Dear sisters and brothers, for it is written in Corinthians 12:12-27,
“12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,
25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
I remember a precious quote from our dear sister, Mariam Ibraheem, “Fear Not Tomorrow. God is Already There.”
Oh, the encouragement we have been given by God to share with one another. How beautiful it is to be part of God’s family, for we are all parts of the body of Christ!
Our dear sister Naghmeh Panahi, asked, ‘Please pray for our health and those we serve’. Tonight, we will encourage our sister and those who are appointed by the Lord to serve with her. We will honor her requests and will lift them up in prayers to our Father
- The persecuted church in Iran- please continue to pray specifically for the Christians in Iran. Many who are arrested and imprisoned for their faith are women. Many are single mothers who have come out from abuse. Many of these sisters continue the call to share the Gospel every single day knowing that it can cost them their lives.
- Please continue to pray for Anita and Zahra both young women in their twenties who were imprisoned by the Iranian government. They are both out on bail and awaiting their trial and final conviction. Anita is on trial because of her Christian faith. Zahra is a Kurdish civil society activist who was arrested in the Kurdistan province of Iran, on 23 May 2019. She is charged with national security offences in relation to her civil society work empowering marginalized members of Iran’s Kurdish minority.
- Pray for Mona and Neda, two Christian women who shared the Gospel but fled Iran as authorities are seeking to arrest those involved with converting Muslims to Christianity. Their application is being processed for humanitarian visas to come to America from Turkey.
- Muslim refugees– Please pray for the abused Muslim refugee women we are working with locally. There are specifically two Afghani women who have heard the Gospel as a result and an Iranian woman who is now so hungry for Jesus and is attending church almost every day and reading the Bible. Please pray that the light and beauty of Jesus would shine through and His love and respect for women. Please pray that as the body of Christ we would learn how to better help the abused and oppressed and as a result be a shining light to the dark and lost world.
- Please pray for our physical health, our childrens’ health, and the health of many of the women we work with who have gone through abuse and infidelity. It has been an especially difficult winter for the health of the children of TAF’s leadership team, and many of the women we serve are dealing with extreme health issues including battles with cancer. It is heartbreaking since many of these ladies have young children. Please pray for the health of of our children, as some of these women also have children with special needs (such as Anne Basham) or serious illnesses.
- Please pray for the Voice of the Persecuted mission who is covering all the financial needs for one of the Iranian women who fled Iran with her child as they wait for humanitarian visas to come to America.
- Please remember Alice, Leah Sharibu and others in Boko Haram captivity. On this 7th day of the two weeks of prayer, recognizing two years of Leah being held by the Boko Haram on Feb. 19th, we are asked to pray for the Nigerian Government to help in the release of the captured girls and other victims of Boko Haram.
- Please also remember Pastor Wang Yi imprisoned by the Chinese government for boldly sharing the Gospel.
Lord willing, we are look forward to praying with you tonight on the Persecution Watch prayer conference call.
In Christ Love your sisters,
Nadia Dybvik and Merlaine Smokes, Co-Moderators, Persecution Watch
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.
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