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Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Category 1 Scripture Verse:  Psalm 65(NIV)[a]

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 2050 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

 

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.

 

Prayer for Children and Youth across America

Knoxville Satanic “Children’s Ministry” Looking To Teach Children Through School Release Program

A Satanic “children’s ministry” claims to be hoping to take advantage of a pilot program allowing them to “proselytize” children during school hours after a Knox County, Tennessee elementary school granted a local church the same right.

According to WVLT 8, a little-utilized law allows students to be released from school for one hour in order to attend a “course in religious moral instruction authorized by a local school district.”…

… Upon hearing the news of the pilot program, however, a group calling itself “The Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville” felt they had cause to rejoice:

November 5, 2019

We are so excited! We just sent off for our 501(c)3!

We want to thank Sterchi Elementary, The Church at Sterchi Hills, and Knox County Public Schools! We could not have done this without you!

We’ve been struggling to find the best way to kick off our Children’s Ministry. We knew the key would be getting inside our local public schools but there was no way presenting our Satanic Release Program to the Knox Country School Board that we’d get approved on our own. We’ve been waiting patiently for another program to be introduced because once Knox County allows one religious organization to come into the schools with a release program, they have to let us all in!

We are so proud to announce that pending the school board vote in November approving The Church at Sterchi Hill’s Bible Release Time program, Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville will be coming to your local elementary with our Satanic Release Program! For one hour once a month, your children can be released from their school to come learn about Baphomet!

Let your children come check out our program! We have so many activities planned to help them learn the tenets of Satanism. We’ll even send your children back to school with candy, prizes, and educational materials so they can share our program with their classmates!

We can’t wait!

Charisma News 4:00 PM EST 11/12/2019 JENNY ROSE SPAUDO

Over 100,000 Have Committed to Jesus as Students Host Prayer, Bible Reading on Football Fields

In October, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) encouraged students across the nation to gather on school football fields to pray, read the Bible and "open up their life to Christ."
These spiritual events are called Fields of Faith, and as a result, over 120,000 people have either professed faith in Christ or recommitted their lives to Him as a result of these events, according to FCA Executive Director of Ministry Advancement Jeff Martin. Martin clarifies that this number is cumulative since Fields of Faith began in 2004.

PRAY

  1. Father, we thank you that your Word tells us no weapon formed against us by the devil will accomplish its purposes – that the gates of Hell do not prevail. We decree and declare that It is Your giftings and callings and purposes for our children which will be and are being accomplished.
  2. We thank you, Father, that your children hear your voice and the voice of the enemy they will not entertain.
  3. We thank you, Father, that you are pouring out your Spirit on our sons and daughters and that they are standing up, stepping up and speaking up. – declaring righteousness and your Kingdom to come.

 

Prayer for Religious Freedom in America

Chick-fil-A Caves In, Christians Will Lose Their Freedom

Chick-fil-A, one of America’s most-liked fast-food chains, just announced they will no longer donate to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Though these groups are widely respected and considered “mainstream,” they have not publicly announced support of same-sex marriage — in keeping with traditional Christian views.

Chick-fil-A has been targeted by radical, secular groups who hate the idea that the company supports traditional Christian groups.

The Salvation Army, for example, takes no political positions. They only seek to live out the command of Jesus Christ to help the poor.

The Salvation Army was frankly shocked by what happened.

Here’s their statement: “We're saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education, and homelessness organizations — areas in which the Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed.”

Based on IRS records, Chich-fil-A donated to SPLC in 2017, a far left legal organization that has  labeled dozens of Christian conservative advocacy nonprofits as “hate” groups because of their views on issues like marriage and criticism of radical Islamic terror. SPLC’s “hate” group label has been used in mainstream media to discredit the work of Christian conservative advocacy groups. “Anyone who opposes the SPLC, including many Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and traditional conservatives, is slandered and slapped with the 'extremist' label or even worse, their 'hate group' designation. At one point, the SPLC even added Dr. Ben Carson to its 'extremist' list because of his biblical views (and only took him off the list after public outcry).”

Tony Perkins, President of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, who believes that Chick-fil-A has caved to pressures from radical secular groups, asserted that “Chick-fil-A has seriously lost their way” and called for Christians to find other places to eat besides Chick-fil-A.

 “Many people have fought for Chick-fil-A and for them to capitulate to the bullies is betrayal,” Tony Perkins, one of Washington’s most prominent Christian conservative activists, said on his radio show Tuesday. 

"It's time for Christians to find a fast-food alternative to Chick-fil-A," Perkins stressed. 

Rev. Franklin Graham, however, said he was assured by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy that the company "remains committed to Christian values."

 (Sources: Christian Post and Newsmax.com, November 28, 2019)

Pray for

  1. The Lord to open new doors of financial resources to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to replace the funding they lost from major corporate donor Chick-fil-A as a result of their support of traditional Christian views related to marriage and the family.
  2. Chick-fil-A to resist pressures from all secular and far-left radical groups like SPLC that hate the idea that the company supports traditional Christian values.
  3. The Christian community across America to take a bold, uncompromising stand in affirming support for the Bible as the only source for moral teachings on marriage and the family.

Prayer for South America and the Caribbean

PRAYER ALERT: Chileans attack churches to protest government

Earlier this month crowds of protesters stormed La Asuncion Catholic Church in Santiago, Chile. They looted the church, dragging out pews, statues, and other icons, and burning them.

Why? A two-cent rise in metro fares sparked a student protest on October 18. Since then agitators have stirred bigger crowds to protest inequities in government health care, education, and pension payments.

But what does that have to do with the Catholic Church? Nothing. Yet the attacks on La Asuncion and other Catholic churches may show an outburst of smoldering resentment. Ever since 1984, sexual abuse reports against Father Fernando Karadima had gone unanswered by the Catholic Church. Finally in 2011—27 years later—the Vatican found him guilty and defrocked him.

But in 2015 Pope Francis appointed Karadima’s protégé Juan Barros Madrid as bishop of Osorno. Barros was one of the many alleged but unprosecuted accomplices in the Karadima coverup.

The controversy raged on until 2018, when the pope called all thirty Chilean bishops to the Vatican. In response, all of them offered to resign. But the pope has accepted the resignations of only seven of them, including Barros. The other 23 who looked the other way while Karadima practiced pedophilia are still leading the Catholic Church in Chile.

Source: ‘Without any respect for God’: Bishops denounce violent attacks on churches in Chile

Pray

Pray for God to:

  1. Expose further plans of Chilean protesters to loot and burn churches and other buildings, and stop them. Prevent further clashes with police which have added to the casualties, now estimated as 20 dead and 2000 injured.
  2. Bring deep healing to the abused by priests and deep repentance to those leaders who overlooked or covered up the abuse. And if those leaders refuse to change, to raise up good and faithful leaders in their place.
  3. Replace the reproach on the Catholic church with a new reformation. To restore to the church shepherds who will protect their flocks from wolves and lead them in paths of righteousness for Christ’s name’s sake.

Revival across Europe

  1. Hungarian PM: Persecuted Christians will help us save Europe

Dorothy Cummings McLean |Life Site News| November 26, 2019 [excerpts]

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungarian-pm-persecuted-christians-will-help-us-save-europe

BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Prime Minister of Hungary believes that the Christians who are being protected from persecution today may save Europe tomorrow. 

Victor Orbán, 56, gave a speech today in Budapest at the second International Conference on Christian Persecution.  

The Hungarian Prime Minister also explained that his country’s Christian identity “obligates us to protect Christian communities throughout the world suffering persecution.”

Orbán contrasted the large number of Christians among those who suffer for their faith with the indifference of most of Europe.

“European politicians seem paralyzed and unable to do anything, insisting that it is all a matter of generic ‘human rights.’”

The Hungarian Prime Minister argued that Christian persecution is not only an attack on people but on an entire culture, “including here in Europe.” This persecution is sometimes violent but sometimes more subtle, including “population exchange through mass migration, stigmatization, mockery, and the muzzle of political correctness.”

The Prime Minister said that the only solution is for Europe to discover its Christian roots and reaffirm its Christian identity.  

The “Hungary Helps” program was set up by Orbán’s government in 2017 to aid Christian communities that are suffering persecution. The Hungarian schemes rely on relationships between the Hungarian government and Christian communities themselves, bypassing such standard middlemen as the UN and large multinational NGOs.

According to Thomas D. Williams of Breitbart, the Hungarian Prime Minister stressed the important role Christian Hungary has to play in the world.  

“Hungarians make up only 0.02 percent of the world’s population, so how much difference can it make? Is it worth it?” Orbán asked.

He answered his own question by reflecting on the 12 apostles who, though small in number, changed the world with the Good News.  

According to Devex, a news website “for the global development community,” the Hungarian projects served as a model for USAID’s new “Genocide and Persecution Response” initiative, which was announced in 2018.

According to Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, one problem with helping Christians is anti-Christian feeling in international bodies. 

“The Hungarian government rejects the approach that often appears on the part of the international community, according to which Christian phobia and any form of anti-Christian sentiment is acceptable,” Szijjártó told the Conference today.  

“Amid the current international political framework, it requires courage to openly talk about the fate of Christians, and those who accepted the invitation to attend this conference have also demonstrated extreme courage,” he continued. 

Szijjártó also criticized the UN Global Compact for Migration, saying that every country has the right not to be a source, transitional country, or object of migration.  

“Every country has the right to decide whether it wants to be one or neither of these, just as everyone also has the right to live in the land of their birth and to live a secure life there in their own homeland,” he declared. 

“This is the foundation on which the Hungarian government is building its policy when it supports Christian communities [abroad].”

PRAY

  1. That God will bless Hungary and its Prime Minister with lasting peace, stability, prosperity and total wellbeing for standing up to protect and support Christians who are being persecuted for their faith.
  2. That Hungary will be successful in fulfilling its vision to influence other nations across Europe and the rest of the world to stand up for Christians against persecution.
  3. That God will so bless the “Hungary Helps” program that they will be able to fulfil their vision without being dependent on such powerful bodies as the UN and large multinational NGOs.
  1. ‘I See You’: A handmade petition to support persecuted Christian women
    Open Doors, Livenet.ch AUTHOR Evangelical Focus LONDON 28 NOVEMBER 2019 [excerpts]

http://evangelicalfocus.com/culture/4926/I_See_You_A_handmade_petition_to_support_persecuted_Christian_women

The exhibition of the Handmade Petition: I See You, organised by Open Doors UK, has been held in Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London from 17-24 November. The installation was created “to amplify the voices of persecuted Christian women and to demonstrate to the UK Government and parliamentarians the vital need for policy change”, organisers said.

“AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD”

More than 16,000 people wrote, painted, drew or embroidered their names in this unique petition, along with over 250 Christian women from across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America who have been persecuted for both their faith and gender. Their works have been strung at Westminster Abbey, “to give people a visual opportunity to hear these women’s stories and understand the characteristics of gender-specific persecution”.

Additionally, the installation displayed portraits and self-portraits of Nigerian women who have experienced persecution for both their faith and gender, and have been victim to sexual violence by Boko Haram or Fulani militants.

“This petition is about our saying to these women: we do see you, you are seen, we hear your story, we want justice for you, we are praying for you”, said the director of Open Doors UK and Ireland, Henrietta Blyth. According to Blyth, “[It] shows how passionately people are committed to the issue of violence against women who are brave enough to stand by their Christian faith”.

“PRAYING IS VITAL”

Open Doors stressed that “it is really vital that we continue to pray for our vulnerable sisters around the world, so that they would know God’s presence and peace”. “The petition is also designed to have a lasting impact on UK government policy. Faith should be recognised as a specific vulnerability in relation to persecution, in the way that factors such as age and gender are”, they explained.

At the opening reception, the theologian and philosopher Dr Elaine Storkey pointed out that “when you don’t include the whole issue of faith, then it just becomes hidden. We can’t deal with it properly if we aren’t looking at the real thing that’s the cause of the violence”. “Even in those countries where women a+re being violated sexually, […] you’ll find that Christians are being violated even more, over and over +again, in many different forms”, she added.

“A CROWD OF WITNESSES”

A partner of Open Doors from Northern Nigeria, who remained anonymous, also spoke at the opening about the problems in the country, where Christian women are often used by Boko Haram and the Fulani terrorists as sex objects, as slaves or as machines for the production of children. “They have no voice to defend themselves or draw attention to the malady. This handmade petition allows every woman to be sure that everyone sees her. It is like a crowd of witnesses”. The handmade petition is part of Open Doors’ ongoing See Change campaign in support of persecuted Christian women.

PRAY

  1. That God will work through the ‘I see you’ initiative to sensitize people to the horrors of persecution that women face across the globe.
  2. That the special plight and vulnerability of Christian women, in particular, will have a deep and lasting impact on the shape of UK government policy, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming elections.
  3. That the Lord will encircle and strengthen His daughters with His Presence and that this will serve as a powerful testimony to the other persecuted women who have yet to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture: Ps. 52:1-9  

Israel and Iran

WASHINGTON - Western news agencies producing content in Persian have rebuked Iran for harassing their journalists based in Europe and the United States and for intimidating the Iran-based relatives of those journalists.

In a statement emailed to VOA Persian on Tuesday, a BBC spokesman said the London-based network has seen an increase in Iranian harassment of its Persian service staff and their families since the network began covering anti-government protests that erupted in Iran on November 15 and spread to dozens of cities.

Within several days, the Iranian government violently suppressed the protests, which were sparked by the sudden increase in gas prices amid a weakening economy. The London-based rights group Amnesty International said Iranian security forces killed at least 143 protesters in the unrest, in which some people set fire to buildings and looted stores. Iranian authorities have not released a death toll.

“It is deeply disappointing that Iran’s targeting of journalists and foreign-based Persian language media has been stepped up [during coverage of the protests],” the BBC spokesman said. (Michael Lipin, Farhad Pouladi, November 27, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-news-iran/western-based-persian-media-rebuke-iran-harassing-journalists-covering

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Protesters angry over government-set gasoline prices spiking in Iran attacked hundreds of banks, police outposts and gas stations in the demonstrations, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday as its supreme leader alleged without evidence that a “conspiracy'' involving the U.S. caused the unrest.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment while addressing members of the Revolutionary Guard's all-volunteer Basij force, which help put down the demonstrations. Meanwhile, one lawmaker was quoted as saying authorities arrested more than 7,000 people over the protests while a security official claimed demonstrators attempted to take over Iranian state television. (Associated Press, November 27, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/iran-says-protesters-attacked-hundreds-banks-blaming-us

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of planning attacks against the Jewish state and said everything possible would be done to prevent them. The premier, who was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday and is seen to be battling for his political life, made his remarks on a visit to an army base near the border with conflict-ravaged Syria.

"Iran's aggression in our region, and against us, continues," Netanyahu said. He was speaking on the day US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in the country to meet his Israeli counterpart Aviv Kohavi. The two generals discussed "operational questions and regional developments", an army statement said. (AFP, Nov 24, 2019)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-planning-attacks-israel-netanyahu-205141362.html

Pray:

  1. Pray that international governments would use their influence to encourage Iran to stop harassing journalists and to allow for more freedom of the press.
  2. Pray that international leaders would take action against Iran for the arresting and imprisoning of innocent civilians, especially those arrested for practicing their faith. Also, pray for the release of Christians who have been imprisoned because of their faith.
  3. Pray that Iran will not develop or obtain nuclear weapons.
  1. Pray that Israel will have a duly elected government in place.
  2. Pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Iran and Israel.

Burkina Faso

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency is calling for greater protection for thousands of people fleeing escalating violence in northeastern Burkina Faso. It says the lack of security is hampering humanitarian agencies’ efforts to reach those in desperate need of aid. Nearly a half-million people are internally displaced in Burkina Faso, and the recent surge of violence is sending thousands more fleeing for their lives. U.N. refugee agency spokesman Babar Baloch warned Friday that the number of displaced could reach 650,000 by year’s end if militant attacks on civilians do not end.  
 
Those fleeing say attackers “often forcibly recruit male residents at gunpoint, killing those who resist,” Baloch said. “Militants also stole cattle and other possessions from the communities."  

Baloch said terrified residents flee, leaving everything behind.  He said many have sought safety in Dori, a small town on the Mali-Niger border. (Lisa Schlein, VOA News, November 22, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/thousands-flee-extremists-go-rampage-northeast-burkina-faso

OUAGADOUGOU - The Burkina Faso army said on Sunday it had killed 32 "terrorists" in two operations in the north of the country after an attack on a patrol.

One soldier was killed in the operations, which come less than a month after 37 people were killed in an ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company.

The army said 24 people were killed in the first operation on Friday and a further eight in a second on Saturday.

The first operation in Yorsala in Loroum province saw a number of women who "had been held and used by the terrorists as sex slaves" freed. Arms, ammunition and other materials were also recovered in the second operation on the outskirts of Bourzanga in Bam province, the army statement added. (Agence France-Presse, November 17, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/burkina-faso-army-32-terrorists-killed-two-operations

Pray  

  1. Thank God that the Burkina Faso army freed several women from terrorists who had held these women as sex slaves. Also, pray for the freedom of more people who are held captive by human traffickers.
  2. Thank God that the Burkina Faso army was successful in two operations against terrorists.
  3. Pray for the establishment of peace in northeastern Burkina Faso.
  4. Pray for greater protection and provision for the nearly a half-million people thousands of people fleeing escalating violence in Burkina Faso.
  5. Pray for the dissolution of the Islamic terrorist groups in Burkina Faso.
  6. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Burkino Faso.

 Cameroon

As reported by Barnabus Aid, retired pioneering pastor David Mokoni and a hearing-impaired child were killed on Nov. 6 when Boko Haram militants carried out a nighttime attack on a church in the town of Moskota in Cameroon’s northern Mayo-Tsanaga district.

Two other pastors present at the church when the attack occurred managed to escape while another is being treated for a gunshot wound in the leg, according to the international Christian aid agency. In addition, the militants were said to have taken food, clothing and even the pastor’s robes from the church. 

A local source told Barnabus Aid that the Nov. 6 attack in Moskata was the second attack on the town in a week’s span and that a series of attacks carried out in Cameroon’s far north region since October has left at least eight people dead.

On Oct. 31, six people were said to have been hacked to death by militants in the village of Kotserehe, according to Barnabus Aid. The day before on Oct. 30, militants were said to have looted six Christian villages in the Mayo Sava district. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, November 21, 2019).

https://www.christianpost.com/world/pastor-and-hearing-impaired-child-killed-by-boko-haram-in-cameroon-church.html

Pray

  1. Pray that those responsible for the eight murders in Mokoni and Kotserehe villages would be brought to justice.
  2. Pray for the defeat and dissolution of Boko Haram in Cameroon.
  3. Pray for the salvation of key Boko Haram leaders.
  4. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Cameroon.

South Sudan

The current South Sudan conflict that started in 2013 after the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Jan 2005 between SPLM and the Government of Sudan.  Over 400,000 people have been killed from the conflict., with over 4 million South Sudanese people have been displaced as refugee in many parts of the world with about 1.8 million internally displaced persons in South Sudan.  Roger Alfred Yoron is a South Sudanese Journalist and former editor in chief of radio Bakhita in Juba South Sudan. He gives first-hand account of how his father who was also a journalist and Chairman of Justice & Peace committee of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba was killed for defending human rights violations in South Sudan.

Before his father died, he wrote a letter and signed it on August 17, 1992 requesting his mother to seek intervention through family members with Catholic Archbishop of Juba. Rogers father Alfred Yoron Modi was tried through military court martial and yet he was civilian. He was killed for standing for and defending human rights in South Sudan.  According to Rogers, had his mother taken the letter to the Archbishop maybe he could have intervened and saved his father’s life. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article68561.

The events surrounding the killing of Rogers father including, unreconciled truths, bitterness, with his family members contributed to his illness. He was diagnosed with Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD.

According to a study conducted in South Sudan in 2015 collaborated by UNDP and South Sudan law society out of 1,525 respondents 41% showed symptoms of PTSD. This high number of mental health cases is long standing legacy of psychological distress and mental health issues that have not been resolved as result of decades of conflicts. According to Amnesty International South Sudan had only 2 practicing psychiatrists in 2016. (Peter Kegode, IPMI Facilitator, November 24, 2019)

Pray

  • Pray for God to bring justice to the families and victims of atrocities and human right violations during the decade of conflict.
  • We repent for the decades of atrocities and unresolved human rights violations including shedding of innocent blood, families that tortured, raped, properties have been taken, tribal hatred
  • Pray for the spirit of God to be released over the nation of South Sudan, to  President Salva Kir and Vice President Riak Macher, to the military heads, Security forces, rebel forces, opposition parties,  to communities, to trigger prayer, repentance, truth & reconciliation, revival and healing of families, communities and the nations.
  • Pray for LORD to release his army of prayer warriors, worshipers, Prophets teachers, evangelists, pastors, bishops, missionaries, to move into South Sudan to do his will and release the land, the people and its resources for expansion of his Kingdom.
  • pray for release of resources to address critical issues affecting Health, Education, Security, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Governance in South Sudan.
  • Thank God for bringing closure to disagreements, releasing peace and allowing South Sudan to enter period of rest.

 

Category 3

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

Scripture   -   Psalms 71: 1 – 8

PRAY 

  1. Please pray as the Movement Day team works to connect with strong city leaders in Central & South America.
  2. Please lift in prayer the orgteam, as they execute the invitation and onboarding process for Movement Day X 2020 (formerly Movement Day Global Cities). As you pray, please focus on the following three things:
    • Financial provision as leaders are coming from a wide array of countries all over the globe.
    • Favor as international attendees submit visa requests
    • Those who are navigating tough social and political climates as they prepare for this gathering
  1. Prayer for the Movement Day team as they work to identify cities across the globe who are seeking to unite leaders within the church, non-profit and marketplace sectors, to advance city transformation.  
  2. Pray that God would download strategies and innovative ideas within the US City leaders as they convene to cast vision for the future of Movement Day! This annual gathering will take place in Los Angeles, on January 15-17.

The Global Persecution of Christians

We must support government initiatives that promote religious liberty

We are facing an epidemic of religious persecution worldwide, unlike anything seen in modern history. A recent report prepared for the British government found that an estimated 80% of this persecution is being perpetrated on followers of Christ. Indeed, this report found that religious oppression was “arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide.”

Every month:

  • 255 Christians are killed
  • 104 are abducted
  • 180 Christian women are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage
  • 66 churches are attacked
  • 160 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned

Approximately 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted or even banned... (Source: Christian Post, November  2019)

PRAY

  1. For the families of martyrs who die for their faith bearing in mind their desperate plight.
  2. For our brothers and sisters in Christ, crying out to the Lord for their deliverance.
  3. For the support of ministries that are actively serving on the front line of this battle.

India

US Pastor Still Detained in India, Awaiting December Trial

Christianity Today, November 11, 2019

“Each year, when Tennessee pastor Bryan Nerren delivered the closing message at a conference for Nepali Christian leaders in South Asia, he called them to persist in ministry despite the associated risk in a Hindu-dominated region sometimes hostile to their faith.”

“Now, Nerren, 58, is living out his sermon more than at any time in his 17 years of mission trips to South Asia, trapped in India for more than a month and prohibited from returning home following a six-day imprisonment. While Indian officials charge him with failing to fill out proper paperwork to declare the cash he was carrying, Nerren’s attorneys call the charges unjust and the detention an example of religious persecution.”

“Nerren, pastor of the nondenominational International House of Prayer in Shelbyville, Tennessee, did nothing wrong and “is essentially being held hostage in India for his Christian faith,’ according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the evangelical legal organization representing him. “He deserves to come home.’”

“Released on bail October 11 in the Indian state of West Bengal, Nerren had his passport seized by a judge while he awaits a December 12 court date. Despite backchannel work by the Trump administration and three US senators, Nerren’s family doesn’t know when he will return home.”

“India ranks number 10 on Open Doors USA’s persecution list, with an increase in attacks on Christians by Hindu radicals reported since the current Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.”

PRAY

  1. For the speedy release of US pastor Bryan Nerren from custody to return to the United States.
  2. For the improvement in religious freedom conditions in India to facilitate the growth of church;
  3. For the continued growth of the church in India despite persecution.

North Korea

Chinese pastor shared Gospel with 1,000 North Koreans before being assassinated for his faith

“A pastor on the China-North Korea border shared the hope of the Gospel with at least 1,000 North Koreans before he was assassinated for his missionary work in 2016, a defector has revealed.  Voice of the Martyrs says the Rev. Han Chung-Ryeol, a Chinese pastor of Korean descent, was on Pyongyang's most-wanted list as early as 2003 for his charitable work and dedication to spreading the Gospel.”

“Han, who ministered on the border town of Changbai since the early 1990s, ministered to thousands of North Koreans over the years — many of whom had fled the famine-stricken country in search of food and jobs. The pastor provided practical aid, such as food and clothing, and introduced each person to the Gospel before sending them back to North Korea to share Christ and help their families. After planting a Three-Self Church near the North Korean border in 1993, Han helped orphans, women enslaved to prostitution, soldiers, those starving from famine, and many others.  One man helped by Han, Sang-chul, shared his story in a short documentary released by The Voice of the Martyrs.” 

“North Korea has for the last 18 years ranked as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. In the hermit country, those who profess Christ or are caught communicating with missionaries face severe repercussions like torture and imprisonment. No definitive estimates exist on how many people have died inside North Korean political camps but some believe the number ranges from 400,000 to many millions.”

(Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/chinese-pastor-shared-gospel-with-1000-north-koreans-before-being-assassinated-for-his-faith.html?fbclid=IwAR3ZcZu20sSATpFWmRdjPi2TP--v7xUX_Cke_cAZF31Yt1k2ou6ERmHe6f4 )

PRAY

  1. Praise God for the life Chinese pastor of Korean descent Rev. Han Chung-Ryeol, for his charitable work and dedication to spreading the Gospel to the people of North Korea and also for the lives of the other numerous Christian martyrs of North Korea who gave their lives as a sacrifice for the Gospel among the Korean people.
  2. For the safety and protection of believers in North Korea who continue to risk their lives to share the Gospel with others and for the protection of the over 50,000 North Korean Christians in concentration camps suffering for their faith in Christ.
  3. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution

China

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

The Telegraph, December 2019

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America.

“Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.”

“Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signaled the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

"By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon," said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

"It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change."

China's Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline.

By 2030, China's total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil, and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world, he predicted.

"Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this," Prof Yang said. "It's ironic – they didn't. They actually failed completely."

Pray

  1. Praise God for the amazing story of the survival of the church in China despite the various attempts of the communist Government to eradicate Christianity and the Christian witness since the cultural revolution led by Mao Tsong..
  2. Pray for the house church movement across China facing various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict its growth across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning of free access to Bibles. 
  3. For the continued growth of the church across China to facilitate the continued evangelism among the Chinese people and the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

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Category One

Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Category 1 Scripture Verse:

“God, be merciful to them and bless them, and cause Your face to shine upon them, that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all the nations. Let the peoples praise You, Oh God; let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth.” (Psalm 67:1-4 NIV)

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 2050 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.
  3. For a divine solution to the migrant crisis at the US southern border.

Prayer for Children and Youth across America

Kentucky School Must Remove 'Prayer Lockers' after Group Says it's Unconstitutional

Will Maule | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, October 9, 2019

An attorney representing a Kentucky public school board has convinced his district to remove "prayer lockers" with immediate effect following a complaint.

The specific lockers in question were located at Pike Central High School had a sign emblazoned across them urging students to submit prayer requests. Facebook posts indicate that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsored the initiative.   “Do you have a prayer request?” reads the sign, which can be seen clearly in a photo posted to Facebook. “Write it on a piece of paper. Slip it into the locker. Our prayer team/FCA students would love to pray for you. All requests will remain anonymous.”…Shortly after hearing news of the initiative and seeing the Facebook post themselves, the anti-religion group “Americans United for Separation of Church and State” lodged a complaint, arguing that the locker was “likely a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”…

… Indeed, not everyone was happy with the closure of the prayer lockers, with one student saying the initiative had been the “biggest blessing.”

“My church and I have prayed for every need that was placed in this locker. However, after tomorrow, there will be some changes to the way I collect people’s prayer needs,” student Emily Chaney explained on Facebook. “After tomorrow, prayer needs will need to be given to me personally rather than in the locker. To make things easier, the first 5 minutes of break I will be in the cafeteria and can take any prayer requests cards you may have. Thank you to everyone who has trusted me with your prayer needs, and please continue to bring those needs to me personally.”

“I love everyone and will keep praying because that is my religious freedom!”

'It's gonna be a hard movement to stop': Following AU backlash, Pike County students plan to "Pray Anyway"

By Buddy Forbes | 

Posted: Mon 6:55 PM, Oct 14, 2019  | 

Updated: Mon 11:51 PM, Oct 14, 2019

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Students in Pike County are pushing back following a recent letter from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, which asked the Pike County Schools District to remove "prayer lockers" from its schools…

… Now some students at East Ridge High School are taking the project in a new direction with a challenge from a local church.

Elkhorn City Baptist Church pastor Aaron Butler said he was inspired by the love of God shown by the kids in his area and wanted to help encourage them to keep pushing for what they believe. So he introduced the "Pray Anyway" campaign.

"If we can't have one (prayer locker), we'll just have 50 to 100 in every school," Butler sa…

… Superintendent Adkins said the district has no issue with allowing students to take part in the campaign because it is student-led.

"Adult involvement was the only issue," Adkins said. "As long as it is student-led and does not disrupt the educational process, we will not have a problem at all."

PRAY

  1. Father, help our nation to get “back to basics” with the proper teaching of the history of our God-blessed nation to our children.
  2. Open the eyes of our national, state and local leaders to understand that “separation of church and state” does not strip us and our children of the right, privilege and God-given directive to be “light and salt” and give an answer for the hope that is in us.
  3. Open the eyes of all those in spiritual leadership (family, school, church) to be the supporters, encouragers and enablers of our students (Like Elkhorn City Baptist Church) as they stand up, step up and speak up for Christ on their campuses.

Prayer For Canada

How about “no” to dedicated Muslim prayer spaces in Toronto subway stations?

“A Change.org petition is calling on the Toronto Transit Commission to install Muslim prayer spaces in subway stations.”

“The petition was started by something called the Abu Ubaydah Islamic Centre and at the time of writing, it has more than 3,300 signatures.

I suppose anyone can ask for anything but the response I received when I reached out to a TTC spokesman on the matter, was a tad disturbing.”

“On the one hand, TTC spokesman Stewart Greene initially confirmed that setting aside extra space for anything in Toronto’s increasingly crowded subway stations would make for a logistical nightmare. On the other, the TTC’s official response I received later, suggests that they need to think about it once the petition is presented.”

“Huh?

Why isn’t the answer an outright no? Where’s that speech about separation of church and state?

While diversity is our strength and discrimination is bad, apparently some discrimination for a particular type of diversity is good, I suppose.”

(Source: https://www.therebel.media/how-about-no-to-dedicated-muslim-prayer-spaces-in-toronto-subway-stations-)

Note: 

Interestingly, while efforts continue in Canada to restrict God, the Bible and the active presence of the Christian faith in the public square as we see in the recent arrest and prosecution of Pastor Lyn for preaching the Gospel on the streets of Toronto and the subsequent eviction of his congregation from the rented space it occupied, efforts are now underway to facilitate the spread of Islam across Canada. Let us join together to intercede for the Lord God, the Righteous Judge over all the earth and the Soon-Coming King to reveal Himself as Lord in the church across Canada, revive His people again and cause His Name to be glorified throughout the nation through a strong and victorious church.

Pray for

  1. The Christian community across Canada to take a bold stand against the strategies of the Evil One at work through the Canadian authorities to outlaw the Scriptures as the basis of moral values for Christian families, schools, and colleges across Canada.
  2. Freedom of Pastor Lynn and his congregation facing increased opposition since his arrest for preaching against homosexuality in Toronto and for his vindication in the courts; pray also for other pastors, congregations and Christian organizations in Canada that are facing increasing hostility as a result of their opposition to homosexuality, gay marriage, and the LGBTQ gender ideology.
  3. For revival in the church across Canada resulting in large-scale salvation of the loss and social transformation of the nation.

 

Prayer for South America and the Caribbean

PRAYER ALERT: Executive Coups Favored by 23% of Latin Americans

Twenty-three percent of Latin Americans support “executive coups”, according to the Latin American Public Opinion Project—if such coups give their leaders power to solve vital issues. The issues include crime, poverty, food insecurity and corruption.

On September 30, Peru provided a dramatic example of this trend. President Martin Vizcarra dissolved Peru’s congress. He did so after the congress had blocked his anticorruption measures for four months. In response, many legislators refused to exit the Legislative Palace. But a growing crowd gathered outside to demand that they leave. The legislators finally complied. As a result of his move, President Vizcarra’s approval ratings jumped from 40 to 75 percent.

The success of the crowd’s pressure illustrates another trend. People are more willing to agitate in the streets until the desired change actually takes place. Not only in Hong Kong and Venezuela, but also recently in Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala and Puerto Rico, we see masses demonstrating against their government not once, but day after day, week after week, month after month, or even year after year.  While we can agree with their ends, we must take into account that democracy suffers as a consequence. Both autocratic rule and mob rule defy democratic processes.

In fact, the same Latin American Public Opinion Project found that 39+ percent were dissatisfied with how democracy was operating in their nation. Furthermore, of the 20 nations surveyed, only 3 trusted the democratic US more than communist China. That number had dropped from 14 trusting the US more in 2012.  We can easily find fault with constitutional democracy. Its checks and balances slow and sometimes stop the progress of desired political change. But its stability and protections for individual freedom favor the spread of the gospel. We must pray for such a peace that allows God’s people to increase and multiply unhindered:

“that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:2-4, NIV).

Related source: Latin America awash in troubles amid protests, uprisings and a distracted Washington

Pray

Pray for God to:

  1. Make His will and judgments known to those campaigning for change in Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico.
  2. End the violence, establish a peaceful atmosphere for protests, and clarify the real issues that are at stake.
  3. Reveal His higher way to rise from poverty to prosperity, and increase the true government and peace which have no end. And show that this way is ultimately found in Christ.

Revival across Europe

  1. European Students Unite in Prayer for Revival

SARAH BREUEL| Christianity today| OCTOBER 25, 2019|LAUSANNE [excerpts]

https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2019/october/european-students-unite-in-prayer-for-revival.html

The student generation in Europe is hungry for revival. A wave of secularism has swept over Europe and its universities in the last decades, reducing God to a small corner for those who are not “intelligent enough.” But God cannot be contained into a corner. He is big enough to move, even in the hostile academic environment in Europe.

It is with this desire that student organizations such as IFES, Cru, Navigators, and Students for Christ have come together and rallied up with 22 other Christian organizations with a common vision of pursuing a Move of God in the student generation. The effort is called Revive Europe.

Thomas Bucher, the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance, has added that “Europe is in a crisis. In crisis situations, God has often opened up unexpected avenues, often using youth.’’

European students started a 40-week prayer campaign for 40 countries in February 2019. Every Monday, one country is highlighted. The 40-week prayer campaign will culminate with students coming together for five days at the end of this year in Germany, where the hope is to gather 5,000 students from 50 countries. The organizers are preparing extensive times of prayer, worship, repentance, and study [of the word].

It is historic to have student and mission organizations partnering this way in Europe. ‘‘What a movement of the Spirit to get us all at the same table! What will God do with and through Revive?’’ says Connie Duarte, Chair of Mission Net and Board Member of the European Evangelical Alliance.

European students have been fighting back the wave of secularization for years. In the public sphere in particular, they have been organizing ‘mission weeks,’ in which students put together public debates, apologetic talks, and lunch bars on campuses to bear witness to Jesus. Just in the last year, about 200 mission weeks have taken place in 30 European countries.

The challenges in the so-called ‘Prodigal continent’ are overwhelming. In the history of revivals. As Erzsébet Komlósi, European Director for Scripture Union says, ‘‘Our old continent is in desperate need for a new revival.’’

PRAY

  1. That more and more Christians would rise up with a new zeal, boldness and courage and join in with the Revive Europe initiative, to pray and work for revival in Europe.
  2. That God will draw students from the countries throughout Europe to gather together in Germany at the end of the year, for the extensive time of prayer, worship, repentance, and Bible study, as planned.
  3. That God would move in a mighty way and meet the longing for more of Christ and His Spirit and power that so many people in Europe have and need.

2.      Turkish billboards: “Don’t take Jews and Christians as friends”

 ARTHUR LYONS | VOICE OF EUROPE | 26 October 2019 [excerpts]

https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/10/turkish-billboards-dont-take-jews-and-christians-as-friends/

Billboards displaying Quranic verses calling for Muslims not to take Christians and Jews as friends were spotted in the Turkish city of Konya earlier this week. 

Konya is well-known as Turkey’s most culturally conservative city. In last March’s local elections, Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) garnered more than 70 percent of the vote.

“Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one]of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people,” the posters say, citing Quranic chapter five, verse 51.

To the side of the Quranic quote are a cross and a star of David with bloodstains. 

The posters are believed to have been put up by Islamist organizations. Below the Quranic verse are the logos of two organizations that are affiliated with the Islamist Saadet Partisi (Felicity Party) – a party which belongs to the notorious Millî Görüş movement.

Millî Görüş has been referred to as one of the “the leading Turkish diaspora organizations in Europe” and has also been described as the largest Islamic organization operating in the West.

Turkey, a country that is 98 percent Muslim, is home to between 200,000 to 320,000 Christians, and close to 12,000 Jews.

The billboards were eventually removed following widespread outrage.

Complaints were received from members of the public over concern that the posters could incite religious hatred and that the content was “hateful” to religious minorities. Both Jews and Christians are tiny minorities in this overwhelmingly Muslim-majority country (

PRAY

  1. That God will protect His people in Turkey from both open and subtle persecution at the hands of their non-Christian neighbors who make up the overwhelming majority of the population
  2. That God will grant the tiny minority of His people increasing strength. Enable them to exercise overwhelming influence in the affairs of the nation – socially, politically and culturally, even as Daniel and his friends had in Babylon.
  3. That God will grant His people an open door which no man can shut, to bear witness to the Name of Jesus Christ with the overwhelming power and enablement of the Holy Spirit.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture: Ps. 40:1-9 NIV

Iran and Israel

WASHINGTON - The United States and six other countries imposed sanctions on Wednesday on 25 corporations, banks and people linked to Iran's support for militant networks including Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.

The targets were announced by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) nations — which also include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was on a Middle East trip to finalize details of an economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

In Jerusalem on Monday, Mnuchin said the United States would increase economic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, making the pledge during a Middle East trip that includes visits to U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. (Reuters, October 30, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/7-countries-issue-iran-related-sanctions-25-targets

Pray

  1. Pray for International leaders to continue to take action against Iran because of their support of militant groups that oppose Israel such as Hezbollah.
  2. Pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel.
  3. Pray for the continued growth and strengthening of the Church in Israel and Iran.

Nigeria

KATSINA, Nigeria, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Police freed about 500 men and boys from an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, many of whom had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, police sources said. The raid in Katsina was the third such operation in less than a month, bringing the total of people freed from abusive conditions this month alone to about 1,000.

President Muhammadu Buhari's government is under pressure to take urgent action to free the potentially thousands of other children who remain in similar schools across Nigeria.

Another purported Islamic school, where captives were chained to walls, some beaten so badly they needed help walking, was raided in September in neighboring Kaduna state. (Abdullahi Inuwa, Reuters, October 16, 2019)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-police-free-hundreds-males-162015284.html

Pray

  1. Pray that the nearly 1,000 men and boys freed from Islamic schools would come to faith in Christ and experience healing from their abuses.
  2. Pray that those responsible for abusing approximately 1,000 men and boys would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in northern Nigeria.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia Sources from New York times reported 67 people dead in Ethiopia from ethnic conflicts sparked by rival groups in Addis Ababa.  The protests were fueled by media house owned by Mr. Jawar Mohammed a renowned political activist and journalist.  The Oromo conflict lead by Oromo Liberation front and the Oromo Liberation army. The 45 years conflict between the Oromo communities and the Government of Ethiopia has centered on injustices on distribution of state resources, including government positions, access to grazing land, and water resources, including regional hegemony.

The latest conflict comes on the backdrop of prime Minister Abiy Ahemed receiving Nobel peace prize for his efforts in negotiating and ending conflicts in Sudan, and Eritrea.  Mr Jawar is said to have expressed his interest to run against Abiy in the next election and is viewed as a formidable opponent, wielding over 1.75 million Facebook followers and political supporters. (Peter Kegode, IMPI Facilitator, October 28, 2019). https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/world/africa/ethiopia-protests-prime-minister.html

Pray

  1. Pray for God to comfort the families of the victims of violence.
  2. Pray against the spirit of violence and for justice to be done for those involved in the violence.
  3. Pray for a lasting peaceful solution to be found between Oromia and rival communities in Ethiopia.
  4. Pray for revival to touch every corner of the nation of Ethiopia.
  5. Pray for growth of Church of Christ in Ethiopia

Algeria

Algeria is at least 95 percent Muslim, and believers face intolerable pressures from family and neighbors militating against the open expression of their faith, along with anti-conversion and blasphemy laws, according to Open Doors’ World Watch List. Yet in God’s economy, as much as Satan attempts to squeeze the church, the faster it grows. This has been demonstrated during the last decade in Algeria.

“In 2008, there were an estimated 10,000 Christians…by 2015, that number had grown to 380,000. I believe it could now be approaching 500,000,” notes Dr. Rex Rogers, president of SAT-7 USA. He attributes a healthy portion of the growth to Christian satellite programming they produce and beam into this and other North African countries.

 “There is now a rapidly growing church in Northern Algeria with 1,000 believers. So many are coming to Christ that every few months they hold a baptism service where 60 to 100 new believers declare their new faith,” Rogers says. This church has already planted 14 daughter churches, he says. (Mark Ellis, CP Guest Contributor, July 11, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/algeria-church-grows-50-fold-in-10-years.html

The Algerian government shut down three churches this week, including the two biggest congregations in the North African country. Authorities forced Christians from their buildings and arrested some who continued to protest the crackdown. Members of the largest Protestant congregation in Algeria—the 700-member Church of the Full Gospel in Tizi-Ouzou—were warned their church would be sealed by the government this Wednesday. When they met for prayer and worship on Tuesday, the gathering was raided by the national guard.

The crowd at the Church of the Full Gospel panicked as they were ordered to leave. Some refused and were forcibly dragged out. When leaders—including pastor Salah Chalah, head the Protestant churches in Algeria (L’Église Protestante d’Algérie), and pastor Tarek Berki—tried to intervene, they were beaten, Morning Star News (MSN) reported.

The second-largest congregation, the 500-member Source of Life Church in Makouda, was shut down the same day, followed by 100-member Light Church (L’eglise Tafat) in Tizi Ouzou.

At least 15 Protestant churches—out of only about 46 in the country—have been shuttered since January 2018, according to the Christian advocacy group Middle East Concern. The country, home to just 125,000 Christians, fewer than 1 percent of the population, ranks 22nd on Open Doors’ World Watch List.

Middle East Concern reports that the latest closures were ordered last week, after Protestants rallied in front a government building in their northern province of Bijaya on October 9. (KATE SHELLNUTT, Christianity Today, OCTOBER 17, 2019)
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/october/algeria-forces-christians-out-of-countrys-largest-churches.html

Pray

  1. Thank God the growth of the Church in Algeria.
  2. Pray that Church leaders would know the Lord’s peace, wisdom, and guidance in the face of the growing pressure.
  3. Pray that the churches ordered to close would soon be permitted to re-open, and that no further action will be taken against churches and church leaders still under investigation
  4. Pray for the authorities to end their systematic campaign to close churches and limit Christians’ freedom to worship
  5. Pray that the regulations governing non-Muslim worship would be amended and justly implemented so that Christians will be able to worship freely
  6. Pray that those responsible for the closure orders would know the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus.

Syria

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Iraq in less than two weeks to escape Turkey's military onslaught in Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria. The UNHCR says since the last influx of Syrian refugees nearly two weeks ago, more than 12,000 people have crammed into the recently opened Bardarash camp, and more than 800 other refugees are sheltering at the Gawilan Transit site. Both places are about 150 kilometers east of the border.

The UNHCR reports nearly 180,000 Syrian Kurds, including some 80,000 children, have been displaced since the start of the Turkish assault. Dozens of civilians reportedly have been killed. The U.N. estimates 1.3 million people in the region are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The U.N. refugee agency reports women and children comprise around three-quarters of the Syrian refugees in the two camp sites in Iraq. It says many are in need of psycho-social counseling. (Lisa Schlein, VOA News, October 30, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/thousands-syrian-kurds-flee-iraq-escape-turkish-incursion

In an interview Monday, Mazloum Abdi, the commanding general of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told VOA's Sirwan Kajjo that the United States made a strategic mistake by withdrawing its troops from northeast Syria. He said SDF "has not agreed to the U.S.-Turkey cease-fire agreement in its entirety." He added that SDF's trust in the United States is at its "lowest," but stressed that the alliance with Washington continues in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

Days after U.S. President Donald Trump's Oct. 6 announcement that U.S. troops would withdraw from a border area in northeast Syria, the Turkish military and its allied Syrian militia groups began an offensive against SDF fighters. Last week, a temporary cease-fire, set to expire Tuesday, was brokered by the U.S. after a delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish officials in Ankara. Per the cease-fire deal, SDF Kurdish fighters and remaining civilians evacuated the city of Ras al-Ayn. (Sirwan Kajjo, VOA News, October 21, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/sdf-chief-our-trust-united-states-its-lowest

The United States is keeping some troops near oil fields in northeastern Syria to protect them from being captured by Islamic State, defense chief Mark Esper said Monday. A convoy of more than 100 vehicles with U.S. troops crossed into Iraq from Syria on Monday, part of the broader withdrawal from northern Syria ordered by President Donald Trump. But Esper said that some American forces were still patrolling near the oil fields alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. (By Ken Bredemeier, VOA News, October 21, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/us-keeping-troops-near-syrian-oil-fields

Hevrin Khalaf, a female politician who worked to unite Christians, Arabs and Kurds in Syria was among nine individuals executed by a Turkish-backed group in the northeast region of the country, according to a human rights monitor. (Leah MarieAnn Klett, C. P. Reporter, October 15, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/kurdish-female-politician-who-worked-to-unite-christians-arabs-kurds-executed-in-syria.html

Pray

  1. Pray for the protection and safety of the Kurds, especially for the Christians among them.
  2. Pray that displaced Kurds will receive humanitarian aid.
  3. Pray for the Lord to restrain the Turkish government and military from decimating the Kurds. Also pray for peace to be established between Turkey and the Kurds.
  4. Pray for the Kurds to find salvation in Christ.

Category 3

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

Scripture   -   Psalms 7: 1 – 2; 6 - 10

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Please pray for the Movement Day Expressions team, Jurie Kriel, Jim Liske, and Naomi Edwards as they work to on the framework and building blocks for Movement Day Global Cities
  2. Please pray for Rev. Jurie Kriel as he transitions into the role of Director of Movement Day Expressions  Pray hat God gifts him fresh vision, insight, and creativity as he works to accelerate expressions of Movement Day
  3. Please pray for the PAN African gathering taking place later this month in Uganda.
  4. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  5. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  6. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

The Global Persecution of Christians

Over 215 million believers are persecuted with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world, Open Doors USA says in a report, listing the top 10 persecutors of Christians.

The report, released this week, notes that hostility against Christians is particularly intense in some areas "due to the focused efforts of either one person or a larger system bent on smashing or squeezing out Christians in the region."  Half of the top 10 human rights offenders toward Christians are Islamist terror groups, including the Islamic State terror group, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. The brutal and targeted attacks from ISIS have driven many Christians to flee countries like Iraq, where Christianity has had a presence for nearly 2,000 years, the report says. "Ten years ago, there were nearly 1 million Christians living in Iraq, with a large majority of the population living in Mosul. Today, ISIS has been driven out of Iraq and Syria for the most part, but now they are spreading to Southeast Asia. Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current leader of ISIS in western Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan," it notes.  While Islamic State was listed as No. 1, the list is not comprehensive or in particular order, the ministry notes.

The second persecutor of Christians listed is the al-Qaeda terror group, which has not been in news much but "has continued to fight in countries throughout the Middle East, often marking Christian communities as specific targets."  The report mentions particularly Yemen, where Christian converts from Islam are particularly at risk as they are already treated as outcasts by their own communities. "As Al-Qaeda takes advantage of distracted governments, Christians in their path experience intense persecution. Ayman al-Zawahiri, is the current leader of Al-Qaeda."

The far-right Hindu nationalist movement" seeks to wipe out any religious expression, including Christianity, that falls outside of the Hindu faith, the report says. It mentions the Hindu nationalist association Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, which "has created a culture war and made it very dangerous and difficult for many Christians living in the region who are often forced out of villages, beaten and arrested for believing in Jesus." The governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in India is seen as the political wing of the RSS.

Fifth on the list is the al-Shabaab terror group, which is "in many ways the Eastern African version of al-Qaeda." "Al-Shabaab has terrorized the country of Somalia for the past decade and is recently focusing its attacks on the neighboring country of Kenya. Another top persecutor is the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria, "whose belief is that any sort of Western influence is heresy, especially Christianity." "Boko Haram has conducted raids, bombings and assassinations against any target it deems Western, especially churches and schools. They have taken out contracts on influential Christian leaders and are also at war with the Nigerian government," says the ministry.

Next on the list are Muslim Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, who have been accused of aligning with Boko Haram.

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index described the herdsmen, who attack Christians regularly in southern Adamawa, as terrorists in 2014. According to the index, the Fulani are responsible for as many as 60,000 deaths since 2001. Nigerian Christian leaders warned that if the current rate of massacres continues, with hundreds of believers being killed each month, Africa's most-populous nation is on the brink of decimating its Christian population by 2043.

Open Doors further identified as a top persecutor radical Islam, which continues to spread, "aiming to bring many parts of the world under Sharia Law." "The movement, which often results in Islamic militancy and persecution of Christians," is expanding in Asia, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and in African countries like Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the over 215 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  1. For the millions of persecuted Christians around the world, who are facing economic hardship and other major difficulties threatening their survival. Pray for God’s strength, covering and protection for all these believers. 
  2. For the conversion of key leaders of groups who hate and persecute Christians around the world.

India

8 Christians arrested in Hindu mob's brutal crackdown on house churches: report

CP CURRENT PAGE:WORLD | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

A massive crackdown on house churches by radical Hindu groups has led to the jailing of at least eight Christians on charges of forced conversion in the Lakhimpur Khere district of Uttar Pradesha fter, according to the persecution advocacy group International Christian Concern.

Since 2014 when the Hindu nationalist BJP rose to power in India, there has been a drastic rise in Hindu extremist persecution against Christians and other religious minorities. According to the online resource Map violence, there have been over 1,400 incidents of persecution against Christians in India since 2014.  Hindu mobs often resort to violence and accuse Christian leaders of forced conversion, an act that is considered a crime in seven Indian states. 

Although Uttar Pradesh is not one of those states, Hindus instead accuse religious minorities of violating the nation’s blasphemy laws. 

 (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/world/8-christians-arrested-hindu-mob-crackdown-house-churches.html).

PRAY

  1. For the speedy release of the eight arrested Christians and for the house churches Uttar Pradesh facing persecution from Hindu radicals.
  2. For the improvement in religious freedom conditions in India to facilitate the growth of church;
  1. For the continued growth of the church in India despite persecution.

 

North Korea

 

Chinese pastor shared Gospel with 1,000 North Koreans before being assassinated for his faith

“A pastor on the China-North Korea border shared the hope of the Gospel with at least 1,000 North Koreans before he was assassinated for his missionary work in 2016, a defector has revealed.  Voice of the Martyrs says the Rev. Han Chung-Ryeol, a Chinese pastor of Korean descent, was on Pyongyang's most-wanted list as early as 2003 for his charitable work and dedication to spreading the Gospel.”

“Han, who ministered on the border town of Changbai since the early 1990s, ministered to thousands of North Koreans over the years — many of whom had fled the famine-stricken country in search of food and jobs. The pastor provided practical aid, such as food and clothing, and introduced each person to the Gospel before sending them back to North Korea to share Christ and help their families. After planting a Three-Self Church near the North Korean border in 1993, Han helped orphans, women enslaved to prostitution, soldiers, those starving from famine, and many others.  One man helped by Han, Sang-chul, shared his story in a short documentary released by The Voice of the Martyrs.” 

“North Korea has for the last 18 years ranked as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. In the hermit country, those who profess Christ or are caught communicating with missionaries face severe repercussions like torture and imprisonment. No definitive estimates exist on how many people have died inside North Korean political camps but some believe the number ranges from 400,000 to many millions.”

(Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/chinese-pastor-shared-gospel-with-1000-north-koreans-before-being-assassinated-for-his-faith.html?fbclid=IwAR3ZcZu20sSATpFWmRdjPi2TP--v7xUX_Cke_cAZF31Yt1k2ou6ERmHe6f4 )

PRAY

  1. Praise God for the life Chinese pastor of Korean descent Rev. Han Chung-Ryeol, for his charitable work and dedication to spreading the Gospel to the people of North Korea and also for the lives of the other numerous Christian martyrs of North Korea who gave their lives as a sacrifice for the Gospel among the Korean people.
  2. For the safety and protection of believers in North Korea who continue to risk their lives to share the Gospel with others and for the peotection of the over 50,000 North Korean Christians in concentration camps suffering for their faith in Christ.
  3. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution

China

China destroys 3,000-seat church, detains pastors

CP CURRENT PAGE:WORLD | MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019

The People’s Republic of China destroyed a church that reportedly could seat 3,000 people and detained its pastors, according to a human rights organization. China Aid, an international nonprofit Christian human rights group based in Texas, reported the incident in a statement released Saturday. According to the group, Chinese authorities provided no legal papers to justify the demolition.

The church was located in Funan, Anhui province. Its pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, were detained under suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.”

China Aid President Bob Fu said in a statement that the incident was “yet another clear example showing the escalation of religious persecution today by the Chinese Communist regime.”

“The total disregard of religious freedom's protection as enshrined in the Communist Party's own Constitution tells the whole world President Xi is determined to continue his war against the peaceful Christian faithful. This campaign will surely fail in the end,” he continued.

While China’s persecution of religious groups has existed for many years, recently under President Xi Jinping a wave of crackdowns on religious practices in China has taken place.

The Communist government has destroyed or damaged several churches, reflecting concerns about the increasing Christian population of the country.

In the summer, True Jesus Church in Henan province was razed to the ground, according to persecution watchdog Bitter Winter. Police officers reportedly dragged out all believers from the church before they demolished the property.

Bitter Winter also reported last month that the Ten Commandments have been removed from nearly every Three-Self church and meeting venue in a county of Luoyang city and replaced with President Xi Jinping’s quotes as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.

Pray

  1. Praise God for the resilience of Chinese Christians that are persecuted and imprisoned for their faith in Christ.
  1. Pray for the release of Pastors Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao who were detained following the demolition of the building housing their 3000 members congregations. Pray also for the congregation during this difficult and uncertain time.
  1. Pray for the house church movement across China facing various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict its growth across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning of free access to Bibles. 
  1. For the continued growth of the church across China despite harsh persecution to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

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Welcome to the October 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.   

Category One

Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Scripture: Hebrews 10:35 – 36 (NIV)

 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 2050 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.
  3. For a divine solution to the migrant crisis at the US southern border.

 

Prayer for Children and Youth across America

What will it take to Disciple the Next Generation?

Barna Group - Research & Releases in Millennials & Generations Aug 27, 2019 (excerpted/paraphrased)

Spiritual Maturity Ranks Low on List of Priorities for Gen Z & Millennials.

50 to 66% feel that finishing their education, becoming financially independent, starting a career and self-discovery are their highest priorities. Only 16-29% indicate being concerned with maturing spiritually.

Barna’s research shows that a person’s worldview is usually developed by the age of 13. Combining that statistic with the fact that most people come to Christ between the ages of 4 to 14, Barna’s six questions posed to  8th-graders (in a spiritual context) can help them not only navigate the social contexts in which they engage but to also see themselves as God does.

Barna’s questions:

Who am I?

How does the media influence me?

What is my identity?

Where did I come from?

Where does my creativity come from?

How should I view others?

The article also cites other authors about sharing faith through listening, processing doubt and the importance of allowing young believers to participate in ministry.

PRAY

  1. Father, we thank you that Jesus never worried about “statistics.” He wasn’t influenced by what his “world” (at the time or even now) thought about Him. He knew who He was and trusted You. We pray the same thing for our children, grandchildren, young adults and the generations to come. That they would apprehend faith for themselves, know You, Your character, Your love and plans for them.
  2. Help us to equip them to stand in faith and navigate the world in which they live.
  3. Open the eyes of parents, teachers and all in spiritual leadership to listen to them, contend for faith with them and partner with them in the Great Commission. AMEN

 

Prayer For Canada

Pastor Arrested for Preaching Against Homosexuality

Charisma Magazine,  David Hoffman

“Pastor David Lynn of Christ Forgiveness Ministries was arrested on June 4, 2019, for preaching the gospel publicly in Toronto, Canada. The neighborhood he was preaching in was Church-Wellesley Village. This neighborhood is known to be a place where many of the LGBTQ community in Toronto reside. His ministry is currently on an outdoor preaching tour throughout the 22 districts of Toronto. June 4, happened to be the day they scheduled for that district.”

“It is not uncommon for someone to think "open-air preaching" and "LGBTQ neighborhood" and immediately jump to thoughts of preachers condemning homosexuals to hell. However, Pastor Lynn's preaching was some of the most loving and gracious preaching I have ever seen and heard, which is why it is outrageous that he was arrested.”

“Here in North America, we are in a serious battle for rights that we have taken for granted. There are groups, organizations and individuals that want to make certain types of free speech illegal. Pastor Lynn's arrest is nothing short of a violation of his right to free speech. He was not inciting anyone to violence, and neither was he being defamatory. He was preaching the gospel. He was preaching that Jesus Christ loves each person and died specifically for them. In spite of this, he received harsh protest which ended in his arrest. This should greatly concern any Christian.”

“Pastor David Lynn was arrested for a message of love, healing, and hope. As Christians, we need to take this as a wake-up call. Our rights and liberties are on the brink of being removed in the coming years. Now is the time to have a voice. We cannot afford to remain silent”.

“The growing trend in North America is that if anyone shares publicly on a topic that is deemed controversial, or that a particular group deems hateful, they must be silenced. What will happen the day that the simple gospel is considered hate speech? That is where things are headed if we as Christians do not take a stand today. We have already seen certain people and topics being censored by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. We cannot be idle. We must stand for liberty. The future of our right to free speech begins today. If we wait to deal with it, it will likely have already been taken away.”

 (Source: https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/76681-pastor-arrested-for-preaching-against-homosexuality?fbclid=IwAR2xoM7Uyt2OWMrvPUQiNqxr234CTjAcoM0OceVj3C_I_6tgpaUF4Zcw40g)

Pray for

  1. Prayer for the Christian community across Canada to take a bold stand and to resist all attempts by the Canadian government to outlaw the Scriptures as the basis of moral values for Christian families, Christian families, schools and colleges across Canada.
  2. Freedom of Pastor Lynn and his vindication in the courts, other pastors, congregations and Christian organizations in Canada that are facing increasing hostility as a result of their opposition to homosexuality, gay marriage, and the LGBTQ gender ideology.
  3. For revival in the church across Canada resulting in large-scale salvation of the loss and social transformation of the nation.

 

Prayer for South America and the Caribbean

PRAYER ALERT: Cuban Evangelicals Face Clash over Family Code

After mounting a successful resistance to a gay marriage provision in Cuba’s new constitution, evangelicals are gearing up for a battle over the Family Code. The National Assembly will soon begin holding popular consultations over what constitutes a marriage. Cuban evangelicals are still reeling after government officials stopped four of their leaders from boarding planes to the US last month. They were going to participate in the historic Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

Such a drastic government move does not bode well for evangelicals over this next struggle over family issues. Furthermore, Cuban leader Raul Castro’s own daughter Mariel has long led the LGBT contingent. Are the Castros trying to restrict the powerful support that US backers give to the pro-family cause?

They may fear the strength that evangelicals have gained since the early 1990s, when Cuba allowed more religious tolerance. We must pray that Cuba will not turn back toward persecuting Christians but instead receive the blessings of religious freedom.

Pray

Pray for God to grant us these requests

  1. That God will guide the consultation process for the Family Code. That He will turn the hearts of the fathers and mothers toward their children, and away from LGBT marriages and adoptions.
  2. That the gospel will spread unhindered in Cuba. That it will bring such a blessing in changed lives that evangelicals will gain more favor and freedom.
  3. That God will turn Cuba away from its authoritarian past. That freedom of choice will increase, and with that more will hear the gospel and choose Jesus.

 

Revival across Europe

  1. Church attacks increase in France, the United Kingdom, and Germany

AUTHOR Virpi Kurvinen 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 [excerpts]

http://evangelicalfocus.com/blogs/4776/Church_attacks_increase_in_countries_like_France_United_Kingdom_and_Germany

Church buildings in Europe are being vandalized, and European Christians face a growth in hateful deeds and vandalism. Attempts of arson, destroying crucifixes or elements of communion, threatening graffiti and robberies are common. The Finish newspaper Uusi Tie investigated the motives that drive people to these actions.

NORTHERN IRELAND Throughout the summer in Europe, a number of attacks on graveyards, church buildings and other church properties have been reported.

CHURCH DOORS ON FIRE, CHILDREN’S CLUB INSIDE The British newspaper The Guardian, reported in June about the attacks on churches in the UK. For example, in east London, Stratford, the doors of four churches had been set on fire. Carved onto the walls of these churches were satanic symbols such as pentagrams, 666, or the word “Hell”. One of the churches that was set on fire had a children’s club taking place during the incident.

“ANNIHILATE CHRISTIANITY FROM THE FACE OF EARTH” The Observatory of Intolerance and Discrimination of Christians in Europe (OIDAC) collects data about the crimes committed against Christians and Christian churches and properties of churches in Europe. In France, the growth rate of attacks on churches has been alarming for some years and it has been proven that the roots of these crimes come from Muslims. According to the statistics of OICAD, in Spain, the attacks on Catholic buildings grew by 20% during 2017-2018. Only one attack had been carried on an evangelical church, where vandals wrote: “Annihilate Christian people from the face of the earth”.

“Many of the Muslims that have come to Europe during the last years, have given up Islam and have turned to Christianity. Islamic society sees this as an unpardonable sin. Hatred and a desire to take revenge might be channeled towards those people that the Muslims think have converted their friends or relatives”, says Lehtonen [Secretary of Human Rights Committee of Pentecostal World Fellowship in Calgary].

“If we isolate ourselves from the Muslims, their distorted picture of us might get even more distorted. Therefore, we desperately need more mission work among the Muslims in Europe”, Lehtonen concludes.

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will stir and empower anew Christians throughout Europe, and enable them to spread the Gospel of God’s grace and to live lives that are consistent with its message;
  2. That Muslims, in particular, will come to see that Jesus Christ is the true and only Prince of Peace and that He is the perfect revelation of God’s love for mankind;
  3. That God will annihilate Satanic and anti-Christian movements and ideologies in Europe that have set themselves against the Name of Jesus Christ and what He stands for.
  1. Finnish Christian MP under incitement investigation for quoting the New Testament [excerpt]

AUTHOR: Samuli Siikavirta | Evangelical Focus | HELSINKI 02 SEPT 2019
http://evangelicalfocus.com/europe/4715/Finnish_Christian_MP_under_incitement_investigation_for_quoting_the_New_Testament

Finnish Christian Democratic MP, former Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen is being subjected to pretrial investigation by the Finnish Police on account of suspected incitement against sexual and gender minorities.The matter concerns a critical comment she made on the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland’s (ELCF) official participation in the Helsinki Pride event earlier in the summer.

On 17 June, Päivi Räsänen posted a photo of Romans 1:24–27 from the New Testament, that describes same-sex relationships as “shameful”. In the attached post, she criticized Finland’s largest church body’s announcement to become an official partner of Helsinki Pride 2019, asking, “How can the church’s doctrinal foundation, the Bible, be compatible with the lifting up of shame and sin as a subject of pride?”

Officially, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland’s Church Order, ratified by the Finnish Parliament, states that it “confesses that Christian faith which is based on the Holy Word of God, the prophetic and apostolic books of the Old and the New Testament” and the Lutheran confessional writings of the 16th century. On 13 August, Räsänen tweeted, “I am not concerned on my part ... However, I am concerned if quoting the Bible is considered even ‘slightly’ illegal. I hope this won't lead to self-censorship among Christians. Rom. 1:24–27”.

PRAY

  1. That God will encourage and strengthen the Christian Member of Parliament in Finland and deliver her out of the hands of her persecutors;
  2. That there will be a halt and reversal of the shift taking place in the Church, from traditional biblical values to a much broader and liberal morality;
  3. That the independent, Bible-believing lay leaders within the national church, will get the freedom to function and lead in crucial aspects of spiritual life in the Church and the nation.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture: Ps. 10:12-18 NIV and Introduction

Israel

The prospect of Israel being forced to a third round of elections within 12 months is growing increasingly realistic, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inclined to announce as soon as next week that he cannot form a majority, and the rival Blue and White party aware that it is unlikely to break apart Netanyahu’s Likud party, Israeli TV reports said Friday night.

Both of Israel’s main TV stations reported that Netanyahu, who was charged by President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday night with the task of trying to muster a Knesset majority and has 28 days to try, with the possibility of 14 more days if needed, is set to announce as soon as next week that he cannot do so, and will blame rival candidate Benny Gantz’s Blue and White for the failure. Both Channels 12 and 13 said Netanyahu is set to “return the mandate” immediately after the Rosh Hashanah Jewish new year festival, which runs from Sunday evening to Tuesday night.

The TV reports said some of Gantz’s advisers were urging him to accept Rivlin’s proposal and agree on a unity government with Netanyahu, but that his No. 2, Yair Lapid, was adamant that he should not. Lapid, and a second Blue and White leader, Gabi Ashkenazi, were adamant that Gantz would be “falling into a trap,” Channel 12 news reported, and that, whatever was agreed, Netanyahu would find a way to avoid relinquishing the prime ministership. (TOI staff, 27 September 2019).

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-netanyahu-will-return-mandate-next-week-gantz-knows-he-cant-divide-likud/

Pray

  1. Pray that God’s will would be done in the election of the next Israeli Prime Minister.
  2. Pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel.
  3. Pray for the growth of the Church and for the increased effectiveness of ministries like Operation Exodus.

Iran

The U.N. nuclear monitoring agency says Iran has begun using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium, a violation of a landmark agreement with world powers. An International Atomic Energy Agency report, obtained by the French news agency and Reuters, said technologically advanced centrifuges at Iran's Natanz facility "were accumulating or had been prepared to accumulate enriched uranium." The report also says Iran intends to use more of the advanced centrifuges than previously disclosed.

The developments breach a landmark deal world powers reached in 2015 that places limitations on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The accord only allows Iran to stockpile enriched uranium in its first-generation centrifuges. (VOA News, September 26, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-news-iran/iran-breaches-nuclear-deal-un-watchdog-says

Reports have indicated that Mustafa Rahimi, a bookseller from the Kurdish town of Bukan, was sentenced by the Bukan Public Revolutionary Court to months in prison on charges of selling the Bible. Rahimi ran a bookstore in the National Bank alley in Bukan, which lies in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province near the border with Iraq, the Iranian Christian news agency Mohabat News reports

Rahimi was arrested and jailed by intelligence officers in mid-June and ordered to pay a hefty fine. He was temporarily freed after paying bail. The Kurdish human rights group Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported that Rahimi was re-arrested in mid-August and sentenced to three months and one day in prison on Aug. However, sources close to Rahimi’s family told Mohabat News that he was sentenced to six months and one day in prison by the revolutionary court. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, September 17, 2019).

https://www.christianpost.com/world/iran-imprisons-bookshop-owner-for-selling-bible-as-crackdown-on-christianity-continues.html

Pray:

  1. Pray that International leaders and governments would take strong action against Iran for violating the Nuclear deal.
  2. Pray for the strengthening of the faith of Mustafa Rahimi. Also pray for his early release from prison.
  3. Pray for the continued growth of the Church in Iran.

 

Cameroon

YAOUNDE - Next week, Cameroon's government will host what it calls a national dialogue on the separatist crisis in its Northwest and Southwest regions.  However, U.S.- and Europe-based separatist leaders invited to the talks say they will not take part in any dialogue unless it is held outside Cameroon with non-Cameroonians as mediators.  The government has stated it will not accept a foreign mediator.

The week-long dialogue on the separatist crisis is due to begin Monday in Yaounde.  The government says it has invited more than 1,000 people, including lawmakers, clergy, teachers, and civil society activists. However, none of the U.S.- and Europe-based separatist leaders contacted by VOA said they will attend the talks.

Among those turning down the invitation is Eric Tataw, who lives in the United States. He says he will not attend because he and fellow separatists based in the diaspora are wanted in Cameroon on charges of secession and terrorism. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, September 26, 2019).

https://www.voanews.com/africa/separatist-leaders-shun-cameroons-national-dialogue

YAOUNDE - New violence has flared in Cameroon as preparations intensify for a national dialogue called by President Paul Biya to end the conflict that has killed at least 2,000 people in the country’s English-speaking regions.  Scores of people have been killed in recent days and electricity has been cut, mostly in English-speaking towns, when attackers set fire to power distribution equipment. The military has been deployed to replace teachers who are, once again, escaped to safer places.

Forty-five-year-old Godfred Metuge heeded the call of the Cameroon government to return and teach in the English-speaking southwestern town of Mamfe when the school year in the central African nation began September 2. Metuge has again fled for his life to Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.

"It is because of the insecurity there. I was traumatized," he said. "My children were traumatized and there are many people who had from the trauma, they went to serious depressions and from serious depressions, some even passed on." (By Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, September 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroons-separatists-intensify-attacks-protest-dialogue

Pray

  1. Pray for an end to the conflict causing violence, bloodshed, and death in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.
  2. Pray for comfort and healing for the loved ones of the more than 2000 persons who have killed in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
  1. Pray for healing for the thousands of people traumatized and depressed because of the conflict in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
  2. Pray for wisdom for President Paul Biya and the Cameroon leaders as they proceed with a national dialogue on the conflict in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
  3. Pray that Christians will play a vital role in re-establishing peace and reconciliation in Cameroon.

 

Burkina Faso

As tens of thousands in northern Burkina Faso are being displaced each month because of extremist violence and insecurity in the region, a source told Aid to the Church in Need that nearly 2,000 people fled from their homes in the villages of Hitté and Rounga in September. 

A local source who spoke with the Catholic charity and requested anonymity detailed what happened in Hitté. “At the beginning of September, 16 men arrived in the village, intercepting the villagers who were returning from the fields,” the local source was quoted as saying. “Some of the men forced the people to enter the church where they threatened the Christians and ordered them to leave their homes in the next three days, while others set fire to whatever they found in their path.”

Following the ultimatum given in Hitté, the militants are said to have traveled to Rounga, where villagers there faced a similar type of evacuation ultimatum. 

“Almost 2,000 people have fled these two villages alone,” the source estimated, adding that the displaced families have found shelter in another village. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, September 21, 2019).

https://www.christianpost.com/world/christians-told-to-convert-or-flee-in-burkina-faso-as-extremist-violence-continues-report.html

Pray

  1. Pray that the Burkina Faso government would take strong action to protect the Christians in northern Burkina Faso.
  2. Pray that the militants forcing Christians to relocate in Northern Burkina Faso would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray that the almost 2000 persons who fled the villages of Hitté and Rounga would find homes and places to resettle.
  4. Pray that God would protect and strengthen the Church in northern Burkina Faso.

UGANDA

The office of the president through the doctorate of Ethics and Integrity (DEI) is spearheading a policy to regulate the affairs of religious and faith-based organizations in Uganda.  Some of the mainstream denominations under their umbrella of Inter-religious council of Uganda (IRCU) have welcomed the move as timely.(https://observer.ug/lifestyle/53046-proposed-legislation-to-regulate-worship-divides-religious-leaders.html)

The leadership of born-again Christian want this proposed legislation and policy be scrapped for infringing on their right to worship. The legislation gives the Government the powers to monitor and revoke license if it is deemed to contravene the doctrinal and faith statements, and the established legal framework. Many critics of this legislation believe that the government can still discipline errant faith leaders through the existing penal code, and through self-regulation mechanisms existing within the church leadership structures.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1507423/president-museveni-meets-pastors-evangelists

Father Lokodo who is Catholic Father and also a Cabinet Minister in Charge of Integrity and ethics in the Uganda Government has been accused of seeking to frustrate the born-again Pentecostal pastors. The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, recently met with over 50,000 Pentecostal pastors and evangelists from all the districts of Uganda at Lugogo Cricket stadium and promised to call a meeting of prayer and discussion with all parties to seek Gods guidance on the matter. (Peter Kegode, IPMI Facilitator, September 25, 2019).

Pray

  1. Thank God for the revival movement that has seen many people seek the LORD and receiving salvation.
  2. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading of leadership in the church and political spaces on how to manage revival and growth of the church of Christ in Uganda.
  3. Pray that spiritual fraudsters and false prophets will be exposed by the spirit of GOD and that they will not bring confusion and condemnation to the body of Christ.
  4. Pray against the schemes and strategies of Satan to attack the Bible-preaching church in
  5. Pray for the fire of rival to touch every corner of Uganda.
  6. Pray for Unity in the Church of Jesus Christ in Uganda.

Category 3

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

Scripture   -   Psalms 7: 1 – 2; 6 - 10                        

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Please pray for the Movement Day Expressions team , Jurie Kriel, Jim Liske, and Naomi Edwards as they work to on the framework and building blocks for Movement Day Global Cities
  2. Please pray for Rev. Jurie Kriel as he transitions into the role of Director of Movement Day Expressions  Pray hat God gifts him fresh vision, insight and creativity as he works to accelerate expressions of Movement Day
  3. Please pray for the PAN African gathering taking place later this month in Uganda.
  4. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  5. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  6. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

The Global Persecution of Christians

Over 215 million believers are persecuted with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world, Open Doors USA says in a report, listing the top 10 persecutors of Christians.

The report, released this week, notes that hostility against Christians is particularly intense in some areas "due to the focused efforts of either one person or a larger system bent on smashing or squeezing out Christians in the region."  Half of the top 10 human rights offenders toward Christians are Islamist terror groups, including the Islamic State terror group, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. The brutal and targeted attacks from ISIS have driven many Christians to flee countries like Iraq, where Christianity has had a presence for nearly 2,000 years, the report says. "Ten years ago, there were nearly 1 million Christians living in Iraq, with a large majority of the population living in Mosul. Today, ISIS has been driven out of Iraq and Syria for the most part, but now they are spreading to Southeast Asia. Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current leader of ISIS in western Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan," it notes.  While Islamic State was listed as No. 1, the list is not comprehensive or in particular order, the ministry notes.

The second persecutor of Christians listed is the al-Qaeda terror group, which has not been in news much but "has continued to fight in countries throughout the Middle East, often marking Christian communities as specific targets."  The report mentions particularly Yemen, where Christian converts from Islam are particularly at risk as they are already treated as outcasts by their own communities. "As Al-Qaeda takes advantage of distracted governments, Christians in their path experience intense persecution. Ayman al-Zawahiri is the current leader of Al-Qaeda."

The far-right Hindu nationalist movement" seeks to wipe out any religious expression, including Christianity, that falls outside of the Hindu faith, the report says. It mentions the Hindu nationalist association Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, which "has created a culture war and made it very dangerous and difficult for many Christians living in the region who are often forced out of villages, beaten and arrested for believing in Jesus." The governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in India is seen as the political wing of the RSS.

Fifth on the list is the al-Shabaab terror group, which is "in many ways the Eastern African version of al-Qaeda." "Al-Shabaab has terrorized the country of Somalia for the past decade and is recently focusing its attacks on the neighboring country of Kenya. Another top persecutor is the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria, "whose belief is that any sort of Western influence is heresy, especially Christianity." "Boko Haram has conducted raids, bombings and assassinations against any target it deems Western, especially churches and schools. They have taken out contracts on influential Christian leaders and are also at war with the Nigerian government," says the ministry.

Next on the list are Muslim Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, who have been accused of aligning with Boko Haram.

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index described the herdsmen, who attack Christians regularly in southern Adamawa, as terrorists in 2014. According to the index, the Fulani are responsible for as many as 60,000 deaths since 2001. Nigerian Christian leaders warned that if the current rate of massacres continues, with hundreds of believers being killed each month, Africa's most-populous nation is on the brink of decimating its Christian population by 2043.

Open Doors further identified as a top persecutor radical Islam, which continues to spread, "aiming to bring many parts of the world under Sharia Law." "The movement, which often results in Islamic militancy and persecution of Christians," is expanding in Asia, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and in African countries like Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the over 215 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  1. For the millions of persecuted Christians around the world, who are facing economic hardship and other major difficulties threatening their survival. Pray for God’s strength, covering and protection for all these believers. 
  2. For the conversion of key leaders of groups who hate and persecute Christians around the world.

India

8 Christians arrested in Hindu mob's brutal crackdown on house churches: report

CP CURRENT PAGE: WORLD | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

A massive crackdown on house churches by radical Hindu groups has led to the jailing of at least eight Christians on charges of forced conversion in the Lakhimpur Khere district of Uttar Pradesha fter, according to the persecution advocacy group International Christian Concern.

Since 2014 when the Hindu nationalist BJP rose to power in India, there has been a drastic rise in Hindu extremist persecution against Christians and other religious minorities. According to the online resource Map violence, there have been over 1,400 incidents of persecution against Christians in India since 2014.  Hindu mobs often resort to violence and accuse Christian leaders of forced conversion, an act that is considered a crime in seven Indian states. 

Although Uttar Pradesh is not one of those states, Hindus instead accuse religious minorities of violating the nation’s blasphemy laws. 

 (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/world/8-christians-arrested-hindu-mob-crackdown-house-churches.html).

PRAY

  1. For the speedy release of the eight arrested Christians and for the house churches Uttar Pradesh facing persecution from Hindu radicals.  
  2. For the improvement in religious freedom conditions in India to facilitate the growth of church;
  3. For the continued growth of the church in India despite persecution.

North Korea

Excerpts from:

North Korean defector says cousin's entire family executed for sharing Gospel

The Christian Post         Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, July 17, 2019

North Korea continues to be the most hostile place in the world to be a Christian.  The communist nation has for the last 18 years ranked as the worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. Thousands upon thousands of North Koreans are imprisoned in these camps either for being Christian, speaking out against the regime, or trying to defect from the country. According to Open Doors, anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 Christians are suffering in labor camps in that country. 

In 2016, a report by the U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide revealed the gruesome methods the communist government in North Korea has used to torture and kill Christians. "Documented incidents against Christians include being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges and trampled underfoot. A policy of guilt by association

Despite thousands being imprisoned and tortured for their faith, Christian activities are still happening inside prison camps. Regardless of the situation, North Koreans are still worshiping.  (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/north-korean-defector-cousins-entire-family-executed-sharing-gospel.html?fbclid=IwAR1fP5BERg8TBPwONxcmc3qSh-YkUDbOJWqM6yuOsAJ44UqdBNCFdNUnDCk)

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prisons terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the safety and protection of believers in North Korea who continue to risk their lives to share the Gospel with others.
  3. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution

China

Chinese Christians memorize Bible in prison: Gov't 'can’t take what’s hidden in your heart'

Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter    June 11, 2019

“Chinese Christians imprisoned for their faith are memorizing Scripture passages smuggled to them on small pieces of paper because prison guards “can’t take what’s hidden in your heart,” one former prisoner revealed.”  

“China has seen explosive growth in the number of believers over the last several decades. Estimates have even suggested that China is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030.”

“About 30 million Christians in China are estimated to attend state-sanctioned churches while many others attend illegal underground house churches that are not registered with the government.”

“In efforts to stunt the rapid growth of Christianity, authorities throughout China have shuttered a number of prominent house churches and arrested Christians for worshiping without the approval of the government.”

Pray

  1. Praise God for the resilience of Chinese Christians that are persecuted and imprisoned for their faith in Christ.
  2. Pray against the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning free access to Bibles. 
  3. For the continued growth of the church across China despite harsh persecution to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

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 Welcome to the September 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.   

Category One

Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-5a

 “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.”

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 2050 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.
  3. For a divine solution to the migrant crisis at the US southern border.

 

Prayer for Children and Youth across America

Cal Thomas: 'Lost' generation abandoning traditional American values

By Cal Thomas | Tribune Media Services

….The poll of 1,000 adults earlier this month found that “younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago.”….How can this be? What has happened between the World War II generation, which gave so much so their children and grandchildren might enjoy the blessings of liberty, and the current generation, which seems cool to what once seemed to matter most?...…Prosperity is one explanation. People who make more money than previous generations and possess a lot of stuff seem less inclined to participate in community (how many of us know our neighbors, who are here today and move tomorrow?). Stuff and the personal satisfaction of achievement lead to a decline in one’s need for God — too much money, too little purpose.

Politicians become a god-substitute and politics their religion. Creeping secularism has affected theological truth to the point where people can believe whatever they want — or nothing at all — and escape correction. Heresy, even apostasy, has infiltrated many churches. Then there is culture. Younger people are exposed to what we collectively call “media” more than any previous generation. Most of what constitutes culture proceeds from a singular worldview that denigrates, or does not promote, patriotism, belief in God and values previous generations not only took for granted, but instilled in their children.

Unrestricted abortion has cheapened how many young people view the value of human life. For growing numbers of the young, marriage has become passé as children witness the pain of their parents’ divorce and decide that living together without a formal, legal or spiritual commitment is better than risking the cost and pain of ending a marriage. For some, children are viewed as a financial burden and an intrusion on adult lifestyles……The values that shaped and sustained America through economic downturns and wars had to be taught and instilled in the next generation. Today’s younger people, as reflected in the poll, seem intent on making their own rules (if they can be called rules) and creating their own gods…

PRAY

  1. Lord Jesus, you have always been God of the generations. According to Deuteronomy 6, You said we were to talk with our children continually throughout the day and impress upon them the importance and blessings of keeping the commandments you gave to Israel. Forgive us for not imparting your righteous, unwavering and fruit-filled standards to our children and grandchildren.
  1. We ask You to redeem the time and to draw the younger generations to Yourself. Put eternity in their hearts and minds and the desire to know and to serve you. Reveal your character to them for, according to Daniel 11, those who know their God shall do exploit

Prayer For Canada

Pastor Arrested for Preaching Against Homosexuality

Charisma Magazine,  David Hoffman

“Pastor David Lynn of Christ Forgiveness Ministries was arrested on June 4, 2019, for preaching the gospel publicly in Toronto, Canada. The neighborhood he was preaching in was Church-Wellesley Village. This neighborhood is known to be a place where many of the LGBTQ community in Toronto reside. His ministry is currently on an outdoor preaching tour throughout the 22 districts of Toronto. June 4, happened to be the day they scheduled for that district.”

“It is not uncommon for someone to think "open-air preaching" and "LGBTQ neighborhood" and immediately jump to thoughts of preachers condemning homosexuals to hell. However, Pastor Lynn's preaching was some of the most loving and gracious preaching I have ever seen and heard, which is why it is outrageous that he was arrested.”

“Here in North America, we are in a serious battle for rights that we have taken for granted. There are groups, organizations and individuals that want to make certain types of free speech illegal. Pastor Lynn's arrest is nothing short of a violation of his right to free speech. He was not inciting anyone to violence, and neither was he being defamatory. He was preaching the gospel. He was preaching that Jesus Christ loves each person and died specifically for them. In spite of this, he received harsh protest which ended in his arrest. This should greatly concern any Christian.”

“Pastor David Lynn was arrested for a message of love, healing and hope. As Christians, we need to take this as a wake-up call. Our rights and liberties are on the brink of being removed in the coming years. Now is the time to have a voice. We cannot afford to remain silent”.

“The growing trend in North America is that if anyone shares publicly on a topic that is deemed controversial, or that a particular group deems hateful, they must be silenced. What will happen the day that the simple gospel is considered hate speech? That is where things are headed if we as Christians do not take a stand today. We have already seen certain people and topics being censored by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. We cannot be idle. We must stand for liberty. The future of our right to free speech begins today. If we wait to deal with it, it will likely have already been taken away.”

 (Source: https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/76681-pastor-arrested-for-preaching-against-homosexuality?fbclid=IwAR2xoM7Uyt2OWMrvPUQiNqxr234CTjAcoM0OceVj3C_I_6tgpaUF4Zcw40g)

Pray for

  1. Prayer for the Christian community across Canada to take a bold stand and to resist all attempts by the Canadian government to outlaw the Scriptures as the basis of moral values for Christian families, Christian families, schools and colleges across Canada.
  2. Freedom of Pastor Lynn and his vindication in the courts, other pastors, congregations and Christian organizations in Canada that are facing increasing hostility as a result of their opposition to homosexuality, gay marriage, and the LGBTQ gender ideology.
  3. For revival in the church across Canada resulting in large-scale salvation of the loss and social transformation of the nation.

 

Prayer for South America and the Caribbean

PRAYER ALERT: Mexican pastor killed after Sunday Service

On August 18 Pastor Alfrery Lictor Cruz Canseco died after being shot at point-blank range outside his Fraternidad Cristiana church in Oaxaca state, according to  Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Then on August 23 a Catholic priest, Jose Martin Guzman Vega was stabbed to death in the border town of Matamoros. At last report, the police have yet to arrest suspects in either case. CSW warns that “a climate of impunity” has allowed such violence. Growing criminal groups have targeted Christian leaders because they see them as threats. Ten religious leaders were killed in Mexico in 2018 alone, according to CSW.

Furthermore, Open Doors reports that other Christian leaders and their churches have become victims of extortion and attacks throughout Mexico. Recently, on August 3, in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, the Presbyterian minister Aaron Mendez Ruiz was kidnapped from the migrant shelter he ran there, and has not been heard from since

The US Commission on Religious Freedom blames many such attacks on cartels like Los Zetas and Knights Templar. They target religious leaders “because they speak out against the gangs and/or because they refuse to include gang spiritual mythology in their sermons,” says the USCIRF report.

For example, the Knights Templar cartel has promoted the cult of its “gangster saint”, the now-deceased Nazario Moreno Gonzalez. Also known as “El Mas Loco” or the “Maddest One”, Gonzalez dressed his gangsters up as crusading knights during initiation ceremonies. They forced initiates to cut up victims and, at times, to eat their flesh. Popular narco ballads have spread the myth of Saint Lazario and his Knights Templar. We must pray that God will protect His people and win the hearts of Mexicans away from drug lords.

Related sources:

Mexican pastor shot and killed after Sunday church service

Mexican priest stabbed to death inside border town parish; 27 priests killed in last 7 years

The Narco Who Died Twice

Pray

Pray for God to grant us these requests

  1. That God comfort and provide for those Mexicans who are grieving the deaths of their pastors and other religious leaders. That their churches become safe refuges once again. That the congregations have the grace to overcome evil with good.
  2. That God expose the objects of gangster worship and popular gangster songs as tools of Satan who comes only to steal, kill and destroy.
  3. That God shows His power is far greater than any gang power, that His reward is far greater, and that Jesus is Lord far above any druglord. 

Revival across Europe

  1. MILLENNIAL MELANCHOLY: Nine in ten young Brits believe their life lacks purpose, according to a shocking new study

Sun Reporter |1-Aug-2019 [adapted]

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9637619/young-brits-life-lacks-purpose/

A UK wide survey reveals the extent to which the younger generation feel disillusioned, with the MAJORITY (89 percent) of 16-29 year olds, claiming their life lacks purpose or meaning.

This is compared to an average of 80 percent across all ages, but just half (55 percent) of the over 60s, signaling true contentment may simply come with age.

In fact, as many as 30 percents of today’s youngsters believe they are stuck in a rut, with 84 percent claiming they are failing to “live their best life”.

Overall, 36 percent of Brits (of all ages) would give their lives a complete re-do if they had the chance.

And according to the study of 1,500 Brits, conducted by Yakult UK, the biggest barrier to finding purpose and achieving greater happiness is a lack of finances (45 percent).

ANXIETY

Worryingly, as many as a third of the Brits polled (34 percent) claimed anxiety is stopping them from achieving the things they would like to achieve.

Illness and poor health (22 percent) were also major stumbling blocks for many Brits, in terms of achieving their dreams, according to the poll.

It comes as no surprise then that two-thirds of us admit to feeling jealous of colleagues and friends who seems to have their entire world in order.

Daisy Whitfield-Davis, Yakult UK PR Manager, said: "This research proves how many Brits are searching for their true objectives in life.

When it comes to the bigger questions, such as the meaning of life, over half of Brits (51 percent) believe we were put on the earth to be as happy as we can be, while 37 percent say we should make people around us happy.

PRAY

  1. That God will have mercy on this generation of young people in Britain and enable them to see that the true meaning to life is to be found in Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
  2. That God will cause the message of separation from the values, standards, and trend of this world unto God and His Kingdom to be proclaimed with dynamic power and urgency.
  3. That the Lord will raise up exemplary young Christians who will demonstrate to their peers the reality, power, and blessedness of living lives that are truly separated unto God.
  1. “Active practice” of evangelicals helps “visibility of religion” in France, says government
    AUTHOR Evangelical Focus |PARIS | 06 AUGUST 2019 [adapted]
    http://evangelicalfocus.com/europe/4653/Active_practice_of_evangelicals_helps_visibility_of_religion_in_France

A report of the ‘Observatory of Laicité’ says the right to express one’s beliefs in public is protected by “internal and international laws”. Evangelicals are the faith group with the highest percentage of practicing believers

The government of France has issued a report on the role of religion in the public space which highlights the growing role of certain faith groups. The 12-page document “Synthesis of the Study on the Religious Expression and Visibility in France’s Public Space Today” was sent by the ‘Observatory of Laicité’ to the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, in July 2019. The report admits that the secularist predictions about the progressive disappearance of religion were not accurate. “After 2010, many analysts described the Western as anchored in the secular age. To the contrary, current events seem to provide examples of an eventual return of religiosity”, the official document says in its introduction.

Nonetheless, the authors prefer to call this growing visibility as a “resort to religion” in a time of “uncertainties” in the areas of politics, economy or ecology. The document also emphasizes the findings of some of the latest surveys on religion, which confirm that the number of agnostics, atheists and people who identify with no religion continues to grow.

THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS ONE’S FAITH IN PUBLIC

The ‘Observatory of Laicité’ positions itself against a forced privatization of personal beliefs and the efforts to make faith “invisible”. In fact, it firmly defends the citizen's freedom of religion “in private and in public”, a human right “protected in internal and international law”. The perceived increase of faith conversations in the French public arena is not directly linked to a multiplication of believers, but has to do with a stronger commitment of religious people and the “increased visibility“ of some faith groups, the authors of the report say. Islam is especially visible in the French society, according to the Observatory, but also the evangelical faith: despite being a community with less believers, it has a growing impact in society due to their “active practice and proselytism”.

CATHOLICS, MUSLIMS, PROTESTANTS - AND EVANGELICALS

The “French religious landscape” is briefly explained in the governmental report through some statistics.

Almost 20 million people identify with Roman Catholicism but only 3% of the general population attends a church service once a week, the report says. The percentage of pupils in Catholic schools is significantly higher: 17%.

There are between 3 and 5 million people who identify with Islam, and around 1.8 million (2.6% of the French population) are practicing Muslims.

Protestantism (which includes evangelical Christians) is the third faith group in France, and the second in number of worship places: 4,000 – more than half of these belong to evangelical communities. The report highlights the “acceleration in the last ten years” of this faith group, growing from 2.5% of the population to 3.1%.

More than 2 million French identify as Protestants and 40% of these “consider the intensity of their practice important”. 925,000 of Protestant practice their faith every day (1.4% of the population). Among evangelicals alone, an estimated 70% pray and live their faith practically every day, the highest percentage among all faith groups in France.

Judaism and Buddhism are the fourth and fifth religion in the country, with around half a million followers each. In both cases, the number of practicing believers is very low – less than 15% of its members.

PRAY

  1. Praise God for the weakening of secular ideology and the growth of evangelical Christianity there in France;
  2. Pray that God will cause France to come to grips with the mandate it received under its king in 498 AD, to defend the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that France will yet rise to fulfil the mandate.
  3. That Bible-believing Christians will grow deeper and deeper in their commitment to the Lord and to one another and that the Lord will enable them to bear powerful witness to their faith in Him.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture: Ps. 46:1-10 NIV

 

Iran and Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Thursday accused Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah of racing to build a missile-production program in Lebanon, vowing to destroy the ambitious project and issuing a stern warning to his enemies to "be careful." The threats ratcheted up an already tense standoff that has pushed the bitter adversaries closer toward open, armed conflict in recent weeks.

“Today we uncovered part of Iran and Hezbollah’s precision missile project. We know a few other things,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a news conference. “We are determined to eliminate this dangerous project. The aim of the publication today is to convey a message that we will not sit by and allow our enemies to arm themselves with deadly weapons directed at us,” he said. (Associated Press, August 29, 2019)

https://news.yahoo.com/israel-iran-hezbollah-intensifying-missile-134354200.html

Eight Christians from the city of Bushehr were arrested on July 1 in raids conducted by Ministry of Intelligence agents. The eight arrested include Sam Khosravi and his wife, Maryam Falahi; Sam’s mother, Khatoon Fatolahzadeh; Sam’s brother, Sasan, and his wife, Marjan Falahi; Pooriya Peyma and his wife, Fatemeh Talebi; and Habib Heydari. All eight were converts from Islam. They were not together when they were arrested, however. They were arrested in coordinated raids that took place at 9 a.m. Children in the homes during the raids saw their family members treated harshly by agents.

Sam’s mother, Khatoon, 61, was later released because of her age, but the others are being held in solitary confinement. According to a VOM ministry partner, at least 34 Iranian Christians have been arrested this year. Pray that these brothers and sisters will remain firm in their faith despite their imprisonment. (Voice of the Martyrs, Aug. 01, 2019)

https://www.icommittopray.com/request/1906/sam-khosravi-and-his-family-and-friends/

Pray

  1. Pray for the exposure of any plans to attack Israel that Iran, Hezbollah, or Hamas may have.
  2. Pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel
  3. Pray for Iran to release the 34 or more Christians, they have arrested this year.
  4. Pray that the arrested Christians would stand firm in their faith despite their imprisonment.
  5. Thank God for the growth of the Church in Iran. Pray for the Church to continue to grow.

Eritrea

Eritrea, one of the world’s worst violators of Human Rights, has again clamped down on Christians in their country. Since 23 June, more than 150 Christians have been rounded up and thrown into prisons that are inhumane and unsanitary. As documented by World Watch Monitor, the first arrest took place on 23 June in the city of Keren. Eritrean security officials arrested 70 members of the Faith Mission Church of Christ, of which, 35 were women and 10 were children. These Christians were then taken to the Ashufera Prison, which is a prison made of underground tunnels.

These Christians and thousands like them, are being held without charges; their only crime typically is gathering to worship without government approval. This is due to the paranoia and insanity of the president of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, who has been running the country since they gained independence in 1991. Anytime people are found to be gathering without government consent, they are arrested as conspirators and traitors because the government believes that the West is trying to destroy their culture. This is especially true for Christians, who they see as western spies.

The second set of arrests took place just this past Sunday, 18 August, when the security officials arrested another 80 Christians in Godayef. These Christians were taken to the local police station and have been held since then. (International Christian Concern, August 23, 2019)

https://www.persecution.org/2019/08/23/eritrea-arrests-another-150-christians-june-august/

Pray

  1. Pray for the release of hundreds of Christians being held without charges by the Eritrean government.
  2. Pray for the ending of persecution of the Christians in Eritrea.
  3. Pray for the protection, strengthening, and growth of the Church in Eritrea.

Uganda

In a statement released Thursday evening, Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Uganda's minister of state in charge of primary health care, said, "The confirmed case is a 9-year-old female of Congolese origin who traveled with her mother on Wednesday." The child and her mother entered Uganda through the Mpondwe main border post to seek medical care. 

This was the second time a confirmed Ebola case had crossed into Uganda. In June, a 5-year-old boy died in Uganda after crossing into the country with his family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where more than 1,800 people have died of the disease since August 2018. (Halima Athumani, VOA News, August 29, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/ugandas-ministry-health-confirms-ebola-case-dr-congo

KAMPALA - A report by the International Refugee Rights Initiative reveals a mix of frustration, unemployment, post-traumatic stress and alcohol abuse escalating quarrels among refugee communities in northern Uganda. Uganda is home to 1.3 million refugees — 833,000 of them from South Sudan, among whom the research was carried out.

Amol Dorcus has lived as refugee in Uganda since early 2014 after running away from armed conflict in South Sudan.  With Uganda’s free land policy for refugees on arrival, Amol got her 7.6 meters by 9.1 meters share of land in the Nyumanzi settlement, Adjumani district. She says the land is not sufficient, however, especially for those who want to grow crops for food.


Like most refugees, in order to survive, she had to enter an agreement with a member of the host community. The deal allows her to grow crops on their land on the condition that she pays some money at year-end. Dorcus says conflict arose when a member of the host community declined to respect the agreement. “But when these crops do well, so, the owner of that land, actually, or an unknown person will just come, they will take them. So, without you knowing, and you’re staying in the settlement.” Dorcus said.
 
Land wrangling between South Sudan refugees and host communities are just one of many conflicts going on in refugee settlements in Uganda. Among other challenges are recruitment of refugees as combatants, unemployment, post-traumatic stress and alcohol abuse. (Halima Athumani, VOA News, August 29, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/report-conflict-rising-among-south-sudanese-refugees-uganda

Pray:

  1. Thank God for the Ugandan government who has welcomed over 1.3 million refugees. Also, thank God for Uganda’s free land policy for refugees.
  2. Pray for resolutions to refugee challenges and conflicts in Uganda.
  3. Pray that the Ebola disease would not spread into Uganda.
  4. Pray that refugees would be reached with the gospel of Christ.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Uganda.

Cameroon

Bible translator Angus Abraham Fung was among seven people said to have been killed during an attack carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen sometime during the early hours of Sunday morning in the town of Wum, according to Efi Tembon, who leads a ministry called Oasis Network for Community Transformation.

“They went into houses and pulled out the people,” Tembon explained to The Christian Post. “They attacked in the night and nobody was expecting. They just went into the home, pulled them out and slaughtered them.”

Tembon said that he was not informed as to how many people were injured in the attack, but only that Fung’s wife, Eveline Fung, had her arm cut off and is receiving a blood transfusion at a local hospital. As for the Bible translator, Tembon was told that Fung was cut to death with a machete. “I don’t know what prompted the attack. They just came in and killed people at the home,” Tembon added, stating that most of the victims were older men. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, August 28, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/bible-translator-butchered-to-death-in-cameroon-wifes-arm-chopped-off.html

Pray

  1. Pray for healing and comfort for Eveline Fung, the wife of slain Bible translator Angus Abraham Fung. Fulani herdsmen cut arm off in recent attacks.
  2. Pray that those responsible for the death of Angus Fung and six other people would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray that peace would be established between the Fulani herdsmen and Christians in Cameroon.

Burkina Faso

Earlier this month, the president of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, Bishop Laurent Dabiré, told Aid to the Church in Need that Christians are in danger of “elimination” from the country due to the ongoing attacks against their community by Islamic extremists. His warning comes as Islamic extremist violence across the Sahel region of West Africa has been rising since 2016

Dabiré detailed a June 27 attack that occurred in the northern Diocese of Ouahigouya, which, according to the papal charity, was the fifth attack against Christians in northeast Burkina Faso since the beginning of 2019. The June 27 attack happened in the village of Bani during a time when the village’s residents were gathered together. “The Islamists arrived and forced everybody to lie face down on the ground,” the bishop said. “Then they searched them. Four people were wearing crucifixes. So, they killed them because they were Christians.”

Dabiré said that after murdering the Christians who were wearing crucifixes, the extremists told other villagers that they would also be killed if they did not convert to Islam. According to Aid to the Church in Need, at least 20 Christians have been killed in the five attacks carried out this year targeting Christian communities. Other attacks have occurred in the Dioceses of Dori and Kaya. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, August 24, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/4-christians-killed-jihadis-in-burkina-faso-for-wearing-crucifixes.html

Pray

  1. Pray that the government of Burkina Faso will strong action against Islamic extremist groups in Burkina Faso.
  2. Pray for the eradication of all Islamic extremist groups in Burkina Faso.
  3. Pray that those responsible for the murders of more than 20 Christians this year would be brought to justice.
  4. Pray or the protection, strengthening, and growth of the Church in Burkina Faso.

Category 3

19”   9:40 – 9:59

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

Scripture   -   Psalms 44: 1 - 8

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Please pray for the Movement Day Expressions team , Jurie Kriel, Jim Liske and Naomi Edwards as they work to on the framework and building blocks for Movement Day Global Cities
  2. Please pray for Rev. Jurie Kriel as he transitions into the role of Director of Movement Day Expressions  Pray hat God gifts him fresh vision, insight and creativity as he works to accelerate expressions of Movement Day
  3. Please pray for the PAN African gathering taking place later this month in Uganda.
  4. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  5. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  6. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

The Global Persecution of Christians

Over 200 million Christians worldwide suffer persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world.  This month, we focus on the South East Asian nation of Vietnam, ranked by Open Doors as the 20th most dangerous country for Christians.  

Vietnam: 6-year-old Christian girl beaten into a coma for faith in Jesus

A 6-year-old Christian girl and her parents were brutally beaten and dragged out of their village in Northern Vietnam because of their conversion to Christianity, Open Doors UK reports. 

The family of three was forced out of their home and dragged over rocks to the entrance of the village after sustaining beatings that left the young girl in a coma for a month. 

Open Doors, an organization that serves persecuted Christians worldwide, said earlier this week that the 6-year-old girl has regained consciousness but doesn't recall what happened to her and isn't able to recognize her parents. The family had stopped participating in their village's practice of worshiping their ancestors and received Christ, which angered the villagers and local authorities. Not long after, they were “mocked, tied with ropes and severely beaten while being dragged over rocky ground toward the entrance of the village, forcing them to leave,” Open Doors reports.   Members of their church later transported them to a hospital where they were treated for three days.  Although they were allowed to return to the village after their pastor spoke with local authorities, the villagers continued to threaten and curse them on account of their newfound faith.

Open Doors' World Watch List ranks the southeast Asian country as the 20th most dangerous nation for Christians. The Communist government monitors Christians' activities and exerts a high level of pressure on them.

"Both non-traditional Protestants and converts from indigenous religions are persecuted intensively. Estimates indicate that approximately 80 percent of the country’s Christians belong to the country’s ethnic minorities, like the Hmong, and face social exclusion, discrimination and attacks. Ethnic minority Christian children are discriminated against in schools; their medical needs also are often neglected. Some are not even allowed to attend school," the Open Doors profile of Vietnam explains.  "Non-Christian relatives of Christians are also strong persecutors, cutting family ties and denying any family inheritance. In some cases, relatives force a Christian spouse to divorce and then withhold custody of their children. Believers’ homes are sometimes destroyed, forcing them to leave their village."

Last year, Vietnam sentenced and jailed a number of Catholic activists, bloggers and Protestant pastors. Teacher and school administrators reportedly encourage Christians to give up their faith, telling them their employment opportunities will be damaged. In August, Pastor Le Dinh Luong, who is also an environment and democracy activist, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on trumped up charges of attempting to “overthrow the government."

Although his trial was supposed to be open to the public, only his wife and younger brother were permitted to be in the courtroom. Foreign diplomats who tried to attend were barred, according to Human Rights Watch. Human rights advocates have been calling for his immediate release.

(Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/religious-freedom-getting-worse-around-the-world-christians-remain-most-persecuted-group-pew.html?fbclid=IwAR1josCC2bqqV0snG_UCOXiTwqMeCblyIH-AX5AHK3Y81k-sVzzQhwBndlo, July 19, 2019).

PRAY

  1. For the over 200 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  2. For the 6-year-old Christian girl and her parents who were brutally beaten and dragged out of their village in Northern Vietnam because of their conversion to Christianity.  
  3. For the Christian community across Vietnam  facing intense persecution, economic hardship and other significant difficulties threatening their survival.  Pray for God’s strength, covering and protection for all these believers. 

Pakistan

40 Christians on pilgrimage attacked by suspected Hindu radicals in India

CP  WORLD | August 25, 2019

Six suspects affiliated with a radical Hindu mob have been arrested on charges of attempted murder following an attack on Catholics walking a 280-mile pilgrimage. 

The group of 40 Catholics were walking to a sanctuary in the Tamil Nadu state of India  — from Karnataka to the Marian shrine in Velankanni — on a pilgrimage that has been a tradition for decades, when they were attacked earlier this month.

The assailants, who are in custody, are accused of blocking a road the Catholics were walking along and then attacking them both verbally and physically. Along with facing charges of attempted murder, they also face charges of "rioting, hurting religious sentiments and acting to destroy religious peace," the Union of Catholic Asia News reports

”In 2018, religious freedom conditions in India continued a downward trend,” USCIRF’s annual report reads. “[India’s] history of religious freedom has come under attack in recent years with the growth of exclusionary extremist narratives — including, at times, the government’s allowance and encouragement of mob violence against religious minorities — that have facilitated an egregious and ongoing campaign of violence, intimidation, and harassment against non-Hindu and lower-caste Hindu minorities.” 

Two weeks ago, International Christian Concern reported that suspected Hindu radicals disrupted a prayer meeting in Uttar Pradesh and beat the congregation’s priest.  In June, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported that seven Christian families in Jharkhand state fled from their homes after facing threats and harassment from a mob of Hindu radicals. (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/world/40-christians-on-pilgrimage-attacked-by-suspected-hindu-radicals-in-india.html).

PRAY

  1. For the successful prosecution of the six suspects affiliated with the radical Hindu mob arrested on charges of attempted murder of 40 Christians on a pilgrimage in India.  
  2. For the improvement in religious freedom conditions in India to facilitate the growth of church;
  1. For the continued growth of the church in India despite persecution.

North Korea

North Korean defector says cousin's entire family executed for sharing Gospel

The Christian Post         Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — A North Korean defector detailed what it’s like to live as a Christian in North Korea, telling President Donald Trump and the State Department's religious freedom ministerial about the execution of his cousin's family for sharing the Gospel. Illyong Ju was among nearly 30 survivors of religious persecution who met with the president at the White House last Wednesday. Hours beforehand he shared his story and those of other North Korean defectors with media gathered at the Harry S. Truman building.

Ju was born in North Korea in 1996 and was the youngest of three children. He said that throughout his childhood, his parents listened to foreign radio broadcasts for over 10 years, an illegal act in the authoritarian country led by the controlling Kim regime. According to the State Department, listening to the radio inspired the family to seek a new-found faith. Later, Ju’s parents decided it would be best to defect from North Korea so they could be free to live out their beliefs. 

Ju’s father fled to South Korea in the mid-2000s. About a year later in 2008, Ju and his mother and sister fled together. They joined their father in South Korea in 2009 after a long journey. The family settled in Seoul and in 2012, Ju’s oldest sister joined them and completed their family’s reunification.  “After we came to Seoul we had kind of a hard time in South Korea,” Ju said. “After recovering, we decided that we hope to spread the love from God to people in South Korea.”

Ju told reporters about what other defectors have told him after escaping from North Korea and serving time in the regime’s notorious political prison camps or general prisons.  “If you refer to the remarks of the escapees, the conditions are very severe,” he said. “For example, the females, they are not provided any medication when they are giving birth. They forcefully have to lose their babies. In terms of food or provision, they are only given a very small portion of corn.”

“For example, if there is a scar or hurting in skin, there is no medication. They have to use the insects out of the dead bodies and dry them and put them on as a medication,” he detailed.

Ju told reporters that his aunt’s entire family was thrown into a political prison camp just because her aunt’s father-in-law was a Christian. “It was my cousin’s family, they were all executed for sharing the Gospel,” Ju added. He said that three leaders of the church who were responsible for missions in North Korea were also sent to political prison camps. 

North Korea has for the last 18 years ranked as the worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. Thousands upon thousands of North Koreans are imprisoned in these camps either for being Christian, speaking out against the regime, or trying to defect from the country. 

Despite thousands being imprisoned and tortured for their faith, Ju said Christian activities are still happening inside prison camps. “According to my co-worker who is now living in [South] Korea, when she was in prison, she couldn’t sing or voice up her Christianity,” he said. “But she was able to make a couple of people inside a prison believe in [Christ] and with silence. With eye-to-eye contact, they were able to convey [the Gospel]. She said that her experience there in prison, even though her situation was difficult, she felt like she was in Heaven.” 

In the meeting with Trump, Ju told the president that regardless of the situation, North Koreans are still worshiping.  “Even though the persecution of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean citizens, they want the Gospel and they want to worship now,” Ju assured Trump. “They are worshiping in underground churches right now.” (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/north-korean-defector-cousins-entire-family-executed-sharing-gospel.html?fbclid=IwAR1fP5BERg8TBPwONxcmc3qSh-YkUDbOJWqM6yuOsAJ44UqdBNCFdNUnDCk)

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prison terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the safety and protection of believers in North Korea who continue to risk their lives to share the Gospel with others.
  3. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution

China

Chinese megachurch pastor imprisoned for faith in Jesus hit with more charges 7 months after arrest

Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter         July 25, 2019

The pastor of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China is facing new charges from the communist government seven months after he was arrested alongside 100 members of his congregation.  In addition to “inciting subversion” and attempting to turn people against the Chinese government, Wang has now been charged with “illegal business activity,” Radio Free Asiareports. 

A local Christian told the outlet that the so-called illegal business charge is likely due to the fact that authorities have little evidence to support the subversion charge, which can result in up to 10 years’ imprisonment. "They want to charge Pastor Wang Yi with inciting subversion, but even they know that this isn't a very persuasive accusation," the person said. "So they are hoping for a breakthrough using economic [crimes]."

The pastor of the 5,000-member church, his wife, Jiang Rong, and about 100 other Early Rain members were arrested on Dec. 9, 2018. While Jiang Rong was released after six months, her husband and four other members of the church remain in secret detention.  Some church members who were detained and later released described how police tortured them in an attempt to turn them against Wang. Some claimed police tied them to a chair and deprived them of food for 24 hours.

Additionally, authorities ransacked and sealed Early Rain Covenant Church’s properties, including offices, a kindergarten, a seminary, and a Bible college, and searched the homes of many of its members. Police also forced church members to sign a pledge not to attend the church again, and around half of the church's original membership remain under close surveillance by police.

"There's nothing we can do," a Christian surnamed Li told Radio Free Asia. "Any more than about five or six people gathered together will attract attention ... and if they find you, you will be detained."

"Around 50 to 60 percent of Early Rain members are currently under surveillance right now," she said. "Their phones and [social media accounts on] WeChat are being monitored."

Ahead of his arrest, Wang released a letter speaking of “disgust” at the Communist Party.

“I believe that this Communist regime’s persecution against the church is a greatly wicked, unlawful action. As a pastor of a Christian church, I must denounce this wickedness openly and severely,” the pastor wrote.

“The calling that I have received requires me to use non-violent methods to disobey those human laws that disobey the Bible and God. My Savior Christ also requires me to joyfully bear all costs for disobeying wicked laws.”

China’s Communist Party requires that Protestants worship only in churches recognized and regulated by the officially sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement. In recent years, authorities have carried out a crackdown on all religious institutions, including bulldozing churches and removing rooftop crosses.  China ranks as the 27th worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. Open Doors has expressed concern that the religious affairs in China now “lies with the Communist Party.”

“Since the Communist Party took over, the implementation of the regulations on religion, the treatment of religious groups, especially Christians, became much harsher across the country,” Open Doors USA's fact sheet reads.  “Crackdowns against Christians happen countrywide and in both state-approved and non-registered churches. The youth are increasingly being removed from church life; worship is monitored via CCTV and spies; and teachers and medical workers are told they are not allowed to have any religious affiliation.”

This month, Chinese persecution watchdog group Bitter Winter reported that since the Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation was implemented last year, schools around China have taught children that Christianity is an “evil cult.”

Pray

  1. For the release from detention of the Pastor and members of Early Rain Covenant Church and other churches that have been shuttered recently as a result of the Chinese Government countrywide crackdowns against Christians. Pray also for those pastors and fellow believers that have been incarcerated and those who have been displaced or are facing threats from the authorities for continuing to meet for worship.
  2. Pray against all the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning free access to Bibles. 
  3. For the continued growth of the church across China despite harsh persecution to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.
  4. For children across China who are being taught that Christianity is an evil cult.

 

 

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Welcome to the August 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.       

Category One

Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Scripture: Psalm 96:1-3 (TPT)

“Go ahead – sing your new song to the Lord! Let every one in every language sing Him a new song. Don’t stop! Keep on singing! MAKE HIS NAME FAMOUS! Tell everyone every day how wonderful He is. Give them the good news of our great Savior. Take the message of His glory and miracles to every nation. Tell them about all the amazing things He has done.”

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 2050 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.
  3. For a divine solution to the migrant crisis at the US southern border.

Prayer for Children and Youth across America

DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME GOES A STEP FURTHER

JULY 9, 2019 | FROM IFA STAFF

Oh Lord, it hurts to watch children be exposed to this evil. Wake up the church! Let us find our "salt" again and be the thermostat and not just the thermometer for our culture. 

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Caution: Adult content.

Libraries used to host a reading from a Caldecott medal author or offer storytime for tots, reading Curious George. Now, storytime at many libraries is a drag show and grooming event. And sadly many librarians are enthusiastically inviting it and parents are too willing to bring their kids.  But what began as story time read by a drag queen has now evolved into a dance by drag queens or transgenders, complete with adult-oriented dance moves and kids bringing them dollar bills, and other story times inviting kids to crawl on them as they lay on the ground.  Yes, you heard that right.  Not satisfied to just read to the kids, now they are physically touching the kids and inviting them to crawl on and lay on these strangers as they lie on the ground face up.  What parent thinks it is okay for children to physically lay on men who they don’t know, and encourage them to be physical with strangers?

They normalize it, endear it, and groom children to be accepting of it....  What you see should not only sicken you, but ring the alarm.  This needs prayer, yes–it IS a spiritual battle.  But it also needs action. Make a commitment to find out what is happening in your local library and schools.  Don’t be afraid to speak out about it–even if you are not a parent of school-age children.  It is your taxpayer dollars that fund libraries, schools, municipal events and more. We can’t expect that there is some designated group fighting for us–we are it.  And it all needs bathed in prayer.

Kids Group Volunteers Banned from Library for Singing Christian Songs with Children

Will Maule | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A church-run kids group has been banished from a public library after being told that they were not allowed to sing songs that made reference to Biblical stories.

The volunteers at Noah's Ark playgroup says it had been meeting at the Burgess Hill Library in the British county of West Sussex for eight years – they had never encountered any issues until now.

Despite the group serving the local community for free, library officials demanded that they move elsewhere after some parents complained that they were unhappy with the Christian message contained within the songs.

According to the Mid Sussex Times, in a statement, a spokesperson from the West Sussex County Council said: “Rhyme time sessions are held every week in all West Sussex libraries and are open to everyone including families of any faith or no faith. In Burgess Hill, a partnership was formed with a local faith group some years ago before rhyme time sessions were offered across all libraries.”

However, following “feedback from families,” the local authority had “decided to bring these sessions in line with the other rhyme times in our libraries which are led by staff.”

“Families can continue to access faith-based activities in community venues and library staff are very happy to help anyone looking for details of where they can join these,” the council added.

Many of the regular attendees were absolutely outraged at the decision to cancel the group.

PRAY

  1. Isaiah 5:20Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  1. Prov. 22:6:  Father, help us to train up and mature our children to discern good from evil.
  2. We decree and declare, according to Joshua 24:15, that as for us and the “houses” we not only represent but pray for, we will serve the Lord.

Prayer For Canada

Toronto Pastor David Lynn goes to court

July 11, 2019

Yesterday Pastor David Lynn, the Toronto Christian street preacher recently arrested and charged with disturbing the peace at Church and Wellesley streets made his court appearance. There were about 150 people present to support him at the courthouse at College Park Courthouse on Young Street. Pastor Lynn is presently out on bail. The case was remanded to August the 7 so that his lawyer can prepare a response to the Crown's disclosure.

Pastor Lynn's crime? He was sharing the Gospel to people on a public sidewalk. According to one report, the police got a complaint that Lynn's preaching had attracted a large crowd. In short, some members of the LGBTQ community didn't agree with what Lynn was doing and wanted him to leave the area. The police did that by arresting him and pressing charges. Lynn has been unjustly charged. He has the right to be on public property. He has the right to preach the Gospel. He has the right to exercise his freedom of speech. His arrest is unjust and discriminatory against Christians.

In front of the courthouse Lynn thanked the people that had came to back him and emotionally said to them, "If we don’t stand up and come together, we’re going to lose our rights... Let this be a day in Canada’s history when the Church woke up.” He also prayed with everyone. Let's hope it leads to greater Christian unity in Toronto.

David Cooke from Citizens Go reports that after the hearing Lynn told those present from the media, “This court appearance is, to me, a travesty – it’s a shame – because Canadians are protected under the Charter... As a minister, I am protected under section 176 of the Criminal Code. The United Nations says that we’re also protected: We have human rights... My rights were taken away simply because I am a Christian and I preach that God loves you.” We completely agree. Cooke also gave Pastor Lynn a USB stick with the names of 14, 129 people (currently at 14, 585) that have signed the online petition in his support. Cooke intends to send the petition and the names of its supporters to every MPP in Ontario.

We have signed the petition and encourage our readers to do the same. An injustice and censorship against one Canadian is an injustice against all Canadians. Let's hope that on August 7 this case is thrown out of court. It has no merit. It's politically driven.

(Source: http://everydayforlifecanada.blogspot.com/2019/07/toronto-pastor-david-lynn-goes-to-court.html

Pray for

  1. Hogarth 2” 9:13 – 9:15
  2. Prayer for the Christian community across Canada to take a bold stand and to resist all attempts by the Canadian government to outlaw the Scriptures as the basis of moral values for Christian families, Christian families, schools and colleges across Canada.
  3. Freedom of Pastor Lynn and his vindication in the courts, other pastors, congregations and Christian organizations in Canada that are facing increasing hostility as a result of their opposition to homosexuality, gay marriage, and the LGBTQ gender ideology.
  4. For revival in the church across Canada resulting in large-scale salvation of the loss and social transformation of the nation.

 

Prayer for South America and the Caribbean

Nicaragua strengthens Iran ties, defying the US

On July 22 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega welcomed Iran’s foreign minister and strengthened economic ties in the face of painful US economic sanctions. Both denounced those sanctions. But the US is using them to prevent Iran from becoming a worldwide nuclear threat. As the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism which vows to destroy the US, Iran could use Nicaragua to bring the devastating war to the Western Hemisphere.

Already Venezuela is harboring warships from Russia which threaten to do the same. Both Nicaragua and Venezuela are following Cuba as a model of repressive totalitarian socialism supported only by bigger regimes of a similar authoritarian kind. Let us pray that God will disrupt such alliances and instead direct these nations in the ways of peace and freedom of trade, speech, and religion.

Related sources:

Iran’s Foreign Minister Visits Nicaragua To Join Forces Against US “Economic Terrorism”

Pray for God to grant us these requests

  1. Move on the Iranian regime to abandon its nuclear weapons program and instead prosper as a trading partner. Also, to allow more freedom of religion so that the current revival in Iran may thrive.
  2. Turn the course of Nicaragua from authoritarianism to human rights and liberty. Also to end its repression of dissidents, who are finding shelter in the Catholic Church.
  3. Prevent Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba from becoming conduits of terrorism and foreign military intervention in the Western Hemisphere.

Revival across Europe

  1. Open Doors UK calls on Boris Johnson to keep his promises on religious freedom

Staff writer | Tue 23 Jul 2019 14:37:rd BST

https://www.christiantoday.com/search?s=Open+doors+uk+calls+on+Boris

Johnson said before that as Prime Minister, he would "always prioritize protecting religious freedoms and stand up for those facing persecution". Persecution watchdog Open Doors UK has called on new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep his promise to "always prioritize protecting religious freedoms". 

Johnson made the pledge of support in a tweet responding to the Bishop of Truro's report into Christian persecution commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  The report recommends that the UK Government impose sanctions on the worst perpetrators of human rights abuses against religious minorities, and that it seek a new United Nations Security Council resolution calling on governments in the Middle East and North Africa to protect religious freedoms. In his tweet, Johnson also promised that as Prime Minister he would "stand up for those facing persecution"

Responding to his tweets earlier this month on religious freedom, Henrietta Blyth, CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland, said she was "delighted" by Johnson's pledge and wanted to see him take "quick action to deliver greater protection for religious minorities".

"Open Doors is committed to working with all politicians to ensure that real and meaningful change is delivered to persecuted Christians through the implementation of the recommendations of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's review into the persecution of Christians abroad," she said.  In its own response to the persecution review, Open Doors urged the UK Government to make the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief - a role created by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May - a permanent position and focus on priority countries like Nigeria. 

The call echoes that of shadow Foreign Office minister Liz McInnis, who said in the Commons last week that action to address persecution was "long overdue".  She spoke of her support for making the role of special envoy permanent and giving special priority to certain countries. 

"Many people have been trying to draw the world's attention to the deeply worrying scale of Christian persecution for many, many years," she said. "Like other Members, I was shocked to hear that 80% of religious persecution globally is against Christians. Clearly, there is a serious problem here that needs urgent action from all Governments."

Blyth said that the comments from Johnson and McInnis were a sign that a "political consensus is already emerging" on the issue of Christian persecution.

PRAY

  1. That God will give the new UK Prime Minister the strength and the courage to make good on his promises regarding religious freedom and those facing persecution;
  2. That the shocking realization that 80% of religious persecution globally is against Christians, will drive respective governments to concrete action in favor of Christians;
  3. That the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief created by the former Prime Minister, will indeed become a permanent position and that persecution of Christians will be given the focus it
  4. “We want to prevent that counseling of gay people who struggle with their sexual identity is criminalized”

AUTHOR Joel Forster , Evangelical Focus BAD BLANKENBURG 11 JULY 2019

http://evangelicalfocus.com/europe/4590/german_evangelical_alliance_We_want_to_prevent_that_advice_help_or_counseling_of_gay_people_who_struggle_with_their_sexual_is_criminalised

The German government plans to ban so-called ‘conversion therapies’. Reinhardt Schink, Secretary-General of the German Evangelical Alliance, says the law proposal is “neither coherent with its assumptions nor consistent in its approach”. German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, announced in June the government was preparing a law to criminalize ‘conversion therapies’ for homosexual people.  The new legislation would ban all help or counselling offered by professionals or institutions (including churches) to gay people who struggle with their own sexual identity.  German law already protects LGBT people from all forms of discrimination, and gay marriage was legalized in 2017.

After the new plans were made public, the German Evangelical Alliance (EAD) wrote letters to the expert committee commissioned by the Health Ministry and to the Members of Parliament, offering an “alternative legislative proposal” and expressing their support for “freedom of choice”. Reinhardt Schink, Secretary General of the EAD, told Evangelical Focus that “the planned law will unintendedly discriminate gay people by hindering them from taking responsibility for their personal lives”.

“This is not consistent as it assumes that there is no possibility to change one’s sexual orientation from gay to heterosexual feelings within an overall framework that states that fluid sexual orientation”, Schink said.

Excerpts from interview:

  1. In other European countries, laws against so-called ‘conversion’ have already been used to punish psychologists and church workers who have conducted voluntary courses for same-sex attracted people. Do you think this could happen in Germany soon? A. Yes, the minister made it very clear that is goal is to pass a law this year that would criminalize conversions – but only in case of a conversion from homosexuality to heterosexuality. The other way round would still be supported. As this is a ridicule approach, we do hope that we will end up with a law that does not prohibit counseling, assistance or support.
  2. What have been some of the messages during the Pride marches in Germany this year? Is there a big pressure on political parties to fully endorse all of the LGBT agenda? A. The CSD movement requires an addition to our constitution where it says (Article 3): “No person shall be favored or disfavored because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith, or religious or political opinions. No person shall be disfavored because of disability”. They require to add the term sexual orientation and sexual identity.

 PRAY

  1. That the Lord will grant unto His people in Germany, to be wise but bold and uncompromising in their efforts to share the Gospel and to help people convert from their sinful lifestyles through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ;
  2. That the Lord will crush every effort to pass laws that in Germany and elsewhere, that would criminalise conversion from homosexuality and other sinful practices;
  3. That the Lord will give His people the wisdom and compassion needed to address the case of sincere committed Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

  1. Campbell - Intro and Scripture— Ps. 110:1-7 NIV and Introduction 3” 9:22 – 9:25

Israel

Dozens of children and their mothers gathered Wednesday evening outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem to protest the detention of three Filipino workers and four children during immigration raids this week in central Israel.

The arrests came as authorities appeared to accelerate their efforts to deport approximately 50 children of foreign workers over the course of the summer. The children, born in Israel, shouted: “I’m an Israeli child, don’t deport me,” “All my life I’ve lived in Israel” and “Bibi, we don’t have anywhere else, let us stay please,” using the prime minister’s nickname

Meretz party chairman Nitzan Horowitz was present during the raid, live-tweeting developments.

“These children were born here and their only ‘crime’ was that they were born to a mother from the Philippines,” he wrote. “Now the police are packing up their few possessions and outside a few of their friends are standing and crying.”

“Here is such a cruel thing,” Horowitz continued. “They put the children, in total hysteria, into this sealed car, on the way to a detention cell. You can hear the crying and screaming inside. This is what you should do to criminals, not little children. There is no reason in the world to behave like this. It is much more than a shame and disgrace — it is abuse and it must stop.”

In 2006 and 2009, the Interior Ministry threatened to deport hundreds of children who were born in Israel and whose parents had overstayed their work visas. A huge public outcry led to a 2010 “humanitarian decision” not to deport school-age children. (TOI staff 24 July 2019)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-of-children-rally-outside-pms-residence-against-immigration-crackdown/

Pray:

  1. Pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel.
  2. Pray that the Israeli government would stop deporting Israeli born children of foreign parents but instead show compassion.
  3. Pray for increase support and effectiveness of Operation Exodus. This Christian ministry focuses on helping diaspora Jews to relocate to Israel.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Israel.

Iran

 “God was at work, doing phenomenal things all through the week!" reports the beaming leader of a recent residential youth conference in the Iran region. “I wish you could have been there to witness it!”

Here are some highlights from this transformational week attended by 148 teenagers:

  • More than 30 teenagers made commitments to Jesus on the first night. 
  • The youth were passionate worshippers, wanting to remain in worship long after the scheduled end to the meetings.
  • In the dedicated prayer room, young people interceded for their nation and repented of sins with tears.
  • During one meeting, more than 100 young people rose to their feet because they felt called to be Christian leaders in their generation.

(Elam Ministries, Wednesday, July 24, 2019)

https://www.elam.com/Iran30/iranian-teens-fire-jesus%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8B

“My husband has come home changed. Thank you!” reported a number of the wives of the 300+ Iranian Christian men who attended recent day-long men’s conferences.

A key area of teaching at the conferences was on the man’s role within the family. Many of the men admitted to not knowing how to love their wives well. Some confessed to mistreatment or even abuse. The teachers explained from the Bible that husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loves the church. The men were encouraged to discover the ‘love languages’ of their wives and children so they could love them well. (Elam Ministries, June 24, 2019)

https://www.elam.com/Iran30/men-taught-love-their-families-well-0

Iran appears to be further stoking tensions with the West, announcing Monday it has captured 17 U.S. spies and sentenced some of them to death, an allegation the U.S. president denied. The announcement from Iran’s ministry of intelligence claimed the spies had been captured during the past year and had been collecting information from “sensitive sites,” like military and nuclear facilities, for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Monday, "The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do." (Jeff Seldin and Ken Bredemeier, VOA News, July 22, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/iran-stokes-mideast-tensions-announces-death-sentences-alleged-us-spies

Pray

  1. Pray that the USA and Iran will not end up in a war.
  2. Thank God for the 148 passionate young leaders that attended a recent young leaders conference in the Iran region. Pray that God will protect and use these young leaders.
  3. Thank God for the 300+ Iranian Christian men who attended a recent men’s conference. Pray that these men will love their families and be used by God to impact their communities.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Deep distrust — along with political instability and deadly violence — has severely undermined efforts by public health authorities in Congo to curb the outbreak by tracing and vaccinating those who may have come into contact with infected people.

Health experts agree the experimental Ebola vaccine has saved multitudes in Congo. But after nearly a year and some 171,000 doses given, the epidemic shows few signs of waning. The virus has killed more than 1,700 people and has now arrived in the region's largest city, Goma. The World Health Organization last week declared the outbreak a global health emergency. (Associated Press, July 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/ebola-vaccine-hampered-deep-distrust-eastern-congo

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of two million people. A WHO expert committee had declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, which other experts say has long met the conditions. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.

This week the first Ebola case was confirmed in Goma, a major regional crossroads in northeastern Congo on the Rwandan border with an international airport. Health experts have feared this scenario for months. The pastor who brought Ebola to Goma used several fake names to conceal his identity on his way to the city, Congolese officials said. WHO on Tuesday said the man had died and health workers were scrambling to trace dozens of his contacts, including those who had traveled on the same bus. (Associated Press, July 17, 2019)

https://www.foxnews.com/health/ebola-outbreak-congo-declared-global-health-emergency-who

Pray

  1. Pray for an end to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, pray that the Ebola outbreak would not spread to other nations.
  2. Pray for an end to the violence that prevents people from being able to receive the Ebola vaccine.
  3. Pray that those at risk of contracting the Ebola disease would willingly and urgently get vaccinated against the Ebola disease.
  4. Pray that God would use the Ebola outbreak to draw people to Himself.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in the DRC.

Cameroon

BAMENDA, CAMEROON - Cameroon says armed separatists are occupying more than 50 schools in its western English-speaking regions, using them for training and to hide from the military.  The alleged occupation could complicate government plans to restart education in the regions in September.

"We have about 48 schools that have been destroyed in our system and another 53 schools that are occupied presently," Cameroon’s basic education chief for the northwest region, Wilfred Wambeng Ndong, told reporters Sunday.  "As regards our teachers, we are doubting the whereabouts of more than 3,000 teachers for the schools that are not going (working).”

Ndong said most of the missing teachers probably escaped to safer areas in French-speaking regions or are hiding in the bush.  He said school attendance in the region has dropped from 422,000 in 2017 to 5,500 this year – and is mostly in safer towns like Bamenda and Nkambe.

Cameroon says the rebels have torched more than 130 schools while the separatists accuse the military of burning the schools to flush them out of hiding. (By Moki Edwin Kindzeka, VOA News, July 22, 2019).

https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroon-separatist-fighters-occupy-50-schools

Pray :

  1. Pray for the reestablishing of peace in the western English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
  2. Pray that armed separatists would no longer occupy schools and allow for the reopening of schools.
  3. Pray for the families and children who have been dislocated because of violence in the western English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and positive impact of the Church in western Cameroon.

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is experiencing medical and health challenges, due to the lack of healthcare facilities and resources. Inaccessible health services and spiritual beliefs drive those in need to seek the help of traditional healers who operate 45,000 shrines in Sierra Leone. 

The World Health Organization estimates that about 10% of the population of about 7 million people are suffering from mental health problems, arising from trauma during the civil war and the outbreak of Ebola that left thousands dead and many citizens with no access to healthcare services.

The UN estimates that Sierra Leone has the highest death rate in the world and the second-highest infant mortality rate (195) for every 1000 infants die within the first year of birth. The medical facilities are extremely strained and continue to decline following the civil war of 1991. (Malte Werner and Olivia Acland, Aljazeera News, 21 July 2019).

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/stress-addressing-mental-health-sierra-leone-190718132544766.html

About 60% of the population is Muslim, 10% Christian and 30% practicing traditional religion. Besides Muslims and Christians holy leaders there are other indigenous religious practitioners who can meditate with the spirit world including diviners, healers, witchcraft, sorcerers the fragile healthcare system is supplemented by array of traditional healers, herbalists, Muslim based ritual specialists.

https://www.everyculture.com/Sa-Th/Sierra-Leone.html

Pray

  1. Pray that God will open the spiritual eyes and ears of the nation to see in the spirit and hear the true word of God and his saving power.
  2. Pray for God to raise up intercessors, evangelists, teachers, Apostles, Prophets, and Worshipers in the nation of Sierra Leone
  3. Pray for the release of the nation from bondages of poverty, disease, ignorance, spiritual occultic practices.
  4. Pray for the growth of the church of Jesus Christ in Sierra Leone.

Category 3

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

Scripture: Psalms 44:

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Please pray for the Movement Day Expressions team, Jurie Kriel, Jim Liske, and Naomi Edwards as they work to on the framework and building blocks for Movement Day Global Cities
  2. Please pray for Rev. Jurie Kriel as he transitions into the role of Director of Movement Day Expressions  Pray hat God gifts his fresh vision, insight, and creativity as he works to accelerate expressions of Movement Day
  3. Please pray for the PAN African gathering taking place later this month in Uganda.
  4. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ.
  5. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  6. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

The Global Persecution of Christians

Religious freedom getting worse around the world; Christians remain the most persecuted group: Pew

Government restrictions on religion have increased across the globe — and Christians and Muslims are persecuted in more countries than any other religious group, Pew Research Center has found.  Pew's report, titled "A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World," covered a 10-year span, from 2007 to 2017, and studied 198 countries.  The study, released Monday, reveals that Christians are the most-harassed religious group in the world, facing persecution in 143 countries. Muslims are not far behind, with reports of religious persecution in 140 countries in 2017. Jews, the third-most targeted group, were persecuted in 87 countries.

“Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion—laws, policies, and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices—increased markedly around the world,” stated the researchers. “And social hostilities involving religion—including violence and harassment by private individuals, organizations or groups—also have risen since 2007.” Unsurprisingly, Christians and Muslims suffered the most harassment in the Middle East-North Africa region, while the Asia-Pacific region showed the second-highest levels of Christian persecution. The number of highly-populated countries, like China and Russia, that impose "high" or "very high" levels on restriction rose from 40 to 52 over the decade. But government restrictions on religion have also increased in democracies: Overall, Europe saw the biggest increase in restrictions, with its score doubling over the decade of the study. Pew found that a growing number of European countries have placed restrictions on religious dress, while countries like Spain have restricted public preaching and proselytizing by various religious groups. While the Americas was the region with the fewest restrictions and hostilities, government limits on religious activities still saw a significant increase. Over the period of the study, the number of countries in the Americas with government restrictions on religious activities jumped from 16 to 28.

Overall, countries with the highest levels of restrictions were China, Iran, Russia, Egypt, and Indonesia. Countries with the lowest levels were South Africa, Japan, the Phillippines, Brazil, and South Korea. According to Pew, in only 26 countries (13%) are all religious groups “generally treated the same.” The Pew report came as the U.S. State Department hosted a three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. Attended by government officials, religious leaders, and other participants from regions around the world, the summit was touted as the largest of its kind ever held. (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/religious-freedom-getting-worse-around-the-world-christians-remain-most-persecuted-group-pew.html?fbclid=IwAR1josCC2bqqV0snG_UCOXiTwqMeCblyIH-AX5AHK3Y81k-sVzzQhwBndlo, July 19, 2019).

PRAY

  1. For the over 200 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  2. For the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda terror group, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations involved in the wide-scale persecution of Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and other nations throughout Africa. Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts, and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." 
  3. For the Christian communities of Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and other nations throughout Africa facing intense persecution, economic hardship and other significant difficulties threatening their survival.  Pray for God’s strength, covering and protection for all these believers. 

Pakistan

Pakistani Christian refugee in hiding over blasphemy charge calls on Trump, UN to help

CP  WORLD | July 29, 2019

A Pakistani Christian refugee accused of blasphemy is facing renewed death threats after his location in Thailand was revealed on social media this month. But he and his family continue to face hurdles in their years-long effort for resettlement with no end in sight.  Faraz Pervaiz is again calling on the United Nations, the United States and other foreign countries for help after the address of his family’s Bangkok apartment was posted online July 11, stirring up more death threats and real fear that he could be killed.

The same Muslim nationalist organization that rioted over the acquittal of Christian mother Asia Bibi last year, Tehreek-e-Labbaik, placed a bounty on Pervaiz’s head over a year ago to the tune of about 10 million rupees (about $62,000). The incentive for Pervaiz to be killed was raised in January when a radical cleric who sympathizes with the Taliban placed a bounty of 20 million rupees (about $124,000) on his head. Pervaiz fled Pakistan in 2014 after Muslim radicals became enraged by videos he and his father posted online criticizing the Pakistani government and Islamic teachings. At the time, he said, there was an increase in disappearances of bloggers critical of the Pakistani government and also an increase in blasphemy charges against such bloggers. In Pakistan, blasphemy is a crime that is punishable by death or life in prison. Pakistan imprisons more people for blasphemy than all other countries in the world combined, according to Lisa Curtis, director for South and Central Asia at the U.S. National Security Council. 

After fleeing the country and facing relative freedom to live out his faith in Bangkok, Pervaiz said that Muslim cleric Abdul Aziz, a known Taliban sympathizer who runs the Lal Masjid mosque in Islamabad, accused him of blasphemy. Pervaiz said that his name and face were posted on wanted flyers hung up throughout Pakistan.  After pressure from criminal process organizations, a criminal case was registered against Pervaiz and his father in November 2017 in Islamabad. In addition to the blasphemy charge and the bounties, Pervaiz said he is the subject of several fatwas (religious proclamations that are used to incite violence against a person).  Even though he and his family are now in Thailand, they are still at risk of reprisal attacks. The family is in hiding and forced to stay indoors. 

PRAY

  1. For the safety and protection of Faraz Pervaiz, a refugee from Pakistan facing death threats after being falsely accused of blasphemy.
  2. For Christians in Pakistan facing persecution because of their faith.
  1. For the continued growth of the church in Pakistan despite persecution.

North Korea

North Korean defector says cousin's entire family executed for sharing Gospel

The Christian Post         Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — A North Korean defector detailed what it’s like to live as a Christian in North Korea, telling President Donald Trump and the State Department's religious freedom ministerial about the execution of his cousin's family for sharing the Gospel. Illyong Ju was among nearly 30 survivors of religious persecution who met with the president at the White House last Wednesday. Hours beforehand he shared his story and those of other North Korean defectors with media gathered at the Harry S. Truman building.

Ju was born in North Korea in 1996 and was the youngest of three children. He said that throughout his childhood, his parents listened to foreign radio broadcasts for over 10 years, an illegal act in the authoritarian country led by the controlling Kim regime. According to the State Department, listening to the radio inspired the family to seek a new-found faith. Later, Ju’s parents decided it would be best to defect from North Korea so they could be free to live out their beliefs. 

Ju’s father fled to South Korea in the mid-2000s. About a year later in 2008, Ju and his mother and sister fled together. They joined their father in South Korea in 2009 after a long journey. The family settled in Seoul and in 2012, Ju’s oldest sister joined them and completed their family’s reunification.  “After we came to Seoul we had kind of a hard time in South Korea,” Ju said. “After recovering, we decided that we hope to spread the love from God to people in South Korea.”

Ju told reporters about what other defectors have told him after escaping from North Korea and serving time in the regime’s notorious political prison camps or general prisons.  “If you refer to the remarks of the escapees, the conditions are very severe,” he said. “For example, the females, they are not provided any medication when they are giving birth. They forcefully have to lose their babies. In terms of food or provision, they are only given a very small portion of corn.”

“For example, if there is a scar or hurting in skin, there is no medication. They have to use the insects out of the dead bodies and dry them and put them on as a medication,” he detailed.

Ju told reporters that his aunt’s entire family was thrown into a political prison camp just because her aunt’s father-in-law was a Christian. “It was my cousin’s family, they were all executed for sharing the Gospel,” Ju added. He said that three leaders of the church who were responsible for missions in North Korea were also sent to political prison camps. 

North Korea has for the last 18 years ranked as the worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. Thousands upon thousands of North Koreans are imprisoned in these camps either for being Christian, speaking out against the regime, or trying to defect from the country. 

Despite thousands being imprisoned and tortured for their faith, Ju said Christian activities are still happening inside prison camps. “According to my co-worker who is now living in [South] Korea, when she was in prison, she couldn’t sing or voice up her Christianity,” he said. “But she was able to make a couple of people inside a prison believe in [Christ] and with silence. With eye-to-eye contact, they were able to convey [the Gospel]. She said that her experience there in prison, even though her situation was difficult, she felt like she was in Heaven.” 

In the meeting with Trump, Ju told the president that regardless of the situation, North Koreans are still worshiping.  “Even though the persecution of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean citizens, they want the Gospel and they want to worship now,” Ju assured Trump. “They are worshiping in underground churches right now.” (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/north-korean-defector-cousins-entire-family-executed-sharing-gospel.html?fbclid=IwAR1fP5BERg8TBPwONxcmc3qSh-YkUDbOJWqM6yuOsAJ44UqdBNCFdNUnDCk)

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prison terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the safety and protection of believers in North Korea who continue to risk their lives to share the Gospel with others.
  3. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution

China

Chinese megachurch pastor imprisoned for faith in Jesus hit with more charges 7 months after arrest

Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter         July 25, 2019

The pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church in China is facing new charges from the communist government seven months after he was arrested alongside 100 members of his congregation.  In addition to “inciting subversion” and attempting to turn people against the Chinese government, Wang has now been charged with “illegal business activity,” Radio Free Asia reports. 

A local Christian told the outlet that the so-called illegal business charge is likely due to the fact that authorities have little evidence to support the subversion charge, which can result in up to 10 years’ imprisonment. "They want to charge Pastor Wang Yi with inciting subversion, but even they know that this isn't a very persuasive accusation," the person said. "So they are hoping for a breakthrough using economic [crimes]."

The pastor of the 5,000-member church, his wife, Jiang Rong, and about 100 other Early Rain members were arrested on Dec. 9, 2018. While Jiang Rong was released after six months, her husband and four other members of the church remain in secret detention.  Some church members who were detained and later released described how police tortured them in an attempt to turn them against Wang. Some claimed police tied them to a chair and deprived them of food for 24 hours.

Additionally, authorities ransacked and sealed Early Rain Covenant Church’s properties, including offices, a kindergarten, a seminary, and a Bible college, and searched the homes of many of its members. Police also forced church members to sign a pledge not to attend the church again, and around half of the church's original membership remain under close surveillance by police.

"There's nothing we can do," a Christian surnamed Li told Radio Free Asia. "Any more than about five or six people gathered together will attract attention ... and if they find you, you will be detained."

"Around 50 to 60 percent of Early Rain members are currently under surveillance right now," she said. "Their phones and [social media accounts on] WeChat are being monitored."

Ahead of his arrest, Wang released a letter speaking of “disgust” at the Communist Party.

“I believe that this Communist regime’s persecution against the church is a greatly wicked, unlawful action. As a pastor of a Christian church, I must denounce this wickedness openly and severely,” the pastor wrote.

“The calling that I have received requires me to use non-violent methods to disobey those human laws that disobey the Bible and God. My Savior Christ also requires me to joyfully bear all costs for disobeying wicked laws.”

China’s Communist Party requires that Protestants worship only in churches recognized and regulated by the officially sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement. In recent years, authorities have carried out a crackdown on all religious institutions, including bulldozing churches and removing rooftop crosses.  China ranks as the 27th worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. Open Doors has expressed concern that the religious affairs in China now “lies with the Communist Party.”

“Since the Communist Party took over, the implementation of the regulations on religion, the treatment of religious groups, especially Christians, became much harsher across the country,” Open Doors USA's fact sheet reads.  “Crackdowns against Christians happen countrywide and in both state-approved and non-registered churches. The youth are increasingly being removed from church life; worship is monitored via CCTV and spies, and teachers and medical workers are told they are not allowed to have any religious affiliation.”

This month, Chinese persecution watchdog group Bitter Winter reported that since the Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation was implemented last year, schools around China have taught children that Christianity is an “evil cult.”

  1. For the release from detention of the Pastor and members of Early Rain Covenant Church and other churches that have been shuttered recently as a result of the Chinese Government countrywide crackdowns against Christians. Pray also for those pastors and fellow believers that have been incarcerated and those who have been displaced or are facing threats from the authorities for continuing to meet for worship.
  2. Pray against all the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses, and banning free access to Bibles. 
  3. For the continued growth of the church across China despite harsh persecution to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.
  4. For children across China who are being taught that Christianity is an evil cult.

 

 

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Welcome to the July 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.       

Category One

18”   9:04 – 9:22

Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2: 1 - 6 (NIV)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and spiritual needs of the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 20150 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.
  3. For a divine solution to the migrant crisis at the US southern border.

Prayer for Children and Youth across America

Cross Banned! School Reprints Yearbooks without Christian Symbol on Cover

By Todd Starnes (excerpted)

June 2, 2019

Fifth graders at Manchester Elementary School in Nebraska voted to put a collection of words shaped like a cross on the front cover of their yearbook. The cross-shaped design included words like love, inspire, believe, hope, live and trust.  A few weeks after the yearbooks were printed (and before they were distributed to students) someone raised issues about the religious imagery. After a meeting between the principal and the parent-teacher organization, a decision was made to reprint the yearbooks without the cross.

“PTO President Andrea Abrahamson told Omaha.com that the board “voted unanimously to reprint the cover as it was not sensitive to our all-student agenda.”……And the entire sordid affair is made even worse because a bunch of godless grownups overrode the vote of the students. Sorry, kids – but you have to leave your faith at the schoolhouse door.

Student Petitions Supreme Court for Religious Freedom Violation after Assignment Requires Her to Write Islamic Conversion Creed

Mikaela Mathews | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Monday, May 20, 2019 (Excerpted. Although the offense occurred in 2014, it is just now coming to the Supreme Court. Many other more recent examples of similar imposition of Islamic teaching in schools are available.)

In 2014 as an 11th-grade student at La Plata High School in Maryland, Caleigh Wood believed her religious freedom was threatened when she was asked to write the Islamic conversion creed in a homework assignment…

…According to the Appeal’s Court decision, as part of the class’ study on Islam, the worksheet Wood was assigned included a line, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” in which students had to fill in the blanks. Caleigh didn’t complete the homework and received a failing grade. 

With the help of the Thomas More Law Center, Caleigh’s father, Kevin Wood, is now bringing the case to the Supreme Court. “The general point is that there’s nothing wrong in teaching about other religions, whether it’s Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism,” Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for TMLC, said to the Maryland Independent. “The question is when you cross the line between giving an objective, accurate account of presenting a religion and go into proselytizing a religion.

PRAY

  1. Help us, Father, to arm our children with all the knowledge, strength, faith and anointing they need to stand for You and Your Kingdom in this upside-down world.
  2. We pray that believing children and youth will, “…not forsake gathering together…” in their schools, communities and churches but that they will covenant together to stand for truth and righteousness.
  3. Give them the desire and grace to “…speak the truth in love…” both to teachers and peers.
  4. We ask You, Father, to protect the faith, lives and futures of our children and grandchildren.

Prayer For Canada

“Christian values are indeed under attack in Canada”

Church for Vancouver

In Edmonton, in 2017 an evangelical Christian couple, who otherwise qualified to bring a child into their home, were told they were “unsuitable” because of their Christian beliefs. The Alberta government was only forced to reverse its decision after the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, challenged the Alberta government’s Children’s Services branch in Court on their behalf, on the ground that their Charter right to freedom of religion had been violated.

Source; https://churchforvancouver.ca/christian-values-are-indeed-under-attack-in-canada/

On June 15, 2018, the Canada Supreme Court in a 7 – 2 decision ruled against the accreditation of the School of Law at Trinity Western University.. In twin cases, the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia argued that TWU’s community covenant, which prohibits sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, discriminates against LGBTQ applicants for admission.

Source: https://religionnews.com/2018/06/22/after-supreme-court-ruling-christian-law-school-re-evaluates-community-covenant/

Other recent attacks on Christian values in Canada include, (i)  denying Christian groups government funding for summer student employment; (ii)  introducing LGBTQ gender ideology in public schools; (iii) forcing Christian families to indoctrinate their children in the homosexual lifestyle;(iv)  making various attempts to remove the Scriptures from Christian schools and colleges. 

Sources: https://churchforvancouver.ca/christian-values-are-indeed-under-attack-in-canada/; The One Accord Movement of Canada.

Pray for

  1. Prayer for the Christian community across Canada to take a bold stand and to resist all attempts by the Canadain government to outlaw the Scriptures as the basis of moral values for Christan families, Christian families, schools and colleges across Canada.
  2. Pastors, congregations and other Christian organizations in Canada that are facing increasing hostility as a result of their opposition to homosexuality, gay marriage, and the LGBTQ gender ideology.
  3. For revival in the church across Canada resulting in large-scale salvation of the loss and social transformation of the nation.

Prayer for South America and the Caribbean

'It’s a stalemate': Emergency migrant funding up in the air as House, Senate eye different measures

From USA Today June 25, 2019. WASHINGTON – The House late Tuesday approved $4.5 billion in emergency funding to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border but the bill created an impasse over a competing bipartisan measure moving through the Senate, leaving the crucial funds — and quality of care for migrants and children — in the crosshairs of a tense political battle.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle say they hope to agree on a measure this week — before lawmakers leave town for recess. But negotiating has become tough as the White House pushes for aid to detain migrants while Democrats voice concern about funding detention centers amid reports about horrid conditions.

Last week, the Senate agreed to a bipartisan measure that would allow $4.6 billion to help alleviate the crisis at the southern U.S. border, something that Republicans say President Donald Trump will sign into law. But due to concerns by some House members that the measure did not go far enough to protect migrants and children, the House crafted their own measure with amendments that the White House has threatened to veto.

In turn, the funding for border facilities has been left up in the air with money set to dry up by the end of the month.  

…Late Tuesday, the House approved their $4.5 billion funding bill 230-195. 

The measures in both chambers come in the aftermath of reports describing migrants, including children, living with inadequate food and medicine and without soap or diapers. Customs and Border Protection has continued to stress the poor conditions are a result of lack of funding, which it says will run out by the end of the month.

The House bill contains more than $1 billion to shelter and feed migrants detained by the border patrol and almost $3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children who are turned over the Department of Health and Human Services. But it also seeks to set up protocols for the care of children, mandate improved standards of care at centers and provide translation services, provisions not in the Senate bill… 

Pray for God in His mercy to grant us these requests

1 Protection of migrants and potential migrants from human traffickers who want to use and abuse them instead of helping them.

2 Guidance to migrants not to places which are overcrowded, under-resourced and therefore unhealthy, but to places where they can best find God’s purpose for their lives.

3 Divine guidance to the US Congress regarding what part the US should take to protect both the migrants and US citizens from those who would exploit the crisis.

4 The emergence of a leader who can best lead Venezuela from extreme poverty and brokenness into God’s plans to prosper them and not to harm them.

Revival across Europe

  1. Christian magistrate loses appeal over sharing views on family

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus LONDON 24 JUNE 2019 http://evangelicalfocus.com/lifetech/4548/Christian_magistrate_loses_appeal_over_sharing_views_on_family

An Employment Appeal Tribunal in the UK, has dismissed Christian former magistrate Richard Page's appeal against the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice's decision to remove him from his post. Page lost his post in 2015, after 15 years of service, for publicly stating that it would be best for a child to be adopted by a man and a woman. He later also lost his position as a non-executive director of the Kent and Medway NHS (National Health Service) Trust, after expressing the same opinion during a BBC Radio 4 interview. The former magistrate appealed his dismissal on the grounds of discrimination and victimization because of his Christian faith.

However, in a hearing, the Employment Appeal Tribunal rejected Mr Page's case against the NHS Trust, determining that it was not Mr Page's belief but the fact that he expressed his belief that led to his removal. “… the ruling said Mr Page's removal from the magistracy was “a proportionate limitation upon his right to freedom of expression and as such would be regarded as necessary in a democratic society for maintaining the authority or impartiality of the judiciary”.

“I am deeply disappointed that the court has ruled that saying that a child will do better with a mother and a father is proper grounds for dismissal as a magistrate and as a director of an NHS trust”, Page declared after the appeal… I am also disappointed that Mr Justice Choudhury believes this viewpoint can be separated from my Christian faith”. “This shows that we are now living in a deeply intolerant society which cannot stand any dissent from politically correct views, even from judges.

According to Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of Christian Legal Centre, which has supported Mr Page in his trial, “this case reveals frightening developments in our society. … “But even more disturbing is the suggestion that simply holding the belief is sufficient to constitute a breach of his judicial oath. If upheld, this rules out conscientious, informed Christians from holding judicial positions”, she said. Minichiello warned that “this ruling is a serious infringement of the freedom of Christians to express their views, showing deep intolerance for Christians who are prepared to say what they believe in public life”. The Christian Legal Centre said Page would be seeking to appeal court's decisions.

PRAY

  1. That the magistrate will be successful in his appeal against the court’s infringement of his freedom to express his Christian views in public;
  2. That the Lord will counter, neutralise and eradicate the various forms of attack on human sexuality and the family in the UK;
  3. That the Lord will give His people the courage to rise up and take a stand against the various forms of ungodliness and unrighteousness in the nation and to bear witness to the name of Christ.
  1. Here's what [the UK] next prime minister has said about Christianity

PREMIER CHRISTIANITY | 9th June 2019

https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Here-s-what-our-next-prime-minister-has-said-about-Christianity

In looking at the faith of the remaining Conservative candidates, James Mildred discovers that most of them identify as Christian.

Within the next month or so, we will have a new prime minister. Now is a good moment to examine where the remaining contenders stand on Christianity and to ask whether any of them openly identify as Christian.

What I am doing here, is seeking to reflect what the candidates have said about themselves. Each of us are free to draw our own conclusions from there. So let's begin with the front-runner:

Boris Johnson

Does Boris ‘do God’? It seems not.

The former foreign secretary has described himself as a ‘social liberal’. He also told the Daily Telegraph in 2015 that while he thinks a lot about religion, he does not attend church on a regular basis. In fact, he admitted it would be "pretentious" to refer to him as a serious Christian.

While he may not call himself a Christian, Boris is not afraid to borrow biblical language. He infamously used the example of Moses, giving Pharaoh God’s edict “let my people go” to urge Theresa May to stand up to Brussels. He has also led a colourful personal life and is reported to have called the idea of a man being loyal to one woman "unreasonable”.

Jeremy Hunt

The foreign secretary has gained respect from many within the Christian community for the commitment he has shown to addressing the persecution of Christians across the globe. He has ordered a report to be written on the issue and has spoken of his horror at the sheer scale of Christians suffering.

He recently said: “As a man of faith, free to practice in line with my conscience I am appalled at the plight of the 245 million Christians worldwide currently facing persecution as a result of their faith.” This would suggest Mr Hunt sees himself as a Christian, although finding more explicit statements has proved difficult. He has also praised the ‘incredible courage’ of Brother Andrew at an Open Doors event in January.

Personally, I think it is a good thing Boris knows he’s not a Christian, which is far better than living in delusion. Whatever your personal views, we must pray for whoever our next PM, is that God would give them wisdom, strength and courage. And in the spirit of 1 Timothy 2:4, we can pray they will be truly saved as well.

PRAY

  1. That the Lord Himself will determine who is chosen to be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom;
  2. For a prime minister whose administration will serve the interests of the Gospel and the practice of the Christian faith;
  3. The next Prime Minister of the UK will be one who himself carries out his duties justly, in the fear of God and with genuine concern for the poor and vulnerable

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

18”   9:22 – 9:40 

Iran

Britain appears to be moving closer to U.S. President Donald Trump’s position on Iran and hardening its attitude towards Tehran — the result, diplomats say, partly of talks during the American leader’s recent visit to London, but also because of aggressive Iranian actions. U.S. officials say they’ve been cheered by the stiffening of Britain’s public rhetoric in support of

Trump in the precarious standoff with Tehran.

Britain also signed on to a joint statement Monday with the U.S., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates expressing “their concern over escalating tensions in the region and the dangers posed by Iranian destabilizing activity to peace and security both in Yemen and the broader region.” (By Jamie Dettmer, VOA News, June 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/britain-sharpens-tone-towards-iran

Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. 

In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S. government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity.

It was not known if any of the hackers managed to gain access to the targeted networks with the emails, which typically mimic legitimate emails but contain malicious software. (Associated Press, June 22, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/usa/iranian-hackers-wage-cyber-campaign-amid-tensions-us

Pray (4 mins):

  1. Thank God that Britain appears to be moving closer to the USA’s position on Iran. Pray that other nations will follow Britain’s lead.
  2. Pray that Iran’s attempts at cyberattacks on the USA would be unsuccessful.
  3. Pray that the international community would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
  4. Pray for the exposure of Iran’s involvements or attempted involvements in supporting terrorism.
  5. Thank God for the growth of the Church in Iran. Pray for the protection and continued growth of the Church in Iran.

 

Ethiopia

The alleged leader of Saturday's coup attempt in Ethiopia's northern Amhara state has been shot and killed. A reporter in the state capital, Bahir Dar, told VOA's Horn of Africa service that General Asamnew Tsige was killed in the capital Monday while trying to escape from security forces. Meanwhile, an official wounded during Saturday's coup attempt, regional prosecutor Migbaru Kebede, has passed away from his injuries, according to a state media report.

Gunmen broke into a meeting in Bahir Dar on Saturday, killing regional president Ambachew Mekonnen and one of his senior advisors.  State media named General Asamnew, Amhara state's head of security, as the leader of the coup attempt. Hours later, Ethiopia's army chief of staff was killed by his bodyguard at his home in Addis Ababa. Officials have said the two attacks are linked.

The ultimate motive for the attacks remains unclear.  Analysts said Asamnew was an Amhara nationalist who was likely facing the loss of his job because of efforts to form a militia. He was released from prison just last year, after receiving an amnesty from a 2009 coup attempt. (VOA News, June 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/alleged-mastermind-ethiopia-state-coup-shot-and-killed

The two attacks on Saturday night were led by Amhara's head of state security General Asamnew Tsige, who had been openly recruiting fighters for ethnic militias in a state that has become a flashpoint for violence. Militias formed by ethnic groups are proliferating across Ethiopia, threatening sweeping political and economic reforms that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kickstarted after he took power in the Horn of Africa country in April 2018. (Reuters, June 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/ethiopias-ethnic-militias-spotlight-after-failed-coup

Pray

  1. Thank God that the coup attempt in Ethiopia's northern Amhara state failed.
  2. Pray for the restoration of peace and stability to Ethiopia's northern Amhara state.
  3. Pray for the disbanding of ethnic militia groups.
  4. Pray that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed would continue to bring political, social, and economic reforms to Ethiopia.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Ethiopia.

 

Burkina Faso

Islamic extremists in West Africa have reaffirmed their allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as deadly attacks occurred with greater frequency across the Sahel region in the last several months. The Long War Journal, a news outlet operated by the Washington-based policy institute Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reports that militants in Mali and Burkina Faso released a short video Saturday renewing their fealty to the caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, June 19, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/world/islamic-extremists-burkina-faso-reaffirm-allegiance-isis-christians-flee.html

Dozens of armed unidentified gunmen killed at least 19 and injured 13 others in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday. A local government official told AFP on the condition of anonymity that the attack occurred between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and that 19 bodies were found at the time. The official said a search was underway to find others who were killed.

In April, more than 60 people were killed in an attack in Arbinda which has been hit hard by violence. “There is no Christian anymore in this town [Arbinda],” an anonymous contact told the Christian aid charity Barnabus Fund. “It's proven that they were looking for Christians. Families who hide Christians are killed. Arbinda had now lost a total of no less than 100 people within six months.” (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, June 14, 2019)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/19-killed-by-gunmen-burkina-faso-theres-no-christian-anymore-in-this-town.html

Pray

  1. Pray that the Islamic terrorists responsible for the deaths of at least 100 persons would be brought to justice.
  2. Pray for the complete defeat and dissolution of Islamic State in Burkina Faso.
  3. Pray that God would comfort and heal those whose loved ones have been killed in Arbinda and other areas in Burkina Faso.
  4. Pray that the town of Arbinda would be set free from fear of Islamic terrorists.
  5. Pray for the protection, strengthening, and growth of the Church in Burkina Faso.

 

Sudan

The Sudan military has rejected Ethiopian proposal to mediate over the political impasse between the transitional military council TMC and the Freedom for Change Forces in Sudan.  The AU IGAD. USA, EU and many countries have called for the military council to hand over power to the civilians, a proposition which they are clearly not keen to pursue.  Saudi Arabi, UAE and Egypt are backing the military council, as well as China and Russia who have recently frustrated efforts in the UN security council to sanction the ruling junta in Sudan. According to reports from Aljazeera, the military council is stalling the negotiations, creating delaying tactics to try and buy time with hope of entrenching themselves and extending their stay in power. They are equally afraid of losing power for fear of prosecution for crimes committed in Darfur under Leadership of former president El Bashir as well as the recent massacre of over 100 people who were killed in Khartoum at the site of the sit-in protest hub. South Sudan and Nigeria have also offered to mediate over the impasse with more regional players are concerned about the situation in Sudan. (Peter Kegode, IPMI Facilitator, June 24, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/africa/south-sudan-focus/south-sudan-offers-mediate-sudan-conflict

Pray

  1. We thank God for many mediation initiatives that are working to ensure that peace returns to Sudan
  2. We pray for divine intervention to soften the hardline positions taken by the military council in resolving the political crisis in Sudan
  3. We pray for the comfort of the families who lost their loved ones in the recent massacre in Khartoum and ask God to judge those who were responsible for the heinous acts.
  4. We pray for religious freedom and adherence to human rights in Sudan and the Growth of the Church of Christ.

 

Category 3

19”   9:40 – 9:59

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

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Please pray for the Movement Day Expressions team , Jurie Kriel, Jim Liske and Naomi Edwards as they work to on the framework and building blocks for Movement Day Global Cities
  2. Please pray for Rev. Jurie Kriel as he transitions into the role of Director of Movement Day Expressions  Pray hat God gifts him fresh vision, insight and creativity as he works to accelerate expressions of Movement Day
  3. Please pray for the PAN African gathering taking place later this month in Uganda.
  4. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  5. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  6. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

The Global Persecution of Christians

Over 200 million Christians worldwide suffer persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across.  As we pray for fellow believers who are persecuted around the world for their faith, for this month’s agenda, we place the focus on Christians in Iraq. 

Christian church set on fire by Muslim rioters in Niger after imam's arrest The Christian Post,

CP CURRENT PAGE:WORLD | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019

“A church in Niger was set on fire by Muslims protesting the arrest of a local imam who was critical of proposed legislation to regulate religion. Sources told media that the Assembly of God church in the Zaria district of Maradi, the West African country’s third largest city, was torched by protesters on the night of June 15 and continued through the next day.” 

“In addition to the church, the pastor’s car was also torched.” 

“Witnesses told Fides, a Vatican news agency, the incident occurred after the arrest of Sheikh Rayadoune, an imam at the Zaria mosque. The proposed law comes as a string of attacks from Islamic State and al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic extremist outfits have plagued Sahel region countries like Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.”

“In May, assailants attacked a Catholic parish in Niger, located in the Diocese of Niamey.  Missionary sources told Fides at the time that the parish Priest, Nicaise Avlouké, was injured in the altercation.”  

Source: https://www.christianpost.com/world/christian-church-set-on-fire-by-muslim-rioters-in-niger-after-imams-arrest.html)

PRAY

  1. For the over 200 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  2. For the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda terror group, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations involved in the wide-scale persecution of Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and other nations throughout Africa. Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts, and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." 
  3. For the Christian communities of Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and other nations throughout Africa facing intense persecution, economic hardship and other significant difficulties threatening their survival.  Pray for God’s strength, covering and protection for all these believers. 

India

7 Christian families forced from home as Hindu mob demands they renounce Christ

The Christian Post

CP CURRENT PAGE:WORLD | TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019

At least seven Christian families were forced to flee from their homes in the Jharkhand state of India this month after receiving threats and facing harassment from a Hindu mob, a global human rights advocacy group reports.  According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which advocates for religious freedom in over 20 countries, the seven families were forced from Masiya Mahuwatoli village on June 12 after a mob of about 200 villagers was riled up by the activist group Hindu Jagran Manch.  HJM is a group affiliated with the Vishva Hindu Parishad, a right-wing Hindu nationalist organization. 

Sources told CSW that the displaced families include one pregnant woman and the families are reportedly seeking shelter in neighboring villages. Three other families that were targeted reportedly forcefully converted to Hinduism, according to CSW. The sources explained that the representatives of the HJM made a list of Christian families in the village who would be instructed to recant their faith or face potential consequences.

When the families refused the demands to convert, the villagers became violent.  The villagers reportedly threatened the Christian families with excommunication, a ban from using the village road, a ban from accessing community water as well as exclusion from all government rations. Additionally, about 12 kids were said to have been banned from going to the local school.

The sources added that the woman who was nine months pregnant, Anima Munda, was forced to walk about four miles to seek refuge in the neighboring village. 

 (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/7-christian-families-forced-from-home-as-hindu-mob-demands-they-renounce-christ.html)

PRAY

  1. For the safety and protection of the seven families were forced to flee from their homes in the Jharkhand state of India this month after receiving threats and facing harassment from a Hindu mob.
  2. For the displaced families including one pregnant woman and the families that are reportedly seeking shelter in neighboring villages; pray for God’s provision for these families.
  1. For the continued growth of the church in India despite persecution.

North Korea

In North Korea, Christianity is the No. 1 Enemy of the State

For three generations, everything in this isolated country has focused on idolizing the leading Kim family. Christians are seen as hostile elements in society that must be eradicated. There was hope that new diplomatic efforts in 2018—including the 2018 Winter Olympics—would mean a lessening of pressure and violence against Christians. But so far that has not been the case. In fact, reports indicate that local authorities are increasing incentives for anyone who exposes a Christian in their community. If Christians are discovered, not only are they deported to labor camps or even killed on the spot, their families to the fourth generation share their fate as well. Communal worship is non-existent. Daring to meet other Christians for worship is a risky feat that must be done in utmost secrecy. Yet Open Doors estimates the number of Christians in North Korea to be 300,000 strong—believers who are defying the unjust regime and following Jesus. (Source: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/11-christians-killed-every-day-for-their-decision-to-follow Jesus/?fbclid=IwAR0haIo03fM289vd_MQXIOwTU7fqggbn1T5tzdrv_13g4OxSFXiDwyJjpOQ)

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prison terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution
  3. For the ongoing South Korean and US-led peace settlement negotiation with North Korea to result in the advancement of religious freedom in North Korea.

China

China raids another Christian church, detains 'many' worshipers: report

The Christian Post

Samuel Smith, CP Reporter         FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

Another underground church in China was raided this week by government authorities who arrested worshiping Christians as the country's Communist crackdown continues, China Aid reports.  The Christian persecution watchdog group, which seeks to expose religious freedom abuses in China, reports that Morningstar Church in China’s southern Guangxi province was raided on Wednesday morning. Many Christians present, including the church’s leaders, were said to have been detained by the  the authorities.  No update on the situation was available by press time. But as of early morning Thursday, none of the arrested Christians had been released, according to China Aid.  

The closing of Morningstar Church comes as Chinese authorities continue to crack down on underground houses of worship that are not affiliated with state-run church organizations. Shouwang Church, a popular house church in Beijing, said to be attended by over 1,000 people, was shut down in March after officials raided Bible classes at two different locations, changed the locks and told the congregants not to worship together again. 

Last year, authorities closed down Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, arrested its pastor Wang Yi and 160 church members. As the church is attended by thousands, Early Rain Covenant members were also arrested earlier this year as they continued to meet for worship.  Earlier this month, authorities released Jiang Rong, wife of pastor Wang Yi, after six months in incarceration. She was able to reunite with the couple’s 11-year-old son.Wang remains in “secret detention” with other members of the church. Wang and his wife have reportedly been accused of subverting state powers, a charge that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

Ahead of Easter this year, authorities arrested an underground Catholic priest named Paul Zhang Guangjun from the Catholic Diocese of Xuanhua. Zhang refused to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. On Palm Sunday, Chinese authorities forced another Catholic priest who refused to join the Patriotic Association to relocate back to his hometown. 

China ranks as the 27th worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. Open Doors has expressed concern that the religious affairs in China now “lies with the Communist Party.” “Since the Communist Party took over, the implementation of the regulations on religion, the treatment of religious groups, especially Christians, became much harsher across the country,” Open Doors USA's fact sheet reads. 

“Crackdowns against Christians happen countrywide and in both state-approved and non-registered churches. The youth are increasingly being removed from church life; worship is monitored via CCTV and spies; and teachers and medical workers are told they are not allowed to have any religious affiliation.”

This month, the religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter reported that state-recognized churches in the Eastern province of Shandong received an order from the Religious Affairs Bureau requiring that traditional hymns sung during services be replaced with hymns that praise the beauty and greatness of the Chinese state. 

At last week’s rollout of the State Department's report on international religious freedom for 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that “the Chinese Communist Party has exhibited extreme hostility to all religious faiths since its founding.”

“The party demands that it alone be called God,” Pompeo said.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/china-raids-another-christian-church-detains-many-worshipers-report.html?fbclid=IwAR3Pt3umXjqsCgFClRYRteiesZ8eCy-yymtw3Kd276MT7XltCvaGUYQ4cAcl 

Pray

  1. For members of the Morning Star Congregation and other churches that have been shuttered recently as a result of the Chinese Government countrywide crackdowns against Christians. Pray also for those pastors and fellow believers that have been incarcerated and those who have been displaced or are facing threats from the authorities for continuing to meet for worship.
  2. Pray against all the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning free access to Bibles. 
  1. For the continued growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

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Welcome to the June 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.       

Category One

18”   9:04 – 9:22

Prayer for the United States, Canada,  South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Scripture: Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV

 “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.”

Prayer for the United States

Some Important Facts on the State of the church and  spiritual needs of  the nation

  • Based on the current rates of retention and evangelism, it's estimated that 42 million young people could leave the church by 2050. That is over one million young people walking away from the church each year. If, however, we can revert to Gen X rates of retention and evangelism, that number can be reduced to only 20 million.
  • It is also estimated that 176,000 churches could close by 20150 in the US if the trend continues.
  • Every year, about 4,000 churches are planted in the US and every year about 3,700 churches close.  Based on population growth rate we need to triple church planting in the next five years.  By 2050 it is estimated that the US will need to plant 416, 000 new churches. (Source: www.thegreatopportunit,org)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001)  (Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)
  • Francis Chan warns Satan is 'getting the victory' amid lack of unity in US churches
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; 47,173 Americans committed suicide in 2017, but there were an estimated 1,4000,000 suicide attempts in the year. In 2015 suicide and self-inflicted injuries cost the Federal Government $69 billion. But the sad news is that the suicide rate is trending upwards, an indication of the high level of hopelessness permeating every sector of American culture.
  • More than 61 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made the procedure legal. For the same period, the number of abortions committed worldwide is estimated at 16 million. Fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade, according to new government figures. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, a total of 638,169 abortions were reported, a decrease of 2 percent from 652,639 abortions in 2014.  New York Governor signed into law a recent bill expanding abortions rights, legalizing later terms abortions.`

These facts underscore the dire need for spiritual revival in the church in America.

Pray

  1. For all pastors across America facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.  
  2. A spiritual revival in the church across America is what is needed today to bring about the healing and social transformation of the nation through the additions of millions of new converts.  As we pray today for revival in the Church across America, let us pray especially to the Father to pour out upon the Christian community across America at this time a spirit of prayer marked by a deep hunger and reverence for Him, repentance towards Him, love for one another and unity to heal the growing divisions within its midst.
  3. Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Pray against the culture of death pervading America, reflected in the high suicide and abortion rates being reported in the nation annually.

Prayer for the United States Government

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, four who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, six who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (NIV).

PRAY

  1. For President Donald Trump and his family; all members of his Cabinet and White House staff, for their safety, protection, and wisdom to govern the country justly and in the fear of God.
  2. For the love, peace, and unity of God to permeate in all areas of our deeply divided US Government to facilitate healing and reconciliation in all sectors of American life.

Prayer for Children and Youth Across America

As we unite in prayer today for the children and youth of America let us do so confidently and with urgency as bear in mind these important words of the Apostle Paul, concerning prayer:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12, ESV). “ For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, ESV).

“A Pregnant Woman ‘Is Not a Mother,’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg Asserts”

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, May 29, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg engaged in a verbal spar Tuesday over several abortion-related legal issues – Including over whether a pregnant woman should be considered a “mother.” 

“A woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a ‘mother,’” Ginsburg wrote in a Supreme Court order.

NEWSWEEK: “ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ ASKS: IS IT OKAY TO HAVE KIDS IN FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?”

BY NICOLE GOODKIND ON 2/25/19 AT 10:34 AM EST

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York suggested this weekend that it may not be ethical to have children, given the difficulties that climate change will likely cause in the years to come.

In a live stream on her Instagram, Ocasio suggested to her 2.5 million followers that the answer was not clear. “There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?” she asked.

 PRAY

  1. We continue to pray that the sanctity of the unborn and the culture of life will, once again, be the foremost, “common” belief in the hearts and minds of the citizens of the United States.
  2. We repent of and reject every voice and action that demonizes, devalues and destroys the life of pre-born children and the God-given value and state of “motherhood.”
  3. We ask, Lord, that you would minister forgiveness, love and hope to those who have chosen to end the lives of their babies.

Prayer For Canada

“Christian values are indeed under attack in Canada”

Church for Vancouver

In Edmonton, in 2017 an evangelical Christian couple, who otherwise qualified to bring a child into their home, were told they were “unsuitable” because of their Christian beliefs. The Alberta government was only forced to reverse its decision after the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, challenged the Alberta government’s Children’s Services branch in Court on their behalf, on the ground that their Charter right to freedom of religion had been violated.

Source; https://churchforvancouver.ca/christian-values-are-indeed-under-attack-in-canada/

On June 15, 2018, the Canada Supreme Court in a 7 – 2 decision ruled against the accreditation of the School of Law at Trinity Western University.. In twin cases, the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia argued that TWU’s community covenant, which prohibits sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, discriminates against LGBTQ applicants for admission.

Source: https://religionnews.com/2018/06/22/after-supreme-court-ruling-christian-law-school-re-evaluates-community-covenant/

Other recent attacks on Christian values in Canada include, (i)  denying Christian groups government funding for summer student employment; (ii)  introducing LGBTQ gender ideology in public schools; (iii) forcing Christian families to indoctrinate their children in the homosexual lifestyle;(iv)  making various attempts to remove the Scriptures from Christian schools and colleges. 

Sources: https://churchforvancouver.ca/christian-values-are-indeed-under-attack-in-canada/; The One Accord Movement of Canada.

Pray for

  1. Prayer for the Christian community across Canada to take a bold stand and to resist all attempts by the Canadain government to outlaw the Scriptures as the basis of moral values for Christan families, Christian families, schools and colleges across Canada.
  2. Pastors, congregations and other Christian organizations in Canada that are facing increasing hostility as a result of their opposition to homosexuality, gay marriage, and the LGBTQ gender ideology.
  3. For revival in the church across Canada resulting in large-scale salvation of the loss and social transformation of the nation.

Prayer for South America and The Caribbean

Venezuela's failure called a worst nonwar disaster.

IMF economists have called the failure of Venezuela’s socialist regime the worst economic disaster outside of war in over four decades. It ranks worse than the financial collapse of either the Soviet Union or of Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe. The IMF economists compared Venezuela’s devastation to that of two war-torn countries: Libya in this decade and of Lebanon in the 1970s.

But the war did not destroy Venezuela’s economy. Corruption and mismanagement by the socialist government did. It depended on oil profits to pay for costly social programs and other industries. When oil prices fell, so did Venezuela.

Severe shortages in food, medicine, sanitation products, and electricity have caused mobs to fight over what little remains. Millions have given up the fight and fled to neighboring countries.

Others have agitated in the streets to oust the dictator Nicholas Maduro. In late April opposition leader Juan Guaido called for an armed uprising by the military to back those protests. However, the uprising failed. Military troops—among the few who are well-fed and cared-for—did not want to risk their precarious advantage.

Both government and anti-government representatives tacitly admitted failure by going to Oslo, Norway on May 25 for mediation. At least they are not going to war, which would only compound the misery.

The government sent top Maduro aide Jorge Rodriguez, Miranda state governor Hector Rodriguez, and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. And the opposition sent congressman Stalin Gonzalez, former Caracas area mayor Gerardo Blyde, and former Transport Minister Fernando Martinez Mottola.

Previously the opposition had rejected more talks. They charged Maduro with using negotiations in 2016 and 2018 to play for time. But the recent inconclusive power struggle has left Venezuela in paralysis. So both sides have turned to a neutral third party for mediation. Norway performed that role for Israelis and Palestinians in 1993. Most recently it hosted talks between the Columbian government and left-wing FARC rebels in 2012.

Sources:

Venezuela's  socialist collapse is a worse economic failure than the Soviet Union, Zimbabwe, experts say

Venezuela negotiators return to Norway for crisis talks.

Pray

Pray for God to:

  1. Give both sides a bigger picture than they have seen before of Venezuela and His plans to prosper and not to harm it.
  2. Show them a road map to the restoration of essentials and of a truly representative government in which all Venezuelans can participate and rebuild their lives.
  3. Provide favor for His plans in a new era for Venezuela, for His glory before the nations.

Revival across Europe

  1. 'We Say No to Everything That Has Any Religious Connotations': Sweden Bans Christian Messages.

CBN NEWS | 14-Jan-2019 [adapted]

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2019/january/we-say-no-to-everything-that-has-any-religious-connotations-swedish-officials-ban-christian-messages-for-cars

A country whose flag includes a golden cross is saying no to God more and more.

Swedish officials now admit they're taking intentional steps to limit expressions of religion. Recently, officials banned citizens from being able to register license plates having religious connotations. The ban became public after a Christian's application to have the word "Kristus" (Christ) was rejected. The man had previously submitted a request for "Jesus" but it was rejected as well. While this may seem like a minor issue, it's just the latest sign of Sweden's ongoing opposition to Christianity.

In groundbreaking coverage in recent years, CBN News reported how Sweden is hostile to Christian asylum seekers. For example, Sweden chose to shield 150 ISIS fighters while simultaneously refusing to protect a Christian asylum seeker from Iran. The Swedish Migration Board also issued a deportation order against Pakistani Christian converts.

This comes as more and more Swedes are rejecting faith in general. According to a report from St Mary's University, in London, 75 percent between the ages of 16-29 are affiliating themselves with the "none" movement, that is, individuals who do not affiliate themselves with any religion.

The Church of Sweden (Lutheran) originated as a state church during the Protestant Reformation and continued being so until 2000 (https://prayercast.com/sweden.html). However, liberal theology and practice now dominate the Church, from endorsing same-sex marriage to universalism and rejecting the divine authority of Scripture. On the local level, there are several evangelical congregations, pastors, and members, but the national structures are dominated by a liberal agenda.

(http://www.operationworld.org/country/swed/owtext.html#prayer).

Sweden, the largest Scandinavian country in Northern Europe, is now regarded as one of the most secularised country in the world.

https://www.ecmi.org/en/country-detailpage/a3520f9b-407c-4b80-98ce-31778c31bb00).

PRAY

  1. For God to shake the church out of its spiritual slumber and purge and refine it so that can shine for Him amidst the increasing darkness that is dominating the nation.
  2. That the positive and inspirational influence of Movements such as Taizé, Oasis and Pilgrimage, will increase.
  3. That the European Christian Mission will be successful in making the Gospel relevant to those indigenous people they have been targeting.
  1. Turkey Deports Another Foreign Christian Pastor

Religious Freedom Continues to Erode in Turkey Through the Deportation of Religious Minorities

https://www.persecution.org/2019/05/09/turkey-deports-another-foreign-christian-pastor/

05/09/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on May 9, 2019, a foreign Christian pastor was deported from Turkey without an official reason.

Mike Platt lived in Turkey for 21 years and volunteers as a pastor at Kadıköy International Church in Istanbul. He left the country on April 2 and was informed by passport control that an entry ban was issued. The ban was confirmed on May 8, when Mike attempted to reenter the country. Turkish authorities deported him this morning after holding him overnight at the airport. This incident happened just two months after a different volunteer at the church was issued a reentry ban with no reason given.

The Turkish government does not recognize the right of Christians to train their own religious workers. For this reason, many pastors are foreign Christians. Platt’s deportation follows an ever-increasing trend of the government banning foreign Christians from entering the country.

According to the 2018 Human Rights Violations Report prepared by Turkey’s Association of Protestant Churches, “There was no movement forward in 2018 in regards to protecting the rights of Christians to train their own religious workers… In recent years, more than 50 foreign Protestant families have had to leave our country.”

Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist, said, “Christian clergymen in Turkey have for decades been targeted and demonized by the Turkish media and politicians of various ideologies. This widespread phenomenon has two main causes: Islam’s doctrinal hatred of Christians and Turkey’s paranoia of losing its lands.” 

“Turkey’s violent hostility to Christianity is in violation of the international human rights treaties that Turkey has signed and of the fundamentals of the European Union (EU), of which Turkey claims to want to be a member of. But because Turkey has never been held responsible for its extremely dire violations against free speech and religious liberty, the Turkish government continues persecuting Christian believers in Turkey,” she continued.   

Historically, modern Turkey is the backdrop for most of the New Testament. The genocidal policies of the Ottoman Era were directed against Christians, effectively eliminating the presence of believers, and the Church has struggled to heal. In a country of 81 million, today less than 0.2% are Christians.

“Christianity started in Turkey… We want to continue as Christians,” said one Turkish believer. “Please, pray for us. It’s the darkest place in the world. And it’s very dark. It’s like an ocean, no light here… Please pray for the Church in Turkey.”

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “Turkey may label itself as a modern secular republic, but its policies toward religious minorities are a continuation of the Ottoman Empire. Restrictions against the local training of church leaders and the deportation of foreign pastors are part of the government’s policy to meddle with internal religious affairs. The government does not want a reemergence of Christianity within Turkey. They must be held accountable for their religious freedom violations.”

PRAY

  1. That God will bring about a radical change in deep-seated prejudices and biases against Christianity
  2. That the Turkish government will recognize the right of Christians to train their own workers
  3. That God will heal, strengthen and restore the Church in Turkey and its witness to the nation on a whole.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

18”   9:22 – 9:40

Israel

JERUSALEM — Israel is in political turmoil after its parliament voted to dissolve itself a month after it was sworn in. Just seven weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a convincing victory in national elections, he suffered a major political setback.

The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, voted for new elections in September after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government amid infighting and high demands from smaller parties. Netanyahu, a right-wing conservative who has been in power for a decade, is furious. He said he did everything in his power to avoid what he described as an “unnecessary” election, especially since the public gave him a strong vote of confidence in the April polls. (Robert Berger, VOA News, May 30, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/israel-heads-to-new-elections/4938785.html

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad released a video to the Hezbollah affiliated Al-Miyadin network showing a drone attack against an IDF tank operating along the Gaza border. The video was filmed during last month’s clashes that resulted from 700 rockets being fired at Israel from Gaza. The Arabic broadcast came with a warning in Hebrew that said: “Your fortresses will not stand before us.” Ironically, the device dropped onto the tank does not seem to affect either the tank or a soldier seen climbing onto the tank. (Video Manager, Breaking Israel News, May 30, 2019)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/130494/islamic-jihad-video-shows-drone-attack-on-idf-tank-in-clashes-on-gaza-border/

Pray

  1. Pray for God’s will to be done in the September elections. Also, pray for the formation of a unified government to lead Israel forward.
  2. Thank God for protecting Israel during the recent rocket attacks from Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Continue to pray for the protection, peace, and prosperity of Israel.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Israel.
  4. Pray for the continued success of Operation Exodus—a ministry helping Diaspora Jews to relocate to Israel. Also, pray for more churches and Christian ministries to support Operation Exodus.

Iran

JIDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Thursday urged Muslim nations to confront recent attacks in the region that the U.S. and its allies have blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness.”

Al-Assaf said the alleged sabotage of boats off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels requires the region to “make more efforts to counter the terrorist acts of extremist and terrorist groups.”

Iran has denied being involved in the attacks, which come amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. An Iranian official was at the meeting where al-Assaf spoke on Thursday, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did not attend. (Associated Press, May 30, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/saudi-arabia-iran/4938727.html

Facebook has dropped 51 accounts, 36 pages, and seven groups after the cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed they were fake accounts originating in Iran. Three Instagram accounts were also deactivated.

The FireEye report Tuesday says the phony accounts pretended they came from the United States and impersonated legitimate Middle Eastern news sources to push a pro-Iranian agenda.

Posts written in both English and Arabic included discussions about American and British politics, Islam, Arab minorities, and the influence of Saudi Arabia. The posts represented both conservative and liberal points of view. The fake posters even succeeded in getting letters to the editors published in a number of U.S. newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily News. (VOA News, May 28, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/facebook-drops-51-fake-accounts-traced-to-iran-/4936305.html

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Thursday thanked Iran for providing his terror group the rockets it used to strike deep into Israel and warned the Jewish state that Tel Aviv would be struck again in response to any offensive against the Gaza Strip. “Iran provided us with rockets, and we surprised the world when our resistance targeted Beersheba,” Sinwar said in a live TV address, referring to the weekend of violence at the beginning of the month, during which Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired nearly 700 rockets at Israel.

Iran has also supplied tens of thousands of rockets to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

Sinwar also blasted the Trump administration’s not-yet released Mideast peace plan, saying Washington’s proposal is bound to fail. “The conflict will not be over until the occupation is removed from all of our land.” (Times of Israel Staff, May 30, 2019)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-leader-thanks-iran-for-long-range-rockets-threatens-tel-aviv/

Pray

  1. Pray that the International leaders and nations will take a firm stand against Iran for its role in creating instability in the Middle East.
  2. Pray that the USA government will continue to take strong action against Iran for supplying arms to Hamas and Hezbollah.
  3. Pray that God would frustrate Hamas and Hezbollah’s plans against Israel.
  4. Pray that God will continue to expose and eradicate Iran’s subversive actions on social media.
  5. Thank God for the growth of the Church in Iran. Pray for the protection of Christians and for the continued growth of the Church.

Democratic Republic of Congo

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says success in ending the Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo hinges upon improving security in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The region has been engulfed in conflict for many years, and many locals do not trust outsiders, even the ones trying to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The U.N. health agency reports security incidents in eastern DRC have increased dramatically in the past few months. So far this year, it reports 174 attacks by armed groups in North Kivu on health care facilities, workers and patients. These include five deaths and 51 injuries.

In mid-April, Cameroonian Dr. Richard Mouzoko was shot and killed while working in a hospital in Butembo, North Kivu. This incident was seen as a big setback to the Ebola operation.

This past Saturday, villagers killed a health worker in the health sector of Mabalako.

The latest WHO figures show 1,920 Ebola cases in the region, including 1,281 deaths. A new structure for coordinating and strengthening the Ebola response was presented at the World Health Assembly this week. (Lisa Schlein, VOA News, May 29, 2019)

https://www.voanews.com/a/drcs-ebola-battle-fraught-security-risks/4937132.html

Pray

  1. Pray for the protection and safety of the UN healthcare workers involved in trying to eradicate the Ebola disease in the DRC. Also, pray for the protection of the DRC citizens who are seeking help from the UN healthcare workers.
  2. Pray for the total eradication of Ebola in the DRC. Also pray that the disease will not spread to other countries.
  3. Pray for the establishment of peace and an end to the violence in eastern DRC.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in the DRC.

Nigeria

An evangelical pastor, his daughter, and more than a dozen other churchgoers were reportedly abducted while one person was killed after a team of gunmen attacked villages in the troubled Kaduna state of Nigeria on Sunday.

According to Nnamdi Obasi of the International Crisis Group, Rev. Zakariah Ido, 11 girls and five men were abducted from an Evangelical Church Winning All congregation in the village of Dankande in the Birnin Gwari local government area in the early hours of Sunday morning. He tweeted that sources claimed that as many as 20 gunmen were responsible for the attack.

The Nigerian online newspaper TheCable reported that the gunmen also impacted a village in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, May 21, 2019).

https://www.christianpost.com/world/nigerian-pastor-16-worshipers-kidnapped-by-gunmen-who-stormed-choir-practice.html

Suspected members of Boko Haram have reportedly kidnapped a pastor, a Christian relief worker and members of Living Faith Church while on their way to deliver relief supplies and evangelize in the northeast Borno State. Rabiu Aminu, the Borno State Coordinator for the National Youth Service Corps, confirmed this week that Abraham Amuta, an NYSC corps member, Pastor Oyeleke of Living Faith Church and other church members were kidnapped in April.

As reported by the federally-run News Agency of Nigeria, Amuta and Pastor Oyeleke were said to have been kidnapped while traveling together with other members of the church on the road from Maiduguri to Chibok to deliver aid supplies to displaced persons in the region when insurgents launched an attack on motorists.

Amuta’s housemate, Success Ezeanya, took to Twitter to raise an alarm on social media about the abduction. Ezeanya told The Punch that he was informed by a church member that insurgents demanded a ransom equivalent to about $555,000 before they will release those who have been kidnapped. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, May 7, 2019).

https://www.christianpost.com/news/boko-haram-kidnaps-pastor-churchgoers-on-their-way-to-evangelize-and-deliver-aid.html

Pray

  1. Pray for the safe release of the kidnapped Christians. Also pray for the kidnapped Christians to remain strong in their faith in Christ.
  2. Pray that those responsible for the kidnapping of the Christians will be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for the eradication of Boko Haram and other violent radical Moslem extremist groups in Nigeria.
  4. Pray for the salvation of key Boko Haram leaders.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and protection of the Church in central and northern Nigeria. Pray especially for the Evangelical Church Winning All and the Living Faith Church whose members have been kidnapped.

Category 3

19”   9:40 – 9:59

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

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Pray for strategic and impactful conversations as Rev. Ebony Small speaks to city leaders who want to begin their journey with Movement Day.
  2. Pray for God’s grace, provision and strength to fall on the Movement Day Africa team as their next gathering will be held on April 10th.
  3. Pray for our Movement Day Expression leaders as they work with churches, non-profits and marketplace leaders in their cities to forge unity for Movement Day!
  1. Pray for our Global Hub Leaders, as they cultivate relationships within their respective regions to advance unity within the body of Christ
  2. Pray that God would strengthen the Movement Day expressions team as we plan for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.
  3. Pray for the Movement Day expressions team as we have strategic conversations to build out the framework for Movement Day Global Cities 2020.

The Global Persecution of Christians

Over 200 million Christians worldwide suffer persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across.  As we pray for fellow believers who are persecuted around the world for their faith, for this month’s agenda, we place the focus on Christians in Iraq. 

“Iraqi Christian burned alive by ISIS three times miraculously survives, sees Jesus in vision”

 The Christian Post, June 2, 2019

An Iraqi Christian experienced a series of miracles while persecuted for his faith at the hands of Islamic extremists, including an encounter with Jesus and surviving terrorists’ attempts to burn him alive — three times. The Yazidi man was interviewed for a documentary, "Heart and Hands: Iraq," by Sean Feucht, head of the non-profit Light A Candle Project, and Bethel Music. In it, Feucht travels the world to hear the stories of those persecuted for their faith.

In a preview of the documentary aired at the Heaven Come Conference in LA, the Yazidi man reveals there was “pressure” from ISIS to convert to Islam. But amid persecution, Jesus appeared to him in a dream. “Thanks be to God for that,” he said. “He spoke to me…[but] I cannot tell you what He said. It’s a promise between me and Christ.” “I asked Jesus one thing,” he continued. “And He answered me.”

Later in the interview, the man revealed that once ISIS found out he was a follower of Christ, they began stoning him. “They were hitting me with big rocks on my body,” he recalled. “The stones were fine, not affecting me.” The man said that after stoning him, ISIS members drenched him in 20 gallons of gasoline. But even though he was burned alive a total of three times, he said he somehow survived unharmed. "And they burned me, but I didn't burn," he said, crediting Jesus for his miraculous survival.

Today, less than 200,000 Christians remain in Iraq when there were over 1.4 million Christians in Iraq in 2002 and 500,000 Christians in Iraq in 2013. The genocide also impacted Iraq’s Yazidi minority. An estimated 60,000 Yazidis fled to Europe while there are still about 550,000 Yazidis still in Iraq with 280,000 of them remaining displaced.                                                          Source:,  https://www.christianpost.com/news/iraqi-christian-burned-alive-by-isis-three-times-miraculously-survives-sees-jesus-in-vision.html)

PRAY

  1. For the over 200 million Christians worldwide suffering persecution with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world to experience the blessings of the Kingdom promised by Christ to those who suffer persecution for righteousness;   
  2. For the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda terror group, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations involved in the wide-scale persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts, and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." 
  3. For the Christian communities of Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East facing intense persecution, economic hardship and other significant difficulties threatening their survival.  Pray that the Lord would  

Pakistan

“Pakistani pastor attacked by Muslim mob, family's home seized: report”

Christian Post, June 1

A Pakistani pastor and his family were attacked in their home by a radical Muslim mob in response to his Gospel ministry and are now homeless, the Missionary News Network reports. Pastor Aziz, a former church planter who is supported by FMI (formerly known as Forgotten Missionaries International) in the Balochistan province, was the target of an attack that took place on May 27 at his home. The attack marked the third time this year that the pastor has suffered an ambush at the hands of radical Muslims angered by his growing ministry.

According to FMI executive international director Bruce Allen, 35 men beat him, his wife and college-age daughter after entering the family's home. Fortunately for the pastor and family, the attack was said to have occurred as a police officer was patrolling the area. The officer and his colleagues were able to rescue the Christian family from the attack. But the mob seized the family’s home and they are now homeless.

“Pastor Aziz, who himself had come out of a Muslim background, has been evangelizing and church planting in the province of Balochistan,” Allen was quoted as saying. He said the pastor was targeted in order to stop his ministry from growing. Aziz is said to have planted three churches in Balochistan, a province that borders Iran and Afghanistan. Aziz also operates outpost ministries along the border with Iran.

Pakistan ranks as the fifth-worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List. According to Open Doors, converts from Islam — such as Pastor Aziz — face the brunt of the persecution in Pakistan. Despite persecution against Christians and other religious minorities being carried out by angry radicals, perpetrators are often not brought to justice by local authorities. Additionally, Open Doors warns that radicals in Pakistan seem to be gaining political power since the “new ruling government must maintain good diplomatic relationships with some radical groups.”

Churches in Pakistan have been the subject of numerous attacks perpetrated by radicals, including the Lahore church attacks in 2015 and the Quetta church bombing in 2017. “Christian churches more active in outreach and youth work face stronger persecution in society,” Open Doors USA noted in a fact sheet on Pakistan. Last December, the U.S. State Department listed Pakistan as a “country of particular concern” because the government has either “engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom.” More recently, the Pakistani government has taken some positives steps.

 (Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/pakistani-pastor-attacked-muslim-mob-family-home-seized-report.html)

PRAY

  1. For the safety and protection of Pastor Aziz and his family, who were beaten by a mob of 35 Muslim radicals, who invaded and seized their home.
  2. For the safety and protection of the members of his congregation the Balochistan province and other churches across Pakistan facing attacks from Muslim radicals angry at the growth of the church Pakistan;
  3. For the Pakistani government to stop its toleration of these m “egregious violations of religious freedoms” and to take aggressive actions to protect the human rights of Christians.
  1. For the continued growth of the church in Pakistan despite persecution.

North Korea

In North Korea, Christianity is the No. 1 Enemy of the State

For three generations, everything in this isolated country has focused on idolizing the leading Kim family. Christians are seen as hostile elements in society that must be eradicated. There was hope that new diplomatic efforts in 2018—including the 2018 Winter Olympics—would mean a lessening of pressure and violence against Christians. But so far that has not been the case. In fact, reports indicate that local authorities are increasing incentives for anyone who exposes a Christian in their community. If Christians are discovered, not only are they deported to labor camps or even killed on the spot, their families to the fourth generation share their fate as well. Communal worship is non-existent. Daring to meet other Christians for worship is a risky feat that must be done in utmost secrecy. Yet Open Doors estimates the number of Christians in North Korea to be 300,000 strong—believers who are defying the unjust regime and following Jesus. (Source: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/11-christians-killed-every-day-for-their-decision-to-follow Jesus/?fbclid=IwAR0haIo03fM289vd_MQXIOwTU7fqggbn1T5tzdrv_13g4OxSFXiDwyJjpOQ)

PRAY

  1. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 50,000 fellow believers serving long, harsh prisons terms in concentration camps.
  2. For the continued growth of the church in North Korea and the spread of the Christian influence  despite increased persecution
  3. For the ongoing South Korean and US-led peace settlement negotiation with North Korea  to result in the advancement of religious freedom in North Korea.

China

“China Shuts Down Another Big Beijing Church”

Christianity Today

KATE SHELLNUTT         MARCH 27, 2019 10:33 AM

Another prominent unregistered church in China, Shouwang Church in Beijing, was raided by Chinese police over the weekend and officially banned from gathering to worship. Shouwang, which draws more than 1,000 attendees, is the fourth major underground congregation shut down by the Communist government over the past several months, as party leaders and heads of the state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement intensify efforts to rid religious groups of Western influence and exert control to make them more Chinese.

Similar to earlier incidents at Early Rain Covenant Church in SichuanZion Church in Beijing, and Rongguili Church in Guangzhou, officials interrupted Bible study gatherings at two Shouwang Church locations on Saturday, putting the activities to a halt, interrogating and briefly detaining dozens of attendees, and switching the locks of their buildings to keep them from returning, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

The church had been charged with violating the country’s Regulations of Religious Affairs and Regulations on the Registration and Management of Social Organizations by operating without government registration. Shouwang members refused to sign a document pledging to never attend the church again, and leaders said the church would continue to worship by adjusting meeting times and locations.

Throughout its 26-year history, Shouwang members have refused to come under Communist authority and persevered despite persecution, with their “underground” services forced outside when evicted from their buildings in 2009 and with their founding pastor Jin Tianming under house arrest since 2011.

 https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/march/china-shouwang-church-beijing-shut-down.html

Pray

  1. For members of the Shouwang Church, who have decided to continue to meet for worship as a church after their building was recently shuttered by the Chinese Government and they were ordered to desist from any further meeting as a church.  Prayer also for their pastor who remained under house arrest since 2011. Pray also for Early Rain Covenant Church in SichuanZion Church in Beijing, which were also recently closed by the Chinese Government.
  2. Pray against all the various efforts of the Chinese Government to restrict the growth of house churches across China, including demolition of church buildings, removal of crosses and banning free access to Bibles. 
  1. For the continued growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.
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Welcome to the May 2019 Global Prayer Agenda featuring major concerns affecting the nations of our world, and the growth of Christ's church universally for the advancement of world evangelism and the establishment of God's Kingdom.  This agenda was specially prepared for use during the Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference sessions by a few members of the team of leaders facilitating these monthly global prayer calls.  The agenda is structured into three main categories for the convenience of our users.  As you join us in prayer about these various issues, during this month, we trust that you will find the experience spiritually rewarding.  We also extend a special invitation to join us for our next Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference.        

Category One

Prayer for North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Scripture Reading: Ps 145: 1 – 11.

Prayer for Revival in the United States of America

Prayer For Pastors  Across America

If the church in America is to experience revival to bring spiritual healing and transformation to the nation, that revival must begin first among pastors, the leaders of God’s house.  Over the next couple of months, we will focus our prayers on pastors across America.

Top 2 Causes for Pastors Leaving Ministry and More Statistics

More than 70% of pastors do not have a close friend with whom they can openly share their struggles. The dominant cause for pastors to leave the pastoral ministry is burnout. Number two is moral failure. These are alarming statistics. And there are many more:

  • 80% of pastors believe the pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families (Life Enrichment Ministries – 1998)
  • Only 50% of pastors felt that the education they received adequately prepared them for ministry. Most pastors rely on books and conferences as their primary source of continuing education. (George Barna – 2002)
  • 25% of all pastors don’t know where to go for help if they have a personal or family conflict or concern. 33%  have no established means for resolving conflict. (George Barna – 2002)
  • 40% have no opportunity for outside renewal like a family vacation or continuing education. There is a very clear relationship between the amount of time a pastor takes for personal renewal and his satisfaction in his job. (George Barna – 2002)
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. (Church Resource Ministries – 1998)
  • More than 2000 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. (Marble Retreat Center 2001) 

(Source: www.Standaloneministry.org)

Pray

  1. For pastors across America experiencing loneliness, the burning out effect, other challenges of the pastoral ministry that impact negatively on their families or considering quitting the ministry as a result of discouragement to turn to the Lord, the only Rock of our Salvation for spiritual comfort, assurance, and strength. Indeed, all other grounds or bais of faith or worship are sinking sand.
  2. For all pastors facing all types of moral failure that continue to undermine the credible witness of the church as salt and light of this nation, to turn to the Lord in prayer and repentance to help to facilitate revival in the church for the spiritual healing and transformation of the nation so urgently needed at this time.
  3. For those institutions and agencies that provide all types of spiritual support to pastors, including seminaries, denominations and the local church to do a more effective job of training, mentoring and caring for the spiritual, emotional, social and family needs of the pastors they serve.  

80% of Americans Believe in God. Pew Found Out What They Mean.

“We believe in God,” Amy Grant famously sang in the ’90s. Today, 4 out of 5 Americans still say the same.

“But according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, what they mean by God varies a lot.” 

“Pastors and theologians often warn Christians against ascribing to a “God of their own making,” knowing that not all who say they believe understand God as described in Scripture or in the traditional creeds of the church. In the shifting spiritual landscape of the United States, Christians too can no longer assume that their friends and neighbors believe in the God of the Bible, if they believe in God at all.”

“A Pew survey released today found that how people view God—and how they believe God interacts with them—shifts by religious affiliation, gender, and political party.

Even in an era where more of the nation doesn’t ascribe to a higher power at all (10%) or believes in some sort of higher power or spiritual force (33%), a slim majority of Americans (56%) still believe in God “as described in the Bible,” according to the Pew report.” (Source: Christianity Today)

PRAY

As we ponder the need for revival to bring spiritual healing to America, let us recognize that at the very heart of the moral decadence facing America today is the growing rejection of the Scriptures as the Word in America.  As we seek God for revival in His church for the healing of the nation let us pray in the following ways:   

  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 millennials, as well as,  those that view themselves as non-religious or atheists.
  2. For the Lord to continue to raise up intercessors across America to stand in the gap for revival in the Church in America to heal and transform the nation.  Pray also that these intercessors will receive a true vision of God’s “glory filling the earth with the knowledge of the word of God even as the waters cover the sea.” 
  3. For revival among the mainline Protestant denominations that are either stagnant or in a state of decline in both rural and urban centers of America, evidenced by a lack of love for Christ and declining desire to read the Scriptures; lack of love for His Church reflected in the declining attendance of church members, joy and vibrancy in worship services; little evangelistic fruits, and low community impact.                               

 

Prayer for Children Across America

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.  - Seven students at a Maryland elementary school cut their wrists using blades in pencil sharpeners a day after a parent said their daughter attempted suicide in the same building — but parents were only notified nearly three weeks later.

ORANGE COUNTY, California, April 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexualty-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them.

Christian Headlines  April 12, 2018   High school and college students across the country held a pro-life walkout on Wednesday in support of life and in protest of taxpayer-funded abortion.

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A devastating tornado hit southwest Virginia last week and the communities are working to rebuild. In the midst of the destruction, a teen led a worship service, proclaiming God’s goodness even through trials.

PRAY

  1. Pray for the spiritual and mental health of our children.
  2. Pray that the over-reach of the Government to take control/assume “ownership” of our children will be rejected.
  3. Pray that parents will not stand by silently but will (peacefully) protest and demand their rights.
  4. Thank God that the younger generation is standing up for life
  5. Pray for more teens and children to be vocal and visible in demonstrating their faith.

South America and The Caribbean

 

From Recent corruption scandals burden, OAS Summit: Lima Commitment vs corruption gets 33 signers

PRAYER ALERT on recent corruption scandals. On April 13-14, 33 active OAS members gathered for the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. They knew that corruption would be the elephant in the room. Earlier this month, Brazilian presidential candidate and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva started serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering. Two years ago Brazil's Senate impeached recent president Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws.

Corruption in Brazil has extended to at least 11 other Latin American countries. The Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht confessed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to gain contracts in those countries. The bribe-takers included the would-be host of the Summit, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. He stepped down from the presidency in March. Kuczynski allegedly gained more than a million dollars from Odebrecht before becoming president.

Corruption scandals also recently brought down the former president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina. Corruption figured in the December trial of former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner which charged her with high treason. Former Barbados prime minister Owen Arthur was caught money-laundering his campaign donations. Other heads of OAS states, such as Chile's Michelle Bachelet, have recently left office under a cloud of corruption allegations.

The farthest-reaching scandal of all is the 2016 Panama Papers leak of 11.5 million documents taken from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. It has implicated public figures with high political connections in a large majority of the world's countries on all six inhabited continents.

So OAS' first Summit of the Americas since 2015 had to reckon with much recent sordid history. It did so by putting forth the Lima Commitment. This agreement recognizes that “the prevention and fight against corruption are fundamental for the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law”. The Lima Commitment has 57 measures dealing with principles such as transparency, access to information, accountability in campaign financing, protection of whistleblowers and human rights, and judicial autonomy.

Ahead of state may use these measures to keep his underlings from shady uses of state funds. Such corruption can undermine his government. But he may find it more difficult to give people on the outside more freedom to scrutinize and criticize his government's inner workings. We must pray that both governments and their critics—who may eventually replace them—learn to be more accountable and just.

 

 

PRAY for God to Do The Following :

  1. Cause the authorities He has established to more accountable to Him and to His good purposes for their peoples.
  2. Show them the way out of corruption and into His paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
  3. Establish the authority of the Lima Commitment anti-corruption measures they have agreed on.
  4. Set the course for a new era of accountability and integrity.
  5. Take from unworthy servants the talents they refuse to use for good. And reward the good and faithful servants with more.

Revival across Europe

 

  1. Political crisis deepens in Armenia

By Lesley Alexander |last updated: 27/04/2018

As protests continue in Armenia, there is no end in sight to the political crisis engulfing the small South Caucasus nation.

Opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan has led two weeks of rallies against the ruling elite.

The demonstrations forced the resignation of President-turned-Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan.

But Pashinyan and his followers now want the whole government to go.

"Our movement was not against one person. Our movement is against (the) current system," he told reporters on Friday.

"We name that system corrupt...unfair... and anti-law...and we can't feel satisfied if we won't reach real changes in Armenia."

[Source: http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/27/political-crisis-deepens-in-armenia]

Tuesday [24/04/2018] marked the 103rd anniversary of the genocide of Armenians, the vast majority of whom were Christians.

On April 24, 1915, the Ottoman government arrested and executed hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and subsequently killed 1.5 million other Armenians, some of whom were crucified. By 1922 there were fewer than 400,000 Armenians left in the Ottoman Empire.

Armenia, a former Soviet republic … was the first nation in the world to declare Christianity its official religion in the fourth century. In the 15th century, the Armenians, who were mostly Christian, were absorbed into the Ottoman Empire and were ruled by Muslims, a backgrounder from the History Channel explains.

Although conflict had been brewing for decades before the genocide, a pivotal moment occurred when a nationalist group known as the Young Turks, who wanted to "Turkify" the Ottoman Empire, rose to power in 1908 and Armenians were regarded as a threat.

… the religious leaders in the Ottoman Empire declared jihad against all Christians except those who were allied with them ….

After the April 24, 1915, slaughter of the intellectuals in Constantinople, now Istanbul [Turkey], Armenians were expelled from their homes and were forced to march through the Mesopotamian desert, stripped naked, humiliated, and those who paused to rest were shot.

Christians were murdered in particularly brutal fashion: crucifixions, being burned alive, and were thrown off cliffs to their death. Following the surrender of the Ottomans in 1918 in World War I, the leaders of Young Turks fled to Germany, which promised not to prosecute them for waging a genocide.

[Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/5-things-you-should-know-about-armenian-christian-genocide-223331/page1.html]

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will work through the political crisis in Armenia to point and bring the Armenians back to their Christian roots.
  2. That the Lord will enable the Armenian Christians to rid themselves of all unforgiveness and hatred towards the Turks.
  3. That the evangelical church in Armenia, in particular, cwill be empowered and become effective witnesses, especially to their Muslim neighbours.

 

  1. Crosses ordered onto walls of all Bavarian government buildings

By Jenny Hauser | last updated: 24/04/2018

A cross will be hanging in all Bavarian [a German state] government authority buildings from June 1, following a decision by the state cabinet.

The symbol is meant to signal a Christian cultural identity, according to Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder.

“The cross is not the sign of a religion,” he said after the cabinet meeting.

In order to safeguard against possible lawsuits over breach of neutrality, the cross will not need to be displayed in classrooms or other rooms of public building but only in the foyer. As people will only be passing through entrance areas, it could not be deemed to cause offence, Bavaria’s minister for interior Joachim Herrmann said.

The new law will only apply to state government buildings, although local authorities have also been encouraged to follow suit.

While Catholic organisations welcomed the move, opposition politicians accused Söder of political point scoring ahead of the local elections in October.

The argument that the law was not religiously motivated but cultural, did not convince many on Twitter. Some commented that the law goes against the separation of church and state, and accusing the state's government of trying to turn back the clock. However, the law did strike the right note with some who equated the crucifix with the wearing of the Muslim hijab, and the selling of Halal meat.

Pray

  1. That whatever might be the motives of the Bavarian minister in hanging the cross in government buildings, the Lord will use it to awaken the Bavarians to the true message of the cross.
  2. That the Lord will give boldness and courage to His people to publicly identify themselves with the cross, both culturally and spiritually.
  3. That other governmental authorities within Germany and beyond, will be likewise emboldened to lead their people in identifying themselves with Christ and the message of the cross.

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East and Africa

 

Israel

For the past month, thousands of Palestinians have been protesting each Friday at the security fence that separates Gaza from Israel. The protests, largely peaceful, have sometimes turned violent, with some demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails and attempting to breach the fence. The Israel Defense Forces have responded with force. The U.N. says 35 Palestinians have been killed and scores have been injured since the protests began.

The demonstrations are taking place in the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation on May 14. Palestinians mark the following day, which they call al-Nakba or "the disaster," commemorating the mass displacement of Palestinians after Israel's independence. "As these protests continue, tension and the potential for serious incidents and further casualties will increase," Mladenov warned. He urged Israel to "calibrate its use of force" and minimize its use of live ammunition, and he said Hamas should keep Palestinian demonstrators away from the fence and prevent violent provocations. Mladenov also called for the protection of children, who he said are "at grave risk" and "must not be intentionally put in danger or targeted." At least four children have been killed by Israeli fire. (Margaret Besheer, VOA News, April 26, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/gaza-escalation-risk-rising-un-envoy-warns/4366256.html

About 37,000 African migrants have gotten a reprieve after Israel canceled deportation orders that had left the community in limbo. In February, the government handed out papers to thousands of African males, which amounted to an ultimatum: leave the country in two months or go to prison. The plan was abandoned when Rwanda backed out of a deal to take the migrants in, saying it could not guarantee their safety.

In a radio interview, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan admitted that the government has "no solution" for the problem of the "infiltrators," as they are called here. He blamed Israel's Supreme Court and human rights groups, which warned that forcibly deporting the migrants back to Africa would endanger their lives. (Robert Berger, VOA News, April 25, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/israel-cancels-deportation-orders-against-african-migrants/4364326.html

PRAQUE, CZECH REPUBLIC — The Czech Republic's president suggested Wednesday that his country was considering joining the U.S. in moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the Czech government, which controls foreign policy, didn't confirm the announcement.

President Milos Zeman spelled out the process of moving the embassy, saying it would take place in three steps: An honorary consulate will be opened in Jerusalem next month, followed by other Czech institutions before the embassy's actual transfer. Beyond the consulate's opening, he gave no further timetable. He ended his speech at the Prague Castle at a party to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary by saying: "Next year in Jerusalem.'' (Associated Press, April 25, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/czech-leader-suggests-embassy-move-to-jerusalem/4364755.html

Pray

 

  1. Thank God that the Czech Republic's president has announced plans to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem.
  2. Pray for peace along the Gaza-Israel border. Also, pray for the peace and protection of Israel especially in the days leading up to the 70th anniversary of modern day Israel on May 14th.
  3. Thank God that Israel has changed plans to deport 37,000 African migrants.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Israel.

 

Syria

International donors have pledged $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighboring countries that have sheltered refugees this year. But the pledge total is significantly less than the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.

Mark Lowcock, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said Wednesday that the pledges made an at international donor conference in Brussels were a "good start." He said that based on previous years' results, he expected more money would come in.

Lowcock said several major donors, including the United States, had not yet confirmed their pledges. He said the United States has been providing more than $1 billion a year to Syria and the region in recent years. Lowcock said the additional money for 2019 was needed for humanitarian purposes in Syria and to assist refugees in nearby countries.

"The key issue is to make sure ... priority is given to those in most need and those most vulnerable," said Lowcock, noting that Britain and Germany had made the largest pledges.

About 450,000 people have been killed in Syria since President Bashar al-Assad's in 2011 began cracking down on protesters calling for his ouster. (VOA News, April 25, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/donor-pledge-billions-aid-syria-neighboring-countries/4364382.html

Pray

 

  1. Thanks God that International donors have pledged $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighboring countries that have sheltered refugees this year. Also, pray that the additional $2.6 billion needed would be received.
  2. Pray for the reestablishing of peace in Syria. Also, pray that those responsible for the use of chemical weapons would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for the protection, strengthening, and growth of the Church in Syria.

Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA —  Seminomadic herdsmen armed with guns killed 16 people Tuesday in an attack on a church congregation in a central state of Nigeria plagued by communal violence, police said. Hundreds of people have died in clashes this year between herders and farmers in central Nigeria in an outbreak of violence that has put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari less than a year before an election he wants to contest.

The bloody clashes, linked to grazing rights and dwindling fertile land, have raised questions about the government's ability to maintain security in the country. Moses Yamu, a police spokesman in Benue state, said the attack took place around 6 a.m. (0500 UTC) in the village of Ayar Mbalom, in Gwer East local government authority. "Sixteen persons were confirmed killed, including two priests," said Yamu.

Herdsmen involved in the communal violence are mainly Muslims from the Fulani ethnic group, while members of the settled farming communities are mostly Christian. Attacks have been carried out by both sides.

Seventy-three people were killed in central states — known as the "Middle Belt" — in the first few days of 2018, prompting a high-profile mass burial in Benue state's capital, Makurdi.

Critics of Buhari, a Muslim who is Fulani, have accused him of failing to crack down on herdsmen because they are from the same ethnic group — an accusation his administration has repeatedly denied. (Reuters, April 24, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/sixteen-killed-nigerian-church-attack/4363758.html

International Christian Concern, which monitors attacks on Christians around the world and has been shining a focus on Nigeria, said last week that followers of Christ suffered 27 attacks by the Fulani in March alone. The raids, mostly in the Plateau and Taraba states, led to the deaths of 225 Christians, along with the destruction of homes and displacement of thousands of families. (Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter, Apr 9, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/this-group-slaughtered-225-christians-in-march-alone-but-world-is-silent-222676/

 

Pray

 

  1. Pray that the herdsmen responsible for the deaths of 16 Christians at a church congregation would be brought to justice.
  2. Pray that the Nigerian government would do more to bring the Fulani herdsmen responsible for the deaths of 225 Christians in March to justice.
  3. Pray for an end to the attacks against Christians by the Muslim extremist Fulani herdsmen.
  4. Pray for the complete defeat and dissolution of the Muslim extremist group called Boko Haram.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in central and northern Nigeria.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

U.N. investigators have uncovered what they believe to be five mass graves in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the scene of nearly 20 years of fierce ethnic fighting.

A new report says U.N. peacekeepers found the suspected mass burials last month in Ituri province, where a recent surge in violence left towns and villages in ruins and more than 260 people dead. Congolese officials say they have no knowledge of mass graves and are asking the U.N. for a copy of its report. (VOA News, April 26, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/un-peacekeepers-suspected-mass-graves-democratic-republic-congo/4366515.html

A third Roman Catholic priest has been shot dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo as tribal violence continues escalating in the country, with a bishop crying out that the people have been "abandoned by everyone."

Agenzia Fides reported that Fr. Étienne Sengiyumva, parish priest of Kitchanga, was murdered on Sunday, not long after celebrating mass. "Around 3 p.m., after celebrating mass in Kyahemba, a circumscription of his parish, Fr. Étienne had gathered his collaborators, when an armed man, accompanied by other people, entered the meeting room and killed the priest," said Mgr. Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka, bishop of Goma, capital of North Kivu.

Mgr. Louis de Gonzague Nzabanita Sebakara, vicar general of Goma, said the Maï-Maï Nyatura militant group is behind the killing, though Ruboneka told Fides that "it is difficult to say who was responsible of this terrible act."

"There are different armed groups in our region, at least 15, which cannot be dismantled despite the presence of the regular army and the Blue Helmets of MONUSCO," he added, referring to the United Nations Mission in the DRC. (Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter, Apr 13, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/third-priest-shot-dead-dr-congo-bishop-cries-out-222879/

The devastating costs of Africa Wars estimated at about 150 billion pounds and millions of human lives lost in African countries including Sierra Leone, Rwanda, DRC Congo, Burundi, South Sudan Eritrea, are among the most affected nations. The decade long conflict in DRC has cost over 9 billion pounds and over 4 million human lives lost,  According to The Guardian report by Chris Mc Greal Africa correspondence, Oct, 2007 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/oct/11/congo.international.

Pray

  1. Pray for an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  2. Pray that those responsible for the murders of three Catholic priests in Democratic Republic of the Congo would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray that God would bring to repentance those responsible for mass murders and mass graves in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  4. Pray for healing of African countries including Sierra Leone, Rwanda, DRC Congo, Burundi, South Sudan, and Eritrea where millions of human lives have been lost in conflicts since 1990.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

Category 3

 

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

Pray

  1. Pray as we work to confirm a strong U.S. leaders presence at 100 Cities Summit. 
  2.  For 250 Global Marketplace Leader attendees by June 30.
  3. Ask God to foster divine connections, collaborations and deepen unity amongst leaders at Movement Day Australia (May 1-2) and Movement Day Doncaster (June 20).
  4. Pray for divine favor with funding as 370 leaders raise support to attend the 100 Cities Summit in Washington, D.C. this November 27-29.
  5. Pray that this gathering would accelerate the launch of Movement Day Expressions globally.
  6. Continued prayer for Ebony Small as she has conversations with candidates for the Global Regional Leader roles.

 

The Global Persecution of Christians

Christian Students Forcibly Converted, Beaten With Whip, Mentally Tortured: Report

 “A groundbreaking new report by watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has exposed the atrocities Christian children face at school in several countries, from being forcibly converted to other faiths to being beaten and humiliated by teachers for daring to speak out. CSW explained in its "Faith and a Future" report shared with The Christian Post Thursday that it has conducted research in five countries, namely Burma, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan, where students of various faiths, not only Christians, face religious hatred, including psychological and physical abuse from other students and teachers.”

 "The psychological impact of abuse received by children at school cannot be overstated. Many interviewees told CSW of the 'mental torture' they have suffered as a result of religious discrimination and intolerance in educational settings. Rejected by their peers and teachers, this suffering can have lasting consequences," the report states.”

“CSW pointed out that in Burma, where Buddhist nationalism has targeted both Christian and Islamic minorities, Christian children are "regularly forcibly converted" at schools. "This is particularly prevalent in Chin, Naga and Kachin States where poor families are often offered the opportunity to send their children away for a 'free education.' The children are then taken to a Buddhist monastery or monastic school (Na Ta La school) without their parents' permission, and forced to regularly participate in Buddhist worship or even to become novice monks," the report continues. Christian children there are "systematically prevented from practicing the religion in which they were raised and are effectively required to convert to Buddhism."

“While Nigeria is largely divided between its Christian and Muslim populations, followers of Christ in areas under Sharia (Islamic) law have seen their children abducted, forcibly converted and forced into Islamic marriages. "Parents seeking the release of their abducted daughters are generally informed they have converted and married, or are in the custody of Muslim traditional rulers or shari'a commissions and have no desire to return home," the report explains. "Appeals to law enforcement agencies for assistance generally prove fruitless amid false claims by abductors that the girls are not minors, and fear on the part of the police of provoking large-scale social unrest."

“In Iran, which discriminates heavily against minorities, including people of the Baha'i faith, Christian students are told that they must take Islamic studies or be forced to repeat the school year, the watchdog group said.”

“In other places, like Mexico, Christians were found to be persecuting other Christians — such as the dominant Roman Catholic denomination restricting Protestant worship and driving out Protestant families from villages.”

"Faith and a Future" features a list of recommendations for United Nations member states, calling for "full ratification and implementation of relevant international treaties embedding the right to education and the right to freedom of religion or belief."

“It also asks for governments to enforce legislation prohibiting discriminatory practices, and for proactive efforts in addressing intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, among other points.” (Source: Excerpted from The Christian Post.  For full story visit - https://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-students-forcibly-converted-beaten-with-whip-mentally-tortured-report-219147/#)

Pray

  1. For the protection of children facing persecution around the world because of their faith.
  2. For the exposure of human rights abuses of children to lead to improvement and greater protection of children in all countries where persecution of children takes place.
  3. That persecuted Christians, including children, around the world would be empowered by the Spirit of the Lord to continue to live for Christ and to promote and advance the cause of Christ’s Kingdom despite persecution.
  4. For the millions of persecuted believers, including children, around the world in need of food, medicine and finances to receive the help they need to survive.

 

Nepal


What are Christians Facing in Nepal? Nation Debuts on List of Worst Persecutions

Nepal is known for its ancient history and breathtaking mountain peaks. But the South Asian nation not only debuted this year on Open Doors World Watch List of nations where Christians face the most persecution for their faith, it also landed as high as the No. 25 spot. The key is to understand that although the government presents Nepal as a secular country, it's practically run by Hindu forces, said Pastor Bharat Giri, a full-time Christian minister of 24 years, who is now the chairman of a political party seeking to inspire and encourage Christians to stand up for their rights.

"We are dominated by India," Giri told The Christian Post, explaining that the injustice, negligence of people's needs, corruption, and human rights abuses affecting minority religious groups are on the rise.

"They are promoting only the Hindu people," he explained, noting that the minority Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists in the country are often left behind. 

One of the major factors behind Nepal's deteriorating religious freedom rights has been legislation signed into law in October 2017 that criminalizes religious conversion. Giri said that it's heavily used to punish those who decide they want to become Christians. C.B. Gahatraj, general secretary of the Federation of National Christians in Nepal, and other Christian leaders have demanded that the clause against evangelism be struck down, declaring that believers are not "vote banks" that can be lied to by politicians.

Other religious minorities have also been affected — Buddhists who eat cow meat have been jailed for killing an ox, which offended Hindu sensitives that deem cows to be sacred.

"They say this is a secular country, but they are continuously pushing people to jail" for their religious beliefs, Giri shared.

As CP reported in a separate exclusive interview last year, another major problem facing believers in Nepal is severe restrictions when it comes to burial rights. Unless they have the money, many believers are unable to bury their loved ones in accordance to Christian practices. But when Christians do not receive such generosity, or they have no money to pay for land, then they have to either burn the bodies, or pay money to forest workers who arrange for the bodies to be buried in the forests.

There are widely different estimates on the number of Christians living in Nepal. Monitoring groups such as Open Doors put the number at around 403,000 out of 28.5 million people, though Giri said that exact data is hard to come by. He estimates that today there are about 1.5 to 2 million followers of Christ in the country. The problem, he said, is that for a variety of reasons, they are failing to stand up for their rights and respond to the intensity of the persecution.

"Christian people, in the name of forgiveness, are not rising up," Giri noted.

Some Christian leaders, on the other hand, receive certain benefits from the government, which keeps them quiet, he suggested.

That is why a year-and-a-half ago, the AP Messiah Party was formed, aiming to be the voice of Christians before the government.

"We are trying to convince people that if one day God allows us to be in parliament, then we will see changes in Nepal," Giri said.

As a small party, it faces challenges, such as a lack of resources, but it is looking to explain to others that it can offer an alternative to the established political parties, which Giri said are still in the "18th century" when it comes to human rights.

Giri himself has been advised to not speak on the topic of Christian persecution, but when it comes to the risks for his safety, he said: "I know my Jesus and the Word of God. Without God's Word, even the boar cannot fall down on the ground. I am dependent on God."  (Source: The Christian Post)

PRAY

  1. For the Christian community in Nepal to receive special grace from the Lord to remain faithful and committed to the Lord and the cause of the Gospel despite increased persecution.
  2. For God’s provision for poor Nepal Christians facing hardships as a results of the injustice, negligence of people's needs, corruption, and human rights abuses affecting minority religious groups are on the rise.
  3. For the repeal or modification of the law that was signed into law in October 2017 criminalizing religious conversion

North Korea

Korean Leaders: ‘No More War’ on Peninsula

VOA News

Published: April 27, 2018.

SEOUL — 

In an unprecedented and historic move, the leaders of the two Koreas have signed a joint statement saying they are committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and bringing an official end to the Korean War.  The two leaders embraced after signing the joint statement.South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday at a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the two leaders were ushering in a “new era of peace.”

Kim said the Korean people are “one nation.” Kim and Moon held a historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom Friday and announced that Moon will visit North Korea later this year. They also announced a reunion of war-separated families later this year.  Earlier Friday, a South Korean official said the talks between Kim and Moon have been “serious, frank” discussions. The South quoted North Korea’s leader as saying: “We should value this opportunity so that the scars between the South and North could be healed.”

The White House released a statement late Thursday, shortly after the two leaders shook hands.  “We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula. The United States appreciates the close coordination with our ally, the Republic of Korea, and looks forward to continuing robust discussions in preparation for the planned meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks.”

Kim and Trump are expected to meet in May or June.

Lee Yoon-jee in Seoul contributed to this report.

Pray

  1. Praise God for the very positive outcomes of the inter-Korean
  2. Pray that the outcome of the talks between the leaders of North and South Korea will result in meaningful and lasting peace between North Korea and South Korea, and lay the foundation for improvement in the general welfare of the people of North Korea and greater opportunities to preach the Gospel in North Korea.      
  3. For the Lord to respond to the desperate cries of the persecuted Church in North Korea, including the approximately 70,000 fellow believers serving long harsh prisons terms in concentration camps.
  4. For the success of the success of the talks between President Trump and President Kim, scheduled for next month.

 

 

China

 

China Bans Bibles from Online Sellers Like Amazon

 

Last week, Chinese social media users began noticing that they couldn’t find Bibles listed on some of their nation’s most popular e-commerce platforms.

Shoppers who searched the word Bible on retailers such as Taobao, Jingdong, Dang Dang, and Amazon.cn began receiving a “no results” response, reported the South China Morning Post.

Search analytics revealed a significant spike in the keyword Bible on March 30. But by April 1, analytics showed a zero, suggesting that the word may have been censored, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Two days before the Bibles were banned from online purchase, the Chinese government released a document outlining how it intends to promote “Chinese Christianity” over the next five years. According to the document, one of the government’s key objectives is to reinterpret and retranslate the Bible in order to enhance “Chinese-style Christianity and theology.”

Among China’s main religions—which include Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and folk beliefs—Christianity is unique for having its holy text banned from commercial brick-and-mortar bookstores. Until the internet, Bibles could only be obtained via church bookstores (because they lacked a barcode), a reality that in the past has dissuaded house church Christians wary of official Three-Self churches from purchasing the text. A joint venture between the Amity Foundation and the United Bible Societies, Amity Printing Company is the only press in China allowed by the government to print Bibles.

The company reported in 2017 that “more than 160 million Bibles have come off our production lines.” However, many of these copies are sold overseas. The Bibles distributed in China through Amity also do not include commentaries, footnotes, or other study tools.

China’s Bible crackdown may renew a debate about whether Bibles should be smuggled into the world’s most populous country. While some have seen the action as unnecessary and dangerous to believers living in the country, others have seen it as a strategy that works in tandem with Amity. As Gary Russell, now the president of China Harvest, told CT in 2010:

Amity Press Bibles are legal, authentic, and available in many areas, and have made a substantial contribution to the need. But the Amity route is limited in quantity, variety, and distribution. Editions for children and pastors have barely been addressed. And millions of Chinese still have no regular access to a Bible.

Given these realities, covertly supplying Bibles to China is not only legitimate—it is a necessary element of obedience to Christ. While civil authorities are to be honored and respected, their authority is delegated by and limited under God. Restrictions against evangelizing and providing Scripture are not legitimate, and those who love God and China serve well by increasing the country’s Bible supply.

This latest crackdown on China’s Christian community comes two months after the government began implementing a number of regulations on faith. Under these restrictions, religious groups must gain government approval for any sort of religious activity, including using one’s personal home for religious practice, publishing religious materials, calling oneself a pastor, or studying theology.

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 all attempts by the Chinese Government to restrict the availability and distribution of the Bible in China to fail. 
  3. For the protection of those organizations and individuals involved with the distribution of Bibles in China..

 

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For a majority of Christians around the world, the Christmas season is a time of reflection on the most significant event of human history: the advent of Jesus’ birth in a lonely Bethlehem stable over 2000 years ago (John 3:13).  In fulfillment of the Scriptures, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, willingly left His heavenly splendor and came to our fallen world for the only purpose of rescuing men, women, and children from their sins. 

The story of the Gospel is the fulfillment of that purpose through Christ’s death on a cross, His resurrection from the grave and triumphant ascension to heaven, where He remains seated at the right hand of the Father, performing one of His most important tasks of reconciling the nations to the Father, through His high priestly ministry of intercession. Here at Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI), we are deeply grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He has offered us to share in this beautiful ministry of reconciliation through the various ways He has enabled the organization to facilitate and promote prayer and fasting locally and internationally in pursuit of His redemptive purposes in the nations.

This Christmas season, as we pause to reflect on the miracle of the advent of Christ’s coming and its relevance to our troubled world, we would also like to take the time to reflect on the work of IPMI during the year. 

IPMI continues to develop as a leader in the Global Prayer Movement with representatives now in eleven countries, and with the establishment of IPMI TV in 2019, we expect the global footprint of the organization to increase in the years ahead as this initiative continues to develop.  During the year,  IPMI also made progress with the development of a curriculum for the Schools of Prayer, which will result in the publication of a series of books on prayer, the first of which will be available soon. The Schools of Prayer is a program specially designed for congregations, particularly those struggling with prayer. You will hear more about these developments in 2020. 

One of IPMI's greatest assets is the good relationships it has fostered over the years with pastors, churches, and other organizations both locally and internationally through the hosting of events like the Annual Pastors and Leaders Prayer Symposium here in New York City and Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting (JDOP), which facilitates prayer and fasting among Jamaican Christians living in the United Kingdom, Canada and across the United States for spiritual renewal and transformation in the homeland.  During 2019, the organization sought to strengthen further those relationships through increased collaboration with significant organizations like Lead New York and Movement.Org aimed at facilitating revival and the advancement of the Gospel in the region and around the world.  

But as we reflect on these glorious achievements of 2019 and the prospects for further growth and development of IPMI in 2020 and beyond, we remain indebted to our dedicated team of leaders and volunteers and faithful partners, whose stellar contributions have enabled IPMI to stay committed to its mission of impacting lives and transforming nations through this vital ministry of prayer and fasting. 

I thank you for your support during 2019 and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.   

With kind wishes,

Newton Gabbidon

President & CEO

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This is a kind of lyrical song on the blessedness of Mary. Nowhere can we better see the paradox of blessedness than in her life. To Mary was granted the blessedness of being the mother of the Son of God. Her heart might well be filled a wondering, tremulous joy at so great a privilege. Yet that very blessedness was to be a sword to pierce her heart. It meant that someday she would see her son hanging on a cross.
 
To be chosen by God so often means at one and the same time a crown of joy and a cross of sorrow. The piercing truth is that God does not choose a person for ease and comfort and selfish joy but for a task that will take all that head and heart and hand can bring to it. God chooses a man in order to use him. When Joan of Arc knew that her time was short, she prayed, "I shall only last a year; use me as you can." When that is realized, the sorrows and hardships that serving God may bring are not matters for lamentation; they are our glory, for all is suffered for God.
 
When Richard Cameron, the Scottish Covenanter, was caught by the "dragoons" they killed him. He had very beautiful hands; they were cut off and sent to his father with a message asking if he recognized them. "They are my son's," he said, "my own dear son's. Good is the will of the Lord who can never wrong me or mine." The shadows of life were lit by the sense that they, too, were in the plan of God. A Spanish saint prayed for his people, "May God deny you peace and give you glory." A great modern preacher said, "Jesus Christ came not to make life easy but to make men great."
 
It is the paradox of blessedness that it confers on a person at one and the same time the greatest joy and the greatest task in all the world.
 
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