An older Christian Iranian woman imprisoned for her faith found herself in what was a threatening and harsh condition. Timid as she was, she chose to stay true to God and soon had other prisoners asking what she was in for. As she answered truthfully she shared her faith we those around. Today 68 prisoners have given their lives to God. One of the prison guards who interrogated her has also become a Christian. (Testimony given this week).
Iranians are turning to Christ – they are seeing the radical lives Christians are living amongst them.
Let’s pray for:
For the courage and witness of Iranian Christians to stand under persecution.
For those who would celebrate Christmas knowing that in so doing they may draw attention to themselves and be arrested.
For Farsi Scriptures to reach both Christians and non-Christians so they may be encouraged and challenged.
Elections took place this week amongst increased violence and protests on the streets as many Egyptians are sceptical that the military rulers will hand over power in a democratic way. Some have rightly compared the removal of Mubarak as the breaking away of a tooth, the current military leadership representing the roots of that regime still in place. It should be noted that the military class enjoy significant wealth and prestige, owning or controlling much of the key tourist resorts, influencing much of everyday life. There is fear that this “root” still in place will hold Egypt back in its quest for freedom and democracy.
On the 7th to 8th February 2012 an Egypt summit will be held in Washington DC. Pray for this gathering to be supportive and helpful for the Church in Egypt (for more information contact email@example.com.)
For local church leaders and pastors to be more involved in the process of reformation.
For church leaders and pastors to encourage their congregations and the people they serve to be actively involved in the society and hold their social and political responsibilities
For the Egyptian Christian leaders and pastors to find creative ways of magnifying the impact of the church through practical means of serving their community
For wisdom and discernment as Christians start networking with other social and religious organisations which are known with their moderate and liberal position to deepen the concept of citizen ship and civil society.
Reports are coming out of North Sudan that since the establishment of South Sudan as a separate country a wave of Islamic fundamentalism in North is occurring to “purge” the North of Christians. This is particularly being felt on the borders (South Kordofan).
Let’s pray for:
A resolution of the volatile relationship between Sudan and South Sudan
For protection of Christians caught up in this instability, that they may be able to demonstrate God’s love and character to their neighbours.
For Christian leaders to seek God for wisdom and discernment as they guide their congregations through this time.
Note: Micah Network is planning to facilitate an integral mission conversation in South Sudan. Please pray for our plans and contacts so that this will be a time of encouragement, challenge and transformation.