Pastor Saeed Abedini, a US citizen, is being held in deplorable conditions in an Iranian jail. You can read the beginning of his story here. Since that time he has been moved to another jail, robbed repeatedly, and threatened at knife point. His health is failing, and his family fears for his life. Please lift your voice to ask the US and Iranian governments to work for the release of this American pastor. You can sign the Be Heard Project petition calling for his release here. And please, pray for this man and his family as they are separated. Pray that they may know the peace and comfort of Emmanuel, “God with us.”
A new threat is trying to raise its head in the Philippines, and it may be more terrible than Typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the land. Imagine being a child who has lost one—or both—parents. Imagine your family being desperate to survive. Around two million children are now at a much-heightened risk for abduction and slavery. Pray that every evil plan against these children will be defeated. Read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/19257.
The Bhotia (Sherpa) people are known helping people climb Mt. Everest. They help guide them up the dangerous mountain and carry much of the mountain climbers’ supplies. But there is one burden they do not know how to carry—sin, the sin every person on earth faces. Pray that many more of them will understand that Jesus alone can carry the burden and destroy it once for all. Read more at Global Prayer Digest. Check out Exploring with Jake for a fun activity for kids.
Teams in Nepal are asking for prayer regarding the elections in Nepal and their outcome. There is a strong movement to align the country with the religion of the majority. If this happens, it could cause a dramatic increase in persecution against Christians in Nepal and threaten the work of Christian missions working there to rescue orphans, provide alternatives to women trapped in a life of abuse, and many other outreaches. Read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/19225.
They are one of the oldest groups of people in Nepal, but still today very few of them have heard of and accepted the love of Christ. Please pray for the Magar (note, distinct from the Magyar), that they will hear the Truth and have the courage to follow. Pray that the hearts of family members and government officials who are opposed to Christianity will be softened. Read more at http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Magar-People-of-Nepal-and-Tibet/ and http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=11698&rog3=NP.
Almost 200 Christians gathered to pray for the refugee crisis in their country, Eritrea. When security forces learned of it, they arrested everyone in attendance, including the children. Many have been released, but the men who were detained were not, along with those who would not sign a declaration promising never to meet again. Please pray for the members of the underground church in Eritrea. Read more at www.persecution.com.
Acrostic prayer for the Philippines:
Peace for the hurting.
Help for the suffering.
Insight for relief workers.
Light for those who feel hopeless.
Internal and external needs to be met.
Patience in the face of overwhelming need.
Power to stand firm in the face of discouragement.
Inspiration to dream and build again.
Necessities to be available to all.
Energy to face the recovery ahead.
Salvation and hope to come to many.
This morning, our Sunday School teacher told us about a group of people in India called the Eluthassan. There are approximately 44,000 Eluthassan living in India, but did you know that there might not be a single Christian among them?
Churches and missions groups haven’t talked to the Eluthassan very much, so there is a lot that we don’t know about who they are and how they live.
Have you ever wished you were a superhero, that you could help someone in trouble? This morning at church, we had a guest speaker come and talk to us about the persecuted Church. Did you know there is a special day set aside to remember to pray for Christians who live in other places where they aren’t free to believe in God?
Churches in Uzbekistan have faced fines and confiscation of property including literature, pews, and even carpeting. Now a children’s summer camp has been ordered seized by the government. Despite the urgings of the UN Human Rights Council, the government has been unwilling to stop its crackdown against Christians. Please pray for Christians in Uzbekistan to stand strong, and pray for the hearts of the those opposed to the Gospel to be softened. Read more at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/19145.
The audio translation of the Buamu New Testament in Burkina Faso faced many challenges, but praise God that it has been completed! Please pray for the finalization of the project and for all those who will hear the Word of God for the first time. Read more at http://wycliffeprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/new-testament-audio-recording/.