InChains: 2020 Week 12

InChains brings you the news about the persecuted Church worldwide. It also brings you resources available for prayer, statistics, and more. Part of being the body of Christ is remembering those that are persecuted. “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” We need to remember and pray for those that are being persecuted, but we also need to pray for those that are doing the persecuting, that they would come to Christ. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” InChains prays that you will use this knowledge to strategically and specifically pray.

BURMA/MYANMAR

(from iCommitToPray.com)

Rev. Ai was arrested in 2018 along with other Christian leaders during a separatist crackdown in Wa state. His family struggled while he was in prison, and members of the Wa State Army prevented other believers from helping them. Ai was released after several months, but the situation remains very difficult for Christians in the region. They are not allowed to meet for fellowship or even pray before meals, and pastors are strictly prohibited from leading church activities. Ai and his family would like to leave the area, but as members of the Wa ethnic group they are not allowed to move outside Wa state borders. Pray for Ai and his three children.

Click here to find out about Christian persecution in Myanmar and learn how to pray.


Military jets fired on 3 Chin villages that were predominantly Christian. The military says they were firing on AA rebels. It is unclear if this is true. What is true is that killed 21, injured 28, and displaced more than 1,500.


Pastor Nu was abducted by gunpoint in January 2019 by the Arakan Army. He was believed to be dead but has just been released! He is home with his family.

IRAQ

Four aid workers, kidnapped in January, have been released!

MOROCCO

(from iCommitToPray.com)

When a woman named Latifa came to know Christ, her husband vehemently opposed her new faith. Eventually, he gave her an ultimatum: Give up your faith or I will divorce you. Latifa chose her faith, and her husband divorced her. During the divorce proceedings, the court refused to require her husband to pay child support because of Latifa’s Christian faith, so she is now the sole supporter of their three children. Pray that Latifa will remain strong in faith, that her children will come to know Christ and that she will find a way to provide for them. Pray also that her husband will come to faith in Christ.

Click here to find out about Christian persecution in Morocco and learn how to pray.

NIGERIA

A bishop’s wife and the church secretary have been released after 10 days in captivity.


A 17 year old girl was able to escape her abductors. They had kept her in a locked room and forced her to convert. She is now with her parents.

PAKISTAN

In a rare occurrence, the courts in Pakistan have ordered a teenage girl to be returned to her parents, 25 days after her abduction.


Christian boys were abducted and raped by a gang of Muslim men.

SUDAN

The new government is making strides in treating Christians better. After 8 years, a Baptist church received their confiscated property.

TURKEY

Two months ago, a couple was abducted. The wife has been found dead and the husband is still missing. It is believed the PKK was involved in the kidnapping.

RESOURCES

PRAYER SHEETS

CSW Weekly Prayer Sheet

Open Doors April Prayer Sheet

REPORTS, BOOKS & MOVIES

OpenDoors released its 2020 World Watchlist Report.

Voice of the Martyrs has a Global Prayer Guide available for free.


For a list of names of those martyred, please see the Martyr Page. Although this list is not everyone, I created it to honor those that have been martyred. If I have been able to find their name, I have recorded it here with a link to what happened.

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