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He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, 

that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,

and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. LUKE 4:18-19

02 Aug RLPB 417. Vietnam: High Cost of Defending Religious Freedom

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 417 | Wed 02 Aug 2017   VIETNAM: HIGH COST OF DEFENDING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY plus update on Iranian prisoner Amin Afshar-Naderi   by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   Arrested in April 2011, Lutheran pastor, evangelist and religious liberty advocate Nguyen Cong Chinh was sentenced in June 2012 to 11 years...

19 Jul RLPB 415. China: ‘Big Brother’ Invades Church

CHINA: 'BIG BROTHER' INVADES CHURCH by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to use Zhejiang Province (China's Christian heartland and President Xi Jinping's former stamping ground) as a test site for its repressive religious policies. This is particularly true of Wenzhou City, long known as 'China's Jerusalem'...

12 Jul RLPB 414. Iran: massive jail terms for many believers

by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   ----------------------   BACKGROUND: For background to this Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB), please see RLPB 408 (24 May 2017). This warned that the 19 May re-election of President Rouhani (against the express wishes of Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps), as well as US President Trump’s hostile 21...

05 Jul RLPB 413. Mali & Philippines: Captives in Crisis

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 413 | Wed 5 Jul 2017   MALI & PHILIPPINES: CAPTIVES IN CRISIS by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   MALI: On Sunday 2 July at a meeting in Malian capital, Bamako, French President Emmanuel Macron promised strong support for a new multinational military force to combat terrorism in West Africa. The...

21 Jun RLPB 411. Kenya: Al-Shabaab incites against Church

  by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   Somalia-based al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab is inflaming religious tension and escalating its terror attacks inside Kenya, doubtless in an effort to extract concessions ahead of Kenya's 8 August General Elections and possibly even make Kenya's involvement in Somalia an election issue.   On 18 May al-Shabaab released a...

14 Jun RLPB 410. Pakistan: Who Cares About Pakistani Christians?

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 410 | Wed 14 Jun 2017   PAKISTAN: WHO CARES ABOUT PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS?  by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   Many Pakistani Christians are 'untouchables' or choorahs -- so low on the social scale they are beneath the caste system. Despite their 'untouchablity' having its origins in Hindu India, the tradition...