(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
Gaza: Population 2 million, Islam 98%, Christianity 1%, 70% live in deep poverty
- According to Human Rights Watch – since Hamas took over in 2007, the Hamas-controlled government stepped up its efforts to “Islamize” Gaza in 2010, efforts it says included the “repression of civil society” and “severe violations of personal freedom.”
- Violence against Christians has been recorded. The owner of a Christian bookshop was abducted and murdered, and in 2008, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) library in Gaza City was bombed.
Palestine: (including Gaza) Population 5 million, Muslim 93%, Christians 6%, Palestine National Authority has only limited power to govern the East Bank.
- Palestine Christians feel pressured by all sides- Israel sees them as Arabs, Islamic extremists see them as western collaborators, and they are often ignored by the global Church. Most emigrate to another nation – Pray that there will always be a Christian witness in Palestine!
- Arab evangelicals feel pressured by the same groups, but also from the traditional Palestine churches – pray for courage, endurance, and that they know the spirit of love.
- Arab evangelicals lose most leaders to emigration – pray that God would raise up more leaders, through bible college or other means.
- Pray for – Holy Spirit power to overcome poverty and hopelessness.
- Islamic extremism is rising – pray for protection on the Christian Church.
- Reconciliation between Arab Christians and Messianic Jews.
61% of Palestinians are exiled to other nations, mostly to Muslim nations.
- Pray for the Palestine Christians in Muslim nations.
- Pray for freedom from religious bondage.
- Pray for true peace in the land, that the Prince of Peace will be revealed.
- Pray for a strong church in every town.
Nadia has asked us to also pray for Pastor Hanna who will be going to this region. He will be working with Muslim Background Believers (MBB’s), schools, churches, and refugees.
We are continuing to lift up these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
Leah Sharibu prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.
Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped in February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
Pastor Wang Yi to be released from Chinese prison.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran for his release and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence.
“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)
Anita, a Christian convert, had faced a long prison term but was able to escape from Iran. She and her family have finally arrived in their permanent host country where they can express their faith openly. Thank you for praying!
Michael Laird, 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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