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10/31/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, tonight we will Pray for the Nation of Ukraine.

Once one of the Soviet Union’s most fertile republics, Ukraine was a major producer of Europe’s wheat and a primary source of minerals such as coal and iron. The country’s rich, black soil generated more than 25% of the Soviet’s agricultural output. Since gaining its independence in 1991, the nation has struggled to take advantage of its economic potential and remains largely dependent on Russia for oil and gas. And while Ukraine has become a mixture of ethnicities, traditions, and customs, Ukrainians continue to be a very hospitable people.

During the seventy-one years of Soviet rule, Ukraine endured engineered famines in which an estimated eight million died. The government strictly limited attempts to develop Ukrainian culture, even forbidding the study and use of the Ukrainian language. The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986 continues to inflict environmental damage, disease, and death.  In 2013, after the government abandoned close trade ties with Europe for more favorable ties with Russia, massive protests began with hundreds of thousands in attendance. When the government passed anti-protest laws, the protests escalated into deadly riots. Though these laws were later annulled, fighting and unrest continued across Ukraine, resulting in a civil war that has since taken thousands of lives. In the midst of this internal chaos, Russia annexed Crimea, adding further confusion to an already divided nation. Attempts at peace and reconciliation have been largely unsuccessful. In addition, the population suffers greatly from HIV/AIDS and alcoholism. Rampant drugs, crime, and prostitution enslave many of Ukraine’s most vulnerable, including orphans.

As the “Bible Belt” of the former Soviet world, the Ukrainian Church has faced a long history of persecution. Though freedom of religion is improving, it is not yet protected in both law and practice. Leadership training and direction are greatly needed among Christians, especially with the rapid growth of thousands of new congregations since 1991. Doctrinal schisms in the Orthodox church and divisions between Catholic and Protestant believers hinder their witness. The pain suffered under Soviet rule and during the most recent conflicts has greatly divided the Ukrainian people. But even amid recent violence, the Church has responded as the hands and feet of Jesus, meeting physical and spiritual needs. This has provided increased opportunities for Ukrainians to know and follow Christ.

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  – John 14:14

• Pray for God’s peace and reconciliation to overcome all hatred, conflict, and war.

• Pray for followers of Jesus to arise as messengers of His hope to the hopeless and the oppressed.

• Pray for repentance, forgiveness, and unity in the Church, across denominations and traditions.

“8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

If you are able, join us in a prayer call where we will pray the word over the Persecuted Church.

We will also continue to pray for:

~   Leah Sharibu and Alice that they will be set free from Boko     Haram captivity.

~   Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison, for his family, the children, and the church in China

~   To pray for Anita, an Iranian Christian, persecuted by the Islamic regime.

~   For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues

~   The Global Harvest for the Kingdom of God

In Christ love

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Leader

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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. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.


1 Comment

  1. chris says:

    Amen to all these prayer points concerning Ukraine and the other issues!

    I was under the impression that Crimea had historically belonged to Russia, but that is not a huge point. We are all swimming in a sea of fabricated history and lies anyway. It is hard for most of us to find time to sort out the truth.

    A had a secular situation a year ago in which victory was won quickly. To make it brief: Something that sounded good but was not triggered my God given discernment. I went to a neighbor who really is a prayer warrior and asked her two pray just two prayer points.

    1) that God would cause truth to be revealed as quickly as possible, and that

    2) He would cause by His own hand a real estate deal in which I really needed the money to be exposed, and fail, if it was out of His will and/or negatively impact my neighbors. He did so within just a couple of weeks from the time prayer began. This demonstration of the power of prayer became an astounding testimony in my neighbor’s church, and people who were thinking I might be betraying my neighbors found out that I had been on the side of doing right by all of us at great financial cost to me. I didn’t have to say a word in my own defense.

    One of my simple go to prayers now has become a request that God would cause the whole truth to be revealed instead of a few selective facts being put forth as the whole truth. In God’s eyes all the facts, which He alone may know, comprise the whole truth. Anything less than the whole truth is still a lie. I believe the likely consequence of a large percentage of people receiving truth into their hearts is that there can be much more peace, forgiveness of the past, and understanding. The devil loves the confusion and strife that follow his lies.

    I apologize for such a lengthy and post that is off topic in a sense. The principle remains the same. Operating in God’s truth brings unity and healing to those who desire good will and separates them from those who do not want to receive. We will be going through a sieve that is showing who we are the rest of our time until the Lord returns.

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