Since 1992, millions of Christians have prayed during the month of Ramadan for breakthroughs in the gospel amongst Muslims worldwide. With hundreds of thousands of other Christians worldwide, we are also engaging in prayer for 30 days for Muslims using a prayer booklet. The prayer information provided enables Christians to pray for Muslims during Ramadan in an informed and focused way. READ MORE.
Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and cause them put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:21-22).
Honour killings (or shame killings) are quite common in Islam. Honour killings occur when someone has violated the principles of a community or religion and brought shame or dishonour on the family. For example, a woman refusing to enter an arranged marriage, or being in a relationship that is disapproved of by the family, having sex outside marriage, being the victim of rape, dressing in inappropriate ways, engaging in non-heterosexual relations, or renouncing Islam.
When a Muslim converts to Christianity, they may be beaten, chased out of the home and ostracised by the family. In the Middle East and Southeast Asia, but increasingly in Western countries also, these honour killings are reported as accidents or suicides.
- That the practice of honour killings will come into disrepute amongst Muslims.
- For converts to Christianity to escape beatings and ridicule, and to find new homes in Christian families.
- For Christian converts to not become victims of honour killing
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35). The following report is from a leader with a ministry to the Persecuted Church: “I am writing this from Lebanon, where we are meeting Christian leaders from different regions in Syria. They are not refugees. For seven years, they have faithfully served the people of their regions through deep despair, severe suffering and extreme sacrifice. But the message we heard was not the one we expected.
There was a contagious excitement among those we met. Without exception, the one message they all shared was simply: NOW IS THE TIME! ‘Aleppo is God’s paradise’, one leader explained, ‘this is where souls are coming into the Kingdom and where sower and harvester meet today. The greater the pain, the greater the search for hope. This has made the church the only legitimate solution to what people are searching for.’”
- For physical and emotional strength for pastors.
- For Spirit-filled pastors.
- That ministries from the Western world ministering in Syria will not ‘contaminate’ the Syrian church with their own brand of Christianity and doctrinal preferences.
Day 3: 18 May – Eritrean ChurchRemember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20). Homes, graveyards and shipping containers are the meeting places of the Eritrean Church. Almost 100 believers were arrested in Eritrea during June 2017. Fifteen years ago, the Evangelical Church in Eritrea was growing, but the government became paranoid and accused the Evangelical Christianity of destabilizing the country, and the Church of an alleged American agenda, causing all sorts of problems.
The government are arresting Evangelical Christians who meet in their homes. Thousands of Christians are being held in shipping containers and military prisons all over the country. Christians, and even non-believers, are leaving the country due to the oppressiveness of government. Even in the midst of the persecution and the shutting down of the visible Evangelical Church, the Church is still growing, however, and people are still coming to know the Lord.
- For Eritrean Christians to persevere.
- For international influence to help stem the tide of persecution.
- For ways for Christians to escape the wave of persecution.
- For other nations where they will be able to find safety, and where they can start to live meaningful lives and be witnesses of the grace of God.
Day 4: 19 May – Algeria And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. (Acts 13:49). An entirely local church was born in recent years among the Berber people. Its extraordinary growth in the last few decades is thought to be the fastest in the Arab-speaking world – several thousand new believers are being baptised each year!
However, there are also challenges. Within this ‘First-Generation Church’, there is a great need for discipleship, strong biblical teaching and encouragement for believers. SAT-7 is responding to this need by broadcasting a variety of programs to encourage and disciple Algerian believers. They broadcast every week from a large, Kabyle-speaking Church in northern Algeria. Recent research of SAT-7’s audience has shown the spiritual hunger of this young church in Algeria, with around 1 million viewers.
- For an increase in the number of viewers of the SAT-7 programs, and the powerful working of the Holy Spirit through these programs.
- For the establishing of a strong church in Algeria.
Day 5: 20 May – Syrian Refugee Children Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:5-6). Lebanon is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees, and many classrooms have more Syrian than Lebanese children. Segregation and separation is a big problem.
By separating the classes based on ethnicity, schools create rifts between the children and add to the tension the nation is already feeling. This separation contributes to the belief many Lebanese citizens hold that there is no need to associate with refugees because they are ‘temporary guests’. In separate schools, each group refuses to associate with the other because ‘they’re dirty’. The rifts are even spreading to parents and other family members. The issue of war-traumatized Syrian children also needs to be addressed.
- For funding for schools, and for material to help take care of the educational needs of refugee children.
- For Christian NGOs to help with teachers.
- For Christians with the necessary skills to help the tens of thousands traumatized refugee children.