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BANGLADESH: Pastors Receiving Death Threats

BANGLADESH: Pastors Receiving Death Threats

Pastor Barnabas Hemrom recently received a letter containing death threats against him and nine other area pastors. The letter stated, “This time our plan is to kill one by one all those who are preaching Christianity in Bangladesh. Our country will be run only under Muslim laws.”

Authorities are investigating the threat.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the safety of Pastor Barnabas and the other pastors; pray God will continue using these faithful Christians for His purposes, removing any fear they may have about persecution.
  • Pray the authorities will be urged to take the threat seriously and will do their utmost to bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • Ask God to continue overseeing the growth of His church in this part of the world, calling even those who would try to hinder religious freedom.

 

 

 

PAKISTAN: Brick Kiln Workers Beaten and Robbed by Police

PAKISTAN: Brick Kiln Workers Beaten and Robbed by Police

On 21 November, seven brick kiln workers were travelling home when they were stopped by three officials for a routine inspection. However, the men say they were treated with suspicion when they gave their Christian names, and were accused of stealing the money they were carrying – about $200 between them, their weekly wage – and of dealing drugs. They say they were beaten and arrested, despite not being officially charged.

“We pleaded with them for mercy, explaining we were just poor bricklayers returning to our homes… We explained that our employer could explain where we obtained our money, but they still beat us with their batons extremely severely,” one of men who was beaten, 47-year-old Allah Rakha, told the Pakistan Christian Post.

“Even when we cried and lay on the floor they continued to beat us, filled with hatred that we were Christians with some money. When we were put in a cell despite our severe wounds they provided no medical aid and we sat in pain, bleeding and catching infections. I led everyone in prayer, believing God would release us just as He did with Paul. God answered our prayers after a couple of hours and police staff allowed us to call our community leaders, who were able to act as guarantors for us, enabling our release and return home.”

The men have not yet been given their money back, and have as yet been unable to return to work. The local Christian community staged a protest outside the police station and a lawyer working on behalf of the men has submitted a complaint.

Persecution against Christians is a rising problem in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws in particular has been condemned by human rights groups. Last year, a Christian couple were beaten and burned to death in a brick kiln following rumours that they had burned pages from the Koran. They were later proved innocent and Pakistan has now charged 106 people with their murder.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Christian Today

Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of these men, who willingly trusted Him through their ordeal.
  • Pray for complete healing for these men; pray they will receive justice and that their complaint will be taken seriously.
  • Pray the suffering of these men and many others who have been victims of persecution will not be in vain; pray the Lord will being change to this nation.

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INDIA: Pregnant Christian Woman Loses Child After Beating

Around 40 Christians in the village of Balanagar gathered in the house of a local Christian on 12 October to hold a prayer meeting. At approximately 7:30pm a mob of 60 Hindu radicals, led by the former village council president, Mr Sati Srinivasulu, stormed into the house shouting anti-Christian slogans. Without explanation, the mob of radicals began beating the Christians.

One Christian was severely injured when he was hit in the head with a brick by one of the radicals.

Not even the Christian women and children were spared from the beating. Swapna, a 25-year-old Christian woman who was four months pregnant at the time, begged the radicals to spare her because of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, the radicals beat Swapna as severely as the other Christians. Following the attack, Swapna was rushed to the hospital where doctors told her she had lost her baby.

The Christians filed a First Information Report against their assailants at the local police station. Authorities arrested seven individuals connected to the assault, but all of those taken into custody were released on bail later that day.

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Swapna and her husband; ask the Lord to minister to them to bring comfort and encouragement during their time of grief.
  • Pray the Christians who were affected will be granted complete physical healing by the Lord; ask Him to strengthen their faith so they may focus on Jesus and be spurred on to follow Him, though they have been sorely tested.
  • Pray for the perpetrators; may they receive justice in this life and be brought to repentance for the next.

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INDIA: Two Christians Beaten by Hindu Radicals

Hindu radicals in India beat Pastor Augustine Jayraj and two other Christian men and had them arrested by local police on 23 July because of their Christian outreach to a village.

A group of 20 RSS members (a Hindu nationalist organisation) stopped the playing of the Jesus film partway through the video, locked the three men in a room and called police.

The men were beaten, arrested and charged with forced conversions.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

• Pray that the pastor and these Christian workers will be able to continue their ministry and will be spurred on to boldly preach the Gospel. Pray for their physical healing.
• Pray the Christians in the area will not be discouraged but will act as valuable witnesses for the Gospel.
• Pray for the RSS members and the police involved; may the Lord bring them to see the message of the Gospel is a free gift and not the result of coercion (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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