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Saturday 10 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

Recently, we’ve seen Daesh (Islamic State, or IS) and IS-linked groups carrying out attacks around the world: from Nigeria to Indonesia, Egypt to Syria, and more recently, in the UK. As we watch scenes of horror unfold in London and Manchester, it’s helpful to reflect on, in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s words, “the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ, but as well as that, the deep resources we have in our faith…to face up to these things with courage.”

Courage can be hard to find when we see violence in places familiar to us, or experience the incalculable pain of losing someone we love to terrorism. CSW has many years of experience working in situations where religious intolerance and extremism lead to violence – so that’s why we’re praying with a global perspective for courage and healing for all those affected by Daesh attacks, in the UK and beyond. 

Pray for Indonesia
In Indonesia, on 24 May, two suspected suicide bombers killed three police officers and injured ten people in two detonations near a bus station in the capital, Jakarta. This is part of a series of low-level attacks by Daesh over the last year and a half. 

Attacks in Egypt
In Egypt, the three-month state of emergency continues following April’s attacks by Daesh on two churches, that killed 44 people and left many more injured. Just a month later, masked gunmen opened fire on three buses containing Christian families and schoolchildren visiting a monastery. Daesh has claimed responsibility for this attack as well, and in May a Daesh-affiliated magazine published an article in which the group’s purported leader in Egypt boasted of continuing attacks on Christians. 

Jihadi groups 
Terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab and Boko Haram continue their campaigns of terror in Sub-Saharan Africa, with al-Shabaab recently replacing Boko Haram as the world’s deadliest terror group. Al-Shabaab recently claimed responsibility for 11 attacks in Kenya over a three-week period, including one that killed eight police officers. In Nigeria, Boko Haram has attacked villages near Chibok, in Borno State, leaving at least 21 people dead. More recently they attacked an area in the capital Maiduguri, but were eventually pushed back by the army.

The resources of our faith
Our God is global, and powerful: he is God in Jakarta, Alexandria, Chibok, and London and Manchester too. Psalm 9:9 says ‘The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.’ He is not limited by geography, time, or borders. How amazing that we can bring each and every person affected by terror in the world to him.

In summary, please pray:

  • For God’s presence to comfort and heal all those affected by Daesh attacks
  • For God to give strength and courage to the families of all the victims 
  • That God would protect religious minorities everywhere from violence and terror
  • For God to stop the plans of Daesh, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and other related groups to carry out violent 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:

 
 

Ambassadors

 
 

Janet is our Ambassadors Coordinator. She says, “In the words of the apostle Paul, ‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ I thank God for all our Ambassadors and ask that God would continue to inspire and enthuse each one.”

 

 
 
 
 

This week, please pray:

  • Today please pray for Robert de Berry, who’s decided to celebrate his 75th birthday by doing a sponsored bike ride for CSW and Release International from the north of Scotland to the south of England! Pray that God would reward his generous heart with energy and endurance.
  • We’ve still got people bravely signing up for our abseil down Guildford Cathedral on 24 June! Please give thanks for them today: and that God would grant them lots of courage! 
  • Join us in praying for our Ambassadors Coordinator Janet today. Ask God to give her strength and joy in her work.
  • It was so great to see you at Pursue Justice in April! Today, join us in giving thanks for an inspiring conference and the wonderful opportunity to meet new faces and old. 
 
 
 
 

 

  • If you’re an Ambassador, today’s prayers are for you! We’re so thankful for all that you do for CSW, whether it’s giving talks, raising money or spreading the word about freedom of religion or belief. Thank you!
  • Today, let’s pray through Janet’s verses above (Philippians 1:3-6) asking God to bless our Ambassadors and all the work that they do on CSW’s behalf.
  • Loving heavenly Father, thank you for blessing CSW with so many amazing Ambassadors and supporters. Watch over them, we pray, and bless all their endeavours. 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 12 Jun 2017

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