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CSW: Egypt, Indonesia and the election

 

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Saturday 3 June 2017

 

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Prayer Alert - Christian Solidarity Worldwide
 

Dear Peter

The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.
Psalm 33:18

This week, please pray for the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok. A Christian and an ethnic Chinese, Ahok has been found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison.

Copts attacked in Egypt
On 26 May masked gunmen attacked three buses in Egypt. These buses were full of Christian families, the elderly, and children: all visiting a monastery as part of a pilgrimage. Twenty-eight people were killed and more than 23 injured: please pray for God to comfort the families of the victims and speed the healing of the survivors. 

UK election on Thursday
Finally, as the election draws near, please pray that following Thursday’s vote, God would bless the leaders of the UK with compassion and wisdom, and that human rights, especially freedom of religion or belief, would be a priority for the new government. 

Just like in Indonesia and Egypt, God is in power in the UK: though we are often faced with situations that seem so difficult and tragic that we don’t know how to pray, we know that God is powerful and able to do so much more than we can ask or imagine. Join us this week in putting all these countries in God’s hands.

In summary, please pray:

  • For Ahok and his family to be comforted by God’s presence as he begins his sentence
  • That God would protect Ahok, his family and lawyers, as they’ve been receiving threats
  •  For God to comfort the families of the victims of the Egypt attack
  • That he would protect Egyptian Christians from further attacks
 
 
 
 
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News from CSW

 

ERITREA

Eritrean Patriarch under house arrest for decade

 
 

EGYPT

28 Copts dead in attack on three vehicles 

 
 

INDONESIA

UN experts call for the release of Ahok

 
 
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This week’s Prayer Diary:

 
 

Sudan

 
 

Sudan has been on our minds a lot this year with the case of Reverend Hassan, Reverend Kuwa, Mr Jašek and Mr Abdumawla, all of whom were on trial on unjust charges last year. The men went through many months of imprisonment, separated from their families and frequently enduring harsh conditions. But God is good - Rev Kuwa was found innocent of all charges and released in January 2017. Mr Jašek received a presidential pardon and was freed in February, and in May both Mr Abdumawla and Rev Hassan were set free after receiving a presidential pardon. This, of course, exists in a wider context of extreme pressure on Christians in Sudan: let’s pray through the things they’re facing this week.  

 

 
 
 
 

This week, please pray:

  • Today, please thank God for the eventual release of all the men involved in the Sudan Four trial. It was a lengthy and often difficult process, and we’re so grateful to everyone who campaigned, prayed and tweeted on their behalf. They’re free at last!
  • Today, please pray for unity and protection for the churches in Sudan: a number of them have been given just 24 hours’ notice that their buildings will be demolished and land confiscated.
  • The demolition of churches in Sudan is especially hard-hitting because the government has stated it won’t issue any new licences for churches to be built. Please pray for safe places for Christians to gather and an end to this policy soon.
  • One of the ways in which the Sudanese government exerts pressure on churches is by asking church leaders to report to local security services: a process that can take all day, severely hindering church activities. Pray that this kind of intimidation would become a thing of the past.
 
 
 
 
  • Today, please pray for Mr Rafat Obid, who is the chair of the Sudan Evangelical Church’s lands and buildings committee. He’s been charged with impersonation, forgery and criminal misappropriation – this is a way for the government to interfere with the running of the business of the church. 
  • As the week draws to a close, today please pray for Sudanese refugees who have had to flee war and persecution: that God would protect them on their journey and comfort them as they find themselves in hostile or unfamiliar lands.
  • Father God, today we lift the nation of Sudan to you in prayer: especially the Church, that’s facing harassment and intimidation on so many fronts. We ask you to bless their pastors with courage and protection and their congregations with safety and peace. Amen.
 
 
 
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Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

 

The CSW team
0845 456 5464

 

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Posted on 4 Jun 2017

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