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Tonight on Persecution Watch: I Have Decide to Follow Jesus (Nov. 19, 2019)

(Voice of the Persecuted) My dear prayer warriors, the moment Jesus came into my life, my heart completely changed. All I could do was cry for joy. I was breathing so hard and my heart felt like it would explode. I’ve never known such a love. I cried out to Jesus, that was all I could do. As He was revealing Himself to me, I kept calling His name, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! On that precious day, I decided to give my life to Him. It was 1993 and I knew then I would never turn back.

It was shortly after that I heard the precious hymn, ‘I Have Decide to Follow Jesus’. That hymn so resonated with my heart for Christ, it was as if the song was written for me to sing.

I had never heard the story behind it. One day, Blane Scogin, founder of Persecution Watch (PW), shared the story with all of us on the prayer conference call for the persecuted Church. Again, my heart started to beat uncontrollably like that day when Jesus came into my life. I knew then that God was calling me, showing me a purpose in my life, to be a part of the weekly PW call to pray for my brothers and sisters who are persecuted because they have chosen to follow Jesus.

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG “I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS” 

Dear believers, we all have a purpose in Jesus. We all have been commended to pray for one another and those who are persecuted for His sake. Tonight, you are welcome to join me in prayer for the persecuted as the Holy Spirit leads you.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik and Merlaine Smokes, Prayer Team Moderators (PW/VOP)

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.

Meet you on the call!

The Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted Team

 

Tonight on the Persecution Watch: Forgiveness (Nov. 16, 2019)

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear believers, my heart has been heavy for the love of my siblings. In last few years, we have grown apart. Life troubles, frustration, anger, obstacles … decisions we had to make regarding my sick father, all contributed to distance between us. Once I felt very close to them. We loved each other and I knew I could always count on them. Yet, now we are all divided and as years go by it seems harder and harder to grow close again.

I have reached out many times and asked forgiveness in what ever I had said or done that may have hurt them. I have shown them love in many ways, forgiven any hurt or pain they have caused me, yet to no avail.

This morning I came upon a video of Ruth Gram who wrote a book titled, Forgiving My Father. At first it shocked me, “What, Billy Graham?”

But as I listened to her, she explained how much she had missed her father while growing up. She understood the reason of his absence but through the years, she missed a relationship with him. She later was able to realize and admit that she never forgave her father for the void she felt in the years of his absence. But it was time to forgive him, even if she was not able to tell him.

I was asked by a very dear sister, “Can you love them, my siblings, enough to forgive with no expectation of anything in return?” Yes, I can, I answered her even before she finished the the sentence.

As she prayed for me, I cried letting my Father know that because He loved me first, I loved Him also, for this reason I can love my earthly brothers and sisters, even if it means I receive nothing back from them.

What a freedom it is not to hold anything back. My heart went to our suffering brothers and sister in Christ whom we pray for.

I cry for them, are they able to forgive those who persecute them, their fathers their mothers, siblings, family, neighbors enemies? The trauma they have to overcome because of it?  Are they able to forgive the pain and the torture they have to endure? I pray they can, I pray they will be free, giving it to the Lord and asking Him to help them to love and forgive their enemies, persecutors.

Dear prayer warriors, I invite you to come on the call tonight to pray for them in the Spirit with me. Come as you are.

In Christ love

Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Team 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.

Meet you on the call!

Tonight on Persecution Watch: I Hear Your SOS

(Voice of the Persecuted) As I head out to my local grocery store, a new song plays on the radio in my car and I listen.  Right away my mind quickens my heart and I think of the children and young teenagers of Northern Nigeria.  The words to the song sing on the airwaves,

“You are not hidden.  There’s never been a moment you were forgotten.   You are not hopeless, though you have been broken.  Your innocence stolen.  I hear you whisper underneath you breath.  I hear your SOS – your SOS.  I will send out an army to find you in the middle of the darkest fight – it’s true.  I will Rescue you.”

About the same time as Lauren Daigles song hit the airwaves here in the States, I noticed a news article that popped up on my phone.  It was a story of two young Nigerian girls, Binta Umma and Maimuna Musa.  They had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2016.  The girls’ family members were killed in front of them and they were taken away deep into the forest.  There in the jungle and far from home, or any help, they were married off to Boko Haram soldiers.  They were verbally and physically abused, often food was withheld, and they were forbidden to leave their grass huts.  One of the girls became pregnant and gave birth at age 14, but within a year the baby died from a fever.

The soldier husbands decided it was time for their wives to become suicide bombers.  They told the girls to think more of God and begin to prepare for their mission.  Boko Haram often deceive women by telling them they will not die on such a mission.  Others said that even if you die you will be in paradise.  Both girls were scared when they heard they would be forced to carry a bomb to kill people.  They had only two choices, escape or die.  The militants readied the girls in a four-day training period. They were told where to go, how to explode the bomb, and where they could find potential victims.

Binta lamented that as soon as the vest was tied to her body, she lost any hope of survival.  The militants sent her out on a day when that was cloudy with no sunshine. She walked until she reached a major road and looked for soldiers to rescue her.  She did not want to attack people; she didn’t want to die.  Both girls having similar stories and tell of how they just kept walking until they found government soldiers.  They did find them and fortunately for these girls, the soldiers were looking for them too.

These were not your typical soldiers trained in warfare, but rather trained to disarm children and teens who were being used as suicide bombers.   They were looking for children with bombs strapped to them. They could help them by disarming, detonating or destroying the bombs strapped to their bodies. These soldiers were on a very dangerous mission to set these young ones free and stop an attack before it happened.  These are a new breed of soldiers called EOD specialists who work for the Nigerian government and trained by the US Army.  They risk their own lives in order to set these children free from the suicide mission they have been forced to perform by Boko Haram.  This scene is played out over and over in Northern Nigeria.  A place where it is estimated that Boko Haram is holding 10,000 plus children captive and enslaved—waiting to send them on a deadly suicide mission.

Today, Nigeria is a country rich in oil and natural gas.  It’s seeking to present itself as the image of modern Africa, but the country is far from united.  The country has nearly 200 million people with 230 different ethnic groups and in the year 2050, Nigeria is expected to out-populate the USA.  Although Nigeria collects billions of dollars in oil revenue each year, more than 60% of Nigerians live in poverty.  Many on less than $2 a day.  In the North East, the poverty rate is even higher.  The nature of governance in this area is poor to begin with.  Poverty, illiteracy, a high infant mortality rate, inequality, along with neglect by those with political power have helped sow a rebellious brand of Islam in the North East.   Islamist leaders use as their role model one of the world’s most brutal and dogmatic Islamist movements.  It is a recipe for disaster and a watershed about to burst.   Millions have been dispersed having to flee their villages where Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsman have waged a so-called Holy war.  No one is safe. Not a Christian or a Muslim.  If you do not conform to the extreme interpretations of the Quran, you are considered an infidel and hunted down and killed.

Lauren’s song “Rescue” continues…There is no distance that cannot be covered over and over.  You’re not defenseless.  I’ll be your shelter.  I’ll be your armor.  I hear you whisper underneath your breath.  I hear your SOS-your SOS.  I will send out an army to find you in the middle of the darkest night- it’s true.  I will rescue you.  I will never stop marching to reach you in the middle of the hardest fight- it’s true. I will rescue you.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds!  2 Corinthians 10:4

Below is a list of prayer points for tonight’s Prayer Watch call.  You are invited to join us as we pray for the Children of Nigeria. We will take up our weapons of righteousness and do battle in prayer on behalf of these dear children and the nation of Nigeria.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective and Jesus wins…Jesus wins every battle!  James 5:16

Sister Leigh, Prayer Team Moderator

Prayer Points following call details

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

Prayer Points:

Groups, like Boko Haram, who align themselves with ISIS strap bombs to the waists of young children and teens.  They call them ‘cub fighters’.  These children and teens who number more than 10,000 are held against their will and are sent into marketplaces in villages or anywhere else people gather.  At least 57 children and teens have died in northern Nigeria after being forced to carry out suicide missions. 67% of them were girls.

🙏 Let’s Pray for these dear ones. Pray that the love of Jesus would reach them.  Pray that they would not be lost in suicide missions, but that Jesus would make a way of escape for them.  Pray that they would find freedom from the bondage of the teachings of the Quran and would come to know Jesus and His great love for them.

As you can imagine, finding these children in dense forests and roads to disarm, detonate the bombs is a VERY dangerous job.  Many of the EOD Soldiers have lost their own lives in trying to dismantle the bombs.  Boko Haram also uses remote control devices to set the bombs off if the children try not to complete their mission.  When an EOD soldier is approaching the child or teen, a Boko Haram member is following them and will detonate the bomb as soon as the soldier reaches the child.

🙏Pray for the brave team of EOD Soldiers.  Pray for their protection.  Pray that they will continue to find ways to stay a step ahead of the tactics of Boko Haram and find new ways to deal with them.  Pray for the US Army personnel who are willingly helping these brave soldiers to fight the war on Boko Haram’s suicide bombing practices.  Pray for their salvation and a continued amount of success!   

Nigeria has millions of professing Christians, but the church has been largely silent on the mounting situation with Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsman.  Part of that is because of disunity between the different denominations.  Only recently has the church begun to come together to act as one body and stand together on this.

🙏Let’s pray that the church would rise up and become fully unified.  Pray that the Christians would unite in prayer and find commonalities between themselves so that they would stand strong together and that they would take up the sword of Truth, the Word of God and put on their Shields of faith and stand together and begin to seek Heaven for an end to the reign and rule of Boko Haram over their people and lands.  God says that if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land. 

The situation in Northern Nigeria needs international attention.  If left without restraint or the attention of the media the situation is likely to become a watershed of people fleeing to European nations ill equipped to handle the massive migration of the millions of people who are already displaced by Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsman and the death toll will rise just as it did like the war in the Rwanda genocide where 1/2 million people were slaughtered before anyone acted.  People in Nigeria are begging for help.  They are asking if anyone in the West is listening?

🙏Pray that the news media will report in headline news the situation in Northern Nigeria with Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsman.  Pray for Leaders around the world and the United Nations to sound the alarm and respond to the crisis.  Former Congressman Frank Wolf from Virginia is urging Christians here in the US to call their congressman and ask that a special Envoy be appointed so that we can be informed and begin to step in to respond to the needs of this crisis.  In the past, appointing a Convoy has been a successful pathway to resolving conflicts such as this.

🙏Let’s Pray that there will be a barrage of media cover and attention given to this crisis.  Pray that the stories of these children and teens will get into the news media outlets and across the internet.  Pray that Churches and aid groups will become informed and made aware of the needs of Nigerians and will willing help and pray.  Pray that world leaders and the United Nations will take action to stop Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsman.

Jihadist believe Islam will not be lost in Nigeria. They have chosen this area because of the country’s vulnerabilities. Based on statistics, they dream Nigeria will outpace the USA in population by 2050 and be a nation for Allah.

🙏Let’s Pray that the plans of the enemy will not be successful.  Let’s Pray for the militants of ISIS, Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsman that Christ will be victorious in their lives.  Pray that they come to know that Allah only offers the way of destruction and Jesus offers the Way, the Life and the Truth.  Pray that these who have been deceived will have a desire to lay down their weapons of warfare and trade them for weapons of righteousness found only in Jesus Christ and be set free. 

Leah Sharibu is one of the 100 schoolgirls abducted from Dapchi School in Nigeria on February 19, 2018.  Because Leah would not renounce her faith in Jesus Christ, she has been held captive while her other classmates where let go. Boko Haram has declared her to be a slave for life.  As Christians, we know that in Truth Leah will never be a slave to Boko Haram because of her declared love and confession of faith in Christ. She is now a bond servant to the Lord Jesus Christ, and no one can ever separate her from His Love.

🙏Let’s pray for endurance and continued grace for Leah to handle the challenge with which she has been given.  Pray that while she is in captivity she is surrounded by the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Pray that she is unharmed.  Pray that she is able to testify to others the love of her Savior and given the grace and strength to show compassion on her captors.  Pray that God will make a way of escape for her and she will be set free.  Pray that the world knows who Leah Sharibu is and that Leah’s captivity and testimony will not go unnoticed.

With an ever-exploding population, is Nigeria is ripe for the Harvest?

🙏Lets Pray audacious prayers that those 200 million souls will not be lost to Islam or any other deception but instead there will be a sweeping move of the Spirit of God across the land of Nigeria and the Harvest will be great in so much that it will turn that 200 million number on its head for Jesus Christ!  Pray for the Harvest!  Pray for the Rescuer of Nigeria to be Victorious!

And finally, does prayer work? Yes, it does!  Recently 6 girls who were abducted were released.  Their parents said that every time Boko Haram would call to demand a ransom, they could hear the girls in the background being tortured but they kept praying.  Many others also prayed for their girls and today they praise God for the release of their loved ones, and they attribute the prayers of the Christians to the release of their children!

Tonight on Persecution Watch: The Ultimate Sacrifice (Nov. 12, 2019)

(Voice of the Persecuted) My Brothers and Sisters, yesterday Americans celebrated Veterans Day honoring those who served in the armed forces of the United States. My husband is also Veteran and I am so proud of him and thankful for his service.

A multitude of our military men have given their lives to defend and protect our nation and freedom. Memorial Day is a holiday set aside on the last Monday in May to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

As a Christians, we know God loved us so much, that He gave His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. In John 3:16-18 it is written:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Because of Christs’ ultimate sacrifice, we who believe in Him will not be condemned, but will have eternal life. We recognize by His mercy that we love Him because He loved us first. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

He extended His sacrifice to all those who do not believe in Him for It is written,

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:17-18)

What a beautiful gift God gave to all who believe.

Many persecuted Christians have sacrificed their lives by being put to death because they were not willing to deny Jesus but follow Him until the end. Many are facing this threat, today.

I welcome you to join tonight’s prayer conference call as the Spirit leads you to lift up your prayers for the Persecuted church and Global harvest of souls.

In Christs’ Love,

Nadia Dybvik/Merlaine Smokes, Prayer Team Moderators

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.

Meet you on the call!

Tonight on Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call (Nov.9, 2019)

My Brothers and Sisters,
Our dear Brother Blaine Scogin, Persecution Watch Founder, shared of a dear sister in Christ who suggested 7 ways to pray for the persecuted Church. Or as Open Doors would say to pray with the persecuted church. I realize how valuable these prayer points are as we intercede for our brothers and sisters through their sorrow, trials and tribulations. As The Lord leads me to moderate the call tonight, I invite you to join me.

Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you.

Your sister in Christ,

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Moderator

Come as you are to the call. We will let God lead us in the Spirit and not be limited to these 7 points.

1. Pray that they will experience God’s presence and peace.

2. Pray that they will remain joyful in the midst of their suffering.

3. Pray that they remain grounded in God’s Word and grow in their faith.

4. Pray that they have opportunities to share the Gospel with God-given boldness and courage.

5. Pray that their activities are hidden from authorities or others who may want to harm them.

6. Pray that the Holy Spirit enables them to forgive and love their persecutors.

7. Pray that the Lord would work in the hearts of those who are persecuting the Church, bringing them to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

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

Tonight on Persecution Watch: Can you pray for those most deem UNWORTHY?

(Voice of the Persecuted)Recently there has been a lot of movement between Syria and Turkey.   A decades old war resurfaced as Turkey declared war on the Kurds desiring to establish border control and push the Kurd’s back even further.  Soon after Turkey declared a temporary cease fire but not in time to stop prison doors from opening, refugee camps from emptying and releasing ISIS operatives who had been captured and detained—including thousands of ISIS Brides and their children.

For the women of ISIS, it is a desperate situation and one that’s proving very complicated for them.  Most of these women came to the region by way of marriage and the promise of a holiday with their husbands only to find themselves deceived, far from home or help—trapped.  Instead of being with the man they thought they knew, they were in the hands of ISIS.

It’s complicated because no one wants to help them and for good reason.  They are in danger and many of them are dangerous.  Suspicion follows their every move.  Nations are uneasy about bringing these women and their children home.  Refugee camp aid workers approach them with great caution because their colleagues have been attacked by them.  Typically. they are kept in secure areas set apart in the camps. Some loyal to ISIS have befriended other women only to turn on them. With their guard down, the unsuspecting friend or their young daughters are abducted and sold to become ISIS brides.

Desperate, complicated and messy.  But this is exactly what the Bride of Christ excels in when we come together to pray. Staring down the face of evil by penetrating the enemies camp thru the power of prayer and the spoken word God!

Tonight, would you join us as we come together to do just that on behalf of these desperate women and children.  There are tens of thousands who are war torn and battle weary, deceived and lost.  Your prayers have a powerful impact on the lives of those who you pray for.

…And I, I’m desperate for you

…And I, I’m lost without you

Michael W Smith, Song, “This is the air I breath”

Let’s pray that the word’s of Michael W Smith song become reality, a ballad song for the Brides of ISIS and their children. Jesus said to His Bride, the Bride of Christ…”But take heart; I have overcome the world!”…and because of this we have the Victory! Jesus wins, every time!

Join us tonight as we pray!

Sister Leigh

See tonight’s Prayer Points below

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

Prayer Points

Satan has twisted the truth through the teachings of Mohammad and Islam.  God has a plan for redemption for each of these women’s lives.

  • 🙏​ Let’s Pray for these lost souls, the Brides of ISIS. Pray that they will discover the unconditional love of the Father thru faith in Jesus Christ and be set free from the oppressive lies found in the Quran.  Pray that they will find courage and hope in the Gospel message and take on a new identity as followers of Jesus as they become part of the Bride of Christ and not fall back into a yoke of slavery as the Word of God warns. It is for Freedom that Christ has set us Free and whom the Son sets Free is Free indeed!

You may recall as President Trump announced to the nation that we had captured and killed the most wanted, horrifically notorious leader of ISIS, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi. The President spoke to the nation and world mentioning several of those who died at the hands of al-Baghdadi. One of those was Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona. Kayla was taken captive 2013 in Aleppo, Syria. She was tortured, raped and forced to marry al-Baghdadi. Kayla never gave up hope that she would be set free and able to return home. But tragically, she was caught in a raid on one of al-Baghdadi’s camps. It was bombed and Kayla was killed. The work of a missionary and aid worker is very dangerous. We as Christians believe who God has called to this type of work and ministry, He also equips and enables them to do the work of compassion.

Currently ISIS Brides are typically held in gated areas of refugee camps because they have stoned and stabbed aid workers. Often, they raise the flag of ISIS in plain sight to intimidate the missionaries and aid workers. This of course has made it even more difficult for the them to reach out to these women. There’s also a real threat of being abducted due to limited security available for the workers or those who are being held in the camps. Imagine 40,000 refugees and the daunting task of maneuvering through the tents to help people and not knowing what you may encounter.

  • 🙏 Let’s pray for courage and discernment for each of these workers and that the very presence of God will go before them as they endeavor to help the ISIS Brides. Pray for courage and opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ.  Pray for their safety and for the provision and not only for those they are serving but for themselves as well. Pray that they have real tangible sense of success!  Pray that others will take up the call to serve and that God will make a way for them to reach these women, ISIS Brides.

The amount of abuse that the children of ISIS have gone through is heart wrenching. Most are fatherless and cling to their mothers. They have endured war and have been exposed to all kinds of tortures and abuses. Young children and teenagers have been indoctrinated into the lies of Islam. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

  • 🙏Let’s Pray that these precious children will not be lost to the deceits of Islam.  Pray that God will make a way for them to hear and receive the good news that Jesus loves them.  Pray that the lies they have been taught to hate will be undone and that they will know the truth and be set free.  Pray that the purpose of God for each of their lives will not be snuffed out but that He who has begun a good will work will complete it in them until the day of Christ.

Nations such as Canada have announced that repatriating ISIS Brides is NOT a priority. No-go zones cannot exist without the complicity of a host country.  Both repatriating and no-go zones are a muddied mess for the returning of ISIS Brides and rightfully so. Should Sharia Law supersede the constitution of the United States, no. Clear understanding of the matter coupled with a solution needs to rise out of this muddied mess.

  • 🙏Let’s Pray that the Church of Christ all around the world will step up and begin to tackle the challenge of the ISIS Brides and their children.  Pray that Christians will seek the Lord in prayer and in his Word for vision and fortitude.  Pray that governments will find a way to bring the women home justly.  Most agree that though these women may have been deceived, yet knew very well what they were involved in and that they must stand trial to face the consequences for their choices.  Pray that the church will step up and meet them – the ISIS Brides and their children in their hour of need.  It’s messy but with God not impossible!

Sadly, ISIS is still recruiting and regrouping for its next wave of terror. In the book of Numbers we are told that “…our sin will find us out”.

  • 🙏Let’s Pray that the plans of the enemy to create harm thru militant groups such as ISIS, the Brides of ISIS or any other terrorist organization will be uncovered and stopped.  Pray for the people who are in the military and law enforcement to be able to stay vigilant and informed of any evil plans and that they will be able to track down and capture militants and their leaders such as al-Baghdadi.  Pray for these militants that they too will come to faith in Jesus Christ and lay down their weapons of war for weapons of righteousness!

As we pray for the Persecuted, we also want to pray for the Harvest!  The terror created by Islam in countries has been massive and has created a wave of migration.   There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today.  This has the potential to be the largest Harvest the world has ever seen.  Is the church up for the challenge?

  • 🙏Let’s Pray for the missionaries, the laborers and the average Christian living out their life in their commutes would rise to the occasion and take up the challenge to tell a Muslim about the love of Jesus.  Let’s also Pray that God will touch the hearts and minds of his people and give us vision with which we can engage with the ISIS Brides and their children who are desperate for a way out.  Though the thief comes in the middle of the night to steal and kill and destroy, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly!”  Pray the Harvest is abundant beyond imagination!

Summary of Sunday’s Event and a Special Invitation for you

(Voice of the Persecuted) Last Sunday, a special event took place and we want to thank each and every one of you who were a part of it. We could never fully express what a joy it is to hear your voice as we speak and pray together in real time. It was a delight to hear one of the first time callers express excitement about praying with others for the persecuted on the call. We’ve included special letters written by the event moderators which they would like you all to read. But first, if you missed the event, we want to explain what it’s all about and share some of what took place. Annually, Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted team up together to host a Call-in Event in recognition of the IDOP, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The IDOP is scheduled for two Sundays in November. Those in the west normally observe on the first scheduled Sunday. This year, we chose Nov. 3, 2019 as an opportunity for all to join in a 12-hour conference call and pray united with us for the persecuted.

Why we do it…Scripture tells us to pray for one another and our suffering brothers and sisters ask us to pray for them. It’s always their number one request. Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) has partnered with Persecution Watch on many prayer call events for the persecuted church. What is the partnership between Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted? 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, Founder of Persecution Watch, 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. The prayer focus of the Persecution Watch mission compliments that of Voice of the Persecuted and has become an integral part of the VOP mission. Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, is also the Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted. We are blessed and consider all those who pray on this call, VOP’s Prayer Warrior Team!

Voice of the Persecuted brought a Pakistani brother to share some exciting news with those who joined the prayer call. He and his family fled from an extremely dangerous case of persecution in Pakistan. However, they found themselves caught up in the horrific situation of seeking asylum in Thailand. With a heart of compassion, this young man often risked his own safety to help care for others in the same situation. We had waited until the IDOP Call Event to share this praise report with the Prayer Team who had often prayed on and off the call for him. To protect his identity the Prayer Team knew him as Christian. On Sunday, we were thrilled to reintroduce him using his real name. He would like to continue working with Voice of the Persecuted to advocate and bring a light to the situation of Christians in Pakistan. We feel very blessed to have him as part of The VOP team.

From Nadia Dybik, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch 

I had been looking forward to being on the IDOP 12-hour Prayer Conference Call Event which took place this past Sunday. When the leaders of Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted asked if I would be willing to moderate on the call. I excepted with great excitement.

The Bible tells us to “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.” (Hebrews 13:3) I feel morally obligated to pray for my brothers and sisters who are persecuted for accepting Jesus as their Savior. They know their loved ones may shun and cut-off all communication, even attack them, when they decide to become a Christian. They realize the great risk of persecution yet are still willing to suffer. They understand that to follow and share Jesus with others may even cost their lives. The Lord has revealed himself to these dear ones and in their hearts there’s no turning back. Many go through unimaginable sufferings and persecutions simply because they will not deny Jesus. They ask us to pray for their endurance to overcome whatever trial they face. With all they go through, it amazes me that they also pray for us here in America!

Oh, what a privilege it was for me to be on the prayer conference call. To be obedient to God’s calling to serve Him, to know that we were in His presence as I moderated this call of prayer for the persecuted. Each time one of you joined in to pray with me, I rejoiced! It was so beautiful to hear the many Spirit led prayers lifted to the Lord for our persecuted brothers, sisters and their children. For missions and missionaries, leaders, nations and for each other. United, we praised God and Glorified His name!

It’s always encouraging when we hear from persecuted brothers and sisters who are invited to share on the call. We hear their voice; we ask them questions and we pray together with them. They often tell us that they were able to bear their sufferings because they felt our prayers sustaining them. We are so blessed to stand in the gap for our dear brothers and sisters.

What a joy to hear the good news of those whom we have prayed for are finally free. We prayed many times for our brother Raymond from Pakistan, whom we used to call Christian. I was so happy that I cried when I heard his voice again and to learn he was finally free! A Canadian Church chose to sponsor him with his mother and two brothers. They are finally starting a new life and freely able to worship our Father. May the HE be glorified!

Brother Blaine, Founder of Persecution Watch, often recites, ‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ found in James 5:16.  We recently learned that he is battling serious health issues and was in the Hospital. One of our many prayers was to have our dear brother back on the call. He not only was able to join but to pray on Sunday’s call. That prayer has been answered! You should have heard the fervent prayer of this faithful servant crying out to Him for the Persecuted Church. It is often through persecution, trials and afflictions that we get even closer to the Lord.

I often think how sad it is for any Believer who hasn’t experienced the Spirit-filled joy and glory of going at the foot of the Cross to pray. I can honestly tell you this, we do not go on the Call and expect our hearts not to be changed! The Lord said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Luke 10:2) You are welcome to join the prayer conference call every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday! Come faithful servant of the Lord.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik

From Leigh Murphy, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch 

Greetings to all of you,

Great are you, Lord!  You give life, you are love and you bring light to the darkness.  In the words of Blaine Scogin, the Founder of Persecution Watch and Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted, Brother Blaine shared that “God has given us powerful weapons that are not of this world.  We recognize those weapons as the Word of God and Prayer.

Imagine the power of using His Word as we pray.  Through the Holy Spirit, we can pray powerful prayers to uphold our persecuted family!  And, indeed this is truly what took place on Sunday’s 12-hour prayer call for the persecuted which was sponsored by Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted with its Founder and Advocate, Lois Kanalos.  People from all over the world assembled through the phone lines to pray together in one accord for our Brothers and Sisters who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  It was a powerful time of prayer and testimonies of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness!

I am deeply grateful and humbled to have had the chance to monitor a couple of those hours. Thank you to Lois and Blaine for trusting me with such a privilege!   May I encourage those of you who came on the call and those of you who continue to stand in the gap for the persecuted to look ahead to the coming new year- 2020 and consider igniting a fire within your church and community to take up the call and pray for the persecuted.  Ephesians 5:13-14 reminds us  “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.  This is why it is said:  “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”.

Today more than ever there is opportunity to expose the deeds of darkness and shine light on those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake.  Wouldn’t it be great if the numbers of prayer warriors increased so greatly in this upcoming year that our next IDOP call would simply overwhelm the phone lines!

To my Brothers and Sisters around the globe who suffer because of their faith in Jesus Christ, may I encourage you.  You are not forgotten.  We continue to pray for you and stand with you daily.  May you take comfort that He who began a good work in you, carry it on to completion until the day of Christ. As you trust in Him and turn your eyes upon Him and look full in His wonderful face, may the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!

To God be the glory!

In His service, Sister Leigh

We would also like to thank the moderators and prayer warriors for their love, compassion and devotion to pray for the Lord’s suffering church. You are such a blessing to more than you know. All for His glory, forever and ever!

We invite you to call in and join the Prayer Team on the Prayer Conference Call.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are 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!

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 

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Tonight on the Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call (Nov.5, 2019)

 

(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Saints, I am constantly reminded of Jesus warnings to all of us believers.

9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:9-14

“3 Remember those in prison. Think of them as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering because of what others have done to them. You may suffer in the same way.” Hebrews 13:3

“Remember those who are suffering”

This is the reason why it is my heart’s desire to serve as a moderator for the Persecuted Watch Prayer Call.

If you are so led by the Holy Spirit, please join us as we facilitate tonight’s call. Please remember the chains of our brothers and sisters who are in the shadow of the cross.

Lord willing, I hope you will came and join Marlaine and I in prayer tonight.

Your sisters in Christ
Nadia Dybvik
Marlaine Smokes
Prayer Team Moderators

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.

Meet you on the call!

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