Persecution & Prayer Alert

"Be joyful in hope, patient in
affliction, faithful in prayer."
~ Romans 12:12  NIVUK

Taking place across Canada on November 1st, 2020 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). This year's theme is "Hope in Isolation." We encourage churches, prayer groups, families, and individual believers to take some time that day to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. For more information and access to helpful resources, visit

Iran: Adopted Daughter Seized from Christian Couple

Source(s): Church in Chains, Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, Middle East Concern


Sam Khosravi, Maryam Falahi, and child

An Iranian court has ruled that the adopted daughter of Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi be taken from them because they are "not fit" to be her parents. Although declared on July 19th, the ruling has only recently come to light after reports revealed that the couple's appeal was rejected on September 22nd. The court further ruled that since Lydia's birth parentage is unknown, she is to be considered a Muslim and thus must be raised by Muslim parents. It is expected that Lydia will be returned to the orphanage.

Nigeria: Lawlessness Heightens Call to Prayer

Source(s): Morning Star News, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Hassana and Hussaina Garba - Photo: Facebook
Hassana and Hussaina Garba
Photo: Facebook

The violence dominating areas of Nigeria continues as Fulani herdsmen terrorize village communities. Unfortunately, Christians are frequently targeted in these attacks. On September 18th, a church elder was shot in the stomach and his twin daughters kidnapped from their home in Katsina State. Thankfully, Ibrahim Garba survived the attack and received treatment in hospital. His teenaged daughters, Hassana and Hussaina, were released three days later.

Pakistan: Family in Hiding After Verdict

Source(s): Release International

Asif Pervaiz (right) and his attorney (center) - Photo: Morning Star News
Asif Pervaiz (right) and his attorney (center)
Photo: Morning Star News

Marilyn and her four young children have had to flee for their lives after her husband, Asif Pervaiz, was sentenced to death for blasphemy on September 8th (read more). Typically, even the families of those accused of blasphemy are targeted with acts of violence by opposing community members. In an effort to stay safe, Marilyn and her children are now in hiding.

If you would like to post a prayer of praise or petition on behalf of our persecuted family around the globe, visit VOMC's prayer wall.