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

Win 1040 Reporter April 2013

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 warned not to make any more attempts to find her because she had converted to Islam and married a Muslim man.

Various representatives of Christian Churches, human rights organizations, and the National Council for Women have been trying to reunite Rahil with her family in spite of the warning against it.

There has been a growing trend in Egypt, since the revolution in 2011, where young Christian girls are kidnapped and forced to marry Muslim men. A Christian NGO, the Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearance (AVAED), has documented the abduction and forcible conversion to Islam of over 500 girls. These girls have later been married to Muslim men against their will.

Pray for the release of the Christian girls who have been abducted. Pray also for the Lord's protection over them (The Bible, Psalm 69:33).

Pray that God in His sovereignty will bring to an end the horrible practice of abduction and forceful conversion of young Christian girls (The Bible, Isaiah 54:14).

Ask the Lord to comfort the families of the girls who have been kidnapped (The Bible, Isaiah 41:10).

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

*Names have been changed.

Source: Assyrian International News Agency, Barnabas Aid

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Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearance reports the abduction and forcible conversion to Islam of over 500 girls.

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 Winter.

The majority of the people demanded a change that respects everyone's liberties. Sadly, the change is dissolving people's freedoms. As secular dictatorships were overthrown, the void created in seats of power were filled by political organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood (a transnational Islamic political organization) that have sought to make these countries more Islamic than secular.

In countries like Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen, the Salafists are gaining political ground. Salafists are a Sunni militant group which believes that they are the only correct interpreters of the Qur'an. They seek to convert everyone to ensure that their own fundamentalist version of Islam will dominate the world. In this climate of extremism, certain sections of society, particularly Christian Believers, find themselves marginalized and ostracized. In some extreme cases Believers are kidnapped, tortured, and killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Christians in Egypt have been targeted. Over five hundred girls have been kidnapped and forcibly converted, and married to Muslim men (See article: Kidnapping and Forcible Conversions of Christian Girls). Churches have been attacked forcing many Christians who can afford it to flee the country.

According to experts, a democratic transition in Tunisia seems to have the greatest chance of success. However, the election of the Islamic Ennahda party poses grave danger for the very small Christian community which continues to be intimidated and targeted.

In Syria, where civil war continues to rage on and consume countless human lives like a wild fire, Christians who were protected under President Al Assad are now viewed as enemies. Initially, they were intimidated. Now, Christians are violently attacked, tortured, and killed.

The cold grasp of the Arab Winter grips the community of Christian Believers in the region. Pray for God to bring about the freedom of the faithful followers of Christ and secure their safety. Assured of God's goodness, power, might, strength, and eternal love we know the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church!

Pray for the persecuted brothers and sisters so they become the overcomers prophesied to appear in the last days, with faith greater than the Apostle Paul's. May they hold onto the teachings of Jesus Christ and increase in faith and love (The Bible, 1 Thessalonians 3:7, Revelation 3:11-12).

Pray that the Arab Christians have the courage and desire to stay in their homelands and find ways to preach the Gospel in the face of great persecution (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 13:11).

Pray this will be an unprecedented time of harvest among the Arab Muslims. Ask God to prepare the hearts of fundamentalist Muslims so they will seek the Truth that is found in Jesus Christ alone (The Bible, Acts 9:1-19).

Pray for the speedy end to the torment and abuse that Christian Believers and moderate Muslims face in countries where the Arab Spring has taken a drastic plunge toward a dangerous and unstable Arab Winter (The Bible, Psalm 68:20).

Pray the Lord protects Believers from the scourge of the enemy (The Bible, Psalm 121:7-8).

Pray for the Lord Jesus to visit the multitude in the Arab world with dreams and visions (The Bible, Joel 2:28-29).

Sources: Barnabas Aid, Barnabas Aid, BosNewsLife

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 legs. She had just returned from her honeymoon when the car that came at full speed toward her hit her. As the doctor made that heart-wrenching announcement, she saw her entire life vanish before her eyes. Agonizing grief gave way to unforgiving anger.

When the driver, who was charged with speeding and reckless driving, offered financial compensation for the suffering caused, the woman refused to accept it. Instead she invoked the "eye for an eye" rule. She reasoned that the only compensation for her loss would be the driver becoming paralyzed himself.

Some Islamic countries, like Saudi Arabia, that are ruled by a severe interpretation of the Sharia Law take the "eye for an eye" rendering of justice quite literally. While some victims accept "Diya" (blood money or ransom) for injury caused, some resort to this kind of revengeful justice that seeks to return injury for injury.

Pray for healing for the victim; pray that Jesus Christ would pour His love and grace into her life, so she will understand what it means to be forgiven (The Bible, Psalm 103:2-3).

Pray for wisdom from God for those who enforce the law and administer justice (The Bible, James 3:17).

Pray that the people of Saudi Arabia are introduced to the forgiveness and wholeness that Jesus Christ alone brings (The Bible, Psalm 130:4).

Sources: Incense for Saudi, UPI, Riyadh Connect

Harvest of Souls Online Prayer Meeting

The Harvest of Souls Online Prayer Meeting is just around the corner! Please R.S.V.P. Steve at sfisher@win1040.com, if you would like to attend.

What: Harvest of Souls - Online Prayer Meeting When: 3 May, 2013 at 8:00AM MST (Check your local time zone) Where: Online, from your computer Why: To pray for a tremendous harvest of souls in the 10/40 Window

The prayer meeting will last approximately two hours. Please respond to Steve Fisher at sfisher@win1040.com, to let us know if you will join the Harvest of Souls - Online Prayer Meeting.

If you would like to do a "practice run" to learn how to use the microphone during the meetings, please email Steve Fisher at sfisher@win1040.com to arrange a practice call.

Prayer is essential to our calling to reach the 10/40 Window nations with the Gospel. We appreciate your faithfulness and dedication to the 10/40 Window nations. We are looking forward to transforming the 10/40 Window with you, through the power of unified prayer.

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 waiting for teachers who routinely arrived at least 20 minutes late for class. Simon found it encouraging that his classmates often gathered around him as he read his Bible. It was as if they were moths attracted by the light in a dark room!

Recently, between classes, Simon read the stories of Jesus Christ calming the storm and healing the paralytic with classmates Amir*, Abdulla*, and Mohammed*. Mohammed said that the stories could not be true because no mere man has the power that Jesus had in these stories, but Amir and Abdulla seemed to believe the stories were true.

Simon was aware that the spiritual battle for his fellow students' hearts raged around him. However, he was very encouraged to see how the truth of God's Word was attracting people to read it.

Praise God for the opportunity that God gave Simon to share the Gospel with his fellow students (The Bible, Deuteronomy 32:3).

Pray for all of Simon's classmates, including Amir, Abdulla, and Mohammed, to be drawn to Christ by what they read in the Word of God, and for God to lead to Simon those students who are genuinely seeking the Truth (The Bible, Matthew 13:1-9).

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 gratitude for the food package. They explained that their father had passed away three months earlier and that they no longer had money for food.

The girls wanted to know if the team was from a local political party, so the Believers informed them that they were bringing help from God. They shared that they are Kurds who believe in Jesus Christ. The family invited the team into their home to drink coffee with them. The team told them about God's love, forgiveness, and redemption through Christ. One of the girls listened with such interest that the team continued to share about the miracles of Jesus. The girl asked for a New Testament and was excited to receive her own Bible.

Praise God for the brothers and sisters who are eager to share God's love amidst the terrible devastation in Syria (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 16:8).

Pray that God would continue to open people's hearts and bring them into a saving relationship with Himself (The Bible, Ezekiel 36:26-27).

*Name changed and source withheld

Prayer of Agreement

God Almighty,

We humbly come before You this day, with great expectation that our prayer will come to Your ears with pleasure. We come on behalf of the Christian Believers who live within the 10/40 Window. Your Word says that we are to imitate Your Son Jesus Christ. And so now as He sits on the throne making continual intercession, we too pray for fellow Believers in the 10/40 Window (The Bible, Hebrews 7:25).

We ask that our brothers and sisters in Christ may be moved by a greater sense of Your Presence. Open their eyes and ears to the Holy Spirit's voice of leading, so they may be used by You every day of their lives. David prayed, "Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long (The Bible, Psalm 119:97). May that same desire and longing stir within the Christians of the 10/40 Window.

Grant them Your Spirit of discernment, so as they go into their towns, villages, and cities, they may know exactly Your heart's desire for their obedience. We thank You that our brothers and sisters so courageously enter their daily living, with boldness to be used by You in all circumstance. Pour out Your Spirit now, so they may feel Your Presence very near to them. Pour out Your Spirit now, so they may know Your will in all things. Pour out Your Spirit now, so they may testify of Your goodness and mercy to those who do not know You. In Jesus' Name. Amen

Lord, Teach us to Pray

Prayer and Daily Living

There is a longing in every person to live in and enjoy the continual Presence of God. However, after The Fall, the difficulty of one's labor and the struggles in one's relationships with fellow humanity became a distraction to continual devotion to the Lord.

It is a mistake to confine prayer only to sacred times and places, a routine prayer time, a prayer group, or a church building. David said, "Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long" (The Bible, Psalm 119:97). Prayers of Christian Believers must extend throughout the day in order for them to remain fully devoted and set apart to the Lord and His purposes. In order to increase one's awareness of God, one must learn the value of praying continually despite busy schedules.

Nehemiah did not see fit to retire to a prayer room before answering the king (The Bible, Nehemiah 2:4). In the open air, Paul gave thanks for God's provision in front of his fellow passengers (The Bible, Acts 27:35). These are just two examples of concise prayers offered up in the setting of daily living.

Praying and living should be wrapped together like the threads that are woven together to make a garment.

Here are three practical ways of incorporating prayer into one's daily living.

  1. Learn to look. The world is broken. Yet sometimes Christian Believers close their eyes to this reality. Asking the Lord to open one's eyes to His vision will stir one to pray.
  2. Learn to listen. The Lord loves to speak to His children. Yet Believers often speak more in their prayers than listen. Listening will give one greater discernment on how and what to pray.
  3. Learn to love. Love is not only an emotion, but also a lens that moves the Believer to action. Love acts! Therefore the more one loves the world through action, the more acquainted one becomes with the heart of the Father. This will inevitably lead one to prayer.

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 few communist states in the world. Even though there has been some economic growth since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, it is still the poorest country in East Asia and depends heavily on international aid. Outside the capital, Vientiane, many still live without basic amenities like electricity.

In remote villages, away from the view of the world, Christian Believers are coerced, tortured, and pressured to deny their faith in Jesus Christ. Recently, an elderly couple sought the prayers of Christian Believers for healing. Later, they made the decision to become Believers and Followers of Jesus Christ. In January, when the village chief received information about the conversion of the elderly couple, he ordered their eviction saying Christians were not welcome in the village.

Pray for God to put an end to the intimidation of Believers like the elderly couple who chose to follow Jesus Christ (The Bible, Exodus 14:13).

Pray that God would meet village chiefs and leaders so they would become Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 9:1-19).

Pray for God to pour His blessings on this extremely impoverished country (The Bible, Psalm 21: 6).

Pray for a government that respects the value of the lives of human beings who are created in the image of God (The Bible, Genesis 1:27).

Sources: BBC, International Christian Concern, World Watch List 2013

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