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10/40 Window Emergency Prayer Alert : India, Nigeria, Somalia

Emergency Prayer Alert

Urgent prayer is needed for India in the wake of terror attacks on November 26, 2008 in Mumbai, which left at least 172 people dead. The 62-hour siege in India’s largest city was reportedly planned and executed by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist group widely believed to have links to Pakistan’s military intelligence agency. India’s government was warned in mid-October of terror plots targeting hotels in Mumbai, about one month before the luxury Taj Mahal and Oberoi were seized by heavily armed, well-trained gunmen. “Mumbai’s people need prayer,” an American Christian worker based there told Baptist Press. “The terrorist attacks has numbed the city’s population (of more than 18 million),” the worker said. “Please pray for God to work in this horrible human tragedy to draw people of all religions to the end of themselves.” Intercessors are also needed to stand in the gap for unchecked violence against Christians in India’s Orissa state as well as terrorism in Jos, Nigeria and Somalia.


Emergency Prayer Alert-India, Nigeria, and Somalia

Terror Attacks In Mumbai Leave At Least 172 People Dead, ‘Numbs City’s Population’
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Urgent prayer is needed for India in the wake of terror attacks on November 26, 2008 in Mumbai, which left at least 172 people dead. Intercessors are also needed to stand in the gap for unchecked violence against Christians in India’s Orissa state as well as terrorism in Jos, Nigeria and Somalia.

The 62-hour siege in India’s largest city was reportedly planned and executed by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist group widely believed to have links to Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, CBS News reported.

India’s government was warned in mid-October of terror plots targeting hotels in Mumbai, about one month before the luxury Taj Mahal and Oberoi were seized by heavily armed, well-trained gunmen, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

“Mumbai’s people need prayer,” an American Christian worker based there told Baptist Press. “The terrorist attacks has numbed the city’s population (of more than 18 million),” the worker said. “Please pray for God to work in this horrible human tragedy to draw people of all religions to the end of themselves.”

The Mumbai attacks come in the wake of many violent incidents in India over the past year, including ongoing terrorism in Kashmir, bombings in multiple cities and extremist Hindu attacks on Christians in Orissa and other states.

At least 60 people were murdered in anti-Christian riots in Orissa that began on August 24, the day after Maoists gunned down a Hindu leader. The violence continued for several weeks, despite promises by state and federal officials to check it. At least 50,000 people were displaced and normalcy still has not returned to the violence-hit areas, according to the Union of Catholic Asian News.

WorldNetDaily reported that extremist groups have offered a bounty to keep killing Christians, including a $250 reward for each pastor murdered, (which is equivalent to almost one half a year salary, on average, for an Indian worker).

“People are being offered rewards to kill, and to destroy churches and Christian properties,” WorldNetDaily quoted an All-India Christian Council spokesman as saying. “They are being offered foreign liquor, chicken, mutton and weapons.”

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Meanwhile in Nigeria, following local elections, hundreds of people were killed and an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 fled their homes in two days of rioting that started November 28 between mainly Muslim Hausa people and mainly Christian Berom people in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Nigeria, Barnabas Fund reported.

Senior Christian leaders in Jos believe that the riots were coordinated and planned, and that the political events were used as a pretext for anti-Christian violence.

 

Elsewhere, there has recently been an increase of piracy in Somalia, according to Christian broadcasters Words of Hope, Mission Network News reported.

“There really is not an effectively-functioning central government, and so warlords (and) anarchy seem to prevail in Somalia,” V

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ice President Lee DeYoung said.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a socialist dictator and turned their clan-based militias on each other, the AP reported.

Somalia is ranked No. 12 on Open Doors’ 2008 World Watch List of nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith. According to WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK’s Praying Through The Window 9 prayer calendar, the day of prayer for Somalia is on day 28.

Nigeria is ranked No. 32 on Open Doors’ 2008 World Watch List of nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith. According to WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK’s Praying Through The Window 9 prayer calendar, the day of prayer for Nigeria is on day 29.

Indiais ranked No. 30 on Open Doors’ 2008 World Watch List of nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith. According to WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK’s Praying Through The Window 9 prayer calendar, the day of prayer for India is on day 1.

Pray for:

  • God to close the door to demonic activity and violence in India. Pray that leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorists will experience conversion to Christianity. (1 Timothy 2:1–4)
  • Pray that all planned terrorist acts will not occur. (Mark 4:22)
  • Pray for justice to be served to the terrorists in these nations.
  • Peace and communal harmony as well as healing in Mumbai.
  • Protection, courage and hope for Indian Believers.
  • Psalm 91 protection for Believers in Jos, Nigeria, who are targeted by Muslims. Pray for Christian leaders in Nigeria to be able to help the Christian population to react in a Christ-like way to such provocation.
  • The Somalian government to be convicted to stop the growing piracy.
  • For a Somalian government to be established that will be based on Biblical principles.
  • God to establish peace and stability as well as healing to Somalia.
  • The protection of Muslim Background Believers in Somalia.

Sourced: CBS News, the Associated Press, Baptist Press, WorldNetDaily, Mission Network News, Gospel for Asia, Barnabas Fund


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