Category Archives: Political Persecution

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.

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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.

 

Oscar Rodriguez: United States of America

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Retired US Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Oscar Rodriguez was invited to recite a traditional flag-folding speech at a retirement ceremony for Master Sergeant Charles Roberson, held at Travis Air Force Base.  He did not write the speech.  It is one that has been given for years at flag-folding events in the US.  The speech ends with these words:

“It is this one nation under God that we call, with honor, the United States of America. God Bless our flag. God bless our troops. God bless America.”

When he began his recitation, several uniformed men grabbed Rodriguez and dragged him out of the room, as he continued to recite the speech.  Oscar Rodriguez was a retired serviceman, an invited guest, reciting a speech at the request of the man being honored.  He was not in uniform, yet the officers in charge felt it was appropriate to deny him his Constitutional rights, and throw him out of the ceremony, finding the use of the word “God” offensive.

Source:  First Liberty

What you can do:

  • Write to your representatives protesting this blatant disrespect and disregard for the laws of the country.
  • Pray for the men and women of the armed forces.
  • Pray for the leaders of this country,  as well as those who interpret and enforce the laws.
  • Watch the video here.

Father, it breaks my heart to see those who are supposed to be protecting our rights in the USA bullying, falsely accusing, and denying those very rights to ordinary citizens.  I see it every day in our leaders and judges who are supposed to be impartial and hold everyone to the same standards.  The powerful do whatever they want without fear of accountability.  The powerless are their scape goats.  Our government is corrupt.  Our leaders are corrupt.  Our celebrities are corrupt.  Our lives are filled with and controlled by corruption.  I ask You, with all my heart, to pour out a Spirit of repentance on the USA.  Bring us to our knees, and teach us to respect and appreciate those who think and believe differently from us.  I’m asking for a true spirit of tolerance–not just for the elites and the things they want, but for every person living here.  Diversity is the great strength of the US, but right now it is our great weakness as it is tearing us into shreds.  This is what happens when we think we can manage things without You.  Take out our stony hearts and give us hearts that care for and respect everyone.  

 

Yang Hua: China

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Yang Hua is the pastor of the Living Stone Church in Guiyang, China.  He is the third generation in his family to lead a Christian church.  He’s been imprisoned before, and had completed his current prison time where he’d been detained since December 9, 2015.  When his wife arrived to pick him up at his release, she saw four men from the detention center grab him and throw him into an unmarked van.  Apparently, that was the last time he was seen.

Yang Hua founded the Living Stone Church in 2009 along with Pastor Su Tianfu.  There are currently more than 700 members.  The church has been repeatedly pressured by China’s government to join the religious organization sanctioned by the government–the Three Self Movement.  They have been threatened with destruction if they do not.

Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

Please pray for Yang Hua, his wife, family, his church, and the Chinese government.

Father,  It continually amazes me to hear the stories of those who are persecuted because of their faith, race, or gender.  It seems that man’s imagination is as big as the heavens when it comes to ways to hurt those who are different from them.  I ask you to fill Pastor Hua’s life with love, joy, and peace, wherever he is.  I know that your love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness are shining through him, and through all those who are suffering for the sake of Your name.  Protect him from harm, and deliver him from evil.  Provide for the needs of his wife, his children, and his congregation.  Strengthen them.  Use what the government intended for evil for the good of Your kingdom.  Pour out Your Spirit of revelation knowledge throughout all of China.  Open the eyes of the leaders to Your Truth and overcome evil with everlasting good.  Do this for the glory of Your Name!  Amen.

 

Military School Children: Pakistan

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UPDATE  December 18, 2014
A year ago, terrorists entered the public school in Peshawar, Pakistan, and killed 144 children and teachers.  An organization called 141 Schools has partnered with The Citizens Foundation and have launched a project to build 141 schools, one in the name of each victim of the Peshawar school massacre.  They have just begun the 23rd school.  You can learn more, and support this project, here at 141schools.org.  You can also write a letter of support and encouragement to the children of the school.  Send it to letterstopeshawar@outlook.com by December 24th, 2015.

Source:  The Human Lens


UPDATE  December 18, 2014
Here is an article from The Human Lens, which explains how Pakistanis are reacting to Tuesday’s shooting.  I hope you’ll take the time to check it out!


Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group attempting to overthrow the government, attacked a military school in Peshawar today, Tuesday, December 16, 2014, killing at least 141 people, most of them children in grades 1-10, and wounding 121 others.  The seven attackers entered the school in the morning wearing explosive vests, and began shooting.  Pakistani military commandos arrived in armored troop carriers, and began returning fire.  A military helicopter hovered overhead.  The school has been cleared and all attackers were killed in the invasion.  There were 1,099 children and staff at the school during the attack.

“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. “My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”

Pakistan’s Prime Minister promised that the government would continue with its plan to destroy the militants from the North Waziristan area.  “The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it,” Sharif said.

Source:  Yahoo News

You can find more information here:  The Human Lens

What you can do:

  • Pray for the families of the children and staff (9) who were killed.
  • Pray for those recovering from their wounds.
  • Pray for healing for the nation and people of Pakistan.

Father, there are no words to express the horror of a people who would attack children at their school, yet it happens more and more frequently.  I pray for the families of those who were killed.  I ask You to pour out Your comfort upon them.  Make Your presence real in each of their lives, and heal them from their horrific pain and grief.  Draw them to Yourself.  Give them wisdom and courage.  Guide their every step as their lives change forever.  I pray for those who are wounded.  Lay Your healing hand upon them, for You are the God Who Heals Us.  Speak to them.  Reveal Yourself to them.  Encourage them, and make them into the people You created them to be.  Only You, the Good God, can bring good out of such evil.  I thank You for the work You are doing in Pakistan, and I ask You to pour out Yourself and Your love on that nation today and in the weeks ahead.  Send light into all the dark corners, and empower the people and the government to effectively fight this Taliban evil that threatens their land.  Overcome evil with Your great good.  Amen

Young Christian Girls: Pakistan

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Several young Christian girls in Pakistan have been beaten, raped, or imprisoned to punish them or their family members for breaking religious taboos.

An eight-year-old girl was kidnapped,  beaten, stripped naked, and left on the streets to shame her uncle who was dating a Muslim woman.  Village authorities refused to help, and arrested members of her family instead of the attackers.  (Source ACLJ)  You can sign a petition on her behalf here.

The Asian Human Rights Commission charges that a 12 year old Christian girl was lured away by a friend’s uncle while on a shopping trip.  She was driven 120 miles away and raped for eight months before she was able to escape.  Authorities are threatening the girl’s parents with criminal charges if they don’t hand her over to her kidnapper (who claims he is married to her).  Her parents reported her missing in January 2015, but the authorities refused to do anything.  Her abductor is affiliated with a radical religious organization, the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. (Source  Daily Mail, Christian Today)

A young Christian girl was imprisoned and beaten by the headmistress of her school for using a Muslim bathroom.  The third grade student, Sara Bibi, was locked in the bathroom for 3 hours, excoriated by the headmistress, and has been expelled from the school.  Her family is now in hiding.  Senator Sherry Rehman introduced the situation to the Pakistani Senate, and an investigation has been initiated.  (Source Christian Today)

Violence against women and girls is rising in Pakistan, and the laws reinforce this violence.  It affects women of all religious affiliations, resulting in the false imprisonment of hundreds of women throughout the country.  For more information see The Human Lens discussions on violence against women in Pakistan.

Please pray, pray, pray for the political and religious situation in Pakistan.  You may also write your political representatives, urging congress to do all they can to stand up for the basic human rights of all people.  Violence against the defenseless is an every day issue in the United States of America, as well.  We need to do all that we can to support those who cannot defend themselves.  Please share ways that you find to help them, with us!