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Persecution Watch: Praying for Believers in Libya

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(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, March 04, 2021 in a prayer call for the persecuted church

Libya: Population 6.6 million, Christians: 34,500 (0.5%)

There is no freedom of speech, no freedom of religion and very limited possibility of public church life in Libya. Although there are around 34,500 Christians in the country, only a tiny number (approximately 150) are Libyan—the majority are expatriate and migrant workers.

Libyan Christians from a Muslim background face violent and intense pressure from their family and the wider community to renounce their faith. They—as well as foreign Christians—are also vulnerable to abduction or murder by Islamic militant groups and organized crime groups. Sharing your faith publicly is illegal in Libya, and those who try to share their Christian faith with others risk violent opposition and arrest. Without a central government, the country is effectively in a state of lawless anarchy. There is little chance of legal justice when Christians are attacked or killed. Christians migrating from sub-Saharan Africa are also vulnerable to being held in detention centers being abused, tortured and extorted by their traffickers. Believers are often forced into intense labor or prostitution.

What has changed in Libya? Violence continues to increase in Libya, and there are more verified incidents of attacks and killings. Persecution in all spheres of life has only gotten worse. Christians are at risk all over the country, but especially vulnerable in areas where Islamic extremist groups are present. Elements who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group still maintain a presence in the wider region around Sirte. Other extremist groups are in control of areas in and around the capital, Tripoli. Expatriate Christians avoid traveling in general, but especially in areas where there might be checkpoints.                                                  Christians who are migrating from other areas of Africa, aiming to reach Europe, are often held in overcrowded detention centers around Tripoli. Others are handed directly to criminal officials or groups by their human traffickers and forced into intensive agricultural labor or prostitution.                                                                                                                                                            In cooperation with local partners and churches, NGOs supports the church in North Africa through training, literature distribution, socio-economic development and advocacy.

  • Pray for those in power in Libya. Pray for peace and stability, and for an end to the proxy civil war. Years of anarchy and power struggles have taken many lives and eroded hope for the future, and Christians and other minorities have become very vulnerable in such a situation of lawlessness.
  • Pray for Libyan believers who are under immense pressure, particularly those who are arrested because of their faith. Pray for protection and release.
  • Pray for new converts who have been baptized. Pray that they will find a group of believers to join – and rejoice that they have found Jesus.
  • Pray that the Lord will appear to the radical Muslims   dreams, convict them, and connect them with believers who can give them the good news.
  • Pray for a strong underground church to grow among Christians, relying on Jesus and His hand of protection
  • Pray for those who are responsible for the killings of Christians to be convicted with the fear of the Lord.
  • Pray that the NGOs  to will be protected in this hostile environment. Pray that the Lord will make a difference as they minister to the persecuted Christians.
  • Pray for pastors and elders to be granted wisdom and protection in covert ministry work and show them creative ways to meet.
  • Pray to the Lord for discernment for believers as the discern who to trust, who they will share the gospel with and who will welcome them.
  • Pray for easy access to the internet and messaged that convict Muslims and encourage Christians.
  • Pray the Lord will enable Christians to forgive their persecutors.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will build His church in spite of the powers of darkness that control the land.

Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:

  • Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, Alice, a nurse and mother of two children. Pray for their release.
  • Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing persecution from the government with hope to live in a country where she can express her faith openly. Pray also for her family.
  • Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.
  • Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

    Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

    Prayer Conference Call Details

    Tuesday, Thursday, 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#

    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

    If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

    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. 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.


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