(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday January 29, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
The world situation, including Israel, and antisemitism has been foremost on my mind. There is so much to pray for that it is hard to begin.
Holocaust Remembrance Day was Thursday of this week. In Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Boca Raton flyers in plastic bags with a rock were thrown into driveways saying, “Every aspect of the covid agenda is Jewish”, giving the names of government officials, scientists, CEOs who are Jewish. Antisemitism has dramatically increased in the world. In France, it has increased 75% over 2020, with a 37% increase in violent attacks.
There were dozens of attacks during the 11 days when Israel and Hamas were exchanging fire. Soccer fans in Belgium do Nazi salutes and chant about killing Jews. Such chants occur regularly in Europe and in the Netherlands, and it is spreading to other venues like graduation parties.
The book “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, very antisemitic, are being sold very successfully by all the major book sellers.
Barnes and Noble argues that “IF this book is genuine, it might cause some of us to take a wary view on world affairs”, strongly implying that this book may in fact be true.
A Tennessee school board voted unanimously to remove the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Maus” about his father’s Holocaust experience. Parents said it might find the book “anxiety provoking” because it shows people hanging and the killing of children.
The United Nations is notoriously anti-Israel. The UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) decided to fund a new “commission of inquiry” to solely investigate Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Every year the UNGA routinely passes series of blatant anti-Israel resolutions: 17 in 2021. This month it called upon Israel to withdraw from “occupied Syrian Golan” and give it to the Assad regime.
The Biden administration told Israel, Greece, and Cyprus it will no longer support a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Europe in order not to get Russia and Turkey upset.
Israel and Lebanon are in a dispute regarding maritime borders, including oil drilling rights.
The children in most of the Arab world, and very strongly in Gaza, Syria and other places are taught that the Jews are responsible for their suffering and that they stole the land they are on.
Everyday rocks capable of killing people are throw by the Arabs in Gaza and also in other parts of Israel. Last year according to reports, there were 1,775 attacks. People were killed, including a 4-year-old girl.
Israel is determined to stop Iran from having nuclear weapons whether the West makes an agreement or not. Iran is determined to have them. Israeli fighter jets and refueling planes held massive drill over the Mediterranean aimed at Tehran. Iran is testing ballistic missles that can carry nuclear bombs to most of Europe.
Yet UK, France, Germany, USA continue to negotiate with Iran in Vienna.
China, Russia, and Iran held maritime joint exercises in the Indian Ocean. January 1st was their third one. Iranian’s leader Ebrahim Raisi presented Moscow with draft documents on strategic ties that would cement a joint collaboration for the next 20 years.
Houthi attacks from Yemen on the UAE did substantial damage, using a combination of ballistic and cruise missiles as well as drones. Many missiles and drones were intercepted, but many were not.
Israel is considering her position on the Ukraine / Russia crisis. Since 2014 Israel has maintained neutrality due to Russia’s significant military presence in Syria as well as Israel’s strong ties with Ukraine in a variety of areas. Israel volunteered to mediate, but Putin refused.
- Pray for the church and others to rise up and combat these lies, whether on flyers, in books; pray these flyers will not find good ground.
- Pray books about the Holocaust be allowed in the schools.
- Pray that the church in Europe would rise up with the Jewish community against the spread of antisemitism.
- Pray protection for the Jewish people in France, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands– all of Europe.
- Pray antisemitism would lead to more people fulfilling God’s agenda of bringing the Jewish people back to the land of Israel.
- Pray the US would stand with Israel; the US abstained in a UN vote on an important issue recently; pray US would change its stance on the natural gas pipeline to Europe. Pray for wisdom for the leaders of all these governments.
- Pray against the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement pushed by the UN and many Nations.
- Pray for a fair and Godly resolution with Israel and Lebanon.
- Pray that Israel would know how to deal with the rock throwing.
- Pray for wisdom for Israel’s leaders; have fear of God; seek Godly counsel; not rely on their own strength.
- Pray Israel would know what or what not to do regarding Iran.
- Pray confusion among Israel’s enemies.
- Pray protection for Israel and her true allies; for gathering of all necessary intelligence.
Again, we want to lift up these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
- Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
- Pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
- Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped from Iran and praying to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
- For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence.
Valerie, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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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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