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PAKISTAN: Displaced Christian Families Return Home Under Police Protection

PAKISTAN: Displaced Christian Families Return Home Under Police Protection

Hundreds of Christian families have returned to their homes in Pakistan after threats of mob violence forced them to flee last month.

On 27 December, hundreds of Christian families fled the Charar neighbourhood of Lahore after a local pastor’s faith-based social media post was deemed offensive by Muslims.

“Pastor Raja Waris published a faith-based post on Facebook on 22 December which Muslims claimed hurt their religious sentiments,” Saleem Khokhar, a Christian from Charar said.

“The pastor apologised for the post and the issue was resolved the next day.”

Even though the issue was resolved, a mob of hundreds of Muslims began protesting against the Christians of Charar. According to locals, the mob demanded that Pastor Waris be beheaded for publishing the offending post.

“The situation turned dangerous when someone found out the Muslims were planning to set fire to the houses of Christians,” Khokhar reported. “This forced the Christians to flee the neighbourhood.”

On 28 December, Pastor Waris was handed over to police custody, where he remains.

Police have been deployed to Charar to keep any protest from turning violent. The police presence so far has been able to keep the peace and many of the Christian families that fled have returned to their homes. Rumours of mob violence remain, but police authorities have assured local Christians that they will protect the community.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Christian Post

  • Pray for the protection of Pastor Waris, his family and the community.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and uphold Pastor Waris as he endures this difficult and uncertain time.
  • Pray that the apology will be sufficient. Ask for Pastor Waris’s release.

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INDIA: Fifteen Christian Families Left Homeless after Attack

INDIA: Fifteen Christian Families Left Homeless after Attack

Fifteen Christian families from three villages in India’s Chhattisgarh state were left homeless after being attacked by religious fanatics.

On 22 September, members of the Sarya Adivasi Samaj (SAM) group summoned 15 Christian families to a meeting in Kakadabeda village. At the meeting, the Christians were told they had to recant their faith or they would be forced to leave their villages. When the Christians refused, SAM members attacked.

The Christians were beaten and forced to sign an affidavit which stated they agreed to stop receiving government subsidies, including basic food assistance that is normally distributed on a monthly basis.

After the meeting, SAM members attacked and demolished the homes of the Christians who refused to recant their faith. In total, 15 homes were demolished over the course of two days including 10 in Kakadabeda, two in Tiliyabeda, and three in Singanpur.

“The police and local authorities were not helpful as four homes were destroyed in their presence,” Shiyaram Payam, a local said. “No action was taken against those attacking the homes.”

Following the destruction of the 15 homes, the Christian families fled into the jungle for safety. Many fear further attacks by SAM members. Most are not confident they will receive any form of justice.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord for justice for these believers. Pray God will lead and provide for them.
  • Pray they will not grow weary or lose heart. May they be unified in their love for Him and encourage one another in the faith.
  • Thank God for their remarkable faithfulness. Pray their witness will be powerfully used by Him.

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UGANDA: Two Muslim Friends Become Brothers in Christ

UGANDA: Two Muslim Friends Become Brothers in Christ

Syamusudini began sharing the Gospel with friends at school after being rejected by his Muslim family and moving in with a local pastor.

One of his friends, Muhindo, listened carefully and soon decided that he, too, would follow Christ. Since he didn’t speak Arabic, Muhindo had never understood the Muslim prayer services, but he understood the words of Jesus.

Like his friend, Muhindo was rejected by his family. When his father learned of his Christian faith, he came after Muhindo with a machete. Muhindo then fled to his friend, where he was welcomed as part of the family. “I am a new creation, and I understand the one I pray to,” he said.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for the faithfulness of these two young men. Pray their witness may be powerfully used by God.
  • Thank Him for the love and care they have received since being rejected by their families.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to Muhindo and Syamusudini’s family members.

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GUINEA: Christian Woman Faces Difficulties After Husband’s Death

GUINEA: Christian Woman Faces Difficulties After Husband’s Death

Miraha, a Christian woman in Guinea, has faced ongoing difficulties since her husband’s death. Her Muslim in-laws tried to persuade her to marry her husband’s brother and convert to Islam, but she refused to abandon her faith in Christ. Then they wanted to circumcise her 11- and 14-year-old daughters. When Miraha again refused, the family tried to hold her captive in the village, but she soon escaped to a larger city. As she stood weeping in the street one day, overcome with her desperate situation, a Christian woman invited her to stay with her. Miraha found work in a restaurant, but she had to quit because the owner demanded that she sleep with him.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that Miraha will find work and that her relatives will come to know Christ.
  • Father, please protect and bless your servant Miraha and her two children. Strengthen her through your Holy Spirit to persevere in these incredibly challenging circumstances.
  • Lord Jesus comfort Miraha and send Christians to her that can help her stay strong in her faith.

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COLOMBIA: Evangelist and Former Rebel in Hiding

COLOMBIA: Evangelist and Former Rebel in Hiding

A frontline evangelist and former rebel is in hiding after learning that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are looking for her.

Sara Gómez joined the FARC as a teenager but later left the group and became a Christian. For the past decade, she has passionately shared the Gospel wherever she goes. Because of her active witness, she has been displaced several times.

Recently, during lockdown due to COVID-19, FARC members took advantage of the light military presence to target former comrades who had become Christians.

When Sara learned that FARC members were going house to house in her town killing those who had left the group, she quickly fled the area. She and her family are sleeping in a church until it is safe to return. She told a VOM worker that she is thankful because “she has not been hungry or without shelter.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Please pray for the protection of Sara and her family as well as others who may be targets.
  • Thank the Lord for Sara’s evangelism efforts. Pray that God will continue to use her mightily for His glory and the expansion of His kingdom in Colombia.
  • Pray for members of the FARC, that many of them will have an opportunity to hear the Word of God and be transformed by His grace.

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