February 4, 2014
Last November VOM launched www.iCommitToPray.com, a web site designed to be an online prayer meeting for the persecuted church.
Each week a new request is posted, and visitors are invited to type in their prayers, so that others may join in with them and be encouraged by them, similar to the prayer meetings that might happen at your local church on Wednesday nights or Sunday nights or at some other point in the week.
Last week's prayer request was this:
Pastor Zhang Shaojie, 49, and Yan Beibei, 23, were allowed to see their lawyers on Jan. 15, 2014, after two months in detention. They were among 12 Christians detained for their involvement with the Nanle County Christian Church in November and December 2013. Pastor Zhang, who has been charged with fraud and “gathering a mob to disrupt public order,” asked his lawyer to express his thanks to “all the people in the world who are paying attention to Nanle County Christian Church” and are remembering those in custody. One of the prisoners attempted suicide after being beaten by authorities. Pray for their resilience and faith, as many of them and their family members have been beaten.
More than 500 people, in 30+ countries, had posted prayers on behalf of these Chinese believers in the first four days after the request was posted.
Will you join with them? Go to www.iCommitToPray.com and read the requests, and lift your voice along with the thousands of other voices crying out to God on behalf of our persecuted family.
Register on the site to be alerted by email every time a new request is posted.
When we visit with persecuted Christians around the world and ask them how we can help, their first request is that we PRAY for them.
Will you commit to pray for the persecuted church?