9/17/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) MAURITANIA – Population: 4.6 million 10,000
For Christians in Mauritania, public worship carries a constant threat. Even churches that are largely tolerated have to be careful so they aren’t accused of proselytizing Muslims, and for Christians who converted from Islam, public worship is often impossible. In Mauritania’s tribal culture, leaving Islam is not only religious betrayal, but also betrayal of the tribe and family. Believers from Muslim backgrounds will often keep their faith secret. Because the extended family is often necessary for survival, it is a huge risk for a Mauritanian to become a Christian. If their faith is discovered, they may lose not only their status in their community but also their citizenship.
Mauritania’s already strict Islamic laws have become worse. According to VOM, Mauritania passed a law in 1997 that would punish any blasphemy of Islam with the death penalty. Everyone is going to be punished. Even if you do repent, you are still going to be punished. And in the case of blasphemous remarks or sacrilegious acts, according to the law, the death penalty is now mandatory This adds to the already high level of persecution suffered by the small Christian population in Mauritania.
Mauritania announced that showing repentance will no longer be a reason to repeal a death sentence handed out for blasphemy and apostasy.
Christian migrants from sub-Saharan Africa or aid workers who make any expression of faith risk being prosecuted for attempted proselytization. Baptisms must often be carried out in secret. Mauritania may be an increasingly dangerous place for Christians, as there is fear radical Islam may be on the rise.
Baptisms can only be carried out in secret and many converts from Islam are reluctant to be baptized, fearing discovery and charges of apostasy being brought against them.
- Pray to the Lord that He would touch the heart of President Ghazouani and his regime answers calls to protect Christians and respect for all human rights.
- Pray to the Lord to stop the insurgency of radical Islamists and that they would come to know the Savior they persecute.
- Pray to the Lord that He will protect His saints from arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and other ill-treatment.
- Pray to the Lord that authorities will not deny or ban of peaceful gathering of Christians.
- Pray that Christians are not discriminated against and are able to get food aid as, according to Al Jazeera, hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of going hungry in the coming year in Mauritania and Senegal due to a lack of crops. Pray that people are spared from famine.
- Pray for protection and security for secret baptisms are only carried out in secret and encourage many converts from Islam are reluctant to be baptized, fearing discovery and charges of apostasy.
- Pray for believers to have His superior protection and guidance to share the gospel despite the possible deadly consequences.
- Pray for believers that have converted from Islam and now experience fierce pressure to return to Islam. Pray for protection and endurance.
- Please pray for safety and courage for Christians, particularly, church leaders, who face harsh religious persecution every day.
- Pray for protection of NGO’s who covert support to believers
- Pray that the strong Christian messages on the internet that will encourage believers and
let Muslims see and understand the Good News.
- Pray to the Lord as head of the church that He will grow and expand His church. That the forces of darkness will be bound, and their efforts will be futile to prevent the church from expanding greatly.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for
• Leah Sharibu and Alice, prisoners of Boko Haram, pray that they will be set free.
• Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison
• Pray for the release for Anita, a Christian convert recently sentenced to 6 years in prison for sharing the Gospel in Iran.
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Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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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.
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