6/12/2021 (Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, you are invited to join us on Saturday, June 12th in a prayer conference call hosted by Persecution Watch.
Praying for Ethiopia
It would seem there should not be much persecution against Christians in a nation with a presumably Christian majority. However, life has become much more difficult for Ethiopian Christians. This year, Ethiopia was moved from 39th to 36th on Open Doors World Watch List of the top 50 countries where it’s most difficult to follow Jesus.
Ethiopia is part of the horn of Africa and is bordered by Somalia on the East, Southeast and Northeast (except for a small part, which is Djibouti). To its north is Eritrea, to the south is Kenya, and to the West is Sudan and South Sudan. The population of Ethiopia is about 113,000,000, with 67,500,000 professing to be Christians. The Muslim population is growing. Its government is a Federal Parliamentary Republic with prime minister Abiy Ahmed at its head.
Despite having religious freedom on paper, violence has been steadily increasing and multiplying in some areas. All denominations except the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) are persecuted by both the government and the EOC.
Eastern Ethiopia has one of the largest Somali populations in the world, and Christians there are persecuted by both their communities and families.
There has been a wave of attacks against Christians in the South with the rise of Wahabi Islam among the Oromo Muslims, exacerbated by political unrest.
Many churches and believers’ homes have been destroyed and people murdered. There is also political unrest in the East, which has also led to large scale attacks on Christians.
In Northern Ethiopia, the EOC persecutes evangelical believers, destroying churches, physically assaulting them, and denying them jobs and community services.
Muslim tribal groups throughout Ethiopia heavily persecute Christians as well. This is even true in refugee camps for Somalis.
Bibles are printed, sold and distributed in Ethiopia with no restrictions, but remain difficult to obtain in many rural areas.
The government generally works to protect the rights of Christians, but in Muslim enclaves with Muslim leaders, they mostly do not.
Still, evangelical churches in Ethiopia continue to establish other churches and send missionaries to difficult areas, resulting in church growth.
- Pray for a good, stable government with wise leaders.
- Pray for salvation for its current leaders, including Abiy Ahmed.
- Pray the religious freedom law be enforced.
- Pray for believers from Muslim or Ethiopian Orthodox backgrounds; be rooted in the Lord, grow in the Lord, have good teachers and pastors.
- Pray for five-fold ministry to strengthen one another and all the believers.
- Pray for believers who have lost loved ones through persecution; for the
windows and the fatherless; for comfort; to be able to forgive.
- Pray for believers who have lost homes and/or other property, houses or worship; be strengthened, keep eyes on the eternal.
- Pray for those who have lost jobs because of being a Christian; for God’s provision and strength.
- Provision and protection for believers.
- Pray that they have a spirit of praise and joy in the midst of persecution.
- Pray for increased outreach efforts to the Muslim communities; wisdom and divine appointments; prepare hearts; dreams and visions, convict them.
- Pray for outreaches to the EOC; for their salvation; have access to Word, read it, be convicted that murder, destroying, etc. is of the Devil.
- For the EOC to come out of Babylon; that siding with the Muslims is siding with the Antichrist.
- Pray for NGOs and their ministries; to reach and strengthen those in need; physically, spiritually and mentally.
- Pray for unity among Christians in Ethiopia; Lord, grow Your church there.
We will also Pray for:
Leah Sharibu and Alice that they will be set free from Boko Haram captivity.
- Leah Sharibu was kidnapped along with 109 other students on February 19, 2018 when Boko Haram attacked a boarding school in the city of Dapchi, Maiduguri Diocese, in north-eastern Nigeria. A month later, some of the girls died in captivity and all the others were released, except Leah. She was the only Christian in the group.
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped during the Rann attack on March 1, 2018. She was a nurse working with Unicef and is a mother of two.
Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison, for his family, the children, and the church in China.
- On December 28 the police raided the Early Rain Church and arrested Pastor Wang Yi, his wife Jiang Rong, and ten elders of the well-known 750-member church for holding “illegal” services. Some 100 believers were detained, questioned, and later released. Pastor Wang’s wife was also released. Pastor Wang remained in detention.
Anita, an Iranian Christian, persecuted by the Islamic regime seeking asylum.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, for his release and his family as their persecution continues.
- Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani converted to Christianity at the age of 19 and leads a 400-member house church in Rasht, Iran. Since 2006, Iranian authorities have consistently harassed and detained Pastor Nadarkhani and his family. In 2010, the authorities sentenced him to death for apostasy before acquitting him in 2012. Pastor Nadarkhani was tried again in 2017 on false charges of “acting against national security” and promoting “Zionist Christianity,” for which he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. By July 2018, plainclothes agents raided Pastor Nadarkhani’s home to execute the sentence, beating and apprehending him and using a taser gun on one of his sons. He is now incarcerated at the notorious Evin prison near Tehran.
- “And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2
Tonight, our dear Sister Valerie will moderate the prayer conference call.
The Lord’s servant,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call Leader
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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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