THE BLACK KETTLE

Proverbs 21:30

The Persecution & Prayer Alert

“We never pray against our government or call down
curses on them. Instead, we have learned that God is in control
both of our own lives and the government we live under. (He) has
used China’s government for His own purposes, molding and
shaping His children as He sees fit. Instead of focussing our
prayers against any political system, we pray that regardless
of what happens to us, we will be pleasing to God.”
~ Brother Yun


CHINA: Pastor Endures Poor Treatment in Detention

Source: China Aid


Yang Hua preaching in an undated photo.
Photo: ChinaAid

Lawyers representing incarcerated church pastor Yang Hua discovered during a recent visit with their client that he has been suffering from serious health conditions. Yang, who has been in police custody since December 9th of last year for “divulging state secrets” and other falsified charges, is experiencing pain due to a liver condition and additional major health concerns.

Previously, China Aid had received a report from Yang’s lawyers, Chen Jiangang and Zhao Yonglin, confirming his poor treatment at the hands of government officials. According to an interview Chen and Zhao conducted with Yang, prosecutors visited him twice, applied pressure to his feet, and repeatedly threatened to kill him and harm his family members if he failed to confess his supposed crimes. After obtaining this information, the lawyers sued the prosecution team, accusing them of “using torture to extort a confession,” and requested that the prosecution receive legal repercussions.

Yang’s lawyers originally understood that his trial would take place soon after the admittance of evidence to the courts. However, as of yet, no trial date has been announced. More information on the challenges facing Christians in China is available here.

Please pray that Yang will be renewed in spirit, soul, mind and body. May he sense the nearness of our Almighty God’s reassuring presence, filling him with greater confidence and faith during this time of trial. Also intercede for Yang’s lawyers as they advocate what we hope will be a fair trial and Yang’s release so he can receive greatly needed medical attention. May God’s peace, strength, wisdom and favour be upon Yang, his loved ones, as well as those representing him, in Jesus’ all-powerful name.


NIGERIA: Terrorists Seize More Chibok Villages

Sources: BBC, Release International, CNN, CTV, Associated Press

In northern Nigeria, members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, have struck again. On September 26th, the terrorists took over three villages near the town of Chibok which is located within Borno state. It has been reported that at least eight people, including a village elder, have been tragically killed. The attackers have brazenly hoisted their flag around these villages.

At the time of these attacks, many families in the Chibok area were waiting in agony for news of the more than 200 schoolgirls who were abducted in April of 2014. Although a couple of the girls were rescued in May, and others have narrowly escaped, the majority of those seized by Boko Haram remained missing. (For a previously posted report on this situation, click here.)

In an attempt to bring about a resolution, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, recently made arrangements for further negotiations to take place with the militants. The president spoke of his willingness to arrange a swap, freeing a few imprisoned militants in exchange for the girls’ safe release. On the day of this posting (October 13th), it was reported that negotiations mediated by the Red Cross and the Swiss government have resulted in some success. According to various news sources, 21 of the girls have just been released!

May God minister great comfort and healing to all those who have been injured and bereaved as a result of these recent attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord’s abiding presence, love and healing as they await their own release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari, and other members of the Nigerian government, as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and defeat Boko Haram. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.


PRAISE REPORT

NEPAL: Young Convert Stands Firm Despite Accusations

Source: icommittopray.com


Leah holds a Nepali Bible.

“Leah,” a 15-year-old girl from a rural village in Nepal, has been told that her Christian faith was the cause of her father’s illness. Although Leah’s family was initially opposed to her conversion to Christianity, the young believer steadfastly held onto her faith in Christ, walking for about four to five hours to attend church with other believers.

Thankfully, Leah’s family members are now showing an openness to the Gospel as they are attending church with her. Please pray that they will also wholeheartedly commit their lives to the Lord, joining Leah by becoming strong witnesses of the Christian faith.

If you would like to post a prayer of praise or petition on behalf of our persecuted family around the globe, visit VOMC’s prayer wall.


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The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, P.O. Box 608, Streetsville, Ontario, L5M 2C1
Tel. 905-670-9721 Website: www.vomcanada.com

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