Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Iran: Pastor flees; Somalia: 17yo beheaded - Pastor Vahik Abrahamian and his wife, Sonia, fled Iran for the Netherlands on Sept 15 with the help of the Netherlands Embassy and with approval from the Iranian government. Vahik and Sonia continually expressed their desire to remain in Iran for the sake of their ministry; however, fears for their safety caused them to flee the country. The Abrahamians were arrested along with another couple in Sept 2010 for having home Bible studies. Sonia and the other couple were released from prison in April 2011. Sonia was told her husband would be released 10 days later, but Pastor Vahik was not released until August 29. Thank the Lord for guiding and protecting Vahik and Sonia. Pray that they would sense His presence and direction in the coming months. Pray for the many other Iranian Christians who are imprisoned for their faith, including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Source: VOM Canada, FCNN SOMALIA – The Islamic terrorist group al Shabaab beheaded a 17-year-old Somali Christian in his home near Mogadishu Sept. 25 while his parents were at work. The militants, who are fighting Somalia’s transitional government and who have vowed to rid the country of Christianity, had been observing Guled Jama Muktar's family since 2008, monitoring the fact that they held secret Bible meetings in their home. Muktar's parents, fearing the militants wanted to kill them next, have fled to an unknown location. Source: Compass Direct