Prayer for brothers and sisters in Christ is Nepal, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. Please lift our brethren to the LORD in prayer.
VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 24, 2011
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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Nepal—Criminal Code May Prohibit Evangelism—Compass Direct News, VOM Canada
- 1 Timothy 2:1-2
- Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Five years after it abolished Hinduism as the state religion, Nepal is considering a new criminal code that would make it illegal to “convert a person or abet him to change his religion.” Article 160 of the proposed code would prohibit any action or behavior that could cause someone from a caste, community or creed to lose faith in his or her traditional religion or convert to a different religion. Offenders could be imprisoned for up to five years and fined as much as $685. Protracted political battles have caused delays in the first complete draft of the new constitution, and the Nepali Congress was recently forced to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly responsible for the draft. Pray for the church in Nepal as well as for those in power. Pray that Nepal’s new criminal code will allow Christians to share their faith.
Nigeria—Pastor Killed in Borno State—Release International, Compass Direct
- Philippians 4:7
- and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
A Nigerian pastor and his secretary were murdered by Islamic militants recently in the northeastern town of Maiduguri. Pastor David Usman, 45, and his church secretary, Hamman Andrew, were shot to death on June 7 by members of the Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram has been blamed for several recent attacks, including a series of bombings on June 7 that killed three people and the bombing of an army barracks in Maiduguri on May 29 that killed 15 people. Pastor David, described as a gentle and jovial man, and Hamman Andrew were killed in an area of Maiduguri called the Railway Quarters. Boko Haram had previously targeted Pastor David’s church, which belongs to the Church of Christ in Nigeria. In July 2009, militants killed several church members and set fire to the church building. Another pastor in Maiduguri, Rev. Titus Dama Pona, told Compass Direct News that the recent violence has increased fear among Christians. “We no longer feel free moving around the city,” Rev. Titus said, “and most churches no longer carry out worship services for fear of becoming targets of these unprovoked attacks.” Pray that Christians in Borno state will experience the peace of God, and pray that Boko Haram members will come to know the peace of God in their hearts.
Uzbekistan—Christian Fined and Threatened by Police—Forum 18 News Service
- Isaiah 40:31
- But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
A Protestant Christian, Anvar Rajapov, was threatened by police after challenging a large fine that he received for his religious activities in Tashkent. Police raided Anvar’s home on April 14 and confiscated 250 Christian books, including Bibles. The state’s Religious Affairs Committee then ordered the books destroyed, and Anvar was fined 80 times the minimum monthly wage. Anvar appealed the fine in court, but a judge upheld the fine. Court officials warned Anvar that he would be further penalized if he did not pay the fine by June 15. On May 25, police summoned Anvar to the police station. Three police majors and an inspector spoke with Anvar and threatened him. One of the police majors, Zufar Rashidov, reportedly said, “I have prepared an axe for you, which will be flying after you, observing you, and if need be get you.” Pray that God will protect Anvar and give him strength and wisdom.
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