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Persecution Watch: Praying for Ukraine and Russia

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(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch. 


  • Population 41 Million
  • Christianity 82%, Judaism 0.2%
  • Christians: 73% Orthodox, 2.3% Protestants
  • In Soviet times, Ukraine was the Bible Belt of the Soviet Union.
  • Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe, and has high levels of corruption
  • In March – war forced 10 million civilians to flee from their homes, including 3.5 million who left for other countries.  About half has returned to Ukraine.

Psa 75:9-10

But I will declare forever,

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

“All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,

But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”

In General:

The capital Kyiv is full of large Evangelical churches; most evangelical growth was in Western Ukraine.  Pray for evangelical outreach to the Russian-speaking east.

Ukrainian Orthodox and Russian Orthodox are arguing over control of church buildings and legitimate authority in the nation.  

  • Pray for peace and cooperation between all who profess the name of Christ.
  • Pray for a strong church in every town and village.
  •  Pray for more Ukrainian missionaries to the Slavic world and former S.U.
  • Pray against the moral vacuum left from Communism – sexual libertinism, spiritual emptiness, alcoholism, hedonism.
  • Pray for leadership training to flourish amidst all the challenges

The War:

Children at risk – children from group homes in conquered territories are sent to Russia, cutting off contact to any surviving parents. Iranian drones are bombing Ukrainian energy infrastructure.  

  • Pray for drones and bombings to stop.

Most windows in the East were destroyed by shock waves.

  • Pray Ukrainians find ways to survive the long winter.

Russian soldiers are moving to Belarus in the north

  • Pray the war would not expand to more nations.

Russia claims that Ukraine is committing “genocide” against ethnic Russians

  • Pray Putin would never do what he has threatened – using chemical or nuclear weapons!

Between 100 to 300 Ukrainian soldiers die every day. In the process they kill many Russian conscripts.  

  • Pray for moral and spiritual healing from the horrors of war.

American and European support for Ukraine is weakening, because of inflation and high energy costs.  

  • Pray for Ukraine to make wise decisions.

Millions of families are separated because they are refugees or fighting the war.

  • Pray that God would protect families and children despite all challenges.
  • Pray for Christian churches and ministries serving the hurting.


Thousands of Russian men fled the draft -mostly to Central Asia.  These nations may get tired of many desperate men, or Russia may demand them returned, or close the exits.  

  • Pray for the Russians who do not want to fight.

Russian police are violent to even mild war protests, plus give long prison terms.  

  • Pray for the safety of Russians who speak out against the war.

Putin is pressuring Jewish organizations to openly support the war.  

  • Pray for freedom of faith.

Gen. Alexander Dvornikov is Russia’s new war commander.  He is called the Butcher of Syria.

  • Pray Russia would choose peace!

Russian hawks push Putin to become more violent.  

  • Pray for pragmatics or peace seekers to gain influence.

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, many Ukrainians became missionaries to Russia.  Within 10 years, most were deported.

  • Pray missionaries would again go throughout Mother Russia.

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.

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. Pray for an easy transition into the new culture. Pray also for her family still waiting for asylum. May they be reunited soon.

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)

Michael Laird, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

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: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link or App Store – iTunes

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

NOTE: Please fill out the form in the sign-up link below to be included in our distribution list to receive urgent prayer requests, prayer points, notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

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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