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AFGHANISTAN

RESTRICTIONS FOR WOMEN

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12th December 2022

The Taliban Ministry of Vice and Virtue are imposing very strict restrictions on girls and women. So far this has affected their education, dress code and more recently access to gyms and parks. However, our partners on the ground are encouraged, as they have been able to reopen a primary school with 86 girls and 64 boys attending.

 

  • Pray that the Lord would work powerfully to convict the hearts of the Taliban’s leaders of their need for redemption.
  • Ask that change would come soon, so that women, girls and others at risk would experience freedom and opportunity once more.
  • Give thanks for our partners in the country and the vital work they do to feed the hungry, educate the poor and shine forth the light of Christ.

 

BANGLADESH

REFUGEES IN BANGLADESH

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28th November 2022

A Bangladeshi foreign minister has complained that the nation has been “left alone” to care for the one million Rohingya refugees that have fled Myanmar. The Rohingya are a stateless people group after the Burmese military began a campaign of persecution against them several years ago.

 

  • Pray for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, that they would receive the help they need.
  • Pray for Bangladeshi authorities to remain committed to helping this people group and for international help to be provided.
  • Pray for Christian groups working among the Rohingya, that the Lord would use their witness to bring many to faith in Christ.

 

Source: MNN

BHUTAN

A GENEROUS BENEFACTOR

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18th October 2022

India’s close ties with the mountain kingdom continue with funding towards key infrastructure projects being provided. Around £30m has been supplied by India for use in areas such as roads, urban development, agriculture and health. Grants totalling £483m have been provided over the past five years, with further grants also being made towards Bhutan’s trade infrastructure and governance mechanisms. With Chinese influence and money lurking in the background, India appears determined to maintain this strategic allegiance.

 

  • Praise God for the beautiful nation of Bhutan, where His mighty creative work is displayed for His glory.
  • Lift up the vast majority of Bhutanese people who remain unreached with the gospel and pray that the truth of the gospel might break through their staunch Buddhist identity.
  • Pray that Indian influence would not extend to an increase in persecution of Christians and other minority groups, as is being seen in India today.
  • Pray for God’s people in Bhutan to know His guidance and strength as they face daily marginalisation because of their faith in Him.

 

Source: Newsdrum

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BRUNEI

CHRISTMAS OPPORTUNITY

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12th December 2022

There is no Christmas in Brunei, except in the few registered churches and in the homes of believers. However, many Bruneians travel across the border into Malaysia at this time of year, and their most popular destination is a town with a strong and evangelistic Christian community.

 

  • Pray that believers in Brunei would have opportunities to gently and wisely explain the message of Christmas to their neighbours.
  • Ask that those crossing the border would be intrigued by the Christmas celebrations they see and discover the truths of Jesus’ incarnation and sacrifice for sin.
  • Ask that believers in this region would be warm, full of the Spirit, and bold in their proclamation of the good news. 

CAMBODIA

TRAFFICKING TRAP

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12th December 2022

‘Cyber slaves’ are being trafficked into Vietnam before being detained under grim conditions and forced to work for online fraudsters who extort victims around the world. These trafficked workers are bought and sold between the fraudulent tech companies. Whilst the government is trying to crack down on them, anywhere up to 100,000 people are living and working in such conditions.

 

  • Lift up all those caught up in this evil trade – pray for their escape and for their families from whom they have been separated.
  • Pray that the Lord would expose all those trafficking people, abusing workers and committing fraud, and bring them to justice.
  • Pray that believers would speak wisely about human dignity and justice to those affected and all they discuss such matters with.

 

Source: Rest of World

 

CHINA

COVID CONTROLS RELAXED

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12th December 2022

China has abandoned key parts of its zero–Covid strategy after landmark protest erupted in response to the government’s strict controls. Measures restricting domestic travel and requiring people to isolate in state facilities have been relaxed despite the nation currently experiencing its largest wave of recorded infections. Video have emerged showing people being dragged from their homes after positive tests, and it is hoped that such instances will now come to an end.

 

  • Give thanks that strict measures which forced people into state facilities and separated them from loved ones have been relaxed
  • Pray that governments in China and elsewhere would have wisdom in pursuing strategies which balance public health concerns with human rights, needs and freedoms.
  • Ask that the government would one day make a similar concession regarding the rights of religious minorities, including Christians.
  • Pray that believers in the country would continue to grow in faith and in number and ask that they would live godly lives under a restrictive regime.

 

Source:BBC

 

 

 

INDIA

REJOICING IN KASHMIR!

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12th December 2022

A group of believers in Kashmir are praising God for growing their number and raising up a new generation of leaders, all from a Muslim background. Having endured many years of opposition with little fruit from their faithful witness, they are now praising God for the signs of a harvest to come!

 

  • Praise God for enabling His people in Kashmir to persevere through persecution.
  • Give thanks for all those who have counted the cost and chosen to follow Christ.
  • Ask that God’s Spirit would be powerfully at work among the Muslim–majority communities of Kashmir, preparing the ground for gospel seeds to be sown.
  • Pray that the church in Kashmir would grow in number and be deepened in their faith as discipleship and evangelism take place.

 

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INDONESIA

30% INCREASE IN PETROL PRICES

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18th October 2022

As the cost of fuel around the world continues to increase, the government in Indonesia have raised the price of petrol by 30% due to the spiralling cost of fuel subsidies. The move follows weeks of protests against the change, as lower income families will particularly struggle. Fuel consumption in Indonesia is 13% above the global average with around 130 million vehicles zipping around congested cities.

 

  • Pray for those struggling with rising costs in Indonesia.
  • Pray for wise leadership, that the Indonesian government will navigate the country well through the uncertain economic situation.

 

Source: Straits

IRAN

PROTESTS LEAD TO DEATH

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12th December 2022

Iran has carried out its first known execution in response to recent protests, with the accused being hanged, having been found guilty of injuring a pro–regime militia member with a machete. Activists fear that this could be the first of many death sentences handed out to protestors. Meanwhile, some are questioning how much longer the ruling regime will be able to cling to power.

 

  • Praise God for His presence around the world, even amid conflict and oppression.
  • Ask that God would lead those with judicial authority in Iran to hand out fair and just sentences.
  • Pray for those who have lost loved ones in the crackdown, and for those at risk of harsh sentences including the death penalty.
  • Ask that God would restore peace to the nation soon and provide freedom of speech and religion to the Iranian people.

 

Source: NBC

IRAQ

OIL POLLUTION LINKS TO CANCER

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18th October 2022

An Iraqi environment minister has admitted that pollution from oil production is the main reason for increases in local cancer rates. Communities living close to oil fields near Basra have been identified as being at a higher risk of leukaemia. The wasteful burning of gas as oil is drilled is suspected as the cause. The confirmation comes despite an order from the Prime Minister not to discuss the issue.

 

  • Pray for families in Iraq afflicted by cancer that they would receive necessary treatment.
  • Pray that the government would cease their harmful activities and ensure local people are not affected.

 

 Source: BBC 

 PRAYER FOR IRAQ

 

JAPAN

BACK TO NORMAL ?

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28th November 2022

Japan is finally seeing an increase in the number of external visitors after a further relaxation of Covid restrictions last month. However, the head of the country’s biggest international airport said that full levels of tourism wouldn’t return until China returned to normal as well. China has been pursuing a zero Covid policy, with several areas still in lockdown.

 

  • Praise God for reopening Japan and pray for Christian organisations awaiting this relaxation of travel restrictions.
  • Pray for those struggling with the loss of business in Japan.

 

Source: Straits

KAZAKHSTAN

UNREST BEFORE ELECTIONS

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29th November 2022

Seven people were arrested for organising a coup by Kazakh authorities prior to a recent presidential election. Authorities accused the group of attempting to orchestrate large scale protests and attacks on official buildings in the lead–up to the election. International commentators are sceptical however, noting that the nation have failed to meet electoral recommendations.

 

  • Pray for peace and stability in Kazakhstan and for a just electoral system to be put in place.
  • Pray that the nation would open to gospel outreach. 

 

Source: Moscow Times

KYRGYZSTAN

RISE IN PERSECUTION

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29th November 2022

Open Doors has reported that incidents of persecution against Christians have been rising since the turn of the year, including death threats, violent attacks and mental abuse. In rural areas especially, the local authorities have considerable power and tend to be under the influence of the local Muslim community.

 

  • Pray for those who put their faith in Christ to be strengthened amid rejection and persecution.
  • Ask the Lord to continue building His church in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Pray that the Kyrgyz people might become inquisitive about Christ, both in the cities and the villages, leading to a gospel movement among the population. 

 

Source: Open Doors

LAOS

TACKLING TRAFFICKING

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12th December 2022

Many in Laos are affected by or at risk of human trafficking, so it is vital that work is done to rescue those ensnared in the industry, whilst also educating vulnerable communities about the risks. Believers in the country are undertaking this very task, often through the provision of language lessons and awareness seminars on trafficking and drug addiction.

 

  • Give thanks for every individual who has been rescued from trafficking and restored following their traumatic ordeals.
  • Praise God for opportunities to educate those most at risk of trafficking, and ask that this work would lead many to avoid its dangers.
  • Pray for continued safety for the work and for a harvest of spiritual fruit as God works in and through His people.

MALAYSIA

NEW PRIME MINISTER HOPE

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12th December 2022

This week, Anwar Ibrahim became the country’s new Prime Minister. Since his stint as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998, he has been jailed twice, found guilty of sodomy, beaten by the police commissioner and charged with corruption, all before receiving a royal pardon. Many consider Anwar to be one of the only real Muslim democrats fighting to keep Malaysia multiracial and multicultural. Having written a book on his vision for a more tolerant and pluralistic Asia, could he provide a path for Christians to freely worship and share the gospel?

 

  • Pray for Prime Minister Anwar as he takes on this huge responsibility and ask the Lord to lead his every step.
  • Ask that the Prime Minister would listen carefully to the concerns of minorities, including Christians, and pave the way for a freer and more tolerant society.
  • Lift up the nation of Malaysia and ask that general attitudes towards the good news of the gospel would be softened, leading many to read God’s Word and experience Christ.
  • Pray that God would give the Malaysian church great boldness and wisdom in making Christ known. 

 

Source: The Conversation

MALDIVES

WORLD’S FIRST FLOATING CITY

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18th October 2022

The world’s first floating city is currently under construction in the Maldives. Made up of over 1,000 islands, the nation is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to its low elevation. The nation has been concerned for many years over how to combat this threat. Expected to be completed by 2027, the new city is to be home to 20,000 residents!

 

  • Pray for wisdom for the Maldive authorities as they combat the existential threat of rising sea levels. 
  • Pray that the people of the Maldive islands would be provided for in the current economic uncertainty.
  • Pray that the gospel would break into the islands and that the church would be able to meet openly.

 

Source: Positive News

 

MONGOLIA

WARMING CHILDREN. WARMING HEARTS.

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18th October 2022

After 840 winter kits were distributed to vulnerable children last winter, teams are busy distributing a further 600 kits across the country as the treacherous winter approaches once more. From city slums to remote villages, communities will be blessed as young ones are empowered to attend school and escape all–too–common situations of domestic violence. With every kit provided, a family hears the gospel and is introduced to loving members of the local church.

 

  •  Give thanks for God’s generous blessing upon this project through the faithful giving of his people.
  •  Ask that every kit would make a tangible difference in the lives of the recipients.
  • Pray that the power of the gospel would change hearts as the good news of Jesus is shared.
  • Ask that the church in Mongolia would continue to grow not only in number, but also in faith, hope and love.

 

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MYANMAR

ATROCITIES ONGOING

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12th December 2022

Whilst international attention has waned, atrocities continue in Myanmar as the military continue to exercise their authority over minorities. Bombings, raids and attacks on communities remain widespread, with many displaced people spending weeks or even months in the jungle. We give thanks for a team reaching out to those affected, providing emergency aid in difficult and dangerous circumstances.

 

  • Plead with God to bring peace and freedom to Myanmar.
  • Lift up all those currently displaced, and ask that the Lord would provide all they need.
  • Pray for the team who are seeking to bless those in need, that their work would continue to run safely.
  • Give thanks in particular for opportunities to hand out Bibles to displaced families, and pray that many would grow in Christ or even trust in Him for the first time! 

 

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NEPAL

GOSPEL TEACHING

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12th December 2022

One of our partners in Nepal has reported back on a recent teaching trip in which he was able to teach dozens of pastors and many other believers, correcting false teaching which has been handed down in many of the nation’s churched. He was delighted to see an excited response to the good news of salvation by faith alone, with many having been misguided by a works–based ‘gospel’. A group from nine churches in one region had never heard teaching on mercy, propitiation and grace.

 

  • Plead with God that false teaching would be corrected across the nation, leading people to rejoice in the good news of Jesus’ sacrifice, made once for all.
  • Give thanks for our partner who is bringing this message to dozens of churches on each teaching trip he makes and ask that many others would be doing the same.
  • Pray that the churches in Nepal would abundantly display the fruit of the Spirit and speak boldly of Christ, despite legislation which restricts evangelism.

 

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NORTH KOREA

PREPARED FOR WAR

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18th October 2022

Supreme Leader Kim Jong–un has declared that his nation is at ‘full preparedness for actual war’ following several missile launches. North Korean aircraft approached the no–fly zone between the two nations on Thursday night, followed up hours later by the nation’s 27th missile launch of the year. These actions came in response to alleged provocation by South Korea in the form of artillery exercises.

 

  • Lift up the nation and people of North Korea and plead with Him to break through the wall of propaganda with the truth of the gospel.
  • Pray that the nation might soon experience restored relationships with the global community, with international hostility coming to an end.
  • Pray that a mighty change would take place, enabling the North Korean church to gather and worship freely, bearing witness to the grace and peace found in Christ.

 

Source: CNN

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PAKISTAN

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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12th December 2022

We rejoice that our supporters provided generously in response to the nation’s floods and give thanks for our partners who have put that funding to effective use. Food, blankets, and hygiene kits have been distributed, and the team are now working to resettle 25 families onto a plot of land on which they intend to build a schoolhouse and plant a church. With the beneficiaries coming from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds, we long to see hearts won for Christ as God’s love is displayed and the gospel is shared.

 

  • Join is in giving thanks for all those who were able to contribute to our emergency appeal following the floods
  • Pray for the team who are working hard each day to bless flood victims, help them rebuild their lives, and point them to our ultimate hope in Christ
  • Ask God to work powerfully among the families being reached, revealing Himself to them and opening their hearts to the gospel
  • Pray that the church plant would be established soon, and that many new believers would gather to worship for the praise of His glory!

 

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PHILIPPINES

SUPER TYPHOON KILLS FIVE

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19th October 2022

Families in the north of the Philippines are struggling in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Noru. More than 17,000 people were moved to emergency shelters and 3,000 had to be evacuated from the capital, Manila. Sadly, five members of rescue teams were killed in the process.

 

  • Pray for all those affected by the typhoon, that they would receive necessary aid.
  • Pray for Christians ministering in the wake of the situation, for opportunities to share the gospel.

 

 

Source: Guardian 

SRI LANKA

DRAFT BILL THREATENS FREEDOMS

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19th October 2022

Human rights groups are demanding Sri Lankan authorities withdraw a draft bill that would give the government powers to set up military–run “re–education centres” that have been compared to China’s Uyghur detention centres. Hearings have begun on petitions against the bill in the Supreme Court. 

 

  • Pray that the Sri Lankan government would not introduce legislation that could be used to impose draconian incarceration in the country.
  • Pray that the country would continue to stabilise after the economic crisis earlier this year.

 

 Source: Independent

 

SYRIA

ISIS ATTACKS CONTINUE

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19th October 2022

ISIS has claimed that its cells have carried out 59 operations in the north–east of Syria since the beginning of August. These operations include the killing of over 120 people, ambushes and car bombs destroying 34 military vehicles. The focus of these attacks is on Kurd–controlled areas in the Deir ez–Zor countryside. US operations continue in the region as well with drone strikes claiming the life of an ISIS fighter earlier this month.

 

  • Pray for peace in Syria, that fighting would cease, and ordinary families would know safety.
  • Pray against the evil actions of ISIS, that their plans would fail, and lives preserved as a result.
  • Pray that the Lord would intervene in this war–torn land and bring many to saving faith.

 

 Source: Al–Monitor

 

TAJIKISTAN

ONE MAN’S PLIGHT OR NATION’S

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12th December 2022

“The journey of Faromuz Irgashev from presidential hopeful to prison underscores Tajikistan’s total descent into authoritarianism”, remarks one journalist. Irgashev put himself forward for election in 2020, taking a stand against police brutality, but was not allowed to run. President Emomali Rahmon “won” re–election with 92 percent of the vote, with Irgashev going on to publicly demand that the state investigate police abuses. He was arrested in May and his trial began in October. He asked his mother “not to turn to official channels to seek justice as it is useless.”

 

  • Lift up the nation of Tajikistan and pray for all those affected by injustice at the hands of the police and the courts.
  • Pray that God would soften the heart of President Rahmon, causing him to work for peace and justice rather than power and control.
  • Pray for Faromuz Irgashev to receive a fair and just outcome from his trial.
  • Ask that believers in the nation would stand out as lights in the darkness as they live godly lives in their communities.

 

Source:The Diplomat

THAILAND

SEX WORKERS SPEAK OUT

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18th October 2022

Sex workers in Bangkok are pushing for the legalisation of their work in order to access labour rights and social welfare benefits. With an estimated 250,000 sex workers, the city ranks 8th for scale in the global sex industry. Many of these workers have been coerced into such work and have been subjected to exploitation and violence in the underground economy.

 

  • Lift up all those who have been duped or coerced into the sex trade in Bangkok and around the world and ask God to mercifully orchestrate their release.
  • Pray that decision makers would act wisely in addressing complex social issues such as this.
  • Ask for God’s favour on the work believers are undertaking to reach these women with the gospel and provide safe routes out of exploitation.

 

Source: Bangkok Post

 

TURKMENISTAN

DIVERSIFICATION IN SEARCH OF PROSPERITY

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18th October 2022

Turkmenistan is enthusiastic about building stronger ties with the US in an attempt to diversify its economy beyond the energy sector. Major companies including John Deere, Coca Cola and Boeing all joined a recent Turkmenistan–US Business Council meeting as the nation seeks investment in new areas. Meanwhile, discussions are ongoing with the Taliban about construction of a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan and into southern Asia.

 

  • Ask the Lord to bless the nation of Turkmenistan, both economically and spiritually.
  • Pray that there might be a great awakening to the wonderful riches found in a relationship with the Lord.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and prosper the church in Turkmenistan in an environment influenced heavily by both atheism and Islam.

 

Source: Oil

 

UZBEKISTAN

RUSSIAN PAYMENT SYSTEM SUSPENDED

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18th October 2022

In September, the nation suspended use of the Russian payment system ‘Mir’, which was initially developed to avoid Western sanctions following the annexation of Crimea. The suspension comes despite Moscow considering Uzbekistan to be part of its sphere of influence. Over half of the Russian population has a Mir card, but it is not accepted as widely as Russia had hoped.

 

  • Pray for all international leaders tasked with making decisions over international conflicts, that they would receive wisdom from the Lord.
  • Ask the Lord to bring an end to the war in Ukraine, and to provide a pathway for peace among all nations.
  • Lift up believers in Uzbekistan, asking that they would display the work of the Spirit by speaking wisely about controversial issues.

 

 

Source: Moscow Times

VIETNAM

REACHING THE CHILDREN

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28th November 2022

Our partners in Vietnam ran a series of outreach clubs to children. In total over 100 children heard the gospel with 20 coming to faith for the first time! Many belong to families opposed to the Christian faith. These clubs were not without risk – local authorities took interest in one of the clubs but, thanks to God, did not discover what the purpose of the event was. Evangelism is outlawed in this part of Asia.

 

  • Pray for continued protection for our partners, that they may continue to make the gospel known in Vietnam.
  • Praise God for these children who have come to faith! May the Lord bless them and bring them to full spiritual maturity.
  • Pray for the families of these children that they would not only be supportive of their new–found faith but consider the claims of Christianity for themselves.

YEMEN

HIDDEN DANGER

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28th November 2022

The U.S Navy intercepted a shipment from Iran to Yemen containing 70 tons of a missile fuel component. The substance was hidden among bags of fertiliser and is estimated to be able to fuel a dozen medium–range weapons. 

 

  • Pray for peace to prevail in the Middle East.
  • Pray that world leaders would have wisdom as they navigate delicate relationships in this region.

 

Source: AP News

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