One of the young people arrested en route to a holiday camp in Madhya Pradesh, Akash Gundia, 15, was detained for nearly a month before being freed. Pray this experience will strengthen his faith.
Despite parents’ protestations, six Christians, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion of the children they were accompanying to a holiday camp (see 17th October Prayer Shield).
Officials detained eight Christians and the 72 children they were taking to a Christian holiday camp in Madhya Pradesh. Children as young as six were held for up to three days before their parents retrieved them and insisted they were not being converted by force.
Stand alongside Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos in praying that revival will follow this current time of intense persecution of Nigerian Christians. ‘I’m asking God that out of these ashes will rise a wave of… revival… over Nigeria and all of Africa,’ he told us.
Praise God for the steadfast faith and wise leadership of Release partners in Nigeria, including Stefanos Foundation. Ask God to give them His authority.
Continue to pray for the many other women and girls abducted by extremists in northern Nigeria who are still missing – and for their families. Pray that even those who have been forcibly converted to Islam will know their heavenly Father still loves and accepts them.
Eighty-two of the 276 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists in April 2014 were released in May. They have been undergoing ‘rehabilitation’ in Abuja. Pray that God will heal them.
Pray that the Nigerian Government will take firm action to stop attacks by Fulani militants who are specifically targeting Christians in an attempt to seize land.
Many Christians from northeast Nigeria are now living in displacement camps, after fleeing extremist violence. Pray that the Nigerian Government will provide for them.
Pray that God will bless our Christian family in northern Nigeria amid continuing violence by both Boko Haram extremists and Fulani militants.
Ask God to heal several members of Bainian Church in Jiaozhou, Shandong, who were attacked by workmen tasked with tearing down the church fence. Pastor Zhan Gang fears the 100-year-old church may be demolished.
Pastor Li Wanhua of Fengle Church in Jiangmen, Guangdong, has been detained on charges which include taking part in ‘a cult’. Fellow Christian Ruan Haonan was detained on similar charges.
Some churches in Zhejiang province have had power and water supplies cut for refusing to install government surveillance cameras. Pray that officials will stop their surveillance attempts.
Imprisoned pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Church has reportedly been tortured because he tried again to appeal against his sentence. He has served almost four years of a 12-year sentence for ‘fraud’.
Continue to pray for the release of Huoshi Church elders Pastor Yang Hua and accountant Zhang Xiuhong, who are in prison on false charges.
The much persecuted Huoshi Church in Guizhou province has been fined more than £800,000 because, officials say, donations the church received between 2009 and 2015 were ‘illegal income’.
Pray for peace for imprisoned lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s wife, Jin Bianling, and their daughter, who have fled to the US to avoid further harassment.
Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong has reportedly been charged with trying to overthrow the regime and so faces a potential life sentence. Ask God to comfort and sustain Jiang who was detained last November.
Pray for the immediate release of all lawyers and activists arrested during and since China’s 2015 crackdown on ‘dissidents’.
Pray for freedom for ‘Kareen’ whom Release met on a recent visit to Pakistan. She and her children have been in hiding from Muslim relatives for 11 years.
Please pray for the many Christians in Pakistan who are broken-hearted, including those who have lost loves ones in extremist attacks. Pray that they will know that God ‘saves those who are crushed in spirit’ (Psalm 34:18).
Pray for Asia Bibi and her family, including husband Ashiq, as they wait for her final appeal against a death sentence for ‘blasphemy’. Pray that they will remain strong in their faith.
Ishfaq Masih, 23, from Lahore, was recently arrested on suspicion of ‘blasphemy’: the accusation followed a row between Ishfaq and a Muslim who had refused to pay him for repairing a tyre.
Pray for Nabeel Masih, 16, who has been detained since last September for allegedly posting on Facebook a ‘sacrilegious’ photo of an Islamic holy site. His lawyer says Nabeel has been framed.
The Government has set up an email hotline where people can report ‘blasphemous’ content online (see 24th Sept Prayer Shield). Ask God to give wisdom to those monitoring this hotline so that it does not become a means to persecute religious minorities.