Prayer Points For Every Nation — May 2013
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INDIA, SOUTH ASIA
Women in India continue to be the target of acid attacks. Police arrested an engineering student for pouring acid on a 23-year-old woman’s face and body. He also cut off her hair. The man carried out the attack after discovering the woman was engaged to another man. He confessed his love for the woman to her fiancé. The fiancé canceled the wedding. The woman filed charges and is recovering from her injuries at a private hospital. Ask God to physically and emotionally heal this young woman. Ask the Lord to protect Indian women from acid attacks. Pray for the student to repent of his actions and to believe in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 3:19).
MAURITANIA, NORTH AFRICA
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with people in Mauritania to improve water quality, sanitation, and hygiene for its most vulnerable people. Over the last 20 years, drought has ravaged 90% of the country. The nomadic population has declined as people were forced to settle in shantytowns. Pray for a supply of clean water and establishment of sanitation facilities. Pray for many in Mauritania to come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, 2 Peter 3:18).
SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA
Fundamental Islam is on the rise in Sudan. This is forcing Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to prove his Islamist credentials. Churches are demolished, property seized, Coptic priests detained, and foreign Christian Believers are imprisoned and deported. For Christians and the Church despair is setting in and many are wondering if there is still a place for Believers in Jesus Christ in Sudan where Islamists have avowed to eradicate Christianity. This has forced many Believers to immigrate to South Sudan. Pray for the safety and protection of Believers who choose to remain in Sudan. Pray for them to continue to be lights shining through great darkness. Pray for them to have the peace of Jesus Christ (The Bible, John 20:21).
SOUTH SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA
South Sudan gained independence in July of 2011. South Sudan has waters that come from the highland regions and one of the world's largest swamps. Micro-agriculture and animal husbandry provide subsistence for many of the desperately poor. Many lack basic needs like potable water and adequate sanitation. Pray that the vast potential of the oil reserves will help improve South Sudan and that wealth will be spread among the peoples. Pray for the different tribes to live in peace with each other. Pray for the Church to be a vehicle of faith, love, and hope (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13).
AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA
More Afghan children are addicted to opium than ever before. Twenty-five percent of children living in a drug addict’s home become addicted to drugs themselves. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime states “no other country in the world produces as much heroin, opium, and hashish as Afghanistan.” Without intervention, Afghanistan will become “the world’s top drug-using nation on a per capita basis.” Pray for an end to drug production in Afghanistan. Ask the Holy Spirit to break the bond of drug addiction, particularly among infants and children. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Afghanistan (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1).
KUWAIT, ARABIAN PENINSULA
There are nearly 100,000 Biduns in Kuwait. Bidun is the Arabic term used to describe those without any nationality. They live as some of the poorest people in Kuwait. For years, the Kuwaiti government has not given them citizenship. Without citizenship they cannot vote, have health care, or obtain a passport. Some of the Bidun have been living in Kuwait for the last 50 years. Pray for the Kuwaiti government to show justice to those who are really deserving of citizenship. Pray for the Bidun to hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ preached to them (The Bible, Proverbs 8:15).
BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA
Recently, the government created a “special panel” which will scrutinize social media for signs of blasphemy. Mainuddin Khandaker, head of the new panel and a senior home ministry official, said, “We will try our best to dig out what’s actually happening and find out the people who are making blasphemous comments against Islam and the Prophet.” In February, students murdered anti-Islam blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider, the second such attack in a month. Pray for an end to the violence against bloggers. Pray for the government panel to act fairly in its investigation. Pray for the Church in Bangladesh (The Bible, Psalm 140:1-2).
JAPAN, EAST ASIA
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj in an effort to secure Mongolia’s support in Japan’s conflict with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. They also discussed a potential trade agreement and North Korea’s provocative nuclear threats. Pray for strong diplomatic relations between Japan and Mongolia. Pray for tensions between Japan and China to cease. Ask the Lord to encourage, strengthen, and grow His Church in Japan (The Bible, Zephaniah 3:17).
GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA
West African ECOWAS (the Economic Community Of West African States) leaders granted the transitional government of Guinea-Bissau an additional seven months to hold their elections. Now, transitional President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo must hold elections by December 31, 2013. Pray the elections take place by the end of the year. Pray for a peaceful and just election process. Pray for Christian Believers to use the upcoming elections as an opportunity to share their faith (The Bible, Ephesians 5:16).
BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA
Government Railway Police (GRP) thwarted a human trafficking plot in Jamshedpur, India. A “local agent” lured 62 people to Bhutan with the promise of employment. The government now plans to provide the people with jobs. Authorities also intend on fully prosecuting the agent. Praise God the GRP stopped the human trafficking attempt. Pray the government follows through on their promise of employing the 62 people. Pray for Christian Believers to proudly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 145:1-21).
SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Mohammed Fahd al-Qahtani and Abdullah Hamad document human rights abuse in Saudi Arabia. The courts have sentenced these two prominent political and human rights activists to at least 10 years in prison. Pray for an increase in the dignity and value placed on human life in Saudi Arabia. Pray for these two men to continue to be voices for those who cannot defend themselves. Pray for more freedom to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ in this land (The Bible, Galatians 5:1).
GUINEA, WEST AFRICA
Due to the delay in the 2013 election, ethnic tensions increased between the Malinke tribe (the president’s party) and the Peul tribe (the opposition party). Consequently, rival groups target reporters and news stations they believe are associated with the opposite party. Pray for a quick, nonviolent election. Pray for the tensions to end between the Malinke and the Peul. Pray for Christian Believers to share their faith despite the ethnic violence (The Bible, Isaiah 60:18).
THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA
A “cooking accident” caused a deadly fire at a camp for Burmese refugees. The blaze killed 32 people, injured over 100 others, and displaced 2,300. In addition, the fire also destroyed a medical clinic and food center. Ask the Lord to comfort those who lost loved ones in the fire and to heal the many injured. Pray for the rebuilding of the medical clinic and food center. Ask God to provide for the needs of the 2,300 homeless refugees. Pray for Christian Believers to share their faith with the refugees at this camp (The Bible, Nahum 1:7).
NIGER, WEST AFRICA
Authorities attacked four journalists as they reported a peaceful protest by members of the Educational Unions’ Permanent Consultation and Action Framework. Police used tear gas on the reporters, physically beat them, and confiscated their equipment. Pray for freedom of the press in Niger. Pray the Nigerian government prosecutes the officers responsible for the attack. Pray for the protection and growth of the Church in Niger (The Bible, Psalm 40:3).
KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
While opposition protests are increasing, it is unlikely they will result in another revolution. According to political analyst Marat Kazakbaev, “The principal reason why people attend protests is the decline in social conditions that affect virtually every tier of society. There’s corruption, and even more important, unemployment. These rallies will not lead to anything serious, but they are a worrying sign.” Pray for an end to corruption and unemployment in Kyrgyzstan. Pray the demonstrations will remain peaceful. Pray for Christian Believers to use the rallies to share their faith (The Bible, Acts 2:38).
IRAN, MIDDLE EAST
After reading a letter from imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, United States Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement calling for the pastor’s “immediate” release from Evin Prison in Iran. Abedini’s letter contains details of the physical and emotional abuse he repeatedly receives from his captors. Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, United States Representative in the United Nations Human Rights Council, is also demanding Abedini’s release and says, “We repeat our call for the government of Iran to release Mr. Abedini, and to cease immediately its persecution of all religious minority communities.” Pray for the Iranian government to release Saeed Abedini immediately. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Saeed as he endures cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Ask God to comfort Saeed’s wife and children while he is incarcerated (The Bible, Hebrews 13:3).
BURKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA
According to Burkina Faso’s Minister for Women’s Advancement, “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being carried out on babies as parents in Burkina Faso look to avoid prosecution.” After the government banned FGM in 1996, parents are secretly performing the rite on infants. Pray for an end to the practice of FGM. Pray for Burkina Faso’s government to prosecute parents performing this ritual. Pray for Christian Believers to share their faith with young families (The Bible, Psalm 127:3).
MALI, WEST AFRICA
According to OXFAM, the humanitarian disaster in northern Mali is “alarming.” Approximately 80% of parents eat less food in order to feed their children. OXFAM’s Mali Director Philippe Conraud says, “The banking situation is completely disrupted and the population has very little cash available. They will find it difficult to meet their immediate needs if the situation doesn’t improve.” The country also struggles with water, electricity, and fuel shortages. Ask the Lord to meet the physical, financial, and spiritual needs of Malians. Pray for a permanent end to the terrorism that plagues northern Mali. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Mali (The Bible, Matthew 6:26).
AZERBAIJAN, SOUTHWEST ASIA
In Baku, authorities used water cannons and teargas to disperse peaceful protestors. Police fined and detained 24 demonstrators for engaging in an “unsanctioned rally.” Authorities also arrested and released over 100 other protestors. Pray for the Azerbaijani government to respect peaceful rallies and free speech. Pray for Christian Believers to boldly share their faith with family and friends. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Azerbaijan (The Bible, Acts 28:31).
BENIN, WEST AFRICA
Authorities claim they thwarted an assassination attempt to poison President Thomas Boni Yayi. Police arrested two men involved in the plot. According to a statement by Benin police, “The men were plotting to overthrow Mr. Yayi and install a military government in Benin.” Praise God the attempt to depose President Yayi failed. Pray for peace in Benin. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Gospel in this African nation (The Bible, Matthew 24:14).
INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
The government destroyed the Batak Protestant Church building in Setu, claiming it lacked a proper permit. Churches must have a permit in order to operate. However, it is nearly impossible to obtain building permits. Reverend Torang Parulian Simanjuntak calls the demolition “illegal” and says, “The Bekasi regent should have first given us the demolition order; but we have never received any letter from the regent.” Pray for greater religious freedom in Indonesia. Ask God to provide a new meeting place for Batak Protestant Church members (The Bible, Acts 20:28).
LAOS, SOUTHEAST ASIA
In Chumpoy, a couple seeking healing and prayer visited a nearby village, where they received Jesus Christ as their Savior. When the village chief of Chumpoy learned this, he issued an eviction notice, forbidding the couple from ever returning to their home. The couple now resides in a temporary shelter in Intee. Pray for the Chumpoy chief to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Ask the Lord to grant physical healing to the husband. Pray the couple will find a new home. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Laos (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
WESTERN SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA
With the rise of Islamic activity in North Africa, the UN envoy Christopher Ross said coming to a solution on the decades-old Western Sahara conflict is "more urgent than ever." Refugee camps and other places of oppression are recruitment places for al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Pray for peace talks to restart. Pray that negotiating processes will move forward, and that there will be a resolution. Pray against the spread of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Pray for people in Western Sahara to have the right to know and worship the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ (The Bible, Hebrews 13:15).
EGYPT, NORTH AFRICA
In the "new" Egypt there are more clashes between Christian Believers and Muslims. Recently, in the south of Egypt, Muslims attacked Christian-owned stores and churches. Muslims claimed that Christians kidnapped a college-aged girl. Some think she might have eloped with her Muslim boyfriend. Pray against the violence committed against Christians. Pray for Christians to be strong in the face of persecution. Pray that Christians will know that they belong to the Kingdom of God (The Bible, John 15:18-21).
UZBEKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
Authorities unlawfully searched the home of a woman in Urgench. After discovering she owned Christian books and DVDs, police charged her with “illegally storing Christian literature.” She faces a fine–200 times the monthly minimum wage–and a three-year prison sentence. Pray for the government to drop all charges in this case. Ask the Lord to protect His Church in Uzbekistan from persecution and harassment. Pray for the Gospel to spread in this Asian nation (The Bible, Psalm 121:7-8).
NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA
The Nepali government asked former United States President Jimmy Carter to monitor the upcoming elections. Although the elections are scheduled for the end of June, it is doubtful they will occur. President Carter says, “The election commission and the government will decide exactly when the election will be held and how long it will take. It will likely be after the monsoon season, perhaps in November.” Pray for all parties to agree on a new election date. Pray for a peaceful election process. Pray for the Good News of Jesus Christ to spread throughout this nation (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4).
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Activists and political observers accused the government in the United Arab Emirates of not meeting the human rights of nearly 100 activists. These activists are on trial over charges of plotting to overthrow the government. They are from an Islamic organization that seeks to make the United Arab Emirates more Islamic, and the government believes they are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Pray for the government to have Godly wisdom in dealing with Islamic fundamentalists in their country. Pray that the government will uphold the human rights of these activists while upholding the law of the land. Pray against the spread of the Muslim Brotherhood. Pray for the growth of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Isaiah 1:17).
ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE
According to the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), the leading independent television station Top Channel “is once again coming under political pressure as that country faces crucial elections. We call on the EU and the international community to act to ensure that independent Albanian journalism is encouraged, rather than pressurized at this critical time in the country’s path towards EU membership.” Pray for freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Albania. Pray for Albania’s elections in June. Pray for the Gospel to spread in this European nation (The Bible, John 8:32).
MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA
Divorce is legal in Morocco and a woman can even seek to file for divorce, but it is still very controversial. According to Moroccan culture a woman seeking divorce brings dishonor to the family. Conservative judges and the Islamic religion have kept women's rights from moving forward. Pray for the strengthening of the family and marriage in Morocco. Pray for Godly principles of love and respect to dominate Moroccan society. Pray against minor marriages and rape. Pray that Jesus Christ is placed as head of the Church in Morocco (The Bible, Ephesians 5:23).
IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST
Car bombs, roadside blasts, gun attacks, and suicide bombers are increasing in Iraq. In 2006 and 2007, violence was at its highest, but reports from February 2013 show that attacks remain common. Coordinated attacks target markets, restaurants, bus stops, and day laborers. Much of this battle is between Sunni fighters tied to al-Qaeda and the Shia led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Pray for the government to have wisdom in dealing with al-Qaeda. Pray for ongoing elections in the different provinces. Pray for dreams and visions of Jesus across this land (The Bible, Acts 2:17).
SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA
Mob attacks by Buddhist nationalists are increasing in Sri Lanka. The Buddhists frequently target Christian Believers and other religious minorities. The Sri Lankan government refuses to investigate or prosecute these cases. Pray for Buddhist nationalists to end their assaults on Believers. Pray for the government to enforce the law and protect religious minorities from further violence. Ask the Lord to shield His Church in Sri Lanka from persecution (The Bible, Psalm 28:7).
ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST
Arab ‘Land Day’ demonstrations near Tel Aviv caused multiple injuries. In Kalkliya, two soldiers sustained minor injuries after Arabs hurled rocks at them. In a similar incident, Arab rioters threw rocks at a passing car, injuring a four-year-old boy inside the vehicle. Rioters also attacked an Al Jazeera TV crew, accusing the news station of “serving Israel.” Pray for peace in Israel. Ask the Lord to heal those injured in the attacks. Pray for Christian Believers to proclaim the Gospel in Israel (The Bible, Psalm 122:6).
TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
Salimboy Shamsiddinov, leader of the Society of Uzbeks of Khatlon Province and a well-known government critic, is missing. He disappeared on March 15th from his home. Amnesty International claims his disappearance is “a politically motivated abduction.” Pray for the safe return of Salimboy Shamsiddinov. Pray the government discontinues its persecution of opposition members. Pray for a fair and peaceful election process. Pray for the growth of the Church in Tajikistan (The Bible, Psalm 106:3).
CHINA, EAST ASIA
In February, the government announced plans to eliminate all Chinese house churches. Authorities throughout China are already implementing the campaign. According to Radio Free Asia, “The ruling Chinese Communist Party’s ideological agency in Jiaozhou city called on township Party committees and neighborhood panels to investigate fully all unofficial venues of worship on their territory.” Pray for the Chinese government to renounce its plans to eradicate house churches. Pray for house church pastors and members to stand strong during the government crackdown. Pray for Chinese government leaders to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Pray for the Gospel to spread in China (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).
DJIBOUTI, EAST AFRICA
After the reelection of Djibouti’s ruling party in February, the opposition Union of National Salvation (UNS) filed a legal challenge claiming the election was rigged because “results were announced too quickly, and there were incidences of ballot-stuffing and double voting.” According to Ahmed Ibrahim, president of the Constitutional Council, cases pertaining to the elections must be filed within ten days of announcement of provisional results. Since the USN filed the challenge a day late, the Council dismissed the case. Pray for peace between the Djibouti government and the opposition. Pray for Christian Believers to boldly share their faith (The Bible, Psalm 96:3).
YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
In Yemen, the democratic process will probably lead to a more Islamic government, just as it has in all the countries in the region after Arab Spring revolutions. There are growing concerns that money and weapons are being brought into Yemen from the outside to undermine the transition process. There are two main political power blocks (mainly based in the north and south) and they often do not agree. Pray for the small number of Christian Believers in Yemen, so they may grow deeper in Jesus Christ and seek to continue to move forward His Kingdom (The Bible, Luke 10:1-3).
VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Authorities viciously murdered a Hmong Christian leader while in custody. Police beat and electrocuted Vam Ngaij Vaj around his neck and shoulders, causing death. The police arrested Vaj for “illegally destroying the forest” because he cleared brush on his property. In Vietnam, it is common for the government to harass Christian Believers. Ask the Lord to comfort Vaj’s grieving family. Ask God to remove the spirit of fear from the Hmong Church. Pray for Believers to courageously share their faith despite severe persecution by the Communist government (The Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7).
TAIWAN, EAST ASIA
The government increased its surveillance of the disputed Senkaku islands by adding two new patrol ships. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou says, “With escalating tensions in the surrounding waters, maritime missions have grown in frequency.” However, according to a government source, “The Ma administration is unlikely to take provocative action for the time being.” Pray for a peaceful solution to the rift between Taiwan, Japan, and China over the Senkaku islands. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Gospel in their communities. Pray for a large harvest of souls in Taiwan (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 13:11).
BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
The Islamic divide between the Shia Muslim majority and the government backed Sunni royal family is the major factor behind the unrest of the past two years. Pray for those whom authorities torture. Pray for any form of police brutality to end. Pray for the small group of Christian Believers to gain Biblical strength, depth of relationship, and humility (The Bible, Philippians 2:3).
BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Recently, Brunei police released posters designed to increase awareness of human trafficking. The police commissioner believes trafficking is a relatively new crime in Brunei and says, “The police force has felt the need to share information with the hope that offenses like this are addressed in its early stages.” Praise God authorities in Brunei are proactively fighting human trafficking. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Gospel with their family and friends (The Bible, John 3:16).
LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST
With the war raging in Syria, Lebanon has a staggering 400,000 unregistered Syrians living in their country. As the Syrian conflict now moves into its third year, Lebanon's resources are being stretched. Pray against sickness and other health issues faced by refugees. Pray for fathers and mothers who are doing their best to care for their families even during this time of little hope (The Bible, Romans 12:12).
QATAR, ARABIAN PENINSULA
Qatar is again in the news for its role in seeking to bring peace in other Islamic nations in turmoil. Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is seeking to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, desiring to find a peaceful solution to the twelve-year war. Pray for the leadership in Qatar to have wisdom from God as they provide guidance in these issues of global conflict. Pray the love of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, will fall on this nation and they accept Him as their Lord and Savior (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6).
TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
Turkmenistan revealed a new drug initiative designed to curb drug trafficking, use, and production. Police now raid drug trafficking routes and illicit drug plantations. The government is also informing the public about the dangers of drug use. Praise God for the government’s new drug program. Pray for an end to drug trafficking and drug use in Turkmenistan. Pray for Christian Believers to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with drug addicts, dealers, and farmers (The Bible, John 8:36).
ETHIOPIA, EAST AFRICA
In an effort to guarantee Ethiopian human rights, the government drafted a Human Rights Action Plan. The proposal addresses issues such as education, justice, health, and freedom of expression. The government intends to implement the Human Rights Action Plan over the next few years. Praise God for the government’s willingness to protect human rights in Ethiopia. Pray for the growth of the Ethiopian Church. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Ethiopia and throughout all of Africa (The Bible, Acts 2:47).
MYANMAR (BURMA), SOUTHEAST ASIA
In April, Myanmar released its strict control over print media. According to FOX News, President Thein Sein wants “political and economic liberalization” in order to “boost national development.” Sixteen daily newspapers are ready for publication, including one by the opposition National League for Democracy party. Praise God for more freedom of the press in Myanmar. Pray the government’s leniency will extend to religious freedom as well. Continue to pray for peace between the military and the Christian Kachin (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 3:17).
CHAD, CENTRAL AFRICA
The Chadian government joined forces with the United Nations in a three-day child immunization campaign. Its purpose was to inoculate children against worms, polio, and vitamin A deficiency. Bruno Maes, a UNICEF representative, said, “The combined immunization campaign constitutes an important step forward for Chad in its agenda to accelerate child survival and development.” Ask the Lord to give Chadian children good health and strong immune systems. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Chad (The Bible, 3 John 1:2).
ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA
An estimated 10,000 gathered in the central area of Algeria to protest against corruption and the lack of employment opportunities. This happened in the oil and gas rich part of the country, where the chronically unemployed do not benefit from Algeria's vast oil wealth. Pray against corruption that increases the wealth of some at the expense of others. Pray for the needs of the poor to be met. Pray for the Church to be planted in the desert region of Algeria (The Bible, Acts 13:1–3).
LIBYA, NORTH AFRICA
Libya just marked the second anniversary of the start of the uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi and his government. Many in the country are impatient, wanting political change, more justice, and a national reconciliation. Libya has also seen Islamists becoming a more powerful group. Pray for the central government to grow stronger. Pray against the rise of fundamental Islam as they seek to gain power. With the rise of Islam, Christian Believers have also seen increased persecution. Pray for Christians to grow deeper in their faith and to be strengthened by the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 14:1-3).
MALAYSIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
Recently, the government voted to hold elections on Sundays instead of Saturdays. According to Bishop Dr. Paul Tan Chee Ing, “This disrespect by the government of Christian rights is to be denounced. It just proves that the government is not sincere in its ‘1 Malaysia’ slogan.” Pray for an end to anti-Christian sentiment in Malaysia. Pray the Election Commission reverses their decision. Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen His Church in Malaysia (The Bible, Isaiah 41:10).
OMAN, ARABIAN PENINSULA
The Arab Spring was a concern for Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ruler of Oman. Overall he is a beloved ruler and leader of his people. With Facebook and other online activity, anyone can bring political criticism. Amnesty International says the pardon and release of dozens of online activists is a great step forward. Pray for the Sultan of Oman to have much wisdom in leading his country. Pray that he would continue to seek to increase the wellbeing of those God has placed under his care. Pray for an open door for the Good News of King Jesus Christ to have more freedom in Oman (The Bible, Luke 13:22-25).
KAZAKHSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
For the first time, the government is calling for the destruction of religious literature. A total of 121 items, including Bibles, children’s Bibles, and Christian books, will be burned. According to Yevgeni Zhovtis, a human rights defender, “We know that religious literature has frequently been confiscated since the new Religion Law came into force in 2011. But I’ve never heard that religious literature is being destroyed. This is terrible, terrible.” Pray the government reverses its decision to destroy Bibles and Christian literature. Pray for the repeal of the Religion Law. Pray for Christian Believers to courageously share their faith (The Bible, Psalm 2:1-4).
TUNISIA, NORTH AFRICA
Tourism in Tunisia dropped dramatically after the Arab Spring and after an Islamic government was elected. Continual uprisings have kept many tourists from returning and fear of kidnapping has also increased. Tourism is one of the main industries, and the Tunisian people suffer when tourists stay away. Dignity and the struggle for dignity grip many in Tunisia. They desire affordable basic necessities, the right to employment, and a more just and equitable society. Pray for the basic needs of people to be met. Pray for Churches to be planted and built all across Tunisia (The Bible, Ephesians 4:11-12).
CAMBODIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA
A recent study indicates five percent of men have participated in gang rape. The majority of these men come from the middle class and are between the ages of 18 and 23. The government prosecuted approximately 20 gang rape cases in 2012. While Cambodia has a law prohibiting domestic violence, it is now clear the government needs to create a law against sexual violence as well. Pray the government enacts legislation criminalizing any form of sexual violence. Pray for the establishment of prevention programs. Ask God to protect Cambodian women from sexual predators. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Cambodia (The Bible, Psalm 140:1).
TURKEY, SE EUROPE & SW ASIA
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology for “operational mistakes” made during a 2010 flotilla raid. The conversation between the two leaders may be a crucial move in overcoming a three-year estrangement. Pray for peace in the Middle East. Pray that Turkey will continue to reestablish relations with Israel. Pray for the Church in Turkey to advance the Gospel in this nation (The Bible, Matthew 28:19).
NORTH KOREA, EAST ASIA
The United Nations Human Rights Council is creating an inquiry commission to investigate human rights violations in North Korea. Some of the human rights abuses include murder, lack of freedom of expression, food deprivation, kidnappings, forced disappearances, torture, and enslavement. Praise God the UN Human Rights Council is examining allegations of abuse by the North Korean government. Pray for an end to human rights violations in North Korea. Pray for freedom of religion in this country. Ask the Lord to protect Christian Believers in North Korea who are harshly persecuted for their faith (The Bible, Psalm 121:7).
SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA
The UN Security Council relaxed a long-standing arms embargo on Somalia. This allows the Somali government to purchase light weapons for 12 months (heavy weapons like surface-to-air missiles are still banned). This is a step to try and develop the government’s security forces. Pray for an end of tribal wars and conflict between different political entities. Pray for unification of families that have been torn apart by the many years of violence. Pray that the power of the Lord Jesus Christ will overcome evil (The Bible, Ephesians 6:12).
PAKISTAN, SOUTH ASIA
According to the Pakistan Christian Post, a Muslim landlord raped and tortured an underage Christian girl. Her story is not uncommon in Pakistan. In the first half of 2012, there were 40 reports of sexual assault against Christian girls just in one city alone. When a minority Christian girl or woman is kidnapped, she is often beaten, raped, and abused. Ask the Lord to supernaturally protect young Christian girls and women from sexual predators. Pray for the Pakistani government to prosecute rapists. Pray for religious freedom in Pakistan (The Bible, Psalm 5:11).
NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA
Ansaru is a new terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda. Unlike Boko Haram, Ansaru’s focus is not on suicide bombings or motorcycle ambushes. Instead, Ansaru is known for its armed assaults and kidnapping of foreigners. It is feared Ansaru will increase radical jihadism in Nigeria and throughout the region. Pray for an end to terrorism in Nigeria. Ask the Lord to hinder Ansaru’s violent kidnappings. Ask God to protect His Church in Nigeria, which is often the target of persecution by Boko Haram (The Bible, Psalm 5:11).
MALDIVES, SOUTH ASIA
A stepfather allegedly raped his 15-year-old daughter. He is also accused of the murder and burial of the child she conceived. If convicted, he faces a 25-year prison sentence. In addition, police discovered the daughter had premarital sex with another man, which is illegal under Islamic law. The government sentenced her to 100 lashes when she turns 18 years of age and eight months of house arrest. Pray for this family to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Pray for Christian Believers to earnestly share the Gospel. Pray for Maldives to become a Christian nation (The Bible, Psalm 33:12).
JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST
Five hundred thousand Syrian refugees now make up nine percent of the population of Jordan. This is causing strain on Jordan's state resources. King Abdullah II said he feared the fragmentation of Syria. He added that it “would trigger sectarian conflicts across the region for generations to come." Pray that Jordan will care well for the refugees. Pray against the rise of extremism and terrorism in Syria. Pray for the Church in Jordan to grow strong and share the Lord Jesus with everyone in Jordan (The Bible, Ephesians 3:6).
SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA
In Dakar, a house fire claimed the lives of nine children. The children lived with a marabout (a Muslim holy man), studying the Koran with him by day and begging on the streets for him by night. The children could not escape their locked room. Human Rights Watch released a statement saying, “In the face of this tragedy, the Senegalese government must finally tackle the country’s widespread abuse and exploitation of young boys through forced begging.” Pray for the government to create legislation criminalizing forced begging. Pray for Christian Believers to share their faith in Dakar. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout this nation (The Bible, 2 Timothy 4:2).
ERITREA, EAST AFRICA
Since 1993 Eritrea has been in the grip of President Isaias Afewerki. According to the Human Rights Watch, Afewerki has turned Eritrea into one of the world’s most repressive and isolated states. Afewerki has largely disregarded civil and political rights, jailing dissidents, neglecting elections, banning opposition parties, and restricting freedom of movement. Afewerki is losing the trust and respect of everyone, even loyalists. Pray the power of the Lord Jesus Christ will change the heart of Afewerki (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:2).
TIBET, SOUTH ASIA
Although there is no evidence of a Tibetan threat, the Chinese government revealed it will increase its intrusive security and surveillance system in the South Asian nation. According to the Chinese government, the system is an integral part of “social stability maintenance” in Tibet, and it will “form nets in the sky and traps on the ground.” Sophie Richardson, China Director for Human Rights Watch, says, “Its purpose appears to be surveillance and control, and it encroaches on Tibetans’ rights to freedom of expression, belief, and association.” Pray for the Chinese government to eradicate its security system in Tibet. Pray the increased surveillance will not harm Christian Believers. Pray for the Gospel to spread in Tibet (The Bible, Isaiah 54:17).
SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST
Interim Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto of the Syrian National Coalition called the current government of President Bashar al-Assad "oppressive and unjust." He said those backing the regime are "on the wrong side of history" and that "no power in this world can dictate unacceptable terms to our people." Pray that the power of the Lord God Almighty will bring to the people of Syria peace through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for the Church in Syria that has been going through much persecution (The Bible, 1 Peter 1:3-5).
MONGOLIA, NORTH ASIA
In Alxa, authorities arrested and detained four Christian Believers after they prayed for a sick man. Before police arrived, the man accepted Jesus Christ and became a Believer. The police ordered the Believers out of the man’s house and arrested them. Police released them after they served a two-week “administrative detention.” Praise God for the ill man’s conversion. Praise God for the Believers’ willingness to pray and share their faith. Pray for the growth of the Mongolian Church (The Bible, Revelation 3:20).
EAST TIMOR, SOUTHEAST ASIA
After uncovering government corruption, two journalists face imprisonment for “slanderous denunciations.” According to Amnesty International, “If they are convicted, it could set a dangerous precedent for journalists and human rights defenders in East Timor, where the legal system could be used to silence critical voices.” Pray the government repeals all charges against the two journalists. Pray for the government to accept responsibility for its corrupt actions. Pray for Christian Believers to boldly share their faith in East Timor (The Bible, Galatians 6:8).
THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA
After taking office, President Yahya Jammeh turned his hometown, Kanilai, into an “open brothel” to service his military, government officials, and common Gambians. Consequently, there are countless unreported murders and executions, pregnant school age girls, gang rape victims, and broken marriages. Pray for President Yahya Jammeh to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Pray for the healing and restoration of the women and young girls in Kanilai. Pray for Christian Believers to minister to this village (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
GAZA STRIP, MIDDLE EAST
Violence continues to grow in the Gaza Strip. The most violent year in recent history was 2007 when civil war nearly broke out between Hamas and Fatah. Violence increased in 2012. Population density, political tensions with neighboring nations, blockade, and the ongoing conflict among different Palestinian political factions all contribute to this increase in violence. Pray against the violence that causes many people to live in fear each day. Pray for the Church to be a strong and bright light shining in the darkness (The Bible, 1 John 1:5).
WEST BANK, MIDDLE EAST
Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank played a huge part in the collapse of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians in 2008. However, there is renewed hope of a resumption of peace talks. According to Peace One, an anti-settlement group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu has not approved new constructions since he won a new term in the January elections. Pray for the will of God to be fulfilled in this region. Pray for the establishment of peace and harmony. Pray for the peace and protection of Christian Believers (The Bible, John 14:27).
WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
Pray for the Lord to guide and direct the staff of Window International Network. Ask Him to share with them His heart for the 10/40 Window. Pray for them to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and surrendered to the will of God. Petition the Lord to enable them to accomplish all that He desires in this region. (The Bible, Psalm 46:10)
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