Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pray with boldness for the Persecuted Church

Hello friends,
If you are a true believer in Christ, you have access to the throne of God.
  Ephesians 3:11 says,  in whom we have boldness and confident access
 through faith in Him. The Greek scholar Thayer says, the word
 boldness means freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, 
openly, frankly, i.e without concealment without ambiguity or a
need for many words. The word confident means to be persuaded
 that God will hear you, that you are certain of it. The word access
 means that our Lord Jesus has brought us into a relationship
 with God and we have twenty-four- hour a day access because
we are standing in grace. Please pray with boldness for your
 Christian brothers and sisters mentioned below.
VOM-USA Prayer Update for August 17, 2012
On Wed. Aug 15 2012 at 02:39 PM Moderator wrote:
Nigeria--Gunmen Kill 19 in Kogi State
Sources: Release International, BBC News

Philippians 4:19-20

Gunmen attacked an evangelical church in central Nigeria on
Monday, Aug. 6, killing at least 19 people, including the pastor
. The attackers cut off power to the Deeper Life Bible Church
 in Otite, near the town of Okene, Kogi state, and surrounded
 the building to block the congregation's escape. They then
 entered the building and fired at worshipers for about 20 minutes.
 At least 15 people died at the scene, four died later from
gunshot wounds and many others were wounded. No one
 has claimed responsibility for the attack, but many believe
 the Islamist group Boko Haram was involved. Kogi state,
 which is south of Abuja, had not previously suffered
attacks by Muslim extremists. Pray that Christians in
 Nigeria will respond to their persecutors in a way that glorifies
 God and that they will see God meet their needs.

Tanzania--Christian Teen Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
Source: VOM Contacts

2 Peter 1:2-4

A teenager in Tanzania was sentenced to two years in prison
recently after being accused of desecrating the Quran. Eva
Abdullah, 17, converted from Islam to Christianity three
 years ago. Her parents disowned her after her conversion,
  and a group of radicals in her hometown of Bagamoyo
 tried to persuade her to renounce her Christian faith.
When she refused, they falsely accused her of urinating on a
 Quran. Many Christian leaders were afraid to defend Eva
 because of Muslim dominance in the district. On July 26,
  Eva was sentenced to two years in prison by a judge who
 was allegedly bribed by the Islamic militants. Although
Tanzania is not on VOM's list of hostile and restricted areas,
 our contacts report increased hostility toward Christians
 because of radical Islamic influences. Pray that God will
 strengthen Eva's faith no matter the circumstances.

Azerbaijan--Update: Church's Appeal Rejected
Source: Forum 18 News

John 14:27

The Baku Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision
 to liquidate the Greater Grace Protestant Church and ban its
 activity. A panel of three judges rejected the church's appeal
 on July 31, and church members are already preparing an
 appeal to Azerbaijan's Supreme Court. Although Greater
 Grace has been registered with the Justice Ministry since
 1993, the State Committee lodged a liquidation suit against
 the church in December 2011, arguing that the church
 had failed to re-register after changes to the religionlaw in 2009.
Only six registration applications have been approved by the State
 Committee in Baku in 2012 Inaddition, Azerbaijan's parliament
 has passed an amendmentrequiring religious materials to have
a state-issued verificationmark before the  materialscan be sold.
Those selling religiousmaterials- whether electronic or hard copy
print, audio orvideo products -- without the verification mark
 may face finesand confiscation of the materials. Pray that the members of
Greater Grace will find a way to worship no matter what the court decides.

Myanmar (Burma)
VOM Project

Pray for those involved in training a group of indigenous missionaries who are working in difficult tribal areas. The missionaries will be trained in evangelism, church planting and discipleship.

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