Pray especially for the church in Uttar Pradesh and Telangana, states registering the highest incidence of persecution.
The number of attacks on Christians in India has reportedly been rising sharply, especially since elections in March returned Hindu nationalists to power. Violence has spread to 23 states.
Continue to pray for safety, protection and discernment for our partners during their ministry trips around Kenya and to neighbouring countries. Pray that they will bless those to whom they minister and that they will enjoy mutually encouraging fellowship.
One of our partners produces evangelistic programmes for broadcast on the radio and online. Finding staff for this area of ministry has proved challenging: pray that God will bring along the right people.
Praise God for our partners’ recent training with believers from a Muslim background. Pray that participants will have wisdom to know how to apply what they have learnt in their ministries.
Pray for Christian converts like Aliyah, who face intense persecution from their own Somali community inside Kenya. Aliyah risks attack every time she visits relatives in a Somali district, but she is determined to witness to them.
Pray that God’s people in Kenya will know they are not forgotten by their wider church family. One of our partners in Kenya says: ‘[Your prayers] are the pillars that make us continue having the courage to keep the journey of faith strong every day, even though it is tough.’
Pray for wisdom for leaders of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church which runs the Omdurman school (Prayer Shield 10th August). A state-imposed committee has been selling off its property for ‘redevelopment’.
Younan Abdullah was fatally stabbed as he tried to protect fellow Christians who came under attack as they protested peacefully against the illegal sell-off of the Evangelical School of Sudan in Omdurman. Pray for his widow and children.
Continue to pray for Czech Christian Petr Jašek, as he reintegrates into normal life after more than a year in jail in Sudan. He had been given a life sentence for ‘spying’, through his involvement with Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem (Prayer Shield 8th August).
Praise God for the release from jail of Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla. In January, the two men were sentenced to 11 years in jail for ‘spying’, among other things, but received a presidential pardon in May.
Continue to ask God to comfort the families of those killed in the Palm Sunday bombings at churches in Alexandria and Tanta. Praise God for their powerful testimonies of forgiveness towards the bombers.
Twenty-nine people died in the December 2016 bombing of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, adjacent to St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. The widow of the only man who died in the blast says she has been strengthened by support from the church: pray that all bereaved families will receive loving support.
Thank God for ‘Mary’, who had to flee from her village with her children after her husband was murdered. Two years on, Release partners have helped her set up a small shop to earn a living.
Release’s Strength to Stand groups in Cairo support women who face hostility and persecution as Christians. Thank God that He prepares the hearts of women even before group facilitators invite them to join. Pray they will be filled with faith.
Pray for Release partners in Upper Egypt who are sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways by serving marginalised families, especially Christians who have been displaced and young widows without an income.
Egypt’s education system is ranked one of the worst in the world. Our partners are developing e-learning tools which can reach people even in remote areas. Pray they will succeed in countering a culture of fear with the message of God’s unconditional love.
Release partners are sharing the gospel through internet radio and social media, and reaching many thousands of Egyptians. Pray that God will bless this ministry with many more urgently needed workers and cause it to bear rich fruit.
Officials in Dushanbe have closed down two kindergartens: one because it employed Christians and the other because officials found a book of Christmas carols.
Pray that God will touch the hearts of police officials involved in raids on Sogd churches: pray that He will speak to them through the witness of His people.
Police have been raiding other congregations in Sogd region, linked to the church of Pastor Bakhrom (Prayer Shield 28 July). A church in Konibodom was shut down completely.
In #Tajikistan, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was detained after officials found Christian books during a raid on Sunmin Sunbogym Church in Khujand. On July 10, one of Release’s partners in Central Asia confirmed that brother Bakhrom had just been sentenced to three years in prison while urging Release and Christians in the UK to ‘pray for…
Tajik officials frequently use criminal charges related to extremism to persecute those who worship outside state-approved religious communities. Pray that God’s word will one day be preached freely in Tajikistan.
Ask God to build up His people in Tajikistan, especially those in unregistered churches. Converts from Islam too face severe persecution from their families and community.
Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi are still waiting to hear if they have won their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. They’ve also been charged with crimes against ‘national security’.