PAKISTAN: Christian Family Claims Their Son’s Murder is Being  Covered Up

PAKISTAN: Christian Family Claims Their Son’s Murder is Being Covered Up

The family of Akash Masih, an 18-year-old Christian who worked at Aman Bakery in Sialkot, Pakistan, claims that their son was murdered by his Muslim co-workers on 24 September. According to Akash’s father, his son was killed because of discrimination and religious jealousy.

“My son was an expert at baking and making shawarma and burgers,” Sarwar Masih, Akash’s father, said. “His expertise was liked by the customers, however, he faced discrimination and religious jealousy at his workplace. He often complained about the unfavourable situation at the bakery, but he continued working to help his family.”

On 24 September, the staff at Aman Bakery informed Sarwar that his son was not feeling well and was taken to the local hospital. When Sarwar arrived at the hospital, he discovered that his son was already dead.

When Sarwar attempted to investigate his son’s death, he was threatened by the Aman Bakery’s administration. “They said, ‘We will teach you a lesson if you go for legal course against us,’” Sarwar said. “We did not get an encouraging response from police either.”

According to Sarwar, police claim that Akash committed suicide. The claim that Akash was murdered has recently gone viral because a video of Akash’s body was released on Facebook. In that video, the signs of torture can be seen on Akash’s back and neck.

So far, Sarwar has been “unsatisfied” with the investigation into his son’s death. His application to exhume Akash’s body for investigation has been denied by the court.

“These are delaying tactics to defuse the evidence against the culprits,” Sarwar said. “Christians face hatred and discrimination even after their death.”

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray for justice for Akash and his family and that the truth will come to light. Pray the case will be taken seriously.
  • Ask the Lord to give Sarwar patience and spiritual encouragement. May he be comforted in his grief.
  • Pray the church in Pakistan will be strengthened and will continue to grow in spite of the severe opposition.

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IRAN: Upcoming Court Hearing

IRAN: Upcoming Court Hearing

Christians in Iran face constant danger when living out their faith. This is particularly true for those who convert from Islam. For many, faith in Christ leads to torture and imprisonment.

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 65, was taken into custody in January on charges of propaganda against the state. In a hearing on 22 October, charges of apostasy were added by the judge, even though Ismaeil has been a Christian for nearly 40 years. The next court hearing is expected in two months’ time.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Pray Ismaeil will experience God’s peace and grace during this difficult trial.
  • Pray he will be given opportunity to witness for the Gospel for which he has been detained.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage all Iranian Christians who are falsely accused of acts against national security simply because of their Christian faith and activities.

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CUBA: Evangelist Arrested for Public Preaching

CUBA: Evangelist Arrested for Public Preaching

A lay evangelist was arrested in the central Cuban city of Camagüey in October after police heard him preaching in public.

Juan Bautista is well known to local authorities, who have repeatedly told him to stop his public evangelism and have claimed he has a mental illness. But Juan has faithfully continued to share the Gospel.

Police prevented Juan’s pastor from attending his trial, in which the judge fined Juan the equivalent of $880 dollars (the average monthly income in Cuba is about $45). Although authorities have twice in the past burned the church Juan attends, VOM’s field leader for Cuba said they cannot destroy the church because “the true temple is the congregation that remains today.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank the Lord for Juan’s faithfulness in sharing the Gospel with others. Pray Juan will remain steadfast in his faith.
  • Pray this current trial may be used by God to further the Good News in Cuba.
  • Commit to the Lord Juan’s pastor and the church members; pray they will be encouraged by Juan’s witness.

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CHINA: Chengdu Pastor to be Tried

CHINA: Chengdu Pastor to be Tried

Sichuan authorities moved ahead with the prosecution of Early Rain Covenant Church pastor, Wang Yi on Friday. His trial is expected to be held soon.

Wang has been in custody since 9 December 2018, when officials seized around 100 members of his church. He was charged with “inciting subversion of state power”, for his Christian work.

Earlier, the Chinese government fired Wang’s lawyer. He has not been provided with other legal representation, so he will likely have to act as his own representation during his trial.

Source: ChinaAid

  • Pray the Lord will provide Pastor Wang with emotional, physical and spiritual strength.
  • Commit the upcoming trial to God and pray Pastor Wang will be provided the words to say as he stands before the authorities.
  • Pray Pastor Wang’s testimony may be used by God for the spiritual encouragement of believers throughout China.

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