Pray for the release of Christian Imran Ghafur who is serving a life sentence because a neighbour claimed to see him burning pages of a copy of the Koran.
Continue to pray for the repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Pray for a radical shift in attitudes towards religious minorities in Pakistan, where intolerance appears to be growing.
Pray that almighty God will be the advocate for the many Christians in Pakistan unjustly accused and prosecuted because of their faith: pray He will help secure justice for them.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has just granted bail to evangelist Adnan Prince, more than two years after he was detained over accusations he had written blasphemous comments in a book about Islam.
Pray for 32 Christians accused of killing two men suspected of suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Youhannabad, Lahore, in March 2015. Their prosecution is being contested by Christian lawyers.
The Joseph Colony riots (Prayer Shield 18th June) followed accusations of blasphemy being made against a Christian road-sweeper named Sawan Masih. He was sentenced to death in 2014: his appeal has yet to be heard.
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore recently cleared 106 Muslims of attacking Joseph Colony, a Christian community in Lahore, during a blasphemy row in 2013. Christians fear Pakistan’s courts are biased against them. Pray that officials will take firm action against such riots in future.
Mukhtar Masih, a 70-year-old Christian from Gujranwala, Punjab, has been accused of ‘blasphemy’ for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Koran and Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, in a letter. Ask God to protect him and his family.
Pastor Judoon was apparently abducted from Kamahan in January because of his involvement in Babu Shahbaz’s case (yesterday’s Prayer Shield). Pray for news of what has happened to him.
Praise God that evangelist Babu Shahbaz was released from police custody after accusations of ‘blasphemy’ proved unfounded. Continued threats to his family mean they have not been able to return to their home in Kamahan near Lahore.
Pray that Christians in Turkey will stand firm in their faith and not be discouraged by the recent crackdown.
In the past four years, at least 100 pastors serving in Turkey have reportedly been denied visas or permits, and forced to leave. Several have been accused of ‘threatening national security’. Ask God to protect church leaders.
Christians in Turkey fear religious liberties are under threat as the Government continues its crackdown on those suspected of links to the Gulen movement which it blames for last year’s attempted coup.
Pray for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson who has been imprisoned in western Turkey since October after false accusation were made that he has links to ‘terrorists’.
Pray for Veronika and her son, Augustine, who were arrested in February in Urmia, just months after being baptised in Turkey. Revolutionary Guards raided their home and found Christian literature.
Yaser, Saheb and Mohammad (8th June) have also been charged with acting against national security. Pray these charges will be dropped.
Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi were sentenced to 80 lashes for taking communion wine. Pray they will win their appeal.
Pray for the release of Amin Nader Afshar and Hadi Askary who have been detained without charge since August. The men went on hunger strike until officials promised them medical care and progress in their case.
Pray that China will give in to international pressure and release the scores of lawyers, church leaders and justice campaigners who have been rounded up by the authorities in a clampdown since 2015. Many of those detained are Christians.
Li Heping’s brother, lawyer Li Chunfu, spent more than 500 days in jail and suffered brutal torture. He showed signs of mental illness on release from jail. Continue to pray God will heal him totally.
Chinese brother Li Heping was released from jail last month – after almost two years of torture and abuse. First arrested in July 2015, he has returned home to his family in Beijing. Pray for Li Heping and his family as they remain under intense surveillance.
Praise God that Huang Yan was able to receive vital surgery for ovarian cancer, thanks to support from her fellow Christians worldwide. Chinese medics had refused to operate, apparently due to her human rights work.
Zhang Xiuhong is starting a five-year jail sentence. Zhang, a former deacon of the much persecuted Huoshi Church in Guizhou, was convicted of ‘illegal business operations’.
Alimjan Yimit is serving a 15-year jail sentence for evangelising China’s Uyghur Muslim population. He was sentenced in 2008. His wife is able to visit only occasionally, for 15 minutes at a time.
At least four people Pastor Han (see 30th May Prayer Shield) led to Christ have since been executed by the North Korean Government. Ask God to protect brave North Korean Christians who return to their homeland to spread the gospel.