"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
RISING CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, "Come, ye blessed of my Father...for I was in prison, and ye came unto me... Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me..." (Mt 25:34-46).
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body (Heb 13:3).
As the Light of God's Word spreads across the nations, the spirit of antichrist is making every effort to overcome the Light with darkness. More than 200 million Christians in 60 countries are now being denied basic human rights simply because they are believers in Christ Jesus.
HOUSE CHURCH LEADERS IN CHINA ABDUCTED
Thirty-six house church leaders of the China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) were abducted on April 19. It is believed Eastern Lightning cult members took them. The cult believes Jesus Christ has returned in the bodily form of a Chinese woman named "Lightning." This cult preys upon rural Christians who lack sound biblical teaching and uses brainwashing and torture techniques to convert followers. CGF, with four million believers, has been left with no top leadership since the abductions. A Hong Kong representative of CGF said the kidnappings have produced unprecedented unity among believers and effective prayer and spiritual warfare throughout China.
CHRISTIAN INDONESIA VILLAGE ATTACKED BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS
Outside the Al-Fatah Mosque in Ambon, Indonesia, following prayers on Friday, April 26, Jaffar Umar Thalib urged over 5,000 Muslims to join in a 'holy war' against Christians. The Islamic cleric declared, "From today, we will no longer talk about reconciliation. Our...focus now must be preparing for war - ready your guns, spears and daggers." Reports indicate that on Sunday morning, April 28, as Christian villagers in Soya slept, Islamic militants went from house to house killing as many as 14 people by stabbing, decapitating and/or burning them alive. A church and thirty homes were destroyed by fire. The militants are believed to be part of the Laskar Jihad, an Islamist militia from the main island of Java.
MISSIONARIES IN PHILIPHINES STILL NEED PRAYER
Muslim terrorists are threatening to execute U.S. missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. Abu Sabaya, leader of the Islamic guerrillas, Abu Sayyaf, gave the warning in a radio interview the day after the Philippine government announced that it would not negotiate with the group, which is suspected of ties to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. The Burnhams have been held for almost a year.
Join Us in Intercession for the Persecuted Church:
**Almighty Father, PROTECT our Christian Brothers & Sisters in these perilous times. STRENGTHEN their faith. Be their ADVOCATE. Bless them with Your SPIRIT OF COMFORT. Continue to SHINE the LIGHT of JESUS into the Darkness (Ps 43:all; 143:8; Jn 12:35-36, 46; 2 Cor 1:2-7; 1 Jn 4:2-4).
**AWAKEN the American Church to PRAY! Help us pray for the
persecuted Church & other oppressed peoples. In Jesus' Name,
Amen (Mt 25:31-46; Heb 13:3).
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