM Sources
- Psalm 34:10
- Depart from evil and do good
Seek peace and pursue it.
A mission training school in Jonggol, West Java, Indonesia, was attacked by a Muslim mob after Friday prayers recently. The 84 attackers, who arrived on motorbikes, rushed into the school and searched each classroom and dorm room. They removed every picture of Jesus and told the school’s staff that the school must close. Thankfully, classes were not in session that day, and no students were on the premises. The mob was accompanied by several policemen and soldiers from a nearby military base. Neighbors also noticed that the attackers were not from the local community. The school was established in 1999 with the purpose of training evangelists to bless Indonesia, and it has always maintained a good relationship with its neighbors. Fearing a domino effect of future attacks, mission leaders said they will follow up on the case. They urged Indonesian Christians not to retaliate, but to remain calm and to pray. Pray that God will touch the hearts of the attackers, and pray for peace in Indonesia.
Iran—Christian Held in Solitary Confinement—Release International, Mohabat News
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
- And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Friends and family of a Christian father of two are calling for clarification of his case more than five months after he was sent to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Farshid Fathi, 32, has endured months of solitary confinement even though no court orders or instructions have been issued in his case. Farshid was detained by government security officials on Dec. 26, 2011, during a series of raids on Christians’ homes in Tehran. He was later transferred to solitary confinement in the 209th wing of Evin prison. According to Mohabat News reports, interrogators have used psychological torture in attempts to force Farshid to reveal details of Christian contacts. His wife and two young children — Rosana and Barbod — have been allowed to speak to him only once a week. Farshid’s family was forced to sell his father-in-law’s home in order to survive financially, and they have not been able to pay the bail to secure his release. Pray that God will enable Farshid to withstand this ordeal and endure the torture. Pray for comfort and financial help for his family.
Laos—Missionary Charged with Human Trafficking—VOM Sources
- 2 Timothy 3:12
- If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
A missionary to youth in Laos was recently charged with human trafficking. After 24 young people were detained while traveling to a Christian training conference in May, Brother K, a conference leader, went to the police station to seek their release. He was then arrested and charged with human trafficking, an offense that carries a fine of up to $6,000 and from 5 to 50 years in prison. Brother K denied involvement in human trafficking and invited the officers to visit the conference center to see what the students were being taught. Taken aback by his boldness and concerned that the offense would become known as a persecution case, police released the 24 students but detained Brother K. After bail was set, Brother K bargained to reduce the amount, and they agreed on an amount equal to three months’ wages. The youth held their training session at a hastily convened new location. Thank God for his protection of the students and for the boldness of their leader. Pray that Christian youth in Laos will passionately share the gospel with their neighbors.
Prayer is our response to our need for God.
-posted by T.A.