Prayer Points For Every Nation — June 2013
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INDIA, SOUTH ASIA
In Bangalore, unknown attackers beat a Christian Pastor to death with a brick. According to authorities, the severity of the injuries made identification difficult. Police believe bigotry and intolerance toward Christian Believers is to blame because the attackers did not steal his personal belongings. Pray for the capture and prosecution of the murderers. Ask the Lord to comfort the Pastor’s family and friends. Pray for an end to intolerance of Christians in India (The Bible, Proverbs 21:15).
MAURITANIA, NORTH AFRICA
In the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is being accused of scandals, moral decay, and a lack of credibility. Mauritania is facing high unemployment, influx of refugees from Mali, and a possible coups d’état. Pray for the government leaders of Mauritania to have wisdom to move their country forward during these hard times. Pray for the very few Mauritanian Christian Believers to commit their ways to the Lord Jesus Christ, to stand for righteousness and justice, and to be bright lights for Jesus (The Bible, Psalm 37:5-7).
SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA
Sudan is becoming more Islamic. They announced that no new licenses for building churches would be issued. When South Sudan went through secession in July 2011, many Christian Believers feared for their lives and moved to South Sudan. Sudan says they still grant freedom to worship, but they have imprisoned many Christians in previous months. Pray for the Islamic country of Sudan to respect the Christian population that lives in their country. Pray for those Christians who have fled from Sudan because of great persecution (The Bible, Matthew 5:43-45).
SOUTH SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA
South Sudan continues to battle with rebel forces. Many of these forces are believed to be funded and supported by Sudan. South Sudan’s proposal of building an oil pipeline through Ethiopia could cut Sudan out of the oil revenues causing further tensions. Pray against tribal wars and violence inside South Sudan. Pray for a growing peace between Sudan and South Sudan that would bless both sides. Pray for the Church in South Sudan to live completely sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Galatians 2:20).
AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA
In Kabul, Badam Bagh prison currently houses 202 Afghan women. Most of the women are serving time for alleged “moral crimes.” These “crimes” include refusing an arranged marriage, pursuing marriage with a person of their own choice, or fleeing an abusive marriage. While none of the “crimes” are illegal, the conservative courts still charge the women with “the intent to commit adultery,” which is considered a “moral crime.” Pray for Christian Believers to minister to these women. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to show Afghan women how much He loves and values them (The Bible, Zephaniah 3:17).
KUWAIT, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Mussallam al-Barrak, an opposition leader, was sentenced to five years in jail for insulting the Emir Sabah at an opposition rally last year. Pray for greater freedoms for all the peoples of Kuwait. Pray they will have freedom to call on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Pray for wisdom for the leaders of the government as they seek to create a more inclusive society. Pray for the small Kuwaiti Church to be strengthened, to grow deeper in the Lord, and to be lights for His kingdom (The Bible, Colossians 1:11-13).
BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA
According to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government will not create an anti-blasphemy law because current laws are “sufficient.” Praise God for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s refusal to create an anti-blasphemy law. Pray for peace in Bangladesh between Islamists, Christian Believers, and other minority religions. Pray for the Bangladeshi Church to boldly share the Gospel (The Bible, Acts 28:31).
JAPAN, EAST ASIA
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to revise Japan’s constitution in order to ease limitations on Japan’s military. However, detractors and scholars fear an altered constitution will result in an “assault on basic human rights.” A preliminary draft by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) eliminates the promise of basic human rights and imposes compliance to “public interest and order,” with the military regulating obedience to the constitution. Pray that parliament rejects the revised constitution. Pray for personal freedoms to continue in Japan (The Bible, Psalm 119:45).
GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA
Authorities found Pansau Ntchama, ex-bodyguard of Guinea-Bissau’s former army chief-of-staff, guilty of heading an unsuccessful coup attempt in October of 2012. The government sentenced him to five years in prison for treason and illegal weapon use. No elected leader in Guinea-Bissau has been able to complete his term since its independence from Portugal. Pray for peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau. Pray for Christian Believers to share their faith with family and friends. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Guinea-Bissau (The Bible, Numbers 6:25-26).
BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA
According to the United Nations (UN), since 2007, approximately 78,000 Bhutanese refugees relocated to several Western nations. Some 38,000 are left behind in refugee camps. According to the UN, “The total number of refugees to be resettled in the West is expected to reach 100,000 by the end of 2014.” Praise God for the Western nations’ willingness to offer the refugees new lives. Ask the Lord to help them adapt to their new homes. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Gospel with these refugees (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA
While Saudi Arabia condemned the more recent bombings in Boston and in different Iraqi cities, it continues to stress the need for the international community to take a strong stand against all acts of violence and terrorist attacks against innocent people. Pray that the Saudi government will take a strong stand against all forms of terrorism. Pray that the very center of Islamic terrorism will be viewed as a great evil. Pray for the freedom of Christian Believers in Saudi Arabia to live for Jesus Christ (The Bible, Romans 12:14).
GUINEA, WEST AFRICA
In Conakry, 15 people were injured after a fierce battle between opposition protesters and security forces. Authorities detained two key opposition leaders. According to a government spokesman, “The government strongly condemns the acts of violence that left people wounded and the stone-throwing attacks against security forces who had been deployed to ensure the civilian population’s protection.” Pray for peace in this African nation. Pray for the growth of the Church in Guinea. Pray for Christian Believers to fervently share the Gospel (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 13:11).
THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA
According to the Thailand government, “The number of dengue fever cases is on the rise, with reports of fatalities in many provinces.” Children and young adults appear to be most vulnerable to the illness. Thailand reports over 22,500 cases of dengue fever, resulting in 25 fatalities. Pray for an end to the dengue fever outbreak in Thailand. Ask God to heal the children and youth that are stricken with the fever. Pray for the advancement of the Gospel in Thailand (The Bible, Psalm 103:2-4).
NIGER, WEST AFRICA
In an effort to reduce unemployment, the Niger government created a Graduate Employment Scheme (GES). The GES aims to employ approximately 6,000 youth in a variety of civil service areas. The government is screening over 17,000 youth for the coveted positions. Praise God the Niger government is attempting to lower its unemployment rate. Ask the Lord to provide jobs for the remaining 11,000 youth. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Niger and throughout all of Africa (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
In a press release, Najat Maalla M’jid, UN Special Rapporteur, stated, “Alcohol abuse and domestic violence, early and forced marriages, and bride kidnappings are among the factors making children in Kyrgyzstan more vulnerable to sexual exploitation and forced labor.” Najat recommends the government honor its promises of shielding children from sexual abuse by enhancing current programs and regulating institutions. Ask God to protect children in Kyrgyzstan from exploitation and abuse. Pray for the government to create tougher legislation prosecuting abusers (The Bible, Isaiah 1:17).
IRAN, MIDDLE EAST
According to family members of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, prison authorities moved him to solitary confinement in Iran’s cruel Evin prison where he may be “suffering from organ failure.” The confinement is due to Saeed’s participation in a “peaceful, silent protest” with other prisoners. They signed a petition “decrying the lack of medical care and the threats and harsh treatment facing family members who come to visit.” The condition of his health is unknown. Pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini’s immediate release from Evin prison. Ask the Lord to comfort and encourage his family while he is imprisoned. Ask God to heal Saeed’s physical injuries (The Bible, Hebrews 13:3).
BURKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA
Ben Emmerson, a United Nations Special Rapporteur, believes Burkina Faso needs international support to prevent radical extremism from growing. According to Emmerson, “The international community needs to ensure that the material and other resources necessary to protect this small and peaceful State, from both external and internal threats, are made available to it.” Pray that many nations support Burkina Faso’s antiterrorism efforts. Pray that Burkina Faso remains peaceful. Pray the Gospel spreads throughout this African nation (The Bible, Matthew 5:9).
MALI, WEST AFRICA
According to a study by four international aid groups, two-thirds of Mali’s northern population struggle with food insecurity. If they do not receive assistance, the food crisis will reach “emergency levels.” Franck Abeille, leader of Solidarity International in Mali, says, “We are not at the point where people have nothing to eat at all, but it’s quite hard for them. They are reducing the number of meals per day. They are selling all their livestock.” Pray for humanitarian aid to come to the people of northern Mali. Ask God to provide physical and spiritual food for the hungry. Pray for Christian Believers throughout Mali to minister to their northern neighbors (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
AZERBAIJAN, SOUTHWEST ASIA
In Zakatala, Judge Imanverdi Shukurov fined two Christian Pastors more than an average year’s salary for practicing Christianity. In addition, for the past twenty years, authorities have refused to grant their church legal status. Pray for Judge Shukurov to believe in Jesus Christ. Pray for the dropping of all charges and fines against the two Pastors. Pray for the government to grant legal status to the Pastors’ church. Pray for religious freedom in Azerbaijan (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 3:17).
BENIN, WEST AFRICA
The Kpondehou Women’s Group and the U.S. African Development Foundation are working together to “improve food security and increase incomes for very poor households.” They believe providing for struggling families will lessen child trafficking in Benin. Pray that human trafficking ends in Benin. Ask the Lord to meet the physical needs of poverty-stricken families in Benin. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Gospel in their communities (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
International Christian Concern (ICC) states the Indonesian government forcibly shut down 50 Christian Churches because they lacked the proper building permit. However, according to the National Commission on Human Rights, “85% of Indonesia’s buildings of worship do not have building permits.” It appears most mosques do not have permits, yet ICC says they “have yet to receive a single report of one of these mosques being closed by local governments.” Pray the Indonesian government grants building permits to Christian Churches. Ask God to protect His Church from discrimination and persecution. Pray that Believers without a church building will continue to meet and worship together (The Bible, Hebrews 10:24-25).
LAOS, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Police arrested three Christian Pastors after they saw them viewing a Christian film. Later, authorities released the three Pastors whom they accused of “spreading the Christian religion.” Praise God for the Pastors’ release. Pray for religious freedom in Laos. Ask God to shield His Church in Laos from persecution and violence (The Bible, Psalm 144:2).
WESTERN SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA
The Western Sahara is a tract of desert that has lucrative phosphate reserves and potential offshore oil. It is the focus of Africa's longest-running territorial dispute (dating back to 1975) between Morocco and pro-independence Western Sahara forces backed by Algeria. Pray for the U.N. to have a clear way forward especially in dealing with human rights abuses. Pray for the people of Western Sahara to hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and bend their knees to Him (The Bible, Philippians 2:9-11).
EGYPT, NORTH AFRICA
In Egypt, two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian economy is faring poorly. People are rapidly expanding the black market. They are hoarding gasoline, food, and other commodities. As Egypt runs out of money for subsidies, there is growing poverty and suffering among the people. Pray for economic relief for the majority of the population. Pray that people will desire the Truth of the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, John 14:6).
UZBEKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
In Tashkent, authorities raided the home of a Christian couple while they were out. The couple’s children remained at home in the care of a babysitter. Police confiscated the couple’s Christian literature. Four days later, the government summoned the couple and the babysitter, who is not a Believer, to court where they each received a hefty fine of $3,900 USD. Pray for freedom of religion in Uzbekistan. Ask the Lord to provide the couple and the babysitter with funds to pay the fines. Pray for the babysitter to believe in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 16:31).
NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA
Neel Kantha Upreti, Nepal’s Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), said, “The government is preparing grounds to announce the date for election soon.” The various political parties agreed to hold elections in November of this year. The CEC added there is “no alternative but to go for election for resolving all problems of the nation.” Pray for a smooth, peaceful election process. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Nepal (The Bible, Colossians 4:5).
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Many feel that the UAE is a convenient place to help al-Qaeda with recruitment, financing, and logistical support. UAE authorities say al-Qaeda cells comprised Emirati and Saudis who were planning attacks on the Gulf oil and business hub. Pray for these Islamic deviant groups to have a radical exposure to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray they will repent and come to know the Lord of all creation. Pray for the government to have great wisdom and speed in identifying these groups (The Bible, Hebrews 1:1-2).
ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE
After joining with EU police, Albanian authorities arrested 78 drug traffickers, impounded 21 tons of illegal drugs, and uncovered 59 illicit drug groups. However, there is still room for improvement. Noted economist Artan Hoxha says, “Police bureaucracies are very slow compared to the impressive and efficient operation of criminal groups. As long as the police fail to take away dirty money and crime assets, it will be difficult for the authorities to control and dominate organized crime.” Pray for the government to improve its fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. Pray for the Albanian Church to saturate the culture with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray for a large harvest of souls in Albania (The Bible, John 3:16).
MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA
For close to two decades, the border between Morocco and Algeria has been closed. Both Morocco and Algeria blame each other for playing a part in the Western Sahara conflict. Morocco continues to control Western Sahara. Reopening the border would boost trade and cooperation. Pray for Morocco to give more freedoms to the people of Western Sahara (The Bible, 1 Peter 2:17).
IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST
As Iraq heads into provincial elections, mortar attacks on mosques, bomb attacks on cafes, and suicide bombings fill the daily news. Hostilities between Shia and Sunni Islamic groups are blamed for the violence. Many people live in an environment of death and violence. Pray for the elections to be peaceful, without violence and death. Pray against Sunni Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda that are trying to destabilize the government. Pray for an increase of strength for Christian Brothers and Sisters as they live boldly for the glory of God (The Bible, Philippians 1:20).
SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA
The Sri Lankan Religious Affairs Ministry is establishing laws prohibiting the “distortion” of the “original teachings” of Christianity. According to Barnabas Aid, “Evangelical churches are not recognized by the Religious Affairs Ministry and are thus liable to be labeled as ‘cults’ by those who do not understand the Christian faith and want to prevent activity they deem undesirable or threatening.” Pray the Religious Affairs Ministry does not move forward with the new laws. Ask the Lord to protect His Church in Sri Lanka from persecution. Pray for the Gospel to spread in this island nation (The Bible, Isaiah 54:17).
ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST
The Israeli government confirmed its airstrike of a military installation in Syria that housed an advanced missiles shipment. Israeli officials claim the shipment was destined for the Hezbollah. According to Aaron Sagui, Israeli embassy spokesman, “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.” Pray for peace in the Middle East. Pray Hezbollah does not acquire chemical weapons. Ask God to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wisdom and discernment in these trying times (The Bible, Psalm 122:6).
TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
Unknown assailants severely beat Tajikistan Islamic opposition leader Mukhamadal Khayit outside his home. According to an opposition party member, “The reason behind the beating is his active political activism, his civic opposition, his opposition to the current authorities.” Current president of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon “defends his tactics” because he “opposes radical Islam.” The Tajikistan presidential elections are set for November. Pray for tensions to ease between the government and opposing parties. Pray for a peaceful, smooth election process. Pray for Christian Believers to proclaim the Gospel during this crucial time in Tajikistan (The Bible, Matthew 5:9).
CHINA, EAST ASIA
In Henan province, authorities convicted seven Church Leaders on cult charges. The Leaders face between three to seven and a half years in prison. According to Bob Fu, ChinaAid founder and president, “This latest wave of religious persecution shows that the situation for religious freedom in China continues to worsen.” Pray for the government to drop all charges against these Christian Believers. Pray China ends its persecution of House Churches. Ask the Lord to comfort and encourage the Church Leaders while they are detained (The Bible, Psalm 9:9).
DJIBOUTI, EAST AFRICA
Despite Djibouti’s economic growth, approximately 75% of the population lives in poverty. According to economist Mohamed Arreh, “This economic growth benefits only a small percentage of the Djiboutian population, whose wealth keeps growing while the majority is becoming more impoverished.” Pray the Djibouti government will work harder at lowering unemployment which affects 54% of the workforce and 70% of youth. Ask God to provide for the many Djiboutians living in poverty. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Good News that God can supply all their needs according to His riches in glory (The Bible, Jeremiah 29:11).
YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
In Sana’a, Yemen, the charging of al-Qaeda militants comes with threats and fear of retribution. One of the defendants threatened to kill the judge and shouted, "We will teach you a lesson and we will drag you on the ground." Two other defendants raised al-Qaeda's flag in the court. Still others shouted, "God is great," in Arabic. Eleven al-Qaeda militants were charged for attacks planned against Yemen. Pray for the government and judges to stand strong for their country and people. Pray for the great God and Father of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ to be made known across Yemen (The Bible, 1 Peter 1:3-5).
VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA
According to the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), “Thousands of Vietnamese in Russia are trafficked and held captive by their own compatriots. Vietnamese victims of human trafficking in Russia have practically no chance of finding freedom. The existing system in Russia makes it practically impossible for victims to escape and seek help. The syndicates that traffic them do so almost openly, counting on the support of the local police.” Pray for the freedom of thousands of trafficked Vietnamese in Russia. Pray the Russian government cracks down on trafficking and prosecutes police that aid in this crime. Pray for Christian Believers to share that true freedom is found only in Jesus Christ (The Bible, John 8:36).
TAIWAN, EAST ASIA
Taiwan reported the first case of H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China. The government now forbids the slaughter of poultry by market vendors, as it may lead to transmission of the deadly virus. The World Health Organization has said, so far, there is no human-to-human transmission of the virus. Praise God the virus is not communicated by human contact. Pray the virus does not mutate. Pray for an end to the bird flu outbreak in Vietnam, China, and other Asian countries. Ask the Lord to heal those stricken by the virus (The Bible, Exodus 23:25).
BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
As Bahrain prepared for the yearly Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, Shia protesters and anti-government activists set fire to the barricades, clashed with police, and blocked roads. They accused the government of covering up abuses. Pray for the Shia and Sunni populations to come to a better understanding of each other as they live together. Pray for the Church in Bahrain to represent people from different backgrounds (The Bible, Romans 12:5).
BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Although there are few Christian Believers among the Melanau people of Brunei, the mostly Muslim group tolerates people of different faiths. They respect other beliefs and participate in the ceremonies and traditions of other religions. Currently, a Bible translation is not available in the Melanau language. Ask the Lord to send missionaries to the Melanau in Brunei. Pray for the establishment of a Melanau Church. Pray for the translation of the Bible into the Melanau language (The Bible, Mark 16:15).
LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST
A Human Rights Watch report accused both the Syrian government and the insurgents of striking residential areas in neighboring Lebanon on several occasions and killing a number of citizens. The cross-border attacks appeared to be largely indiscriminate and threatened to further destabilize the Syrian-Lebanese frontier. Groups like the Hezbollah in southern Lebanon vow to protect cities affected by this conflict. Pray for a growing respect of human life in Lebanon. Pray that Christian Believers in Lebanon will care for the Syrian refugees and bring them hope. Pray for them to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer (The Bible, Romans 12:12).
QATAR, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Qatar, like many countries in the Arabian Peninsula, is criticized for its treatment of migrant workers. The International trade unions have called on world soccer body FIFA to deprive Qatar of its right to host the 2022 World Cup because they failed to end 21st century slavery. Pray for all workers who are extremely low paid, suffering, and dying because of poor working conditions. Pray for the government to use its great wealth to make sure human rights are given to all workers in Qatar (The Bible, Proverbs 31:8-9).
TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
At a special forum of the United Nations Human Rights Council, western nations claimed the Turkmenistan government is “not held accountable for torture or other human rights violations” and “fundamental freedoms remain heavily curtailed.” Countries also criticized Turkmenistan’s poor policy on domestic violence and false imprisonment of journalists, government critics, and religious minorities. Pray for the restoration of basic freedoms in Turkmenistan. Pray for the Gospel to spread in this Asian nation (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1).
ETHIOPIA, EAST AFRICA
A great number of Ethiopian women are trafficked to the Middle East. Traffickers lure the women with assurances of high-paying jobs and a wealthy lifestyle. Once they are trafficked, the women face torture, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Some are even murdered. Pray for the Ethiopian government to investigate and prosecute human trafficking. Ask the Lord to protect and heal trafficked Ethiopian women. Pray for the Ethiopian Church to rally in defense of these women (The Bible, Psalm 121:7-8).
MYANMAR (BURMA), SOUTHEAST ASIA
Due to fighting in northeastern Myanmar, over 83,000 people fled to numerous refugee camps. Many displaced, however, remain in war zones and cannot be reached by humanitarian aid groups. The needs are great. Reduced availability of food and a lack of clean water and proper sanitation are causing illness and death. Pray for an end to the conflict between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Pray for international aid groups to reach the displaced with much needed food, medicine, and clothing. Ask God to protect the Christian Kachin from disease, malnutrition, and death (The Bible, Psalm 91:1-3).
CHAD, CENTRAL AFRICA
According to a lengthy Human Rights Report, Chad struggles with many human rights violations. The most noteworthy abuses include violence and prejudice against women and children, inhospitable prison environments, abuse by security forces and officials, government corruption, child abuse, and human trafficking. Pray for the government to address and resolve these troubling issues. Ask the Lord to protect the women and children in Chad from violence and abuse. Pray for Christian Believers to proclaim the Gospel in Chad (The Bible, Psalm 10:17-18).
ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA
In the oil-rich southern region of Algeria, people find it hard to make enough money to buy food. Many blame al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or AQIM for their problems. The Islamic Maghreb is the militant outfit that attacked the oil/gas plant that killed 38 foreign workers in January 2013. Pray against the Islamic Maghreb that is causing terror in southern Algeria. Pray that more jobs would be created for the local Algerian people. Pray for Christian Believers in the north to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to those in the south (The Bible, Matthew 11:5).
LIBYA, NORTH AFRICA
As Libya continues to look toward the future, they are trying to increase oil production for the world. This would increase revenue for the country. They have also been looking at human rights issues. Justices are looking to draft a Juvenile Justice Law to provide adequate protection for children in Libya. Pray that the judges will be able to create laws to protect children, especially girls. Pray for children to have the freedom to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that the children will receive the Kingdom of Heaven (The Bible, Matthew 19:14).
MALAYSIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Malaysian voters reelected Najib Razak for a second term as prime minister. However, Razak’s ruling party, the National Front coalition, lost the popular vote. Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the opposition People’s Pact coalition, labeled the election the “worst electoral fraud in our history.” He called on fellow Malaysians to express their rejection of the results. Pray for peace between the National Front coalition, the People’s Pact coalition, and Malaysian voters. Pray for countless Malaysians to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Romans 10:9).
OMAN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
The government of Oman has been offering subsidy for fuel for vehicles and cooking gas. The subsidies are meant to target certain groups. The desire is that the cash spent on subsidies will be utilized in other areas like youth training or investment projects capable of generating new employment opportunities. Pray for the poor of Oman to have their needs met and protected. Pray for the government to have wisdom in the way they use subsidies to strengthen the country. Pray for greater freedom to share the Lord Jesus Christ with all people in Oman (The Bible, Galatians 5:1).
KAZAKHSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
Parliament will soon vote on new laws designed to eliminate “extremist activity.” The proposed legislation could penalize Christian Believers for practicing their faith. The punishments for practicing Christianity could include community service, time in “corrective” labor, and imprisonment. Pray for parliament to veto the new laws. Ask the Lord to encourage and protect the Kazakh Church. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Kazakhstan (The Bible, John 14:27).
TUNISIA, NORTH AFRICA
There are numerous incidents of human rights violation or improper protection of human freedom in Tunisia. There are reports of security force laxity in regard to extremist crimes. Excessive force has been used on protestors and the freedom of the press has been limited. Pray that the Islamic government of Tunisia cares for everyone under its authority as they seek to move their country forward. Pray for the Tunisian Church to have more freedom to worship and share their faith (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-2).
CAMBODIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Freedom House bestowed the Cambodian media with a rating of ‘not free.’ A ‘not free’ rating means the country “fails to meet criteria for legal, political, or economic freedom of the press.” According to Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Freedom House managing editor, the attacks against and harassment of journalists has increased. Pray for freedom of the press in Cambodia. Ask the Lord to strengthen and grow the Cambodian Church. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Cambodia (The Bible, Acts 2:47).
TURKEY, SE EUROPE & SW ASIA
The Turkish military verified the participation of “Special Forces” in the murder of three Christian Believers in 2007. The Christian Workers’ slaying is considered particularly violent because, “They were tied up before their throats were slit.” According to a defense attorney, “This statement will affect the course of the trial, no doubt.” Pray for justice and the murderers’ prosecution. Pray for religious freedom in Turkey. Pray for Turkish Believers to share the Gospel in their communities (The Bible, Amos 5:24).
NORTH KOREA, EAST ASIA
North Korea received condemnation from global leaders for pronouncing a “state of war” with its southern neighbor. Both the West and South Korea showed restraint by dismissing Pyongyang’s threats as “nothing new” and that “North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats.” Russia expressed hope that all parties “continued to act responsibly.” Australia promised more sanctions if North Korea continues to employ such threats. Pray for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to believe in Jesus Christ. Ask God to thwart North Korea’s efforts of creating a nuclear weapon. Pray for peace to reign in this region (The Bible, Philippians 4:6-7).
SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA
Many years of violence has forced Somalia to lag behind the world in oil production. As more peace and stability has come to Somalia, there are also renewed interests in the country’s oil reserves. The Somali government is signing oil and gas production contracts with major international companies. Pray that God will move now in the heart of the Somali government to protect this great resource from corruption and evil. Pray that oil and gas will bless all the peoples of Somalia. Pray for the poor to be cared for and the Good News to spread among them (The Bible, Luke 4:18-19).
PAKISTAN, SOUTH ASIA
In a city in Pakistan, an angry Muslim mob damaged churches and Christian-owned businesses. They also attacked Christian Believers, injuring 18. The violence erupted after Muslim and Christian youth argued over loud music. The hostilities increased when imams (Muslim holy men) used loudspeakers to encourage the mob’s attack on “Christian infidels.” Pray for peace between Muslims and Christians in Pakistan. Ask the Lord to heal the wounded Believers. Pray for religious freedom in Pakistan (The Bible, Psalm 140:1-2).
NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA
In Kaduna state, violence between Fulani Muslims and Christian Believers claimed the lives of 80 people and displaced more than 4,500. Many of the dead are women and children. Thousands of Believers fled to the hills in the aftermath. They now reside in two camps. Ask the Lord to comfort the grieving families. Pray for peace between Fulani Muslims and Christian Believers. Ask God to provide for the thousands of homeless Believers (The Bible, Psalm 46:1).
MALDIVES, SOUTH ASIA
In Malé, demonstrators marched in support of implementing Sharia law in Maldives. According to the local press, the “organizers had no political backing” and were led by “a group of young people calling for Sharia to be fully implemented to protect the Maldives from ‘calamities’ it is presently facing.” Pray that radical Islam will not take hold in Maldives. Pray for Christian Believers to boldly proclaim their faith, despite the risk of persecution. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Maldives (The Bible, Acts 28:31).
JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST
Jordan is working to quiet the unrest in the country through political reforms that gives more power to elected officials. However, the civil war in neighboring Syria threatens to destabilize the region. The northern border of Jordan has become a place of refuge for Syrians fleeing the fighting. Pray for the new government to have wisdom to care for all the people in Jordan. Pray for the Jordanian Church as they seek to minister to the Syrian refugees. Pray for love and compassion to increase, as the knowledge of the Lord Jesus is made known to unreached peoples (The Bible, Psalm 103:2-4).
SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA
Authorities released two Brazilian Christian Workers from prison after they served a five-month sentence. Charges against them included “child trafficking” and “conspiracy to break the law.” According to Uziel Santana, ANAJURE President, the accusations were “proved later by the local authorities themselves as unfounded. The main problem was Christianization.” The Christian Workers are forbidden to leave the country, and they must appear in court to face charges of operating without proper permits. Pray for all charges against them to be dropped. Pray that anti-Christian sentiment will not grow in Senegal. Pray for the growth of the Church in Senegal (The Bible, Acts 2:47).
ERITREA, EAST AFRICA
The worsening situation of Eritrean Christian Believers in the west seems to be a part of a new governmental campaign against Christians. An estimated 1,500–2,000 Christians are being detained in makeshift prisons. Pray that the government will grant freedom to all Christians especially those who are not part of recognized churches. Pray that all tribes in Eritrea would hear the Good News and come to the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Revelation 19:7).
TIBET, SOUTH ASIA
Chinese authorities arrested 21 Tibetans when a conflict erupted over arbitrary land eviction. During the 2010 earthquake that struck Kyegudo, there were many fatalities and massive destruction to buildings. Locals began to rebuild their homes. News sources said, “The conflict arose after angered local Tibetans protested the authorities over demolition of their rebuilt homes and tents.” Pray for peace between China and Tibet. Ask God to provide housing to the displaced Tibetans as they attempt to rebuild. Pray for the Tibetan Church to share the Gospel and minister to the earthquake victims of Kyegudo (The Bible, Matthew 11:28).
SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST
The global political pressure on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to resign is growing. He recently said, "The truth is there is a war and I repeat: no to surrender, no to submission." He is vowing to defeat the Syrian rebels and says there will be no surrender and that rebels' victory would spell the end of Syria. Chemical weapons are a global concern no matter who is in power. Pray for international political powers to have real wisdom during these days. Pray for the Church in Syria that is facing greater persecution every day (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 4: 8-11).
MONGOLIA, NORTH ASIA
North Korea is asking for food aid from Mongolia. Before requesting Mongolia for assistance, Hong Gyu, North Korea’s ambassador to Mongolia, said, “North Korea may face severe food shortage.” The Mongolian government has not commented on whether they will honor the request. Ask God to grant the Mongolian government wisdom and discernment in this matter. Pray for the Mongolian Church to enthusiastically communicate the Gospel throughout this Asian nation. Pray for a large harvest of souls (The Bible, James 1:5).
EAST TIMOR, SOUTHEAST ASIA
The majority of the Bunak people follow Islam. However, they also practice Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, animism, and ancestor worship. Currently, there is no Bible translation or Jesus Film available to the Bunak. Pray for God to send Christian Workers to the Bunak. Pray for the establishment of a Bunak Church. Pray for the translation of the Bible into the Bunak language. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to the Bunak people (The Bible, John 14:26).
THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA
At a recent ceremony, 30 female circumcision practitioners vowed to “never again” cut a female child. They also promised to protect the physical rights of girls and women in the Gambia and throughout the world. According to Dr. Isatou Touray, Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP, “We are celebrating a historic movement in a region where more than 300 children are cut in a given district or perhaps by a single circumciser in a given year.” Praise the Lord that 30 circumcisers promised to stop practicing female genital mutilation. Pray for this movement to spread throughout Africa. Pray for Christian Believers to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 145:1-2).
GAZA STRIP, MIDDLE EAST
Gazans protested outside the United Nation's building and facilities after the UN stopped giving the poorest of the poor financial assistance to buy food. Many have left the Gaza Strip. The Islamist group Hamas is now urging the UN relief and food agency to resume its operations in the Gaza Strip despite violent protests. Pray for basic needs of the people to be met. Pray for an end to violence and extremism. Pray for the Church in the Gaza Strip to give grace and administer mercy (The Bible, Ephesians 2:4-5).
WEST BANK, MIDDLE EAST
Hamas re-elected its veteran leader, Khaled Meshaal. Meshaal has run the Palestinian movement since 1996 from exile. He is backed by regional powers–Qatar, Turkey, and Egypt–and is now based in Qatar. The Western-backed Palestinian president based in Ramallah, West Bank is Mahmoud Abbas. Meshaal and Abbas have a cordial relationship. Pray for these different leaders of the Palestinians to move their people toward better economic times. Pray for wisdom from God for these leaders. Pray for Christian Palestinians to have a growing commitment to live strong for Jesus Christ (The Bible, 2 Timothy 3:12).
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)
May Prayer Points Correction
The Prayer Points for Malaysia in the May Issue of the Reporter reported the murder of a Christian Believer, Sofronie Bombeo. The incident occurred in the Philippines and not in Malaysia.
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