“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 Last year, Chinese pastor, Gu Yuese was imprisoned on false embezzlement charges. Just before Christmas, he was released from prison after the case against him was unexpectedly dropped. Thank the Lord for his release and pray that he will recover physically and mentally from his time in prison. Pray also for Pastor Gu’s family for strength and healing as they welcome him home.
Let us pray for the courageous men and women all over the world who follow the God given command to speak up and ‘defend the rights of the poor and needy’ Proverbs 31:9. Pray that threats against human rights defenders in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh would stop, thanking God for many of those that CSW have the honour of working with and for their protection. Go to www.csw.org.uk to listen to three ladies talk about their work on these issues in South Asia.
Though thousands of men, women and children have been killed by Fulani militia in Nigeria, the crisis has received almost no international attention. Much prayer has gone up for the camp in southern Kaduna for people displaced by Fulani violence. Recently, CSW Nigeria provided training in income generating skills to a group of destitute widows and gave them start up materials. When we visited in October, the ladies were transformed. Their faces glowed with hope as they told us they were now able to provide for their children and had even accumulated small savings. Praise God
This week we can thank God that Indonesia’s Constitutional Court has recently ruled that people from religious minorities should be allowed to state their faith on their ID cards. For many, this will mean receiving an identity card for the first time, allowing them to register their marriage and their children’s births, apply for healthcare, government jobs, and so much more. This is really encouraging news that will have a huge impact. Let us pray that those in other countries who face similar troubles are recognised.
Nepal: Can we pray yet again for Nepal where a law criminalising religious conversion and the ‘hurting of religious sentiment’ has now been signed by the President and is hence officially law. Pray for protection of Christians and other religious minorities, and for Nepal’s human rights defenders as they prepare to defend religious freedom.
This week, we need to bring Egypt to God in our prayers following the murder of Father Samaan Shahata Rizkallah, a priest who was stabbed to death by a suspected extremist. Another priest, Father Beymen Moftah, was attacked alongside Father Samaan but is reported to have survived his injuries. Please pray for God to comfort the family of Father Samaan as they mourn and for speedy healing for Father Beymen. How blessed we are to be able to pray for these people.
Who are Christian Solidarity?
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) works in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, defending everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. Three quarters of the world’s population lives in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom – in fact, it’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world. We think this is unacceptable. We’re working to change it. Our vision is of a world where everyone is free to choose their beliefs – to hold and practise any religion they like, or none at all.
Find out more on the Christian Solidarity Worldwide website (click here)