Pray for Christians Facing Severe Difficulties


The conflict between government forces and Islamic rebel groups in northern Mali has left Christians vulnerable to persecution, especially Christian converts from Islam. Medical workers and other aid organizations have left the area, travel is difficult, and resources are few, leaving many hungry and sick. Government forces deliver humanitarian aid to Muslims first and often have nothing left for Christians. In addition to facing discrimination by the government, Christian converts from Islam are threatened by family members and often must flee for their lives.

  • Pray for Pastor Behnam Irani Who is Back in Prison

    Pastor Behnam Irani has been returned to prison after being held in solitary confinement for weeks at an undisclosed location.

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  • Pray for Pastor Sergie Kosyak

    Evangelical churches in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are being targeted by pro-Russian forces, which view the evangelicals as "sects" that support the Ukrainian government by praying for peace. VOM has received reports of at least nine attacks on Christians, churches and church-run drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

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  • Pray for Family of Murdered Pastor and Teenage Son

    Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killed a pastor and his oldest son recently after the pastor refused to shut down his church or allow them to recruit his oldest son and daughter.

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  • Pray for Missionaries Reaching North Korean Defectors
    Korea, North

    In May, a North Korean defector, "In-su," who is serving time in a prison in South Korea, received a parallel Bible and shared his testimony of how he had longed for a Bible of his own.

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  • Pray for Teenage Christians Denied Education

    A village chief in Laos refused to allow three female students to take their final exams on May 20 because the girls are Christians.

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  • Pray for Pastors Charged with Blasphemy

    A group of 43 Tanzanian pastors, most former Muslims, have been accused with blasphemy for teaching biblical foundations to their church members.

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  • Pray for Susan Ithungu and Her Testimony

    Susan Ithungu was 13 years old in 2009 when she accepted Christ. The Ugandan teen stood up for her faith even though her father beat her and locked her in a room for six months with little food or water.

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  • Pray for Pastor's Faithful Endurance

    Pastor "Michael" and his wife have been beaten, burglarized and threatened with death if they didn't leave their city, but God continues to provide for them as they serve in an area of Nepal where few Christians would go.

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  • Pray for Pastor and Christians Beaten during Worship Meeting
    Sri Lanka

    A pastor and three other believers were severely beaten on May 12 when more than 40 people in their Sri Lankan village broke through a security fence and began attacking them with poles.

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  • Pray for Christians Suffering Amid Civil War

    Christians in Syria continue to suffer as a result of the ongoing civil war there.

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  • Pray for Pastor Quang

    Several hundred people, including police and local officials, attacked a Bible School in southern Vietnam on June 9, injuring more than 20 pastors and students. The mob, which broke through a gate to enter the school, beat the believers, ransacked the building and tore off several doors before leaving nearly two hours later.

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