Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to be a Superhero in Twelve Easy Steps

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 3. Please read how you can be a superhero to someone today.

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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? The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) happens every November.

The guest speaker’s name was Darcie Gill, a remarkable person who works with an organization called The Voice of the Martyrs.  The Voice of the Martyrs is a Christian organization that helps Christians in other countries who are being persecuted and mistreated because of their faith in Jesus.  They help by providing food, medicine, clothing, Bibles, and other things to help Christians live each day and share Jesus with others.  Darcie filled us in…

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Prayer Request from Uzbekistan and Praise from Burkina Faso

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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/.

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All Around India: Dalits

Which would you choose: medicine or food? It’s a choice no one should have to make, but millions of Dalits in India face it every day. Help your children learn more about the Dalits with today’s post from Exploring with Jake.

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This morning, our Sunday School teacher took us to a farm in a rural part of India, far away from the big cities. There were men and women working on the farm. They were hot and sweaty, and they were very tired. One of the women was pregnant, and she seemed very sad. Her name was Lakshmi. We imagined we got to follow her home when her day was done.

When we got to her home, there were two little girls there. One was very sick. I wondered why Lakshmi hadn’t called a doctor. That’s when the teacher explained that there was only a tiny bit of money. Lakshmi couldn’t afford to buy food and pay a doctor, so she had chosen food so they wouldn’t starve. She was hoping her little girl would get better.

Suppertime came and the whole family shared a small pot of soup—except it didn’t…

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Prayer request for Iran

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They have no church, no Bible, no Christian radio outreach, and no Gospel recordings in their own language. There are no known Christians among the more than 6,000 Nayini people of Iran. Please pray for this to change. Read more at Global Prayer Digest.

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Prayer request from the Philippines

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A ministry team in the Philippines needs your prayers. They had only recently completed a workshop on how a church can respond to a disaster when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit. Water, food, medicine, and shelter are all needed, but above all, the team requests your prayers. Mission Network News.

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Prayer request for Chhattisgarh, India

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Their church destroyed, Christians in Taragaon, located in the Chhattisgarh state of India, decided to meet in homes instead. Local opposition wasn’t satisfied. Men followed them, parading by their homes and ordering them over loudspeakers to renounce their faith or face death. On September 22, Mitko Kashyap’s nephew confronted her for worshipping God. He struck the 60-year-old woman multiple times, including once in the head with a rock. Police refused to intervene until called to the hospital by staff caring for Mitko. The villagers don’t know what will happen next. Please pray for their faith, their safety, and for a miracle to be done in the hearts of their attackers. Read more at World Watch Monitor.

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Prayer request from Bangladesh

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Prayer request from Bangladesh

Their church existed for 5 days. Despite the constitutional right to believe and worship as they choose, members of a church in Bangladesh faced almost immediate opposition when they chose to meet publicly as a church, following three years of meeting secretly. They were taken before officials and threatened severely if they did not abandon their Christian faith. A few of them did; most of them did not. Please pray for this church to find freedom, peace, and wholeness in Jesus. You can read more at The Voice of the Martyrs.

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All Around India: Bihar

Please enjoy a guest post from my blog for kids, Exploring with Jake!

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This morning, our Sunday School teacher took us to another state in India. Bihar is a state in the northeastern part of India, right beside Nepal and the Himalayas. It is the poorest state in all of India.

Most of the people living there are farmers. They raise animals like cows and buffalo and grow crops including rice, wheat, sugarcane, and potatoes. But the farmers have a big problem. Bihar has two major rivers running through it—the Ganges and the Kosi. Both rivers tend to flood a lot, which can destroy the crops. When their crops are gone, the farmers have no money to plant new ones.

The floods bring other problems, too. All the dirty water that rushes in destroys the clean water that is stored and ruins everything it touches, like all of the food in your house and the seeds you have to plant next year’s crops…

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Prayer request from India

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The elections in India are still months away, but election-related persecution is already on the rise. One key political group feels there is no place in India for Christians. Incidents of persecution in Karnataka state rose from 4  attacks in the first 5 months of the year to 21 attacks to the following 3 1/2 months. Please pray for the Christians of India and for the future of their nation. Read the story of one woman who suffered for her faith at http://www.mnnonline.org/article/19065.

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Praise from Morocco!

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Last month, I shared the story of Mohamed el Baldi who was arrested for shaking the faith of another. He was fined 10 times what the law requires and imprisoned 5 times longer than the maximum sentence. One month later, to the surprise of many, he has been released from prison pending an appeal! Praising God for His hand in this. Please continue to pray for this man and his family as they continue to face discrimination. Read his story at http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2013/10/2736749/.

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