“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” – Proverbs 14:26

As we gather to pray, the world is facing an unprecedented global crisis. Economic recession and food shortages are resulting from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, armed conflict in Ukraine, and international tensions elsewhere in the world. As natural disasters, armed conflict and economic pressures persist, food scarcity will also become more acute.

While these issues face people of all religions and none, in many parts of the world Christians are among the most deprived and impoverished and the ones facing the most acute persecution. Our brothers and sisters are therefore among the first to suffer and the last to receive help.

These ill tidings, however, should serve as a call to action, not despair. Join us as we pray for our persecuted church whānau.

  • Pakistan – Supreme Court grants bail to three Christians charged with “blasphemy”
  • Egypt – Islamist terrorists kill Christian father and son in Sinai
  • India – Christians welcome Supreme Court directive to verify persecution claims
  • Libya – Christian convert from Islam sentenced to death for apostasy
  • Iran – Five Christians lose appeals against sentencing for involvement in “house churches”
  • Myanmar – Military lays mines around church in Shan State
  • Mozambique – At least eight Christians killed by Islamists in northern provinces