Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Continued Call to prayer for our Brothers and Sisters in Egypt and Pakistan

Pakistan - After 7 months of legal deadlock, lawyers in Pakistan said they have new hope they can restore Saba Masih to her family. Saba, a 13-year-old Christian girl, was kidnapped last year and forced to marry a Muslim.
Pray that the lawyers can legally maneuver around Pakistani policemen who, according to Compass, have stonewalled attempts to arrest the captors in spite of a Pakistani judge charging them with kidnapping. Praise God for the judge’s decision to file kidnapping charges. This marks a major shift of momentum in the case where previously the judges have repeatedly sided with the Muslim kidnappers. Continue to pray for all those involved “Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” 2 Cor 2:14.
Saba’s sister Aneela, aged 10, was also kidnapped last year but has since been returned to her family…Glory be to God!
Egypt - Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, the Muslim-born Egyptian, is legally attempting to change his religion on his identity card from Muslim to Christian. In a hearing on Feb 22nd, more than 20 Islamic lawyers advocated that he be convicted of “apostasy,” or leaving Islam, and sentenced to death.
Pray for El-Gohary who was not present at the hearing, as his attendance would have put him at extreme personal risk. He had planned to obtain papers authorizing his attorney to act as his proxy representation in court. But staff members at the registry office swore at and beat his attorney thus preventing him from filing the proxy.
A new court date has been set for March 28th.El-Gohary who is now in hiding told Compass “I am now in a position where I can’t do anything else,I have to go to court despite the danger. I believe God will protect me. It’s a very hard decision, but I have to go.”
Pray for his safety as he continues this legal battle.
Pray with El-Gohary that “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7.
Read the full report on these and other stories on the Open Doors Website.
As in the days of Noah...

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