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Tonight on Persecution Watch Prayer Call: These are the Days

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, as the Lord leads you; we welcome you on tonight’s Persecution Watch Prayer conference call to pray with us for our persecuted brothers and sister and for the harvest.

It is written, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Oh, what joy and peace we have in the Lord when trouble surrounds us.

For our hope comes from the Lord and we are His precious children.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

18 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. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:18-20

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ John 1:23

As I was rejoicing in the Lord last night, this song came to mind an oh, what joy The Lord gave to me. I wanted to dance and sing to Him and glorify His Holy Name! My spirit was boosted with immense joy.

These are the days of Elijah,

Declaring the word of the Lord

And these are the days of Your servant Moses,

Righteousness being restored.

And though these are days of great trial,

Of famine and darkness and sword,

Still, we are the voice in the desert crying

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”

I highly recommend that you listen to this song in the video below with lyrics included!

Glory, Glory to our Lord God Almighty! My dear brothers and sisters come closer to the Father, to the Living Water and taste His peace. Come near to Him to receive His Glory!!!

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.

Also, for Pastor Wang Yi, who was sentenced to 9 years in prison for boldly sharing the love of God in China.

In Christ Love

Nadia Dybvik and Merlaine Smokes, Prayer Call Moderators 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: CHINA Prayer and Praise Reports

People in Chinese park-Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Author: Pvt pauline

Dear Saints, my heart rejoices as I hear testimonies of our dear Brethren in China.

11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

I received the following message from my dear sister in Christ, Angelica,j

Brothers and sisters,

I thought you might be interested in the current situation of Wuhan.

A few months ago, a pastor I know, along with church members, was preaching the gospel on the streets of Wuhan. He kept on street preaching even when Christians were not encouraged to share the Gospel. But nothing stopped them from proclaiming the Gospel, not even the plague.

Now it is the 10th day since the city has been separated by quarantine, and protective masks are the most valuable thing in Wuhan. Money is useless because you can’t find a store that sells the masks. People are in a desperate situation. In response, our brothers and sisters preach the gospel and give out tracks and free masks. They are sharing the word of hope and comfort from God. They have become more and more favored in the city, even in the authorities’ eyes.

These churches in Wuhan keep themselves away from all the rumors and political issues, they just do what a true Christian should do in this situation: preaching Gospel and being wittiness of true peace and true hope that comes from Jesus Christ in front of the non believers who are in panic and hopelessness.

A police officer came to one sister, listened to the gospel, and left with the track and mask happily. After a while, another police officer arrived, heard, and left with the tract and a mask also. Shortly, the first one came back saying another officer would like one too. Soon four more officers came! They are the ones who used to be concerned about the message. But now they came to Christians for help, and they bow down to our God.

The yellow (Christians wearing yellow suits for protection) has become the most beautiful color in the city. Christian gained the respect that they never had because of their willingness to risk their health to serve.

I thank God for their witness and full of joy for our Lord’s amazing work.

Please put them into your prayers. Lots of them are overloaded. Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive. For they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ. The opening may go soon.

Your brother, P. Z.

Our brother is asking for us to pray, it has been our privilege to pray for them!

–  Continue to plead with God for the lives of the people of Wuhan. Ask God for mercy on China as they battle the coronavirus. Ask God to strengthen his church to be salt and light at this dark time.

Lots of them are overloaded. Compared with the doctors and nurses, their load is even more massive. For they know, that is the opportunity God gave to them to gain people to Christ. The opening may go soon.

– This week pray for the church in China to take hold of their identity as God’s children.

– Pray the church in China will trust in the Father’s providential care & learn to entrust themselves fully to God.

– Pray the church in China will see more of the Father’s goodness and kindness and learn to trust him in suffering.

– Pray the church in China will submit to the Father’s discipline knowing that he disciplines those he loves.

– Pray the church in China will learn to delight in the Father as the Father delights in them in Christ Jesus.

– Pray the church in China will live out their lives that bring honor to the Father & not grieve him.

– Pray the church in China will never stop wondering at the depth of the Father’s love for them in giving his only son. May this be their constant praise to him.

– We will lift up two persecuted witnesses for the Lord and continue to pray for Leah Sharibu on this 4th day of two weeks of prayer for her. February 19th marks two years of her captivity by the Boko Haram. We also pray for Alice another Christian captive of the Boko Haram. Pray that this year will be the year where they will be set free. Remember and pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison in China.

If you are so led by the Spirit please join us tonight. Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you..

In Christ Love your sister,

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Leader

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: Special Guest Speaker-Bible Smugglers

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Join us on the conference call tonight and hear from a Bible Smuggler who will share what the Lord is doing to grow His Church!

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, years ago I read a book by Brother Andrew titled, God’s Smuggler. I was young in my walk with the Lord and I didn’t realize that God was still performing miracles. I had thought miracles only happened during Biblical times.

Andrew van der Bijl (known in English-speaking countries as Brother Andrew) is a Christian missionary born on 11 May 1928 in Sint Pancras, the Netherlands. He’s noted for his exploits in smuggling bibles into communist countries at the height of the Cold War and earned the nickname “God’s smuggler”.

In 1955, Andrew went to a Communist youth congress in Poland, at that time a part of the Soviet bloc. But he wasn’t a communist: he was a Christian. His suitcase contained his Bible, a change of clothes and hundreds of tracts entitled The Way of Salvation, which he intended to give away.

If caught, Andrew knew that he would be sent to prison and that only God could help him. This brave missionary is known for having prayed the following prayer when he was stopped to have his car inspected at the border of a communist country.

“Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture I want to take to your children. When you were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see.”

I had never heard any one pray with such assurance and devotion. God did answer his prayer and made it possible for Andrew to give away the tracts without being caught! I was encouraged by his amazing story, I wanted to know more about this man and how he was able to communicate with the Lord.

One day, through a dear missionary friend of mine, I was able to meet this extraordinary brother. I was so elated when I came face to face with him that I was speechless and unable to ask any questions. He smiled and he began to speak to me with a kind voice that made me feel at ease. I came to know about his deep relationship with the Lord and his faith in Him. Andrew was led by God to go where people were hungry to hear God’s Truth. He obeyed the Lord’s calling on his life which took him to dangerous places. He realized that prayer was crucial to communicate with God, to be led by Him and know what to do. He was confident that God was listening and would answer him. I was so excited because I too desired to talk to God through Jesus. His testimony touched me deeply. He also loved persecuted Christians and cared that they needed help.

I had met an ordinary man that was able to do extraordinary things in the Lord through prayer. Andrew’s love for the Lord was so contagious that I wanted to spend more time with him. I was sad that day when we parted.

I became involved with my missionary friend who was also smuggling bibles to persecuted Christians. It was then that I became aware of their deep persecutions and trials. She showed me the importance of Hebrews 13:3,

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

As I heard the heart wrenching testimony of Christians being persecuted for the sake of His glory, their love for the Lord and for the harvest, I was given a new heart and a desire to pray for them. At the time, I didn’t fully comprehend God’s will and Kingdom purposes for me.

Years later, Lois Kanalos, the Founder of Voice of the Persecuted, invited me to join a special prayer conference call event hosted by Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch. The mission of Persecution Watch is to specifically pray for the persecuted and the global harvest. I was thrilled to join on the call to serve God in praying for suffering believers. I had grown in the Lord and it was then that I recognized what God had been training me for all along. I continued to join the weekly prayer calls and prayed united with the group of intercessors for the persecuted. The presence of the Holy Spirit was strong and powerful. Later, Blaine and Lois asked if I would like to take the role as a prayer leader and moderate one of the weekly prayer conference calls. I could not believe it. My dear sister, Merlaine, who God had brought into my life years ago, also accepted to serve with me as co-moderator on the calls. Our Father had orchestrated all these things before I even understood what was going on!

My love for persecuted Christians has deepened and my heart cries also for the lost ones who do not yet know Jesus. But I’ve learned what is impossible for men is possible for God. It’s a privilege for me to pray for my brothers and sisters and for the harvest. It is a honor to be on the call in unity with other brothers and sisters as we intercede for them and praise the Lord. What a joy it is to be able to stand together, to come to know and love one another, as the Lord intended.

Tonight, my missionary friend, ‘Dr. Pat’ will be joining the call to share with us about what the Lord is doing to get Bibles into the hands of those in restricted nations.

I welcome all of you who love Jesus, have a desire to serve Him and care about persecuted believers, to come on the call as you are led to pray. Join us and experience the amazing love of God who leads us into prayer through the Holy Spirit. Receive the joy and amazing blessings that God has in store for you as you are obedient to His calling.

In Christ love,
Nadia Dybvik and Merlaine Smokes
Prayer Call Moderators, Persecuted Watch

Prayer Warriors and those wanting to receive prayer updates, please see note below the call details.

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: ‘This is the Life of the Martyrs’

The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, painting by Jean-Leon Gerome

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, all brothers and sisters, I was deeply touched by the following statement of Pastor Wang Yi.

“When we see the martyrs, when we see their witnesses, we know that redemptive history is progressing; we know that the end time – although we do not know which day it will be – is near. Our hearts will then be lightened; we will no longer think so much about the things on earth but more about the things in heaven. We will no longer think so much about the things of the present age but more about the things in the coming age. We will no longer think so much about ourselves but more about others. This is the life of the martyrs; this is a mark of Christ’s second coming in the end times; this is a mark in the life of a pilgrim.”

Our dear brother sincerely means what he says. The fruits of his faith is evident his life. Wang Yi has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His zeal and boldness reflects his love for the Lord, his brothers and sisters and for the lost. He is such an encourager not only for Chinese believers, but the entire Body of Christ!

As the Holy Spirit leads you, I welcome you to come on the call, tonight and pray with us for the Persecuted Church.

In Christ love.

Nadia Dybvik,

Prayer Call Moderator, Persecuted 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!

Tonight on the Persecution Watch Call (12/28/19)

(Voice of the Persecuted) Tonight we welcome you to join us on the conference call to pray for the global persecuted church. We will also be remembering our Brother Blaine and praying as the Holy Spirit leads us. Thank you dear brothers and sisters for your support and dedication to pray for the persecuted Church. We can all be prayer warriors on this call.

In Christ love
Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Call Moderator

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 has 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 serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.

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.

Andrew Brunson Speaks to European Parliment, Releases Book and Records Song Written in Prison

Pastor Andrew Brunson suffered exteme persecution at the hands of the Turkish government – Photo: Fady Gergis Youtube capture

(Voice of the Persecuted) American Pastor Andrew Brunson recently spoke to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. Andrew shared what it was like to live as a pastor in Turkey since 1993. He described those 25 years as “twenty-three by choice, two by force in the prisons”, and as spending those combined years telling people about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Though he and his wife suffered in Turkey, Andrew said they still loved the Turkish people and have no regrets they went there and did the work that made him a target for persecution. Andrew started several churches and had done this openly, with nothing to hide, in front of Turkish authorities. “It wasn’t a job for me. I fully believe in what we did, and I don’t try to hide that my call is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. I believe He is the only way of salvation and I don’t apologize for saying that. We spent 25 years in Turkey not to undermine the system in any way but to bring God’s offer of eternal life.”

Turkey has a large unreached people group who have never heard the Gospel of Christ, which is why Brunson agreed to go when asked all those years ago. It may surprise you that the Turkish people are often forgotten in prayer, but Pastor Brunson’s imprisonment has changed that. During his incarceration, Brunson was told about the unprecedented prayer movement taking place on his behalf. He said he didn’t feel worthy of it, but certainly needed prayer and was very grateful. As basically an unknown, he wondered why millions of people were praying for him. He concluded that God was using this with intentions to pour prayer into Turkey. “I rode a wave of prayer out of Turkey but…there was a tsunami of prayer that crashed into Turkey that is going to bring great blessing to that country…God was using my imprisonment for good in that way.”

Background: In 2016, the Brunson’s had believed they were called into the local police station to receive long term visa’s, but instead told there was an order for their arrest and they would be held for deportation. It was an unusual detainment for a Westerner who would normally be notified weeks in advance about deportation. They spent 13 days in the center under total silence without knowing why they had been detained and no legal or consular services. Andrew said that he remembers seeing the U.S. Consulate being turned away at the gates of the deportation center. They repeatedly asked what was happening and when they would be deported but only told, Ankara will decide. At the end of the 13 days, his wife, Norine was released but Andrew was imprisoned for “terrorism” for more than two years. Not wanting to leave him, Norine remained in Turkey during his imprisonment.

Attempts by Ankara to use Brunson as a political pawn for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed. The U.S. responded to the imprisonment and false espionage and terror-related charges against Brunson with sanctions. On August 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on two Turkish government officials who were involved in the detention of Brunson. Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had their assets frozen in the United States, they were prohibited from traveling to the U.S., or engaging in any financial transactions with American citizens. On August 9, the Trump Adminstration raised tariffs on Turkish products. Erdogan followed with tariffs on U.S. products. The U.S. sanctions proved to put a greater pressure on Turkey and on October 12, 2018, Brunson was convicted on the charge of aiding terrorism, but sentenced to time served. He was released from Turkish custody and immediately returned to the United States.

During the European Parliament meeting, Andrew thanked the MEP’s for there concern about religious freedom and using their position to advance it. He also warned of the heightened level of pressure now being experienced by Christians in Turkey. Many lies were often shared about Brunson in the Turkish media supported and controlled by Erdogan’s Islamic government. He some what became the face of Christianity in Turkey. Andrew said there’s been a significant increase of hate speech, tension and distrust since his case.

“I think the environment has been created so when there is increased persecution against Christians, now most Turks are conditioned to say, They deserve it,” he added.

As we at Voice of the Persecuted asked you to pray for Andrew from the beginning of his detention, we now plead with you to keep Christians in Turkey as well as the Turkish people in your prayers.

During the session, Andrew also told the MEP’s about an interesting dream he had in prison about Turkey, Iran and Russia. Andrew said he believed it was God inspired. Voice of the Persecuted highly recommends that you watch the video below of Brunson’s full speech in the European Parliament.

Inspiring

In his most difficult time as a prisoner in Turkey, Andrew wrote a song in Buca Maximum Security Prison only two weeks after the Turkish government falsely accused him of being a spy and helping to lead a coup attempt. These new charges carried an automatic three life sentences in solitary confinement with no parole. Andrew sang this song every day for the remainder of his two years in prison. Listen as Andrew’s explains the story behind the song.

With the help of Fady Gergis, Andrew’s song titled, Worthy Of My All – is now available as a free download. He recorded it at International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOPKC). Gergis said, “This song carries such a powerful testimony of continuing to believe that Jesus is worthy while almost having no hope of getting out of prison.” You can download it for free at this link. Fill in your email address, and you will receive a link for the download.

 

Andrew recently published book. You can preview and purchase God’s Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance here.

#Thanksgiving Place Setting to Remember the Persecuted #NotForgotten

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(Voice of the Persecuted) As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and the blessings of God and family, again we ask for you to remember millions of our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted. Many brothers and sisters worship in secret. Large numbers are in hiding, refugee camps, brutal prisons or held as captives completely cut off from their families. Their crime? Choosing faith in Jesus Christ and refusing to deny him as their Lord and Savior.  It’s critical that we remember the Persecuted Church and stand in solidarity with them. Therefore, can you place a setting on your holiday table in remembrance of our persecuted family in Christ? The empty place setting at your Thanksgiving dinner table will serve as a reminder to pray for all those wrongfully imprisoned and being persecuted for their Christian faith around the world.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20

As we sit down to dinner, praise the Lord giving thanks that we live in a nation with protected religious freedom and the right to worship our Lord without fear of being persecuted. Remember to include our persecuted Church family in our prayers. Ask your family and friends if they can join you to pray daily for those suffering. Let’s get America praying!

Please share a picture of the place setting on your social media pages with the hashtags #Thanksgiving and #NotForgotten. It greatly encourages the persecuted to see others are remembering to pray for them. Share your photo with us so we can pass it along to them.

Praying for the peace of our Lord to wash over you and your families. That anger or animosity can be put aside and love is shared by all at your gatherings. May you and your family spend the day counting all your blessings and thanking God for every single one. That you will shine the Light with a heart full of love allowing nothing to steal your joy. That my friends is a personal choice we can all choose this day, regardless of our situations or the people around us.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God greatly bless you!

Lois Kanalos, Founder and the Voice of the Persecuted Team

Tonight on Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call (Nov. 23, 2019)

 

Dear prayer warriors, ever since Jesus came into my life, I would spend hours reading God’s Word in my precious Bible. God also brought to my attention the testimonies of brothers and sisters, of old and present, through the scriptures, other books and stories that I heard. I loved hearing the testimonies of brothers and sisters who followed and served the Lord. I was captured by their faith and love for Him. They were willing to obey even if it meant giving up their own life, family, friends, everything to follow Jesus. It saddened me deeply to hear of their sufferings and persecution and how many had lost their lives.

But it also moved me to hear of God’s power and unbelievable miracles through them. How He would provide, protect and rescue them, even take them home with Him into eternal Glory. I loved and admired these dear brothers and sisters. I often imagined walking in their footsteps. God used and is using their witness to shape my life as I walked with Him to this day. I also desire to be obedient to my precious Lord Jesus, like them…unto that Day of Glory prepared also for me.

I want to love and serve our Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. But am I truly willing and able to do that even if it means my life? I recall the words of a precious woman who once said,

“My life does not belong to me. I must follow where the Lord leads. I was bought at a high price and must be obedient to the One who purchased me. Isn’t it costly to live like that? Yes, but it is far more costly to disobey.” Her name was Corrie Ten Boom.

I can tell you that God has impressed those words deeply into my heart. They have become my words and my way of life. I can honestly say through Jesus whom straightens me, yes, I am willing.

As I serve Him, I also serve as a Moderator on the Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call.

I believe what Corrie Ten Boom said:

“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.”

This is my encouragement to you all, to believe it!!!

As the Spirit of God leads you tonight, I welcome you to come pray on the call with this joyful and excited attitude.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik, Prayer 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 has 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 serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.

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.

Meet you on the call!

The Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted Team

 

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