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3) Mosques, Churches, and Synagogues: It’s Time to Pray For Sure

You might have already seen the April 29th release of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. We have one word to sum it up: Grim. It contained Recommendations for the World’s Most Egregious Violators of Religious Freedom and, as you can imagine, this was a difficult year. With shootings and bombings in local mosques, churches and synagogues, along with reports on ethnic cleansing and reprogramming camps in China, it makes for a stomach-turning but necessary/urgent read. It should also spawn prayer on behalf of all of us. See the report in full at…

 

www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-releases-statements/uscirf-releases-2019-annual-report-and-recommendations-world-s

1) Voice of the Martyrs Doing “Advance Conferences” in Various Cities

When I (Doug) grow up, I hope I can learn to communicate the way Voice of the Martyrs does. Take a look at their “Advance Conferences” touring the USA currently. They engage us and give us practical ways to identify. I feel like such an amateur compared to them. May God use us in spite of how much we have to learn.

https://www.vomadvance.com/

By the way, while we’re all admiring the way VOM communicates, let’s also pray for the cause they’re advancing. It’s a valid one for sure.
(Thanks for tipping us off on this site, Betty!)

1) Join us in Celebrating: The Release of Saeed Abedini!

Saeed AbediniLast year, hundreds joined us in prayer for Saeed Abedini, who had been assigned to the darkest and most notorious jail block in all of Iran. He had been traveling in Iran to visit leaders of house churches he had helped establish. But then, in what seemed like an instant (but was more like but was more like 14 months of laborious deliberations that sounded more like scenes from a “Bridge of Spies” movie), he was released and at this moment is flying to Europe. Regardless of any troubling backgrounds, this is a big win for religious freedom and we hope it signals the beginning of MANY such releases around the world by multiple governments and regimes. And no matter what, we can all gather together as one, celebrating answered prayer on behalf of thousands.

5) Learn About the Persecuted Church From a Distance

Visit…

https://www.vomclassroom.com/

to view a selection of free online courses that will guide you through persecution studies. These courses will deepen your knowledge of and effectiveness in ministry to the persecuted church. Each class is self-enrolled and self-paced, allowing you to study and complete the course as your schedule allows. The online courses do not count toward academic credit. Using audio lectures, video clips and reading materials, these courses offer a broad range of topics, such as Persecution Studies, History of Persecution, Preparing for Persecution, Praying for the Persecuted Church, Muslim Evangelism and Biblical Studies in Persecution and Suffering in the Old and New Testaments. (Again, we owe you one, Jenny!)

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