Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Friday 11 May 2012
Daily Prayer - Friday 11 May 2012
A group of 35 Ethiopian Christians had gathered to pray at a house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 15 December 2011 when police burst in and detained them. The 29 women were taken to prison, where they were strip-searched and sexually abused. The men were held at a police station for two days before also being transferred to prison; officers kicked and beat them and called them “unbelievers”. The group also endured inadequate medical care and unsanitary conditions in the prison. They were all charged with “illicit mingling” of unmarried people of the opposite sex (despite there being no law that defines this offence), and they now face deportation. Pray that they will emerge safely from their ordeal and be sustained by the Lord in their suffering.