James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Romans 5:3-5 …we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
“Is the character of my life so God centered and God honoring that I am practicing the spiritual maturity of seeing the Good Hand of God in what is otherwise meant for my hurt and affliction? ~ Patrick Payton
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 all 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. – II Chronicles 7:14
Breaking News & Latest Headlines For The Week
Court orders extra payment to Christian widows of 14 who died in India riots
May 8, 2018 — …the High Court of Odisha state in eastern India has ensured the disbursal of extra compensation awarded two years ago to dependents of 14 Christians killed in the widespread anti-Christian violence that engulfed Kandhamal district in 2008. Click here for more information: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/05/india-compensation-assured-for-widows-of-14-who-died-in-kandhamal-riots/
Christian Convert’s Body Mutilated by Family in Uganda
May 8, 2018 — A Christian man, who had converted several years ago, was recently attacked and killed by unknown assailants. When his body was returned to his family, who are Muslim and hated his conversion, it was reportedly mutilated before being buried in a small grave... Click here for more: https://www.persecution.org/2018/05/08/christian-converts-body-mutilated-family-uganda/
Nigerian Army Rescues 1,000 Boko Haram Captives
May 8, 2018 -- Nigeria (CNN) – The 1,000 hostages reported freed by the NIgerian army on Monday were rescued after a week-long battle with Boko Haram in which 50 militants were killed, an army spokesman told CNN. Click here for more: https://www.persecution.org/2018/05/08/nigerian-army-rescues-1000-boko-haram-captives/
Shandong Authorities Confiscate More Than Thousands of Christian Publications
Published May 4, 2018 – Authorities in China’s Shandong province confiscated more than 1,100 copies of alleged “illegal” Christian publications and disks during their visits to at least five house churches, in the name of cracking down anti-pornography and illegal publications. Local Christians believe the campaign was just an excuse for the government to clampdown on Christianity…: https://www.persecution.org/2018/05/07/shandong-authorities-confiscate-thousands-christian-publications/
Church massacre shatters Central African capital’s tranquility
Published May 3, 2018 — At least 24 people are feared killed and more than a hundred injured following a fresh outbreak of violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic… Until recent weeks, the capital had been considered a safe haven in the war-torn country – the only place the government is in control, with three-quarters of the country occupied by armed groups.…Click here for more: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/05/central-african-capitals-tranquillity-shattered-by-church-massacre/
Special Prayer Request!!
• Praise God that our team made it back home safely!
• Pray for the believers who are persecuted, imprisoned & even killed for their faith.
• Pray for the underground church and pastors we support in East Africa.
• 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!