THE GOSPEL IS ON THE AIR IN NORTH KOREA
The people of North Korea can now hear the Good News on the radio! At the end of 2020, on the island of Daebu, South Korea, Far East Broadcast Company (FEBC) completed the construction of a powerful new AM station to reach the people of North Korea. This new station puts the Gospel within earshot of every person in North Korea, which remains one of the most repressive nations on earth. As more and more listeners discover God’s love by listening, lives will be changed and hope given to millions living in this isolated nation.
For years, many Christians have been praying fervently for the opportunity to share the Gospel with the people of North Korea. Despite their totalitarian leader, who is determined to control their lives, God’s Word is now reaching people like Ms. Lim: “I used to listen to the radio at 2:00 a.m. with a blanket over my head to prevent anyone from hearing. I heard the Gospel for the first time through FEBC. It was amazing! Now, my family are all Christians. I know real peace and joy for the first time in my life. When I was alone and my soul was hungry, you offered me spiritual nourishment!”
Hope is critical for life. Although the people of North Korea are stripped of daily necessities and human dignity, what they need most is the hope and love of Christ. That is exactly what they will hear when they tune into FEBC’s Gospel broadcasts.
Thank the Lord for this radio outreach into North Korea and for the people who are already being strengthened and encouraged in Christ through the broadcasts. Pray that many who are unsaved will also hear the broadcasts and find salvation in Christ. Pray for provision and protection over FEBC and this outreach.
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH AS YEMEN’S CRISIS DEEPENS
For countless Yemenis, conflict in their homeland has been reality for over six years. Since the beginning of the war in 2014, conflict, famine, and disease have killed over 250,000 people. Food prices in Yemen are soaring to twice, and at times triple, the typical price of food. Thousands of Yemenis are unable to afford basic food items. As a result, half a million people across the country face famine conditions. The United Nations refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
One ministry reaching out to the people of Yemen is Christian Aid Ministries (CAM). This ministry is helping by providing food and cooking gas to those in need. CAM also supplies rainwater collection systems to provide clean water. Safe, clean water is a precious gift in Yemen as thousands of people in the country have died from water-borne diseases.
Thank the Lord for CAM and other ministries and organizations that are providing help and encouragement to the people of Yemen. Pray for greater resources for these efforts. Pray that Yemenis will recognize the love of Christ as His people reach out to them, and that they will turn to Him for salvation and hope. Pray also for greater international relief and for an end to the war.
COVID-19 OVERWHELMS HOSPITALS THROUGHOUT ASIA
As of this writing in May, an “explosion” of COVID-19 cases was pushing hospitals across Asia to the edge of collapse, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross. Asian nations reported over 5.9 million new infections in the past two weeks – more than the combined totals of all other regions.
“A big portion of that is India, [but] I’m also hearing reports of spiking cases in places like Nepal, Cambodia, and the Philippines,” a leader of Asian Access said. “In most of these countries, it’s difficult to put in the kinds of lockdown measures and safety protocols [required] to ‘move the needle’ in any quick fashion. So this could be a long-lasting thing.”
– mnnonline.org. Information by permission of Mission Network News.
Pray for the medical profession and other organizations as they struggle to provide necessary care. Pray for the needed supplies, including supplies of oxygen. Pray for the Lord’s mercy over these nations so that the number of cases and deaths will begin to decline. “Pray for the church as they reach out to their neighbors. They want to be a present witness for Christ and proclaim the good news of the Gospel amid this horrific situation.”
CHURCH GROWTH IN NEPAL
Christians in Nepal are facing pressure from Hindu nationalists who desire to re-establish Nepal as a Hindu kingdom. The believers there are not allowed to evangelize openly, though they can practice their faith in private. Still, as Greg Kelley of World Mission points out, the church has seen great growth. “There are hundreds and hundreds of people every month coming to know Jesus in Nepal.” But he also says, “What will happen is a family member, who is a Hindu, will report to the authorities that their sister, their brother, their father, or their mother, converted to Christianity. So the government officials track it down and find the Christian leader who was sharing the Gospel. They find that person and they arrest them.”
Ask God to strengthen the Christian leaders. Pray the Holy Spirit will continue working on Nepal. Kelley says, “A lot of signs and wonders are going on right now. People are being miraculously healed. They are being restored supernaturally. Strongholds are being broken. And people pay attention to that.”
– mnnonline.org. Information by permission of Mission Network News.
U.S. SUPREME COURT ABORTION CASE IS “LANDMARK OPPORTUNITY”
FOR PRO-LIFE CAUSE
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up its most significant abortion case in years in a lawsuit involving a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The justices say they will limit the scope of the case to one question: Are all laws restricting pre-viability abortions unconstitutional? It’s a monumental legal question that strikes at the heart of the court’s abortion precedents. Lower courts overturned the law as unconstitutional, saying it violates the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. A date for oral arguments has not been set.
It could be the biggest abortion case since the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, in which the justices upheld Roe. The last time the court considered a major restriction on abortion itself was the 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart ruling when the high court upheld a federal ban on partial-birth abortion.
Enacted in 2018, the Mississippi law prohibits abortion after 15 weeks’ gestational age, with exceptions for medical emergencies and fetal abnormality. If upheld, it perhaps would be the biggest pro-life victory at the Supreme Court and open the door for other states to pass similar laws.
In her petition to the court asking it to take the case, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch cited the Supreme Court’s 2007 Gonzales ruling in which the majority said states have an interest in protecting “the life of the fetus that may become a child.” Finch said in her petition that the case “does not require the Court to overturn Roe or Casey” but simply “reconcile a conflict in its own precedents.” Further Finch said, “Advances in medical and scientific technology” have “greatly expanded our knowledge of prenatal life.”
It will be the first major abortion case under the court’s 6-3 conservative majority and with Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the court. “This is a landmark opportunity,” said Susan B. Anthony President Marjorie Dannenfelser, “for the Supreme Court to recognize the right of states to protect unborn children from the horrors of painful late-term abortions. Across the nation, state lawmakers acting on the will of the people have introduced 536 pro-life bills aimed at humanizing our laws and challenging the radical status quo imposed by Roe. It is time for the Supreme Court to catch up to scientific reality and the resulting consensus of the American people as expressed in elections and policy.”
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) also celebrated the news. “Every human life is valuable, and Mississippi’s law is a commonsense step toward protecting unborn children and their mothers from the harms of late-term abortion,” said ADF senior counsel Denise Harle. “The law protects the life of a baby who can already move around and kick in her mom’s womb – a child who has a heartbeat, can taste what her mom eats, and can experience pain. And the law also protects women, since late-term abortions grow increasingly dangerous to the mother’s health. Women and their children both deserve real health care; that’s why we’re glad the Supreme Court has decided to take up this matter.”
Thank the Lord for the legislators, organizations and individuals in Mississippi and throughout the nation that are standing up for the rights of the unborn. Pray that the U.S. Supreme Court will honor the legislation in Mississippi and rule in favor of the protection of unborn children.
PRAY FOR ISRAEL
The conflict that broke out in May when Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem is a reminder of the great need for our prayers for the protection of Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem. Hopefully, the fighting is over, but if not, please pray for it to end. Pray for wisdom for Israel’s leaders and other world leaders. Pray for comfort for those who lost loved ones and healing for those injured. Pray for the spirit of terrorism and the spirit of antiSemitism to be broken. Pray also for the Lord to reveal Himself to Jews and Palestinians, as only His love and power can bring the salvation and transformation needed in the hearts of man.
“...Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me…” (Psa. 57:1-3).
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…” (Psa. 122:6).