South Asian missionary beaten, thrown in jail, released

On October 2, four anti-Christian militants attacked Vikranta Rao, a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported missionary, while he and another GFA-supported missionary, Nirav Pillai, showed a movie about Jesus in a South Asian village. Vikranta was praying for the people as they watched the film when the attackers came. The attackers accused Vikranta of forcing people to convert to Christianity and assaulted him before calling the police. The police arrested Vikranta, instead of his attackers. They made him spend the night in a jail cell without food or adequate medical attention.

Nirav, who was operating the projector at the time of the attack, managed to escape the brutal beating. He fled and reported the situation to GFA's ministry office in the state. A GFA state leader went to the police station and managed to secure Vikranta's release the following day.

Please commit Vikranta to the Lord, that he may be healed, fully restored and strengthened to continue the good work that the Lord has prepared in advance. Pray that those who saw the film would be impacted by its message. Pray for the perpetrators and the police, that God would soften their hearts toward Christians in the region.

Qur'an burning will be used as excuse to persecute Christian minorities

Publicized plans to burn the Qur'an in Florida this weekend will be used as an excuse for violence against Christian minorities around the world. VOMC has received confirmation of specific threats to our Christian brothers and sisters in both Pakistan and Iraq if the Qur'an is burned.

VOMC CEO Corey Odden said, "Burning the Qur'an is contrary to Christ's command in Matthew 22:39 to love our neighbours as ourselves and will likely put our Christian brothers and sisters living in majority Muslim countries in grave and immediate danger of reprisal. We strongly encourage the leaders of Dove World Outreach Center to prayerfully reconsider their activities planned for September 11, 2010."

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Prayer request for VOMC co-worker

The following report is written in such a way as to hide the location and identity of those involved. Usually, we would not publish such vague prayer requests but the urgent nature of this situation requires that we suspend our usual practice.

Reporting and working on behalf of persecuted Christians is often dangerous work, even in countries where it is not technically illegal. The authorities in many countries sometimes view such activities as unpatriotic, portraying their country negatively. This is certainly the case in one African country where The Voice of the Martyrs is actively working and where one of our co-workers is in need of urgent prayer. Our co-worker has been threatened with having his/her work exposed to the security forces of the country. In this particular country, even the accusation of such activities could result in imprisonment. Pray for courage and safety for our co-worker and his/her family at this time. Pray that the one making these threats will come to repentance and that the threats will come to nothing.