April 2017 Prayer Agenda

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                                                           Category One

Prayer for North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Scripture Reading: Psalm 67: 1 – 7

The United States of America

  1. Spiritual Revival for Social Transformation of American Society

Only 1 in 10 Americans Have Biblical Worldview, Just 4 Percent of Millennials: Barna

Only 10 percent of Americans hold a distinctly biblical worldview even though 46 percent, or nearly 100 million adults in the United States, claim to lead a Christian life.

In surveys published Monday by the American Culture and Faith Institute, seven out of 10 Americans called themselves Christians, but relatively few were able to answer questions about the Bible and Christian beliefs.

“Our research collected information about attitudes and behaviors related to practical matters like lying, cheating, stealing, pornography, the nature of God, and the consequences of unresolved sin,” said researcher George Barna, who directed the studies.
That’s what makes the discrepancy between the percentage of people who consider themselves to be Christian — more than seven out of every 10 — and those who have a biblical worldview — just one out of every 10 — so alarming.”

Barna noted that every person does have a worldview, however.

“The critical question is which one people have embraced,” he said. “If we want to transform our culture then we will need to change the choices people make that produce that culture. And in order to change those choices we must identify the beliefs that led to those choices.”

Pray:

  1. That the Lord would continue to raise up intercessors across America with a true vision of intercession and call to stand in the gap for spiritual revival in the church to impact America.
  1. For God’s people across the nation to experience a deep spiritual hunger and thirsting after God and His Word to lay the foundation for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon His people across the nation for the growth of the church and for the continued evangelism of the lost, including those that view themselves as non-religious or atheists
  2. For revival among the mainline Protestant denominations that are either stagnant or in a state of decline, evidence by a lack of love for Christ, the Word of God, lack of love for His Church reflected in the declining attendance of church members, lack of joy and vibrancy in worship services, little evangelistic fruits and low community impact.

2.  Leaders in the US Congress

House Republicans Renew Plans to Repeal Obamacare

Just four days after House Speaker Paul Ryan declared Obamacare the “law of the land,” House Republicans say they’re moving forward with their plan to repeal and replace the healthcare law.

Ryan and members of his leadership team reaffirmed their support for unwinding the Affordable Care Act during a weekly press conference with reporters Tuesday, saying that the first failed attempt to replace Obamacare wouldn’t deter them from moving forward, despite the divisions in their party on how to reform the health insurance market.

“We’re not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines,” Ryan said after a meeting with Republican lawmakers. “There’s too much at stake to get bogged down in all of that.”

The renewed focus on repealing Obamacare came after Ryan decided to withdraw the House GOP’s health care bill Friday, a decision made after it became clear there wouldn’t be enough votes to pass it.

After pulling the bill, Ryan told reporters “Obamacare is the law of the land” and stressed that Republicans would instead move on to other items on their agenda, like tax reform.

But by Tuesday morning, Republicans appeared to have regrouped, and Ryan stressed the GOP conference would continue to work toward gaining consensus on a replacement plan even as they tackle other legislative priorities.

“We’re going to get this right,” Ryan said, “and in the meantime, we’re going to do all the other work we came here to do.”

Sources: (Daily Signal, Fox)

PRAY

  1. For members of Congress of both parties as they work together on health care, tax reform and other key social and economic issues of national importance to arrive at solutions that will benefit all Americans and advance the welfare of the nation.
  2. For House Speaker Ryan, other leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate for God’s wisdom to provide the necessary leadership in the Congress to overcome partisan interest and to work tougher for the proper governance of the nation and advancement of the general welfare of the people.

3. US President Donald Trump and His Cabinet.

This call is based on the belief that, when God’s people cry out to Him in earnest and heartfelt prayer, He will bless our nation in ways we cannot foresee. Our prayers also open a window for God to work across our land through the Advancement of His Kingdom, resulting in the salvation of the lost (1 Timothy 2:1 – 3).

PRAY

  1. For Wisdom and humility for President Donald Trump and members of his administration to lead America during these difficult and uncertain times.
  2. For God’s blessings upon the New Administration for the general welfare and advancement of the nation over the next four years, resulting in good governance, reflected in justice, freedom and equity for all Americans based on Biblical standards, resulting in a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.

South America and The Caribbean 

Venezuela, a Nation in Crisis

Street gangs and organized crime run rampant in Venezuela, making it one of the deadliest in the world last year, according to the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. The think tank Observatory of Venezuelan Violence said homicides were at 90 per 100,000 people — on par with other Latin-American countries plagued by killings. The U.S.’s homicide rate is about 5 per 100,000. (Source: NBC News, Venezuela in Crisis: 5 Reasons Why This Oil-Rich Nation Is on the Brink of Collapse, October 29, 2016)

A poll released in August 2016 by the firm More Consulting found that 55.8% of Venezuela’s population eats less than three times a day, and 72.1% can’t follow a balanced eating regimen. This latter equals 21 million people.

Why is Venezuela in Crisis?

  • “The main features are the following: runaway but not (yet) hyper-inflation, which government sources unofficially put at 370 percent for the past 12 months, and which the IMF estimates will top 700 percent for 2016;”
  • “Multiple years of low and negative economic growth (1.3 percent in 2013, -3.9 percent in 2014, -5.7 percent in 2015, and an estimated -10.1 percent in 2016, according to the IMF, with the Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean forecasting -8.0 percent growth in 2016);”
  • “A 40 percent drop in imports this year, and a 60 percent drop since 2012;”
  • “Chronic scarcities of food, basic goods, and medicines, with an estimated 80 percent scarcity index; a 40 percent drop in oil-export income in 2015, exacerbating an already acute shortage of dollars;”
  • “High levels of corruption in the public and private sectors, leading to a massive leakage of public revenue, purportedly reaching hundreds of billions of US dollars;”
  • “Growing anxieties among the population about whether and how they will meet daily survival needs as well as about the future of the country;”
  • “A mounting political crisis, marked by widespread rejection of the government, but no significant increase in support for the opposition, with over 50 percent of the population identifying with neither the government nor the opposition.”

(Source: The Nation, Why is Venezuela in Crisis? August 2016)

PRAY

  1. For the Christian community across Venezuela as the people of God to seize the opportunity created by the economic and social crisis affecting Venezuela to seek the spiritual welfare of the nation through united prayer and fasting, mass evangelism and social action.
  2. For the poor, hungry and suffering masses of Venezuela that have become disillusioned by the failing political and economic system of socialism to turn to God and to find new hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. For the government of Venezuela to receive God’s wisdom to take the necessary steps to pursue political and economic reforms that will lead to eradication of corruption, reduction in the high levels of poverty, hunger, and crime and violence affecting the nation.

Europe

  1. The Christian Community Across Europe

Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

Published March 21, 2017 | Foxnews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/03/21/muslim-converts-breathe-new-life-into-europe-s-struggling-christian-churches.html

Christianity is making a comeback in Europe – and it’s mostly thanks to Muslims, say experts in Islam and faith leaders.

A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches. The Muslims are flocking to various Christian denominations, experts said, including becoming Protestants, evangelical or Catholic.

As many parts of Europe are becoming more secular and houses of worship are seeing congregants leave in droves, it is Muslim converts who are reviving struggling Christian churches,

“European churches have struggled for decades to share the gospel with modern secular Europeans,” Matthew Kaemingk, a professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Seattle, told Fox News. “They have found Muslim immigrants to be much more open to the message of Christianity.”

Kaemingk, who has done research focused on Christian responses to Muslim immigration in the Netherlands, and has written a book titled “Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear” that will be published this fall, said secular Europeans rarely sense a deep need for the type of healing and salvation the church offers.

It’s illegal in many Muslim countries to convert to another religion. It’s safer to convert to Christianity in Europe.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-revival-europe-spurred-muslim-refugee-conversions-178294/#0v7y9ZC42WF8lx3A.99

PRAY

  1. For particularly for Muslim-background evangelists who work among Europe’s growing Muslim population, that the Lord will protect them, provide for them, empower and enable them to preach the gospel without fear – and that their ministry will be increasingly fruitful;
  2. Pray that the Lord will revive and strengthen Bible-believing churches in European and their leaders and that He will grant them all necessary resources, financially and otherwise, to release more native workers and ministries into the harvest fields.

2. The Nation of Turkey

Turkish foreign predicts religious wars in Europe

EURONEWS | WORLD NEWS | Last updated 16th March 2017

http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/16/turkish-foreign-minister-predicts-religious-war-in-europe

Turkey has increased its verbal attacks on Europe following the Dutch election, warning that the continent is on the verge of collapse into “religious war”.

Speaking in Ankara following the triumph for Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu claimed that all the parties had the same approach as the right-wing and anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders.

Wilders’ Freedom Party polled less well than predicted, coming a distant second.

“Where would you go?” Çavuşoğlu asked, addressing Europe’s politicians. “Where are you dragging Europe to? You are collapsing Europe, you are dragging Europe to a cliff. Soon there will be religious wars in Europe.”

The Netherlands have been locked in a bitter diplomatic spat with Ankara after refusing to allow Turkish ministers to conduct a presidential referendum campaign on Dutch soil.

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PRAY

  1. That the predictions of war between Muslims and Christians that is being made by Turkey’s leaders, will be neutralised and that there will be a peaceful resolution of the differences between Turkey and the Netherlands;
  2. That the Lord will protect His people across Europe from being drawn into the political-diplomatic fall-out that has developed between Turkey and European leaders;
  3. That the Christians in Europe and in Turkey will clearly distinguish themselves as ‘peacemakers’, in this deteriorating relationship and that the name of the Lord will be held in highest honour as a result.

Category 2

Israel, the Middle East and Africa

Iraq

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights reported that 197 children have been taken hostage by the IS militants near al-Nouri Grand Mosque in west Mosul where the Iraqi troops have closed in on the militant group. The source said the militants intend to use the children as human shields to impede the advance of the Iraqi troops. Due to the increasing number of civilian casualties, the Iraqi security forces suspended the military operations to retake western Mosul. (Loaa Adel, Iraqi News, Mar 26, 2017)

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/captures-nearly-200-children-mosul-use-human-shields/

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have burned three women who refused to slaughter fellow residents who had tried to flee areas held by the group in Mosul, eyewitnesses said. Shafaaq news website quoted the witnesses saying that the group had sentenced a group of civilians to death for trying to flee Wadi Akab region. They ordered civilian women to execute the sentence, according to the sources. When three women declined, they burned them to death, they added. (Mohamed Mostafa, Iraqi News, Mar 23, 2017)

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/burn-western-mosul-women-refused-slaughter-co-civilians/

The supplies sustaining displaced Christians in northern Iraq will run out “within weeks” but UN agencies, accused of ignoring them, have pledged to do better since the advent of US President Donald Trump, the aid coordinator for the Catholic archdiocese of Erbil said. Without significant financial aid and sufficient care, Iraq’s remaining Christians, whose numbers have fallen from 1.5 million in 2003 to around 200,000, “could disappear within the next six to 12 months,” warned US-born Stephen Rasche.

A clinic run by the archdiocese, which lies in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and is caring for almost 100,000 Iraqi non-Muslims who fled Islamic State jihadists in 2014, has only 45 days’ medicine left, he said. Aid to support the displaced, the majority of whom are Orthodox and Catholic Christians, has fallen -because private donors are running out of money, he added, pointing out that the displacement crisis is now in its third year. (Abigail Frymann Rouch, World Watch Monitor, March 24, 2017)

https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2017/03/six-weeks-medicine-and-two-months-food-for-displaced-iraqi-christians/

Pray

  1. Pray that humanitarian and medical aid will get to the people in need, including the Christians in northern Iraq.
  2. Pray for the complete defeat and dissolution of IS. Also, pray for the salvation of key IS leaders.
  3. Pray for the safety and protection of children and women in Iraq.
  4. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Iraq.

Nigeria

ABUJA, NIGERIA —

Meningitis has killed 269 people in Nigeria in recent weeks, the country’s Center for Disease Control said, as Africa’s most populous country and aid organizations try to tackle the surge in infections. As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis had been reported, with deaths recorded in 15 of the country’s 36 states, the center said late Tuesday on Twitter. The center said on its website that 33 people died of meningitis in 2016. (Reuters, March 29, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/meningitis-kills-nigeria/3787894.html

The death toll between 10-20 March has risen to 60, says Nigeria’s Police Chief, who says today he’s deploying a special tactical force to deal with the continuing violence.

The attack on Friday 10 March, 2017 began in Mkgovur village, on the outskirts of Buruku town. When the Hausa Fulani Muslim herders were prevented from grazing their cattle on the farms of the indigenous Christian community, they came back later, armed with sophisticated weapons. They shot and killed anything in sight. By the time the villagers realised, about ten people had been killed; several others were missing. Others had to flee to the neighbouring Gboko Local Government Area. (World Watch Monitor, March 22, 2017)

https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2017/03/nigeria-benue-death-toll-60-over-past-ten-days-admits-police-chief/

Pray

  1. Pray for an end to the meningitis outbreak in Nigeria. Also, pray for healing for those infected with meningitis.
  2. Pray for the government to do more to end the violence perpetrated against Christians by the Fulani Moslems. Also, pray for the defeat and dissolution of Boko Harem.
  3. Pray for protection and growth of the Church in Northern Nigeria.

South Sudan

Unidentified assailants took the lives of six aid workers in South Sudan on Saturday, the highest number killed in a single incident since South Sudan’s conflict began in December 2013, according to the United Nations. Working for a local NGO called GREDO, they were killed in the Magri area of Central Equatoria State, as they traveled from South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to the town of Pibor. GREDO program director Jaffar Mbugua told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that a seventh person riding with the convoy — a man who had hitched a ride so he could seek construction work — was also killed. A spokesperson for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed a seventh person had died.

Samaritan’s Purse had 15 staff members abducted in Mayendit in mid-March by an independent armed faction, but all were rescued shortly thereafter. Isaacs says the weekend’s attack will cause his group to operate at heightened alert. The United Nations says since December 2013, at least 79 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan, including 12 this year. (Jill Craig, VOA News, March 27, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/aid-groups-determined-to-continue-operations-in-south-sudan/3783867.html

At least 1.6 million South Sudanese have fled to neighboring countries to escape famine, fighting and drought, making the East African nation the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said. The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has described the rate of displacement from South Sudan as “alarming”, placing an impossible burden on the region. Most of these refugees, according to UNHCR are in Uganda, which is hosting nearly half of all the refugees, estimated at 800,000   people.

Babar Baloch, a UNHCR spokesman, was quoted saying more than 2,800 people on average are fleeing into Uganda every day. Most of the refugees, about 86% are women and children, he said.

“With a low level of funding and host communities and the host government not having enough resources, it is making it quite an impossible task to help these desperate refugees, and that is the reason we are trying to sound this alarm,” he stressed. The world body, Baloch said, has received only 8 percent of the $782 million it needs for its humanitarian operations this year, while UNHCR’s own appeal for Uganda is reportedly short by over $250 million. (Sudan Tribune, March 20, 2017)

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article61939

Pray

  1. Thank God for the rescue of 15 staff members serving with Samaritan’s Purse who had been abducted. Also, pray that God will comfort and strengthen the family and loved ones of the 6 aid workers killed in South Sudan.
  2. Pray for the protection and safety of aid workers in South Sudan. Also, pray for the Government of South Sudan to extend support and favor to humanitarian agencies.
  3. Pray for God to open doors for mobilization and coordination of critical resources by global donor agencies towards the South Sudan crisis.
  4. Pray that women and children, who are most affected by the refugee crisis, will be able to access critical services, including health care, education, spiritual counsel, and emotional support from various agencies.
  5. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in South Sudan.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Michael Sharp, 34, a United Nations humanitarian worker and son of Hesston College professor of history and Bible John Sharp, was found dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo Monday, buried in a shallow grave along with Swedish colleague, Zaida Catalan, 36.

The Congolese government announced on March 13 that the two workers were kidnapped in Congo’s Kasai Central province along with four Congolese who were assisting them. Official reports say that Sharp and Catalan were among a U.N. panel of experts investigating the conflicts that have been simmering in Congo since the mid-1990s. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, who confirmed the deaths, said in a statement Tuesday that they had been trying to “understand the causes of conflict and insecurity.” (LEONARDO BLAIR, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER, March 30, 2017)

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/michael-sharp-son-of-kansas-bible-college-teacher-working-for-un-found-dead-in-congo-179042/#bO0cHvwwjla3lwxL.99

A Congolese militia decapitated 42 policemen in an ambush near the central Democratic Republic of Congo city of Kananga, a local official said Saturday. Francois Kalamba, speaker of the Kasai provincial assembly, said the Kamuina Nsapu militant group ambushed a group of police officers traveling between Kananga and Tshikapa a day earlier.

The militants captured the police officers and decapitated 42 of them, Kalamba said, noting that the militants freed six of the officers because they could speak the local Tshiluba language. The attack marks the deadliest encounter between security forces and the militant group since last summer when security forces killed the group’s leader, sparking an insurrection that has spread to five provinces throughout the country.

According to United Nations figures, more than 400 people have been killed due to the violence in central Congo. Many of the dead have been dumped into mass graves, the UN said last week after discovering 10 alleged grave sites. (VOA News, March 25, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/militia-decapitates-police-officer-democratic-republic-of-congo/3781770.html

Pray

  1. Pray that those responsible for the deaths of the two UN workers and the forty-two policemen would be brought to justice.
  2. Pray for the protection and safety of UN workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  3. Pray for an end to the violence, kidnapping, and senseless murders in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  4. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Category 3

Prayer for Movement Day Global Cities, the Persecuted Church and Other Critical Concerns of Asia

Scripture Reading: Psalms 47: 1 – 9

Movement Day Global Expressions

According to the New York City Leadership Center, “Movement Day Global Cities (MDGC) aims to accelerate a gospel movement amongst cities, focusing on influencing committed leaders to make vibrant changes in their regions. In pursuit of this mission, “like-minded individuals are gathered and challenged to find solutions to “stubborn facts” plaguing their city — facts such as crime, poverty, spiritual apathy, struggling educational systems, unemployment and more.”  IPMI is pleased to collaborate with Dr. Mac Pier and the New York City Leadership Center to facilitate prayer through the MGPT for the success of this Gospel Movement among the various cities around the world.

  1. Movement Day Athens, Greece.

As we focus our prayers on this significant Gospel event scheduled for Athens, let us bear in mind the following significant needs and challenges facing this important European City:

  • Population: Current population of Athens 3.1 Million (Population of Greece is 10.9 Million). .
  • Religion: Orthodox Christianity is the prevailing religion of Greece. Based on the constitution, the state guarantees freedom of worship for all faiths but the Greek Orthodox Church controls state policies towards religion, thus making it difficult for religious minorities and other Christian groups to thrive, although in recent years, laws preventing the opening of new temples of other religions have been relaxed or abolished. While the law criminalizing proselytizing by other faiths also remains on the books, it is no longer enforced. (Source: Greece A Difficult Place for followers of Non-Orthodox Christian Faiths, PRI, August 2012)
  • The Greek debt crisis. Following the 2007 world financial crisis, the Eurozone debt crisis and the long-term problems of the Greek economy, Greece is presently in the most severe crisis since the restoration of democracy in 1974.  The country presently faces significant problems, like the high rate of unemployment (23% in December 2016, 45.1% among persons under 25), tax invasion and corruption of the political parties, and a declining economic growth rate. Despite the many austerity measures, the government deficit does not reduce accordingly, leading to largest recession. (Source: www.greeka.com)
  • Growing Social Crisis. The mental effects of Greece’s economic collapse and the constant uncertainty resulting in a rise insuicides and indications of deterioration in mental healthHeart attacks are also in the ascendancy.(Source: Inside Greece, News and Opinion, April 2013)
  • Refugee Crisis. An estimated 50,000 – 70,000 refugees have been left stranded in Greece after wealthy EU states take just 3% of numbers pledged.  Camps are dangerous, dirty, cold, and mosquito-infested. More pressure will mount on Greece starting on March 15, 2017, when those who reach Austria, Slovenia, Hungary or Bulgaria through Greece and the Balkans can be returned to Greece, in accordance with the Dublin III Regulation.(Source: Independent, October 15, 2016)

Pray

  1. For the covering of the planning team of the May 30, 2017 Athens, Greece, Movement Day Expression, and for the success of the event.
  2. That the Athens Movement Day conference would spark greater awareness among participants for the spiritual, economic and social realities facing the City of Athens and the serious desire to unite in prayer and collaborative efforts among participating pastors, Christian market place leaders, churches and other faith-based institutions to address these realities.
  3. That the Athens Movement Day conference will result in an outpouring of the Holy Spirt on churches across Athens to heal the division between the Greek Orthodox Church and other minority non-Orthodox Christian denominations, resulting in spiritual revival and the social transformation of Greece.

2.  Other Upcoming Movement Day Expressions happening locally and internationally.

Pray

Movement Day Chennai, India, is set to take place on August 26th at the historic Le Meridien hotel. Due to the tough politics in this county and persecution of Christians, it must be a low-key gathering with minimal advertising.

  1. For God’s protection for Jeyekaran Emmanual, Mark Visvasam and their leadership team planning Movement Day Chennai.
  1. For special anointing and covering for Dr. Mac Pier, Tom White and others, who will speak at the Movement Day.

Launch of Movement Day Institute

  1. For the development of the vision, mission and the selection of faculty for the launch of the Movement Day Institute in October 2017.

The Global Persecution of Christians

3. Study: Christians Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World

According to the Director of the Centre for Studies on New Religions (Cesnur), Massimo Introvigne, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with over 90,000 Christians killed in 2016 alone.

Introvigne told Vatican Radio that there are nearly half a billion Christians who are unable to express or practice fully their Christian faith.

Referring to statistics from the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity, Introvigne said of those 90,000 Christians persecuted in 2016, 70 percent of them were murdered in Africa due to tribal conflicts: “The other 30 per cent, or 27,000, were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution.”

Due to be fully released next month, these statistics show a decline of 15,000 in the number of Christians killed, compared to the 105,000 killed in 2015.  However, Introvigne also mentioned Christians are the most persecuted faith based group in the world.

Pray

  1. Let us praise God for the continued growth of His Church worldwide despite increased persecution of Christians worldwide.
  2. Let us continue to praise God the lives of the 90,000 faithful martyrs from around the world that departed this life in 2016.  Praise God also for the wonderful fruits their labor for the master have produced or will continue to produce in the advancement of His Kingdom worldwide.
  3. For Christians living in the Islamic world, where Christians are finding themselves at ever greater risk of persecution from both the state and Islamic militants.
  4. For Christians living in India, where persecution is on the increase from militant Hindus, and China, where the pressure is continuing to grow on unregistered churches.

4. Other Important Facts about the Global persecution of Christians

  • 200 million Christians in more than 102 countries are affected by persecution, including kidnappings, sex-slavery, imprisonment, torture, and killings, including beheadings.
  • Persecution is “a form of religious-ethnic cleansing of Christian communities” resulting in mass migration and the sharp decline in the numbers of Christians in the Middle East and other countries across Asia and Africa.
  • Persecution is not just an issue for Christians but a human rights issue that affects us all. Christians, however, suffer harassment than any other religion in the world.
  • The incidence of persecution is highest in countries with a high level of religious extremism. (Source:http://www.christiantoday.com/article/pope.francis.sees.christian.genocide.as.persecution.affects.200.million.christians/60393.htm)

PRAY

  1. For increased awareness of persecution and its impact on Christians, living in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with the highest incidence of
  2. For Christians suffering persecution to experience God’s grace to enable them to (i) respond to their persecutors in the spirit of the love of Christ, who has called on His followers to love “your enemies” and bless those that “persecute you”; (ii) to remain faithful to Christ despite the sufferings they are enduring.
  3. For Christians in the West not only to become more aware and compassionate about the mounting persecution of Christians around the world but also to be moved by the Spirit of God to become involved with helping to bring relief to the plight of these believers through prayer, advocacy and other practical support.
  4. For governments of the West, international donor agencies and governments of nations where Christians face persecution to do more to enhance and protect the rights and freedoms of those suffering persecution and that these efforts would lead collectively to a decline in the mass migration of Christians and an increase of the Christian witness in affected countries.

5. Growth of the Church in China

China Deports 32 South Korean Missionaries amid Crackdown on Evangelism

“The communist government of China has arrested four South Korean Christian missionaries and expelled at least 32 more after carrying out a series of police raids on churches, according to reports.”

“The missionaries, some of who had traveled in past months and were based in the northeast Yanji region, had been helping fugitives fleeing North Korea apart from preaching in the area, according to UCAN, which said Chinese authorities are cracking down on Christian evangelism.”

“Last September, the government arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, because he hadn’t been approved by Chinese officials.”

“Shao was making preparations to honor the funeral of Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang, the original Bishop of Wenzhou who died a few days earlier, according to AsiaNews. Authorities wanted to prevent him from participating in the funeral and taking possession of the diocese.”

“:Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, an organization that documents persecution of Christians in China, earlier told The Christian Post that “the top leadership is increasingly worried about the rapid growth of Christian faith and their public presence, and their social influence. It is a political fear for the Communist Party, as the number of Christians in the country far outnumber the members of the Party.”

“When China’s communists came to power in 1949, they expelled Christian missionaries while allowing churches to function under the government’s control. Chinese Christians faced severe persecution during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and the 1970s under Mao, who saw religion as “poison.”

“Churches are now allowed to exist, or tolerated, but under tight control of the government.”       (Source: Christian Post, February 18, 2017)

PRAY

  1. Let us praise God for amazing growth of the church in China, where, in spite of persecution “the number of Christians in the country far outnumbers the members of the Communist Party.”
  1. Pray that China’s church movement will continue to grow strong in evangelism for the end time harvest, and for bringing transformation and revival nationally, across the entire Asia as well as around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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