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As per the BBC, this is

…..a video of the murdered Pakistani minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, in which he talks about his own assassination.

Mr Bhatti, a Christian, who was shot dead in the capital, Islamabad, had been calling for the abolishment of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.

The video, released by the group First Step Forum, is said to have been recorded four months ago.

I have nothing but respect for him and I believe he was buried today. When I think about our persecuted brothers and sisters, I am ashamed that sometimes, I can take it for granted that I can read my bible anywhere, I can go to church freely without fear of being killed, I can declare my love for Jesus without thinking that my house will be burned down. Lord forgive me!!

Please pray for Shahbaz’s family and friends at this difficuly time, especially those who have not come to faith in Christ, that his death may be a testimony… and lets not forget to pray for his enemies. I am also praying that through this, that somehow the gospel may be able to spread more.

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Please check this tune out!!!! Many Christians are being killed for their beliefs. Buy this track and it will go to “open doors” a charity that supports persecuted Christians.

Please remember our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers.

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“Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness.” – Andrew Murray

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” – Ephesians 6:18

Taken from The Voice of the Martyrs

VOM-USA Prayer Update for October 29, 2010

On Mon. Oct 25 2010 at 02:01 PM Moderator wrote:

PAKISTAN —- Court Delays Blasphemy Hearing — VOM Contacts

Asia Bibi and her attorney attended their scheduled hearing on Oct. 20, but the judge rescheduled the hearing for this Friday, Oct. 29, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Asia has been detained since June 2009, when she was charged with blasphemy. Continue to pray for Asia and her family, and pray that the charges against her will be dropped. Praise God for Asia’s faithfulness.

Psalm 23:1-5

CHINA — Police Detain Christian Attorney — China Aid Association

On Oct. 20, police detained Dr. Fan Yafeng, a prominent Christian lawyer and leader of the Chinese Christian Legal Defense Association, according to China Aid Association. A group of police reportedly entered Dr. Fan’s home last Wednesday and prevented him from leaving. When they blocked his exit, Dr. Fan struggled through the doorway. Police then shoved him and assaulted him, causing him to sprain his ankle. Police immediately took Dr. Fan to Shuangyushu Police Station in Beijing, and at last report he is still being held there. Authorities have provided little information about Dr. Fan, and his wife is very concerned as she struggles to negotiate with authorities. Pray that Dr. Fan will be released and that God will heal his injuries. Also pray that Dr. Fan’s testimony will draw his persecutors into fellowship with Christ.

Hebrews 10:35

TURKMENISTAN — Pastor Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison — Forum 18 News

On Oct. 21, Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of large-scale swindling, according to Forum 18 News Service. Pastor Nurliev, who leads the Light to the World Pentecostal church in Mary, Turkmenistan, was arrested two months ago after being accused of swindling money from several people in his congregation. Pastor Nurliev’s wife and many church members have insisted that the charges were fabricated to punish the pastor for his work with the unregistered church. The court also ruled that Nurliev be treated for a drug addiction while in prison. Believers vigorously deny that Pastor Nurliev is a drug addict in need of treatment but stress that he is diabetic. Pastor Nurliev’s wife and congregation are very concerned about his health. Pray that God will protect him and that he will receive proper treatment for his diabetes. Also pray that Pastor Nurliev’s family and church members will be strengthened during this time, and pray that his sentence might be reduced.

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Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness.” – Andrew Murray“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” – Ephesians 6:18   VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 11, 2010
 CHINA — Police Interrogate Christian Attorney — China Aid AssociationOn May 31, Christian human rights attorney Li Heping was arrested in Beijing and taken to Beipingfang Village Police Station for interrogation, according to China Aid Association. Li Heping, who in the past has been under heavy police surveillance, was arrested as he left the home of fellow attorney Tang Jitian. Police took Li Heping to the police station for interrogation and released him later that night. The police claim they arrested Li Heping on suspicion of burglary, but their intentions were clearly to gain information on Tang Jitian’s whereabouts. On April 12, the government revoked the lawyer’s licenses of Tang Jitian and his friend Liu Wei, supposedly for causing a disturbance in the courtroom. The arrest and interrogation of Li Heping on “suspicion of burglary” is further evidence of how the Chinese government intimidates human rights attorneys. Pray that God will protect and encourage Li Heping and Tang Jitian. Praise God for the faithfulness of believers in China who continue to live out their faith in the midst of persecution.Revelation 2:9–11 

TURKEY — Update: Believers Accused of “Insulting Turkishness” — Compass Direct News

On May 25, Turkish Christians Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal appeared in court for their 11th hearing on charges of “insulting Turkishness” by allegedly trying to convert others to Christianity, according to Compass Direct News. The hearing lasted only a few minutes. Despite the lack of evidence against the men, the Silivri Criminal Court set another hearing for Oct. 14. Prosecutors have yet to present any concrete evidence for the charges, and Hakan and Turan hope the trial concludes by the end of the year. “From the beginning, the charges against us have been filled with contradictions,” Turan said. “But we are entirely innocent of all these charges, so of course we expect a complete acquittal.” Thank the Lord for the bold faith of these two believers. Pray that God will be their strength and guide and that the charges against them will be dropped.2 Thessalonians 2:15–17  

INDIA — Some Orissa Christians Still Homeless — VOM Contacts

Some Christians who were displaced during the 2008 riots in Orissa state are still homeless, according to VOM contacts in India. During the riots, 90 were killed and 50,000 believers were displaced. VOM contacts say the Christians who are still homeless will be adversely affected by the upcoming monsoon season. Pray that homes will become available to these displaced Christians. Ask God to encourage and protect believers who have endured hardship since the attacks.

Romans 15:4–6

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“Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness.” – Andrew Murray

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” – Ephesians 6:18

Taken from The Voice of the Martyrs

VOM-USA Prayer Update for April 23, 2010

On Tue. Apr 20 2010 at 01:09 PM Moderator wrote:

PAKISTAN — Hindu Background Believers Harassed — VOM Contacts

Christians who have left Hinduism and accepted Christ have been harassed, verbally abused and beaten by Muslims in Pakistan, according to VOM contacts. On Sept. 11, 2009, “Mahir,” a VOM contact in Pakistan, distributed 200 VOM Action Packs, 200 Triumphant Church books and 55 New Testaments to Hindu tribal people in Pakistan. That day, five Hindus were baptized in a water tube that supplies water to nearby fields. “On the same evening, 15 fanatic Muslims, including Muhammad Akram Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Nadeem and their fellows came to Mahir and verbally abused her and stopped her visiting this village,” VOM contacts said.

Later that night, the Muslims visited Kishan, a Hindu background Christian, and threatened him.

Kishan shared his testimony with the Muslim men and told them the wonderful changes Christ had brought to his life. The men did not harm Kishan, but Muslim extremists later attacked and beat Kishan’s son “Hassan.” Kishan’s testimony touched the heart of a fanatic who was one of the persecutors. “‘Bashir’ and his family are seekers, and they have accepted Jesus Christ and have secretly been praying for their faith to grow strong,” VOM contacts said. Praise God for the strong faith of these believers in the face of persecution. Pray that God will give them boldness to continue serving him and sharing their testimony. Praise God for Mahir’s faithfulness, and pray for her protection.

Psalm 18

CHINA UPDATE — Court Rejects Uyghur Christian’s Appeal — ChinaAid Association

On March 16, The People’s High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region rejected an appeal from Uyghur house-church leader Alimujiang Yimiti, according to ChinaAid Association. In October 2009, Alimujiang was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “providing state secrets to overseas organizations.” One of Alimujiang’s lawyers believes Alimujiang’s Muslim background plays a large part in the case. “We are fairly sure that there are a lot of factors which are totally outside the law that have influenced the investigation of this case. This is very clear from the procedures that were followed within the courts and from the final decision,” another lawyer said. Pray that Alimujiang, his wife and their two sons will rest in the knowledge that God is in control. Pray that God will protect and strengthen Alimujiang while he is in prison, and pray that the authorities will act justly in this case.

Psalm 23

IRAN UPDATE — Iranian Christians Await Court Ruling — Elam Ministries

Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh, Iranian Christians who were arrested by security forces in March 2009, await the results of an April 13 court hearing, according to Elam Ministries. The women, who were accused of being anti-government activists, were conditionally released from the notorious Evin Prison in November 2009. Maryam and Marzieh have been receiving medical treatment since their release from prison, but they remain weak and suffer from various illnesses. The outcome of the April 13 hearing was unknown at last report. Pray that God will protect Maryam and Marzieh physically and spiritually. Pray that they will recover completely from their illnesses and remain bold in their witness for Christ. Pray that all charges will be dropped.

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18-19)

WARNING: The following videos are actual footages of Christians being persecuted. Some of the scenes could be disturbing. Viewers discretion is advised

Taken from Be A Voice Network

Prayer is the most necessary action, the greatest gift, the hardest spiritual labor, as well the simplest cry of a loving heart. The time that you spend in prayer has an eternal impact on the lives of men and women throughout our world. Through prayer our world is changed, closed doors are opened, resistant people are made receptive, leaders are put down and raised up, and the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is extended. Hebrews 13:3 says, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as -being yourselves also in the body.” No matter where The Voice of the Martyrs ministers, the first request of persecuted Christians is always the same: “Pray for us”

The Word of God remains our best guide for knowing how to pray for our persecuted sisters and brothers worldwide.

1. That God would give them the right words and that they would fearlessly make Christ known.

Here Paul tells how to pray for him when he was suffering for Christ in jail — notice his prayer was not for release.

Ephesians 6:19-20 “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Colossians 4:2-4 “Devote yourselves to prayer… praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; in order that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.”

2. That they will see God’s grace as sufficient and God’s power perfected in their weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) Many of the pastors, evangelists and workers who are beaten and imprisoned for their bold witness leave behind sons, daughters and spouses to fend for themselves. Pray for wives of those imprisoned. With the absence of the breadwinner, the responsibility for caring and feeding of the family falls on the wife. Sometimes the wife is also forced to provide for her husband in prison (often the case in Vietnam). If she is also arrested, then together they have to bear the anguish of leaving often quite young children to fend for themselves. Pray for them.

3. That they would love Christ’s appearing all the more.

2 Timothy 4:5-8 “I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

Hebrews 11:35 “…others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection”.

4. That they will rejoice in sharing the sufferings of Jesus so that they will rejoice even more when Christ is revealed.

Hebrews 10:34 “…accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one.”

Matthew 5:12 “Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

I Peter 4:13 “but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”

5. That they will endure.

Hebrews 10:36 “For you have need of endurance”.

Hebrews 5:8 “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” Pray for Christian work among refugees. Pray that as the refugees are led to Christ, they will be willing to return to their countries to take the Gospel back with them.

6. That they will love Christ far more than life itself.

Revelation 12:10-11 “they overcame (Satan) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.”

Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Acts 20:24 “I (Paul) do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course.”

7. That they will love their enemies.

Luke 6:27-31 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Pray for those who govern, that they will repent and turn to Christ Jesus. Whole nations can be changed when a leader is saved. Pray that the strongholds will be overthrown in each country and that the light of God’s glory will break through.

8. That they not enter into temptation – an easy possibility under the stress of persecution (Luke 22:39-45 - Jesus in the garden)

9. That they will rejoice that they are considered worthy to suffer for HIS name.

Acts 5:41 “So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

10. That they will remember they were made for such persecution.

Acts 14:22 “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Philippians 1:29 “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

11. That they will live the joy of the Lord before their persecutors.

Acts 16:25 “But about midnight Paul and Silas (in jail) were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

Philippians 1:28 “in no way alarmed by your opponents — which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.”

12. That they will remember their unbelievable future glory.

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

13. That they would learn to more completely trust in God.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 “For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead”

14. That they would rejoice that they bear in their bodies the ‘brand marks of Christ’.

Galatians 6:17 “From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.”

15. That they would rejoice in filling up that which is lacking in Christ’s sufferings.

Colossians 1:24 “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.”

Note: Our sufferings do not add to the atoning worth of Jesus’ sufferings. Rather, His sufferings are not known to the world and so we suffer to bring that news to those His sufferings were meant to save.

16. For their physical protection and deliverance.

Matthew 26:39 “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.”

Philippians 1:19 “For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance (from jail) through your prayers.”

Philemon 22 “I hope that through your prayers I shall be given to you (from jail)”

Romans 15:30-31 “Now I urge you, brethren… to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those who are disobedient in Judea“.

God had predicted persecution: Acts 20:23-24 “the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course”

And the suffering came: Acts 21:30-31 “And all the city was aroused, and the people rushed together; and taking hold of Paul, they dragged him out of the temple; and… were seeking to kill him.”

That concludes my mini series on the Persecuted Church. I hope you have found it to be an eye opener and at the same time challenging

The true story of Sarah and her experience

I watched this video below and had to examine myself to see what I would do in Sarah’s situation? As a person who hates pain, period, especially if I get man flu, I honestly cannot say that I would have done the same.

May we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for righteousness sake that they may have boldness in their hour of suffering.

Taken from The Voice of the Martyrs

“There is nothing more profitable, more priceless you can ask for us than that in spite of physical weariness, of frequent infirmities and the care of multiplying converts, we may be enabled to remain on our knees.” – Veteran Missionary 

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” Ephesians 6:18

VOM-USA Prayer Update for January 8, 2010

INDIA – Service Disrupted in Karnataka – VOM Sources

On Dec. 27, police disrupted a worship service, in Karnataka, India, instructing Pastor Kumar to immediately stop worship services and warned him if he held future services, he would be arrested, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. The police also accused the pastor of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity and scolded him for praying without government permission. Pray Pastor Kumar will remain faithful in sharing the love of Christ. Ask God to encourage and protect members of this church and for believers in India to continue to be courageous in their faith.

Joshua 1:9

AZERBAIJAN/TAJIKISTAN – Update: Religious Communities Face Registration deadline – Forum 18 News

Many religious communities in Azerbaijan and Tajikistan have yet to re-register with government authorities, as required by restrictive religion laws passed in both countries in 2009, according to Forum 18 News. Religious communities failing to register in both countries, by Jan. 1, 2010, are considered illegal, Forum reported. In Azerbaijan, as of Dec. 16, only about 100 of the 534 religious communities previously registered had re-registered. Many religious communities are balking at amendments to the religious registration law which require more extensive information from the registrants to obtain permits to build. Other amendments include a ban on the sale of religious literature in unapproved locations and on religious activity outside registered addresses. In Tajikistan, fewer than half of the religious communities have re-registered. Officials say the highly restrictive Religion Law imposes state censorship on all religious literature, bans state officials from being among the founders of a religious community, requires state approval to invite foreigners for religious visits or to travel abroad for religious events, and restricts children’s religious activity and education, Forum 18 reports. Pray that authorities in Azerbaijan and Tajikistan will respect freedom of religion. Pray that Christians in former Soviet republics will echo Peter’s sentiment and be determined to obey God regardless of what man says.

Isaiah 54:14

ISRAEL – Jewish Christian Seeks Protection Following Repeated Attacks – Compass Direct News

Yossi Yomtov, a Jewish Christian, is seeking police protection following four attacks against him because of his faith in Jesus Christ, according to Compass Direct News. Yomtov, a resident of Jerusalem, told Compass, police have been slow to investigate hate crimes against him by youths wearing kippahs, cloth skullcaps, typically worn by observant Jews. “In two of the attacks a youth plied him with pepper spray and stun gun shocks,” Yomtov told Compass. “This young man cursed me for my belief in Christ,” he said. “He used ugly curses and spoke in highly abusive language.” Pray for protection for Yomtov as he courageously lives for Christ. Pray his testimony will draw others into fellowship with Christ. Praise God for Yomtov’s witness.

Psalm 21:1