Thursday, March 24, 2011

BGEA in JAPAN: Responding to Crisis ~ Continue to PRAY and Support



I took the video off since it automatically plays but you may view it here...
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 

"...As the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse, Isaacs is working closely with BGEA Associate Director of Asian Affairs Chad Hammond in a joint effort to bring help and hope to hurting people following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami... Reporting by phone Thursday, Isaacs said that the nuclear cloud was keeping him cut off from his team to the north in Sendai.

CNN reported that close to 200,000 people living within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – the hardest hit of several nuclear plants affected since the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami – had been evacuated. Authorities banned flights over the area...

Isaacs is calling on the Christian community around the world to continue to pray for the recovery efforts. 
Here’s some ways you can pray specifically:
• That Japan’s military will be able to assist the team from Samaritan’s Purse and BGEA transport 93 tons of supplies that arrived Saturday from the airlift.
• For wisdom from the Holy Spirit in all decision-making.
• Continued favor with Japan government officials.
• For much-needed fuel (for trucks).
• For protection from radiation.
• For the people of Japan, who are very fearful and anxious.
• That people will come to see God’s love in spite of their suffering and in the midst of their suffering.

"Despite the challenges our team is facing in Japan, we have much to be thankful for,” Isaacs said. “Please join us in praising God for the help of the U.S. military, Japanese government officials, and local Christians. Thank Him that our charter flight arrived safely in Japan. Thank Him that our team has remained safe and healthy." ~ TO READ MORE of this article or in its entirety, please go HERE

PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE EFFORTS, BOTH SPIRITUALLY and PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY...in every way... there is need for Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

ONE HEART has shared a powerful, poignant post on JAPAN that will stir your HEART to pray.


Monday, March 21, 2011

SO MANY PRAYER ALERTS...

I am compelled to share the Global Day of Prayer's email once again and please check out the links and these sites and PRAY... God is calling us and giving us an opportunity to MOVE by His Spirit and cover these:




So much is happening in the world around us.  Minute by minute things are changing and more prayer needs are generated.  Please visit our website www.globaldayofprayer.com for frequently updated prayer information for the nations.

Join us as we pray for:

JAPAN
LIBYA
COTE D’IVOIRE

Japan: Christians reach out to a shaken nation 

On March 11 the nation of Japan was shaken by a heavy 8.9 magnitude earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami that left tens of thousands of people dead, missing and unaccounted for.
At the moment of writing a serious nuclear disaster is on the horizon as a result of overheating and explosions at the nation's Fukushima power plant. A radio-active cloud is threatening the capital Tokyo, with 13 million inhabitants one of the most densely populated city regions in Asia. As Japan is the world's third largest economy, there are also large economic effects as stock markets are tumbling. 

According to a report posted at Crosswalk.com, Christian organizations based in Japan are using social networking sites to coordinate relief efforts. Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope (CRASH Japan) is working closely with JEMA (the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Association), to coordinate a large network of experienced volunteers who live in Japan and are familiar with the nation's culture and language. Leaders set up a command center in Tokyo with bases in affected areas. Christian aid teams will work through local churches who know the community's needs.

More than 300 churches exist in the area affected by the tsunami. The status of most of them is unknown. Asian Access, a Missions organization that works with over 1,800 churches throughout Japan, has been trying to contact their partners, but communication has been difficult. For more information about the Tsunami relief fund and a message from the President of Asian Access, Joe Handley http://asianaccess.org/A2-Japan-Tsunami-Relief-Fund.html

Peter Howard with Food for the Hungry says: "For a modern country, the scale of this disaster is unparalleled. Many churches in Japan are opening their doors to receive the survivors. "We believe that the church is God's vehicle for spreading the Gospel of love and compassion and the message of peace," says Howard. "We're really hopeful that the Japanese church supported by churches all around the world will rise up and truly show what Christians are all about."

"The Fukushima and Tohoku Bible chapels are in some of the hardest hit areas," says Stephen Van Valkenburg, a director of Christian Aid. "They have already been evacuated because they are all situated close to the endangered nuclear power plants. There is a lot of panic and help is being distributed to refugees in emergency shelters. These missionaries have some of the most effective outreaches in Japan, so we know that they are sharing the love of God in both word and deed during this tragic time."

Japan is one the wealthiest 'unreached nations' in the world. Its population exceeds 127 million, yet less than one percent of those consider themselves Christians. Society is highly materialistic. Those who do claim a religious preference typically blend elements of Shinto and Buddhism. The regions hit hardest by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan’s northern Pacific coast is considered 'hard ground' by missionaries. Disasters always bring up existential questions. This certainly is a time for Christians in Japan and around the world to show God's love to the Japanese people in their time of need.
Prayer points:
·        Pray for all those in Japan to have presence of mind, and for those who are believers to rise to the occasion with the power of the Holy Spirit to meet the needs as He directs them.
·        Pray for the Church to unite to reach out to help in the aftermath. Pray for wise response, order and resources applied appropriately.
·        Pray for the global Church to wake up to the need to be prepared in order to be His hands and feet in these situations as they begin to unfold so quickly around the world.
·        Pray for God's mercy, that there will be more than enough messengers of the gospel in every place to share the good news of His mercy and grace to those who do not yet know Him.

Used with permission from Joel News International, a weekly e-zine on the advance of God's Kingdom globally. Check it out at www.joelnews.org and sign up for yourself!


LIBYA on the brink of war

Government forces are continuing to fight the rebels who took control of several cities after protests and violence broke out last month. While Western nations are working to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, leader Muammar al-Qadhafi appears to be preparing to lay siege to the rebel held city of Benghazi, as well as other towns along the coast.

PRAY FOR:

·        The salvation of Muammar al-Qadhafi.  Pray for this leader to stop ordering deadly attacks on his own people. (I Timothy 2:1-3)
·        Political freedom for Libyans and for the Gospel to reach them. Pray for them to be liberated from the oppression of the current regime and from the oppression of Islam. (Isaiah 42:6,7)
·        The Gospel to be made known in this Muslim nation. Ask the Lord to draw the people of Libya out of the dominion of darkness and into the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.(Colossians 1:13)
·        A great harvest of souls during this time of instability. (John 4:35)



Christians attacked, killed in Ivory Coast

Mission News Network – 21 March 2011

Christians are now a major target in violence which is teetering Ivory Coast on the edge of civil war.

When the post-election violence began in November, believers were almost immediately at risk. Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down from his post as president when candidate Alassane Ouattara was voted in as president, despite international recognition of Ouattara as the country's new president.

Now Christians are in danger!

"In the city of Abidjan, there's a call by Islamic clerics against the Christians," confirms Carl Moeller with Open Doors, USA. "The fact of the matter is, in this part of the world, politics and religion are very difficult to separate."

Where does religion fit in? Gbagbo calls himself a Christian, and Ouattara calls himself a Muslim. Many Muslims associate believers with Gbagbo whether they actually support him or not.

Christians' prayers for peace in Ivory Coast are seen as further evidence of Gbagbo loyalty.

As a result, Christians have been targeted directly. "Our coworkers on the ground say that several churches have been already burned, and many Christians have been beaten up. And there are actually--although we don't have firm numbers on this according to our coworker there--Christians who've been killed in these attacks," says Moeller.

The U.N. reports that over 430 people have died as a direct result of the hostilities.
Thousands of believers have been made homeless, and due to the lack of hospitals, many of them are dying as well. 40,000 people are gathered at churches in and around Abidjan. Christians undoubtedly make up some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees since violence began.

Pray for:

·        Pray for strength for our brothers and sisters in Ivory Coast right now.
·        Pray for the safety of Open Doors workers as well, and that ministry would continue.
·        Pray that believers would still manage to be a light for Christ in the middle of misunderstandings and malevolence.

Open Doors works to build the church in Ivory Coast.
Source: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/15486

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Operation Mobilization in the Middle east

Dangerous Assignment (see GDOP)

The African continent has many as well from LIBYA to Cote d'lvore

I shared many of these at The Lighthouse of Prayer and then I thought... MISSIONS (this blog) also needs to share the many countries and our brothers and sisters reaching out during these difficult times.

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WORLD WEEKEND OF PRAYER coming June 4th-5th, 2011

Here's a sample from their PRAYER DIARY

The Prayer Diary
"Children have always been a priority for Jesus; when children were brought to Him, He placed His hands on them, prayed for them, and blessed them. It is therefore imperative that as Christians we too prioritise the needs of children, especially those who are vulnerable and hurting.  
The Prayer Diary is produced in response to prayer requests from various children’s ministries across the globe. There is a theme for each week and a different request for each day. We hope you will find this a valuable resource as you pray both for children at risk and also for the Christians caring for them.  

1. January - March
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Dear Praying Friends,
This issue of the Prayer Diary is made up of requests from Africa.  Africa has many problems that we in the West often have difficulty appreciating or understanding.  We will look at some of these issues each week. "
And please REMEMBER... this area of TRAFFICKING that God has placed on my heart



Free2Play in Thailand 2010 from Not For Sale Campaign on Vimeo.


"Working on the streets of Lima, Peru, we know that it’s not enough to rescue individuals out of exploitation and bondage. We must also equip them to create a new future for themselves — one in which they have employment opportunities and are no longer vulnerable to the threat of traffickers. 

At Not For Sale Peru, we are building a Vocational Center… and providing the first round of Vocational Training as we build!" ...to read more go here
Let us PRAY for one another!

Children should not be sold, they should be able to enjoy playing.!

This is our mission!


Friday, March 11, 2011

PRAY FOR LEAST REACHED PEOPLE

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER NEWSLETTER
 
PRAYING FOR THE LEAST-REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”  --Habakkuk 1:5

What is the problem?
2,000 years ago Jesus commanded His disciples, “Go make disciples of all ‘nations’.”
More than 6,800 of the 16,000 “ethnê” or ethnic groups living today, to which He referred, lack a community of believers with adequate numbers and resources to successfully fulfil His command. Simply stated, 1 in 4 people remain without reasonable access to the gospel—The Forgotten One Fourth World! This simply means that, although there may be a few believers or even a few churches, they are a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize their own people group.

Where are they?
These groups are found around the world, not only in the so-called 10/40 Window nations.
Go to this link http://www.joshuaproject.net/ethne.php?es=6 to find the least-reached people groups in each nation.

Why are they still least-reached?

·        GEOGRAPHIC BARRIERS: remote, harsh climate, difficult access, or nomadic.
·        LINGUISTIC BARRIERS:  illiterate, no scripture in their language, unwritten language, terminology confusion.
·        POLITICAL BARRIERS: restricted access, evangelism forbidden, hostile environment (war?).
·        CULTURAL BARRIERS: persecution, closed to change, Christianity viewed as a “foreign” religion.
·        UNRECOGNIZED: believers unaware of the need or the group, small in size, prejudice, isolated from the society in which they live.

SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CHANGE THIS?
Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:1-3, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”   Jesus’ solution to the dilemma of the plentiful harvest with few workers was prayer.   
In her book, Intercession, Thrilling and Fulfilling, Joy Dawson echoed this call to prayer, “God’s priority plan to reach the un-evangelized is the mobilization of His people in united prayer. We are to pray with clean hearts, according to His will and His ways from His Word, in faith, energized by the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer changes things! Prayer…
  • Ushers us into God’s presence which changes us.
  • Reveals God’s plans so we can cooperate with them.
  • Obeys Jesus’ command to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers.
  • Invites God’s presence and participation in the process.
  • Removes hindrances to the gospel and prepares the hearts of unbelievers to hear and respond.
  • Releases resources for the task.
  • Insures protection for the workers and the work.
  • Releases spiritual power to fulfil the call, and,
  • Exercises divine authority to change situations and people.
  • Prayer IS the battle, and prayer maintains the victory.

How can we pray effectively?
Begin with these five simple prayers based on scripture:
  1. SEE: Pray that believers will see the hearts among every least-reached people group that are ready to hear and respond to the Gospel (John 4:35).
  2. SEND: Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send labourers among these “no-choice” peoples (Luke 10:2).
  3. UNITY: Pray that the Lord will help the Body of Christ to labour together in the unity of the Spirit to bring good news where it’s never been heard before (1 Cor. 3:9).
  4. SUPPLY: Pray that God will supply and multiply the resources necessary to support His workers and their work (2 Cor. 9:8-11).
  5. SUCCESS: Pray for 100-fold fruit that remains for God’s glory and transforms each group by its presence (Matt. 4:20).



    Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f27IfBpAow to view the “Unreached—Did You Know?” video to see the challenge remaining. [ABOVE video]

    Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F10apDwF4B0 to be challenged to be alert and ready for the opportunities God is pouring out in response to believing prayer for these unreached groups.

    Ethnê partners have prepared tools to facilitate specific prayer for the remaining Least-Reached Peoples:

    One is a DVD set of 12 video testimonies of believers formerly from unreached peoples now reaching others, one for each region with coordinating bulletin inserts and prayer bookmarks [Find these at www.gcni.org/pray40 ]

    These videos are available at www.youtube.com in English as follows (other languages are available on DVD):
    Other useful links:

    ·        Joshua Project www.joshuaproject.net/ethne.php is joining hands to provide further detailed information on the Least-Reached Peoples;
    ·        Global Prayer Digest is offering day-by-day prayer guides region by region for the least-reached peoples through the year www.globalprayerdigest.org
    ·        PrayerGuard provides links to guide you through three-minute scripture-based prayerswww.prayerguard.net . 
    ·        Etnopedia provides a growing number of multi-lingual profiles on the unreached groups atwww.etnopedia.org and ten different languages are available at present.
    ·        Love to Skype? www.unreachedprayer.org offers you the opportunity to build a Skype prayer team around a particular unreached group of your choice and to link to others with the same passion. 
    ·        Visit the Ethnê website www.ethne.net for linking, further information, and tools or emailprayer@ethne.net to receive the latest updates.

    From the rising of the sun to its going down, the Name of the Lord is to be praised.
    The effective, fervent prayers of a righteous man avail much! Join hands with God and believers around the world month by month moving from east to west in this Harvest-Linked Prayer Strategy (HeLPS), peoples joining together to glorify God among all peoples…Ethne to Ethne…Pass it on…in your own network…in your own language.


    *Lighthouse of Prayer has a PRAYER CHALLENGE and/or LINK UP please click here and read. This is a great focus for PRAYER!

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