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The Voice of the Martyrs

"Suffering is the school in which God
chastens us and teaches us to trust in Him so
that our faith may not always stay in our ears
and hover on our lips but may have its true
dwelling place in the depths of our hearts."
~ Martin Luther


ERITREA: Arrests of Christians Continue

Sources: Open Doors, International Christian Concern

Eritrean family praying - Photo: Release International www.releaseinternational.org
Photo: Release International

In the days leading up to Eritrea's Independence Day celebrations during the month of May, authorities arrested more than 140 Christians in an attempt to quell any indications of dissent in the country (see this report). Unfortunately, the renewed crackdown on Christians does not seem to have abated.

In early June, more than 30 Christians were arrested by security forces. Officers raided three private homes in the capital of Asmara where devotees of this "unrecognized religion" had gathered for prayer. According to one report, the believers were promised release only if they disavowed their faith.

In recent months, pressure has also intensified as authorities seek full control of all religious organizations -- including schools, medical clinics and orphanages.

Please remember these arrested believers and the many other prisoners who are being held for their Christian faith, often in horrific conditions. As they patiently await release from imprisonment, pray that needed spiritual and physical provisions will be made available to strengthen and sustain them, as well as for their concerned family members who are facing uncertainty. May the Lord be glorified through the testimonies of faithfulness and hope being demonstrated through His people.


PAKISTAN: Family Left Homeless After Attack

Sources: International Christian Concern, Mission News Network, Forgotten Missionaries International

The Makran coastal highway - Photo: Wikipedia / Furqanlw www.wikipedia.org
The Makran coastal highway in Balochistan province.
Photo: Wikipedia / Furqanlw (cc)

A Christian pastor, his wife, and college-aged daughter are thankful to be unharmed after they were attacked by a mob of 34 men. A police officer happened to be passing by at the time and rescued the family. Although they escaped with only minor injuries, they are now left homeless, as the attackers seized their property.

This is not the first time that Pastor Aziz has been targeted because of his faith. Several years ago, his five-year-old son was kidnapped by relatives who were opposed to their ministry. They have not seen their son in more than fifteen years.

Pastor Aziz is from a Muslim background and has been actively involved in church planting within Pakistan's Balochistan province, near the Iranian border. Despite their recent loss of home, the family is determined to continue their ministry. For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Pakistan, go to our country report.

While we praise God for the intervention of the unexpected rescuer who was able to assist in time during the recent attack, pray for Pastor Aziz and his family as they overcome the pain and loss, and the abduction and resulting estrangement of their son in previous years. As was the case of Moses who was raised in the household of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh (Exodus 2:1-10), may the Lord keep His hand of protection and spiritual blessing on this child -- bringing about a miraculous reunion. Also pray for the provision of a safe home for the family, and for their continued strength and boldness to endure in ministry, despite the opposition.


PRAISE REPORT


CHINA: Pastor's Wife Released on Bail

Sources: China Aid, Pray for Early Rain Church

Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong - Photo: ChinaAid www.chinaaid.org
Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong
Photo: ChinaAid

On the evening of December 9th, 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested in coordinated raids on their homes. The pastor, Wang Yi, remains in detention, facing up to 15 years in prison. Several others, including his wife, also face charges. For more information on this incident, go to this page.

We are thankful to receive recent news that Pastor Wang's wife, Jiang Rong, was released on bail on June 11th and has been reunited with her son. Another Christian, Li Xiaofeng, was also released. Since both remain on bail, they can be re-arrested at any time, and thus their freedoms remain severely restricted. At last report, their health condition is unknown.

Praise God that Jiang and Li have been allowed to return to their families, even under these bail conditions. Pray for their emotional and physical healing, and that they will be allowed access to any treatment they may need. Continue to lift up Pastor Wang and the many other Christians who remain detained, asking the Lord to provide ongoing encouragement and hope as they await their own release from imprisonment.

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.



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