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NIGERIA: Legislation Will Further Islamise the Country

NIGERIA: Legislation Will Further Islamise the Country

One year after the official swearing in of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government is considering two bills that, if passed, will further Islamise Nigeria.

A bill to establish grazing reserves for the Fulani in every state would facilitate Muslim Fulani expansion deep into the Christian south. This is despite knowing the Fulani have been infiltrated by Boko Haram, which uses the Fulani as a means to Islamic expansion.

A bill proposing to amend the Nigerian constitution to expand the scope and jurisdiction of Nigeria’s Islamic Sharia courts passed its second reading without debate on 19 May.

Christian and Muslim students have protested in Abuja against the government’s move to divide and Islamise Nigeria.

Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to awaken and embolden the Nigerian church and Christian legislators to do all they can to ensure plots to further Islamise Nigeria will not succeed.
  • Pray this current situation will be used by the Lord to unify His church in Nigeria and further spread His Gospel throughout the nation.
  • Pray the Lord will end the violence and terror perpetrated by Boko Haram and the Fulani. Pray those in authority will concentrate their efforts on ensuring citizens’ safety and stamping out corruption.

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NEPAL: Seven Christians Arrested

NEPAL: Seven Christians Arrested

Seven people, including proprietors of two private schools, were arrested on 9 June in Dolakha district, Nepal, accused of converting others to Christianity because they were distributing Bible handbooks to children.

Those arrested were the principals of Mount Valley Boarding School and Modern Nepal School and some of the staff of Teach Nepal, a Christian voluntary organisation.

Both principals are Christians and organise extra-curriculum activities for their students as a part of their school program.

They had distributed a handkerchief and the handbook named “A Great Story” to 885 students.

According to reports, police are now preparing to file a case against those detained under Article 26 (3) of the constitution that makes it punishable by law to convert a person of one religion to another.

Sources: World Evangelical Alliance, Eurasia Review

Prayer Points

  • Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance upon all church leaders handling this situation; may they rely on the Lord to give them the words to say when they stand before accusing authorities (Matthew 10:19).
  • Pray the booklets distributed may be used by the Lord to encourage many to understand the Gospel.
  • Pray this case may ultimately bring a bolder witness for the Gospel throughout Nepal.

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PAKISTAN: Christians Under Threat of Further Attack

A church in Lahore has been warned that it will face further violence if it pursues legal action related to an earlier attack.

Please pray for our Christian family in Lahore where Pastor Riaz John and his congregation in Fazlia colony face a tough choice. A contact of our partner organisation Release International described the situation as “very serious and tense.”

The troubles in the area began on Sunday during the church service. A Muslim neighbour called the police, protesting against noise levels at the church. Officers raided the service, insulting and beating Pastor Riaz and scattering the contents of the church.

When local Christians mounted a street protest, a senior police officer urged the church to take legal action against the neighbour and his police colleagues.

Furious, local Muslims have threatened to burn the church and attack Christians if they press charges.

Source: Release International

Prayer Points
• Please pray for wisdom and courage for Pastor Riaz and his church.
• Pray that peace and grace will prevail so that tensions between local Christians and Muslims will subside.
• Pray that Christians in Fazlia colony will know God’s protection and be a powerful witness to His love and mercy.

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INDIA: Ill-Treated Believers Driven from Homes

INDIA: Ill-Treated Believers Driven from Homes

Children were among the 28 Christians who were beaten and driven from their homes twice within a two-day period.

Local Hindu extremists in Katholi village had summoned four families to a public meeting, demanding that they recant their faith ─ but the families refused. In the first attack, six believers were badly injured and needed medical treatment. When they returned to Katholi the next day, they were subjected again to further physical assault.

The perpetrators justified the attacks by claiming their “gods were angry” that their neighbours had become Christians. After the police intervened and the assailants agreed not to attack again, the families were able to return to their homes.

Meanwhile, about 80 kilometres away in Sukma village, other Hindu extremists subjected two Christians to a two-hour “purification” ritual in which one of them was burned as fire-heated coins were forcibly placed on his tongue. He also suffered burns to his back, shoulders, knees and feet. When the two Christians still refused to deny Christ, they were fined as well.

In India’s central Chhattisgarh state, there were 49 reported incidents of organised attacks on Christians between January and April of this year alone.

Sources: Release International, Morning Star News

 Prayer Points

  • Please pray for the peace and protection of Christians throughout Chhattisgarh state, particularly for families in the villages of Katholi and Sukma.
  • Ask the Lord to change the hearts of those who have inflicted these injuries, helping them to understand the error of their ways and, ultimately, drawing them to faith in Him.
  • Pray the governing officials in India will do more to uphold the religious rights of all citizens.

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VIETNAM: Family of Imprisoned Pastor Persecuted

VIETNAM: Family of Imprisoned Pastor Persecuted

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh (45), a missionary pastor in Gia Lai Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, suffers both physical and psychological abuse in a Vietnamese prison because of his ‘illegal’ (Lutheran) faith and religious liberty advocacy.

Arrested numerous times since 2003, he was eventually sentenced in July 2012 to 11 years in prison for ‘undermining national unity.’

As if this were not enough, his wife, Tran Thi Hong, suffers endless persecution which she laments is becoming ‘intolerable.’ Police interrogated Tran Thi Hong on 11, 12 and 13 May. Violence is a routine part of the process.

On 13 May, as Mrs Hong was being beaten, her 18-year-old son tried to intervene to save her, only to be grabbed and violently choked by police, who then had him bound and arrested. He was released later that day.

Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

 Prayer Points

  • Pray Pastor Nguyen will be strengthened and upheld by the Lord; pray for his release. In the meantime, pray he will be used by the Lord to bring words of eternal life to others in prison.
  • Pray Mrs Hong and her son will not despair; may the Lord minister to them in their weakness and suffering and give them His peace.
  • Ask God to enable those in authority in Vietnam to act justly, with compassion. Pray their hearts and minds will be softened as they witness the conduct and attitudes of those they interrogate.

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