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(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2022, in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Myanmar (formerly Burma): Population 57.5 million, 87.9% Buddhism (official), 6.2% Christianity, 4.3% Islam

In February 2021 the military handed power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and declared a state of emergency. Myanmar has a long history of political and humanitarian crises.

A military crackdown in 2017 destroyed villages and killed hundreds of Rohingya, and thousands fled into Bangladesh.

  • Pray for the Christian outreach to the Rohingya.

Much of Myanmar does not allow the construction of church buildings – some walk for miles to reach a fellowship.

  • Pray believers can always find fellowship.

New believers often face persecution from their communities and their loved ones. Because of this, it has become common for pastors to take young people into their homes when they leave their traditional religion for the love of Christ.

  • Pray for the new believers.

The current crisis has created an increased openness to the gospel. When the Buddhist leadership in Myanmar did not express opposition to the military takeover, many people lost confidence in Buddhism and became willing to hear other ideas.

  • Pray for the severe food shortages – the international community will not send food to Myanmar because the junta refuses to release the supplies to the people.

In protest to the coup, many professional workers went on strike – because of this, most children have not attended school since February 2021.

  • Pray for children to be ready for their future.
  • Pray for perseverance for Believers sharing the Gospel, despite risk and hardship.
  • Pray that this suffering nation will come to understand God’s promise in Romans 8:35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”
  • Pray for peace. – There is no end in sight to the conflict and so far, all international attempts to help solve the crisis have failed.
  • Pray for provision. The economic situation is very dire. Many have lost their jobs – Pray for the economy to pick up, so that people can be saved from desperate poverty.

The new junta’s security forces use violence against protestors on the streets.

  • Pray for protestors’ safety, and they would meet the King of Kings.

The military’s ‘Burmanization’ campaign targets the predominantly Christian region of Chin State. Scores of Chin people are displaced to Malaysia, Thailand, and India.

  • Pray for the Chin people.
  • Pray that the Lord will convict the Military Junta and give them a desire for peace and reconciliation.
  • Pray that the Lord will stretch out His hand of protection over the churches and houses targeted by the military.
  • Pray for healing and hope – the level of trauma among Christians is reaching crisis levels.  
  • Pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen Christians’ faith, and they would remain joyful under suffering.
  • Pray that NGOs working in the country will bear fruit. Pray for continued protection and wisdom for our partners who must in high-risk areas. 
  • Pray to the Lord that He will encourage church leaders who struggle with horrific memories.
  • Pray for the displaced villagers who fled to the mountains, that they will find food and shelter.
  • Pray to the Lord that refugees will be allowed to enter neighboring nations and find protection.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will add to the number of believers in spite of the tumulus times that challenge Christians.

Again, we want to lift these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:  

  • Leah Sharibu, a 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 to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members to Canada.
  • 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, recently reduced from ten years.

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 Creekmore, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

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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

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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