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War, Missions, Persecution – Interview with pastor Dmitry Bodyu

War, Missions, Persecution – Interview with pastor Dmitry Bodyu

In March, Pastor Bodyu was arrested and held by the Russian military for several days. Listen as Maciej Wilkosz, CEO of The Voice of the Persecuted Christians (VOM Poland), interviews Ukrainian-American pastor, Dmitry Bodyu, who comes from the city of Melitopol in eastern Ukraine.

In this interview, you’ll hear Pastor Bodyu sharing his perspective on the war in Ukraine, missions in the post-soviet countries, and the persecution of Christians under Russian rule.

This interview has been shared with the permission of VOM Poland, who are currently supporting Christians in Ukraine and taking care of the Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Moldova. Please continue to pray with us for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

NIGERIA: 21 Christian Farmers Killed After Further Attacks in Kaduna State

NIGERIA: 21 Christian Farmers Killed After Further Attacks in Kaduna State

“Twenty-one Christian farmers were killed by Fulani militants in four different villages of Kauru local government in Kaduna State,” locals told International Christian Concern last week.

The attackers came to the first village around 4pm on 26 April. Tribal leader Ezekiel Bini told the ICC that “the militants killed Irigwe Christians and burnt houses and a church”.

A local from Kauru spoke to the ICC about the attacks: “The militants first attacked Agwan Rimi village,” he said.

“There they killed twelve. Three are still missing and two survived with bullet wounds. From there, the militants entered Angwa Makera village. Houses were burnt, but nobody was killed. That village suffered much damage and one [person] received bullet wounds.”

“From there, the militants went to Kitakun village and burnt houses and destroyed the church. One person was killed in Kitakun. Agwan Magaji village was the last to be attacked that night. There the militants killed six. Three people survived bullet gunshots.”

Attacks by Fulani militants on this community have occurred repeatedly since 2016. It is reported that this area has lost over 600 people in that time, with many houses burnt and destroyed.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai is a Fulani Muslim himself and has remained silent regarding the killings. Local journalists Luka Biniyat and Steven Kefas were arrested and imprisoned for reporting on the persecution of Christians in Kaduna.

Source: International Christian Concern

Please Pray

  • Pray for healing and comfort for all those injured in the attacks on these four villages.
  • Pray that State Governor Nasir El-Rufai will be convicted by the Holy Spirit and will publicly condemn the actions of the Fulani militants.
  • Pray for an end to the increasing violence we have seen against Christians in this area of Nigeria.
LAOS: Uncle Refuses to Care for Three Christian Children After Father’s Death

LAOS: Uncle Refuses to Care for Three Christian Children After Father’s Death

In February, a Christian man named Nin died, leaving behind two daughters, Neung and Nom, and a son, Ram.

Since 2009, the three teenagers have also lost their mother, a sister and their grandmother, all of whom were believers.

After Nin’s death, the teenagers’ uncle blamed the deaths on the family’s belief in God. He and his wife offered to care for the three teens if they rejected their faith. The teens refused, saying they could never reject Jesus.

Angered by their decision, their uncle refused to care for them. Nom, 16, and Ram, 13, have moved in with their pastor’s family.

Their elder sister, Neung, has graduated high school and lives on her own.

In Laos, 60 percent of Laotians consider themselves to be Buddhists. Most believers are persecuted by family members or village authorities who are concerned that Christians offend the spirits, and who also face the pressure of a communist government. Christians in Laos are commonly denied medical treatment as well as educational and other social services.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Please Pray

  • Pray that the three teenagers will have the support they need as they come to terms with the loss of their father.
  • Pray for blessing and provision over their pastor and his family who have opened their home to Nom and Ram.
  • Pray that the teenagers will remain firm in their faith, and that this testimony of hope will lead their uncle and aunt to Jesus.
EGYPT: Young Coptic Man Shot 22 Times by Masked Men at Work

EGYPT: Young Coptic Man Shot 22 Times by Masked Men at Work

Last week four masked men entered a shop and gunned down a young Coptic man in the Egyptian city of Dabaa, Matrouh Governorate.

The victim, Rani Raafat, was killed instantly after being shot 22 times. The four attackers burned Raafat’s car before fleeing.

Egyptian media reported that Raafat’s co-worker, Sherif Rashad, sustained a gunshot wound and has been transferred to Alexandria for treatment.

The victim’s father, Raafat Nour, told the media that earlier that day his son had received a call to open the shop early for a goods delivery. “I later received a phone call of the death of my son,” he said. “When I went to the store, I found him dead and lying on the ground, overwhelmed in his own blood.”

The young Christian worked in the veterinary medicine trade and had no known enemies. His relatives suggest the attack was religiously motivated, as Raafat was beaten with a shotgun in an earlier incident in December last year.

Raafat’s father concluded his statement to the press by saying “I only want to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them accountable, and to take the right of my son through the judiciary.”

At this time, the identity of the four masked attackers remains unknown.

Source: International Christian Concern

Please Pray

  • Pray for peace over Raafat’s family and community as they mourn his loss.
  • Pray that authorities would take action and arrest the attackers, and that they would be brought to justice.
  • Pray for the growing concern of persecution in Egypt. Pray that Egyptian Christians would be strengthened in their faith and emboldened to proclaim the Gospel.
PAKISTAN: Christian Brothers Face Death Penalty

PAKISTAN: Christian Brothers Face Death Penalty

Brothers Qasir and Amoon await the verdict of an appeal fought against their death sentence.

Qasir was arrested in 2014 and Amoon in 2015 following accusations of publishing blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammad on a website.

The blasphemous content was allegedly discovered back in August 2010, when a man named Raheel Malik came across their blog.

Both Qasir and Amoon pleaded not guilty to the charge of blasphemy, claiming that they had been set up because of existing animosity between themselves and the two men who reported them to the police.

The brothers have been in custody since their arrest. In 2018 they were tried in prison and sentenced to death, after which they were sent to Sahiwal Central Jail. Both brothers suffer health problems, and Amoon is unable to walk properly.

The men have been represented by CLAAS UK (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement) in an appeal against their death sentence. After several delays, the appeal took place at the beginning of March this year.

The verdict of this appeal is expected to be announced shortly. CLAAS remain hopeful that the brothers will be acquitted.

Source: CLAAS-UK

Please Pray

  • Pray for courage and peace over the brothers and their families as they await the final verdict.
  • Pray that Qasir and Amoon will be acquitted of the death sentence and that their health issues will be addressed quickly upon their release.
  • Pray for the work CLAAS continues to do in supporting persecuted Christians in Pakistan.