10/40 Window Reporter November 2011
Floods Return To Pakistan
Floods devastated Pakistan in the summer of 2010. Heavy monsoon rains resulted in one-fifth of the nation being underwater. At least 20 million people were directly affected and nearly 2,000 died.
This summer, the floods returned. Monsoon rains “left the southern region under several feet of water.” As of the end of September, 350 people had died and more than eight million had been affected.
“Malaria, diarrhea, skin disease and snake bites were among the health problems facing two million people across 23 Sindh districts,” the Pakistani National Disaster Management Authority said.
There has also been an outbreak of dengue fever. The floods created a breeding ground for mosquitoes which carry the virus. The disease is further spread by poor hygiene, experts say. Dozens of people have died and more than 6,000 cases have been reported in the past few months.
According to the World Health Organization, “There is a desperate shortage of clean drinking water in the south which has also triggered outbreaks of acute diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.”
The United Nations and government of Pakistan have issued an appeal for emergency funds.
SOURCES: AFP, eTurboNews
In August, the government of Turkey issued a decree regarding property confiscated from religious groups. Despite limitations, Christians in this nation believe this is a positive development. They ask us to join them in praying for prompt and efficient implementation of the law. They also ask for prayer that the compensation and restoration process will be fair and that there will be increased religious freedom in Turkey.
Despite intense persecution, the church in Iran is growing. “The government is cracking down on Christians, fearing the rapid, unstoppable growth of the underground church,” reports SAT 7. Yet, “even in the nation’s leading cities, religious leaders are coming to faith in Jesus.” According to “Operation World,” Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world. Give praise and thanks to God for this. Pray for it to continue. Ask the Lord to draw more and more Iranians into relationship with Jesus Christ.
In August, a court in Punjab Province released a Christian accused of blasphemy. The man, who suffers from a psychiatric disorder, was sought by a Muslim mob after supposedly making remarks about Islamic holy men. According to Compass Direct, the man was allowed to return home after negotiations with local clerics. Give thanks to God for this and pray for the “hundreds languishing in jails for years on blasphemy chargers” in Pakistan. Ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen them. Pray for greater religious freedom in this nation.
SOURCES: SAT 7, Compass Direct
Elections can change the course of nations. As you consider those sceduled to be held this month: pray for fair elections free from rigging and manipulation. Ask the Lord to raise up men and women who will serve with integrity, righteousness, and justice. Pray for an end to corruption and graft. Invite the Lord to appoint those of His choosing and fulfill His purposes in the nations of the 10/40 Window.
"He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)
United Arab Emirates — A Thriving Oasis?
Located on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven political territories called emirates. Each emirate is ruled by an emir (high-ranking sheikh). These consist of: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.
The UAE is a modern, financially prosperous nation, which remained peaceful when unrest swept across the Arab world in the spring of 2011. “Why should the Emiratis protest?” one resident commented. “It’s a country that has been transformed by its rulers from a desert into a thriving oasis.”
While it is an economic oasis, the UAE is spiritually dry. Islam is the official religion and Christianity is not tolerated. Only expatriates are allowed to worship. Evangelism is prohibited. It is ranked number 34 on the Open Doors World Watch List 2011 of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians.
There is, however, a small, growing fellowship of Muslim Background Believers in the United Arab Emirates.
SOURCES: Open Doors, Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula, Voice of the Martyrs
The nation of Niger, located in western Africa, is one of the poorest and least developed in the world. Over 80% of its land is covered by the Sahara Desert.
The actions of the Niger Movement for Justice (MNJ) have been described as “terrorism aimed at instilling insecurity and fear among the population.” Rebel activity in the northern region of the country has included kidnappings, murderous attacks on travelers, and the placing of anti-tank mines.
Although Niger is predominantly Islamic, many Muslims have shown a willingness to consider the Gospel.
In an astounding response to prayer, God has been opening doors for the preaching of the Gospel and the establishment of churches in this spiritually dormant region.
Pulling Down Strongholds
In September 2011, King Abdullah announced that women will be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. They will even be allowed to run for local offices.
“The timing of this royal decree is telling,” writes the Christian Science Monitor. “It comes nine months after the start of the Arab Spring, which has so far toppled three dictators; six months after the killing of Osama bin Laden, whose goal was to control the holy sites in Saudi Arabia; and three months after an embarrassing protest in which dozens of Saudi women defied the fatwas of conservative clerics by driving cars.”
This is a major shift and could signal a change in the direction of the Islamic establishment in Saudi Arabia.
Give thanks to the Lord for this development and pray for:
SOURCES: Christian Science Monitor
Praying Through The Window 9: Global Terrorism And World Religions Prayer Calendar
You prayed and the Lord is answering. God is moving powerfully in the 10/40 Window. Terrorists are being apprehended and subdued. People who have been blinded by false systems of religion are seeing the Light of Jesus Christ. The harvest is accelerating.
Much of the 10/40 Window is in turmoil. Change is in the air. Governments have fallen. Others are in jeopardy. Nations are being birthed. Which is why we have produced the new, 2011 Praying Through the Window 9 (PTTW9) calendar.
We haven’t changed our focus – we are still targeting the issues of global terrorism and world religions inside the 10/40 Window. But we have updated the information to help you pray more accurately and strategically.
Go to our resources page to order your new PTTW9 calendar today!
Is it possible to hold a mini-Global Day of prayer every day of the year? Dr. Victor Choudhrie, a church planting leader in India, thinks so. Which is why he has issued a summons to the body of Christ to pray in harmony each morning and has even provided an outline to help make it happen.
3@6 invites believers the world over to spend 3 minutes praying for global evangelism at 6 a.m. every morning. Choudhrie’s suggestions for utilizing this time include the following:
It’s an incredibly simple, yet potentially powerful way to finish the task (The Bible, Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Revelation 5:9). The question is: Can we spare 180 seconds of our day to see God’s most passionate desire fulfilled?
The Search For Significance
“Knowing we have limited time in this life,” writes Mike Bickel, “we all long to make a difference that will last far beyond our moment in time, confirming that our lives have meaning beyond the end of our days of flesh and blood.”
We all understand what Bickel is talking about. Something inside us seeks to make an impact. We want the world to be different – better – because we were here.
James puts it like this: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (The Bible, James 4:14).
We don’t just want to live our little “vapor” and vanish. We want something to remain. We want our lives to be significant – noteworthy, having meaning, making a difference.
The only way to make a significant impact that lasts beyond our days on earth is to invest in God’s Kingdom. It is eternal.
God’s Kingdom is advancing today in the 10/40 Window. The harvest is ripe and workers are bringing it in. And you can be part of it – making an impact that will last for eternity.
Go to the WIN donate page today to start making a difference that will last beyond your own lifetime.
“We are wired to make an impact for all eternity.” –Mike Bickel
SOURCES: “The Seven Longings of the Human Heart,” Mike Bickel.
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
“You can’t take it with You... but You can send it on ahead!”
Those who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord know where they’re headed when they die. Praise God for the salvation He has provided for us in the death, resurrection, and ascension of His only Son!
But that doesn’t change the fact that you can’t take anything with you to heaven. All earthly treasures will have to stay here when you depart to be with the Lord.
Good news, though: YOU CAN SEND TREASURE ON AHEAD!
When we pray, serve God, and give our finances to advance His Kingdom, we are adding to our heavenly treasure.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,” Jesus said, “where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (The Bible, Matthew 6:19,20).
It’s like a savings account. We make deposits by being obedient to God in fulfilling the Great Commission and by generously investing in His work.
So the next time you’re faced with a decision regarding how to spend your time, energy, or money, consider this: earthly things get left behind; Kingdom things get forwarded to heaven.
How is Your eternal account looking?
For an opportunity to “send it on ahead,” advance the Kingdom and, most importantly, honor God with your finances, go to the WIN donate page and make a contribution to Window International Network. It’s guaranteed to be waiting for you – with untold dividends! – when you reach heaven.
Indonesia Leadership Summit
They joined hands, formed a circle, and prayed: some thirty pastors from all over the nation. It was the first time they had done anything together. But it was not the last. Shortly after praying, they washed each other’s feet. Then they agreed to meet once a month for prayer and discuss mission strategies.
That is just one of many amazing things the Lord did during the 2011 WIN Leadership Training Summit.
Every year, WIN hosts a summit inside the 10/40 Window. Past summits have been held in places like Turkey, India, Nigeria, and Malaysia. The 2011 summit took place in Indonesia.
The purpose of these summits is to raise up leaders, equip them to take the Gospel throughout the 10/40 Window, and teach them to disciple new believers and plant churches.
Those who attend also gain a new understanding of the importance of prayer and have the opportunity to experience the power of interceding for the nations of the 10/40 Window.
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