(Voice of the Persecuted) Here’s a recap of last weekend’s amazing 24-hour prayer call event. Many of you joined with us to pray for those suffering for their faith in Christ. We invited persecuted Christians from restricted nations to come on the call as guests to share and allow us wash their feet in prayer. We also gave those phoning in the opportunity to speak with and directly ask them questions. To hear the truth of what’s happening in areas of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. There’s a connection that takes place in hearing them speak, as opposed to reading stories in print. It was an enlightening call for all of us. We pray all were blessed.
The Editor of Mohabat News Agency, who suffered severe persecution in Iran, addressed the issues and reasons Christians face persecution at the hands of the Islamic Iranian government. He also shared his imprisonment, what he went through and how he endured solely with God’s help. He encouraged us by confirming the rapid rise of Christianity in Iran, second only to China, particularly through the the Iranian youth. He answered questions and elaborated on the seriousness of persecution cases and the great need for prayer. Stay updated on our Iranian brothers and sisters at Mohabat News…English site: http://mohabatnews.com/en/ Farsi site: http://mohabatnews.com/fa/
A devout Pakistani brother in Christ fled persecution with his family to seek asylum. But another danger awaited them at their new destination, Thailand. His family’s case for asylum was immediately filed with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He explained the horrid conditions Christian asylum seekers are facing in Thailand, the high risk of arrest, the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) and the extremely long wait time for the UNHCR to process their cases. It can take up to 8 years to be transferred to a welcoming nation. Click here to learn more about Pakistani Christians in Thailand. Many of you were amazed by this brother’s faith, knowledge of God’s Word and how he applies it to his own life and situation. All were encouraged by his testimony. A Canadian church has agreed to sponsor his family whose asylum interview was recently postponed. It is extremely expensive to sponsor asylum seekers. The total for this family is $50,400 CAD. Seems high? The fees are higher in the USA! VOP is very familiar with this brother and his family. While they have waited during the asylum process, they’ve worked very hard to help care for their brothers and sisters suffering alongside them, even risking their own safety to do so. They are committed to this work and with the help of caring Christians and the Canadian church, they will continue even after they’re resettled. Unfortunately, the Canadian church was only able to raise a portion of the funds. Others have generously donated to help this family, but the amount still falls short 9,100 CAD ($7000 USD) required by the Canadian government to proceed. We are in direct contact with the church hoping to sponsor them. If you would like to help this faithful brother and his family gain freedom and continue to the work to save other Pakistani families please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org), they’re so close! Come on Church, let’s make this happen. Shine the love of Christ. We can make a difference, one family at a time!
It’s always pure joy to hear from our brothers and sisters in North Nigeria. We at Voice of the Persecuted are honored to serve them through our mission on the ground, Project 13:3. On the last call event, many of you may remember when the Boko Haram attacked the city and Brother Gideon informed us explosions were taking place. It was a tense moment and we responded with intense prayer! In the days that followed, many of you contacted us to check on their well-being. Thankfully, Gideon and the saints in the camp remained safe. They believe our prayers helped to protect them. On this call, we were relieved to hear they’ve had some rest from the onslaught of the Boko Haram campaign. The military and vigilante groups (encouraged by the State) are working together to push them back. They pray it stays that way. Brother Gideon told us that it’s still unsafe for the IDP’s (Internally Displaced People) to return home. Only days before our call, a family at the camp tried to make the journey back to their village. While traveling, they were stopped on the road by Boko Haram militants who took all their belongings. By the grace of God they were not harmed and immediately returned back to the camp. Please continue to pray. The Boko Haram has a new leader and is trying to regroup. We were so blessed to hear from those staying in ‘our’ camp, even speaking in their native tongue, Hausa. Hearing the children playing in the background touched each one of us! We at Voice of the Persecuted pray you will continue to help us send them comfort and relief. They’re so grateful to God and expressed their love and appreciation for the continued prayers and to all who support the VOP mission. They too are praying for us.
We thank and praise God for making the call event possible and for drawing people to pray for those suffering in the name of Christ. Oh Lord, help us to love and pray your heart for your persecuted Church.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Next 24-Hour Prayer Conference Call Event is on Friday, September 30, 2016 continuing through Saturday, October 1, 2016
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