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Indonesian Bombings

May 13th, 2018
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At least 11 killed, more than 40 injured in church bombings in Indonesia

13 May 2018

Indonesian Bombing
Debris seen outside the Santa Maria church in Surabaya, May 13, 2018. (Associated Press)

At least 11 people were killed and more than 40 others injured in suicide bomb attacks targeting 3 churches in Surabaya, Indonesia. According to reports, the attacks were suspected to have been carried out by Ansharut Daulah (JAD) a local-ISIS inspired group.

The bombings targeted Sunday worship services (13 May) at the Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic Church (STMB) on Jl. Ngagel Madya in Gubeng, Surabaya Pentecostal Church (GPPS) on Jl. Raya Arjuna and Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) on Jl. Diponegoro.

It is alleged that the attack on the Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church was carried out by a woman and 2 children who detonated explosives. Media reports also state that the attacks were carried out by 6 members of a single family.

“We strongly condemn this mindless attack on Christians in Surabaya,” said Godfrey Yogarajah, the Deputy Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance. “We stand in solidarity with Christians in Indonesia during this difficult time and call on the global Church to pray for all those affected in the attacks,” he added.

Prayer points:

Pray for God’s comfort upon those grieving the loss of loved ones
Pray for God’s healing upon those injured in the attacks
Pray that the Indonesian government would carry out a thorough investigation into the incident and take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of Christians in the country.(WEA)

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Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

February 19th, 2018
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This year the Religious liberty prayer Bulletin has alerted Christians to the sufferings of believers in places such as Nigeria, Burma,Uganda, Syria.They encourage us to forward this prayer bulletin widely, and for others to sign up to the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin blog. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV).

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Bombing in Pakistan

December 19th, 2017
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Injured worshippers being escorted from the Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan following the suicide bombing on Sunday (Source:Washington Post/A. Calvin/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday, 17 December, a suicide bomber targeted a Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan leaving nine dead and more than fifty injured.

According to reports, though two attackers targeted the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church only one managed to detonate his vest. The second attacker was killed by security forces. It is believed that more than 400 worshippers were attending the worship service during the time of the attack. A group affiliated to the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

“We condemn this inhuman attack in Quetta and call on the Pakistani government to take all steps necessary to provide adequate security to Christians during this Christmas season,” said Godfrey Yogarajah, the Deputy Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance. “We pray for God’s healing mercy upon those injured in the attack and God’s presence to be with those grieving the loss of loved ones,” he added.

Prayer points:

Pray that those perpetrating violence against Christians in Pakistan would experience a change of heart, repent, and turn to Jesus Christ
Pray for God’s healing upon those injured in the attack
Pray for God’s comfort upon families grieving the loss of loved ones
Pray that the Pakistani government would step up security measures for churches, ensuring the safety of Christians during the Christmas season

The World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (RLC)

 

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