SALVATIONS INCREASING IN IRAN
Iran is experiencing an unexpected revival in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. One ministry spreading the Gospel in Iran, Mohabat TV, sends the gospel message into Iran by satellite television and the internet. The ministry reports it is recording 10 times more online salvations than this time last year with 3,000 Iranians coming to Christ every month since March. The large number of people leaving Islam is causing a backlash against the church. Christians are being arrested and imprisoned for responding to the gospel message.
The director of operations for Mohabat TV told CBN News that the Iranian government has increased internet bandwidth in order to keep Iranians home during the pandemic. Many Iranians are going online to research alternatives to what the government is telling them. “We have seen an increase in our online traffic from inside Iran,” he said. “That’s why we call this the pandemic of hope.”
When asked what was fueling this revival, the director responded, “People are not happy with the government. They are disillusioned with Islam. They want a regime change. They have been very vocal about it. Last November and December there was a huge uprising in Iran and it was crushed by the Iranian government, killing more than 1,500 of its citizens. Iranians have declared publicly that they don’t want to have an Islamic republic anymore. They just don’t trust their government.”
Iran is one of the world’s most dangerous places for Christians. Yet, Christianity is growing faster in Iran than in any other country in the world.
Praise the Lord for the salvations in Iran reported by the ministry above, as well as salvations occurring through the outreach of other ministries! Pray for the spread of the Gospel to continue and for many more Iranians to come to Christ. Pray for strength, courage and perseverance for believers in Iran who face persecution. Pray for wisdom, anointing and provision for the various ministries sharing the Gospel in Iran.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PLAGUES RUSSIA
In 2017, Russia made the decision to downgrade domestic violence from a criminal offense to a misdemeanor for first-time offenders. This ruling sparked backlash in Russia, and many women are still vocally trying to find justice in the country today. But a representative of Slavic Gospel Association says the problem is not just legal; the new laws stem from cultural attitudes in Russia and other Slavic nations that devalue women.
Women are often taught to protect their abusers by justifying the violence and focusing on their own shortcomings. To make matters worse, police rarely respond to domestic violence cases. The ministry representative says, “Women that come to the police department, they are basically put on a waiting list to have an officer respond to them. Time and time again, many of these women suffer in silence.”
Pray for the Lord’s protection over women and children who are suffering from such violence, and pray for laws and attitudes to change. Thank the Lord that there are cases where there is tremendous transformation when men and women come to faith, and through the power of Christ and His resurrection, the cycle of domestic abuse is broken. Pray that this will happen in families all over Russia and the former Soviet Union.
– mnnonline.org, Information by permission of Mission Network News.
SUICIDE PREVENTION EFFORT
Each year there are more than 47,000 suicides across America, and more than 6,000 of them are military veterans. Each day roughly 20 veterans take their life. The Trump administration hopes a new pro-active approach will help prevent suicide.
Second Lady Karen Pence serves as the lead ambassador for the effort, known as “PREVENTS,” which stands for “President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide.” There’s help for our veterans, there’s help for Americans,” Karen Pence says. “We actually have things we’re putting into place. We want people to talk to each other and part of talking to each other and reaching out is sharing your faith.”
Since COVID-19 began, Karen Pence’s team has pushed a mental health checklist that includes asking yourself how you’re doing, talking to family members, reaching out to the suicide prevention line if you need help, and trying to give yourself a joyful break. “What are some things that make you feel happier or kind of calm you down?” she says. “Schedule those into your day, whether it’s reading, gardening or cooking, or praying or painting.”
The Second Lady, who is a devout Christian, says her ultimate hope comes from above. “Hope really is the key and for me, as you know, I am a Christian. That is where I get my hope.”
“I do think that when we’re all low, sometimes the only person who’s there for me is the Lord. So when you actually can introduce someone to that aspect and say, you know what, there is hope, there is hope and there is a way past this struggle that you’re in right now.”
Thank the Lord for efforts that are being made to help people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. Pray for the Lord’s blessing on these efforts and also for His special help and encouragement in the lives of those who are having these struggles. Pray for many people who are presently in despair to find the hope that is in Christ.
PRAYER FOR BIBLELESS PEOPLE
A Bibleless people group is a language community in need of a Bible translation. They have no known Scripture and no active translation project. About a quarter of the world’s languages are still waiting for a single word of the Bible – millions of people who do not have the hope and transformation power of God’s Word!
Wycliffe Bible Translators, through their Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project, provides prayer points for those who would like to join in prayer for the Bibleless, including:
Pray for the Message – that the last languages of the world would receive the Scriptures in whatever form they need it. Pray that the integrity of God’s Word would be maintained as it is translated.
Pray for the People – Pray that Bibleless people would be well ministered to by the cooperative efforts of local churches and mission agencies. Pray that Bibleless people would hunger and thirst for God’s Word in their heart language.
Pray for Personnel – Pray for more language workers to be called, trained and sent. Pray that language workers would help develop writing systems for unwritten languages. Pray for support workers, such as children’s education personnel and technology workers.
Pray for the Completion of the Task – Pray for perseverance. Pray that those involved in the Bible translation task will not grow weary or give up before the work is complete.
One of the organizations working to help alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 global pandemic is Samaritan’s Purse. They are involved in a number of countries in Africa, South America and beyond. Along with providing their own medical personnel to care for patients, they are working hard to train medical professionals, equip healthcare centers, and to create awareness programs for communities. They are also working to meet the various needs of people who are facing difficult times because of the pandemic.
Please pray for the Lord’s protection over the medical personnel of Samaritan’s Purse and all other medical personnel who are on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients. Pray for the Lord to bless all of the efforts of Samaritan’s Purse and other organizations/ministries that are working to provide help and hope during this crisis.
TEN PRAYER POINTS TO PRAY OVER OUR ELECTIONS
1. Pray that we would recognize that government is appointed by God and thereby designed to accomplish His purposes. (Rom. 13:1)
2. Pray for our nation to elect leaders who fear God. (Ex. 18:21)
3. Pray our leaders seek solutions for our communities and nation that can only come from the Lord. (Psa. 33:12)
4. Pray for believers to use the kingdom model, “…on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10)
5. Pray for elections to be fair, honest, and without corruption. (Prov. 16:13)
6. Pray for the church to see the need to repent of personal and national sins in the fear of the Lord. (2 Chr. 7:14; 1 John 1:9; Prov. 9:10)
7. Pray for divine protection over our nation during the critical upcoming elections. (Prov. 3:5; Psa. 91)
8. Pray that those candidates who know Christ would openly and courageously speak of their faith and stand firm on their biblical principles. (Matt. 5:13-16)
9. Pray that Christians across the nation will persist in seeking God’s purpose for America beyond the elections, and that God, in His mercy, will usher in transforming revival. (Ezek. 37; Psa. 42:1)
10. Pray for more of God’s presence to be experienced in your community and our nation. (Psa. 16:11; 2 Cor. 3:17)
Our country continues to reach historic moments as our culture and values are redefined. November’s elections will offer another defining moment. This is why it is critical that the church should pray. We are calling Christians to seek more of God’s presence in their communities. God’s presence brings everything in line: relationships, social structures, culture, and the land. We must first seek Him if we want our nation to return to biblical values.
– Intercessors for America, ifapray.org