October 2017 Global Prayer Agenda

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Prayer for North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Scripture Reading: Psalm 67: 1 – 7

The United States of America

Prayer For Revival in the Church Across America

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why

According to a recent study (and many others like it) church attendance and impressions of the church are the lowest in recent history, and most drastic among millennials described as 22- to 35-year-olds.

  • Only 2 in 10 Americans under 30 believe attending a church is important or worthwhile (an all-time low).
  • 59 percent of millennials raised in a church have dropped out.
  • 35 percent of millennials have an anti-church stance, believing the church does more harm than good.
  • Millennials are the least likely age group of anyone to attend church (by far).

Among the negative impressions, causing millennials to distance themselves from the church in America are the following:

    1. Nobody’s Listening to Us
    2. We’re Sick of Hearing About Values & Mission Statements
    3. Helping the Poor Isn’t a Priority
    4. We’re Tired of You Blaming the Culture
    5. Distrust & Misallocation of Resources
    6. We Want to Be Mentored, Not Preached At
    7. We Want to Feel Valued
    8. We Want You to Talk to Us About Controversial Issues (Because No One Is)
    9. Stop Talking About Us (Unless You’re Actually Going to Do Something)
    10. You’re Failing to Adapt

(Source: www.Faithit.com, February 9, 2017)

This study, reflecting on the large-scale rejection by millennials of the church in America, is another indication of the dire need for spiritual renewal in the church America to cause it to arise from its spiritual slumber and to take a bold stand now to reach and rescue those in need of the redemptive love of Christ.  Let us pray for a move of God in the church across America. 

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.

Prayer for Porto Rico, Texas and Other US Territories Affected by Hurricanes

WHITE HOUSE —

“Acting Homeland Security Administration Secretary Elaine Duke flew over hurricane devastated Puerto Rico Friday and reassured residents the federal government understands the severity of the ongoing human catastrophe facing the U.S. territory.”

“I know the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are suffering,” Duke told a news conference in the capital, San Juan. “We are here and we have been here to help them. We are continuing to bring additional supplies and personnel to further assist distribution efforts on the ground.” As he left the White House Friday for a weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, Trump told reporters the scope of destruction in Puerto Rico dwarfed the damage from hurricanes earlier this month in Texas and Florida.

“It was flattened. You don’t just go back and fix it,” he said.“It’s a very tough situation and a big question is what happens. We have to rebuild. The electric(ity) is gone, the roads are gone, telecommunications (are) gone. It’s all gone, and the real question is what’s going to happen later,” the president said.

“Amid the tragedy, Trump said the one bright spot so far has been the ability of relief and rescue crews to keep hurricane-related death toll to a minimum. Health officials, however, say worse days and weeks may still be ahead as authorities battle the massive task of restoring clean water and sanitation, not to mention providing food and shelter for Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million people.  Trump and other top administration officials are scheduled to visit the hurricane-ravaged region, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, next Tuesday.”   (Source: VOA News)

In the US Virgin Islands, 48,000 people are still without power: This group of islands — and another US territory — in the Caribbean have been devastated by the one-two punch of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The islands’ governor, Kenneth Mapp, told Here and Now that three of his islands — St. John, St. Thomas, and Water Island — were decimated by Irma, and he had been using St. Croix as a base for their recovery. Then Maria came along and hammered St. Croix, too, wrecking 70 percent of the buildings there. The power was knocked out, and islanders were left to rely on generators, Mapp said. As of September 26, FEMA estimated that there were seven shelters with 621 occupants across the US Virgin Islands, and there are 48,000 people without power. Mapp estimates the cost to repair the damage and rebuild the island’s electrical grid will ring in at $200 million, and he’s been out pleading for help.

Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Texas

A few weeks ago Hurricane Harvey displaced over a million people, with 50 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston, swelled river levels to record highs and knocked out the drinking water supply in Beaumont, Texas, a city of about 120,000 people.  Moody’s Analytics estimated the economic cost from Harvey for southeastern Texas at $51 billion to $75 billion, ranking it among the costliest storms in U.S. history. Much of the damage has been to the Houston, the U.S. energy hub, whose metropolitan area has an economy comparable with Argentina‘s. (Source: Reuters)

Pray For

  1. The millions affected in the US, Puerto Rico and other US territories by the hurricanes to specially experience God’s redemptive love revealed in the various compassionate disaster relief efforts led by the US Administrations, individuals, churches, and other organizations from across the nations, resulting in the revelation of God’s saving grace, through Jesus Christ, His spiritual comfort and deep inner peace in the midst of such horrendous human suffering caused by these hurricanes.
  2. The safety and protection of all aid workers involved with rescue and restoration operations and assisting stranded survivors in flooded regions.
  3. Effective coordination of aid relief and recovery efforts among the various Government and donor agencies; and all disaster relief organizations resulting in the restoration of essential services vital to recovery and restoration of life in all US hurricane affected territories, particularly Puerto Rico, which could be without power   particularly electricity and other essential services for months.

Prayer against violence and Mass Murders threatening the Nation

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:24-25)

Tennessee Church Shooter Motivated by Revenge for Dylann Roof’s Massacre at Black Church

Emmanuel Kidega Samson, 25, the ex-member of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, who shot eight people including one fatally at his old church, was motivated by revenge for the nine churchgoers who were killed by Dylann Roof in 2015.Roof, a 23-year-old white supremacist, was convicted in 2016 of killing nine black worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as they prayed at a Bible Study.

Las Vegas Shooting: At Least 50 Killed, Deadliest in US History

A gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, raining down rapid fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was shot dead by police.  The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary and tentative, would make the attack the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, eclipsing last year’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub.(Source: The Christian Post)

PRAY

  1. For the families of those killed and those injured in the shootings at the Tennessee Church and Las Vegas country music festival to experience God’s comfort and healing.
  2. For the people of God across America to take a decisive and united stand against the spirit of hatred and every other forms of evil that fueled such terrible violence and mass murders in Charleston, Tennessee, Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout the nation.

South America and The Caribbean

Caribbean & Mexico seek recovery from hurricanes & quakes

Nine Caribbean island-nations recently felt the fury of Hurricane Irma. Unlike Floridians & Texans, the residents could not drive away, being surrounded by raging seas. Flooded and collapsing buildings forced many into storm-torn streets where bands of armed looters roamed, fighting for dwindling supplies. In the ruinous wake of Irma, governments began to restore order and bring relief. But they needed help from ministries like Samaritan’s Purse, which alone brought more than 85 tons of emergency supplies to Saint Martin and Barbuda. Samaritan’s Purse also deployed teams in storm-struck Texas and Florida, and is now expanding their work to Antigua, Turks & Caicos, and other Caribbean nations.

Mexico will also need relief and recovery from three recent hurricanes Max, Katia and Norma—not to mention an 8.1 earthquake has triggered more quakes including the most recent 7.1 quake near Mexico City. In these perilous times, we must pray that Jesus will show Himself as Savior and Redeemer, and raise up new works that will stand any storm or tribulation.

Sources:

Cuba’s decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma.

More aid, evacuations in Caribbean islands battered by Irma.

St. Martin’s residents struggle with desperate conditions.

Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma vow to come back stronger than ever.

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria—preview of endtimes plagues?

 

On September 20 Category 4 Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico. Winds of 155 mph tore up homes, businesses, roads, farms and forests. Nearly all 3.4 million Puerto Ricans lost power. Flooded by contaminated water, most had nothing to drink. Vast tracts of destroyed crops caused many to fear a prolonged famine in the land. Aid packages were stalled by blacked-out seaports and broken, blocked, and bottle-necked roads. Most residents received no outside aid at all in the first week after Hurricane Maria struck.

Jesus told us that “nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea” (Luke 21:25). He said that greater and greater disasters will come, “but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Mt. 24:13-14). While we should pray that government aid will reach isolated Puerto Ricans, earthly governments cannot bring salvation. Only the gospel of God’s kingdom can. The more tribulations we face, the more we can learn to overcome with Him.

Sources:

In hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, a stunning silence.

The Latest: Feds to pay for Puerto Rico’s emergency response.

Now even money is running out in storm-hit Puerto Rico.

Scope of Puerto Rico damage so wide that US aid hard to see.

 

Pray

That God will do all this for testimonies to His great grace:

  • Speed up the clearance of roads and the restoration of power.
  • Make divine appointments between the aid providers and those in greatest need.
  • Send and empower Christian teams with both physical and spiritual food and sustenance, for body and soul.
  • Use Christian teams to partner with and strengthen local churches to reach the surrounding populations.
  • Give His people the wisdom of Joseph to gain favor with authorities and to help distribute supplies justly.
  • Comfort the grieving, and show them how to make the most of their lives.
  • Make His people lights to draw unbelievers to Christ and begin to build a better life than they have ever had before.
  • Prepare His people to lead others to overcome the storms and tribulations to come.
  • Turn disaster-struck regions into fertile fields of harvest

Prayer for Europe Europe

German election: Why this is a turning point

By Paul KirbyBBC News | 25 September 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41094785

[Excerpts] Angela Merkel has won four more years as chancellor and will continue to command the stage in Germany. But this is her party’s worst performance with her as leader and overnight Germany’s political scene has changed.

The third biggest force in Germany is the nationalist and populist right of Alternative for Germany (AfD).

What has changed?

On the surface, very little. But in reality everything has. Germany is at a turning point.

For the first time since the 1950s, Germany will have six parties in the Bundestag (the lower house), and the two giants of the political centre are at their lowest ebb.

Nationalists take national stage

The real winners of this election are the nationalist, right-wing AfD and the pro-business FDP, who have returned to parliament after four years in the wilderness and are likely to return to government.

AfD’s …joint leader Alexander Gauland promised to “hunt down the government, Mrs Merkel, and get our country and people back”.

So why did people vote AfD?

They simply addressed the concerns of voters worried about the influx of migrants and refugees

How right-wing are AfD?

They espouse anti-immigrant and anti-Islam policies… “Islam does not belong to Germany,” the party believes.

Will ‘Jamaica’ run Germany now?

A so-called ‘Jamaica’ coalition may be the only option open to Angela Merkel, now that Martin Schulz has ruled out a “grand coalition” of the two old giants….

So that leaves ‘Jamaica’, named after the colours of the parties involved: the black of the CDU, the yellow of the liberal FDP, and the Greens.

And what if the ‘Jamaica’ talks fall flat? Germany could be staring at early elections.

Merkel’s real test in the next few years will be forming and leading a new coalition to grapple with Germany’s, and especially Europe’s, pressing demands. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-26/merkel-s-top-challenge-is-building-a-new-coalition

Why the German elections matter to the rest of the world http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/31/europe/german-election-guide-trnd/index.html

Why should you care?

If you’re in the US: Germany is one of America’s staunchest allies. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel is NOT a fan of US President Donald Tump … US-German relations are likely to be strained.

If you’re in Europe: Germany …has the biggest and strongest economy in the European Union … along with France, as a driver of EU policy and a powerful player in the Brexit negotiations.

If you’re anywhere else: …. And just like in France’s presidential election earlier this year, anyone in a war-torn country in the Mideast or Africa looking to Germany as a place of refuge might wonder what kind of welcome they’ll get there in the future.

PRAY

  • That Angel Merkel will be able to form the best coalition government, one that will above all else uphold the Christian faith and its values in the country;
  • That the Christians in Germany will throw off denominational differences and instead unite behind an intense pursuit of Biblical Christianity in faith and in practice;
  • That Germany will experience deep and lasting spiritual renewal and that this will become the main driving force behind Germany’s influence on the EU’s policies and on Europe on a whole.

 

2)    500,000 Ukrainians gather to celebrate reformation and God’s faithfulness

PUBLISHED ON 19 SEPTEMBER, 2017 BY LYNDSEY KOH

https://www.mnnonline.org/news/500000-ukrainians-gather-celebrate-reformation-gods-faithfulness/

[Excerpts] … while the bloody conflict between Ukraine and Russia is ongoing, the Ukrainian Church is moving.

On Sunday, around 500,000 evangelical believers gathered in the central square of Kiev, Ukraine to celebrate the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary and to thank God for His faithfulness in their country… Many traveled from all four provinces there just to be a part of that celebration, to thank God for the freedom to worship, to thank God for the freedom to preach the Gospel in their country, and to celebrate God’s faithfulness.”

…this is the place where many years ago, communists would force people to demonstrate and propagate socialism, atheism, communism, and other ‘isms’ in their country.

The celebration was due to a signed order by Ukraine’s president to celebrate the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary. It may have been a move to associate Ukraine more with Western Europe, even as Ukraine works to distance itself from Russia amidst ongoing fighting and protests. But the turnout yesterday showed how powerfully the Holy Spirit is moving in their nation.

“Ukraine is still in the midst of war. Eastern Ukraine and territories are still occupied by Russian or pro-Russian separatists. Crimea was annexed by Russia. So yes, Ukraine is struggling politically, economically, but Ukraine is striving today spiritually, pleading to God to bless that nation.”

Even as a mass gathering of believers in Ukraine went widely unnoticed by the general public, Mission Eurasia celebrates with the Ukrainian Church and calls on believers worldwide to stand with them in prayer and support — to let them know that they are not alone as the Body of Christ.

PRAY

1.       For peace between Russia and Ukraine so that God’s people can continue to freely reach out with the Gospel in Ukraine and in the other Eurasian nations;

2.       That Mission Eurasia will be empowered, resourced and successful in their mission to the Eurasian nations, of equipping and preparing the next generation for Christian leadership and witness;

3. That the nation will become a true centre for the Gospel among all the Eurasian countries.

Christian community in Turkish city of Diyarbakir disappears after ‘mass persecution’

Christianity Today | Lorraine Caballero |21 September, 2017 10:25 PM

http://www.christiandaily.com/article/christian-community-in-turkish-city-of-diyarbakir-disappears-after-mass-persecution/61149.htm

Entire Christian communities in the city of Diyarbakir in Turkey have reportedly disappeared due to “mass persecution” at the hands of authorities as the believers’ properties have been included in the government’s expropriation plan which was adopted in March 2016. According to the Gatestone Institute’s Sept. 4 report titled “Turkey’s Mass Persecution of Christians and Kurds,” the Surp Giragos Church in Diyarbakir has been turned into an army base with its pews used as firewood while garbage was dumped in its sanctuary. The report also said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been targeting Kurdish-majority areas and Christians are affected by these attacks, The Alabama Baptist relayed. In addition, all properties belonging to Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean, and Protestant Christians in Diyarbakir were included in the Turkish cabinet’s expropriation plan. The Surp Giragos Church and other houses of worship were also included…

In another case, American pastor Andrew Brunson, who had been residing in Turkey with his wife for more than two decades, now faces four new criminal charges after being jailed over false terror accusations. American Center for Law and Justice attorney CeCe Heil said the new charges against the missionary were more serious than the original charge of being a member of an armed terror group …

[Also] President Erdoğan suggested Turkey could free [Pastor Brunson] if the Trump administration extradites a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania – but the State Department says that won’t happen. Erdoğan wants to put the cleric, Fetullah Gulen, on trial for allegedly masterminding last year’s failed coup, and has now made clear Brunson has become a bargaining chip in that effort.  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/29/turkey-suggests-swapping-jailed-us-pastor-for-muslim-cleric.html

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will strengthen, protect and bring deliverance to His people in Turkey, in the face of the persecutions they are undergoing for their faith in Him;
  2. That Pastor Brunson will be absolved of all charges and that Turkey’s president, President Erdogan, will use his authority to release and return him to his homeland;
  3. That God will empower His people and enable them to share the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit despite the increased hostilities and bitter persecution they experience

Category 2: Israel, the Middle East and Africa

 Scripture—Psalm 103:13-22

Iraq

Even as Kurds celebrated the overwhelming approval of an independence referendum, Iraq took actions to punish the would-be breakaway state, vowing to shut down its airspace and join Turkey in holding military exercises. Calling the vote “unconstitutional,” Iraq’s parliament Wednesday also asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send troops to the oil-producing, Kurdish-held region of Kirkuk and take control of its lucrative oil fields.

It told the 34 countries that have diplomatic missions in Kurdistan to shut them down and urged Abadi to enforce a decision to fire Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim for holding the vote, and deploy forces to areas that were under Iraqi government control before the fall of Mosul to Islamic State over three years ago. (Paul Alexander, September 28, 2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/iraq-turkey-move-to-punish-kurdistan-for-referendum-vote/4047227.html

As the deadline looms for the State Department and USAID to provide portions of more than $1 billion in aid to the religious minorities targeted for genocide by ISIS in Iraq, the children of Christian and Yazidi refugees are pleading directly to President Trump to take action. A series of photos provided exclusively to Fox News show the young refugees at camps in Mt. Sinjar and Dohuk holding up makeshift signs saying, “God Bless USA” and “Don’t forget us President Trump,” to put a human face on their longstanding plight in Northern Iraq.

“I think it will strike the conscience to see the real faces of innocent children who need to be rescued,” Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer, and Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, said to Fox News. It was over a year ago when then-Secretary of State John Kerry publicly declared in March 2016 that ISIS was “responsible for genocide” against the religious minorities of northern Iraq. A total of $1.3 billion was eventually earmarked for humanitarian aid under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, but many of Iraq’s Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities have yet to see a dime. The Consolidated Appropriations Act will expire this week at the end of the fiscal year.

Catholic and Christian Churches submitted a request on September 15 to USAID for the immediate release of $22 million of the $1.3 billion allocated for immediate relief. Shea tells Fox News that the funds have not been released due to what USAID officials have referred to as a “religion blind” policy in which they claim the U.S. cannot release money to religious groups despite the statutory mandate to assist these communities. The deadline comes as an exception was made for the Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, which received $32 million in aid.

“It is always good when people who are in danger are helped. But why is there a terrible disparity between our government’s treatment of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma and the absolute lack of help for Christians in Iraq — whom Secretary Tillerson declared last month to be victims of genocide,” she said in a statement to Fox News. “In Iraq, we should be helping people that are victims of genocide. But our government is not. We should be caring for all religious minorities. But our government is not. We should be concerned about religious freedom. But our government is not.” (Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, September 26, 2017).

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/26/photos-religious-minority-children-pleading-for-trumps-help-show-urgency-for-iraq-aid.html

Pray

  1. Pray for an amicable resolution to the Kurds overwhelming approval of a vote to gain independence from Iraq.
  2. Pray that Iraq’s Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities will receive financial aid promised to them by the US government.
  3. Thank God that many Iraqi cities have been liberated from IS control. Pray for the total and complete defeat of IS.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Iraq.

 

Cameroon

Business activity has come to a standstill as Cameroon has sealed its northern border with the troubled Central African Republic following escalating violence in the neighboring country. Cameroon says several of its citizens have been kidnapped and taken to C.A.R. by armed groups.

Hundreds of villagers in the Cameroon northern town of Mayo Rey celebrated the return home of three traders captured by armed groups from their town two weeks ago. They were taken across the border to the Central African Republic and their families asked to pay $10,000 each the hostages release. The three former captives were freed by the Cameroon military after two days of cross fire battles with the rebels along the border.

The most senior government official in the Cameroon border locality, Etienne Mballa Samba, says several Cameroonians in his area have been kidnapped since violence escalated across the border two weeks ago. He says more troops have been deployed to stop the rebels.  He says the government of Cameroon has decided to seal its northern border with the Central African Republic to stop armed rebel groups from causing disorder. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, September 28, 2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/cameroon-seals-border-car/4047965.html

Cameroon’s government says resurging violence in the Central African Republic has driven another 20,000 refugees into Cameroon this year and prevented the approximately 300,000 C.A.R. refugees who were already in the country from going home. The recent influx has increased humanitarian needs and tensions in border areas of eastern Cameroon.

Seven hundred children attend the government primary school in the Timangolo refugee camp on Cameroon’s eastern border with the Central African Republic. There were 500 students three months ago. Cameroon’s government says most of the new refugees arriving from C.A.R. this year are women and children.

The conditions in the camps sparse, and refugees complain of water and food shortages. The U.N. refugee agency said as of April, just 5 percent of the funding needed for the refugees this year had been pledged. The government is pleading with donors to mobilize resources to help the refugees, said Rene Emmanuel Sadi, Cameroon’s minister of territorial administration and decentralization. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, September 15, 2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/cameroon-struggles-meet-needs-car-refugees/4030766.html

Pray

  1. Thank God for the release of the three Cameroon citizens who had been kidnapped by a Central African Republic (CAR) armed group.
  2. Pray for the release of all the kidnapped Cameroon citizens being held in CAR.
  3. Pray for an end to the violence in CAR so that refugee citizens of CAR in Cameroon may return home.
  4. Pray for humanitarian aid to get to the refugees in Cameroon.
  5. Pray for the growth and strengthening of the Church in Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

 

Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A month after seven church leaders were arrested, interrogated and released on bail, police in Sudan detained and questioned another church leader in Omdurman on Friday (Sept. 22), sources said.

Elder Mahjoub Abotrin of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) was arrested from his home in Omdurman, across the Nile River from Khartoum, and was interrogated before he was released. It was not clear if he was charged with any offense, but sources said that he was arrested because of his refusal to hand over SCOC leadership to government-appointed leadership. The current leadership expires on March 2018. The SCOC constitution calls for a General Assembly every three years to appoint church leaders.

Rev. Kwa Shamaal (also transliterated Kuwa Shamaal), SCOC head of missions, confirmed the arrest of Abotrin to Morning Star News. “We cannot allow them [government-appointed committee members] to take over the church,” Shamaal said. (Morning Star News, September 26, 2017)

http://morningstarnews.org/2017/09/sudan-detains-interrogates-elder-campaign-take-church/

Pray

  1. Pray that the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) will continue to resist all efforts of the Sudanese government to take control of the church.
  2. Pray for world leaders to use their influence to dissuade the Sudanese government from seeking to take control of the churches in Sudan.
  3. Pray for the safety of church leaders and for the growth of the Church in Sudan.

Egypt

Twenty-four people are facing jail terms in Egypt for “insulting” the judiciary, Amnesty International said Thursday. North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International Najia Bounaim said, “This trial is an attempt to silence criticism of a judiciary that has itself become a source of human rights violations. ‘Insulting’ public institutions or officials is not a criminal offense under international law, and no one should stand trial, let alone face imprisonment, for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.” The fates of the 24 are to be decided by a court on September 30. (VOA News, September 28, 2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/rights-group-says-24-egyptians-facing-jail-terms-for-insulting-judiciary/4048485.html

A group of Muslims reportedly rioted earlier in September in the village of Tawa in Minya, Egypt, injuring three Christians and destroying homes and cars in anger against a Facebook post that called on Jesus Christ to touch the hearts of terrorists. Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported on Monday that the attack took place on Sept. 14, when a number of Muslims gathered in the village in front of Christian homes and shops.

“They were pelting stones at the homes while shouting ‘Allah Akbar.’ They hurled bricks and stones at Mar Girgis (St. George) Coptic Orthodox Church despite the presence of some security guards who had been assigned to guard the church, but the guards couldn’t confront the huge number of the mob,” explained Essam, a Christian eyewitness in the town. “The police then arrived in the village, controlled the situation, and arrested Muslim villagers. The security forces have now deployed across the streets of the village.” (STOYAN ZAIMOV, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER, SEP 26, 2017)

http://www.christianpost.com/news/muslims-riot-injure-christians-in-egypt-after-facebook-post-asks-jesus-to-change-terrorists-200580/

Pray

  1. Pray that the twenty-four persons accused of insulting the Egyptian judiciary will not be charged. Also pray for the Egyptian government to grant freedom of speech to Egyptians.
  2. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Egypt. Also pray that Muslims in Minya province will allow Christians to practice their faith.

 

Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports Yemen is in the grips of an unprecedented cholera outbreak. The Swiss humanitarian organization said the number of suspected cases in the impoverished, war-torn country could reach 900,000 by the end of the year. To date, the ICRC estimates around 750,000 suspected cases throughout Yemen, including more than 2,100 deaths.

ICRC Yemen delegation head Alexandre Faite said he fears more records could be broken.

“The situation from a humanitarian standpoint is a catastrophe,” he stressed. “We have something, which is close to a million cases of suspected cholera, maybe by the end of the year. And, this … is only a possible external illustration of something more serious. We could have an outbreak of something else.” Faite said he sees no political settlement to the war, which has claimed thousands of lives and injured many more.

A recent U.N. report said conflict, cholera and severe food shortages have made Yemen the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. (Lisa Schlein, VOA News, September 29, 2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/icrc-yemen-grips-unprecedented-cholera-outbreak/4050103.html

The United States is increasing aid to Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia to help millions affected by food insecurity and violence. An additional $575 million in humanitarian assistance will be provided to the four countries, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced at the U.N. General Assembly.

“With this new funding, the United States is providing emergency food and nutrition assistance, life-saving medical care, improved sanitation, emergency shelter, and protection for vulnerable groups who have been affected by conflict,” the agency said in a statement. “The United States is also providing safe drinking water and supporting health and hygiene programs to treat and prevent disease outbreaks, including cholera, which has taken hold in all four countries,” it added. (VOA News, September 21, 2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-to-increase-aid-to-three-african-countries-and-yemen-/4038855.html

Pray (2 Min):

  1. Thank God that The United States is increasing aid to Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia. Also, Pray for an end to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
  2. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Yemen.

 

Category 3

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

Newton Gabbidon – Intro/ Scripture   –   Psalms 47: 1 – 9             4”        9:40 – 9:44

Movement Day United Kingdom, October 6 – 7, 2017.

Movement Day, October 20 – 21, 2017

Interesting Facts about Movement Day United Kingdom

Movement Day United Kingdom is a globally significant idea, given the enormous parts London and the United Kingdom play on the global stage

“The modern Christian movement has been profoundly shaped by Christian leadership from the United Kingdom.  What would happen if a new generation of Christian leaders were raised up to impact the twenty-first century the way the United Kingdom church impacted the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries”  (Mac Pier, A Disruptive Gospel: Stories & Strategies for Transforming Your City).

Changing Face of the Gospel in the United Kingdom

  • There are approximately 2 million Evangelical Christians living in the United Kingdom;
  • Approximately 10%  attend church across the United Kingdom;
  • The majority of people attending church in London are either African or Caribbean. who have either immigrated into the United Kingdom from the global South or descended from these immigrants;
  • “In addition to growing secularization in the United Kingdom, the number of Muslims converts in Britain has passed 100,000, fueled by a surge of young white women adopting the Islamic faith.  The number has almost doubled in ten years – with the average convert now a 27 year old white woman fed up with British consumerism and immorality.”
  • These are volatile times in the UK, given the global refuge crisis
  • The existence of a Large number of Christian unity movements in every major city and town that have been birthed for mission and transformation (estimated at 116 by Rodger Sutton, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance).

 

Prayer for the Outcomes of Hosting Movement Day 2017 in the UK and New York City  

Pray

  • That MDUK and MDNYC 2017 will significantly raise the missional perspective of unity for transformation in the United Kingdom and New York City;
  • That MDUK 2017 will accelerate the vision for existing Christian movements across the UK to impact the rest of Europe and the rest of the world;
  • That MDUK and MDNYC 2017 will accelerate the vision for evangelism, millennials ministry, racial unity and sphere networks across the UK and New York City;
  • That MDUK and MDNYC 2017 will create a comprehensive conversation across the UK and NYC with diverse expressions of the church regarding unity and mission.

(Source: Material on Movement Day UK 2017 and the prayer points cited above were adopted from Mac Pier, A Disruptive Gospel: Stories & Strategies for Transforming Your City).

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 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.

 

UNICEF: 16 Million Children Affected by South Asia Floods

Nearly 16 million children are “in urgent need of life-saving support” as a result of the catastrophic flooding that has ravaged South Asia, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

“Children have lost their homes, schools and even friends and loved ones,” UNICEF South Asia Director Jean Gough said in a statement. Gough said conditions could worsen as the torrential monsoon rains that have flooded the region continue.

UNICEF said the devastating floods have claimed nearly 1,300 lives and affected more than 45 million people since mid-August.

Flooding has occurred for two months in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, submerging hundreds of villages and forcing tens of thousands of people into relief camps.

The relief organization said more than 8 million people have been affected by the flooding in Bangladesh, including some 3 million children. Nearly 700,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and almost 2,300 schools sustained damage.

The floods affected about 1.7 million people in Nepal, including some 353,000 who have been displaced from their homes. Nearly 2,000 schools have been damaged or demolished, impacting the education of almost 255,000 children.

Four states in India have suffered extensive damage, affecting over 31 million residents, including nearly 12.5 million children. An estimated 805,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. The education of almost one million students was disrupted after the floods damaged some 15,500 schools. (Source: VOAS News)

PRAY

  1. That the Christian community worldwide will respond compassionately to the needs of the millions of suffering children and their families in the flood ravaged areas of South Asia by its support of the various disaster relief efforts, led by individuals, churches, and other organizations seeking to bring relief to affected regions. Pray also that these various humanitarian relief efforts will result in the revelation of God’s Redeeming love   through Jesus Christ, His spiritual comfort and deep inner peace to the people of South Asia.
  2. For the strengthening and the growth of the church across South Asia to respond through the message of the Gospel to those living in extreme poverty and are in dire need of food and shelter, because of the flooding other natural disasters. Pray also for the supply of God’s provision to meet the growing needs of the churches across South Asia at this time.

North Korea Publicly Executes 80 for Possessing Bibles

Tragic news coming from North Korea today. According to South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo, as many as 80 people were publicly executed in North Korea this month for minor offenses such as owning a Bible

The alleged “criminals” were put to death in seven cities across North Korea, averaging ten per city. The victims had their heads covered by white bags, were tied to stakes near a stadium, and shot by authorities repeatedly with machine guns. North Korean officials forced a crowd of over 10,000 people, including children, to witness the killings.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were (so) riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterward,” the JoongAng Ilbo source said.

The massacre marks the first time during Kim Jong-un’s reign where public executions have taken place, a troubling sign for the future of the totalitarian country. Government officials suggest that the executions were meant to quell the recent spread of capitalism in various cities across North Korea.

Female prisoners in North Korean camps raped and executed, their babies fed to dogs – and liberals still support Kim Jong-Un over Trump

North Korean law permits executions for conspiring to overthrow the government, treason and terrorism. But the country has also been known to order public executions for minor infractions such as religious activism, cellphone use and stealing food, in an effort to intimidate the public.

(Source:  JEWS NEWS, Jun3 2017)

Pray

  1. For the North Korean regime under Kim Jong-un to respond to the appeal of the International community to desist from the brutal oppression of the North Korean people, reflected in the recent public executions of persons found guilty of minor offences including the ownership of Bibles.
  2. For the Lord to respond to the cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea and the Christian Community around the world against the terrible oppression and injustices suffered by the people of North Korea, particularly the 70,000 fellow believers serving long harsh prisons terms in concentration camps.
  3. For the suffering Church of North Korea, in spite of persecution, to continue to grow and experience God’s favor and His provision to become powerful redemptive force in such terrible darkness.
  4. For God’s intervention in the North Korean crisis to avert war on the Peninsula that would result to the terrible unprecedented loss of lives, injuries and suffering of millions of people in both North and South Korea, worsen the world refuge crisis and threaten world peace


Prayer for China
 

China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

Two-thirds of Chinese Christians attend a house church. 

“To understand the Church in China, it matters what terms mean: Three Self churches are ‘registered churches’ and house churches are ‘unregistered churches.’”

“House churches (formerly referred to as ‘underground churches’) are smaller, who in the past mostly met in homes to escape the control of the police. Today, at least in the city areas, they are larger—between 50 to 600 attendees—and most often rent space in commercial buildings. They are not registered with the government, and in most cases, are not allowed to own a building or buy commercial space. They get no money from government and, in some cases, are harassed and even shut down. At the same time, there are still many small groups who meet in homes.”

“To understand the nature of persecution/freedom, keep in mind these realities:

  • The issue isn’t so much freedom of religionas it is freedom of assembly. The government seems not as concerned about what people believe, as they are over people gathering in large groups or by becoming too public.
  • Most often, house churches can’t build or buy their own buildings. In cities, they seem to most often rent space to hold their meetings. Smaller groups, especially in the rural areas, meet in homes and structures are often built so as to accommodate a group larger than a family.
  • They can’t open a bank account in the name of church or group: finances are held in the name of a person.
  • Pastors assume that the security police know much of the activities of their house churches.
  • It’s impossible to estimate the number of house churches. A pastor told me that a member of national security estimated that in his city of Nanjing (a population of over 15 million), there were more than 5,000 house churches of 50 plus members. This number did not include house churches with less than 50.
  • China is divided into provinces. The national government gives much control to the provincial and municipal/city levels. In some provinces, house churches may be closed, as in Hangzhou (Zhejiang province) in 2016.
  • It is estimated that two-thirds of Christians attend a house church.
  • The underground Church operated quite literally out of sight of the ever-watching police. They did this for survival beginning in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • All forms of religion, including shrines, were decimated by Mao’s Cultural Revolution: their goal was to strip it of any spiritual legacy.
  • The Christian population is guessed at between 80 to 130 (or more) million.
  • The well-known saying, “What you have heard probably happened somewhere, sometime with someone,” is likely true, but be careful of taking one or two incidents and extrapolating that into a nation-wide government policy.

Let us pray for China

“What goes on in China matters to the Church worldwide; soon, it will be the country with the largest Christian population and, in time, it might have the world’s largest missionary force.

When Jesus said He would build His Church, He surely had China in mind.”

(Source:  Adopted from Christianity Today, June 2017)

PRAY

  1. Praise God for the survival, resilience and continued growth of the Christian community across China despite the various attempts by the Communist government to decimate the Christian faith in China.
  2. For house churches (underground churches) in China facing persecution to continue to grow and expand across the nation despite the persecution they face and that their survival.
  3. That the growth will serve as a valuable source of hope and inspiration to those Christians from North Korea, India and other nations suffering persecution for their faith and that the Chinese Church will also serve strategic role in the evangelization and social transformation of nations across Asia.

 

 

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