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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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ISRAEL: New Christian Faces Daily Struggles in Orthodox Jewish Culture

ISRAEL: New Christian Faces Daily Struggles in Orthodox Jewish Culture

A former Orthodox Jew who came to faith in Jesus Christ is now homeless and has little hope of finding work.

After meeting a Christian worker nine years ago, Noa gradually came to understand and believe the Gospel and recently, he placed his faith in Jesus as Saviour. His decision, however, was met with intense ridicule from his community and his family, who banished him from their home.

He is currently sleeping at a friend’s place of business while looking for work, but his options are limited. As an Orthodox Jew, Noa’s education was almost entirely focused on learning the Torah and Jewish traditions.

In addition to persecution from his family, Noa has experienced harassment from radical anti-missionary groups like Yad L’Achim.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank the Lord for revealing Himself to Noa. Ask God to mature Noa’s faith and encourage him to seek Him in this difficult season.
  • Pray that Noa will find a place to live, that his needs will be met and that he will be able to find work and/or pursue a broader education. Pray that he will be greatly supported by His new Christian family.
  • Pray the Lord will reveal the Gospel of grace to members of Noa’s family and others in the community.

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MIDDLE EAST: Refugee Remains Faithful Amid Hardships

MIDDLE EAST: Refugee Remains Faithful Amid Hardships

Abdallah, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, holds fast to his Christian faith despite suffering unemployment, homelessness and persecution from Muslim family members.

Although his father was a committed teacher of Islam, Abdallah was attracted to Christianity at an early age. He said he resisted his first visit to a mosque, which left him with a feeling of “fire coming from my face … as if evils were in front of me.”

Abdallah purchased his first Bible after his father died, but his mother did not approve. “When my 90-year-old mother saw the Bible, she fainted,” he said. His brothers threw the Bible away and forced him to take a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Then, when war broke out in Syria in 2011, the family moved to Lebanon, where Abdallah bought another Bible.

He has had difficulty finding work, however, because of his Christian faith. “Even though I have many problems, I decided to get baptised one year ago,” Abdallah said. “I have really faced many hard situations and I became homeless, but I will never leave my faith.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank God for the way He has worked in Abdallah’s life. Pray the Lord will provide all his needs and continue to strengthen him spiritually.
  • Pray the Lord will use Abdallah’s testimony as a powerful witness for the Gospel in his local area and beyond. Pray for his protection.
  • Commit to the Lord Abdallah’s family members and pray for their salvation.

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