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Persecution Watch: Praying for Believers in Jordan

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday October 14, 2021 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Jordan: Population: 10.2 million, Christians 18,000 (1.8%)  

Compared to Christians living in other Middle Eastern countries, most Christians in Jordan live a safe and stable life and enjoy a relatively high level of religious freedom. King Abdullah II and his government appear to tolerate and, to a certain degree, support recognized churches. Most believers in Jordan belong to Orthodox or Roman Catholic churches.

However, Christians still experience discrimination in employment and restrictions against public preaching. Unrecognized churches can face harassment by public authorities, particularly those that actively evangelize. Although Jordan likes to present itself as a beacon of tolerance and interfaith dialogue, radicalized Sunni Muslims and returning jihadists from Syria and Iraq continue to pose a threat to the Christian community. Additionally, open testimony of faith by a Christian who converted from Islam can lead to beatings, arrest and even death. Christians who are active in evangelism and/or helping converts from Islam can face threats and oppression in daily life. Pressure remains very high for Christians who belong to these groups.

Jordan has a disproportionately high number of Salafi Muslims who are potentially a danger to Christians and other religious minorities living in the country. The government continues to control mosque sermons and requires preachers to abstain from talking about politics to avoid social and political unrest in an attempt to rein in Islamic extremism.

Jordan fell by five rankings on the World Watch List, but its persecution levels have largely remained stable from last year. Violence against Christians remains very low, but pressure in all spheres of life stayed at about the same level. Jordan’s lower ranking this year is primarily attributable to the average rise in persecution among all countries on the World Watch List.

Muslims who convert from Islam are most susceptible to persecution, particularly from their family or community who oppose their conversion. Female converts to Christianity are particularly vulnerable. Additionally, Christians who help converts or who evangelize are often targeted more aggressively.

  • Pray for King Abdullah that the Lord will guide him through Hid Holy Spirit, to give him the wisdom and strength to stand against radical wing Muslim extremists.
  • Pray that the Lord will appear to many Muslims in their dreams and lead them to believers who may evangelize them.
  • Pray for Christians who worship in unregistered churches. Pray they would be able to continue to worship and that the religious freedom the government promises would be more than empty words.
  • Pray for followers of Jesus who left Islam. Pray they wouldn’t be oppressed or ostracized by their families, and that they would be safe from harm.
  • Pray for leaders in Jordan, that they would be increasingly open to religious freedom, and that the hope of Jesus would transform their hearts and minds to follow Him
  • Pray for converts from Islam, that they would be protected from oppression at the hands of their families and communities. Pray they would be able to find Christians who could help them grow and mature in their faith.
  • Pray that the Lord that He will give His believers both courage and protection witnessing to Muslims.
  • Pray that the people who experience persecution will love and forgive their persecutors.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will encourage His pastors and elders as they minister to the persecuted saints.
  • Pray that World Radio and similar broadcast will reach many Muslims and help them to come to Christ and that Christians will also be encouraged.
  • Pray that the Lord will be at work in the hearts of Islamic terrorists – returning fighters from Afghanistan, Iraq as well as Al-Qaida fighters transitioning to mid African countries.
  • Pray that The Lord will grow His church in Jordan to be a moderating power and a safe haven for refugees from other mid-Eastern countries.

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 for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped from Iran and praying 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.

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

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#

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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 time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are 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 are new to the call and cannot 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!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

NOTE: Please fill out the form in the sign up link below to be included in our distribution list to receive urgent prayer requests, prayer points, notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

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.

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 time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are 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 are new to the call and cannot 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!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

NOTE: Please fill out the form in the sign up link below to be included in our distribution list to receive urgent prayer requests, prayer points, notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

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.

Persecution Watch: Praying for Christians Facing Hardship for Sharing Their Faith

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday June 29, 2021 in a prayer call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Dear Prayer Warriors, persecuted is not always as obvious as imprisonment or torture. It can also look like being separated from your family or being discriminated against at your place of work. Persecution happens in many ways – Brother Dave

Tonight, I will share with you a Prayer Letter of brothers and sisters suffering trials and persecution. For their protection we cannot give out all the details or use their names.

We will pray for a brother in India and, for Brother S. In Morocco.

  • Pray for believers in India, a largely Hindu country, to be able to share the love of Christ during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Pray for Br. S’s health and protection as he tireless shares the love of Christ.

We have requested prayers for Brother M. sharing Christ despite the danger.

  • Pray for God’s protection and peace over Brother Mark and his family. 
  • Pray God will work in the hearts and lives of Mark’s group of friends, one in France and an Islamic scholar. 
  • Pray for wisdom, confidence, courage, and the leadership over Brother Mark while talking to this group.

Mark wanted to share Christ with others and God has provided that opportunity. We are not sure exactly what is going to happen next, but our trust in the Lord is great. God is good, and everlasting is His Mercy!

  • Pray for those who Mark shared the Good News of Jesus to be receptive. 

Recently the Bible Society in Jordan faced persecution in a large scale. A street sign from the Bible Society of Jordan congratulating the kingdom on the 75th anniversary of its independence contained a biblical verse from the Book of Psalms. Read the lower half of this report.

  • Pray for wisdom for the Bible Society in Jordan, that their response to the current situation will be a reflection of Christ.

Remembering these dear ones:

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.

The harvest 

  • “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

The Lord’s servant,

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call Leader

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

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 time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are 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 are new to the call and cannot 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!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

NOTE: Please fill out the form in the sign up link below to be included in our distribution list to receive urgent prayer requests, prayer points, notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

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.

Jordan: Hashemite King vows to protect Arab Christians

The Hascemite Monarchy says it will renew efforts to protect the existence and identity of Arab Christians.

King Abdullah II of Jordan reiterated during a meeting with Archbishop Justin Welby, Primate of the Anglican Communion, who was received in Amman on Tuesday, May 2. During the conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Monarch re-presented Jordan as a model of harmonious coexistence between Christians and Muslims. In the meeting – reports Jordanian media – King Abdullah also argued that recent unilateral regulations put into effect by Israel create hidden dangers for Christian and Muslim Holy places in Jerusalem, reiterating that the Hashemite Monarchy has the intention to reject any attempt to alter the “Arab identity of the Holy City area in which they are concentrated. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 3/5/2017)

Christian writer who ‘insulted Islam’ murdered in Jordan

Jordian Christian writer Nahed Hattar murdered by gunman outside of court house.

Jordian Christian writer Nahed Hattar murdered by gunman outside of court house. Photo: Nahed Hattar’s Facebook page

JORDAN: (Voice of the Persecuted) Many reports are being shared of a gunman who was arrested after killing prominent Jordanian writer, Nahed Hattar outside of Amman court where he was facing charges of inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam over an “offensive” cartoon. On Sunday, Hattar was shot in the head three times as he arrived at the court for a hearing. Hattar’s two brothers and a friend were at the scene, chased and were able to catch the killer and hand him over to the police.

Hattar, a Christian, was arrested on August 13 after posting a cartoon produced by an unknown artist titled, ‘The God of Daesh (Isis)’ on his Facebook account with an Isis militant sitting next to two women and asking God to bring him a drink. Many Jordanian Muslims had found it offensive and against their religion. The Christian writer then removed the cartoon claiming it was not meant to insult Islam and did not infringe God’s divinity in any way”. It was shared to expose how Isis “envisions God and heaven”.

The Guardian reported that the family of Hattar holds Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki responsible when he ordered Nahed’s arrest and put him on trial for sharing the cartoon. His cousin said the prime minister ignited the public against him and created a hostile atmosphere that encouraged violence that led to his murder.

Jordanian government spokesman, Mohammad Momani condemned the killing as a “heinous crime”, but also said, “The government will strike with an iron hand all those who exploit this crime to broadcast speeches of hatred to our community.” Read the Guardian’s full report.

Update: some have reported that though Hattar came from a Christian family, he had expressed various atheist views throughout his life. We are unable at this time to confirm his religious beliefs. But as one who notified us presumed,  we support an end to persecution of all human beings and this crime is no less an outrage, whatever Hattar’s beliefs.

Where are the voices in the Church speaking out? How Muslims in these nations are not held accountable when they mock the faith of Christians, destroy Bibles and claim a follower of Jesus Christ is a blasphemer when revealing the truth that Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world. That it’s unfair to be arrested for sharing a caricature to call attention to the radical ideology of terrorists. That it’s not inciting violence, hate speech or insulting the Islamic faith, but to call out the darkness coming against humanity. Where are the cries for laws to protect Christians in these nations?

Can you imagine living under this threat of this darkness on a daily basis? Blasphemy laws unfairly protect Islam and are used to abuse minorities, particularly Christians. Until these draconian laws are abolished, they will bring more persecution, mob violence and the murder of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for them as, day by day, they’re coming under increasing attacks without fair trials or protection. They need and covet our prayers. May the Lord give them strength to endure in faith. Please speak out against these human rights abuses. Please share these stories to inform other Christians and encourage them to pray with you. Let’s fight this battle on our knees before the throne as we praise our mighty God.

Oh Father, bend low to hear our combined prayers and petitions for our persecuted family in Christ. Bless and have mercy on these dear ones. Protect them from the schemes of the evil one. May You be glorified by the witness of their steadfast faith.

This Friday, Sept. 30th we will hold another (5th Friday), 24-hour Prayer Call Event. Unite with us in prayer as we lift up our suffering brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Please share this event with many and encourage them to honor the number one request of those in the Persecuted Church, “PRAY FOR US!”. Call details and printable flyer here.

We are committed to being a VOICE for persecuted Christians to bring them comfort, relief, and encouragement. We have committed to a long-term mission in Nigeria and are helping the persecuted suffering through the asylum process in Thailand. They will not be forgotten!

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on orphan-306x4601them. They’re so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through your prayers and support.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

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