Praise and Prayer

Pray: Christian Nurses in Nigeria Given Death Threat-Muslim militants have threatened to kill Christian nurses serving at the Federal Medical Center in the town of Keffi, in central Nigeria's Nasarawa State unless they stop conducting Christian worship services. An undated letter received by the hospital's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Nurses (FCN)-also delivered to hospital management-stated, "We are making it abundantly clear that our thirst for your heads/blood is mounting daily if you continue with your worship services in the hospital unabated." The letter was endorsed by a group calling itself "Islamic fundamentalists," who claim a "strong presence" in the hospital.

The letter reportedly caused panic at the hospital and prompted institutional authorities to ban all Christian worship activities. The letter also contained a summons for the nurses to meet with hospital management. These latest developments have underscored growing tensions between Nigeria's Muslim hard-liners and Christians who refuse to accept the Islamic penal code. Nigeria's central government has been struggling to regain control in Muslim-dominated areas.

Compass/BosNewsLife via MissionNet

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Pray: Islamic Court Sentences Woman to Death for Pregnancy Outside Wedlock-An Islamic (sharia) court in Nigeria's Bauchi State has sentenced a 29-year-old woman, Hajara Ibrahim, a divorcee, to death by stoning for allegedly being pregnant outside wedlock. But the sharia court also set free Dauda Sani, the 35-year-old man accused by the woman to be responsible for the pregnancy, for lack of evidence linking him to the act. After sentencing her, the judge handed Ibrahim over to her guardian to take care of her until she gives birth before the sentence is carried out. The sharia court judge said it is, however, subject to the approval of the state governor, Adamu Mu'azu. This is the fourth death sentence to be handed down since the state adopted the sharia legal code, while more than 20 others are awaiting approval for amputation.

Voice of the Christian Martyrs Nigeria via MissionNet

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Praise: Man Lays Down Cache of Weapons at Church Altar-Saying he was led by the Lord to do so, Jerome Harris went to church to lay down his burdens-it just so happens the burden he was carrying was a armload of weapons. The pastor of Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Trinity Gardens, near Mobile, Ala., admits that both he and the congregation were surprised when Harris dropped off his weapons on the altar. Still, Pastor Joe Johnson said later: "I remember asking him, ‘Well, this is a great thing that you want to do, but for the protection of the people...let me just check the weapons and make sure there's not maybe a bullet that's lodged in the chamber.'" NBC affiliate WPMI in Mobile reported that Harris had more weapons under his shirt that he later surrendered. What was the congregation's reaction? Harris, 29, was showered with love and was not treated as a criminal, Johnson said. "All he wanted to do was turn his life around." WPMI reported that the church has invited other members of the community to drop off their weapons-but only if they are serious about making a change in their lives.

Agape Press via MissionNet

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Praise: 7,600 Come to Christ at Billy Graham Crusade-While the presidential candidates were battling for the political souls of the American people in St. Louis, Mo., evangelist Billy Graham preached his first sermon in more than a year in a battle for the hearts, minds, and wills of Midwest residents. The crusade was at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 7-10. While torrential storms dampened attendance the first night, a total of 155,000 people came to the four-day event. Of these, more than 7,600 made commitments to Christ. The last time Graham preached was at his June, 2003, Oklahoma City crusade. While claiming he felt "rusty," Graham also said he felt "like I'm starting over again." Noticeably absent from the platform was gospel singer George Beverly Shea, whose doctors recommended he stay home to continue his recovery from a recent heart attack. This was the first domestic crusade that Shea has missed in more than 60 years of evangelistic ministry with Billy Graham.

Assist News Service via MissionNet

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Pray: Muslim Father Abducts His Christian-Raised Children from Court-A Pakistani court issued a warrant early in October for the arrest, without possibility of bail, of a Muslim father who abducted his two small children from a Lahore courthouse on Sept. 13. Judge Khizer Hayat Ghondal of the Lahore Family Court ordered the police to apprehend and produce Abdul Ghaffar before the court at the next hearing on the case. The judge has registered a criminal case against Ghaffar, who whisked his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter out of the Lahore court premises during a court-supervised visitation with them. Ghaffar's children were raised by their Christian mother, Maria Samar John, after she escaped four years ago from a forced, abusive marriage to their father. "It will take a miracle, but we are praying for the safety and recovery of her children" said her lawyer.

Compass via MissionNet

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