Pray for Pastor Esmir & Family After Authorities Destroy Home


Pastor Esmir Torreblanca, his wife, Marieta, and their two children, ages 7 and 11, were left homeless on July 2 after Cuban authorities raided and demolished their home, which also served as a church. Government authorities, including state security and Cuban Communist Party officials, broke through the front door of their home in Santiago de Cuba at about 6 a.m. while the family was still sleeping. Officials were seen loading church property and the family’s belongings into trucks before bulldozing the building. Authorities also confiscated identification cards from church members who tried to interfere.

  • Pray for Christian Refugees

    More than 200 families fled Mosul, Iraq, after members of the so-called Islamic State demanded that Christians remaining in Mosul after noon on July 19 convert to Islam, agree to pay a tax or face execution.

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  • Pray for Local Church Members

    On Sunday, July 20, officials from the Committee on Religion interrupted a worship service of the International Church in Tajikistan, which meets in a building owned by the Russian Baptist Church, to question leaders about the church’s government registration.

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  • Pray for Sudanese Christians and Churches

    A Sudanese government minister reaffirmed a ban on new church construction recently, after authorities demolished a large church building near Khartoum.

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  • Pray for Seven Detained Ministry Workers

    Seven ministry workers have been arrested in Xian, China, for an illegal worship gathering.

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  • Pray for Widower Pastor

    The wife of a pastor serving in one of Colombia's red zones was shot to death recently by FARC guerrillas.

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  • 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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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