Of The Prayer Initiative
encourages believers to pray with us
for the needs below. We are so blessed
in our country, to be able to worship
God with freedom
Items and issues to watch carefully
in prayer and to ponder as to their
I am AnilJoseph. My wife is Salini.
Please pray for me, my salvation,my
diseases, get a good job, for a child,
financial crisis and anounting. My situation
is very very dangerous. Please pray
for me, Please include this letter on
your prayer chain.Please pray for me.
ANILJOSEPH&SALINI please include
this letter on your prayer chain.
TO THE MUSLIMS IN INDIA
Dear Brothers & Sisters at High
Thanks for your continuous prayers for
us & ministry. I would like to share
with you that Gods Spirit is moving
in a very special way among our dear
neighbors. Few more men & women
boldly are attending at our House Churches
and Friday worship services ( weekly
worship services on each Friday ) in
the midst of threats for their lives,
persecution & hardship by His grace.
Cha B (married Muslim lady) & her
family members are attending from last
few months at one of our house Church
Fellowship in the village. Now the radical
Muslims came to know about her new faith
in Jesus. Therefore, they are threatening
her not to attend to our worship services
any more and not to keep any touch with
us. If she continue attend at the worship
services then the whole villagers &
her own relatives will boycott her from
the society and no one will purchase
cow milk from her ( she is having cow
milk business ) and no shop kippers
will sell her any things( such as Medicines,
Grocery, stationary etc, etc.) They
are also telling her that they will
make fine quiet big amount to her because
of her faith in Jesus.
However, I humbly request you kindly
uphold her & her family members
in your prayers. Please pray for Gods
protection & help towards her &
the present situation that she is facing
is nothing that makes us love a man
so much as praying for him.
BURMA: OFFICIALS ORDER CLOSIRE OF CHURCH
IN CHIN STATE
Officials in Chin state, Burma, ordered
a Baptist church to cease holding worship
services after the pastor refused to
wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting
the military governments Union
Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
The election commission summoned 47-year-old
Pastor Mang Tling of Dawdin village,
Gangaw township, Mergui division on
Nov. 9, two days after the election
and ordered him to stop holding services
and discontinue the church nursery program,
the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
reported. Village headman U Than Chaung
had given the pastor a campaign T-shirt
to wear in support of the USDP, and
when he refused to wear it, the headman
filed a report with local authorities
accusing him of persuading Christian
voters to vote in favor of an opposing
party, the National Unity Party (NUP).
Officials interrogated Mang Tling in
Gangaw until Sunday (Nov. 14), when
he was allowed to return home. The USDP
won the election amid widespread evidence
of advance voting and other
forms of voter manipulation throughout
Burma. The NUP defeated the USDP in
three electorates in Chin state despite
reports of widespread voting anomalies,
some of which were outlined by CHRO.
In Tedim township northern Chin state,
for example, USDP agent Go Lun Mang
went to the home of a local resident
at 5 p.m. the day before the election
and told the family that he had already
voted on their behalf in favor of the
Meantime, the release of democracy leader
Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in
Burma on Saturday (Nov. 13) has sparked
cautious optimism about human rights
among Christians and the countrys
ethnic minorities even as the junta
does battle with armed resistance groups.
PEOPLES OF MYANMAR
The Hindus of Myanmar are a combination
of people groups that originally came
from India and Nepal during the time
of British colonization. They came as
government staff and soldiers who governed
the country, however when the Burmese
(Myanmar) government gained Independence
after WWII, the Indian and Nepali peoples
were cast down to the bottom rung of
Today these Hindu peoples are spread
throughout Myanmar. Some are found in
villages, but the largest concentrations
are found in the larger cities. There
is a small population of Christians
among the Indians/Nepalese, estimated
at 2,000 to 2,500 people, but they need
to be encouraged to reach out to the
lost Indian and Nepalese peoples around
Downtrodden, overlooked, but not forgotten
by the Savior, please pray for the salvation
of the Hindu peoples of Myanmar.
DISTRIBUTING RECORDING OF THE GOSPEL
Pray for local leaders as they distribute
the first voice recordings of the Gospel
of Luke in a heart language that is
only now being written down for the
first time. This is among the first
Gospel materials in their heart language.
Pray in accordance with Gods Word,
asking that His Word will not return
Be in prayer for national believers
who received training in how to share
their faith, disciple new believers,
and form new churches across Bhutan.
Pray that they will be obedient in what
God has asked them to do and be bold
in their faith against strong persecution.
Pray for those churches and believers
who are being persecuted by their neighbors
as well as authorities.
Ask God to give them peace and the strength
to face the persecution and remain strong
in their faith in the Lord.
A cross-cultural worker in Nepal writes,
This past week we were out in
a bazaar town where one woman along
with some other ladies conducted a training
for ladies only called The Bride
The training had over 50 ladies show
up from the villages and surrounding
towns. During the training, these ladies
went out to share with the people of
the town, and made over 100 contacts
where they had opportunities to share
about Jesus with people.
Pray that the ladies who were trained
would continue to share boldly and that
the seeds which were planted will grow
This years International Religious
Freedom Report claims Indias doing
well with religious freedom. However,
Don with Grand Rapids, Michigan-based
Mission India says that the central
government may have decent laws, but
they seldom step in when freedoms are
breached. Where the Hindu fundamentalist
groups have power or a strong following
in the area, Christians are attacked
on a regular basis.
The report mentioned state-level anti-conversion
laws, but not how often theyre
abused. Even though Christians
are often times forced under threat
of life to enact Hindu ceremonies to
deny their faith, those are not deemed
as forced, but are acceptable.
Laws wont change soon, but the
good news is: persecution has strengthened
the church. Theyve been
persecuted, and they know what it means
to follow Jesus whole-heartedly.
HINDU RADICALS ATTACK CHRISTIANS AS
On November 7, Hindu radicals stormed
three villages in Orissa and assaulted
Christians. The attackers claimed that
they were teased by Christian boys.
The victims told ICC that they were
attacked for refusing to pay donations
for a Hindu festival called Druga
Around 250 radical Hindus stormed the
villages of Peliguda, Kenduguda and
Telarai near the town of Malkangiri.
They broke into Christian homes after
the Christians refused entry. The police
were present at the scene but refused
to protect the Christians.
Journalists from the Indian television
channel ETV-2 videotaped the attacks
and broadcasted it throughout the country.
The victims complained to the police
at the Malkangiri police station but
the police have not yet made arrests.
The state of Orissa has been a consistent
scene of attacks against Christians.
In 2008, an estimated 100 Christians
were killed and over 55,000 displaced
after radical Hindus carried out attacks
AHMADINEJAD URGES GIRLS TO MARRY AT
Iranian newspapers on Sunday, November
21, reported that President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has urged girls to marry
at the age of 16.
The president criticized the current
average age of marriage of 24 to 26.
The Sunday report by the state-owned
Jam-e Jam quoted Ahmadinejad as saying
we should take the age of marriage
for boys to 20 and for girls to about
16 and 17.
Other newspapers quoted the president
as putting the best ages for marriage
of girls at 17 or 18.
Ahmadinejad has long sought an increase
of population, rejecting family planning
as a Western import.
Critics say the policy will only exacerbate
the current 9 percent official unemployment
DECLARES WAR ON CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ
When claiming responsibility for the
31 October church massacre in Baghdad,
the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State
of Iraq threatened to retaliate
against Christians everywhere unless
Egypts Coptic Church released
its alleged captives.
The myth that Coptic converts
to Islam are being held captive in Coptic
churches (supposedly along with stockpiles
of Israeli weapons) has been
propagated by Egyptian Islamic fundamentalists
keen to incite massacres of Copts. This
situation in Egypt is extremely volatile.
Meanwhile, genocide is unfolding in
Iraq. On 9-10 November, over a dozen
Christian homes and one church were
targeted with bombs and mortar shells
across Baghdad, killing four and wounding
many. On 15-16 November, more bombs
targeting Christians exploded in Mosul
while two Christians were executed in
their homes by militants.
SCEPTICISM THAT ANY NEW ADMINISTRATIVE
CODE WILL END PUNISHMENTS FOR RELIGIOUS
After a mass police raid on a Protestant
church in Chirchik near the capital
Tashkent, assistant pastor Vladimir
Kim was fined 80 times the minimum monthly
wage, while the churchs pastor
received a fine of 40 times, church
members complained to Forum 18 News
They were fined under the Code of Administrative
Offences for violation of the
procedure for holding religious meetings
as they had not informed the authorities
that they would be meeting for worship
in their registered church building.
Some 20 police officers had caught them
during a raid, eleven days after the
Harvest Festival at another registered
Protestant church in the town was broken
up and the pastor fined.
Uzbekistans President Islam Karimov
told parliament that a new Code of Administrative
Offences will be prepared, but religious
believers told Forum 18 they are sceptical
that any new Code will end punishments
for religious activity. As well as regular
fines, Forum 18 knows of 22 religious
believers to have received prison terms
of 3 to 15 days under the Code in 2010.
ANTI-CHRISTIAN SENTIMENT HEATS UP
As bombings continue against Christians
in Iraq, Christians in Egypt have gathered
to pray and plan for their own safety.
When a group of Islamic extremists on
Oct. 31 burst into Our Lady of Salvation
church in Baghdad during evening mass
and began spraying the sanctuary with
gunfire, the militant organization that
took responsibility said Christians
in Egypt also would be targeted if its
demands were not met. The threats against
Christians caused a flurry of activity
at churches in Egypt, and security has
increased throughout the country.
The security concerns came against a
backdrop of heightened tensions between
the Muslim majority and the Coptic Christian
minority over the past few months, with
weeks of protests against Christians.
Tensions started after the wife of a
Coptic bishop, Camilia Zakher, disappeared
in July. According to government sources
and published media reports, Zakher
left her home after a heated argument
with her husband. But Coptic protestors,
who started gathering to protest at
churches after Zakher disappeared, claimed
she had been kidnapped and forced to
convert to Islam.
The month after the Zakher incident,
Egyptian media reported in error that
Egypts State Security Intelligence
had seized a ship from Israel laden
with explosives headed for the son of
an official of the Coptic Orthodox church,
and rumors began that Copts were stockpiling
weapons in the basements of their churches
with plans to overthrow the Muslim majority.
The Front of Religious Scholars has
since called for a complete boycott
of Christians in Egypt. The group called
Christians immoral, labeled
them terrorists and said
Muslims should not patronize their businesses
or even say hello to them.
CALL FOR SUPPORT IN PRAYER
I believe the good Lord is listening
to the agonizing prayer of His people.
Please believe God with us in prayer,
we need a place for worship. We have
now moved to seven places, looking for
a place to worship. We must move again
because the place we are in is going
to be demolished (Community Center).
Lets pray that the Lord will graciously
not only give us a plot but shall give
us a facility for worship.
Rev Ouma Daniel
Christ Call Ministries Entebbe
THE BASOTHO ARE DYING OF AIDS
Estimates say the AIDS rate in Lesotho
is 25 percent, but missionaries there
says its closer to 60 percent.
An International Mission Board missionary
couple says everyone is dying out before
they have a chance to reach them with
The couple has visited villages where
every person has AIDS as well as one
of many pulmonary diseases. The spiritual
condition is just as bad. Missionaries
are needed now more than ever to bring
hope before death.
PEOPLE TRAFFICKERS HOLD 80 REFUGEES
ON ISRAELI BORDER
People traffickers are holding 80 fleeing
Eritreans and hundreds of refugees from
other countries hostage in horrific
conditions in the Sinai Desert According
to Italian NGO AGenzia Habesha. Making
their way across grueling desert landscape
through Libya and Egypt to Israel in
a desperate search for safety, the refugees
were chained, brutalised with electric
shocks, isolated in desert shelters
and are being forced to make extortionate
payments of over £5,000 to the
people smugglers for their freedom.
CSWs Advocacy Director said, The
Egyptian government has a duty to end
this situation and bring Egypts
treatment of refugees into line with
international norms by ensuring that
these and other refugees are afforded
full protection and assistance.
from the Wycliffe Prayer Focus Bulletin
Asia: Translation progress
Pray for the national translator who
has recently joined the Siares* project
and is translating from Psalms and Samuel.
Joseph has faced persecution and imprisonment
throughout his life, beginning when
he began questioning his traditional
religion. He suffers from fear of travel,
which makes it difficult for him to
attend training workshops. Despite great
obstacles, the New Testament has been
drafted except for Romans, Corinthians,
Pray for the drafting of those difficult
remaining books, and for more testing
and revision of the whole New Testament.
Pray for Gods timing and provision
in the publication and distribution
of this New Testament.
Russia: Wycliffe Seminar
Wycliffe Russia has been invited to
participate in the conference of an
alliance of churches in Vladivostok
(located in Eastern Russia) at the end
of November. This is Wycliffe Russias
first opportunity to share the vision
for Bible translation in this region.
100 young people are expected to participate
in this three day conference.
On November 26 Wycliffe will have a
full day to share about their work.
This will likely be the first contact
many of these young people will have
with Wycliffe and Bible translation
around the world.
Pray that the staff of Wycliffe Russia
will make good connections with the
individuals and churches participating
in this event.
Maintaining the right focus
Workers there write, Pray that
all of us in Mozambique will keep our
eyes focused on our high calling to
be representatives of our Lord Jesus
Christ; and that many lives will be
transformed by the reading and hearing
of the Word of God.
Mozambique: Koti Consultation
Pray for the Koti translation team based
in the city of Angoche. They will be
working over internet and Skype with
their consultant in England.
Pray that the computer system will soon
be set up and ready to transmit data,
and that they will have good communication
between Mozambique and England.
Children in boarding schools
Pray for families whose children have
to travel to Rift Valley Academy in
Kenya for their education. It is a wonderful
school. But the difficulty is in parents
and children enduring long separations.
Pray for kids to flourish where they
are and for parents to be able to keep
in touch and be part of their childrens
lives while they carry on working in
Pray for SIL Mozambique Director, John
Iseminger and his wife Susan, who are
in the USA and Canada for a few months.
Pray that they will have good success
in recruiting for the Mozambique Branch.
The Branch is in great need of personnel
for literacy, linguistics, support and
States: Gullah Scripture recording
The De Gullah Nyew Testament* Steering
Committee (GSC) has begun to plan for
recording an audio version. This recording
is scheduled for February 28 to March
6, 2011. When the committee met in late
October, they focused on the recording
of Johns Gospel. It is encouraging
that 25 readers were identified. Gullah
speaker, Dr. Emory C., GSC Chair, commented:
Weve got to use it and the
church has to be involved.
Pray for the steering committee as it
works to develop a lot of interest in
the churches for using the Gullah Scriptures.
*Or, Gullah New Testament
in English. It was dedicated in 2005.
Asia: Translation completed
The Mai* New Testament was dedicated
in five locations in two different countries
this May, after 39 years of dedicated
work. The Mai language is spoken by
around 30 million people, making it
one of the largest language groups in
South Asia previously without Scriptures.
Pray for release of 2000 copies of the
New Testament that are still stuck in
Pray that the audio recording of the
New Testament text will be finished
Pray for continued distribution of the
New Testaments and encouragement for
many to study them.
Pray also for the right team to come
together to translate the Old Testament,
in Gods time.
South Asia: Translation and literacy
The KV* project is finally
moving into a translation phase. God
has provided a mother-tongue translator
(MTT) and the local sponsors for his
training and work.
Please pray for the MTT as he is taking
a translation course in the closing
months of 2010.
Praise the Lord for the peoples
response to published materials - spelling
guide and phrase book: all 500 copies
have been sold, plus 1,000 health brochures
have been distributed for free. In addition,
people have recently decided to join
the literacy program.
Pray that they may successfully participate
in a primer construction workshop in
South Asia: Training mother tongue translators
South Asia has one of the largest remaining
needs for Bible translation in the world.
In October 2010, 40 Christian educators
from around India gathered at Serampore
College, founded by William Carey, for
a seminar on the Diploma in Bible Translation
(Dip BT). One attendee said, I
had only a vague idea about Bible translations.
After this course I will appeal to students
to join Dip BT and full time Bible translation
Pray for a harvest of new training partners
and opportunities and that existing
programs in India and the region will
be strengthened to meet the Bible translation
South Asia: ABBI Cluster translation
Pray for the ABBI* cluster project**
in this region involving six translation
teams. Team coordinators recently wrote:
The teams are progressing well,
but it will be a challenge to keep all
the teams and consultants disciplined
and moving ahead with the right priorities
so that the gospel of Luke is ready
to be distributed in these languages
by August 2011.
** A language cluster refers to languages
that may be linguistically related,
and/or from similar geographic regions
or cultural backgrounds.
India: Planning helps reach more language
The Last Command Initiative is a comprehensive
plan to meet the Bible translation needs
Pray for good communication and teamwork
between the various partner organizations
meeting to develop the plan.
Pray for patience and wisdom in the
process. As meetings have been held
in various regions, the interest was
so great that some projects have already
started before the entire plan is complete.
Asia: Mini-Bible ready for press
The K* Mini Bible is ready
for publishing. Since the established
church in this language group prefers
to use a translation in the national
language, this mini-Bible, which presents
key stories from the entire Bible, is
meant as an out-reach tool and for personal
Pray for the printing process as it
goes to press in December. In May 2010
this team reported that after years
of apathy towards the translation, there
are signs that enthusiasm for it is
Please pray for strength and encouragement
for the teams involved as they have
faced numerous health, visa and logistic
obstacles this year.
Children of cross-cultural workers
A family from Asia has given up the
privilege of their children studying
in their mother tongue. Some families
have chosen boarding schools for their
children far from home as their only
One mother writes, Our daughter
was feeling very overwhelmed by work
and other responsibilities recently.
Please pray that they (she and her brother)
will get enough sleep to help them cope
with the busyness of life during this
long term. In other families,
maturing children have suffered from
illness or emotional collapse, causing
parents to pull back from ministry.
Whenever you pray for those ministering
in Bible translation, please pray for
When we rely upon organization, we get
what organization can do; when we rely
upon education, we get what education
can do; when we rely upon eloquence,
we get what eloquence can do. But when
we rely upon prayer, we get what God
A. C. Dixon
season of waiting is always an essential
qualification for successful service.
God would have His children realize
the utter inadequacy of all human means
to accomplish His gigantic purposes,
that thus the praise and glory might
be afterwards ascribed exclusively to
Him. The disciples were given ten days
to review the field of battle, to recognize
the difficulties that bristled round
on every side, to measure the adversaries
strength, and to understand their own
helplessness and weakness; thus were
they driven to their knees in earnest,
anxious prayer. Then came the answer.
The promise was fulfilled, and the power
stored up in the almighty Savior was
brought down to His disciples in the
person of the Holy Spirit.
Hugh D. Brown
true man of God is heartsick, grieved
at the worldliness of the Church...
grieved at the toleration of sin in
the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness
in the Church. He is disturbed that
the corporate prayer of the Church no
longer pulls down the strongholds of
Christ of the Mount
A Working Philosophy of Life
E. Stanley Jones
The Sermon on the Mount seems dangerous.
It challenges the whole underlying conception
on which modern society is built. It
would replace it by a new conception,
animate it with a new motive, and turn
it toward a new goal. One day I was
addressing an audience of Hindus and
Moslems and was interpreting the Sermon
on the Mount. Before me sat two C. I.
D. men, secret service police taking
down shorthand notes of what I was saying,
to be sent to the government to see
if anything seditious could be found
A Christian government sends Hindu and
Moslem agents to find out if the Sermon
on the Mount is seditious! It is! The
ideas underlying the Sermon on the Mount
are the charter of freedom to all men,
of all races, of all climes, of all
The secret police of the Modern Economic
Order might have sent their agents to
see if there is anything seditious against
their Order in this Sermon. There is
This Sermon strikes at the whole selfish
competitive idea underlying modern economic
life and demands that men co-operate
in love or perish in strife.
The Militarists might have sent their
secret police to see if there was anything
seditious against their methods in the
Sermon. There is! The Sermon challenges
the whole conception of force which
militarism holds and would substitute
the method of love.
The churches might have sent representatives
to see if there is anything seditious
against them. There is.! Denominationalism
often expresses itself in ways that
are not much more than an ecclesiastical
race in competitive armaments. It would
find the Sermon on the Mount seditious,
for it demands that individuals and
groups and nations lose themselves in
co-operation that they may find themselves
in a higher brotherhood.
We have insisted that what we call Christian
experience is an absolute necessity
and that without that which Pentecost
provides we cannot be Christian in any
vital sense. This is true. But it must
be remembered that back of Pentecost
lay the Sermon on the Mount. When the
disciples received the divine re-enforcement,
it ran into these channels of conduct.
Pentecost had the content of the Sermon
on the Mount in it and therefore the
power manifested was Christian. Pentecost
divorced from the Sermon on the Mount
is spiritual pow-wow instead of spiritual