VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

United with the Persecuted

You can help change lives!

The ministry of Voice of the Persecuted is made possible through the generosity of friends like you. Thank you for your gift today.

Archives

Categories

A World In Turmoil Yet We Press On

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, January 14, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Let us pray and encourage one another with the Scriptures as we look to the Lord and focus on His plan.

Matthew 20:26,27  “…Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave, just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

  • Pray for church leaders and National leaders. Against arrogance, would have humility; would not manipulate.

Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your Name.”

  • Pray understanding, knowledge, and wisdom for believers; would be closer to God and know His ways.
  • Pray leaders of Nations would fear the LORD 

Matthew 24:4 “Jesus answered, watch out that no one deceived you.”

  • Pray believers would not be deceived.

Psalm 86:9 “All the Nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your Name.”

  • Pray for salvation for leaders of the world.

Psalm 86:2 “Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; deliver your servant who trusts in you.”

  • Pray for protection for believers who are persecuted.  Deliver them from the hand of the enemy. 

Deuteronomy 7:23 “But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed.”

  • Pray the enemies of the church would be put to great confusion. 

Deuteronomy 7:15 “The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on those who hate you.”

  • Pray for supernatural health and healing for believers. 

Psalm 86:17 “Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”

  • May God’s enemies see supernatural acts of power in defending his people; May they consider their ways and turn from their wickedness. 
  • Pray believers would be comforted in their various losses.

Psalm 86:4 “Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

  • Pray for a spirit of joy.

Psalm 86:16 “Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.”

  • Pray for increased strength.

Matthew 21:21  “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.’ “

  • Pray for increased faith; pray for the supernatural gift of faith. 

Psalm 86:12 “I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your Name forever.”

  • Pray believers would praise the Lord with all their heart; pray Yah’s Name and Kingdom be glorified.

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018; pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

The Harvest

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Valerie Creekmore, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Persecution Watch: Prayers for Ukraine

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, January 12, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Ukraine: Population: 45,3 million – today 41 million(?), Christian 78%

The Ukraine used to be the Bible belt of the Soviet sphere, looking back at a rich Christian heritage. Churches suffered greatly until the Ukraine gained independence and then was open to many evangelical church plants. As you are aware Russia attacked the Ukraine in early 2022 and the nation is now fighting for survival.

  • Please pray to the Lord that He will guide president Zelensky to negotiate an end to the war.
  • Please pray to the Lord that He will touch Putin in a very special, to put it on his heart and mind to end hostilities against the Ukraine.
  • Please pray to the Lord for a cease fire to be observed and honored by both sides.
  • Please pray to the Lord that there will be an adequate supply of medication and that doctors and nurses will not experience any shortages.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will give the Ukrainian forces the ability to supernaturally destroy drones before they reach their targets.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will protect and strengthen Ukrainian soldiers defending their homeland.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will continue to give the Ukrainian military favor to receive advance information of planned Russian attacks.
  • Pray that the remaining civilians have heating material to stay warm during the winter month, as well as electricity and food.
  • Pray for the internally displaced people to have adequate shelter and provisions.
  • Pray for the Women and their children who miss the covering of their husbands and must navigate through a different culture and unfamiliar language.
  • Pray that the Lord will comfort and give strength to the women who don’t know the whereabouts of their husbands, who are troubled not knowing if their loved ones are healthy, wounded or killed in action.
  • Pray for the Christian churches who minister to a multitude of internal refugees.
  • Pray for the Christian missionaries who tirelessly provide spiritual, medical and food support.
  • Pray for the NGO’s and like organizations not to become weary or defeated and continue to maintain the compassionate support for the people in the Ukraine. Pray for generous donors.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will bless the Pastors and saints who have restarted churches in the towns that sustained heavy damage during the fighting. 
  • Pray to the Lord that His church will emerge as a strong and vital force, a strong beacon of light in these troubled times.

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

The Harvest

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Persecution Watch: Forgiving our Enemies

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Dear Prayer Warriors, I’m truly happy to be back with you all after spending a month in Italy with my elderly father (nearly 93 yrs. old) who has dementia. Earlier this year, I had visited him when he contracted covid and was Hospitalized then shortly after sent home.

On December 6, 2022, I received a message from the Administrator who advocates for my father. He shared that my dad was sent to the E.R. again for a third time. I received a call from the hospital telling me that they were sending him home again with oxygen and could not keep him there. Because of his age with previous pathologies and covid is making the situation worse, the doctors believed it wasn’t possible to do more invasive care. I was told to talk among my brothers and sisters to decide if we wanted to see him, even though he and his second wife had covid.

I asked if that meant there was nothing left to do for my father and the doctor responded, “It means that your father will have to pass this phase at home and with the care they have prescribed for him. Certainly, the situation is quite serious.”

After informing my brothers and sisters, I found myself struggling with the news as we had already made the trip to Italy earlier in the year and did not know if we could afford for me to go again. I also knew it would be difficult for my siblings to make the choice to visit him because of the risk of getting covid. I was not afraid of covid and I knew my father needed my help to take care of him. My husband and I did what we knew best, we prayed to God asking what we should do. It was very clear for both of us that His will was for me to go back home to Italy, and HE would make a way. Still praising God that the next day, I was on a plane to Rome, Italy.

I went to help my father but instead found out that I was the one who needed help. Help to forgive the woman who married my father. He was a widower and was lonely. They married in secret 9 years ago after he had already been diagnosed with the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease. They were married for 2 years before we found out.  Prior to that, we only knew her as his caretaker. For over 2 years she was paid from his pension while she passed herself off as his caretaker. She saw me as an enemy as I was the one who found out about the fraudulent payments and informed the rest of my family and the government who blocked her from receiving the funds. I’ve struggled for the last 7 years as she often would not let me speak to him on the phone. She made my life miserable every time I went to visit my father hoping I would not want to return.

With God’s help I knew what I had to do. I told myself I’m going in peace to work somehow together with her to take care of my father. I knew I had to forgive her even if she would not repent, even if she hated me. I chose to obey Jesus and He did the rest. I knew many were praying for me and with me, and for my husband who would be  without me for a long period of time during the Holidays. I thank God for my husband. Butch, is truly a good man as even my mother told him many years ago.

God worked miracles while I was there. My father accepted Jesus as his Savior! Because his Alzheimer’s had progressed and worsened by the medications they gave him at the E.R. to stabilize him. The enemy wasted no time. He whispered in my ear,  “your father will forget Christ as his Savior”. My husband encouraged me, “God will not forget it”, Butch stated! 

Through God, I gained the confidence of my father’s wife. I began to pray for her and although I did not trust her my heart began to open to her, and I felt compassion for her. I knew it was God working in me and I felt such a freedom and peace within my heart. 

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Still, she doesn’t trust me but it’s ok. God will make a way where there seems to be none. I was able to finally forgive and care for her. We spent a month helping each other to take care of my father. For the Lord’s sake, my father, his wife and mine, there is peace within my heart. And I lift Him up in praise!

The Harvest

“I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

My heart also rejoices because, through it all, we were able to keep a promise to my mamma before she went Home to Glory. We worked hard, my brothers, sisters, and I to become closer with one another and encourage each other with love in hard times. 

To God be the Glory! 

It surely can be a great struggle for us to forgive. We need to pray for one another, for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted, and to be able through Jesus to forgive and love our enemies. 

God reminded me of Richard Wurmbrand. Pastor Wurmbrand was the founder of Voice of the Martyrs. He wrote the timeless classic, “Tortured for Christ“. He visited Peoples Church in Toronto Canada in the early 1980’s. Pastor Wurmbrand had 18 pieces of flesh cut out of him in torture. His feet were broken many times during terrible beatings. When he walked slowly into the Peoples Church in Toronto, Canada, he wore no shoes because he could not tolerate the pain from shoes. Ushers rushed to put a chair for him in front of the pulpit. He sat down. As he opened his mouth the Holy Spirit came into a 2000 seat auditorium filled with people. One could hear a pin drop. He said: Dear Sisters and Brothers, many of you ask me to speak evil about what was done to me by communists during my jail time in Romania. I can say nothing about this. I cannot blame the communists because you see, I am at fault. The auditorium gasped. How could he possibly be at fault? Then Pastor Wurmbrand continued and said, “You see, I am at fault, I did not love enough”.

  • “We are weak little Davids, But we are stronger than the Goliath of atheism, because God is on our side. The truth belongs to us.” – Richard Wurmbrand

To read more quotes from Brother Wurmband click here

Matthew 5:44 – “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Luke 6:27 – “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

Romans 12:14 – “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

My precious Prayer Warrior brothers and sisters let’s pray for one another for doing so we will do the will of God. 

Matthew 6:14-15

“14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Ephesians 4:31-32

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Mark 11:25

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:9-13

“9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread,

12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Matthew 6:14

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace”

Luke 6:37

37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.“

1 John 1:8

“8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Leviticus 19:18

“18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

Acts 2:38

38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 23:34

34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Because we have not forgiven our enemy we have sinned against Him.   

Acts 3:19

“19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out. “

For it is through His blood we receive forgiveness. 

Matthew 26:28

28 For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

Colossians 1:13-14

“13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Romans 12:20

“20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

We are continuing to lift-up these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:

Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped in February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.

Leah Sharibu prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.

Pastor Wang Yi to be released from Chinese prison.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear..

The Lord’s servant,

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call Leader

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Praying through Scriptures over the Persecuted

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, January 7, 2022, in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch

Psalm 75:1. “we give thanks to you O God, we give thanks, for your name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. 

  • Pray for a spirit of thanksgiving. 
  • Pray for boldness and opportunities to proclaim God’s wonderful deeds.

Psalm 75:7,10  “But it is God who judges: He brings one down and exalts another.”  “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

  • Pray wicked rulers would be thrust down and replaced by righteous ones; let those who know Adonai replace them. 

Psalm 70:1 (This psalm is basically the same as Psalm 40:13-17).  “Hasten O God to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.”

  • Pray for the Lord to deliver and protect those being persecuted. 

Psalm 70:2 “May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; May all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.”

  • Pray the enemies of the Lord would be put to confusion and be shamed.

Psalm 70:4 “But May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; May those who love your salvation always say, ‘Let God be exalted’.”

  • Pray the persecuted would be able to rejoice in spite of problems; pray Jesus would be magnified above their problems.

Matthew 16:10 “Or the seven loaves for the 4,000, and how many basketfuls you gathered?”

  • Pray for multiplication of provisions. 

Matthew 16:12 “Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Saducees.”

  • Pray against false teaching and lies; that God’s people would not be deceived. 

Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

  • Pray God’s people would take the authority given to them; know how and when to use this authority; know how to use the keys to the kingdom. 

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’.”

  • Pray the church would be able to do just that, to follow Messiah, having faith knowing that this world is not their home; pray for increased faith. 

Matthew18:6 “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

  • Pray for children of believers, especially those who are persecuted. 

Matthew 18:15 “If your brother sins against you, go, and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”

  • Pray for reconciliation among brothers. Pray for unity among believers and denominations 

Matthew 18:35 “This is how my Heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

  • Pray believers would be able to forgive one another and also their enemies; also, to pray for them

Pray for the Harvest!

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear..
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

Valerie Creekmore, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Prayer for Missions supporting Persecuted Believers

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, January 5, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Just to name a few, as there are many more reaching out to our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Alpha

Mission Aviation Fellowship

Global Christian Relief

Open Doors

RUN

Voice of the Martyrs

Voice of the Persecuted

  • Pray to the Lord that all these NGOs are spirit led – asking the Lord to guide their activities.
  • Pray to the Lord for generous donors to provide ample funding for the NGOs.
  • Pray to the Lord that the home office of the NGOs understands the needs and necessities of the workers on the ground and equips them.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will give a special anointing and blessing to the workers as they put the needs of the persecuted ahead of their own.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will put a hedge of protection around them that no harm can come to them.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will encourage His workers that they don’t become discouraged to do good.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will give us workers strength and stamina, to keep them healthy.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will direct their steps to Christians that are in need of Persecution Awareness courses and trauma counseling.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will give them favor for setting up safe houses For Christians that are in danger of violent persecution from radical family members and authorities.
  • Pray to the Lord that more laborers will hear the call to serve and connect with NGOs.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will give His workers special protection during undercover Bible and or Christian literature distribution in countries where possession of a Bible is illegal.
  • Pray to the Lord to open borders to countries which prohibit NGOs to enter as for example India.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will do a mighty work through His Christian NGOs and that the forces of darkness will not prevail.

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

The Harvest

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Photo by: sheriyates

Persecution Watch: Praying for the Philippines

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Philippines consists of over 7,600 islands

Population: 109 million

88.7% Christian (76% Catholics, Evangelicals 10% – Operation World)

6.0% Islam

5.3% Other / None

The last President, Duterte, was considered by many as a violent despot. The current President Bongbong Marcos is facing arrest in the United States, for whitewashing the human rights abuses and plunder that took place during his father’s presidency (1965 – 1986). 

The majority of Muslims live in Mindanao and nearby islands.  Mindanao is one of five provinces that came under the Muslim rule in 2019, from a peace deal with the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The Islamic Abu Sayyaf rebels rejected the peace deal, as it preferred a broader Asian caliphate.

Islamic extremists routinely threaten Christians and have killed many pastors. However, a significant number of Christians remain as a bold witness. Communist rebels also attack Christians.

Please Pray:

  • that cross-cultural workers will reach out fearlessly in dangerous unreached areas, especially among the Maguindanao people.
  • Pray that newly baptized believers will stand firm in their faith.
  • Pray for believers who feel called to live and minister among an unreached people group.
  • Pray that a new believer will be able to tell his/her family about new life in Christ.  
  • Pray that village community leaders will welcome front-line workers.  
  • Pray for all believers in the Philippine’s Muslim-majority Mindanao Island, who endure various forms or persecution.
  • Pray that, despite persecution, these new Believers would continue to grow in their faith and be a light in their village.

The Manila metropolitan area has 20 million people. Most evangelicals live in the wealthy areas.  50% of the slums & squatter communities have no evangelical church.

  • Pray that the Body of Christ remembers them.

Philippines has many cults with Christian names -usually, they are controlling.  

  • Pray for biblical truth to prevail!

Philippines’ main export are people – 8 million working abroad as nurses, domestic servants, etc. – some work in closed countries to share the gospel, sometimes suffering for their faith.

  • Pray for their boldness, protection, and their witness.

Palawan is an isolated island where many Muslims are moving in.  But many indigenous people are coming to the Lord.

  • Pray the church would grow, and witness to the Muslims.

In 2013, a super typhoon named Haiyan (deadlier than Hurricane Katrina that had swept the US) ravaged the central provinces of the Philippines, killing an estimated 10,000 victims.   

  • Pray that the Lord will give unwavering faith in the Lord to our Filipino brothers and sisters.

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear..
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

The Harvest

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Michael Laird, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Beginning 2023 with Spiritual Praises and Thanksgiving

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, December 31, 2022, in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch

Let us begin this secular New Year with spiritual praises and thanksgiving

Psalm 66:1-4  “Shout with joy to God all the earth!  Sing to the glory of His Name; offer Him glory and praise!” Say to God ‘How awesome are your deeds!  So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.’ All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to Your Name.”

  • Pray all believers would have a spirit of joy and praise in spite of any and every circumstance.
  • Pray for a manifestation of God’s awesome deeds.
  • Pray that God’s enemies would flee from believers; that one would chase a thousand and two ten thousand.

Matthew 10:1  “He called his disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

  • Pray for real disciples, and that they would take up the authority given to them.

Matthew 10:16  “I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.  Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

  • Pray for much wisdom and discernment.

Matthew 10:19  “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say.”

  • Pray the Holy Spirit would take over the believers’ speech as they witness before others, as per this Word.

Matthew 10:22  “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

  • Pray believers would endure suffering and not give up and succumb to pressure, strong faith.

Matthew 10:26  “So do not be afraid of them.  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.”

  • Pray against a spirit of fear; pray for truth to be revealed.

Matthew 10:27  “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetop.”

  • Pray for more opportunities to witness, and boldness to accomplish this.

Matthew 10:40,41  “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.”  “Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.”

  • Pray believers would receive other believers when they are in trouble even though there is risk involved.

Psalm 68:5, 6a  “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families…”

  • Pray for those who have lost loved ones.
  • Pray for those rejected by family and or cast out of their homes.

Deuteronomy 29:29  “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”

  • Pray for access to the Word; pray for a “rhema” Word that reveals a secret of God’s plan.

Matthew 11:17  “We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.”

  • Pray against lukewarmness in the church; pray we would be passionate about Messiah and the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 11:20  “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of the miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.”

  • Pray for repentance for both believers and unbelievers.
  • Pray for the harvest of souls.

Matthew 11:28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.”

  • Pray believers would be able to cast their burdens on Adonai and not to worry.

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear..
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

The Harvest

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Valerie Creekmore, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Persecution Watch: Praying for Believers in Colombia

(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, December 29, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

COLOMBIA: Population: 50.7 million, Christians about 48 million

Though Colombia has a high percentage of Christians, real believers still face persecution from criminal gangs and indigenous groups. Guerrilla groups threaten, harass, extort and even murder church leaders, who are targeted because they denounce corruption, defend human rights and oppose cartels. Their children may also be targeted, to discourage church leaders from speaking out against organized crime and corruption. These forms of persecution are particularly prevalent in rural and remote areas of Colombia.

The humanitarian crisis in the Pacific Coast region continues to worsen: the fight for the control of illicit crops, drug trafficking and illegal mining have led to intensified conflict. Many Christians are affected and are among the thousands of displaced families.

In indigenous communities, persecution tends to focus on Christians who have converted from the beliefs of their indigenous tribe. These Christians face imprisonment, harassment, physical abuse, denial of basic rights and use of their ancestral territory or being sent away to do forced labor in a different territory, among other forms of persecution. Often, they are targeted to make an example of them, so that the rest of the community is deterred from conversion.

Another key driver of persecution is secular intolerance. Increasingly, Christians are facing hostility, verbal abuse, and discrimination for their stance on issues such as abortion, sexuality, and gender orientation. The participation of Christians in the political sphere as diminished as a result.

Last year saw protests in Colombia, partly against corruption and controversial government measures. Church leaders were among those who supported the demonstrators, and this led to threats and violence. Overall, there has been a small increase in the persecution faced from the wider community and a small decrease in the incidents of violence, but persecution has not significantly changed in Colombia in the past year. Violence remains high, with seven Christians killed for their faith between January and September 2021.

Christians who’ve converted from an indigenous religion are most vulnerable to persecution in some regions of Colombia. Elsewhere, Christians—and particularly church leaders and their families—are most at risk in areas dominated by guerrilla gangs and drug cartels. Furthermore, rising secular intolerance means Christians are increasingly vulnerable to hostility, verbal abuse, and discrimination for speaking out on certain issues.

Beyond extortion, the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) added fighters by luring them with bogus promises of money, or via forced conscription. Wherever the FARC showed up, children were in danger.   Colombia’s government made no effort to protect families, even those who live near a military base.

Attacks on religious leaders across the country are widespread. A recent study by the Bogotá mayor’s office found that over the past three years 12.6% of religious leaders in Bogotá have received death threats, 4.1% have faced extortion and 3.9% have been threatened with kidnapping. The pastor of Nueva Filadelfia Church was assassinated on September 16 outside his home in Antioquia,

Colombia’s half-century-long civil war has produced the world’s biggest population of IDPs ( Internal displacement  = more than 8 million since 1985). Operation World estimates 7.5 percent of Colombians are evangelicals.

  • Pray to the Lord that He will touch the Colombian government leaders to take steps to ensure that freedom of religion is protected for all Colombians, and that those responsible for threats against and attacks on church leaders are held to account for their actions”.
  • Pray that God would offer protection for pastors and communities who are targeted by organized criminal groups.
  • Pray to the Lord that He will thwart the plans of guerilla gangs and draw them to Himself.
  • Pray for the Indigenous people who convert to Christianity are often forcibly displaced from their indigenous communities or excluded from receiving certain benefits by traditional authorities.
  • Pray for wisdom and the presence of the Holy Spirit so that indigenous Colombian Christians can remain steadfast in the gospel. 
  • Pray for the family members of believers who were martyred for their faith and service to the community.
  • Pray for the protection of the older children from being forcefully recruited to serve in  FARC ( force armed revolutionaries Colombia)
  • Pray for the protection of children from gangs who target them because their fathers are speaking out against organized crime and corruption.
  • Pray for the believers who are caught in the crossfire of illicit crop growers, drug traffickers., illegal mining operators and the government forces.
  • Pray for the believers to sense God’s presence and be anchored in God’s word.
  • Pray for the NGOs to support and equip, stand with, the persecuted church. Pray specifically for the Children Centers.
  • Pray that the Lord will strengthen His church in Colombia to become beacon of hope and the bright light on the hill.

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

  • Leah Sharibu, a prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray For Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members where they too will be able to freely worship our Lord without fear.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

The Harvest

  • “I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 

Access Code: 281207#

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

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

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

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

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

Photo by neufal54

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

PRAY UNITED FOR THE PERSECUTED JOIN THE PRAYER TEAM

%d bloggers like this: