in Nairobi, for which sympathisers of the Islamistgroup al-Shabaab are thought to be responsible. An improvised explosive was thrown at the roomwhere the children were waiting for their Sunday
morning session on 30 September 2012. Pray for
John’s bereaved family, that they will know thepresence of our Comforter in sorrow (Jeremiah
8:18), and that the Holy Spirit will enable them
to forgive and love his killers. Ask that thetraumatised children will know the Lord’s peaceas they recover from this attack.
Remember in prayer twelveChristians from Shiraz, Iran, who are in prisonunder harsh conditions because of their faith in
the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:3). Seven
of the twelve were arrested during a raid on
a house church in February 2012. They have
been held separately in Adel-Abad prisonalongside murderers and drug dealers. The
remaining ve were detained in a prayer meetingon 12 October 2012 and are being held at the
Intelligence Ministry’s notorious detention centre.Pray that God may strengthen them during their
connement and during any interrogations they
might have to undergo. Ask the Lord that theycan remain strong in their witness and they willexperience the joy of the Lord despite what theyare undergoing.
Sunday 6The Gospel continuesto spread in Iran despite the threatof arrest faced by those whoaccept Christ. The country’s mediahas acknowledged growth in thenumber of Christians; a report ina government-backed newspaper stated that 200 house churches,made up of Christians from Muslimbackgrounds, are now meeting inMashhad. A senior Islamic cleric,quoted in a local newspaper,also warned against the spreadof Christianity. He said that 600people have become Christians inNeishabour alone. Praise the Lord for these many new brothers and sistersin Christ, and pray that He will protectthem from the pressures and risksthat accompany faith in Christ in Iran.Monday 7
Pray for the congregations of twochurches in Esfahan, Iran, where state securityagents have been permanently posted in an effortto hinder their activities. The agents interfere inmany aspects of church life at St Luke’s and StPaul’s, ordering the pastors around, threateningthe congregation and attempting to createtensions by spreading false rumours. Listeningdevices have also been installed. After the pastor of St Luke’s was made to release personal detailsof his congregation, members were harassed andwarned of dire consequences if they persisted intheir faith. Pray for Christians in Iran, that the Lordwill sustain them and never let them be shaken
(Psalm 55:22), and ask that the ofcial campaign
against them will cease.
Tomorrow (9 January), a Supreme
Court hearing is scheduled to take place over the future of Greater Grace Church in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was issued with a liquidation order
in April 2012, a decision upheld by an appeal
court in July. If the Supreme Court does notoverturn the ruling, the church, which has acongregation of nearly 500, will be dissolved. Thisis an important test case for religious freedom in
Azerbaijan, as Greater Grace is the rst church to
be closed since a strict Religion Law requiring allchurches to re-register was introduced in 2009.Pray that the Lord will move the Supreme Court torule in the church’s favour. Lift up to the Lord theleaders and members as they await the verdict.
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