Please pray for believers in Mandera on the Somali border as extremists continue their campaign to force Christians out of the area.
One survivor said that many lives were saved because of the swift response from police reservists stationed near the residential block targeted by al-Shabaab.
This is the latest in a number of attacks targeting Christians in the Mandera area. Al-Shabaab killed 38 non-Muslims at a quarry in Kormey, nine miles from Mandera, in December 2014. Almost all of those killed were Christians. Ten days earlier, at least 19 Christians were shot dead after being pulled off a bus hijacked near Mandera.
The BBC reports that Muslims in Kenya’s north-east increasingly see al-Shabaab as a threat to their own interests, and are seeking to improve relations with local Christians. Many of these Christians are skilled workers who have moved into the region, one of Kenya’s poorest, to work in its schools and hospitals.
- Ask God to bind up the broken-hearted in Mandera, and protect His people there.
- Thank God for collaborative efforts in north-east Kenya to curb the extremist threat.
- Pray for wisdom for the Kenyan Government, military and police as they tackle extremism.
Please pray for our Pakistani sister Asia Bibi who is due to appear in Lahore’s Supreme Court on October 13 for her final appeal against a death sentence for blasphemy. (Source: Dawn).
Iranian Christians Mohammed Roghangir and Massoud Rezai have been prevented from gaining early release from jail on good behaviour. Arrested at a prayer meeting in Shiraz in 2012, Mohammed and Massoud were sentenced to six and five years respectively for ‘action against national security’. A recent appeal by the men for early release was apparently blocked by Iranian intelligence.
Also in Iran, three house church members – Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi (known as Youhan) – have just been sentenced to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine. They plan to appeal. The three Christians from Rasht and their pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, are due to appear in court on October 15 charged with ‘action against national security’. (Source: Middle East Concern).