Prayer Points For Every Nation — December 2013
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INDIA, SOUTH ASIA
Cyclone Phailin, the most powerful storm to hit India in over a decade, killed seventeen people and destroyed thousands of homes. Authorities credit the evacuation of approximately 1 million people for the low death toll. Pitambar Moharanat, a 65-year-old carpenter, says, ?I am thanking God for sparing us.? Praise God for the low number of fatalities in India. Pray for the rebuilding of homes and businesses throughout the nation. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage the Indian Church as they recover from the severe weather (The Bible, Isaiah 41:10).
MAURITANIA, NORTH AFRICA
Mauritania ranks at the top of the list for human slavery. Mauritania is described as a nation that has deeply entrenched hereditary slavery. People in slavery may be bought and sold, rented out, or given away as gifts. In Mauritania, children are born into slavery. Women and men are enslaved and their children are often forced into domestic servitude. Pray against slavery. Pray for freedom and human value to increase. Pray for the growth of the Church in Mauritania; it is very small and they suffer under persecution (The Bible, Ephesians 6:5-8).
SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA
Since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, many Christian Believers in Sudan have seen a great increase in persecution and aggression against them. According to the Barnabas Fund, Christians “already endured discrimination and many restrictions, but now church leaders have been threatened, arrested, and abducted, and Christian buildings destroyed.” Pray for Christians to bring the light of the Lord Jesus Christ even in the face of hardships (The Bible, Matthew 5:44).
SOUTH SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA
In South Sudan, women are in prison for selling drugs, for murder, and for prostitution. Some of these women’s husbands have died in the war. Now, they are trying to provide for their children. Pray for the women in prison to know the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for the children who are also in prison with them. Pray for these children to have a special blessing this Christmas (The Bible, Psalm 34:11).
AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA
In Logar, a bomb exploded inside a mosque during prayers celebrating the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. The blast killed the governor of Logar, Arsala Jamal, and injured almost twenty others. The attackers hid the bomb inside a microphone. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities believe it was an assassination organized by the Taliban. According to BBC News, “The Taliban has threatened to increase attacks against government figures during the presidential campaign. The killing is part of a series of assassinations that have taken place in Afghanistan.” Pray for the eradication of the Taliban. Ask the Lord to protect government leaders from further violence. Pray for the safety of Christian Believers during this time of unrest (The Bible, Psalm 4:8).
KUWAIT, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Many migrant workers come to Kuwait for monetary reasons. Sadly, in Kuwait, many face near-slavery conditions, and many are not paid anything close to what they were promised. Many women are subjected to sexual exploitation. Pray for this great injustice to stop. Pray that these migrant workers are treated with dignity and honor. Pray for Christian Believers to witness to God’s love even as they face human rights violations (The Bible, 1 Peter 3:15).
BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA
According to International Christian Concern, “A local government official in central Bangladesh has halted the construction of a church, forced Christians to worship at a mosque, and threatened them with eviction from their village unless they renounce their faith.” In an interview, one Christian Believer stated, “When I said I was a Christian, they threatened to beat me and evict me from the village unless I recanted my faith in Christianity. I do not know how long we can grin and bear it. We want religious freedom. We want to practice our religion freely.” Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage His Church in central Bangladesh. Pray for government authorities to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Pray for the Gospel to spread despite religious persecution (The Bible, Galatians 6:9).
JAPAN, EAST ASIA
Typhoon Wipha caused widespread death and destruction in Japan. At least seventeen people died, and fifty remain missing. Over thirty inches of rain destroyed numerous homes and caused deadly landslides. Sushi chef Yutaka Sagara says, “People are somewhat used to heavy rainstorms, but this typhoon was beyond our imagination.” Ask the Lord to comfort the families of the deceased. Pray for homes and businesses to be restored and rebuilt. Pray for Christian Believers to share the love of Jesus Christ throughout Japan (The Bible, Job 42:10).
GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA
Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta, United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau, says the country “is dangerously close to becoming a failed state.” According to Ramos-Horta, the main issues facing Guinea-Bissau are “extreme poverty, persistent political instability, the weaknesses and fissures in the army, the military’s frequent intervention in politics, and the penetration of Latin American drug cartels.” Pray for peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau. Pray for the government to crack down on drug trafficking and crime. Ask the Lord to protect and provide for the people in Guinea-Bissau struggling with financial insecurity (The Bible, Jeremiah 29:11).
BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA
Since 1990, the government has increased its restrictions on evangelism. According to Operation World, “The spread of Christian witness and the potentially ‘destabilizing’ effects on society of proselytism and Western-style democracy are the pretexts for harsh treatment of Christians.” Pray for King Jigme Wangchuck, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, and other government leaders to believe in Jesus Christ. Although Christian Believers are restricted in witnessing, pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Bhutan. Pray for the security, health, and growth of the Bhutanese Church (The Bible, Isaiah 43:10).
SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Wahhabism is one of the strictest forms of Sunni Islam. Wahhabism is what governs Saudi Arabia. Their view of international politics in places like Iran (Shi’ite) and Syria are controlled by a Wahhabism worldview. Pray that those under Wahhabism will have more freedoms, especially the freedom to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for those who go on pilgrimages to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Pray that they will not feel satisfaction over completing the Hajj, but that they will search for Jesus Christ (The Bible, Galatians 5:1).
GUINEA, WEST AFRICA
President Alpha Conde won reelection in Guinea. His ruling party, the Rally of the Guinean People, secured fifty-three seats in parliament. The opposition party won thirty-seven parliamentary seats. Sydia Toure, opposition party spokesman, refuses to recognize election results because it was fraught with “irregularities” and does not “reflect the people’s vote.” International observers claim that “breaches and irregularities were observed in a certain number of constituencies, preventing a significant number of votes from being taken into account.” Pray that truth and justice will prevail in Guinea. Pray for peace between the ruling party and the opposition party. Pray for government leaders to seek God’s guidance in leading the nation (The Bible, Isaiah 30:21).
THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA
According to Human Rights Watch, the Thai parliament passed a law providing “blanket amnesty to all people involved in political unrest, including protest leaders, military personnel, and authorities responsible for ordering and commanding the crackdowns.” Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch Asia Director, says, “The proposed amnesty would allow officials and protest leaders who have blood on their hands to go unpunished. By whitewashing past abuses, the government denies justice to victims and tells future abusers they have little to fear.” Pray for the Thai government to pursue justice and repeal the new amendment. Pray for authorities to seek wisdom and guidance from the Lord. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout this Asian nation (The Bible, Psalm 32:8).
NIGER, WEST AFRICA
According to a recent study by Save the Children, “Niger has made the greatest strides worldwide in reducing child mortality. Child mortality rates in Niger fell by almost two thirds because of government policies to curb hunger and poor healthcare.” Save the Children believes the government’s ability to provide free healthcare to pregnant women is largely responsible for the drop in child mortality. Praise God for the decline in child mortality in Niger! Pray for the government to continue to fight against food insecurity and improve healthcare. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Niger (The Bible, Psalm 127:3).
KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
According to Radio Free Europe, Tablighi Jamaat, a banned Islamic group, is “growing in popularity in Kyrgyzstan and recruiting children from poor families with promises of free Islamic education in Bangladesh.” Authorities are concerned that Tablighi Jamaat is a recruiting center and training ground for Islamic militants, similar to the Taliban. Pray for the Kyrgyzstan government to stand strong against the emergent Tablighi Jamaat movement. Pray for Tablighi Jamaat members to turn from Islam to a saving belief in Jesus Christ. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Kyrgyzstan (The Bible, Mark 16:15-16).
IRAN, MIDDLE EAST
The Iranian government sentenced four Christian Believers to eighty lashes for drinking communion wine. Although non-Muslims are allowed to drink alcohol, authorities still convicted the men because they violated Muslim law. According to a recent UN report on human rights violations in Iran, “Violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported.” Pray for religious freedom in Iran. Pray for government leaders to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Ask God to shield His Church in Iran from oppression, persecution, and physical harm (The Bible, Psalm 28:7).
BURKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA
The Church in Burkina Faso is experiencing rapid growth. Because of this growth, the Church struggles with a lack of leadership, financial problems, and an inability to disciple parishioners. In addition, the Church faces social pressure from the Muslim culture which surrounds them. Praise God for the advancement of the Gospel in Burkina Faso! Ask the Lord to provide for the monetary and physical needs of pastors and Christian workers. Pray for the Church to stand firm and not return to Islamic and idolatrous traditions (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:12).
MALI, WEST AFRICA
In Bamako, a suicide bomber killed four people, including a child and two U.N. troops. The blast injured six others. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, officials believe al-Qaeda-linked militants may be to blame. According to Reuters, radical al-Qaeda members “have carried out a number of suicide attacks on northern towns in recent months since January.” Pray for an end to Islamic radicalism in northern Mali. Pray for President Ibrahim Keita to protect his people from terrorist groups and seek the Lord in all his decisions. Pray for peace in Mali. Ask the Lord to shelter His Church from violence during this time of unrest (The Bible, Psalm 91:1-2).
AZERBAIJAN, SOUTHWEST ASIA
In Baku, members of the opposition party protested the reelection of President Ilham Aliyev to a third five-year term. President Aliyev swept the election, winning approximately eighty-five percent of the votes. Authorities estimate there were 1,500 demonstrators, while the opposition claims there were about 15,000. According to Camil Hasanli, the presidential opposition candidate, “What happened was an incident without fairness, laws, or morality. The voting right of the people was stolen. Their right to make their own government was taken away from them and power was seized.” Pray for peace between the ruling party and the opposition party. Pray for the fair and just resolution of the election results. Pray for the growth of the Church in Azerbaijan (The Bible, Psalm 50:6).
BENIN, WEST AFRICA
Flooding caused significant damage in Benin City. Residents lost homes, businesses, and personal belongings in the heavy rainfall. Thankfully, no lives were lost. According to The Nigerian Tribune, business owners “were seen crying over what they lost to the rainfall even as they were frantically making efforts to salvage whatever could be saved.” Praise God there were no deaths or injuries from the severe flooding. Ask the Lord to restore hope and supply material provisions to the people of Benin City. Pray for Benin City residents to find true wealth in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (The Bible, Matthew 13:44).
INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Radical Islamists are attempting to remove a Christian woman from government office. The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) launched numerous protests because they insist the post of “ward chief” should only be held by a Muslim. According to the National Commission on Violence Against Women, “The FPI should stop using religion to try to force the ward chief to step down. They can’t use that claim in this country. The constitution gives no room for discrimination.” Pray for peace between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia and around the world. Pray for the ward chief to keep her job and be a light in a dark region. Pray for the growth of the Indonesian Church (The Bible, Matthew 5:16).
LAOS, SOUTHEAST ASIA
The Laos government unveiled new regulations designed to monitor social media. The laws are based on Chinese and Vietnamese censorship standards. Internet users will be punished for posting “inappropriate” information. One Facebook user promptly responded to the crackdown by posting, “I expected this would happen someday, even though government says we have a democracy. We won’t be able to say anything online now.” Pray for the Laos government to drop the new social media regulations. Pray for an end to communism in Laos. Pray for Christian Believers in Laos to have the courage to speak freely about the Gospel (The Bible, Deuteronomy 31:6).
WESTERN SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA
Western Sahara has some great natural resources like minerals and oil. These resources are currently controlled by Morocco, and the United Nations has done little to resolve the ongoing conflict. Morocco sells Western Sahara phosphate to global markets and Western Sahara enjoys almost no economic benefit from that transaction. Pray for the poor and suffering to be cared for and their needs met. Pray that there will be a greater release of the Truth of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Matthew 11:28-30).
EGYPT, NORTH AFRICA
In Egypt, pro-Morsi protesters still seek to promote their Islamic agenda. Soldiers are fighting with them in the Sinai to bring greater stability to that region of Egypt. There is a desire to draft a new constitution. Pray for the government to lead their people into peace and economic growth. Pray for the Church in Egypt to continue to be strong and to demonstrate the love of the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Romans 8:37-39).
UZBEKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
The Uzbekistan government took possession of a Christian summer camp in Tashkent. Authorities routinely confiscate the personal property of Christian Believers. According to Forum 18, “Officials regularly seize religious literature, computers, musical instruments, and other items.” Pray for the Uzbek government to turn ownership of the camp back to Believers. Pray for religious freedom in Uzbekistan. Pray for Believers to have the strength to endure the hardships the government is imposing upon them (The Bible, James 1:12).
NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA
Although Christian Believers face social pressure and persecution, Christianity is growing, particularly among young people. Nepalese youth are attracted to Christianity because it does not discriminate against different castes. Diko Tamang, a twelve-year-old boy, says, “In my opinion, there should be no discrimination of any kind in a religion. In Christianity, there is none. In all castes and ethnic groups, each person is treated the same way. This is what I like and what inspired me to become Christian. When I grow up, I want to be able to spread the message of God’s equality in our society.” Praise God for the growth of the Nepalese Church! Pray for Believers in Nepal to reach out to young people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray for a large harvest of souls in Nepal (The Bible, Acts 2:47).
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ARABIAN PENINSULA
The United Arab Emirates is known for cities like Dubai and its luxury hotels. But there are Emiratis who desire the country to move away from such openness to the outside world. Security forces in the UAE arrested members of a cell made up of militants from Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. Islamist sentiment has risen in recent years, and Dubai could make an attractive target. Pray against any rise in militant Islam. Pray for the security forces to continue to thwart the plans of these militant cells. Pray for the growth of the Church in the UAE; there are very few Emirati Christian Believers (The Bible, John 10:10).
ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE
The 15th century tradition of vendetta, or “blood feud,” is still carried on in Albania. According to Albanian belief, a victim’s family can pursue justice on their own by killing all male members of the rival family, including children. These children are “imprisoned” by their families in order to spare their lives. They never leave their homes and have few links to the outside world. An Albanian teacher says, “The children of vendetta are condemned to death.” Approximately 600 Albanian children remain home from school because they are hiding from vendetta threats. Pray for the government to outlaw the brutal custom of vendetta. Ask the Lord to protect these children and bring true freedom into their lives. Pray for Albanian Christian Believers to earnestly share their faith with their friends and neighbors (The Bible, Romans 12:19).
MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA
In Morocco, the younger generation is pushing the public decency laws for a Muslim nation. On Facebook, one youth posted a picture of two friends kissing, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl. All three are now charged with indecency in public. The case ignited outrage on social media websites. Human rights groups condemned the arrests and asked for the charges to be immediately dropped. Pray for a healthy view of affection in public. Pray that there will be a growing dissatisfaction with Islam among the youth. Pray they would look toward Jesus Christ (The Bible, Matthew 7:7-8).
IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST
Militants continue to repeatedly target mosques, markets, cafes, football fields, and any other place where crowds gather. Shi’ites target Sunnis and Sunnis target Shi’ites. Pray against this increase of violence. Pray for the hope and peace that only Jesus Christ can give to be released more across Iraq. Pray that the Christian Church will grow stronger and be a light in a very violent and dark place (The Bible, John 1:3-5).
SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA
A report by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) states that “Rape and sexual harassment of women in former war zones in the north and east are continuing even after the end of a twenty-six-year civil war in 2009, and that 89,000 widows are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, exploitation and assault by army personnel, domestic tourists, and others due to the women’s poverty.” Farah Mihlar, South Asia expert for MRG, says the women “have little course for redress since they fear reporting attacks against them to the authorities.” Pray for an end to sexual violence against women in Sri Lanka. Ask the Lord to financially provide for the women in Sri Lanka’s north and east. Pray for these widows to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST
Christian Believers are alarmed over numerous attacks on Churches and religious sites. Recently, an attack on a prominent Christian cemetery left graves and stone crosses destroyed. According to Search for Common Ground, “Seventeen Christian sites in the Holy Land have been vandalized over the past three years.” Police believe the number is actually much higher, but Christian Believers choose not to report the incidents. Pray for an end to the desecration of Church buildings, holy places, and graveyards. Pray for those responsible to repent of their crimes and turn to a saving belief in Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to protect Israeli Believers from harassment and persecution (The Bible, Luke 6:22).
TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
According to Abdufattokh Sharipov, presidential spokesman, “Tajik citizens are fighting on the side of opposition forces in Syria. Tajik nationals could present a danger to Tajikistan’s own security if they return home.” Government officials plan to investigate the “details” of the approximately 190 Tajik people in Syria. Pray for an end to the Syrian civil war. Pray that Tajik citizens will not be drawn into the lure of radical Islam. Pray for Christian Believers to share their faith with family and friends. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout this Asian nation (The Bible, Luke 24:47).
CHINA, EAST ASIA
In central China, large hornets attacked and killed forty-two people and injured over 1,600. Authorities destroyed over 4,500 nests of the Asian giant hornet. The aggressive insects normally destroy honeybees. However, the unusually warm weather and urbanization into hornet territory is causing them to attack humans. Pray for cooler weather to send the hornets into hibernation. Pray they do not return in the spring when the temperatures climb. Ask the Lord to heal those recovering from hornet attacks (The Bible, Jeremiah 17:14).
DJIBOUTI, EAST AFRICA
Although there is freedom of religion in Djibouti, there is little tolerance for Christian Believers. Islamic extremism is growing in Djibouti, which is changing the religious attitudes and beliefs of the general population. Believers experience the most intolerance and pressure from family members and friends. According to Open Doors, “It is likely that anyone who converts from Islam will be rejected by their family, clan, and the community.” Pray for the government to clamp down on Islamic extremism. Pray for the government to respect and support Christian Believers. Ask God to comfort Christian converts as they face loneliness, fear, and rejection (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
The country of Yemen faces many battles with al-Qaeda and other Islamic groups. Since 2011, the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been gaining a stronger foothold in Yemen. Pray that Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the chief of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for other members of this group to see that there is no hope in Islam and that they need a loving Savior. Pray for the government of Yemen to continue to work to control these kinds of radical Islamic groups in Yemen (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:3-4).
VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA
The Vietnamese government sentenced two Believers to several months in prison for “disturbing public order.” Both men advocated for religious freedom and human rights. According to Asia News, “Disturbing public order is a charge frequently used by judges and by the communist authorities to silence dissent and free voices in the country.” Pray for the immediate release of the two Christian Believers. Pray for religious freedom in Vietnam. Pray for the Vietnamese Church to continue to stand firm in their faith and boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).
TAIWAN, EAST ASIA
According to OMF, “Visitors from China often comment of the spiritual darkness and the hardness of people’s hearts in Taiwan. Ministry in Taiwan is difficult and fruit is hard won. It has been said that Taiwan has more temples per person than any other place in the world. It is an island soaking in an atmosphere of idolatry and superstition. Taiwan is politically open but spiritually closed.” Pray for God to provide Christian workers willing to serve in such a dark, difficult environment. Pray for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to break down spiritual strongholds in Taiwan. Pray for many Taiwanese to seek Truth and find freedom in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (The Bible, 2 Cor 10:4).
BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
In the small island nation of Bahrain, the government has purchased more tear gas canisters than its population (1.6 million canisters of tear gas compared to 1.3 million people). The Al Khalifa government has been using tear gas on protesters since the uprising of February 2011. Pray against the use of tear gas and other anti-protest ammunitions in Bahrain. Pray for the government to come up with ways to resolve the violent divide between the Shi’ites and the Sunnis (The Bible, Proverbs 31:8-9).
BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah unveiled a new Islamic law which he claims is “a part of the great history of our nation.” The new Sharia law states that adulterers will be sentenced to death by stoning, thieves will have their limbs severed, and anyone who consumes alcohol will be flogged. According to Phil Robertson with Human Rights Watch, “Respect for basic civil and political rights is near zero in Brunei.” Pray for the Sultan, his family, and other government leaders to turn from Islam to a saving belief in Jesus Christ. Pray for Brunei to stop following Sharia law. Pray for the safety and protection of Christian Believers in Brunei (The Bible, Psalm 17:8).
LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST
“Lebanon is on the brink of civil war as Hezbollah continues to implement its own agenda without giving any consideration to law and order,” warns Prince Al-Saud; the former director-general of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence. Pray against any move that would send Lebanon into civil war. Pray for peace in Lebanon. Pray for the Church in Lebanon to live by the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Matthew 28:18-20).
QATAR, ARABIAN PENINSULA
The FIFA World Cup (soccer/football) is heading to Qatar in 2022. Qatar has to build stadiums and other facilities for this event. Many feel that the workforce building these structures is being mistreated. Pray for the government of Qatar to respect the human rights of foreign laborers. Pray for these laborers to make a fair and honest wage for their work. Pray for the Good News to spread to all people in Qatar (The Bible, James 2:9).
TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
Although child labor is illegal in Turkmenistan, government officials and teachers are regularly bringing large numbers of students into the cotton fields to work. Authorities pay the children about $.07 USD per kilo of cotton they harvest. According to one young student, “We’re asked to go to the cotton fields every day to pick cotton, after school hours. If a student does not obey instructions, he or she is reprimanded.” Pray for the government to honor its commitment to end child labor. Ask God to strengthen and protect children in Turkmenistan as they work long, hard days. Pray for Christian Believers to bring little children unto Him (The Bible, Matthew 19:13-15).
ETHIOPIA, EAST AFRICA
According to Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, “Following the opening of the new parliament, a joint session of the House of Representatives and House of Federation elected Ambassador Dr. Mulatu Teshome as the President of Ethiopia.” Technically, the president is head of state. However, true power lies with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Pray for Prime Minister Desalegn and President Teshome to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Ask the Lord to provide both leaders with wisdom and discernment as they manage the country. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Ethiopia (The Bible, Proverbs 18:15).
MYANMAR (BURMA), SOUTHEAST ASIA
In northern Kachin state, the Burmese army is holding over fifty Christian Believers hostage. Fourteen of the captives are in dire need of medical care, which is being refused. According to the Kachin News Group, there is concern the Burmese army is using the Kachin Believers as human shields. Pray for an end to the conflict in this Asian nation. Ask God to supernaturally surround Kachin Believers with a hedge of protection. Pray for Burmese soldiers to repent and turn to a saving belief in Jesus Christ (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
CHAD, CENTRAL AFRICA
Chad’s government revealed a new plan to reduce food insecurity and poverty over a three-year period. Currently, about twenty-five percent of Chadians struggle with food insecurity, and over one-third of children suffer from malnutrition. Authorities are putting in place a new program that is expected to improve the health of mothers and children. Praise God for the government’s willingness to tackle poverty and food insecurity. Pray for the success of the new program. Ask the Lord to protect and provide for expectant mothers and their unborn children (The Bible, Exodus 23:25-26).
ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA
In Algeria, the Church is growing among the Kabyle Berber people. They seek ways to increase their involvement in taking the Gospel to other peoples and nations. Pray for the mini-missions conferences taking place in different churches and locations. Pray that teams will be prepared to go on short-term missions to other areas of Algeria and beyond. Pray for the Kabyle Berbers as they seek to make disciples in all nations (The Bible, Matthew 28:18-20).
LIBYA, NORTH AFRICA
Weapons from the civil war in Libya have made it into Niger and Mali through Muslim fighters who were hired from these nations by Muammar al-Qadhafi to fight for him. There remain places where vast amounts of weapons are stored and can change the military landscape of nations. Pray that these places would continue to be discovered and destroyed. Pray that Christian Believers will increase their prayers so more Libyans come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for His Church to grow and become strong (The Bible, Ephesians 6:12).
MALAYSIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
After facing extreme pressure by radical Islamists, a Malaysian court ruled that Christian Believers can no longer use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God. According to the court judge, “The usage of the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity. The usage of the word by non-Muslims will cause confusion in the community.” Malaysian Christian Believers plan on appealing the decision because it is a violation of their rights and religious freedom. Pray for the court to stand against militant Islam and reverse this ruling. Pray for peace between Muslims and Christian Believers in Malaysia. Pray that the court’s decision will not affect Believers’ ability to share Jesus Christ in their communities (The Bible, John 16:33).
OMAN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Over the last several years, the country of Oman has been seeking to increase the number of Omanis in the work force. Pray for Omani people as they study and train to hold good jobs. Pray for the government to have wisdom to find ways to help Omanis have a better work ethic. Pray for the illegal expatriate workers who are now faced with no work and need to go home (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:10).
KAZAKHSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
According to Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNB), Kazakhstanis “are engaged in the extremist struggle abroad.” Security Chairman Nurtay Abikayev says there are a “hundred citizens fighting on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border alone.” Terrorist attacks within Kazakhstan decreased in 2013, due to KNB efforts and President Nursultan NazarBayev’s antiterrorism legislation. Praise God for the government’s willingness to fight terrorism and radical Islam. Pray for Christian Believers to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout Kazakhstan. Pray for many Kazakhstanis to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1).
TUNISIA, NORTH AFRICA
The Tunisian revolution continues as protesters urge the government to resign, saying, "Government of traitors, resign!" Opposition leaders and activists demand the resignation of Tunisia's Islamist-led government ahead of crisis talks aimed at ending months of political deadlock. They still are working toward a new constitution that has not yet been adopted. Pray for a peaceful way forward as the Islamic Ennahda and the opposition parties meet. Pray for the economic well being of the country. Pray that people will know Jesus Christ even as they face great poverty (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
CAMBODIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
According to the Associated Press, “The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths from bird flu in Cambodia this year are highest since the disease surfaced in 2003.” Bird flu killed twelve people this year alone. Man Bunheng, Minister of Health, says, “Children are at particular high risk for catching the disease because they like playing with animals. Children often care for domestic poultry by feeding them, cleaning pens, and gathering eggs. Children may also have closer contact with poultry as they often treat them as pets and also seem to be the most vulnerable because they like to play where poultry are found.” Play for the eradication of bird flu. Ask the Lord to stop the spread of this disease in Cambodia. Pray for parents to protect their children from contact with poultry (The Bible, Psalm 107:20).
TURKEY, SE EUROPE & SW ASIA
Turkish officials intercepted a convoy of “three vehicles” illegally entering the country from Syria. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “Authorities seized a large quantity of chemicals which ‘could be transformed into weapons.’” The police arrested one individual. Three others escaped and fled into Syria. Praise God the authorities confiscated the chemicals before they were used to create harmful weapons. Pray that Syria’s civil war will not spill over into Turkey. Pray for the Turkish government to strengthen its borders. Ask the Lord to watch over the Turkish Church and protect it from violence (The Bible, Isaiah 54:17).
NORTH KOREA, EAST ASIA
According to a report by 38 North, “North Korea is using political prisoners held in its extensive gulag network as subjects for chemical weapons tests.” Earlier in the year, a human rights group released a report with similar findings: North Korea is conducting chemical and biological weapons experiments on disabled children. A former North Korean military member says, “Such reports suggest a long-standing policy of low-level lethal testing of chemical agents on unwilling human subjects.” Pray for all members of the North Korean government to repent of their wickedness and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Ask the Lord to intervene and stop this evil practice. Ask God to protect His imprisoned children in North Korea (The Bible, 2 Timothy 4:18).
SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA
In Somalia, district commissioner Bashir Hussein Dhore said, "We have confirmed fifteen people dead (including a suicide bomber) so far and thirty-four injured. This is a real catastrophe for our people, it is a real loss. But we will endure it as this is not the first time." Somalia has been moving toward greater peace but this incident shows that there still remains the threat of terrorism. Pray that peace will continue to spread across Somalia and that those who oppose peace would lose more and more favor. Pray for those families who have lost much because of the violence. Pray for Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, to be known more in Somalia, among all peoples (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6).
PAKISTAN, SOUTH ASIA
Recently, a drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Pakistani Taliban. Government officials say the strike also killed four other Islamic militants. According to one news agency, the attack “comes at a sensitive time. The government has been trying to cut a peace deal with the militants to end years of fighting that has killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and security forces.” Pray for an end to the Pakistani Taliban and terrorism. Pray for peace in Pakistan. Pray for the safety and security of Christian Believers and workers in Pakistan (The Bible, Psalm 16:8).
NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA
For the third time this year, Fulani Muslims attacked a Christian village in Kaduna state. The Fulani Muslims killed fifteen Christian Believers with guns, knives, and machetes and injured numerous others. The attackers also burned many homes in the village, displacing hundreds. Ask the Lord to surround Believers in Kaduna state with a hedge of protection. Pray for peace between Fulani Muslims and Christian Believers. Ask God to provide food, shelter, and clothing for the hundreds of homeless Believers (The Bible, Psalm 23:1 ESV).
MALDIVES, SOUTH ASIA
Maldivian Ex-President Mohamed Nasheed claims al-Qaeda operatives are planning to assassinate him. Mr. Nasheed is asking for intelligence agencies to investigate. Maldivian officials agreed to pursue the matter. Ask the Lord to thwart al-Qaeda’s plan to kill Mohamed Nasheed. Pray for the government to capture and prosecute those responsible. Pray for political stability in Maldives. Pray for Mr. Nasheed to believe in Jesus Christ and seek solace and refuge in Him (The Bible, Psalm 118:8).
JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST
Political instability in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon, along with the escalating civil war in neighboring Syria, is hurting Jordan economically. There is steady increase of refugees even as tourism, agriculture, and mining are all down. Pray against the rise of more militant Islam. Pray for many to hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and come to know Him. Pray for the Church in Jordan to remain a shining light as darkness increases (The Bible, Matthew 11:5).
SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA
President Macky Sall is asking for international aid in repairing a major water pipeline. According to Reuters, “The plant supplies forty percent of the water for the estimated 3 million people that live in Dakar and its suburbs.” The water shortage is causing violent protests in the capital. Amadou Sow, a carpenter, says, “How can we stay for two weeks without water? If the government can’t solve something as simple as the water supply, how can they solve more complex problems?” Pray for the damaged pipeline to be fixed and for a swift end to the water crisis. Pray for peace in Dakar. Pray for Senegalese Believers to share the Gospel throughout the country (The Bible, Philippians 4:6-7).
ERITREA, EAST AFRICA
There is no peace for those living in Eritrea. Many seek refuge in neighboring countries, while others flee to Europe. Those fleeing to Europe have to cross the Sahara Desert and then obtain passage on a boat to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Sometimes there are more than 120 people packed into a container. Pray against the human rights violations taking place in Eritrea that is causing this exodus. Pray that the government will repent or be removed. Pray for the safety of the people who endure much hardship (The Bible, Zephaniah 3:17).
TIBET, SOUTH ASIA
In Driru County, protests broke out after the Chinese government required residents to fly the Chinese flag at their homes. In response, the Chinese military opened fire into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and injuring sixty. In addition, Chinese forces will not allow Tibetans to travel anywhere, for any reason. According to one resident, “Driru is now flooded with Chinese paramilitary police, and Tibetans are being stopped from traveling with no reason given. We cannot move from place to place and are prisoners in our own homes. It is better to die than to live under these conditions.” Pray for peace and freedom in Tibet. Pray that the Chinese government will not force loyalty from Tibetans. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Driru, despite travel restrictions and close monitoring by the Chinese military (The Bible, John 10:10).
SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST
Car bombings have plagued Syria in recent months, killing scores across the country. The death count for the Syrian conflict is now more than 155,000, and the fighting has spread to the capital city of Damascus as well. Pray for families that have lost much in this war, and pray for the many refugees. Pray a growing dissatisfaction with Islam will be felt on both sides of this conflict, and pray that this will lead many to look for answers in the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, John 14:6).
MONGOLIA, NORTH ASIA
There are approximately 20,000 Christian Believers in Mongolia, many of whom are young people. The Mongolian Church has very few Christian workers, including pastors and teachers, to shepherd them. Mongolian Believers enjoy freedom of religion, however Lamaistic Buddhism is experiencing a revival which may affect Believers’ ability to worship freely in the future. Ask the Lord to send Christian leaders and pastors to serve the Mongolian Church. Pray for the success of Church planting efforts in Mongolia. Pray for the Mongolian Church to grow in numbers, wisdom, and maturity (The Bible, Ephesians 4:14-15).
EAST TIMOR, SOUTHEAST ASIA
November marks the “hungry season” for East Timorese families, the four-month period after the coffee bean harvest. With no other source of income, malnutrition is rampant. Dr. Dan Murphy, director of Bairo Pite Hospital in Dili, says, “Maybe half the kids we see are stunted. As soon as they stop breastfeeding, children don’t get fats and they don’t get proteins.” According to the Global Health Index report, “An alarming thirty-seven percent of East Timorese live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 USD a day, while the proportion of severely underweight children has increased from forty percent to forty-five percent over the past decade.” Pray for the East Timorese to discover alternative forms of income. Ask the Lord to provide for the material and financial needs of young families in East Timor. Pray for Christian Believers to share Jesus Christ with those who are physically and spiritually hungry (The Bible, Psalm 22:26).
THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA
According to a statement by Amnesty International, “Arbitrary arrests, detentions, harassment, and intimidation of human rights defenders, journalists, and political opponents by the Jammeh regime has become an everyday thing and resulted in the creation of a ‘climate of fear’ in The Gambia. The Criminal Code broadens definitions of offenses and places harsher punishments on acts of public disorder, giving false information, and personal expression through clothing choice.” In addition, the Information and Communication Act “imposes penalties of up to fifteen years imprisonment and hefty fines for criticizing government officials online.” Pray for President Yahya Jammeh to believe in Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. Pray for freedom in The Gambia. Pray for the Gospel to spread in this African nation (The Bible, John 8:32).
GAZA STRIP, MIDDLE EAST
The people living in the Gaza Strip have been cut off from much of the world. The Turkish government has donated close to $ 1 million USD; but that does not go very far. Nearly seventy percent of Gaza's 1.7 million people rely on handouts, and nearly half the population lives in dire poverty. Christian Believers living here are outnumbered greatly by the Muslim population. Pray for the people of Gaza to have greater freedom to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for those who are poor and suffering. Pray for strength and economic growth in the country (The Bible, Psalm 102:17).
WEST BANK, MIDDLE EAST
The Palestinian Authority that governs the area of the West Bank are worried that their archrivals, Hamas (which governs the Gaza Strip) are trying to stir up trouble in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, with the help of hundreds of masked Special Forces, has launched a security crackdown after a wave of lawlessness. Pray for the re-establishment of peace in the West Bank. Pray that Hamas or any other group will not be able to create trouble. Pray for the Christians in the West Bank to grow deeper in the Lord Jesus and to be strong witnesses for His glory (The Bible, 1 Peter 3:15).
WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
Pray for the Lord to guide and direct the staff of Window International Network. Ask Him to share with them His heart for the 10/40 Window. Pray for them to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and surrendered to the will of God. Petition the Lord to enable them to accomplish all that He desires in this region. (The Bible, Psalm 46:10)
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