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Pakistan: Smog Problems

A brick kiln

Thick smog covered parts of Pakistan this month, causing car accidents, airplane delays, and illnesses. The smog also hindered The Voice of the Martyrs’ work in Pakistan, where workers deliver Action Packs and other aid and encouragement to persecuted Christians.

Some of the smoke that causes the smog comes from brick kilns. Many Christians in Pakistan work at the kilns because better jobs go to Muslim workers. Watch a video of a Christian girl working at a brick kiln.

Christians have been praying for Pakistanis who suffer from the effects of the smog. This week, rain improved the situation somewhat, but Pakistanis know the smog will return.

You can visit VOM’s I Commit to Pray website and add your prayer to the prayers of other Christians who are praying for Pakistan.


Adopt a Country or Worker

Todd Nettleton of VOMRadio.net recently interviewed Peter Smith, an American who has “adopted” a country to pray for. Read some suggestions from the interview below.

*Think about, pray about, adopting a country. Maybe it is Iran, maybe it is Saudi Arabia, maybe it is North Korea. Somewhere that God would just lay on your heart that, “That is the country I want You to pray for every day. I want you to pray for My people there. I want you to pray for a move of My Spirit there.”

*Get a map…that shows the 60-plus countries [where Christians are persecuted]. Put the map on your table and ask the Lord, “Which country do you want me to [pray for]?”

*Start with the family first. In any country that you adopt, there are husbands and wives, and there are children. So the same types of things you pray for [your own family] will be a great way to start praying for the people in the country you adopt. Then there are schools, and there are businesses.

*People in [other countries], when they get up in the morning, they have aches and pains, they have children who are going to school. They have a job, in fact, many of them have three jobs. So who will be the person that needs a special touch by God? Why not begin to pray that somehow they will have an encounter with God that leads them?

VOM Radio’s Mr. Nettleton invites readers, “You can send me a note if you have adopted a country, and let me know that. I would love to hear what country you have adopted.” (See “submit comment” on VOMRadio.net.)

If you’d like to pray for a Christian worker as well as a country, click here to find out how to sign up for VOM’s “Adopt a Front-Line Worker” program.

 


IDOP: Pray for Children

Children of persecuted Christians have unique needs. Some need safe houses to live in while their parents evangelize in dangerous areas. They may be kicked out of school because of their parents’ faith. Often they lack Christian friends. They might not have Bibles to help them stay strong in their faith in places where most people do not know Jesus.

Persecuted Christians and their children all have one very important need that you can meet — they all need prayer. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 5th is one way we remember and pray for persecuted Christians. Ask your parents, teachers, or pastor if they have plans to observe it.

8 Ways to Pray for the Children of Persecuted Christians

Pray That the Children Will Follow Jesus
Some children of Christian workers are not yet following God’s will for their lives. Pray that they will trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Pray for Peace
Children in persecuted families sometimes worry about their family’s safety. Ask God to give them peace. Pray that they will not have bad dreams.

Pray for Christian Friends
Pray that the children will have Christian friends to encourage them in staying strong in their faith.

Pray for Protection from Bullies
Some children in Christian families are the only Christian children in their school. Ask God to protect them from students and teachers who might want to bully them.

Pray for Christian Marriages
Christian youth in some countries don’t know any Christians their age. They wonder if they will ever meet someone they can marry. Pray they will wait on the Lord and not marry non-believers.

Pray for Girls
Girls are not as important as boys in some place where persecuted believers serve the Lord. Pray that they will know that Jesus loves them and values them as much as boys.

Pray for Courage
Ask God to help children of Christian workers get the courage to be bold witnesses for Christ.

Pray for Strength
Pray that their experiences of God will help them stand strong against superstitions and the worship of false gods that are part of the cultures where they live.

 

 


Family Med Packs

What do you do when you accidentally cut your finger? Do you put a Band-Aid on it? Do you brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed? When your face is dirty, do you wash it with soap and a washcloth? Do you brush or comb your hair?

What if you didn’t have a Band-Aid, toothbrush, dental floss, washcloth, soap, brush, or comb? Then what would you do?

Christians in some countries have been forced out of their homes by people who don’t like followers of Christ. Many times they leave home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They move to refugee camps where they may live in tents or small shelters. Often they must depend on generous Christians to provide them with their daily needs.

The Voice of the Martyrs delivers Outreach Packs, Action Packs, Bibles, and other aid to Christians in areas where people are persecuted just for being Christians. VOM also distributes Family Med Packs in countries where Christians are in need.

Visit this site to learn how you can help by collecting Band-Aids, toothbrushes, washcloths, and other items to send to Christians who need them. The items will help Christian families stay clean and healthy, and will remind them that Christians in other lands are thinking about them and praying for them.

 


Writing to Prisoners

Imagine sitting in a prison cell and having no contact with Christians outside the prison. You were imprisoned for your beliefs. Now you are alone in your faith and you have no idea when you might get out of prison. Then one day, you receive a letter from a Christian who encourages you to stand strong in your faith. You are thankful that you don’t feel so alone now.

Many former prisoners have told VOM workers how letters from Christians encouraged them and served as a witness to prison guards.

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Prisoner Letter-Writing Stationery provides materials and instructions for individuals or groups to write letters to Christians in prison for their faith. You can order kits from VOM Books.

Sample stationery to send to prisoners is included in the February 2017 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

You can also write prisoners by using the instructions on the PrisonerAlert website.


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