Hard Pressed on Every Side

March 31, 2017 by Open Doors

Akram* and Nafisa* strongly desire to share the Gospel of Christ among Muslims in their Central Asian village. They want their neighbors to know the power of the gospel to save them from their sins and to fill them with the joy of Christ. But Akram and Nafisa have been forced to worship in secret. They understand fully the words of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” During the past year, they have faced much persecution—summoned to appear before the Security Services, warned not to preach the gospel among Muslims, and threatened with arrest and imprisonment for proselytism if they share their faith. Many people in their community already openly ostracize and hate them for the name of Jesus. They are in great need of encouragement and renewed spiritual strength, as well as safety and opportunities to continue their ministry. Will you stand alongside them in prayer?

Names changed for security reason*

Thank You, Father, for Akram and Nafisa’s heart to share their faith in You with those around them, even with those who hate them, indeed those who hate the very name of Christ. Protect them, Father, and revive them by the power of Your Holy Spirit within them. Strengthen their faith, grant them perseverance and longsuffering in the midst of their difficult circumstances. They have been hampered in their ministry to preach Your gospel among those who are walking in spiritual darkness, but You are more powerful than these earthly authorities. Open their eyes, Lord, to opportunities You bring them to continue that ministry in new ways, that the gospel might go forth in great might by the work of Your Spirit. In the name of Jesus, who is coming again and will “send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”  Amen.

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