3/11/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church.
Yemen: Population 30.2 million, Christians: a few thousand
Christians in Yemen usually keep their faith secret, because if they are discovered then they could face the death penalty. Leaving Islam is forbidden, and all Yemenis are considered Muslims by the state.
It is not just the authorities who persecute Christians. Islamic militant groups threaten Christians from a Muslim background with death, and tribes may kill or banish anybody converting to Christianity.
The ongoing war, humanitarian crisis and COVID-19 pandemic in Yemen are impacting all citizens, but Christians are additionally vulnerable because emergency relief is mostly distributed through organizations that use local Islamic leaders and local mosques to give aid. These are believed to discriminate against anybody who is not considered to be a devout Muslim. There are accounts of Yemeni Christians being refused treatment at under-resourced hospitals.
Persecution remains extreme in almost all areas of life. There are relatively few reports of violence against Christians in Yemen, though this has worsened slightly in the past year. However, it is nearly impossible to research and verify violent attacks because of the ongoing war, the secrecy Christians must maintain and the challenge of communication with underground believers. It is very likely that there is more violence that goes unreported.
Christians from a Muslim background are most vulnerable to persecution—and these now make up most of the Christian population of Yemen since the ongoing war has led many expatriate and migrant Christians to leave the country. The south of the country, where there is a strong Al Qaeda presence, is particularly dangerous.
Open Doors as well as other NGOs support the body of Christians on the Arabian Peninsula through organizing prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.
- Pray for the Yemeni people after a year in which the war continues alongside floods, locusts, and COVID-19. Pray that peace will come to the country and that people can start rebuilding their lives.
- Pray for secret believers and secret house churches, that they would have wisdom and discernment as they support believers.
- Pray that Believers have access to the Christian broadcasts from Trans World Radio.
- Pray for the Yemini women as their life is harsh and education -literacy is limited – that the Lord will open doors that they can hear the good news.
- Pray for Bible translation and distribution of Socotri and Mahri Bibles.
- Pray to the Lord that He will open doors for evangelization as Yemen is one of the worlds least evangelized nations due to unending tribal and military conflicts.
- Pray for protection of all children, many are at risk of abduction by gangs for introduction of extremism and sexual exploitation.
- Pray for those taking great risks to provide seekers and new believers with discipleship support. Pray for safety as they travel through conflict areas, and that God will use them to raise up new and gifted leaders in every part of the country.
- 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 for those who are responsible for the killings of Christians to be convicted with the fear of the Lord.
- Pray that the NGOs will be protected in this hostile environment. Pray that the Lord will make a difference as they minister to the persecuted Christians.
- 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 the
- Pray the Lord will enable Christians to forgive their persecutors.
- Pray to the Lord that His believers, carry hope that helps us with the certainty that tomorrow will be better, that Churches will be planted and that by the will of you Lord.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
- Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
- Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
- Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped and now waiting for a visa to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
- 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
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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.
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!
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