Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Everybody is called to pray. Please pray for the following!
The UNREACHED in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, and South Sudan
Pray for the most important leaders of these countries – that the Holy Spirit will take away their spiritual blindness (2 Cor. 4:4). Pray for supernatural/extraordinary manifestations of God through dreams, healing, revelations and visions, etc. among the unreached of these countries (Acts 2:19; 4:30; Heb. 2:4). Pray that the Spirit of God will raise people from these countries to build a strong church among their own people. Pray that God’s Name be glorified and honored wherever the Truth is suppressed or denied. Pray that God’s Kingdom come and rule and His will become effective where it is defied and where it is opposed by His enemies! (Matthew 6:9-10)
The CHURCH of the UNREACHED and all over the World
It is the task of the church of Jesus Christ to take the Gospel of Salvation to the nations of the World. Pray that the Church of Christ will take the Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 literally. Pray for the church to gain a new vision for mission work. Pray for the Church to persevere despite persecution. Pray for unity among the small groups and against false doctrines that often come and destroy the young congregations. Pray for outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them (Acts 4:31).
For the SALVATION of the people from the UNREACHED
Pray that whole families will become converted – it makes it easier for the converts to remain standing. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts in a divine way and urge them to search for the True God in Jesus Christ. Pray especially for the redemption of individuals who are leaders or who are in positions of authority in these countries. Pray that these people will openly confess their sins and their faith in Christ and that they will also follow Him openly.
If my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Latest News and Breaking Headlines
Catholic Priest Murdered in Burkina Faso
1/9/2023 – Yemen (International Christian Concern) On Monday, January 2, a Catholic priest was murdered by unidentified armed men. The priest, Father Jacques Yaro Zerbo, lived in the village of Soro in northwest Burkina Faso. He was 67 years old. According to a report by ACI Africa, the shooters proceeded to take the priest’s vehicle and other belongings after they had killed him. Father Zerbo had been a priest since 1986 and had founded a youth re-education center where he worked with young people. Click here for more information: https://www.persecution.org/2023/01/09/catholic-priest-murdered-in-burkina-faso/
Turkey uses refugees to leverage EU
1/4/2023 – Sudan (Mission Network News) Refugees into Turkey and the European Union often flee from war zones in Syria and Afghanistan. Some leave bad economic situations in Pakistan or India. Unfortunately, these people have become caught in the middle of a political chess match as Turkey tries to leverage them against the EU. Tasos Ioannidis of AMG International says, “Over the last four years or so, there has been a lot of disagreement between Turkey and the European Union. Turkey has been trending more towards an Islamic government.” Click here for more information: https://www.mnnonline.org/news/turkey-uses-refugees-to-leverage-eu/
Jihadism on the Rise in Benin
1/4/2023 — Benin (International Christian Concern) Jihadi violence spiked in the small West African nation of Benin during the second half of 2022. Extremist groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have been waging war in the Sahel for several years. However, the violence is slowly creeping south and west into neighboring states, including Burkina Faso and Benin. Click here for more information: https://www.persecution.org/2023/01/04/jihadism-on-the-rise-in-benin/
Wycliffe Associates Supplies Asian, African Communities With Clean Water
1/3/2023 — International (Mission Network News) These projects look different by region. In Asia, Wycliffe Associates usually helps capture spring water from the side of mountains. They pipe it down to the villages where people can use it for washing or drinking. Often this will include building a latrine, which many villages have never had. Click here for more information: https://www.mnnonline.org/news/wycliffe-associates-supplies-asian-african-communities-with-clean-water/
Dozens of Christians Killed or Abducted by Extremists in Nigeria
1/3/2023 — Nigeria (International Christian Concern) On Christmas Day, Fulani militants attacked Angwan Aku Village in Kaduna, north of Nigeria. The attack occurred at 10 am, just as the service at the local church was about to begin. In addition, Fulani herdsmen and other unidentified bandits also staged attacks in Mallagum and Kagoro villages. Forty Christians were killed in Mallagum village. Click here for more information: https://www.persecution.org/2023/01/03/dozens-of-christians-killed-or-abducted-by-extremists-in-nigeria/
Special Prayer Request!!
• Ask the LORD to bring UNITY and REVIVAL to the Church
• Pray for the communities experiencing continued murder, violence, and unrest
• Pray for frontline pastors, workers and their families in countries hostile to Christianity
• Pray for the believers who are persecuted, imprisoned and even killed for their faith
• Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters who are under attack. That they would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:18) and that the Holy Spirit will strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16)
Weekly prayer insights from the heart of Pastor Getaneh. It is time to pray, let us pray that your will be done. Have your way!