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HOW YOU
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Praying together in one accord

World

In Open Doors' World Watch List top 50 alone, 317m 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, please 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, June 16, 2024)​​

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  • Iraq – 0.4% ~ Islam: The main source of the pressure on Iraqi Christians has been the Shia militias backed by Iran. Attacks have hit predominantly Christian villages, causing severe damage to civilian property and forcing many Christians to flee. The historical churches (Assyrian Church of the East, Syrian Orthodox Church, Syrian Catholic Church, Chaldean Catholic Church and Armenian Orthodox Church) are seriously affected by violence, intolerance and discrimination, especially from militant Islamic groups and non-Christian leaders. They also face discrimination from government authorities. Christians with a Muslim background experience most pressure from family members and often keep their faith a secret. They risk losing inheritance rights and the right/means to marry. Changing church affiliation (e.g., by moving from an Orthodox to an Evangelical congregation) is often punished by the refusal of rights. Leaders of Orthodox and Catholic churches have been known to refuse to perform marriages for members attending Evangelical churches.

    • Dear God, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Iraq. They risk so much and experience so much discrimination and pressure all because they follow You. We can't imagine what it's like to try to recover from the horrors of the Islamic State group—and we ask that Your healing Spirit remain in the midst of Your people. Please God, bring refreshment and hope to our family in Iraq. We ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.​​

      • PRAY for Iraq's leader, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, 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.

  • Myanmar – 8% ~ Buddhism: 2024 sees Myanmar entering a fourth year of increasingly violent conflict. The Christian minority is among those bearing the brunt of attacks. Even well-established churches belonging to historical Christian communities are being attacked by government forces in predominantly Christian states like Chin and Kayah, and minority states like Kachin, Karen and Shan. More Christians than ever have been driven out to live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, take refuge in churches or even flee to the jungle where they are often deprived of access to food and healthcare. Converts to Christianity find themselves additionally persecuted by their Buddhist, Muslim or tribal families as their conversion is seen as betrayal. Communities who aim to stay “Buddhist only” make life for Christian families impossible by not allowing them to use community water resources.

    • Dear God, bend the hearts of the military towards justice, peace and freedom, and bring lasting safety and stability to this troubled nation. Refresh the spirits of weary believers and strengthen them as they respond to challenges in the ways You want them to. Protect churches and believers, and may Christians not be seen as a threat to different sides but as peacemakers. We especially pray for young people; captivate their hearts, keep them from the evil one, and show them the precious callings You have for them. Thank You for the wonderful work of church leaders and local partners; nourish them as they seek to nourish others, and equip them for every task. Amen.

      • PRAY for Myanmar's leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, 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

  • PRAISE God that the Lord Jesus is exalted over all the nations! His glory is above the heavens. He is the One Who sits enthroned on high, Who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth. He is worthy to receive glory and honour and power;

  • PRAY for us to not resign ourselves for a posture of retreat, but to press on towards the goal that God has called us heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

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

  • THANK GOD for empowering His people to preach the Good News in our town. PRAY for more people to open their hearts to Jesus. May He revive our town with new life. May every person, marriage, family, school, and business in our community enjoy the blessings of God. Let the benefits of His people influence our town;

  • PRAY for the COMMUNITY PANTRY... PRAY that each person would feel valued and cared for, as well as receiving the food and support they need. PRAY they will be well-supported with access to other services and activities that would help address some of the causes of their crisis.

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

  • THANK GOD for our church family! We thank Him for each family represented as they work in, and serve, our community every day, each week;

  • PRAY we will have the strength and grace to love others as He first loved us, and represent our Saviour well;

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

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 not be given to useless quarrels and arguments, but to be people of peace. PRAY for them to seek God's will in all they do;

  • PRAY for Keith...that God would keep the call to serve Him fresh in his heart, renewing and refreshing his spirit for the work ahead. May he seek God's counsel daily, seeking His wisdom and guidance as he gives spiritual guidance to others. ASK God to fill him with patience, peace, and joy for his work, remembering He is with him even when the work is hard, for He is faithful to equip those who obey God's call.

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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