In April North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un crossed the border and set foot on South Korean soil to meet with President Moon Jae-in, perhaps marking the start of a more open communication channel between North and South Korea. During the meeting both parties signed a joint statement containing an agreement to denuclearization. It is reported that North Korea has since closed down one nuclear-testing site. Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in met again this past week, further discussing the North Korea-US summit initially set for June.
Laos (Christian Family)
A young Christian couple with a toddler son have chosen to stay in their village despite facing persecution, which has caused many other villagers to abandon the Christian faith they once professed. Local authorities destroyed the couple's home in an attempt to drive them out. Instead of leaving, however, these steadfast believers gathered what was left of their home and built a small hut. Church leaders from neighboring villages came to stay with the couple as a sign of support.
• This Christian family will remain strong in their faith
• The Lord will speak to the hearts of those who have renounced their Christian faith
• For the salvation of their persecutors
Crisis in Syria
“As we enter the eighth year of this ruinous war in Syria, it is harrowing to hear of the alleged attacks in Douma. It is utterly heartbreaking to see the constant calls from humanitarian organizations to put an end to the violence, suffering, and devastation of Syrian people, go unnoticed.” Since the Syrian civil war officially began March 15, 2011, families have suffered under brutal conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, torn the nation apart, and set back the standard of living by decades. Today 13.1 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance. Healthcare centers and hospitals, schools, utilities, and water and sanitation systems are damaged or destroyed. Historic landmarks and once-busy marketplaces have been reduced to rubble. War broke the social and business ties that bound neighbors to their community. So millions scattered, creating the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. More than 5.6 million Syrians have fled the country as refugees, and 6.1 million are displaced within Syria — as internally displaced people (IDPs). Half of the people affected by the terrible results are children.[World Vision International]
-the hearts of leaders to be changed to bring about peace in Syria
-mercy so that attacks on civilians cease and humanitarian aid can reach those in need
-protection, education and hope for the children of Syria to not become a lost generation
Nehemiah One Million Prayer Petition
Nehemiah Global Initiative has started a campaign is designed to engage people from all over the world who have a heart for North Korea. Through this campaign we REMEMBER the 25 million North Korean citizens, STAND WITH them, and PRAY for them. www.pray4nk.org
Please Pray to:
Tausug in Philippines
The name “Tausug” means “people of the sea current,” and most Tausug reside on the island of Jojo. While Islam is the main religion, it is mixed with pre-Islamic religious beliefs and rituals, such as beliefs that environmental spirits cause sickness or wealth and that all Tausug eventually reach heaven after a period of punishment based on misconduct on earth. Historically, the Tausug engaged in armed struggles against the central government during the Marcos regime, which left deep hurts and bitterness.
On February 19th of this year, 100 school girls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram faction from their school in Dapchi, and taken to an unknown location. Recently on March 21st the majority of the girls were released due to already being Muslim. All were released, except one girl, ‘Leah Sharibu’ who has refused to denounce Jesus Christ as her Lord and saviour. The family is still worried for their daughters safety, but they have joy in the fact that their daughter won’t denounce Christ. Nigeria's president has stated that, “She will not be abandoned.”
Please Pray for:
CBI (Christ Bible Institute) Nagoya, Japan
The vision of the CBI Team (Christ Bible Institute) is to engage Japanese society with the gospel, expand the kingdom of God through church planting, and to equip leaders in the gospel. Though the nation of Japan is one of the greatest mission challenges of the world - only 0.2 percent attend a Protestant church - the country has entered a season of unprecedented spiritual openness as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Please pray for/that:
• CBI members will commit their time to the Lord. Pray that He will be their source of strength and comfort when they are discouraged and that they will remain confident in their calling.
• Each member will lead a life that demonstrates true dedication to God.
• The Gospel to take root in Japanese culture and no longer be perceived as a western religion.
No More Missiles
In recent current events within the Korean Peninsula the South Korean National Security Chief, Chung Eui-yong, was in Washington reporting on his recent meeting with Mr Kim in Pyongyang. He expressed North Korea’s willingness to denuclearize, and Kim Jong-un’s want to talk with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
Agape International Missions (AIM) was founded on the ground in Cambodia in 1988 as a humanitarian aid and church planting organization. Since 2005, their ministries have focused on ending the evil of child sexual slavery.
AIM takes a holistic approach to fighting trafficking, restoring victims and transforming communities, in order to defeat trafficking. Our projects Prevent, Rescue, Restore and Reintegrate. AIM is guided by a distinct philosophy that God anointed the Church through the power of Jesus Christ to overcome evil.
•For God to embolden His people to take up cause against sex-trafficking and sexual slavery
February 9th marked the opening of the PyeongChang Olympics! ‘The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.’ As the world's premier sporting event goes underway let us see it as a picture of unification of Korea as a whole.
• North and South Korea unification
• Athletes as they travel, compete, and are given chances to glorify God if Christian while at games • God to be glorified as countries come together under the banner of sport
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