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Latest prayer points
Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Innovative evangelism: Though expatriate Christians have opportunity for discreet sharing of the gospel in the Arabian Peninsula, arrests, imprisonments and deportations still occur for those who evangelise or distribute christian literature unwisely. Despite the difficulties, Christians are finding innovative ways to share their faith. One person shared recently: “Each week I, and some other men, prayer-walk around different parts of the city. Now we want to ‘tour’ all the coffee shops and see if there are people we can talk to. If there aren’t, we’ll still pray.” Pray that: these believers would have good conversations with people in the coffee shops; they will be enabled to sensitively share something of their faith and the gospel.
In some homes the television is on almost permanently. Since Arab women rarely leave the house, the television is like a window onto the outside world. Pray that it would be a ‘window’ to the truth, providing glimpses of God’s love.
(WEC International - October 2014)
Greater freedom: It is illegal in Belarus to read the Bible in homes or dormitories, although you are allowed to in church buildings. Religious activities at educational institutions are considered to be illegal. Furthermore, Belarusian students receive little support from local churches - either because they have non-Christian friends, which is frowned upon, or because the pastors don’t approve of interdenominational gatherings. Pray for greater freedom for Belarusian Christians and for church leaders to see the importance of supporting Christian students.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - September 2014)
Rural churches: Large swathes of the Japanese countryside have no church presence and, compared with the cities, there seems to be a much greater and deeper adherence to Shinto and Buddhist traditions and superstitions. Ask the Lord to send more workers into this harvest - missionaries, Japanese Christians and church planters. Rural churches can be quite small and isolated, so please pray for rich refreshment and joy for these believers in their fellowship together and daily walk with the Lord. Pray that opportunities for networking and mutual support between rural churches will increase. Pray especially that, through sharing of the gospel, the hidden chains which bind people will be broken.
(Japan Christian Link - September 2014)
The key export: Anywhere that you travel in the world, you are likely to find Filipinos! The nation's key export is workers - everyone from construction labourers in the Middle East to nurses in Britain. But their flair for adaptation also makes Filipinos excellent missionaries! Most learn languages with ease, acclimate to weather, culture, and food, and are creative in finding solutions to problems. Above all of these is the capacity for deep and lasting relationships. Ask the Lord to provide for the necessary finances in order that more Filipinos could go to unreached peoples, while still having enough to help their families back home.
(YWAM - September 2014)
Outreach to homeless people: Every Tuesday and Thursday, students from the Intensive Mission Training in Chile visit a day centre for homeless people in Recoleta, an area of the country’s capital Santiago. For two months straight, the team taught English classes in the centre by singing English Christian worship songs every Thursday. A man named Gabriel came to the classes. His English was quite good, as he has picked up many words through watching films in English. On the second Thursday, Gabriel shared a poem he had written using words that he had learnt the previous week; it was a poem about God’s love for us. One of the students shared how her surprise at discovering that Gabriel had really understood the message had reminded her of Ephesians 3:20-21. She concluded: “Praise be to God that He does more than we could ever imagine!"
(Operation Mobilisation - September 2014)
Light in the darkness: North Korea is described in Operation World as the ‘Hermit Kingdom’. It is a country where the people are kept ignorant of the outside world and forcibly indoctrinated with the bizarre ideas and policies of the leader Kim Jong-Un and the Kim dynasty. There are four propaganda ‘show’ churches in the capital. Over 100,000 Christians are interned in labour camps. Possessing a Bible, saying ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’, or meeting as believers are all actions punishable by death. Despite the risks, the church is growing: there are now an estimated 400,000 believers. Open Doors ranks North Korea as the worst country in the world for persecution of Christians. The leaders of North Korea have enormous power — the power of life and death, and the power to change the country.
In recent decades many North Koreans have died of hunger: one estimate is that four million people have died of starvation since 1995. Yet, according to UN experts, leaders have stopped the distribution of aid and withheld food from those deemed disloyal to the regime. Most North Koreans are chronically malnourished, unemployed, and living way below the poverty line. Corruption and inflation have made the price of food soar. North Korea suffers from routine power shortages and most people have no access to the internet. Kim Jong-Un is an object of forced worship and the single most influential person in North Korea. Pray that God will miraculously touch his heart.
(WEC International - September 2014)
Terrible atrocities: You will have seen the terrible atrocities being committed against the Christian and Kurdish Yezidi peoples of northern Iraq. Thousands are suffering, and our hearts ache to stand with them and provide emergency services, supplies, prayers, and love for those in need. Working through our long-established local partner the Iraq Evangelical Church, aid supplies of food, water, medicines and blankets have already been channelled to refugees in cities such as Erbil. Please pray for the thousands who sought refuge in schools, building sites and other places where they can escape the heat. One Yezidi official fought back tears while expressing gratitude to Christians who have helped his people.
(WorldShare - September 2014)
Papua New Guinea
Evacuating the sick: Last year MAF served people living in more than 270 remote locations in Papua New Guinea. One of the most important ministries is the evacuation of the sick and injured from remote communities with pilots often having to respond to requests for flights at very short notice. Pray for fast and effective treatment for their patients like Naha - a young boy recently medevaced from a remote village called Owena after suffering a bite from a venomous Death Adder. Naha was flown out to a main centre to receive successful treatment. Praise God for his full recovery and pray for positive outcomes for the hundreds of patients MAF flies in PNG each year.
(Mission Aviation Fellowship UK - September 2014)