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Vol. 4, Issue 7                                                                                           April 10, 2012
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Advocates' international prayer & praise correspondent,  Bulgarian human rights attorney Diana Daskolova  reminds all advocates to  e-mail AI Prayer Net  your Advocates International prayer requests for inclusion in the next AI Prayer Calendar.            _______________ 


The entire Advocates Africa team thanks you for your prayers.  For inclusion in the next Advocates Africa Prayer Calender.  Please send any items of prayer or praise to Alison Diarra at alisondiarra@gmail.comThank you.



Advocates Asia Prayer Calendar updates should be sent to Gregory VijayendranThank you so much. 



Advocates Africa Prayer Coordinator Alison Diarra and family have evacuated Mali 

Dear Friends,

Although news from Mali is not covered widely by the media in the U.S., many of you have been praying for Alison Diarra and her family, and others in the wake of the March 21 coup d'etat.   Read more.

Here is the latest from Alison:

We evacuated out of Mali on Wednesday. The trip went so well - we were amazingly blessed along the way (a pastor living near the border gave us breakfast, a Christian policeman on the Malian side of the border bought us cold cokes and grilled meat, and we got across an open border - should have been shut according to ECOWAS sanctions! - in just 50 minutes (good even in "normal" circumstances). A pastor here in Bobo Djilasso, Burkina Faso (friend of a friend) found us a house to stay in until Monday (belonging to Brazilian missionaries who are away on holiday until Tuesday). We would like to stay here in this town as it isn't far from the Malian border and Japhet can return to Mali to check on his family and also deal with some sort of handover for ministry issues (we left in too much of a hurry to do that!) The children and I need to stay out of Mali for our security (there is a real risk of hostage taking of Westerners, and the British Embassy and our mission director has told us to stay out for the time being), so if we can find a house to rent here in Bobo Djilaaso for a month, we will stay here (enabling Japhet to easily go to and fro). After that we HOPE that we will be back in Mali. If that is not possible, we will have to make other plans, particularly with respect to school for the children. I am going to do English homeschooling with them for now.


THANK YOU for all your prayers. I so appreciate them. I am sorry I didn't get the AA prayer calendar out (it WAS almost finished too!) I am sure you will understand why it just didn't happen!


I don't have internet connection at the moment - only by going to a cybercafe. 

Please continue to lift Alison and the family this month. 


May the Lord bless you with His perfect . . . 


Grace and peace,

Brent Sig
Brent McBurney
President & CEO
Advocates International 

Religious Liberty Partnership establishes Apostasy Task Force, increases efforts with the
Early Warning Task Force

Thanks for your continued prayers for all those who labor daily in an effort to support the persecuted church around the world.   


The 2012 Religious Liberty Partnership Consultation convened in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 26-29, and concluded with the establishment of a new Apostasy Task Force and increased efforts with the Early Warning Task Force and BMB (Believers from a Muslim Background) Task Force.  Advocates International remains committed to staying actively involved in these RLP task forces.   

The RLP includes members in 18 countries and in the past several years has collaboratively addressed religious liberty issues and challenges in Pakistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, China, India, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.  See these examples.  


One of the key components of the RLP meeting was the selection by the Early Warning Task Force to focus its efforts on three new countries, Kenya, Nepal and Turkey.  Utilizing a set of 36 Early Warning Indicators, the EWTF will be surveying these three countries in an effort to better understand the method by which we might be able to determine whether certain political and social indicators can demonstrate the onset of persecution of religious minorities. 

Please join with us in praying for all those involved with the EWTF surveys in these three new countries, and in how we can best serve the Body of Christ. 


Advocates Caribbean Conference Invitation Reminder 

Just a quick reminder that you are cordially invited to join us in Barbados at the 2012 Advocates Caribbean Conference from 21-23 September 2012.  The theme of this year's conference is "Sanctity of Life," and will be co-hosted by the AI Global Resource Team for the Sanctity of Life, headed by Justice Alice Soo Hon from Trinidad & Tobago. 

The conference will be held at the beautiful  Accra Beach Hotel and Spa in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados, and our gracious hosts from the Caribbean look forward to welcoming you with great joy and plenty of warm fellowship and lots of fun in the sun.  You don't want to miss this.   


Thank You for Your Financial Support

        AI is not a recipient of government funding and is solely dependent upon the financial contributions of those who believe in its mission, thereby enabling it to serve "clients" ranging from heads of state seeking to implement constitutional reforms to persecuted and imprisoned believers sentenced to death for their faith. We are most grateful and thank you for whatever financial support or voluntary service you can provide in support of AI's mission. Here's how you can help: (more)