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(Voice of the Persecuted) MARK YOUR CALENDARS! My Brothers and Sisters, often our Christian family in persecuted lands are asked by Western ministries how can we help you. First and foremost, the response of the Persecuted Church is please pray for us. Please remember us in your prayers. Before these persecuted brethren ask for anything else, they ask for our prayers.
Their requests for prayer:
- Please pray my brother or sister that we be faithful to Jesus in the midst of our persecutions.
- Please pray that we do not deny Jesus in our persecutions.
- Please pray that we be strong and true and courageous for Jesus before our persecutors.
- Please pray that we endure hardship as good soldiers of Christ Jesus.
- Please pray that we show love to our persecutors.
- Please pray that those who persecute us will be blessed with salvation in Jesus Christ.
- Please pray that we may persevere and endure for our Lord Jesus Christ in our afflictions.
- Please pray that we be faithful to Jesus even unto death.
Dear saints if you notice the above prayer requests often do not include a deliverance from their persecutions, but to endure and be strong for Jesus in the midst of their afflictions. Did you know they also pray for us?
To honor our persecuted brothers and sisters with prayer, the International Day of Prayer was established in November. The IDOP is observed the first two Sundays of November. This year, IDOP will be held November 1st and November 8th. Typically the northern hemisphere observes the IDOP on the first Sunday of November. Whereas the rest of the world observes IDOP the second Sunday of November. But on these two days, the body of Christ will come together and pray for the persecuted Church.
We also encourage prayer for the oppressors, the nations that promote persecution, and those who ignore it.
In partnership with other prayer ministries, Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch will host 2 twelve hour calls on Nov. 1st and Nov. 8th. Information for the 12 hour calls can be found below. A flyer has also been attached that you may share with your churches, faith/prayer groups and social media contacts.
This prayer conference call is open to all with a love for Jesus Christ. It is open to all who have a love for the persecuted church, be you a seasoned intercessor or not, crying out or silently pray in agreement—ALL can be prayer warriors on these 2 calls. You may join the call at anytime during the 12 hours and stay long as you feel led to pray, or as your time allows.
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:18-20
My brothers and sisters, join us to unite as one in prayer with the persecuted on one or both of the November calls. In the meantime, please feel welcome to come on one of our weekly calls to lift up our persecuted brethren. If one suffers, we all suffer.
Your brother in Christ,
Blaine Scogin, Prayer Director Voice of the Persecuted/Persecution Watch
Participating Global Advocates
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Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – Time of mourning and prayer for the Church in Pakistan: today, Monday, March 16, the Catholic faithful celebrate a “special day of prayer for the innocent lives of the martyrs“. This was announced in a note sent to Agenzia Fides by His Exc. Mgr. Sebastian Shaw OFM, Archbishop of Lahore, after the twin suicide bombing that yesterday, March 15, hit the Catholic Church of St. John and the Protestant “Church of Christ “, in Youhanabad, an entirely Christian suburb on the outskirts of Lahore, where 15 people died and over 80 were injured.
The Archbishop announced that Catholic schools and institutes are closed today to commemorate the innocent victims, and defines “martyrs” those who “gave their lives in the accident to save thousands of people”. “Their blood was not shed in vain and will bring peace to all citizens of Pakistan”.
Condemning the barbaric acts and calling for greater government commitment to the protection of Pakistani Christians, Mgr. Shaw prays “so that peace and harmony prevail in the country” and called on all citizens to “openly reject violence and terrorism”.
Even His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi and President of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan has released a statement, sent to Agenzia Fides, in which he says: “The Catholic Church strongly condemns the brutal suicide attacks on churches in Lahore. We beg the government in Punjab and the federal government of Pakistan to take adequate measures for the protection of churches and religious minorities in Pakistan.
We ask the faithful not to react with violence and to cooperate with the police in the investigation. We pray the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the injured and the families of the victims”.
“The government, political parties, religious leaders and every citizen of Pakistan – said Mgr. Coutts – are called to speak out against extremist forces, alongside their Christian brothers and sisters. Believers of all religions must promote peace and social harmony and protect each other from terrorism. The Catholic Church and other religious minorities in Pakistan are asking the government to take effective measures to guarantee freedom of religion in the country”. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 16/03/2015)
Join thousands of churches for a moment of silence on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd and play this video before offering a prayer of reflection.
40 DAYS TO PRAYER
at 7:03 each day.
Milad Makeen Zaky
Abanub Ayad Atiya
Maged Solaiman Shehata
Yusuf Shukry Yunan
Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
Somaily Astafanus Kamel
Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
Girgis Milad Sinweet
Mina Fayez Aziz
Hany Abdelmesih Salib
Bishoy Adel Khalaf
Samuel Alham Wilson
Worker from Awr village
Ezat Bishri Naseef
Gaber Munir Adly
Esam Badir Samir
Malak Farag Abram
Sameh Salah Faruq
As the world is reeling and rocking to and fro, thinking we’ve witnessed all the terror and horror that we can, the king of evil shows more execrable images to the world. While we as Christians do not have a spirit of timidity, we are saddened and mourning with our brethren. The Bible also tells us we are not to mourn as those who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. We do however share in their sorrow and in their suffering, as if we are in the body with them. We can not splinter the Body of Christ.
Now more than ever we must put on the armor, take a stand and stand firm linking arms and prayers in this tribulation that has fallen upon the Earth. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is very explicit about the trials we are to face. But our hope is in Him, and when we overcome, we will receive a crown of righteousness. We must not lose sight of this. The words have been written, the story has been told, we were warned and instructed to watch and be ready. And we know how the story ends. Do not be distracted, we must keep our eyes focused on Christ and Him alone. As Peter learned how important that is when he attempted to walk on the sea. The moment he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. Focused on Jesus, we must stand as one in the Body of Christ. We can’t scatter the body and go off to our own desires, whether it be ignoring the coming storm, or spreading hatred. It’s time to stop calling each other names, does it really matter what denomination we are? Are we not one in the Body of Christ? There is only one definition of Anti-Christ and that is “he who denies that Jesus is Christ.” Christ gave us a commission and that was to spread His light and make disciples of all men, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We are witnessing a annihilation, the genocide of Christians in immeasurable numbers. And it will only get worse. We condemn these unspeakable acts of evil and barbary, we condemn an ideology that preys on the poor, the weak and the innocent. We condemn any entity that exhibits such blatant disregard for human life, and the basic of human rights such as dignity. We call on the Body of Christ to unite and support one another as the early church did when faced with tribulation. We call on our governments to condemn such evil attacks on the same poor, widowed, the infirm, the orphaned or those who don’t respect religious beliefs of others.
When the sea turns red with the blood of Christian Martyrs it’s time for the Body of Christ to speak out as one. It’s time for us to raise our voices in our churches and to our elected officials to denounce these acts. It’s time for our Government to recognize what has happened, what is happening and what will happen if the world remains silent.
Satan wants to instill fear. He wants us to believe he is all powerful, we are crushed and he will triumph. But the history of the persecuted church has shown that through martyrdom, the gospel has gone forth. Tertullian said that the blood of the martyr is the seed of the church. When the blood of our Egyptian brothers spilled into the sea, may it not be in vain, but expand the Church to spread the Good News of Christ to all shores. Therefore let us pray for God’s victory to be manifested in the death of His precious saints. Let us pray for much fruit to come from the martyrdom of these precious brothers. And let us put away the photos and propaganda stories meant to paralyze us in fear. Let us turn it around and encourage each other with the promises of our Savior, our Lord, our King, Jesus Christ.
• Pray for the dismantling of widespread corruption which cripples all levels of society – especially the government and including the church.
• Pray for an emphasis on discipleship and balanced Bible teaching in the Nigerian church, which continues to experience massive growth but whose teaching is often syncretistic and prosperity – based.
• Pray for increasingly persecuted Christians in Islamicized northern states to be characterized by supernatural love and forgiveness.
• Pray for a divine strength, that they may stand on the rock of faith when faced with persecution.
• Pray they will be filled joy that can only come from the LORD.
As the eighth most populated nation in the world, more people call Nigeria their home than any other country in Africa. Located in West Africa on the east coast of the Gulf of New Guinea, the Niger and Benue Rivers converge and form a “Y” that separates the country into three sections and three major ethnic groups-the Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. English is the official language, but the many tribal groups also speak 521 other languages. This former English colony holds the distinction for having more sets of twins born here than in any other country in the world.
Nigeria is one of the world’s leaders in petroleum resources and exportation. Weak and corrupt governments have made the Nigerian economy far too dependent on the exportation of oil, and most of the oil profits have remained in the hands of the wealthy and powerful. Most of Nigeria’s work force is engaged in agriculture and 70 percent of Nigerians are classified as living below the poverty line. In recent years, however, a new civilian government has renewed its focus on the people, and the Nigerian economy has become one of the fastest growing in the world.
The Nigerian population is split more or less equally between Christianity and Islam with a small percentage that practice indigenous religions. Evangelicals represent 30% of the Christian segment. Many people have beliefs that reflect the influence of their indigenous roots and are part of their Christian and Muslim practices. Muslim and Christian relations in Nigeria are strained, and violence has resulted in loss of life in both groups. Facing Muslim persecution, Christians are working to reach the unreached people groups of Nigeria.