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A pastor and his family have not left their home for more than 30 days after receiving threats from extremists. The pastor serves in a difficult area of the Middle East and has lived under pressure for many years.

Recently, an extremist group began sending threatening messages to his phone. Some of the messages contained video of the extremists holding large knives and making motions as though they were going to slit his throat.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

His persecutors also appeared at his front door one day with automatic weapons, but the pastor and his family weren’t there. After the attackers left, the family remained at home for a full month to avoid trouble. Local police have not been helpful. A VOM worker who spoke to them said,

“His wife was a bit emotional when I asked her about how she was handling it with the kids, but they seem determined to stay there and love their neighbours.”

Let us pray.

  • Ask the Lord for His shield of protection to surround this family. Pray they will be strengthened in their faith.
  • Pray the plans of those who oppose them and their message may come to nothing. Ask the Lord to remove the hatred from their hearts and pour a new spirit into them.
  • Pray that in spite of the threats, the message of the Gospel will continue to be proclaimed in the area.