Thank you for your prayers for our persecuted brothers and sisters inChrist, which make such a differenceto them. We sometimes have tochange or omit their names for security reasons, and we have onlylimited space to share their stories.But the Lord knows the people andplaces we are praying about. Thankyou for your understanding. Please
do not feel limited by the specic
prayer requests, but pray as you feelled.
Today is the Barnabas Fund Dayof Prayer for the Persecuted Church. We areencouraging Christians worldwide to dedicatetime today to praying for our brothers and sisterswho suffer because of their faith in Christ. Aprayer guide is available from our website,www.barnabasfund.org/scs, or you can joinour Facebook event or Twitter feed for prayer updates throughout the day. As you join in thischorus of prayer, remember before the Lord theInternational Prayer Summit being held in London,and the many smaller prayer events that havebeen organised around the world. Ask God thatin answer to the prayers of many Christians todayHe will grant His gracious favour to His sufferingpeople (2 Corinthians 1:11).
Many Christian families have seen
their lives torn apart by the violent conict in Syria
between government and opposition forces.Thousands of Christians have lost their homes,incomes and possessions and are now unable toafford food and other basic necessities. As well
as being caught in the crossre of a conict that
is not their own, Christians are particularly at riskof attack by opposition forces and the militantgroups that back them. Lift up to the Lord our brothers and sisters in Syria who are sufferingso grievously in this crisis; ask that He will betheir refuge and their fortress (Psalm 91:2) at thistroubled time, and that God will bring about a swift
end to the conict.
Pray for the tens of thousands of Christians in North Korea who suffer unspeakablecruelties in the country’s notorious prison camps.Many prisoners are worked to death whileenduring severe physical and psychologicaltorture. They receive very little food and will eatanything edible for nourishment, including snakesand rats. Some are executed. The camps aremainly located in mountainous regions and areenclosed with barbed wire and electric fences,
making escape very difcult. North Korea heads
many lists of the world’s worst persecutorsof Christians, and the succession of a newleader, Kim Jong-Un, in 2011 has brought noimprovement. Pray that our brothers and sisters
will stand rm in their faith in these appalling
conditions, and that their sufferings will berelieved.
Sunday 4Pray for the many churcheswho are observing Suffering ChurchSunday today or later this month.This year the SCS resources wehave produced focus on BarnabasFund’s
campaign,which seeks to bring the plight of thepersecuted Church to the attentionof those in authority. They includea special feature on the churchesin the Middle East and North Africa,whose safety and very existence iscurrently threatened by a rising tideof aggressive Islamism. Pray for Christians in these countries at this
difcult and challenging time, and
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