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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

World Persecution Report


Prayers for February 28, 2006

From The Voice of the Martyrs



INDIA (Gospel for India/Compass Direct/agapepress)

According to Gospel for Asia (GFA), the level of persecution against Christians in India has reached new levels in early 2006, as Hindu extremists work to incite violence against believers. The fight centers on Hindutva, literally "Hinduness," a growing ideology that has a purely Hindu nation as its goal. At a recent large rally, Hindu nationalists called on the states to make their own anti-conversion laws. Please pray for the following situations:

On February 17th, a band of radicals destroyed a church building and Christian school in Kota, District of Rajasthan State. (Gospel for India)

A GFA native missionary and several other believers are in jail because of a radical plot to frame them for the murder of a child. The 16-month-old child of a Muslim family had suffered from a prolonged illness. When the parents quarreled with a Christian pastor over some land, members of the local Hindu nationalist party advised them to dash their child against some rocks, breaking its bones. They then filed murder charges against Pastor Kasota and 10 others. (Gospel for India)

On February 8th, an Indian woman from Canada and three youths beat the pastor of an independent church in Punjab so severely that he required hospital treatment. The woman had been involved in a land dispute with the church and hired the youths to beat up the pastor who would not give up land that legally belonged to the church. (Compass Direct)

More than 10,000 students are graduating from Hopegivers International Seminary this month. Most of the students are Dalits, people considered below the fourfold Hindu caste system. (Agapepress)

Pray God will put a hedge of protection around all His faithful ones in India. Pray the Dalits, who know God's great love for them, will share their faith in Jesus throughout all India. Pray the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of many Hindus to the reality of the gospel.

NIGERIA (Compass Direct/ASSIST News Service/Religion Today)

Christians and churches have been the subjects of recent violent attacks. Please pray for the following:

The Nigerian government last week said intelligence agents had found that Kano state in Northern Nigeria is asking foreign Islamic governments for help to train militants in"intelligence" and "the practice of jihad." (Compass Direct)

A Catholic priest and 50 other Christians were killed February 18th, when Muslim extremists, enraged by caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, burned 31 churches in two cities in Borno state. (ASSIST News Service)

Christian mobs in Onistsha attacked Muslim motorists and traders on February 22nd, leaving more than 30 people dead. (Religion Today)

Pray the Lord will comfort all those who mourn for their loved ones. Pray God will give all Christians in Nigeria His special power and grace to forgive their attackers. Pray God will convict the vengeful Christians of their betrayal of Jesus' love for them and all people.

PAKISTAN

Violent protests against the cartoons of Mohammad that targeted Western businesses and institutions have spread to Christians who are seen as followers of a Western religion. Please pray for the following:


On February 13th, Muslim college students and Islamic militants vandalized missionary-run Edward's College in Peshawar, smashing windows in various buildings. Two days later protestors in Peshawar damaged St. Michael's Convent School, St. Elizabeth's Girls' College, and a mission hospital run by the Church of Pakistan. A United Presbyterian girls' school in Kasur was also damaged by a mob of several thousand Muslims. (VOM Canada)


A crowd of Muslims in the southern province of Sindh, burned down two churches and a convent school February 22nd, reportedly over an incident of Koran desecration. Local sources said the violence occurred after a Muslim was arrested for allegedly burning pages of the Koran and trying to frame his Christian father-in-law. (Compass Direct)


Yousaf Masih, a Christian detained on blasphemy charges, has been released on bail. Two days later, 65 of 85 Muslims, detained for the assault on churches in Sangla Hill, were also released. The blasphemy charge against Masih, a semi-illiterate farm hand, provoked a mob of 2,000 Muslims to attack and set fire to three churches, a convent, two schools, a hostel for girls and several Christian homes. (Religion Today)

Pray Christians in Pakistan will bless the Lord with their faithful witness to His amazing love for His enemies. Pray moderate Muslims all over the world will speak up in protest against the evil violence of Islamic extremists. Give thanks to God Yousaf Masih has been released, and pray God will protect him from any retaliation by the Muslims.


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