Persecution & Prayer Alert

"...Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver
us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known
to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods
or worship the golden image that you have set up."
(Daniel addressing King Nebuchadnezzar)
~ Daniel 3:17-18 ESV


This week celebrates 20 years since The Voice of the Martyrs Canada first started its automated email service by providing the Persecution & Prayer Alert. Three years prior this being implemented, Glenn Penner (who was serving as VOMC's Communications Director at the time, and then later on as Chief Executive Officer) had been asked by some friends of the ministry if he could email them specific ways to pray for the persecuted church. Word got out and, by 2001, the number of people receiving this information had grown to the point that the emails could no longer be done manually. So, on August 1st of that year, a new website was launched, including the opportunity for online donations, purchasing of catalogue resources, and the automated email service. Since that first day, more than 1,000 Persecution & Prayer Alert emails have been sent out to thousands of faithful prayer supporters around the world.

We know that many of you have devotedly prayed with us throughout these two decades. As Floyd Brobbel, VOMC's present Chief Executive Officer, wrote: "Thousands have responded weekly to remember their persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer. Although the impact of this global prayer movement cannot be measured on this side of heaven, we continue our service of intercession in obedience and faith in the Lord who sustains and strengthens His people." May God richly bless each of you for your faithfulness!

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Man praying with mosque in the background
Pray that Christians will experience the Lord's peace and strength.

A Christian believer in Saudi Arabia, who was identified in previous Persecution & Prayer Alert reports as "A" or "Adam," has been sentenced with a large fine for allegedly attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity, as well as assisting his sister to flee the country. The accused believer was given 30 days to pay the fine unless an appeal was granted. (For more details about this situation, see this page.)

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Young Pakistani bride
Pray for young believers who
are facing forced conversion.

Two 13-year-old girls from Christian families have been forcibly married to their employers and converted to Islam in separate incidents. These recent cases further demonstrate the ongoing abuse of young Christian girls in the country. It is estimated that about 1,000 believers were married against their wills to militant Muslims between November 2019 and October 2020. For information on Christian persecution in Pakistan, and to read reports about other instances of forced conversion, go to our country report.

Nayab Gill
On May 31st, Shahid Gill received the devastating news that the custody of his 13-year-old daughter had been given to a 30-year-old man who forcibly converted her to Islam and then married her.

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Refugees in the woods - Photo: Morning Star News
Christians driven from their homes.
Photo: Morning Star News

Tribal animists have forced more than 50 Christians to flee their homes and seek shelter in the jungles of Odisha. These believers represent several families that are now stranded without proper shelter, food and water.

The conflict began within the past two months in the village of Sikapai where opposing villagers destroyed the roofs of homes belonging to as many as eight Christian families. Not only had the belongings of the targeted Christians been looted, these victims were also subjected to physical beatings and consequently driven into the jungle. When five Christian families in the nearby village of Kotlanga received similar threats, they remembered what had happened in Sikapai and likewise fled their homes, joining the other displaced families in the jungle.

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