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Prayer Shield 12th February 2018 – Kenya

After the murders in Bobo (11th Feb Prayer Shield), many villagers fled their homes in terror. Pray that the Government will redouble its efforts to root out militants so that Christians can live in peace. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th February 2018 – Kenya

Pray for the families still grieving their loved ones after al-Shabaab militants killed four Christians in Bobo village, Lamu County, last year. Three were called out of their homes in the night and murdered. Another was killed after being forced to id… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th February 2018 – Kenya

Pray that Christians in eastern Kenya who are being targeted by Islamist terrorists will stand firm in their faith and trust God for their future. Pray that God will hide them ‘from the conspiracies of man’ (Psalm 31:20). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th February 2018 – Nigeria

Pastor David Ayeola, 26, of Akure in Ondo state was kidnapped at gunpoint in an ambush in October and was later killed after failed rescue attempts by police. Pray for his church and family. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th February 2018 – Nigeria

Frequent attacks on Christian communities in central Benue state have led some to describe their persecution as ‘ethnic cleansing’ to oust indigenous Christians. By November, 139 Christians had been killed in the state last year. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th February 2018 – Nigeria

Pray in faith that the Holy Spirit will move through the ranks of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen and convict many of their deep need of God. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th February 2018 – Nigeria

Fulani herdsmen killed three members of a Christian family – Rebecca Daniel Choji, her 16-year-old daughter Suzanna and son Joel, 29 – in Jol village, Riyom, Plateau state in October, as they travelled to a health clinic. Pray for their grieving relati… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th February 2018 – Nigeria

Attackers thought to be Fulani herdsmen descended on one village in Rotsu, Plateau state, burned more than 30 houses and destroyed farmlands, despite a night-time curfew imposed by the governor. Pray that officials will do more to defend vulnerable Chr… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th February 2018 – Nigeria

Nine Christians from Rim village, Plateau state, were shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in November as they drove back from a market. Ask God to comfort their families. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd February 2018 – Nigeria

Church leaders in Tudun Wada have taken the Kano state government to court for prohibiting them from reconstructing their churches. Pray that state officials will relent. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd February 2018 – Nigeria

More than a decade after Muslims attacked and displaced Christians in Tudun Wada Dankadai in Kano state, officials have forbidden Christians from rebuilding churches. Eight churches have been in ruins since 2007. Pray for the few remaining Christians i… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st February 2018 – Nigeria

Pray that Christians facing persecution in north and central Nigeria will stand firm in their faith and not allow their hearts to grow cold (Matthew 24:12). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 31st January 2018 – India

Praise God for ‘Samuel’ and the church-planting network he oversees in India. Thank God for rewarding Samuel’s faithful service, despite persecution, by extending his network to include 6,300 pastors. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th January 2018 – India

Thank God that the church in India is growing, despite and because of persecution. Pray God’s protection over efforts to distribute Christian literature to strengthen the church. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th January 2018 – India

Pray with Pastor Banothu (28th Jan) that he will be able to complete the building of his church in Sri Raja Thanda, a tribal hamlet in Mahabubabad district where he lives with his family. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th January 2018 – India

Masked attackers beat Pastor Banothu Sevya unconscious in Jamandlapalli village in Telangana after five local families turned to Christ. Pray for his complete healing. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th January 2018 – India

Stand with Pastor Abhay (26th Jan) in praying for his persecutors and all those targeting Christians. ‘I have forgiven the attackers and am praying for them every day,’ he says. Pray that God will give grace to His people and help them to forgive. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th January 2018 – India

Pray for healing and justice for Pastor Abhay Sagar from Uttar Pradesh who has lost hearing in one ear after Hindu extremists tortured him, pressured police to bring false charges against him and prevented doctors from treating him. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th January 2018 – India

Pray that high-profile state officials will take a stand against the mounting religious intolerance in India and ensure religious liberties are upheld in every state. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th January 2018 – India

Praise God that as our Indian brothers and sisters draw near to God, He will draw near to them (James 4:8). Pray that God’s presence will fill their homes. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd January 2018 – India

Ask God to touch the hearts of key leaders in Hindu nationalist organisations such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Pray that Jesus will speak to their intolerance and fear. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd January 2018 – India

Ten church congregations in Tamil Nadu have been told to stop meeting for worship – and 20 more have been threatened with similar bans. They have been told to gain official permission to meet – which can take several years. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st January 2018 – India

Anita Francis and her daughter Sophia, 19, face charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion after Hindu extremists attacked them and seven children they were taking to a youth Bible conference by train. Pray for justice for the women and the Christia… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th January 2018 – India

Pray for our Christian family in India who are experiencing increasing persecution and intolerance from Hindu nationalists. Pray that they will know God’s peace and comfort. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th January 2018 – Malaysia

Pray that Islamic officials in Malaysia will stop seeing Christians as a threat to national security and start to see them as a force for good. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th January 2018 – Malaysia

Pray for a pastor with a Muslim background and his wife who were reported missing last March and were last seen near Kuala Lumpur. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th January 2018 – Malaysia

Pray God’s protection of Susanna Liew, wife of Raymond Koh (16th Jan), who had also received threats and was persecuted like her husband before he was kidnapped. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th January 2018 – Malaysia

Pray for the safe return of Pastor Raymond Koh who was abducted by masked men in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, last February. His family are angry that police have been investigating whether he had been proselytising Muslims, which is forbidden in … Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th January 2018 – Malaysia

Pray for the church in Malaysia, an Islamic country whose reputation for tolerance is fading fast. Kelantan state has been pushing for the adoption of a strict Islamic penal code, ‘Hudud’, and now allows public caning. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th January 2018 – China

Pray for Pastor Li Wanhua of Fengle Church, Guangdong province, who was recently interrogated after officials raided his home and ordered him to stop holding church services. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th January 2018 – China

Lift up in prayer Communist officials who see churches as a threat to their authority. Pray that they will come to recognise that the government is upon Jesus’ shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th January 2018 – China

Ask God to protect Li Baiguang, a prominent Christian human rights lawyer, who continues to receive death threats, despite officials’ promise to investigate his kidnapping and beating at the hands of state-hired thugs in Zhejiang in October. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th January 2018 – China

Three Christians from Yunnan – Li Shudong, Li Meihua and Peng Zhenghua – received fouryear jail sentences on charges that included belonging to a ‘cult’. Pray for their early release. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th January 2018 – China

Pray for 34 Christians in Yunnan province who face jail terms on false charges of being part of a ‘cult’. Hundreds have been arrested since October 2016: at least 34 remain in custody. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th January 2018 – China

Continue to pray for imprisoned Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng whose whereabouts are still unknown. Reports have circulated that two friends smuggled him out of house arrest briefly – only for him to be detained soon afterwards. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th January 2018 – China

Officials in Hubei took Pastor Xu Shizhen, her daughter and her three-year-old grandson into custody in September. Mother and son were separated. Praise God for these two women who continued to spread the gospel in their local community despite officia… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th January 2018 – China

Pray that God will continue to shine His light across China, spreading His love and building His church, despite intense persecution in some areas. Pray that His people will be encouraged today. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th January 2018 – Laos

Pray for Christians like ‘Sonxi’ who face opposition from relatives angered by the fact they have turned to Christ. Sonxi’s parents threatened to sell her into the sex trade if she refused to stop going to church. She fled and became a full-time Christ… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th January 2018 – Laos

Ask God to touch the hearts of village chiefs who often spearhead local opposition to Christians whose faith is perceived as a threat to traditional beliefs and customs. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th January 2018 – Laos

Pray for new Christians in Laos who are ostracised when they turn away from the predominant animistic religion. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work through these people powerfully to spread the gospel. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd January 2018 – Laos

The ‘Khab’ family turned to Christ a few years ago and their witness was so powerful that five other families from their small village became Christians too: praise God! Village leaders expelled all six families, who are now camping in a rice field. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd January 2018 – Laos

Ask God to protect His people in Laos, and reassure them that He ‘surrounds His people both now and for evermore’ (Psalm 125:2). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st January 2018

On this first day of a new year, let’s pray in faith that 2018 will be a year when the witness of our persecuted family will draw many in their communities to Christ, for His glory. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 31st December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

The only Christians who remain in many parts of Iraq are the poor and elderly. On the eve of a new year, let’s pray that Christian refugees across the Middle East will return home soon. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Abu and his wife now work with our local partner in Kurdistan taking the gospel to communities which have persecuted Christians. Pray that their powerful witness, forgiveness and grace will change hard hearts. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Praise God that, through His grace, He is enabling Iraqi refugees who have lost everything to forgive their persecutors. Abu Marrym and his family fled Bakhdida, near Mosul, for Kurdistan, three years ago (see Release, page 18). God has helped them for… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Pray for the persecuted families who will receive food, medicines and toiletries through Release’s Christmas appeal for refugees. Pray especially that they will know God’s love and faithfulness through Release’s local partner. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Praise God for the way that Iraqi refugees’ faith has grown strong through persecution. Thank God for the freedom that refugees are now enjoying in Lebanon where they can study His word. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th December 2017 – Boxing Day

Pray that God will make ‘all grace abound’ to our persecuted family so that they will have all they need for every circumstance and ‘abound in every good work’ (2 Corinthians 9:8, ESV). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th December 2017 – Christmas Day

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the new life we have in Him, let’s pray that our persecuted family will be filled with Christ’s love, joy and peace. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th December 2017 – Christmas Eve

Pray that the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters, including our Iraqi family, will reveal more of Jesus to their communities. Pray that the light of Jesus shining through them will draw many to Him. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Dhia and his wife, Najran, escaped two car bomb attacks outside their shop in Baghdad. He believes he was the target because he is a Christian. Thank God for His protection over this family, who now live in Lebanon. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Ayad’s wife, Nada, had a fall and broke five vertebrae in her back in Kurdistan. Praise God, that when their church gathered in their home to pray for her, she was healed. (see Release, pages 6-7). Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Ayad’s daughter was seriously injured in a bomb attack, probably targeting their Christian home in Iraq. Militants’ threats forced them to flee to Kurdistan and they now live in Lebanon. Praise God for the way he has filled this family with His joy (se… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th December 2017 – Iraqi Christians

Pray for the many Christians who have fled Iraq because of persecution and who are now being cared for by Release’s partner ministry in Lebanon. Most have poor living conditions and rely on handouts. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th December 2017 – Sudan

Praise God for the words of Pastor Matta who works in the Nuba Mountains and who says: ‘Because of persecution, because of hatred, it made more Muslims… open to hear the gospel.’ Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 18th December 2017 – Sudan

Continue to pray for Christians in the Nuba Mountains area in southern Sudan. Release contacts report that churches continue to meet for worship, despite continued bombardments by the Sudanese military. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 17th December 2017 – Sudan

Mahjoub Abotrin, an elder of the Sudanese Church of Christ SCOC in Omdurman, was taken in for questioning in September. Pray for wisdom and courage for him and his colleagues. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 16th December 2017 – Sudan

Among the church leaders arrested in Omdurman recently was Pastor Kowa Shamaal, who was previously arrested and charged alongside Czech aid worker Petr Jasek. Kowa now faces new charges, including ‘spying’. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 15th December 2017 – Sudan

Seven SCOC church leaders in Omdurman were arrested and held for several hours, before being released on bail. Their arrests have been linked to their refusal to hand over church leadership to the government’s committee. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 14th December 2017 – Sudan

Government officials have ordered elders in the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) to hand over the church leadership to a government-appointed committee. Their aim is apparently to sell off church property. Pray both these plans will be thwarted. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th December 2017 – China

Pray for justice for Christian Bai Fengju and his family from Henan: an official recently threatened to have them killed if they harvested crops in their field. Part of their land was forcibly confiscated last year to build a road leading to a Buddhist… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th December 2017 – China

Pastors Su Tianfu and Yang Hua were refused a hearing to contest a £800,000 fine against Huoshi Church in Guizhou, for receiving ‘illegal income’ through members’ giving. Yang is in jail for ‘divulging state secrets’; Su faces the same charge…. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 11th December 2017 – China

Chinese officials barred Pastor Wang Yi from travelling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference in September. Pray that God will make a way for Chinese Christians to attend such gatherings: travel restrictions are tightening. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th December 2017 – China

Ask God to protect Christians in Jiangsu province who have been investigated over their connections to churches overseas. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th December 2017 – China

Members of a house church in Ezhou, Hubei province, were recently beaten by government-hired thugs. The church has been meeting outdoors since January when officials confiscated its chairs. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 8th December 2017 – China

Churches in Henan were forbidden to organise young people’s summer camps.  State approved churches there now have to seek approval for all large-scale religious activities. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th December 2017 – China

In Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, children have been banned from attending church and congregations ordered to cancel all activities involving teenagers. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th December 2017 – China

In Guangzhou, Guangdong province, police visited members of unregistered churches in their homes to warn them not to attend worship services. Pray for wisdom for these Christians. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 5th December 2017 – China

Chinese officials recently launched a crackdown on churches across the country, banning worship in unregistered churches and trying to stop Christianity being taught to children. Pray that our family in China will remain steadfast in their faith. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th December 2017 – Nigeria

Pray for the release of Pastor ‘Bulus’, a Christian Fulani who turned his back on Islam. Angered by his conversion, his family made false accusations of theft against him, which landed him in jail. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd December 2017 – Nigeria

Pray that peace will be restored to Jos, capital of central Plateau state, after inter-religious violence broke out in September. Conflict between Christian Igbo and Hausa Muslims in south-east Nigeria reportedly inspired attacks on Christians in Jos…. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 2nd December 2017 – Nigeria

Pray for wisdom and firm resolve for the Government in restoring peace to Nigeria’s Middle Belt where mainly Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen regularly attack Christians. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 1st December 2017 – Nigeria

Ask God to bind up Nigeria’s broken-hearted. Elizabeth Tumba lost everything when Boko Haram destroyed her home and murdered her husband. The family are receiving support from a Release associate ministry. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 30th November 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for Nadeem Masih, 24, from Gujrat, Punjab, who has been sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’ after being convicted of sending messages defaming Islam’s prophet, Mohammad. His friends say he has been falsely accused. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 29th November 2017 – Pakistan

‘Simon’, a teenager from Punjab who scraped together a living by recycling discarded objects, was attacked, tortured and arrested after a fellow recycler who bore him a grudge made false accusations of ‘blasphemy’ against him. Pray for Simon’s release … Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 28th November 2017 – Pakistan

Ask the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of Sharoon’s classmates, their parents and teachers, and all in the community affected by his death. Pray that they will reject extremism and intolerance. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 27th November 2017 – Pakistan

Sharoon Masih, 17, was killed on his second day at secondary school – apparently after classmates objected to him drinking from a glass used by Muslim students. Sharoon was the only Christian in his class. Ask God to comfort his family. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 26th November 2017 – Pakistan

Pray for justice for 18-year-old ‘Alian’ from Punjab who suffered a brutal sexual assault. Local police were reluctant to investigate and allegedly tried to pressure Alian and his family to drop the case. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 25th November 2017 – Pakistan

Ask God to sustain and strengthen His people in Pakistan, amid severe persecution and relentless discrimination. Pray in faith that Pakistan will start to champion and uphold religious liberties. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 24th November 2017 – Eritrea

Please continue to pray for President Isaias Afewerki, that God will touch his heart and bring him to repentance. He is originally from Eritrea’s mainly Christian highlands. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 23rd November 2017 – Eritrea

The church in Eritrea has been under intense pressure since 2002. Pray that God will multiply His people in this East African nation, and raise up strong and wise leaders for them. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 22nd November 2017 – Eritrea

Ask God to give a fresh revelation of His unfailing love and faithfulness to the many prisoners of faith being held in inhumane conditions in Eritrea’s prisons. One of the prisoners arrested in May, Fikadu Debesay from Adi Quala, has already died in cu… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 21st November 2017 – Eritrea

There are now an estimated 400 prisoners of faith in Eritrea. Numbers have increased sharply in recent months, due to a crackdown on churches which began in May. More than 50 children were left without one or more parents as a result of mass arrests. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 20th November 2017 – Eritrea

Praise God for the way that persecuted Christians like gospel singer Helen Berhane who have fled from Eritrea are using their testimony to spread awareness of persecution and challenge the Western church to greater boldness in spreading the good news. Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 19th November 2017 – Eritrea

On the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the persecuted church, let’s pray that our precious brothers and sisters in Eritrea and around the world will be comforted and encouraged to know they are becoming more like Jesus by sharing in His sufferin… Continue Reading

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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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