A teenage girl from Laos went home while on holiday from her high school to share her new Christian faith with her family, but was immediately rejected and disowned for becoming a believer.
‘Dee,’ 16, had once heard many negative things about the Christian faith, but after becoming a believer, she thought it would be okay to tell her parents about what she had learned. Her parents were not happy and tried to force Dee to renounce her faith. When she refused, insisting that she will follow Jesus no matter what happens to her, her parents kicked her out of the home and told her that she is no longer their daughter.
Church leaders are helping Dee, who is staying in a safe house, and they ask for prayers for her and say that although she is sad about her parents, she still has a lot of joy and peace. Dee also asks for prayers for her parents and wants them to know Christ.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray the Lord will grow Dee in her faith to enable her to fully embrace her new life in Christ.
- Thank the Lord for strengthening her through a difficult trial so soon in her Christian walk. Thank the Lord for the provision of a home.
- Echo Dee’s prayers for her family ─ that they too may know of the Lord’s mercy and plan of salvation.
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The rise of Islamic radicalism throughout the globe has placed religious minorities in dire situations as they have become the prime target for many. Most would view the Middle East and Africa to be the primary location for Islamic radicals attacking Christians, however, Southeast Asia is seeing its own fight against radicalism.
The Philippines, which has been primarily a Christian majority nation, has seen a rise in attacks against Christians from Muslim radicals.
Over the Christmas holiday 14 people were murdered by Islamic terrorism as a chapel was hit with explosives, and 200 Islamist gunman raided villages in Mindanao, leaving a further nine dead.
The rise of Islamic radicalism has placed religious minorities on high alert.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Christian Today
- Pray for the friends and family of the victims of the raid in villages in Mindanao; may they not seek retaliation, but instead be willing to forgive and intercede for the militants who perpetrated these heartless attacks.
- Pray that as Islamic radicalism grows in Southeast Asia there will be a mighty breakthrough of God’s power in the Philippines.
- Pray for righteousness and justice to prevail in all levels of governance.
The Degar, or Montagnards, are collectively the indigenous tribal people of Vietnam. Today a remnant still survives in the Central Highlands, although systematic repression and violent persecution at the hands of the Communist regime in Hanoi threatens their existence.
Hanoi deems Degar Christianity a “reactionary” and “evil” religion. Those refusing to renounce their faith may expect prison and torture. Many have fled into Cambodia, which rejects them as illegal migrants and repatriates them at Vietnam’s request.
On 11 September the Cambodian government gave the UN refugee agency in Phnom Penh three months to repatriate some 200 Degar Christians or Cambodian security forces will do it themselves.
Vietnam has indicated that it is “ready to receive” the Montagnards and has assured the UNHCR that “it will not discriminate against or punish them.” But as noted by the deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, Phil Robertson, Vietnam’s assurances cannot be trusted, for Degar believers have been lured back before only to be arrested and tortured on arrival.
Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Pray the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will protect the Degar Christian refugees.
- Pray Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will end the repression and violent persecution of Vietnam’s indigenous Degar Christians and that this crisis will shine a spotlight on Vietnam’s critical decline in religious freedom.
- Pray the Lord will intervene for the Degar church; may they know His presence, comfort, provision and protection.
VIETNAM: Authorities Crushing Christian Minorities
Two Christians in central Laos have been detained on charges of “spreading the faith.”
Bountheung Phetsomphone, 43, and Neuy, 40, who are both married with three children each, are being held in jail in Khounkham in Khammouane province. They were arrested on 2 September during a lunch visit to a family in Nong-hang village. Five police agents raided the home, apparently after a tip-off from local officials.
Local sources say that police in Khounkham have been monitoring Christian activities closely for several years due to concerns over the church growth. Bountheung and Neuy are reported to have brought hundreds of people to Christ through their witness.
Christians make up just 2% of the population in this communist country.
Sources: AsiaNews, Release International
- Please pray for the immediate release of Bountheung and Neuy. Pray His ministering Spirit would be with them both to give them the strength to persevere and stay faithful.
- Praise God for their powerful witness and for the way He has worked through them to bring many to Christ.
- Pray for local officials who oppose Christians in this area of central Laos. Pray that they too will be touched by the Holy Spirit in the same way that Saul was (Acts 9).
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