Raissa had been unable to go into the village without being reminded of the attack.
Raissa had been unable to go into the village without being reminded of the attack.
Aug. 03, 2023 | Bangladesh

Woman Finds Freedom After Traumatic Attack

[196] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Raissa.

When Raissa was a teen, she was kidnapped and raped by a group of Muslim men who wanted to punish her father, a Christian pastor. For years, Raissa felt trapped in her home, unable to leave without being taunted, threatened and retraumatized by her attackers, who had faced no consequences. Raissa asked for help relocating to a larger city where she could be free of her attackers and pursue education and a career. Front-line workers helped her secure an apartment and begin her studies. They also connected her to a ministry that helps women who have been trafficked. She works part-time on their administrative staff while receiving therapy and support to aid her own healing. Raissa’s family is joyful that she is finally experiencing freedom. Through VOM, Raissa’s family was also able to drill a well and build a fence around their home.

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  • Thank you, Jesus, that Raissa has been able to begin to heal and has found other women who understand and support her. Protect her father and mother and the other Christians in their home region.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you that Raissa is finally experiencing healing. Send the Holy Spirit to allow her to experience joy and comfort. Help her family. Help all Christians in Bangaladesh.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • O God, please bring Raissa joy in her new life & her walk with You. Thank You for her faith & that VOM can support her. Bless her family & dad in his pastoring duties. Please bless her work & be with her through trials. Let her attackers face consequences so they can't hurt others. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me! (Phil 4:13) IJN
    Allison F - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please protect Your people from their enemies, please give them everything they need on this earth and in this life while they're on their way to meet You!
    christine s - USA
  • Father God, we praise You for the emotional and physical healing that has occurred for Raissa and pray for Your continued healing on her heart and emotion and also thank You for the compassion and provision of ministries that are allowing her to pursue Your purpose and plan for her life. Father, grant her a voice to minister to those women like herself
    Forrest B - USA
  • Thank you Father for making a way for this sweet young lady to get an education and healing at a place where she is not reminded of the attack. Let her healing be complete, and allow her to use this experience to help other ladies overcome experiences like these. Praise you Father, In Jesus name Amen
    Rebecca S - USA
  • Dear LORD,

    Thank You that Raissa held fast to You through her most trying times. I pray that she would give You glory for her protection and provision and be a witness to others. I pray others would see the fruits of her life and come to a place of repentance of sin and ready to receive the gospel from the KJB. InYour name LORD Jesus Christ, amen.
    Devin C - USA
  • Lord,
    Our hearts break at hearing about the suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world. We thank You for the freedom Raissa has experienced through the help of front-line workers; please protect her from further abuse. Thank You that her family has been able to experience a higher standard of living. May You be glorified through their lives
    Lysander S - USA
  • Dear Father, we thank you for Your precious daughter, Raissa, and the opportunity she has to work in a ministry setting and receive therapy. We praise you for the freedom and healing she is experiencing and for the well and fence for the family home. We ask you to continue to work in Raissa and her precious family in Jesus' Name! Amen
    Jennifer T - USA
  • In the saving power of Jesus, our Heavenly Father, Yeshua, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Raissa. We ask for a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to her. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we praise You and worship You for the grace and kindness You have shown Raissa. Thank Lord Jesus for helping Raissa heal emotionally and spiritually. Thank you for the work You have provided for her and the community You have surrounded her with. Use her to advance Your kingdom Lord and bless her family. In Jesus mighty name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Dear sister in Christ- I pray that you will feel the love and grace of Jesus. He holds you in his hand. Matthew 16:18, "I will build this church and the gates of hell will not stand against it." Stay strong. Jesus is coming back soon. Your reward is great in heaven.
    Susan R - USA
  • Healer God, Thank you for Your faithfullness to Raissa. I pray that You would help her heal and show her that You have a good plan for her to make her completely new in Christ. I pray that You would help her and she begins a new life and ministers to others. Help her trust You and be filled with Joy. In Jesus' name Amen
    Allison S - USA
  • Father may Raissa continue to grow and heal from her trauma. May she learn to walk in your love and grace.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the interceding name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shama, God Who hears, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Raissa. We ask she continues to watch and pray, for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to her. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father thank you for Raisa's life. Help her heal. Provide a comfortable place for her and give her peace. Touch the hearts of those who raped her to repent. Amen
    Ajanigo O - USA
  • Merciful Father, thank You for providing a way for Raissa to obtain freedom and healing from the trauma she received from being a follower of Christ. Please plead her cause and bring Justice for the protection of other women. Please continue to provide for her spiritual, physical, and emotional needs and glorify Your name in Bangladesh
    Julie C - USA
  • Abba, thank you for blessing Raissa after her horrific experience no one should experience especially a young girl. Thank you for blessing her family as well. Thank you for VOM & all the wonderful work they do. Please continue to bless all your believers & workers who spread the gospel and endure persecution. I ask this in the holy name of Jesus. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Great Healer, give peace & courage to Raissa. Bind her deep wounds as only you can do. Help her excel in her studies & become a great leader among her people. Protect her family & bless them. May your goodness to them be salt in your enemies wounds. Open their eyes to their evil ways, & lead to salvation, in Jesus blood. May Bangladesh praise Jesus!
    SM D - USA
  • Almighty God, thank you for the freedom and healing Raissa is experiencing in her life through those who minister your love to her. Please help her to continue to heal and recover from such brutality. Please bring those who raped her to justice. I also pray that they would be moved to repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. In Jesus' name,Amen
    Julia F - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God Who Speaks, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Raissa. We ask for a hedge of protection on her, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to her. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord God, thank You for helping this dear sister through Your church, and I pray that she would continue to heal and grow in her faith. May she cling to Your word and Your promises and believe that You are the God who can be trusted. I pray as well for her family, that they would be strengthened with Your grace as they remain in that area.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Heavenly Father, God thank you for Raissa and the strength she shows. Give her healing in spirit and body. Let Her know how much you love love her, and give her great joy.
    Pam W - USA
  • Heavenly Father, heal our sister Raissa from the trauma she has suffered. Thank You for her new home and employment. We ask for those who've committed this crime be brought to justice. Thank You for providing for her family as well. In Jesus' name Amen.
    Marita J - USA
  • Lord, thank you for hearing Raissa's pleas for help to relocate & experience healing for her trauma. May you continue to bring healing to her soul as she is discipled in her new home. Strengthen her father, mother & other family as they navigate the hostility of Muslims around them. Bless VOM with more resources to help other Christian families. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Our Father, continue to be the Good Shepherd for Raissa, leading her gently, and providing her with all her needs. Heal her mind and emotions with the oil of your spirit. Let her enjoy a close relationship with you with joyful feasting. Use her life to heal others and lead them to you.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, Yes, dear sister Raisa, Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit to abide in you and teach you the things that Jesus wants us to know. Continue to be blesses and bear much fruit. Amen
    Tony d - Philippines
  • Praise honor and glory to you only O Lord God Almighty. Praise your holy name...thank you. How great thou art. In Jesus name Amen!
    Faye S - USA
  • Praise God for for showing his love to Raissa and her family. Although her attackers have not faced consequences on this earth for what they did to her, they will have to give an account before God. Thank You for the redemptive opportunity You have given her to minister to others who suffer injustice. Grant her grace to forgive those who sinned her.
    Toni D - USA
  • Abba, Thank You for VOM Ministries and ALL that they do for Your glory! Bless them indeed I pray and enlarge their territory. Bless our beloved sister Raissa and grant her great favor and success in all that she do. Heal her inner wounds I pray in Yahusha's name. I give You the praise and thanks for divine intervention in Yahusha's name.
    Yahliah M - USA
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