10/1/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) Mozambique: Population : 28.5 millions, Christian 13.6 million
Mozambique over the past 3 years has been suffering from a growing Islamist insurgency based mostly in the north of the country. The Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique is an important area for its mineral and natural resources. Despite these resources, the locals have benefited very little from them. Most of the money is taken away by wealthy businesses or business owners. This has created discontent amongst the local populations. Now that an Islamic militant group has moved into the area, it is essential for the government to have the support of the local populace. However, because of the discontent, the jihadists have been able to gain some of their own support. Over the past month, they have been able to seize control of multiple towns for a short period and conduct other attacks on cities to gain supplies. They have however avoided killing civilians in most of these attacks. They have even given some of the supplies that they have stolen from government building to the local civilians in an attempt to win their support. The violence and destruction by repeated devastating attacks by the insurgents have left at least 1,000 dead and hundreds of thousands have been displaced these attacks. Many fled to other parts of the country were conditions are crowded and resources are stretched
In June there were reports that insurgents had beheaded 15 people in a week. 52 young people were killed during this year’s Holy Week after refusing to join the Islamic group. Yet the bishop said that the crisis in Mozambique has largely been met with “indifference” from the rest of the world. The rebel group has now been claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and is receiving aid from outside the country’s borders. The government responded slowly to the growing threat and allowed the rebel group, locally known as al-Shabab, though not affiliated with the Somali group, to gain a foothold in the region. Since, there have been several exchanges of control of the port town. Recently, the rebel group has retaken control however.
Mozambique has other dangers. According to the Catholic News Agency, adolescent girls are being abducted into the sex trade. Young boys have also been targeted and face violence or death if they do not comply. Young Christians who refuse to join Islamic forces are punished, often with the loss of their own life.
· Pray to the Lord for that He will give guidance and resolve to the government to become more active to control the Muslim extremist groups.
· Pray to the Lord that Christian leaders will be in leading government positions to help with protecting Christians and other minorities.
· Pray for more workers to provide more than food to their traumatized community members and fellow believers. “Some people are broken, traumatized with everything they have lived through, so we see that psychological and social support is fundamental. Pray for trauma counseling.
· Pray to the Lord that He will protect the teenage girls and young men and women from being abducted and sold into the sex trade.
· Pray to the Lord that His hand will be on the young men who are standing for their faith as they refuse to join the Muslim extremist military forces
· Pray that the Lord would be at work through his Holy Spirit and that the Christians experiencing hardship and persecution will draw closer to Him.
· Pray for the work of Christian NGOs. Pray for continued protection and wisdom as we seek to alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters.
· Pray to the Lord that He will give His believers strength to forgive their persecutors
· Pray for believers to have His superior protection and guidance to share the gospel despite the possible negative consequences.
· 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 that He will guard His church and that it will triumph over the forces of darkness. That the Lord will add enormously to the number of Hus church in view of the Jihadists, that they see who is Lord.
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. To pray for Anita, an Iranian Christian, persecuted by the Islamic regime.
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Andy, Persecution Watch Moderator
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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.
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