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...
Genga B, Marjorie E, Francis D, Wendy R, Joy, Jo and Mike B,
Reg and Elizabeth K, Katherine H, Jay H
for health concerns
Sheilah L, as she supports her family with their health issues
Reg and Elizabeth K, as they get used to their new home
Those who are in hospital recovering and awaiting test results
Philip M - who has thankfully been transferred onto the active transplant list
Sheilah L' brother Clive J, who after a time of remission is again fighting against cancer also Sheilah' daughter and grandson, they have tested positive for the Coronavirus
A friend of Mike B, Malcolm, seeing a consultant to be assessed for urgent heart bypass surgery; also remember his wife as she supports him
Front line staff in the battle against the Covid pandemic at home and abroad
Countries in our world (South Africa, Haiti...) who are experiencing violence/political unrest
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 (August 2021)
Please pray as you feel led for Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish citizen from Dumbarton. He
has been held in an Indian prison without conviction for three years.
Accused of conspiring to murder a number of right-wing Hindu leaders, he is being held
under India's anti-terror laws. Court documents allege he helped fund the crimes and claim
he was a member of a "terrorist gang". Jagtar Singh Johal told the BBC he was physically
tortured to sign a blank confession and to record a video which was broadcast on Indian TV.
"They made me sign blank pieces of paper and asked me to say certain lines in front of a
camera under fear of extreme torture," he said via his lawyer. He also claims he is often
forced to stay in solitary confinement and denied the same facilities as other prisoners, such
as hot water.
Jagtar Singh Johal travelled to India in October 2017 for his wedding but was arrested a
fortnight later and detained at New Delhi's maximum security Tihar Jail. His brother
Gurpreet, who lives in Scotland, says Jagtar Singh Johal was a peaceful activist and is
convinced he was arrested because he had written about historical human rights violations
against Sikhs in India. "I believe my brother is being targeted because he was outspoken,"
Gurpreet says. "I believe he is innocent and will be proved innocent once the trial starts.
In India it can take up to ten years before pre-trial prisoners ever get to court, especially in
terror cases where bail is hard to secure. If convicted, Jagtar Singh Johal may face the
Death Penalty, although in India executions are rare.
The UK's Foreign Commonwealth and Development office told the BBC that Foreign
Secretary Dominic Raab raised the case with his Indian counterpart during his trip to India in
December. "We have consistently raised concerns about his case with the Government of
India, including allegations of torture and mistreatment and his right to a fair trial," it said in
Updates: INDIA: Sadly, Father Stan Swamy (March 2021 prayer case of the month whom we featured in our prayer meeting the same month) died in July from health complications which worsened due to
Covid-19 contracted in prison.
SAUDI ARABIA: Samar Badawi (our April 2021 prayer case of the month who we also prayed for in our
prayer meeting in March) has been released, having completed her prison sentence.
ACAT PRAYER CASES
Once each year ACAT search for updates on prayer cases sent out over the last year. Below is a list of names for 2020 with the latest information they have.
January - Esraa Abdel Fattah, journalist and political activist detained and held in Egypt.
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.
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: detained in an airport café awaiting the return of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
June - Aklilu Desbele, imprisoned in Eritrea since 2008 for sharing his Christian faith.
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.
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. January 2-21: still held in pre-trial detention.
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.