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(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in a conference prayer call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch. 

Dear Prayer Warriors, we are in the season of Sukkot, or Tabernacles. It is a seven-day festival to the Lord. 

(Lev. 23:33-44)

Verse 41 says “Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year.  This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month.”  

This is a picture of us, the Saints, being with the Lord forever; therefore, we can celebrate no matter what our circumstances.

Hebrews 12:2  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

  • Pray we would all be able to celebrate and have joy because of the joy set before us.
  • Pray we would fix our eyes on Messiah Jesus, setting our eyes on the goal set before us.

Matthew 13:44  “The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

  • Pray no one will regret confessing Jesus as their Messiah or regret losing everything.

Nehemiah 8:10 “…for the joy of the Lord is our strength”

  • Pray for joy in the Lord to give us abundant strength to endure.

The mourners’ Kaddish prayed for many, many centuries and perhaps millennia by the Jewish people is not what one might think.

It is a prayer exalting and praising the creator.  

The first line is translated as “May your great and holy Name be sanctified”  

The last line may be translated as “He who makes peace in the high places, may He make peace to you and all Israel.  And we say “Amen”

The word “Amen means faith, or faithful, sometimes translated as “I believe”.  

  • Pray for a spirit of praise in every circumstance, knowing that all things are working together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.  If we try to love Him, even if we are not feeling it, this is loving Him and counted as loving Him.  
  • Pray for those who are grieving; may exalting Elohim, the Creator, change their focus to God and the eternal Kingdom.
  • Pray we may dwell in the high places, in the heights. Psalm 18:33 “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.”.
  • Pray for a spirit of peace upon all who are grieving.
  • Pray for a spirit of peace upon those in fear; also, in all Israel; pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Habakkuk 2:4b “But the righteous shall live by his faith”

Acts 11:24 “He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great  number of people were brought to the Lord.”

  • Pray have access to the Word by whatever means to build our faith.
  • Pray Holy Spirit would give needed scriptures supernaturally or remind us of needed scriptures.
  • Pray believers would be able to meet together, helping build each others’ faith.
  • Pray the Holy Spirit and with a strong faith would bring a great number of people to the Lord; pray for the harvest.

We will also remember these dear ones:

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

  • Leah Sharibu was kidnapped along with 109 other students on February 19, 2018 when Boko Haram attacked a boarding school in the city of Dapchi, Maiduguri Diocese, in north-eastern Nigeria. A month later, some of the girls died in captivity and all the others were released, except Leah. She was the only Christian in the group
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped during the Rann attack on March 1, 2018. She was a nurse working with Unicef and is a mother of two.
  • Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison, for his family, the children, and the church in China. Pastor Wang Yi who is currently serving his prison sentence.
  • Anita an Iranian Christian, persecuted by the Islamic regime seeking asylum.
  • Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, for his release and his family as their persecution continues. At present he is serving his six-year sentence. 

The Harvest

“I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Valerie, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Photo: by RonAlmog

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

Recommended: For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!

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If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

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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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.


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