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Pakistani Christian asylum seeker children suffer in Thailand

Pakistani Christian asylum seeker children suffer in Thailand

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5: 1-5

(Voice of the Persecuted) Since the time of the 1st century Church, persecution and suffering for bearing the cross for Christ has never stopped. In fact, it has increased drastically since death of the first martyr, Stephen.

2017 World Watch List top 10 nations persecuting Christian

2017 World Watch List top 10 nations persecuting Christians

Pakistan is notoriously famous as a breeding ground for radical terrorism. Sporadic targeting of Pakistani Christians has made life miserable for the innocent. Over the years, rising persecution has claimed thousands of lives and continues to hang as a sword of Damocles over those who practice their faith in one of the world’s most hostile environments. According to the 2017 World Watch List, Pakistan ranked above Syria and Iraq as the 4th worst place to live as a Christian.

Youhanabad, a Christian colony in Lahore, Pakistan, was attacked by the Taliban in 2015. Worshippers were killed after 2 suicide bombers struck at 2 churches crowded with hundreds of church attendees.

This attack dramatically changed the lives of one family who were forced to flee their home and stay in hiding.

The persecution against Adnan’s family began after the 2015 suicide attack in the Christian colony where they lived. They had attended an early church service that day when terror engulfed their community. A suicide bomber detonated near the Church which curtailed the lives of at least twenty Christians and wounded dozens of church attendees. In an interview with the family, Adnan told Voice of the Persecuted,

“When we heard the blast, I asked my family to keep themselves in hiding. Fearing it was very close to where we live, I went with my brother to check the situation. We saw fragments and traces of blast, even human flesh and body parts scattered all over the area. It was horrifying. We saw angry victims and their loved ones running after the accomplices of the bomber and were beating them to stop them from escaping. Eventually, they were caught and badly beaten by the deeply upset and agitated Christians.”

Next day, the scenario was an extremely opposite of what was expected. Based on the footage taken by the media, the victims’ family members who caught the terrorists (who succumbed to their injuries) and those visible at the time of incident were now considered perpetrators and criminals.

“My brother and I were one of those who were seen in the footage and thus my brother went into hiding. But later, he was arrested and even now is still in jail.” He further explained, “Taunted by this, I feared most for the safety of my wife and two sons who at that time were only 3 and 1 years old. My wife had to leave her job as a teacher and as did I, a security guard at the bank.”

With any hope of living free quickly fading, they believed there was no choice but escape to Thailand to save their lives. Filled with hope and the dream of no longer living in terror, they arrived in Bangkok to seek asylum in September 2015. They were excited to start to new life strong in their faith, openly as true Christians without fear. However, things were not easy as expected. Fear and the safety of their children had brought them to another oppressive situation in Bangkok. Adnan, his wife and children are one of thousands of Pakistani Christian families hoping to gain asylum and begin a peaceful life in freedom.

Adnan’s asylum case and the UNHCR asylum certificate he holds is not recognized by the Thai government. After their visa’s expired, he had to make ends meet by illegally finding a work in a factory.  To support his family, Adnan had been left with no other option but to take temporary illegal work at a lesser wage with no insurance.

April 29, 2016 marked another critical ordeal for the family. While on the job, the father of two was hit by a fork lift that severly damaged his ankle. Doctors told Adnan that he needed a series of major surgeries which required a large sum of money.

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severe work injury prevents the ability to support family

His wife asked for help from practically everyone and even begged the factory owner for mercy and to support the medical expense of her husband’s severe injury. The factory owner paid a portion of the cost for surgeries, but the rest had to be borrowed from the factory owner and other non- asylum seeking individuals.

16215749_10205951643349657_706576410_nGradually, Adnan has begun to walk with the help of crutches, but to this date cannot walk properly. He and his family are burdened by the loan for the surgeries, and trying support basic survival needs for themselves and their children. It’s indeed hard with no recourse but to beg for help. Still, their is little to eat as support trickles in.

The family has appealed to the international Christian community to pray for and uplift them morally, spiritually and financially.  Our correspondent told us the father’s spirit is still high despite all the troubles in his life. Adnan recalls one bible verse from Roman 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  This verse gives him great hope and the courage to face another day.

Let us continue to remember and pray for this beleaguered family. Let us share our blessings and shine the light and love of Christ on them. Voice of the Persecuted is seeking sponsors to bring hope to our brothers and sisters suffering in Thailand. Unfortunately, we are unable to care for all the families on our waiting list. If you would like to sponsor a persecuted Christian family suffering through the asylum process, please set up a regular monthly payment and add in note section when donating, Pakistani Christians in Thailand. One-time gifts to this relief project is also welcome and greatly appreciated.

Example: A gift of $100 cover monthly food expenses and a portion of their room rent.

Please consider sponsoring Adnan and his family by adding his name to the note. Your gift of support blesses them with hope and means more than you could ever imagine.

Please pray

  • For persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand.
  • For the children will never again have go to bed hungry.
  • Pray for sponsors who can help them survive.
  • Pray for the Thai government to have a change of heart.
  • That the UNHCR will expedite their interviews so they may go to a welcoming nation with the opportunity to provide for themselves, worship freely and live in peace.
  • Pray for the Lord to bless them with joy, to strengthen their faith and to feel His loving presence surround them.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

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.

Donations are always desperately needed.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Note: Voice of the Persecuted encourages Christians to refrain from violence at all costs.

 

American Pastor Andrew Brunson Wrongfully Imprisoned In Turkey

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RAISE YOUR VOICE 

An American pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization.” Turkey has imprisoned this American pastor without any evidence. He has been a Christian pastor in Turkey for the past 23 years.  (more…)

Heirloom Love: Authentic Christianity for this Age of Persecution – Study of the 1st century Persecuted Church

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As society becomes increasingly divisive in a world full of hatred and violence, has the modern-day, Western Church lost it’s flavor? Is something missing?

In the new book, Heirloom Love: Authentic Christianity for this Age of Persecution, Dominic Sputo compels us to take a deeper look into the legendary first-century Christian love that changed the world. Heirloom Love challenges Western Christians to truly examine our own hearts and the status of today’s church compared to that of our early church brethren.

HEIRLOOM LOVE is — the legendary first-century Christian love that changed the world — the early church’s response to Jesus’ new command to love one another — the love that Jesus said would convince the world that He is the Son of God and we are His true disciples.

The “pillars” of the church—John, James, Peter and Paul— all taught the New Command to include giving our utmost to care for suffering and persecuted fellow believers. Yet fast forward two thousand years, and Western Christianity has virtually forgotten our persecuted brothers and sisters who are suffering around the world.

We’ve lost the truth and love that shines in the darkness, and so we’ve lost our way. By accurately interpreting familiar but commonly misunderstood Scriptures,

HEIRLOOM LOVE RESURRECTS THE TRUTH THAT WESTERN CHRISTIANITY HAS FORGOTTEN.

For example:

  • New Testament hospitality originally meant providing food and shelter to homeless Christians who were seeking refuge from persecution. Yet today it is commonly trivialized to mean having friends over for lunch after church.
  • Paul initiated Sunday collections to provide aid to suffering and persecuted Christians in a foreign land. Tragically, today less than one-half of 1 percent of our Sunday collections is used to help persecuted Christians.

More than the latest persecution news, Heirloom Love opens the eyes and stirs the hearts of Western Christians to reclaim the love that will change the world.

HEIRLOOM LOVE IS AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY

This book will challenge your assumptions about love and bring a fresh perspective to many familiar New Testament teachings on the love that shines light into darkness.

Do you want to make a difference? Heirloom Love is about restoring the love that will change the world today.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”  Hebrews 10:24

This Christmas, we in the West will openly observe and celebrate the birth of Christ and our faith without fear. But many brothers and sisters in the world lack the human rights that we in the West so often take for granted. They face constant threats of abuse and are persecuted simply because they are Christians. Knowing they could be killed for their faith, celebrations will be held in secret. No bells will be ringing as their songs of adoration and praise will only be heard in a whisper. In the midst of their persecutors, some will celebrate the birth of our Savior silently rejoicing within. Others will worship in tents, meager structures or outdoors in IDP/refugee camps thanking God that He has kept them alive. All are asking for our prayers and hoping the Body of Christ will not forget and desert them. What stirs in your heart at the knowledge of their circumstances? Sadly, still too many Christians in the West know nothing about them. They are unaware that Christian persecution has reached historic levels with approximately 100 million Christians around the world facing possible dire consequences for their faith.

At this special time of year, may we remember the persecuted and the sacrifices they make to follow Jesus. Pray that God will strengthen their faith and give them supernatural joy and peace. By the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, may our Lord bless them with endurance to overcome all things. Pray also for our hearts to be changed to have the agape love of 1st century Christians. Pray for the ability and means to aid our suffering brethren in need. May we too be a witness of faith, through the love we demonstrate, as we come to pray,  serve and care for the persecuted.

When we care for persecuted Christians, we are really caring for the Lord Jesus Christ. — Dominic Sputo

Voice of the Persecuted is joining with Dominic Sputo in getting this timely new book into every Christian home and church across America.

In appreciation of your support, Voice of the Persecuted will send a Hardcover copy of Heirloom Love with any donation of $50 or more. To receive your free copy, be sure to include your email and shipping address when donating.  Share your blessings and help shine the love of Christ on the persecuted, this Christmas. Your gifts are appreciated more than you could ever know.

For all our readers, we will be offering the hardcopy edition of Heirloom Love for only $9.99 (regularly 15.99). Please include $3.75 for shipping and handling. The author has agreed to donate all proceeds for Voice of the Persecuted’s relief mission project caring for the persecuted in North Nigeria. Secure your copy of this critical message for the Body of Christ, today!

If you are a church or study group leader please contact us to help you with the resources needed to use the message of Heirloom Love for your next bible study. Though the book has an excellent format for this purpose, an additional study workbook is going to print. You can reach us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org Please include ‘Heirloom Love Study’ in the subject line of your e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you and honored to help!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

dominic-sputoDominic Sputo is a passionate voice for the poor and persecuted. He’s actively engaged in teaching biblical stewardship and stimulating his fellow American Christians to remember those in genuine need, especially the persecuted.

He has authored two books which are scheduled to be released. In Prodigal’s Progress: From Love of Money to Love of God … A Radical Confession, he shares his personal story in overcoming the love of money for the sake of helping the weak. And in Heirloom Love: Authentic Christianity for this Age of Persecution he presents a solid biblical case for helping the persecuted as a New Testament mandate for Western Christians.

Dominic is the founder of Mute No More, a nonprofit that educates, encourages and equips American Christians and churches to respond to Jesus’ new command (John 13:34-35) by praying, advocating and providing relief for persecuted Christians in foreign countries. He also serves on the National Christian Foundation–Tampa Bay board of directors and is a pastor at Lakeshore Bible Church in Tampa, FL.

Take part and come along on the mission! You go with us to the nations through your gifts.

Food, clean water, shelter, clothing, medical assistance and basic needs. Bibles, emergency supplies, hygiene, education/training and Spiritual/emotional encouragement. These are main concerns when meeting the urgent and long term needs of those rejected and agonizing for Christ.

orphan-306x4601While all are affected, children, widows and the elderly are at the most risk. They make up a large number of those we wish to serve. Without our support and your gifts, many of these persecuted brothers and sisters have nothing. Please keep them in your prayers.

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on them. They have been so encouraged and grateful for each one of you who have joined this mission through prayer and your 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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Donations always desperately needed

Thank You IDOP2016 Prayer Warriors!

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Brothers and Sisters, I want to thank each of you who participated on the IDOP Prayer Call Events on Nov. 6th and 13th. What a joy it was hearing from and praying with our persecuted family on the ‘frontlines’! We pray they were lifted up by the many prayers offered on their behalf. We also thank them for the testimonies and prayers to encourage us.
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Thank you to our special guests for sharing their testimonies, news and for encouraging us to care for and connect with the persecuted. We also want to thank all the global advocates who collaborated with us on the call. We so appreciate your participation in advancing this important call to prayer.
Again, thank you for your sacrificing your time for our suffering brethren. We prayed God’s heart concerning our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and for the global harvest. I pray God’s richest blessings over each one of you.  Please invite others who may be interested in coming and lifting up our persecuted family in prayer.
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Mark your calendars! For the past year, we’ve been hosting (5th Friday) 12-hour prayer call events praying for the persecuted. Our last 2016 call will be held on December 30th 8pm EST. We invite all to come on that call and pray united with us. Mark your calendars and watch for the event details and flyer to be shared next week.
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You are also welcome to join the weekly Persecution Watch prayer conference calls. If you are so led, please do participate in our weekly calls for the persecuted. info below
(Tues—Thur—Sat)
Time: 
9 p.m. Eastern
8 p.m. Central
7 p.m. Mountain
6 p.m. Pacific
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#
Your brother in Christ,
Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch.
Persecution Watch

Urgent Prayer Request from Indonesian Christians as jihadists urge violence at Jakarta rally

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is urging Muslim leaders and even his former rival in the 2014 presidential election - Prabowo Subianto - to help maintain calm and ease tensions ahead of the rally.

Authorities moved to their highest security level, known as “Siaga Satu”, bracing for the demonstration with about 20,000 police and military personnel recruited from all over the country to provide security.

This URGENT prayer request was sent to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) by an Indonesian Christian.

There’s a very urgent prayer need for hundreds and thousands of Christians in Indonesia during these times. Also especially for Friday 4 November 2016. I would like to humbly ask your willingness to send your prayers to God in this regard.
A little background: Indonesia is a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. About 87% of the population is muslim. The rest are people from other religions. The country is permeated with corruption right through the entire system. The military generals are powerful and often have the final say. The rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. In 2014, something extraordinary happened. A former governor of a remote province was elected to be the new governor of the Jakarta, the capital city. It was extraordinary because he is a non-Mulsim, not from a military background and he is ethnic (Chinese origin).
He is very direct, extremely brave, looks after the poor, intelligent and above all he is a child of God. He believes in Jesus, reads and studies his bible everyday and finds it to be his source of strength. Since then, things started to change in Jakarta. He fought against corruption, raised the standard of living and did many many other initiatives. The people love him. But in doing so, he attracted many enemies. His enemies have tried anything from death threats, put him on trial of all kinds of accusations and even openly cast black magic spells on him. But all these have failed to bring him down because he relies on God’s protection. His name is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (aka Ahok).
[the protest begins approx 12:30pm-1:00am EST] Thousands of Muslims will flood Jakarta and they aim to bring him down. The social media has photos of Muslims working house to house in the past few days trying to pinpoint where the christian homes are in order to prepare themselves with a list of targets. In 1998, a similar thing happened and thousands of homes were burned, churches destroyed, people dragged outside of their homes, raped and killed by a swarm of thousands.
Please pray for: 1. God to forgive the Muslims because most of them do not know what they are doing is wrong. 2. God to protect his churches and believers throughout Jakarta and Indonesia as the threat has extended to cover the entire nation. Pray that no-one be raped, tortured or killed. 3. God to protect the Chinese minority that in the past usually becomes target of raping and killing during such mass violence. 4. God to break down the power of the devil that blinds the Muslims from the truth. 5. God to protect Ahok and his family 6. God to give Ahok wisdom as he did Daniel in the face of great threat 7. God to protect the president (Jokowi) who is trying to maintain order. Pray that Jokowi may be given power to calm the Muslim leaders and to maintain peace and order because the Muslim leaders have specifically threatened the government to stand back tomorrow.
Please pray…… Please pass this on to others so they too can pray….

Read this news article related to the situation surrounding the today’s protest in Jakarta. Indonesian Christians are very concerned for what they see happening in their nation. Be their VOICE! Share this report and encourage others to pray with you.

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RELATED:

Indonesia on High Alert as Muslim Hardliners plan protest rally against Jakarta’s Christian Governor

URGENT UPDATE: Serious Concerns for American Christian Couple Detained in Turkey

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(Voice of the Persecuted) received an update on American Christians, Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine’s situation as of late Friday, October 21.  Turkish officials arrested and detained the couple on October 7 in the coastal city of Izmir on grounds of conducting activities constituted as “national security risks”.

Norine and Andrew have been living in Turkey for 23 years, running a church with the full knowledge of the local authorities.  They were summoned to the police department on Friday, October 7, for what they assumed would be questions about their recent residency application.  Upon their arrival they were presented with a letter from Ankara labeling them a threat to national security and ordering their deportation.  They were immediately detained, their phones were confiscated, and they were completely isolated from the outside world.

The authorities denied repeated requests from their lawyers, the US State Department, and friends to see them or communicate with them in any way.  They were explicitly forbidden from having a Bible, and were not allowed to receive books or any change of clothes.  Andrew’s glasses and watch were taken away.  They were told that their government had forgotten about them and that “hopefully” they would be deported, suggesting that they might simply disappear and never be heard from again.

Norine was released after 12 days (Oct. 19) and verbally told that all charges against her were dropped, but her lawyer has told her that is almost certainly not true given that nothing was put in writing.  She was allowed to see Andrew for half an hour on October 20, but was denied any access on October 21.  Apart from Norine, Andrew has had no contact with the outside world since October 7.

Norine and Andrew explicitly waived their right to protest the deportation, and yet there has been no deportation to date.  The right to legal counsel is guaranteed under Turkish law, and the right of the US State Department to visit detained US citizens is guaranteed by 36(1)(c) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which Turkey has ratified.  Both of these rights have clearly been violated.

At this point, the priority is to get Norine and Andrew safely out of Turkey, something entirely in keeping with the deportation order.  Norine’s current visa expires on November 10, and though she might be forced to leave at any time, she really does not want to leave the country without Andrew.  Norine is also concerned that her husband might be transferred from the current immigration center to a prison.  Prison in that environment is entirely different from prison in the United States, and often includes people disappearing and without ever being heard from again.

There are far more serious charges supposedly brought against them, but none of it in writing, and none of it with any semblance of transparency or accountability.  Those charges cannot be discussed openly, but Norine indicates that it’s difficult to overstate how dangerous the situation is.

The new objective is to see Norine and Andrew safely released from Turkey.  They are willing and ready to comply with the deportation order, and yet the authorities continue to hold Andrew.  Very little progress has been made through normal channels, so we will now start pressing the issue through Congress, through the media, and through the Turkish embassy.

It is time to press Turkey for Norine and Andrew’s rights to be restored.  If the objective was to deport them, why detain them and deny them rights guaranteed under both Turkish and international law?  Where are they being held and why have the charges not been stated in writing?  Why hold them in isolation and confiscate things like Andrew’s glasses?

As always, your continued prayers are much appreciated, and we know that God will cause good to come from this.

ACT NOW by

PRAYING and sharing this urgent prayer request:

  • Pray that Andrew would be released from detention
  • Pray that the authorities would not discriminate against Christians in Turkey;
  • Pray for religious freedom in Turkey.

 

(11/11/16 UPDATE:) At this time, due to ongoing negotiations, we are only sharing that Turkish authorities have released Norine Brunson. We request that prayer and fasting continue for her husband, Andrew who is still being detained. The Brunsons have been residents of Turkey for the past 20 years. Pastor Andrew Brunson had been leading the Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant congregation averaging 30 to 40 worshipers, in Turkey. We will share further updates, including how you can get involved if further action becomes necessary.

As always, your continued love, concern and prayers are much appreciated. We know that God will cause good to come from this. Andrew’s wife, Norine told Voice of the Persecuted that she is tremendously blessed to hear that a large network of prayer warriors are lifting her and husband in prayer, each day.

“Amazing.  Humbling.  Please pass on our gratefulness,” she added.

Your prayers are such an encouragement and make a difference to those suffering for Christ. Please continue to press in for this couple and their family.

  • Pray for Andrew and peace for his wife, Norine.
  • Pray the authorities would not discriminate against Christians in Turkey.
  • Pray for religious freedom in Turkey.

 

UPDATE (Dec. 15, 2016) American Pastor Andrew Brunson Wrongfully Imprisoned In Turkey

EVENT: 2016 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) Mark Your Calendars!

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Do you know in some parts of the world, it’s dangerous to be a Christian? Statistics say 100 million Christians face persecution daily. For them, at best, life is difficult. At worst, it’s a nightmare. Because in many countries, Christians are imprisoned—tortured—harassed—beaten—and even killed for their faith. So what can you do?

SPEAK UP against persecution—DEFEND those discriminated—HELP those in need—PRAY for those suffering.

PARTICIPATE: The IDOP event is a global day of intercession for Christians facing persecution worldwide. Its focus is to encourage the Body of Christ to intercede in prayer on behalf of our suffering brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the IDOP. Since it’s inception, the IDOP has grown substantially and today is observed in more than 100 countries across the world.

Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Director of World Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty Commission says it’s also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers.

Colossians 4:18

Remember my imprisonment…
Brothers and sisters, the cry of our persecuted family is always that we remember their imprisonment of their suffering.  The writer in Hebrews 13:3 tells us, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”
One way that we can remember of brothers and sisters is through prayer. The request of the suffering church in restricted nations is, please pray for us…pray with us.
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This coming November, individually and corporately, we will have an opportunity to join with millions of other believers around the world to lift up our persecuted family in prayer.  The first two Sundays in November (11/6 and 11/13) have been designated the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). We will host two 12-hour IDOP prayer conference calls. We invite you to join us as we unite in prayer for the persecuted. Lord willing we will hear reports from the front lines of those who work with the persecuted and are persecuted.

Mark your calendars!

Don’t miss this opportunity. Our prayers can accomplish much for our persecuted family.  We are reminded in James 5:16, the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Let us accomplish much for the persecuted in fervent, heartfelt prayer during the 2016 IDOP in November. Call information below.

Your brother in Christ, Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch

Participating Global Advocates

Persecution Watch

Voice of the Persecuted

International Orality Network (ION)
Global Prayer Resource Network 
Ethne

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2)

Prayer Surge Network

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists 
Asian Access 

Accord Network

PRINT/DOWNLOAD FLYER IDOP 2016 Prayer Conference Call (remember to also share with pastors, church members, prayer groups)

DATE:
Sunday November 6
Sunday November 13
Time:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time
6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain time
5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#

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Did God Hear Our Prayers? What We Can Do To Help Asia Bibi Now

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(Voice of the Persecuted) After one of the judges refused to take part and stepped down from the hearing of Asia Bibi’s final appeal on Thursday, it’s been postponed for an indefinite period. A letter has been written to the Chief Justice of Pakistan asking him to immediately appoint another judge to hear this case.

Bibi has been detained since 2009 when she was accused of uttering derogatory remarks against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. According to her husband after “drinking a glass of water from our village well”. Her Muslim co-workers believed she had defiled the well simply because she is a Christian. In Pakistan, Christians are often thought of as ‘unclean’ because of their faith. See Voice of the Persecuted’s interview with a persecuted Pakistani Christian describing the harsh discrimination they face.

Asia was sentenced to death in 2010 by the lower court, a decision which was upheld by the Lahore Court and then challenged in the Supreme Court.

Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan.

On the day of the hearing, the courtroom was overcrowded. For security reasons, Asia was kept from attending the hearing. Asia’s husband, Ashiq Maish was present in court along with some Christians to support him. Also present was Joseph Francis, National Director of CLAAS-PK (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement) who had been following the case. According to Francis, security was very heavy and thousands of security troops had been deployed in Islamabad. Hundreds were deployed outside the court as several Islamic groups demanded Asia’s execution. They argued that a person charged with blasphemy deserves death and nothing less.

Bibi’s attorney, Saiful Malluck who is also a Muslim, has claimed he’s received death threats on several occasions. He also heard reports that the exetremists Muslims of Laal Masjid (Red Mosque, Islamabad) announced ‘whoever supported Asia Bibi, will also be considered blasphemous‘. Malluck requested the government of Pakistan to take notice of the threat and provide him protection.

Last year, Malluck claimed the Pakistani government was solely responsible for situation. He said,

“Many legal requirements have been ignored in the case of Asia Bibi, the only woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The authorities must put aside religious sentiments and verify the facts, first. However, they are subject to the influence of religious fundamentalists and do not stop the militants from attacking those accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, or setting fire to their homes.”

Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, the attorney for the complainant against Bibi, was also present in court with dozens of clerics and Muslim supporters, opponents of her release.

Nasir Saeed, Director of CLAAS-UK, told Voice of the Persecuted, “Although the hearing has been adjourned I’m still very hopeful that at the next hearing the charges against Asia will be dropped and she will be freed by the Supreme Court.”

He added, “But I am also scared that there can be tremendous repercussions for the Christians whether her conviction is overturned or upheld. If her conviction is upheld, then she can appeal to the president of Pakistan. “Undoubtedly pressure will be further built by Islamists groups and if, God forbid, her appeal is rejected by the president of Pakistan then she will become the first person to be executed for blasphemy in Pakistan. Also if charges are dropped and she is freed, there will be huge protests in Pakistan by the Islamists and Christians’ properties and lives will be at risk.”

He concluded, “It is very important that the government takes this matter seriously and takes security measures before the appeal hearing, not just in Islamabad but throughout the country and particularly in Punjab.”

As well as shelter and financial support for the victims and their families.

ACLJ shared that international pressure is clearly working. That it’s time to keep increasing the pressure. No one should be put to death for their faith and this vile violation of human rights must be stopped. Join with the 526,299 others supporting our sister by signing the urgent petition for Asia’s release here.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8

DON’T BE SILENT! Your voice, our voices collectively, CAN make a difference by calling out for the freedom and release of our sister, Asia Bibi. Take action now by signing the petition, help by informing everyone about Asia’s case using your VOICE through conversations, at church, email and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Contact your elected officials to pressure the Pakistani government to quickly hear her case, acquit, release and safely transfer her and the family to France where she has been given honorary citizenship. Do all these things, but most importantly PRAY and encourage others to pray with you, for Asia and for Pakistan. 

Note from Voice of the Persecuted’s Prayer Director, Blaine Scogin:

My Brothers and Sisters, by now you have heard that Asia Bibi’s case was not heard by the Pakistani Supreme Court. Perhaps some may wonder were our prayers in vain, or did Satan gain the upper hand here?  I would say a resounding “NO”. I believe we were praying God’s heart for our sister, Asia. What we must now do is rest in God’s will. That He will bring good out of this, that is what the promise of Romans 8:28 is all about. We must trust that God’s acceptable, good, and perfect will is being worked out.   This outcome in our sister’s case does not surprise God. He knew what was going to happen even before this trial started. We must trust in this. We must trust that God is still in control. Indeed when did He ever lose control? I want a thank those of you who came on the prayer call to pray united for Asia, her family, Pakistani Christians and the nation of Pakistan. I want to thank you for pouring out your heart to our Lord Jesus on behalf of our sister.  We will continue to pour out our hearts and cry out for her release. But we will also continue to trust that God’s perfect will to be worked out in her life. We will continue to trust that God will do what will glorify Him in the life of our sister, Asia Bibi.

Your brother in Jesus, Blaine

Know that there is power in prayer and that GOD hears our cries for the persecuted. HE is mighty to save. TRUST and BELIEVE!

L. Kanalos, VOP Founder/Advocate

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