Where are my brothers?
We have shouted out to the world, but no-one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?
This is the cry coming from 50 hot spot nations around the globe. We invite you to connect with the persecuted Church through Open Doors World Watch List (WWL), which targets the top 50 countries where the persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe. You can adopt a country each day and pray along with the prayer points for each one. Visit our website and click onto the World Prayer Map: www.embassyforworldpeace.org
North Korea is #1 – PRAY for the 50,000-70,000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps. Ask God to sustain them. That God would change the heart of Kim Jong-Un, and use him to reform the country. For protection for Open Doors workers and contacts bringing practical and spiritual support to believers.
Syria is #3 – PRAY for protection for the many believers who have chosen to stay in Syria to serve their communities. For Open Doors workers and partners bringing relief to thousands of displaced Christian families. For a peaceful end to the conflict that has torn this country apart.
Iraq is #4 – As the mass exodus of Iraq’s Christians continues, so does the call for ending the plight of those who have remained. Like Iraq’s ancient Jewish community before them, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities may soon cease to exist. The disappearance of Iraq’s religious minorities has been a troubling trend since the US-led invasion in 2003, and it has threatened to end the cultural diversity of Iraq. As the violence in the country spikes and religious intolerance grows, many Christians, Yazidis, Mandaeans and other minority community members are leaving the country. The head of the Iraqi Catholic Church sent a chilling warning that Iraq’s 2,000-year-old Christian community is on the brink of extinction as new waves of Christians take the journey of exodus.
Sudan is #11 – PRAY that God will strengthen and unite Christians as they face increasing pressure from their Islamic extremist government. Praise God for strong civil rights bodies fighting for the oppressed, including Christians; pray that the government will pay attention to their requests. Give thanks that Open Doors is supporting the small but courageous local church in Sudan with discipleship training and community development projects. After being given a death sentence for her Christian faith, Sudanese Meriam Ilbraham and her family miraculously migrated to the U.S.
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, gaining independence from Sudan three years ago. But it’s also one of the poorest and most troubled. The neighboring states have clashed periodically since independence, but the most recent fighting has been between the South Sudan’s government and rebels, a quarrel that has been a major factor in their food shortages.
NPR reported that a U.N. helicopter apparently was shot down yesterday (Aug. 26, 2014) while on a routine cargo flight over South Sudan. It illustrates the difficulty of bringing food aid to the war-torn country and the challenge of figuring out how serious that food crisis is. There’s a U.S. agency that’s supposed to make that determination – the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWS NET. However, as NPR’s Gregory Warner reports, “a lesser-known fact is that by the time the word famine was declared (in Somalia), at least half of its 260,000 victims had already died. In other words, by the time a situation gets as bad as famine, you’ve already arrived too late.”
PRAY for the global Church to respond to Southern Sudan’s food shortages. It is the world’s newest country, and many of South Sudan’s 12million people are on the brink of being wiped out. With the eyes of the world on the escalating violence in the Middle East and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the plight of South Sudan is going almost unnoticed. Four million people are in desperate need of food and child malnutrition is three times the emergency levels.
Nine years after the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s long war and three years after South Sudan gained independence, Africa’s youngest country is grappling with a new round of conflict, which has created another devastating humanitarian crisis. The UN and other humanitarian agencies refrain, for reasons both technical and political, from calling the conditions a famine. Instead, they speak of “catastrophic food insecurity” and “the world’s worst food crisis.” But no matter what you call it, many South Sudanese are currently facing hunger, disease and death.
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
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