Friday, May 15, 2015

Franklin Graham Warns Christians in America 'Persecution Is Coming

Franklin Graham

The Rev. Franklin Graham gave an ominous warning to Christians living in the United States Sunday, as he expounded on how religious freedoms are being eroded stateside while believers are being persecuted throughout the world.

Imran Ghafur is serving a life sentence in Pakistan and hopes that his appeal will be heard in court soon.

May. 15, 2015 | Pakistan
Pray for Christian Prisoner Imran Ghafur and His Family
Imran Ghafur’s family requests prayer for his release and for the needs of the family. He is currently serving a life sentence on a conviction of burning a Quran. Imran’s brother Naveed told VOM contacts that the entire family was able to visit him before Easter and that Imran continues to read his Bible, fast and pray. His attorney has filed an appeal with the Pakistan High Court, but no hearing date has been set. VOM has regular contact with Imran’s family, offering prayer and encouragement.

Hmong Christians delivering Bibles and other materials into remote villages in South Asia

Officials detained two Christian workers in January for transporting Hmong Bibles. The officers confiscated the Bibles, interrogated them for two days and nights, threatened them with imprisonment and ordered them to pay a large fine. They were allowed to leave after paying the fines.

Syrian Christians pray together

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May. 15, 2015 | Syria
Pray for Christians in Damascus Living in a Battle Zone

Intense fighting between Islamic State militants and government forces erupted on Monday, May 4, in Damascus, and media outlets warned Christians living in the area to evacuate immediately. Government forces are employing air assaults and armored tanks to fight the militants, making it extremely dangerous for those living in the immediate area. Last month, it was reported that IS had moved into a part of Damascus that is less than a mile from several Christian neighborhoods. A VOM contact whose family lives in the area requests prayer for believers there. “They can’t go anywhere at this point,” he said. “Pray for the safety of our family and churches all over Damascus and Syria.”