Belay faced a choice: cancer treatment or Christ. He choose Christ. Prison officials in Eritrea, where he had been arrested for praying and reading his Bible, refused to allow him access to the hospital he needed. Last week, Belay left cancer and prison behind and is now with his Lord. Praise God for Belay’s faithfulness, and please pray for Belay’s family and friends, and for all Christians in Eritrea, who are regularly persecuted severely for their faith in Christ. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18369.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
Political unrest in the Middle East may not be new, but a recent development in Lebanon is creating new tension for all of her people. Last week, Prime Minister Mikati resigned, leaving a void in the government not only for his position, but also for the 30-member Cabinet that also left. Turmoil in neighboring Syria already has the people of Lebanon on edge. Missionaries ask for prayer for themselves and the people they are serving with the love of God. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18367.
Laws are changing in India in ways that will better protect women legally from abuse and attacks that are far too common. But along with this good news comes a prayer request. Laws can only change so much. Hearts must change before the beautiful women of India are valued and treasured by their society, a society that has spent many centuries simply accepting violence against women as normal. Pray for hearts to be transformed by God’s love and for Indian women to recognize their immeasurable worth to God. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18362.
Freedom continues to fall under attack in Kazakhstan. New laws are expected to be passed this summer that would make many Christian activities illegal. Unregistered evangelism will become a criminal offense, and fines and imprisonment terms on other Christian activities are expected to be increased. Please pray for these new regulations to be stopped and for every heart throughout Kazakhstan to be touched with God’s love. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18354.
Please pray for the victims of a terrible car bomb attack in Nigeria which left at least twenty-five dead, sixty wounded, five buses destroyed, and a community grieving. Please pray. You can read more at http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/english/country/nigeria/2346192/.
Their crime? Sharing food, shelter, education, and the love of God to more than a dozen children, many of whom were sleeping on the streets. Two Brazilian Christians living in Senegal have been arrested and charged, and are still being held in jail. Legal and diplomatic efforts have not resolved the issue. Please pray for God to care for these Christians and the children they serve. You can read more at https://www.vomgroups.com/qry/forum/td_index.taf?_function=topic&tdttopc_uid1=101.
The situation inside Syria continues to deteriorate. Approximately one million have fled the country, while approximately three million remain in deplorable conditions inside Syria. Pray for wisdom and resources for the agencies trying to serve these refugees with supplies and the love of God. And pray for true peace to come to each heart. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18343.
What started as an argument between friends ended with the burning and destruction of every Christian home and business in one area of Pakistan. Thankfully, no loss of life has been reported. The victims are now homeless and desperate for food, water, shelter, and a new beginning. Please pray for peace to reign and for all those affected by this tragedy to feel the love and hope of Christ, including the attackers. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18337.
Pastor Samuel was not an insurgent Maoist. But in 2004, police arrested and charged him as one. Despite the pleas of the Christians who knew him, he remained behind bars. In 2010, he was finally cleared of all charges. His family was elated. But delays in court hearings and national issues kept him behind bars until 2013. By the grace of God, Pastor Samuel is now free! Though he struggled with discouragement and depression at times during his imprisonment, he also shares that God helped him accept that there was a purpose to his time in prison. Some of that purpose is seen in the changed lives of prisoners who Pastor Samuel shared the love of God with. Read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18333.
It hasn’t happened since 1991, but if Vyacheslav Cherkasov loses his court appeal, religious literature will be destroyed. Vyacheslav was arrested and fined for distributing religious literature, Christian materials mostly in the Kazakh language. His materials were confiscated and have been ordered to be destroyed. The destruction of Christian literature reminds many of the repression of Christian freedoms under Soviet rule. Please pray that Vyacheslav will not lose his appeal and that Christians in Kazakhstan will be free to share the love and the hope they have received from Christ. You can read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/18332.