VOM-USA Prayer Update

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Egypt—Four Coptic Christians Killed in Drive-by Shooting
Sources: VOM Sources

Colossians 4:2

Four people were killed and another 18 wounded on Oct. 20, 2013, in a drive-by shooting following a wedding at the Virgin Mary Coptic Church in Cairo. Among those killed were two young girls, ages 8 and 12. As a VOM field worker was in the process of moving several victims to a private Christian hospital two days after the shooting, an army official ordered that they be moved to a specialized army hospital, where treatment costs would be paid by the army. Along with this good news, the VOM worker passed along a prayer request for a 3-year-old shooting victim named Philobateer, who is in critical condition. The boy is the younger brother of the 8-year-old girl who was killed, and his mother is also hospitalized with injuries.

Nepal—Christian Killed While Praying for His Attacker
Source: VOM Sources, Gospel for Asia

Romans 12:21

An elder in the Believers Church in Nepal, which is supported by Gospel for Asia, was killed in the early morning hours of Oct. 20, 2013, during prayer for a sick man. Debalal, 36, was called to the home of Kumar Sardar at 3 a.m. to pray for his severe pain. Debalal was at first reluctant to go because of the late hour and because Kumar and his family are devout Hindus. As Debalal prayed, Kumar left the room and returned with a sharp, curved knife called a khukuri and an iron rod. He beat Debalal severely with the iron rod before slitting his throat, killing him. None of the neighbors, who should have been able to hear the attack, intervened. Kumar is in police custody. Debalal leaves behind a wife and son. Please pray for Debalal’s family. According to a VOM worker, Debalal’s wife is very depressed.

Kenya—Two Pastors Murdered Near Mombasa
Source: BosNewsLife

Psalm 31:15

Two pastors were killed in separate incidents on Sunday, Oct. 20, less than two weeks after riots in Mombasa in which a church was burned. Charles Matole, 41, leader of Mombasa’s Vikwatani Redeemed Gospel Church, was found in his church on Sunday morning, seated in a chair with a Bible in his lap. He had been shot in the back of the head, and nothing had been stolen from the church. On the same day in Kilifi, about 35 miles north of Mombasa, the body of Pastor Ebrahim Kidata was found in some bushes. He appeared to have been strangled, and the motorbike he had been riding was missing. Pastor Kidata, who was in his mid-50s, had recently been ordained in the East African Pentecostal Church.

Moldova—VOM Project

Pray for the support and encouragement of Christians who were imprisoned under communism. VOM has helped 36 families in past years who were imprisoned for their activities in evangelical house churches.

Colombia—VOM Project

Pray for the provision and encouragement of Colombian widows and for VOM’s support of them.