Persecution & Prayer Alert

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet
trials of various kinds, for you know that the
testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And
let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may
be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

~ James 1:2-4 ESV

Iran: Recent Sentencing Includes Pastor's Son

Source(s): Middle East Concern, World Watch Monitor

Ramiel Bettamraz Photo: Middle East Concern
Ramiel Bet Tamraz
Photo: Middle East Concern

Ramiel Bet Tamraz was arrested along with four converts from Islam when security officials raided a picnic that took place northeast of Tehran on August 26th, 2016. Although the five Christians were interrogated and eventually released, Ramiel and his friend were charged with "acting against national security." Both were released on bail in October 2016.

Kyrgyzstan: Church Comprising Converts Ordered Closed

Source(s): World Watch Monitor

A family in Kyrgyzstan - Photo: Unsplash / Oziel Gomez
Pray that the Gospel will continue to reach hearts throughout Kyrgyzstan.

A church in Kyrgyzstan, attended by many former Muslims, has been ordered to cease operations. Twice in the past few months, Sunday services have been interrupted by a group consisting of local officials, representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and others. While the church tried to settle the conflict, the opposing group has continued to issue threats and insults. "You will not be able to live and carry out your ministry here," members of the church were told.

Turkey: Pastor Brunson Remains in Custody

Source(s): Middle East Concern, EPConnection, Christianity Today

Andrew Brunson - Photo: World Watch Monitor
Andrew Brunson
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Despite the hopes of many around the world that Pastor Andrew Brunson would be released from custody after his latest hearing on July 17th, a judge ruled that he is to remain at least until his next hearing on October 12th.

Pastor Brunson, an American who served the Izmir Resurrection Church for more than 20 years, is facing allegations of conspiring to overthrow the government and espionage. Officials claim that he has been conspiring with a Muslim cleric who is living in exile in the United States. For more information on this case, visit this page.

If you would like to post a prayer of praise or petition on behalf of our persecuted family around the globe, visit VOMC's prayer wall. Another effective way to serve the persecuted is through volunteering. For more information, check the Volunteer Page.