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VOP Aid to Pakistani Christian families during Covid-19 pandemic

Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) received reports from our Pakistani correspondent of numerous cases where poor Christians had been asked by Muslim charities to denounce Jesus and accept Islam in exchange for food packages during the Covid-19 crisis. It’s immoral that Pakistan’s religious minorities, often the most vulnerable in the society, are targeted for more abuse during a pandemic. The crisis has put them at an even greater risk of being discriminated against and persecuted solely for their faith.

In April, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) shared they were troubled by the reports of food aid being denied to religious minorities amid the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan.

In a recent address by Prime Minister Khan to the international community, he highlighted that the challenge facing governments in the developing world is to save people from dying of hunger while also trying to halt the spread of COVID-19. This is a monumental task laying before many countries. Prime Minister Khan’s government has the opportunity to lead the way but they must not leave religious minorities behind. Otherwise, they may add on top of it all one more crisis, created by religious discrimination and inter-communal strife”, added USCIRF Commissioner Johnnie Moore.

These actions are simply reprehensible,” stated USCIRF Commissioner Anurima Bhargava. “As COVID-19 continues to spread, vulnerable communities within Pakistan are fighting hunger and to keep their families safe and healthy.  Food aid must not be denied because of one’s faith. We urge the Pakistani government to ensure that food aid from distributing organizations is shared equally with Hindus, Christians, and other religions minorities.”

Pakistan’s economic and social structure is ill-equipped to deal with a pandemic like Covid-19. While the country was in strict lockdown people were unable to work with many Christian laborers unable to feed their families. With little choice, they sought help from charities who misused the situation to forcefully convert people to Islam. That’s when Voice of the Persecuted stepped in to help over 20 families with basic food necessities. We were able to identify impoverished families in Lahore and set out to cover them with food packages during the lockdown.

Our Pakistani representative, Akash Mushtaq, delivered food parcels and spoke with people on the ground. Akash asked Rafiq Masih how he has managed during the coronavirus lockdown.

“We have been very helpless. We have asked for help from government assisted charities and they have turned us down. Many Muslim charities have denied us food because of our Christian names. When they read Masih as our surname, they deny food.”

Many Christians are honored in writing Masih meaning “Christ” in English as their surname.

Shamim, a mother of five, told Voice of the Persecuted,

“I work as a maid in different households and I was able to earn about $200 a month. It was not enough for a family of seven people but we are thankful for whatever we have. Since the lockdown, I have not been allowed to enter homes and I cannot earn. My children are asking for food and clothes and I cannot provide for them. Many Muslims come to offer food if we convert to Islam. We are hungry but not faithless.”

A special thanks to our Pakistani representative for dedication, hard work and a loving heart. A huge thank you to those who have been supporting our work and making these missions possible. Your caring hearts mean more than you will ever know. They give thanks to God for answering their prayers through your gifts.

To contain the virus, Pakistan has decided to reimpose a partial lockdown and sealed off high risk residential areas across the country. The Punjab government decided to impose a ‘smart lockdown’ on seven major cities – Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Sialkot, and Gujrat – to cut down the sharp increase in infections. In Lahore, the partial lockdown started Tuesday at midnight with the other six cities went under restriction on Wednesday.

Voice of the Persecuted is asking for your help to distribute food packages to more needy Pakistani Christian families in the newly restricted lockdown areas. Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate their suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope. Please consider partnering with us to continue aiding our suffering brothers and sisters in Pakistan during this time of great need.

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Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!

Please keep the people of Pakistan in your prayers, particularly Pakistani Christians as they continue to battle the crisis while searching for basic food supplies to care for their families.

Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call for the Persecuted- Colombia

Thursday, 6/4/2020 – Colombia

Population: 49.9 million, Christians 47.2 million

Church leaders are harassed, extorted and even murdered by guerrillas or other criminal groups, such as ELN = National Liberation Army and FARC = Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia. This violence is often the direct result of Christians working for the defense of human rights or supporting a peace agreement that would restrict illegal activities of militant groups. The violence may also stem from Christians who work for environmental rights, working with youth or who denounce corruption and violence.

In addition to this, Colombia is the hub of drug trafficking. Think of drug lords, the Cocaine business its violence

In indigenous communities, there is a significant opposition toward Christian missionaries and indigenous converts, who, as a result, face imprisonment, physical abuse and the confiscation of property, among other forms of punishment. In addition, because of rising secularism, there is an increasing intolerance to Christian references and religious opinions in the public sphere—especially about issues concerning life, family, marriage and religious liberty—because they are considered discriminatory and “hate speech.”

Colombia rose six spots in the 2020 World Watch List from 2019. This is primarily due to increased pressure from criminal and ethnic groups and the increase in the number of Christians killed and church buildings attacked.

Church leaders are being threatened, harassed, extorted and even murdered as a result of the violence perpetrated by guerrillas or other criminal groups who are often protected due to corruption of the local authorities. Sometimes the violence is directed toward the church leaders’ families and entire communities to discourage anyone wanting to convert to Christianity. Christians are also ridiculed when they attempt to participate in public debate especially concerning gender, marriage and abortion. Political parties and ordinary citizens reject faith-based opinions and try to enforce agendas that contradict Christian values. Indigenous people who convert to Christianity and missionaries risk imprisonment, torture and the confiscation of property.

In August 2019, the Constitutional Court ruled that the scope of protection for the respect of Christian public personalities is not guaranteed in the same way as for those exercising the right to freedom of expression to criticize them. According to the ruling, freedom of expression must be protected even if the expressions aired diminish the reputation of Christians, just because they are publicly known.

13% OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS HAVE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS. Attacks on religious leaders across the country are widespread. A recent study by the Bogotá mayor’s office found that over the past three years 12.6% of religious leaders in Bogotá have received death threats, 4.1% have faced extortion and 3.9% have been threatened with kidnapping. The that is just Bogota, the rest of the country?

The pastor of Nueva Filadelfia Church was assassinated on September 16 outside his home in Antioquia, forcing his wife and five adult children to flee the village in fear. The families of religious leaders have also been targeted.

This year alone, Christians in Buenaventura, a Colombia port city, have seen eight violent attacks against Christianstwo churches shattered, one murder and multiple cases of threats, extortion and abuse.

  • Pray to the Lord for a government that will bring peace and stability to the nation.

 

  • Pray against the corruption in government agencies that fail to protect their citizens from spiritual and physical harm.

 

  • Pray for protection of Christian communities in areas with a high guerrilla presence, such as Catatumbo, Arauca, Cauca and Guaviare, as there are increasing incidents of religious persecution.

 

  • Pray that the church will remain strong in the midst of violent scenarios, that the preaching of the Word will not cease, and that the violent will be led to repentance. According to the Open Doors Colombia research department, more than half of the believers in rural areas of conflict zones are threatened with death, extortion, bans on evangelism and constant surveillance.

 

  • May God strengthen all those who follow the gospel, even in the most hostile circumstances.

 

  • Pray for discernment and wisdom for the leaders of tribal Christian churches who face persecution, torture, imprisonment and violence every day. Pray that Christian leaders will stands strong in faith.

 

  • Pray against the guerilla groups who lure children into their ranks with promises of cash and weapons.

 

  • Pray that NGOs supporting Christians will continue to provide all the needed support to embattled pastors and leaders.

 

  • Pray believers are bold to share the gospel and that your hand of protection is over them.

 

  • Pray that the Lord will protect and build His Church despite the hostile environment.

 

Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for Leah Sharibu and pray that they will be set free. And also pray for pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison and pray for Anita, a Christian convert recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for sharing the Gospel in Iran.

You are invited to join us on Thursday on a prayer call for the persecuted church.

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

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

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. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. 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.

 

 

Tonight on Persecution Watch: The Coronavirus Panic

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, the 2019 novel coronavirus, officially named as Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has now spread to 37 countries, according to the CDC. More than 80,000 have been infected globally, with at least 2,700 deaths, including nearly 78,000 cases in China, along with the majority reported death toll. The epidemic is alarming public health authorities and citizens across the globe. Authorities are working hard to contain the spreading of the virus and scientists are doing fast-track research for Coronavirus Treatment and Vaccine.

This Covid-19 is much like influenza, both are respiratory viruses. The symptoms include cough, fever, and pneumonia. To learn more about the virus, it’s symptoms and prevention, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.

The (WHO) reports,

“Given that COVID-19 is a new disease, it is understandable that its emergence and spread cause confusion, anxiety and fear among the general public. These factors can give rise to harmful stereotypes.

Stigma can: • drive people to hide the illness to avoid discrimination • prevent people from seeking health care immediately • discourage them from adopting healthy behaviors

Such barriers could potentially contribute to more severe health problems, ongoing transmission, and difficulties controlling infectious diseases during an infectious disease outbreak.

We have an important role to play in preventing and stopping stigma. We need to be intentional and thoughtful when communicating on social media and other communication platforms.”

Italy, my native country, has a total of 283 coronavirus confirmed cases as of 25 February. The country also reported 7 deaths. Stunned by Europe’s biggest surge of the coronavirus and what I’m hearing from my relatives, it appears Italy is operating in near panic mode. Whole communities have been quarantined. Though there is not a food shortage, people are on a rampage to clear out markets and grocery stores. Also, there are sad stories of healthy people from infected regions and those of Asian descent being stigmatized and even attacked as if the virus was their fault. While speaking to one of my very concerned family members, who is an unbeliever, I relayed that we should be crying out to the Lord, the One who can perform miracles and asked my relative to consider that. The next day he shared that he looked at himself in the mirror then called out, “God help me!” As the Church, we need to share the Lord with unbelievers at every opportunity. They need Him!

As newly infected cases, deaths, and the global spreading of the Coronavirus are reported, fear and panic is growing around the world, this week.

It is for this reason that I’m calling all Prayer Warriors, and I urge you to pray in the Spirit.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  Ephesians 6:18

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

* Pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters from the Coronavirus all over the world, that they will trust Jesus and not grow weary.

* Pray for healing of the believers who are currently affected by the virus in USA, China, Italy and around the world. Pray that they would respond well to treatment and that they would recover quickly.

* Pray the Kingdom harvest, that our brothers and sisters all around the world will show the love of Christ, God’s hope and salvation in the Lord to the lost who are sick or consumed by fear for the outcome.

* Pray for them not to be afraid but trust in the Lord.

* Pray that missionaries will be able to reach those who do not know the Lord.

* Pray that the lost will turn away from their sins, repent and choose to follow Christ as their Savior.

* Pray for jailed pastors & believers in China as news of coronavirus outbreaks in the prison systems of at least 3 provinces (Hubei, Zhejiang, and Shandong) surfaced. Ask God to give grace to prisoners across the nation.

* Pray for all of those being kept under quarantine globally that God would bring them peace until they can return or leave their homes.

* Pray for the medical workers across the world fighting this virus. Pray that they would remain safe and strong while they carry out this vital work.

* Pray that God will protect the nations and stop the virus spreading further.

* Pray for authority figures working to combat the spread of the virus. Pray that they will be kind, wise, and that their efforts will be fruitful.

* We will continue to lift up our dear precious Leah Sharibu and Alice who continue to suffer as captives of the Islamic Boko Haram group in Nigeria.

* and for Pastor Wang Yi from China, who has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for boldly sharing the love of God.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik & Merlaine Smokes, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderators

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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

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. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. 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 and join the team!

Join the Prayer Team to serve the Persecuted Church

Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

(Voice of the Persecuted) Blaine Scogin began Persecution Watch, a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets three times a week via a free call-in service.

Blaine joined Voice of the Persecuted in 2014 and began serving as our Prayer Director. At this time, the two missions merged. Blaine was also active in serving to meet the immediate physical and spiritual needs of our suffering brothers and sisters through the Voice of the Persecuted mission. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of Voice of the Persecuted. With the passing of our dear brother into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated prayer warrior team.

During the call, the team lifts up the persecuted to cover them in much needed prayer. We pray for individuals, communities and entire nations experiencing extreme persecution. We host the conference call on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern. (Please check your time zone.)

Periodically, we host special prayer call events lasting anywhere from a few to 24 hours for open prayer. On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better perspective of the situation persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit-led prayer.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers from other nations who want to pray united. 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 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.

Be a part of the mission to serve the Lord and the Persecuted Church. We can all be prayer warriors on this call. JOIN THE TEAM!

By signing up below, you will receive prayer points for each weekly call, urgent prayer requests, information for Special Prayer Call events and guest speakers. If you’re not able to participate on every call, we ask that you will pray for those listed in the prayer point emails.

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

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

 

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive prayer points. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch Prayer Call mission.

To those signing up for the Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) prayer team: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted.

Please forward this communication to your church, prayer groups and others who will pray.

 

Call Information:

Tuesday, Thursday and 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#

Tonight on Persecution Watch: CHINA Prayer and Praise Reports

People in Chinese park-Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Author: Pvt pauline

Dear Saints, my heart rejoices as I hear testimonies of our dear Brethren in China.

11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

I received the following message from my dear sister in Christ, Angelica,j

Brothers and sisters,

I thought you might be interested in the current situation of Wuhan.

A few months ago, a pastor I know, along with church members, was preaching the gospel on the streets of Wuhan. He kept on street preaching even when Christians were not encouraged to share the Gospel. But nothing stopped them from proclaiming the Gospel, not even the plague.

Now it is the 10th day since the city has been separated by quarantine, and protective masks are the most valuable thing in Wuhan. Money is useless because you can’t find a store that sells the masks. People are in a desperate situation. In response, our brothers and sisters preach the gospel and give out tracks and free masks. They are sharing the word of hope and comfort from God. They have become more and more favored in the city, even in the authorities’ eyes.

These churches in Wuhan keep themselves away from all the rumors and political issues, they just do what a true Christian should do in this situation: preaching Gospel and being wittiness of true peace and true hope that comes from Jesus Christ in front of the non believers who are in panic and hopelessness.

A police officer came to one sister, listened to the gospel, and left with the track and mask happily. After a while, another police officer arrived, heard, and left with the tract and a mask also. Shortly, the first one came back saying another officer would like one too. Soon four more officers came! They are the ones who used to be concerned about the message. But now they came to Christians for help, and they bow down to our God.

The yellow (Christians wearing yellow suits for protection) has become the most beautiful color in the city. Christian gained the respect that they never had because of their willingness to risk their health to serve.

I thank God for their witness and full of joy for our Lord’s amazing work.

Please put them into your prayers. Lots of them are overloaded. Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive. For they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ. The opening may go soon.

Your brother, P. Z.

Our brother is asking for us to pray, it has been our privilege to pray for them!

–  Continue to plead with God for the lives of the people of Wuhan. Ask God for mercy on China as they battle the coronavirus. Ask God to strengthen his church to be salt and light at this dark time.

Lots of them are overloaded. Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive. For they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ. The opening may go soon.

– This week pray for the church in China to take hold of their identity as God’s children.

– Pray the church in China will trust in the Father’s providential care & learn to entrust themselves fully to God.

– Pray the church in China will see more of the Father’s goodness and kindness and learn to trust him in suffering.

– Pray the church in China will submit to the Father’s discipline knowing that he disciplines those he loves.

– Pray the church in China will learn to delight in the Father as the Father delights in them in Christ Jesus.

– Pray the church in China will live out their lives that bring honor to the Father & not grieve him.

– Pray the church in China will never stop wondering at the depth of the Father’s love for them in giving his only son. May this be their constant praise to him.

– We will lift up two persecuted witnesses for the Lord and continue to pray for Leah Sharibu on this 4th day of two weeks of prayer for her. February 19th marks two years of her captivity by the Boko Haram. We also pray for Alice another Christian captive of the Boko Haram. Pray that this year will be the year where they will be set free. Remember and pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison in China.

If you are so led by the Spirit please join us tonight. Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you..

In Christ Love your sister,

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Leader

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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

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. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. 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 and join the team!

Pray for Leah Sharibu #FreeLeah

This teenage girl still suffers as a captive of the Islamic Boko Haram group in Nigeria. They call her an infidel, an unbeliever, beneath them and deserving of punishment. They say she will be their ‘slave for life’.

Why, what has she done? In the face of evil, this young girl refuses to recant her faith in Christ and convert to Islam…come what may.

Our ‘sister’ is in chains for Christ. Pray as if you were held captive with her, as you would want others to pray for you. #FreeLeah #Pray4Leah

Merry Christmas from the Voice of the Persecuted Team

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:12-14(KJV)

Rejoice! In the name of the Lord, Rejoice!

In the words of Corrie Ten Boom, “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”

The true joy of Christmas is in the everlasting love of Christ.

All over the world, persecuted believers are worshiping God for the greatest gift ever given to mankind. They count their suffering worthy to be in Him as part of the Body of Christ. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, please take a moment to remember and pray for those who are suffering in the name of Jesus.

This Christmas, let us reflect not on the trials, but on all God’s blessings in our lives. Let us praise the Lord for His faithfulness to give hope to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, bring liberty to captives and life to the lost. We thank God for comforting all who mourn, giving them strength and peace instead of mourning, and the ability to praise instead of a spirit of fainting. He is always with us in the storm.

Though nothing we could ever give or do will compare to the rescue mission of Christ, because of your prayers and faithful support, persecuted believers have been given hope. From all of us at Voice of the Persecuted and on behalf of persecuted believers, thank you for standing with us in the mission! We pray for the Lord’s guidance and the ability to do more in the coming year.

To all our persecuted brothers and sisters, our advocates and workers in the field, to all friends of Voice of the Persecuted—and to you who have supported our ministry and make it possible for us to care for our persecuted family… MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all through the year.

From all of us at the Voice of the Persecuted, God bless you!

Voice of the Persecuted

Tonight on Persecution Watch: China, Burma and India (12/21/19)

 

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear prayer warriors, the Lord is manifesting His power all over the world. The enemy knows it and like a roaring lion he is enraged and on a rampage to devour any one who is rejecting the love of God. However, he was given no power to touch any of the Lord’s elect!

(John 3:17-21) “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

Now more then ever we are experiencing how close we are to the end. With the Lord’s leading, we will lift up the Church in the following nations on tonight’s prayer call.

China: Crackdown on Christianity Ramps Up 

Myanmar (Burma): Rebels Who Closed More than 100 Churches Allow 51 to Reopen

India: Christians Face Increased Persecution as Christmas Nears

I welcome you dear one’s to come as God’s Spirit leads you to intercede for our brothers and sisters and for the global harvest!!!

In Christ Love

Nadia Dybvik 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 has 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 serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.

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.

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