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VOM News and Prayer Update: October 10

October 19, 2006

“The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
(Exodus 15:2)

EGYPT
Christian Girl Abducted – Whereabouts Still Unknown – VOM sources/persecution.com
After working 14 hours in the fields, Saber, an Egyptian Christian, had his plans of relaxation interrupted by a knock on his door. It was his neighbor’s teenage son who wanted to buy some hay. Having no energy to fetch the hay, Saber sent his 16-year-old daughter, Suzanne, to get the hay from his backyard. She never returned, and Saber suspects the teenager forcibly converted and married her. Our contact reports Saber has forgiven his daughter’s abductor but desperately wants to know where Suzanne is and how she is living. Pray Saber’s Christ-like forgiveness will soften the hearts of his Muslim neighbors and they will not only return Suzanne to her home, but want to know the God who forgives. Romans 12:20

AZERBAIJAN
Azeri Officials Deprive Christian Baby of Name – Compass Direct
Three-month-old Ilya Eyvazov has no official name. Local authorities in the town of Aliabad at first refused to issue a birth certificate when they saw the baby’s name was the Russian form of Elijah. After a month, Novruz Eyvazov, the baby’s father, succeeded only in securing a birth certificate that left his son’s name blank. Considered part of a “foreign” religious sect, the three Baptist congregations in Aliabad face ongoing harassment from the local government, which has refused them official church registration for the past 13 years. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in power to overcome the spiritual darkness in Azerbaijan and bring unity among the people. Ezekiel 22:30

INDIA
Youth Abducted, Tortured for Receiving Christ – Compass Direct
On October 4th, Hindu extremists in Orissa state abducted a Christian youth from his house. They tortured and tonsured him (shaved his head), allegedly to punish him for accepting Christianity. Ranjan Dangua remained missing at press time. Pray God will protect Ranjan Dangua and help him be a strong witness for Christ. Psalm 7:9, 10

(Compass Direct)
Hindu extremists in the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh attacked at least four Christians in the last three weeks, including a beating of three Dalits and a threat to have their government benefits withdrawn. On September 29th, a group of Hindu extremists barged into a church in Nizamabad district and manhandled Pastor Kavalla Shadrak late in the evening. On September 22nd, a mob of about 40 people surrounded three Dalit Christians in Nandiwaddeman village while three people beat them. When the church pastor went to the village head to report the attack, he refused to listen to him – then allegedly held a meeting with village elders to accuse him of forcibly converting the villagers. Pray God will strengthen Christians in Andhra Pradesh to remain faithful to Jesus in spite of all opposition. 2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12

IRAN
Christian Couple Released on Bail – Compass Direct
After nine days in secret police custody, Reza Montazami and his wife, Fereshteh Dibaj, were released on bail this morning by order of a Revolutionary Court in Mashhad, Iran. Montazami’s elderly parents posted bail for the detained Christian couple, turning over the title deed for property worth $25,000. Within hours, Montazami and his wife were allowed to return home. Although no specific charges against the Christian couple have been made public, the file on their case reportedly remains open. Give thanks to God this couple is now free. Continue to pray for their protection. Psalm 64:1, 2

NIGERIA
Young Christian Woman Eight Months in Hiding after Escape from Stoning – Compass Direct
Eight months after she escaped from a judgment by officials in Sokoto to be stoned to death for “blasphemy,” 22-year-old Ladi Muhammed is still in hiding. Pray the Lord will keep her safe and give her the supernatural peace that comes from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2006 4:03 pm

    This only shows that all sorts of things happen in the neme of religions which is exactly the opposite of what they advocate. It is said that “Religions are many. Religion is one” That is rarely followed.

  2. October 19, 2006 4:52 pm

    Actually it’s a good sign of how the world hates Christians.

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