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RLPB JANUARY 2014 UPDATE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 245 | Wed 29 Jan 2014

by Elizabeth Kendal



Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on

the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the

schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,

but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic

powers over this present darkness, against the…

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Added by Ron Clough on January 29, 2014 at 2:34am — No Comments

CHURCHES ATTACKED IN SRI LANKA'S SOUTH & WEST

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 244 | Wed 22 Jan 2014



SRI LANKA: BUDDHIST NATIONALISTS ATTACK CHURCHES IN SOUTH & WEST



by Elizabeth Kendal



On Saturday 11 January police in the coastal tourist town of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka's Southern Province, warned Pastor Chinthaka Prasanna that the Buddhist nationalist group 'Hela Bodu Pawura' was planning to protest against the church the following day. As one of three Sri Lankan churches to be attacked…

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Added by Ron Clough on January 22, 2014 at 1:52am — No Comments

CHURCH AND NATION FACE MASSIVE CHALLENGES IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 243 | Wed 15 Jan 2014



CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR): CHURCH AND NATION FACE MASSIVE CHALLENGES



by Elizabeth Kendal



On Friday 10 January Michel Djotodia, the former rebel leader and self-proclaimed 'first Muslim president of CAR', conceded to international pressure, resigned his office and left Central African Republic (CAR) for Benin where he has been granted political asylum. Christian celebrations were…

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Added by Ron Clough on January 15, 2014 at 2:25am — No Comments

CRISIS IN SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN - could open door for Khartoum

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 242 | Wed 08 Jan 2014



SOUTH SUDAN: CRISIS COULD OPEN DOOR FOR KHARTOUM

- an extended explanation of this serious situation



by Elizabeth Kendal



Fighting erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on Sunday 15 December 2013 within the presidential guard. What followed was a rapid descent into widespread ethnic violence. This is no mere hiccup as this crisis has been brewing for some time. The violence has its…

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Added by Ron Clough on January 8, 2014 at 4:37am — No Comments

PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WITH THE HOPE AND JOY OF CHRISTMAS

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 241 | Wed 18 Dec 2013



PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WITH THE HOPE AND JOY OF CHRISTMAS



by Elizabeth Kendal



It is Christmas, and we want to celebrate. We want to marvel at the incarnation, and in awe and wonder contemplate what it means: what it says about God's love and what he values; what it says about God's means and how he works. This is a time for joy, not lament! We want to sing 'Joy to the World' with joy in our…

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Added by Ron Clough on December 18, 2013 at 2:09am — No Comments

CHURCH EXCEEDINGLY VULNERABLE IN EGYPT and CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 240 | Wed 11 Dec 2013



EGYPT and CAR: CHURCH EXCEEDINGLY VULNERABLE



by Elizabeth Kendal



* EGYPT: POGROMS & CLASHES IN UPPER EGYPT



El Minya is a sparsely populated region of upper (southern) Egypt. Whilst it has Egypt's highest concentration of Christians, it is also a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold and home to some of Egypt's most militant Islamic sects. Violence broke out on 28 November in two…

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Added by Ron Clough on December 11, 2013 at 1:56am — No Comments

TERROR AND IMPUNITY IN HOSTILE RAJASTHAN, INDIA

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 239 | Wed 04 Dec 2013



INDIA: TERROR AND IMPUNITY IN HOSTILE RAJASTHAN



by Elizabeth Kendal



Hindu zeal is no doubt soaring in the desert state of Rajasthan. There is a general election looming (April-May 2014), as well as State Assembly elections just held on Sunday 1 December. [Votes will be counted on 8 December.] Whilst Rajasthan is presently ruled by the Congress Party, there is a strong sense that the people are…

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Added by Ron Clough on December 4, 2013 at 5:50am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN November 2013 Update - God opens & closes doors

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 238 | Wed 27 Nov 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal



' . . . These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.' (Revelation 3:7 NIV)



WELCOME to the intercessors who have joined the list this month.



NOVEMBER 2013 UPDATE - During November we prayed concerning . . .



* ERITREA (RLPB 235), where persecution continues…

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Added by Ron Clough on November 27, 2013 at 4:51am — No Comments

GENOCIDE LOOMS IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 237 | Wed 20 Nov 2013



CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR): GENOCIDE LOOMS

by Elizabeth Kendal



Central African Republic (CAR) is French-speaking and its population is around 76 percent Christian. On Sunday 24 March 2013, Seleka - a coalition of local and foreign Arabic-speaking Islamic militias - seized control of the capital, Bangui, in an orgy of violence and looting. But Seleka does not rape, loot and kill…

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Added by Ron Clough on November 20, 2013 at 2:23am — No Comments

CONSTITUTION OBSTRUCTS PEACE IN BURMA (Myanmar)

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 236 | Wed 13 Nov 2013



BURMA (Myanmar): CONSTITUTION IS OBSTACLE TO PEACE



by Elizabeth Kendal



Adoniram and Ann Judson arrived in Burma as pioneer missionaries in 1813. Adoniram Judson endured grief upon grief, severe hardship, dangers, persecutions and imprisonment to translate the Bible into the Burmese language and led many to Christ. At that time, Burma was a feudal society, dominated by ethnic Burmese (Bama)…

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Added by Ron Clough on November 13, 2013 at 1:42am — No Comments

PERSECUTION IN ERITREA FILLS PRISONS, FUELS REFUGEE CRISIS

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 235 | Wed 06 Nov 2013



ERITREA: PERSECUTION FILLS PRISONS, FUELS REFUGEE CRISIS

plus: Tensions high in Egypt and Pakistan



by Elizabeth Kendal



In 2001 the Eritrean government cancelled elections, arrested political opponents and closed down independent media. Determined to eliminate anything that could threaten national cohesion, the regime extended the repression in May 2002 to 'foreign' and 'non-traditional' religious…

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Added by Ron Clough on November 6, 2013 at 2:44am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN UPDATE: October 2013, plus Brunei, Egypt, IDOP

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 234 | Wed 30 Oct 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal 



* Supporting International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

* IDOP 2013: Sunday 3 November

* See http://criticalprayerrequests.blogspot.com



WELCOME to the intercessors who have joined the list this month.





OCTOBER 2013 UPDATE - During Oct we prayed concerning . . .…

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Added by Ron Clough on October 30, 2013 at 3:27am — No Comments

PARTICIPATING IN 'BIG PICTURE' ISSUES

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 233 | Wed 23 Oct 2013



* Supporting International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

* IDOP 2013: Sunday 3 November

* See http://criticalprayerrequests.blogspot.com



PARTICIPATING IN 'BIG PICTURE' ISSUES



- a reflection, by Elizabeth Kendal



Isaiah 2-4 is a self-contained 'tract'. In fact most commentators believe Isaiah probably…

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Added by Ron Clough on October 23, 2013 at 3:16am — No Comments

KAZAKHSTAN and CENTRAL ASIA'S COMPLEX REALITY

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 232 | Wed 16 Oct 2013



* Supporting International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

* IDOP 2013: Sunday 3 November

* See http://criticalprayerrequests.blogspot.com



KAZAKHSTAN; plus CENTRAL ASIA'S COMPLEX REALITY

by Elizabeth Kendal



Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (aged 67 in October), a convert from Islam and pastor of Grace Church…

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Added by Ron Clough on October 16, 2013 at 3:50am — No Comments

SYRIA, IRAN AND THE SHI'ITE CRESCENT

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 231 | Wed 09 Oct 2013



* Supporting International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

* IDOP 2013: Sunday 3 November

* See http://criticalprayerrequests.blogspot.com



SYRIA, IRAN AND THE SHI'ITE CRESCENT

by Elizabeth Kendal



The war in Syria is complex and multi-faceted. For the region's religious minorities and all other pro-Assad…

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Added by Ron Clough on October 9, 2013 at 3:40am — No Comments

IN INDIA, BJP PURSUES VOTES IN UTTAR PRADESH

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 230 | Wed 02 Oct 2013



* Supporting International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

* IDOP 2013: Sunday 3 November

* See http://criticalprayerrequests.blogspot.com



INDIA: BJP PURSUES VOTES IN UTTAR PRADESH



by Elizabeth Kendal



Though 74 percent Hindu, India is officially a secular nation. High-caste Hindus are challenging this and are…

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Added by Ron Clough on October 2, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN September 2013 UPDATE including PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 229 | Wed 25 Sep 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal



WELCOME to the intercessors who have joined the list this month.



PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: 'LET TEARS STREAM DOWN' (Lamentations 2:18)



On Sunday 22 September, as some 600 worshippers were mingling at the close of the service, two Islamic militants armed with automatic rifles and grenades stormed All Saint's Church, Peshawar. After slaughtering many, they…

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Added by Ron Clough on September 25, 2013 at 4:33am — No Comments

EGYPT SETTLING INTO A DEADLY CYCLE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 228 | Wed 18 Sep 2013



EGYPT: SETTLING INTO A DEADLY CYCLE



by Elizabeth Kendal



When the military ousted the government of President Morsi on 3 July, it triggered an explosion of violence against Copts (the Christian, indigenous people of Egypt) as Muslim Brotherhood (MB) elites and supporters blamed them for the coup (see RLPB 218, 10 July 2013). The situation then settled somewhat as the MB prepared to challenge…

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Added by Ron Clough on September 18, 2013 at 4:11am — No Comments

PERSECUTION AT UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 227 | Wed 11 Sep 2013



PERSECUTION AT UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS -

         intercessory prayer is integral to the spiritual battle 



by Elizabeth Kendal



The Body of Christ is suffering so much violence and trauma these days that when it comes to choosing a focus for prayer, it is difficult to know where to start. For example on 30 August eleven Laos families (50 people) were expelled from their village and sent out…

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Added by Ron Clough on September 11, 2013 at 4:45am — No Comments

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES AND THE CASE OF RABEEL FROM PAKISTAN; plus SYRIA

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 226 | Wed 04 Sep 2013



CHRISTIAN REFUGEES AND THE CASE OF RABEEL FROM PAKISTAN; plus SYRIA



by Elizabeth Kendal



All genuine rescue operations are discriminatory, with the weakest and most vulnerable being rescued first. A refugee policy that is 'non-discriminatory' is a policy that has been corrupted with populist politics and political correctness. Non-discriminatory refugee policies actually compound the…

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Added by Ron Clough on September 4, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

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