Monday, March 19, 2007

Open Doors: Mexico, Nigeria

Four Young Christians Ambushed in San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico

Agustin Gomez, 21, and Carlos Perez, 24, were hospitalized. Carlos sustained five gunshot wounds to the chest and was treated for internal bleeding and shock. He remains in serious condition. Agustin was also treated for gunshot wounds, but was released. Along with 15-year-old Andres Gomez Gomez and 13-year-old Santos Jiménez Perez, Agustin and Carlos were ambushed on the road while heading home from collecting water for their families, living in a village where there is no water. Read More>>

Please Pray:

For these four young men—for healing, comfort, strength, perseverance, and God’s demonstration of His love for them during this time। 2 Chronicles 16:9a

For local Christians in San Juan Chamula who face similar persecution and violence—that God will protect them, use their testimonies to challenge surrounding beliefs, and bring glory to Himself. John 17:20-24

Muslim Students Set Fire For the Third Time to High School Chapel in Nigeria

The Government Science Secondary School’s Chapel of Adonai was burned down three years ago by Muslim students, a time when many Christian students were also beaten to the point of hospitalization। This most recent arson attack is the second since services resumed last September, according to Compass Direct News. On both occasions, staff and students managed to put out the fires. Prior to this most recent attack, letters were dropped into the chapel mail, warning Christian students and staff members of an impending attack unless they left the school.*
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Please Pray:

For the students and staff of this school—that they will not be discouraged by the repeated attacks, but that they will see God’s sustaining hand of protection over them and their Chapel of Adonai: Psalm 55:22

That these Muslim students will be awakened to the love and compassion of God, who both preserves and blesses His children through trials of this kind, as well as offers forgiveness to those who inflict these wounds. 1 Kings 18:39

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