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Returning believers: Pray that many of the Japanese who live overseas will have their eyes opened to the truth of the gospel during 2014 and that they will put their trust in Jesus. Ask that those new believers who return to Japan this year will do so with eagerness and boldness to serve and to witness. Pray for them to be strengthened and encouraged amidst the potential challenges of settling back into a culture and mind-set that will often be very different to what they have experienced overseas. Please pray that Japanese pastors and Christians will embrace these returnees, endeavour to understand and support them, and equip them to flourish and bless the churches, communities and workplaces they inhabit.
(Japan Christian Link - March 2014)
Counselling in the front-line: The Tumaini Counselling Centre in Kenya is run by professional counsellors and psychiatrists, who are also missionaries. They support missionaries who often work in difficult, isolated, sometimes dangerous situations, and are in the front-line of spiritual attack. The centre works with those experiencing personal crises, family stresses, marriage problems, or traumatic events in their missionary work. Consequently, many are able to resume effective ministry without having to leave the field. Please pray for this vital work of healing and restoration.
(AIM International - March 2014)
The Miskito: The Miskito people are an indigenous group living in the remote area of La Mosquitia in Honduras. For many years they have been marginalised and subject to unfair occupation of their lands. Their struggles have been met with indifference from the government and society as a whole. Tearfund partner Mopawi has been working with the Miskito people for many years, promoting development, justice and indigenous rights in what has often felt like an uphill and unpopular struggle. Finally, their persistence has paid off with the government recently granting significant land and territorial rights to the Miskito people. Pray this will quickly translate into big material and spiritual change for this vulnerable group.
(Tearfund - March 2014)
Worsening violence: Canon Andrew White, known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, has asked for urgent prayer for the church in Iraq amid intense violence. With frequent bombings and shootings in cities such as Baghdad and Mosul, monthly death tolls have soared recently. January’s toll of 1,000 dead was the highest for almost six years. “Hundreds of our people have left the church because they have left the country,” he says. “The hundreds left are those who cannot afford to leave, so the poverty and needs seem greater than ever. I honestly cannot tell you how terrible things are. We are in more than a desperate crisis. We need your prayers.” Ask God to protect and sustain Iraqi Christians amid the worsening violence. Pray for an end to the bloodshed in Iraq and an end to the fighting, which is mainly between Sunni militants and the Shia-dominated government.
(Release International - March 2014)
Scapegoats: Pray God’s peace over Christians in Egypt. They have been treated as scapegoats by supporters of the Morsi presidency, and have been attacked with apparent impunity. Pray for an end to the violence and political turmoil. Thank God that pastors whose churches have been attacked are working for reconciliation with their Muslim neighbours. Pray that God will bless these efforts and pray that other Christians too will have the courage to seek reconciliation, not retaliation.
(Release International - March 2014)
Fleeing their homes: Please pray for the world’s youngest country, South Sudan. Since violence erupted in December it’s been estimated that thousands have died and a staggering 600,000 have had to flee their homes leaving them incredibly vulnerable. Pray for the safety of the South Sudanese. The Archbishop of Canterbury, in a recent visit to the country, encouraged the South Sudanese to “plant trees of reconciliation” instead of “trees of bitterness”. Pray for leaders to find a new way, that Jesus would invade the culture, and for justice and mercy to rain down on this nation.
(Mission Aviation Fellowship UK - March 2014)
Gospel teaching in schools: Tolerance is valued in Denmark, so it is safe to talk about faith in public. On the other hand it is widely believed that religion is a private matter. In 2009 KFS, the evangelical student movement, set a goal of reaching every single educational institution in Denmark with more than 100 students within a three-year period. Staff or student leaders gained permission to visit high schools and speak to students between lessons or attend lessons and give an introduction to the gospel. By 2012 only two places remained closed of KFS. A strength of KFS is the high school students’ strong commitment to the movement. The main challenge is that so few stay involved with KFS at university. Some think that student ministry in the university is unnecessary, others are not aware of KFS. Please pray that Christian university students will see the need for ministry among their peers and the value of KFS.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - March 2014)
Prayer for comfort: Please pray for the those affected by leprosy in the Malek region of South Sudan. Two women have been shot dead, one of whom was elderly. Because she was severely disabled, she was left behind and later found shot in her head and chest. The leader of the village was also shot, but is still alive with a head injury. He too, is severely disabled with leprosy. Please pray for the other people in their community that they will not be afraid and that they will be comforted by God’s love. Pray that the leader will be healed and for all the families affected to find their comfort in the Lord.
(The Leprosy Mission England and Wales - March 2014)