Parents Kicked Out Their Christian Daughter

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Nov. 26, 2020 | Laos
Laotian Teenager Kicked Out

A Laotian teenager was kicked out after her mother and stepfather realized she had become a Christian. Monthida, 16, accepted Christ after a friend brought her to church. Whenever Monthida would come home late from school, her mother would quiz her on where she had been and why she was late. When her mother found out Monthida had become a Christian, her stepfather worried he would lose his job if others discovered that someone in his family was a Christian. He and her mother tried many times to get Monthida to give up her faith, but she would not. Finally, her stepfather told Monthida not to come back home unless she was ready to renounce Christ. Monthida is now living with a pastor and his family. “Pray that Monthida will not be discouraged,” a VOM contact in Laos wrote.

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Cuba Demolishes Another Church

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Nov. 26, 2020 | Cuba
Officials Demolish Second Church in Santiago de Cuba

The congregation of an Assemblies of God church stood outside singing and weeping as authorities in Santiago de Cuba demolished their church. The Los Pinos congregation has operated for more than 10 years in this city at Cuba’s southeastern tip, but authorities decided it must be destroyed. They gave pastor Alain Toledano 12 hours to demolish the church building before doing it themselves. The church itself was hardly a building; it was a roof structure with open sides. On Friday, Oct. 30, state security officials showed up to begin demolition. They not only tore down the church shelter but also demolished the pastor’s wooden home, as church members sang hymns and wept. “The wave of persecution has arrived to the church,” wrote one Christian leader. The Assemblies of God, the largest denomination on the island, has been particularly targeted by the government in recent months, in part because of their vocal opposition to laws they view as openly contrary to Scripture. “We need your prayers for God’s intervention in our country,” the executive committee of the Assemblies of God in Cuba wrote.

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Early Rain Elder Twice Banished

Nov. 19, 2020 | China

Elder Li Yingquiang spent time in prison, then exile before returning to Chengdu. He’s been forced out again.

A leading elder from the Early Rain church has been forced out of Chengdu again after intense pressure. Elder Li Yingqiang was arrested in Dec. 2018, a few days after lead pastor Wang Yi had been arrested. Li Yingqiang spent eight months in prison before banishment from the city of Chengdu for one year. After 12 months, Li Yingqiang, his wife, and his two small children returned to Chengdu to rejoin their church body, where they experienced heavy surveillance. Police even constructed a small house in front of his apartment building so they could monitor him 24 hours a day. They regularly visited his home to “investigate complaints,” forced his children to attend public school and did not allow them to travel or attend church. Finally, on Oct. 28, police informed Li Yingqiang that he was not welcome in Chengdu and advised him to leave. The family secured an apartment in Leshan, where they stayed for less than a week before their landlord informed the police he had rescinded their two-year lease agreement. Yingqiang wrote in a public post, “May the Lord provide us a place. May the Lord help us lean on His grace and guidance as we take each step and go to each place so that we can bear witness to his justice and mercy.” Continue to pray for this family and the rest of the Early Rain Church.

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Kidnapped Swiss Missionary Dead

Nov. 19, 2020 | Mali

Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockli arrived in Mali in 1998 as part of a missions team. Beatrice grew close to a local pastor’s family, staying in Timbuktu for several years and becoming known for distributing tracts. She was kidnapped in April 2012 during an Islamist insurgency in the country and held for 10 days before being released. She briefly returned to Switzerland but returned to Mali in 2013 against her family’s wishes and the advice of her government. She cited Galatians 2:20 to local Christian leaders as her reason for returning: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live…” She stayed until June 8, 2016, when she was taken from her home by armed men in pickup trucks. Along with other foreign hostages, Beatrice was held by fighters of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. In early October, a hostage who had b een released reported that Beatrice had been executed just weeks before by members of the Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslim group. “Her death, in our opinion, is that of a martyr who resisted in her Christian faith and surely refused to reject faith in Jesus,” wrote a VOM contact. Pray that her witness for Christ might lead her executors to salvation, and pray that those she led to Christ in Mali will remain bold in their faith.

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Front-Line Worker Accused of Denigrating Buddhism

Nov. 19, 2020 | Myanmar

A Christian accused of speaking against Buddhism has been told that a verdict will be delivered this fall. Aung Tun Oo was accused by two radical Mahbahtah monks of denigrating Buddhism in 2017. Since the case was registered, Aung Tun Oo has been summoned to the court 54 times. A VOM worker in Myanmar asked for prayers that God would cause the judge in the case to rule justly rather than give in to pressure from the radicals. The Mahbahtah monks are members of the Wirathu sect, which is the most dangerous terrorist group in Myanmar. As Aung Tun Oo has been going through this grueling legal process, he has also suffered physical ailments. Pray for his healing and release.

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Nov. 12, 2020 | Laos

Khampang came to Christ after witnessing God’s goodness and being healed.

Khampang

Only two others in his village were Christians, and both had experienced harsh reactions from their families. One young man was disowned by his family, and a teenager was kicked out of his family home. As a result, both young men were forced to leave the village. Community leaders were reluctant to punish Khampang, who is an elder, but they still worked against him, convincing Khampang’s wife that his decision was illegal. She refused to sleep in the same bed as him and gave him small portions of food or nothing at all. When Khampang recently met with VOM partners, large tears rolled down his cheeks as he shared how his family had rejected him. Pray that he will be reconciled with his family while staying faithful to Jesus Christ.

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