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Praying Hands

Prayer and Praises

World

The ten countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution are, in order: North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Eritrea. What can we do? WE CAN PRAY for our brothers and sisters living in these particular areas, facing intense persecution every hour, every day, every week, every month, year in and year out for their faith in the One Who can save them from those who wish to commit harm against them.

(name of the country, total population/population Christians)

  • Central African Republic (CAR)- 5,023,000/3,780,000: PRAY that God will bring lasting peace and stability to CAR; PRAY for God to speak to Islamic extremists in dreams and visions, transforming their hearts and actions;

  • Burkina Faso- 21,497,000/5,093,000: PRAY that God will halt the stream of violence in the country so that believers can worship without fear; PRAY for the role the church plays in ministering to people; THANK the Lord for their determination to continue sharing Christ with the lost; PRAY for wisdom and courage;

  • Niger- 25,006,000/64,700: PRAY for the violence against believers to stop and the influence of militant Islamist groups to diminish rapidly; PRAY for God to use His church in Niger in bold and powerful ways for His glory in both their families and communities.

  • Bhutan- 844,000/30,000: PRAY for religious freedom in Bhutan, and for the government to officially recognize Christian churches; PRAY that local authorities would be convicted of their actions and issue certificates to Christians so they can find employment and live with the same rights as every citizen;

  • Tunisia- 12,019,000/22,800: PRAY with Christians in Tunisia who have converted from Islam. Ask God to encourage them, even when they must follow Him in secret; PRAY for the Tunisian government and society as political turmoil continues. Ask God to prick the hearts of those in authority;

  • Oman- 5,270,000/190,000: PRAY for God to change the hearts of the Sultan and the other leaders of Oman. God can do anything, including reaching Oman’s powerful leader with the hope of the gospel; In Oman, fear is a barrier to the growth of the church. There is fear that doubting Islam will prevent you from entering Heaven. PRAY for the bondage of fear to be broken;

  • Cuba- 11,500,000/7,217,000: PRAY for resilience and wisdom for church leaders as their congregations continue to worship God together despite all the restrictions placed on them; PRAY for the children of church leaders whose faith and last name make them doubly vulnerable to persecution;

  • Ethiopia- 115,403,000/69,234,000: PRAY that God would send rain to cover arid ground caused by drought; THANK God that many people are coming to know Him in Ethiopia through the powerful witness of believers; PRAY for God to protect pastors and evangelists serving in hostile environments; may they see His power breaking through;

  • Jordan- 10,320,000/180,000: PRAY that Christians from Muslim backgrounds will be equipped, encouraged and empowered to stand strong and flourish in their faith; PRAY for your Jordanian family who have experienced suffering because of their faith to know the depths of Christ’s love and His power at work in them; PRAY that the Lord will continue to raise up new leaders to serve the Jordanian church;

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)- 92,336,000/87,845,000: PRAY that the government will seek real and lasting solutions to the deepening security crisis in DRC; PRAY that Christians and local congregations in DRC would reflect Christ’s light in the darkness, bringing both hope and healing; PRAY that pastors in the east of the country will have courage to remain in the area and lead their churches.

Australia

PRAY for our Prime Minister, and for all state and territory leaders; PRAY for the changes to legislation in both WA/Qld that could mean serious problems for Christian schools who may find it difficult to hire teachers who share their faith; PRAISE God that the territories are now able to debate the introduction of euthanasia if they choose, and a bill is likely to be tabled in the ACT. Thankfully there is more reluctance in the NT. PRAY that assisted suicide will not spread to the territories. PRAY as the ACT Government has announced it will provide free abortions from 2023. There are also calls for tax-payers to fund abortions nationwide, and for nurses to be allowed to give out abortion pills. PRAY that abortion will not be increased in Australia.

1 Timothy 2:1-2..."First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."

Exmouth

PRAISE God for our Carols In the Park event, over 700 people heard the Gospel last week!! PRAY that God will allow for hearts to be drawn to Him through the story of His Son's birth, death and resurrection. PRAY for good conversations and for the truth to be proclaimed boldly and simply... The Gospel doesn't need embellishment! PRAY that we can be an unusual people in our town, who love and serve without limits or strings.

Mark 12:29-31:  Jesus replied, “This is the most important: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  No other commandment is greater than these.”

Our Congregation

It was mentioned that perhaps it might be a good idea to share some of the HUGE PRAISES that we have been able to hear testimony about in our own church body and family...

  • Lawrence Village: We continue to make great connections with our elderly community and give them a feeling of belonging again. PRAY for these connections that may lead to Jesus being glorified. If you want to get involved with what's happening at the village, see Keith.

  • A local community member continues to read the new Bible that they received and is more than encouraged by our conversations about God. PRAY that God will continue to open their eyes to His beautiful mercy and grace.

  • Continue to PRAY for Riss as she grows in her newfound faith in Jesus.  PRAY for her to grow spiritually and find her place in our family.

  • PRAISE God for an extremely successful "Carols In the Park" event last weekend.  As mentioned above, there were over 700 adults and children gathered in the park who heard the good news of Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers to everyone.  PRAISE God there were no injuries and everyone had a GREAT time!

  • PRAISE Him that we are free to meet without fear of arrest or persecution.

  • PRAISE God for conversations that are taking place with “not-yet believers” who are genuinely seeking something different.  PRAY that God will be the Leader and Guider of these discussions and that the Holy Spirit would be working and preparing their hearts to receive His Word.

  • PRAISE God that we are a family who loves, lives, and worships together, as a family would and should.

  • PRAISE God for the jobs each of us have that impact our community in very real ways; from conversations at the check-out counter, to on the street encounters, to workplace evangelism, to social media...we are being watched and assessed by those around us.  May we continue to be a faithful witness of the HOPE that we have in our Saviour, Jesus Christ and point people to Him as the answer to what they are seeking.

Our Elders and Board Members

PRAY they will have great wisdom in the financial and property planning decisions for our church.  PRAY they will move ahead slowly and deliberately with their eyes on the Lord and His leading.

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