Messianic Jews Face Persecution; Arab Christians Give Thanks for Priest’s Release
In the town of Arad, in southern Israel, a Messianic congregation recently faced persecution from a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who protested the gathering by cursing and shouting religious slogans. The group has been aggressively trying to spread their influence in Arad, raising signs attacking the community and the mayor regarding secular customs.
God, we echo the prayers of the leader of the Messianic congregation, who is asking for peace in his city, for a stop to the aggression, and for protection for the mayor. We pray that this congregation might be able to shine the bright love of Christ to their neighbors, no matter the consequences.
Meanwhile, Christians in the Arabian peninsula are rejoicing over the recent release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil. Father Tom was abducted near Aden, Yemen, 18 months ago in an armed raid on the Missionaries of Charity nursing home, where he lived and worked as chaplain. Yemen still faces severe humanitarian issues in the midst of ongoing conflict, food shortages, and a cholera epidemic.
God, we thank you for your care and provision for Father Tom, and we pray that he will be restored to wholeness after this ordeal. We pray for the nursing home residents who have experienced trauma and grief. We pray also for the people who committed the murders and abduction in the raid last year—may their hearts turn toward the new life Christ offers. And we pray for Christians and all others in Yemen who are suffering during this time of injustice and conflict—bring aid, healing, and hope.