Prayer: Update #6 on BMB relocating due to discrimination
Middle East Concern requests prayer for a husband and wife, both Muslim converts to Christianity, who were able to escape to Europe to flee persecution.
12/21/2010 Egypt (Middle East Concern) – In September we requested further prayer for a lady believer from a Muslim background (BMB) married to a believer from a Christian background of a different Arab nationality. The wife relocated to Europe in March 2009 having fled to a third Arab country in late 2007 because of pressure from her family and the lack of official recognition of the couple’s marriage. She has been granted “subsidiary protection”, giving her the right to residency for renewable periods of three years.
The husband has remained in his country throughout this process. We are pleased to report that he has been granted an entry visa to the European country where his wife is living and he is scheduled to fly tomorrow, i.e. Wednesday 22nd. The European authorities know that he will be applying for residency, as his wife’s status gives her the right to family reunification.
Recall that the couple have a marriage certificate issued by an Egyptian church but not one issued by a state.
Christians supporting this couple thank God for His provision for them and us for our prayers. They request our continued intercession that:
a. The husband will be able to travel as planned and the couple will be happily reunited
b. Legal processes concerning the husband’s residency and the wife’s legal documents will be processed quickly
c. Those assisting them will know the Spirit’s guiding and enabling, and be able to help them effectively at this time
d. Adequate spiritual, pastoral and financial support will be available for them both
e. All officials involved will act justly and show mercy