NEWS FROM THE PERSECUTION FRONT TO BE IN PRAYER FOR:
ITEM 1- Pray for the estimated one million Christians in Iran who are in need of Discipleship, study materials and trained mentors who will teach these brethren. Pray for the new PERSIAN version of the Bible which is being translated by Wycliffe Bible Translators and Elam Ministries. Elam plans to distribute 300,000 copies of this Persian Bible over the next three years and we pray for God's Hand of guidance, protection and favor to HIS people who will received this Precious Word of God.
ITEM 2 -Pray for the Protestant church in Turkey, now under islamist persecution. American Pastor Jensen, of the New Life Church in Turkey, has been fined and ordered deported from Turkey back to the USA, for no apparent real violations except running a Christian church. There are 5,000 Protestants in 120 congregations in Turkey. Their church leaders are not allowed to be trained and all kinds of roadblocks. This is a very small remnant in a huge country which is featured in the Bible as Asia Minor.
ITEM 3 - Pray for churches in Cuba who are seeing their leaders harassed and worse, by the atheist communist government of the Castro brothers. The leftists routinely destroy churches and/or harass pastors and new Christians in that Caribbean island, especially when some of these new Christians are family members of the ruling communist party. There is also a really desperate shortage of any christian resources on that island. Pray for heart changes in the communists and for God's grace to get Bibles and teaching materials into this persecuted area of our hemisphere.
FATHER, IN THE MIGHTY AND POWERFUL NAME OF JESUS, WE PRAY FOR CHURCH RIGHT NOW, IN CUBA, IN IRAN AND IN TURKEY, WHERE EVIL MEN ARE KEEPING YOUR PEOPLE FROM LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOU, FROM WALKING WITH YOU AND FROM BEING IN FELLOWSHIP WITH THE ASSEMBLY BEFORE YOU. LORD, WE PRAY FOR COURAGE FOR THE OPPRESSED AND FOR A CHANGE OF HEART FOR THE ENEMIES OF GOD WHO ARE OPPRESSING YOUR PEOPLE.
FATHER IN THE SAVIOR'S HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER OF JOHN CHAPTER 17, THE LORD JESUS PRAYED THAT HE PRAYS NOT FOR THE WORLD, BUT FOR THE ELECT. THE WORLD HAS TURNED ITS EVIL BACK ON YOU AND AWAIT THEIR RECOMPENSE THINKING NONE IS COMING. BUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALSO PRAYED FOR HIS ELECT WHO ARE IN THE WORLD BUT WHOSE FUTURE LIES IN THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM, REGARDLESS OF WHAT MORTALS DO THIS SIDE OF GLORY.
WE CLAIM THAT PRAY ON BEHALF OF ALL CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE, HERE, THERE AND ACROSS THE MILES WHEREVER YOUR PEOPLE ARE STEPPED UPON. FATHER, WE ALSO PRAY FOR LEADERS TO BE RAISED UP IN ALL THREE OF THESE CHURCHES - IRAN , WHERE THE SHORTAGE IS HUGE AS THEIR PASTORS ARE CONSTANTLY HARASSED AND PUT IN CHAINS BY THE ISLAMIC AUTHORITIES. WE PRAY FOR THE PASTORS IN THE PROTESTANT CHURCHES OF CUBA WHO ABUSED AND DRIVEN FROM THEIR PARISHES...AND WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE LEFT LEADER-LESS IN TURKEY WITH THE REMOVAL OF PASTOR JENSEN. WE CONTINUE TO LIFT UP THESE THREE URGENT NEEDS, FOR YOUR ATTENTION BEFORE THE THRONE, IN THE STRONG AND MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS, AMEN.
(News items courtesy Voice of the Martyrs - www.persecution.org)
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