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The Persecution & Prayer Alert

The Persecution & Prayer Alert

The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada

Thursday, November 3, 2011

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that
hate you,

and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

— Jesus of Nazareth

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In this week’s edition: reports from Libya, Iran, Nigeria and


1. Islamic law implemented in Libya

(Source: Australian Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission)

On October 24, National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdel
Jalil declared Libya to be “liberated.” Operating free of any
democratic constraints, Jalil also declared that the law against
polygamy will be repealed, Islamic banking will be adopted, and
Shariah (Islamic) Law will form the basis for all Libyan law.

As has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan, any concession to religious
freedom will be rendered void by the supremacy of Shariah. Shariah law
prohibits fitna (anything that could shake the faith of a Muslim),
especially evangelism (Christian witness), blasphemy (criticizing
Islam), and apostasy (leaving Islam).

Please pray for all Christians in Libya. Ask the Lord to protect them
and make them courageous followers of Christ — for He did not give us
a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of
self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Pray for Mustafa Abdel Jalil and all
those currently holding positions of authority. Pray that the Lord, in
his good timing, will bring genuine religious freedom to this nation.

For more information on persecution in Libya, please visit


2. Update: Iranian Christians continue to languish in prison

(Sources: Present Truth Ministries, Mohabat News)

Mehdi “Petros” Foroutan, 27, has been in prison since September 25. He
is currently serving a one year sentence for crimes against national
security (for more information, go to
). He was charged with this “crime” because he was evangelizing to
Muslims. On October 17, Petros was put into solitary confinement.
Thankfully, he has since been returned to the general area of the
prison. Petros and four other Christians were arrested back in April
and charged with blasphemy against Islam. The judge ruled that they
were not guilty, but the prosecutor has appealed this verdict.
Therefore, Petros is still awaiting a second trial for blasphemy.

Meanwhile, the prison sentence of Behnam Irani, 41, an Iranian church
leader, has been extended by five years. The extension of his one-year
sentence for “propaganda against the regime” was issued on October 18,
three days before his scheduled release from prison. Behnam was
arrested in April 2010 following a raid on his home in Karaj where
approximately 10 young men newly converted to Christianity had
gathered for fellowship and Bible study (for more information, please
). According to local sources, there is concern that he may be charged
with apostasy.

Please ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen these two men. Pray that
Petros and Behnam will keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, persevere in
their faith, and not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 10:32-39;
12:1-3). Ask the Lord to protect them while in prison and pray for
their release. Pray also for the prison guards.

To compose letters of encouragement to Petros and Behnam in their own
language, please visit
. You can also download our Prisoners’ List and Letter-Writing Guide
. To learn more about suffering Iranian believers, please visit


3. Christian mother of five killed by soldiers in Nigeria

(Source: Compass Direct News)

Nigerian soldiers summoned to stop inter-religious fighting between
Muslim and Christian youths shot and killed a Christian mother of five
in the Yelwa area of Bauchi city, according to family and church
sources. A Christian boy was also shot.

Soldiers were called to the area on October 20 to restore calm after
fighting broke out at a high school soccer match and spread to other
parts of the city. Other Muslims reportedly joined Muslim students
from the school, attacking Christians and setting homes ablaze.

Three Muslim soldiers later shot Charity Augustine Agbo. Charity’s
husband, Augustine, told reporters that the soldiers shot his wife
after storming their house. “Three soldiers arrived … with siren
blaring, scaring us and forcing us to run into our houses,” he said.
“When we all ran inside, we saw these three soldiers coming to our
house; then we locked the outside gate, but the soldiers followed us
and broke the glass door and forced the door open and shot my wife
twice on the chest.” The circumstances leading to the shooting of the
boy, who is unrelated to Charity, were not immediately known and his
name has not been disclosed. At last report, he was recovering in

Please pray the Lord will bring about an end to the continuing
violence in this area of Nigeria. Ask Him to comfort Augustine and his
children. Pray the Lord will completely heal the young boy. Pray that
the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Pray that they will also
repent and believe.

Go to
for more on Nigeria’s suffering believers.


4. Restrictive amendments proposed for uncensored religious literature
in Azerbaijan

(Source: Forum 18 News Service)

Prison terms and hefty fines are set to be adopted by Azerbaijan’s
parliament in mid-November for groups of people who produce or
distribute religious literature without first submitting to compulsory
state censorship. Those found guilty will be subject to prison terms
of up to five years or maximum fines of nearly nine years’ official
minimum wage.

The punishments are included in proposed amendments to the Criminal
and Administrative Codes, which were prepared by the powerful
Presidential Administration and approved by two parliamentary
committees on October 28. Parliamentary officials said they are set to
be adopted in one reading, likely on November 15.

Please pray the Lord will flood this nation with His Word and that the
gospel will continue to spread in spite of these restrictions. Pray
the Church in Azerbaijan will grow in number and in faithfulness. Pray
the Lord will bless their efforts as they act as witnesses to Him.
Pray that religious freedom will be respected in Azerbaijan.

Check out
to learn more about persecution in Azerbaijan.


5. Pray with us on Sunday, November 13!

Each year, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
(IDOP) gives us the privilege of joining together with more than half
a million churches in 150 countries to pray for suffering believers.
The day plays a vital role in encouraging and strengthening the
persecuted Church through prayer and to bring awareness to their
plight. As we hear of their overcoming courage in the face of arrest,
imprisonment, torture and even death, our faith is also strengthened.

The Voice of the Martyrs actively partners with organizations such as
the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance,
the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Religious Liberty Commission and
other VOM missions worldwide in promoting IDOP among Christians in
Canada and around the world on the second Sunday of November.

A special resource kit is available for your church, Bible study or
small group to use. To download these helpful resources or to find out
more about IDOP, visit IDOP Canada at
or IDOP International at


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:



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