Dr. Pat's prayer alerts

April 14, 2022

Thank you so much for your love and solidarity with the young man arrested.

Join me in prayer while sharing with you the updates on brother J*. J* is 17 years old; he was allowed yesterday to spend the night at his family's house and then return this morning. He spent all of yesterday in custody. Till now, they didn't charge him for doing anything wrong.


Today, we are searching for a lawyer to defend J*. It's been challenging to find someone to defend our brother; most lawyers refuse to defend a Christian. As you all might know, the majority are considered religious and extreme Muslims in Mauritania.


Pray for the father that God would strengthen him with the wisdom needed to decide whether to turn himself in. To this very day, he's hiding secretly in his family's house and hasn't decided what step he should take next. We doubt that the police might have used his son as a trap to arrest the father or what will happen in the future. This is a small update on what's happening with brother J* and his father in Mauritania.


Unfortunately, the news of J* arrest and its story has been revealed in the newspaper. This makes things harder, knowing that the Public Prosecution will act upon this case more harshly to satisfy their people.


We ask that you join us in prayer for the following:

Pray for wisdom and patience over this young man, that the Spirit will lead his words while being questioned.

Pray for his father while deciding to either turn himself into the authorities or run away to another country. 

Pray that God will send an honest lawyer to take J*'s case


I'm beyond grateful for all your prayers and loving heart for this young man and his father in Mauritania and your regular follow-up on his case. I'll keep you updated with J* and his father's situation


APRIL 11, 2022


Dear Praying Friends,


I am writing to you with a heavy heart due to persecution in our region. This afternoon around 2:00, in a city Rosso, Mauranita a young 17-year-old believer named J* Was taken into custody by the border authorities. This boy’s father, A*, is a church leader in the city of Rosso. He sent J* into Senegal to pick up Bibles and other spiritual materials and return them to Mauritania. In Senegal there is more freedom and believers are able to access Bibles and other materials and return them into Mauritania.


As J* was returning this afternoon he was stopped by customs officials for a routine search. When they found these books they asked him if he was a Christian. When J* confessed his faith in Christ they took him into custody.


They demanded that J* call for his father to come to the police station to further investigate the situation.


The father, A* is praying for wisdom in how to best respond. As of the writing of this email he has still not made a decision. He is asking for wisdom for how to best care for his son who has been taken into custody and also consider his wife and other children. I wanted to get this email to you quickly so that you can be praying with us.


Mauritania has an Islamic government, and according to their laws it is illegal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity, or to share the Gospel with Muslims. We do not know how this family will respond tomorrow. I feel burdened by the increased persecution and spiritual darkness that I am witnessing and hearing about across North Africa, but I know that the Lord is in control and he will accomplish his will!


Thank you for your prayers!!!




Dear Praying Friends, 


Sister L is a 22-year-old college student, she is also a new Believer in Jesus Christ. She lives with her father, an Imam (Muslim religious leader). Most of her family are devoted Muslims. Every year, they turn their house in Ramadan into, basically, a small mosque that would include a place for additional prayers and a place for Muslims to recite Qur’an the whole day. Throughout the previous years, she would often be asked to lead the Quran recitation women group. And even sometimes lead the prayer time for women. Sister L asked us to pray for her, saying: “I’m a believer in Christ; I believe and know that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life! But my family doesn’t know about my faith … I live in extreme fear that one of my parents might ask me to practice traditions that I don’t believe in. Please pray for me during this month!”

 

That is a glimpse of the lives of new believers living in the Muslim world.


Please pray for Sister L and for the many new Christians in the Muslim world during the month of April, which is Ramadan.


Please pray right now!




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