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IRAN: Imprisoned Christian Dangerously Depressed

IRAN: Imprisoned Christian Dangerously Depressed

A woman in Iran is worried about her mother, a Christian woman imprisoned for her faith.

Mary was arrested earlier this year for her Christian activities. On a recent visit, Mary’s daughter noticed her mother couldn’t answer questions, responding only with one-word answers of either “yes” or “no”.

Mary’s daughter told VOM partners that her mother is depressed and is not her normal self. She is worried and asks for prayer.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to uphold Mary and bring physical, emotional and spiritual solace and strength.
  • Ask the Lord to recall to Mary’s mind, promises found in Scripture to provide her with comfort.
  • Pray for Mary’s release from prison and in the meantime, for her protection from evil. Ask God to somehow use what was meant for harm, instead for good.

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IRAN: Imprisoned Christian’s Son Expelled from School

IRAN: Imprisoned Christian’s Son Expelled from School

An imprisoned Christian is asking for prayer specifically for his son. Ali was arrested for his participation in a house church. He is being kept in a prison separate from other Christians arrested at the same time and says he is often insulted by other prisoners for his faith.

Imprisonment is difficult enough, but Ali has an added stress: his son was expelled from school after his father’s arrest, losing his scholarship.

Worrying about his family has overwhelmed Ali at times, but he says he is learning to turn to God in these moments and trust that both his life and his family’s lives are in God’s hands. He told a VOM partner that he is thankful for all the brothers and sisters who are standing alongside him as he endures this trial.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that Ali will feel the Holy Spirit’s ministering presence. Pray too for his protection.
  • Ask the Lord to give Ali opportunities to share with other prisoners, the very Gospel for which he has been detained. Ask God to be at work in the hearts and minds of those who hear the message of salvation.
  • Pray God will make a way for other opportunities for education for Ali’s son. Pray for Ali’s family as they try to manage life during this time of separation.

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IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

On 15 November, Iranian Christian convert Saheb Zaman Fadaie received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. He is the second Christian to have this sentence implemented in two months.

This sentence was issued against Fadaie, as well as two others, in September 2016. They also received a 10 year prison sentence for acting against national security, which they began serving in 2018. This past May, their prison sentences were reduced, Fadaie will be imprisoned for six years.

The Iranian regime’s harsh suppression of conscience is well-documented and internationally recognised. In terms of religious freedom, they are one of the worst violators across the globe. This persecution has not prevented the church from existing and growing, but it is nevertheless deeply challenging and impactful on congregants.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Middle East Concern

  • Pray that God will bring healing and consolation to Saheb after this punishment. Ask the Lord to provide comfort and strength to him as he remains in prison.
  • Ask God to support and comfort Saheb’s wife and children as they continue to suffer separation.
  • Praise God for the remarkable church growth in Iran. Pray the oppression from the authorities will be used by God to embolden the faith of believers.

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MYANMAR: Lingering Effects of Imprisonment

MYANMAR: Lingering Effects of Imprisonment

A key denominational leader targeted by Communist separatists continues to suffer lasting effects from his imprisonment. In 2018, the Wa State Army arrested Christians and at least 120 pastors in north eastern Myanmar, including Aikhun Plot.

In prison, he spent most of his time with a metal leg chain digging into his ankle, causing long-term bone damage and pain, and he also contracted a skin disease. Upon his release and after treatment, his skin ailment cleared up, but he continues to experience excruciating pain in his leg as doctors have not been able to provide effective treatment.

The pastor was recently elected principal of a Bible college and is eager to take on his new responsibilities. “Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for him and his family so he would be able to preside and lead the college effectively for the glory of God and his kingdom expansion,” wrote a VOM worker in Myanmar.

Source:  The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for this precious brother Aikhun, for healing, strength, and comfort.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to him to give him wisdom, guidance, direction, hope, encouragement, peace and strength to continue his work at the Bible college and surrounds.
  • Pray that God’s kingdom will advance in Myanmar and many are saved through the dedication and prayers of these faithful men.

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CHINA: Pray for Ps Wang Yi and his Family

CHINA: Pray for Ps Wang Yi and his Family

Pastor Wang Yi is a Christian human-rights lawyer and a founding pastor of the Early Rain Covenant Church. He has been vocal in calling on the state to uphold religious freedom.

Pastor Wang has been in custody since December 2018, when officials seized around 100 members of his church, including Jiang, Pastor Wang’s wife. Most, including Jiang were subsequently released.

In December 2019, Pastor Wang was sentenced to nine years in prison for “inciting to subvert state power” and “illegal business operations”. The charges for business operations relate to the printing and distribution of Christian books by the church.

Currently Jiang, Pastor Wang’s wife, has no freedom of movement. Authorities have barred her from interacting with her family, friends and fellow church members. She is monitored every hour of every day by security agents.

Joshua, their son is forced to daily ride in a police car and go to a Chinese Communist Party public school for indoctrination.

The church property is now occupied by the Neighbourhood Committee office and is rented out to other businesses without permission from the church.

The treatment of Ps Wang’s family is believed to be the Chinese government’s revenge against Pastor Wang for not compromising his faith while in prison.

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  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of Pastor Wang Yi, Jiang and Joshua to love, serve and follow Him.
  • Ask God to use this time of trial to make the family and church members spiritually strong.
  • Praise God that His promises are always fulfilled, in spite of the designs of man. Pray the Lord will use Pastor Wang Li to bring a spiritual awakening to the prison.

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