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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)
Hearing the gospel through the airwaves: Spanish FM station Radio Vida broadcasts Christian programmes to the area of La Linea de la Concepcion and Gibraltar in the area of Andalucía. Thousands of people tune in and the station receives many emails, texts and phone calls, especially for their special programme aimed at the relatives and friends of prisoners. Now Radio Vida has the opportunity to enlarge its transmission area to include Jerez de la Frontera, the largest municipality in the province. Pray that these plans will come to fruition and that many more people will hear the gospel through the airwaves in Spain.
(Reach Beyond - July 2014)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pray for peace: “May God bring reconciliation between the rebels and the government of DR Congo so that the war can finish definitively and the displaced people may return home." That is the plea of two Bishops from DR Congo who have been visiting the UK to highlight the plight of people caught up in the violence and conflict in the eastern part of their country - which has been ongoing for at least 20 years. Bishop Bahati said: "Pray for peace in DR Congo; pray for the church's mission in Congo and pray for the suffering of the people. We need to pray also for good leadership of our government and we need prayer for the work of the mission of the church because God calls us to go everywhere and preach the gospel."
(Church Mission Society - July 2014)
Ramadan: Across the Muslim world there will be increased religious activity during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting (28th June to 27th July). Some will be earnestly seek God during this time. Pray for them to have dreams and visions. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. Pray for spiritually blind eyes to be opened to the truth.
(WEC International - July 2014)
Enormous pressure: The Communist party in Laos views Christianity as a challenge to Communism and therefore puts enormous pressure on the small Christian minority. However, most persecution comes from local authorities, who regard Christians as enemies; they make use of society's hostile attitude towards Christians to justify monitoring churches. Corruption is also widespread and Christians are often extorted for money. Local officials can ask for compensation from imprisoned believers for providing food and accommodation. Those from tribal backgrounds - the vast majority of all Christian believers - suffer the most. This is especially true for Christians from the Hmong tribes. Converts in rural areas may face threats of their children being poisoned, or they may be excluded from educational and community resources. Of those that stay loyal to their Christian faith, many are expelled from the community.
(Open Doors UK and Ireland - July 2014)
Justice for Bangladeshi Garment Workers: The Church of Bangladesh is reporting some success in its Justice for Bangladeshi Garment Workers Campaign, but says that much more still needs to be done. The campaign was launched after 1,129 people, mostly garment workers, were killed following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building a year ago. So far, the campaign has secured new legal safety standards for Bangladesh factories and more pay for the lowest paid garment workers. In addition, 150 global high-street brands are now working with local trade unions to make the factories safe. As well as praying, the group is urging Christians in developed countries to help put pressure on retailers.
(Church Mission Society - July 2014)
Making a difference: Almost 2% of the population of Nepal has some form of disability. Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre (GPHRC) in Pokhara is helping people affected by leprosy by providing protective shoes and mobility aids. The centre also has skilled technicians for making prostheses and training patients in their use; they have also developed expertise in the fitting, modifying and repairing of wheelchairs. Give thanks that last year the centre was able to help 1,600 people through these services, making a considerable difference to the quality of life of each patient. Pray that each person who comes into contact with GPHRC experiences the love of Christ and has an opportunity to hear the gospel.
(International Nepal Fellowship - 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)