Persecution Podcast 175: Nigeria, Nepal and Syria
David shares prayer updates for Nigeria, Nepal and Syria.
Pray for Weng Goodluck Tshua
In March 2010, when Weng Goodluck Tshua was just three weeks old, Fulani Muslims attacked his village in Dogo Nahawa, Nigeria. His mother, father, and seven other members of his family were among the 501 Christians who were killed in the attack. The attackers set numerous houses and buildings on fire, including Weng’s house. Someone pulled him out in order to save his life, but his feet had already been consumed by the flames. As he grew up, Weng could not learn to walk or run. In Sept., 2013, a VOM prosthetics team created a specialized pair of prosthetic shoes that have given Weng a new perspective. The shoes have three inner-layers that can be removed as he grows up. The medical team will return in time to create a new pair of shoes. Today, the happy three-year-old has learned to take his first steps.
Pray for the Family of Debalal
He was killed by the very man he was praying for. In the early morning hours of Oct. 20, 2013, Debalal, an elder in the Believers Church of Nepal, was killed while praying for a sick man. Debalal, 36, was called to the house of Kumar Sardarat around 3 a.m. At first, he was reluctant to go because of the late hour and because Kumar and his family are devout Hindus. As Debalal prayed, Kumar left the room and returned with a sharp, curved knife, called a khukuri, and an iron rod. He beat Debalal severely with the iron rod before slitting his throat, killing him. None of the neighbors, who were near enough to be able to hear the attack, intervened. Debalal leaves behind a wife and son. According to a VOM worker, Debalal’s wife is very depressed.
Pray for “The Bible People” of Syria
“This war is like a knife in the heart of the church. No human can stand that suffering. But there is God’s presence. I can see Christ in the midst of darkness,” said a VOM national contact from Syria. The ongoing war in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, both Muslim and Christian. More than 2 million Syrians have fled seeking refuge in other countries. Through the boldness of Christian workers who have been providing medical supplies as well as Bibles, transformation is being seen. Once referred to as “infidels,” these Christians are now being affectionately called, “the Bible people.” The fruit of their loving actions is becoming apparent in the way that Muslims have responded to the message of God’s love. Our Syrian contact tells us, “Today in Syria, I’m not talking about one person. We’re talking about hundreds and even thousands of Muslims coming to know Christ.”