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INDIA: Pastor Forced to Vacate Home after False Conversion Accusation

INDIA: Pastor Forced to Vacate Home after False Conversion Accusation

An independent church pastor in India’s Karnataka state has been told to vacate his rented home which was being used for worship gatherings. The pastor has to leave the house because radical Hindu nationalists have put pressure on the pastor’s landlord.

“They threatened that they would break my hands and legs,” Pastor Nallabothula Peter said. “I received several unknown phone calls with abusive language that claimed I am involved in illegal religious conversions and that I don’t have right to live in the area.”

On 30 June, Pastor Peter was praying for a demon possessed girl when police were called to his residence. According to Pastor Peter, neighbours, likely pressured by radicals, had complained about the prayer meeting.

“I doubt the neighbours gave a complaint,” Pastor Peter said. “For more than six years, we have been conducting house prayers and there were absolutely no complaints from anyone in our neighbourhood. This was planned and targeted in a way to shut down the house church and send me out of the colony.”

According to Pastor Peter, his landlord is continually receiving pressure from radical Hindu nationalists telling him that he must force the pastor to vacate the house. The radicals have also registered a false accusation against Pastor Peter, claiming he is attempting to convert the entire colony to the Christian faith.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made finding a new home difficult. “It will be miracle if I rent a house in the same area,” Pastor Peter said. “The Hindu radicals already alerted the entire area to not rent out their houses to me.”

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord to shield Pastor Peter from targeted violence. Pray for continued protection for him, his family and all the believers who he associates with.
  • Pray the Lord will provide a suitable new home for him.
  • Pray Pastor Peter will not be fearful. Ask the Lord to use this incident to further embolden him in his faith and ministry.

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IRAN: Arrests of Believers Continues

IRAN: Arrests of Believers Continues

On 7 July, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrested a Christian woman living in Tehran named Malihe Nazari. This occurred in addition to another twelve Christians who were arrested two weeks prior. Dozens more were told they would soon be summoned for questioning.

Malihe is a member of a women’s-only house-church in Tehran known as One Heart. As is common in such arrests, her house was searched. The authorities confiscated her computer, mobile phone, and several books. She was transported to Evin Prison and has been able to briefly contact her family. Malihe is the mother of two sons, the eldest of which has reportedly been battling cancer.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Remember in prayer all the believers who were recently arrested, as well as those interrogated for practising Christianity. Uphold their concerned families, particularly Malihe’s son.
  • Pray that those who have been detained will be sustained and encouraged as they trust in God for their vindication and deliverance.
  • Ask God to continue overseeing the growth of His church in Iran, calling even those who try to hinder religious freedom.

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LAOS: Authorities Hold Church Leader Without Charge

LAOS: Authorities Hold Church Leader Without Charge

A church leader remains in prison while officials wait for an end to the “COVID-19 situation”.

Phong was arrested in early March after refusing police orders to renounce his faith. About 130 Christians live in Phong’s village, and police thought that arresting him would cure their Christian “problem”.

Phong’s wife said police are demanding that Christians turn in all Bibles, hymn books and other Christian materials and renounce their faith.

Although she was at first able to visit Phong in prison and take him food, no one is allowed to visit the prison now because of the coronavirus. The authorities told Phong’s wife that they are waiting for the “COVID-19 situation to be over before they charge her husband with a crime.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for Phong and his family as they endure separation and uncertainty.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen Phong physically and spiritually and supply all his needs.
  • Pray Phong will be provided with opportunities to share the Gospel, while in prison.

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NIGERIA: Reports of “Unfolding Genocide”

NIGERIA: Reports of “Unfolding Genocide”

For several years, suffering has been a way of life for Christians in Nigeria. In 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary examination into this troubling situation which was formerly caused by the violence of Boko Haram militants.

Thousands of lives have been lost throughout the years that have followed, along with the destruction of numerous homes and churches, and the abduction of hundreds of innocent victims.

As horrific as the crimes perpetrated by Boko Haram have been, this terrorist group has been eclipsed in recent years by Fulani militia groups. While the exact death toll is unknown, Christian leaders claim that over 6,000 believers have been maimed or killed — many of them vulnerable children, women and the aged.

On 15 June, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief released a report titled, Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? The document outlines the fact that thousands of innocent lives have been lost and multiple homes destroyed, concerns that have prompted the organisation to call on the involvement of the international community. This call includes providing humanitarian assistance for those who are suffering, a response from the international community, and proactive action taken by the Nigerian government.

British representatives have also taken their concerns to the ICC earlier this year, asking for further investigation.

The response of the Nigerian government to allegations referencing its passivity over the horrendous atrocities committed by the country’s militants has been dismissive. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson refers to a “misleading campaign” with “false allegations of persecution of Christians.” Such an apathetic response leads to another concern, questioning potential bias on the part of the president, the son of a Fulani chief.

Sources: Forbes, Christian Post

  • Intercede for Nigeria’s Christians who are facing these ongoing campaigns of violence from various opposing sources.
  • Pray that the government will act responsibly on behalf of these innocent victims by making efforts to halt the violence, protect communities and bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • Pray that action from the international community will foster positive change for the sake of the Nigerian people.

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PAKISTAN: Christian Man Shot Dead by Neighbour

PAKISTAN: Christian Man Shot Dead by Neighbour

A Pakistani Christian man who was shot by his Muslim neighbour for buying a house in a Muslim area has died.

Nadeem Joseph was admitted to hospital after being attacked in Peshawar, but died on 29 June after multiple surgeries.

Nadeem and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Masih were set upon by Salman Khan and his sons a few days after Nadeem bought a house in Swati Phatak, TV Colony in Peshawar on 4 June.

Despite several members of Khan‘s family being arrested in connection with the incident, he still remains on the run, and the police are hunting him.

In a video message, Nadeem claimed Khan had been harassing him since the day he moved to the colony.

Nadeem said Khan repeatedly called them derogatory terms, and badly damaged the doors of their house, even asking them to leave the area.

Khan claimed the neighbourhood was for Muslims only, and a Christian family did not belong there.

Source: CLAAS-UK

  • Pray for the family mourning the loss of Nadeem. Ask God for wisdom in dealing with the authorities about this case and making plans for the future.
  • Pray for justice for the family.
  • Ask God to bring good from this terrible loss, for the family, the community and even for the perpetrators.

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