Episode 117: Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria
David shares prayer updates for Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria.
An illegal baptism in Vietnam. We let Christian leaders know they are not alone. We share with them how others walk the same path of suffering in other nations.
A mob of 300 Islamic extremists threw bags of urine and ditchwater, rotten eggs, stones and dirt at the Filadelphia Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) as they attempted to hold an Ascension Day worship service on May 17, 2012 in Bekasi. The church dispersed to avoid further attack, but Pastor Palti Panjaitan received a death threat before filing a police complaint. No arrests for the disturbance have been made. Although the Supreme Court overruled a local administration’s decision in 2011 and granted HKBP a building permit, authorities have not yet allowed the church to worship on their property. The Asian Human Rights Commission called on Bekasi district authorities to start enforcing the laws and protecting religious freedom. Pray that the members of the church will act with love despite the circumstances.
Officials in Cao Bang province in northern Vietnam continue in their persecution of Christians. Recently, two Hmong families were forced to move from their village by local officials who demanded they give up their new-found faith or leave. Those who live in Cao Bang are very poor and still practice ancestor worship; those who convert to Christianity are forced to leave the village. Instead of giving up their faith, the two Christian families moved to Thai Nguyen province. Although the land is inadequate for farming, they are happy to be able to freely worship God. Please pray for these families and other Christians from Cao Bang province as they are forced to establish new lives in new places. Also pray that God will soften the hearts of the Cao Bang authorities.
Pray for Monica, a Christian woman attacked in Maiduguri in 2009. Her neck was nearly severed by a machete blow. This year, VOM will provide further medical care for her, including several surgeries for her neck and throat.