Pray for Gao Zhisheng, Kidnapped by Authorities


Prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was kidnapped by state police on Sept. 24, just hours after the public release of an interview in which he discussed his previous imprisonment and torture. Authorities brought him back to his home on Sept. 25, and he remains under house arrest with no acccess to medical care or to a shower. In the interview, he told reporters that he did not hate his persecutors and that he was prepared to be tortured again because “torture can’t truly hurt” him anymore. Known for defending Christians in China, he has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and tortured since 2005. There are concerns that he will be kidnapped and tortured for a longer period.

  • Pray for Seven Churches Attacked by Arsonists

    In late September, Muslim extremists burned seven churches within a week in northwestern Tanzania. Three churches were burned on Sept. 22 and four more on Sept. 27. One church, the Living Water International Church, suffered its third arson attack in two years. Each time the 70-member church attempts to upgrade its tin structure to a cement building, it is set on fire and forced to start over.

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  • Pray for "Zahirah," a Christian Convert Forced to Leave Home
    Middle East

    “Zahirah,” a Christian convert from Islam, was abused by her husband long before she became a Christian.

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  • Pray for 25 Widows Starting Small Businesses

    Attacks on Christians in Nigeria have left hundreds of widows with no way of supporting their families.

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  • Pray for "Zuny", Pursued by Muslim Ex-Husband

    A Christian woman and her daughters in Pakistan are being threatened by the woman’s Muslim ex-husband, who is angry about their conversion to Christianity.

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  • Pray for Family of Christian Leader Who Died After Imprisonment

    A Christian leader, Mr. Tiang, died on Sept. 20 of complications from diabetes, which worsened while he was in prison in Laos.

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  • Pray for Members of Two Churches Bombed by Hindu Radicals

    Two churches in eastern Nepal were bombed on Sept. 15 by a Hindu radical group demanding that Nepal be a Hindu nation.

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  • Pray for Mrs. Daeng, Widow of Murdered Christian

    Mrs. Daeng is grieving the loss of her husband, who was killed on Sept. 8 in an apparent kidnapping attempt in Laos.

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  • Pray for Pastors Cheng and Zhao, Imprisoned for "Undermining Police"

    Chinese pastors Cheng Hongspeng and Zhao Weiliang were found guilty on May 27 of “using a cult to undermine law enforcement” and sentenced to three and four years of imprisonment respectively.

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  • Pray for Two Men Arrested for Spreading Christianity

    Two Christian men were arrested in Laos on Sept. 2 for “spreading Christian religion.” Bountheung Phetsomphone, 43, and Neuy, 40, were visiting at a friend’s home for fellowship and prayer when police raided the home.

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  • Pray for Christian Women Fined for Indecent Dress

    Five Christian women were convicted of indecent dress and fined various amounts in connection with their arrest outside a church in Khartoum on June 25.

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