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U.S. Muslim stokes violence against Coptic Christians

Some of the most vicious incitement against Christians in Egypt originates from a petite Egyptian woman sitting at a computer in her home in a quiet suburb of New Jersey, reports Coptic Solidarity.

It is not as though Egypt’s Muslim community needs any encouragement to go after Coptic Christians, but Arat (Ayat) Oraby does her part, calling the Copts a “gang” that needs to be boycotted and subjugated.

“The problem of the Christians in Egypt is that they follow the church gang,” she wrote. “They believe that (Coptic Pope) Tawadoros the criminal, or any other criminal who will replace him, was selected by the Lord and speaks on His behalf. The church gang deceives its followers in this despicable way, just like a thief or a swindler from the Middle Ages.”

She often refers to Christians as “Nazarenes,” as they are called in the Quran and by ISIS, and tells Egyptians to boycott Coptic businesses and buy only from fellow Muslims.

A Coptic priest was murdered on the streets of Cairo last week by a young Muslim, the latest in a string of murders and church bombings that began more than a year ago.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism Thursday naming Oraby as the head of the spear when it comes to inciting violence against Egypt’s Christian community. Read More 

‘Shocking’: Cradle of Christianity on the Verge of Collapse as Turkey Turns Northern Syria into Deat

Screen capture—CBN

By Chris Mitchell—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to continue an assault that has turned parts of northern Syria into a death zone. Erdogan made his announcement just days before a scheduled White House meeting with President Donald Trump. Erdogan’s invasion, which he calls “Operation Spring Peace,” seeks to create a so-called “safe zone” completely free of the Kurds, a US ally in the fight against ISIS. — Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers  on the front lines and told CBN News that “there has been constant fighting since the invasion” despite reports of Turkey agreeing to a cease-fire.

“There’s never been a cease-fire, not one day. Airstrikes by drones, regular airstrikes, artillery, mortars, Turkish tanks. I mean shooting right at us,” he explained.

Eubank says the United States’ decision to leave the area left a vacuum on the battlefield.

“Once we stepped back – whom? – here came the Turks and the Free Syrian Army, most of who were jihadis. And they fled, they ran for their lives, there were 300,000. Massive ethnic cleansing that now America is a part of. And it’s not completely genocide because no one’s hanging around to be killed, because they know they will be killed,”

Eubank has watched Turkey’s NATO army work side by side with virtual terrorists. Read more

 

Tonight on Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call (Nov.9, 2019)

My Brothers and Sisters,
Our dear Brother Blaine Scogin, Persecution Watch Founder, shared of a dear sister in Christ who suggested 7 ways to pray for the persecuted Church. Or as Open Doors would say to pray with the persecuted church. I realize how valuable these prayer points are as we intercede for our brothers and sisters through their sorrow, trials and tribulations. As The Lord leads me to moderate the call tonight, I invite you to join me.

Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you.

Your sister in Christ,

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Moderator

Come as you are to the call. We will let God lead us in the Spirit and not be limited to these 7 points.

1. Pray that they will experience God’s presence and peace.

2. Pray that they will remain joyful in the midst of their suffering.

3. Pray that they remain grounded in God’s Word and grow in their faith.

4. Pray that they have opportunities to share the Gospel with God-given boldness and courage.

5. Pray that their activities are hidden from authorities or others who may want to harm them.

6. Pray that the Holy Spirit enables them to forgive and love their persecutors.

7. Pray that the Lord would work in the hearts of those who are persecuting the Church, bringing them to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

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Girls, Staff Members Kidnapped from Christian-Run High School Released

Engravers’ College sign in Kakau Daji village, Chikun County, Kaduna state, Nigeria. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Six girls and two staff members from a Christian-run high school in north-central Nigeria have been released after torture and payment of a ransom, according to local reports.

The girls and staff members kidnapped at gunpoint on Oct. 3 in Kaduna state from Engravers’ College in Kakau Daji village, Chikun County near Kaduna city, were released by their Muslim Fulani captors on Oct. 26, one of girls’ parents told Nigerian reporters.

“Several people prayed in churches and mosques,” Ohemu Fredrick told reporters. “Through their prayers, God brought us help. God used a former governor of Kaduna state to assist us.”

Fredrick did not disclose the former governor’s name or the ransom amount. He said the former official offered the children and staff members free medical treatment, as the hostages were reportedly tortured each time the kidnappers called the parents so they could hear their screams, according to another parent whose identity was withheld.

That parent reportedly said that after the kidnappers set them free, police picked them up and dropped them off near a toll gate about five kilometers (three miles) from the city center.

Suspected to be herdsmen who have carried out numerous kidnappings and attacks in southern Kaduna state, the armed Fulani invaded the school at 12:20 a.m.

Shunom Giwa, vice principal of Engravers’ College, previously told Morning Star News that initially five armed herdsmen appeared at the door of his house and spoke with each other in the Fulani language. Others with the school’s vice principal arrived shortly after they told him to lie down, and Giwa escaped, he said.

The school, which is open to both Christian and non-Christian students, has a secular curriculum in accordance with Nigeria’s Ministry of Education but includes a Christian perspective, and students take Christian Religious Knowledge as a subject, an official told Morning Star News.

The school has a student population of 100, with rampant insecurity in the state compelling some parents to withdraw their children from the school, Giwa said.

The village lies in the kidnapping belt of the state and is on the route to Kwanti village, where Morning Star News last year reported the displacement of many Christians due to kidnappings by armed Fulani Herdsmen, according to area residents.

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

Tonight on Persecution Watch: Can you pray for those most deem UNWORTHY?

(Voice of the Persecuted)Recently there has been a lot of movement between Syria and Turkey.   A decades old war resurfaced as Turkey declared war on the Kurds desiring to establish border control and push the Kurd’s back even further.  Soon after Turkey declared a temporary cease fire but not in time to stop prison doors from opening, refugee camps from emptying and releasing ISIS operatives who had been captured and detained—including thousands of ISIS Brides and their children.

For the women of ISIS, it is a desperate situation and one that’s proving very complicated for them.  Most of these women came to the region by way of marriage and the promise of a holiday with their husbands only to find themselves deceived, far from home or help—trapped.  Instead of being with the man they thought they knew, they were in the hands of ISIS.

It’s complicated because no one wants to help them and for good reason.  They are in danger and many of them are dangerous.  Suspicion follows their every move.  Nations are uneasy about bringing these women and their children home.  Refugee camp aid workers approach them with great caution because their colleagues have been attacked by them.  Typically. they are kept in secure areas set apart in the camps. Some loyal to ISIS have befriended other women only to turn on them. With their guard down, the unsuspecting friend or their young daughters are abducted and sold to become ISIS brides.

Desperate, complicated and messy.  But this is exactly what the Bride of Christ excels in when we come together to pray. Staring down the face of evil by penetrating the enemies camp thru the power of prayer and the spoken word God!

Tonight, would you join us as we come together to do just that on behalf of these desperate women and children.  There are tens of thousands who are war torn and battle weary, deceived and lost.  Your prayers have a powerful impact on the lives of those who you pray for.

…And I, I’m desperate for you

…And I, I’m lost without you

Michael W Smith, Song, “This is the air I breath”

Let’s pray that the word’s of Michael W Smith song become reality, a ballad song for the Brides of ISIS and their children. Jesus said to His Bride, the Bride of Christ…”But take heart; I have overcome the world!”…and because of this we have the Victory! Jesus wins, every time!

Join us tonight as we pray!

Sister Leigh

See tonight’s Prayer Points below

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Prayer Points

Satan has twisted the truth through the teachings of Mohammad and Islam.  God has a plan for redemption for each of these women’s lives.

  • 🙏​ Let’s Pray for these lost souls, the Brides of ISIS. Pray that they will discover the unconditional love of the Father thru faith in Jesus Christ and be set free from the oppressive lies found in the Quran.  Pray that they will find courage and hope in the Gospel message and take on a new identity as followers of Jesus as they become part of the Bride of Christ and not fall back into a yoke of slavery as the Word of God warns. It is for Freedom that Christ has set us Free and whom the Son sets Free is Free indeed!

You may recall as President Trump announced to the nation that we had captured and killed the most wanted, horrifically notorious leader of ISIS, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi. The President spoke to the nation and world mentioning several of those who died at the hands of al-Baghdadi. One of those was Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona. Kayla was taken captive 2013 in Aleppo, Syria. She was tortured, raped and forced to marry al-Baghdadi. Kayla never gave up hope that she would be set free and able to return home. But tragically, she was caught in a raid on one of al-Baghdadi’s camps. It was bombed and Kayla was killed. The work of a missionary and aid worker is very dangerous. We as Christians believe who God has called to this type of work and ministry, He also equips and enables them to do the work of compassion.

Currently ISIS Brides are typically held in gated areas of refugee camps because they have stoned and stabbed aid workers. Often, they raise the flag of ISIS in plain sight to intimidate the missionaries and aid workers. This of course has made it even more difficult for the them to reach out to these women. There’s also a real threat of being abducted due to limited security available for the workers or those who are being held in the camps. Imagine 40,000 refugees and the daunting task of maneuvering through the tents to help people and not knowing what you may encounter.

  • 🙏 Let’s pray for courage and discernment for each of these workers and that the very presence of God will go before them as they endeavor to help the ISIS Brides. Pray for courage and opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ.  Pray for their safety and for the provision and not only for those they are serving but for themselves as well. Pray that they have real tangible sense of success!  Pray that others will take up the call to serve and that God will make a way for them to reach these women, ISIS Brides.

The amount of abuse that the children of ISIS have gone through is heart wrenching. Most are fatherless and cling to their mothers. They have endured war and have been exposed to all kinds of tortures and abuses. Young children and teenagers have been indoctrinated into the lies of Islam. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

  • 🙏Let’s Pray that these precious children will not be lost to the deceits of Islam.  Pray that God will make a way for them to hear and receive the good news that Jesus loves them.  Pray that the lies they have been taught to hate will be undone and that they will know the truth and be set free.  Pray that the purpose of God for each of their lives will not be snuffed out but that He who has begun a good will work will complete it in them until the day of Christ.

Nations such as Canada have announced that repatriating ISIS Brides is NOT a priority. No-go zones cannot exist without the complicity of a host country.  Both repatriating and no-go zones are a muddied mess for the returning of ISIS Brides and rightfully so. Should Sharia Law supersede the constitution of the United States, no. Clear understanding of the matter coupled with a solution needs to rise out of this muddied mess.

  • 🙏Let’s Pray that the Church of Christ all around the world will step up and begin to tackle the challenge of the ISIS Brides and their children.  Pray that Christians will seek the Lord in prayer and in his Word for vision and fortitude.  Pray that governments will find a way to bring the women home justly.  Most agree that though these women may have been deceived, yet knew very well what they were involved in and that they must stand trial to face the consequences for their choices.  Pray that the church will step up and meet them – the ISIS Brides and their children in their hour of need.  It’s messy but with God not impossible!

Sadly, ISIS is still recruiting and regrouping for its next wave of terror. In the book of Numbers we are told that “…our sin will find us out”.

  • 🙏Let’s Pray that the plans of the enemy to create harm thru militant groups such as ISIS, the Brides of ISIS or any other terrorist organization will be uncovered and stopped.  Pray for the people who are in the military and law enforcement to be able to stay vigilant and informed of any evil plans and that they will be able to track down and capture militants and their leaders such as al-Baghdadi.  Pray for these militants that they too will come to faith in Jesus Christ and lay down their weapons of war for weapons of righteousness!

As we pray for the Persecuted, we also want to pray for the Harvest!  The terror created by Islam in countries has been massive and has created a wave of migration.   There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today.  This has the potential to be the largest Harvest the world has ever seen.  Is the church up for the challenge?

  • 🙏Let’s Pray for the missionaries, the laborers and the average Christian living out their life in their commutes would rise to the occasion and take up the challenge to tell a Muslim about the love of Jesus.  Let’s also Pray that God will touch the hearts and minds of his people and give us vision with which we can engage with the ISIS Brides and their children who are desperate for a way out.  Though the thief comes in the middle of the night to steal and kill and destroy, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly!”  Pray the Harvest is abundant beyond imagination!

Summary of Sunday’s Event and a Special Invitation for you

(Voice of the Persecuted) Last Sunday, a special event took place and we want to thank each and every one of you who were a part of it. We could never fully express what a joy it is to hear your voice as we speak and pray together in real time. It was a delight to hear one of the first time callers express excitement about praying with others for the persecuted on the call. We’ve included special letters written by the event moderators which they would like you all to read. But first, if you missed the event, we want to explain what it’s all about and share some of what took place. Annually, Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted team up together to host a Call-in Event in recognition of the IDOP, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The IDOP is scheduled for two Sundays in November. Those in the west normally observe on the first scheduled Sunday. This year, we chose Nov. 3, 2019 as an opportunity for all to join in a 12-hour conference call and pray united with us for the persecuted.

Why we do it…Scripture tells us to pray for one another and our suffering brothers and sisters ask us to pray for them. It’s always their number one request. Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) has partnered with Persecution Watch on many prayer call events for the persecuted church. What is the partnership between Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted? 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, Founder of Persecution Watch, 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. The prayer focus of the Persecution Watch mission compliments that of Voice of the Persecuted and has become an integral part of the VOP mission. Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, is also the Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted. We are blessed and consider all those who pray on this call, VOP’s Prayer Warrior Team!

Voice of the Persecuted brought a Pakistani brother to share some exciting news with those who joined the prayer call. He and his family fled from an extremely dangerous case of persecution in Pakistan. However, they found themselves caught up in the horrific situation of seeking asylum in Thailand. With a heart of compassion, this young man often risked his own safety to help care for others in the same situation. We had waited until the IDOP Call Event to share this praise report with the Prayer Team who had often prayed on and off the call for him. To protect his identity the Prayer Team knew him as Christian. On Sunday, we were thrilled to reintroduce him using his real name. He would like to continue working with Voice of the Persecuted to advocate and bring a light to the situation of Christians in Pakistan. We feel very blessed to have him as part of The VOP team.

From Nadia Dybik, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch 

I had been looking forward to being on the IDOP 12-hour Prayer Conference Call Event which took place this past Sunday. When the leaders of Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted asked if I would be willing to moderate on the call. I excepted with great excitement.

The Bible tells us to “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:3) I feel morally obligated to pray for my brothers and sisters who are persecuted for accepting Jesus as their Savior. They know their loved ones may shun and cut-off all communication, even attack them, when they decide to become a Christian. They realize the great risk of persecution yet are still willing to suffer. They understand that to follow and share Jesus with others may even cost their lives. The Lord has revealed himself to these dear ones and in their hearts there’s no turning back. Many go through unimaginable sufferings and persecutions simply because they will not deny Jesus. They ask us to pray for their endurance to overcome whatever trial they face. With all they go through, it amazes me that they also pray for us here in America!

Oh, what a privilege it was for me to be on the prayer conference call. To be obedient to God’s calling to serve Him, to know that we were in His presence as I moderated this call of prayer for the persecuted. Each time one of you joined in to pray with me, I rejoiced! It was so beautiful to hear the many Spirit led prayers lifted to the Lord for our persecuted brothers, sisters and their children. For missions and missionaries, leaders, nations and for each other. United, we praised God and Glorified His name!

It’s always encouraging when we hear from persecuted brothers and sisters who are invited to share on the call. We hear their voice; we ask them questions and we pray together with them. They often tell us that they were able to bear their sufferings because they felt our prayers sustaining them. We are so blessed to stand in the gap for our dear brothers and sisters.

What a joy to hear the good news of those whom we have prayed for are finally free. We prayed many times for our brother Raymond from Pakistan, whom we used to call Christian. I was so happy that I cried when I heard his voice again and to learn he was finally free! A Canadian Church chose to sponsor him with his mother and two brothers. They are finally starting a new life and freely able to worship our Father. May the HE be glorified!

Brother Blaine, Founder of Persecution Watch, often recites, ‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ found in James 5:16.  We recently learned that he is battling serious health issues and was in the Hospital. One of our many prayers was to have our dear brother back on the call. He not only was able to join but to pray on Sunday’s call. That prayer has been answered! You should have heard the fervent prayer of this faithful servant crying out to Him for the Persecuted Church. It is often through persecution, trials and afflictions that we get even closer to the Lord.

I often think how sad it is for any Believer who hasn’t experienced the Spirit-filled joy and glory of going at the foot of the Cross to pray. I can honestly tell you this, we do not go on the Call and expect our hearts not to be changed! The Lord said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Luke 10:2) You are welcome to join the prayer conference call every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday! Come faithful servant of the Lord.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik

From Leigh Murphy, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch 

Greetings to all of you,

Great are you, Lord!  You give life, you are love and you bring light to the darkness.  In the words of Blaine Scogin, the Founder of Persecution Watch and Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted, Brother Blaine shared that “God has given us powerful weapons that are not of this world.  We recognize those weapons as the Word of God and Prayer.

Imagine the power of using His Word as we pray.  Through the Holy Spirit, we can pray powerful prayers to uphold our persecuted family!  And, indeed this is truly what took place on Sunday’s 12-hour prayer call for the persecuted which was sponsored by Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted with its Founder and Advocate, Lois Kanalos.  People from all over the world assembled through the phone lines to pray together in one accord for our Brothers and Sisters who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  It was a powerful time of prayer and testimonies of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness!

I am deeply grateful and humbled to have had the chance to monitor a couple of those hours. Thank you to Lois and Blaine for trusting me with such a privilege!   May I encourage those of you who came on the call and those of you who continue to stand in the gap for the persecuted to look ahead to the coming new year- 2020 and consider igniting a fire within your church and community to take up the call and pray for the persecuted.  Ephesians 5:13-14 reminds us  “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.  This is why it is said:  “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”.

Today more than ever there is opportunity to expose the deeds of darkness and shine light on those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake.  Wouldn’t it be great if the numbers of prayer warriors increased so greatly in this upcoming year that our next IDOP call would simply overwhelm the phone lines!

To my Brothers and Sisters around the globe who suffer because of their faith in Jesus Christ, may I encourage you.  You are not forgotten.  We continue to pray for you and stand with you daily.  May you take comfort that He who began a good work in you, carry it on to completion until the day of Christ. As you trust in Him and turn your eyes upon Him and look full in His wonderful face, may the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!

To God be the glory!

In His service, Sister Leigh

We would also like to thank the moderators and prayer warriors for their love, compassion and devotion to pray for the Lord’s suffering church. You are such a blessing to more than you know. All for His glory, forever and ever!

We invite you to call in and join the Prayer Team on the Prayer Conference Call.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are 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.

Meet you on the call!

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#

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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

Available International IDOP Prayer Conference Call Connection

(Note: You may experience issues in your country. If you are unable to connect, try using the VoIP dialer available at this link. Dial a number from any of the countries listed at this link to connect to the conference call. In-app language support is available for select countries.

Religious Affairs Minister in Sudan Signals Freedom of Religion in New Era

(Morning Star News) – In another sign that Islamist elements hostile to Christianity in Sudan could be reined in, the minister of religious affairs has reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned.

Acknowledging that Christians were persecuted and endured “very bad practices” under the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir, Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr al-Din Mufreh on Sunday (Nov. 3) was quoted in International Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat as saying property stolen from Sudanese Christians would be returned through court proceedings.

Mufreh also had told media in September that confiscated church properties should be returned.

In Sunday’s article in which he invited expelled Jews to return to Sudan – as he had in September, drawing criticism from Muslim hardliners – Mufreh said that Christians and people of other beliefs are free to practice their faith in Sudan.

“They [Christians] are Sudanese, and their religion is heavenly with its values and beliefs,” Mufreh told Asharq Al-Awsat, saying that Christians have such a presence in Sudan that they should not be described as a minority.

Sudanese Christians hope the comments mark a sea change from the Islamist campaign of Bashir, ousted by the army on April 11 after widespread protests began in December 2018. Following the secession of South Sudan in 2011, Bashir had vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language.

Church leaders said Sudanese authorities have demolished or confiscated churches and limited Christian literature on the pretext that most Christians have left the country following South Sudan’s secession.

In April 2013 the then-Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Endowments announced that no new licenses would be granted for building new churches in Sudan, citing a decrease in the South Sudanese population. Sudan since 2012 has expelled foreign Christians and bulldozed church buildings. Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them in their effort to find other Christians.

After Bashir was deposed, military leaders initially formed a military council to rule the country, but further demonstrations led them to accept a transitional government of civilians and military figures, with a predominantly civilian government to be democratically elected in three years.

Christians are expected to have greater voice under the new administration. [They have been praying for a real change.] In September pastor Mobarak Hamaad, former head of the Sudanese Church Council, demanded that the transitional government return all church buildings, lands and properties wrongfully confiscated by the former regime.

Religious Affairs Minister Mufreh toldAsharq Al-Awsat his ministry would fight terrorism, extremism and takfiri notionspunishments for leaving Islam. He said Islamic State (IS) had no cells established in the country while acknowledging that members had likely entered.

The Sudanese Islamic Movement project has been defeated in political and community life thanks to the glorious revolution,” he told Asharq Al-Awsat, while acknowledging that a number of Islamist elements have begun trying to spread extremist ideas in Sudanese mosques.

“We will besiege these mosques with a serious discourse calling for moderation and the fight against extremism,” Mufreh told the Arabic-language news outlet.

Mufreh previously worked as a leader in the Al-Ansar Mosque in Rabak, south of Khartoum.

New Era?

The new government that was sworn in on Sept. 8, led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, an economist, is tasked with governing during a transition period of 39 months. It faces the challenges of rooting out longstanding corruption and an Islamist “deep state” rooted in Bashir’s 30 years of power.

Bashir, who came to power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989, faces charges of illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds. In Khartoum’s Kobar prison, he is charged with “inciting and participating in” the killing of protestors. In March 2009, the International Criminal Court indicted him for directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.

Hamad, the former chairman of the Sudan Council of Churches, has said that the government should recover all properties confiscated under the previous regime, including the Catholic Club and another building belonging to the Sudan Interior Church.

The Catholic Club, strategically located near the Khartoum International Airport, was turned into the headquarters of Bashir’s National Congress Party. The Sudan Interior Church building, used by the Khartoum International Church and other Christian organizations, was turned into offices for the notorious National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

On July 29, Chairman of the Military Council Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan issued a decision to amend the name of NISS to General Intelligence Service. The measure also froze Article 50 of the Law of Security Service, which had given NISS  broad powers of inspection and detention without cause, widely misused against Christians and political opponents.

Sudan fought a civil war with the south Sudanese from 1983 to 2005, and in June 2011, shortly before the secession of South Sudan the following month, the government began fighting a rebel group in the Nuba Mountains that has its roots in South Sudan.

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999.

Sudan ranked sixth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.

Please pray for Sudanese Christians.

Tonight on the Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call (Nov.5, 2019)

 

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Saints, I am constantly reminded of Jesus warnings to all of us believers.

9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:9-14

“3 Remember those in prison. Think of them as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering because of what others have done to them. You may suffer in the same way.” Hebrews 13:3

“Remember those who are suffering”

This is the reason why it is my heart’s desire to serve as a moderator for the Persecuted Watch Prayer Call.

If you are so led by the Holy Spirit, please join us as we facilitate tonight’s call. Please remember the chains of our brothers and sisters who are in the shadow of the cross.

Lord willing, I hope you will came and join Marlaine and I in prayer tonight.

Your sisters in Christ
Nadia Dybvik
Marlaine Smokes
Prayer Team Moderators

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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.

Meet you on the call!

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