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NEWSLETTER
Weekly Edition (28-Apr-2006)
Table of Contents
North Korea
Call to Stop Execution
24-04-2006 – Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports that "in an unprecedented move" activists and family members have called for international intervention to prevent the execution a North Korean man, Mr Son Jong Nam. Mr. Son was arrested after meeting with his brother (who previously escaped to South Korea) in China. According to Mr. Son’s brother Mr Son was due to be executed in the middle of April. It is uncertain whether, at the time of writing, Mr. Son was still alive. Mr. Son had previously been incarcerated in one of North Korea’s concentration camps after attempting to escape to South Korea through China. It was in China where he became a Christian. Information received by CSW seems to reveal that Mr. Son was being held in Pyongyang and was near death are being severely tortured.
Prayer Points
  • Pray for the Life of Mr. Son. Pray that the Lord would, if he is still alive, be close to him and provide him with comfort and love. Pray that God would bless him and heal him.


  • Pray for Mr. Son’s family. Ask that God would be with them during this difficult time. Pray that the Lord would bless them and ask that God would allow them to feel His love.


  • Pray for the Christians in North Korea who continue to live under the reign of a madman. Pray that the Lord would continue to bless them and continue to strengthen their faith.


  • Pray for the crumbling of the authoritarian government in North Korea. Pray that the Lord would liberate those people and heal this land.
  • Nigeria
    Anglican Bishop Attacked
    10-3-2006 – Compass Direct (CD) reports that on March 3, the Rt. Rev. Ali Buba Lamido, 47, Anglican bishop of Wusasa diocese in Kaduna state was attacked for the fourth time since April 2005. During this attack a guest of one of his guards was killed. Since Rev. Lamido is the only Faluni (a traditionally Muslim tribe) Bishop in Nigeria, and since his home was the only target, it is believed that these attacks were religiously motivated. CD states that Lamido "has witnessed massive destruction of churches and killing of Christians in Kaduna state in the past seven years."

    According to CD Lamido says "100 Muslim converts at his church in Wusasa…have been brought in by Anglican churches in Zamfara, Katsina and other states where persecution is grave. His church is caring for them and teaching them the Bible, and some of them have been enrolled in schools."
    Prayer Points
  • Thank God for the faithful witness of Rev. Lamido. Thank the Lord for protecting him and ask God to continue to shine His grace and mercy on Lamido and his family.


  • Pray for the dead man’s family. Pray that the Lord would compassionately nourish them and care for them during this time of grief and sadness. Pray that the Lord would provide for them.


  • Pray for those being ministered to by Rev. Lamido. Pray that the words of the Father would remain firmly in their hearts and that they would grow in courage and strength.


  • Pray for those in Nigeria who face difficulties for their faith. Pray that the Lord would provide for them and pray that God would give them the strength to endure.
  • Indonesia
    Christian Foundation Threatened
    09-04-2006 – Compass Direct (CD) reports that a Christian foundation, the Apostolic Nation Building Foundation (ANBF), in West Java, was threatened on April 9 when 70 members of the Majlis Taklim, a Muslim Community group, entered the building "and told the foundation to cease all activities." According to CD the Majilis Taklim accused the ANBF of "running an illegal church and trying to ‘Christianize’ the community." These accusations were made after the Majilis Taklim said they had observed people entering the building on Sunday mornings for praise and worship. The police were immediately summoned and no violence was reported. The ANBF was also accused of not having a proper permit. The director of the ANBF, Sarah Fifi, denied the allegations and stated, "We have a vision to strengthen our nation through education, free medication and environmental programs – any activities that help the community."
    Prayer Points
  • Thank God for Sarah Fifi and all those associated with ANBF. Pray that the Lord’s glory would shine through their service and that many of the lost would be drawn by His love reflected in the actions of the ANBF.


  • Pray for the members of the Majilis Taklim. Pray that the Lord through His irresistible grace and infinite love would draw them to Him. Pray that God would love them and show them mercy.


  • Pray for the protection of the ANBF and Sarah Fifi. Pray that God would bless her and her ministry and continue to provide for their needs.


  • Thank the Lord that there was no violence and that the police did respond to the distress signals sent out. Pray that God would continue to cast His protection on these people who He loves.
  • China
    Foreign Church Leaders Interrogated
    23-03-2006 - China Aid Association (CAA) reported "7 foreign evangelical church leaders, including 5 Americans and 2 Taiwanese" were interrogated by the Chinese police for 5 hours on March 23, 2006. According to CAA, "At 9:30am, March 23, 2006, over 120 security officers from five different government agencies raided a conference building in the suburb of Kunming City, the capital of Yunnan Province. The government officers and military police came in two buses and 10 police cars." The foreign Church leaders were in Yunan at a conference that included 80 house church leaders from 20 provinces. A majority of these leaders represent 25 minority groups. Some of these foreign leaders are still in China and their names cannot therefore be released.
    Prayer Points
  • Thank the Lord for sending servants to serve in China. Ask God to protect those who serve Him there and pray that the Lord would guide them and protect them.


  • Pray that the Lord would give foreign missionaries a genuine sense of purpose and that their presence there would be genuine and that they would responsibly carryout their calling to minister to their Chinese brothers and sisters.


  • Pray that God would continue to shine his light on the Church in China and pray that God would continue to prosper the house Church movement in China.


  • Thank the Lord for this gathering. Pray that God would continue to draw the house Church leaders in China together and pray that these leaders would care for each other.


  • Pray that God would continue to shine his light on the Church in China and pray that God would continue to prosper the house Church movement in China.
  • Belarus
    Concern over Arrests
    25-04-2006 – The arrest of two Christians in Belarus was at the top of the agenda when The European Religious Liberty Forum recently met reports ASSIST News. The two Christians, Pastor Georgi Vladimirovich Vyazovsky and of Sergey Shavtsov, a human rights lawyer, were sentenced to 10 days in prison in separate cases in Minsk, Belarus.

    According to ASSIST (who quote Christian Solidarity Worldwide) “Pastor Vyazovsky was charged with holding regular religious meetings in his private home without permission from the local authorities. However, no public orders had been violated and no complaints were received.

    ASSIST also says, “Sergey Shavtsov, a human rights lawyer, was arrested on 24 March 2006 and jailed for organizing a religious event, an interdenominational conference, without government permission.
    Prayer Points
  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of the saints in Belarus. Thank the Lord for these two men who continue to worship and praise God in spite of their difficulties.


  • Pray that these men would continue to worship God and ask that they would continue to lead and serve in the ways they have.


  • Pray for the loosening of religious laws in Belarus. Pray that the saints in Belarus would be able to worship freely.


  • Pray for the continued faithfulness of the Christians in Belarus. Pray that God would continue to bless them and continue to strengthen their faith.
  • Indonesia
    Orphans of the Martyrs
    25-04-06 – Agape Press (AP) reports that according to the according to the Voice of Martyrs (VOM), orphans of Martyred Christians in Indonesia face immense difficulties. AP reports, "Some of the children of Christians martyred for their faith in Indonesia become homeless, while others are often left with poor relatives who may or may not be able to care for their needs." As a result of this direct need, the VOM has established a safe house to help these orphans, many of whom have an uncertain future. According to VOM spokesperson, Tod Nettleton, although the Indonesian people have a great love for children and the relatives take the orphans in, they are very often unable to provide for the orphan's needs as the adopting family may be very poor.
    Prayer Points
  • Thank the Lord for this tremendous ministry. Pray that the Lord would provide this ministry with the means to be able to sustain itself and that it would be able to grow and flourish in this hostile environment.


  • Pray for the children who have become orphaned. Pray that the Lord would be close to them and that they would know that they have a father in heaven. May they truly know that they are the adopted sons and daughters of God.


  • Pray for the protection of this ministry. Pray that the Lord would safeguard it against any attacks, political or otherwise.


  • Pray for those families who have taken in orphans. Thank the Lord for their love and pray that God would provide for them and protect them.