Saturday, 1 October 2011

Urgent Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Egypt and Iran

Before I share anything new this week, I would first like to share an urgent prayer request. 

First, at present Iranian Pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, is facing execution at any time for converting to Christianity and refusing to recant. There is an international campaign now to pressure the Iranian authorities to withdraw their sentence. However, prayer is the real key now. He's got a young family, too. Please pray for him and his family. Pray that the Lord would intervene and deliver him from this sentence and restore him to his family and congregation. Pray that the Lord would give them peace and strength in this trial. Click Here for more information. 

Here are some video clips of media coverage on the case in the last few days - please pray: 






Many of our brothers and sisters in Iran are facing similar hardship and persecution. Let's remember them also. 
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Another urgent matter for prayer is for Christians in Egypt. Since the January Revolution, the Church in Egypt has been facing more and more severe danger and persecution. Last night, about 3,000 Muslim fanatics attacked a Church in one village in Upper Egypt  near the tourist city of Aswan and completely burned it down, also destroying the homes and businesses of many Christians. Many are now trying to flee the village with boats across the Nile, but they are quite surrounded. There is deep fear of a massacre through the night. As usual the authorities are just spectators and are not doing anything.  Please pray for the Lord's protection and deliverance. Pray that the Lord will give His people peace and strength through this trial. 

(here is a link in English that tells a little bit, though there were many developments since its writing)

Several other Churches around the country have been attacked and destroyed and many more are threatened. There are also thousands still in prisons. Already the situation in Egypt in general is getting worse and more grave. The greatest fear is an total Islamic takeover with the help of the ruling Army. Sadly, the international media is not mentioning anything about this at all. So, please remember them in your prayers. Prayer Changes things. 

'Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them that suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.' (Hebrews 13: 3). 

Thank you and God Bless. 

2 comments:

Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

I'll assuredly be praying. Oh, may we cry out to the Lord for these soldiers of Christ Jesus, and seek Him with all our hearts. He is the faithful Hearer and Answerer of Prayer. I thank God that all deliverance, all comfort, all joy, all assurance, all peace comes through Jesus Christ our Lord. May we take up our cross today and follow Him... may we intercede earnestly on behalf of our brethren. Thank you for this call to prayer, sister. The Lord is with His people.

Love,

Maddy

Sarah said...

Amen! Maddy,

I find these testimonies really challenging and encouraging. May the Lord give us the grace to take up our crosses to follow him daily. He is our peace and all our comfort. Yes, together with many others around the world, we'll bring our brothers and sisters who are suffering before the throne of grace.

Thank you for joining in this intercession.

love in Him,
Sarah

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