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FEBRUARY 20, 2018


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Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.-James 5:16


Today, let us offer God a sacrifice of praise.  Ask God to purify our mouths so that our praise would be acceptable to Him.  Let us give thanks for our redemption.  All praise, honor, and glory belong to Jesus Christ, our Saviour!


The Presidential Prayer Team, Open Doors Ministry, and Voice of the Martyrs have prayer requests, and I have a foreign missions report that I have forwarded below.


American poet John Greenleaf Whittier once declared, "My ground of hope, for myself and humanity, is in that Divine fullness which was manifested in the life, teachings, and self-sacrifice of Christ.  In the infinite mercy of God so revealed, and not in any work or merit of my own nature, I humbly, yet very hopefully, trust."


John 12:12-15

On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.





Executive Prayer Focus

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon

At least four Americans are being held as political prisoners in Iran. The White House secretly reached out to Iran late last year to float the idea of establishing a channel to negotiate their release.


Legislative Prayer Focus

U.S. Representative for Louisiana Steve Scalise

As part of the infrastructure plan submitted by President Trump, there is the proposal that permitting time for projects should be shortened. Shortening the permit process for infrastructure projects will go a long way toward saving money on them, Representative Steve Scalise said.


Military Leadership Prayer Focus

Commander, U.S. Southern Command Admiral Kurt Tidd

The visit in recent days of Admiral Kurt Tidd, head of the United States Southern Command, to Columbia, arouses suspicions and leads some to think that the order to attack Venezuela has already been given. On the other hand, the presence of the U.S. military in the region, according to Tidd, is to “counteract the security threats” that are posed in the region by the Venezuela government.


Judicial Leadership Prayer Focus

Superior Court, Kern County, California Judge David R. Lampe

Cathy Miller designs and makes wedding cakes. She has religious convictions that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. When she said she would not create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding, the couple filed a discrimination complaint and the State of California sued. Last week, the State lost its bid for a temporary injunction against Cathy, ruling that First Amendment rights apply to people of faith and she was within her rights.


Pray for the President and his Administration

President Donald Trump said he would push for a “reciprocal tax” against countries, including U.S. allies, that levy tariffs on American products, but no details were forthcoming on structure, goods involved, or countries.


Russia will probably be the most capable and aggressive source of the threat of outside influence on the 2018 mid-term elections, and will likely disseminate false information, according to National Security Director Dan Coats.


Pray for the security of the American elections and about the trade programs contemplated by President Trump.


Pray for Congressional Leaders

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he is never going to give up on entitlement reform. calling it a means to get the national debt under control. while calling the recent spending deal necessary to fund the military.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw his support behind immigration legislation that tracks President Trump’s framework, and has opened the Senate to a rare open-ended debate now underway.


Pray for Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell as they shepherd legislation through their chambers of Congress.


Pray for Judicial Needs

The Supreme Court will hear a digital privacy case this month in U.S. vs. Microsoft that will determine whether the U.S. government can force tech companies to hand over customers’ emails, even if stored on foreign servers.


The State of North Carolina violated civil rights laws when it forced a magistrate to resign because of her religious beliefs about marriage, a federal judge ruled, calling performing wedding ceremonies a small part of her work.


Pray for wisdom for the courts as they rule on matters that have widespread implications.


Pray for Current Events


Despite waves of violence, Afghan officials are carrying out at least two back-channel talks with the Taliban, keeping the door open for reconciliation, even as they look for a means to end the protracted war.


NATO allies, Turkey and the U.S., have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war with Syria, while a top U.S. general pledged to keep American troops in a northern Syrian region in support of the Kurds.


Pray about decisions being made by diplomats and the military with respect to Afghanistan and Syria.



U.S. forces killed “scores” of Russian mercenaries supporting President Assad in Syria last week in the deadliest clash of citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to Syrian reports.


The United States and Germany have offered to host two proposed new NATO commands aimed at deterring Russia in a show of support for the alliance’s military build-up that echoes the Cold War.


Pray about the potential for greater confrontation between U.S. and Russian forces.



Iran has unveiled a ballistic missile reportedly capable of carrying nuclear warheads and with a sufficient range to reach Israel or U.S. military bases in the Gulf. The Qadr H missile was on display in Iran’s anniversary celebration.


The Iranian drone that an Israeli helicopter shot down was a copy of an American unmanned vehicle intercepted six years ago. In retaliation, Syrian anti-aircraft fire shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.


Pray that the increased military actions between Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Israel do not erupt into greater conflict.



Economists, demographers and political leaders are increasingly concerned that the next generation of workers won’t be ready to fill millions of new jobs across the country as a “skills gap” could leave jobs unfilled.


U.S. households may be borrowing more to fuel their spending, while savings rates are falling, and wages are not picking up with sufficient strength to keep up with consumer confidence, Wells Fargo reported.


Pray for the next generation of Americans to be adequately trained for work; pray about personal debt levels.



Maine is one of more than a dozen states working on addressing crime victims’ rights as part of the state criminal code, and legislators there are working on the possibility of a state constitutional amendment.


West Virginia’s Senate voted to end abortion rights under their state constitution. The resolution that goes next to the State’s House of Representatives, would also not require the state to fund abortions.


Pray for state legislators as they look to protect victims of crime and the unborn.



Every Day, Nawal Faces a Silent Terrorist

Like all women who have converted from Islam to Christianity in countries governed by Sharia law, Saudi Christian mom Nawal* lives in the very real tension between finding ways to follow Christ in secret and being a wife and mother in a Muslim family and culture.


Why One Christian in Vietnam Wants to Preach to His Persecutors

Vang Atu* was the first Christian convert in his village and evangelized to other believers, witnessing at least four families come to know Jesus. But when local authorities and villagers began to see the gospel spread, they did everything they could to stop it. In rare video footage, he tells his story.


World Watch Prayer Alert: Eritrea

Both the government and the cultural climate in Eritrea contribute to the persecution of Christians in this country in the Horn of Africa. President Afewerki’s regime is known for absolute authoritarianism and Muslims, who make up roughly half of the population, are becoming more radicalized, resulting in increased vulnerability for Christians. Bottom line: Conversion to Christianity is seen as a complete betrayal of community, family and the Islamic faith. Learn more about praying for Eritrea here ...


INDIA: Pastor Found Slain in His Home

Sources: Morning Star News, AsiaNews

The body of a pastor in southern India was found hanging in his home on January 20th, one week after a complaint had been filed about harassment from militant Hindu groups in his area. Gideon Periyaswamy, 43, was pastor of the Maknayeem Church in Adayachery village, Kanchipuram District. He was found in the early morning by two women coming to clean the building. Reports indicate that, while posed to look like a suicide, there are strong indications of murder, including a cut on his neck under the rope.


Initially the police would not open an investigation. However, after complaints from Pastor Gideon's family, the police are now promising a full and fair investigation. Protests throughout the state of Tamil Nadu are taking place in response to his death, demanding action against what is perceived to be the ongoing persecution of Christians.


Pastor Gideon had converted from Hinduism 25 years ago and led the church in Adayachery for more than 12 years. Local Hindu militants were unhappy about the church, opposing it because of its bold witness and outreach to lower caste people in the community. Despite the protests, Pastor Gideon had stated before his death: "I have no problems. If the Lord grants it to me, I will die a martyr for Christ; but His ministry will not end."


Please remember Pastor Gideon's family and the members of his church, as they mourn their sudden loss. Pray for the continued growth of Christianity in Adayachery and throughout India, as the country's persecuted believers rest in the assurance that Christ's church will indeed prevail (Matthew 16:18).


SUDAN: Church Leaders Fined in Ongoing Campaign

Source: Middle East Concern

On February 8th, a court fined seven Christians between 2,500 and 5,000 Sudanese pounds (about $175 to $350 CAD) for resisting the confiscation of a school belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in the city of Omdurman. Eighteen other Christians were acquitted. This confiscation follows several other instances of property being seized or destroyed in towns and cities throughout Sudan.


According to a report by Middle East Concern, these problems involving the government took place after the denomination fired members of a committee responsible for church properties because of their fraudulent activities. The Sudanese government intervened and reinstated the members to their committee position, enabling them to sell the church properties to a businessman with close ties to the government.

Similar actions were also forced on the Sudan Church of Christ through a government-imposed committee. Other recent reports of confiscation or destruction of church buildings in Omdurman can be viewed here.


Pray that the Lord's wisdom and guidance will be granted to the Christians of Sudan, as they deal with the government's impositions (Matthew 10:16). Uphold those who are struggling over the loss of their meeting places and, as a result, determining ways in which they can continue gathering together for worship services. Ask for God's divine intervention to take place on their behalf, and for His provision to be made known to the seven believers who were recently fined.


Pakistan: Asia Bibi Remains in Good Spirits

Source: VOM Australia

Since her conviction for blasphemy in 2010, Asia Bibi has been in the prayers of thousands of Christians around the world. Convicted of insulting the prophet Mohammed, she faces a death penalty. All appeals to this point have been futile, despite pressure being applied from within Pakistan, as well by other governments and organizations internationally. For more information on Asia Bibi's case, we encourage you to review the Pakistan Country Report.


Even though Asia remains in prison, separated from family and friends, her lawyer reports that she is healthy and in good spirits. The lawyer is presently working on the date of a new hearing which will hopefully overturn her conviction. Please continue to pray for Asia's personal needs, as well as those of her family. Also pray that the legal system in Pakistan will be changed, the protests and threats of her militant accusers silenced, and for Asia to be safely released.


If you would like to post a prayer of praise or petition on behalf of our persecuted family around the globe, visit VOMC's prayer wall.


I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.-I Timothy 2:1-4


Pray for Governor Rick Scott of the state of Florida as he deals with the aftermath of the school shooting that recently happened there.



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