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Tonight: Emergency Prayer Conference Call

My dear brothers and sisters, God’s joy is our strength!

Tonight, I invite you to join us on the Persecution Watch Conference Call to pray together in the spirit for our sister, Lois Kanalos the founder of Voice of the Persecuted.
Her husband and daughter both have the COVID-19 virus. This evening, her husband who is severely ill has been hospitalized.
We will also pray for each one of us, our families and loved ones.
Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Leader of Persecution Watch

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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!

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

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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

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

Tonight on Persecution Watch Prayer Call (Saturday, March 21, 2020)

A prayer ministry of Voice of the Persecuted

Dear Prayer Warriors,  It is written: “26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

What an encouragement it is for us to know that the Father has appointed the Holy Spirit not only to lead us in how to pray, but what to pray for!!!

Tonight we will remember,

  • to lift up our dear precious sisters, Leah Sharibu and Alice, who are continuing to suffer as captives of the Islamic Boko Haram group in Nigeria
  • Also Pastor Wang Yi from China, who has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for boldly sharing the love of God.

We were informed one of the persecuted Christians that Voice of the Persecuted is caring for abroad is very sick and may have the COVID-19 virus.

  • Voice of the Persecuted asks, “Please pray for Neda to be healed and keep praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters, worldwide. May the Lord bless, protect and give you peace so you can encourage others and shine His light during these trying times.”

 

  • Let us also pray against the news that 66 Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian and United Church of Christ Leaders Sign Letter Supporting Abortion read the report here

Dear Saints, Lord willing, we look forward to praying with you tonight.

In Christ’s Love,

Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Call leader for Persecution Watch

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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!

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

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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

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

Tonight on Persecution Watch: Worshiping and uniting during times of Crisis

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, fear of the COVID-19 around the world has been unprecedented, truly a pandemonium in countries such as Italy, as many find themselves in a state of panic with the numbers of infected on the rise and quarantines are implemented. Global economies have been hit hard with many unable to make a wage as their workplaces are temporarily shuttered. On Friday, President Trump declared a National Emergency to slow the spread of the virus in the USA and plan for relief programs to help those who are affected by the crises. Local leaders, even in the U.S, have called for schools to be closed and ask their citizens to stock up on goods and prepare to hunker down for at least a few weeks. As a result, stores struggle to keep product on their shelves with some shoppers even becoming combative and a threat to those around them. Fear of the unknown is bringing out the worst in society. In the U.S., Governors are recommending events where over 100 people gather are cancelled, including church worship services.

How does the Church respond and still obey God’s command to gather during this COVID-19 epidemic? This is a question churches around the globe are being forced to confront or will be in the near future. Chinese churches have already struggled with this for more than a month.

Unlike the secular world, we who are called by His Name truly know where our hope comes from.

“1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1

As we are told to stay away from the crowds and as churches take necessary steps to protect their congregations and the communities around them, we as believers are still commanded to meet with one another.

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The following is a precious letter that was written in late January from a pastor in China to his church. He encouraged believers to continue coming together in smaller groups, with guidelines for those who should avoid all meetings. The church is also providing online meetings and worship for those who cannot physically attend a small group.

DO NOT NEGLECT TO MEET TOGETHER: A PASTORAL LETTER IN A TIME OF QUARANTINE 

Dear brothers and sisters,

In light of the epidemic, we foresee that our church will not be able to meet together for quite a long time – anywhere from one to three months. During this period, how can we fulfill the biblical command of Hebrews 10:25: “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”?

Some say this biblical command is for ordinary times, not special circumstances. In normal times we can obey, but special circumstances demand special measures. However, is our time truly as special as when the author of Hebrews wrote this command? At that time, Christians were discriminated against and persecuted. Any meeting, even the smallest, could bring imprisonment and capital punishment. Throughout Hebrews, the author continually encouraged the letter recipients to have faith. Why? Because not only did they face persecution from authorities, they also faced persecution from society and their fellow citizens. We have reason to believe it was more difficult for believers to meet in the time of the book of Hebrews than during our own times. Therefore, this command is not just for churches during normal times, but especially for churches in “wartime.” This command not only requires Christians to continue meeting together, but also requires believers to encourage one another. Wartime situations bring a greater reminder than ordinary times that “the Day” is drawing near, therefore we should come together “all the more.”

In that case, why can’t the church meet as usual? Our primary concern should not be to avoid person-to-person infection, but to avoid causing panic and uneasiness to our neighbors, property management, neighborhood, and community. The government’s proposal is not religious persecution, but a public health warning caused by any human gathering. As we love our neighbors and carry one another’s weaknesses, and so that we may also please and build up our neighbors, we have suspended our meetings. Our church also has to consider other risks related to big gatherings, including the increased possibility of infection and the inability of many congregants to attend due to quarantine. We should pray for this epidemic, asking God not only to alleviate the pressure of the epidemic so we can resume gatherings, but also to bring reflection and transformation to our nation and society through this epidemic. The Bible promises us that the Messiah will take our illnesses and bear our diseases.

However, the church still bears the responsibility to teach. The church must make it possible for believers to obey the biblical command to gather. This is why we will make every effort to coordinate resources and provide opportunities for small group gatherings, so faithful brothers and sisters who are willing to obey the biblical command will not neglect to meet together, encourage one another, and enable the Word of God to shepherd his people. Keeping a close watch on epidemic reports and statistics or hearing slogans about presenting a united front to fight the disease will not bring spiritual growth or hope; only the Word of God can do this. Pastor Tim Keller says persecution helps you become either a better Christian or a worse one, but it does not leave you alone. Becoming a better Christian is the work of God’s Spirit, through God’s word, in the community of God’s people.

I encourage all of you to make every effort on Sundays to attend a small group meeting near your home, as long as you have no symptoms and have had no contact with infected individuals or people from infected regions. If you have a home big enough to accommodate meetings and the desire to serve, by faith open your home so the people of God can meet together. If you are willing to open your home as a venue for temporary small group meetings, please tell the elders. If you want to attend a nearby small group meeting, please register with us. On Sundays, encourage one another (rather than gossiping about the epidemic or shopping for face masks) and let the Word of God fill your spirit and family.

When you attend small group meetings, please wear facemasks in the neighborhood. Try to arrive early, and spread out your arrivals so as not to raise the attention of other residents by arriving at the same time. If you have recently returned from a domestic trip via high-speed rail or bus, please do not attend small group meetings, because railway stations and passenger transportation centers are crowded places. We suggest self-quarantine for about two weeks before you begin to attend small group meetings. Instead, you may connect with the meeting online. Attendance of those who have traveled internationally should be determined by the epidemic situation at the place of departure and individual health conditions.

If you are quarantined out-of-town and cannot return or are traveling, I encourage you to attend nearby church gatherings. Physical interactions and hearing the Word of God in person is always better than virtual meetings.  This will also provide you an opportunity to encourage and build up the local saints. If you cannot find a local church, you can still participate by listening to our sermon online.

If you are in the city but cannot attend our gatherings due to a cold, fever, or suspicious symptoms; if you dare not attend because of worry and fear; or if you cannot come out of consideration for or pressure from family members, we welcome you to notify the church and invite us to pray for you. Do not feel shy or ashamed because of this; bearing each other’s weakness is the teaching of the Bible and one of the reasons the church exists. We welcome you to listen to the Word of God through remote access.

For remote access for those who do not attend a small group: while you do not belong to any group, I still hope you will attend worship by following the scripture readings, prayers, and songs according to the liturgy published on the church’s social media. Our online worship will include a pastoral prayer and preaching, and conclude with fellowship and sharing in an online meeting room.

In order to help you obey biblical teaching, to shepherd and to teach God’s people with God’s word, and to share the gospel, we encourage willing brothers and sisters to host at-home small groups. We encourage you to attend if you can. We will provide online access to brothers, sisters, and seekers who cannot attend.

Your pastor   – Source and translation by China Partnership.

Churches are now meeting in the same way that many of the persecuted have been and are doing today!  As the Lord leads you, I welcome you join tonight’s Persecution Watch prayer conference call to pray for persecuted believers, the Kingdom harvest and against the trauma of fear.

  • For all the Nations and their leaders.
  • For the Body of Christ and for the harvest.
  • As the world responds in fear, pray that our focus remains on the Lord and for His glory to be revealed by the peace and the strength He gives us to move forward without fear. Pray He will use and direct us at this time to care for the weak and bring others to Himself.
  • We will also continue to lift up our dear precious, Leah Sharibu and Alice who continue to suffer as captives of the Islamic Boko Haram group in Nigeria.
  • For Pastor Wang Yi from China, who has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for boldly sharing the love of God.

I encourage you, dear ones, to remember who you are and who you belong to. We are the precious children of the most High, the King of all Kings, Who is, Who was and Who is to come!

Dear Saints, Lord willing we are looking forward to praying with you tonight.

In Christ’s Love,

Nadia Dybvik , Prayer Call Leader for Persecution Watch

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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!

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

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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

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

Tonight on Persecution Watch: North Korea (2/27/2020)

Dear Prayer Warriors,

(Voice of the Persecuted) Again, we want to lift up two persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for Leah Sharibu and Alice that this year will be the year where they will be set free. Also, pray for pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.

North Korea

Population: 27.7 million, Christians 300,000

Constant stress, constant threats. If North Korean Christians are discovered, they are deported to labor camps as political criminals or even killed on the spot. Driven by the state, Christian persecution in North Korea is extreme and meeting other Christians to worship is nearly impossible unless it’s done in complete secrecy.

Christians must keep their faith completely secret. If a Christian has a Bible, or part of one, it will be carefully hidden and only read when the believer is sure they are alone. Most Christians do not even tell their own children about their faith until the kids are older teenagers, for fear that they may let something slip. When Christians are discovered, they will be arrested and imprisoned in one of North Korea’s terrible labor camps, where they are worked like slaves and often tortured; most are never able to escape.

The news tells stories of the country’s ambitions on the world stage. Yet behind the headlines, a massive underground church of 200-400,000 Christians is growing in North Korea. And tens of thousands of these secret believers are held in North Korea’s infamous labor camps. It is a miracle that this underground church is able to exist. But more than that, it is thriving and growing.

There have been raids against Christians and killings, but no details can be published for security reasons. Pastor Dong-cheol Kim—arrested in 2015—and two Korean-American Christian lecturers at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), Tony Kim and Hak-song Kim, arrested in April and May 2017 respectively, were all accused of espionage but released ahead of the U.S.-North Korean summit in June 2018. In a change of hiring policy, PUST is now reportedly looking for non-US staff, a logical consequence of United States’ travel ban on American travel to North Korea. There have been more reports coming from North Korea, but for security reasons, no details can be given.

  • Pray North Korean officials will come to know God, for change within the regime and that the power of evil will be broken.
  • During a year when North Korea raised its profile on the world stage, Kim Jong Un continues to consolidate his power. Pray he will accept the one, true God.
  • Open Doors provides North Korean Christians with food, medicine and clothing and safe houses for North Korean refugees in China. Pray the church is strengthened and encouraged to endure by this provision.
  • Pray for Christians who suffer in prisons, labor camps and remote areas to have hope.
  • Pray for NGOs like Open Doors and Helping Hands can continue to deliver much needed physical and spiritual support. Another NGO which was pushed out of China is now feeding 15,000 children a day from their base in Vladivostok, Russia.
  • Pray that covert organizations will be able to smuggle more people out of K and bring them to safety In South Korea.
  • Pray for those dealing with the effects of recent violence against them. Please pray for the Lord’s provision in in all their physical and spiritual need
  • Pray to the Lord has His hand of protection over the believers that have courage and boldness to reach out to their neighbors.
  • Pray that the believers know that the body of Christ is praying for them.
  • Pray that the Lord will strengthen His believers and that it will continue to grow despite the hostile environment.

Many blessings,

Nadia Dybvik and Andy, Prayer Moderators for Persecution Watch Prayer Call

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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!

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

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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

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 and join the team!

Tonight on Persecution Watch: The Coronavirus Panic

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, the 2019 novel coronavirus, officially named as Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has now spread to 37 countries, according to the CDC. More than 80,000 have been infected globally, with at least 2,700 deaths, including nearly 78,000 cases in China, along with the majority reported death toll. The epidemic is alarming public health authorities and citizens across the globe. Authorities are working hard to contain the spreading of the virus and scientists are doing fast-track research for Coronavirus Treatment and Vaccine.

This Covid-19 is much like influenza, both are respiratory viruses. The symptoms include cough, fever, and pneumonia. To learn more about the virus, it’s symptoms and prevention, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.

The (WHO) reports,

“Given that COVID-19 is a new disease, it is understandable that its emergence and spread cause confusion, anxiety and fear among the general public. These factors can give rise to harmful stereotypes.

Stigma can: • drive people to hide the illness to avoid discrimination • prevent people from seeking health care immediately • discourage them from adopting healthy behaviors

Such barriers could potentially contribute to more severe health problems, ongoing transmission, and difficulties controlling infectious diseases during an infectious disease outbreak.

We have an important role to play in preventing and stopping stigma. We need to be intentional and thoughtful when communicating on social media and other communication platforms.”

Italy, my native country, has a total of 283 coronavirus confirmed cases as of 25 February. The country also reported 7 deaths. Stunned by Europe’s biggest surge of the coronavirus and what I’m hearing from my relatives, it appears Italy is operating in near panic mode. Whole communities have been quarantined. Though there is not a food shortage, people are on a rampage to clear out markets and grocery stores. Also, there are sad stories of healthy people from infected regions and those of Asian descent being stigmatized and even attacked as if the virus was their fault. While speaking to one of my very concerned family members, who is an unbeliever, I relayed that we should be crying out to the Lord, the One who can perform miracles and asked my relative to consider that. The next day he shared that he looked at himself in the mirror then called out, “God help me!” As the Church, we need to share the Lord with unbelievers at every opportunity. They need Him!

As newly infected cases, deaths, and the global spreading of the Coronavirus are reported, fear and panic is growing around the world, this week.

It is for this reason that I’m calling all Prayer Warriors, and I urge you to pray in the Spirit.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  Ephesians 6:18

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

* Pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters from the Coronavirus all over the world, that they will trust Jesus and not grow weary.

* Pray for healing of the believers who are currently affected by the virus in USA, China, Italy and around the world. Pray that they would respond well to treatment and that they would recover quickly.

* Pray the Kingdom harvest, that our brothers and sisters all around the world will show the love of Christ, God’s hope and salvation in the Lord to the lost who are sick or consumed by fear for the outcome.

* Pray for them not to be afraid but trust in the Lord.

* Pray that missionaries will be able to reach those who do not know the Lord.

* Pray that the lost will turn away from their sins, repent and choose to follow Christ as their Savior.

* Pray for jailed pastors & believers in China as news of coronavirus outbreaks in the prison systems of at least 3 provinces (Hubei, Zhejiang, and Shandong) surfaced. Ask God to give grace to prisoners across the nation.

* Pray for all of those being kept under quarantine globally that God would bring them peace until they can return or leave their homes.

* Pray for the medical workers across the world fighting this virus. Pray that they would remain safe and strong while they carry out this vital work.

* Pray that God will protect the nations and stop the virus spreading further.

* Pray for authority figures working to combat the spread of the virus. Pray that they will be kind, wise, and that their efforts will be fruitful.

* We will continue to lift up our dear precious Leah Sharibu and Alice who continue to suffer as captives of the Islamic Boko Haram group in Nigeria.

* and for Pastor Wang Yi from China, who has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for boldly sharing the love of God.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik & Merlaine Smokes, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderators

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

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!

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

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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

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 and join the team!

Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill Pastor and 23 Others in Attack Near Church

Photo: RobertoVi

Burkina Faso: Security forces report 24 people, including a pastor, were killed by gunmen during an attack on a church on Sunday in the northwestern part of the country. 18 were injured in the attack and some were kidnapped by the gunmen who forced them to haul looted goods. Extreme violence against Christians in Burkina Faso has rapidly risen in the past year, including church attacks, abductions and assassinations of pastors and priests.

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project claims over 1,300 people were killed in targeted attacks last year which is more than seven times the previous year. Insecurity has created a humanitarian crisis with more than 760,000 people who have fled their homes and now internally displaced. Source

Tonight on Persecution Watch: Libya (Feb. 13, 2020)

Coptic Christians murdered by Islamists in Libya

Dear Intercessors, you are invited to join us, tonight, in a prayer conference call for the Persecuted Church.

Again, we want to lift up two persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for Leah Sharibu and Alice that this year will be the year where they will be set free. And also pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison in China.

Libya

Population: 6.6 million, Christians 36,200

The absence of a single central government to uphold law and order contributes to the extreme levels of pressure in national and church life. Libyan Christians with a Muslim background face violent and intense pressure to renounce their faith from their family and the wider community. There is no freedom of speech, no equal treatment of Christians, no recognition of the church and no churches being built.

Christian migrant workers are allowed to meet together to worship in Libya, but they are always at risk of attack by Islamic militants, and face discrimination from Libyan society. Churches for Libyans are forbidden, and Libyan Christians must keep their faith completely secret. Christians who publicly express their faith and try to share the Christian faith with others face the risk of arrest and violence at the hands of their families, communities or violent Islamic militants.

ISIS still maintains a presence in the wider region around Sirte. Other groups, like those connected to the Islamic Dawn coalition, are in control of areas around Tripoli and some parts of Tripoli itself. In the east, radical groups are at least present in Benghazi.

Migrant Christians who have been arrested and detained while trying to reach Europe often end up in one of the overcrowded detention centers around Tripoli. Others do not even make it that far, but are directly delivered into the hands of criminal groups or human traffickers. Subsequently, they are forced into heavy labor in the agricultural sector or pushed into prostitution. Christian migrants held in detention centers in Libya—mostly from sub-Saharan African countries—have reportedly been raped and beaten. Although the ill-treatment and violence are not limited to Christian refugees, Christians are singled out for much worse discriminatory and violent treatment.

Slavery and human trafficking still take place despite an earlier international outcry that took place when CNN showed video evidence of a slave auction of sub-Saharan Africans in November 2017.

  • Pray to the Lord that a real central government with authority will be established in Libya.
  • Pray that political and security conditions will improve within the country that the Christians will experience to stability and protection of their rights as a religious minority.
  • Pray for Libyan Christians with a Muslim background that face violent and intense pressure from their family and the wider community to renounce their faith. Pray they stand strong in their faith.
  • Pray Christians living in Tripoli would be beacons of Christ’s peace in the midst of turmoil and violence. Pray that people around them would be drawn to Christ through them.
  • Pray for Christian migrants protection—mostly from sub-Saharan African countries—who are singled out for discriminatory and violent treatment in detention centers.
  • Pray for the protection of migrants from human traffickers who will make them indentured workers or worse sell them into slavery.
  • Pray for those dealing with the effects of recent violence against them. Please pray for the Lord’s provision in in all their physical and spiritual need
  • Pray to the Lord has His hand of protection over the believers that have courage and boldness to reach out to Muslim neighbors.
  • Pray that the believers know that the body of Christ is praying for them.
  • Pray that the Lord will strengthen His believers and that it will continue to grow in spite of the hostile environment.

Many blessings,

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Moderator

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM CST

7:00 PM MST

6:00 PM PST

Call in number: 712 775-7035

Access Code: 281207#

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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

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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

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 and join the team!

Join the Prayer Team to serve the Persecuted Church

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Blaine Scogin began Persecution Watch, a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets three times a week via a free call-in service.

Blaine joined Voice of the Persecuted in 2014 and began serving as our Prayer Director. At this time, the two missions merged. Blaine was also active in serving to meet the immediate physical and spiritual needs of our suffering brothers and sisters through the Voice of the Persecuted mission. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of Voice of the Persecuted. With the passing of our dear brother into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated prayer warrior team.

During the call, the team lifts up the persecuted to cover them in much needed prayer. We pray for individuals, communities and entire nations experiencing extreme persecution. We host the conference call on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern. (Please check your time zone.)

Periodically, we host special prayer call events lasting anywhere from a few to 24 hours for open prayer. On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better perspective of the situation persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit-led prayer.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers from other nations who want to pray united. 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 and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t 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.

Be a part of the mission to serve the Lord and the Persecuted Church. We can all be prayer warriors on this call. JOIN THE TEAM!

By signing up below, you will receive prayer points for each weekly call, urgent prayer requests, information for Special Prayer Call events and guest speakers. If you’re not able to participate on every call, we ask that you will pray for those listed in the prayer point emails.

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos – Founder, Voice of the Persecuted and the Persecution Watch Prayer Warrior Team

 

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive prayer points. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch Prayer Call mission.

To those signing up for the Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) prayer team: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted.

Please forward this communication to your church, prayer groups and others who will pray.

 

Call Information:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time: 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#

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