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The wedding photo of Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani. (Photo credit: Gabriel Wani)

Pray for Christian Mother Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

[170] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Meriam Yahia Ibrahim.

A 27-year-old Sudanese woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, was sentenced to death in early May for apostasy. Eight months pregnant at the time of her sentencing, she gave birth to a baby girl on May 26. Ibrahim explained to the court that she had grown up as a Christian under her Christian mother’s care, but the court convicted her of apostasy because her father is Muslim. In addition, she is to receive 100 lashes for a charge of adultery, relating to her 2011 marriage to a South Sudanese Christian man. Since Ibrahim’s father is Muslim, the marriage is not recognized under Sharia law. Her own family filed the complaint about her marriage, resulting in the charges. The court gave her three days to recant her Christian faith, but she refused to do so. Ibrahim’s 20-month old son, Martin, and newborn daughter the couple named Maya, will be held in prison with her until her execution.

Voice of the Martyrs–Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls Escape   Leave a comment

Good morning all. Please pray for our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted. Pray for the releasing for all this girls. Pray the captures receive salvation. We have His great power residing in us. When you read this story, don’t focus on what satan is doing through the terrorist, but remember the greatness that resides in us and believe. Perfect love cast out fear. We are victorious in our Lord Jesus. The jailers must set them free. There is NO comparison to the exceeding greatness of Lord’s Power. Our enemy IS defeated. Ephesians 1:19-23; And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

Please read this article from Voice of the Martyrs (VOM):

Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls Escape

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VOM is providing assistance to two sisters who recently escaped captivity from Boko Haram.

Two sisters, Kamka, 19, and Naya, 16, were sleeping when radical Muslims invaded their home. The armed terrorists entered their brother’s room and shot him in the hand before demanding to know where the girls’ father was. When they realized the two sisters were not married and their father was not home, they took the girls by force.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has declared war on Christians in Nigeria, frequently attacking Christian villages, burning Christians’ houses and murdering indiscriminately. They also kidnap teenage girls and force them to convert and marry Boko Haram members.

After forcing Kamka and Naya to walk through the woods at gunpoint, the terrorists immediately put them to work fetching water and cooking. A few days later, the girls were told that both of them were to be married. “We’re too young,” Naya protested. But the leader then showed them his daughter, a girl of 7 or 8, who was already married.

VOM assists Christians who have been injured because of their faith by paying hospital bills, obtaining quality care and even providing prostheses. 

“If we refused to cooperate, we would be killed,” Naya told a VOM worker. “The man whom I was forced to marry took me. He picked up his gun and a knife and threatened to murder me if I continued to resist.”

The sisters cried and prayed together, unsure of what would become of them. But after two weeks, a Muslim woman took pity on them. While fetching water with the girls, she showed them an escape route and told them to run away.

The girls escaped under cover of darkness. They knocked on the door of the first house they came to, praying the owner would be friendly. Although he was Muslim, the man took pity on the girls. He allowed them to bathe and eat, and then had his sister take them to a nearby Christian village.

The girls were traumatized by their experience but are now doing reasonably well. Since it is unsafe for them to return to their home, VOM is providing care for them at a safe house through one of our project partners.

“I thank God that He has saved us from the hands of these bad people,” Naya said. “Everything is now behind me and I’m not afraid anymore. I only want to look forward now.”

And Kamka is also thankful for God’s protection. “I am very grateful that many Christians pray for me,” she said. “Despite what I’ve been through, I still have faith in God.”

The Voice of the Martyrs invites you to support our work in Nigeria. Your contributions help believers like Naya and Kamka as well as providing support to families of martyrs and medical assistance to victims of extremist attacks.

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Please remember to pray for those kidnapped by Boko Haram and for all our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are under attack. Share this e-mail with your Christian friends so they can join us in prayer.

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Asia Bibi’s photo was taken during a visit to her prison cell.

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Apr. 02, 2014 | Pakistan

Pray for Asia Bibi’s Upcoming Appeal Hearing

[182] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Asia Bibi.

Asia Bibi’s death-sentence appeal has again been delayed, this time because a prosecutor failed to appear for the March 26 hearing. A new appeal hearing has been scheduled for April 14. This is the third court hearing that has been delayed because of an absence. Hearings scheduled for Feb. 14 and March 17 were postponed because one of two presiding judges was absent each day. Pakistani law requires that two judges be present for all court proceedings in death penalty cases. Asia Bibi was arrested in June 2009 as a result of an argument with Muslim co-workers in which she defended her Christian faith. She was subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. Her lawyers filed an immediate appeal, but a variety of political and religious pressures have prevented the courts from hearing her case. Sign the petition to release Asia Bibi at www.CallforMercy.com.

Posted April 3, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ   Leave a comment

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Mar. 26, 2014 | India

Praise God for Jailed Believer Who Led 14 to Christ

Vani, a 30-year-old widow, spent 15 days in jail after being charged with kidnapping and forcing a child to convert to Christianity. During her two-week stay, she witnessed to more than 70 women, 14 of whom became Christians. Vani was charged in connection with an incident in early February, when she helped a teenager and introduced her to some other believers. Vani was arrested after the girl’s parents reported her to police. While Vani was in jail, the jailer encouraged her to share the gospel and pray for the other women because he had seen dramatic change in those who accepted Christ. Vani has been released from jail and is now interested in continuing prison ministry.

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Vani and her daughter pray together after her recent release from prison.

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Mar. 26, 2014 | Nepal

Pray for Pastor Beaten for Sharing Gospel

Pastor Mohan Limbu was recently chased out of a village and beaten by local Hindus who were angry that he was distributing Bibles. Two of his ribs were broken in the attack, and his motorbike was also stolen. In addition, the pastor was charged with giving Hindus money to convert to Christianity.

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Pastor Limbu with his family.

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Mar. 26, 2014 | Egypt

Pray for Christian Man Beaten and Arrested

Kamel Saleh Gad Elrab, 67, was severely beaten by Muslim neighbors after he filed a complaint against them for trying to have him evicted from his property. A group of seven armed men came to Kamel’s house, stripped him of his clothes and beat him severely, breaking both of his legs. Kamel was taken to the hospital, and when police arrived they handcuffed him to the hospital bed and placed him under arrest. Egyptian police commonly arrest Christians even when they are the victims of a crime.

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An Egyptian man is receiving medical care after being attacked for his faith.

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INDIA: House Church Attacked in Karnataka On Jan. 24, Hindu radicals attacked a group of house-church believers at a one-day prayer meeting in Karnataka. The leader of the house church, Pastor Anand, has ministered in the area for more than three years, and the house church is attended by about 10 families.

At about 4 p.m., six hours after the prayer meeting began, Hindu radicals arrived at the house church and interrupted the meeting by shouting at the believers. They snatched Bibles from believers’ hands, tearing some of them up and taking others away. They beat some of the Christians and took them to the police station.

Pastor Anand as well as another pastor and four other believers were charged with forced conversions. The men were detained overnight and released the following afternoon. The case is ongoing.

Please Pray! Pray that all charges will be dropped against these believers and that their work for God’s kingdom will not be thwarted. Pray for their protection as well as that of their families. Pray for the salvation of the Hindu radicals.

"Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us." Is. 8:10

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Pray for Detained Australian Missionary   Leave a comment

Pray for Detained Australian Missionary

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John Short is currently detained in North Korea.

John Short is currently detained in North Korea.

John Short, 75, an Australian missionary who has lived in Hong Kong with his wife for the last 50 years, was questioned by police in his Pyongyang hotel on Feb. 16 and detained reportedly for having Korean-language gospel tracts. Short was visiting Pyongyang with a regular tour group and had arrived one day prior to his detention. Officials are said to have asked him, “Who translated this material into Korean?” and “Who sent you?” as well as asking him to what organization he belongs. The tour company has made repeated calls to North Korea, but officials have refused all contact. The Australian Embassy is working on Short’s behalf, although they do not have diplomatic relations with North Korea. You can e-mail officials at the Permanent Mission of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations (UN) in New York at korea@un.int. When you write, please be courteous and do not mention ANY Christian organization.

Posted February 26, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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He Will Share His Reward   Leave a comment

HE WILL SHARE HIS REWARD – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 5:12, "Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

MATTHEW 5:10-12

Jesus is saying that persecution should actually cause us to rejoice. There are many positive things about persecution but one of the best reasons to rejoice is because of the reward awaiting us in heaven.

Jesus takes the persecution of His saints very seriously as can be seen during the Damascus road experience of the apostle Paul. The Lord asked Paul (then Saul), "Why are you persecuting me?" (Acts 9:4) He didn’t say, "Why are you persecuting my people?" but "Why are you persecuting me?"

It is not actually us that people are rejecting but they are rejecting the One we represent. Therefore, Jesus promised to share His reward with us. All the glory and honor that Jesus has and will receive will be shared with those who have suffered shame for His name’s sake (Rom. 8:17). What a great reward!

Focusing on the reward instead of the persecution can actually make us rejoice when people speak against us (Acts 5:41). Paul actually longed to experience the fellowship that Jesus provided to those who suffered for His sake (Phil. 3:10). God’s reward is infinitely greater than any suffering we will ever encounter.

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