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VOM News and Prayer Update: October 31

October 31, 2006

VOM News and Prayer Update: October 31

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”(II Corinthians 5:1)

INDIA
Pastor Arrested for Selling Books in Gospel Meeting Venue – VOM Sources/persecution.com
Pastor Amit Kumar Raul of Cuttack was arrested on October 26 for causing communal disharmony. He was selling books in the venue where a gospel meeting was held in Udaigiri, Phulbhani. The radical Hindus with the support of police arrested Amit Kumar Raul for causing disharmony. They have also booked cases against Bishop Pramananda Nayak, Sachin Kanto and S. Nayak, the organizers of the Gospel meeting. The cases are registered in Baliguda police station. The Magistrate Quarters rejected the bail application of Amit Kumar Raul. Pray God will comfort and strengthen Pastor Raul and all Christians in India with the Word they have hidden in their hearts. Romans 10:8

ETHIOPIA
Five Churches Burned – VOM Sources/persecution.com
VOM’s contact in Ethiopia has reported that five churches were burned recently. Religious conflicts in Dembi have taken the lives of Christians. International Christian Concern (ICC) reported on Thursday that it had just been informed of a brutal attack on Christians on July 20 in Henno, Ethiopia. Seven Muslim clerics in southern Ethiopia angry over the conversion of two prominent Muslims in 2005 brutally attacked at least 50 Christians, seriously injuring 12. However, many Muslims in the region have condemned the violence against Christians and some have refused to go to mosques. According to ICC, 47 Muslim leaders became Christians and renounced Islam stating, “If Islam means killing innocent brothers and sisters – we do not want to follow it!” Pray God will use these conflicts to lead more and more Muslims to His love and peace. Genesis 50:20-21

ERITREA
Two Christians Tortured to Death – Compass Direct
On October 17, security police tortured two Christians to death, two days after arresting them for holding a religious service in a private home south of Asmara. The deaths came after officials detained a U.S. citizen and re-imprisoned a popular Christian singer who was hospitalized as a result of spending 29 months in a metal shipping container. Immanuel Andegergesh, 23, and Kibrom Fir Romans 10:8emichel, 30, died from torture wounds and severe dehydration in a military camp outside the town of Adi-Quala, eyewitnesses told Compass. Earlier this month, Eritrean authorities returned popular Christian singer Helen Berhane to military detention after she spent three days in Asmara’s Halibet Hospital for medical treatment. Berhane’s leg had been seriously damaged as a result of beatings she received while imprisoned in a metal shipping container since her arrest in May 2004. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in power to overcome the vicious and senseless attacks against Christians in Eritrea. John 16:8

INDIA
New Believer Arrested, Urged to Frame Pastor – Compass Direct
Police on October 26th arrested a recent convert in Mayapuri, Madhya Pradesh state for the second time in three days in an apparent attempt to pressure him to give evidence that his pastor forcibly converted him. By nightfall, the new believer was charged with “insulting religious beliefs.” The police detained Ramesh Thakur, 37, after having arrested him on October 24, and releasing him the next day after intense questioning. The pastor of his church in Ujjain district, Jagdish Bharti, is already fighting charges of “insulting religious beliefs.” The officer-in-charge of the Dewas Gate police station, R.R. Malvi, told a church member that he was under tremendous political pressure to charge Thakur. Viju Varghese, Global Council of Indian Christians co-ordinator in Madhya Pradesh, told Compass that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh had offered Thakur 25,000 rupees (US$552) to implicate Pastor Bharti in a charge of “allurement” to convert. Pray God will work a miracle of His love and power to release both of these men. 2 Samuel 22:4

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