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.
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.
One night, members of Boko Harem broke into Deborah’s house. They demanded that her husband, a leader in the local church, deny Jesus. He refused. They shot him as Deborah watched. Then they threatened to kill her two daughters, Bintu and Falamta, aged 9 and 11. When the young girls refused to convert to Islam, Boko Harem soldiers abducted them. Deborah has spent the last four years searching for her precious children.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs
What you can do:
- Pray for Deborah.
- Pray for Bintu and Falamta.
- Pray for terrorists or people who are holding Deborah’s daughters.
- Pray for the people and leaders of Nigeria.
- Contribute or volunteer with organizations that stand with and support victims of persecution.
Father of All, I can’t even imagine what Deborah has been going through for the past four years. Her family is in Your hands. I ask You to comfort her, encourage her, and fill her heart and mind with the hope that comes from You. Protect here daughters. Give them wisdom to know what to do in their present situation. Make Yourself REAL to them, so that they know that You love them, that You surround them, that You go before them and follow behind them. Keep them next to Your heart and lead them to Your truth. Strengthen Deborah. Show yourself to the people who abducted her. Change them and turn them around. Give wisdom and guidance to the leaders of Nigeria as they try to cope with Boko Harem. Show the Nigerian people how to guard against them, and stop their violent pillaging. Let the people of Nigeria see Your great light, and know your furious love for them. In Jesus’ name, amen.