Police forced themselves into a room today as two Bibles for Mideast pastors were teaching the Bible to two new believers. After brutally beating the four, they took them into custody.
The brand-new Christians had begun attending worship services at a Middle Eastern underground church two months ago. Now firm believers, they were readying themselves for baptism.
As one pastor attempted to speak to the officers, they retaliated by punching him in the face, bloodying his nose and breaking several teeth. He fell to the ground, blood spewing from his nose and mouth. They continued their assault with kicks with boots to his stomach and cruelly thrashed the other three as well.
From there the police took them to a Sharia court, where they were sentenced to a jail run by secret police. This particular jail has a dire reputation for its harsh mistreatment of prisoners.
Bibles for Mideast is calling on all of our fellow believers for 100 hours of prayer and fasting, for our Lord to mightily protect and deliver the four men. Please join us in prayer for all ministries, ministers and believers in the Middle East.
Dear fellow believers: do not be afraid! Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is with us. He is mighty and powerful. The church is his body. He will not allow his body to go astray. While he once suffered, was crucified and died for us, he has risen from the dead and is now with us. We are under his mighty wings. We have a bright tomorrow, for the battle is the Lord’s. Trust Him and look to Him. He will do everything, turn everything around, for His good and for the good of His people. Amen!
[For the exciting update on this story, please see Muslim prison officer dreams of Jesus' Glory and pastors wonderfully released]