May 2017 Monthly Global 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

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 positively influence or transform American culture.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Leaders in the US Congress

Tillerson Urges UN Security Council to Take Action Before N. Korea Does

UNITED NATIONS —

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that Washington would not rule out a military response to future North Korean aggression and that it would seek to increase the rogue nation’s financial and international isolation.

“As we have said before, all options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table,” Tillerson told a high-level meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the North Korean nuclear issue.

“Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action if necessary,” he warned. “We much prefer a negotiated solution to this problem, but we are committed to defending ourselves and our allies against North Korean aggression.”

PRAY

  1. For members of Congress of both parties to work together with the President, Secretary of State and US military advisers to address the Korean crisis peacefully.
  2. For the US government to receive the wisdom to engage and work with the United Nation and US allies to tackle the nuclear threats from North Korea that will result in peace on the Peninsula and improvement for the Peninsula.

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 

THE UNITED KINGDOM

Camilla Olim: Biblical sexuality and public life

Published April 28, 2017

http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/freedom-of-speech/camilla-olim-biblical-sexuality-and-public-life

[This week] Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, after a bloodthirsty hounding from journalists, has caved into pressure and said he believes that homosexual activity is“not a sin”.

“There is a cost to standing firm; it exposes us to ridicule and derision. Sometimes it costs us our jobs. In some parts of the world it would cost us our lives. Jesus warned that it would be so. Sadly, it seems Tim Farron [the leader of the Liberal Democrats and who is supposed to be a committed, ‘born-again Christian’] considered the cost to be too high.

[The following headlines appearing in the UK news media this week, illustrate the challenges that UK Christians are faced with today]

·         Tory MP to stand down after ‘calling homosexuality a danger to society’

Published April 28, 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/andrew-turner-tory-mp-stand-down-calling-homosexuality-danger-society-a7708671.html

  • Christian prisoner worker to appeal Tribunal ruling over right to quote Bible in chapel service

Published: April 26th, 2017

http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/freedom-of-speech/christian-prison-worker-to-appeal-tribunal-ruling-over-right-to-quote

  • Christian [university] student granted judicial review after being expelled for views on sexuality

Published: April 26th, 2017

http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/freedom-of-speech/christian-student-granted-judicial-review-after-being-ethe xpelled-for-vi

·         Tim Farron: I don’t think gay sex is a sin

BBC| Published April 25, 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39703444

PRAY

  1. Praise God for the growth of the church across Europe despite the threat from secular humanism and other challenges.
  2. That the Lord will give His people in the UK and beyond, the strength and courage to stand firm for Him and His standards of righteousness in a culture that is increasingly becoming hostile to God and His word;
  3. That the Lord will raise up and empower and give wisdom to His ministers so that they can be able to preach and teach the truth concerning God and the gospel of Jesus Christ to a nation that is plunging deeper and deeper into spiritual darkness and confusion.

FRANCE

Evangelical Church Attacked Near Paris

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

http://www.persecution.org/category/countries/europe/france/

On April 2, an arsonist attacked the Armenian Evangelical Church of Alfortville by lighting a trash can on fire in front of the building. This is the second time that the church, which is located near Paris, has been targeted, as it was recently attacked when people threw stones against the building. In response, the Mayor of Alfortville and other Christian groups have spoken out to condemn the attack and show support for the church.

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French Teacher Suspended After Reading Bible Verses to his Students

Monday, March 6th, 2017

A French school teacher was recently suspended from his position after a group of parents anonymously complained that he read Bible verses to their children. The school board is currently leading an investigation over the matter to determine whether or not the teacher was intentionally proselytizing or not. This suspension is one of several recent incidents in which Christianity has been pushed out of public schools, both in Europe and North America.

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PRAY

  1. That as France currently goes to the polls to choose their next president, God will give them a president who will be sympathetic to the cause of the gospel and who will lead France along a similar path;
  2. That God will bring about a mighty revival in France that will result in conversions, the growth of the church and a radical change the spiritual climate of the country towards God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Category 2 

 Israel, the Middle East and Africa 

Scripture (Psalm 76:1-12 NIV)

Israel

All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body. The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the US Senate.

“Through words and actions, we urge you to ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other UN member in good standing,” the letter said, describing the “continued targeting of Israel” in the world body as “unacceptable.” The letter urged several concrete steps to improve Israel’s treatment by the organization, singling out for criticism UNRWA, which deals with Palestinian refugees; the UN Human Rights Council for its singular focus on the Jewish state; and UNESCO, for denying Jewish ties to holy sites in Jerusalem.

The senators called on the UN to eliminate or reform “a number of standing committees, which far too often serve no purpose other than to attack Israel and inspire the anti-Israel boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement.” (TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF April 28, 2017)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/all-100-us-senators-to-un-end-unacceptable-anti-israel-bias/

Israel, US eyeing Trump visit on May 22-23. The President’s first official trip is to take place immediately before Jerusalem Day, when Israel marks 50 years of city’s reunification.

Trump will reportedly announce during the trip that he is to reverse longstanding US policy by officially recognizing the entire city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will not implement his election campaign pledge to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claimed in its front-page top story Thursday. There was no confirmation of this report. (RAPHAEL AHREN, Times of Israel,  April 27, 2017)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-us-eyeing-trump-visit-on-may-22-23/

The Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank told Israel on Thursday that it will stop paying for the electricity Israel sells to the Gaza Strip as tensions between the territory’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intensify.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to exert financial pressure on political rival Hamas to cede control of Gaza, a territory it seized in 2007 from him in in bloody street battles. Reconciliation attempts since then between rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza have failed. The Islamic militant group Hamas has said it would not be cowed.

Hamas official Ismail Radwan condemned the move by Abbas. “It’s illogical that Gaza is besieged and deprived of electricity, water and basic needs for the sake of political prices,” he said. Gaza has suffered through increasing hardship since the Hamas takeover, which triggered a border blockade by Israel and Egypt. Gazans have endured power cuts, with electricity now available for only six hours a day. (Associated Press, April 27, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/abbas-to-stop-funding-electricity-in-hamas-run-gaza-says-israel/3827809.html

The Russian government has called on Israel and other countries to avoid any actions that may escalate tension in Syria, after Israel conducted airstrikes Thursday against an arms supply hub near Damascus International Airport. “All countries need to need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

The arms hub is operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said the strikes targeted weapons that were shipped from Iran on military and commercial cargo planes. (VOA News, April 27, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/russia-restraint-syria-israeli-airstrikes-hezbollah-arms-hub/3827978.html

Pray

  1. Thank God that the US government is publicly supporting and advocating for Israel.
  2. Pray that President Trump will have a safe and successful trip to Israel.
  3. Pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel
  4. Pray for the growth and strengthening of the Church in Israel

Iraq

An Iraqi paramilitary force says it has recaptured the ancient city of Hatra, which is believed to have been destroyed by Islamic State militants. The Popular Mobilisation announced that its fighters had “liberated” the Unesco World Heritage-listed site “after fierce clashes with the enemy”. The full extent of the damage to Hatra was not immediately clear from a grainy photograph published by the force.

IS has bulldozed, blown up and looted pre-Islamic sites it deems idolatrous. Unesco has said the deliberate destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage constitutes a war crime.

Shia-led Popular Mobilisation militiamen launched the offensive on Hatra at dawn on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, they had retaken the archaeological site and had advanced to the edge of the adjacent modern town of Hatra, according to an AFP news agency journalist.

Hatra, located 290 km (180 miles) north-west of Baghdad and 110km south-west of Mosul, was one of the best-preserved of Iraq’s archaeological sites before it was seized by IS in 2014. (BBC News, 26 April 2017).

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39726244

Pray

  1. Thank God that the ancient city of Hatra has been liberated from IS control.
  2. Pray for the complete defeat and dissolution of IS. Also pray for the salvation of key IS leaders.
  3. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Iraq.

Egypt

Bomb attacks on two Coptic churches holding Palm Sunday services in Egypt today killed at least 44 people and injured more than 100 others, according to reports.

The first bomb exploded in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, at St. George’s Church about 60 miles north of Cairo, killing at least 27 people and wounding 78 others, according to wire reports. Hours later, a suicide bomber was stopped at the door of St. Mark’s Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, where he detonated explosives that reportedly killed at least 17 people and injured 48 others. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The bombings were the latest in a series of assaults on Christians in Egypt, who make up about 10 percent of the population. A bombing in the suburbs of Cairo at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, also known as the Al Boutrosya Chapel, on Dec. 11 killed at least 25 people and wounded at least 49. The chapel is next to the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, which is held by many as the spiritual center of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The bombing was followed by a series of murders of Coptic Christians, with IS issuing threats on a Feb. 19 video promising to rid the country of “idolaters.” Seven Copts were killed in one month. (Morning Star News, April 9, 2017)

http://morningstarnews.org/2017/04/bombings-two-churches-egypt-turn-palm-sunday-scenes-carnage/

Pray    

  1. Pray that the persons responsible for the murder of Coptic Christians would be brought to justice.
  2. Pray that the Egyptian government would do more to protect Christians in Egypt.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Egypt
  4. Pray that Egypt would continue to be a supporter of Israel.

 

South Sudan

The World Bank is distancing itself from reports that it has given a grant to the government of South Sudan worth tens of millions of dollars.

A World Bank spokesperson in Ethiopia told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus on Wednesday that the bank had proposed to donate $50 million to U.N. aid agencies combating famine and food insecurity, but that those funds were still pending approval from the board.

Finance Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters on Monday that the government had signed a deal with the World Bank for a $50 million grant “to meet the food gaps in South Sudan.”

Dau said a further $8 million agreed to by the World Bank had been earmarked for construction of a road connecting the capital, Juba, to Kenya.

Confirmation of assistance

Meanwhile, the African Development Bank confirmed to VOA that its board of directors had recently approved $48 million for operations in South Sudan, including $1 million for emergency humanitarian assistance to famine-affected areas.

A report by the International Monetary Fund last month put South Sudan’s inflation at about 370 percent in January. It said South Sudan’s central bank had “almost exhausted” its foreign currency reserves, which limited its ability to play a role in stabilizing the economy.

Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February, and tens of thousands of civilians are at risk of dying from hunger in a humanitarian crisis that has been called “man-made” by analysts and diplomats, most recently by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. (Ayen Bior, VOA News, April 26, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/world-bank-downplays-report-south-sudan-loan/3826810.html

At least 25,000 people were displaced after fighting in the town of Kodok, according to a spokesman for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, one day after the top United Nations official in South Sudan warned of a government offensive on the town.

The fighting has caused a reduction in humanitarian services and a shortage of water for the displaced, Phillippe Carr told the Associated Press. Civilians are fleeing to the nearby South Sudanese town of Aburoc, Carr said.

On Tuesday, there were reports of shelling in the town of Kodok. On Wednesday, the town was feared deserted with military helicopters sighted nearby. South Sudan’s government troops were on an offensive in Kodok and the Upper Nile region, head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. He warned that 70,000 civilians could be displaced. (Associated Press, April 26, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/new-south-sudan-fighting-displaced-tens-of-thousands-people/3827138.html

Pray

  1. Thank God for the $50 million grant from the World Bank “to meet the food gaps in South Sudan.” Also, thank God that the African Development Bank approved $48 million for operations in South Sudan.
  2. Pray for the ongoing   distribution of relief food to famine stricken communities in South Sudan by World Food Program.
  3. Pray for the 25,000 displaced citizens of Kodok. Pray for peace to be restored in Kodok.
  4. Pray Psalms 24:7-10—Lift up your head o you gates of South Sudan and let the King of Glory come in. Also, pray for the protection, strengthening, and growth of the Church in South Sudan.

Category 3

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

Scripture   –   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.

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.

B. 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.
  2. For special anointing and covering for Dr. Mac Pier, Tom White and others, who will speak at the Movement Day and also for Mac Pier as he travels to Australia and Africa over the next two weeks re 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

Here’s the Million-Dollar Answer to How Persecuted Christians Persevere

“Persecution can be difficult to measure. (For example, should Christians who weren’t murdered for their faith count as martyrs?) But by all counts, religious freedom violations are on the rise worldwide. Islamist extremism and ethnic nationalism have pushed persecution to record levels three years in a row.”

“Christians bear the brunt, experiencing between 60 percent to 80 percent of religious discrimination, UCS researchers concluded.And evangelicals and Pentecostals bear the brunt of that. They are more likely to be persecuted than mainline Christians, Catholics, or Orthodox Christians, according to the UCS report. That’s because in most places, evangelicals and Pentecostals are the relative newcomers, without the long relationships and history that older Christian groups have.”

“Survival is the most common response of evangelicals. More than 2 out of 5 responses (43%) involved such strategies, including “going underground, flight, and accommodation to or support for repressive regimes.” The majority of Christians in Syria and Iraq, for example, have fled before the terror and executions of ISIS, dropping the estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq in 2003 down to 400,000 last year.”

Persecuted Christians are less likely to attempt association strategies, which involve building “ties with others that strengthen their resilience.” About 38 percent of responses fall into the association category, including Turkish Christians seeking ties with the Greek Orthodox Church, Indian Christians attempting to build alliances with Hindu and Muslim leaders, and Sri Lankan evangelicals collaborating with other faiths to provide social services.

Association isn’t a bad strategy, because “isolation is among the most formidable obstacles facing persecuted churches,” the report stated. “Persecuting regimes and militant groups aim to keep Christian communities disconnected, hidden, and obscure.”

(Source: Excerpted from Christianity Today, April 20,2017)

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 resilience believers living particularly in Muslim majority countries in Asia and the Middle East, where they find themselves at greater risk of persecution from both the state and Islamic militants.
  3. For provision of believers facing increased persecution and for increased opportunities to overcome religious discrimination and isolation, and preserve the Christian witness in these nations.
  4. For the preservation and growth of the Christian communities in Iraq and Syria facing extinction from Isis.

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.

Prayer for North Korea

North Korea’s Population –  25,405,000 (300,000 Christians)

“Once again, North Korea is ranked as the most oppressive place in the world for Christians, #1 on the World Watch List. In this totalitarian communist state, Christians are forced to hide their faith completely from government authorities, neighbors and often, even their own spouses and children. Due to ever-present surveillance, many pray with eyes open, and gathering for praise or fellowship is practically impossible.”

“Worship of the ruling Kim family is mandated for all citizens, and those who don’t comply (including Christians) are arrested, imprisoned, tortured or killed. Entire Christian families are imprisoned in hard labor camps, where unknown numbers die each year from torture, beatings, overexertion and starvation. Those who attempt to flee to South Korea through China risk execution or life imprisonment, and those who stay behind often fare no better.”

PRAY

  1. Let us thank God for the survival and endurance of the 300,000 Christians living in North Korea despite severe persecution from this totalitarian community state that utilizes every opportunity it gets to wipe out Christianity in the country and institute the worship of the Kim family which is mandated for all North Korean citizens.
  2. For those Christians imprisoned in hard labor camps, where unknown numbers die each year from torture, beatings and starvation and for the continued growth of the church in North Korea.

 

 

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