A Christian family worshiping at home were interrupted recently by a Muslim neighbor who burst in and told them they could not hold a Christian meeting in their house. The man, who is known as a haji because he completed a pilgrimage to Mecca, waved a stick at the family and became increasingly agitated as one family member began recording on his cellphone. With a neighborhood leader watching from the doorway, the man warned them that if they did not stop holding Christian meetings he would return with a mob. The family later filed a police report. “We don’t understand why these men were causing a problem with us, since we were following our government’s advice to stay home [for social distancing],” they said. Pray for believers around the globe who are encountering persecution during this unique time.
Family Worship Interrupted by Muslim Neighbor
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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