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A group of 43 Tanzanian pastors, most former Muslims, have been charged with blasphemy for teaching biblical foundations to their church members.

In addition, they have been fined the equivalent of nearly AU$3,000, which they are paying in order to continue their ministry work and to avoid multiple court hearings.

If convicted of blasphemy, they could face up to 14 years in prison. Many of the pastors have been persecuted by their families and continue to face pressure in the largely Muslim areas where they work.

Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

  • Pray the Lord will grant these pastors courage, strength and peace during this time of great suffering and uncertainly.
  • Pray against the convictions; pray they will be released to continue in their important work.
  • Pray for the authorities and the families of the pastors; pray the Lord will work in their hearts to bring them to repentance.