His choice to follow Christ has been costly.
His choice to follow Christ has been costly.
Dec. 17, 2020 | Syria

War, Trauma and Cancer

[210] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Rida and Wife.

War, trauma and a child stricken with cancer drove Rida and his wife to seek hope at a Christian church, and there they met and accepted Jesus Christ. When the couple, who had formerly been committed Muslims, told Rida’s father about their conversion, he beat and cursed his son, spitting on him and telling him he would receive no inheritance. Rida’s extended family continued to harass Rida with threats and beatings. When his brother struck Rida’s wife, the police came and told Rida to press charges against his brother for the beating. But Rida told the police that the Lord Jesus had taught him to forgive. They continue to experience threats, even death threats, from their family. “They live in destitute poverty,” wrote a VOM worker, “notably after Rida fell from a ladder during one of his jobs and broke his leg.” Pray for courage and comfort for this family who has trusted Christ.

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  • Lord, we pray today for specific encouragement for this dear family. You see them and know them and long to draw them close. Please meet their needs in miraculous ways. Please grant them healing and hope, joy, peace that is beyond understanding. May your Spirit fill them to overflowing and give them wisdom and faith. May they know they are not alone.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dearest Father, heal your servant, Rida, and his son. Protect him and his family from those who hate them. Provide for them food, shelter, and friends of encouragement. Strengthen their faith, and their bodies. Show them where you want them to be. May they feel your love enfold them. In Jesus, AMEN
    SM D - USA
  • Almighty Father of Heaven and Earth. Give renewed strength and courage to Rida and his wife. Give them the peace and the joy of the Holy Spirt. Let the love of Jesus Christ be a sweet aroma to all that come in contact with them. Bless their home and use them to lead many to the salvation of Christ Our Lord. In Jesus Holy and Precious Name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Lord, please be with Rida and his family.
    Lindsay K - USA
  • Father, we ask You to minister to this precious family and to heal Rida so he might work again and support his family. We ask that You would provide for them and protect them from the death threats they receive. May this family continue to stand firm in their faith and trust You to care for them. May the church there help them get on their feet.
    Gail M - USA
  • Dear Rida and family,

    I am just a 15 year old from Hawaii and found your story online. I came here to pray for you and your family.

    Lord, please send your love and courage to Rida and his wife. Lord you work in mysterious ways and I pray that Rida will find comfort in your love and guidance.
    Tyra I - USA
  • Please hear and answer our prayers for Rida and his wife and provide for their every need.
    They have suffered so much for Your name! Bless them, give them courage & strength to continue in the Faith. Comfort them in their trials & give them hope and joy for the future. I pray that their families that they will repent and come to faith in Christ
    Marian P - USA
  • Dear Lord, this is too much to bear in the natural. PROVIDE healing for Rida and his wife after all they've been through. Please give them a family in Christ and help them to flee the oppression of their surroundings. Bless them for sharing the truth of JESUS and make a way for them as only You can. I ask it in the mighty name of JESUS.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Jesus, heal Rida's broken leg, allow them to work and support themselves. Intervene between Rida, his wife and their hostile family members. Touch the hearts of the aggressors, bring them to saving grace. Bring enduring fellowship by worshipping Jesus together.
    John H - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven, I thank you for Rida and his wife who follow you and love you. I thank you that YOU will provide for them and praying it has already occurred with the resources to provide for them and healing for Rida's leg. Please guard them in the Name of Jesus and strengthen these precious believers - brother and sister - in Christ!!!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Heal Rida and his wife.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Oh, Father, this family is suffering such difficulty. I am glad that you see and you know their troubles and you are their great Shepherd who will lead and guide them, meeting their every need in Christ Jesus. Lord, let them see your hand ministering and doing what seems impossible, strengthening their faith along the way. Christ be glorified.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Holy Father, surround Rida and his wife with others who believe so that they may receive encouragement, and comfort. Open the eyes and hearts of Rida's family so that they will turn to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Bless Rida and his wife in ways we can't even imagine, and give them courage. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jeshua, the God Who saves, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Rida and wife. We ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Rida, his wife and their child have endured much. Jesus reminds us that it is by faith that healing occurs. Lord let their faith produce the healing that only You can give. Just as You did with Job, restore this family and all that has been taken. Anoint them with the oil of gladness, shower them in love. You are their daily bread!
    Peg B - USA
  • Lord I ask for healing for the leg of Rida and for work so he can provide for them. I praise You for the faith to bear all things at the sake of Christ. I pray for Your word to nourish them and for family members to come to know Christ through their great faith and perseverance. I pray for Rida's wife and ask for courage to keep following You.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    How we lift up our Rida & his wife to You! They have suffered so much for Your name! Bless them, give them courage & strength to continue in the Faith. Comfort them in their trials & give them hope and joy for the future. I pray that through their powerful witness their entire family would come to a saving knowledge of You! Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • God our Father, I pray for Mr. Rida and his Wife, that they can look to you even after the threats and beating Lord. I pray that you give them patience and strength. I hope they have you to guide them and your Love. In Jesus name amen
    Primrose R - USA
  • Heavenly Father, You are a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You (Ps. 9:9-10) Please surround Rida and his family with Your protection, provision, and strength. I pray they sense Your presence with them always. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Michelle B - USA
  • God loves you more than anyone in this whole world....This earth is not our "home" and one day we will be with Him forever and He will wipe away all our tears and there will be no more sadness and death.
    Kaitlin H - USA
  • Oh, this family needs help. I pray for courage and comfort for them as they witness for Christ.
    Barbara T - USA
  • Is 41:1- Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
    Dawn W - USA
  • please bless them Lord for they have decided to follow you against all the costs. they have endured much adversity and abuse. please provide them what they need and more on top of that in the name of JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND GOD
    Angela L - USA
  • In the victorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Rida and family. We ask for victory, for blessing and hedge of protection. We pray for angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord Jesus, through all the hardships that have come to Rida and his wife, I pray that You have him feel Your touch, Your joy, and Your peace. Please surround them with angels and believers to support them.
    Joel B - USA
  • Lord send your Holy Spirit to Rida and his wife to encourage them, give them strength, courage, hope, faith, wisdom, peace and healing as they continue their walk with God. Use them and their witness to bring others to salvation. Send people and resources to help them grow in their faith. Provide for their needs for houseing, jobs & medical care
    Angie E - USA
  • Please help Rida and his wife
    Cover them and comfort them and save their families Father amen
    Julia N - USA
  • Our Father, in Your hands we give Rida and wife. Please take care of them. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Heavenly Father we do give You all the praise,honor&glory&thank You for bringing this humble family, filled with faith,to be a testimony of what it is to be a true follower of Christ.Thank you for their example to family,friends&their community.Help them,not only with their physical needs,but also give them strength to continue their witness for You!
    Donna H - USA
  • Father, please make a way for Rida and his family to have the provisions they need and to know that they are not alone. I'm asking You for the supernatural presence of Jesus to visit this household and for Your peace and mercy to sustain them in their trials. Lord Jesus, raise up laborers to come alongside this household and demonstrate Your love.
    Gina A - USA
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