Prayer Requests

Turkey: update on situation regarding Malatya 24 April 2014
Iran: update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence 23 April 2014
Syria: call for day of prayer as violence continues 07 April 2014
Turkey: legal change leads to temporary release of murderers of Christians 12 March 2014
Iran: three believers arrested as restrictions are imposed on some house church leaders 10 March 2014
Syria: nuns abducted from Ma’aloula released 10 March 2014
Turkey: legal change might lead to temporary release of murderers of Christians 07 March 2014
Iran: two believers released, others granted temporary leave from prison 06 March 2014
Syria: restrictions on Christians in Raqqah formalised 28 February 2014
Turkey: St. Gabriel Monastery given title deeds to some its property 27 February 2014
Egypt: update on blasphemy cases 26 February 2014
Libya: seven Egyptian Christians murdered 25 February 2014
Iran: update on Christians detained following church raid in Ahvaz, in December 2011 31 January 2014
Syria: Church leaders call for prayer for Geneva II peace conference 20 January 2014
Iran: arrests over the Christmas and New Year 16 January 2014
Iran: Christmas period and update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence 23 December 2013
Iran: update on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011 06 December 2013
Syria: uncertain situation of Ma'aloula nuns 05 December 2013
Iran: concerns for the health of two imprisoned believers 14 November 2013
Iran: update on believer sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment 06 November 2013
Iran: harsh sentences for believers upheld 30 October 2013
Egypt: wedding celebration attack in context of Christian-Muslim relations 26 October 2013
Turkey: updates on ongoing legal cases 03 October 2013
Iran: two believers released from prison 18 September 2013
Iran: wave of arrests in July and August 18 September 2013
Syria: clashes in historic Christian village of Maaloula 09 September 2013
Turkey: update #24 on trial of murderers of Christians 09 September 2013
Syria: day of prayer for peace, Saturday 7th September 06 September 2013
Egypt: update on Church buildings being attacked 20 August 2013
Egypt: Church buildings being attacked as protest camps removed 14 August 2013
Iran: believer sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment 09 August 2013
Egypt: Christians in Minya affected by extremist violence 07 August 2013
Syria: fears grow for missing priest 06 August 2013
Egypt: Christians affected by extremist violence 31 July 2013
Iran: eight believers convicted, others facing court hearings 25 July 2013
Egypt: Christians wary of protests called for Friday 18 July 2013
Egypt: Christians targeted during disturbances 08 July 2013
Egypt: hopes and fears in changed national governance 05 July 2013
Iran: update #2 on Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 04 July 2013
Egypt: President authorises new church building 13 June 2013
Egypt: update #2 on Christian teacher facing court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 12 June 2013
Egypt: update on Christian teacher facing court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 07 June 2013
Iran: update on Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 07 June 2013
Iran: Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 07 June 2013
Egypt: Christian teacher faces court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 07 June 2013
Syria: day of prayer called for Saturday 11th May 07 June 2013
Iran: update #3 on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011 07 June 2013
Iran: one believer released on bail, others remain detained 07 June 2013
Syria: two bishops kidnapped and their driver murdered 07 June 2013
Egypt: sectarian clashes leave several dead 07 June 2013
Iran: update #2 on believers facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Iran: detained believers needing medical treatment 07 June 2013
Iran: update on believers facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Syria: increasing incidence of religiously-motivated attacks against Christians 07 June 2013
Libya: update on Egyptian Christian detained & mistreated 07 June 2013
Iran: updates on detained believers, some facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Egypt: two young boys convicted 07 June 2013
Libya: Egyptian Christian detained & mistreated 07 June 2013
Algeria: believer challenges court conviction 07 June 2013
Iran: update #3 on dual-national detained for Christian activities 28 January 2013
Iran: update #2 on dual-national detained for Christian activities 21 January 2013
Iran: update on dual-national detained for Christian activities 18 January 2013
Iran: update on Armenian pastor detained in raid on Christmas celebration 11 January 2013
Iran: Yousef Nadarkhani released; two further arrests 07 January 2013
Iran: Yousef Nadarkhani taken into custody again 02 January 2013
Iran: Armenian pastor detained in raid on Christmas celebration 31 December 2012
Iran: pressure on churches as Christmas approaches 21 December 2012
Middle East: update on expatriate fellowship meeting violently disrupted 21 December 2012
Iran: dual-national detained for Christian activities 20 December 2012
Middle East: expatriate fellowship meeting violently disrupted 04 December 2012
Egypt: lack of law and order affecting Christians 07 November 2012
Iran: update on Christians detained following raid on a church service 31 October 2012
Iran: update #2 on imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 23 October 2012
Iran: update on imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 19 October 2012
Iran: one believer released from prison 15 October 2012
Iran: imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 12 October 2012
Iran: Pastor serving six year prison sentence 11 October 2012
Egypt: update #2 on Christians facing blasphemy charges 11 October 2012
Egypt: update on Christians facing blasphemy charges 09 October 2012
Egypt: update on Christians facing blasphemy charges 05 October 2012
Egypt: sectarian tensions re-erupt in Rafah 04 October 2012
Iran: update #12 on pastor sentenced to death 08 September 2012
Iran: update #11 on pastor sentenced to death 06 September 2012
Egypt: incidents affecting Christian communities 28 August 2012
Iraq: Christians facing violent crime and at risk from discriminatory law 27 August 2012
Egypt: update on unjust sentencing of Christians 03 August 2012
Iran: update #10 on pastor sentenced to death 02 August 2012
Egypt: sectarian clashes lead to Christians fleeing Dahshour 02 August 2012
Syria: Christians affected by continuing violence 25 July 2012
Iran: 2 BMBs released, others remain detained 25 July 2012
Iran: update #9 on pastor sentenced to death 06 July 2012
Iran: several BMBs released from prison, others detained 28 June 2012
Sudan: further attacks on church property in Khartoum 25 June 2012
Yemen: update #14 on foreigners abducted and killed 12 June 2012
Iran: continuing pressure on Churches 11 June 2012
Egypt: unjust sentencing of Christians 07 June 2012
Iran: continuing pressure on Churches and Christian leaders 04 June 2012
Iran: one believer released, others remain detained 26 April 2012
Sudan: attacks on church property in Khartoum 24 April 2012
Egypt: two Christians appealing convictions 20 April 2012
Turkey: update #23 on trial of murderers of Christians 16 April 2012
Sudan: two situations negatively impacting Christians 04 April 2012
Syria: muted Easter celebrations planned 04 April 2012
Egypt: legal cases and threats against Christians 23 March 2012
Iran: update on arrests of believers 21 March 2012
Iran: believers being detained 21 March 2012
Iran: some believers released on bail, others remain detained 21 March 2012
Egypt: sectarian incident partially resolved 21 February 2012
Iran: further arrests and church service closures 14 February 2012
Iran: update on Christians detained following raid on a church service 07 February 2012
Iran: four Christians detained following raid on a church service 26 December 2011
Iran: fears of increased pressure on Christians 21 December 2011
Turkey: updates on trial of murderers of Christians and on Monastery legal cases 21 December 2011
Iraq: concerns for safety of Christians over Christmas and New Year 20 December 2011
Egypt: update on Christians detained following the violent incident of 9th October 16 December 2011
Iran: update #9 on pastor sentenced to death 16 December 2011
Turkey: update #22 on trial of murderers of Christians 15 December 2011
Egypt: update on concerns of Christians ahead of elections 13 December 2011
Yemen: update #13 on foreigners abducted and killed 09 December 2011
Egypt: concerns of Christians ahead of elections 27 November 2011
Egypt: Christians remain detained following the violent incident of 9th October 18 November 2011
Egypt: update on Supreme Administrative Court ruling in favour of Christian re-converts 21 October 2011
Iran: update #8 on pastor sentenced to death 11 October 2011
Egypt: violent incident in Cairo 10 October 2011
Iran: update #7 on pastor sentenced to death 07 October 2011
Egypt: update on church building work threatened by mob violence 04 October 2011
Iraq: update on three Christians kidnapped near Kirkuk 03 October 2011
Iran: update #6 on pastor sentenced to death 29 September 2011
Egypt: church building work threatened by mob violence 26 September 2011
Turkey: return of church property 26 September 2011
Iran: Pastor released after 1 year in prison 26 September 2011
Egypt: sectarian incidents in Minya province 26 September 2011
Iraq: car bomb attack on church in Kirkuk and Christian detained 26 September 2011
Iran: update #4 on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Sudan: imminent independence for the South 26 September 2011
Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court rules in favour of Christian re-converts 26 September 2011
Israel: Messianic couple harassed and falsely accussed 26 September 2011
Iran: update #3 on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Iran: update on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Sudan: approaching independence for the South 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #12 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Algeria: seven churches closed down 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on sectarian clash in Imbaba, Giza 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christian killed in Kirkuk 26 September 2011
Egypt: sectarian clash in Imbaba, Giza 26 September 2011
Iran: 3 Christians freed following a court hearing 26 September 2011
Iran: update on believers facing a court hearing 26 September 2011
Iran: detained BMBs face court hearing on 5th April 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #21 on trial of murderers of Christians and other on-going legal cases 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on violence against Christians and constitutional change 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Egypt: violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace We regret to report that on 29th January a Coptic Church was attacked in Rafah, close to the border with the Gaza Strip. The two-storey building contained two worship halls, used by different denominations. 26 September 2011
Egypt: Church property attacked 26 September 2011
Egypt: death sentence for perpetrator of attack on Christians a year ago 26 September 2011
Iran: update on new wave of arrests of BMBs 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on security measures for Christmas celebrations 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #11 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Sudan: update #2 on referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Egypt: security measures for Christmas celebrations 26 September 2011
Iran: new wave of arrests of BMBs 26 September 2011
Egypt: 21 killed in church bombing 26 September 2011
Iraq: further violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Iraq: Fears of attacks on Christians over Christmas period 26 September 2011
Update #6 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 26 September 2011
Sudan: update on referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Iraq: violence against Christians continues 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Egypt: violence near and in a church in Giza 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #10 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Iraq: further attacks on Christians in Baghdad 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christians killed in Baghdad church 26 September 2011
Sudan: referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #20 on trial of murderers of Christians 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #17 on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor’s wife detained since June released 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor’s wife detained since June released 26 September 2011
Iran: BMB dies following severe beating by relative; others remain detained 26 September 2011
Middle East: update #5 on BMB illegally detained 26 September 2011
Middle East: update #5 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on BCB detained for allegedly insulting Islam 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #9 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Iran: BMB released on bail 26 September 2011
Turkey: murder of a Catholic Bishop and update on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #19 on trial of murderers of Christians 26 September 2011
Iran: Maryam and Marzieh aqcuitted 26 September 2011
Iran: update on house church Leader couple arrested on 28 February 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #8 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on twins at centre of identity case 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christian students targetted in bomb attacks 23 September 2011
Iran: update on more believers arrested and facing trials 23 September 2011
Iran: more believers arrested and facing trials 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #18 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Middle East: update #4 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: Update on Maryam and Marzieh in Tehran 23 September 2011
Iran: three BMBs released but another detained 23 September 2011
Iran: several Christians released on bail 23 September 2011
Iraq: Update on Christians murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Egypt: Attacks on Christians 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #7 on BMBs challenging government to change their Identity Cards 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #7 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Morocco: Orphanage closed down and expatriate Christians being deported 23 September 2011
Update on Somali Ethiopian BMB detained in Ethiopia 23 September 2011
Iran: House church leader couple arrested on 28th February 23 September 2011
Iraq: update on Christians kidnapped and murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Turkey: update on legal cases 23 September 2011
Iran: update on BMBs detained 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #2 on seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Iraq: Christians kidnapped and murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Middle East: Update on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: BMBs detained 23 September 2011
Egypt: Update on seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Algeria: new church building in attacked 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #6 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Iran: update on BMBs arrested in Mashhad 23 September 2011
Egypt: Seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Iraq: Christians attacked in town of Bartilla 23 September 2011
Iran: BMB arrested in Mashhad 23 September 2011
Iraq: Another church bombed in Mosul 23 September 2011
Iraq: Churches bombed and Christians threatened 23 September 2011
Turkey: Threats to demolish church bell tower in Diyarbakir 23 September 2011
Somali Ethiopian BMB detained in Ethiopia 23 September 2011
Morocco: Meeting broken up and expatriates deported 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #17 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Iran: Maryam and Marzieh released from Evin prison in Tehran 23 September 2011
Egypt: BCB detained for allegedly insulting Islam 23 September 2011
Iran: Church in Tehran forced to close Friday services 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #5 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #16 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #4 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #13 on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness, and #6 monastery under threat 23 September 2011
Middle east: update on two incidents 23 September 2011
Iran: update on Maryam and Marzieh in Tehran 23 September 2011
Gaza Strip: second anniversary of martyrdom of Rami Ayyad 23 September 2011
Iraq: murder and kidnappings 23 September 2011
Sudan: 2 Church leaders killed in south 23 September 2011
Iran: update #2 on wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Middle East: update #2 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: update on wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #3 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #15 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Iran: wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Iran: update on two BMBs arrested 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #2 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #14 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #2 on twins at centre of custody battle 23 September 2011
Iran: recommendation that apostasy be excluded from Penal Code 23 September 2011
Yemen: Update on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Mauritania: Expatriate Christian killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: updates on monastery under threat and on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #6 on BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 23 September 2011
Yemen: Foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #13 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
update #2 on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained 04 June 2009
update #11 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 04 June 2009
update #3 on Turkish monastery under threat 02 June 2009
Continuing pressure against BMBs in Egypt 11 May 2009
PRAYER REQUEST: Church building burnt down in Nuba Mountains, Sudan 22 April 2009
Church building burnt down in Nuba Mountains, Sudan 22 April 2009
update #12 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 17 April 2009
update #5 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 16 April 2009
update #6 on expatriate wife of national worker denied re-entry to an Arab country 15 April 2009
update on Saudi blogger arrested in January 14 April 2009
update #11 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 07 April 2009
update #2 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 03 April 2009
Christian ladies seminar broken up in Morocco 03 April 2009
Two Christian ladies arrested in Tehran, Iran 02 April 2009
update #4 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 02 April 2009
update #3 on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 20 March 2009
update #10 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 04 March 2009
update #3 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 03 March 2009
update #2 on Turkish monastery under threat 16 February 2009
update #2 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 12 February 2009
detained BMB facing court hearing in Iran, others released 10 February 2009
update on wave of arrests of Christians in Iran 06 February 2009
updates from Egypt: custody battle for twins, lady BMB detained at airport 05 February 2009
Two incidents in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 05 February 2009
update #10 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 05 February 2009
wave of arrests of Christians in Iran 27 January 2009
update on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 27 January 2009
Arab BMB detained and abused 13 January 2009
Egyptian BMB detained and mistreated 13 January 2009
update #2 on Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 08 January 2009
Update on Turkish monastery under threat 07 January 2009
update on BMB relocating due to marriage discrimination 07 January 2009
Iranian believers under pressure at Christmas 24 December 2008
Turkish Christians express concerns their about church buildings 23 December 2008
BMB relocating due to marriage discrimination 17 December 2008
update on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 15 December 2008
Iraqi BMBs flee to another Arab country 12 December 2008
Turkish monastery under threat 03 December 2008
Riots and Arrests in Egypt 28 November 2008
update #9 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 26 November 2008
update on Iranian believers being detained and released 17 November 2008
update #9 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 17 November 2008
Egyptian BMB challenges government to change his Identity Card 13 November 2008
update on Egyptian twins at centre of custody battle 07 November 2008
update on Algerian Christians attend appeal hearing 06 November 2008
update on Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 27 October 2008
Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 23 October 2008
Prayer request:update on Ramtin Soodmand detained 4 his faith in Iran 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Algerian Christians attend appeal hearing 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #8 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Egyptian twins at centre of custody battle 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on African Christian imprisoned in North Africa 16 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on two Iranian believers released, others detained 14 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Ramtin Soodmand detained for his faith in Iran 14 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Middle Eastern BMB with business debts due to his faith 10 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Two Iranian believers released, others detained 02 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 24 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Middle Eastern BMB harassed during visit to the West 18 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab BMB beaten in the street 17 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #7 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 16 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Arab BMBs being threatened 12 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern BMB with business debts due to his faith 08 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #6 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 26 August 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern BMB harassed during visit to the West 29 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #5 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 24 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #6 on Algerian Christians under pressure, 2 believers convicted 03 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Application for second Christian compound in Qatar 27 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #8 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 27 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on African Christian imprisoned in North Africa 25 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #5 on Algerian Christians under pressure 18 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #4 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 11 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 16 May 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: serious threat against Turkish pastor 09 May 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Jordanian family forced to flee their country 25 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 18 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 18 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #4 on Algerian Christians under pressure 11 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Jordanian family forced to flee their country 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on progress with Identity Cards in Egypt 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 20 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #7 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 19 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: 2nd update on Archbishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 13 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 13 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on Algerian Christians under pressure 06 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: second update on Algerian Christians under pressure 04 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Bishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 03 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Bishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 29 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey postponed 28 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: North African Christian receives death threat 27 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 27 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Christians in Gaza 22 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Algerian Christians under pressure 14 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: North African Christian leader being watched and followed 13 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Some progress with Identity Cards in Egypt 11 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Algerian Christians under pressure 08 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on concern for blind Middle Eastern Christian 12 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #6 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 06 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Two situations in a North African country 05 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Middle Eastern literature ministry director intimidated prior to court hearing 04 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern literature ministry director intimidated prior to court hearing 06 November 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #3 on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 30 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #2 on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 23 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 23 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 16 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Bible Society bookshop manager killed in Gaza 10 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Concern for Blind Middle Easten Christian 10 October 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #5 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 14 September 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #4 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 04 September 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Outreach team attacked in Central Sudan 03 May 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Convert at risk of Honour Killing 03 May 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #2 - Update on detained Egyptian Convert 30 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #3 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Three Christians Slain in Turkey 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #2 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #1 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE - Update on detained Egyptian Convert 05 April 2007
Mauritania: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Libya: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Lebanon: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Kuwait: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Iran: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Egypt: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Algeria: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 20 March 2007
Iraq: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007
Qatar: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007
Bahrain: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007

Latest Requests

  • Turkey: update on situation regarding Malatya

    Posted on 24th April 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

     

    18th April was Good Friday and the seventh anniversary of the murders of Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske in Malatya, Turkey. Hundreds of Turkish believers attended memorial services held at the gravesides of Ugur in Elazig and Tilmann in Malatya. (Necati is buried in Izmir.) The press was noticeably present, particularly at the service held at Ugur’s graveside. Some of Ugur’s relatives were present and there were cordial relations with the Christians. One relative accepted a Turkish New Testament as a gift.

     

    There have been significant consequences following the murders and Turkish believers expressed their thanks for changes in the attitude towards them, in particular a marked reduction in enmity and greater acceptance of their being part of Turkish society.

     

    The press spokesman for the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey, Soner Tufan, made a statement restating the discomfort that the Christian community in Turkey feels in regard to the long drawn-out trial with no verdict yet reached and the fact that the five men arrested at the scene were released following a change in the law. The statement noted that justice has not been seen to be done. Recall that thefive were released in March following a legal change that reduced the maximum period of detention during a trial from ten to five years. Four of the defendants have electronic tagging devices attached, the other must report daily using his house telephone. Following the legal changes, a new judge and jury have been appointed and the next court hearing is scheduled for June.

     

    Despite the frustrations with the judicial process and the sadness associated with the deaths of three Christians, there was a joyful atmosphere for the opening of a church in Malatya following the memorial services. Local residents mingled with Christians at the formal opening.

     

    Turkish Christians following the trial request our continued prayers that:

    a.      The families and friends of murdered Christians will know the peace and presence of Jesus, especially concerning the trial process

    b.      The Christian community in Malatya would not fear and that they wouldcontinue to show a faithful witness

    c.       The newly appointed judge and jury will grasp the complexities of the case, and that the current publicity will facilitate the prompt completion of the judicial process with justice being seen to be done, including for those behind the actual perpetrators

    d.      All those who aided or perpetrated the murders would have a deep conviction about what they have done, and understand the depths of Jesus’ forgiveness

    e.      All Christians involved will know the Spirit's enabling, equipping and assisting as they persevere in their efforts to promote justice

    f.        All judges, other officials, lawyers and journalists involved will hear the gospel of Jesus, and be drawn to the Father’s love, forgiveness and acceptance.




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  • Iran: update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence

    Posted on 23rd April 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

     

    Iranian Church leaders have requested further intercession for Pastor Farshid Fathi, a believer from a Muslim background, who is serving a six-year prison sentence. He was injured on 17th April when revolutionary guards attacked a number of prisoners held in Evin prison, Tehran. Farshid suffered a broken foot and toe after he intervened in the beating of another prisoner and a guard stamped on his foot. He was taken to hospital for treatment on 20th April as a day patient. Approximately 30 fellow prisoners were injured, some more seriously than Farshid. Three other Christians were included on a list of those who had been beaten: namely Ebrahim Firouzi, Rasoul Abdullahi and Alireza Seyyedian. Their injuries are understood to be minor.

     

    Recall that Farshid was arrested on 26th December 2010 along with a number of other Christian leaders. He was taken directly to Evin prison, Tehran, and has remained there ever since. He has been subjected to periods of solitary confinement, intense interrogation and at times he has been denied communication with his family. In March 2012 he was convicted on charges of anti-state political activity, charges that were derived from his leadership of a network of house fellowships. In June 2013 his appeal was rejected and the six-year sentence upheld.

     

    Across Iran, at least 50 others are known to be in prison because of their Christian faith or activities. Some, like Farshid, have been convicted and sentenced, though many have not yetbeen formally charged. Others have been released on bail and are awaiting hearings.

     

    Christians supporting Farshid request our prayers that:

    a.      Farshid, together with others injured on 17th April, will know the healing touch of Jesus

    b.      Farshid, his wife and their two children will know the presence, peace and protection of Jesus each day

    c.       Likewise for others convicted and imprisoned for their Christian activities, and that they will remain steadfast in their faith and clear in their witness and testimony

    d.      Those detained would have access to Scriptures and be able to communicate with their families

    e.      All those detained unjustly will be released

    f.        All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

     

    Open sources used: Elam Ministries, Mohabat News

     

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  • Syria: call for day of prayer as violence continues

    Posted on 7th April 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace

     

    Syrian Christians are calling for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria on 11th April. As the devastating conflict continues, Christians continue to be affected by the violence along with all other communities in Syria.

     

    We regret to report that earlier today (7th April) Father  Frans van der Lugt, a 75 year-old Dutch priest who has been resident in Syria for more than 40 years, was murdered in the Bustan ad-Diwan neighbourhood of Homs. Father van der Lugt was killed by an assailant who entered his residence, took him outside and shot him. Talal al-Barazi, governor of Homs province, has reportedly claimed that the perpetrator is associated with Jabhat an-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate group in control of that area.

     

    There has been much media attention on recent events in the town of Kessab, near Syria’s border with Turkey, which has a significant Armenian population. On 21st March armed groups opposed to the government took control of the area. Up to 3,000 Christians reportedly fled. Following the take-over, some church buildings were desecrated, homes pillaged and government buildings destroyed. However, Christians from Kessab, including the town’s mayor, have refuted reports that alleged that a massacre occurred.

     

    Syrian Christians request our prayers that:

    a.      Fr. Frans’ family, friends and colleagues will know the presence, peace and comfort of Jesus

    b.      Church leaders will know the Spirit’s guiding wisdom in all aspects of their work

    c.       Those forced to leave Kessab will know the protection, provision and peace of Jesus

    d.      Efforts to secure a nationwide ceasefire will be resumed, including efforts to curb the influx of foreign fighters and weapons and to promote reconciliation

    e.      All those detained without trial or held by kidnappers will be released, including the two bishops kidnapped in April 2013, a priest kidnapped in July 2013 and two priests kidnapped in February 2013

    f.        Local initiatives to promote reconciliation will be effective and wisely supported

    g.      Humanitarian assistance will be provided for all those in need within Syria and amongst Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.

     

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  • Turkey: legal change leads to temporary release of murderers of Christians

    Posted on 12th March 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

     

    Last week we requested prayer regarding the effects of a legal change on the trial of five men arrested at the scene of the murder of three Christians in Malatya in April 2007. Recall that a new regulation means people cannot be held in remand for more than five years. Under these new provisions, the five perpetrators were released, as expected, on Friday evening (7th March) pending trial.

     

    The Turkish press has condemned the fact that there have not yet been convictions and expressed concern about the release of the defendants. They also point to various irregularities in the trial process. A local TV station in Malatya interviewed Susanne Geske, who continues to live in Malatya. She spoke of her forgiveness in Christ of her husband’s murderers and that she held no bitterness against them, but questioned the justice of the release and how the Christian community might thereby be affected.

     

    The Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey issued a statement today (12th March)saying that the release has caused great sorrow among Christians and that belief in justice has been shaken. They express their horror at having the perpetrators once more at large in society, especially as they had verbally threatened the relatives and lawyers of the victims in court during 2013. The Association also called on the government to do its duty and intervene promptly to prevent any miscarriage of justice.

     

    On 10th March the Justice Minister announced that four of the five would be electronically tagged. The fifth would be monitored using different technology as the tagging system would not work in the area where his family lives.

     

    The trial now involves a total of18 defendants, with 13 added during the process on charges of instigating or otherwise being involved with the crime. Those close to the trial hope that verdicts in the case of the five perpetrators will be issued soon. The prosecution have requested that the five perpetrators each receive three terms of life imprisonment.

     

    Recall that the five defendants murdered Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske at the Zirve Publishing House on account of their Christian activities. Their trial opened in November 2007 but became complicated as the investigation into the murders revealed that those behind the actual perpetrators had links to wider conspiracies.

     

    Turkish Christians following the trial request our continued prayers that:

    a.      The families and friends of murdered Christians will know the peace and presence of Jesus

    b.      The Christian community in Malatya would not fear and that they wouldcontinue to show a faithful witness

    c.       The current publicity on this case will facilitate prompt completion of the judicial process

    d.      Judges throughout Turkey will be wise in applying this change in this legal change

    e.      All defendants released under the legal change would not be able to flee the country to avoid judicial processes

    f.        The truth concerning the Malatya murders will be revealed, and all guilty of involvement will be convicted

    g.      All those who aided or perpetrated the murders would have a deep conviction about what they have done, and understand the depths of Jesus’ forgiveness

    h.      All Christians involved will know the Spirit's enabling, equipping and assisting as they persevere in their efforts to promote justice

    i.        All judges, other officials, lawyers and journalists involved will hear the gospel of Jesus, and be drawn to the Father’s love, forgiveness and acceptance.

     

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  • Iran: three believers arrested as restrictions are imposed on some house church leaders

    Posted on 10th March 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus

     

    Iranian Christians have requested our prayers following the arrest on 5th March of three believers, Amin Khaki, Hossein Barunzadeh and Rahman Bahman. They were arrested near Shoush, Khuzestan province, together with five other believers, while attending a picnic. The other five present were questioned for several hours and released. The security agents reportedly had arrest warrants for Amin and Hossein, but not for the others.

     

    Amin, a deacon in the fellowship led by Behnam Irani (detained since May 2011), has faced problems from the authorities in recent years. He was arrested on 10th May 2010 in Karaj, charged with anti-government activity and given a one-year suspended sentence (suspended for five years). On 15th December 2013 the homes of Amin and several associates were searched  and computer equipment confiscated. It is understood that a travel ban was imposed on Amin and another church leader in February 2014, forbidding them from leaving Alborz province. If so, he was in breach of this order at the time of his arrest.

     

    There are concerns that these travel bans and the latest arrests are part of a wider campaign to restrict the movement and activities of known ministry leaders.

     

    Christians supporting these believers request our prayers that:

    a.      Amin, Hossein and Rahman will know the peace and presence of Jesus each day, and will remain faithful to Jesus and clear in their testimony

    b.      They will be released soon

    c.       Ministry leaders throughout Iran will know the Spirit’s guiding wisdom when confronted with pressures and restrictions from the authorities

    d.      Behnam and others detained in Iran for their faith or Christian activities will know the Lord’s daily enabling and healing, be cleared of all unjust charges and released

    e.      All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

     

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