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The Persecution & Prayer Alert

The Persecution & Prayer Alert

The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved

— Romans 8:37 (NASB)

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In this week’s edition: reports from Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and


1. Update: Execution orders may have been issued for Iranian pastor
Youcef Nadarkhani

(Source: American Center for Law and Justice)

According to contacts in Iran, the execution orders for Christian
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued. Pastor Youcef’s
situation — an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for
becoming a Christian — has reportedly not been this dire since his
story was first reported (for more on his case, go to

It is unclear whether Pastor Youcef would have a right of appeal from
the execution order. The head of Iran’s Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh
Larijani, must approve publicly held executions, but only a small
percentage of executions are held public — most executions in Iran
are conducted in secret.

Please pray that the Lord will intervene and that Pastor Youcef will
be freed from prison. Pray that Youcef and his family will remain
faithful to the Lord in all situations. Pray that the Lord will be
exalted through Pastor Youcef, whether in life or in death
(Philippians 1:20).

Go to
for more on the trials Christians in Iran face.


2. Evangelist in Pakistan harassed and under attack

(Source: VOM-USA)

An evangelist supported by The Voice of the Martyrs in the
Afghan-Pakistan border region says he is being harassed by a local
Muslim leader and is also under attack by spiritual forces.

After some local Muslims attended a church service last Christmas, the
evangelist received a letter warning him that his congregation was not
respecting the Muslim call to prayer. Police have monitored the
Christian man’s activities, and the local mullah — a Muslim man
trained in religious law and doctrine — has said the evangelist’s
Christian activities “must be stopped.” The evangelist says the region
has been difficult for mission workers in the past, and that he is
impacted spiritually when he goes on prayer walks.

Please pray that God will grant supernatural strength to this brother
and to his church. Pray that the Muslims who attended the Christmas
church service will be fertile soil for the seeds that have been
planted. Pray that the gospel will spread and flourish in this hostile

For more on the persecution of Pakistani Christians, go to
. To post a prayer of solidarity with this evangelist, please visit
our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at


3. Christians abducted by militia groups in Sudan

(Source: Compass Direct News)

Christians in Sudan are under threat by South Sudanese militias
rebelling against the new South Sudan government. South Sudan seceded
from Sudan in July 2011 (for more on the secession, go to
). Christians in the primarily Islamic Sudan said that abductions are
increasing as the government supports militias as part of an effort to
rid the country of Christianity. The militias have been forcibly
conscribing South Sudanese into rebel militias loyal to Sudan’s
Islamic government. Christian sources say hundreds of young men have
been forcibly conscripted, while older men are either killed or

Two priests who were abducted at gunpoint last month in Rabak, Sudan,
have been released. The assailants, South Sudanese militants loyal to
Sudan, accused the Rev. Joseph Makwey and the Rev. Sylvester Mogga of
ties to South Sudan’s military. The kidnappers demanded 500,000
Sudanese pounds for their release (approximately $186,000 CAD), but
press reports said no ransom was paid. The kidnappers tortured the two
priests, who are now receiving medical treatment.

Please pray that Joseph and Sylvester will fully recover from their
injuries and that the Lord will flood their hearts with forgiveness
and peace. Please pray that God will command His angels to guard our
brothers and sisters who have been abducted or fear abduction (Psalm

For more information on persecution in Sudan, visit


4. Harsh new punishment enforced in Kazakhstan

(Source: Forum 18 News Service)

A shoe repairman and father of 10 in eastern Kazakhstan has been fined
the equivalent of 18 months’ average monthly salary. Aleksei Asetov
was fined for leading the small congregation that meets in his home.
The judge also banned the congregation.

Aleksei is the fifth member of a religious community known to have
been fined since the harsh new Religion Law and associated punishments
were adopted (for more information on the new law, go to
). However, he is the first to be tried under the new penalties.

Please pray that Aleksei and his family will find joy in their
sufferings (Romans 5:3). Pray that God will provide for all their
needs. Please pray that God will intercede in Kazakhstan, softening
the hearts of the political powers and causing them to cease their
persecution of Christians.

Go to
to learn more about the trials believers face in Kazakhstan.


5. Man charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

(Source: VOM-USA)

Dildar Yousaf, 28, was arrested and charged with blasphemy after
defending his eight-year-old nephew who was being attacked by a group
of Muslim boys last June. Dildar’s nephew, Ehtasham, was passing by a
“madrassa,” a school where Islamic students study the Qur’an, when
seven boys surrounded him and tried to force him to say, “There is no
god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” Ehtasham refused, and the
boys began to verbally and physically assault him. Dildar happened by
and pulled his nephew away and took him home.

A rumour then spread that Dildar had disgraced the Muslim proclamation
of faith. Crowds gathered and began to demand his death. Police picked
up Dildar from his workplace, put him in protective custody and
charged him with blasphemy. This particular charge carries a potential
three-year sentence with the possibility of parole, unlike other
blasphemy charges in the country that can result in a death sentence.

Dildar’s wife, Naseem, and their two children, as well as Ehtasham and
his family, have all had to leave their village. VOM is supporting the
family and providing legal assistance to Dildar. Dildar’s village has
a history of persecution. In the past, a Christian’s house was burned,
a pastor was killed, and another believer was charged with blasphemy.

Please pray that Dildar and Ehtasham’s families will be able to safely
return to their homes with God’s protection. Please pray that the
charges against Dildar will be dropped. Please pray that God will
reach out to the seven young boys who attacked Ehtasham so that they
will hear and heed His call.

For more on the persecution of Pakistani Christians, go to


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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