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Tuesday, May 31, 2005VOM Prayers for May 31, 2005
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ."
From The Voice of the Martyrs
Pray for BANGLADESH
BANGLADESH (ASSIST News Service)
According to Christian Freedom International, Kumkum Roy, who is living at an undisclosed safe house in Dhaka, is concerned that an attempt will be made to kidnap her and take her back to the man who initially abducted, beat and raped her. She is afraid that this time she will be killed. Her situation is all too common in Bangladesh, where women who have converted to Christianity are abducted, beat, raped and forced to marry and reconvert to Islam. Peter A. Khaleque, a former Bangladeshi police officer who converted to Christianity, is now working as a pastor. He is facing a possible prison sentence on trumped-up charges because he shared his faith with a Muslim driver. He is concerned that if he is sentenced to prison, his unprotected 12-year-old Christian daughter will be abducted, raped, beaten and forced to marry and convert to Islam. (Click here)
Pray our omnipotent Father will work in mighty power to protect these believers and all others who have left Islam for faith in Jesus Christ. Pray against any spirit of intimidation that would rob converts of the joy of their salvation. Pray the Holy Spirit will surprise many Bangladeshi Muslims with a revelation of how much they are loved by God.
Pray for INDIA
INDIA (Compass Direct)
Hindu extremists physically attacked 11 Christian families from Jamanya village in Jalgaon district, Maharashtra state, India, on May 15th and 16th. Village officials had summoned the families to a panchayat (community court) on May 15th, and asked them to renounce their faith. When the families refused, the men were beaten with heavy sticks and chased from the village. On the following day, the mob attacked the women and children; some children fainted after being beaten. Witnesses said the mob also tried to disrobe the women. Police are investigating the case, and local Christians say they will push for a resolution to the three years of hostility in the village.
Pray God will heal these victims quickly and give all of them, especially the children, His grace to forgive their attackers. Pray the Holy Spirit will shine the light of God's glory on this troubled village. Pray He will lead the Hindu extremists to repent of this brutal attack on their neighbors.
On May 21st, in Andhra Pradesh state, a man's body was identified as that of a native missionary who had gone missing on May 19th. Though no one has yet been charged with the crime, many suspect Hindu extremists opposed to the spread of Christianity are behind it. For the safety of the murdered man's family, Christian Aid is not releasing his name. Apparently Brother D. left his house with gospel tracts early on May 19th. He never returned. On the morning of May 20th, local newspapers brought news of an unrecognized dead body some boys had found while playing on the outskirts of a nearby city. It was found that he was tortured with acid poured over his face and body. Whoever killed him put his body in a gunny sack and threw it outside the city into the bushes.
Pray God will use this tragic murder to His eternal glory. Pray He will comfort Brother D.'s grieving family with the assurance that he is safely home, rejoicing with the white-robed martyrs at the Throne of God. Pray the assailants will be found and brought to justice and repentance.
Pray for IRAN
IRAN (Compass Direct)
An Islamic court in southern Iran acquitted Christian lay pastor Hamid Pourmand on apostasy and proselytizing charges two days ago, declaring, "Under sharia (Islamic law), there are no charges against you." The judge at the May 28th hearing in Bandar-i Bushehr said he was acquitting Pourmand, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity 25 years ago, because he had "done nothing wrong" according to Islamic law. But the lay pastor has been sent back to Tehran's Evin Prison to serve out a three-year prison sentence still under appeal before the Supreme Court for a separate conviction, also linked to his religious conversion. During the weekend protests intensified in front of the Iranian Parliament demanding the release of prominent prisoners of conscience jailed with Pourmand at Evin Prison. (Click here)
Give thanks to God that Pourmand was acquitted on the apostasy and proselytizing charges. Pray God in His mercy will move the hearts of the Supreme Court judges to release him from the three-year sentence also. Pray that those still in prison for standing up for Jesus will take heart and trust God for their future.
Pray for MEXICO
MEXICO (Compass Direct)
On May 15th, Pastor Francisco Sanchez Gonzalez and church member Raul Bautista were arrested. The arrests came after a decision by the town assembly to "eradicate" evangelical Christians from the area. Local officials informed church members that they must renounce their evangelical faith and pay a fine of 1,000 pesos (approximately $110) by the end of May, or else their homes and the church's chapel will be torn down. Legal representatives of the evangelical church have asked state and federal authorities to intervene and see to it that the Cuateceometl Christians be allowed to worship freely, which is guaranteed in Mexico's constitution.
Pray our awesome God will work a miracle of His power and grace to bring the leadership in Cuateceometl to a deep, personal relationship with their Savior. Pray the Mexican government will recognize the lordship of Jesus over all their country. Pray Pastor Gonzalez and Raul Bautista will be witnesses of Jesus to everyone around them.
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