Christian relief agencies are ministering in Iraq as they serve thousands of displaced families suffering from intense persecution. Pray for protection, strength and wisdom as they share God’s love and hope to the grieving, the sick and dying, the traumatized and heartbroken. Pray for the youth and children who are caught up in this conflict. One relief agency is showing the JESUS film while distributing supplies. Pray that as the people watch the film and hear Jesus speak in their own language, they will trust Jesus and will choose to follow Him. Pray for meaningful discussions after every JESUS film showing.
August 26 was National Prayer Day in Papua New Guinea. Thank the Lord for the godly men and women in the nation who are in positions of leadership. Pray for the Speaker of Parliament, the Honorable Theodore Zurenuoc MP, who has been instrumental in bringing change and reformation within the Parliament. Pray that his advocacy for godly leadership will spread in every sector of the land. Ask God to increase the number of Christian leaders serving in the government. Pray also for stronger unity among Christian churches and groups, as well as pastors and leaders, in Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Joko Widodo, or more popularly known as Jokowi, is the newly elected president of Indonesia. Pray that God will guide him and give him wisdom to lead this nation for the next five years. Pray also that during Jokowi's administration, God would reveal His truth and justice in Indonesia. Pray also for the losing candidate and his followers, that they will accept the election result with peace and that they will be supportive of the new president.
Praise God for reports of how “chance encounters” while distributing New Testament copies are bringing new hope to people in various walks of life and circumstances among a people group in a sensitive area. Some copies are being passed from hand to hand, providing encouragement to many in difficult circumstances. Pray that God would continue to bring fruit from His Word among this people group.
In the Solomon Islands, reading the Bible is often given as the reason people want to learn how to read. Praise God that a Bible-based literacy program developed for Solomon Islands Pijin is now being developed for vernacular languages. Pray that church leaders will understand the benefits of the program when it is presented to them and that they will support it wholeheartedly. Pray for the development of the literacy materials and for the enlistment and training of teachers who will teach the materials.
Together with Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the United Nations has given Iraq the highest emergency status due to widespread conflict within the country. Pray for the 1.2 million people who have fled their homes, including thousands of Christians and others from religious groups. Many of them have sought shelter in refugee camps and in selected cities. Pray that the digging of deep wells could start soon as water is a critical need in the refugee centers. Pray for God’s peace to permeate the region on all levels.
Praise God for the Waskia Scripture celebration which will be held on September 27, 2014. The 35,000 speakers of Waskia live on the northern half of a large volcanic island called Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea. Pray that a lovely spirit of cooperation would prevail as the Waskia Bible Committee lead the preparations. Pray also that the boxes of Bibles pass safely from the mainland to the island and arrive on schedule. May the hearts of the Waskia people be filled with joy and may their lives be enriched by the translated Scriptures they will receive.