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INTERNET PRAYER REQUESTS
JULY 10, 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, do all we can to support those who bring God’s word to our community. Pray that we will all stand with them so they have the courage to deliver His message untainted by secular concerns.
F. H. Gates, the Presidential Prayer Team, and Voice of the Martyrs have prayer requests, and I have a foreign missions report that I have forwarded below.
On September 19, 1796, The Father of our Country, George Washington bade farewell to Congress. He warned of the following. "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
Please be praying for Dora Johnson’s son-in-law, Brian Wills. He had a heart attack and is in ICU at Summit Hospital.
++++++++++++PRESIDENTIAL PRAYER TEAM PRAYER REQUESTS++++++++++++
Executive Prayer Focus
Director, National Economic Council Larry Kudlow
In a discussion on international trade and tariffs, Larry Kudlow, director of the president’s National Economic Council, said that China has more to lose than the U.S. “I believe that China is operating from a greater position of weakness than folks think,” he said. “We are operating from a greater position of economic strength.”
Legislative Prayer Focus
U.S. Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for swift confirmation of a successor to retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, not being dissuaded by calls of no confirmations during an election year.
Military Leadership Prayer Focus
Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley
Fighting will not take precedence over dealing with transitioning transgender troops, drug abuse, and other issues, as the Army seeks to overhaul its training regimen to hone its soldiers’ battlefield skills.
Judicial Leadership Prayer Focus
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark S. Cady
In a 5-2 decision, the Iowa Supreme Court said that a mandatory 72-hour waiting period for an abortion violated the Iowa Constitution because the restrictions on women weren’t “narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest of the state.”
Pray for the President and his Administration
President Trump has mobilized a Supreme Court confirmation team, consisting of White House and administration personnel, to fully vet and secure the nominee that the president plans to announce on July 9.
President Trump said he expects a second tax overhaul to be unveiled in October or a bit earlier, and he is considering cutting the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 21 percent, as well as benefits that for the most part “would go right to the middle class.”
Pray for wisdom for President Trump and his team in the selection of a Supreme Court nominee.
Pray for Congressional Leaders
Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming has presented draft legislation that embarks on an ambitious effort to overhaul the Endangered Species Act, giving new power and responsibilities for state officials to determine protections.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate should require President Trump to name a moderate, consensus nominee to the Supreme Court if the Senate rejects an “extreme” nominee first.
Pray for members of the House and Senate as they return from their Independence Day recess.
Pray for Judicial Needs
A federal court in California dismissed climate change lawsuits by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against five oil companies, saying the complaints required foreign and domestic policy decisions that were outside the court’s purview.
Massachusetts’ top court unanimously upheld a state requirement that people must register to vote 20 days before an election. The case could impact the ability of thousands of citizens to cast ballots, some say.
Pray about the impact of the nation’s court decisions on average American citizens.
Pray for Current Events
WARS AND TERRORISM
A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus on Sunday, killing at least 19 and wounding 10 others. Although no group had immediately claimed responsibility, it had all the hallmarks of Islamic State tactics.
Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to leave military forces in Syria “for quite some time,” Moscow’s top diplomat said, adding “We do not like artificial deadlines.”
Pray for American troops as they go about their assignments in areas of war and global tensions.
FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS
Mexico’s next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he will seek to remain in NAFTA along with the U.S. and Canada and he expects the existing Mexican team to renegotiate the trade pact.
A plan to send U.S. Marines to provide security for a U.S. facility in Taiwan has drawn a warning from China which is sensitive to any challenge to its claim of sovereignty over the island.
Pray for President Trump and America’s foreign policy decision-makers to seek divine wisdom.
ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Some 154 organizations from 16 countries are urging the European Union to exclude Israel from being included in an upcoming research and innovation program, particularly all Israeli military and security companies.
Israel must prevent the entry of refugees fleeing fighting in Syria, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said. However, wounded Syrians have been treated at field hospitals set up along the frontier with Syria in the Golan, and in Israeli hospitals.
Pray for Israel’s leaders as they see a rise in anti-Semitism in areas previously thought more friendly.
U.S. consumers only modestly boosted their spending in May despite improved incomes, as year-over-year inflation posted its largest increase in six years with a 0.4 percent rise.
The Treasury Department released a new Form 1040 for individual 2019 tax returns saying they would work over the summer months with the tax community to formalize what they called a “postcard-size” document that would be used by 150 million individual American taxpayers.
Pray that the American economy will continue to see a steady and sustainable upward movement.
ACROSS THE STATES
Governor David Inge of Hawaii is expected to sign into law this week a bill making Hawaii the first state to protect marine ecosystems by banning sunscreens from the islands that contain chemicals damaging to coral reefs.
Utah is the sixth-best state in the country for child well-being, according to a new report from a children’s advocacy group that scores states on economic well-being, family and community, education, and health metrics.
Pray for state leaders as they work to secure the health of families as well as natural resources.
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SRI LANKA: Christians Assaulted and Threatened
In two separate instances during the month of June, pastors and other Christians in Sri Lanka faced threats and intimidation from other villagers. One of those cases resulted in the injury of two women.
On June 9th, the pastor of the Jesus Christ Testimony Church in Commanthurai was travelling with his wife to visit some congregants when they were stopped by a man who warned the pastor to not build a church as planned. The man claimed that he and others had recently burned down another church and would do the same if the prospective building was constructed. The pastor later received a phone call, reiterating the threat.
In another case, a pastor and his wife, joined by two other Christians from the Smyrna Church in Padinnoruwa, were walking to a birthday party on June 15th when they were accosted by five villagers. Despite the threats and obscenities, the Christians attempted to continue walking. The opposing group, however, began hurling stones at them, injuring the pastor's wife and another woman. The incident has been reported to the police.
Pray for the believers in Sri Lanka as they face continuing intimidation and violence. May the knowledge of God's presence be very evident to them, providing needed strength and encouragement. Ask Him to enable the Christians to shine the light of His glory to their oppressors, also revealing the unfathomable love of Jesus through their actions and responses.
RUSSIA: Students Deported for Worship Videos
Sources: Forum 18, Christian Post
Churches in the Nizhny Novgorod Region of Russia have been facing increasing pressure from law enforcement officials in recent months. According to Forum 18, this pressure includes the use of "anti-missionary" legislation and immigration law. The result has been punishment for churches and their members for things such as inviting foreign students to parties and posting worship videos on social media.
For the past few months, two African medical students have been facing prosecution because they appeared in worship videos produced by the Jesus Embassy Church. The church, along with others from the Russian Pentecostal Union, have had an agreement with several African embassies to work with students studying in Russia. But when Kudzai Nyamarebvu from Zimbabwe and Nosise Vusiwe Shiba from Swaziland participated in videos appearing online, authorities deemed they were participating in evangelistic work. Evangelism by foreigners has been restricted in Russia since legislation was introduced in 2016.
Both of the young women have been convicted and fined. Kudzai was found guilty of "hidden missionary activity, not expressed in either words or gestures." For Nosise, it was ruled that singing on stage is missionary activity and, therefore, against the terms of her educational visa. The courts eventually ruled that the students were permitted to finish their course work and write their exams, but they must leave the country by June 30th.
As pressure mounts against the church in Russia, pray that the Christians residing in this restrictive nation will find their rest and peace in Christ. May the Lord guide the church leaders and congregation members as they seek ways to reach out with the message of the Gospel. Also remember Kudzai and Nosise who are resuming residence in their home countries.
INDIA: Anti-Conversion Legislation Being Repealed
Sources: World Watch Monitor, Arunachal Times, The Hindu, UCA News
Anti-conversion legislation has been a part of several Indian states for many years. It was first introduced in Orissa in 1968 and has since been introduced in six other states -- the most recent being Uttarakhand in March 2018. (For more details, visit this page.)
In a surprise announcement, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh intends to repeal the 1978 Freedom of Religion Act. In making the proclamation on June 28th, he stated that the act, rather than providing freedom of religion, "could undermine secularism and is probably targeted towards Christians." According to The Hindu news service, Christians account for more than half the population of the state.
The announcement is particularly surprising because Arunachal Pradesh is currently governed by the Hindu-nationalist BJP party, which has actively campaigned to expand such legislation throughout India. The party has been increasingly pushing Hindu nationalism ahead of next year's national elections. Since the Chief Minister's announcement, there have been sharp reactions. Indigenous faith groups have strongly condemned his decision, while Christian groups have expressed appreciation and joy.
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.
++++++++++++INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS REPORT++++++++++++
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 U. S. Supreme Court Nominee Bret Kavanaugh.
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