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HOW YOU
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World

In Open Doors' World Watch List top 50 alone, 365m Christians face very high or extreme levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith (2024: 4,998 Christians murdered; 14,766 churches and Christian properties attacked; 4,125 Christians detained). The Bible says in Romans 8:35-37, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." 

As Australians, the call to pray for the persecuted can seem daunting, we are so far away from these people, and we have little understanding of what they are feeling and experiencing. We need to remember that even though we aren’t all-knowing, GOD IS, and we can lift people in prayer even if we don’t know their real names because God does. He knows who we are praying for and exactly what they need, regardless of how well articulated and informed our prayers are, He knows. 

 

We read in James 5:16b “...A prayer of a righteous person, when it is brought about, can accomplish much.”  So, will you join us as we pray together for our persecuted brothers and sisters who live each day as a testimony of God's saving faith through  His Son, Jesus.  May God be glorified through their suffering...

       (name of the country, population Christians (% of population), main religion)​​

  • Sudan – 4.3% ~ Islam: The hostility facing Christians is particularly acute outside the capital, Khartoum. However, the epicenter of the latest conflict is the capital, where most Christians live. Many have been forced to flee, while those who remain may be forced to take sides in the conflict, putting them further at risk. Many Christians have been attacked indiscriminately in areas such as Darfur, the Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains region, where government forces and rebel groups are in conflict. Much has changed this year and it's not positive. Christians in Sudan are especially vulnerable and on the receiving end in war times. This has been borne out by the considerable number of churches either closed or damaged, and the many Christians who have suffered attacks. All of this comes alongside the oppression experienced by those who have chosen to leave Islam for Christianity.

    • Father God, we cry out for peace in Sudan and an end to this latest conflict. May it not be used to give extremists a renewed foothold in the country. Encourage believers at this time, particularly those who are despondent, weary and hurt. Pour fresh hope into their hearts. Be a place of refuge for Your children, meet their every need and strengthen their faith. Thank You for the positive steps towards religious freedom and the protection of women made under the transitional civilian government. Protect these developments and build upon them. And during this time of uncertainty and unrest, help our brothers and sisters to be beacons of light that draw others to You. Amen.

      • PRAY for Sudan's leader, Gen. Abd-al-Fatah al-Burhan Abd-al-Rahman, that he may come to know the saving power of Jesus in his life and turn away from his former life to live for Christ.

 

  • Iran – 1.2 million ~ Islam: For Christians who convert from Islam, not even the veneer of tolerance is present. Conversion from Islam to Christianity is illegal in Iran, and anyone caught as a convert can be arrested and imprisoned. Despite the releases of sentenced Christians early last year, in July 2023 another wave of mass arrests took place. Life in the Islamic Republic continues to be difficult for believers; converts attend underground churches under incredible risk. But God is still working and moving among His people there and continues to grow the church in Iran. Hallelujah!!

    • Heavenly Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Iran who risk so much to follow You. We think of those in prison for their faith, would You be with them, right now, showing them Your grace and mercy? We also think of those forced to flee the country; be with them and help them to know they aren't alone. Finally, we pray You would strengthen the courage of the underground church in Iran—thank You for their example, and may they couple wisdom with boldness. In Jesus' name, Amen.

      • Pray for Iran's leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei, that he may come to know the saving power of Jesus in his life and turn away from his former life to live for Christ..

James 1:12...  "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him."

Australia

  • PRAY our government leaders would bring dignity, honour, trustworthiness, and integrity to the office that they hold;

  • PRAY our government leaders would be reminded daily that they are accountable to Almighty God for the decisions that they make;

  • PRAISE God that His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. He rules throughout all generations and always keeps His promises.

Romans 13:1...  "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is NO authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."

Exmouth

  • PRAY that we will remember to gather together as the body of Christ. The enemy seeks to divide us but we are so much stronger as a unified force. PRAY Hebrews 10:25, “do not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, and all the more as we see the day approaching”;

  • PRAY for our school, that they would be a place of positive influence for students in our town. PRAY they would contribute to the social fabric of a community and equip our children to achieve and thrive.

John 13:34-35...  "A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another."

Our Congregation

  • PRAY we can be patient with one another, to forgive one another, and to extend grace and mercy to one another as God has done for us;

  • PRAY we can reach out to those who are lost and in need of Your love, and to welcome them into our community with open arms;

  • PRAY we may be strategic in how we equip the next generation to give a good defense for what they believe.

 

1 Peter 3:15...  "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…"

Our Elders and Board Members

It is a humbling honour as well as a heavy burden to lead a church. Please...

  • PRAY for our leadership to be refreshed by the Holy Spirit and that He would give them the strength to press on through the difficult times;

  • PRAISE God for the divine wisdom and spiritual insight that you have given Keith. Help him to grow in the grace and knowledge of God's Word each day, and equip him to use the scriptures to teach powerful messages that transform the lives of many.

1 Peter 5:1-4... "So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory."

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