“Millions of Christians worldwide are being persecuted for their faith. Every day believers face torture, imprisonment or loss of their lives simply because they are Christians.
What would it be like to walk in their shoes? Hebrews 13:3 tells us to “remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
Thousands of young people from countries around the world will participate in SHOCKWAVE this weekend to support suffering believers…” Read More>>
Source : Christian News Wire
You’ve already heard the news and are probably asking yourself, “What can I do for the people locked inside North Korea?”
With the passing of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il, its inhabitants, family members around the world and neighboring countries are living in the fear of uncertainty. And because only God knows what will happen next, we can meet Him in prayer.
Please pray that:
- The new leader, Kim Jong-Un, will have a heart of mercy and end the cycle of inhumane dictatorial rule.
- Those in government who have been “secret Christians” will gain more power and influence.
- Christians who have been imprisoned because of their faith will have opportunities to lead others in prayers. And while they pray the Holy Spirit will be revealed to those who don’t know Jesus.
- There will be an increase in opportunities to share about Jesus without fear of retaliation.
- The joy and hope of Jesus will be revealed to those who are sorrowful and feel uncertain of the future.
- North Korean Christians will gain a new boldness and wisdom and will seize opportunities to tell others about the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth.
- On Christmas day especially, the light of Christ will penetrate every home and heart in North Korea.
- Refugees who have fled into China and become Christian will courageously return to North Korea and share the hope of Jesus to a hurting nation.
- The horrendous situation with starvation will not escalate even further because of the government’s desire to demonstrate control.
- The thousands of starving children who are homeless will find shelter, comfort and love in a home with a believer.
Source : http://www.opendoorsusa.org/
Asia Bibi, a wife and mother in Pakistan, spoke out in defense of her Christian faith when Muslim coworkers mocked her and tried to force her to embrace Islam. She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to be executed. She is in jail today, waiting to hear the high court’s decision on her appeal.
In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. Now you can join your voice to theirs by signing an online petition at www.CallForMercy.com. The Voice of the Martyrs has set the goal of gathering one million signatures from around the world on behalf of our sister Asia. VOM will deliver the petition, along with the list of signers, to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Visit www.CallforMercy.com to add your name to the list, then invite your friends to also sign their names. Pray God will answer the prayers of Asia’s young daughters, Isha and Isham, and allow them to be reunited with their mother.
Every signature is a call for mercy. Visit www.CallForMercy.com now.
For those in bonds,
The Voice of the Martyrs
“May 1, 2011…one of the most unforgettable days in recent history. It was the day when the United States announced to the world that special military forces successfully carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the FBI’s most wanted terrorist, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
His death has been considered an enormous victory for America’s decade-long war on terror. And while many believe that al-Qaeda may be plotting retaliation against the United States, there are millions of individuals overseas who are also at risk of becoming the victims of more ruthless attacks: minority Christians.
Many Christians in Pakistan have already suffered greatly in recent months, and more trouble may be coming their way as a result of bin Laden’s death. These believers, who already endure relentless harassment, physical abuse, and imprisonment, may experience greater persecution in the coming weeks and months simply because they are perceived by radical Islamists as being affiliated with the “Christian” West, or the United States…”Read more here
“I am living for my community and suffering people, and I will die to defend their rights.” -Shahbaz Bhatti Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minority Affairs was assassinated. An advocate for minorities Bhatti was outspoken, bold and fearless in protecting their rights. Among his life accomplishments Bhatti received the International Religious Freedom Award for rendering services to the Christian community, becoming the first Pakistani to receive this prestigious award. Bhatti had defied death threats since the assassination of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer on Jan 4. Taseer was killed for supporting Asia Noreen, the first Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. Bhatti was Pakistan’s only cabinet-level Christian and was in charge of a committee to amend the law against blasphemy. In this compelling video recorded several months ago Bhatti conceded that he was “the highest target right now” but vowed to continue his work and trusting his life to God…” full story here