It’s been nearly four years since Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted in broad daylight by Malaysian secret police. But his wife, Susanna, has not given up hope. She and her family are continuing to search for answers about her husband’s abduction.
Nothing stops the church. Not war, not persecution. Not even the Covid-19 pandemic. But none of this is possible without prayer or the support of the worldwide Christian family. These are 10 prayer points to help you understand and pray for Iraq.
For some churches, COVID-19 has brought countless unexpected blessings. But for others, the suffering still lingers. Amidst the pain, uncertainty and even the unforeseen opportunities, this is how COVID-19 is impacting the persecuted church.
Like many Syrians, Nisreen’s family were facing a great deal of financial difficulty even before the pandemic. Almost a decade of conflict has made the economy extremely unstable, and many Syrians face poverty. She came to Pastor George’s Centre of Hope looking for food.
Seven years ago, Rober was kidnapped for his faith whilst travelling on a bus. He remains missing and life continues to be very difficult for his wife Jina and son Apo. Alongside the awful uncertainty of whether Rober is still alive are the challenges of living in a country beset by ongoing conflict and, more recently, Covid-19.
This International Day Of Prayer, we are asking that you pray for Syria and Iraq as the churches share the love of Christ with his community amidst violent threats and COVID-19.
Her parents served in the underground church in North Korea for decades. She managed to escape from North Korea earlier this year where she visited an Open Doors safe house and received food, fellowship and pastoral care. After she was strengthened physically and spiritually, she was able to return to North Korea.
The violence that erupted in late September has continued and intensified between the two countries with multiple failed ceasefires. “A full-scale war has begun in the region,” reports an Open Doors representative for Central Asia. Ethnically, Armenians are Christians and Azerbaijani are Muslims. However, Azerbaijan also has a small Christian population, most of whom have converted from Islam.
“They started shooting around. All my friends, got injured. I wasn’t, as I had thrown myself flat on the street,” Falit recalled. “I was laying on the street for maybe up to 20 minutes. Nine of my close friends got injured, three other friends died. George, Touma and Karam. They were all shot when they tried to run away.”