Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal: Sudan

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DECEMBER 19, 2016
Two Christian pastors have been arrested in Sudan–Reverends Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal.  In November of 2015, the men attended a conference where Pastor Abduraheem was speaking.  He showed a picture of a young man who had been badly beaten, and explained that he was helping to pay for the man’s medical expenses.  The Sudanese government declared that anyone who helped this young man was violating national security, and the following month, in December 2015, the two pastors were arrested. Pastor Shamal was released for a short time in 2016, but was then re-arrested in May.  They are being held in horrible conditions in prison.  Both men have been charged with ” waging war against the state and espionage to agitating hatred between classes.”  They both face the death penalty for helping an injured man.

Source:  ACLJ

What you can do:

  • Pray for both pastors, their families, and their churches.
  • Pray for the people, government, and courts of Sudan.
  • Write to your congressional representatives about this situation.
  • Sign a petition asking for justice.

Father, thank You for the strength of these tow men as they face deplorable conditions in a Sudanese prison.  Give them the encouragement then need to praise You in this dark place, and let Your light shine brightly through them.  Turn this condition from a curse into a blessing, and fill them from top to bottom with Your glorious presence.  Protect their friends, family, and church members.  Bring light to the entire country of Sudan, Father.  I commit these men, and their country into Your strong hands.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Andrew Brunson: Turkey

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DECEMBER 19, 2016
Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who has been working in Turkey for 23 years was arrested on October 7, 2016, and falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” although according to the charging documents no evidence has been gathered against him.  During the 63 days he spent in a detention facility he was denied access to his lawyer.  He has since been transferred to a prison.  Pastor Brunson is waiting to hear a response to an appeal of his arrest.

Source:  ACLJ

What you can do:

  • Pray for Pastor Brunson, his family, and his friends.
  • Pray for Turkey, its government and courts system.
  • Write to your congressional representatives to inform them of this situation.
  • Sign a petition requesting his release.

 

Father, I thank You for the strong stand that thousands of your children take each day in places where religious freedom and tolerance do not exist.  I ask You to support Pastor Brunson during his time in prison.  Let Your light shine through him in that dark place, and may he be a great blessing to everyone around him.  Take care of his family, his friends, and his church.  Strengthen him with Your power in his inner being.  I pray for the people and the government of Turkey.  Give their leaders and their judges wisdom and justice as they make decisions regarding their country.  Let Your Spirit flow into the country, turning people to Your great and mighty love, mercy, and compassion.  Amen.

Nigerian School Girls: Nigeria

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UPDATE  December 9, 2016
One of the Chibok girls has escaped from Boko Haram.  On November 5, 2016 soldiers in northern Borno state found Maryam Ali Maiyanga (#198) as they were searching the forest for escapees from the terrorist group.  Nigerian government officials confirm that she was found, along with a 10 month old baby, Ali, cradled in her arms.  She was kidnapped on April 14, 2014, along with her twin sister (who has not been found), and almost 300 boarding school girls.  Please pray that all the girls will be released, or enabled to escape from their terrorist captors.

Source: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, DW, Open Doors


UPDATE, April 18, 2015
April 14 marks the first anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls.   Some authorities claim they will never be found, but we can continue to pray for them.  Go here for a list of girls to pray for, by name, each day.


UPDATE, November 10, 2014
The leader of Boko Haram says that all the school girls kidnapped from their school at Chibok have been converted to Islam and have been married off.  Please continue to pray for these girls, and their families.


UPDATE June 20, 2014
Representatives of Open Doors recently delivered letters written to the families of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.  They learned that two parents have died under the strain of their missing girls.  One visitor to the region from Open Doors stated, “What they are going through is unimaginable. Many we met were simply too broken to say much at all. They just cried. Clearly the pressure is taking its toll.” 

More girls continue to be kidnapped by Boko Haram.   Eight to eleven more girls were kidnapped on May 4th by the terrorist organization.  “I have kidnapped the girls. I will sell them on the market in the name of Allah,” said a man who may be  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.  He recently released a 57-minute video, obtained by the Agence France Presse news agency.  “I’ll sell them as slaves in the name of Allah. There is a market where they sell human beings.  Western education must stop. Girls must leave school and get married,” the man said. “I would give a 12-year-old girl in marriage; I would give in marriage even a 9-year-old girl.”

Please continue to pray that Nigerian forces will be able to locate the girls and free them, and that the kidnapping of young girls will be stopped.

Source:  Open Doors


UPDATE May 29, 2014
Go here to write a letter to the grieving families

UPDATE May 27, 2014
Late on April 14, 2014, men dressed as soldiers entered the dormitories of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.  Joyce was still awake when the men entered, threatening to shoot anyone who didn’t cooperate.  “We thought they were military,” she said. “They ordered us to gather in one place, before setting fire to our buildings. Even our own personal belongings have not been spared.’’   They forced the girls into vehicles and took off into the woods.  The girls were given drinks and told to prepare food.  The next afternoon, pretending to go to the bathroom,  Joyce and two other girls were able to escape.  They reached a tribe of nomadic herders that evening.  They were able to spend the night with them, and the next day arrived back home.  About 40 other girls have managed to escape.  There are still about 270 girls who are missing.  One of the families of the missing girls lives near Chibok.  ‘‘We live in anxiety day and night,” said the man (name withheld for safety reasons).  “We are idle, while the rainy season (for farming) has started. We mourn and pray day and night for the return of our daughters.”   Some of the scholar’s of the Islamic world have denounced the kidnappings.

Source:  Open Doors


On April 15, Boko Haram kidnapped 300 teenaged girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.  284 girls are still missing.  Boko Haram has been waging war on Christians in Nigeria for years.  They have made a habit of kidnapping teenaged girls, forcing them to marry members of the terrorist organization.  They frequently attack Christian villages, burn homes and businesses, and kill indiscriminately.  The kidnapping of 300 girls from the government school has finally brought this situation to light.

What you can do:

  • Pray for the missing girls and their families (see individual names listed below).
  • Contact your political representatives and encourage them to act on this situation.

178 of the missing girls
Deborah Abge
Awa Abge
Hauwa Yirma
Asabe Manu
Mwa Malam Pogu
Patient Dzakwa
Saraya Mal Stover
Mary Dauda
Gloria Mainta
Hanatu Ishaku
Gloria Dama
Tabitha Pogu
Maifa Dama
Ruth Kollo
Esther Usman
Awa James
Anthonia Yahonna
Kume Mutah
Aisha Ezekial
Nguba Buba
Kwana Simon
Kummai Aboku
Esther Markus
Hana Stephen
Rifkatu Amos
Rebecca Mallum
Blessing Abana
Ladi Wadai
Tabitha Hyelampa
Ruth Ngladar
Safiya Abdu
Na’omi Yahonna
Solomi Titus
Rhoda John
Rhoda John
Rhoda John
Laraba John
Rebecca Luka
Saratu Markus
Mary Usman
Debora Yahonna
Naomi Zakaria
Hanatu Musa
Hauwa Tella
Juliana Yakubu
Suzana Yakubu
Saraya Paul
Jummai Paul
Mary Sule
Jummai John
Yanke Shittima
Muli Waligam
Fatima Tabji
Eli Joseph
Saratu Emmanuel
Deborah Peter
Rahila Bitrus
Luggwa Sanda
Kauna Lalai
Lydia Emmar
Laraba Maman
Hauwa Isuwa
Comfort Habila
Hauwa Abdu
Hauwa Balti
Yana Joshua
Laraba Paul
Saraya Amos
Glory Yaga
Na’omi Bitrus
Godiya Bitrus
Awa Bitrus
Na’omi Luka
Maryamu Lawan
Tabitha Silas
Mary Yahona
Ladi Joel
Rejoice Sanki
Luggwa Samuel
Comfort Amos
Comfort Amos
Sicker Abdul
Talata Daniel
Rejoice Musa
Deborah Abari
Salomi Pogu
Mary Amor
Ruth Joshua
Esther John
Esther Ayuba
Maryamu Yakubu
Zara Ishaku
Maryamu Wavi
Lydia Habila
Laraba Yahonna
Na’omi Bitrus
Rahila Yahanna
Ruth Lawan
Ladi Paul
Mary Paul
Esther Joshua
Helen Musa
Margret Watsai
Deborah Jafaru
Filo Dauda
Febi Haruna
Ruth Ishaku
Racheal Nkeki
Rifkatu Soloman
Mairama Yahaya
Saratu Dauda
Jinkai Yama
Margret Shettima
Yana Yidau
Grace Paul
Amina Ali
Palmata Musa
Awagana Musa
Pindar Nuhu
Yana Pogu
Saraya Musa
Hauwa Joseph
Hauwa Kwakwi
Hauwa Musa
Maryamu Musa
Maimuna Usman
Rebeca Joseph
Liyatu Habitu
Rifkatu Yakubu
Naomi Philimon
Deborah Abbas
Ladi Ibrahim
Asabe Ali
Maryamu Bulama
Ruth Amos
Mary Ali
Abigail Bukar
Deborah Amos
Saraya Yanga
Kauna Luka
Christiana Bitrus
Yana Bukar
Hauwa Peter
Hadiza Yakubu
Lydia Simon
Ruth Bitrus
Mary Yakubu
Lugwa Mutah
Muwa Daniel
Hanatu Nuhu
Monica Enoch
Margret Yama
Docus Yakubu
Rhoda Peter
Rifkatu Galang
Saratu Ayuba
Naomi Adamu
Hauwa Ishaya
Rahap Ibrahim
Deborah Soloman
Hauwa Mutah
Hauwa Takai
Serah Samuel
Aishatu Musa
Aishatu Grema
Hauwa Nkeki
Hamsatu Abubakar
Mairama Abubakar
Hauwa Wule
Ihyi Abdu
Hasana Adamu
Rakiya Kwamtah
Halima Gamba
Aisha Lawan
Kabu Malla
Yayi Abana
Falta Lawan
Kwadugu Manu

Father of the Missing Girls,
You know where each one of these precious young girls are. You know each of them by name. You knit each one of them together in their mother’s womb.  You have a plan for each of their lives.  Reveal yourself to each girl, Father.  Open her eyes to the truth that she is not alone.  Show her a glimpse of the glorious future You have in store for her.  Give her strength, courage, endurance, wisdom, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, love, hope, faith.  These are young women, Lord, stolen from a school where they should be safe and protected.  Intervene in a powerful way, like You have for thousands of Your other children.  Set them free, bring them home, and heal them.  You are their Father.  Strengthen, encourage, and support their parents and families.  Words as so hard to find so I hand my prayer over to Your Holy Spirit who prays for us with words that can’t be spoken.  Let Your light shine, and Your Spirit hover over each one of these kidnapped girls, and all the other kidnapped girls in the world.  Bring peace and release, Father.  Only You can save them.  Amen.

Benham Irani: Iran

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UPDATE  December 6, 2016
Pastor Irani was released from prison on October 17, 2016, after having served a 6 year sentence.  He was reunited with his family in Turkey on November 17, 2016.  Thank you for all your prayers on his behalf!  Blessings and healing to Pastor Irani, his family, and all his friends!


UPDATE  June 16, 2016
Pastor Benham Irani is once again suffering from severe coughing as he completes his prison term.  The doctor doesn’t know what is causing the coughs, and he has not given him any treatment or medication.  Please pray for strength and healing.


UPDATE  January 7, 2016
Pastor Irani is currently serving a six-year term in prison (he has nine months left on that sentence), and has been very ill for much of that time.  On top of back problems, worsening eyesight, and bleeding intestines, he is now suffering from influenza.  He is very weak, and unable to speak with others.  Please pray for him!


UPDATE  October 3, 2015
Pastor Irani has been released from prison again, this time for 2 days.  I pray that he will enjoy this short rest, and that the courts will reconsider his request to spend the last two years of his sentence under house arrest.


UPDATE  August 4, 2015
Pastor Irani is still on prison leave.  He is expected to return to prison on August 7, 2015.  He has been on leave since July 4, 2015!


UPDATE  August 1, 2015
Pastor Irani was recently granted two weeks of prison leave, during which he was able to return home to his family.  He will return to prison following his leave.


UPDATE  February 19, 2015
Under Iranian law, a prisoner may be granted a conditional release for good behaviour when they have completed more than half of their prison sentence.  Pastor Irani recently applied, and although the prison officials  agreed, the judge turned down his request.  Pastor Irani remains in poor health as a result of his incarceration.  Please continue to pray for him and his family.


UPDATE  December 16, 2014
Pastor Benham Irani has won his appeal!  He will continue to serve out the terms of his first conviction (a sentence of 6 years) and then he will be released!  Finally some good news!


UPDATE December 6, 2014
Tomorrow Pastor Irani will be able to represent himself as the Iranian court hears his appeal.  Please pray for him and for the courts!


UPDATE  December 1, 2014
Pastor Irani recently wrote a letter from prison.  He wrote it to encourage you!  You can read it at Present Truth Ministries.

Reports indicate that Pastor Irani remains a concern of Iran’s secret police, and that they intend to keep him in prison for the rest of his life.  Threats have also been reported against his wife Kristina, and their children, Rebekah and Adriel.  Please continue to pray for them, and that the Western governments who are negotiating with Iran will not be complacent about the government’s policies of persecution and intolerance.

Source:  Present Truth Ministries


UPDATE  November 3, 2014
Six more years have been added to Pastor Irani’s sentence (making a total of 12 years), but the charges against him of “spreading corruption on earth” were dropped for him as well as two other leaders of the “Church of Iran”.  This took away the possibility of their receiving the death penalty.  Pastor Irani is being moved to a new prison near the Afghanistan border where it will be hard for his family to visit him.  The other two men, Abdolreza Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, are being moved to a prison at Minab, in the south of Iran.

Please continue to pray for these three men, their families, and their church.  Do whatever you can to make the people around you aware of the horrific persecution that is going on all around the world.  Millions of Christians have been affected, but many other minorities are being targeted as well.


UPDATE  October 16, 2014
Pastor Irani was beaten on June 7, 2014 and held in solitary confinement for weeks in an unknown location.  He has been returned to prison where new charges have been brought against him.  A judge has charged him with “communicating with media.”  Authorities interrogated the pastor on five separate occasions, for four hours at a time.  Please pray for him!


UPDATE  April 5, 2014
Pastor Benham Irani has been in prison since 2010.  He is a Christian convert from Islam.  Recently his prison cell was searched by the authorities who took his Bible, his notebooks, and books he had checked out of the prison library.  According to Iranian law, citizens of Iran are allowed access to religious materials, but this does not always seem to apply to coverts from Islam, who are considered apostates.  His wife, Kristina, is raising their two young sons alone while her husband is in prison.  She has developed stomach ulcers.  Please pray for this family.

What You can Do:

  • Pray for Pastor Irani.
  • Pray for his wife Kristina, and their two sons.

Father, today we lift up Pastor Irani and his wife Kristina.  Remind them of the glory that awaits those who suffer because of their relationship with You.  Strengthen them.  Support them.  Lead them.  Guide them.  Heal them.  Protect their children from evil, and reveal Yourself to them so that they will follow You, as do their parents.  Pastor Irani has lost his Bible, Father, but he hasn’t lost You.  Speak to him directly.  Remind him of who he is and who You are.  You are the Most High God.  Prove Your presence to these children of Yours each day, and every hour.  Amen.


Pastor Behnam Irani began serving a sentence for “crimes against national security” after turning himself in on May 31, 2011.  His sentence was for 1 year, but was later increased to 5 years.  Since being imprisoned he has been beaten repeatedly by fellow inmates (with guards watching).  His beatings have resulted in lose of vision, and difficulty in speaking and walking.  He also appears to be suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease.  Sources close to the situation fear he is so ill he will die in prison, unless the conditions change.

Pastor Irani was the leader of a house church in Iran.  On April 14, 2010 security officials interrupted a worship serviced to arrest the pastor.  They confiscated Bibles, DVDs, and other Christian literature.  In January of 2011 he was tried and convicted of crimes against national security.

What you can do:

  • Please pray for Pastor Irani, his family, and his fellow prisoners and jailors.

Father, God of all Creation,

We lift up Pastor Irani before you today.  He has laid his life down to serve You, and all those with whom he comes in contact.  You have brought him into contact with those who hate him, who repeatedly beat him, and who have wounded his body, perhaps to the point of death.  Jesus, you know exactly what that is like.  Pour out your Spirit upon him.  Fill him with your mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love.  Let his light shine before the men in his prison so that they will see his good works and glorify You.  Speak through his mouth, Father.  He is not able to speak freely anymore, but You can speak through him.  Heal his wounds.  Comfort his spirit.  Release him from pain.  Let him soar on wings like an eagle above the chaotic fray.  Open up the hearts and minds of his captors and persecutors.  Reveal Yourself to them with power and authority.  Turn the prison into a sanctuary where Jesus, the King, is praised forevermore!  Nothing is too hard for You.  With You, nothing is impossible.

Comfort and protect the pastor’s family, Father.  Surround them with Your protection and power.  Lift up their heads, be the strength of their lives, and be their portion forever.  Fill them with confidence in You, in Your plan for the world, and in their place in Your plan.  Keep them strong in the faith.  Hold them in Your hand and never let them go.  Thank You for the powerful work You are doing through Pastor Irani and his family and church.

In the awesome, sweet name of Jesus, Amen.

Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

Petr Jasek: Sudan

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Petr Jasek is a Christian aid worker from the Czech Republic.  He was detained, along with three other men, on charges which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment–conspiring against the state, provoking hatred among sects, publishing false news, conspiring against the state, spying against the country, and violently opposing public authority.  The four men, Reverend Shamal, Reverend Hassan Abduraheem, Czech aid worker Petr Jasek and another Sudanese man, were detained on December 18, 2015.  They were held for eight months before charges were finally filed in August 2016.

While attending a missionary conference in Sudan, Petr Jasek met with a young man who had been badly injured during a demonstration.  He gave the man some money to help with his medical expenses, and received a receipt signed by the other men.  Upon leaving Sudan, Petr was searched by authorities and the receipt was found.  He, and the men who signed the receipt, were arrested for illegal fund raising, although they did not participate in raising any funds other than the single donation.

Three trial dates have passed without any progress toward resolution.  Please pray for these men and their families.

Hassan Abduraheem: Sudan

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Reverend Hassan Abduraheem is the the Secretary-General of the Sudan Church of Christ.  He was detained, along with three other men, on charges which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment–conspiring against the state, provoking hatred among sects, publishing false news, conspiring against the state, spying against the country, and violently opposing public authority.  The four men, Reverend Shamal, Reverend Hassan Abduraheem, Czech aid worker Petr Jasek and another Sudanese man, were detained on December 18, 2015.

While attending a missionary conference in Sudan, Petr Jasek met with a young man who had been badly injured during a demonstration.  He gave the man some money to help with his medical expenses, and received a receipt signed by the other men.  Upon leaving Sudan, Petr was searched by authorities and the receipt was found.  He, and the men who signed the receipt, were arrested for illegal fund raising, although they did not participate in raising any funds other than the single donation.

Three trial dates have passed without any progress toward resolution.  Please pray for these men and their families.

Kuwa Shamal: Sudan

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Reverend Kuwa Shamal is the the head of missions for the Sudan Church of Christ.  He was detained, along with three other men, on charges which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment–conspiring against the state, provoking hatred among sects, publishing false news, conspiring against the state, spying against the country, and violently opposing public authority.  The four men, Rev. Shamal, Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, Czech aid worker Petr Jasek and another Sudanese man, were detained on December 18, 2015.

While attending a missionary conference in Sudan, Petr Jasek met with a young man who had been badly injured during a demonstration.  He gave the man some money to help with his medical expenses, and received a receipt signed by the other men.  Upon leaving Sudan, Petr was searched by authorities and the receipt was found.  He, and the men who signed the receipt, were arrested for illegal fund raising, although they did not participate in raising any funds other than the single donation.

Three trial dates have passed without any progress toward resolution.  Please pray for these men and their families.