Monthly Archives: June 2013

Prayer request for Pakistan

Modern Witnesses: Pakistan

From my blog for kids, Exploring with Jake.

*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

Our Sunday School teacher taught us more about Pakistan today. It is extremely dangerous to be a Christian in Pakistan. Some Christians in Pakistan have to work in hot, dangerous brickyards making bricks for the owner all day long, six days a week. Even the children and the grandparents have to work to make bricks. Other Christians have to work at very dangerous jobs where what they do every day could make them sick.

The constitution in Pakistan says that everyone has religious freedom, but there is a clause in the law, usually called the “blasphemy law,” that says that anyone who defiles the name of Muhammad or the Quran can be sent to jail for life—or even killed. But many times, the police don’t need any proof to charge someone with doing that and put them in jail. A neighbor, an employer, or even a friend can lie about a Christian and have them arrested. Sometimes it is months or years before they are released from jail. Sometimes, they never are.

There are also some people in Pakistan who intentionally hurt Christians living there. They might attack their church, beat them up, destroy their home, or worse.

But do you know what is amazing? Jesus can’t be defeated in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world. Just like in the Bible, when the people arrested Him, beat Him, and even killed Him, He loved them and forgave them. And He gives His people the courage and the love to do that when they are hurt or even killed. Just like He was stronger than death and came back to life, His love is stronger than any other force in the whole world. He knows that every person needs to know how much He loves them. Even if they have hurt other people in the past, He still loves them.

“Dear God, please help all the people of Pakistan. Please help the Christians who are living in such a dangerous place. Please keep them safe and help them show others Your love. And please help the people who don’t know You yet to know how much You love them and ask You to forgive them, just like You forgive each of us, no matter what we have done. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable version of today’s story, click here.

 

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Prayer request from Oman

Today’s prayer request is from a post on my blog for kids, Exploring with Jake.

Our teacher showed us a map of the country of Oman today. It’s a small country that is surrounded by Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Oman. It makes up the front of the boot-shaped Arabian Peninsula.

In biblical times, the country was known for its frankincense. The trees that frankincense comes from only grow in a few places—and Oman was one of them! And, lots of people wanted frankincense for different reasons. It was an ingredient in incense. And, many people used it like a medicine.  Frankincense was supposed to make you healthy and fight different diseases.

But, after a while, people stopped using frankincense so much. They found other things to make medicine out of, and they bought less and less from Oman. Oman became a very poor country. In the 1960’s, oil was discovered, but the sultan (who was in charge of Oman), didn’t use all the money he got from the oil to make his country better. Finally, in the 1970’s, his son, Sultan Qaboos, took over. He used the money from the oil to build all sorts of things the people needed—like hospitals, schools, a university, good roads, harbors, and airports.

Sultan Qaboos still rules the country of Oman, and he knows his people need to learn as much as they can about how to run their oil industry. So, he allows experts from other countries to come train his people. And, it takes a lot of men to get all that oil ready to ship out, so he allows guest workers—hundreds of thousands of them—to come to his country to work in the oil fields.

Christians in Oman who come from other countries are allowed to have churches and worship God. Most of the Christians in Oman are experts and workers who have come there from other countries. But, there are very few Omani people who know Jesus is the only Savior. It is illegal for an Omani citizen to believe in Jesus. Anyone who is from Oman who leaves his old belief and follows Jesus can be thrown out of his own family.

Our teacher asked us to pray that the Omani people would understand that when we sin and do wrong, it makes our spirits sick. We need the only medicine that will help our spirits. And, it’s not frankincense. It’s Jesus.

“Dear God, please help every person in Oman to realize that they need Jesus to make their hearts and spirits healthy. Please help the people who know You to tell the Omani people about You. And, please watch over them in every way. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

If you’d like a printable version of today’s story, click here.

*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

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Prayer request from Bhutan

Today’s prayer request is from a post on my blog for kids, Exploring with Jake.

This morning in Sunday School, our teacher told us about the country of Bhutan. There are very few Christians living in Bhutan. We need to pray that God will help many people there hear about Him and learn about how much He loves them. I’m going to pray that there will be many strong modern witnesses who will take God’s love to every mountain and valley in Bhutan. Will you pray with me?

Our teacher also gave us a story to read so we could learn more about Bhutan. It’s not a true story, like the ones we’ve read about Christians who live in other countries, but it is a story about what life might be like for one boy whose father gets hurt while they are on a journey. I put a copy of it here so you could read it to! I hope you enjoy it!

Norbu’s Journey

“Dear God, please help all the people in Bhutan to hear how much You love them. Help them love You and share Your love with everyone around them. Thank You that You love every person and sent Jesus to pay for every wrong choice we make. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

*If you’d like to read the first post in the Modern Witnesses series, click here.

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Prayer request from Indonesia

Surrounded by crops of chocolate and dried coconut meat, many of the Mamuju make their homes in what sounds like an abundance of plenty. In reality, many of the Mamuju children are malnourished, with high rates of child mortality. The Mamuju need to hear about health and nutrition. They need access to good medical care and help in developing the agricultural resources they have access to. Most also need freed from a life enslaved to religious practices that give them nothing but fear and rules, but no life or hope. Please pray that God would supply all of the needs of the Mamuju and pray for those seeking to find ways to bring those things to them in West Sulawesi in Indonesia. Read more at http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Mamuju-People/.

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Prayer request from Iran

The Assemblies of God church in Tehran is facing a difficult question—do they remain open and try to serve a small portion of the people who speak the Armenian tongue, or do they continue to stand for their right to hold services in Farsi, a dialect of Persian, the mother tongue of the majority of Iran’s people. If they choose the former, their pastor may be released from prison and they may be permitted to continue as a church. If they choose the latter, the government will continue to try to force them to close and keep their pastor imprisoned, separated from his family and his church. Please pray for this church, and the churches across Iran who face similar situations. Please pray for each Iranian, of every language, to hear the truth of God and respond to Him in faith. You can read more at http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2013/05/2505357/.

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