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The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Thursday, September 15, 2011
“You never know how much you really believe anything
until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to
– C.S. Lewis
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In this week’s edition: reports from Iran, China and Turkmenistan
1. Pastor freed on bail; others remain imprisoned in Iran
A pastor arrested and charged with blasphemy against Islam was
released on bail on August 27. Pastor Matthias Haghnejad was arrested
10 days earlier while making a pastoral visit in the city of Rasht,
Iran. He was held until his family paid $30,000 in bail. While Pastor
Matthias is currently free, he still faces a trial on the blasphemy
Earlier this year, Matthias and 10 other church members were detained
and charged with partaking in activities against the Iranian order.
They were later acquitted. At least eight other Iranian Christian
leaders are currently in prison.
Pray that Pastor Matthias will be fully acquitted of the charges. Pray
also for Youcef Nardarkhani, another imprisoned pastor, and for all
Iranian Christians who have faced increased pressure from the
government. Pray that suffering Iranian believers will rejoice in the
opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness through the ongoing opposition
they face (James 1:2-4).
You can post a prayer of solidarity for suffering Christians in Iran
on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at
. For more information about the persecuted Church in Iran, go to
2. Update: Church leaders released in China
Several church leaders from the Linfen-Fushan house church in Shanxi
province, China, have been released from detention. The released
Christians were among those arrested following a police raid on their
church’s grounds in September 2009. More than 30 believers were
seriously injured and 17 buildings were destroyed in the attack.
Three women — Gao Fuqin, Zhao Guoai and Yang Hongzhen– were
released, along with a Christian man, Li Shuangpin. Yang Caizhen, who
was also imprisoned with the women, was released earlier on medical
parole (for more information, go to
). All five of these leaders suffered physical and mental torture
while detained at labour camps.
The released Christians have shared, “We sincerely urge all brothers
and sisters around the world to pray for Linfen church…. At the same
time, we also ask brothers and sisters to remember in prayer the
Linfen leaders who are still suffering in jail: Brothers Xiao Guang,
Yang Xuan and Cui Jiaxing, and sisters Yang Rongli and Zhang Huamei.
May the Lord move the police to release them early so that they can be
reunited with their families. We who have been released express our
most sincere gratitude to the brothers and sisters around the world
who have been concerned about us and who have helped us. May God
remember your prayers and what you did.”
Praise the Lord for the release of these Christians! Pray that the
Lord will heal their hearts and bodies. Pray that the remaining
detained believers will soon be released. Pray that those who oppress
Christians in China may experience repentance and salvation, just as
Paul did (Acts 9:1-19).
For more on the trials Christians face in China, please visit
3. Update: Pastor remains detained in Turkmenistan
(Sources: VOM-USA, Forum 18)
Family and friends of Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev were disappointed in late
August when the president did not include the pastor in what has
become an annual amnesty of prisoners. Pastor Ilmurad was arrested at
his home in Mary in south-eastern Turkmenistan on August 27, 2010. He
was charged with extracting money from three people — an accusation
his wife, Maya, and fellow church members strongly deny (for more,
please go to http://www.persecution.net/tm-2010-10-28.htm
A friend of the family told Forum 18 that Maya is “so disappointed”
that her husband was not released and that “she sits at home and
cries.” Family and friends were heartened, however, to hear that the
pastor has finally been treated for his diabetes for the first time
since his arrest. Maya has been able to visit her husband on approved
Please continue to pray for Ilmurad’s release. Pray for comfort for
Maya while her husband is in prison. Pray that, as they suffer, they
will rely on the Lord’s strength and not on their own (2 Corinthians
1:8-9). Pray that many more in Turkmenistan would come to faith in
Encourage Pastor Nurliev by sending him a letter! To download our
Letter-Writing Guide & Prisoners’ List, go to
. To create a letter using phrases in Pastor Nurliev’s own language,
please visit http://www.PrisonerAlert.com
. For more on suffering believers in Turkmenistan, please visit
4. Will you pray with us?
In the traditional church calendar, “All Saints Day” and “All Souls
Day” stand out in the month of November, set apart to remember the
saints of the church and the souls of those who departed this world.
It is fitting, then, that the modern church has set apart the month of
November to remember and pray for the persecuted Church, through the
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
November 13 is IDOP Sunday — a day dedicated to lifting up our
persecuted family in prayer. Talk to your pastor about getting your
church involved by showing a short video about Christian persecution
or having a congregation-led prayer time.
The Persecution & Prayer Alert is a ministry of The Voice of the
Martyrs, Canada. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 608, Streetsville,
Ontario, L5M 2C1)
Tel. (905) 670.9721. Website: http://www.persecution.net
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the early evacuation of Israel’s embassy in Jordan on Wednesday, over fears of violent anti-Israel protests similar to those which erupted in Cairo last week. Protocol stipulates that all employees return to Israel every weekend, with the exclusion of one diplomatic representative as well as a security team.
On Wednesday, however, it was affirmed that Israel had decided to vacate its Jordanian embassy a day earlier than schedule, following fears of violent protests outside the embassy building, expected to take place on Thursday and throughout the weekend.
By Barak Ravid and The Associated Press:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he will address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 23, the day on which the Palestinians say they will submit their bid for full UN membership.
Netanyahu is due to leave for New York next Wednesday, and will attend the annual General Assembly session. Israel had originally intended to dispatch President Shimon Peres to New York for the General Assembly, but was warned by diplomats that this would only give more weight to the Palestinian move.
by Joseph Klein:
The New York Times ran a banner front page headline on September 14, 2011 titled “U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.”
The Times headline should have read, “The Obama Administration Scrambles to Avoid Its Own Self-Fulfilling Prophesy.”
Next week, the United Nations General Assembly will almost certainly approve an upgrade of the status of the Palestinian Authority from nonvoting “observer entity” to “observer state,” placing it on par with the Holy See. This will happen whether or not the Palestinians try for full UN member state status, which would first require approval by the Security Council.
President Obama has promised to veto such a Security Council resolution. However, the United States has only one vote in the General Assembly and cannot stop the General Assembly – packed with Palestinian supporters and Israel-bashers, including craven European countries – from granting observer state status to the Palestinians if they request it.
While a vote in the General Assembly alone would not confer full UN membership rights to a Palestinian state, it would open the door for the Palestinians to join various UN bodies and treaties. Of most concern to Israel, an observer state status might well allow the Palestinians to become a treaty member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and pursue claims there against Israel for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Although Israel is not itself a member of the ICC, the court could still take jurisdiction of such claims if they are alleged to have arisen within the territory of a Palestinian state that is an ICC member.
Time to retire Pat. I think your wife’s lawyer needs to have a little chat with you …
By DAN SENOR:
New York’s special congressional election on Tuesday was the first electoral outcome directly affected by President Obama’s Israel policy. Democrats were forced to expend enormous resources in a losing effort to defend this safe Democratic district, covering Queens and Brooklyn, that Anthony Weiner won last year by a comfortable margin.
A Public Policy Poll taken days before the election found a plurality of voters saying that Israel was “very important” in determining their votes. Among those voters, Republican candidate Robert Turner was winning by a 71-22 margin. Only 22% of Jewish voters approved of President Obama’s handling of Israel. Ed Koch, the Democrat and former New York mayor, endorsed Mr. Turner because he said he wanted to send a message to the president about his anti-Israel policies.
So this is what they mean by a “two state solution:”
Judenrein. Ethnic cleansing.
by Raymond Ibrahim:
Among other qualities, a good presidential candidate must be knowledgeable and able to think outside the box; equally important, he must not be naive or gullible — certainly not swallow everything the enemy says hook, line, and sinker.
During the recent Republican candidate debate, Congressman Ron Paul exhibited his ignorance and gullibility when the panel was asked: “Do you plan to decrease Defense spending, to balance spending, or do you believe high spending is essential to security?”
After Paul explained how he was “tired of all the militarism that we are involved in,” and his plan on cutting back, he said, “But we’re under great threat, because we occupy so many countries. … The purpose of al-Qaeda was to attack us, invite us over there, where they can target us … but we’re there occupying their land. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, we’re kidding ourselves.”
In mid-August, as London’s neighbourhoods underwent violence, looting and fire, France’s Jews looked on with a familiar disquiet. Jews were in no sense the target of this summer’s rioting, but a decade ago, something similar went wrong on the streets of Paris that has not been put right since. The present era of European street violence began with widespread assaults on Jews around Paris in the autumn of 2000, the year of the so-called “second intifada” in Israel. The following year saw riots in Oldham and Rochdale — overshadowed in retrospect by the destruction of the World Trade Center just weeks later.
By Ted Thornhill:
Peru’s Nazca Lines, the mysterious geoglyphs etched into the desert centuries ago by indigenous groups, are world famous – and now thousands of similar patterns have been found in the Middle East.
Satellite and aerial photography has revealed mysterious stone ‘wheels’ that are more numerous and older than the Nazca Lines in countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
The structures are thought to date back 2,000 years, but why they were built is baffling archaeologists and historians.
‘In Jordan alone we’ve got stone-built structures that are far more numerous than the Nazca Lines, far more extensive in the area that they cover, and far older,’ David Kennedy, a professor of classics and ancient history at the University of Western Australia, told Live Science.