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anonymous PRAYER WARRIORS! April 21, 2009 10:55 PM

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anonymous  April 21, 2009 10:59 PM

Pray warriors are often hidden from the world. Some people have the gift of being a prayer warrior. This is a person who prays for others, for world situations, for countries, for churches, for individuals. Each prayer warrior may have a different prayer mission. For instance, some prayer warriors only pray for the sick, while others may pray for the persecuted Christian, or the homeless person. And some prayer warriors may pray for whatever they feel led to pray for. Another words, they have a very deep feeling that they should pray for a certain person, or situation, and they are obedient to God, and pray.
Whatever they pray for they pray with all of their heart and soul. Some may sing their prayers, some may pray in their prayer closet, or prayer groups, or church, or some private, hidden place. Some prayer warriors may fast on occasion, but should only do so wisely, with juice or water and a reasonable time limit. Some prayer warriors, might prayer simple quiet prayers, while other may even prayer loudly in a private place or in a church where this is accepted. Some prayer warriors will pray with candles, some without candles, some on their knees, others standing up with arms raised, some prayer warriors will pray sitting in a chair.
But no matter how these prayer warriors pray, they are honoring Jesus by using their gift, and asking sincerely for Jesus's help. These are who prayer warriors are.
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anonymous  April 21, 2009 11:03 PM

Sometimes prayer warriors do not get much recognition. They are hidden, often praying in secret, but not always. Many also pray in public as the Lord leads. They often are not acknowledged as important, and they may often not see the results of their prayers for long periods of time or maybe never. They may not even know that their prayers have been answered. They pray entirely on faith. Some prayer warriors are so hidden and secret, that no one ever knows they are praying, no one that is except for Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit!
And yet how very important they are. We see so little of what goes on in the spiritual world. Or even in this world. We do not when one person's prayer has saved the life of another's. Or when a simply said  prayer has opened the door to a job, or saved a marriage. We do not know when someone singing a prayer has brought food to a starving person, or has opened someone's heart to salvation. We do not know when someone doing spiritual battle through prayer, has chased away the darkness of Satan and let the light come flooding into a lost and frightened soul, or led a wandering lamb back to the Lord.
So prayer warriors are extremely important and we should pray for the prayer warrior and take the time to say thank you to the person who may not even realize what an important mission they have!
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 September 29, 2009 11:08 AM

Two Iranian Christian Women Still Held in
Evin Prison

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Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh

Maryam Rustampoor, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, were arrested and sent to Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. The two women did not rob a bank, kill a man or beat up someone.

Their crime? Loving Jesus. And it is for this reason alone they are still imprisoned.

In August during a court hearing, the two were questioned repeatedly about their faith. They were told to return to Islam.

"We love Jesus," was their reply. Prosecutors asked the women, who had already spent five months in prison, if they regretted being Christians.

"We have no regrets," they said. "We will not deny our faith."

The judge sent them back to Evin Prison - notorious for its brutality - to "think about" their decision.

"We have already done our thinking," they told him.

Maryam and Marzieh are among dozens of Iranian Christians arrested, detained or interrogated in Iran in recent months. The harassment is the radical Islamic government's response to an Iranian revival that has thousands of Iranians coming to Christ each month.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps the Iranian church in many ways, including supporting gospel television broadcasts transmitted into Iran and printing Christian literature for distribution inside the country.

Restricted Nations: Iran

This month we invite you to make a special contribution in support of our work with Iranian believers. In addition, VOM just released Restricted Nations: Iran, a new book about Christ followers in Iran. This book can help you understand the history of the church in Iran and offer an effective way to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters living there today.

 

» PLEASE CLICK HERE for more information and to make your contribution or to purchase the book.

 

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 September 30, 2009 12:07 PM

The Gospel Message -- Going and Coming 

Summer brings many Arabs from hot, arid regions to more temperate climates in countries like Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, where the living water of the gospel message also flows more freely and they are exposed to gifts of New Testaments, the Jesus Film and the courageous, faithful testimony of Christians.

“I believe God is working among all the nations,” says Nadal, one of the pastors in the Middle East.  “We baptized 37 persons in one meeting. More than half of them were Muslims. I asked one of them for his ID. When he gave it to me, I thought that this was not his own card…. I saw that the picture on this ID was from an Imam practicing Islam very seriously. The man confirmed he was that man and acknowledged that he indeed was very active in converting people to Islam but God changed his life.  Now he does not miss any meetings in the church. He travels around and shares the gospel with who wants to hear.”

Father, this summer You have brought freedom and life to many who were slaves to sin and death.  They have returned now to the darkness of their home countries.  Protect them, increase their faith, bring fruit to their witness.  Give them wisdom, courage and humility that the light of Your gospel might shine brightly in their lives and dispel the darkness. 

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

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 October 08, 2009 1:44 PM

Is There No One to Help? 

Often it seems that places like Iraq are imploding.  Help is desperately needed in these dark places.  However there are many who work tirelessly to assist the downtrodden.  Open Doors launched a mobile medical clinic with doctors and nurses to travel to remote villages providing medical care as well as Bibles and spiritual encouragement.  A staff member observes, “The people love the Bibles and often start reading them immediately. What a blessing.”

Father, thank you for these faithful ones who bring physical and spiritual healing to the suffering in Iraq, both Christian and Muslim Kurds.  Protect the medical workers that they might continue to bring help.  Give them wisdom and opportunity not only to provide good medical help, but also to meet the spiritual needs there.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 08, 2009 1:46 PM

Please pray a prayer of thanks for God's workers who help out the Kurds who are my friends! God Bless! Donna
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 October 11, 2009 12:53 PM

Meet Shafia

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Shafia's Story

Kidnapped. Tortured. Forced into poverty because of her faith. Shafia is one of thousands of Christians around the world persecuted because they stand strong for Jesus. On Nov. 8, Christians will unite in prayer as they observe this year's International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

To help you tell the story of our persecuted brothers and sisters, VOM has assembled a new IDOP Church Resource Kit featuring a video about Shafia, along with special products you can share with your church or Christian group. In VOM's new video "They Call Me Chura... ," you will learn the amazing story of this young Pakistani woman who found God's peace and the power of forgiveness while held hostage by a Muslim neighbor. For a sample clip of the video, click here.


You can order the new IDOP Church Resource Kit for only $9.

VOM's new 2009 IDOP Church Resource Kit also includes prisoner profile sheets, prayer bulletins, resources for kids and more. Also available is VOM's new prayer banner for $25. Share the story of the persecuted church with your church, friends and family. Order the 2009 IDOP Church Resource Kit today!

» Click here to order your Church Resource Kit.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PETITION:IF YOU ONLY SIGN ONE PETITION SIGN THIS ONE!! October 16, 2009 4:45 AM

Dear Donna,

This is a crucial year in the fight to preserve religious freedom worldwide. Open Doors USA will be helping to lead the advocacy effort at the United Nations to prevent the Defamation of Religions resolution from passing through our Free to Believe Campaign. But we need your help. Please sign on to our petition to register your disapproval of the resolution. The campaign already has recieved an amazing response with over 2,600 signatures. But we need to keep the momentum going.

The Defamation of Religions Resolution seeks to criminalize words or actions as attacks against a particular religion. As incredible as it sounds, passing this resolution could allow a Christian to be persecuted under UN approval. We need you to voice your protest of this resolution.

The resolution protects a faith rather than individuals who hold a faith, which goes against the very purpose of human rights in international law. The result is that this resolution gives UN sanction to Muslim majority countries to persecute Christians and other religious minorities for not sharing the same beliefs as Muslims. It also provides legitimacy to these countries' blasphemy laws which are often used to accuse, imprison, and even murder Christians.

While Defamation of Religions Resolutions have been introduced and passed in previous years, it is up again this year for re-authorization. Policy experts at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom believe we have a real opportunity to defeat it this year. Members of Congress and non-profit organizations will be organizing to urge countries to vote NO on Defamation of Religions Resolution.

Please sign the Free to Believe Petition today! Many signatures gives our advocacy team the backing to approach these countries and ask them to change their vote.

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey



Lindsay Vessey

Advocacy Director

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 October 23, 2009 7:18 PM

China's 'Conscience' Missing in Action
Top Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng vanishes as government stifles dissent.
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 October 24, 2009 5:41 AM

October 21, 2009

Dear Friend,

Upcoming Tunisian Elections

Join Christians in Tunisia as they pray for their country and the presidential and legislative elections to take place October 25.  This North African country along the Mediterranean boasts a population of over 10 million people. The comparatively small Christian community is largely made up of foreign residents and native-born citizens of Arab or European descent.  There are no laws against conversion from Islam; however, government officials use bureaucratic means to discourage it, and new Christians often face ostracism, with most of the pressure from families.  

Father we join the Tunisian Christians as they pray for their elections that those who rule their country will rule with godly justice and that their hearts will turn to You. We also ask that You protect the Muslim Background Believers from persecution, but also bring opportunities for them to share the good news of reconciliation with Yourself through the sacrifice of Christ

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 October 24, 2009 6:05 AM

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Please don't let these children in the Philippines continue to get dragged down. Help them have a choice. Sponsor a child now...and end the vicious cycle of poverty. And we have selected a special child just for you – simply use this link to learn more.


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 October 24, 2009 6:08 AM

Free Resource Kits for Churches:
We've also created a Resource Kit CD that we're offering to churches, free of charge. If you do not work for a church, you can still order one of these kits for $5 (just enough to help us recover our production costs).
 
The ICC Resource Kit is packed with a planning guide, videos, stories, sermon ideas, Sunday school lesson ideas and much more!
 
If you're ordering for a church, please call us (1-800-422-5441) with a valid church address.
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 October 29, 2009 7:27 PM

Encouragement from Vietnam

Compass News reports that on October 19, the Assemblies of God (AoG) church in Vietnam received an “operating license,” the first step in becoming legal.  They now have permission to “carry on religious activity” anywhere in the country for the next year.  In the meantime, they must submit some extensive documentation, including a doctrinal statement, a constitution and by-laws, and a four-year working that must be approved by the government before being allowed to officially organize.  This is the first of these operating licenses to be granted in two years.    

Father, we give thanks for this encouraging news from Vietnam.  We call for your Spirit’s intervention this year as the AoG prepares and submits the required documentation.  Give them favor with the authorities that Your Word would go forth in great power and the people of Vietnam might stand united in praise and worship.

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 October 29, 2009 7:33 PM

Join “Greater Calling” in 24 hour prayer for IDOP Moved by compassion for the persecuted church, "Greater Calling” is hosting a 24 hour prayer call for International Day of Prayer from 8:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, November 7th (00:00 GMT) through 8:00 PM Eastern Time on Sunday November 8th (00:00 GMT).  This call is open to anyone with a heart for our brothers and sisters living in persecuted countries.  Visit their site for more information or to get involved!

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team


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 October 29, 2009 8:03 PM

Our Brothers and Sisters Around the World Are Suffering for Their Faith.

BE THEIR VOICE
Volunteer with www.Be-A-Voice.net

It's as simple as sharing current prayer requests,
encouraging others to write to Christians imprisoned for their faith
and requesting complimentary copies of Tortured for Christ
for those who want to learn more.

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When you join VOM's new Be-A-Voice Network you will receive FREE online access to prayer bulletins, prisoner profile sheets and the ability to request free copies of Tortured for Christ for your Christian friends.

 

By becoming a member, you make a commitment to continue making the message of today's persecuted church known through prayer, education and practical involvement.

Volunteer for VOM in Your Local Church and Community.

» JOIN NOW at www.Be-A-Voice.net

Questions? Contact our network administrator at info@be-a-voice.net.

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 November 05, 2009 1:34 PM

Dear Friend,  And the Walls Fell Down  

November 9 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Over the years, Brother Andrew delivered hundreds of Bibles to former communist countries in his now famous blue Volkswagen. He helped bring God’s love to the discouraged but faithful pastors behind the wall.  Then in 1989 this seemingly impenetrable wall fell. Praise God!  At Nikolai Church in Leipzig, Germany, prayer meetings for peace were held every Monday evening from 1982 until that day in 1989 when around 70,000 gathered outside the church and God turned their meeting into a revolution of “candles and prayers."

How magnificent is Your name in all the earth!  Father, thank you for this reminder in real time and place that You are sovereign over the rulers of this world.  We continue our prayers now for the Christians in North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and all of the strongholds of persecution.  Strengthen believers with Your Word and give them courage to stand firm.  Break the bands of injustice and set the prisoners free.    
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 November 05, 2009 1:39 PM

Prisoners Freed - Update  

The latest in a series of false charges against two Ethiopian evangelists was put to rest on Friday (Oct. 23) when they were finally released from prison.  Fellow prisoners had accused Temesgen Alemayehu and Tigist Welde Amanuel of insulting the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) after they had successfully appealed charges of accepting bribes and forcing conversions.  Compass Direct News reports that the judge however rejected witnesses’ testimony on the most recent charges as contradictory and of no value.  Alemayehu and Amanuel thank you for praying.  “The enemy has tried to frustrate us and delay our freedom,” said Amanuel. “But through prayers and God’s intervention, we are now released from prison.”

Thank you, Father, for Your protection of these saints.  Empower them now as they return to ministry that the seed of Your Word might be spread over their land and yield abundant fruit.   
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 November 05, 2009 1:42 PM

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP)  

Unite in prayer this Sunday, November 8.  Whether at a church IDOP event, in your own home with friends, or on your telephone with a Greater Calling event; join in prayer for those who suffer because of their faith in Christ.  Pray that Christ will be exalted in all the earth!

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 November 12, 2009 8:03 PM

From My Perspective:
Carl Moeller,
President/CEO


Thank you for all you do on behalf of the persecuted.  
Read Carl's message>>

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