Pray For Us
Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, that they would remain steadfast in their faith and committed to being salt and light where God has placed them.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Please join our team as we pray for the following needs:
- Pray for Christians in China, where authorities are burning Bibles, taking down crosses and closing churches. In 2016, President Xi Jinping said, “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means.” Chinese officials are forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies.
- Some time ago the Pakistani government expelled 18 Western NGOs from Pakistan, including World Vision. Pray for stability, peace and godly leadership development, so local leaders can act according to God’s love and for the sake of Christian witness. Also pray for unity and a growing maturity in the Pakistani churches. (ScholarLeaders)
- Please continue to uphold Christians in India as they face another year of ministry amid political upheaval, continued restrictions on Christian ministries, and ongoing persecution of many Christian leaders. Over these past five years, under the present government, the Christian community has gone through a tremendously difficult time of atrocities and persecution. Efforts are being made to reconvert as many new Christians as possible back to Hinduism and to escalate anti-Christian violence, in the hope of spreading fear among Christians. Pray that God will work in the hearts of those bringing opposition.
- Also pray for the leadership of South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (Bangalore, India) as they seek to model Christlikeness and equip students to be scholar-saints who go out to serve the Lord in India and in other parts of Asia and the world. (ScholarLeaders)
Southeast Asia: Vietnam
- Pray for perseverance and wisdom for the translators at Seed Christian Literature in Hanoi, that they will produce quality literature for the church and that it will sell and help this fledgling company become self-sustainable.
- Pray for the leaders of Hanoi Bible College as they seek to implement the strategy they developed in March 2018 and make plans for a future campus. Pray that the authorities will show favor to HBC.
- Pray for Christians in Hà Giang province to persevere in faith and for the HBC graduate who is ministering in this region.
- Pray the church in Hanoi and throughout Vietnam will continue to flourish and grow.
Pray for the 40 new Hanoi Bible College students who began in late August (2019). Pray for the different ethnic groups to bond well together and for the students to respect the different levels of general education and different primary languages among them.
- Pray that the Cuban Church will be able to respond to new social challenges and that it can continue with more force its evangelizing mission. Pray also that there will be a bridge of understanding between the governments of the United States and Cuba.
- Pray for Godly leaders who will prioritize Haiti’s wellbeing and address the nation’s massive problems. A history of misrule, tyranny and rampant corruption has immersed the country in hopelessness and despair.
- Colombia recently opened a UN camp in the border town of Maicao. Please pray for the Colombian government and for the Church in Colombia as they work to provide food and shelter, and respond to other urgent needs.
- Pray for the situation in the neighboring country of Venezuela. There are more than a million Venezuelan refuges in Colombia and many more in other countries of the region. (Scholar Leaders)
- As the people of Venezuela experience catastrophic leadership, pray there will be peaceful resolution without it becoming a military state. Pray that the political leadership would refuse the option of corruption and civil strife, instead bringing to the people honest and fair rule. Pray for Christians who, as salt and light, live the life of Christ in their civil society. May they be wise and gracious, strong and loving, ever giving evidence of the Christ who as servant taught us all how to lead. (Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance)
- Pray for the development of a new generation of leaders within the Brazilian Church, so it will accept their important strategic role in the difficult times they are facing.
- Pray for Costa Ricans and Latin Americans, as the Prosperity Gospel is spreading and pushing people to give offerings in exchange for miracles and healings. Pray that they will know that salvation is by faith in Christ alone and that they do not have to pay for God’s favour. (Scholar Leaders)
- Pray that God’s Word would continue to resonate in prisons in Ukraine and beyond as people behind bars find Christ.
- Please pray for an end to the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine, which in the last four and a half years has claimed more than 10,000 lives.
- Pray that as the Church in the Middle East meets the immense and ongoing challenge of responding to the refugee crisis, it may be provided the necessary resources and respond in a Christ-like manner.
- Pray for the training of pastors within the evangelical churches in Egypt – as the Church grows and faces trials and persecution, solid leadership is essential.
- Please lift up Lebanon and the Middle East and pray for peace, for God to raise peacemakers among His followers, and for the church in the Arab world to be an agent of restoration, healing and reconciliation.
- From Bethlehem Bible College: Please pray for the Shepherd Society’s ministry and its continuous work with the refugees in Jordan and the poor families in Bethlehem. May the Lord use them to show the true love of God with others.
- A pastor of the Baptist Church of Baghdad in Iraq and Adjunct Professor for Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) asks prayer for protection for his wife and daughter, their church to be more involved and effective in supporting the needs of the community around us, and our dream to start a primary school to help the next generation of children from Muslim families to obtain Kingdom values.
- Two ABTS students who come from Sudan request prayer:
- “I ask you to pray for me as I return to my home country. I have been away for a while, so things are different. There is no doubt I have my fears, but I trust that the Lord will put me in the right place to serve Him. Please pray for my future ministry and marriage. I also ask you to pray for Sudan and that I may someday see my parents who are stuck in Darfur again. I have not seen them for years because of the war in Darfur.”
- “Please pray for my upcoming ministry in Sudan with children and youths. Please pray that I would find a job so I can support myself while serving God at the same time. Pray that I may find a place of my own as well, as I intend to get married soon. I also ask you to pray for Sudan in this time of unrest between the military government and protesting civilians.”
- Pray for Dr. Stuart Brooking and Overseas Council Australia as they implement their Mile Deep Strategy, which will deepen the spiritual life of the Church in Africa through resourcing the leadership development of the Church.
- Pray for the church in Tanzania. Although the Church there experienced significant growth during the East African Revival (1940s-70s) and has witnessed a thriving Pentecostal movement in recent decades, the country remains in need of strong theological leadership and biblical discipleship amid the prevalence of religious syncretism and witchcraft. (Global Scholars)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been affected for several years by social, political, and economic crises. In the last month the area around Bunia has experienced renewed conflict and the displacement of about 300,000 people. Many have again fled into Bunia. The situation got much more complicated this year with the Ebola epidemic that has now infected over 2,400 people. There is a shortage of vaccines. Pray for peace to be restored in DRC, for a greater supply of vaccines, that those affected by the Ebola outbreak will get medical attention early, and that God will protect those who are providing medical care. Also ask God to stop the spread of this disease.
Pray for Rev. Emmanuel Mukeshimana from Rwanda, who is finishing up his PhD studies in Uganda (His thesis is “Mission to the Poor in Luke 4:18-19, a Messianic Approach for Poverty Alleviation in Rwanda.”) Emmanuel asks us to pray for peace in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, and Eastern Democratic Republic). This region has been the territory of unending conflicts. Pray that people in East Africa will be able to move freely and that refugees will be able to return home. (Scholar Leaders)
Pray for safety and security in the region of West Africa. Terrorism and religious fundamentalism are hitting many communities and missionary activities are terribly affected. (Scholar Leaders)
- Please pray for the safety and health of the staff of Scholar Leaders in their travels and for the comfort and safety of families who remain at home while they are away. Also pray for their Vital SustainAbility initiative, that conversations with seminaries will model Christian love and wisdom and that additional qualified staff will be found to join their work. And also pray for their work in Muslim contexts, that the conversations would challenge and energize the Church to engage our Muslim neighbours.
In July the U.S. State Department held the 2nd annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom around the world. Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali from Africa asked that we pray for the persecuted Christians around the world. He said: “80% of the people who are persecuted in the world today are Christian.”