DEEPENING CRISIS IN HAITI
In November the U.S. State Department began urging all Americans in Haiti to “depart now” as violence continues to rise in the Caribbean nation. Along with increased attacks and violence, widespread fuel shortages threaten essential services. In light of this, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti warns that it is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Haiti with departure if commercial options become unavailable.
Officials with Christian Aid Ministries give this overview of the situation: “Millions of Haitians are facing great difficulties due to ongoing political problems that have intensified in recent days. Haiti is in a state of anarchy with no active government. Gangs are in charge of many areas and controlling the fuel and goods at the seaports. In many areas fuel is not available and where it is still available it costs an exorbitant amount. Most people are staying close to home because travel is too dangerous. Fear abounds everywhere. Pray that God could bring peace and stability in the midst of this fear and chaos.”
Please pray for the millions of Haitians and others who are suffering during this crisis time. Pray for the powers of darkness over the nation to be broken, and for the hearts of evildoers to be softened. Pray for the light and truth of the Gospel to break forth throughout the nation and for the crisis situation to begin to turn toward the good. Pray for wisdom for those who are trying to bring peace and stability to the nation.
CAM WORKERS KIDNAPPED IN HAITI
On October 16th, a group of Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) workers in Haiti who were on their way to visit an orphanage were abducted by a gang. The group of 17 missionaries – sixteen U.S. citizens and one Canadian – includes six men, six women, and five children (ages 8 months to 15 years). As of the time of this writing, CAM, Haitian and U.S. authorities were still working diligently to secure the release of these loved ones from the gang that is demanding a ransom of 17 million dollars.
Unfortunately, kidnappings are becoming more prevalent in Haiti. As CAM shares, “Recent media attention has focused on the kidnapping of our workers and loved ones, but a civil society group reports that 600 kidnappings in Haiti were recorded from January to September 2021, compared with 231 over the same period last year.” Therefore, ongoing prayer is vitally needed!
CAM also shares the following purpose for ministry and focus of prayer:
“Occasionally we are asked why our workers were in Haiti. Why travel to dangerous places? Why not let these countries take care of their own issues? These are good questions that deserve an answer.
“We live in a very broken world. A world of broken relationships, broken trust, and broken political systems. It is a world of loneliness, fear, and violence. And Jesus came, not just so men could go to heaven when they die, but also to show the kind of world God intends right here on earth.
“God desires a world where the hungry are fed, abandoned orphans are cared for, and where lonely refugees are provided for. Jesus came to redeem this broken world, and has called His church to work with Him. We go to places like Haiti because we have found Jesus and His teachings to be the answer for our own lives and we want others to enjoy the joy, peace, and redemption we have experienced in the kingdom of God.
“We travel to Haiti to help, but we can always return to our comfortable lifestyles here in the United States. But many in Haiti do not have this luxury. In their current lawless situation, where anarchy reigns, Haitians live under constant fear. They have no way to escape. For many, every trip to the market is overshadowed by the continual threat of violence. As we pray earnestly for our American staff, we also encourage fervent prayer for the Haitian people.”
If the seventeen hostages are not yet released, please pray for their safety and release. Pray for their families as they wait for this situation to be resolved. Pray that God will open the eyes of the kidnappers in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ (Acts 26:18). Pray that other situations involving abductions will be peacefully resolved and that hostages will be released unharmed.
– Christian Aid Ministries
AN AMAZING PRO-LIFE STORY
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psa. 139:13-14).
An Alabama baby has broken the world record for the most premature baby to survive. The little baby boy named Curtis was born in July 2020 at a gestational age of 21 weeks and one day, making him almost 19 weeks premature. He weighed less than a pound (14.8 ounces), and doctors gave him an “almost 0” percent chance of survival. His twin sister died one day later. Curtis was discharged from the hospital in April 2021. As one Christian leader declared, “What an amazing pro-life story and miracle!”
– Christian Headline News
Praise the Lord for the miracle of birth, including this precious new life!
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation designating the first National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This day continues to be observed each year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year the date is January 23, 2022. Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protect human life at every stage.
Thank the Lord for pro-life organizations and individuals who are working diligently and compassionately to care for those who are in crisis pregnancies, to protect the unborn, and to help care for mothers and newborns. Thank the Lord also for U.S. States that are passing legislation to protect the unborn, such as a new Texas law that prohibits abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. This law requires abortion doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat, and if one is detected – which typically occurs at about six weeks of pregnancy – then abortion is banned except in cases of a medical emergency. Pray for such laws to not be overturned by the courts. Pray for abortions to end in the U.S. and elsewhere.
SAT-7 BROADCASTS HOPE FOR AFGHAN WOMEN AND GIRLS
From the Middle East to parts of Asia, satellite TV remains hugely popular. While internet streaming dominates the U.S., about 90% of homes in the Middle East and North Africa region have satellite dishes. These dishes have gotten smaller over time and easier to hide. That is useful in countries that try to restrict access to information, like Afghanistan.
SAT-7 is a Christian satellite television network making full use of this opportunity to share the Gospel in Afghanistan and throughout this region. As a leader with SAT-7 shares in regard to Afghanistan, “One of the good things is that the programming from SAT-7 has not been interrupted by the Taliban takeover. I think that’s really unique about SAT-7 because we are on a satellite that allows us to broadcast across the entire country.”
Before the Taliban takeover, the SAT-7 ministry heard from many listeners inside Afghanistan, but that number has now dropped dramatically. The people, however, can still receive the SAT-7 programming, and the ministry continues to translate content into more Afghan dialects. As the leader points out, “This will help us be an even stronger witness in the country as Afghans will hear the hope of Christianity, the hope of Christ in what we call their heart language.”
Some of the programming is specifically for women and girls, two groups most oppressed by the Taliban. As girls are being kept away from school, and women from their workplaces, the leader says, “There’s real concern that talented women are suddenly forced into a position where their knowledge or wisdom can’t be heard, and they’re just treated as chattel.”
Pray SAT-7’s educational programming will benefit young girls who have been deprived of education. Pray that the overall programming will lead many to Christ and strengthen those who already belong to Christ. Pray also for the protection of the people of Afghanistan as the Taliban have taken over.
– mnnonline.org. Information by permission of Mission Network News.
PRAY FOR ISRAEL
There continues to be optimism over the impact the Abraham Accords will have in the Middle East. One of the agreement’s architects, Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told CBN news he sees a bright future for the Abraham Accords: “…I think the people of these nations can see that this is the rightful Jewish homeland. It ought to be recognized as such. It’s not good policy to have the destruction of Israel at the center of how you think about the world. And the commerce, the trade, the defense work that will be done between these nations will create prosperity for people in every one of them....”
However, overshadowing the success of any peace effort remains the specter of a nuclear Iran. Joel Rosenberg, best-selling author and Mideast analyst, says Iran’s influence in the region is dangerous. “You not only have the Iran threat, but Iran forming an alliance with Russia and Turkey and North Korea and China,” he explained.
Thank the Lord for the measure of peace Israel is enjoying with Arab nations through the Abraham Accords. Pray for protection against Iran and other enemies.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…” (Psa. 122:6).