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RUSSIA: Strict Opposition to Missionary Activity

RUSSIA: Strict Opposition to Missionary Activity

In July 2016, Russia passed religion laws restricting “illegal missionary activity” by either citizens or foreigners. This activity could involve speaking to people about religion, or the distribution of either printed, audio or video materials.

Between January and June of this year, there have been 42 known prosecutions, resulting in 36 convictions. All those who were convicted received fines.

Most of the recent convictions have not involved religious organisations but rather individuals who were sharing their faith. Those charged were convicted because they did not notify the authorities of the existence of their “religious group”, even though they were acting as individuals.

These laws do not only affect Christians but also citizens belonging to other religious groups. According to Russia’s current laws, individuals or groups engaging in missionary or evangelistic activities of any kind could possibly be subjected to stiff opposition.

Source: Forum18

  • Prayerfully uphold our brothers and sisters in Russia who are presently encountering opposition for sharing their faith.
  • Ask the Lord to provide for those who have received fines so they will have the resources required to pay the penalties.
  • Pray God’s people will not “grow weary of doing good” but rather look with an expectant hope to His promises of an abundant spiritual harvest (Galatians 6:9).

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TURKEY:  Deportation of Pastor’s Wife, A Mother-Of-Three

TURKEY: Deportation of Pastor’s Wife, A Mother-Of-Three

An American mother-of-three has been told she has to leave Turkey, one of the latest incidents in a series of expulsions of Christian expatriates from the country. There are reports stating how 35 Protestant Christian workers were refused entry to Turkey last year.

Joy Subasigüller, originally from Florida, USA, and her Turkish husband Lütfü Subasigüller were married seven years ago. They settled and started a family in Turkey. Lütfü works as a Protestant pastor in Ankara; Joy has been looking after the couple’s three children who were all born in Turkey.

Their settled, peaceful life as a family changed on 5 June when Joy was told by the Turkish migration department to prepare for deportation with apparently no reason given. “This decision makes me very sad, I love Turkey and the Turkish people, I have lived here for ten years, they were the best years of my life.”

For the couple, it is impossible to see how Joy could pose a security threat to the state of Turkey, which seems to be the reason for her deportation. She is a stay-at-home-mother with three children, the youngest an infant who still needs breastfeeding. Also, said her husband, “I am a Turkish citizen and so are my three children”. The couple is challenging the decision in court, in the hope they might find out the real reason for banning Joy from staying in Turkey.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Pray for God’s powerful intervention to keep their family together, and for their safety.
  • Commit the leaders of Turkey to the Lord in prayer, may all government leaders experience a personal revelation of Christ.
  • Pray that Christians will thrive in a difficult economic environment.

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Responsible for 59,311 Orphans and 59,213 Widows

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Responsible for 59,311 Orphans and 59,213 Widows

The governor of the Borno state in north-east Nigeria has revealed that the extremist group Boko Haram is responsible for making tens of thousands of widows and orphans in the state as it continues its reign of terror.

Borno Govenor Babagana Zulum was recently a guest lecturer at the National Defence College.  His lecture was attended by senior military officers and policymakers from inside and outside Nigeria.  Zulum, a college lecturer who was elected last year as Borno’s governor, did not mince words as he criticized ineffective government leadership for its inadequate response to the insurgency that continues to wreak havoc in his state.

Boko Haram, which began in 2002, has killed and abducted thousands across the Lake Chad region in recent years and has developed a reputation as one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups.  Zulum provided a glimpse into how Boko Haram’s violence has impacted his state.  He said Boko Haram is responsible for the creation of 59,311 orphans and 59,123 widows throughout its existence.

Although President Buhari has claimed to have defeated Boko Haram, the group continues to murder and kidnap.  Although Boko Haram did not kill as many people in 2019 as the group has in years past, experts warn the decline is due to a change in a tactic by the militant group to focus more on kidnappings.

The Nigerian government has faced international criticism for its failure to protect citizens and thwart Boko Haram’s attacks and abductions.

Source: Christian Post, Australian Prayer Network

  • On behalf of those who have suffered loss at the hand of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and surrounding nations, pray for the Lord’s intervention and ask Him to bring spiritual good out of the pain and grief.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of His children to love, serve and follow Him even through great trials and suffering.
  • Pray for the authorities in Nigeria for wisdom and action.
MALAYSIA: Pastor Raymond Koh Still Missing

MALAYSIA: Pastor Raymond Koh Still Missing

It’s been three years since the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia.

On Monday morning, 13 February 2017, Pastor Raymond was driving his car to visit a friend’s house. He never arrived. He was stopped in Petaling Jaya, Selangor State by unknown assailants and abducted in broad daylight. He has not been seen or heard from since and his car has never been found.

The 2017 abduction wasn’t the first time the pastor had faced persecution because of his faith; he had previously received a box of bullets in the post, warning him to stop his ministry work. But the threats didn’t stop him, and in the months prior to his abduction, his wife noticed a spiritual deepening in her husband. She believes God was preparing him for the challenging time to come.

Early in 2019, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission issued a report blaming the abductions of Pastor Raymond and others on the Special Branch of Malaysia’s police. But to date, no one has been held accountable, and Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown.

Unfortunately, this is not the only case of Christians being kidnapped in Malaysia. Pastor Joshua Hilmy, a Malay Muslim who converted to Christianity, and his Christian wife Ruth were last seen on 30 November 2016. The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia has said that a public enquiry into their disappearance has begun.

Source: Release International

  • Intercede on behalf of Raymond and his loved ones. Remember too Joshua, Ruth and their family.
  • Pray that the investigations will be taken seriously and that news of these victims will be brought to light and justice will be sought.
  • Ask God to strengthen and uphold the church in Malaysia.

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ALGERIA: Another Church to be Closed

ALGERIA: Another Church to be Closed

Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates. On 17 October, another church was informed that it will soon be closed. Christians, who demonstrated peacefully were then arrested by the police.

Leaders of the church of Freha have been summoned by police and informed the church will be sealed soon.

Because of the ongoing closure campaign, Christians demonstrated outside the Governorate building in Tizi Ouzou on 17 October. Police violently arrested 97 people, injuring some and detaining them for four hours. Some were insulted and physically abused in detention.

Eleven EPA-affiliated churches have been sealed, eight since May 2019. Other churches have been informed they will be sealed soon. Several churches and church institutions have been ordered to cease all activities.

Since November 2017, the government has been engaged in a systematic campaign against Christians. Churches affiliated with the EPA, l’Église Protestante d’Algérie, the legally recognised umbrella organisation of Protestant churches have been challenged to prove they are licensed under a 2006 ordinance regulating non-Muslim worship. However, the government has yet to issue any licence for a church building under this ordinance, ignoring applications from churches to regularise their status.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Pray that churches and EPA leaders will know the Lord’s peace, wisdom and guidance in the face of growing pressure.
  • Pray the Christians will not be discouraged but will continue to meet and encourage one another in the faith.
  • Pray those responsible for the closure orders would know the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus.

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