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Newton Gabiddon

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Created: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 19:21

Welcome to the December 2018 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                   

Prayer for Revival in the United States of America

Scripture: Psalm 2: 1 - 8

 

Prayer For Pastors  Across America

Pastors across America that are leaving the ministry in droves.

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 a 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 the 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.     

Prayer for Victims of California’s Deadliest Fires

Officials in California say hundreds of people remain missing from the deadliest wildfire US  history and that the death toll has increased to over 80. Also, some 52,000 individuals have been displaced by the crisis, who are staying in shelters, motels, homes of relatives and friends, and at a makeshift camp on a nearby Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field. In and around the northern California town of Paradise a town of 27,000, the blaze reduced the town to ashes, having destroyed nearly 12,000 structures, including at least 9,700 homes. (Source: Adopted from VOA News)

PRAY

  1. For the families of victims mourning the loss of loved ones killed in the fires, for God to grant them peace and comfort during this very difficult time. 
  2. For the approximately 52,000 persons displaced by the fires to experience God’s supernatural provision, leading to a revelation of God’s divine love and grace manifested in salvation through Jesus Christ.   
  3. For all churches and ministries across California to utilize the opportunity to minister to those left destitute, homeless or in dire need as a result of the disaster, including the thousands living in tent cities.  Pray also that this major crisis will lead people to turn to God for the birth of another spiritual revival in that state.

Prayer for Children Across America

Although these articles specifically target Millennials, the same effect is trickling down to teenagers and even younger children.  (All articles excerpted.)

Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

By Kari Paul

Published: Oct 31, 2018, 4:46 p.m. ET

In tumultuous political times, the 18-30 demographic is reaching for the stars

When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?” “So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.” Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012. Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public.

Witchcraft Casts an Ever-Widening Spell on Millennials

ByStephanie Martin

October 11, 2018

If you’ve noticed an increase in references to witches and mysticism lately, that’s not just because Halloween is approaching. Surveys, social media sites and product branding indicate an increase in people who practice or are interested in witchcraft. Trend-spotters say millennials—especially young women—are drawn to Wicca, astrology and new-age spirituality. About 1 to 1.5 million Americans label themselves Wiccan or pagan, according to a 2014 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s more than the membership of some mainstream Christian denominations in the United States.…The rise of witchcraft is attributed to several factors, including decreased interest in religion and increased interest in spirituality. Other factors include the wellness and mindfulness movements, female-empowerment efforts and even the uncertain political climate.As with any dangerous trend, it’s up to Christians, churches, pastors and parents to be alert and to shine the light of God’s truth into our dark world.

Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing 'Astronomically'

The population of self-identified witches has risen dramatically in the United States in recent decades, as interest in astrology and witchcraft practices have become increasingly mainstreamed.…"Rather than deeming everything that is supernatural 'demonic,' the Church needs to wake up to the reality of this realm and begin to approach it from a Kingdom perspective which understands its place and purpose," said Wanda Alger, field correspondent with Intercessors for America and a pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, Virginia, in a CP interview at the time. "The sad thing is that these millennials who are exploring the dark side of the supernatural have more faith and belief than most Christians. Because they are open and spiritually hungry, the spirit realm responds. The biggest hindrance to understanding the realities of the Spirit realm is unbelief," she emphasized.

PRAY

  1. Pray for a covering over our young people and children so that they will not be deceived and fall into agreement with the enemy and his lies that do not line up with God’s Word or purposes for them.
  2. Pray for life over the Word that is in many Millennials from their childhood church/Sunday School experiences. Pray younger children will not follow their path to witchcraft and the occult.
  3. Repent for the Church/parents who, in great number, have failed to mature children/youth in the things of God’s Spirit – the HOLY Spirit – and have, as a result left them vulnerable/weak to the draw/lies of the unholy spirit.

South America and The Caribbean

Asylum case backlog of 750K gains 1000s more in the migrant caravan

To begin the process of gaining asylum in the US, a migrant need only pass a perfunctory assessment that he has “credible fear.” After that, he can live in the US for several years while waiting to see a judge. At this time 750,000+ others stand before him in the line to go to court. (That figure does not include the 10,000+ who are massing at the Mexican border.) Judges grant asylum to less than 10 percent of these cases. But by that time, the remaining 675,000+ disqualified applicants will more easily resist deportation to their home countries.

And so claiming asylum has become a popular way of getting into the US. Asylum claims have quadrupled since 2014. At that time then-President Obama bypassed Congress and took executive action to protect “dreamers.” Obama shielded a total of 5 million+ illegal immigrants from deportation. Therefore many more came to the US seeking asylum and expecting favorable treatment from the US government.

President Trump attempted to render ineligible for asylum those who entered illegally. But a federal judge in California blocked him. The DHS has reported that 500 criminals are traveling in the caravan at the San Ysidro border crossing. Now Trump is threatening to close the border. In the meantime, the 10,000+ migrants at the border may have “credible fears” about staying in drug-cartel dominated Mexican border states.

Dangers without, dangers within

Moreover, more than half of them are jammed into Tijuana, known as the fifth most violent city in the world. There the mayor declared a “humanitarian crisis”, refusing to finance the migrants' care.

Yet a group of Tijuana business leaders say they have thousands of jobs available in assembly plants. Also, Mexican officials say their country has a total of 100,000 job openings for Central American asylum seekers. In view of this, Mexico's incoming interior minister initially agreed to Trump's latest proposal to control immigration. It would require asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their claims were processed. But then the interior minister backed out of that agreement.

No one knows what to do with the 10,000+ at the US border, and the thousands more coming—except God.

Related sources.

Crime menaces migrants on Mexico border as Tijuana declares crisis.

Migrant caravan: Mexican officials deny US border deal.

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation.

Pray

Pray for God to

  1. Protect the caravan from the hundreds of reported criminals within their ranks and the dangers without.
  2. Pour His Holy Spirit on the whole caravan, and appoint personal encounters with Jesus for each one.
  3. Reveal Jesus as the true Shepherd of the sheep, and take them from broad ways of destruction to the narrow way of life and show each one clear signs and directions, and that the true Promised Land is wherever He wants them.

 

Revival across Europe

  1. Bulgaria Revises Proposed Restrictions on Church Activity

KATE SHELLNUTT | NOVEMBER 16, 2018 [adapted]

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/november/bulgaria-religious-freedom-restrictions-parliament-evangeli.html

Following an outcry from evangelicals and other faith groups, Bulgaria opted to revise a controversial proposal to restrict religious activity before putting it up for another parliamentary vote.

The initial draft amendments to its Religious Denomination Act would have kept members of minority faiths, like Protestants, from operating seminaries, holding activities outside church, and obtaining legal status. It also regulated foreign missionaries and funding.

The updated law also would allow greater freedom to foreign missionaries than the first proposal; they could preach in the country as short-term residents or as visitors coming with advance notification. The new amendment also does away with a ban on anonymous donations by foreign groups.

As of Tuesday, the parliament had not yet voted on the restrictions, according to the Baptist Standard.

Thousands of Christians have been gathering before the parliament building each Sunday to protest and pray against the restrictions. They plan to continue rallying this Sunday, November 25, Oprenov said. ….

Protestants have had to fight for their place in Bulgaria, from being driven underground during Communist rule to fighting back against what Christianity Today called “a swelling wave of religious intolerance that includes government restrictions, vitriolic media attacks, and even violent assaults” in the 1990s.

PRAY

  1. That the Bulgarian government will remove all restrictions to the preaching of the Gospel and the practice of the Christian faith in Bulgaria;
  2. That the Bible-believing Christians and mission organizations will be united in their opposition to the proposed restrictions and in their efforts to evangelize the country;
  3. That the Gospel will thrive in Bulgaria and that its 7.5 million people will be delivered from spiritual bondage and its many links to the occult.
  1. FEUER: Evangelists in European universities gathered in Spain

Around 200 evangelists from 40 countries met to share resources and experience for the proclamation of the gospel in European universities.

AUTHOR José Daniel Marín, Evangelical Focus COMARRUGA (SPAIN) 09 NOVEMBER 2018 [adapted]

http://evangelicalfocus.com/europe/3984/FEUER_2018_conference_universities

Around 200 people from 40 countries gathered between 1-5 November in Comaruga (Spain).

Participants of the 10th conference of the Fellowship of Evangelists in the Universities of Europe (FEUER) included students, pastors, and workers of IFES. They all had two things in common: a deep passion for Jesus and the desire to continue impacting European universities with the gospel.

Started 10 years ago by Lindsay Brown, FEUER is a network of evangelists connected to the university, which aims to encourage, provide resources and recover the place that the public proclamation of the gospel has lost in recent decades in Europe.

This year, one of the main speakers was Samuel Escobar, who shared deep reflections of a life linked to the ministry in the university.

There was also an interview and an open question session with John Lennox. He encouraged the young evangelists to deepen their relationship with the Scriptures. “We all want to have something to say, but we will have nothing to say if we settle for a superficial approach to the Word. Let's dig into the Word and we'll have something to say. Let's develop the conviction that God speaks through the Bible and gives us the authority to speak”.

In addition to the general program, there was a program focused on academics, which aimed that those who work at the university could also be able to participate in University Mission Weeks, showing the intellectual credibility and coherence of the gospel.

On Monday, Some days later, several participants of the FEUER conference joined the Re-think University Week at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. John Lennox gave a lecture on science and faith, Vaughan Roberts spoke on sexuality and Julia Garschagen on the Bible and women

Additionally, during the conference, participants could see what God is doing in the universities of Europe. From the growth in Spain and Belarus to the challenges that countries like Holland, Portugal and Switzerland are facing, the collaboration between the Balkan countries, and the training programs for young evangelists in Denmark, Germany and Spain.

A PERSPECTIVE ON EUROPE

Europe was the first to become Christian but has also been to reject Christendom as a culture. Christians now have the privilege and responsibility to proclaim the gospel and persuade European societies to return to the gospel. The church must be prepared to communicate the good news, showing the beauty, truth and power of the gospel to a continent that cries out for purpose, identity and hope. Let's give thanks for the people called to communicate the message at the university, and pray that the Lord will continue to use them, so that many will hear and have the opportunity to respond to the gospel and be reconciled to God.

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will anoint, empower, bless and strengthen these academics and evangelists in their efforts to spread the Gospel message throughout European universities;
  2. That the Lord will give them the wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill to publicly and convincingly refute arguments, ideologies and theories that stand in opposition to the message of the Gospel that they seek to communicate;
  3. That the Lord will grant that the Spirit-empowered proclamation of the Gospel will spread like wildfire throughout universities in Europe and that the Gospel will recover the place it once held in Europe.
  1. Christian charity launches an emergency appeal to help thousands of fair trade producers put at risk by Brexit

CHRISTIAN TODAY | Staff writer Thu 22 Nov 2018 [adapted]

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/christian-charity-launches-emergency-appeal-to-help-thousands-of-fair-trade-producers-put-at-risk-by-brexit/130994.htm

A Christian development charity is appealing for donations to support fair trade producers facing economic uncertainty and hardship as a result of Brexit. Traidcraft Exchange said the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the European Union is hurting fair trade suppliers in poorer parts of the world who have traditionally sold their products to the British market.

It is now seeking donations to help cushion the impact on suppliers experiencing a sudden drop in orders. The launch of the appeal comes not long after the charity's sister business Traidcraft plc warned that its future was in question unless it could find a sustainable alternative model. It blamed the crisis on the uncertain economic conditions caused by Brexit as it revealed that it would be significantly downsizing and cutting the number of product lines it sells in the UK. Over 8,000 artisans and producers stand to lose their jobs or experience a decline in their income as a result of the losses at Traidcraft plc, with producers from India and Bangladesh among the worst affected. Hand-embroidered card manufacturer Swajan, based in Bangladesh, employs over 750 people, many of them women. Traidcraft Exchange said the company faces a 65 percent fall in orders.

'For years artisans from poor and isolated regions have been able to sell to the UK fair trade market. Now that existing deals are coming to an abrupt end we owe it to them to cushion the blow and help them chart a new future,' said Kate Dixon, spokesperson for Traidcraft Exchange. 'Every supplier has different needs – some will need help finding alternative fair trade buyers and some will need short-term direct financial support.

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will stretch out His hand to deliver and provide for His people, in particular, who are suffering various forms of hardships, or who stand to suffer as a result of the Brexit crisis;
  2. That God will grant unto those spearheading the negotiations, the wisdom, and skill to navigate their way through the issues in a way that is peaceful and beneficial to all but especially to those who belong to the ‘household of faith’;
  3. That in the midst of these negotiations, God’s people will stand united – both in the United Kingdom and in Europe – and will emerge as powerful witnesses to the Lord as agents of peace, stability and

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East and Africa

Scripture—Psalm 11:1-7

Iran

The United States has accused Iran of failing to declare chemical weapons-related activities in violation of commitments to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Speaking to an annual meeting of the intergovernmental organization in The Hague on Thursday, U.S. envoy Kenneth Ward said Washington is concerned that Iran is developing “central nervous system-acting chemicals” for offensive military purposes. He did not cite the source of the allegation.

Ward also gave three examples of what he said were Iranian declaration failures under OPCW rules. Iran is a signatory to the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention administered by OPCW.

Ward said Iran failed to declare a capability to fill weapons with chemicals, its transfer of chemical-filled shells to Libya in the 1980s, and its marketing of CR gas at defense expos as a riot control agent. A 2011 Washington Post report quoted U.S. officials as saying chemical munitions uncovered that year by rebels in Libya’s civil war appeared to have originated in Iran. (Michael Lipin, November 22, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-iran-developing-chemical-weapons-in-violation-of-global-treaty/4670640.html

Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhtiari have received prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for "spreading propaganda against the regime." It is written in the verdict that for Christians to claim that Jesus is Lord and that the Bible is their final authority can be perceived as an attack against Islam. Saheb was additionally sentenced to 2 years’ internal exile in Nehbandan County, close to the border with Afghanistan. The lawyer representing Saheb and Fatimah is appealing the sentences. Saheb is already serving a 10-year sentence in Evin Prison, Tehran, along with pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi and Yaser Mosibzadeh. (Elam Ministries, Wednesday, November 21st, 2018)

https://www.elam.com/Iran30/new-prison-sentences-received

Nearly 100 Persian-speaking Christians were recently baptized in one city in a country neighboring Iran. We celebrate the work that the Lord is doing in each of their lives and pray that He would use them to grow His kingdom. (Elam Ministries, Wednesday, November 21st, 2018)

https://www.elam.com/Iran30/100-believers-baptised

This month Elam held a conference for 19 women, each hand-selected from across the Iran region. Many had been abused or experienced other traumas. These women came thirsty to know how to witness and how to be more productive for God’s mission. The week-long conference was a huge blessing to all who were there.

Baptism: “You should have seen the joy and excitement on their faces,” said one leader of the 12 ladies who were baptized. For Leila*, it had been one of her deepest desires to be baptized. (Elam Ministries, Saturday, September 29th, 2018)

https://www.elam.com/Iran30/12-baptised-recent-womens-conference

Pray:

  1. Pray that any chemical weapon activity involving Iran would be exposed.
  2. Thank God for the 119 Iranians who accepted Christ and got baptized.
  1. Pray for those who got baptized as they continue to grow in their faith. Also, pray for their pastors and leaders as they teach and disciple them.
  1. Pray for the release of Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhtiari who have been imprisoned for their faith.
  2. Pray that the Lord will bless and use Saheb, Yousef, Mohammadreza, and Yaser while they are held in Evin Prison.

Syria

A bill, two years in the making that aims to provide humanitarian relief to victims of the Islamic State’s genocide in Iraq and Syria is finally heading to President Donald Trump’s desk. On Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 390, also known as the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018. The House’s passage of the bill follows the unanimous passing of the legislation by the U.S. Senate in October. The bill is designed to “provide emergency relief to victims of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Iraq and Syria” and “provide accountability for perpetrators of these crimes.”

Among other key parts of the bill, H.R. 390 would authorize and direct the U.S. government to fund entities, including faith-based organizations, that are directly involved in giving humanitarian and recovery aid to Christian and other religious and ethnic minority communities that were targeted by IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh). (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter Wednesday, November 28, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/congress-passes-bill-to-provide-relief-to-isis-genocide-victims-after-nearly-2-years.html

BEIRUT, LEBANON — 

Syrian workers have exhumed more than 500 bodies from one of the largest mass graves near the northern city of Raqqa, once the capital of the Islamic State group's self-styled caliphate, and are still uncovering remains, a local official said Tuesday. The exhumation of mass graves in and around Raqqa is being undertaken by local groups and first responders amid concerns about the preservation of bodies and evidence for possible war crimes trials.

The Panorama mass grave, named after the neighborhood where it was found, is one of the largest of nine mass graves discovered so far, and is believed to contain around 1,500 bodies. Hammoud al-Shawakh, a local official involved in the work, said 516 bodies believed to be of Islamic State fighters and civilians have been exhumed. (Associated Press, November 27, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/hundreds-of-bodies-exhumed-from-mass-grave-in-syria-s-raqqa/4675720.html

Pray:

  1. Thank God for the passing of H.R. 390 that will allow the U.S. government to provide humanitarian and recovery aid to Christian and other religious and ethnic minority communities that were targeted by IS.
  2. Thank God for the discovery of the mass graves in Raqqa, Syria. Pray that those responsible for these murders would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for social, political, economic, and religious reforms in Syria.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Syria.

Somalia

At least 22 people were killed in two separate militant attacks Monday in Somalia, witnesses and officials said. In the first incident, al-Shabab militants attacked the compound of a controversial cleric in the central Somalia town of Galkayo, killing him and at least 14 other people.

Police say eight people were killed by a car bomb just after mid-day in Mogadishu.

Commissioner of Wadajir district Omar Abdullahi Hassan told VOA that security forces intercepted the car after the driver showed suspicious behavior. He said the driver was taken away for questioning and the search of the car started when the explosion occurred. (Harun Maruf, November 26, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/al-shabab-attack-in-somalia/4673831.html

On Nov. 9, Saleban was a passenger in a minibus as it drove past the Sahafi Hotel on KM4 Street, one of the city’s biggest roadways. At that moment, a bomb ripped into the side of the minibus. Glass shattered. Metal warped. Against odds, Saleban survived. “The bus was full of people, but everyone else died except me,” Saleban told VOA’s Somali service.

At least 65 people died, and 106 others were wounded in the Nov. 9 attack, based on reports from the five hospitals that admitted victims. The tallies make the attack the deadliest in Mogadishu this year. For Saleban, the consequences extended beyond the double amputation. Her kidneys were badly hurt; her face burned by the flames of the explosion. (Sahra Abdi Ahmed and Salem Solomon, November 22, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/somali-bomb-blast-shatters-expectant-mothers-life/4669208.html

NAIROBI, KENYA — 

Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp where recruits were preparing to graduate and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced. Two officials tell The Associated Press that several missiles were fired on Friday by two unmanned U.S. drones.

Some of the freshly trained al-Shabab recruits were "burnt beyond recognition" and the death toll exceeds 75, one official said. The U.S. Africa Command on Tuesday said about 60 extremists had been killed. (Associated Press, October 17, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-airstrike-wiped-out-al-shabab-camp-intel-officials-say/4617448.html

Pray:

  1. Thank God for the successful US air strikes against al-Shabab militants.
  2. Pray for the total elimination of the al-Shabab activities and networks in East Africa.
  3. Pray for the salvation of al-Shabab leaders and members.
  4. Pray for the families of those killed by al-Shabab.
  5. We pray for the growth of missionary activities and the church of Christ in Somalia.

Cameroon

AMCHIDE, CAMEROON — 

Cameroon has reactivated village militias on its northern border with Nigeria after twin suicide bombings Wednesday wounded 29 people. Authorities say the bombers were Boko Haram terrorists who crossed over from Nigeria. It is hoped the armed locals can prevent further attacks.

A group of 200 young men, drawn from 20 villages around the town of Amchide, sing a song about initiation into the local militia. In the lyrics, they vow to defend their communities from all intruders who would disturb the peace they had enjoyed for the past five months.

That peace was shaken on Wednesday when two suicide bombers attacked a food market in Amchide, wounding 29 people, nine of them critically. The women bombers — the only ones killed — are suspected of having crossed over from the neighboring Nigerian town of Banki.

Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of this far northern region of Cameroon, which borders Nigeria., said the bombings prompted him to reactivate the village militias, known as self-defense groups. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka,VOA News, November 29, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/cameroon-activates-village-militias-after-northern-suicide-bombings/4679558.html

Seventy-nine children who were kidnapped from a school in Cameroon on Sunday have now been returned, but Presbyterian Church officials say they appear to have been tortured.

"They were brought last night to one of our churches ... near Bamenda (the regional capital). They look tired and psychologically tortured," said Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the country's Presbyterian Church, according to The Associated Press. While the children were released, two staff members remain in captivity. Forba has plead for the kidnappers to "free the staff still in their keeping." (Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter, NOVEMBER 07, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/cameroon-79-kidnapped-presbyterian-schoolchildren-returned-but-tortured-church-officials-say.html

Pray

  1. Thank God that Cameroon has taken steps to prevent Boko Haram from attacking their villages.
  2. Thank God that the 79 school children who were kidnapped have been released. Pray for the release of the two staff members who are still being held. Also, pray that the kidnappers will be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Cameroon.

 

Category 3

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

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Pray for new team member Elizabeth Bloodworth as she navigates her new role supporting events management.
  2. Pray for financial provision as Movement Day Oslo leader, Joakim Magnus andhis team are strategizing and handling logistics for this first time gathering. Joakim Magnus is a young leader, who has a true passion for youth. Along with spearheading this Movement Day gathering he also works  with Youth with a Mission (YWAM)
  3. Prayer for Arthur Thangiah (Mumbai, India), Jeyakaran Emmanuel and Mark Visvasam (Chennai, India) as they plan Movement Day Expressions January/February 2019 respectively to advance high-level city transformation in the face of heightened religious persecution.

100 Cities Summit

  1. Pray for high attendance at our 100 Cities Summit Closing Ceremony at the National Presbyterian Church. We have the capacity to seat 1,000 guests!
  2. Pray for financial provision as leaders are coming from a wide array of countries all over the globe.

  

The Global Persecution of Christians

Open Doors Lists Top 10 Persecutors of Christians Worldwide

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. In 2015, a Kenya college campus faced an attack where Christian students were specifically targeted, killing 148 in total. Any place al-Shabaab controls operates under Sharia law, which includes the slaughtering of anyone who identifies as Christian."

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. This week, 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.

Also making the list are drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico. "On top of the danger that these groups bring to ordinary citizens, Christians are specifically targeted," the report says. "A soul won for Jesus is a soul lost for them," it quotes a pastor from Colombia as saying. "They know that too." "For this reason, Christian evangelists are particularly targeted. Drug cartel leaders know that they are the greatest threat to their way of life."

Rounding out the top 10 on the Open Doors list is "the ultimate enemy," or Satan.  "It's easy to read this list and feel hopeless in the face of so much evil. However, in Ephesians 6 we're told our war isn't a physical war, it's a spiritual one. Behind all of the atrocities listed above is Satan, who prowls this world as a roaring lion," the ministry explains. "We are also told that God's kingdom is forcefully advancing and that in the end, Satan is overthrown and all things are made new."

Open Doors said it published the list because "Jesus commanded us, directly, to pray for our enemies." "Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

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 with the wide-scale persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to halt their evil actions against Christ and His church, to come to a full knowledge of Christ, and aid in the spread of the Gospel and expansion of God’s Kingdom worldwide.

Pakistan

Asia Bibi's Life in Extreme Danger Even If Released From Death Row: 'They'd Feel Proud of Killing Her.

Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi's life is in imminent danger even if she is released from death row, a religious freedom advocate has warned. Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, told Baptist Press that the only reason Pakistan's Supreme Court hasn't yet announced its decision on her fate is due to security concerns. "If she's acquitted she is obviously going to need a lot of security ..., security provided by the government," Gill continued. "And she cannot be released openly. If she is, there's no doubt, no question about it, that her life will be in jeopardy. They feel proud of killing somebody like this."

Bibi has been on death row since 2010 after being found guilty of blasphemy against the Islamic faith, stemming from an incident with field workers in 2009 who claimed that she insulted their religious sensitivities.Top of Form Bibi has denied the charge, but despite international pressure and the campaigns of human rights groups, she has remained in prison, waiting for the results of her appeal against the death sentence.

Earlier in October, AFP reported that Muslim hardliners have threatened "horrible" death for Pakistan's Supreme Court justices if it's revealed that they have voted to release the Christian mother. Radicals, arguing that the blasphemy laws must be upheld, have vowed to carry out nationwide protests if she is set free, threatening to paralyze the country.(Source: Christian Post, October 25, 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the acquittal of Asia Bibi from the charge of blasphemy against the Islamic faith and her immediate release from prison
  2. For Asia Bibi’s protection
  3. For the safety and protection of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Justices threatened with “horrible” death should they vote to release Asia Bibi  
  4. For God, by His sovereign grace to open the door for the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, to be proclaimed throughout Pakistan.

North  Korea

Why Is Kim Jong Un Afraid of Christianity? Group Points to Clash Between Jesus and 'Supreme Leader'

A persecution watchdog group has explored the reasons why North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains "afraid" of Christianity, which go to the heart of people's beliefs about Jesus."It's likely because people who are following Jesus and who are committed to one another mean there are people he can't control, and who follow a greater King. It means there are people who practice radical love for each other and for Jesus — who won't so easily follow him and the lies of his regime," Open Doors USA suggested. "This is why Christians continue to be seen as 'dangerous' and are also part of the hostile class, according to the country's social system called songbun. What this means is that anyone who is known to be a follower of Jesus is immediately assumed to be a hostile political figure." 

The organization, which lists North Korea as the No.1 worst persecutor of Christians around the world, noted that Christianity "directly challenges the notion of any Supreme Leader and the idea that there is any master outside of Jesus Christ. Additionally, Christianity offers a new way and identity for people in North Korea. Both aspects of faith are direct threats to the ruling family of North Korea." Kim continues making moves to meet major world leaders, though the consequences of that for the suffering minorities in his country, including close to 300,000 Christians, are yet unclear.Top of Form Back in May, the congressionally-mandated 2017 International Religious Freedom report by the U.S. found that there are between 80,000 to 120,000 people trapped in North Korea camps, many imprisoned for their faith.

"The government continued to deal harshly with those who engaged in almost any religious practices through executions, torture, beatings, and arrests," the report stated. "An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, some imprisoned for religious reasons, were believed to be held in the political prison camp system in remote areas under horrific conditions. "Religious and human rights groups outside the country continued to provide numerous reports that members of underground churches were arrested, beaten, tortured, and killed because of their religious beliefs."

Christian defectors have spoken of torture they have suffered at the hands of the North Korean regime. Believers are often thrown in prison or even executed if they are found with a Bible. Amid the uncertainty for believers, Open Doors urged people to pray (Source: The Christian Post, October 25, 2018)

PRAY

  1. Pray for their strength in the face of a regime that views their faith as a special threat.
  2. Pray for God's grace in every situation.
  3. Pray for a change in the hearts of the regime, that they would see the love of Jesus as the road to truth and peace," the group stated.

China

Christian churches facing ultimatum in China's Sichuan: Join Communist network or be shut down

Four Christian churches in China’s Sichuan province have been given an ultimatum and told they must join the official Communist government network or be shut down. ChinaAid, which monitors the persecution of believers, reported on what it called a “massive crackdown” on unregistered churches in the southwestern province, explaining that the final warnings have recently been sent to the pastors, asking them to make a decision.

“A few churches’ pastors, who I have connections with, already received the government’s final warning, requiring that they should make a decision within two weeks: either join Three-Self Churches or be disbanded,” said one local area Christian, who wasn’t named.

The four churches in particular that need to decide whether to join the state-run Three-Self Churches or cease existing are Shangxi Church in Guangyuan, Guiyi Church in Mianyang, Xinguang Church and Joshua Church in Chengdu. The churches have in the past been told that their worship venues are illegitimate and that the worship services they put together are illegal. The churches say they have been continuously harassed by police officers and local security authorities, who have been trying to prevent them from holding services. Back in September, ChinaAid's Bob Fu told a House hearing in Washington, D.C., that the state-sanctioned denominations in China are looking to "Sinicize" Christianity.

"The heart and soul of Christianity's Sinicization is to Sinicize the Christian theology," he said, noting that the government will even “re-translate the Bible or re-write biblical commentaries." "There are outlines that the new Bible should not look westernized and [should look] Chinese and reflect Chinese ethics of Confucianism and socialism," the ChinaAid founder told The Christian Post after the hearing. "The Old Testament will be messed up. The New Testament will have new commentaries to interpret it."

Fu said that the plan includes "incorporating the Chinese elements into church worship services, hymns and songs, clergy attire, and the architectural style of church buildings." "This includes 'editing and publishing worship songs with Chinese characteristics and promoting the Sinicization of worship music,' using uniquely Chinese art forms, such as Chinese painting, calligraphy, inscription, and paper-cutting to express the Christian faith,'" described to CP. "[It's also] encouraging churches to blend in style with Chinese architecture to local architectural style."

Over the past few months, Christian activists have posted video clips of Communist officials burning copies of the Bible in Henan and cutting down crosses from church rooftops. Authorities also began forcing Christian students to sign papers where they reject their faith or else be faced with losing welfare benefits and being expelled from school. "The international community should be alarmed and outraged for this blatant violation of freedom of religion and belief," Fu urged (Source: The Christian Post, November 19, 2018).

Pray

  1. For God’s intervention on behalf of the four Christian churches in China’s Sichuan province that have been given an ultimatum by the Communist Government to join the official Communist government network or be shut down.
  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 to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

     

Created: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 04:40
Category: News Reports

 A Message from Newton Gabbidon, IPMI’s President.

For a majority of Christians around the world, the Christmas season is a time of reflection on the greatest 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 one and 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 intercession.

Here at Intercessory Prayer Ministry International, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He has offered us to share in this wonderful ministry of reconciliation. This Christmas season, as we pause to reflect on the miracle of the advent of Christ’s coming and of its relevance to our troubled world, we are ever mindful of the support that we received during 2018 from our friends and partners and would like to  thank specially those of you whose prayers and financial support helped to keep the organization going during this year.  We would also like to use this opportunity to provide you with this final ministry update for 2018.

 2018 has proved to be a very busy year for IPMI as the organization took advantage of a number of ministry opportunities to advance the Kingdom of God locally and internationally through the hosting of over one hundred prayer meetings and events, including the Tenth  Annual Pastors and Leaders Prayer Symposium, Twenty-second Annual Prayer Breakfast, Fourteenth Annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting (JDOP)  and Annual Global Prayer Summit.   The success of these great events over the years has been facilitated mainly through the collaboration of IPMI with pastors, other ministry leaders, and support agencies both locally and internationally, resulting in the mobilization of thousands of Christians locally and internationally uniting in prayer and fasting for revival. A great example of the success IPMI enjoys over the year through collaboration with other leaders and agencies is JDOP, which the organization hosts annually around the August 1, Jamaican Emancipation holiday in association with members of the clergy and Jamaica Overseas Missions in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.  Over the past ten years, the program has generated over $60,000 in financial support for two charities working with at-risk teenagers, particularly from the inner cities. 

During 2018, through the generous financial support of partners like you, we were able to invest in the development of our new website as well as the application of new technological innovations in the development and promotion of ministry programs.   Through these tools, we were better able to effectively mobilize our partners locally and internationally to support the ministry.  The highly successful Monthly Global Prayer Teleconferencefacilitated by our friend Esther Ilnisky, Founder/President of Esther Global Network and other pastors and prayer leaders locally and internationally, is an example of just how well the utilization of these technological innovations have helped IPMI advance its mission globally.  Through the three monthly global prayer teleconference calls, hosted around first Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Christians from over ten nations are mobilized to pray for revival in the US and Western Europe as well as a number of other critical global issues. 

As a result of this type of generous support, we were also able to launch the Schools of Prayer Development project to extend the program to more churches locally in pursuit of the organization's ten-year strategic plan.  The project will involve the development of a curriculum and other resources aimed at facilitating the development of prayer ministries of churches. The project is expected to be completed within the next year and a half depending on the availability of funding.  

As the Lord permits, we are desirous of taking advantage of whatever other opportunities He might offer IPMI during 2019 to continue sharing in His glorious ministry of reconciling the nations to the Father through the marvelous work of intercession.  Once again we thank you for your support during 2018 and invite you again to consider prayerfully partnering with us through your prayers and financial support during 2019.

A  Happy and Peaceful Christmas to you and your family from all the leaders of IPMI.

Yours in His service,

Rev. Newton Gabbidon
President & CEO

Created: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:07
Category: Daily Devotion
 
ACTS 21:1-16
 
The narrative is speeding up, and there is an atmosphere of approaching storm as Paul comes nearer Jerusalem.
 
Two things stand out here; (1st) there is the sheer determination of Paul to go on no matter what lay ahead. Nothing could have been more definite than the warning of the disciples at Tyre and of Agabus at Caesarea, but nothing could stop Paul from the course that he had chosen. During one of the sieges in the Spanish Civil War, some in the garrison wanted to surrender but one of their comrades said, "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees." Paul was like that. (2ndThere is a wonderful fact that wherever Paul went he found a Christian community waiting to welcome him. If that was true in Paul's time, it is truer today. One of the great privileges of belonging to the Church is the fact that no matter where a person goes, he is sure to find a community of like-minded people into which he may enter.
 
Agabus is an interesting person. Jewish prophets had a certain custom that when words were inadequate, they dramatized their message. There are many instances of this in the Old Testament-e.g., Isaiah 20:3-4Jeremiah 13:1-1127:2Ezekiel 45:1-41 Kings 11:29-31.
In the King James Version, the antiquity of the language may be misleading. Verse 15 says, "We took up our carriages and went up to Jerusalem." That may sound as if Paul and his friends traveled in a carriage. But in the sixteenth century, "carriage" meant not something that carried a person but something a person had to carry; it meant baggage.
 
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Life ApplicationI don't know what Bible translation you are reading, but I suggest one of the modern English translations. I have several different translations so that I can be sure of what is being said. The meaning of the word "carriage" is a good example of that.
 
Praise/Prayer: Dear Father, I am so thankful for the modern English translations of the Bible that are available today. I am also thankful that there are translations in modern foreign languages now available. The Bible is the most powerful Book ever written. I love reading it even though I have read it many times in different English translations. Your Word is sharper than a two-edged sword. I used it often to say to the devil, "So it is written," and he must leave. Amen!
 
 

Created: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:03

Welcome to the November 2018 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: Psalm 149: 1 - 9

Prayer for Revival in the United States of America

 

Prayer For Pastors  Across America

 

Pastors across America that are leaving the ministry in droves.

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 a 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 the 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.     

 

Prayer for the Government, Upcoming Mid-term Elections, and Appointment of New US Supreme Court Justice

 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.”

 

PRAY

As we pray for the US Government, the upcoming Mid-term elections and the new Supreme Court Appointment, let us do so with Paul’s instructions in 1 Tim. 2: 1- 6   

  1. For President Donald Trump and his Cabinet, All Members Congress, the Judiciary, State Governors and other State Legislators and Mayors, across America for wisdom to govern the nation in equity and fear of God.  Pray also that God’s divine intervention in the affairs of the nation’s Government will result in the healing of our deeply divided nation, and in the advancement of the moral, social and economic well being of the nation for general the benefit of all Americans and the advancement of His kingdom locally and internationally.
  2. For all candidates seeking offices in the upcoming mid-term elections and also for God’s will to be done in the appointment of persons to these offices, who are honest, God-fearing and committed to serving the nation in pursuit of justice and equity for all regardless of their political allegiances.

Prayer for Children Across America

 Proverbs 8:16

“…by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.”

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) Excerpted here.

 A rare but devastating polio-like virus appears to have made itself at home in the United States, partially paralyzing hundreds of children.

There have been 127 cases reported in 22 states so far this year, with 62 confirmed as acute flaccid myelitis, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She announced the numbers in a Tuesday media briefing.

This year's outbreak marks the third wave of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to hit the United States since 2014, and this wave is on track to be the worst yet, experts say.

"We need to pay attention to this because the long-term consequences the children and their parents suffer is immense," said Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a neurological disease expert with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "You can't imagine the amount of suffering these kids have in their lives."

PRAY

  1. Children are our greatest spiritual and natural resource. Pray that the blood of Jesus covers them and that the angels of the Lord camp round about them to keep them in all their ways.
  2. Pray for families/homes that, according to Psalm 91, no plague shall come near them.
  3. Pray for those already afflicted to receive good care and to fully recover quickly.
  4. Pray that God will be sought as the greatest source of healing, wisdom, and
  5. Ask God to have mercy and protect our nation from every plague and assignment of hell.

South America and The Caribbean

Guatemala nabs 100 'ISIS terrorists' in the caravan

Guatemala president Jimmy Morales boasted that his security forces had captured almost 100 ISIS terrorists from the migrant caravan surging toward the US border. Morales said his forces coordinated with intelligence agencies worldwide to identify their links with terrorism issues. Furthermore, he claimed that Guatemala had deported them to their countries of origin. However, he did not provide details. His communications secretary said that the data was “protected information of National Security.”

This comes after heavy criticism that Guatemala had allowed thousands of migrants to break through its border fence. The caravan swelled to over 7000 as it crossed through Guatemala to the Mexican border. Mexican officials say that 5100 to 7200 of them registered to stay in shelters on the Mexican side of the Suchiate River. Another 2000 camped in the town square of Cuidad Hidalgo. Also, Mexico officials estimate that 2000 stayed in Guatemala.

 

Dangers in the Mob

How could Guatemala's powerful security forces identify and capture 100 ISIS terrorists in such a huge passing caravan? Also, how could they let thousands of others go unimpeded? Therefore from the outside, it looks like a massive security failure. Is Morales exaggerating his claims of capture to save face?

Yet we cannot underestimate the dangers that the caravan could be hiding. Already some of the dangers of such a mob have broken out. Not only did they push down the Guatemala border fence. They picked up long iron barricades and swung them over the heads of the crowd. Also, dozens suffered injuries when unruly elements clashed with Guatemalan authorities. US President Trump warned of criminals and drug traffickers in their midst. Accordingly, he threatened to send the US army to close the US border if Mexico let them get that far.

Guatemala's capture of 100 alleged ISIS terrorists underlines concerns that even a small percentage of the caravan could wreak havoc wherever they end up.

Sources:

Guatemalan president boasts about catching 100 ISIS operatives as his country lays in turmoil amid thousands fleeing towards the US border.

Migrant caravan grabs for American Dream, as immigrants forge unique challenge for US, Mexico.

Caravan Chaos Continues Mexican Riot Cops Calm Migrant Violence With Tear Gas.

 

Pray

Pray that God will:

  • Arise, disrupt all terrorist and criminal plans, and bring perpetrators to the law.
  • Bring order to the rest of the caravan, and show how He can fulfill their aspirations
  • Show the tens of millions living in poverty in Central America how to prosper in His will and His ways instead of seeking gain elsewhere.
  • For Venezuelans, that instead of carrying refugee problems into surrounding nations, they will find God's solutions in their own.

 

Revival across Europe

  1. Romania's marriage referendum fails to attract enough voters

By Sallyann Nicholls & Chris Harris and Alice Cuddy, • last updated: 07/10/2018 [adapted]

https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/07/romania-s-marriage-referendum-fails-to-attract-enough-voters

A referendum which sought to change Romania's constitution to make gay marriage less accessible has failed to meet the minimum turnout needed for the result to be valid.

The country's national election bureau said Sunday that only 20.4% of voters took part, significantly less than the required 30% baseline.

Romania held a controversial referendum on October 6 and seven that could have made it harder than ever for gay marriage to be legalised.

Same-sex marriage or civil unions are already illegal, and the poll was a bid to make it harder to unpick this legislation.

It came after the approval of same-sex marriage in a host of EU countries since the turn of this century.

Campaigners behind the referendum wanted to stop this wave washing into Romania.

Even though most Romanians claim to be Christian, little evidence is seen in their lifestyles.  Romania has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, and difficulties from drug abuse, prostitution, and pornography reflect the emotional state of many.

The largest church influence in Romania is Eastern Orthodox, which, though it survived communism, has since been discriminating against other Christian churches.

Despite this, Romania has the fourth-largest growing evangelical population in Europe. An increase in materialism, devotion to tradition, and lack of unity in denominations and churches have not stopped a growing receptivity to Jesus Christ in Romania. (https://prayercast.com/romania.html).

PRAY

  1. Pray that the Lord will encourage and strengthen His people in the face of failure to attract the votes to lock the door against gay marriage in Romania;
  2. Pray that the evangelical population will continue to grow in numbers and in spiritual depth and maturity;
  3. Pray for the Christians to be united in love for one another and in bold witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Christian Concern told they should pay for own security at Wilberforce Academy in Oxford

Thu 25 Oct 2018 |by Cara Bentley [adapted]

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Christian-Concern-told-they-should-pay-for-own-security-at-Wilberforce-Academy-in-Oxford

A student body voted against hosting Christian Concern for their annual Wilberforce Academy, but the college who make the final decision have said Christian Concern will have to pay for their own security. 

The five-day conference, which aims to train young Christians in leadership skills for public life, is normally held on a university campus and was meant to be at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) in Oxford in 2019. 

Other campuses have expressed a desire not to host them in the past because of their views on transgenderism, homosexuality and abortion, such as Exeter college, Cambridge. 

Christian Concern said in a statement: "Today (25 Oct), the college wrote to inform us that if they were to host our event, they would require us to pay for additional security, due to the likelihood of members of the LMH community – including staff and senior members – wishing to “express vehement disagreement” and engage in “sustained, “very noticeable” protest."

"It seems that the college is afraid that members of its own community would be unable to maintain peaceful protest, bringing into question their commitment to their own college value of ‘fairness – openness and equality.’

"We are perplexed as to how the historic Christian view of marriage, gender, and sanctity of life would constitute a threat to students’ “physical and mental safety”. We have held nine other Academies in Oxbridge colleges. Students, there have been able to cope, and neither we nor those universities have heard of any harm caused by our events. On the contrary, we have often been told that we were exemplary guests". 

It ends by saying they have written to the college asking what the expected costs are and that they are disappointed the university feels threatened by "an event promoting the same Christian values as Oxford University has so clearly been shaped by." 

A spokesperson for LMH told Premier: "Christian Concern, as an organization opposed to abortion, Islam, embryo research and the rights of LGTBQ+ people, itself indulges in forms of direct action and protest. It seemed courteous to alert the organizers that they might expect similar forms of protest, both internal and external. 

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will lift up a standard to counteract the continued hostility and discrimination in the UK against those who stand up to pursue and promote Christian values;
  2. That the Lord will cause a revival to break out in Universities and Colleges such as Oxford University to bring them back to the Christian values upon which they were built and shaped;
  3. That the Lord will empower and strengthen the believers in the Oxford University Christian Union so that they will be able to live out their faith on the campus and bear powerful, dynamic witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

PM promises to 'look into' case of Christian brothers facing deportation

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/PM-promises-to-look-into-case-of-Christian-brothers-facing-deportation

Thurs 25 Oct 2018| By Eno Adeogun [adapted]

 The Prime Minister has promised to review the case of two teenage Christian brothers facing deportation from Scotland.

The boy's plight was raised during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday by Paul Sweeney, MP for Glasgow North East, who has urged the Home Office some times to allow the boys to stay in Scotland.

The family - with the support of their community - have been fighting for over seven years.

Almost 90,000 have signed a petition asking the Home Office not to deport the family.

The petition was started by Rev Linda Pollock, the pastor of Possilpark Parish Church in Glasgow where the family worships.

Mr Sweeney told members of the House that the petition recently delivered to the Home Office had been met with "callous indifference".

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that the family was "being failed by this Tory Government".

Somer, 15, Areeb, 13 and their parents are afraid they will be killed by Islamic extremists if they are sent back to Pakistan where Christians are often persecuted.

Mr. Sweeney said: “They've had the support of multi-faith communities in Glasgow, including the moderator of the Church of Scotland and the former Archbishop of Glasgow in their case."

"They are living in the most humble and basic of conditions - indeed slum accommodation could be the best way to describe it..."

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will break the ‘callous indifference’ at the Home Office to the boys’ case and prevent their deportation to Pakistan where Christians are often persecuted;
  2. The Lord will intervene to protect the many more Christians in similar positions in the UK who are threatened with deportation to countries where there is extreme hostility to the Christian faith;
  3. The Pakistani Christians in the UK will become concerned about the plight of their brethren in Pakistan and consciously work and labor for their deliverance as well as the triumph of the Gospel in their homeland.

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture—Psalm 29:1-11

 

Israel

A leading human rights watchdog has called out the Palestinian authorities for establishing police states in which peaceful protestors are regularly arrested and brutally tortured. In a new 149-page report published Tuesday titled "Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent," the New York-based Human Rights Watch states that Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Islamic militant group Hamas in Gaza have established "machinery of repression to crush dissent."

"Both the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza have in recent years carried out scores of arbitrary arrests for peaceful criticism of the authorities, particularly on social media, among independent journalists, on university campuses, and at demonstrations," the report explains. The PA and Hamas use detention to punish critics and deter them and others from further activism. In detention, security forces routinely taunt, threaten, beat, and force detainees into painful stress positions for hours at a time."

The report implicates security agencies including Hamas' Internal Security, the Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security, Intelligence Services and the Joint Security Committee for perpetrating what could be considered crimes against humanity punishable by the International Criminal Court. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, Oct 24, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/palestinian-authority-hamas-using-torture-silence-critics-human-rights-watch-228145/

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) have signed an accord aimed at strengthening economic ties and bilateral technology partnerships between the so-called Garden State and the Startup Nation.

The memorandum of understanding signed in Israel over the weekend seeks to develop further and strengthen economic, technological and commercial cooperation and help identify opportunities for growth in the innovation economy by generating more partnerships, the two entities said in a statement. (SHOSHANNA SOLOMON, Times of Israel, 22 October 2018)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-jersey-israel-sign-accord-to-boost-tech-economic-cooperation/

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday intervened again to prevent the Knesset committee charged with approving legislation from considering a bill to allow the state to confiscate lands in Israel sold by churches to private developers. The move followed pressure from the churches and, as the Times of Israel can reveal, from the co-chairman of a powerful US congressional caucus established five years ago to advance the trilateral interests of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus. (SUE SURKES, Times of Israel, 22 October 2018)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-again-puts-brakes-on-draft-law-to-confiscate-land-sold-by-churches

Pray

  1. Thank God that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has signed an economic and technological accord with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA).
  2. Thank God that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intervened to prevent the passing of a bill allowing the state to confiscate lands in Israel sold by churches to private developers.
  3. Thank God for the Human Rights Watch Report exposing the criminal actions of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) against their critics. Pray that the international community will act to stop the criminal actions of Hamas and the PA.
  4. Pray for the peace, protection, and prosperity of Israel.
  5. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Israel.

Iran

WASHINGTON — 

The U.S. imposed sanctions Tuesday on a network of businesses that is said to support an Iranian paramilitary force that allegedly trains and deploys child soldiers to fight with Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The network of at least 20 businesses, known as Basij Cooperative Foundation, creates shell companies to hide its ownership and control of multibillion-dollar entities that are "deeply entrenched" in Iran's automotive, mining, metals, and banking industries, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

"This vast network provides financial infrastructure to the Basij's efforts to recruit, train and indoctrinate child soldiers who are coerced into combat under IRGC's direction," Mnuchin said.

(VOA News, October 16, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-imposes-sanctions-on-iran-business-said-to-support-child-soldiers-/4616157.html

Pray

  1. Pray for the international community to take strong action against Iranian companies that support the training and indoctrination of child soldiers.
  2. Pray for God to expose any efforts or plans of Iran to produce nuclear weapons.
  3. Thank God for the growth of the Church in Iran. Pray for the continued expansion of the Church in Iran.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is hampering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has already killed more than 150 people, according to the World Health Organization. "It's a very serious situation. This is something that we have feared from the beginning; that the security situation will influence the response to the level that we cannot function fully," says a WHO spokesman, Tarik Jasarevic.

The outbreak in Congo's North Kivu province is in a conflict zone where dozens of armed groups operate. Aid agencies have been forced to suspend or slow down their work on several occasions since the outbreak began in July. It happened again over the weekend when two health agents with Congo's military were killed by rebels. The next day, residents in the city of Beni pelted aid groups' vehicles with stones during a protest against a separate rebel attack that killed at least 13 people.

Jasarevic tells VOA's English-to-Africa service that the incidents have forced Ebola containment teams to severely curtail their operations. The result? "Contacts will not be followed; this is something that has to be done on a daily basis. People who may develop the disease will not go immediately to treatment centers and will present danger to their environment," he says.

According to the WHO's most recent report, released Tuesday, a total of 238 confirmed and probable Ebola Virus Disease cases have been reported in Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces. It said 155 people have died. (Paul Alexander, VOA News, October 24, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/who-very-serious-Ebola-situation-in-eastern-drc/4627654.html

JOHANNESBURG — 

Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence threatened again to force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts. The Allied Democratic Forces rebels attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni on Saturday and into Sunday, Capt. Mak Hazukay Mongha told The Associated Press.

Congo's health ministry has reported "numerous aggressions'' against health workers, and early this month two Red Cross volunteers were severely injured in a confrontation with wary community members in a region traumatized by decades of fighting and facing an Ebola outbreak for the first time. (Associated Press, October 21, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/rebels-kill-Congolese-army-health-workers-fighting-ebola/4622429.html

Pray

  1. Pray for peace to be reestablished in the Democratic Republic of Congo so that the efforts of health workers to contain the Ebola outbreak would not be hampered. Also, pray for an end to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC.
  2. Pray for the Congolese rebels to release the children and others that they have abducted.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Angola

LUCAPA, ANGOLA — 

The destruction in Kapende, where no house remains occupied or intact, marked the culmination of three days of violence in Lucapa, a sprawling mining town in the northeast surrounded by some of the world's richest diamond fields. About 300,000 Congolese have fled Angola in the last few weeks, many of them in response to the violence in Lucapa at the beginning of October.

For many in the town, the violence was shocking in an area that had turned a blind eye to Congolese migration and where digging for diamonds provided a living. Politically, the upheaval threatens to further destabilize Congo ahead of elections in December and harm relations with Angola, an old ally.

In interviews with 14 eyewitnesses as well as an Angolan security source, Reuters has pieced together the events of Oct. 3, 4 and 5, detailing for the first time the ethnic violence, police action and looting that forced half the city to flee to the border and into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An Angolan security source with knowledge of the operation said between 10 and 14 had been killed. Congolese who fled Lucapa and were interviewed by Reuters across the border said the number was higher. It remains unclear how many deaths were the result of police fire or ethnic violence, but at least three people were killed by law enforcement, according to witnesses. (Reuters, October 25, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/three-days-violence-emptied-Angola-town-of-congolese/4629364.html

Pray

  1. Pray for peace to be reestablished in Lucapa, Angola. Also, pray that those responsible for the violence and destruction of property would be brought to justice.
  2. Pray that humanitarian aid will get to the 300,00 Congolese who have fled Angola because of the violence.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Angola.

Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA — 

Tanzanian police have arrested 104 suspected militants planning to establish bases in neighboring Mozambique, where scores of people have been killed in Islamist attacks over the last year, a senior official said.

Forty attacks have been carried out since October 2017 in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, an area near the Tanzanian border close to where companies are developing one of the biggest natural gas finds in a decade. More than 100 people have been killed, often by decapitation.

At a news conference on Friday, Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro said security forces had launched operations over the last few months against "criminals" in eastern and southern areas, but that some of them had managed to flee. "During that operation, some criminals were arrested and some ... died, and a few escaped. Those who escaped are the ones trying to cross the border to Mozambique to establish a base," he told reporters. Earlier this month, Mozambique put 189 people, including foreigners, on trial on accusations of involvement in Islamist attacks in Cabo Delgado. (Reuters, October 20, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/tanzania-arrests-104-for-plotting-radical-camps-in-mozambique/4622398.html

Mr. Mohammed Dewji a wealthy young Muslim business man who recently featured in the Forbes magazine and whose family business empire extends to over 11 African nations was abducted by unknown people in Tanzania and held for over ten days before he was finally released this week. What is unusual about this kidnapping is that it raised regional and international attention and attracted prayers from both Muslim clerics and Christian intercessors.  The Christian’s bishops and the pastor prayed the release of Mohammed Dewji and for Tanzania.

Tanzania has been experiencing many unresolved kidnappings and assassinations, the most recent one being that of the member of opposition party Hon Tundu Lissu, a fierce critic of President John Pombe Magufuli whose car was sprayed with 39 bullets in January 2018. He is currently in a Belgium hospital recovering from the assassination attempt. Mr. Tindi Lissu miraculous escape is viewed by many as a testimony of the hand of almighty God who intervened to save his life. (Rev. Peter Israel Kegode, IPMI Facilitator, October 22, 2018)

https://africatimes.com/2018/10/20/billionaire-mo-dewji-safe-in-tanzania/

Pray

  1. Pray for peace to prevail in the nation of Tanzania
  2. Pray for Godly Counsel to guide the Tanzania Government Leadership including, the presidency, Legislature, Judiciary.
  3. Pray for Justice to be done for abducted politicians, citizens, journalists, business people and God to comfort the families of those who have been killed by their kidnappers.
  4. Pray for the growth of church of Christ in Tanzania
  5. Thank God for the release of Mohammed Dewji through the prayers of Christians. Also thank God for the arrest of 104 suspected militants who were planning to establish bases in neighboring Mozambique.

 

Category 3

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

Scripture   -   Psalms 6: 7 - 13

 

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Pray for new team member Elizabeth Bloodworth as she navigates her new role supporting events management.
  2. Pray for financial provision as Movement Day Oslo leader, Joakim Magnus andhis team are strategizing and handling logistics for this first time gathering. Joakim Magnus is a young leader, who has a true passion for youth. Along with spearheading this Movement Day gathering he also works  with Youth with a Mission (YWAM)
  3. Prayer for Arthur Thangiah (Mumbai, India), Jeyakaran Emmanuel and Mark Visvasam (Chennai, India) as they plan Movement Day Expressions January/February 2019 respectively to advance high-level city transformation in the face of heightened religious persecution.

 

100 Cities Summit

  1. Pray for high attendance at our 100 Cities Summit Closing Ceremony at the National Presbyterian Church. We can seat 1,000 guests!
  2. Pray as we gather all Movement Day expression leaders forour inaugural Executive Directors gathering on November 26th. Pray that God would use each leader to cast a vision for the future of their respective expressions of Movement Day  
  3. Pray for financial provision as leaders are coming from a wide array of countries all over the globe.

  

The Global Persecution of Christians

Open Doors Lists Top 10 Persecutors of Christians Worldwide

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 the 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 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. In 2015, a Kenya college campus faced an attack where Christian students were specifically targeted, killing 148 in total. Any place al-Shabaab controls operate under Sharia law, which includes the slaughtering of anyone who identifies as Christian."

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. This week, 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.

Also making a list are drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico. "On top of the danger that these groups bring to ordinary citizens, Christians are specifically targeted," the report says. "A soul won for Jesus is a soul lost for them," it quotes a pastor from Colombia as saying. "They know that too." "For this reason, Christian evangelists are particularly targeted. Drug cartel leaders know that they are the greatest threat to their way of life."

Rounding out the top 10 on the Open Doors list is "the ultimate enemy," or Satan.  "It's easy to read this list and feel hopeless in the face of so much evil. However, in Ephesians 6 we're told our war isn't a physical war, it's a spiritual one. Behind all of the atrocities listed above is Satan, who prowls this world like a roaring lion," the ministry explains. "We are also told that God's kingdom is forcefully advancing and that in the end, Satan is overthrown and all things are made new."

Open Doors said it published the list because "Jesus commanded us, directly, to pray for our enemies." "Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

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 with the wide-scale persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to halt their evil actions against Christ and His church, to come to a full knowledge of Christ, and aid in the spread of the Gospel and expansion of God’s Kingdom worldwide.

Pakistan

Asia Bibi's Life in Extreme Danger Even If Released From Death Row: 'They'd Feel Proud of Killing Her.

Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi's life is in imminent danger even if she is released from death row, a religious freedom advocate has warned. Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, told Baptist Press that the only reason Pakistan's Supreme Court hasn't yet announced its decision on her fate is due to security concerns. "If she's acquitted she is going to need a lot of security ..., security provided by the government," Gill continued. "And she cannot be released openly. If she is, there's no doubt, no question about it, that her life will be in jeopardy. They feel proud of killing somebody like this."

Bibi has been on death row since 2010 after being found guilty of blasphemy against the Islamic faith, stemming from an incident with field workers in 2009 who claimed that she insulted their religious sensitivities.Top of Form Bibi has denied the charge, but despite international pressure and the campaigns of human rights groups, she has remained in prison, waiting for the results of her appeal against the death sentence.

Earlier in October, AFP reported that Muslim hardliners had threatened "horrible" death for Pakistan's Supreme Court justices if it's revealed that they have voted to release the Christian mother. Radicals, arguing that the blasphemy laws must be upheld, have vowed to carry out nationwide protests if she is set free, threatening to paralyze the country.(Source: Christian Post, October 25, 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the acquittal of Asia Bibi from the charge of blasphemy against the Islamic faith and her immediate release from prison
  2. For Asia Bibi’s protection
  3. For the safety and protection of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Justices threatened with “horrible” death should they vote to release Asia Bibi  
  4. For God, by His sovereign grace to open the door for the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, to be proclaimed throughout Pakistan.

 

North  Korea

Why Is Kim Jong Un Afraid of Christianity? Group Points to Clash Between Jesus and 'Supreme Leader'

A persecution watchdog group has explored the reasons why North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains "afraid" of Christianity, which go to the heart of people's beliefs about Jesus."It's likely because people who are following Jesus and who are committed to one another mean there are people he can't control, and who follow a greater King. It means there are people who practice radical love for each other and Jesus — who won't so easily follow him and the lies of his regime," Open Doors USA suggested. "This is why Christians continue to be seen as 'dangerous' and are also part of the hostile class, according to the country's social system called songbun. What this means is that anyone who is known to be a follower of Jesus is immediately assumed to be a hostile political figure." 

The organization, which lists North Korea as the No.1 worst persecutor of Christians around the world, noted that Christianity "directly challenges the notion of any Supreme Leader and the idea that there is any master outside of Jesus Christ. Additionally, Christianity offers a new way and identity for people in North Korea. Both aspects of faith are direct threats to the ruling family of North Korea." Kim continues making moves to meet major world leaders, though the consequences of that for the suffering minorities in his country, including close to 300,000 Christians, are yet unclear.Top of Form Back in May, the congressionally-mandated 2017 International Religious Freedom report by the U.S. found that there are between 80,000 to 120,000 people trapped in North Korea camps, many imprisoned for their faith.

"The government continued to deal harshly with those who engaged in almost any religious practices through executions, torture, beatings, and arrests," the report stated. "An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, some imprisoned for religious reasons, were believed to be held in the political prison camp system in remote areas under horrific conditions. "Religious and human rights groups outside the country continued to provide numerous reports that members of underground churches were arrested, beaten, tortured, and killed because of their religious beliefs."

Christian defectors have spoken of torture they have suffered at the hands of the North Korean regime. Believers are often thrown in prison or even executed if they are found with a Bible. Amid the uncertainty for believers, Open Doors urged people to pray (Source: The Christian Post, October 25, 2018)

PRAY

  1. Pray for their spiritual strength to enable them to withstand any threat to their faith from  the regime.
  2. Pray for God's grace in every situation.
  3. Pray for a change in the hearts of the regime, that they would see the love of Jesus as the road to truth and peace," the group stated.

China

Will Chinese Christianity Be Co-Opted?

WASHINGTON — The Chinese government is supervising a five-year plan to make Christianity more compatible with socialism in which there will be a "rewrite" of the Bible, a prominent religious freedom activist has told Congress.

The Rev. Bob Fu, a former Chinese house church leader who immigrated to the United States in 1997 and founded the persecution watchdog organization China Aid, provided great detail during a House hearing Thursday about a plan enacted by leading state-sanctioned denominations in China to "Sinicize" Christianity.

As China's crackdown on religion has seen many house churches demolished and thousands of crosses removed from churches nationwide, Fu warned upfront that what is happening right now in China represents the highest degree of persecution for independent faith groups the country has seen in decades. (Source: The Christian Post, October 21, 2018)

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 crack down on churches in an attempt to restrict the growth of the church across China to fail. 
  3. For the continued growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

Created: Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:44

Welcome to the October 2018 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

Psalm 93 – "The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these! Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever."

 Revival in the United States of America

Pastors  Across America

Pastors across America that are leaving the ministry in droves.

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 a 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 the 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 1000 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.     

Prayer for the Government, Upcoming Mid-term Elections, and Appointment of New US Supreme Court Justice

 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.”

PRAY

As we pray for the US Government, the upcoming Mid-term elections and the new Supreme Court Appointment, let us do so with Paul’s instructions in 1 Tim. 2: 1- 6   

  1. For President Donald Trump and his Cabinet, All Members Congress, the Judiciary, State Governors and other State Legislators and Mayors, across America for wisdom to govern the nation in equity and fear of God.  Pray also that God’s divine intervention in the affairs of the nation’s Government will result in the healing of our deeply divided nation, and in the advancement of the moral, social and economic well being of the nation for general the benefit of all Americans and the advancement of His kingdom locally and internationally.
  2. For all candidates seeking offices in the upcoming mid-term elections and also for God’s will to be done in the appointment of persons to these offices, who are honest, God-fearing and committed to serving the nation in pursuit of justice and equity for all regardless of their political allegiances.
  3. For, God’s will to be done in the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice, a person that not only knows the law and can apply it but one who will do so in fear of God and through the admonition of the Word of God.                                

Prayer for Children Across America

 Kayla Lasure This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sept 7, 2018

- excerpted, Boone, NC

WATAUGA — Watauga educators are starting an initiative to go the extra mile when it comes to an understanding more about students in traumatic situations.

Hardin Park social worker Denise Presnell explained that three of the nine schools in the district are incorporating a new program called the Compassionate Schools Initiative. Schools that are currently participating in this initiative are Hardin Park, Mabel, and Parkway schools.

Some children in the school system undergo traumatic experiences, which affects their capacity to learn and focus throughout the school day. For Watauga students, trauma could stem from extreme poverty, being placed in foster care, sexual abuse, parents who are in jail, parents who are gone in the military and other causes…

… “These are the kids that we used to look at and say, ‘They’re apathetic, they’re unmotivated, they don’t care, they’re lazy,’” Presnell said. “Those are the kids that now we can hopefully look at and understand that because of what they’ve been through, their brains work differently.”…

… Calm corners is a technique that Presnell said she finds really effective. Calm corners are inside the classrooms of teachers who choose to participate. These are places in a classroom where a student can go, set a timer for five minutes and calm down while they are in distress.

 PRAY

  1. Lord, we pray for all our elementary, middle school and high school teachers. Their challenges today are so much greater than “simply” teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. I pray you to give them great compassion, wisdom, love, and patience for many of their students who, mostly through no fault of their own, are living in traumatic situations. May those teachers and administrators who know You pray daily for their students.
  2. We pray, Lord, for supernatural peace to come over the students as they enter both the school grounds and their classrooms. We declare these to be stress-free and danger-free zones.
  3. We ask, Lord, that the students will be able to focus and concentrate on the lessons being taught and for unity and cooperation in the classrooms.

South America and The Caribbean

Brazil front-runner moves in from far right

With popular but imprisoned Lula da Silva now out of the race, Jair Bolsonaro has moved in front of other presidential contenders in Brazil's October 7th elections. Bolsonaro calls his party coalition “God above all.” For the growing evangelical voting bloc in Brazil, he offers a robust social conservatism. In a country known for hedonism and freewheeling sexuality, evangelicals are seeking a radical turn to godly values. Accordingly, Bolsonaro strongly opposes same-sex marriage, the LGBT agenda, abortion, drug liberalization, and secularism.

But his opposition has veered toward harsh extremes. In 2011 he said that “I would be incapable of loving a gay son.” Also, he added that he would prefer any such son “to die in an accident.” A court fined him the US $37,500 for anti-gay “hate speech” spoken in that same year. Bolsonaro had stated that because of their “good education,” his children ran “no risk” of ever becoming gay or producing a gay child.

Bolsonaro's first four children were male. For his fifth child, he said in 2017 that he produced a female in “a moment of weakness.” Another sexist remark occurred after he declared that the law should treat minors like adults when they commit murder or rape. In response, Congresswoman Maria do Rosario called him a “rapist”. He replied by saying Rosario was “not worthy of being raped.” Later a court sentenced him to pay a US $2500 fine to Rosario.

Bolsonaro's dictatorial tendencies

Moreover, many question his commitment to democracy. In the 1990s, he said in a TV interview that if he ever became president, he would shut down the National Congress. He even added that he would stage a military coup. "I have no doubts. I would begin the coup on the very first day! And I am sure that at least 90% of the people would commemorate or give me an ovation. The Congress today is good for nothing...let's make this a dictatorship.” He was serving as a congressman at the time and has continued to do so for 27 years.

During the 1990s Bolsonaro, a former artillery captain often praised the military dictatorship which ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985. He called it a “glorious” period when Brazil enjoyed “20 years of order and progress.” Furthermore, he praised Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile. In 1998 Bolsonaro said Pinochet's regime, which killed over 3000 of its own citizens, “should have killed more people.”

Now Bolsonaro proposes to appoint six generals to his cabinet. Furthermore, for his 2018 running mate Bolsonaro chose the hawkish General Hamilton Mourao. Mourao has said that if the judiciary “couldn't heal the existing politics in the country, this would be imposed by the army in a military intervention.”

The existing politics in Brazil have displayed much disorder. Two years ago Brazil’s Senate impeached recent president Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws. This past April another former president, Lula da Silva, started serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering. From prison, he continued to compete as front-runner in the 2018 presidential campaign. Now the courts have upheld his conviction. So Lula is endorsing his running mate, Fernando Haddad.

Because of the many corruption scandals, in a June poll, 60% of Brazilians said they distrusted the government. The same poll showed the military had gained the confidence of 78% of voters. Accordingly, throughout the country, the number of military men running for president or governor has doubled.

Assassination attempt on Bolsonaro

A wave of public sentiment lifted Bolsonaro's standing in the polls after he got stabbed in the abdomen during a September 6 public rally. He is now in the hospital recovering after life-saving surgery. The attack prompted the top army chief Villas Boas to question the stability and legitimacy of the next government once elected. Currently in second place in the presidential polls, leftist Fernando Haddad accused the army chief of interfering directly in the elections. (Haddad's running mate is Communist Party legislator Manuela d'Ávila.) Close behind Haddad, Brazilian Socialist Party candidate Ciro Gomes said that if elected, he would dismiss and imprison the army chief.

Now in fourth place, centrist and environmentalist Marina Silva is the only other candidate given a chance to survive the first round of voting. Pro-abortion and pro-drug legalization former Green Party candidate Eduardo Jorge is her running mate. The runoff election for president, if needed, will take place on October 28.

 

Pray

  1. Bring to each candidate a serious assessment of their responsibility to use law and order to protect essential freedoms in their threatened democracy.
  2. Impress on candidates and voters the importance of supporting traditional families as the building blocks of a stable society and an ethical, accountable government.
  3. Keep His churches in Brazil growing and praying for their authorities, that they may freely live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
  4. Also, for Venezuelans, we pray that God will show them, even in their extreme distress, His plans to prosper them again and not to harm them, plans to give them a hope and a future.

Sources:

Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil's Jailed Former Leader Lula Ends Presidential Bid.

Elections in Brazil: the controversial role of the military.

 

Revival across Europe

  1. Our Religious Freedom: Scottish government replacing one blasphemy law with another?

Barnabas Fund| September 4, 2018 [adapted]

https://barnabasfund.org/en/news/our-religious-freedom-scottish-government-replacing-one-blasphemy-law-with-another

The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), which currently runs the Scottish government, has decided to abolish Scotland’s ancient blasphemy law. That law, a section (XX:4) of the Confession of Faith Ratification Act passed by the Scottish parliament in 1690, only protected the beliefs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, which was the dominant belief system in eighteenth-century Scotland. It has not been used since 1843

Hate Crime: Scotland’s new blasphemy law

However, at the same time the Scottish government has been keen to abolish its Christian blasphemy law, it has allowed, what is in effect, a new blasphemy law to develop, which has led to multiple arrests of those criticizing politically correct beliefs in twenty-first-century Scotland.

For several years now, Christian street preachers in Scotland have been targeted using hate crime laws by activists seeking to silence them by deliberately asking questions about Christian teaching on Islam or sexual ethics. When the preachers explain what the Bible says, no matter how respectfully, the activists make a police complaint, leading to the preachers being arrested.

Not only are Police Scotland now treating respectful expression of disagreement with LGBT beliefs as a “hate crime”, but they are also arresting entirely peaceful street preachers simply because a complaint is made – without even checking to see if there is any evidence to support that complaint.

Scotland’s new blasphemy law in all but name

What we are seeing here is the replacement of one blasphemy law in Scotland with another. The Scottish government is keen to get rid of a law which theoretically protected a specific form of Christian belief from criticism. However, at the same time, what is, in effect, a new blasphemy law in all but name is being created by the backdoor using hate crime laws. These laws are being used by Police Scotland to arrest those who express even the most respectful disagreement with beliefs that are now part of the dominant politically correct orthodoxy, such as LGBT beliefs and Islamic beliefs. This is an issue which the Scottish government really needs to grasp, not least because laws which can be used to protect beliefs rather than people empower extremists, who threaten Christians and other minorities.

It is therefore a matter not merely of disappointment but of real concern that the Scottish government is focusing its energies on abolishing an ancient Christian blasphemy law which hasn’t even been used for 175 years, while at the same time ignoring sustained and serious attempts to misuse hate crime laws to ban any criticism of Islam and other politically correct beliefs which, in effect, create a new Scottish blasphemy law in all but name.

PRAY

  1. That Scotland’s review of their blasphemy law will result in the protection of the free expression of Christian beliefs and practices in the country.
  2. For the Spirit-empowered re-evangelization of Scotland.
  3. That the Christians in Scotland will experience a renewed commitment to Scripture-based spiritual renewal.
  1. Russian Orthodox Church warns of violence and schism over Ukraine

Moscow freezes ties with Constantinople patriarch over Kiev's independence bid

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/russian-orthodox-church-warns-of-violence-and-schism-over-ukraine-1.3631073

Daniel McLaughlin |IRISH TIMES |Sun, Sep 16, 2018 [adapted]

The Russian Orthodox Church has warned that Ukraine’s bid for spiritual independence could lead to bloodshed and a schism in the eastern church, as it froze ties with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople – traditionally the “first among equals” in the Orthodox world.

Russian clerics are furious over Bartholomew’s apparently favourable response to Ukraine’s request that he grant full independence to its church, which is currently divided between rival patriarchates that are loyal to Moscow and Kiev. The split occurred after a sovereign Ukraine emerged from the Soviet Union in 1991, and animosity between the country’s Moscow and Kiev patriarchates has intensified since the start of its bloody but undeclared war with Russia in 2014.

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko appealed to Bartholomew in April for church independence – also known as autocephaly – and he says the formation of a national church is a crucial step in Ukraine’s bid to escape centuries of Russian domination. Earlier this month, the Istanbul-based patriarchate said it was dispatching two bishops to Ukraine “within the framework of preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine”

Frosty talks

This followed apparently frosty talks in Istanbul – formerly Constantinople – between Bartholomew and Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill, under whom the church maintains very close ties with the Kremlin of president Vladimir Putin.

“If the church...is condemned as the church of the country-aggressor, as they say now, if it is deprived of legal rights, we can expect anything,” Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, warned on Saturday.

He told Russian television that in such an event “we can expect that the schismatics will take control over major monasteries...then, of course, the Orthodox faithful will defend these sacred places, so we can expect bloodshed.”

PRAY

  1. Pray that followers of Jesus Christ across the political divides will distinguish themselves from both nominal Christians and non-Christians by demonstrating love, peace and unity among themselves.
  2. Pray that followers of Jesus Christ will lead the way in resolving the differences in the various camps in peace and reconciliation and so overcome the hatred and conflict that threatens war and bloodshed.
  3. Pray that more and more people will choose to align themselves with the name of Jesus Christ over and above their political persuasions.
  1. Swedish professor accused of bigotry for saying men and women ‘biologically different’

Published time: 17 Sep, 2018 15:18 |Edited time: 18 Sep, 2018 10:51 [adapted]

https://www.rt.com/news/438638-swedish-professor-biologically-different/

A Swedish university is investigating a professor for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said there are biological differences between men and women. He is being urged to retract his comments.

The professor, Germund Hesslow, who works in neurophysiology at Lund University, was accused by a student of making “transphobic” and “anti-feminist” statements in a lecture — but he has refused to back down.

During his course on ‘Heritage and Environment’ at the leading academic institution, Hesslow cited scientific research which supports the idea that there are differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and therefore genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone”.

The complainant suggested that Hesslow’s comments were at odds with the Swedish values which requires all schools in Sweden to adhere to a common ethical policy, which includes upholding values like egalitarianism, individual freedom and equality of the sexes.

Hesslow said that some students, “for ideological reasons,” don't like to hear certain scientific facts about biological differences between men and women. He said that the comments which prompted the complaint were not even necessarily part of his course material, but that they were answers to students’ questions during the course of the lecture.

“… I used wording which I think was completely [harmless], and that apparently the student didn't,” Hesslow said.

Hesslow was summoned to a meeting by Christer Larsson, the chairman of the program board for medical education, after one female student complained that the professor had expressed his “personal anti-feminist agenda,” Academic Rights Watch reported.

The university asked Hesslow to “distance” himself from two specific comments; that gay women have a “male sexual orientation” and that whether transsexuality is a sexual orientation is “a matter of definition”. The professor refused to back away from the comments, saying that he had “done enough” already to “explain and defend” his choice of words.

“At some point, one must ask for a sense of proportion among those involved. If it were to become acceptable for students to record lectures in order to find compromising formulations and then involve faculty staff with meetings and long letters, we should let go of the medical education altogether,” he said in a written reply to Larsson.

Hesslow also rejected the notion that he had a “political agenda” and said his only agenda was to let scientific fact, not new conventional wisdom, steer university proceedings.

Hesslow told RT that he believed the student in question was simply “someone who dislikes the lecture and is trying to find various pretexts for attacking it.”

Hesslow also told RT that there “have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all” and that the university could use his age as a“pretext” to take him off the course, because he is past retirement age

PRAY

  1. That Professor Hesslow will be vindicated in his commitment to scientific facts about physical differences between males and females.
  2. That it will become increasingly obvious that these and other scientific facts fully support what is revealed in the Bible.
  3. The Biblical revelation will prevail in peoples’ minds and consciences and that it will shatter the ideological biases and distorted values that the devil is using to blind people to the truth of the Gospel.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Scripture (Psalm 66:1-9 NIV)

 

Israel and Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday revealed what he said was a previously unknown Iranian nuclear site, saying it could contain up to 300 tons of nuclear material, and accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of failing to investigate findings that he presented earlier this year about Iran’s nuclear program. Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly (full text here), Netanyahu also revealed what he said were Hezbollah precision missile sites hidden in Beirut, warned that Israel would act against Iran “whenever and wherever,” praised US President Donald Trump for defunding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, and attacked the Palestinian Authority for paying monthly salaries to convicted terrorists.

The prime minister said the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear agency, had failed to take any action after he revealed in April a nuclear archive that Israeli spies managed to spirit out of Iran, and so he was now revealing what he said was a “secret atomic warehouse” in the Turquzabad district of Tehran, a few miles from the archive. Netanyahu claimed the warehouse was used for “storing massive amounts of equipment and material from Iran’s secret weapons program,” which was quickly being moved to other parts of the city.

He claimed some 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of radioactive material had been recently removed from this atomic warehouse and squirreled away around Tehran, endangering the capital’s residents. The site may contain as much as 300 tons of nuclear-related equipment and material in 15 shipping containers, he added. He did not specify what nuclear material was contained at the site. (Michael Bachner and Times of Israel staff, 27 September 2018)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-reveals-secret-iranian-nuclear-warehouse-in-un-speech/

 

As the United States has recently re-imposed sanctions against Iran, Benjamin Weinthal, a fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, recently wrote about how Iran has ramped up its persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. Last month, four other Iranian Christians were arrested, including the widely reported arrest of Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Despite ongoing persecution in Iran, the Iranian house church movement continues to grow. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, Aug 21, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/iran-sentences-12-christians-year-prison-house-church-worship-evangelism-226918/

Pray

  1. Thank God that the US government continues to publicly support Israel.
  2. Pray for the exposure of any Iranian attempts to produce nuclear weapons.
  3. Thank God for the growth of the house church movement in Iran.
  1. Pray for the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who has been given a 12-year prison sentence for His faith in Christ.
  2. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Iran and Israel respectively.

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (AFP) - At least 58 people were killed during ethnic violence at the weekend on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday. And another source involved in the investigation, who saw and counted the corpses, told AFP a total of 65 people had been killed, mostly in the city's western suburbs.

The figures are more than twice that given by state media which on Monday said the death toll from violence in and around Burayu stood at 23.

Fighting broke out last week in Burayu, a western suburb of Addis Ababa, and continued through the weekend, forcing hundreds to flee and sparking protests that paralysed the city on Monday during which police killed five people. Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, the investigation source said most of the deaths had occurred in the city's western suburbs although others were killed in the centre.

"The 65 cases are from Burayu, Ashewa Meda, Kolfe and Kirkos," the source said, referring to three areas in the west and Kirkos in the centre. Some of the victims had been stabbed while others died after being beaten with sticks and rocks. None had been shot and the toll does not include five alleged looters killed by police on Monday. (Chris STEIN, AFP Wed, Sep 19, 2018).

https://www.yahoo.com/news/toll-ethiopia-bloodshed-least-58-rights-group-source-152604375.html

Pray

  1. Pray that those responsible for murdering 65 persons in Ethiopia will be brought to justice.
  2. Pray for an end to ethnic violence and discrimination in Ethiopia.
  3. Pray for the Lord to use His Church to bring healing and comfort to the loved ones of the 65 persons murdered in Addis Abba.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Ethiopia.

Egypt

Egypt's persecuted Coptic Christian minority has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, reportedly the first ethnoreligious group given such an honor. While the Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn't release the names of nominees, the charity Coptic Orphans announced the nomination on their Facebook page in a post from Tuesday, noting that they were nominated for their refusal to retaliate against recent acts of anti-Christian violence.

"According to a 2018 report by the Christian charity Open Doors, Christians in Egypt face 'unprecedented levels of persecution.' Last year, according to the report, 128 Egyptian Christians were killed for their faith and more than 200 were driven out of their homes," the organization said. "Despite this, Coptic Christians have consistently refused to retaliate and continue to practice peaceful coexistence." (Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter, Sep 27, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/egypts-persecuted-coptic-christians-nominated-nobel-peace-prize-227628/

A group of Muslims attacked a Christian village in southern Egypt last week in an attack that injured two Coptic believers and a firefighter, each of whom needed to be hospitalized. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese announced that at least four Christian homes in the village of Demshaw Hachem were attacked and looted last Friday by "extremists" who objected to the houses being used as churches. "Extremists attacked Copts, stole quantities of jewelry and money, destroyed household appliances and set fire to property," the diocese's statement reads, according to AFP.

Although the church informed authorities of the threat of a possible attack, the diocese statement explains that authorities only came to the Christians' aid after the attack occurred. As many as 38 suspects have reportedly been arrested in connection with the attack. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, Sep 6, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/muslim-mob-attacks-sets-fire-to-christian-homes-in-egypt-3-hospitalized-227235/

An Egyptian teen embraced Christianity after witnessing the faith of his father, who was brutally murdered by Muslim extremists for refusing to convert to Islam.

Prior to his father's death, Marquos cared little about Christianity. But Baghat's unflinching faith in the face of death made him want to know more about Jesus Christ. "I was proud of my father, for standing by his faith until the last moment," he said. "It made me curious. When my father was still alive, he woke up every morning at 5 am to study the Bible and pray. Apparently, that helped him become a strong believer. My father's death for Christ has made me search for Jesus." Fawziya said she's seen a noticeable change in her son's heart and habits since embracing Christianity. (Leah MarieAnn Klett, CP Contributor, Sep 4, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/egyptian-teen-embraces-christianity-after-muslims-murder-father-refused-convert-227175/

Pray

  1. Thank God the Coptic Christians refusal to retaliate against their persecutors has resulted in them being nominated for a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
  2. Pray that the Egyptian government and law enforcement will take action to prevent additional attacks of Christians by Moslem extremists
  3. Thank God for helping an Egyptian teen to embrace Christianity after witnessing his being killed for his faith in Christ.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Egypt.

South Africa

The month started with a national shutdown march, where women marched across the country against the rape and abuse of women and children. Many women responded, sending a strong message that women are concerned.

However, the suicide of rape victim Khensani Maseko a few days later demonstrated that it will require more than a march for things to change in our nation.

The horror reports of violence against women didn’t stop with Khensani. We heard of more cases of rape of children and grandmothers, gruesome murders, and violent acts. A child was killed in Daveyton by necklacing — a horrific act of placing a tire over a person and setting it alight.

Our country has become a hub for women from all over Africa to come and kill unborn babies because abortion is not permitted in their countries. Many countries still understand that this practice is an abomination to the Lord and that shedding innocent blood calls for vengeance which gives the spirit of violence and death more legal right to keep on taking innocent lives.

The violence and trauma to families caused by young people who are hooked on drugs – whether it’s called "nyaope, tik or cocaine – is just too painful to watch. These are the very children we celebrated as gifts from the Lord when they were born, but today we shout that they must rot in jail. When did the blessing change into a curse? (Linda Gobodo, IPMI Facilitator, Thursday, 06 September 2018)

https://intercessoryprayerministry.org/index.php/news-room/ipmi-news/global-prayer-alerts/calling-sa-s-women-to-wail-for-state-of-nation/312

Pray

  1. Pray that the South African government will take strong action to eliminate the rape and abuse of women and children in South Africa.
  2. Pray that abortion would become illegal in South Africa
  3. Pray for a major drop in drug addictions and drug use in South Africa.
  4. Pray for an end to the drought affecting Cape Town and other parts of South Africa
  5. Pray that the Church will pray, intercede, and proclaim the gospel with power in South Africa.

 

Category 3

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

Scripture   -   Psalms 95: 1 - 7

PRAY 

Movement Day Expressions

  1. Pray for new team member Elizabeth Bloodworth as she navigates her new role supporting events management.
  2. Pray for financial provision as Movement Day Oslo leader, Joakim Magnus and his team are strategizing and handling logistics for this first time gathering. Joakim Magnus is a young leader, who has a true passion for youth. Along with spearheading this Movement Day gathering he also works  with Youth with a Mission (YWAM)
  3. Pray that God will continue to guide Rev. Adam Durso and the LEAD.NYC team planning Movement Day New York City on Friday, October 26, 2018. This restructured gathering will host 400 NYC leaders to strategically plan ways to collaboratively advance gospel movement in the next 3-5 years.
  4. Prayer for Arthur Thangiah (Mumbai, India), Jeyakaran Emmanuel and Mark Visvasam (Chennai, India) as they plan Movement Day Expressions January/February 2019 respectively to advance high-level city transformation in the face of heightened religious persecution.

100 Cities Summit

  1. Pray for high attendance at our 100 Cities Summit Closing Ceremony at the National Presbyterian Church. We have the capacity to seat 1,000 guests!
  2. Pray as we gather all Movement Day expression leaders for our inaugural Executive Directors gathering on November 26th. Pray that God would use each leader to cast the vision for the future of their respective expressions of Movement Day  
  3. Pray for financial provision as leaders are coming from a wide array of countries all over the globe.

  

The Global Persecution of Christians

Open Doors Lists Top 10 Persecutors of Christians Worldwide

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. In 2015, a Kenya college campus faced an attack where Christian students were specifically targeted, killing 148 in total. Any place al-Shabaab controls or operates under Sharia law, which includes the slaughtering of anyone who identifies as Christian."

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. This week, Nigerian Christian leaders warned that if the current rate of massacres continue, 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.

Also making the list are drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico. "On top of the danger that these groups bring to ordinary citizens, Christians are specifically targeted," the report says. "A soul won for Jesus is a soul lost for them," it quotes a pastor from Colombia as saying. "They know that too." "For this reason, Christian evangelists are particularly targeted. Drug cartel leaders know that they are the greatest threat to their way of life."

Rounding out the top 10 on the Open Doors list is "the ultimate enemy," or Satan.  "It's easy to read this list and feel hopeless in the face of so much evil. However, in Ephesians 6 we're told our war isn't a physical war, it's a spiritual one. Behind all of the atrocities listed above is Satan, who prowls this world as a roaring lion," the ministry explains. "We are also told that God's kingdom is forcefully advancing, and that in the end, Satan is overthrown and all things are made new."

Open Doors said it published the list because "Jesus commanded us, directly, to pray for our enemies." "Pray that God would stop their actions, change their hearts and shine the brilliant light of the gospel onto their path." (Source: Christian Post - June 2018)

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 with the wide scale persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to halt their evil actions against Christ and His church, to come to a full knowledge of Christ, and aid in the spread of the Gospel and expansion of God’s Kingdom worldwide.

India

384 Dead, Hundreds Injured in Indonesia Quake-Tsunami

Indonesian officials say at least 384 people died and 540 were injured following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake Friday and a subsequent tsunami that hit two cities - Palu and Donggala - in central Sulawesi province.

Authorities said Saturday hundreds of people were on the beach in Palu for a festival when the earthquake and tsunami struck, sweeping many people away to their deaths in the giant waves. National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the tsunami hit with a speed of 800 kilometers per hour, destroying buildings and infrastructure. He said thousands of houses, hospitals, shopping malls and hotels collapsed and a landslide has cut off Palu's main highway.onesi

An Indonesia emergency official said, "Bodies of victims were found in several places because they were hit by the rubble of collapsing buildings or swept by [the] tsunami." Power and telecommunications lines have been knocked out, hampering the rescue operations Saturday. There are conflicting reports about damage to the local airport and whether it will be able to receive relief aid. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said U.N. officials were in contact with Indonesian authorities and “stand ready to provide support as required.”

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth. It sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin. (Source: VOA News, September 29, 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the success of aid operation now underway to provide relief to those afected by the earthquake in Indonesia.
  2. For the safety and protection of those involved aid operations.
  3. For God, by His sovereign grace to open the door for the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed throughout Indonesia.

North  Korea

North Korea continues to be the most hostile place in the world to be a Christian. 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 applies, meaning that the relatives of Christians are also detained regardless of whether they share the Christian belief."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, met with President Donald Trump at a summit in Singapore in early June for an agreement on denuclearization. (Source: The Christian Post, June 28, 2018)

PRAY

  1. For total intellectual and religious freedom of North Korean Christians that hangs in the balance and the rapid growth of the church in North Korea.
  2. 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.
  3. For the ongoing US Government’s peace settlement negotiation with North Korea to result in the advancement of religious freedom in North Korea.

China

Pastors in China Prepare to Lose Their Lives for Preaching the Gospel, Defying Communist Crackdown

In the face of an ongoing Communist crackdown, pastors in China have vowed to continue preaching the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives. Aaron Ma, a representative of Open Doors' Ministry in China, told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday that the watchdog group has so far heard of one case of Bible burning in the country.

"In this case, the authority confiscated belongings of the churches (including Bibles) and burnt them all," Ma said.

The incident, where Communist Party officials burned Bibles and crosses in Henan, was captured on video and shared online earlier this month by activists, including ChinaAid President Bob Fu, whose group monitors the persecution of believers in China.  Concern has also risen over instances where state officials have been forcing some Christians to sign papers rejecting their faith. Ma relayed information from local Chinese pastors who revealed that the people pressured to sign such papers are secondary school students.

"They are tempted [and] threatened not to admit their Christian faith to avoid trouble. Their Christian faith is being challenged and tested," the Open Doors representative explained. As for how much weight such renunciation papers carry, and whether the believers who sign them are indeed considered to have left Christianity, he said: "Whether they would leave the Christian faith would depend on how their pastors and brothers and sisters in churches guide and encourage them to rebuild their faith."

Ma noted that the circumstances leading to the increasing crackdown on churches in recent years have been building for decades. While the country has had different religious regulations to manage religious activities since the Open Policy on economic development in the 1980s, enforcement of such regulation had been loosened. This allowed for churches to bloom throughout several provinces after the 2000s, with only larger unregistered churches with close overseas connections experiencing sporadic crackdowns. President Xi Jinping, and especially the revised religious regulations that took effect in February, have changed things. Ma said the regulations have led to more cases of shutting down churches, confiscation of church property, and the growing threat of landlords refusing to lease premises for church meetings.

"Along with the enforcement of revised religious regulation in February 2018 and increasing pressure of banning church meetings in unregistered religious venues, more and more local churches are preparing to divide into small groups for church meetings (depending on the region, some from 200 to less than 100, some from 100 to 30, some from 30 to 10), or even revert back to house meetings," he added. (Source: The Christian Post, September 22, 2018)

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 crack down on churches in an attempt to restrict the growth of the church across China to fail. 
  3. For the continued growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

Created: Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:57

Welcome to the September 2018 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

North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe

Scripture Reading: Ps 145: 1 – 11.

Revival in the United States of America

Prayer For Pastors  Across America

The family and congregation of California Megachurch Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, who committed suicide during last week.

Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, 30, took his own life last weekend after an open battle with depression and anxiety. Stoecklein, who leaves behind his wife, Kayla, and three sons, took his life approximately two weeks after he returned to work at Inland Hills Church as lead pastor. He had been away on an involuntary four-months-long break to deal with depression and anxiety.

Pastors across America that are leaving the ministry in droves.

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 a 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 conflicts. (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 the family and congregation of California Megachurch Pastor Andrew Stoecklein who committed suicide as they seek to come to terms with this tragedy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  

 The Government, Upcoming Mid-term Elections, and Appointment of New US Supreme Court Justice

 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.”

PRAY

As we pray for the US Government, the upcoming Mid-term elections and the new Supreme Court Appointment, let us do so with Paul’s instructions in 1 Tim. 2: 1- 6.   

  1. For President Donald Trump and his Cabinet, All Members Congress, the Judiciary, State Governors and other State Legislators and Mayors, across America for wisdom to govern the nation in equity and fear of God.  Pray also that God’s divine intervention in the affairs of the nation’s Government will result in the healing of our deeply divided nation, and in the advancement of the moral, social and economic well being of the nation for general the benefit of all Americans and the advancement of His kingdom locally and internationally.
  2. For all candidates seeking offices in the upcoming mid-term elections and also for God’s will to be done in the appointment of persons to these offices, who are honest, God-fearing and committed to serving the nation in pursuit of justice and equity for all regardless of their political allegiances.
  3. For, God’s will to be done in the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice, a person that not only knows the law and can apply it but one who will do so in fear of God and through the admonition of the Word of God.                                

 Children Across America

 https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/scott-slayton/elementary-schools-using-drag-queens-to-teach-kids-about-gender.html

 Some teachers and schools have utilized a program called “Drag Queen Story Hour” to teach children about gender identity.

Videographer Sean Fitzgerald and the David Horowitz Freedom Center released a video explaining the program and highlighting testimonials on the program’s website from teachers in public schools. Fitzgerald drew attention to this issue, not because of the existence of the program, but because public schools have used it to teach children about gender issues at a tender age.

On its website, the Drag Queen Story Hour describes itself as, “drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

The New York Times described one of the events, hosted by a branch of the New York Public Library, in 2017.  A six-foot-tall performer named “Harmonica Sunbeam,“ wearing a neon camouflage bodysuit and a purple tutu read to the children. She read “from ‘Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress’ by Christine Baldacchino. The book is about a boy who wore a beloved dress to school every day. At one point, Morris’s friends inform him that he isn’t allowed to play on their imaginary spaceship, because ‘astronauts can’t wear dresses.’”

Fitzgerald pointed to the program’s “About” page, which contains testimonials from teachers and librarians who have hosted an event. Alexis Hernandez, a first-grade teacher at a public school in Brooklyn, lauded the program and its effect on the children in her class.

Her recommendation says, “What an amazing way to teach about individuality, empathy, and acceptance! Drag Queen Story Hour gave my first graders a fun and interactive platform to talk and think about social and emotional issues like acceptance, being yourself, and loving who you are…During our debrief after DQSH, they were preaching the incredible lessons they had learned like ‘It’s ok to be different,’ and ‘There’s no such thing as ‘boy’ things and ‘girl’ things.” She added that she looks forward to hosting another event next year.

Fitzgerald noted his issue with the story hour taking place in public schools, saying, “The taxpayer is funding adult-themed performers to come and read to our smallish children in order to indoctrinate them into a political ideology about gender while, at the same time, school districts across the country are removing any references to biological sex from science textbooks.”

The Drag Queen Story Hour was founded in 2014 and now has chapters in twenty states and the United Kingdom

 PRAY

  1. Father God, we pray over the innocence of our children. We rebuke the spirit of perversion and decree natural affections over all our children.
  2. We repent that our public education system not only allows but champions programs like Drag Queen Story Hour. We pray you grant them and the LGBTQ community a spirit of revelation and repentance.
  3. We pray over the minds of those children already exposed and decree that they shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free.

South America and The Caribbean

PRAYER ALERT: Venezuela nears refugee crisis point, says UN

Wed. August 29. On Saturday the UN’s immigration agency warned that the Venezuelan refugee crisis was becoming as demanding to South America as the 2015 refugee crisis was to Europe. In that year about a million immigrants entered Europe from mostly Muslim-dominated nations in the Middle East and Africa. Some European nations reacted by tightening their borders and restricting admission.  

Likewise, some South American nations are seeking to restrict the huge waves of immigration from Venezuela. For example, in the past 12 months, 400,000 Venezuelan refugees have entered Peru. On Friday Peru announced that immigrants now must show a passport, and not just an ID, to cross its border. Similarly, last week Ecuador made a new law requiring that Venezuelans must carry valid passports. However, on Friday, an Ecuadorean judge found that the law broke regional accords on freedom of movement.

Earlier this month, the Brazilian state of Roraima attempted to close its border with Venezuela. But a Brazilian judge ruled the effort illegal. A few weeks later, residents of the Roraima border city of Pacaraima attacked a camp of Venezuelan immigrants. Incensed by the robbery and severe beating of a local restaurant owner, they burned tents, bulldozed other dwellings, and chased about 1,200 back across the border. Now the Brazilian army is going to the border to “guarantee law and order”, according to Brazil’s president Michel Temer.

VENEZUELA'S DESPERATE STATE

Since 2014 about 4 million refugees have fled from Venezuela’s rapidly worsening economic breakdown. This oil-rich country suddenly became poor when the price of oil plummeted. Dependent on oil exports for 96 percent of its revenue, Venezuela lacked funds to import the basic food and medicine it needed. As a result, hyperinflation has skyrocketed. Prices are doubling every 26 days on the average. Now almost 90% of Venezuelans live in poverty. Multitudes search for scraps of food in rubbish and bins.

Many have turned to crime to make money. In a recent Gallup study, 42% of Venezuelans report being robbed the previous year. Also, about 25% report being assaulted. Now Venezuela has the second highest murder rate in the world. No wonder so many Venezuelans want to leave. We must pray for a miraculous turn-around for this desperate country.

PRAY WITH US FOR GOD TO:

  1. Show the refugees and all Venezuelans that Jesus, and not the failed socialist government, is Lord of all.
  2. Help them learn how to depend on Him for mercy and provision in this time of great need.
  3. Set the course for a transition from state control to a more limited government. And establish authorities who will encourage healthy freedom of expression and enterprise, and punish evil.
  4. Make known His plans to prosper Venezuela and not to harm it, but to give it hope and a future.
  5. Direct the refugees as to whether to stay in foreign lands or to return home and help rebuild the nation.
  6. Reveal God-given resources other than oil. And reward the good and faithful stewards of those resources.

Related sources:

Venezuelan Migrants Could Create Refugee Crisis Across South America.

Venezuela migration nears 'Mediterranean crisis point'.

Brazilian border town residents drive out Venezuelan immigrants.

Venezuela crisis: Brazil to send army to safeguard border.

Venezuela’s economy collapses: All your questions answered..

 

Revival across Europe

Denmark

'Most radical organization': Neo-Nazi group seeks to gain ground in Nordic countries

by Karis Hustad • last updated: 25/08/2018 [adapted]

http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/25/-most-radical-organisation-neo-nazi-group-seeks-to-gain-ground-in-nordic-countries

During a brisk Sunday last spring, three men dumped a pile of rubbish on the doorstep of an apartment complex in the northern Danish city of Aalborg. The target was Aalborg municipality environment and energy councilor Lasse P. N. Olsen, who lives in the building.

But it wasn’t an environmental protest. The men yelled anti-immigrant phrases and brandished the Nazi salute while dropping the trash, Olsen’s neighbors told him later. The note was signed “Den Nordiske Modstandsbevægelse”. In English: The Nordic Resistance Movement.

The incident signaled in Denmark the arrival of the neo-Nazi group that had, before then, been contained to its northern neighbors.

Similar heaps of rubbish also showed up the same day at the driveway of Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Denmark’s minister for Environment and Food, as well as administrative buildings in several other municipalities.

What is the group?

The Nordic Resistance Movement, or NMR, is a neo-Nazi organization originally founded in Sweden that is openly anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant and anti-gay. Their goal is to create an ethnically pure pan-Nordic nation, according to the group’s website, and to deport most non-ethnic Northern European residents and dismantle the “global Zionist elite.”

NMR members don’t shy from confrontation, and members train in martial arts and knife attacks.

The group is directly connected to a string of incidents involving members violently confronting minority groups and those who disagree with their ideology. The group has its core membership in Sweden, where it was founded 21 years ago. But the group since established chapters in Finland in 2008 and Norway in 2011. Now, it appears they also plan to grow in Denmark.

The group is growing more visible across the Nordics: 300 members of the group marched in Turku, Finland, earlier this month, and another march will take place on Saturday in Stockholm.

The press has also been targeted. A member of the Swedish NMR was arrested this month after police said they found evidence that he was planning to kill two journalists.

In Expo’s most recent report, the NMR accounted for 94% of the activity in racist organizations in Sweden in 2017. Researchers from the University of Oslo Center for Extremism estimate the numbers at several hundred in Sweden, under a hundred in Finland, and a few dozens in Norway. But the group appears to be drawing new interest: Expo identified 111 new members in 2017, with 47 of those having no prior link to neo-Nazi groups. NMR has attracted members from the far-right fringe.

Resistance to the Nordic Resistance Movement

That isn’t to say that NMR’s growth has gone unchecked in the Nordics. NMR’s public rallies are routinely outnumbered by counter-protesters. In Finland, a court banned the group last November, though NMR is appealing.

Danes in various municipalities are taking down stickers and calling for community-level action against the spread of NMR’s message.

“I think we need to speak out about the threats from the extreme right even though it’s not a huge threat at the moment,” he said.”

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will crush the spread of hate and violence across the Nordic countries.
  2. That the Lord will give the authorities wisdom to bring about peaceful resolution of the immigration issues affecting them
  3. That God will cause His people in the Nordic countries to rise up to fulfill their redemptive calling to all groups involved the conflicts surrounding the immigration issues.

Turkey

Will Trump Sanctions Help Andrew Brunson More Than They Hurt Turkish Christians?

Religious freedom advocates consider if the need of the one outweighs the needs of the many.

JAYSON CASPER | AUGUST 16, 2018 [adapted]

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/august/turkey-lira-crisis-trump-sanctions-Andrew-brunson.html

Governments are supposed to take care of their citizens. For Andrew Brunson, an American detained in Turkey for almost two years, it may be his best hope. Charged with threatening national security because of alleged ties to terrorist groups, the pastor for two decades of an evangelical church in Izmir (biblical Symrna) faces 35 years in prison.

The day before, Turkey had moved the pastor from prison to house arrest shortly after Brunson’s daughter recounted his plight before the ministerial’s global audience. But his return to his Izmir home wasn’t enough. Less than a week later, on August 1 the US Treasury Department froze the assets of the Turkish ministers of interior and justice.

And while Turkey will now receive the support of Qatar (to the tune of $15 billion), the Trump administration threatened more sanctions during its Cabinet meeting today after a Turkish court rejected Brunson’s appeal of his house arrest.

On Thursday evening, the President tweeted, “They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!”

But some analysts say high-level pressure may do more harm than good, for both Brunson and Turkey (and Europe).

“The response of the US is putting Turkish Christians in danger. People take it as a reason to attack us, and Christophobia is growing,” An anonymous Turkish evangelical in ministry for over a decade, said.

“Probably Brother Andrew will be released. But we’ll stay here and face all the effects after him.”

“I would love to see Pastor Andrew Brunson go home because I believe he is an innocent man,” said Akyol. “But I worry that this escalation may hurt his cause rather than help it.”

One Turkish Christian and human rights advocate—requesting anonymity as she works within Turkey—described the situation now as “a blunt show of power” between Trump and Erdoğan.

Turkey also holds a Muslim Turkish-American dual citizen, Serkan Golge. A NASA scientist, he has not received public support from the Trump administration. Some 20 other Americans have also been rounded up since the failed coup. “The singular focus on Brunson allows the Turkish press, among others, to promote the narrative that America only cares about American Christians, and not all its own citizens.

But even if the advocacy succeeds, greater damage may be done. “This pressure could hurt long-term efforts to build sustainable religious freedom in Turkey for all

Brunson was a respected figure in Turkey; he told CT.

“When I saw pastors imprisoned in Iran and other parts of the world, I would put it on Facebook and encourage people to pray,” Paul Martindale, lecturer in Islamic studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, told CTV. “But now I don’t know what to do. And I don’t want to do anything that would cause hurt.”

PRAY

  1. For the continued strength, protection, health and eventual release of Pastor Brunson from imprisonment and persecution in Turkey.
  2. For the protection of other Christians in Turkey from reprisals and various forms of persecution;
  3. For wisdom to be given to both Christians and the USA authorities who are in support of Pastor Brunson – that they will not endanger other Christians nor the work of the Gospel in Turkey by their well-intentioned actions for the pastor’s release.

Spain

9 Evangelists Arrested in Spain for Causing Subway Panic, Shouting 'We Will All Burn in Hell'.

By Stoyan Zaimov |Christian Post Reporter | Aug 7, 2018 [adapted].

https://www.christianpost.com/news/9-evangelists-arrested-spain-causing-subway-panic-shouting-we-will-all-burn-in-hell-video-226643/

Nine evangelists from Germany were arrested Saturday in the Spanish city of Valencia after they allegedly caused panic on a subway train by shouting phrases like "we will all burn in Hell."

The La Vanguardia newspaper reported that the nine men, who are all German citizens, were taken to court on Sunday and left in custody with a set bail of roughly $13,900.

The Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community said that the nine men are being investigated for the crime of public disorder, as their speech led to a stampede in which a young woman was slightly injured.

Witnesses said the evangelists shouted phrases such as "we are sinners," "we are going to die" or "we will burn in Hell," and accused passengers of being "full of alcohol, drugs, and sin."

Police officers said that the nine Germans, all aged between 19 to 37, refused to leave the convoy at the request of security guards, after which they were arrested. It was not made clear to which specific church if any; the men belong to.

Despite the general decline in religious belief, there has been a rise in evangelical places of worship in Spain, which used to be a heavily Roman Catholic country. The Observatory of Religious Pluralism noted found that there are 4,045 evangelical places of worship throughout the country, which is the highest number reported since records have been kept.

The growth has come despite the continued economic crisis in Spain, and despite obstacles when it comes to obtaining construction permits that many congregations have faced.

In a separate story in June, Spanish television authorities fined U.K. Christian broadcasting channel Revelation TV and accused it of "homophobia" for airing the thoughts of an evangelical pastor who advised parents of children with gender identity issues to resist social engineering. Gordon Pettie, director of Revelation TV, insisted that the channel did nothing wrong in allowing the pastor to speak his views, however. "We believe the Bible is our basis and our world," Pettie added.

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will stretch out His hand to break down and remove the barriers of intolerance to the preaching of the Gospel in Spain;
  2. That the Lord will raise up more and more evangelists to boldly and fearlessly preach the Gospel with grace, wisdom, and power;
  3. That a Biblical understanding of the Gospel will prevail and override the dominance of traditional and erroneous views as well as nominal Christianity in Spain.

 

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East, and Africa

Psalm 66:1-9 NIV

Israel

Israel has arrested seven women who took part in a scheme to promote and aid the Hamas terror group in the West Bank city of Hebron, the Shin Bet security service said Tuesday. The women and two men also involved in the network were arrested over the last several weeks and have been accused of working in coordination with Hamas officials in Gaza as well as abroad to promote terror activity, the security service said in a statement.

The Shin Bet investigation found that the ring promoted Hamas activities in Hebron and recruited activists, coordinated with mosques and preachers, worked to increase support and were involved in propaganda and incitement, as well as providing support to families of jailed terrorists. A number of the activists were sent overseas to meetings with Hamas officials who were deported after being released from Israeli prison in 2011 in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. They also traveled to Turkey to receive funds for terror, messages, and instructions, according to the Shin Bet.

The network also allegedly tried to take control of municipal services in the city and run charity organizations. According to Israel’s Hadashot news, the purpose was to lay the groundwork for Hamas gains in the West Bank after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas dies or retires. Abbas’s Fatah faction is locked in a bitter battle with Hamas, and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority has worked with Israel to crack down on Hamas activities in the West Bank. (Times of Israel Staff, 28 August 2018)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/women-arrested-by-israel-for-aiding-promoting-hamas-in-hebron/

Pray

  1. Thank God for the arrest of seven women involved in aiding and promoting Hamas terror against Israel. Pray that God will continue to expose the plots that Israel’s enemies have against them.
  2. Pray for the peace, protection, and prosperity of Israel.
  3. Pray for missionaries and the Church to have increased success in evangelizing Israel.

Egypt

CAIRO — Islamic State on Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint in northern Sinai, the group's Amaq news agency reported, saying 15 soldiers were killed or wounded in what it described as an infiltration operation.

Egypt's state news agency MENA said on Saturday that security forces foiled an attack on a checkpoint west of the city of al-Arish and killed four militants while other fled. MENA did not refer to any casualties among security forces in the attack, but the privately owned al-Masri al-Youm newspaper reported that four policemen had died.

Egyptian troops, backed by police, have since February been conducting a major operation targeting Islamist militants behind a wave of attacks against security forces and civilians.

Hundreds of suspected militants have been killed or captured in operation. (Reuters, August 26, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-Egypt-s-sinai-attack/4544732.html

Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The military said in a statement Sunday that another 49 suspected militants have been arrested. It says it destroyed 26 hideouts and weapons depots and dismantled 64 explosive devices.

The military says airstrikes destroyed 32 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert and in the south. It wasn't possible to independently confirm the claims as access to the northern Sinai is heavily restricted. (Associated Press, August 05, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-says-troops-have-killed-52-militants-in-sinai/4514376.html

A suicide attack on a Coptic church in north Cairo, Egypt, was thwarted on Saturday, reports Coptic news site Watani. A man wearing a suicide vest detonated the bomb about 250 meters from the Church of the Holy Virgin in the Mostorod district. He was killed instantly, as was a member of the public, according to Watani. A policeman was also injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Watani, the suicide bomber turned away from the entrance when he saw the security guards. The church's priest, Abdel-Massih Baseet, told Watani he was grateful that a catastrophe had been averted. The church attracts more visitors than usual between Aug. 7–21 due to its observation of the Fast of the Holy Virgin.

Egypt's Copts, who account for around 10 percent of the population, have experienced a wave of attacks by militants belonging to, or inspired by, the Islamic State group, which last year vowed to "wipe them out." (World Watch Monitor, Aug 14, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/egypt-1-person-killed-suicide-bomber-coptic-church-attack-thwarted-226773/

Pray

  1. Thank God that the Egyptian government is taking strong action against IS and Islamic militants in Egypt. Pray that the Egyptian government will successfully stamp out Islamic terrorist and militants from Egypt.
  2. Thank God that a suicide attack on a Coptic Church in Cairo was thwarted. Pray for the family of the person killed in the averted suicide attack.
  3. Pray for the protection and safety of the Church in Egypt.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Egypt. Also, pray for the salvation of key Islamic militants.

South Sudan

A court in Sudan has ruled that government authorities must return land and property confiscated from an evangelical church seven months ago. International Christian Concern reports that a court in the capital Khartoum has ordered authorities to release property belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church.

The property in is in the town of Hajj Yousef and was taken from the denomination in February after the church sitting on the property was demolished because the government claimed the land was public property. Church leaders say that they bought the property from a local and the church was built in 1989. "Other buildings lying in the same stretch as our church was spared during the demolishing because they belong to Muslims," the Rev. Yahiya Abdurrahman Nalu, told ICC. "It is this partial application of the rule of law that agitates us."

Nalu told ICC that the presiding judge also ordered authorities to give back confiscated Bibles, sound systems, furniture, and other church-owned items. "We see this as a great step toward justice which has remained elusive for a long time, and we hope they will deliver our items soon and in good shape," Nalu exclaimed.

The court's ruling comes as the Sudanese government has continually tried to confiscate church properties and close down churches. In 2016, the Sudanese government produced a list of about 25 churches that were to be demolished because of supposed zoning violations. According to Middle East Concern, the evangelical church in Hajj Yousef was the first church on that list. 

Open Doors reported that the Sudanese government closed down at least 20 churches during the 2018 World Watch List reporting period (Nov. 1, 2016, through Oct. 31, 2017). Along with trying to close down churches associated with the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, the government has also targeted the Sudanese Church of Christ denomination. (Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, Aug 25, 2018)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/sudan-court-orders-government-return-stolen-church-property-evangelical-denomination-227005/

The nation of South Sudan has been under civil war for over 22 years with the exception of few sporadic years of peace.  The recent signing of the peace agreement which was brokered by the Church, IGAD and Governments of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan is a major victory considering that organizations, including United Nations, African Union, European Union, USA, who ordinarily broker such agreements were conspicuously missing from the negotiating table.  This time around the power-sharing negotiations was brokered by Bishops and Churches in the region. There is an urgent need for the church in South Sudan to convene National Prayer, Repentance and Reconciliation process that will bring together warring communities to pray together and forgive one another seek genuine reconciliation for the healing process to take place in the Land. (Pastor Peter Kegode, IPMI Facilitator, August 25, 2018).

Pray

  1. Thank God that the court ruled in favor of the church. Pray for the government to return to the churches the properties, Bibles, sound equipment, etc., that were seized.
  2. Pray for the government to stop closing churches and allow the ones that were closed to reopen.
  3. Thank God for recent signing of a new peace agreement in Khartoum by various political parties who have been fighting for power in South Sudan.
  4. Pray for continued peace and security in South Sudan. Also, pray that all the political parties will adhere to the new peace agreement.
  5. Pray for justice, truth, and reconciliation to take place in South

Yemen

According to a CNN report, munitions experts say a U.S.-made bomb was used by the Saudi-led coalition in a recent airstrike in Yemen that hit a busload of children in a marketplace, killing 51 people, including 40 children. CNN said Friday that the experts identified the bomb used in the attack from images taken of a piece of shrapnel shortly after the deadly strike. Seventy-nine people were also wounded in the strike, including 56 children.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said earlier this month the airstrike targeted Houthi rebels in the market and conformed with the international and humanitarian law.

Liz Throssell, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said after the August 9 airstrike that hit the bus that "any attack which directly targets civilians not directly taking part in hostilities or civilian objects amounts to a war crime." She said the perpetrators must be identified, brought to justice and held accountable no matter where, when, or by whom the violations or abuses were committed. (VOA News, August 18, 2018)

https://www.voanews.com/a/report-us-made-sold-bomb-that-killed-Yemeni-children/4534032.html

 

Pray

  1. Pray for God to comfort and heal the loved ones of those killed by the recent Saudi-led airstrike. Fifty-one innocent people including 40 children were killed.
  2. Pray that the persons who commit war crimes in Yemen would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for peace to be established in Yemen. Also, pray for the complete defeat of the Houthi rebels and other Muslim extremists in Yemen.
  4. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Yemen.

 

Category 3

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

Scripture  -   Psalms 47: 1 - 9

Movement Day Global Cities

Pray

  1. Pray as Rev. Ebony Small coach’s and consults with global city leaders seeking towards the launch of Movement Day Expressions. There are 100+ interested cities!
  1. Pray for financial provision as Movement Day Oslo leader, Joakim Magnus and his team are strategizing and handling logistics for this first time gathering. Joakim Magnus is a young leader, who has a true passion for youth. Along with spearheading this Movement Day gathering he also works  with Youth with a Mission (YWAM)
  1. Pray that God will continue to guide Rev. Adam Durso and the LEAD.NYC team planning Movement Day New York City on Friday, October 26, 2018. This restructured gathering will host 400 NYC leaders to strategically plan ways to advance gospel movement in the next 3-5 years collaboratively.
  1. Prayer for Arthur Thangiah (Mumbai, India), Jeyakaran Emmanuel and Mark Visvasam (Chennai, India) as they plan Movement Day Expressions January/February 2019 respectively to advance high-level city transformation in the face of heightened religious persecution.
  1. Pray for the 386 global leaders from over 60 countries attending the 100 Cites’ Summit this November 27-29, 2018 at the Museum of the Bible. Ask God to foster divine connections, collaborative partnerships and deepen unity amongst the leaders in attendance. We desire to see an accelerated launch of Movement Day Expressions from the city/regions represented. We want to pray that God would prepare these city leaders hearts with a great expectancy for what they will receive and cause this gathering to be catalytic in the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
  1. Pray from the Movement Day Expressions team: Dr. Mac Pier, Dr. Craig Sider, Rev. Ebony Small, Mary Llewellyn, Naomi Edwards and Marya Pier as they execute all final program planning, communications, event, and lodging logistics, creating a meaningful experience for the 100 Cities and Global Marketplace Leaders’ Summit, convening nearly 800 leaders collectively, November 27-30th.
  1. Please pray for our brother and sisters in China as the church is under intense attack. These attacks are simultaneously taking place and targeting regions that previously had quite ‘peaceful’ relationships with local authorities. Henan province is now taking the hardest hit, as hundreds of churches under attack.   

The Global Persecution of Christians

New Report Details How Myanmar Military, Gov't Blocked Aid to Christians in Kachin

A new 68-page report sheds more light on how the Myanmar military and civilian government may be committing war crimes by blocking lifesaving humanitarian aid to tens of thousands displaced by violence in the Kachin state over the last seven years.  As Myanmar faces increasing international pressure over its genocidal abuses against Rohingya minorities in the Rakhine state, the new report by the human rights group Fortify Rights warns that Myanmar authorities are "weaponizing" and blocking aid in Kachin — where predominantly Christian and Catholic ethnic minorities reside.

"Consecutive governments and the military have willfully obstructed local and international aid groups, denying Kachin civilians access to aid," Fortify Rights CEO Matthew Smith said in a statement. "This may amount to a war crime, giving even more reason for the U.N. Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court." The report states that there are over 106,000 ethnic civilians displaced by conflicts in both the Kachin and Shan states who are now living in more than 140 displacement sites.  The report notes that the displaced population in Kachin faces lack of access to medical care and many are forced to live in shelters that are in need of repair and are too small to accommodate residents. Additionally, displaced people are exposed to cold and snowy winter conditions without having the proper bedding and warm clothing.

"Without necessary aid and assistance in camps, displaced civilians are often forced to take risky journeys, including through active armed conflict zones and across the border to China, in search of food, livelihoods, and essential items," the report reads. "The presence of the Myanmar Army and the ubiquitous use of landmines by the Myanmar Army and the KIA heightens risks for displaced civilians traveling outside displacement camps."  (Source: Christian Post, August 31, 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the Myanmar military and civilian government to respond favorably to increasing international pressures over the country’s genocidal abuses against Rohingya minorities in the Rakhine state, resulting in significant improvement in human rights in keeping with international standards.
  2. For the Myanmar military and civilian government to discontinue the practice of obstructing local and international aid groups seeking to provide aid relief to 106,000 ethnic civilians displaced by conflicts in both the Kachin and Shan states who are now living in more than 140 displacement sites;
  3. For the displaced Christian population in Kachin facing lack of access to medical care and exposed to cold and snowy winter conditions without having the proper bedding and warm clothing, who without the necessary aid and assistance in camps, are often forced to take risky journeys, in search of food, livelihoods, and essential items.

India

Kerala: more than 1m people flee to relief camps to escape floods

More than 1 million people have fled to relief camps in the Indian state of Kerala to escape devastating monsoon floods that have killed more than 410 people, as a huge international aid operation gathered pace.

People are flocking to camps as the scale of the desolation is revealed by receding waters, and the military rescues more people each day.

The Kerala government said 1,028,000 people are now in about 3,200 relief camps across the southern state. Officials said six more bodies were found on Monday, taking the death toll to more than 410 since the monsoon started in June.

Kerala authorities say they are desperate for funds. The United Arab Emirates has promised $100m (£77m) in aid, Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, announced on Tuesday after telephone talks with UAE leaders. (Source: The Guardian,  August 21, 2018)

PRAY

  1. For the success of huge international aid operation now underway to provide relief to the over 1 million people living in over 3200 relief camps across Kerala.     
  2. For the safety and protection of those involved in this massive aid operations.
  3. For God, by His sovereign grace to open the door for the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed throughout Kerala.

 North  Korea

WHAT DOES PEACE BETWEEN THE KOREAS MEAN FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS?

IN RESPONSE, THREE QUESTIONS IMMEDIATELY COME TO MIND:

  • What does this mean for the 300,000 Christians who are forced to keep their faith a secret?
  • What will the denuclearization and peace talks do to help expedite the release of over 50,000 Christians suffering in hard labor camps because they believe in Jesus?
  • Will we see more intellectual and religious freedom in the North in response to these peace talks with the South—and later with the U.S.?

(Reference: Adapted from an article published in The Christian Post and Open Doors)

PRAY

  1. For total intellectual and religious freedom of the over 300,000 North Korean Christians that hangs in the balance and the rapid growth of the church in North Korea.
  2. 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.
  3. For the ongoing US Government’s peace settlement negotiation with North Korea to result in the advancement of religious freedom in North Korea.

China

Global Religious Freedom Takes Its Biggest Hit in Over a Decade

“Pew puts China as the worst country for government obstructions. The rigidly atheist Communist regime banned the online purchase of Bibles earlier this year, following efforts to raze churches and remove Christian symbols from home years prior. The Communist Party of China’s “control over religion is to be exerted not only through law but also by reconciling religious doctrine with the party’s socialist values,” wrote Brent Fulton in a 2016 analysis for CT.” (Source: Christianity Today, June 21 20128).

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. 
  1. For the continued growth of the church across China to facilitate the expansion of Christianity across Asia.

 

Micah Global Triennial Consultation September 10 -14, 2018 in the Philippines

Overarching Theme: Integral Mission and Resilient Communities: addressing poverty, injustice, and conflict

  • Day One: Resilience and God’s Mission: our starting point is to ensure all we are doing is drawn from our call from God to participate in His Mission
  • Day Two: Resilience in the Pursuit of Justice: God’s mission is one of liberation, restoration, and reconciliation and we are called to demonstrate this and disciple our nations towards it What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God – Micah 6:8
  • Day Three: Resilience in Compassion: in God’s story throughout the Bible we see Him, again and again, rescuing, restoring and healing
  • Day Four: Resilience in Disaster Responses: building capacity of communities and responders to stand through the shocks that come through political, economic, environmental, social and spiritual instability · Day Five: Resilience in Partnership: the task requires a united effort, the call requires a united spirit and the desired impact requires solidarity.

(Adopted from http://micahgc2018.org/.  IPMI is a member of Micah Global. For more about the organization visit their website)

PRAY

  1. For safe travels security and safety in the Philippines.for all the attendees and staff
  2. For a powerful and meaningful time of learning God's direction as we discuss resilience in addressing poverty, injustice, and conflict.

 

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