Tuesday, 8/17/2021 (Voice of the Persecuted) Reports coming out of Afghanistan have many hearts filled with sorrow. Along with others, I am deeply troubled by the latest events. There is much concern for Afghan Christians, women and children now abandoned and left in the hands of the Taliban.
In the past, the Taliban ruled over the country using oppression, fear, including public executions and stoning. It is no secret that they finance themselves through criminal means, the drug trade, human trafficking, and selling girls into sex slavery, particularly those do not belong to their radical religious ideology. Their sons are taken from their parents, forced to convert, educated in radical Islam, then trained to be soldiers in their jihadist army. Some news reports claim that the militant group appears to have changed and may be more humane. However, Afghans and others believe it’s a mere façade to gain international acceptance.
Brothers and sisters, there is power in prayer! James 5:16 (NIV) says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
I call upon all of you to join us, tonight, on the Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call to pray for Afghanistan. Let us stand together in the gap and intercede for them. Call upon the Name of the Lord to strengthen, empower and rescue His people. God be with them!
- For our brothers and sisters in Christ, that they will be protected and comforted.
- Pray for God’s grace and mercy to be upon them.
- Pray that the enemy’s plans will be thwarted, and that people will be miraculously rescued from danger.
- Pray that they will boldly share the Truth of Salvation.
- Pray for the Harvest
We will also remember our persecuted family around the world. Like believers in Afghanistan, many suffer extreme persecution and the threat of death for their faith in Christ.
I urge all of you to share this with your churches, pastors and ask others to pray with you.
The Lord’s servant,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call 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 time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.
Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.
“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are 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 are new to the call and cannot 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!
God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.
Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team
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Photo: Caught from video that was recorded by RAWA in Kabul using a hidden camera. It shows two Taliban from department of Amr bil Ma-roof (Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Taliban religious police) beating a woman in public because she has dared to remove her burqa in public.