Transforming The 10/40 Window Nations Through The Power of Prayer

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Global Day of Prayer for Saudi Arabia

Dear Friends, We would like to pass this important news along from our friends at the Saudi Advocacy Network. Let's join them on this important day! Tuesday, September 23, 2014 is Saudi National Day. Christians all around the world will celebrate with prayer for this nation. Will you join with us in praying for the people of Saudi Arabia? We're praying that the love of Jesus Christ will...

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April Elections

April Elections Afghanistan Election for President: April 5, 2014 India Elections for Lok Sabha (People's Assembly): April 7 – May 12, 2014 Due to India's large population (814,000,000 voters are eligible to vote), elections to the People's Assembly (Lok Sabha) will take place between April 7 and May 12, 2014. Indonesia Election for House of Representatives: April 9, 2014 Guinea-Bissau Election for...

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Lord, Teach us to Pray

In this month's teaching, I would like to address a simple principle: When God's Word is in me, Spirit-led words of prayer flow through me. In order to have God's Word in us, we must become students of prayer. Here is a simple equation. Student of God's Word = Student of Prayer Just as God's House is called a House of Prayer, the Bible is our Book of Prayer. God's record of prayer can be seen throughout the Bible. Great...

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Praise Report (Egypt and Iran, April 2014)

Egypt A ministry partner of WIN visited Egypt for the Cairo Book Fair in January/February 2014 and gave the following report: "I also got to spend time at the fair, and witnessed the incredible hunger the Holy Spirit is placing in the hearts of Muslim people, especially in Egypt, following three years of political, economic and social turmoil." "I had never before seen so many people in one single place so hungry for a copy of the...

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Join the Generosity Movement (April 2014)

South Sudan needs your prayer and financial support Imagine your once-peaceful neighborhood now a war-torn battlefield. Nearly every house is empty. Your neighbors were either murdered or fled in fear of their lives. You take refuge in a nearby church and find some comfort and security being in the house of God. But one day, you are awakened by the sounds of gunshots and screams inside the church. You hide. You hear other refugees...

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The Adventures of Benyameen

As darkness began to descend on the quiet hamlet atop the mountains, frigid temperatures drove the people into their homes. Not a soul could be seen on the deserted, winding streets that were lined with stone houses. Soon yellow light would flicker inside every house. From the foot of the mountain, Benyameen surveyed his destination. Over the last several days, he had traveled by bus and taxi. There were places where he was forced to...

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WindoWatchman: The Maldives

Population: 322,000 Political Leader: President Abdulla Yameen Religion: Islam Christians: 0.1 per cent Persecution Ranking: 7 The Maldives is a nation of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean around 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is full of natural beauty. Click here to see a two-minute video. While this beauty draws tourists, the Maldives is a strict Islamic country which claims to have a 100 per cent Muslim population....

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A Call to Action (April 2014)

Action Advancing Christ's Teachings In Our 10/40 Window Nations Featured Country of the Month: India Somila is a 16-year-old girl born on a tea plantation in Assam, northern India. She was conned by slavers with the promise of an office job, and taken to Delhi hundreds of miles away. Watch this heart-wrenching video by the UK newspaper The Guardian, which records the attempt to rescue her and others from their...

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Rapid Church Growth in Indonesia

Indonesia, a nation composed of 1,700 islands, is located in Southeast Asia. It has the world's largest Muslim population. Churches in Indonesia are experiencing "phenomenal" growth. In some areas of the country, Christian converts pay a heavy price for their faith. Around 90 percent of Indonesia's 245.3 million people are Muslim, and practice a moderate version of Islam in urban areas. Indonesia ranks 47 on Open Doors World Watch List, a...

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Saudi Arabia Deports 250,000 Imigrants

Saudi Arabia is under fire from human rights groups for violating international law over its deportation of hundreds of thousands of migrants. Since a crackdown began in November 2013, Saudi authorities have forcibly deported more than a quarter of a million migrants. Approximately 170,000 of those deported were Ethiopians who did not have valid visas. Since January 2014, more than 12,000 Somalis have also been deported. Human Rights...

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Prayer of Agreement

Father, it is out deepest desire to be used by You in seeing Your will done in the 10/40 Window. We understand You have chosen to use us through prayer to see Your will accomplished. So here we are, willing and available to pray on behalf of Your beloved 10/40 Window. We focus our prayers this month over all the Christian Believers in the Window. Lord, guide their minds to pray the exact words that match Your heart. Give them a...

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Syria's Darkest Hour Needs God's Light

Syria is in desperate need of help and prayer. It is crucial that Christians around the world extend our assistance to Syria now. The refugee crisis is at an unprecedented level. Furthermore, an Islamic group which is establishing Sharia Law has broadcast on Twitter the cutting off of a Muslim man's hand for stealing. According to US Aid, more than nine million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid. It is reported that young people...

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The New 10/40 Window Reporter (A Sneak Peek)

Here's a sneak peek at the all new 10/40 Window Reporter, coming next month! Read the April edition of the Reporter right here.

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An Orphan's Hope (WindowKids)

An Orphan’s Hope Chang-Sun looked up from his newspaper mat that lay across the cold snow. “Mama, you came back for me!” cried Chang-Sun. His mom met him with a warm hug that seemed to last a lifetime. Chang-Sun felt safe and secure in the arms of his sweet, gentle mother. “I could never forget my precious son! Come, let’s go home,” his mother said. Chang-Sun reached for his mother’s hand but instead felt something cold and wet. ...

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Indonesia WindowKids

INDONESIA Capital City: Jakarta Region: Southeast Asia Official Language: Bahasa Indonesia Main Religion: Islam Religious Freedom? Yes, limited Interesting Fact: Indonesia lies within the “Ring of Fire” and has more than 400 volcanoes. At least one erupts each year! Geography & Climate Indonesia is a country of 13,500 islands scattered along the equator between Asia and Australia.  If you visited a different...

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Helping South Sudan

Violence in South Sudan continues to plague the only Christian nation of the 10/40 Window. With peace talks breaking down again, the Church in South Sudan needs our support. As you know, we held our 2013 Leadership Training Summit in Juba, South Sudan. This is where the fighting erupted. South Sudan needs your help. Please join us to envelop South Sudan with prayer during this critical time. Then prayerfully consider what you can...

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Praise Report: A Cessation of Hostilities in South Sudan

The government and opposition in South Sudan signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 23 January 2014. Although this is good news, much work needs to be done on building peace and addressing the root causes of the conflict. Close to 10,000 people may have died. Another 740,000 people have been displaced inside South Sudan. Many fled to neighboring countries. Praise God for the cessation of the...

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Praise Report: Christian head of North Korean University

A groundbreaking university in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, designed to open the minds of the country's future elite, has a Christian president and lecturers. Dr. James Kim is an American Christian who runs Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).  He was once condemned to death by the regime in North Korea after being accused of being a spy for bringing in aid. PUST, which was featured in a BBC TV documentary...

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Join the Generosity Movement (March 2014)

A cessation of hostilities in South Sudan was signed on 23 January but the situation is still critical. South Sudan urgently needs prayer warriors and the spread of the good news of the Gospel into both South Sudan and its northern neighbor, the Republic of Sudan. David**, a businessman and a leader of the underground church in northern Sudan, was arrested by secret police. His home and business were ransacked, and his possessions stolen....

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The Adventures of Benyameen

The slanting rays of the afternoon sun spilled into the room where a group of people from this remote village gathered. The women strung multi-colored beads together; the men caught up on local news; the children played on the floor. A hush descended on the tiny room bursting at the edges with the crowd of people, as someone announced, “Benyameen Bhaiya is here!” As Benyameen stooped to enter the low doorway, the hushed silence...

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Poverty: Christians Should Stand for Justice

More than one billion people on the planet live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than one dollar a day. Every year six million children die from malnutrition before they are five years old. These and other statistics pose a challenge for Christians to not sit back, but stand for justice and get involved in combating poverty. News headlines speak of disasters, but the ongoing disaster of poverty is often overlooked, according to UK...

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Pray4Saudi: Jail for Saudi Jihadists

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz decreed last month that citizens found guilty of fighting in conflicts outside of Saudi Arabia would be imprisoned for between three and 20 years. Members of extremist religious groups and anyone found guilty of providing “financial or moral support” for terrorist groups will also be subject to heavy punishment. The decree was issued a day after a new counterterrorism law took effect in the...

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Mali: Reviving The Testimony of Christ

Christian Believers in Mali, West Africa, are suffering the impact of Islamic extremism which has resulted in the decimation of churches in the north. Open Doors’ 2014 World Watch List states that the “presence and infrastructure of Christianity in the north was largely destroyed, and that rebuilding a Christian presence will be difficult because many Christians who fled the north are afraid to return.” Five percent of Mali’s...

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Praise Report: Egyptian judge calls for equitable treatment for Copts

A prominent judge in Egypt has called on the government to ensure that Copts are treated fairly. Judge Amir Ramzi insisted that the Egyptian government needs to criminalize discrimination, as well as allow conversions from Islam to Christianity. He also called for the return of guidance sessions for those wishing to convert. In an interview with Mideast Christian News, Ramzi denounced the kidnapping of Copts and asking for ransom...

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Praise Report: China Relaxes its One-Child Policy

China began allowing couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child, a move which represents the first major easing of the country’s one-child policy in three decades.  China's birth policy has limited most couples to only one child, but it has now allowed a second child if neither parent has siblings or if the first born to a rural couple is a girl. The move, formally introduced in December, was first announced by the...

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The Adventures of Benyameen (Feb 2014)

Benyameen began the steep ascent up the mountains. The heavily wooded mountain slope allowed the sun’s rays to fall intermittently with dazzling brightness on the mountain path. Looking up through the leaves he beheld a cloudless, azure blue sky. The clear blue skies and crisp morning air filled him with praise for the call of God upon his life. The gathering storm clouds overtook the clear blue skies much the same way his cheery...

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WindoWatchman: Egypt

Population: 84,453,000 Political Leader: Adly Mansour (Interim President) Religions: Islam Christians: 10 million (13% of population) Persecution Ranking: 22 Home to one of the Great Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramids at Giza, Egypt is among the oldest civilizations on earth.  Pre-2011, around 14 million tourists visited the country each year. It is the largest Arab country and has played a central role in Middle...

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Republic of Sudan

Bombed but not beaten, forgotten victims of persecution in Sudan By Baroness Caroline Cox Persecution is escalating.  Many are suffering for their faith, including Christians in the Middle East and parts of Africa.   As Christians, we have a biblical mandate to speak for all who are oppressed.  One of today’s most systematic and violent arenas of persecution is largely unreported and unknown:  the Republic of Sudan. The peoples...

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Pray4Saudi: Millions of Copies of the Quran Distributed

The King Fahd Complex of Printing the Holy Quran (KFCPHQ) produces and distributes 286 million copies of the Islamic holy book. Situated in Medina, Saudi Arabia, and founded by King Fahd, the previous King, in October 1984, this publishing house supplies the Quran in Arabic not only to the world’s largest mosques, but also to embassies, universities, and schools around the world. KFCPHQ comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of...

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South Sudan: Fledgling Christian Nation Faces New War

Political ambition is threatening to inflict civil war and renewed misery on the people of South Sudan, the only Christian nation within the 10/40 Window. South Sudanese endured horrendous suffering during the previous long-running civil war inflicted on them by the Islamist regime in Khartoum, in which two million died and four million were displaced. Click Here to Support South Sudan Leaders signed a Peace Agreement in 2005,...

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January '14 Praise Reports

India now the eighth largest Christian nation Christianity is spreading among the middle and high castes in India, despite persecution. With a Christian community numbering seventy-one million people, India is the eighth largest Christian nation in the world. The 'new India' sends out thousands of missionaries and is home to hundreds of self-supporting ministries. Praise God for the growing numbers of Christians in India (The...

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Iran: The Suffering but Growing Church

For decades the Christian Church in Iran has paid a heavy price for its faith. Over the past three years many Iranian Christian Believers have suffered degrading and inhumane treatment in wretched Iranian prisons. Yet these valiant Believers soldier on and shine like a beacon to the wider Church. They need our support. Iranian Believers have been brutally murdered and killed defending their Christian faith. These modern-day martyrs...

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How Does Saudi Arabia View the Nuclear Deal?

After days of talks, on November 24, 2013, Iran reached a nuclear deal with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia. In exchange for easing of sanctions, Iran agreed to reduce some of its nuclear activities. This temporary deal will last six months, at which time all parties will make a more permanent arrangement. World leaders have long been suspicious of Iran’s nuclear program. They claim that Iran’s nuclear...

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Iranian Pastor Writes from Prison

Pastor Farshid Fathi is a Christian Believer incarcerated in Iran’s most notorious prison. He is serving a six-year sentence and has been separated from his family and loved ones for three years. His crime is his Christian faith. Recently, Pastor Farshid wrote the following letter from prison. It is printed with the kind permission of Elam Ministries. My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Recently I heard about a letter which...

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WindoWatchman: People's Republic of China

Population: 1,349,585,838 Political Leader: Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Religions: Atheism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity Christians: 100 million Persecution Ranking: 37 in the world Forty years ago, China was one of the world's poorest countries. Its per capita GDP was just one-fortieth of the US. Since then, per capita GDP growth in China has been one of the fastest in...

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Join the Generosity Movement (Jan '14)

A Christian Believer in a country closed to the Gospel felt burdened for the inmates in the local prison. A visit led to the start of a new hope-giving prison ministry which is supported by Window International Network. Once inside the prison, the Believer discovered nine men in a cell. All were illiterate and the Believer wondered how they could learn the Bible. Then he met a school principal who was also an inmate in the same prison....

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Join the Generosity Movement (Dec '13)

As the civil war rages in Syria, Islamist rebels besieged two Christian villages in Syria. Violent extremists from al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, carried out vicious attacks over Saddad and Haffar on October 21, 2013. Before this incident, these towns managed to remain in relative safety, providing refuge for thousands of displaced families. Armed men stormed the city in sixty vehicles. They shouted "Allah Akbar" and they waved...

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Growth of Christianity in the 10/40 Window

According to a comprehensive report by The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Seminary, fifty-nine percent of all Christian Believers live in the Global South. The Global South includes countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. This number is projected to increase by 2020 by which time sixty-six percent of all Christians will live in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. Africa

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Praise Reports: Algeria and Sudan

Highlights of 2013 Growth of Christianity in a Climate of Chaos In spite of all the chaotic uncertainty Algeria has been thrown into, the Church continues to grow. This growth of Christian Believers is particularly evident among the Berbers–a people group in Algeria. The Berbers constitute a quarter of the population in Algeria. The tireless work of Christian workers and the constant intercession of Believers have resulted in many...

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Adventures of Benyameen (Dec '13)

Adventures of Benyameen Light streamed through the canopy of trees. Birds chirped. The leaves on the ground rustled. Benyameen slowly opened his eyes, and the world around him looked like blurry shades of green, yellow, and brown. His eyes began to focus on this unfamiliar setting--tall trees, the babbling brook, and the green grass. It slowly dawned on him that he was not waking up in the comfort of his home. Rather, he was in the middle...

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The Call of God

Hussein * is a Christian Believer from Iran. He recently became a follower of Jesus Christ. His life was not always this peaceful. He remembers a time in his life when he was tormented. He recalls being a drug addict. And many a day and many a night he had wanted to take his own life. But all that changed when he became a Christian. Once he became a Christian, he began to be involved with the underground church. It wasn't too long...

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WindoWatchman: Nepal

Population: 30,430,267 Chief of State President: Ram Baran Yadav Head of Government: Supreme Court Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi Christians: 2.00% Evangelical Christians: 1.50% Dominant Religion: Hinduism Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked Gloriously housed in the tall towering mountain range – Himalayas, Nepal is home to the tallest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Everest. Every year it attracts tens of thousands of tourist...

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Pray4Saudi: Bedouins of Saudi Arabia

The lengthening shadows of the evening heralded the beginning of the communal gathering. Women were busy preparing the evening meal of rice and meat. The lady of the house stirred a huge pot of rice, while her friend turned the skewers of meat on the adjacent stove. Other women sat on the colorful mats and shared the stories of the day, while the children played on the floor. In the adjoining part of the tent, the men assembled around...

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The Persecuted Church

Muted media coverage does not change the fact that persecution of Christian Believers worldwide is on the increase. Christians are persecuted in 130 countries. The top ten offenders are countries within the 10/40 Window. A recent Pew survey indicates that Christian Believers in most countries in the 10/40 Window face "very high" to "high" governmental restrictions and hostility from fellow citizens. According to Amnesty International,...

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WindoWatchman: Uzbekistan

Population 28,661,637 Chief of State President Islom Karimov Head of Government Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev Christians 2.10% Evangelical Christians 0.30% Dominant Religion Sunni Islam Persecution Ranking 16 This Central Asian nation is situated between two rivers called the Amudarya and Syrdarya. Uzbekistan borders Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. It is the most populous country...

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Adventures of Benyameen (November '13)

Benyameen woke up in a cold sweat. His pulse was racing. His feet touched the cold floor. He tried to stand. His shivering legs gave way and he slumped back into bed. Roused by the commotion, Benyameen's wife sleepily inquired, "Is everything alright?" "I'm okay, go back to sleep," said Benyameen, his breath rasped in his throat. She knew something was not alright. She got up, stumbled in the dark to the door, and turned on the...

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Join the Generosity Movement (Nov '13)

The Sunday worship service had just concluded. While the postlude was being played in the 19th Century Church in Peshawar, some worshippers knelt to pray, and some began to file out. As the twenty-two year old waited to leave, a projectile hit her. The blow momentarily blinded her. She was knocked to the ground. When her vision returned, she looked around. The horror that met her eyes was beyond describable. There were dead bodies strewn...

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Pray4Saudi: New Ban to Protect Women

Countless stories of abuse of expatriate nannies and migrant workers have been coming out of Saudi Arabia. People everywhere were horrified by the heart-wrenching account of the execution of a migrant worker from Sri Lanka earlier this year. However what remained largely untold were the stories of women abused within their homes. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia launched a new advertisement campaign against domestic abuse. The...

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November '13 Praise Report

Virtual Clinic to Help Syria's Injured In what the United Nation calls the tragedy of the century, countless Syrians have no access to emergency medical care. Since the start of the brutal civil strife in Syria, the medical system has collapsed. Extremists continue to ruthlessly target medical personnel. Although many fled the country, a few remain treating those in dire need of medical care, in underground field hospitals. Residing in...

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Christian Responses to the Persecuted

A church in Baghdad, Iraq, was bombed five times in the past three years by Islamists. A house church in Guangzhou, China, comes under severe governmental restrictions. Churches and Christian Believers in two-thirds of the world are subject to harrowing intimidation or violent persecution. Persecution comes from hostile private citizens, and it also stems from intimidating governments. Christian Believers have been persecuted for...

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WindoWatchman: Indonesia

WindoWatchman: Indonesia Population: 234,693,997 Political Leader: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Religions: Islam 80.3%, Christianity 16%, Hinduism 1.9%, Other 1.8% Persecution Ranking: 41st Number of Terrorist Groups: 13 Acts of Terrorism: 231; Casualties: 472 Percent of Corruption: 76% Percent of People in Poverty: 17.8% Indonesia comprises a chain of thousands of islands. It is Southeast Asia's...

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The Resistant Belt Is The Final Frontier of World Missions

The l0/40 Window is a vast rectangular section of the globe stretching from l0 degrees south to 40 degrees north of the equator. It encompasses 69 nations in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and most of Asia. The 10/40 Window is called The Resistant Belt because of its stubborn opposition to the Gospel of Christ. With sustained, strategic prayer, however, this region will be transformed into "The Righteousness belt."   ...

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Pray4Saudi: #Ramadan Apps

#Ramdan Apps #Ramadan Apps The recently married Habiba wanted to prepare an elaborate Iftar meal for her family. All these years she had watched her mother prepare the mouth watering stewed lamb with wheat berries, skewered lamb with grilled vegetables, and the staple rice pilaf. Now, she wanted to replicate that meal. However, she did not remember how it was made. She did not wish to trouble her mother who was tending to other...

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Praise Report: Muslim Youth Help To Defend Churches

Since the removal of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi from power, attacks on Christian Believers have increased. In Egypt, an angry mob attacked two church buildings. The mob is suspected to be supporters of ousted president Mohammad Morsi. Muslim and Christian youth were guarding the church premises; and they prevented the violent mob from breaking into any of the churches. Praise God for the protection He provided to the church...

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Praise Report: The First Bible for Those who Cannot Hear

The First Bible For Those Who Cannot Hear According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, there are no translations of the Bible in any sign language. However, that might change soon. Japan Deaf Evangel Mission (JDEM) aims to create the world's only full-text sign language Bible using video-recorded Scriptures. According to JDEM, the mission is to "translate the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures into Japanese Sign Language (JSL) and produce them...

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Generosity Movement: Afghan Church Flourishes in India

Deeply saddened by the images of destruction caused by a suicide bomber, Abib* turned his television off. "How can they kill people indiscriminately!" he exclaimed. Removing his shirt from the ironing board, he said to himself, "They claim to be fighting a holy war and all they do is kill innocent people." After getting dressed, he quickly drank the last drops of tea before he rushed out to work. Abib worked for a non-governmental...

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Adventures of Benyameen (September '13)

Beads of sweat formed on his brow and small rivulets of perspiration began to take shape on Benyameen's weather-beaten face. The relentless tropical heat showed no signs of easing. He trudged up the steps leading to the forbidden prison. Not many knew of its existence, but Benyameen did. Earlier that morning, merry birds chirping, jolly children scuttling down to school, and his wife's cheery inquiry to a neighbor woke Benyameen from...

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Praying Through The Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions

"Terrorism and radical world religions are driven by demonic forces. Therefore, we must deal with these spiritual issues in prayer." -Beverly Pegues Praying Through The Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions is a prayer initiative that confronts spiritual wickedness of global terrorism and non-Christian world religions. These demonic forces work to advance the purpose of satan to inflict pain, suffering, hopelessness,...

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Join the Generosity Movement (August 2013)

With a heavy tread, the dejected Christian pastor walked to his vehicle. Yet another disappointment, yet another closed door, yet another rejection. Getting into his car, he turned on the ignition. Even as the engine came to life, he slumped over the steering wheel. “How long Lord?” he sobbed. His vibrant 200-member congregation in Tajikistan believed they were called to share the values of the Kingdom of God. They ran a Bible...

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Praise Report: Unrelenting Fortitude Of The Sahrawi People

Even though the Sahrawi people live in austere conditions, there is much news to bring cheer. Health and education are considered very important in the refugee camps where they live. There has not been a major epidemic in the previous twenty years. In 1975, nearly 90 percent of Sahrawis could neither read nor write. Thirty-eight years later, the literacy rate is 90 percent. Recently, the National Consultative Commission for the...

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Praise Report: Iran Elects A Moderate President

On June 29, Iran’s President-elect, Hassan Rouhani, expressed the need for dialogue and interaction with the rest of the world. Mr. Rouhani was once a chief nuclear negotiator. Even though he is a long-standing establishment figure, he is viewed as a centrist. His landslide victory is seen as a victory for Iran’s reformists and moderates. Mr. Rouhani campaigned on a platform of moderation and resumption of normal relations with the...

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Adventures of Benyameen (August 2013)

“Post! Post for you! ” yelled the postman, ringing Benyameen’s doorbell. Collecting the envelopes from the postman, Benyameen returned to his table. He quickly sorted the letters that arrived and picked up the one from one of the prisons. He knew immediately that this was a letter from one of his “spiritual sons.” These were men he visited in prison; men with whom he shared the Gospel; men whom he led to Jesus Christ. He...

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WindoWatchman: Benin

Population: 8,532,547 Political Leader: President Yayi Boni Religions: Traditional 47.7%, Christianity 31.8%, Islam 20%, Other 0.5% Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked Percent of Corruption: 75% Percent of People in Poverty: 37.4% Benin is a West African country. It is often hailed as Africa’s most stable democracies. Towards the end of the 1800s, France colonized Benin. Before coming under French sovereignty, Benin was...

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Get to Know The Sahrawi People

The men rose from the mats on the floor. They had just finished their supper of skewered fish. As they took their animated discussion about the weather, trade, and politics to the adjacent room, the women cleared the short, round table. The children scuttled in and sat cross-legged on the mats their fathers recently vacated. After serving their children, the women sat down last, as was the custom of the Sahrawi people. The Sahrawi...

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Pray4Saudi: Weekend Starts on Friday

The Saudi Press Agency carried a decree issued by King Abdullah. The royal decree signaled the switching of the weekend from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday. Businesses and people alike welcomed the decision. When the proposal to switch the start of the weekend from Thursday to Friday was first presented in 2007, the Shura Council rejected it. They perceived it as a slippery slope to adopting the Saturday-Sunday weekend followed by...

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Struggle for Independence

The history of the Sahrawi people is a centuries-long saga of annexation and subjugation. The Arabs were the first invading power. They ruled the people of Western Sahara from the 1300s to the 1600s. After the Arabs, came the colonizing power–Spain. They stayed until 1975. The final occupiers are the Moroccans. Morocco still continues to occupy large parts of resource-rich Western Sahara, wrongfully insisting they are rightful...

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Adventures of Benyameen (July 2013)

Benyameen was writing a letter to a fellow Christian Believer, when he heard loud knocking at his door. "Benyameen, Benyameen," yelled someone, urgency written in every syllable. Benyameen hurried to the door. The fading daylight behind the person blinded Benyameen. He narrowed his eyes to see who it was at his door at that time of day. "It is me, Dawood," said the man at the door. Entering Benyameen's house,...

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Praise Report: Slaves Rescued from Brick Factory

The humdrum routine for the families working in the brick kiln in Chennai, India, never showed any signs of changing. Their day started at 5 a.m. The men wheeled in carts of mud, the women poured in water. Together they cut the dried blocks of clay into even-shaped rectangular bricks. In the sweltering tropical heat, such hard labor was restricted not only to adults. Young children, forced to drop out of school, turned the bricks as they...

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WindoWatchman: Azerbaijan

Leader: President Ilham Aliyev Population: 9,493,600 Main Religion: Islam Percentage of Christians: 1.3% Government: Republic Persecution Ranking: 38 This oil-rich, middle-eastern country is sandwiched between Iran and Russia. It comprises a majority Turkic and Shia Muslim population. It enjoyed a very brief period of independence after the fall of the Russian Empire in 1918. Soon it became a part of the Soviet Union...

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Pray4Saudi: Number of Saudi students enrolling in universities in the U.S. has increased fivefold

On May 25, 2005, King Abdullah issued a royal decree launching the largest scholarship program in the history of Saudi Arabia. At its inception, the program sent students to study in various universities in the United States. Now, the program has broadened its scope to include other advanced countries. However, the United States remains the top host country for the program. Students supported by the scholarship program study a...

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"Cannon Fodder" and "Sex Slaves": Child Soldiers in Somalia

What started as an ordinary day at school in one of the towns in Somalia soon became a nightmare. One could have heard a pin drop as the students, fourteen and fifteen-year-old boys, read from the books in front of them. The stillness of the afternoon was shattered by the heavy, uneven footfall of people running. The squeal of horror followed as turbaned men wielding machine guns dragged the younger boys away. Instinctively the other boys...

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Human Trafficking. What Must A Christian Do?

Trafficking in Persons is modern day slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion. It is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, raking in global profits of $32 billion USD. Its toxic effects are felt worldwide, with over 27 million people exploited the world over. According to the International Organization for Migration, 800,000 people are trafficked internationally every...

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Join the Generosity Movement (July 2013)

The gathering darkness of the Phnom Penh evening gave cover to the team of anti-trafficking police and International Justice Mission (IJM) staff. International Justice Mission is a Christian human rights agency. They work tirelessly to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. They received information about brothels that were operating in an inconspicuous building. Along with the...

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Praise Report (June 2013)

2013 Africa Leadership Training Summit on the 10/40 Window in Juba, South Sudan In March 2013, WIN leaders and delegates from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan, and the USA converged in Juba, South Sudan for a leadership training summit. Delegates and leaders made many important decisions and valuable commitments to ensure that the all-encompassing sphere of God's influence is felt in the 10/40 Window...

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WindoWatchman: South Sudan

Republic of South Sudan Leader: President Salva Kiir Mayardit Population: 7.5-9.7 million (UN estimate, 2006) Capital: Juba Area: 619,745 sq km (239,285 sq miles) Major languages: English and Arabic are the official languages; Juba Arabic and Dinka are among the other languages spoken in South Sudan Major religions: Traditional religions, Christianity On July 9, 2011, the ten southern most states of Sudan gained...

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Dire Warning to Christians in the Arabian Peninsula

According to a Voice of the Martyrs spokesperson, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches in the region." He supposedly made this blatant assertion in a meeting with Kuwaiti officials. When asked by the officials what the Sharia position was on Churches, he replied, "There should be no Christian Churches in the Arabian Peninsula." The Islamic official's statement comes as no...

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Adventures of Benyameen (June 2013)

Benyameen knelt beside his bed, his heart heavy for the seven men held in a restricted prison for twenty-two years. For the last twelve months, authorities repeatedly turned down his request to visit these men whom he calls "spiritual sons." Tears running down his face, he prayed. As the clouds outside his shuttered window moved, a narrow shaft of light from the setting sun streamed into the room through the cracks and crevices...

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Join the Generosity Movement: Christian Church in Syria Helps Internally Displaced Persons

A hundred-and-five-year-old woman arrived in the Zaatari camp in Jordan at the beginning of March. She is among the million Syrians seeking refugee from the two-year-long conflict that has already claimed 70,000 lives. Refugee camps in surrounding countries provide a semblance of respite to the old and the young traumatized by the horrors of war. The youngest refugees are born in these camps. While many flee the country, many...

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Join the Generosity Movement: Hundreds Rendered Homeless in Pakistan

"It took me many years to save enough money for my two daughters' wedding ceremonies in April," wept the elderly Christian Believer. "Now, I am left with nothing at all." Unable to come to terms with the horrific events that unfolded on March 9, 2013, he laments that he does not have the money or the means to even buy his family a meal. On March 9, an angry mob of Muslims torched the homes and shops in a poor Christian neighborhood....

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Praise Report: Young Woman Hears About Christ Jesus

Twenty-three-year-old Sahana* mopped the floors and cooked meals, while her parents were away at work. She was unhappy and miserable. One day while she was doing chores around the house, she decided to turn on the television. Browsing channels, she found a Christian radio channel available through satellite television. She enjoyed listening to the songs and found the message of Jesus Christ's love uplifting. She now desires to know more...

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Praise Report: Child Bride Rescued

Taj Mohammad and his family fled from the fighting in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, nearly four years ago. Ever since, they have been living in a refugee camp. Awful conditions and harsh winters led to debilitating illness. His wife and children became very ill. Unable to care for his ailing family, Mohammad was forced to borrow money from a fellow refugee. He agreed to give his six-year-old daughter away as a bride if he was unable...

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Pray4Saudi: Father Gets Off The Hook In The Murder Of His Daughter

Fayhan al-Ghamdi is an Islamic preacher who made many appearances on Islamic television networks. He was in the news recently for the gruesome murder of his five year old daughter, Lamia. On December 25, 2011, Lamia was admitted to a hospital with multiple injuries that included a broken skull, fractured ribs, and a splintered arm. According to women's rights activists, she also sustained severe bruising and burns. According to...

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WindoWatchman: Malaysia

Malaysia Leader: Prime Minister Najib Razak Population: 29.3 million (2.9 million Christians) Main Religion: Islam Government: Federal constitutional monarchy World Watch List Rank: 42 Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/organized corruption Malaysia has one of the most vibrant economies in Asia. It is separated into two regions by 640 miles of the South China Sea. Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal...

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Little Respect for Women leads to Harassment, Abuse, and Violence

Pranita* ran down the flight of steps to board the train at the Botanical Garden Metro Station in Delhi. If she missed the train, she would have to wait awhile before the next one arrived. Even though the place was well lit, and inside the station there was no indication of the gathering darkness of the evening, she was wary about waiting alone in the train station. Even as she made a dash for the women's compartment, she could hear a...

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Hell on Earth for Women in Afghanistan

The young woman returned from "Naiak Bazar" in Yakawlang, a city in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan. She hurried down the deserted dirt road as the late afternoon sun cast lengthening shadows on the ground. Her husband was tending the sheep in the mountains so she went to the bazaar (market) for provisions for the family. Absorbed with the cares that consume every householder, she failed to notice the red car that came dangerously close...

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WindoWatchman: Laos

Leader: President Choummaly Sayasone Population: 6.4 million (170,000 Christians) Main Religion: Buddhism Government: Communist state Persecution Ranking: 18 Source of Persecution: Communist oppression/Religious militancy Laos is a mountainous country with only five percent of the land suitable for growing crops and nearly eighty percent of the people employed in agricultural activities. Laos is among the very...

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Praise Report: Local Believers Deliver Food Packages - Syria

Recently, a team of Christian Believers experienced God's transforming power while delivering food aid packages. They knocked at the door of a house, and an elderly woman answered. In a fearful voice she asked, "Who are you?" The team told her that they were a group of young people helping the poor in the area. The woman excitedly called out to her two daughters. As soon as the girls saw the team members they started pouring out their...

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Praise Report: Attracted By The Light - Sudan

Simon* recently started an Arabic language course at a local institution in Sudan. Almost all of his classmates are Muslims from non-Arabic speaking countries. Since the Qur'an and other Muslim writings should be read in the original Arabic, many choose to learn Arabic in order to understand their religion better. Simon made it a habit to take his Arabic Bible to class. He often read it quietly during break times and while...

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Pray4Saudi: An Eye for An Eye

An Eye for An Eye The tall palm trees that flanked the streets were a blurry rush of green and grey as the young Saudi man sped down the main road. He swerved unsteadily making a turn into a side street. He slammed the brakes. The tires came to a screeching halt, but not before the car rammed into a young woman. The woman was taken to the hospital. The doctors later told her and her family that she had lost the use of her...

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Arab Winter: A Season of Suffering

Dreadful economic, social, and political climate forced the young and the hopeful onto the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Damascus, and Sana'a. The birth pangs of change ranged from peaceful demonstrations to violent civil strife. Change did arrive! The bright rays of hopefulness and optimism in the revolutions that swept North Africa and the Middle East in 2011 have made way for a cloud of gloom and misery called the Arab...

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Kidnapping and Forcible Conversion of Christian Girls

On September 30, 2012, Rahil* was walking to school like she did every morning, but she never made it to school. The family began frantically searching for the fourteen-year-old Rahil, enquiring of hawkers, shopkeepers, and passers-by. When their search proved to be futile, Rahil's father filed a missing person's report. It was not long before someone called and told him he would not see his daughter again. He was also...

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Join the Generosity Movement

When Manoj* donated the plot of land adjacent to his home for the building of a prayer hall, he never imagined the nightmarish ordeal he and his family would endure. Excited about the construction of the prayer hall, Christian Believers in a town in India gathered to dedicate the building. The dedication was interrupted by a mob of eighty anti-Christian troublemakers, who accused the pastor of forceful conversion–an “offense” that carries...

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WindoWatchman: Brunei

Leader: Sultan & Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah Government: Constitutional Sultanate Population: 408,786 Main Religion: Islam Christians: 10% Persecution ranking: 28 Number of Terrorist Groups: None Listed  Brunei is a country of dense forests and mangrove swamps. It is on the island of Borneo and borders Malaysia. The country generates huge revenue from oil and gas exports. This in turn ensures one of the...

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Pray4Saudi: The Plight of an Under-Aged Migrant Worker

On January 9, 2013, the world watched in horror as authorities in Saudi Arabia beheaded Rizana Nafeek, a migrant worker held responsible for the death of her employer’s four-month-old baby. Nafeek was not unlike other young women from impoverished circumstances. The daughter of a poor woodcutter in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, she saw the job opportunity in Dawadmi, Saudi Arabia as the ticket to her family’s prosperity. The only...

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Praise Report: Buddhist Town in Thailand Gets Christian Radio

An agricultural town of 80,000 residents in Thailand, known for its fresh produce, temperate climate, and scenic beauty, is a popular tourist destination. In a town that is predominantly Buddhist, a Christian radio station was set up through the collaborative efforts of Thailand Christian Radio Network, seven local churches, and HCJB (an organization that tries to reach people through the airwaves and through healthcare). Local residents...

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Praise Report: Growth of Christianity in a Climate of Chaos

Growth of Christianity in a Climate of Chaos Algeria was in the news lately for the deadly terrorist attack on one of its gas plants and the ensuing fighting that left many hostages dead. In spite of all the chaotic uncertainty this nation has been thrown into, the Church continues to grow. This growth of Christian Believers is particularly evident among the Berbers–a people group in Algeria.  The Berbers constitute a quarter of the...

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Trouble in Mali

The Tuaregs, a nomadic people of northern Mali, have been the most vehement opposition to the government in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Their rebellion was kept under check largely on account of ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi proved to be helpful to Mali because he recruited strong, young Tuareg men. He trained and sent them to fight in various parts of the Muslim world. With his ouster and subsequent death, these Tuareg...

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Crisis in North Korea

When Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, was announced as North Korea’s next leader, there was some hope of reform. However those hopes were soon dashed. He revealed he would be following in his father’s footsteps of “military-first” policy. It was not too long before Kim Jong-un unveiled his intention of making nuclear warheads, much to the ire of South Korea, China, and the rest of the international community on whose assistance...

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WindoWatchman: Chad

Population: 9,885,661 Political Leader: President Lt. Gen. Idriss Déby Itno Religions: Islam 55%, Christianity 27.8%, Traditional 16%, Other 1.2% Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked Number of Terrorist Groups: 3 Acts of Terrorism: 12; Casualties: 180 Percentage of Corruption: 80% Percentage of People in Poverty: 80% Chad, the fifth largest nation in Africa, is a semi-desert country. Chad prides itself of its...

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Pray4Saudi: Christian Believer Ministers to Fellow Prisoner

Excited about his newfound faith in Jesus Christ, the strapping young university student could not contain his joy. He felt this overwhelming urge to share his faith with his family and loved ones. Not for one moment did he pause to reason that he lived in a country known to be one of the worst persecutor of Christians in the world. Running into a relative in the marketplace, Abdul* began to joyously relate the story of his...

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Praise Report: From a Closed Asian Country

Six hundred local language Gospel tracts went to unbelievers. Two hundred people received the opportunity to hear the Gospel for the first time in their life. Thirty-two people were baptized in 2012. Twenty-five local leaders accepted Jesus Christ. They trained in discipleship and evangelism. Three new house fellowships began and are still active. Fourteen Bibles in different languages entered the country despite thorough checking...

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Join the Generosity Movement

Nearly two years ago, Abu Sayed* was baptized in a remote place in the Arabian Peninsula. When his father, Abu Hamza*, became a Christian Believer, Abu Sayed began to see evidence of a life changed and transformed by Jesus Christ. Greatly influenced by the life and witness of his father, Abu Sayed was moved to place his trust in Jesus Christ. Soon he was baptized. Dan*, a western tentmaker who had discipled Abu Sayed's father, was present...

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A Call to Prayer for the Pashtuns

Having captured the imagination of various invading armies, the valor and ferocity of the Pashtuns have been immortalized and mythologized in songs and stories. They have been called the "unconquered tribe." The Pashtun people live in the region that straddles Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are geographically isolated. Though extremely poor, they have a great sense of pride. They are an enigmatic blend of hospitality and hostility. There...

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Prayer Initiative: High Places Prayer Patrol

The Sanskrit word that translates "abode of snow" is "Himalayas." Widely known for the tallest mountain in the world, this tall, towering mountain range spans India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. It is home to several people groups and three main religions are practiced here: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. The serenity of the snowcapped mountains conceals the turmoil that the people of this region have long...

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Join the Generosity Movement (Jan '13)

Early last month, in a city in Madhya Pradesh, India, a group of Christian Believers gathered for a two-day prayer meeting. The pastor led the lively group of worshippers in songs of worship and prayer when a group of fifty Hindu extremists violently interrupted the meeting. The irate group of Hindu radicals, which included some women, rushed into the room chanting angry anti-Christian slogans. The next few minutes saw the unleashing...

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WindoWatchman: Bangladesh

Population: 150,448,339 Political Leader: Sheikh Hasina (Prime Minister) Predominant Religions: Islam 85.6%, Hinduism 12.4%, Christianity 0.7% Persecution Ranking: 44th Number of Terrorist Groups: 20 Acts of Terrorism: 153; Casualties: 229 Percent of Corruption: 80% Percent of People in Poverty: 45% Bangladesh is part of the Indian subcontinent. It is a heavily populated country. Bangladesh was part of Pakistan; it was...

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Praise Report: The Grand Renaissance Dam a "Policy of Cooperation"

Khartoum, Sudan The Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum and the International University of Africa in Khartoum organized a symposium to discuss the impact of the Grand Renaissance Dam. This dam on the River Nile is said to flood 1,680 square kilometers and create a reservoir almost twice the size of Lake Tana, Ethiopia's largest natural lake. Experts fear that the construction of the dam would set off a water war in this tense region of the...

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Praise Report: Christian Girl Cleared of Blasphemy Islamabad, Pakistan

Praise Report In August, a neighbor accused Rimsha Masih--a fourteen-year-old, mentally challenged girl--of burning pages of the Koran, the holy book of Muslims. Later, authorities arrested Rimsha on blasphemy charges which can carry the death penalty in Pakistan. After a three-week detention, she was released on bail and she and her family moved to an undisclosed location. On November 20, a Pakistani court cleared Rimsha of blasphemy...

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Social Media in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, an Islamic monarchy, is a known human rights violator. According to the 2012 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world, Saudi Arabia is ranked 16. Authorities have used various means to crush the freedom of people. With the advent of social media, people who have long suffered under the yoke of suppression have found the possibility for freedom of expression. They might not be allowed...

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Social Network and the Gospel

Nearly five hundred years ago a small group of people led by an Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, revolted against the abuses of their times. He was a religious activist and he was helped by groundbreaking technology--the printing press. The printing press was the new media of the day and they used it to churn out pamphlets, portraits and illustrations. These pamphlets were then circulated rapidly through a social network of friends,...

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Social Media and the Arab Spring

On August 15, 1945, the crackling announcement of the end of World War II over the airwaves marked the end of a war that had claimed over sixty million lives. On November 9, 1989, a bespectacled reporter broadcasted, on the BBC Nine O'Clock News on TV, the breach of the Berlin wall that had kept East and West Berliners apart for decades. On February 11, 2011, the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the dictator who ruled Egypt, was...

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Pedophilia in the Window

pe·do·phil·i·a [pee-duh-fil-ee-uh] – n. abnormal sexual interest in an adult for a child; a desire to engage in sexual acts with prepubescent children. Just reading the above definition is enough to make most people cringe. And for good reason. Pedophilia is something that breaks God’s heart. The Bible calls it sin (The Bible, Galatians 5:19-21). It also goes against common decency and morality, breaking the taboos of nearly every culture...

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Imprisoned by Lies

A prisoner sits across from a minister of the Gospel in the visiting area of a high-security prison. Listening to the invitation to eternal life in Jesus Christ through the thick glass barrier, the prisoner shakes his head in refusal. The minister inquires as to what could possibly be holding this man back from accepting the free gift of God. Does the prisoner believe in heaven and hell? Certainly. Is he convinced of his need for a...

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Great and Marvelous Works

What God is doing (and wants to do) in the 10/40 Window Paging through the morning paper, watching CNN, and scanning the news online, you’d never know an unprecedented movement of God is underway in the earth. According to secular sources, it’s bad news as usual – oil spills, terrorist attacks, wars, poverty, crime, natural disasters…. Doom and gloom is the order of the day. Look behind the headlines, however, and you will see a harvest of...

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