In March we requested prayer for A., an Arab convert who has lived all his life in Saudi Arabia. He is facing several court cases brought against him because of his faith, as well as violent threats against his wife and son.
In last month’s court hearing he was accused of trying to convert Muslims. That case is ongoing.
A. will have a hearing in another case on 22 April. Several year ago, A.’s sister faced abuse by the family after they discovered she had become a Christian. A. helped her flee the country with her children. Afterwards the family accused A. of financial wrongdoing, starting the case against him.
The judge has said earlier that at tomorrow’s hearing he will ask the relative that accuses A. to swear on the Qur’an that A. stole money. If the relative does so, A. will be found guilty and ordered to pay a large amount in restitution to the family. As he will not be able to do so, he will have to serve time in prison.
A.’s brother-in-law, the husband of the sister who fled, regularly threatens violence against A.’s wife and son. A. is worried that, if he is imprisoned, they will be vulnerable to attacks by the brother-in-law, and the wider family.
In the past few years A. has faced several prison sentences and flogging due to his faith and his assistance to his sister.
* that A., his wife and son will experience the Lord’s peace and sustaining presence in these difficult times
* that A. will not be sent to prison,
* for protection for A., his wife and son
* for the wider family to themselves come to faith in Jesus