Remember the Saints!

Wednesday 8th of Nov: On 6th of July a Buddhist monk summoned to the village monastery 4 new Christians converts in Myanmar. There they were told to re-convert to Buddhism or be banished from the village. The 4 refused to re-convert so an official complaint was sent to the nearby town asking for them to be banished. Officials from the town refused to do so. The monk and village leaders then organised villagers to attack a group of Christians at worship in a private home the following evening, by pelting them with rocks for 4 hours. After police came, they called for the house to be burnt down. Several Christians were injured and 2 had to be hospitalised. Pray that like Stephen, the first martyr, the Christians may forgive those who stoned them and sought to kill them and that this attitude will soften the hearts of their enemies.

Wednesday 15th Nov: Most persecution of Christians in Kyrgyzstan comes from Muslim family members. At the time of writing, one new believer, who has taken the name “Martha”, is detained in a psychiatric hospital because her family cannot believe that any sane person would leave Islam to follow Christ. Pray that the Lord will be very close to Martha through every hour of the day and night (Ps 119:61-62) and that she will soon be released. Pray also for others being pressured – whether mentally, emotionally or physically – to deny Christ, asking that they will have grace to stand firm. The Lord knows each one by name.

These are just 2 prayer points from the Barnabas Fund prayer diary (which is available on their website). As we are coming up to Christmas, a very joyous and happy time, usually for us, let us remember our brothers and sisters in Christ.

For as it says in Hebrews 13:3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

There lives and stories are encouraging and challenging. May we keep praying for them in their hardships.

Chris

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