Please Pray for the Families of Ashok and Kumar
Local authorities have denied two Christian families the right to use a common well in their village in India. On April 5, the village chief announced that Ashok and Kumar could no longer use the local well because they had refused to contribute funds for a festival honoring Hindu gods for the second year in a row. The families must now travel a great distance to get water. Although Ashok is blind and his mother is elderly, people in the village show the Christians no mercy. Please pray that Ashok, Kumar and their families will stand firm in their faith.
Pray for Karlygash, the Wife of a Christian Prisoner
Karlygash continues to wait and pray for the release of her husband, Yklas Kabduakasov, who is serving two years in a labor camp because of his Christian faith. Yklas, a former Muslim, was arrested in August 2015 for “inciting religious hatred.” He began serving the prison term in December 2015, but Karlygash hopes for an early release. She and their four children have not been able to see Yklas much because visitation is limited to a few hours every two months and the prison is 280 miles from their home. Please pray that Karlygash and the family will remain strong and find comfort during this time.
Please Pray for North Korean Orphans in China
Christian workers traveled to China in February to minister to North Korean children as part of an ongoing outreach to orphans and other North Korean families. Workers met with 12 elementary and middle school students to encourage them and share God’s love. They also met with many of the children’s mothers, encouraging them to stay with their families despite difficulties. Children with North Korean mothers and Chinese fathers often live in unstable homes. The North Korean women often flee to South Korea while the Chinese men abandon the family, leaving the children as orphans. Since the children have no citizenship, the Chinese government refuses to help them. Pray for these children and for continued ministry to reach these families for Christ.
Nine church pastors in Colombia were given until June 14 to pay 2 million pesos ($700) in “protection money” to a violent guerrilla group that controls the area. On June 12, members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) visited each of the churches, warning them that they had two days to come up with the money. The pastors refused to pay the ransom, knowing that non-payment could cost them their lives. Please pray for these pastors and their church congregations.
“Esther,” a widow with four young children, lives a difficult life in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. She has physical disabilities resulting from polio and lives in a region that is frequently bombed by the Sudanese government in an attempt to rid the area of Christians. When VOM partners learned about her situation, they gave her a wheelchair to help her care for her family. Pray for Esther and her family as they and other Christians face continued bombing in the Nuba Mountains.
Pray for Kurdish Christians in Turkey
Kurdish Christians and other believers living in southeastern Turkey face many difficulties because of war and persecution. Many are from Muslim backgrounds and have faced rejection from their families. Despite the risks, the Christians continue to meet on a regular basis to openly encourage one another through Bible lessons and public prayer. Pray for their continued boldness as they fellowship with one another and share the gospel with others.
Five Christian families were expelled from their village recently for refusing to participate in a festival honoring Hindu gods. In March, several members of a Hindu radical group entered the predominantly Hindu village to collect money for the festival. Twenty families that had become Christian in the past two years refused to contribute because they were not going to attend the festival. The radicals shouted insults at them and later returned to further intimidate the Christians. After harassing the families for several days, the radicals announced to the entire village that the Christians should be denied access to public services. When the Christian families complained to police, they were told to comply with the Hindus’ demands. Under heavy pressure from the radicals and village leaders, 15 families agreed to pay a fine to remain in the village. A church has taken in the other five Christian families. Pray that these believers will be encouraged in their faith and will find work enabling them to support their families.
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