3 JANUARY 2020
Please Join Us Today in Prayer
We believe in the power of prayer to heal sickness, to provide for families, to surround believers with a hedge of protection, and to change lives for the better. God’s Word tells us that all believers can go boldly unto the throne of grace in times of need, whether those needs be our own or those of others. Please join us in praying for others around the world.
Who We’re Praying For Today
Iran: The European Union extended its sanctions on Iran by one year due to serious human right violations. Pray that international pressure will make a difference in the lives of Christians.
Africa: Pray for Christians in African nations where persecution is on the rise. As Christianity grows quickly and swiftly across the continent, the potential for inter-religious conflict increases as Christians can be seen as a threat to Muslim-majority lands and governments. Countries reportedly most affected by Islamic extremism include Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Somalia. Read more on International Christian Concern.
IRAN: 'THEY COULDN'T STOP MY FATHER"
Rashin Soodmand was 13 years old when her father, Pastor Hossein Soodmand, was executed in Iran for the crime of apostasy. His body was quietly buried in an unmarked grave in a part of the local cemetery reserved for “the cursed.” Yet only three days later, Rashin wrote a letter to God promising to follow Christ boldly, just as her father had — even if it meant great sacrifices. Today she is living out that promise, including ministering to the church inside Iran.
THE STORY OF MOJTABA
HORN OF AFRICA (DJIBOUTI, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA & SOMALIA)
A gospel worker in Somalia knows that his life is in danger. He’s seen ministry coworkers gunned down by radical Muslims. But he doesn’t fear death, seeing as the Apostle Paul did that “to die is gain.”
14 AFRICAN COUNTRIES ON THE 2019 WORLD WATCH LIST
The World Watch List by Open Doors lists the 50 countries in the world where persecution is the highest. In the 2019 World Watch List report, 14 of these 50 listed countries were in Africa which, with their ranking in parentheses, are: Somalia (#3), Libya (#4), Sudan (#6), Eritrea (#7), Nigeria (#12), Egypt (#16), Central African Republic (#21), Algeria (#22), Mali (#24), Mauritania (#25), Ethiopia (#28), Morocco (#35), Tunisia (#37), and Kenya (#40). This list is likely to change in January when Open Doors releases their 2020 report.
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