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International Christian Concern releases a yearly report on the ten countries most guilty of persecuting Christians.  Please read it, pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for those persecuting them. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 43-45, ESV)

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Prayer Point 3: CHINA

After hearing of the recent police attack in Sichuan against the Autumn Rain Church of Chengdu, China Aid Association (CAA) reports that on May 2, 2008 Beijing public security police also raided the Showang House Church to stop an “illegal gathering” and ordered the church to stop meeting. CAA also reported another incident on May 9, 2008 where police arrested Pastor Dong Yutao, and placed him in a criminal detention center for allegedly receiving “illegally printed Bibles and religious literature.” Pastor Dong is one of the leaders of the Beijing’s City Revival Church, one of the largest house churches in Beijing. The Showang House Church was raided by plain clothes detectives who suddenly broke into the meeting, and ordered members to leave the premises claiming that their activities were illegal. These recent raids are just few more examples of China’s ramped up crackdown against freedom of religious expression.

Pray for the continued boldness and perseverance of house church leaders as they suffer under China’s continued crackdown against the Gospel.

Pray that God will raise up an army of other Christian leaders to carry on the gospel torch as these other leaders are detained.

Pray that the Name of Jesus will be glorified during the upcoming Olympics regardless of the efforts of the Chinese government to suppress it.

Prayer Point 4: PAKISTAN

Dr. Robin Sardar, 55; a Christian and a medical doctor was charged with violating Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in Hafizabad district on May 5, 2008. ICC has learned that Dr. Sardar was friends with a man named Muhammad Yousaf for years and they were often seen together in family gatherings and social events. However, apparently Yousaf became resentful and envious of his friend’s success and told police that Sardar had made derogatory comments against the Prophet Muhammad’s beard and the Holy Quran. The police registered a First Information Report against Dr. Sardar on May 5, 2008, and since then the religious extremists have organized daily demonstrations demanding that he be publicly hanged. Christians in the area and especially his family are living in constant fear because the Muslim clerics have been regularly calling on the people to kill him, and any relatives of Dr. Sardar. The National Commission for Justice and Peace, a human rights body of the Catholic Church has taken up Dr Sardar’s case, urging the authorities to withdraw the allegations and to provide protection to the religious minorities.

Pray for God’s providential protection for Dr. Sardar and for his family, as well as other Christians in Pakistan.

Pray that the Pakistan’s governmental officials will heed the call of the human rights group, and will withdraw the allegations and protect the religious minorities.

Pray against the spirit of darkness over Pakistan, and that the light of Jesus will shine.