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VOM Prayers for June 28, 2005

June 28, 2005

“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body,
whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”
(Philippians 1:19-21).

Thank you for praying for the persecuted church. God bless!

From The Voice of the Martyrs

Pray for EGYPT
EGYPT (Compass Direct) On June 9th, Gasir Mohammed Mahmoud was discharged from his locked psychiatric ward in Cairo, five months after he was forcibly committed to a mental hospital for converting from Islam to Christianity. Mahmoud, 31, was tortured by security police and then beaten at times and given heavy doses of medication twice daily at the El-Khanka Hospital for Mental and Neurological Health. He was committed to the mental hospital in January after his adoptive Muslim parents became alarmed to learn that he had converted to Christianity two years earlier. Mahmoud’s supervising physician told him he would never be allowed to leave the hospital unless he returned to Islam. But a round of international publicity released in May focused considerable attention on the case, apparently convincing hospital authorities to discharge him.

Give thanks and praise to God for Mahmoud’s release! Pray the Lord will heal him completely from any aftereffects of the ordeal he suffered. Pray the hearts of Egyptian officials will soften toward Christ and His people.

Pray for INDIA
INDIA INDIA (Compass Direct)
Eleven Christian families in Maharashtra state, India have lodged an official complaint of sexual assault carried out by Hindu villagers. On May 15th, the families were summoned to a community court and asked to give up their faith. When they refused, the men were severely beaten and the women were sexually assaulted. When the Christians lodged an official complaint on May 18th, Hindu villagers lodged a counter complaint, accusing them of desecrating Hindu idols. Seven Hindu and 13 Christian villagers were arrested and later released on bail; both groups are now seeking legal advice. Meanwhile, Hindu villagers met on June 12th, with nine neighboring villages and asked them to socially ostracize the Christian families. The families have been banned from using public wells and shopping at local food stores.

Pray God will bring peace of mind to those who were attacked as He leads them to forgive their enemies. Pray they will bring Christ’s light to the spiritual darkness around them. Pray God will use this situation to carry out His plans to bring more souls into His Kingdom.

(Compass Direct)
On June 4th, a government official in Orissa, India ordered the demolition of a Christian settlement “within 48 hours” to make way for a boating park to attract tourists to the area. However due to a public outcry, an interim order was passed on June 6th, delaying the demolition until the monsoon season had passed. Christians say the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical Hindu group, held a paramilitary training camp in the town from June 2nd to 4th, attended by some of the state ministers; this may be connected with the demolition order. “The administration is trying to harass the minority Christian community,” the Rt. Rev. Aman Khosola alleged.

Pray the Holy Spirit will move in loving power to overcome the spirit of hatred that has dominated Orissa state. Pray the Christians will show love and mercy toward those who oppose them, heaping coals of fire on their heads. Pray God will soften the hearts of the Hindus to allow their Christian neighbors access to wells and food stores.

Pray for INDONESIA
INDONESIA (Compass Direct)
A Muslim council has accused three Indonesian women of attempting to convert Muslim children under the guise of a Christian education program. Dr. Rebekka Zakaria, Eti Pangesti and Ratna Bangun were arrested on May 13th, and eventually taken to the Indramayu State Prison in West Java, where they await trial. If convicted of breaching the Child Protection Law, they could each face a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 100,000,000 rupees ($103,600). A lawyer acting for the local Majelis Ulama Indonesia council asked that bail be refused for the women. Meanwhile, lawyers are preparing for a trial that could make headlines in a nation still clearly divided along religious lines.

Pray Jesus will comfort these faithful servants who followed His example by bringing little children to Him. Pray God will put His compassion in the hearts of West Java authorities to let these women go free. Pray the dark spirit of Islam in Indonesia will be overcome by the light of Christ.

Pray for IRAN
IRAN (ASSIST News Service)
Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979 has not produced the Islamic paradise it envisioned. Since the revolution, unemployment has soared, inflation is high, and poverty is widespread. The religious repression and economic recession have been paralleled by social deterioration: frustration, despair, homelessness, prostitution, drug addiction, suicide and AIDS are widespread. Iran is ruled by a supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, and 12 Ayatollahs as a Council of Guardians who may reject any legislation they deem “un-Islamic.” On Friday, June 17th, Iranians voted in Iran’s 7th Presidential elections, from which all female candidates were excluded. Anger and hopelessness led many reformists and women to boycott the polls, while Islamic and anti-American zeal, plus the mobilizing efforts of the Basij Islamic militia brought the conservatives out in force. The moderate candidate was soundly defeated, and the runner-up is even more committed to fundamental Islam than Hashemi Rafsanjani, the incumbent appointed by Ayatollah Khamenei, who is expected to win in a run-off election.

Pray God will protect His already suffering church in Iran, and bless His children who are His ambassadors. Pray the Holy Spirit will reveal Christ the Savior to Iranians through supernatural means and the witness of His people.

Pray for SRI LANKA
SRI LANKA (CharismaNOW)
With an anti-conversion law being considered by the country’s Parliament, Christians are facing renewed violence and intimidation. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the Assemblies of God (AG) Church in Ambalangoda, located in the Galle district, south of Colombo, was attacked with rocks, stones and bottles filled with sand on June 5th. The next morning, a crowd of about 100 people shouting threats surrounded the church. Armed with iron rods, shovels, swords and other weapons, the mob brutally assaulted the pastor and two church members. One person was seriously injured, and all three are now in a hospital being treated for their injuries. There are fears that the mob may return to attack the church again. Elsewhere, on May 29th, a crowd of about 100 people and a local Buddhist monk disrupted a prayer meeting at Kithu Sevana Church, located in the Kurunegala district, northeast of Colombo. Christian villagers were threatened and warned to stop their meetings. Due to concern over another attack, the next prayer meeting, scheduled for June 5th, was canceled.

Pray the Lord will heal those who were injured in this attack. Ask God to use their witness of faith and love to bring their enemies to Christ. Pray God will give Sri Lankan Christians a spirit of boldness and zeal to proclaim the Good News, knowing their suffering is not in vain. Pray all Christians will lift up heartfelt cries for their brothers and sisters who suffer for Christ, whose name they bear.

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