Nearly 3,500 years ago God worked through Moshe (Moses) to liberate Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh in Egypt during the first Passover.
Ironically, what was said of that physical Exodus under Moses foreshadowed what would be seen visibly in our spiritual Exodus under Yeshua…
‘and I will deliver you from slavery to them,
and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm’ ~ Exodus 6:6
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April 7th marked 6 months since Turkey arrested American pastor, Andrew Brunson. It is unclear if there’s any movement on Andrew’s case. Andrew’s wife is asking for prayer. Please remember this brother and join the Voice of the Persecuted Prayer Team in lifting him to the Lord and believing for his release. Please remember his wife, Norine and their family when praying.
May all false evidence and testimony fall to the ground and may release come soon!
Pray that the Lord give Andrew favor with them with the men in his cell. They are very focused on all the differences (culture, language, religion, etc.). He is very alone.
Pray that the Lord will show me how to specifically encourage him at every visit and with every letter I write.
On April 16 (Easter Sunday!) Turkey will hold an important referendum. Please be in prayer for this country this week. We desire its blessing.
Please pray that the Lord will confirm to us very very clearly whether the things Andrew is hearing are from the Lord or from his own heart/mind. This is his big prayer request!!! THANK YOU!
(Voice of the Persecuted) Amid tight security, suicide bombers detonated explosives at two churches in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, when Christian remember the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
The terror group, ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the bombings that is said to have killed at least 36 at the time of this report. Nearly hundred have been injured and the death toll is expected to rise.
More than two thousand were in attendance when the first explosion took place during Palm Sunday service at St George (aka Mar Girgis) Coptic church in Tanta.
The second explosion detonated in front of the packed Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. The scene was described as chaotic with body parts blown off and scattered. The bomber was trying to enter the church but stopped by a two police officers who were killed in the blast.
Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria was at Saint Mark’s for Palm Sunday. He was to lead a portion of the mass, a first since he took office in 2012. Saint Mark’s had tight security measures in line with the arrival of Pope Tawadros II to the city. It is believed the second attack was meant to harm Pope Tawadros, but a church official claimed the Pope had already left the church before the blast occurred.
The Coptic community is once again devastated.
One Christian remarked,
‘This is evil and out of hateful heart for the followers of Christ.”
It being reported that the church in Tanta received threats over a week ago. Questions have been raised as to why the government doesn’t take security serious enough when it comes to protecting the Coptic minority.
In December, at least 25 people were killed and wounded 49 in a bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral. Many of the victims were women and children.
Please pray for our Egyptian brothers and sisters.
Two top American Senators have introduced a resolution in the US Senate urging Pakistan to release a Pakistani-Christian woman who is serving a jail term for alleged violation of the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.
Senators Rand Paul and Chris Coons on Tuesday introduced a resolution urging Pakistan to release Aasiya Noreen, commonly referred to as Asia Bibi, a mother of five from Nankana area of Punjab province who was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 and has been on death row since 2010. However, after an international outcry, the Pakistani Supreme Court stayed her execution.
The senators also asked Pakistan to reform the laws that have led to the targeting of religious minorities. “My heart goes out to Asia Bibi as she continues to endure her unjust imprisonment in Pakistan,” said Paul. “It’s time for Pakistan to immediately release Asia Bibi and put a stop to the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities,” he added. Read More
VOP note: Please remember and keep Asia in your prayers.
(Agenzia Fides) – “There are many little-known and never recounted incidents which occurred in the district of Kandhamal. Justice was denied to the most vulnerable and marginalized people such as Adivasi and Dalit Christians. The poor and the marginalized do not receive justice: this is a serious matter of concern for all of us if we want to save the Indian Constitution. The old saying is really true: Justice delayed is justice denied”: This is what A.P. Saha, a judge of the High Court of Delhi told Fides, presenting a new research on anti-Christian massacres that occurred in Orissa in 2008. The research, signed and published by two authors, lawyers Vrinda Grover and Saumya Uma, offers unusual and unpublished stories, revealing the shortcomings in managing justice to the victims.
Commenting on the publication, John Rebeka, activist for human rights, recalls the extent and the consequences of that campaign of violence: “Violence in Kandhamal severely affected women and children, obstructing the path of education. 600 villages were destroyed, 5,600 houses were looted, 295 churches and other places of worship, 13 schools, and homes for leprosy patients were destroyed. About 56,000 Christians of Kandhamal became homeless. The faithful were told that the condition in order to stay in that district was to become Hindus. This is the reality of the tragedy of Kandhamal”. “The judicial system is slow in ensuring justice for the minorities in the country”, said lawyer Ramachandran, invoking the “right to freedom of religion enshrined in Article 25 of the Indian Constitution”.
Speaking of her own research, lawyer Saumya Uma tells Fides: “Hindu fundamentalists have intimidated witnesses in courts, threatening them with death. There was no conducive atmosphere to release her testimony. As a result all the more severe cases, or with the highest number of defendants have been resolved with dismissal or aquittal. Currently the defendants move freely, while the innocent victims live in fear and hiddeness. This is the real situation in Kandhamal, nine years after the incident. Among Hindus and Christians in local communities we are yet to restore confidence and brotherhood”.
Lawyer Vrinda Grover, another author of the research, told Fides: “I have investigated the violence in Kandhamal: there are the responsibilities of the civil and judicial administration. The district administration was paralyzed for three or four days. No relief was brought to the victims. The victims, who fled into the forests, were deprived of minimum services, such as food and water”. The authors speak from a perspective that is not sectarian or communitarian, claiming to act “for human beings and humanity”. The two legal experts are launching the appeal to do justice, “re-opening the court cases on the victims of Orissa”.
(World Watch Monitor) Activists and representatives of the Croatian Baptist Church are urging the state not to deport Christian asylum-seekers to Iran, saying they could face serious consequences because of their faith, reports Balkan Insight.
Iran is known to be a country where living as a Christian is difficult, especially for those who have converted from Islam. It is ranked eighth on Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
Late last year, Iranian and European human-rights and religious-rights organisations urged the international community to hold the Iranian government to account over its treatment of Christian converts. In their letter, they detailed what they described as “a pattern” of treatment by the Iranian authorities that included arrests, interrogations, detention, raids on churches and harassment by security agents. They also mentioned the ongoing trial of four converts – including Youcef Nadarkhani, a church leader previously sentenced to death for apostasy.
Croatia is one of the nations that saw thousands of refugees and migrants cross its borders in 2015/2016 and remains a transit country, according to Amnesty International. Most refugees and migrants have set their eyes on going further West. And it is in the migrant camps of Europe, like the so-called former “Jungle” camp near Calais, where the Christian presence hidden in Iran is becoming visible.