Please pray today for members of our church family who are behind bars because of their faith in Jesus.
Sudanese pastors Kowa Shamaal and Hassan Abduraheem and Czech believer Petr Jašek (right) appeared in court in Khartoum yesterday, accused of crimes that carry the death penalty. The prosecution accused Petr of tarnishing Sudan’s reputation through his reports that they claim are critical of the Government’s military assault on suspected rebel targets in South Kordofan. The prosecution also cited Petr and the pastors’ links with a Darfuri student injured in a protest. Pray for their acquittal. (Source: Sudan Tribune)
Rejoice with us that Pastor Behnam Irani (left) was released from jail in Iran last night. He has spent the past six years behind bars serving time for ‘crimes against national security’ – namely, leading a house church and sharing his faith. He is said to be in poor health, his existing medical issues exacerbated by abuse he suffered at the hands of his guards and fellow inmates. Pray for the family as Behnam is reunited with his wife and children. Please also pray for the 200 other prisoners in jail in Iran because of their faith. (Source: Middle East Concern)
Pray too for all the girls whom Boko Haram militants abducted from Chibok in north-east Nigeria in April 2014. Twenty-one girls were released last week and were reunited with their families in Abuja on Sunday. Almost 200 remain in captivity. Reports say that a splinter group of Boko Haram is now willing to negotiate the release of 83 more girls. Pray that all the girls will receive God’s healing, as well as the trauma counselling, loving care and acceptance they need. (Source: The Independent)
And please also continue to remember our Pakistani sister Asia Bibi whose final appeal to the Lahore Supreme Court against a death sentence for ‘blasphemy’ was adjourned last week. Pray that her appeal will be heard very soon – and will be successful.
You can find out more about these and other prisoners of faith on our Prisoners page.
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