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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN AUGUST 2013 UPDATE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 225 | Wed 28 Aug 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal



'And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.' (Matthew 28:20b ESV)



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



AUGUST 2013 UPDATE - During August we prayed concerning . . .



* SYRIA (RLPB 222), where Christians in the north face siege (in Aleppo) and ethnic-religious cleansing (across the north-east).…

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Added by Ron Clough on August 28, 2013 at 7:39am — No Comments

EGYPT - A TIME TO WEEP, MOURN AND PRAY

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 224 | Wed 21 Aug 2013



EGYPT: A TIME TO WEEP, MOURN AND PRAY



by Elizabeth Kendal



The present crisis in Egypt is the culmination of several strategic trends, particularly the arrival of 'democracy' after decades of Saudi-sponsored Islamic radicalisation in a State that is hurtling towards collapse. Egypt's population has exploded, doubling in one generation to more than 92 million. With a massive youth demographic,…

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Added by Ron Clough on August 21, 2013 at 4:06am — 1 Comment

PASTOR IN KAZAKHSTAN VICTIM OF SOVIET-ERA METHODS

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 223 | Wed 14 Aug 2013



KAZAKHSTAN: PASTOR VICTIM OF SOVIET-ERA METHODS



by Elizabeth Kendal



The population of Kazakhstan is 63 percent Turkic (mostly ethnic Kazakhs) and 31 percent Slavic (mostly ethnic Russians). It is 54 percent Muslim, 34 percent non-religious and 12 percent Christian (who are overwhelmingly Orthodox). Protestant fellowships are viewed with suspicion, derided in the media and targeted in policy as…

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Added by Ron Clough on August 14, 2013 at 3:40am — No Comments

TERROR AND SIEGE IN SYRIA'S NORTH

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 222 | Wed 07 Aug 2013



SYRIA: TERROR AND SIEGE IN THE NORTH



by Elizabeth Kendal



The Syrian Arab Army is based in Damascus (in the south), Syria's political capital. The north is logistically difficult to defend as heavy military hardware needs to travel long distances along exposed, open roads and a long supply-line needs to be maintained. Just months ago the regime won a strategic victory in liberating Qusair…

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Added by Ron Clough on August 7, 2013 at 4:27am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN July 2013 Update

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 221 | Wed 31 Jul 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal



For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3,4 ESV)



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JULY 2013 UPDATE - During July we prayed concerning . . .



* MALAYSIA…

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Added by Ron Clough on July 31, 2013 at 4:02am — No Comments

CHRISTIANS IN IRAN IMPRISONED FOR THEIR FAITH

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 220 | Wed 24 Jul 2013



IRAN: CHRISTIANS IMPRISONED FOR THEIR FAITH



by Elizabeth Kendal



On 12 October 2012 security officials raided a house in Shiraz where members of the Church of Iran denomination had gathered to pray. Elderly believers were harassed and threatened and eight others were arrested. A few days later two other members were summoned to the Intelligence Ministry detention centre where they were…

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Added by Ron Clough on July 24, 2013 at 4:35am — No Comments

PAKISTAN - FALSE CLAIMS, BLASPHEMY AND INTERPOL

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 219 | Wed 17 Jul 2013



PAKISTAN: FALSE CLAIMS, BLASPHEMY AND INTERPOL



by Elizabeth Kendal



On 11 December 2011 Muslim clerics in Gojra reported to police that a Christian man by the name of Sajjad Masih, a resident of Pakpatten (a two-and-a-half-hour drive south-east of Gojra), had sent them blasphemous messages via mobile phone. Upon learning of the accusation, Sajjad immediately went into hiding. Eventually…

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Added by Ron Clough on July 17, 2013 at 3:29am — No Comments

ISLAMIC WRATH FALLS ON THE CHURCH IN EGYPT

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 218 | Wed 10 Jul 2013



EGYPT: ISLAMIC WRATH FALLS ON THE CHURCH



by Elizabeth Kendal



On Wednesday 3 July the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, and placed him under 'house arrest'. Tanks moved into Cairo, the Parliament was dissolved and the Constitution was suspended. Whilst the military ousted Morsi in pursuit of its own interests, it did so under the cover…

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Added by Ron Clough on July 10, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

MOVE TO LEGALISE FORCED CONVERSION OF MINORS IN MALAYSIA

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 217 | Wed 03 Jul 2013



MALAYSIA: MOVE TO LEGALISE FORCED CONVERSION OF MINORS



by Elizabeth Kendal



In early 2009 there was an outcry in Malaysia after three children born to an Indian Hindu couple were converted to Islam by the father without the mother's consent after he converted to Islam. At that time, the Cabinet discussed the case and decided that the children of an estranged couple should remain in the 'common…

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Added by Ron Clough on July 3, 2013 at 6:47am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN JUNE 2013 UPDATE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 216 | Wed 26 Jun 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal



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



JUNE 2013 UPDATE - During June we prayed concerning . . .



* TURKEY (RLPB 213), which is polarising along secular versus Sunni fundamentalist lines.



UPDATE: Turks who are objecting against Prime Minister Erdogan's dictatorial rule, along with his re-Islamisation and…

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Added by Ron Clough on June 27, 2013 at 3:41am — No Comments

PAPUA (INDONESIA) - FROM MISSION FIELD TO KILLING FIELD

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 215 | Wed 19 Jun 2013



PAPUA (INDONESIA): FROM MISSION FIELD TO KILLING FIELD



by Elizabeth Kendal



In the 1950s, missionaries working with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) USA and Australia brought the Gospel to the central highlands of the then Dutch New Guinea (the western part of the island of New Guinea). Since then, Indonesia has invaded, occupied, annexed, Islamised, militarised and colonised the region.…

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Added by Ron Clough on June 19, 2013 at 4:17am — No Comments

THE BATTLE FOR ALEPPO, SYRIA

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 214 | Wed 12 June 2013



SYRIA: THE BATTLE FOR ALEPPO



by Elizabeth Kendal



The Iranian-backed, Lebanese Shi'ite terrorist organisation, Hezballah, has officially entered the Syrian conflict. In a televised speech on 25 May, Hezballah leader Hassan Nasrallah wooed Sunni Arabs by provocatively, strategically and typically framing the conflict as a struggle between the 'Western Zionist agenda' and the Syrian 'resistance'…

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Added by Ron Clough on June 12, 2013 at 3:55am — No Comments

TURKEY AT THE CROSSROADS?

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 213 | Wed 05 Jun 2013



TURKEY: AT THE CROSSROADS?



by Elizabeth Kendal



The 'Great Schism' of 1054 left the church divided into Western (Latin / Roman) and Eastern (Greek / Byzantine) branches. As imperialist Ottoman Islamic forces advanced northwards, the Eastern Church found itself on the front-line of Islamic jihad. In 1095, Byzantine Emperor Alexius I appealed to Pope Urban II for help to defend Constantinople…

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Added by Ron Clough on June 5, 2013 at 3:57am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN May 2013 UPDATE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 212 | Wed 29 May 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal 



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



'O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.' (Psalm 65:2 ESV) May men, women and children everywhere bring their prayers to the Lord, for only he can 'still . . . the tumult of the peoples' (v7). 'All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall…

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Added by Ron Clough on May 29, 2013 at 4:19am — No Comments

THREAT OF LRA IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 211 | Wed 22 May 2013



CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR): THREAT OF THE LRA



by Elizabeth Kendal



As reported in last week's RLPB 210, a rebel army known as Seleka ('alliance') has seized control of Central African Republic. What international media and human rights organisations are failing to acknowledge is that while CAR is French-speaking and 76 percent Christian, the supposedly poor and marginalised yet exceedingly…

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Added by Ron Clough on May 22, 2013 at 4:35am — No Comments

MUSLIM REBELS SEIZE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 210 | Wed 15 May 2013



CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR): SEIZED BY MUSLIM REBELS



by Elizabeth Kendal



As the rebel army, Seleka, advanced towards Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR), CAR President Francois Bozize appealed to France (the colonial power) and the US for help. However, this was to no avail, even though French troops were already in the country. Desperate for support, Bozize appealed to…

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Added by Ron Clough on May 15, 2013 at 2:27am — No Comments

REPRESSION ESCALATES IN SUDAN AS REBELS ADVANCE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 209 | Wed 08 May 2013



SUDAN: REPRESSION ESCALATES AS REBELS ADVANCE



by Elizabeth Kendal





The Arab-supremacist, Islamist regime in Khartoum, Sudan, has been escalating its campaign of systematic persecution against the Church since at least April of 2012. Also targeted are 'Southerners' (predominantly Christian Africans from South Sudan) and 'blacks' (predominantly Christian Africans from Sudan's Nuba…

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Added by Ron Clough on May 8, 2013 at 4:27am — No Comments

DANGER AS SECTARIAN WAR LOOMS IN IRAQ

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 208 | Wed 01 May 2013



IRAQ: DANGER AS SECTARIAN WAR LOOMS



by Elizabeth Kendal



The last US troops left Iraq on Sunday morning 18 December 2011. The preceding week, this prayer ministry issued a call to prayer which now provides essential background to today's reality.



See IRAQ: PROPAGANDA VERSUS REALITY

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 138 | Wed 14 Dec 2011…



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Added by Ron Clough on May 1, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN APRIL 2013 UPDATE

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 207 | Wed 24 Apr 2013



by Elizabeth Kendal



APRIL 2013 UPDATE - During April we prayed concerning . . .



* BANGLADESH (RLPB 204), where a long struggle for the heart and soul of Bangladesh appears to be entering a critical and dangerous stage.



UPDATE: Having displayed their people-power by bringing hundreds of thousands of supporters out onto the streets, Hefajat-e-Islam has given the government of…

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Added by Ron Clough on April 24, 2013 at 3:57am — No Comments

PROTESTANTS IN UZBEKISTAN HARASSED AND BULLIED WITH IMPUNITY

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 206 | Wed 17 Apr 2013



UZBEKISTAN: PROTESTANTS HARASSED AND BULLIED WITH IMPUNITY



by Elizabeth Kendal



Uzbekistan, a predominantly Muslim former Soviet Republic in Central Asia, has been ruled by Islam Karimov since 1989. Karimov continues to operate according to Communist Soviet paradigms and society is heavily regulated. The main threats to the State come from Hizb-ut-Tahrir revolutionaries and Islamic Movement of…

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Added by Ron Clough on April 17, 2013 at 4:11am — No Comments

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