Senegal (MNN) — A persecuted pastor needs your prayer. According to Voice of the Martyrs USA, an important court ruling is coming down soon in Senegal.
A final verdict is expected soon for Pastor Jose Dilson, who is allegedly connected to the conversion of a Muslim leader’s son. This persecuted pastor and his family are asking you to pray they will not be fearful, and for God’s will to be done.
Dilson is a Brazilian missionary who has served the Lord in West Africa for the past 25 years. In November 2012, he and another missionary were arrested for “Christianization” and imprisoned for five months without a hearing.
But, as He often does, the Lord turned hardship into something beautiful. While in prison, Dilson was able to distribute 350 Bibles. The persecuted pastor also “witnessed to many fellow prisoners,” VOM reports.
Technically, Senegal is a secular state that allows for freedom of religion. However, reality on the ground is a bit different.
According to VOM, Senegalese Christians face discrimination in the workplace and the educational system. Believers from Muslim backgrounds are shunned by their families, and sometimes they’re even beaten and poisoned.
Churches in Senegal have been attacked in various ways, and many have been closed. In addition, Pastor Dilson and his cohort aren’t the only ones who’ve been targeted by police. Other pastors and congregation members have been arrested, too.
In April 2013, Dilson and his fellow missionary were released from the Senegalese prison on bail. They have been waiting for the final ruling on their case since then, as it keeps getting postponed and pushed to a later date.
However, it appears judgment day is finally approaching. At VOM’s request, more than 100 believers worldwide have been interceding on Dilson’s behalf at icommittopray.com.
“Lord Jesus, lift Pastor Jose Dilson to new heights with Your love, grace, and mercy, bringing him the strength and endurance he needs to continue to share and bring Your good news to the lost.”
Cindy S – Vietnam
“Lord, thank You for Pastor Dilson’s faithfulness in being a light even in prison. May his testimony and his bold witness bear much fruit. Protect him and allow him to be released to continue his ministry. Comfort and strengthen his family as well. Bring about a speedy positive result to this case, and let it not continue to drag on or discourage them.”
Sunita J – Japan
“Dear Lord, I pray for Pastor Dilson, that he and his family will not be afraid but will be a powerful witness and testimony for our Lord Jesus. Please bless them and keep them in the shadow of Your wings of protection and blessing. I pray that many will become saved because of his life and witness. Amen.”
Carrie P – USA
Along with prayer, you can help a persecuted pastor like Dilson by supporting the work of VOM. The ministry provides a safe house and distributes Bibles in Senegal.