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  • Nigeria– Daniel Okerinola had just moved to Potiskum in northeastern Nigeria to be the pastor of the City of David church. On Sunday, July 5, he was prepared to preach . . .  but instead, he was killed in a blast detonated by a suicide bomber. A church elder was also killed, along with Tabita, a […]

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  • Editor’s note:  this post is part of Smyrna’s Insight series — a collection of posts that reflect a view of prayer for the persecuted church that is often overcome by our emotions in the face of  horrors visited upon Christians by Muslims in many countries. This Insight isn’t in my normal style. It’s not stuffed […]

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  • It’s after midnight, and my 5-month-old hates this daylight-savings thing so I should “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but I can’t. I can’t get Shama’s murder off my mind. I figure you’re going to see this story. Read about it from the BBC, or the NYTimes, or Breitbart. By tomorrow, I’d imagine a lot of networks will cover it, if briefly, because of […]

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  • Our heart’s desire here at Smyrna is to provide greater clarity to your prayer life as you wrestle with the pervasive reality of Islam-driven persecution. You can access our PDF file by clicking here: Top 10 Ways to Intercede for the Persecuted Church under Islam We pray that this will be a useful tool to you as […]

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  •   It’s Cate again. Asking you to pray for women living under Islam again. But today I have a name for you. I want you to specifically pray for Meriam. She’s a sister persecuted for Christ in Sudan. Because Meriam was “born a Muslim” (which means her father was a Muslim), she faces charges of apostasy with the possible penalty of […]

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  • UPDATE – February 6: Today, Mohamed El Baladi, a convert to Christ out of Islam, appeared in court to appeal a 30 month prison sentence for the crime of “proselytizing.” The court’s judge ruled that all charges against him should be dropped! Praise God for this good news from Morocco, and thank you for joining in the spiritual […]

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  •   Persecution update: At 5 a.m. on September 1, Fulani Muslims shot and killed 9 believers in Adu village, Kaduna state. Three days earlier, outside of Jos, Islamic mercenaries held up a bus and ordered all the Christians to lay on the ground. After robbing them, they killed five believers. The Church in Nigeria is walking […]

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  • Somalia is a land of spiritual oppression and chaos; professing Christians face persecution and violent death. Please get on your knees for Shamsa, a 28-year old believer who disappeared 21 days ago: Somalia: Three masked men abducted Shamsa Enow Hussein, 28, on August 5 in Bulo Marer, Lower Shebelle Region, at 7 p.m. outside her […]

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  • “You don’t know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced, knowing that in my chains the body of Christ was chained together and was brought to action and prayer.” – SAEED ABEDINI Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian American imprisoned in Iran for his faith, was finally given medication for pain and bleeding! Praise […]

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  • Two weeks ago “Paul,” a house-church pastor in Uzbekistan (pictured right), joined several other believers in an outreach camp to teens. Their camp was raided, their passports and computers were taken, and they have been called in for questioning several times by the authorities. SMI found out that at 11 am in Uzbekistan (which is […]

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