PROVIDING HOPE IN AFGHANISTAN
Flash flooding, earthquakes, poor governance, and geopolitical challenges are severely testing the resolve of Afghanistan’s people. The United Nations warns that without an immediate influx of funding and supplies, children in Afghanistan may not survive the winter. More than 90 percent of households in Afghanistan don’t get enough to eat every day – the highest percentage worldwide.
To serve Afghanistan’s hurting people, Heart4Iran has now started Heart4Afghanistan. Through its 24/7 Call Center, this ministry provides vital connecting points for the people. For example, one Afghan Christian shares this about a recent connection with a caller: “He was very, very sad. He asked many questions about God and the Bible and shared many things. I called him every day or every other day, and we prayed together. After two weeks, he said, ‘The day you called, I decided to commit suicide, but your call gave me hope.’”
When people come to Christ, the ministry cannot immediately plug them into the underground church because it is very difficult and dangerous. They can only help them grow in their faith. The ministry also supplied 923 Dari Bibles to secret Christians inside Afghanistan in one month.
One new believer recently messaged the ministry team: “I don’t know Jesus very much, but I enjoy His presence every day and won’t give Him up for anything in the world! The Taliban has identified me, so I have had to move. My neighbors said they (the Taliban) came with guns to my home to arrest or kill me, but I had already left.” Though he could have left Afghanistan for a safer or better life, he wants to stay and witness to his fellow citizens. He told the team, “I believe Jesus is alive and can protect me in all this danger and hardships!”
– mnnonline.org. Information by permission of Mission Network News.
Pray for Heart4Afghanistan and other ministries seeking to help the people of Afghanistan. Pray for the resources desperately needed for the people, including the provision of food.
GOSPEL OUTREACH IN MONGOLIA
In a first-ever event, evangelist Franklin Graham preached a message on God’s love in September to thousands of people in Mongolia. More than 17,300 people attended the “Festival of Joy” in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and hundreds of people made decisions to follow Jesus Christ.
The idea for the outreach began 20 years ago when Mongolian church leaders started praying the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would hold an evangelistic event in the country. More than 260 Mongolian local churches worked together to make it an unforgettable weekend and it marks the first time in history the local church has held an event like this.
More than three million people live in Mongolia and half reside in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Christian evangelists have also been working for years to reach remote Mongolian provinces.
Regarding the recent event, Graham shared, “It was thrilling to see hundreds of people of all ages respond to God’s invitation to repent of their sins and put their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. …Their lives are changed for eternity – and we give God the glory.”
– CBN News
Praise the Lord for this event and for all who received salvation, and for all the gospel seeds that were sown! Pray for all of the efforts going on in Mongolia to reach the lost. Pray for the spiritual growth of these new converts and that the love and message of Christ will spread throughout Mongolia.
FAMINE IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
Famine conditions are gripping Somalia and its neighbors in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia and Kenya. Because of unprecedented drought conditions many water sources and many wells have dried up. With crops failing, the United Nations says some 22 million people are at risk of starvation, many of them farmers who only grow enough food to feed their own families. Many in the region who rely on livestock for livelihood have seen massive numbers of their animals wiped out.
In Somalia alone, around eight million people, or half the population, are experiencing crisis hunger levels. One-in-three children face chronic malnutrition.
Four consecutive droughts and African economies still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic have created these dire conditions. On top of this, the situation has been aggravated by the current conflict in Europe between Russia and Ukraine. Before the war, Somalia imported 90 percent of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine while Ethiopia imported 42 percent. Kenya, which also imports oil, iron, steel, and fertilizers from Russia and Ukraine, imports 44 percent of its wheat from both countries. All that has come to a screeching halt since the war started. The result is skyrocketing prices for practically everything, especially food prices and also the cost of fuel.
In late August, the first ship carrying grain from Ukraine docked on the Horn of Africa offloading some 23,000 tons of wheat. According to a World Food Program representative, that is enough wheat to feed 1.5 million people for about a month. Food experts say that is a drop in the bucket considering the immediate crisis facing millions across the Horn of Africa.
– CBN NEWS
Pray for the Lord’s mercy upon the people facing such hunger and suffering. Pray for an end to the drought conditions. Pray for more supplies of grain and other food to reach this region. Thank the Lord for all of the organizations and ministries working to alleviate the suffering and to provide food and water. Pray for the Lord to multiply the impact of their efforts.
MORE CHIBOK SCHOOL HOSTAGES FREED
Eight years ago, 276 girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, and held hostage by Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group. Over the years a number of the former schoolgirls managed to escape, and more than 100 others have been freed through negotiations. Unfortunately, approximately 100 of the seized students were still missing.
In recent months, however, the Nigerian army has located several more of these former schoolgirls, most of them now with children who were born during their years of enslavement to Boko Haram captors. Six of these young women were rescued or released in June and August. There is hope that Boko Haram may be declining in their influence.
Praise God that these young women have been safely reunited with their long-suffering families. As they now transition from “life on the run” in the jungle, after enduring years of captivity, pray that each of them will experience God’s restorative healing and comfort while settling into their new lives. Please also pray for the remaining students who are still being held captive by the militants, as well as those who are trying to find their way home after escape or abandonment.
– Voice of The Martyrs Canada
THE U.S. BORDER CRISIS
As the U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented surge of migrants at the southern border, there is the reality of evil at the border in the form of human trafficking, drugs, crime, chaos and human misery. Children are being exploited and the journey to the border is especially dangerous for women and girls. In light of all of these and other concerns, Intercessors For America provides these strategies for prayer:
1) Pray against the spirits behind what we see operating freely at the border. Where we see lawlessness, pray for a spirit of obedience and order (1 Cor. 14:40). Where we see no value for human life by traffickers, pray for a spirit of freedom and for God’s destiny for each of those who are being used (Rom. 8:21). Where we see a spirit of violence, pray for a spirit of gentleness (Gal. 5:23). Where we see deception, pray for a spirit of revelation and truth (Prov. 14:25). Where we see hopelessness, pray for a spirit of hope in Christ (Psa. 9:18).
2) Pray for those involved in making decisions about the border and those on the frontlines of border enforcement.
3) Pray for the people and families who are being lured and enslaved by the promise of easy immigration. Pray for protection from cartels and gangs. Pray for women and children who are easy prey to criminals and traffickers. Pray for unsuspecting migrants to know the truth about the people who are promising transport and crossing. Illegal immigration is wrong, but pray that those who do make it into the nation will be introduced to Christ.
PRAYER FOR ISRAEL
Nearly 20,000 Russian Jews have immigrated to Israel since Russia invaded Ukraine, along with some 16,000 Ukrainian Jews. The former chairman for The Jewish Agency for Israel, an organization responsible for worldwide immigration to Israel, says there are another 80,000 in the pipeline. He also says that in Russia, citizens are losing freedoms at such a rate, it’s a reminder of Communist Soviet rule. “The only freedom which is still left is freedom of immigration, and who knows how long it’ll exist. That’s why Jews who are concerned are in a hurry to leave.”
– Australian Prayer Network
Pray for the Russian Jews, the Ukrainian Jews, and for those from other countries as they immigrate and settle in Israel. Pray for doors of immigration to remain open. Thank the Lord for His faithfulness to regather His people.
“Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth” (Isa. 43:5-6).