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Tonight on the Persecuted Watch: Special Guest Pastor born in Gaza (2/18/20)

Photo: Christian Mission to Gaza

Dear Prayer Warriors, it is written, “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

Tonight on the Persecuted Watch conference call, we will welcome a special guest and a dear friend, Pastor Hanna Massad.

Our guest is a Baptist Palestinian who is committed to a personal relationship with Christ and to the inspiration of the whole Bible. He strives to follow Jesus and to pastor his small flock in Gaza. He also ministers among Syrian and Iraqi refugees. His ministry is among some of the most persecuted Christians in our times. It is indeed a difficult ministry, yet it is full of God’s grace.

Hanna Massad was born and grew up in Gaza.  He graduated from Bethlehem Bible College in 1991. Following that he studied in the USA, at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA where he was awarded his Master of Divinity degree in 1994 and a Ph.D in theology in 2000.

He was the first local pastor at Gaza Baptist Church where he led the church for 12 years. He has been involved in a collaborative Christian television project, writing study guides on the Gospels of Matthew, John and the book of Acts, which has been designed for use on the internet.

In 2007, after the murder of his friend and fellow church member, Rami Ayyad, Hanna and his family, along with 8 other families, evacuated from Gaza. Hanna and his family now live in Wilton, CT.

He visits Gaza  & Jordan 3 times a year in order to continue to support the church, where he & his team members help 900 Iraqi refugees families in Jordan(5000 individuals)

Hanna is the founder & president of the Christian Mission to Gaza which supports relief work in Gaza among those who are suffering the most. He was on the Faculty of Bethlehem Bible College/ Gaza Extension. He has also taught several courses at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary.

We invite you to welcome Pastor Hanna Massad on the call tonight and pray for those suffering in Gaza.

We will continue to remember Alice and Leah Sharibu on this 14th day of the two weeks of prayer, recognizing two years on Feb. 19th of Leah being held by the Boko Haram. We will also pray for Pastor Wang Yi imprisoned by the Chinese government for boldly sharing the Gospel.

Lord willing, We are look forward to praying with you tonight.

In Christ Love your sisters,

Nadia Dybvik and Merlaine Smokes, Prayer Call Monitors of Persecution Watch

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

Recommended: For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link or App Store – iTunes

What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today and join the team!

Pakistan: Christian girl kidnapped by Muslims returned to her family

(Voice of the Persecuted) Pakistani Christian Sneha, 14, of Bahar Colony, Lahore, who was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to her kidnapper Zeeshan, has been recovered and reunited with her family.

Sneha is the youngest daughter of Sabir Masih and has two sisters and one older brother.

She was a 9th grade student in the Franciscan Girls High School, Bahr colony Lahore but in the evening, she also attended a local academy for tuition to prepare for her final exams.

Sneha said in her statement that Zeeshan, a Muslim, used to tease her every day on her way back home from the academy and had persistently pressured her for friendship. Sneha constantly declined his request and told him that was not possible as she had to focus on her education and that they were of different religions. However, Zeeshan continued his unwelcome advances.

On the evening of January 14, 2020 while Sneha was returning home from the academy, Zeeshan tried forced her to go behind the building. But when she refused Zeeshan became violent. Sneha said that because she was alone, she was scared and he started pushing her. There was a vehicle parked in the street and he forcibly pushed her into it. Suddenly, six more young men got into the vehicle and started beating her.

They took her to an unknown place, where more men arrived and started beating and constantly raping her.

Sneha begged them to let her go home but they refused. One day they asked her to sign a few blank papers. When she refused they tortured her. Later she learned the documents included a marriage certificate and religion conversion certificate.

They threatened Sneha that if she told her family and gave their names, she would have to face severe consequences and they would do the same to her sisters.

Sneha’s father, Sabir Masih, reported her missing to police. The FIR (first information police report) was registered in Liaqatabad police station and the Session Court issued orders for the police to recover Sneha as soon as possible. After a few days, the police found Sneha on January 19, 2020 and brought her back to her parents. However, the police are favoring the Muslims kidnappers, which is a usual circumstance in Pakistan.

Nasir Saeed, Director CLAAS-UK told Voice of the Persecuted that their partners are supporting Sneha’s family and providing free legal aid to them. He relayed that they have applied to the court for Sneha’s statement and have asked for her medical tests.

Sabir Masih and his family are receiving threats from the Muslim kidnappers who are pressuring the family not to proceed further and withdraw the case against them. The family has been moved to an unknown place, Mr Saeed shared.

Cases of Christian and Hindu girls’ being kidnapping, forced into conversion and marriage to their kidnappers, in order to cover the crime, are continuing to rise. That Sneha was returned to her parents is a rare case. Most girls are forced to remain with their Muslim abductors.

Even recently the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has termed forced conversion un-Islamic. Last July Prime Minister Imran Khan had termed the practice of forced conversions as “un-Islamic” and said there was no precedent in Islamic history for forcefully converting others. Christian and Hindu MPs like Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Naveed Amir Jeeva have raised this matter in the Parliament several times but there has been no further progress.

Mr Saeed said: “CLAAS and several other organisations have been reporting such cases regularly for the last several years in the national and international media. Unfortunately the Pakistani government has failed to take action to stop the forced conversion of under age Christian, Hindu and other minority girls.

He called on the international community and human rights organisations to play their role to end ongoing forced conversion in Pakistan.

Please pray for the protection of minority girls in Pakistan and healing for victims of such heinous crimes.

Tonight on Persecution Watch: “Najma’s” Story (2/5/2020)

(Voice of the Persecuted) Precious prayer Warriors, many do not want to hear or talk about Hell, but according to the Bible, Hell is real. It’s our choice to believe it or not!

God said:
“6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
“Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
I also will ignore your children.”
Hosea 4:6

But His promise is:
“16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 3:16-21

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:32

Our desire as we come on the Persecuted Watch call is not only to pray for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for the sake of His Name.
Jesus came into the world to save the world.
In John 10:10 Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Just as it was Jesus’s desire for no one to perish, it is also our desire to pray on the call for the harvest, the lost ones.

“NAJMA’S” STORY
In the short video on Prayer Cast, you will hear Najma’s story
and how she was saved from intense and violent persecution.

Most Muslims in India are Sunni. They follow Islamic orthodoxy and seek to please God. But God already loves them and died to save them. “Najma” is one of them.

“Najma” hated Jesus. For years, she watched her mother pray for her Muslim father to turn to Jesus. When he finally did, “Najma” watched as her extended family turned against her parents, abusing them because of their faith.

Her grandmother would beat her mother and burn the Bibles in the house. It hurt “Najma” to see her parents’ pain, and she did not understand why they had to suffer. Jesus was easy to blame – until one night, when the family poisoned “Najma’s” mother.

“Najma” could only watch as her mother shivered, whispering “in the name of Jesus” over and over.

Would “Najma’s” mother survive the attack? How will Jesus teach “Najma” through this? Would her family ever escape the abuse?

Click here to watch video.

Tonight, I welcome you as you are so led by the Holy Spirit to join us. We will lift up our persecuted brothers and sisters and for the harvest, the lost ones.

We will also continue to remember Alice and Leah Sharibu on this 11th day of the two weeks of prayer, recognizing two years of Leah being held by the Boko Haram on Feb. 19th, we are asked to pray that Leah’s family is encouraged today. And for Pastor Wang Yi imprisoned by the Chinese government for boldly sharing the Gospel.

Lord willing, We are look forward to praying with you tonight.

In Christ Love your sister,
Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Leader, Persecution Watch

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

Recommended: For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link or App Store – iTunes

What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today and join the team!

Tonight on Persecution Watch: Libya (Feb. 13, 2020)

Coptic Christians murdered by Islamists in Libya

Dear Intercessors, you are invited to join us, tonight, in a prayer conference call for the Persecuted Church.

Again, we want to lift up two persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for Leah Sharibu and Alice that this year will be the year where they will be set free. And also pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison in China.

Libya

Population: 6.6 million, Christians 36,200

The absence of a single central government to uphold law and order contributes to the extreme levels of pressure in national and church life. Libyan Christians with a Muslim background face violent and intense pressure to renounce their faith from their family and the wider community. There is no freedom of speech, no equal treatment of Christians, no recognition of the church and no churches being built.

Christian migrant workers are allowed to meet together to worship in Libya, but they are always at risk of attack by Islamic militants, and face discrimination from Libyan society. Churches for Libyans are forbidden, and Libyan Christians must keep their faith completely secret. Christians who publicly express their faith and try to share the Christian faith with others face the risk of arrest and violence at the hands of their families, communities or violent Islamic militants.

ISIS still maintains a presence in the wider region around Sirte. Other groups, like those connected to the Islamic Dawn coalition, are in control of areas around Tripoli and some parts of Tripoli itself. In the east, radical groups are at least present in Benghazi.

Migrant Christians who have been arrested and detained while trying to reach Europe often end up in one of the overcrowded detention centers around Tripoli. Others do not even make it that far, but are directly delivered into the hands of criminal groups or human traffickers. Subsequently, they are forced into heavy labor in the agricultural sector or pushed into prostitution. Christian migrants held in detention centers in Libya—mostly from sub-Saharan African countries—have reportedly been raped and beaten. Although the ill-treatment and violence are not limited to Christian refugees, Christians are singled out for much worse discriminatory and violent treatment.

Slavery and human trafficking still take place despite an earlier international outcry that took place when CNN showed video evidence of a slave auction of sub-Saharan Africans in November 2017.

  • Pray to the Lord that a real central government with authority will be established in Libya.
  • Pray that political and security conditions will improve within the country that the Christians will experience to stability and protection of their rights as a religious minority.
  • Pray for Libyan Christians with a Muslim background that face violent and intense pressure from their family and the wider community to renounce their faith. Pray they stand strong in their faith.
  • Pray Christians living in Tripoli would be beacons of Christ’s peace in the midst of turmoil and violence. Pray that people around them would be drawn to Christ through them.
  • Pray for Christian migrants protection—mostly from sub-Saharan African countries—who are singled out for discriminatory and violent treatment in detention centers.
  • Pray for the protection of migrants from human traffickers who will make them indentured workers or worse sell them into slavery.
  • Pray for those dealing with the effects of recent violence against them. Please pray for the Lord’s provision in in all their physical and spiritual need
  • Pray to the Lord has His hand of protection over the believers that have courage and boldness to reach out to Muslim neighbors.
  • Pray that the believers know that the body of Christ is praying for them.
  • Pray that the Lord will strengthen His believers and that it will continue to grow in spite of the hostile environment.

Many blessings,

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Moderator

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

Recommended: For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link or App Store – iTunes

What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today and join the team!

Sudan: Three churches burned down twice within one month

Pulpit in the Al Gadaref Lutheran Church, eastern Sudan, following an arson attack in 2015. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

(World Watch Monitor) Three churches in Sudan’s southern Blue Nile state, rebuilt after arson attacks in December, were burned down again in January, reports a Sudanese rights organisation.

On the evening of 28 December, the Sudan Internal Church, Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church in Bout town, near the border with South Sudan, were set alight, said the Human Rights and Development Organisation (HUDO). The incidents were reported to the police who, HUDO said, did not investigate further.

The three churches were restored with local materials, only to be set on fire again by unidentified arsonists on 16 January.

Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr al-Din Mufreh said that, contrary to HUDO’s report, the police are investigating. “If it is proven that it occurred as a result of a criminal offence, the perpetrators will be identified, pursued and brought to justice,” he said in a statement, reaffirming “Sudan’s full commitment to protecting religious freedoms and “houses of worship from any threats”.

Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states are at the centre of an ongoing armed conflict between government forces and militants belonging to the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM). Years of fighting has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes in the region where most of Sudan’s Christians live.

In a separate development, a Sudanese Christian businessman was arrested at Khartoum airport on 27 January as he returned from five years in exile, reports CSW. Ashraf Samir Mousad Obid fled the country in 2015 after a harassment campaign by the country’s former security service, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). He was arrested despite having received a guarantee that he was free to travel. After a short time in detention he was released but was told not to leave the country.

Sudan is 7th on the Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.

Court in Pakistan Validates Forced Conversion, Marriage of Christian Girl to Muslim

Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said.

The High Court in Sindh Province on Feb. 3 dismissed a petition to have the marriage and forced conversion of a Catholic girl overturned, ruling that both were valid since a girl under sharia (Islamic law) can marry after her first menstrual cycle.

Huma Younus was taken from her home in Karachi’s Zia Colony on Oct. 10 while her parents were away and was forced to marry the man who abducted her, identified as Abdul Jabbar of Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab Province, her attorney said.

“The hearing on Feb. 3 lasted only five minutes,” the family’s attorney, Tabassum Yousaf, told Morning Star News. “The court, in just a few words citing the sharia, has justified the violation of the girl’s body since she has already had her first period.”

Yousaf added that the family was prohibited from seeing Huma because police said her life would be at risk if she was brought to the courtroom.

He said the family challenged Huma’s marriage and forced conversion under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013, which declares marrying a person under 18 years old an offense punishable by up to three years in prison.

Although the Sindh government takes credit for becoming Pakistan’s first elected assembly to pass a bill on child marriage in April 2014, the law is still poorly implemented, sources said.

Yousaf said he submitted Huma’s baptismal and school documents in court that proved she was 14 years old, but nevertheless Sindh High Court judges Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro and Irshad Ali Shah ruled that the marriage was valid based on her menstrual cycle.

The legal battle has been going on for months with constant delays and excuses cited so as not to present the underage girl in court, sources said.

The family has filed an appeal to the Court of Justice in Sindh Province, and Yousaf said a hearing is scheduled for March 4. Police will thus have more time for medical tests to determine Huma’s age, he said.

Guardian Consent Needed

The girl’s parents were informed via text message that Huma had converted to Islam and had married Jabbar “of her free will,” sources said.

Since forced conversions are not illegal in Pakistan, her attorney said he believed the case hinged on Huma’s age.

Prominent Supreme Court Advocate Saiful Malook told Morning Star News that even though sharia allows marriage of a minor girl if she has her first period, the marriage has to be validated by the girl’s guardian.

“In no way can any court of law endorse an underage marriage unless it is supported by the girl’s guardian,” Malook said. “Marriage is governed by the Contract Act, wherein no minor can enter into a contract or agreement without the explicit approval of her guardian. In this particular case, the court must take into account whether the girl’s legal guardian has consented to her marriage even if it’s judging the act under the sharia.”

He added that a 14-year-old minor cannot be deemed mature enough to change her religion by her own will, considering the fact that she could have been coerced or blackmailed into renouncing her faith. Huma reportedly filed an affidavit declaring that she married of her own free will, but Yousaf has said that such an affidavit can’t be filed legally until she obtains an identity card at age 18.

The high court must order Huma to record a statement in the courtroom, Malook said.

“If the police are not producing the girl before the court on various pretenses, the court should be wise enough to see through the police’s mala fide and hand the custody of the minor back to her parents,” he said.

Malook, who represented Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy convict, Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, before the Supreme Court and won her freedom, said that abducting for the purpose of forced conversion and underage marriage is a major problem in Pakistan. He added that legislation effective in curbing the practice is long overdue.

Christian rights activists believe that the ruling of the Sindh High Court will encourage more perpetrators of such crimes to hide behind sharia. Pakistan Center of Law of Justice Executive Director Napoleon Qayyum told Morning Star News that the high court’s ruling would result in a surge in cases of forced conversion and underage marriages of Christian girls.

“Another Christian girl aged 14 was recently abducted and gang-raped by some Muslim youths in Bihar Colony area of Lahore,” Qayyum said. “The victim is a student of grade nine and was abducted by four or five boys on her way to a local tuition center on Jan. 16, 2020. The abductors not only raped her but also obtained her signatures and thumb impressions on some papers.”

Police were able to recover her on Jan. 19, but Qayyum said he fears the suspects will use her signed documents to produce a fake marriage certificate and religion conversion letter in a bid to escape abduction and rape charges.

“This is common modus operandi of Muslims to confuse the court and avoid justice,” he said.

In nearly all such cases, he said, the rapists threaten to harm the girls’ families if they reveal the truth.

“Moreover, the girls are also forced to give false statements in court that they have changed their religion of free will and had married of their own choice,” Qayyum said. “Girls belonging to minority communities often succumb to pressure and consideration for their family’s security, which has further emboldened the men belonging to the majority faith.”

Most victims of forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan are reportedly Christian and Hindu girls and women forced to marry Muslim men who are much older than them. According to the Centre for Social Justice, at least 159 such cases were reported between 2013 and 2019.

The Sindh legislature in 2016 passed a law outlawing forcible conversions and conversions before the age of 18 but, under pressure from Islamic extremist groups, the governor declined to sign it. Each year about 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and then married off to their abductors or rapists, according to the National Commission of Justice and Peace and the Pakistan Hindu Council.

Pakistan ranked fifth on Christian support organization Open Doors 2020 World Watch list of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, and on Nov. 28, 2018, the United States added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom.

Photo: Huma Younas, 14, was abducted and forced to convert to Islam, her parents say. (Morning Star News courtesy of family)

Tonight on Persecution Watch (Feb. 11, 2020)

Dear sisters and brothers, for it is written in Corinthians 12:12-27,

“12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.

16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?

20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,

24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,

25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

I remember a precious quote from our dear sister, Mariam Ibraheem, “Fear Not Tomorrow. God is Already There.”

Oh, the encouragement we have been given by God to share with one another. How beautiful it is to be part of God’s family, for we are all parts of the body of Christ!

Our dear sister Naghmeh Panahi, asked, ‘Please pray for our health and those we serve’. Tonight, we will encourage our sister and those who are appointed by the Lord to serve with her. We will honor her requests and will lift them up in prayers to our Father

  1. The persecuted church in Iran- please continue to pray specifically for the Christians in Iran. Many who are arrested and imprisoned for their faith are women. Many are single mothers who have come out from abuse. Many of these sisters continue the call to share the Gospel every single day knowing that it can cost them their lives.
  2. Please continue to pray for Anita and Zahra both young women in their twenties who were imprisoned by the Iranian government. They are both out on bail and awaiting their trial and final conviction. Anita is on trial because of her Christian faith. Zahra is a Kurdish civil society activist who was arrested in the Kurdistan province of Iran, on 23 May 2019. She is charged with national security offences in relation to her civil society work empowering marginalized members of Iran’s Kurdish minority.
  3. Pray for Mona and Neda, two Christian women who shared the Gospel but fled Iran as authorities are seeking to arrest those involved with converting Muslims to Christianity. Their application is being processed for humanitarian visas to come to America from Turkey.
  4. Muslim refugees– Please pray for the abused Muslim refugee women we are working with locally. There are specifically two Afghani women who have heard the Gospel as a result and an Iranian woman who is now so hungry for Jesus and is attending church almost every day and reading the Bible. Please pray that the light and beauty of Jesus would shine through and His love and respect for women. Please pray that as the body of Christ we would learn how to better help the abused and oppressed and as a result be a shining light to the dark and lost world.
  5. Please pray for our physical health, our childrens’ health, and the health of many of the women we work with who have gone through abuse and infidelity. It has been an especially difficult winter for the health of the children of TAF’s leadership team, and many of the women we serve are dealing with extreme health issues including battles with cancer. It is heartbreaking since many of these ladies have young children. Please pray for the health of of our children, as some of these women also have children with special needs (such as Anne Basham) or serious illnesses.
  6. Please pray for the Voice of the Persecuted mission who is covering all the financial needs for one of the Iranian women who fled Iran with her child as they wait for humanitarian visas to come to America.
  7. Please remember Alice, Leah Sharibu and others in Boko Haram captivity. On this 7th day of the two weeks of prayer, recognizing two years of Leah being held by the Boko Haram on Feb. 19th, we are asked to pray for the Nigerian Government to help in the release of the captured girls and other victims of Boko Haram.
  8. Please also remember Pastor Wang Yi imprisoned by the Chinese government for boldly sharing the Gospel.

Lord willing, we are look forward to praying with you tonight on the Persecution Watch prayer conference call.

In Christ Love your sisters,

Nadia Dybvik and Merlaine Smokes, Co-Moderators, Persecution Watch

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today and join the team!

 

Join the Prayer Team to serve the Persecuted Church

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Blaine Scogin began Persecution Watch, a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets three times a week via a free call-in service.

Blaine joined Voice of the Persecuted in 2014 and began serving as our Prayer Director. At this time, the two missions merged. Blaine was also active in serving to meet the immediate physical and spiritual needs of our suffering brothers and sisters through the Voice of the Persecuted mission. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of Voice of the Persecuted. With the passing of our dear brother into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated prayer warrior team.

During the call, the team lifts up the persecuted to cover them in much needed prayer. We pray for individuals, communities and entire nations experiencing extreme persecution. We host the conference call on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern. (Please check your time zone.)

Periodically, we host special prayer call events lasting anywhere from a few to 24 hours for open prayer. On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better perspective of the situation persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit-led prayer.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers from other nations who want to pray united. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.

Be a part of the mission to serve the Lord and the Persecuted Church. We can all be prayer warriors on this call. JOIN THE TEAM!

By signing up below, you will receive prayer points for each weekly call, urgent prayer requests, information for Special Prayer Call events and guest speakers. If you’re not able to participate on every call, we ask that you will pray for those listed in the prayer point emails.

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos – Founder, Voice of the Persecuted and the Persecution Watch Prayer Warrior Team

 

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive prayer points. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch Prayer Call mission.

To those signing up for the Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) prayer team: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted.

Please forward this communication to your church, prayer groups and others who will pray.

 

Call Information:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time: 9:00 pm Eastern, 8:00 pm Central, 7:00 pm Mountain, 6:00 pm Pacific

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

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