Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pray for the Roma People (Gypsies)

The Roma are a distinct people group with a common language and history. Often referred to as Gypsies, the Roma are the largest minority group in Europe, with a population of 7-15 million. Numbers are difficult to determine because the Roma are not usually counted in census statistics since their nomadic history and wartime persecution forced them to move without many of their documents.

The Romanians and the citizens of Rome complain about the word Roma being used but the term "Rom" means "people" in Romani, the mother language of the Roma.

Although the Roma never claimed to be Egyptians, the term "gypsy", which stems from "Egyptian", was given to the Roma by Europeans who incorrectly thought that they originated from Egypt.

Current News: Turkish Employment Organization (İŞKUR) General Manager Mustafa Kemal Biçerli has said İŞKUR has started implementing a program geared toward boosting employment for the country's disadvantaged people, including Roma.

1) We thank the Lord for the Turkish government having wisdom to help the Roma people. Let us pray the this will be a productive program and that the Rome will conform to guidelines.

I, Jerry Low, was able to perticipate in an outreach to the Roma population of central Romania last January. Our mission was to take shoes, coats, blankets and other warm items to the very poor in many villages. Also we shared Jesus and 87 people were saved. We parnered with a church there that has been reaching out to these villages for years now. Also I was in Serbia in June where I also seen a church with about half the congragation being Roma. I keep hearing other reports of many Roma people coming to Jesus.

2) Lord we thank You for bringing many Roma to salvation. Truly Lord, You desire that none perish. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (New International Version)
3) Lord, we ask for your direction for the Roma people. Do they become part of established churches or do they gravitate to their own culturally distinct churches. Let us pray that above all they will be cared for by loving pastors.
4) Let us rejoice in the beneficial things built into their culture that can be of redemptive value. Tight family units, tribal, honor given to patriarchal leadership, and culturally connected throughout every country.
5) Lord, let not materialism and individualism pull families apart. May they stay true to their family connections.
6) Tribal can be good because if one gets saved many times others easily follow. Lord, we ask for deep and true conversions and not just religious acts to satisfy others.
7) Lord, we ask that You speak directly to family and tribal patriarchs. Because of the respect afforded him many in the family will come to faith in You. Lord, send your word from family to family and from nation to nation. Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, Your God reigns!
8) With many gypsies coming to know Jesus in the past few years, and many churches springing up, there is a need for scriptural teaching and the operation of the five-fold ministry. Lord raise up more Bible schools throughout the Balkans to train those that are called to evangelize, pastor, and teach the Roma people. May the present schools embrace the Roma in their countries.
9) There are many Gypsy churches outside of the Balkans that are mature in the faith; May they be senders of missionaries to the struggling Balkan churches.
10) Lord, we ask that You release finances for ministry to and through the Roma people.

The more I pray for these people the more my heart is broken for them.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pray for Greece

1) I know we are always praying for Greece’s financial situation, but that seems to be their national problem now. We need to pray that the Greeks will learn their lesson and not create huge entitlements in the future. They have promised more than they can afford. Luke 14:28
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—

2) There is much corruption in the Greece government. Let us pray for exposure of those robbing the public treasury which results in a lack of citizen confidence. - 1 Samuel 8:3
But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.

3) Corruption can be exposed but there has to be righteous judges for justice to be served. Let us pray for righteous judges for Greece. Judges that do not take a bribe but adhere to the letter of the Law (original intent).

4) Let us pray for the use of the Internet and social networking to expose corruption. Let there be a new citizen raise up that will seek justice and have the boldness to speak against it. We pray for righteous nationalist that will demand the truth. Proverbs 13:11
Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase

... the sovereign debt crisis in Greece has caused many to question the government support and tax breaks given to the Greek Orthodox Church. Some 100,000 people have joined a Greek Facebook page, "Tax the Church." Church finances, tax payments and assets lack transparency. However campaigners claim that [the] Greek Orthodox Church owns more land than any entity other than the state and owns 1.5% of the National Bank of Greece. The government spends 268 million Euros each year paying the salaries of 9,000 priests as well as pensions for retired clergy. The Church says it paid 1.3 million Euros in taxes last year. The Church says payments of priests' salaries are justified by the fact that the Church handed over 96% of the property it owned to the state when Greece became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Also several ministry buildings, universities and hospitals in Athens are on church property that is leased to the state for a nominal amount.

5) First of all I have to give an opinion before praying. First the state should not be paying the priest’s salaries, even though the church gave the government land originally. Second the church should not be in business to profit financially anyway; having a 1.5% investment in banks shows they are profiting. The fact they are leasing out buildings to the state is profiting also. Now I do believe hospitals and universities are better run by the Christian principles. It looks like the Greek Orthodox Church has set up a system where they are sustained by the state not its members.

6) Let us pray that the Greek Orthodox Church would stop using the state for financial gain.

7) Because of this church state union, corruption is in the church also. Let us pray against this unholy union. The church cannot speak against sin in government if they are part of the government. Because the Orthodox Church is corrupt like the government and because the Gospel is therefore perverted; Let us pray that God’s true believers would question church doctrine in light of scripture.

8) Lord, we ask that You would send the pure Gospel out across Greece.

9) Let us pray that Greeks would wake up to the fact that Jesus saves, not tradition.10) Let us pray for the Greek Orthodox Church. Lord, we ask for an invasion of the Holy Spirit.

11) For deep warfare for the city of Athens:

While I was in Athens, Greece on June 1st., While looking for souvenirs in the shops I saw vile sexual images displayed for sale, and most were at the level that children could see them. I kept hearing the word “vulgar”. I believe the Lord was saying, “There is a vulgar spirit over the city”.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Pray for Croatia
Summer time in Croatia along the Adriatic Sea coast is packed with mainly European vacationers.

Every year I pray for outreach to these vacationers. I hope one of these days to actually participate on one of these outreaches. The amazing thing is that exactly 25 years ago this week I was visiting that coast. Zuzanna and I were in Pula for a Christian conference. I remember this well because the next week on July 19th we were married.

God has given Croatia a beautiful coast and people come enjoy it especially during the summer. Tourism is Croatia’s main economic income.

1) Let us pray for those vacationing on the Croatian coast. May God communicate His love for them through His creation.
2) We pray that the Holy Spirit would reach out to these vacationers, as they are away from their work and routines of life. Holy Spirit, reach out to them and draw them to their Creator.
3) Lord, we pray that doors of ministry would open to these tourist. Let us pray for churches to send out teams to encounter them with the Gospel.
The Lord just showed me a mental picture of an Information Center set up on the side of the road. Christians manned the Center and they would help tourist with local logistics. Then they would give the tourist a free book to read; Maybe a novel that leads the reader to the plan of salvation.
4) Let us pray for evangelist that will go to the beaches. Give them strategies to respectfully present Jesus.

Matthew 27:1 “When morning came, all the chief priest and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.”

The enemy wants to stop God’s servants from delivering the Gospel to Croatians. The enemy is using government, media, and the Catholic church to ridicule evangelical churches. The politicians and priest have plotted together to keep things the way they are.
5) Let us rebuke the enemy and his ability to dilute the Gospel. Revelation 3:16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
6) Let us pray for the reversal of all that luke-warmness has caused: no moral standards, corruption in government and business, broken marriages, disillusioned youth, drugs, alcoholism, etc.
7) Let us pray for the pastors of Croatia as they labor for the Lord under heavy pressure. Reassure them that their sacrifice is not in vain.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Pray for Bulgaria

Not to judge the Orthodox Church, but even before Communist, their ritual practices had caused emptiness in Bulgarian hearts. Of all the Balkan countries, Bulgaria is responding more and more to the Gospel. The evangelical churches have the answers for empty Bulgarian hearts. It is positive to even see a great percent of parents favoring religious teaching in the public schools.

1) First of all let us thank the Lord, for many Bulgarians coming to Jesus. Lord, Give them teachers that are anointed to expound upon the uncompromising Word.

2) Let us pray for true transformation in the Bulgarian culture. May the thread of the Christian worldview run through all Bulgarian institutions.

3) Let us pray for teachers in the public schools to teach scripture in the religion classes and not church dogma.

4) In praying for transformation, let us pray for the Orthodox church. If only they would seek the power and freedom Jesus desires us to walk in.

5) Let us pray for the Evangelical churches. Pray that they would be a light upon a hill shining God’s love out to the Bulgarian people.

Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

6) Let us pray for abundant joy in the Bulgarian Christians. A joy that overflows to their families, friends, work place and in the market place. Lord, show them how You desire to walk with them daily wherever they go. May they be known as the people of joy.

7) It is summer time and many churches are having summer camps for the children. Lord, we pray that You would visit these camps and set Your seal upon their lives. Set apart many to be the future generation that serves You. May they decide to follow the Lord with all their hearts.

8) Let us pray for workers for the camps. May they have the Lord’s heart and compassion for the children. May the Lord’s grace be poured out on these workers also.

9) Lord, we pray that all the money needed for these camps would be made available. Open the windows of heaven so all needs can be met. Lord, You do promise to bless those that give.

Suggested Ministry Link: New Hope Bulgaria

Thanks, for Praying - Bulgaria will be blessed.

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