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The World Prayer Map is regularly updated with prayer points supplied by Christian organisations working around the world. Click on a region for related prayer points...

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Pray for peace: “May God bring reconciliation between the rebels and the government of DR Congo so that the war can finish definitively and the displaced people may return home." That is the plea of two Bishops from DR Congo who have been visiting the UK to highlight the plight of people caught up in the violence and conflict in the eastern part of their country - which has been ongoing for at least 20 years. Bishop Bahati said: "Pray for peace in DR Congo; pray for the church's mission in Congo and pray for the suffering of the people. We need to pray also for good leadership of our government and we need prayer for the work of the mission of the church because God calls us to go everywhere and preach the gospel."  (Church Mission Society)
Caring for the environment: Vietnam’s rivers and waterways are seriously contaminated and the air in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is heavily polluted. Most people wear face masks when they drive by motorbike through downtown areas, but few local people think about protecting the natural world which God created. Pray for people to become aware of the seriousness of the pollution of Vietnam’s ecosystems, and to learn to care for their natural environments.  (OMF International UK)
Enormous pressure: The Communist party in Laos views Christianity as a challenge to Communism and therefore puts enormous pressure on the small Christian minority. However, most persecution comes from local authorities, who regard Christians as enemies; they make use of society's hostile attitude towards Christians to justify monitoring churches. Corruption is also widespread and Christians are often extorted for money. Local officials can ask for compensation from imprisoned believers for providing food and accommodation. Those from tribal backgrounds - the vast majority of all Christian believers - suffer the most. This is especially true for Christians from the Hmong tribes. Converts in rural areas may face threats of their children being poisoned, or they may be excluded from educational and community resources. Of those that stay loyal to their Christian faith, many are expelled from the community.  (Open Doors UK and Ireland)
Increasing persecution: In June, a pastor and three members of his congregation were hospitalised following a mob attack in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district. The Christians had gathered at a home in Madu village for a meeting with police to discuss threats made to Christians who had attended a prayer meeting there the previous day. As the Christians waited for the police, some 150 villagers surrounded the house and started to abuse them. Around 40 people then stormed the house, beating the pastor unconscious and assaulting other Christians. Police arrived only after the mob had fled. Pray for God to restore those who have been injured or traumatised by recent attacks. Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka to stand firm in their faith amidst increasing persecution.  (Release International)
Corruption as a way of life?: Iran doesn’t do well on the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International - in 2013 it ranked 144th out of 174 countries listed. However, Iranians don’t need this chart to tell them their country has a corruption problem as scandals have been headline news. With the state and Islamic charitable foundations making up about 80% of the economy, the opportunities for insiders to line their pockets are endless. Most Iranians conclude that corruption is a way of life and see it as one reason why their naturally rich country delivers such poor living standards to its citizens. The extent of corruption makes Jesus’ teaching against greed and for trusting God for daily needs even more attractive. Pray for corruption to be rooted out in Iran and for churches and Christians to be salt and light in this area of life, setting an example of honesty and generosity.  (Elam Ministries)
Peace and justice for all: While the many and varied natural resources of Mozambique are starting to impact the country, the major challenge for the government is to be sure that all the population benefit. With national elections only months away, pray for the country, its people and its government, that there will be peace and justice for all and that the church will continue to have a positive influence.  (BMS World Mission)
Ramadan: Across the Muslim world there will be increased religious activity during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting (28th June to 27th July). Some will be earnestly seek God during this time. Pray for them to have dreams and visions. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. Pray for spiritually blind eyes to be opened to the truth.  (WEC International)
Increasingly under strain: For those living in the midst of Syria’s civil war, death could easily become a preoccupation. Three years into the conflict, it’s estimated that 5,000 people are being killed each month with the overall death toll at 150,000. For civilians caught in the middle, the struggle for survival is as unrelenting as the sound of gunfire and explosions. Providing aid is also a challenge. Pray for the efforts of Christian organisations to go where the need is greatest and to help a population that’s increasingly under strain.  (Tearfund)

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