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Urgent: Your prayers this week will change lives


Urgent: Your prayers this week will change lives
Dear friend, Thank you so much for your campaigning and prayers for some desperate situations in the last few weeks. This week has been filled with highs and lows – the news of Meriam’s release, followed swiftly the family’s detention at Khartoum airport 24 hours later. Meriam isn’t the only person who needs God’s intervention on her behalf and your prayers are vital – will you continue to pray for the following situations with us?
SUDAN: Meriam Ibrahim and family still detained Meriam Ibrahim, whose death sentence for apostasy was quashed on Monday, is still being held after being detained along with her family at the airport on Tuesday. Meriam is being investigated by the police for alleged irregularities with her travel documents. The police have refused to release the family on bail whilst they carry out their investigation.  

  • Pray that Meriam and her family would be unconditionally released by the police and that the police would conclude their investigation without charging Meriam.

>> More prayer points available at www.csw.org.uk/prayformeriam  

 
ERITREA: Your prayers this week could change Eritrea’s future On Thursday the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) will discuss, and hopefully adopt, a strong resolution condemning the continuing, severe and widespread human rights violations committed by Eritrea against its citizens and calling for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violations outlined in reports by the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea. This is a bold step and one which needs to be underpinned by prayer if it’s to be successful.

  • Pray that the resolution calling for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry would be adopted by consensus at the Human Rights Council this week;
  • Pray that if the resolution goes to a vote this week, HRC members would vote unanimously for a Commission of Inquiry.

 >> Find out more…

IRAN: Behnam Irani returned to prison after disappearance As you may know Pastor Behnam Irani, who was jailed on political charges, was assaulted earlier this month and was removed to an unknown location. He has now been returned to Ghezal Hesar, but his physical condition and whereabouts during the time of his disappearance are unclear.

  • Pray for emotional and physical healing for Pastor Irani, and for strength and comfort for his wife and young children.
           
CUBA: Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso and his wife detained by authorities You may remember Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso and his wife Yoaxis from previous emails and our Response newsletter – they are religious freedom activists who have regularly been targeted by the Cuban government.  They were detained by police last weekend, and although they were released two hours later, police have confiscated their computer. We’re concerned that state security officials could plant information on their computer in order to justify criminal charges.

  • Pray that the laptops are returned quickly and that no information is planted which could endanger Mario Felix and Yoaxis;
  • Pray for protection for Mario Felix, Yoaxis and their two daughters.

If you’re a twitter user and want to encourage the couple, please tweet them an encouragement to @maritovoz and @yoaxism

To get regular prayer updates from CSW to keep praying for these and other situations, please sign up here. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 Blessings, Emma CSW Communications Team P.s. Please forward this email to your friends and encourage them to pray too. Thanks again for your support!
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June 25, 2014 Posted by | Blogroll, Business, Death, Disgusting, fraud, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, People, Politics | Leave a comment

BREAKING: Meriam is free!


 

BREAKING: Meriam is free!
Dear friend, Just a few hours ago, we received some wonderful news: Meriam Ibrahim has been freed!

I wanted you to be among the first to know that the appeal court has overturned her convictions for adultery and apostasy, and declared her innocent of all charges. She and her children, Martin and Maya, are now back with her husband Daniel. We are thanking God for this amazing miracle! Can you join us to keep praying for Meriam and her family?

Meriam and her family still aren’t safe. People claiming to be her family members have threatened to carry out her death sentence themselves, and her lawyers have received death threats because of their involvement with her case. We’re appalled by this. Everyone has the right to freedom of religion or belief, and to uphold this right, as Meriam’s lawyers are doing. This right is guaranteed in international law, as well as in Sudan’s own constitution. Please pray urgently for Meriam, her family and her lawyers.  
It’s time to change the world, so that no one should have to go through what Meriam went through – months on death row, simply because of her faith. She even had to give birth in chains.  Please uphold her in prayer. Thank you. Blessings Emma CSW Communications Team P.S. Thank you so much for everything you did to help secure Meriam’s release. But she’s not the only one we’re campaigning for. As long as there are people who are harassed, threatened and imprisoned for their faith, we’ll be speaking up for them.  I’ll be in touch with you soon to tell you how you can get involved – meanwhile, thank you again for all you’ve done. Meriam is free!

June 23, 2014 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Charity, Death, Disgusting, Health, Just Wrong, People, Politics, religion | Leave a comment

The fate of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls is still uncertain and yesterday, 20 more women were abducted.


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You’ve seen the headlines. Your prayers can change them.

Dear friend,
The fate of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls is still uncertain and yesterday, 20 more women were abducted.

Deadly attacks, particularly on Christian communities, are now the weekly norm. According to a local human rights NGO, at least 1,296 people died between 1 April and 5 June.
Over 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the last year alone.
And as the 2015 elections approach, Christians fear another outbreak of religiously-motivated violence.
Now is the time to lift Nigeria to God in prayer. Join us for the Nigeria Week of Prayer, 15-22 June 2014.

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We’ve put together downloadable resources to help you, your church and small group to rise up in prayer for this troubled nation. There’s a poster, a prayer sheet, and Twitter header and Facebook cover images so you can show your support. Just click here to download your free resources, and use them all through the week of 15-22 June, or whenever convenient for you.
We’d also like to encourage you to use the prayer below written by Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi:

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The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Psalm 33:18

We’ve seen God move in incredible ways when we’ve joined together to pray for Nigeria before. We’ve seen expected attacks headed off, violence brought to a halt, perpetrators arrested, and peace-building initiatives flourish. Please join us for the Nigeria Week of Prayer, and let God arise.
Thank you!
Blessings
Emma
Communications Team
P.S. On our website you can also see extraordinary footage of Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group behind the kidnapping of the schoolgirls. Simply go to 
www.csw.org.uk/prayfornigeria to watch the video and download your free prayer resources. Thank you for joining us to lift Nigeria to God in prayer.

Contact
www.csw.org.uk

CSW is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
PO Box 99, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 3YF

June 11, 2014 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Charity, Death, Disgusting, Food, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, Money, People, Politics, religion, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Iran: Pastor Irani beaten in prison and taken to unknown location


 

Iran: Pastor Irani beaten in prison and taken to unknown location  09/06/2014

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that Pastor Behnam Irani, who was sentenced in 2011 to six years imprisonment on political charges, was beaten in prison and transferred to an unknown location in the early hours of 7 June.
Pastor Irani was summoned by Judge Mohammad Yari, Chief of the Sixth Chamber of the Revolutionary Tribunal at 6:30 am on 7 June. As the summons appeared irregular and contrary to judicial process, Pastor Irani rejected it and wrote a letter of protest. However, at 9 am, VEVAK intelligence agents entered his prison cell and proceeded to beat him before he was taken to see Mohammad Yari. He was subsequently transferred to an unknown location.
The assault on Pastor Irani is the latest of several reports in recent weeks of Iranian authorities using excessive violence against prisoners of conscience.
Pastor Irani is the leader of the Church of Iran congregation in Karaj. He was initially arrested in December 2006, and was sentenced in 2011 to six years imprisonment on charges of “action against the state” and “action against the order.”
Two weeks ago, Pastor Irani’s bible and other Christian literature was confiscated by authorities. Recent events have given rise to concerns that the authorities may be planning to add charges to his existing sentence.
During the first few months of his imprisonment in Ghezal Hesar, Pastor Irani was held incommunicado in a small cell, where guards repeatedly woke him from sleep as a form of psychological torture. He was moved to a cramped room where inmates could not lie down to sleep, before being transferred to a crowded, filthy cell, which he shares with 40 criminals, many of whom are violent. He has been subjected to physical and psychological pressure, and has suffered regular beatings from cell mates and prison authorities, as well as death threats.
In February 2014, Pastor Irani successfully underwent surgery to treat stomach and colon complications.
CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said,
“We are deeply concerned to hear of the assault on Pastor Irani and his enforced disappearance, especially given his medical complications. We cannot begin to imagine the distress this news must be causing his family and friends. CSW urges the authorities to make Pastor Irani’s whereabouts known and to provide him with any medical treatment he may need following his beating at the hands of VEVAK security agents. Furthermore, we continue to call for his release, since in reality he is in prison on account of his faith and in contravention of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is party. We also urge the Iranian authorities to end assaults on prisoners, as they violate the nation’s obligations under article 10 of the ICCPR, which states that prisoners should be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent human dignity.”

Iran: Pastor Irani beaten in prison and taken to unknown location

June 9, 2014 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Charity, Death, Disgusting, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, Politics, religion, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment