Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

I was supposed to be in India right now! But since my travel visa was not approved, God has shown me He wants me to gather prayer partners for the Esther Movement/Global Sharing team ministering from March 10 – 24, 2017. Are you in?

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Here’s a detailed account of

http://fromashestobeauty.com/2017/03/march-2017-from-ashes-to-beauty-news/  I hope you will take time to print the prayer guide and pray through the various needs of the team day by day. Thank you!

The Dalit women of India are overlooked and marginalized members of society. They work long and grueling hours in the tea plantations. The Esther Movement/Global Sharing team is bringing hope and healing through God’s word and their presence. Please pray for open hearts to God’s work in their lives for the Dalit women. Pray for strength and stamina for the team. Pray for healing and hope through Jesus.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Greece

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask in prayer.”

Matthew 21:22

G – Pray for Greece

Thank you for praying through the alphabet with us in 2017.

We are going to focus on praying for Greek refugees around the world. Thank you for your choice to pray for the lost to be found – that they would find Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Pray for them to believe God has a plan even for their desperate situation. Thank you.

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.

Why is the country of Greece important to Christians?

Greek culture was introduced throughout the world of the New Testament by Alexander the Great during the intertestamental period. A young military genius, Alexander conquered the entire Persian Empire and more through a series of brilliant campaigns. Alexander’s vision included not only the conquest of the world but the propagation of Greek culture, i.e., the hellenization of all peoples.

Upon his death at the age of thirty-two, his kingdom was divided among three of his generals. The important point here is that the population of the area was subject to direct Greek rule for more than 150 years.

During that time, the Greek language was imposed on the Jewish nation and became, furthermore, the lingua franca of the entire New Testament world. The NT was written in Greek, though Jesus, Paul, James, Peter, and John all doubtless spoke Aramaic and read Hebrew as well.

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/asbury-bible-commentary/Greek-Culture

Geography

Area: 131,957 sq km

Southernmost part of Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe and 150 inhabited islands in the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. The islands constitute 20% of the land area.

Population: 11,183,393    Annual Growth: 0.22%

Capital: Athens

Urbanites: 61.4%

Peoples: 46 (22% unreached) All peoples

Official language: Greek    Languages: 24 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 10,228,331 91.46 0.0
Evangelicals 41,376 0.4 1.6

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Literature has proven to be a useful tool in the past, but greater variety would be a blessing. Pray for the seed-sowing work of the Greek Bible Society and the Gideons in disseminating the Scriptures and SU in producing Bible reading aids. AMG founded the publishing house O Logos and operates five Christian bookstores around the nation; other publishing ministries include Pergamos and Anogeion.

http://www.operationworld.org/greece

  • Pray for the financial meltdown to drive people to Jesus for lasting peace and security.
  • Pray for the Church to be purged of any heresy, syncretism, or division.
  • Pray for a clear presentation of the Gospel to reach a nation where very few have heard the Truth.

http://prayercast.com/greece.html

  1. Pray for protection for refugees as they travel.
  2. Pray for separated families to be reunited.
  3. Pray that refugees would be welcomed and befriended by Christians in their new countries.
  4. Pray for the wars and unrest in the refugees’ home countries to end.
  5. Pray for wisdom and compassion for world leaders as they face this crisis.
  6. Pray that God would sustain the Christian workers who are serving in refugee centers and camps.
  7. Pray for funding for the refugee outreach center in Athens that is struggling in the current economic crisis.
  8. Pray for our team going to Greece soon, that God would direct our steps.
  9. Pray that fruit would be born in the lives of those that we meet and share with.
  10. Pray that many refugees would find a new hope and home in Christ.

http://www.servantgroup.org/10-ways-to-pray-for-refugees-in-greece/

http://prayforgreece.net/

 

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Ecuador

Pray Around the World!

Pray Around the World!

Worldwide Wednesday: E – Ecuador

Pray for Ecuador

Ecuador

Republic of Ecuador

Latin America

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Geography

Area: 269,178 sq km

Amazon jungle in the east, high Andean Sierra in the centre, fertile coastal plain on Pacific Coast. Also the Galapagos Islands, 1,000 km to the west.

Population: 13,774,909    Annual Growth: 1.07%

Capital: Quito

Urbanites: 66.9%

Peoples

Peoples: 31 (6% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish    Languages: 25 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 13,010,402 94.45 1.0
Evangelicals 1,170,089 8.5 4.9

Ecuador map

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Missions. The largest groups are HCJB, MAF, AoG, CB/CMML, AV, OMS, IT. Many opportunities remain for missionary recruits in supportive ministries, church planting and pioneer work in the groups mentioned below. Pray for good church-mission relationships. The ever-present danger of administrative and financial paternalism threatens to impose Western patterns and stifle Ecuadorian initiatives.

The less-evangelized:

  1. a) The slum-dwellers of Quito and Guayaquil. Over 60% of the latter’s population are extremely poor, and many live in slums built on a polluted marsh. Few Christian workers have a vision for these deprived people.
  2. b) The upper and middle classes are relatively unresponsive (CMA, OMS and others).
  3. c) University and school students. Over eight agencies are involved in campus ministries among the 250,000 students (on more than 300 campuses), including CCCI, CECE (IFES), YFC, LAM and four denominational groups. There is still much room for growth.
  4. d) The Afro-Ecuadorian people are only 0.03% evangelical. Although there are many Catholics among them, Spiritism is the true spiritual power at work in their midst. Pray for a breakthrough among this unique group.
  5. e) The 28,000 people living on the distant and barren Galapagos Islands now have a growing ministry in their midst through MVI. The islands host many eco-tourists who, through Darwin’s legacy, are often hostile to biblical Christianity.
  6. f) Loja province is isolated from mainstream Ecuadorian life and is only 0.1% evangelical. Operation Esperanza is a multi-agency effort to see fruit in this region through prayer, radio, evangelism and holistic ministry (SIM, OMS, WV). Good Shepherd Radio broadcasts the gospel to many isolated villages otherwise difficult to access.

http://www.operationworld.org/country/ecua/owtext.html

April 2016: Franklin Graham is asking for prayer as Ecuador sorts through the rubble from a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck its Pacific coast on Saturday. The South American country, nestled on the equator between Colombia and Peru, is getting help from Samaritan’s Purse and other relief organizations.

“Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the people of Ecuador who are suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake that shook their country this weekend, killing hundreds and injuring more than 2,500,” BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham posted on Facebook. “We have Samaritan’s Purse staff on the ground in the affected area with more on the way, including medical personnel.

“Please remember the people of Ecuador in your prayers as well as our teams working to bring help.”

Franklin Graham has preached to more than 8 million people since conducting his first evangelistic event with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1989. In 2006, he held the Festival of Hope in Ecuador’s state capital of Quito where a record crowd joined him and more than 14,000 indicated decisions for Christ.

Galo Vasquez, a native of Ecuador, was the associate director at that Festival, and vividly remembers watching God work. After extensive planning for a three-day event, the Festival had to be condensed to two days due to a scheduling conflict with the venue.

Quito, Galo said, is located in a valley, so people didn’t usually venture out in the evenings because of the weather. But for the two nights of the Festival, a record crowd attended.

Among those in attendance was a delegation of pastors and leaders, who wanted to invite Franklin Graham to their city of Guayaquil. Plans were made, and in 2007, the Franklin Graham Festival of Hope was held in the port city. Another record crowd turned out and thousands more made decisions for Christ.

“The most influential cities of the country were really impacted with the Festivals and a large number of people heard the Gospel, and there were many that responded,” said Galo, who now serves as BGEA’s Director of Latin American Festivals.

Galo was born in Ambato, Ecuador, but moved to Quito with his family when he was 9 years old. The majority of his family, including his 92-year-old mother, still lives there today.

“I was having a hard time connecting with them because the lines were oversaturated, but I was able to talk to them yesterday morning,” Galo said. “They’re in shock. The whole country is in shock with the circumstances because they’re just beginning to see the actual damage. They felt the earthquake that lasted over 30 seconds, but by the grace of God they’re doing fine.”

This isn’t the first major earthquake for Ecuador, which also experienced a devastating one almost 30 years ago. Galo’s hope is God’s people will see the opportunity within the natural disaster.

“This is not the first time we’ve seen this,” Galo said of the earthquake. “The last big one was in 1987 so it does bring people into a process of reflection about the supernatural and consequently, an exercise of thinking more about God. As they seek for God, they become more sensitive to the spiritual things and messaging so now I wouldn’t be surprised if the people would be open to going to church.

“I would say we do need to pray that God’s people would be wise. This is a good opportunity to go and demonstrate the love of God.”

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your love for all mankind. You are sharing with us your heart for people all around the world. Thank you for your grace and mercy. We ask for you to reach into the depths of destruction, despair and discouragement and send forth your healing and hope. Send your complete and total restoration of the land, repair the broken streets, build up the ruined walls. Mend families, broken lives and broken hearts through the power of the love of Jesus. Thank you for recovery and renewal. May your kingdom come and your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Worship Wednesday: Joy to the World

“Joy to the World” is one of the most celebratory Christmas carols we sing. It emphasizes the elations that Christ’s birth brought to mankind. The carol was written by Isaac Watts and was originally titled “The Messiah’s Coming Kingdom.” It first appeared in 1719, was adapted by Lowell Mason, and used some of the phrases in “Handel’s Messiah” in 1742.

For centuries, hearts had yearned for God to reveal Himself personally. “Joy to the World” is a paraphrase of Psalm 98, which reminds us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth.” When God’s promise of a Savior was fulfilled in the birth of His Son, joy to the world exalts the Babe of Bethlehem. Be filled with rejoicing as we receive God’s Son, His gift to us.

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let Earth receive her King! Let’s listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman sing “Joy to the World”!

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Favorite Christmas Song

So what was your FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG AS A CHILD?

Okay, here’s mine!

Favorite holiday theme song as a child: “Toyland” from the movie Babes in Toyland!

Oh my, this takes me back—waaaaaay back. Have a great day!

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Never Been a Moment

Greetings, friends! Worship Wednesday—I know we are counting down the days until Thanksgiving vacay. We have so much to be thankful for. Here’s Micah Tyler to remind us of the faithfulness of God with his newest, “Never Been A Moment.”

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Always

Friends, Worship Wednesday is HERE! History happened last night. Mr. Donald Trump is now president-elect of the United States of America. Let’s keep our focus on God today with One Sonic Society’s “Always.”

I don’t know how you voted or who you voted for. But please, regardless of whether or not your picks won, let’s show LOVE—God’s LOVE—today. Let’s PRAY and continue to ask for God’s mercy over our nation.

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In the words of Lisa Bevere: “Let’s be SENSITIVE & GRACIOUS. Some are mourning. Let them. Some are rejoicing. Let them. Some are SHOCKED while others are RELIEVED. I’m happy the divisive & embarrassing rhetoric is over. It is all very new & raw. At the end of this day, let us each remember ultimately it is IN GOD WE TRUST.”

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One Step Away

Greetings, friends,

Happy November. It was great to have many of you in the Experiencing God Through His Names online FB group.

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We will begin another group January 1, 2017. Can you believe we are now anticipating the holidays—Thanksgiving and Christmas? Some of us have mixed emotions about the holidays because of unfinished projects or unmet needs. That is why I began the online FB group 21 Days Fwd to help you break a habit, complete a project, or work through a problem.

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We were so blessed by our group efforts in the Experiencing God Through His Names FB group, we decided to keep going for a few more days and work on implementing a new habit. Since the group lasts a mere 21 days, we have only 20 left, so send me a request by email sherylgiesbrecht@aol.com to join in between now and November 5. I want to make to best use of your time and there will be no entries after November 5.

To get you in the worship mood on this Worship Wednesday, here’s Casting Crowns with “One Step Away.”

From The Grace Course with Dr. Neil Anderson, I am sharing a list of things that are true about you. It is called: My New Name—in Christ, He has given you a new name. Speak this list aloud over yourself today!

Click here to download the list.

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King of the World

Friends, there is a lot of confusion with the upcoming election. Remember, no matter who is in the White House, Jesus is King of the world. Let us worship with Natalie Grant, singing “King of the World.”

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Your Great Name

Praise heals the mind—just speak out the name Jesus, and you will notice your fears and frustrations dissolve.

Love this worship song by Natalie Grant: “Your Great Name.” Sing aloud together with this amazing choir, and I will join you!

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