Wonderful news! Being a VOICE and most important, our prayers matter. NEVER stop praying! At this critical time let’s continue to pray until she is actually released.
Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official has said.
Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.
Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.
Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.
I love (the) project and have contributed as well. I will encourage others as well… What more should I do? My heart intertwined with Saeed’s in prayer and for Naghmeh and Kids, we pray daily… Through all of this I (pray) the church of God to strengthen and increase …
Thanks Jim. I know you know the Lord works in mysterious ways and this one is right at the top for me (the timing of all of this is mind-blowing to me personally). Do as lead and “spread the gospel” to which all of this attests – I ask.
I know where Naghmeh gets the strength to go through all of this, but honestly Jim, where does she get the strength to go through all of this?
I’ll keep an eye on what you’re doing and ask the same in return.
Steve Anderson, Project Leader
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CAR: Report claims attack on Our Lady of Fatima parish and killing of priest was carried out by foreigners
(Voice of the Persecuted) We have continually reported on the network of terror that is growing in the CAR and spreading to other regions of Africa. We repeatedly ask why the main stream media keeps portraying the Anti-Balaka as a Christian vigilante group? With a little research it is easy to find this couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have shown the resemblance of their actions to the Lord’s Resistance Army and their strange pagan-like rituals that go completely against Christianity. Others are beginning to see how the MSM has only fueled and provided propaganda tools to the rebels. Here is a significant report from the Fides agency. The route from Sudan to Libya has become a dark pathway for evil. Our hearts and prayers go out to the innocent people of Africa.
Bangui (Agenzia Fides) – The perpetrators of the attack on Our Lady of Fatima parish church in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, spoke neither French nor the locale Sango, Fides was told by Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archbishop of Bangui, who added: “The attackers shouted in English, ‘open the door’”.
On 28 May, men armed with automatic weapons and hand grenades attacked the parish where a number of persons had sought shelter from violence. The attack left 18 people dead including a Catholic priest, Rev. Paul-Emile Nzale aged 76. According to Fides sources at least 42 people were taken hostage and the bodies were later found. However Archbishop Nzapalainga cannot confirm the news. “Some survivors whom I met told me people were taken away, but on their whereabouts voices are contradictory: some say they were killed others affirm they are still alive” the Archbishop said.
The attack has increased tension in the capital. “The city is totally paralyzed. Demonstrators calling for the temporary government to resign were dispersed by the army. Tension is high and no one knows what is going to happen” concludes Mons. Nzapalainga.
According to Fides sources, the attack on Our Lady of Fatima parish was carried out by foreign jihadists who now have complete control of Muslims living in the Km 5 district of Bangui.
“Although the authorities pretend not to notice, many Central Africans know that jihadists terrorists from Sudan and Nigeria have infiltrated into the Seleka and are now in the Km 5 district. Likening the anti balaka to Christians, the western media offered these criminals a perfect means of propaganda”, our sources conclude.
Bishop Nestor Desire Nongo-Aziagbia, Bishop of Bossangoa,had earlier told Fides Agency about the presence of foreign jihadists at km 5 (see Fides 28/4/2014).
Seleka is the rebel coalition which took power in Bangui in March 2013, throwing the country into chaos. The anti balaka militiamen who chased the Seleka from the capital turned into criminal gangs now rampant in various parts of Central Africa. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 30/5/2014)
First picture and video of the baby born to imprisoned Sudanese Christian sentenced to death for being a Christian
- Meriam Ibrahim, 27, gave birth five days early yesterday after months shackled to floor
- Father, U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, pictured with hours-old girl in barbaric jail in Khartoum where Meriam has spent her pregnancy shackled to floor
- Doctor was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity after marrying, Daniel, a Christian who lives in New Hampshire
- She will never see him grow up as she refuses to renounce Christianity
- Lawyer: ‘The family are taking time to enjoy the birth before they fight injustice’
Meriam has spent the past four months shackled to the floor in a disease-ridden jail after being sentenced to death by hanging earlier this month for converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian man.
Her lawyer Mohaned Mustafa Elnour said the couple are ‘happy and proud’ of their new arrival and that it has brought a momentary ray of light to an otherwise bleak and desperate situation.
Mr Elnour: ‘This is a special moment for them. Daniel is delighted that he is able to see his new daughter so soon.
Powerful prayers are needing for this family!
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(Voice of the Persecuted) With a heavy heart, we request prayer for our dear brother and correspondent in Nigeria. Yesterday, his father was killed by the Boko Haram. His family has long suffered persecution, the loss of family members and abuse at the hands of this evil group. Please remember this family, the nation of Nigeria and all who are suffering there.
Father God, we thank you for the love, mercy and grace you continually give to us. Humbly and earnestly, we ask You to hear this plea for our brothers and sisters and the nation of Nigeria.
We pray for the horrific violence and senseless slaughter to end. For all agendas, evil plots (political and religious) against them be foiled. We pray for mercy on the suffering believers. That their strength and faith to stand and endure be increased. Father, make them a Light in the darkness spreading over the region. For Your Gospel to be boldly preached by them without any fear. For the lost to be found and for the lands in which we all live be more pleasing to You.
We thank you that our Christian brother who has lost his life is saved by Christ’s ultimate gift of love in sacrifice. And the promise that we will one day worship and rejoice together with him. Stay near to his family in the extreme pain of their grief. May they feel Your presence surrounding and holding them. Father, we ask for divine protection for his son who bravely goes where others will not—ministering and bringing aid to the victims of the ongoing violence.
We pray all this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen
Thank you and may God bless you for caring enough to learn about our suffering family in Christ, globally. And for continually remembering them in prayer.
Lois Kanalos, VOP Founder/Advocate and the VOP team
Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, an American cardiologist from Columbus, Ohio, was brutally killed in front of his wife and toddler son in eastern Pakistan this weekend. Dr. Qamar was reportedly shot 10 times by one of two men on motorbike as he entered a cemetery to visit a family grave. He was an Ahmadiyya Muslim, a religious community that faces severe governmental and social discrimination in Pakistan. Dr. Qamar was in Pakistan on a humanitarian mission, providing free services to all those in need of medical care, regardless of religion. He leaves behind a wife and three sons, ages 16, 6 and 2.
Pakistan’s constitution explicitly declares that Ahmadis are non-Muslims and denies them equal rights with other Pakistani citizens, which can create a climate of impunity surrounding attacks against Ahmadis. The country’s draconian blasphemy laws further contribute to the problem.
The Christian woman, Asia Bibi was denied her appeal hearing for the wrongful death sentence, this morning. Life in Pakistan grows harder each day for minorities, especially Christians. Advancing towards religious freedom in Pakistan has taken many steps backward. There is a pushing an all Islamic State and minorities are being stripped of their human rights, imprisoned or killed.
We are seeking to aid a Pakistani family suffering extreme persecution and now a false blasphemy charge. A charge wrongfully imposed on them due to speaking out for the religious rights of Pakistan’s minorities and for devoutly following the Christian life. They have done nothing wrong. They are loving and giving people, many times giving to suffering Muslims. What is the Muslims issue with them? It’s simple, they are active in the church and faithful Christians.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), co-chairs of the House Ahmadiyya Caucus, today released the following statement regarding the assassination of the American cardiologist:
“Dr. Qamar’s assassination is symptomatic of an environment in Pakistan that is hostile to religious freedom at both the governmental and societal level. Grievous violations routinely occur that especially impact religious minorities including Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus. I have called on the State Department to designate Pakistan a Country of Particular Concern for these very reasons. Dr. Qamar was an American citizen on a selfless humanitarian mission. His grieving family must be given every assurance that America’s first freedom, religious freedom, will be a cornerstone of U.S. engagement with Pakistan, which to date it has not been.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar who was brutally killed simply for his faith. Discrimination, hatred and violence toward the Ahmadiyya community has long been sanctioned by Pakistan and must be addressed by U.S. foreign policy. We cannot tolerate the cold-blooded killings of American citizens traveling abroad. Dr. Qamar was a humanitarian silenced forever for selflessly caring for others regardless of religious differences. Peace, education, pluralism, racial and gender equality are the hallmarks of the Ahmadi people and true religious freedom is an absolute essential human right. I will continue to stand in solidarity with Ahmadiyya Muslims as they seek to live in a world free from hatred.”
Pray for the doctor’s family in the pain of grief due to a senseless act. Pray for the dark cloud to be lifted from Pakistan and for religious minorities suffering severe abuse. And may God have mercy of His faithful. In Jesus name, we pray.