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TANZANIA: Maasai Warriors Attack New Christians

TANZANIA: Maasai Warriors Attack New Christians

About 20 Maasai warriors attacked four young Maasai Christians at a Sunday morning church service recently, whipping the men and beating them with clubs.

The young Christians ─ Murri, 16; Lilash, 19; Lekutina, 16; and Sairiamu, 17 ─ had placed their faith in Jesus only days earlier.

In opposition to Maasai custom, in which warriors wear long hair, the four teenagers had cut their hair as an outward symbol of their conversion to Christianity; Maasai traditionalists in the community were offended by their act of rebellion. “Attacks on Christians [in this place] are increasing,” a VOM worker said. This was the third attack in less than a year.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray the Lord will strengthen the faith of these new believers; commit to the Lord their continued Christian growth.
  • Pray they may experience complete healing and pray they will spiritually and physiologically overcome the opposition they have faced.
  • Pray their new lives in Christ will be a powerful witness to their community.

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CHINA: Church Declared Illegal

CHINA: Church Declared Illegal

Officials in China’s south-western Sichuan province raided Fountain of Life Church on Thursday 10 January, declaring that it is illegal and triggering fears that it might be closed down. The church was holding a Bible study when law enforcement authorities and personnel from the Chengdu’s Civil Affairs Bureau, Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau and Cultural Department entered the church and said that it “is not allowed to illegally organise religious events”.

Zha Changping, one of the church’s elders, fears officials might forcibly close the church. It has already been investigated, and some books have been confiscated.

In China, churches are considered illegal if they do not register with the government and submit to its monitoring.

Source: ChinaAid

  • Commit to the Lord the church leaders and members. Ask Him to provide wisdom to them as they deal with the authorities.
  • Pray the Lord would provide the believers with opportunities to continue to meet to worship the Lord and encourage one another in the faith.
  • Pray the church members may not be fearful but will stand as a symbol of faith and strength.

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