• Month of Prayer

    May 2016
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31 Days of Prayer for the World

Over the last 3 years our month of prayer has had a continental theme, highlighting different nations on each continent as the focus for each day.

This year we sensed that there are many global challenges and issues which cut across nations and continents which the church should uplift in prayer. We have also taken our Mobilisation strategy a step further by first raising awareness through the daily prayer articles. Then having prayed our hope and desire is that some of you would be moved to take the next step of active involvement. We have thus presented options of how to get involved.

Let us therefore draw near to the throne of God and pray in faith, trusting that our Father in heaven hears our prayers and will answer them according to His will!

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Day 31: Street Children

*Peter was only 3 years old when both his parents succumbed to the ravages of HIV and AIDS. Also living with the virus, he went to stay with a distant aunt. But the aunt did not see sufficient cause to feed “a person who is going to die soon.” Peter was often abused, neglected and never felt loved; before long he left home to live on the streets.

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Day 30: House Churches

“House/Home Church” is a label used to describe a group of Christians who regularly gather for worship in private homes. The gathering may be part of a larger Christian group or already established church, but some are independent groups that see the house church as the primary (and likely, the only) form of Christian fellowship.

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Day 29: Drug Abuse

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”, Gal 5:1

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Day 28: Haiti

In the early 19th century, Haiti became the world’s first black-led republic and the first independent Caribbean state when it threw off French colonial control and slavery in a series of wars. A mostly mountainous country with a tropical climate, Haiti’s location, history and culture - epitomised by voodoo - once made it a potential tourist hot spot, but instability and violence, especially since the 1980s, have severely dented that prospect.

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Day 27: The Caribbean Region

With the exception of Guyana on the South American coast, the Caribbean consists of several hundreds of islands comprising 27 sovereign states, overseas departments and dependencies. They cover over 460,000 sq. km and have a total population of 43 million people from 73 people groups. These include Hispanic, Francophone African-Caribbean, African Caribbean and South Asian.

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Day 25: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is so wondrously adorned with beauty by our Creator - with tranquil rivers flowing lazily but freely around hills and mountains; white sheets of water plummeting down the Victoria Falls gorge; the genius displayed in the crafting of the Great Zimbabwe stone buildings; the beautiful sunsets over Lake Kariba, viewed while canoeing around hippos and crocodiles; and the red/orange/rust/gold colours of the Msasa trees. These are some of the compelling images evoked when one thinks of Zimbabwe.

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Day 24: Persecution of Christians

1 Corinthians 12:26, “We are one body. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it”

Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. Stories of beheadings, torture, rape, kidnappings, mass killings, forced starvation, imprisonment and even crucifixions show that the persecution of Christians did not end at the foot of the cross or the closed gates of the Roman Coliseum but is a present day reality.

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Day 23: Greece and the migrant crisis

“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God”, Leviticus 19:34

Greece has been dominating the news recently with an economy tumbling into financial failure and causing an outbreak of protests and riots.

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Day 22: Eritrea-Africa’s North Korea

Bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, Eritrea occupies a strategic area in the Horn of Africa but remains one of the most secretive states in the world. By virtue of its location in the Sahel, Eritrea suffers periodic droughts and chronic food shortages hampering development efforts.

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Day 21: Cultural Christianity dying in Europe

“God is dead! Jesus is irrelevant. Faith is a crutch. Christianity is something our grandparents relied on to get them through times of war, but we’re past that now. We’ve moved on, become enlightened, and evolved. I am my own god. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul”, William Ernest Henley.

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Day 20: Syncretism

“They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day. Thus Jehu eradicated Baal out of Israel”, 2 Kings 10:27-28

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Day 19: Humanitarian crises

The waging of armed conflict with perceived enemies has brought untold suffering to the human population. In a world where natural disasters and impoverished circumstances already make daily life an unbearable activity for millions of people across the world, the church will have to add her voice to influence peace and take care of those caught up in the fighting.

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Day 18: Hunger & Poverty

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them”, Isaiah 41:17.

Around the world, poverty can be most easily seen in the desperation of vulnerable people who cannot feed themselves. Hunger still claims enormous numbers of victims among those who, like Lazarus, are not permitted to take their place at the rich man’s table.

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Day 17: Iran

Historically known as Persia, Iran was one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. The country has long maintained a distinct cultural identity within the Islamic world by retaining its own language and adhering to the Shia interpretation of Islam.

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Day 16: The 10/40 Window

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14.

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Day 15: Internet evangelism & cyber-mission

The Internet is just one more tool that many ministries are using to reach the world for Christ. When Jesus gave the commandment, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel,” the disciples were on foot. There was no television, no radio, no airplanes, and certainly no internet. What a difference 2,000 years can make! Or for that matter, 10 years. Today, more and more people are coming to faith in Christ by logging onto the World Wide Web.

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Day 14: Saudi Arabia

Psalm 22 vs 27 – 28: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.

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Day 13: Atheism

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse”, Rom 1:20.

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Day 12: Bible translation: The remaining task

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”, “Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple”, - Psalm 119:11, 130

The Bible is an extraordinary book. It tells the story of how God can change people’s lives from death to life and darkness to light. But it does not stop there. As people read the story of the Bible, they are drawn into the story and find their lives being completely transformed. Yet many people still do not have the Bible in a language they understand?

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Day 11: Unreached People Group-Pashtun of Afghanistan

The Pashtun are a race of warriors who live mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They consist of about sixty tribes, each with its own territory. Although their origin is unclear, their legends say that they are the descendants of Afghana, grandson of King Saul. However, most believe they probably arose from ancient Aryans intermingling with subsequent invaders.

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Day 10: The Church

Nearly one-third of the world – 2.1 billion people – identify themselves as Christians. Worship rises from every nation, expressed in beautifully diverse languages, cultures, and styles. This is the church of the Living God, the pillar and support of the truth. It is the Body of Christ; His bride that He loves. It is through her that God has chosen to manifest and saturate the world with His love, glory, and presence.

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Day 9: Global Refugee Crisis

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble”, Psalm 9:9

The defining story of the year 2015 is arguably that of refugees trekking, having drowned or stranded somewhere. Their images filled the news reports; huddled into dangerously overcrowded boats, eking out an existence in refugee camps, desperately queuing at border posts, or travelling across dusty plains, carrying the fragments of their lives in plastic bags. And darker, even more shocking images: toddlers lying lifeless on Turkish beaches; desperate Christian captives, kneeling at the feet of their black-clad executioners.

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Day 8: The rise of the church in China

During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, all religions were repressed. Churches, temples and mosques were destroyed, and many people were killed and tortured to turn away from religion according to Marxist principles. However, in the countryside, Christianity suddenly started to grow very quickly as Christians went around preaching from village to village. In some villages and small towns, most of the people professed Christianity. The repression didn’t stop the growth, though it was usual for churches to be destroyed and Christian leaders to be imprisoned.

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Day 7: Nepal

Famous for its high peaks and wind-whipped prayer flags, Hindu-majority Nepal used to be a nation unreached with the Gospel. Now, however, according to the World Christian Database which tracks global trends in Christianity, the country has one of the fastest-growing Christian populations in the world.

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Day 6: Reaching the un-churched millions in our midst

The focus of the Great Commission is the preaching of the Gospel to all nations with a special focus on the unreached people groups. However, living upon the doorstep of the church in so called “Christian countries” are millions upon millions who have heard about Christ and know a lot about the Bible but won’t take part in Christian education, fellowship, service or worship.

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Day 5: Slavery

When a modern man hears the word “slave/slavery”, what often comes to his mind is the transatlantic slave trade where Africans, displaced from their homeland, were shipped to work on farms and plantations in the United States and the Caribbean. Slavery is not simply a thing of the past but it still exists in various forms today. While there were about 4 million slaves in the US at the time it was abolished, it is estimated that there are about 20 to 30 million people who are in different forms of slavery around the world today.

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Day 4: Nigeria

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you”, John 15:18.

The Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, has mounted a campaign of terror for more than a decade. In that time thousands of people have been killed and around two million more have been forced to flee their homes.

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Day 3: Purduh: Lifting the curtain

Purdah, meaning “curtain”, is an Islamic practice requiring women to be secluded from public observation by covering their bodies from head to toe. Women have to completely cover their bodies when in public; only close male family members and other women are allowed to see them out of purdah, or “burka”, as it is also known. Even when using the purdah, women are not allowed to walk in public without a close male relative accompanying them.

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Day 2: Honour Killings

Anusha was 15 years old when her parents killed her. “There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle”, her father said. “She turned to look at him twice. I told her before not to do that; it’s wrong. People talk about us.” The mother added: “She said ‘I didn’t do it on purpose. I won’t look again.’ By then her mother had already thrown the acid. “It was her destiny to die this way”, she concluded.

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Day 1: Christian Radio & TV Ministries

Since the beginnings of the Church, the Great Commission has remained unchanged. Yet the environment in which the Church functions today is considerably more complex than in the days of the apostles. Not least is the fact that an enormous challenge is faced by the expanding world population.

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Day 31: United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is an alliance of four countries; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The UK is multi-cultural with immigrants from all over the world and thousands of Muslims as well as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and others in most of the major cities.

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Day 30: Ukraine

War between rebels and the government in Ukraine has cost the lives of more than 3,700 according to conservative sources. This conflict has origins from foreign influence and continues to be swayed by the same West vs East divide pitting the combined force of the EU and US as they support the current pro-West government against Pro-Russian rebels said to be backed by Russia in the East of the country.

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Day 29: Switzerland

A very wealthy industrial state with an educated and skilled workforce. With a strong noninvolvement in world politics and strict neutrality policy, Switzerland only voted by a narrow margin to join the United Nations in 2002. Direct democracy is practised more in Switzerland than anywhere in the world with many important decisions settled through referendum.

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Day 28: Sweden

Is there any glimpse of God’s grace in the tumult of war, brutal killings and resultant dispossession of many as they flee their homes in Syria and Iraq? What landlord is providing shelter and which Good Samaritan is giving medical care, food and warmth to nursing mothers? OM Sweden is mobilising prayer and relief for refugees from Syria and Northern Iraq.

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Day 27: Spain

Can God use me in Spain? Wondered Francine, a French Canadian, as she read about OM Spain’s three-month internship programme?

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Day 26: Slovenia

The Republic of Slovenia lies on the Adriatic Sea between Italy and Croatia. It is centrally located between Central and Eastern Europe and is spoilt with a beauty of thick forests and the Alpines Mountains.

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Day 25: Russia

Geographically the largest country on earth, and spanning two continents, Russia is home to dozens of ethnic groups with their own dialects, traditions, and perspectives. In a population of over 140 million, 66% regard themselves as Christians.

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Day 24: Romania

About 15 years ago, a Roma/Gypsy couple named Marian and Mariana were blessed with a son - Cristi. As a musician, Marian earned a good living, and he dreamed of one day buying a house in Pădureni, a small Roma village in Romania.

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Day 23: Portugal

Famous for its rugged mountainsides and port wine, its beautiful architecture and sunlit beaches, Portugal attracts many tourists every year. Portuguese are a fun, vibrant people who are full of life and love to laugh loud and long.

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Day 22: Poland

Several factors strongly influence youth crime, such as drug abuse, alcoholism, skipping classes and other school-related problems, as well as the breakdown of the family. According to Polish studies, an unhappy home life, characterised by lack of parental attention, conflicts and parental inconsistency, often causes juvenile delinquency.

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