Dec, 12, 2014
Pray for Christians in Nigeria
Shortly after dawn on Dec. 1, more than 500 heavily armed Boko Haram militants attacked Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state. The militants overran military checkpoints, set fire to a police base and attacked the public university. VOM workers report that several churches were also raided, and some Christians at the churches are believed to have been seriously injured or killed. VOM workers request prayer for believers throughout Yobe state as well as in Borno and Adamawa states, where Christians face daily attacks.
Pray for Christians in Laos.
Seven Hmong Christians were arrested on Nov. 2 after refusing demands from police and local officials to renounce their faith. A VOM worker who visited the imprisoned believers said that five were chained in their cells, while the location of the other two--reported to have been badly beaten--is unknown. Please pray for these imprisoned Christians, who are being held in very harsh conditions while being pressured to renounce their faith.
Pray for Christians in Kenya
More than 60 Christians have been killed recently in two separate attacks by al-Shabab in the northern city of Mandera, Kenya. On Nov. 22, Somali insurgents stopped a bus traveling to Nairobi, separated Kenyans from Somalis (assumed to be Muslim) and shot to death 28 Kenyan passengers who could not recite an Islamic prayer. Ten days later, more than 50 insurgents entered a camp where quarry workers sleep and again killed those who could not recite the prayer. Most of the quarry’s 200 employees were poor Kenyan Christians. The Islamists were seeking revenge
against Kenya’s government, which recently raided and closed four mosques that were discovered to be terrorist recruitment centers.