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Prayer Shield 18th November 2017 – Egypt

Pray for improved relations between Christians and Muslims in Ezbat El-Sheikh Nageim village in Minya. Muslims rioted after two Christians were accused of ‘insulting Islam’ in social media comments about a bus attack in which 28 Copts died. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th November 2017 – Egypt

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Minya province, the scene of many sectarian attacks in Egypt in recent years. Many churches have been closed. About 70 villages and hamlets in Minya have no church or place for Christian worship. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th November 2017 – Egypt

Police provided security for fear of reprisals from locals when the church in Ezbat Al-Forn reopened (15th Nov). Praise God that some local Muslims visited the church to congratulate them on reopening. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th November 2017 – Egypt

Thank God that Christians in Ezbat Al-Forn village in Minya have prayershield been able to reopen their church after it was forced to close ‘for security reasons’ following complaints from local Muslims in August. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th November 2017 – Egypt

‘Mary’, aged 16, was kidnapped from Balansora, Minya province, in June by a young man she was dating. Thank God that police found her after 90 days and restored her to her family. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th November 2017 – Egypt

Continue to pray for the many Coptic Christian young women who have been kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslims. Kidnappers are reportedly paid for each woman they seize. Such abductions are reportedly at an all-time high. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th November 2017 – North Korea

Stand with North Korea’s underground Christians in praying that their country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, will come to know Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th November 2017 – North Korea

North Korea has been engaged in dangerous sabre-rattling with nations such as the US. Pray that God uses this international crisis for His glory, to make it possible for North Korean Christians to worship freely. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th November 2017 – North Korea

Praise God that North Koreans are giving their lives to Him, fully aware of the cost. Many have never known life without persecution. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th November 2017 – North Korea

Dr Eric Foley believes that almost a third of the 100,000 Christians in North Korea are in concentration camps. Pray that God will strengthen His people – and set them free. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th November 2017 – North Korea

Release partner Dr Eric Foley says that state surveillance of Christians in North Korea has never been higher. Pray that our North Korean family will know true freedom in Christ through the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th November 2017 – North Korea

Our brothers and sisters in North Korea live under a regime which considers their faith an act of sedition. Pray that they will see God’s love and faithfulness even in small, everyday things. ‘From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is fa… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th November 2017 – India

Christians in India believe the Government has tried to devalue Christmas by establishing ‘Good Governance Day’ on December 25 to mark the birthday of a former prime minister and BJP leader. Pray in faith that increasing numbers of Indians will celebra… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th November 2017 – India

Alphons Kannanthanam from Kerala recently became the first Christian MP to be appointed to Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Pray that God will use Alphons to speak up for religious freedoms and to uphold the values of His kingdom. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th November 2017 – India

Pray for Christians in Jharkhand state which recently became the sixth in India to adopt an ‘anti-conversion’ law. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd November 2017 – India

Extremists raided a house-church service which Pastor Harjot Singh Sethi was leading in Dabli Rathan village, Rajasthan state, and beat him with steel rods and sticks. Apparently intimidated, police arrested only a few of the attackers. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd November 2017 – India

Praise God for 90-year-old ‘Jatya’ who has continued to evangelise in his Indian village despite suffering severe beatings on eight occasions. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st November 2017 – India

Praise God for the courage of Pastor ‘Joseph’ and his friend ‘Walter’: they continue to share the gospel even after they were beaten by a 50-strong mob. Arrested on suspicion of ‘forcible conversion’, they led several people to Christ in custody. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 31st October 2017 – Philippines

Pray for the families of eight Christians who were shot dead as they tried to flee Marawi. They were killed after refusing to recite the Islamic creed. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th October 2017 – Philippines

Pastor Teresito Suganob and about 100 Christians were among some 200 people kidnapped by Maute militants in Marawi. The Islamic State-affiliated group still holds part of the city. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th October 2017 – Philippines

Many Christians in Mindanao have been displaced and are living in camps, including 400,000 people who fled an extremist attack on Marawi city in May. The threat of abuse and exploitation in these camps is high. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th October 2017 – Philippines

Ask God to protect church leaders in the southern Philippines especially: militants reportedly view them as a threat to their recruitment drives. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th October 2017 – Philippines

Pray for our Christian family in Mindanao, an area in the southern Philippines with a significant Muslim population and where Islamist extremism is on the rise. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th October 2017 – India

Pray that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take decisive action to curb Hindu extremism and anti-Christian violence. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th October 2017 – India

Ask God to build and strengthen His church in India amid mounting intolerance and hostility towards non-Hindus, especially since the March elections. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th October 2017 – India

Pray that God will touch the hearts of individual police officers in the Abasing area and convict them of the need to uphold religious liberties. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd October 2017 – India

Members of Pastor Samuel’s church in Abasing (22nd October) have been forced to sign an ‘agreement’ which amounts to a ban on church services. Pray for justice for local Christians and pray that they will find new ways to enjoy fellowship. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd October 2017 – India

Pray for Pastor Samuel Karjee and his church in Abasing, Odisha. A 300-strong mob beat its 12 members. Rajata, 24, suffered serious internal injuries; even Madhusmita, 13, was punched in the stomach. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st October 2017 – India

A mob forced every local Christian in Jalalabad village (see 20th October) to take part in Hindu rituals and deny Christ. Some younger Christians reportedly felt they had no option but to give in to these demands. Pray that Jesus will comfort them and … Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th October 2017 – India

Pray for Christian families in Jalalabad village in Uttar Pradesh whose neighbours are denying them water for their crops – to force them to deny Jesus. They have refused to recant their faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th October 2017 – India

One of the young people arrested en route to a holiday camp in Madhya Pradesh, Akash Gundia, 15, was detained for nearly a month before being freed. Pray this experience will strengthen his faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th October 2017 – India

Despite parents’ protestations, six Christians, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion of the children they were accompanying to a holiday camp (see 17th October Prayer Shield). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th October 2017 – India

Officials detained eight Christians and the 72 children they were taking to a Christian holiday camp in Madhya Pradesh. Children as young as six were held for up to three days before their parents retrieved them and insisted they were not being convert… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th October 2017 – Nigeria

Stand alongside Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos in praying that revival will follow this current time of intense persecution of Nigerian Christians. ‘I’m asking God that out of these ashes will rise a wave of… revival… over Nigeria and all of Africa,’ he told us. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th October 2017 – Nigeria

Praise God for the steadfast faith and wise leadership of Release partners in Nigeria, including Stefanos Foundation. Ask God to give them His authority. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th October 2017 – Nigeria

Continue to pray for the many other women and girls abducted by extremists in northern Nigeria who are still missing – and for their families. Pray that even those who have been forcibly converted to Islam will know their heavenly Father still loves and accepts them. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th October 2017 – Nigeria

Eighty-two of the 276 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists in April 2014 were released in May. They have been undergoing ‘rehabilitation’ in Abuja. Pray that God will heal them. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th October 2017 – Nigeria

Pray that the Nigerian Government will take firm action to stop attacks by Fulani militants who are specifically targeting Christians in an attempt to seize land. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th October 2017 – Nigeria

Many Christians from northeast Nigeria are now living in displacement camps, after fleeing extremist violence. Pray that the Nigerian Government will provide for them. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th October 2017 – Nigeria

Pray that God will bless our Christian family in northern Nigeria amid continuing violence by both Boko Haram extremists and Fulani militants. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th October 2017 – China

Ask God to heal several members of Bainian Church in Jiaozhou, Shandong, who were attacked by workmen tasked with tearing down the church fence. Pastor Zhan Gang fears the 100-year-old church may be demolished. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th October 2017 – China

Pastor Li Wanhua of Fengle Church in Jiangmen, Guangdong, has been detained on charges which include taking part in ‘a cult’. Fellow Christian Ruan Haonan was detained on similar charges. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th October 2017 – China

Some churches in Zhejiang province have had power and water supplies cut for refusing to install government surveillance cameras. Pray that officials will stop their surveillance attempts. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th October 2017 – China

Imprisoned pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Church has reportedly been tortured because he tried again to appeal against his sentence. He has served almost four years of a 12-year sentence for ‘fraud’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th October 2017 – China

Continue to pray for the release of Huoshi Church elders Pastor Yang Hua and accountant Zhang Xiuhong, who are in prison on false charges. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th October 2017 – China

The much persecuted Huoshi Church in Guizhou province has been fined more than £800,000 because, officials say, donations the church received between 2009 and 2015 were ‘illegal income’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd October 2017 – China

Pray for peace for imprisoned lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s wife, Jin Bianling, and their daughter, who have fled to the US to avoid further harassment. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd October 2017 – China

Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong has reportedly been charged with trying to overthrow the regime and so faces a potential life sentence. Ask God to comfort and sustain Jiang who was detained last November. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st October 2017 – China

Pray for the immediate release of all lawyers and activists arrested during and since China’s 2015 crackdown on ‘dissidents’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th September 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for freedom for ‘Kareen’ whom Release met on a recent visit to Pakistan. She and her children have been in hiding from Muslim relatives for 11 years. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th September 2017 – Pakistan

Please pray for the many Christians in Pakistan who are broken-hearted, including those who have lost loves ones in extremist attacks. Pray that they will know that God ‘saves those who are crushed in spirit’ (Psalm 34:18). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th September 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for Asia Bibi and her family, including husband Ashiq, as they wait for her final appeal against a death sentence for ‘blasphemy’. Pray that they will remain strong in their faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th September 2017 – Pakistan

Ishfaq Masih, 23, from Lahore, was recently arrested on suspicion of ‘blasphemy’: the accusation followed a row between Ishfaq and a Muslim who had refused to pay him for repairing a tyre. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th September 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for Nabeel Masih, 16, who has been detained since last September for allegedly posting on Facebook a ‘sacrilegious’ photo of an Islamic holy site. His lawyer says Nabeel has been framed. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th September 2017 – Pakistan

The Government has set up an email hotline where people can report ‘blasphemous’ content online (see 24th Sept Prayer Shield). Ask God to give wisdom to those monitoring this hotline so that it does not become a means to persecute religious minorities. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th September 2017 – Pakistan

The Government in Pakistan has launched a crackdown on online content deemed to be ‘blasphemous’. Christians fear that this will open the door to mounting false accusations against them. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd September 2017 – Pakistan

Christians in Pakistan are generally treated as second-class citizens. The most menial jobs in Pakistani society are reserved for them: many work as bonded labourers in brick kilns. Pray this situation will change. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd September 2017 – Pakistan

Pray that Pakistan’s Government will take firm action to tackle extremism and uphold religious freedom, for the sake of peace, justice and equality. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st September 2017 – Egypt

Pray for wisdom, boldness and firm resolve for the Egyptian Government in resisting the spread of Islamist extremism in its nation and protecting the Christian community. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th September 2017 – Egypt

Continue to pray for the grieving families of at least 29 Christians who were shot dead by extremists in May, after being pulled off a bus in Minya Province. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th September 2017 – Egypt

Ask God to protect women in Al Khosous, who are said to be too frightened to leave their houses: three recent suspected abductions (see 18th Sept) followed the accidental shooting of a Muslim. Previously, several local women had had acid thrown in thei… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th September 2017 – Egypt

Pray for the safe return of two other young women who vanished from Al Khosous just days before Suzan disappeared there too (see yesterdays prayer shield). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th September 2017 – Egypt

Ask God to protect Suzan, 22, who went missing in June as she walked to the church where she works in Al Khosous, a mainly Christian town just outside Cairo. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th September 2017 – Egypt

The Egyptian church is under intense pressure, amid rising extremism. Pray that Egyptian Christians will learn what it means to have steadfast faith so they can live in God’s perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th September 2017 – Iran

Ask God to be with Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi who were recently given ten-year sentences for their involvement in the house church movement. They are still waiting to hear whether their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine has been successful. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th September 2017 – Iran

Christians Mohamad Dehnay and Amir Sina Dashti were arrested with Ramiel Tamraz (see 12th Sept), at a picnic in Firuzkuh last year. Pray the charges will be dropped. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th September 2017 – Iran

Pastor Victor ignored official orders to ban non-Assyrians from his church and to conduct only services in Aramaic. Pray that many non-Assyrian, Farsi-speaking Iranians will hear the gospel of Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th September 2017 – Iran

Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz was recently sentenced to ten years in jail after being convicted of charges including ‘evangelism’. The pastor, who is in his 60s, suffers from diabetes. Pray his appeal will be successful. His son, Ramiel, and wife, Shamiran Issavi, are also awaiting trial in connection with their church activities. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th September 2017 – Iran

Pray that our Christian family in Iran will stand firm in their faith and put their trust in God. Pray that officials will recognise that Iran’s Christians are no threat to national security. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th September 2017 – Kenya

Ask God to comfort all the families who have lost loved ones in al-Shabaab attacks, including Freida whose husband was killed by militants targeting Christians in a raid on a Kenyan coastal town. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th September 2017 – Kenya

Pray for the family of Elly Oloo Ojiema, a teacher shot dead by extremists in front of his pupils at Fafi Primary School. Pray too for the safe return of two other teachers abducted from the same school: a Christian named Joseph Kamau and a Muslim teac… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th September 2017 – Kenya

Al-Shabaab is suspected of involvement in a gun attack on quarry workers in El Wak, on the border with Somalia, in May. Two people died, including a Christian named Dalama Otieno. It is believed the group were targeted because they were non-Muslim. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th September 2017 – Kenya

Islamist militants al-Shabaab appear to have stepped up their campaign of violence in areas of Kenya bordering Somalia recently. Pray that Christians in places such as Mandera will stand firm in their faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th September 2017 – Sudan

Pray for wisdom for leaders of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Bahri (Khartoum North) and Omdurman: Sudanese authorities continue to confiscate their properties. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th September 2017 – Sudan

Some 25 churches in Sudan are currently scheduled for demolition, allegedly because they violate rules on land use. Officials refuse to designate any new land for church buildings. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th September 2017 – Sudan

Pray for members of the Sudanese Church of Christ whose churches in Algadisia and Soba Al Aradi, both suburbs of Khartoum, were demolished in May. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd September 2017 – Sudan

Many Muslims in the Nuba Mountains are reportedly open to discussing Christianity; they too are caught up in the bombing raids. Thank God for co-operation and mutual support among local Christians and Muslims. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd September 2017 – Sudan

Praise God for the bold faith of Christians in South Kordofan. Despite religious persecution, believers refuse to hide their faith in Jesus and Churches are brightly painted. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st September 2017 – Sudan

The Sudanese military continues to drop bombs in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan. The army asserts it is targeting rebels, yet civilians are frequently killed. Pray for local Christians who say they are being targeted for their faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 31st August 2017 – China

Pray for the release of Pastor Yang Hua from Guizhou: he is suffering from a serious disease affecting his blood vessels. Thank God he’s in good spirits. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th August 2017 – China

Continue to ask God to heal Li Heping’s brother, Li Chunfu, who suffered an apparent mental breakdown after more than a year in jail. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th August 2017 – China

Christian lawyer Li Heping was released from jail in May. Pray he will reintegrate well into his family and community and ask God to shield him and his wife, Wang Qiaoling, from further persecution. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th August 2017 – China

Ask God to be close to all His people in Zhejiang where officials have launched a sustained attack on religious freedoms for more than three years. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th August 2017 – China

Officials have installed surveillance cameras at many churches in parts of Wenzhou city. Pray these cameras prove unsuccessful in providing incriminating evidence against churches. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th August 2017 – China

Ask God to heal a Christian man and woman who were badly injured when they were pushed off a wall by officials trying to install surveillance cameras at a church in Wenzhou. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th August 2017 – India

Thank God for Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh’s address to a conference in New Delhi last year when he condemned persecution against Christians. Pray that all government ministers will do more to uphold religious rights. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th August 2017 – India

Pray for courage, wisdom and protection for Release partners who uphold Christians’ rights and defend in court those who have been attacked or wrongly accused. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd August 2017 – India

Pray against moves to bring in nationwide legislation aimed at outlawing evangelism and preventing Hindus from converting. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd August 2017 – India

Ask God to protect India’s Dalit community who have been targeted by Hindu nationalists angered by the fact that many Dalits are turning to Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st August 2017 – India

Hindu extremists burned down Pastor John Muller’s church and his home in Tamil Nadu because they were angry that members of their group had become Christians. Pray God will protect Pastor John and his pregnant wife. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th August 2017 – India

Pray for wisdom for Pastor Christopher Bhonsle of Mahanaim Church in Bihar. Hindu extremists have accused him of ‘forcible conversion’. Police have recorded details of congregation members. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th August 2017 – India

Pastor Ajay Kumar and a Bible college student called Assaryav were badly beaten in Bihar state – as police looked on. Officers later arrested the Christians and charged them with ‘outraging religious feelings’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th August 2017 – India

Pray especially for the church in Uttar Pradesh and Telangana, states registering the highest incidence of persecution. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th August 2017 – India

The number of attacks on Christians in India has reportedly been rising sharply, especially since elections in March returned Hindu nationalists to power. Violence has spread to 23 states. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th August 2017 – Kenya

Continue to pray for safety, protection and discernment for our partners during their ministry trips around Kenya and to neighbouring countries. Pray that they will bless those to whom they minister and that they will enjoy mutually encouraging fellows… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th August 2017 – Kenya

One of our partners produces evangelistic programmes for broadcast on the radio and online. Finding staff for this area of ministry has proved challenging: pray that God will bring along the right people. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th August 2017 – Kenya

Praise God for our partners’ recent training with believers from a Muslim background. Pray that participants will have wisdom to know how to apply what they have learnt in their ministries. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th August 2017 – Kenya

Pray for Christian converts like Aliyah, who face intense persecution from their own Somali community inside Kenya. Aliyah risks attack every time she visits relatives in a Somali district, but she is determined to witness to them. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th August 2017 – Kenya

Pray that God’s people in Kenya will know they are not forgotten by their wider church family. One of our partners in Kenya says: ‘[Your prayers] are the pillars that make us continue having the courage to keep the journey of faith strong every day, even though it is tough.’ Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th August 2017 – Sudan

Pray for wisdom for leaders of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church which runs the Omdurman school (Prayer Shield 10th August). A state-imposed committee has been selling off its property for ‘redevelopment’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th August 2017 – Sudan

Younan Abdullah was fatally stabbed as he tried to protect fellow Christians who came under attack as they protested peacefully against the illegal sell-off of the Evangelical School of Sudan in Omdurman. Pray for his widow and children. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th August 2017 – Sudan

Continue to pray for Czech Christian Petr Jašek, as he reintegrates into normal life after more than a year in jail in Sudan. He had been given a life sentence for ‘spying’, through his involvement with Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem (Prayer Shield 8th August). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th August 2017 – Sudan

Praise God for the release from jail of Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla. In January, the two men were sentenced to 11 years in jail for ‘spying’, among other things, but received a presidential pardon in May. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th August 2017 – Egypt

Continue to ask God to comfort the families of those killed in the Palm Sunday bombings at churches in Alexandria and Tanta. Praise God for their powerful testimonies of forgiveness towards the bombers. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th August 2017 – Egypt

Twenty-nine people died in the December 2016 bombing of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, adjacent to St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. The widow of the only man who died in the blast says she has been strengthened by support from the church: pray that all bereaved families will receive loving support. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th August 2017 – Egypt

Thank God for ‘Mary’, who had to flee from her village with her children after her husband was murdered. Two years on, Release partners have helped her set up a small shop to earn a living. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th August 2017 – Egypt

Release’s Strength to Stand groups in Cairo support women who face hostility and persecution as Christians. Thank God that He prepares the hearts of women even before group facilitators invite them to join. Pray they will be filled with faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd August 2017 – Egypt

Pray for Release partners in Upper Egypt who are sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways by serving marginalised families, especially Christians who have been displaced and young widows without an income. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd August 2017 – Egypt

Egypt’s education system is ranked one of the worst in the world. Our partners are developing e-learning tools which can reach people even in remote areas. Pray they will succeed in countering a culture of fear with the message of God’s unconditional love. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st August 2017 – Egypt

Release partners are sharing the gospel through internet radio and social media, and reaching many thousands of Egyptians. Pray that God will bless this ministry with many more urgently needed workers and cause it to bear rich fruit. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 31st July 2017 – Tajikistan

Officials in Dushanbe have closed down two kindergartens: one because it employed Christians and the other because officials found a book of Christmas carols. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th July 2017 – Tajikistan

Pray that God will touch the hearts of police officials involved in raids on Sogd churches: pray that He will speak to them through the witness of His people. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th July 2017 – Tajikistan

Police have been raiding other congregations in Sogd region, linked to the church of Pastor Bakhrom (Prayer Shield 28 July). A church in Konibodom was shut down completely. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th July 2017 – Tajikistan

In #Tajikistan, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was detained after officials found Christian books during a raid on Sunmin Sunbogym Church in Khujand. On July 10, one of Release’s partners in Central Asia confirmed that brother Bakhrom had just been sentenced to three years in prison while urging Release and Christians in the UK to ‘pray for… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th July 2017 – Tajikistan

Tajik officials frequently use criminal charges related to extremism to persecute those who worship outside state-approved religious communities. Pray that God’s word will one day be preached freely in Tajikistan. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th July 2017 – Tajikistan

Ask God to build up His people in Tajikistan, especially those in unregistered churches. Converts from Islam too face severe persecution from their families and community. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th July 2017 – Iran

Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi are still waiting to hear if they have won their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. They’ve also been charged with crimes against ‘national security’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th July 2017 – Iran

Pray for Ebrahim Firouzi: he has been denied leave to visit his mother, who is seriously ill with cancer. He is serving a five-year sentence. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd July 2017 – Iran

Maryam Naghash Zargaran was scheduled for release earlier this year but remains behind bars. She has served her four-year sentence handed down for ‘threatening national security’ – because she worked in a Christian orphanage. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd July 2017 – Iran

Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and Amin Nader Afshar have appeared in court on charges which include ‘conducting evangelism’ and ‘illegal house church activities’. They were first arrested in 2014. Pray for their acquittal. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st July 2017 – Iran

Iranian Christians Ramiel Bet Tamraz, Mohammad Dehnavy, Amir Sina Dashti and Hadi Askary have been charged with serious crimes including ‘acting against national security’. The men were arrested at a picnic last August: pray all charges will be dropped. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th July 2017 – Iran

Pray for President Hassan Rouhani, recently re-elected for a second term. Pray that he will keep the promise he made before he came to power in 2013, that he will improve the situation for religious minorities. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th July 2017 – Pakistan

Pray that Pakistani Christians will become Acts 8 Christians: displaced and scattered people who take the gospel into new communities. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th July 2017 – Pakistan

Thank God for Pastor ‘Aron’ who is supporting families like his own who are seeking asylum in Thailand. Pray his passport will be returned to him: he fears the embassy confiscated it when he submitted it for renewal. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th July 2017 – Pakistan

Pray that God will open a way for persecuted Pakistani Christians seeking asylum abroad: many worry their children have been out of formal education for years. Pray for wisdom for Release contacts trying to support them in their asylum bids. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th July 2017 – Pakistan

For Pakistani Christians seeking asylum in Thailand, an unsuccessful application means being incarcerated in a detention centre until they agree to be sent back to Pakistan. Even successful applications can take years to process, while applicants remain in detention. Pray for a political breakthrough so that genuine asylum-seekers are treated justly. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th July 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for Christians who have fled Pakistan due to persecution. They have sought refuge in several countries but those in Thailand are particularly hard pressed. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees there is not able to fulfil its mandate properly. So … Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th July 2017 – Pakistan

Ask God to protect and strengthen Release partners who provide legal aid to Christian families being persecuted in the courts and who provide safe houses for those in hiding. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th July 2017 – Pakistan

Thank God for the work of a Release partner which supports and disciples Muslim converts across the Punjab and in remote northern provinces bordering Afghanistan. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th June 2017 – Turkey

Pray that Christians in Turkey will stand firm in their faith and not be discouraged by the recent crackdown. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th June 2017 – Turkey

In the past four years, at least 100 pastors serving in Turkey have reportedly been denied visas or permits, and forced to leave. Several have been accused of ‘threatening national security’. Ask God to protect church leaders. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th June 2017 – Turkey

Christians in Turkey fear religious liberties are under threat as the Government continues its crackdown on those suspected of links to the Gulen movement which it blames for last year’s attempted coup. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th June 2017 – Turkey

Pray for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson who has been imprisoned in western Turkey since October after false accusation were made that he has links to ‘terrorists’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th June 2017 – Iran

Pray for Veronika and her son, Augustine, who were arrested in February in Urmia, just months after being baptised in Turkey. Revolutionary Guards raided their home and found Christian literature. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th June 2017 – Iran

Yaser, Saheb and Mohammad (8th June) have also been charged with acting against national security. Pray these charges will be dropped. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th June 2017 – Iran

Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi were sentenced to 80 lashes for taking communion wine. Pray they will win their appeal. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th June 2017 – Iran

Pray for the release of Amin Nader Afshar and Hadi Askary who have been detained without charge since August. The men went on hunger strike until officials promised them medical care and progress in their case. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th June 2017 – China

Pray that China will give in to international pressure and release the scores of lawyers, church leaders and justice campaigners who have been rounded up by the authorities in a clampdown since 2015. Many of those detained are Christians. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th June 2017 – China

Li Heping’s brother, lawyer Li Chunfu, spent more than 500 days in jail and suffered brutal torture. He showed signs of mental illness on release from jail. Continue to pray God will heal him totally. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th June 2017 – China

Chinese brother Li Heping was released from jail last month – after almost two years of torture and abuse. First arrested in July 2015, he has returned home to his family in Beijing. Pray for Li Heping and his family as they remain under intense surveillance. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd June 2017 – China

Praise God that Huang Yan was able to receive vital surgery for ovarian cancer, thanks to support from her fellow Christians worldwide. Chinese medics had refused to operate, apparently due to her human rights work. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd June 2017 – China

Zhang Xiuhong is starting a five-year jail sentence. Zhang, a former deacon of the much persecuted Huoshi Church in Guizhou, was convicted of ‘illegal business operations’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st June 2017 – China

Alimjan Yimit is serving a 15-year jail sentence for evangelising China’s Uyghur Muslim population. He was sentenced in 2008. His wife is able to visit only occasionally, for 15 minutes at a time. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 31st May 2017 – North Korea

At least four people Pastor Han (see 30th May Prayer Shield) led to Christ have since been executed by the North Korean Government. Ask God to protect brave North Korean Christians who return to their homeland to spread the gospel. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th May 2017 – North Korea

Pray for the family of Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol from Changbai, China, near the North Korean border. He was killed last year, apparently by North Korean officials, for supporting North Koreans who went to his church for help. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th May 2017 – North Korea

North Korean security agents regularly cross the border into China in search of defectors, with the tacit support of Chinese officials. Pray that God will protect those who flee, and lead them to people who will tell them about Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th May 2017 – North Korea

Pray that God will revive the hope of His people inside North Korea. Pray that they will see signs and wonders that remind them that God is in control. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th May 2017 – Sudan

At least 25 church buildings in Khartoum North are currently under threat of demolition. The Government says they were built on land ‘intended for other uses’: mosques in the area are not affected. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th May 2017 – Sudan

Today our prayer was going to be for the two Sudanese men jailed for ‘aiding and abetting’ Petr Jašek – Pastor Hassan Abduraheem and Abdulmonem Abdumawla – who remained in jail after his release. We were going to ask you to ‘pray their appeal will be heard soon and they too will be released’. Praise… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th May 2017 – Sudan

Thank God for the release of Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jašek, freed from jail in Sudan after international diplomacy helped secure a presidential pardon for him. He had been given a life sentence for charges including ‘spying’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th May 2017 – Sudan

President Omar al-Bashir and his Government are relentlessly pursuing an agenda of introducing a stricter form of Sharia (Islamic law) into Sudan – and eradicating Christianity. Pray that God’s people in Sudan will have unshakeable faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd May 2017 – Malaysia

Pray for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who appears to be trying to win favour among hardline Muslims ahead of next year’s elections. He is in favour of introducing hudud into the penal system (see yesterday’s Prayer Shield). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd May 2017 – Malaysia

Christians in Malaysia are increasingly concerned about threats to religious freedom as Parliament debates a Bill proposing that parts of a strict Islamic penal code (hudud) are incorporated into the legal system. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st May 2017 – Malaysia

Pray for the family of a pastor and his wife abducted in January. Pray they will be returned to their family soon and ask God to keep them all in His peace. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th May 2017 – Malaysia

Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted in Petaling Jaya in February. His family fear he may have been murdered, though a man was arrested after making a ransom demand. Raymond has previously been threatened by jihadists. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th May 2017 – Egypt

Pray that God will provide for the many Christians leaving Upper Egypt and Minya to escape hostility and the threat of attacks. Many are relocating to Cairo slums where it is hard to find work. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th May 2017 – Egypt

Pray for God’s protection over a poor Christian family who have been rehoused by a Release partner, to protect their daughters from an attempt to convert them to Islam. The girls’ aunts appear to be behind the plot. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th May 2017 – Egypt

Having a daughter who converts to Islam and marries a Muslim – even against her will – brings great shame on a Christian family. Pray that affected families will find freedom from shame and new life in Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th May 2017 – Egypt

Christian women – even those who are married – are being groomed or kidnapped by Muslim men, then forced to marry them and convert to Islam. Release contacts say women are being targeted systematically to try to weaken the church. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th May 2017 – Egypt

Lift up in prayer all those who are working hard to support persecuted Christians in Egypt. Pray especially for the facilitators in Release’s S2S groups who serve their communities with such great enthusiasm, despite suffering persecution themselves. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th May 2017 – Egypt

Pray that God will make a way for Release to expand its Strength to Stand (S2S) groups in Cairo, a ministry supporting marginalised Christian women. Pray that more local churches will help set up and sustain new groups. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th May 2017 – Egypt

Pray that Christians in Egypt suffering persecution will resist bitterness. A Release contact working with families from al-Arish (12th May) said many are wrestling with doubts and fears. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th May 2017 – Egypt

Ask God to comfort and provide for about 200 Christian families forced to flee their homes in al-Arish, North Sinai, after extremists killed at least seven Christians there. Some had also had to flee in 2011. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th May 2017 – Egypt

Islamic State published a video in February calling on its followers to kill Christians in Egypt. Pray that God’s people in Egypt will know His perfect peace and unfailing love. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th May 2017 – Central Asia

Ask God to protect our partner ‘Pavel’ and his co-workers: with Release support, they minister to Christians across Central Asia who are sharing the good news and discipling new believers. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th May 2017 – Central Asia

Thank God for deaf and mute Turkmen evangelist ‘Sergei’, whom Release supports. His ministry has led to more than 40 people being baptised. His daughter translates his sign language for him. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th May 2017 – Central Asia

In Turkmenistan, most Christians cannot gather, even in small groups of three, unless they belong to the same family. Pray that Turkmen Christians will find creative ways to enjoy fellowship. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th May 2017 – Central Asia

Pray for ‘Dilnara’ in Tajikistan: she suffered huge discrimination when she left Islam to become a Christian. Her husband left her too. She now ministers to women and new Christians. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th May 2017 – Central Asia

New regulations in Tajikistan forbid parents to take children under the age of 18 to church. Pray that God will speak to Tajik youth in other ways. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th May 2017 – Central Asia

Three Kazakh Baptist pensioners were recently fined more than two months’ pension for praying with hospice residents and offering New Testaments in East Kazakhstan Region. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th May 2017 – Central Asia

In 2011, Kazakhstan adopted laws that required religious groups to re-register with the government, and faith groups’ activities were closely monitored. Pray that Kazakhs will know freedom in Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd May 2017 – Central Asia

Yklas Kabduakasov was sentenced to two years in a Kazakh labour camp in 2015 for proselytising. The Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal in November. Pray that Yklas will know God’s presence every day. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd May 2017 – Central Asia

Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbaev was convicted of crimes including ‘inciting religious hatred’ and was sent to jail in Kazakhstan. Over nine months, he led almost 100 of his fellow inmates to Christ. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st May 2017 – Central Asia

In Central Asia, Christians can be arrested for reading the Bible in a public place such as on a bus. Even praying together can be deemed ‘illegal’. Pray that God will encourage His people in the region. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th April 2017 – Uganda

A Muslim was sent to murder Bishop George Edweu during a church service in Amuria but the would-be assassin became a Christian during that service instead. The Holy Spirit convicted him as he sat waiting to kill the preacher: praise God! Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th April 2017 – Uganda

Malik, a former Muslim teacher, was beaten unconscious by relatives in east Uganda when he told them he’d become a Christian. His mother turned to Christ after seeing how Malik was persecuted. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th April 2017 – Uganda

Masked men raided a church in Obokora village, Pallisa district, and attacked several church members, including Pastor Erod. A Muslim had reportedly been healed at the church the previous day. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th April 2017 – Uganda

Pray for Peninah and her three children. Extremists pulled down their home in eastern Uganda after the family turned to Christ. They are now homeless; Peninah has received death threats. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th April 2017 – Uganda

Ask God to protect all those who are turning to Christ in Uganda: pray that their numbers will multiply. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th April 2017 – Uganda

Susan’s father held her captive in a shed for months to try to force her to renounce Christ. His plan failed. Susan, who has ongoing health problems as a result, now tours churches across the country, encouraging people to pray for persecuted Christians. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th April 2017 – Egypt

Pray that God will thwart the plans of Islamist militant groups in Egypt. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd April 2017 – Egypt

Legislation, passed last August, has imposed further restrictions on the building of churches in Egypt. Some extremists appear to interpret this as a licence to challenge Christians’ right to worship. Pray that officials will uphold this right. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd April 2017 – Egypt

Pray for Christians in the Upper Egypt village of Al-Nagameesh where a mob went on the rampage, destroying homes and businesses. The attack followed rumours that Christians had turned a community centre into a church. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st April 2017 – Egypt

Pray that our brothers and sisters in Egypt will know that God is faithful and He never changes. Pray that they will stand firm against the temptation to seek revenge or give in to fear. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th April 2017 – Egypt

Thank God that Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was quick to show solidarity with Christians after the Cairo bomb attack on December 11th. Pray that his Government will take firm action to protect the Christian minority. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th April 2017 – Egypt

The Cairo church bombing of St Peter and St Paul’s church on December 11th, coupled with the twin bombings of churches on Palm Sunday, have prompted fears of a return to the anti-Christian violence of 2013, after the military’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi. Pray Christians’ fears will not come to pass. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th April 2017 – Egypt

Continue to pray for those affected by December’s bomb attack on St Peter and St Paul’s church in Cairo. 29 people, most of them women and children, were killed in the blast. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th April 2017 – Easter Monday

Just as Jesus’ friends and disciples were overcome with joy to see Him alive again, let’s pray that our persecuted family will rejoice today to know that He has the victory over sin and death. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th April 2017 – Easter Sunday

Let’s celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead by praising God that the same power that raised our Lord from the grave lives in His people today. Pray that our persecuted brothers and sisters will have a fresh understanding of what that means for their lives. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th April 2017 – Easter Saturday

Pray for Baptists in Azerbaijan who have suffered years of harassment and discrimination from local officials. Pray that their congregations will grow in faith and in number. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th April 2017 – Good Friday

As we remember Jesus’ death on the cross today, let’s pray for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world, including those in Azerbaijan, who are persecuted for His name’s sake. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th April 2017 – Azerbaijan

President Ilham Aliyev declared 2016 a ‘Year of Tolerance’ for Azerbaijan. Pray that Azerbaijan’s Government will allow greater religious freedom, in accordance with its national constitution. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th April 2017 – Azerbaijan

Police raided a recent prayer meeting at the home of Pastor Hamid (11th April) and held those present for several hours, including the children. Pray for courage and strength for his congregation. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th April 2017 – Azerbaijan

Pastor Hamid Shabanov from Aliabad has been told his church is illegal because it’s not registered. He’s been trying to register it for 20 years and has long been persecuted. Pray for wisdom as he considers the future of his ministry. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th April 2017 – Pakistan

‘Sara’, 17, has been in hiding since she was kidnapped, brutally abused and left pregnant. Pray Release partners will secure justice for her: poor Christian families are treated as ‘second-class’ citizens. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th April 2017 – Pakistan

Extremists have threatened the family of Aslam Pervaiz (8th April), demanding they pay extortion money or face being killed. Pray that the Pakistan authorities will act swiftly to protect this family. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th April 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for the release of human rights activist Aslam Pervaiz Sahotra and another Christian detained after the suicide bombing of two churches in Lahore in March 2015 . They are apparently being held in connection with rioting after the blast which left two Muslims dead. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th April 2017 – Pakistan

Pastor Judoon went missing after offering support for Babu Shahbaz (6th April) and becoming involved in his blasphemy case. Ask God to protect him and his family. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th April 2017 – Pakistan

Babu Shahbaz of Kamahan village near Lahore was accused of writing his name on a copy of the Koran, then ripping up its pages. Babu is reported to be a Christian evangelist – and illiterate. Locals say the man accusing him of ‘blasphemy’ is a business rival. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th April 2017 – Pakistan

Ask God to protect Senate committee members who have been debating the blasphemy laws. Many hardliners in Pakistan consider even criticising the laws as blasphemy. Continue Reading

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