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Prayer

 

Please join with us in praying for the following people from Trinity Church...

 

Pray for our national and local leaders as they grapple with difficult decisions.

"Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." (3 John 1:2)
From our Church family, remember...
Karen A, Genga B, Marjorie E, Francis D, Wendy R, Joy, Jo and Mike B, Odessa H
Reg and Elizabeth K, Katherine H, Ian and Liz M, Marion B, Josephine P
for health concerns
 
Those who are in hospital recovering and awaiting test results
Please remember... 
Front line staff in the battle against the Covid pandemic at home and abroad
Countries in our world who are experiencing violence/political unrest and "natural" disasters
Ukraine - Aid Workers, Missionaries, as they help the people
People around the UK affected by the storms
Pray for the continued safety and well-being for all members of the church and their families 
Please email me (link below) if you know of others who need our prayers at this time.

 

 

ACAT (Harrow group) – prayer case of the month (July 2022)

In their latest mailing, ACAT-UK have featured twelve dual nationals being held in Iran, including Morad Tahbaz, our prayer case for June. We have decided to feature one more of these cases.


Please pray as you feel led for Almadreza Djalali (Iran-Sweden) who was sentenced to death in October 2017 following what human rights groups described as a grossly unfair trial.

Ahmadreza Djlali (50) was detained in Iran in April 2016 while on an academic visit from Sweden. Almadreza Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and visiting professor in disaster medicine at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, was accused of spreading 'corruption on earth', spying and providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists. He was held in solitary confinement for 5-7 months before being given access to a lawyer. He was reportedly tortured and ill-treated to extract a ‘confession’ and his family in Sweden were also threatened. He was due to be executed in November 2020. However, following global interventions, the sentence was not carried out. In May 2022, the authorities announced his imminent execution. This was again postponed – but he is still at serious risk.

Almadreza Djalali believes he may have been prosecuted for refusing to use his academic ties in European institutions to spy for Iran. However, there is mounting evidence to indicate that Iranian authorities are also using him as a hostage. Detailed research and analysis by Amnesty International raise serious concerns that the Iranian authorities are threatening to execute him to compel Belgium and Sweden to hand over two Iranian imprisoned former officials, and to deter those countries and others from future prosecutions of Iranian officials.

“The Iranian authorities are using Ahmadreza Djalali’s life as a pawn in a cruel political game, escalating their threats to execute him in retaliation for their demands going unmet,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Please join us at Christ Church, Roxeth Hill, HA2 0JN  on Tuesday 12th July at 8pm when The Baroness Cox, Founder President of HART (The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust) will be speaking.

ACAT (Harrow Group) update on prayer cases

2020

January - Esraa Abdel Fattah,  journalist and political activist detained and held in Egypt. September 2021: released after 2 years in pre-trial detention. Travel ban lifted in December 2021 and is now in France.

February - Niloufar Bayani, environmentalist and researcher in Iran.  10 year prison sentence in November 2019 for ‘sowing corruption on earth’ & ‘collaborating with the USA’. March 2020: sentence upheld. Tortured physically and psychologically and threatened with sexual assault. August 2021: tested positive for Covid and sent ‘on leave’.

March - Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, architectural planning engineer and researcher for the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedom. Held in preventive detention and tortured while detained. 27th December 2020: Moved from prison to police station after Cairo Criminal Court ordered his release. 2nd January 2021: Charged with belonging to a terrorist group.

April - Pastor John Cao, a US/ Chinese pastor sentenced in China to 7 years for illegal crossing of the border to Myanmar.

May – Konstantin Kotov,  Russian human rights defender sentenced to 18 months in prison for peaceful protest. December 2020: released from prison. 17th January 2021: temporarily detained in an airport café awaiting the return of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

June - Aklilu Debele, imprisoned in Eritrea since 2008 for sharing his Christian faith. April 2021; conditionally released.

July – Lujain al-Hathloul,  women human rights defender in Saudi Arabia, detained without trial since May 2018. December 2020:  sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison. January 2021: some of her sentence suspended & may be released in a few months. Feb 2021: Released on condition she does not leave the country or talk about her time in prison.

August - Mohamad Ramadan and Husain Moosa, sentenced to death in Bahrain for killing a policeman.  Confessions made while tortured.

September - Déogratias Mushayidi,  sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 in Rwanda for working for peaceful political change.

October - Marfa Rabkova, human rights defender arrested in Belarus. December 2021: still held in pre-trial detention & facing 20 years in jail if convicted.

November – Qin Defu, China, Elder of Early Rain Covenant Church. Sentenced to 4 years in prison in 2017 for printing Christian material without permission.

December – Asif Pervaiz, sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan.

 

2021

January – Zhang Zhan,  Chinese journalist sentenced to 4 year in prison for reporting on Coronavirus in Wuhan. January 2022: reported to be close to death following a hunger strike.

February – Joshua Wong,  pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong, sentenced to 1 year in prison for protesting. January 2022: Sentence reduced by 2 months on appeal.

March – Fr Stan Swamy,  83-year old Jesuit priest arrested in October 2020 in India under antiterrorism laws. March 2021: appeal for bail on health grounds turned down. 5th July 2021: Died in hospital after transfer from prison.

April – Samar Badawi, Saudi Arabia, activist for women’s rights held in prison under cybercrime law for using social media and communicating with foreign organisations. June 2021: released at the end of sentence.

May – Thin Thin Aung & Myo Aye, Myanmar, female human rights activists detained & charges unknown. They are facing a high risk of torture. October 2021: Myo Myo Aye released. February 2022: Thin Thin Aung reported to be scheduled for release – awaiting confirmation.

June – Roman Protasevich, Belarus.  Journalist and bogger, arrested after a Ryan Air flight from Athens to Vilnius was intercepted and forced to land in Minsk. July 2021: now under house arrest but charges have not been dropped.

July -  Ramy Kamel, Egypt. Human rights and religious liberty defender.  Arrested November 2019 & still in detention. Released January 2022.

August – Jagtar Singh Johal. India, tortured and held in prison for 3 years without conviction.

September – Nguyen Bac Truyen, Vietnam, gives pro bono legal assistance to political prisoners. Sentenced to 11 years in 2018 & in poor health.

October – Valentina Chupik, Russia,  human rights defender from Uzbekistan, detained at a Russian airport having had Russian refugee status revoked. October 2021: allowed to fly to Armenia.

November- Fr Marcelo Perez Perez, Mexico, a parish priest using legal means to help indigenous people defend their land.

December - Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh, Iran, serving a 10-year sentence in Evin prison for establishing a house church. January 2022: Iran’s Supreme Court have agreed to review the length of sentence.

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Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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