Release for persecuted Christian prisoners: Christians in Iran are requesting prayer for the Islamic Republic’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. As part of this effort, the state has begun releasing crowds of prisoners which include persecuted Christians. It is reported that 70,000 people are expected to be released, and Christian charities are aware that some of these are Christians, so pray that many will be released.
Sweden Welcomes Asylum Seekers: In 2015, over 161,000 asylum seekers crossed the border into Sweden. At one point there were 10,000 refugees per week entering the country, with a population of only 9.5 million. That meant Sweden accepted more refugees in proportion to its population than any other nation in the developed world. When Sweden's ability to process, house and integrate applicants was overstretched, and it closed it’s doors to new arrivals, church ministries helped to fill in the gap. Many refugees have begun to ask about the Christian faith, responding to the love shown them by Swedish believers. Pray for the refugee families waiting months for visa interviews and the start of their new life. Pray for them to be encouraged and befriended. Pray for effective integration into Sweden’s distinctive culture.