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[COLOR="Black"][COLOR="DarkRed"]"It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. " (2 Corinthians 4:13-14) [/COLOR]

Prayers for June 18th, 2008
From The Voice of the Martyrs

House Church Leader Arrested – Compass Direct News

On May 31, house church leader Mohsen Namvar was arrested by eight police officers in his home in Tehran, Iran. According to Compass Direct News, "The officers confiscated a number of Namvar's personal belongings including his computer, printer, CDs, books and money. He was given no official explanation for the arrest, and his current location is unknown." Compass Direct added, "According to an Iranian pastor residing outside the country, Namvar had anticipated that police would come for him since hearing that he had been implicated during police interrogations of Christians in the city of Amol in April. He had been warned by a friend that authorities were keeping him under close watch. Namvar was previously held and tortured for baptizing Muslim converts to Christianity in the spring of 2007."

Pray for Namvar's release.
Pray that he will act as a faithful witness for Christ during his detention. Pray that his wife and children will rely on the Lord for comfort and strength. Matthew 5:14-16

Christians Attacked at Vacation Bible School – VOM Sources

On April 25, Pastor Mohan Babu and two other believers were severely beaten by 35 Hindu extremists for holding a Vacation Bible School (VBS) near Bangalore City, in Karnataka State. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in India, the three-day VBS was organized by Ragigudda Baptist Church. VOM sources said, "Around 60 children from different backgrounds were attending the VBS. As they were worshiping, about 35 people belonging to a Hindu extremist group forcefully entered the hut chanting slogans and demolished the hut. The extremists mercilessly beat Mohan, Samuel and Krishna, alleging forceful conversion. The perpetrators chased the children without any courtesy and tore the Bibles. Mohan was severely injured on his lips and was profusely bleeding. The believers are living in fear and did not lodge complaint with the police."

Pray for healing for all those injured in this attack. Pray they forgive their attackers and for the children who were attending VBS to continue growing in their faith despite the attack. Psalm 140:1-8 Psalm 140:1-8
Murder Suspects Accuse Each Other in Trial in Turkey – Compass Direct News

On June 9, seven suspects on trial for the brutal murder of three Christians in Turkey appeared in court – each one protesting his innocence and incriminating one or more of the others. According to Compass Direct News, "The hearing in eastern Turkey marked the first time the five jailed murderers and two accused accomplices have appeared together in court to be cross-examined over contradictions in their individual court testimonies." Compass Direct added, "In addition to the five accused murderers – Hamit Ceker, Cuma Ozdemir, Abuzer Yildirim, Salih Gurler and Emre Gunaydin – two others, Kursat Kocadag and Mehmet Gokce, face charges as accomplices." Turkish Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and German Christian Tilmann Geske were brutally killed on April 18, 2007, at Zirve Publishing offices in Malatya.

Keep the families of those killed in your prayers as the trial continues. Ask God to make the truth known to authorities as they prosecute this trial. Also pray for protection for the families of those killed and for believers in Turkey who serve Christ in the midst of persecution. Psalm 91

Government Airs Television Program Aimed to Incite Muslims Against Christians – Forum 18 News

Earlier this week, Uzbekistan's state-run TV station showed a film which Christians and other religious minorities believe will incite religious hatred. According to Forum 18 News, the film entitled "In the clutches of ignorance," was shown before live coverage of the Euro 2008 football championship, to attract the largest possible audience. Forum 18 News reported, "The first broadcast of the film made some members of religious minorities 'afraid to go out on the street where they live for fear of being persecuted.' A member of a religious organization not attacked in the film stressed that members of their community are disturbed 'that members of religious minorities are cast in such a negative perspective.'" A Protestant attacked in the film told Forum 18 after the second showing, "The government is trying to stir up Muslims against Christians." Forum 18 News added, "Following the first showing, a Baptist congregation which has been attacked elsewhere in the state-run mass media was raided and banned from meeting. One Baptist complained that 'broadcasting such a film amounts to incitement of religious hatred in our country.'"

Pray God protects Christians in Uzbekistan. Ask God to stop any attacks that the enemy has planned against believers as a result of this film. Pray Christians in Uzbekistan will show their persecutors the love of Christ. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7[/COLOR]
Least amongst the Best
Staff Member
Women Traumatised After Attacks

*** Voice Of The Martyrs Prayer Alert 26/6/08 ***

[COLOR="Sienna"]INDIA:[/COLOR] [COLOR="#a0522d"]Women Still Traumatised from Christmas Attacks[/COLOR]

Preliminary findings of an ongoing study on gender violence shows that female victims of attacks in Orissa state last Christmas season are struggling with post-traumatic disorders.

The study conducted by local Christians and led by Dr. John Dayal, secretary general of the All India Christian Council, records accounts of premature births, sexual molestation and attempted rape during the violence that began on Christmas Eve and lasted for more than a week in Kandhamal district.
The violence, allegedly led by extremists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council), left at least four Christians dead and 730 houses and 95 churches burned.

According to the study, at least seven Christian women victims are facing psychological disorders. "Even nuns suffered physical attacks in the Kandhamal violence," Dayal told Compass.

According to the study, at least four Christian women gave premature births in abject conditions in jungles and without medical attention in the December cold.

Compass Direct News

* [COLOR="#ff0000"]Pray the Lord will bring comfort to these women so in time they may be fully restored.[/COLOR]

* [COLOR="Red"]Pray Christians in India may have a spirit of faithfulness. May their witness be effective so God will add greatly to their numbers.[/COLOR]

Thank you for praying and caring for your sisters in Christ,

Bless you ....><>
Least amongst the Best
Staff Member
*** Voice Of The Martyrs Prayer Alert 3/7/08 ***

IRAN: Convert Couple Arrested, Tortured, Threatened

Security police officials in Tehran this month tortured a newly converted couple and threatened to put their 4-year-old daughter in an institution after arresting them for holding Bible studies and attending a house church.

A Christian source in Iran said that 28-year-old Tina Rad was charged with "activities against the holy religion of Islam" for reading the Bible with Muslims in her home in east Tehran and trying to convert them. Officials charged her husband, 31-year-old Makan Arya, with "activities against national security" after seizing the couple from their home on 3 June, forcing them to leave their 4-year-old daughter ill and unattended. Authorities kept them in an unknown jail for four days, which left them badly bruised from beatings, said the source. Rad was released on bail of US$30,000 bail, and her husband was freed on payment of US$20,000. "The next time there may also be an apostasy charge, if you don't stop with your Jesus," a female security police officer told Rad during interrogation, according to the source. Under Iran's strict Islamic laws, Muslims who convert from Islam to another religion can be executed.

Please pray[COLOR="DarkRed"] the Lord will sustain and bring comfort to this new Christian couple and their daughter during this extremely difficult time.

Pray [COLOR="#8b0000"]he will give them a spirit of faithfulness.[/COLOR]

Pray [COLOR="#8b0000"]for all those in authority in Iran. Pray many people in Iran will come to know Him.[/COLOR]

[COLOR="Indigo"]Thank you and bless you, in Jesus name, bless you ....><>[/COLOR]
Least amongst the Best
Staff Member
Christians Injured in Violent Attacks

*** Voice Of The Martyrs Prayer Alert 17/8/08 ***

SRI LANKA: Christians Injured in Violent Attacks

Recently there have been at least two incidents of violence against Christians in Sri Lanka. According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), "Unidentified assailants set fire to the house of an Assemblies of God church pastor in the city of Middeniya on the evening of 3 July.

The pastor, his wife and two children awoke to find that a fire had been started by the main door of their house. The family managed to put the blaze out before it caused extensive damage and no one was injured. Local villagers opposed to the pastor's church have reportedly been threatening him and his family in recent weeks."

Meanwhile NCEASL added, "On July 6, a mob attacked the Calvary Church after false rumours about Christians attacking a temple spread in the district of Colombo. At approximately 9:30 a.m., five Buddhist monks charged into the church building during a worship service and demanded that the service cease. The pastor led the monks outside where they told him that there was no need for Christians in the village and threatened to destroy all local churches. By the time the police arrived on scene a large mob had gathered around the building. Fearing violence, the pastor sent his congregation away. The mob then attacked the building, completely destroying the contents. They beat the pastor and at least five others with clubs and rods. The pastor and his father were severely injured while others sustained minor injuries.

from VOM USA

[COLOR="Indigo"]Please pray[/COLOR] [COLOR="#4b0082"]for those injured in the attacks.[/COLOR]

[COLOR="#4b0082"]Ask the Lord to give these Christians the grace to respond appropriately.[/COLOR]

[COLOR="#4b0082"]May the Lord use these incidents as an effective witness. [/COLOR]

[COLOR="#4b0082"]Pray for protection from further threats.[/COLOR]

Thank you for reading this message, and thank you for praying....

Please do pray, even now, and if you could make a note of this need for prayer and pray some more later.

Although many do not experience such regualar brutality, and this might seem a long way from home and the troubles you might even have yourself, just now, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, please take time to remember your brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering so much at the hands of persecutors.

May you know the joy that keeps our brothers and sisters as they suffer for His name's sake, and may you be blessed with strength in Jesus Christ to overcome all obstacles in your own lives.

Bless you ....><>

Br. Bear
Least amongst the Best
Staff Member
Prayer Alert 13/8/08

[COLOR="Indigo"] Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. [/COLOR]
Hebrews 13:3

LAOS: Authorities Detain 90 Christians

Authorities in Laos have detained or arrested at least 90 Christians in three provinces in recent weeks, including an arrest last Sunday (3 Aug) of a pastor and two other believers from a house church in Boukham village, Savannakhet province.

Arrests were reported in the southern provinces of Saravan and Savannakhet and in Luang Prabang province in the north.

In one incident on 21 July, Compass sources said officials detained 80 Christians in Katin village, Saravan province, after residents seized a Christian neighbour identified only as Pew and poured rice wine down his throat, killing him by asphyxiation. When mourning family members buried the Christian and put a wooden cross on the grave, village officials accused them of "practicing the rituals of the enemy of the state" and seized a buffalo and pig from the family as a fine.

On 25 July, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom, officials rounded up 17 of the 20 Christian families in the village - a total of 80 men, women and children - and detained them in a local school compound, denying them food for three days in an attempt to force the adults to sign documents renouncing their faith.

Compass Direct

[COLOR="Red"]Please uphold in prayer all of the Christians in this community. Pray for those who are mourning. [/COLOR]

Please stop and think about this. Please.

Bless you ....><>

2Corinthians 13:13-14

[COLOR="DarkRed"]All the saints salute you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.

Lord we know you are all powerfull and we pray that you take control all the situation in Laos, may you comfort and streangthen the families.

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Mathew 5:4

In Jesus name, Amen
[COLOR="DarkRed"]Saudi Arabia
Saudi Man Killed Daughter for Converting to Christianity

Recently, a Saudi member of the religious police cut his daughter’s tongue off and burned her to death for converting to Christianity.

The father, who works for the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, killed his daughter following a debate on religion, according to a report by the United Arab Emirates-based Gulf News.

Media organizations in Saudi Arabia are reporting that the victim wrote a blog under the name "Rania" a few days before her murder. According to the Saudi Arabia Ukhdoud news website, the victim wrote that her life became an ordeal after family members grew suspicious about her after a religious discussion with them. She said her brother found some Christian articles written by her as well as a cross sign on her computer screen. Since then he started to insult her and blamed the Internet for pushing her to change her religion. Gulfnews.com reported.

Saudi religious scholars frequently warn against the dangers of Christian Web sites and satellite television, which they say attract young Muslims to change their faith. They [Muslim scholars] decreed that watching these channels or browsing these websites which call for conversion to Christianity by various means is against the teachings of Islam, the Web site reported

"Our contacts have told us of new Christians simply disappearing when their families learned of their conversion," said Todd Nettleton, Director of Media Development for The Voice of the Martyrs, "but now even Arab media outlets confirm the violent response of radical Muslims to Christianity. We pray that someday this man will come to know Christ, and find forgiveness for ending his daughter’s life. Our hope is that someday he will see his daughter again, in heaven."

The Voice of the Martyrs supports the evangelism efforts of Christians in Saudi Arabia, despite the great cost.

"We call on Christians everywhere to pray for believers facing intense persecution in Saudi Arabia because of their faith," said Nettleton. "Pray God will encourage them and give them boldness to stand up for Christ."[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Black"]INDIA – Violence against Christians Escalating in Orissa State

On August 23, widespread violence erupted against Christians following the assassination of World Hindu Council leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati, the alleged mastermind behind the December 2007 attacks on believers in Kandhamal, Orissa State. Saraswati was killed with four of his followers. 30 men believed to be Maoist extremists, stormed a religious center in Kandhamal and opened fire, VOM contacts reported.

"Despite evidence indicating that Maoists are responsible for Saraswati’s murder, several Hindu militant groups have blamed Christians," VOM contacts said. "As a result, Hindu militants have launched attacks on Christians throughout the state, setting buildings on fire and beating and killing believers in at least 12 districts. The Voice of the Martyrs has been receiving numerous reports on this developing crisis. At present, it is difficult to know the full extent of what is happening to Christians in Orissa State.

VOM contacts reported churches, mission buildings and schools throughout the state have been damaged or destroyed in the attacks. In the village of Nuagaon, Kandhamal district, extremists set fire to a social centre in the village after violating a nun who was at the facility. The Bethel Association, a Christian orphanage in the district of Rayagada, was burned to the ground. The mission was home to 150 children, many of them from families who have suffered persecution for their faith.

In Bargarh district, another orphanage was torched and a young woman was burned alive after she was thrown inside the building when she tried to protect the children. At least 20 churches have reportedly been destroyed, but the extent of the damage in Orissa State has not been ascertained as reports continue to be released from the affected regions.

VOM contacts report more than 50 homes belonging to Christians have been reportedly burned to the ground by extremists in the village of Rupagaon, Kandhamal alone. "A paralyzed man was unable to escape his burning house and was killed. Houses have also been ransacked, pelted with stones and vandalized throughout the state. Christian-owned shops have been torched and looted. Many Christians have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the jungle. Although police have attempted to protect Christians and end the attacks in Orissa, the violence has continued to occur. Militant groups have blocked roads with logs in order to keep the police away. Christian groups continue to beseech government authorities to intervene and end the violence," VOM contacts added.

Similar attacks erupted on Christmas Eve 2007 after Hindu extremists targeted Christian homes and churches. Four Christians were killed, many injured and numerous homes and churches destroyed or damaged in the violent clashes that lasted five days. More than 18 churches and prayer houses were ransacked and torched in several areas of Kandhamal district in Orissa. In the past Hindu extremists have used anti-conversion laws to terrorize Christians.

VOM is working to gather information on these attacks and provide assistance to believers affected. Following the December attacks VOM provided assistance, by distributing thousands of Bibles and supporting some families that lost loves ones during the attack, through VOM’s Family of Martyrs fund.

VOM encourages you to continue praying for believers affected by the attacks. Ask God to protect believers who facing great challenges. Thank God for their faithfulness, and ask Him to provide for their needs.[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Black"]Christian Family Attacked and Three Killed
On August 23, three Christians in Chiapas, Mexico, were brutally killed by their neighbor after he blamed them for his daughter’s stomach ailment. Antonio Gomez blamed his Christian neighbor, Pedro Gomez Diaz and his family, for his 11-year-old daughter's stomach ailment and accused the Christian family of practicing witchcraft, Compass Direct News reported.

Gomez and seven of his friends entered the Christian family’s home and attacked them with machetes. Pedro, his wife, Marcela, and their oldest son, Rene, were hacked to death. Six of the other Diaz children were seriously wounded. At last report, the eight men involved in the attack were being held in a jail, Compass Direct News added.

The Voice of the Martyrs actively supports persecuted Christians in Chiapas, Mexico, with literature and other resources following incidents of persecution. VOM encourages you to pray for their protection and courage during challenging times. Pray for the surviving Diaz family as they mourn their parents and oldest sibling. Ask God to give them comfort in knowing that Christ is victorious over death.[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Black"]North Korea - Christian Persecution Expected to Continue
The Voice of the Martyrs contacts working with North Korean Christians do not expect a change in the North Korean government’s policies and practices that persecute believers, despite reports the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Il, is acutely ill.

VOM contacts report that sometime in late August, Kim Jong Il suffered some kind of acute illness, quite possibly a stroke, that incapacitated him to some level but was neither fatal nor debilitating enough to prevent him from continuing to be aware and interactive with those around him. VOM contacts also report that five Chinese physicians are known to be in North Korea and it is assumed they are caring for him.

"It is also reasonably certain that no change in the North Korean power structure has occurred, and there are no signs that such a change is imminent," says a staff member who oversees VOM’s work in North Korea. In recent days, numerous media reports have suggested that Kim Jong Il’s stroke has created a chaotic power struggle for control of North Korea, also called the "Hermit Kingdom." "Kim Jong IL’s rise to power during the reign of [his father] Kim Il Sung occurred through the military, and his power continues to be exercised in this way. No line of succession has been publicly noted, though it is well established that the Chinese prefer Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Il’s eldest son, while the North Korean military prefers Kim Jong Chul, Kim's second son," a VOM North Korea insider said.

VOM has been working with persecuted believers in North Korea for decades, including launching thousands of scripture balloons across into the notoriously closed country. VOM encourages all believers to pray for the situation in North Korea. Pray for the protection of believers living under harsh conditions and those who have defected to China. Ask God to use their courageous testimonies to draw non believers into fellowship with Him.

To help you to effectively pray for North Korea, The Voice of the Martyrs has released a new book giving the history of the gospel and of persecution in that nation. [/COLOR]
Least amongst the Best
Staff Member
*** Voice Of The Martyrs Prayer Watch 4/12/08 ***


Up to 30,000 people may have been displaced by the recent violence.

Most have lost everything they possessed.

According to official statistics, nearly 26,000 displaced persons are in 20 make-shift camps in police barracks and other government-owned facilities where access to water, sanitation and food is a challenge, while an unknown number are being looked after by family or friends.

Several news agencies reported that the violence was triggered by the results of a local government election, when sources in Jos insist that voting passed off peacefully, and the violence broke out in the early hours of Friday 28 November before electoral results had even been announced.

Significantly, instead of targeting political institutions, rioters armed with guns, spears, machetes and other weapons immediately attacked Christian businesses, churches and the homes of clergymen.

At least 30 churches were razed to the ground, as were other notable Christian landmarks, such as the home of the renowned late evangelist, Paul Gindiri.

So far four pastors are known to have died, including the principal of an Assemblies of God school in the Pankshin area who was murdered in a particularly brutal manner.

A final death toll has not yet been arrived at, bodies continue to litter the streets, many charred beyond recognition. Commenting on the possible number of fatalities Mark Lipdo said: "if you say it is 1000, you will probably be underestimating".

Christians in Jos are deeply concerned and hurt at the skewed reporting of the weekend's events in the international media (Christians killing up to 300 Muslims), and that so many Christians abroad have believed it.

There are also real fears that the inaccurate reporting of events may fuel anti-Christian violence not only in Jos, but also elsewhere in northern Nigeria, as has occurred in the past and that this might in turn spark anti-Muslim violence in the south and east, as occurred during the aftermath of the Cartoon Riots.

[COLOR="Red"]Please Pray:[/COLOR]

- [COLOR="Indigo"]For all those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihood during the recent attacks.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR="DarkRed"]That those in refugee camps would receive adequate assistance and would soon be able to rebuild their lives.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR="Indigo"]That the planners and perpetrators of the violence would be brought to justice. [/COLOR]

- [COLOR="#8b0000"]Pray especially for the Plateau State Governor, who, is under increasing pressure to release those arrested for the riots "in the interests of peace". [/COLOR]

- [COLOR="#4b0082"]Pray for wisdom, strength and boldness as the state government seeks to restore peace.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR="#8b0000"]That the international media would begin to release balanced and accurate news on northern Nigeria, and issue retractions where necessary.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR="#4b0082"]Finally, pray that God would indeed wash away anger, rage, retaliation and lust for bloodshed, and bring about true peace and reconciliation to the communities of Plateau State.

Christian Solidarity World Wide

Bless you and thank you on behalf of our brother and sisters, young and old, who are suffering for our Lord Jesus even now as we pray ....><>
*** Voice Of The Martyrs Prayer Watch 4/12/08 ***

[COLOR=Red]Please Pray:[/COLOR]

- [COLOR=Indigo]For all those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihood during the recent attacks.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR=DarkRed]That those in refugee camps would receive adequate assistance and would soon be able to rebuild their lives.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR=Indigo]That the planners and perpetrators of the violence would be brought to justice. [/COLOR]

- [COLOR=#8b0000]Pray especially for the Plateau State Governor, who, is under increasing pressure to release those arrested for the riots "in the interests of peace". [/COLOR]

- [COLOR=#4b0082]Pray for wisdom, strength and boldness as the state government seeks to restore peace.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR=#8b0000]That the international media would begin to release balanced and accurate news on northern Nigeria, and issue retractions where necessary.[/COLOR]

- [COLOR=#4b0082]Finally, pray that God would indeed wash away anger, rage, retaliation and lust for bloodshed, and bring about true peace and reconciliation to the communities of Plateau State.

Bless you and thank you on behalf of our brother and sisters, young and old, who are suffering for our Lord Jesus even now as we pray ....>
Thank you Lord... I'm agreeing with these prayers for Jos Nigeria my God. May you bring forth peace and order over that place as we declare that you are LORD over the totality of Nigeria. Take over every powers and authority Lord. May You alone be enthroned forever most especially upon the hearts and lives of our brethren in spite all these in Jesus name. Thank you Lord and we give you praise. In Jesus name i pray. Amen

God bless you continually Bro. Bear..
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[COLOR="Black"]Three Christians Dead in Eritrean Prisons
Since October, three Christians imprisoned for their faith have died in Eritrean military prisons, according to Compass Direct News.

Mehari Gebreneguse Asgedom died on Jan. 16 from torture and diabetes while in solitary confinement at the Mitire Military Confinement Center. Asgedom's death followed the revelation in January that another Christian died in the same prison, Compass reports. Mogos Hagos Kiflom was said to have died as a result of torture he endured for refusing to recant his faith, but the exact date of his death was unknown.

In October, Teklesenbet Gebreab Kiflom died while imprisoned for his faith at the Wi'a Military Confinement Center. He reportedly died after prison commanders refused to give him medical attention for malaria.

These latest deaths reflect the Eritrean government's harsh treatment of believers. The Eritrean government targets Christians, often placing them in metal containers that are extremely hot during the day and cold during the night. Nearly 1,800 Eritrean Christians are believed to be under arrest because of their religious beliefs, held in police stations, military camps and prisons in 12 known locations across Eritrea. It is believed more than 28 clergymen are being held.

Jailed Christians are routinely subjected to physical beatings and severe psychological pressure to deny their religious beliefs. Police and military authorities continue to demand the prisoners return to one of the three "official" Christian denominations recognized by the government. But even the legally recognized denominations — the nation's historic Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran churches — have come under government disfavor in recent years, incurring threats and even jailing by security police officials.

The Voice of the Martyrs provides assistance and encouragement to persecuted believers in Eritrea. VOM supports the families of martyred believers through our Families of Martyrs fund. VOM encourages you to pray for Christians in Eritrea. Pray for the families of the deceased believers Ask God to encourage other Christians suffering for Christ's sake in Eritrean prisons.

Posted February 5, 2009[/COLOR]

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