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Prayer needs for this week - Saturday 30 December

Dear Peter

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

 

Thank you so much for praying with us this year! It’s been a real privilege to write the emails every week, knowing that on Saturday you’ll join us in praying for some of our most urgent cases. In the words of Paul in Philippians 1:1-5, ‘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.’ 

2017 has seen some wonderful answers to prayer, from the success of our finally being granted official UN accreditation to the release of three prisoners in one amazing week. None of it would have happened without your faithful and persistent prayers: you’re such important partners in our work. Thank you!

In summary, please pray

  • Thanking God for the blessings he’s poured out on CSW’s work  in 2017
  • Asking for his continued provision for CSW in 2018
  • Thanking God specifically for the granting of official UN accreditation this year
  • Praising God for the release of Li Heping, Rev Hassan, and Mr Abduraheem Abdumawla; and asking him to continue to watch over them now that they’re free

 

Pakistan

CSW has been working in Pakistan for over 20 years: long term advocacy, training and fact-finding that wouldn’t be possible without your faithful prayer and support. Life is increasingly difficult for Pakistan’s religious minorities, but thanks to the length of time we’ve been working there CSW is able to work quickly and effectively in response to emergencies and religious freedom abuses – and it all begins with your prayers!

Sunday
Please keep praying for Michelle Chaudhry, CSW’s long-standing partner in Pakistan. She runs the Cecil and Iris Chaudhry Foundation, which works alongside CSW and provides us with invaluable insight into the situation for religious minorities. Pray that God would keep Michelle in good health and provide strength, energy and endurance for her vital work. 

Monday
August 2016 saw a horrific suicide bomb attack on lawyers who had gathered to mourn the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, who had been assassinated on his way into court earlier that day. This double attack, which claimed over 70 lives, left the legal community reeling. Pray for God’s protection over lawyers in Pakistan today. 

Tuesday 
Please continue to pray for the blasphemy laws to be repealed. These laws are poorly defined with a vague definition of blasphemy, yet it is a crime: the laws are often misused to settle personal scores, leading to innocent people being imprisoned. 

Wednesday
One long-running case that still needs your prayers is that of Asia Noreen, also known as Asia Bibi. She’s a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010 and has been on death row ever since. Her final hearing was supposed to be in 2016, but the judge recused himself on the day due to a conflict of interest: she remains in prison. Pray that Asia’s case would be concluded soon and that she’d be allowed to go free. 

Thursday
Ahmadi Muslims are severely persecuted for their faith: legislation defining their faith as ‘anti-Islamic’ legitimises attacks against them. Pray for an increase in tolerance and peaceful co-existence between religious communities.

Friday 
Kiran is just 15. She hasn’t seen her parents or her home in nearly two years, ever since she was abducted on her way to buy vegetables for dinner. Forced to convert to Islam, Kiran was married to a stranger and told she can never return home. She’s just one of hundreds of young Christian and Hindu girls every year who are kidnapped and forcibly converted: pray that they would be reunited with their families soon.

Saturday
Lord, watch over all those who defend freedom in Pakistan. Thank you that lawyers and human rights defenders work so hard to protect people: protect them in turn, and bless their work, we pray: so that one day, everyone in Pakistan will be able to worship freely and without fear. Amen

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Posted on 1 Jan 2018

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