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Latest prayer points
Peace and justice for all: While the many and varied natural resources of Mozambique are starting to impact the country, the major challenge for the government is to be sure that all the population benefit. With national elections only months away, pray for the country, its people and its government, that there will be peace and justice for all and that the church will continue to have a positive influence.
(BMS World Mission - July 2014)
Equipping blind Christians: Pray for blind pastors and Bible teachers in Malawi. Many more blind people are contributing to church life, after years spent alerting churches to the need to include people with sight loss and use their gifting. Torch plays a key role in equipping blind Christians to lead, through providing them with braille and large print Scriptures and Christian publications in Easy English and a range of African languages, enabling them to study at Bible college.
(Torch Trust for the Blind - July 2014)
Drug abuse: Drug abuse is a big social issue facing Egypt. In Cairo, around 5% of the population are addicted to some form of drugs, equating to about a million people. Changing social structures in post-revolutionary society, urbanisation, and massive unemployment are all seen as factors. The porousness of Egypt’s borders and the security vacuum since the revolution have also contributed to the illicit drugs trade. The need for care and treatment of addicts is considerable, particularly as provision was recently described in one Egyptian news report as ‘woefully inadequate’. That’s bad news in a country where there are 34 million people aged between ten and 30, creating a big market for drugs and attracting the interests of cartels (according to the UN). Pray for the work of Christian ministries seeking to help Egyptians to break their addictions.
(Tearfund - July 2014)
New Testament saved his life!: A Ukrainian military chief’s life was spared, thanks to a well-timed gift of a pocket New Testament. The soldier received the New Testament on 20th February, at a prayer tent on the Maidan square in Kiev, which was set up by the Genesis ministry. "That day 77 people died," said Valery, who was working in the prayer tent. "Many who were with this soldier were killed, but he had put the small New Testament we gave him a few hours earlier in his left top pocket… During the fighting he was shot in the heart, but the sniper bullet got stuck in the New Testament, so the New Testament literally saved his life! He came back to us to give thanks and share his story." Pray for Christians throughout the country to bring light, peace and hope to Ukraine.
(Church Mission Society - July 2014)
Programmes in Urdu and Hindi: There are a number of radio stations in the UK serving the Asian community but very few of these ever broadcast programmes with a Christian flavour. One group of radio producers in Yorkshire are trying to reverse this trend by producing creative programmes in Urdu and Hindi covering major Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Pray for Whistling Frog Productions and their on-going campaign to bring the name of Jesus onto local Asian commercial radio stations and for listeners to respond to his life-changing message.
(Reach Beyond - July 2014)
Caring for the environment: Vietnam’s rivers and waterways are seriously contaminated and the air in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is heavily polluted. Most people wear face masks when they drive by motorbike through downtown areas, but few local people think about protecting the natural world which God created. Pray for people to become aware of the seriousness of the pollution of Vietnam’s ecosystems, and to learn to care for their natural environments.
(OMF International UK - July 2014)
A great opportunity: During June and July the eyes of the sporting world have been on Brazil as it hosts the FIFA World Cup. With 90% of Brazil's 200 million people claiming to be Christians, 50 million are evangelicals, making this one of the largest evangelical populations in the world. Brazilian Christians are great prayer warriors, known for their huge prayer gatherings and sustained intercession. The World Cup has provided the Brazilian church with a great opportunity for communicating the gospel to people from every nation. There will have been be visitors in Brazil from countries that are not open to the gospel. Pray that exposure to the gospel while in Brazil will make a lasting impact on the spiritual journeys of many visitors.
(WEC International - July 2014)
Slow and steady deterioration: The position of Christians in Brunei has slowly but steadily deteriorated. Sharia law has been fully implemented since 2011 for all Muslims in the country. Anglican and Catholic churches are the only recognised Christian communities in the country, but even they have to be very careful. Those who convert to Christianity, especially those from a Malay background, face a much higher degree of pressure. It is impossible to print Christian materials in the country and importing them is forbidden. No violent incidents were reported in 2013, yet the level of fear among the Christian minority is very high.
(Open Doors UK and Ireland - July 2014)