Source: VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 4, 2010
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“Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness.” – Andrew Murray

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” – Ephesians 6:18

VOM-USA Prayer Update for June 4, 2010
On Wed. Jun 02 2010 at 10:48 AM Moderator wrote:
NIGERIA — Pastor’s Home Attacked — VOM ContactsOn May 19, Muslim youths destroyed two church buildings and a pastor’s house in Northern Nigeria, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. “A Christian pastor received a phone call from one of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) missionaries, Gambo Mato, serving in a village called Kwasam, … Kano state, saying, ‘Muslim youths are now destroying my house and our church buildings; they have set my house and the church ablaze,’” VOM contacts said. The Muslim youths burned and destroyed both the new and old churches as well as the pastor’s house. “They also attacked the Christians in the village with sticks, clubs, knives and bow and arrows, but the Christians, who are mostly natives of the place, … escaped with their lives, leaving few injured,” VOM contacts said. “Praise God no one was killed.” Believers in Nigeria think the Muslims attacked because locals are converting to Christianity and Muslims do not want churches in the area. This is the latest in the ongoing attacks against believers in Nigeria. The Voice of the Martyrs stands with persecuted Christians in Nigeria and encourages you to pray for believers in this area. Pray that in the face of their terrible suffering, God’s grace will be sufficient. Pray that God will change the hearts and minds of the Muslim youths involved in these attacks, and pray for lasting peace in Nigeria.

Acts 9:1–18

INDONESIA — Believers Report Church Closing — VOM Contacts /

On May 21, members of the Indonesia Christian Church (GKI) visited the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to report that local officials had stopped construction of the GKI’s building in Bogor City, Indonesia, and sealed the building, according to the Indonesian news site and The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Church members told the NHRC that local government officials had banned their Christian activities, sealed their building and revoked their building license in February 2008. The Christians met with Johny Nelson Simanjuntak, the Investigation and Observation Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission. “There is an effort of hindering and forbidding people to do their religious activities and building their building of prayer,” Simanjuntak told and members of the press following the meeting. “All the building procedures were already fulfilled by the church. They had received the license from the local government, and they applied the license based on the right procedures,” Simanjuntak said. He added that the NHRC had followed up with local officials but had not yet received a reply. Pray for a speedy resolution of this issue. Pray that believers will remain faithful and committed to Christ during this challenging time.

1 Peter 5:8–10

MOROCCO — Harassment and Deportation of Christians Continues — Compass Direct News

Moroccan officials have expelled more than 100 Christians in recent months. According to Moroccan law, foreigners who have lived in the country for more than 10 years cannot be deported unless they are accused of a crime. They also have the right to appeal the deportation order within 48 hours. However, Christians deported in recent months have been given only a few hours’ notice before being escorted to the country’s exit ports. Very few believers have been able to appeal their deportation order. Moroccan officials cite “proselytism” as the reason for the deportations. Pray for the deported believers and their families, and pray that God will encourage and protect all believers in Morocco.

Matthew 9:36–38

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