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

1040 Window Reporter March 2013

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 the government in Pyongyang survives.

On December 12, 2012 North Korea launched a long-range rocket that appears to have put a satellite in space. Even though North Korea claims the launch was for peaceful purposes, the international community sees it as an important step in the direction of constructing intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The UN had banned North Korea from ballistic missile tests after nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Because of North Korea’s brazen defiance of the ban, the UN Security Council adopted a new resolution expanding sanctions against North Korea. This in turn has caused North Korea to affirm its intent of strengthening nuclear deterrents and developing other military capabilities.

What often goes unnoticed or under-noticed in such brinkmanship by North Korea is the human tragedy that unfolds every day in villages, towns, and cities in that country. Even the publicity stunt of Kim Jong-un at a meat market or grocery store filled with supplies fails to assure the person on the street. The only reality in this shameful display is most families cannot afford these supplies.

State rations are not distributed as is touted and people are resorting to extreme measures. Families starve to death. Beggars take food at knifepoint. One man told reporters the sad story of a family that cooked and ate its last meal together. They died almost immediately because they had added rat poison to their rice porridge. Signs of hunger are visible in children whose growth is stunted because of malnutrition.

Even as North Korea flexes its military muscles, its people live in conditions that are horrifying and quite desperate.

According to the World Watch List, North Korea is ranked No. 1 in persecuting Christian Believers. Pray for the Christians who live under this tyranny. Pray for the release of Believers from the notorious Labor camps (The Bible, Psalm 118:5-6).

Pray that God would overthrow powers and principalities of darkness that are holding North Korea captive (The Bible, Psalm 72:12-14).

Pray for perverse dictators like Kim Jong-un to have a powerful encounter with God so they may turn from their oppressive ways (The Bible, Matthew 5:44).

Pray for wisdom from God for the international community so they find solutions to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, malnutrition, and human rights violations (The Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6).

North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world.  Pray for the people of North Korea to know that the Lord loves them, cares for them, and cherishes them.  Pray that God will meet their physical and spiritual needs (The Bible, Isaiah 41:10).

Sources: BBC, NPR, The Guardian, The New York Times, Open Doors

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 fighters returned to Mali. They returned with a lethal blend of arms and military equipment.

Weapons in the hands of a desperate and dissatisfied people causes immense damage. With the military training and equipment that they brought with them from Libya, the Tuaregs captured much of northern Mali. However, Islamic extremists soon overthrew them and began to take control of many northern cities in Mali causing much chaos and suffering.

Unsatisfied with the government’s handling of the extremists in the north, defiant soldiers in Bamako, in a coup d’état, overthrew the elected government of President Amadou Toumani Touré in March 2012. An unstable government, a frustrated people, and damage- causing extremists provided the perfect climate for a conflict–a conflict for which Mali was under-prepared.

When Islamic extremists took control of a frontier town, earlier this year, the government in Mali appealed to the international community for support. For the second time in less than two years, France came to Mali’s aid by sending armed forces into combat. By late January, the French forces managed to retrieve a number of northern cities and towns from the control of the Islamic extremists.

When the extremists controlled the towns, they targeted Christian Believers who are a minority. They beat them and told them that they will not be allowed to worship. In one of the towns freed by the French, Believers, who are a minority, praised the French troops for their assault against the extremists without any casualty. In spite of the relief and joy, there is also anxiousness and doubts about Mali’s shaky military force and their ability to keep these extremists from regaining control of these northern cities.

Pray Psalm 91 protection over Christians and the innocent people in Mali (The Bible, Psalm 91).

Pray for wisdom from God  so the Malian government will know how to make their nation safe from terrorists (The Bible, Daniel 2:21).

Pray that the Tuaregs will have a “Road to Damascus” experience, and enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 9).

Pray God will use Christians in Mali to reach the entire nation with the Gospel (The Bible, Matthew 28:18-19).

Sources: Persecution.Org, The New York Times, NPR, The Guardian 

Praise Report

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 population in Algeria. The tireless work of missionaries and the constant intercession of Believers have resulted in many accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Praise God for the countless missionaries who risked grave danger to take the Gospel to the corners of the world (The Bible, Psalm 43:4).

Praise God for the increase in the number of Believers among the Berbers of Algeria (The Bible, Psalm 150:1-2).

Ask God to protect the Believers and embolden them to share the Gospel (The Bible, Deuteronomy 31:6).

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 built the radio station on land provided by a Christian primary school. This largely Buddhist town will now be able to hear the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ on a Frequency Modulation (FM) station.

Praise God for the Christian Radio station through which many people will hear the Gospel of Christ (The Bible, Psalm 92:1).

Pray that God will work in the hearts and minds of people so they will accept Him into their hearts and lives (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 3:7).

Sources: Religion Today, HCJB Global

Pray For Saudi

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 obstacle to her employment was her age. Born in 1988, she was a minor. However, the scouting agent arranged for a passport with a falsified date of birth which listed her as a twenty-three-year-old. And in 2005, dropping out of school, the seventeen-year-old Nafeek went to Saudi Arabia.

On the second week of her employment, the baby under her care died. While she claimed that the baby choked when she was bottle-feeding him, her employer accused her of strangling the child. At the police station, unable to speak or understand the language, under threat and much coercion she signed a “confession.” This confession stood as the chief evidence against her in court where she was tried without representation and sentenced to death.

Despite the international campaign for clemency, Saudi authorities beheaded Nafeek in January 2013. Saudi Arabia is one of three countries that executes individuals for crimes committed when they were minors. Sixty-nine executions were carried out in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Many migrant workers remain in jail, sentenced to death.

Pray for the protection of vulnerable migrant workers in Saudi Arabia whose human rights are violated (The Bible, Psalm 91:9-10).

Pray for God to dispel the darkness that reigns in the region where human life is shown little respect (The Bible, John 8:32).

Pray that people would come to know the compassionate Lord Jesus Christ and find life, hope, and peace in Him (The Bible, Lamentations 3:22-23).

Sources: The Guardian, The New Yorker

Prayer of Agreement

Almighty God,

We come before Your throne, with hearts filled with reverence and humility. In reflecting upon our Holy God, we shall cry out, “Holy, holy, holy,” just as the angels of Heaven do. We, Your people, are set apart for the purpose of revealing Your glory to the world.   It is our deepest desire to please You in every thought, word, and deed. May our prayers be spoken from a pure heart and with clean hands.

You say in Your word, “If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (The Bible, 2 Chronicles 7:14). We enter into that covenant with You now, saying we will humble ourselves, seek Your face, pray for the beloved 10/40 Window, and believe You hear the cry of our hearts.

Father we ask that You rend the Heavens over the 10/40 Window, and pour Your love over the people of this region. Make Your Name known and reveal Jesus Christ as Savior of the world.  Cover each nation with a blanket of Your all-consuming Presence until every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord.

As we commit to pray daily for the 10/40 Window, help us Holy Spirit to pray the perfect will of God.  We invite You now to quicken our minds with heavenly things, so each thought and prayer for the 10/40 Window come from Your heart and not our own mind or imagination.

We thank You in advance for the mighty work You are doing and will continue to do in the Window.  In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Lord, Teach Us To

Praise and Thanksgiving in Prayer

Jesus made the statement, “Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God…” (The Bible, John 17:3).  This is our eternal calling, to know Him who delighted in forming us.  The richness of our personal lives is directly related to the quality of our personal relationship with God.  And our relationship with God is developed through intimate interaction with Him.

It is by meeting and talking with God (prayer), that we come to know Him more deeply. 

What is the basic nature of our conversations (prayers) with God? Prayer begins with giving to God and we see this distinctly in Jesus Christ’s teachings.  Just as the prayer the Lord Jesus Christ taught His followers begins with a response to God’s nature by calling Him Father and hallowing His name – the daily prayer of a Christian Believer ought to begin with attributing praise and worship to God’s nature (The Bible, Luke 11:1-2).

The Bible says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name” (The Bible, Psalm 100:4).

Praise is our offering of adoration and worship of God. It is enjoying and appreciating who He is in Himself. We give thanks when God heals someone and we also praise Him for being the Healer.  It is an acknowledgement of His nature.  The Believer’s worship should stem from an intimate knowledge of God’s character.

Thanksgiving is our offering of gratitude to God; our gratitude born out of an acknowledgment of all the good gifts that God has given us.  Thanksgiving flows out of a heart that is grateful for God’s provision, care, and sustenance.

The gate of praise and thanksgiving must be passed through before we enter the city of deepening relationship.  May the practice of joyful praise and grateful thanksgiving enrich every Believer, so their prayer lives will exude the Glory of God.

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 highest standards of living in the world. However, with the dwindling oil and gas reserves, Brunei has sought to diversify its economy by showcasing the country as a financial and tourist destination.

Ethnic Malays comprise two-thirds of the population of Brunei. Other ethnic groups that call Brunei home are Chinese, Indians, and indigenous groups such as the Murut, Dusuns, and the Ibans. Each Malay in Brunei is deemed a Muslim at birth and they closely follow traditional Islamic beliefs. While the physical needs of people are met because of the abundance of wealth, few have heard of the saving love of Jesus Christ.

The ruling monarch considers himself the defender of the Islamic faith. In keeping with this perception, he does not allow the free practice of other religions. Contact with Christian Believers from outside the country is banned. The printing and importing of Christian literature is prohibited.  And yet God is raising from among the Malays of Brunei a people unto Himself. They, however, constantly find themselves isolated and overlooked.

Pray for Believers in Brunei to continue to worship God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those they come in contact with (The Bible, Mark 16:15).

Pray for Believers from Muslim Background to continually feel the warmth and love of God’s ever-abiding presence (The Bible, Psalm 46:1).

Pray that God would send more workers to work among the Malays of Brunei (The Bible, Psalm 96:3).

Sources: BBC, Joshua Project, World Watch List 2013

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 quite a high penalty.

Manoj immediately knew that he would be targeted for donating the plot of land for Christian activity. Fearing for his life, he fled the town. The following day, nearly fifty anti-Christian miscreants stormed into his home. They searched the house. Unable to find Manoj, they turned their fury on his family who were there. They mercilessly beat them and left. Even though complaints were lodged against the culprits, the police have not yet filed charges against them.

Political parties that promote Hindu nationalism and social conservatism rule certain states in India. They have put in place stringent anti-conversion laws to restrict the free practice of other religions, particularly Christianity. Believers constantly face the threat of violence and imprisonment. Notwithstanding the danger to life and property, Believers in this region continue to courageously worship God and bravely share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around them.

The time has come again to train the 10/40 Window leaders in strategic level prayer, evangelism, church planting, discipleship, and leadership. The Africa Leadership Training Summit will be held in South Sudan in March 2013. We invite you to join hands with Window International Network to sponsor a 10/40 Window delegate. The average cost for a delegate is $2,500 USD. Please follow the link below to invest in a 10/40 Window leader.

Pray for God’s leading and guidance in the planning of the WIN Summit (The Bible, Psalm 143:10).

Pray for God’s anointing over the organizers and trainers, so they impart God’s wisdom and knowledge to the delegates at the Summit (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1).

Pray for Christian Believers and pastors in the 10/40 Window nations, who continue to strive for the Kingdom of God amid hardships and danger (The Bible, Isaiah 52:7).

Pray for God’s abundant blessing upon the financial partners of WIN (The Bible, Luke 6:38).

*Names have been changed and source has been withheld.

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