This Weeks Prayer Requests
August 13, 2010
Prayer is the number one thing that persecuted Christians all over the world ask for, so today we share with you again, this weeks prayer requests. If you are interested in receiving weekly prayer requests via email, you may subscribe at our VOM Groups page.
"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray
IRAN — Christian Converts Arrested — Farsi Christian News Network
On July 18, government security forces arrested 15 Christian converts traveling to the city of Bojnoord to meet with other believers, according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN). In what appeared to be a coordinated effort, security forces stopped the Christians’ bus in Mashhad, the capital of Razavi Khorasan, Iran. Authorities boarded the bus, arrested 15 believers and took them to the Ministry of Information’s central detention center. According to FCNN, the believers were subjected to harsh and inhumane interrogations. After being held for a week, 13 of the Christians were conditionally released after signing promissory notes and posting bail. At last report, the two remaining detainees, 48-year-old Reza and 23-year-old Ehsan Behrooz, remained in detention because they refused to sign any forms or post bail. Pray that the Lord will strengthen these new believers as they face this trial. Pray that the two remaining detainees will be released without charge and that their strong testimony will lead others to consider the source of their peace and strength.
INDIA — Police Detain Christian Students — All India Christian Council
A pastor and team of students from a Bible college in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, were detained by the police on July 24 for alleged conversion activities, according to All India Christian Council. The students had been working with Compassion for India ministry, serving the poor and underprivileged in and around Lucknow. Police accused the group of converting Muslims, and while in detention the pastor and his team were questioned about their work. The police also took money from the pastor before releasing the students from custody. Praise God for the many faithful Christian workers and evangelists in India. Pray that these students will be encouraged to continue the good works the Lord has prepared for them and that their lives will continue to glorify God.