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Mongolia From the Field Who Will Lead Saudi Arabia? Blessed by God Martyrs: Those Willing to Die for Christ Algeria: A Legacy of Violence Prayer Points for Every 10/40 Window Nation WindoWkids™ Bahrain


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THE 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER : December 2011

Mongolia

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10 PRAYER POINTS FOR EVERY 10/40 WINDOW NATION

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32 Martyrs: Those Willing to Die for Christ

34 Algeria: A Legacy of Violence

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Praise Report

“ We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.”–The Bible, Psalm 75:1

Ethiopia Since the end of Communist rule

Pray for the safety of Christians in Algeria

in 1991, the Church in Ethiopia has grown

and ask the Lord to provide them with

explosively. And that growth is continuing.

opportunities to proclaim the Gospel.

According to Every Home for Christ, more than 10,000 Ethiopians “recently heard the

Indonesia The Lord is stirring the hearts

Gospel for the first time” and hundreds “gave

of Christians in Indonesia. He is at work

their hearts to Jesus.” Give thanks to God for

raising up laborers to reach this nation

this and pray for the Church in Ethiopia to continue growing. Pray for the Lord to protect Christians, encourage them, and give them the boldness they need to share their faith. Algeria Once labeled terrorists

The Lord’s name is very near, as the following praise reports testify.

with the Gospel. Give thanks to God for this. Pray for Christians to be trained and sent out into the harvest field. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in Indonesia, tearing down Islamic strongholds and setting free all who have been deceived by

and traitors, Christians in Algeria are finally

this false religion. Pray for a great spiritual

beginning to be recognized officially by the

awakening in Indonesia in which men,

government. In July 2011, the Ministry of the

women, and children put their faith in Jesus

Interior approved the Protestant Church of

Christ as Savior and Lord.

Algeria. So far, 22 churches have affiliated themselves with this organization. Praise

Sources: Every Home For Christ

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Who will lead the country? Who will write the laws? Who will make the decisions? Will the voting be fair? Will there be violence? Will the outcome reflect the will of the people? Elections can change the course of nations. As you consider those scheduled to be held this month: Pray for fair elections free from rigging and manipulation. Ask the Lord to raise up men and women who will serve with integrity, righteousness, and justice. Pray for an end to corruption and graft. Invite the Lord to appoint those of His choosing and fulfill His purposes in the nations of the 10/40 Window.

December E L EC T I O N S

Egypt — Parliamentary Stage Two

“...[The LORD] changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.“ (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)


ccording to “Operation World,” there may have been only four Christians in Mongolia in 1989. “Today, there are over 40,000 believers in hundreds of churches and groups, meeting in most parts of the country.” Many of the people practice Buddhism and shamanism. Even the youth are turning to witch doctors to find relief from poverty and disease. According to Joshua Project, 19 of the nation’s 22 people groups are still unreached.

the Lord to continue adding to His church in Mongolia. (The Bible, Acts 2:47) men, women, and children to be set free from the lies and bondage of Buddhism and shamanism. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4) the Lord to draw Mongolians into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:13) the eternal God to send His holy fire to this nation, bringing forth an even greater spiritual revival. (The Bible, Luke 3:16)

Some language scholars believe the name of this nation was derived from two words: monghe (eternal) and gal (fire). Taken together, Mongolia seems to mean “eternal fire.” Perhaps this is prophetic. The growth of the church since 1989 has certainly been dramatic. “Less than one generation old,” writes Jason Mandryk, “[the church] already sends out missionaries….” Let’s pray for the Lord to transform Mongolia into a land known for being filled with His light and life. Sources: Operation World,

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Field What impact do your prayers and donations have on the 10/40 Window? The following account from one of our many contacts inside this region provides a powerful glimpse.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1)

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fter traveling one hundred and eight hours by bus and taxi and after walking for two days, crossing forty-four major bridges and several streams on foot, finally I am back to the family. Difficult to [forget] leaches causing profuse bleeding and ulcers while walking up and down… in heavy rainfall. Another memory for His glory. 8 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

Perhaps these villages are the last places on this planet…. Since His creation until now nobody took the Gospel of grace and love of true Messiah to these unprivileged people there.

To fulfill James 2:14-17, we took medical help and treated them free of cost, we had agricultural seeds also for them… and above all, the word of Salvation. Praise the Lord!

Surprisingly God enabled me to speak their dialect fluently and they heard the Gospel in their own language….

It is all because of your generous financial gifts that these remotest people on earth could hear Gospel.

…The whole village confessed ‘glory to Lord Jesus’. Hallelujah!

Praise God!

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Prayer Points

4 Pray for the government of Uzbekistan to be diligent in working to keep terrorism from engulfing their nation. (The Bible, Proverbs 13:2) 4 Pray for people to be released from the cultural pressure to be Islamic and allowed the freedom to embrace Christianity as a way of life. Pray for the walls of false religion to be knocked down by the power of God’s Spirit. (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1) 4 Pray for God to work “all things” – even the persecution Uzbek Believers face – for good, reminding them that they have been called according to His purpose. 4 Pray for Christians to grow in prayer and faith. (The Bible, Romans 8:28; 12:11,12)

Uzbekistan ÌÌ Population: 27,865,738 m Karimov

ÌÌ Political Leader: President Islo ÌÌ Christianity: 0.3%

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ÌÌ Dominant Religion: Sunni Isla ÌÌ Persecution Ranking: 10th

3 ÌÌ Number of Terrorist Groups: ualties) ÌÌ Acts of Terrorism: 14 (37 cas ÌÌ Percent of Corruption: 79% 26% ÌÌ Percent of People in Poverty:

Uzbekistan is predominantly Muslim, with only a tiny Christian minority. (Tashkent, the nation’s capital, is the Islamic capital of Central Asia.) While the government has attempted to stamp out extremism, Uzbek Christians often experience hostility.

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Despite living in what ranks as the 10th worst nation in terms of religious persecution, Christians in Uzbekistan continue to stand firm for Christ, courageously worshipping God and sharing their faith. December 2011

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PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds….” (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)

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hat is the question being discussed all around the world after the death of Crown Prince Sultan from cancer. It is of special concern to Muslims because Saudi Arabia is where Islam originated.

Medina),” reports Reuters news service, “faces turbulence in its neighbours and a confrontation with regional rival Iran.”

“Saudi Arabia, which dominates world oil markets and holds profound influence over Muslims through its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sits (Mecca and

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The transition in leadership will affect conservative religious traditions and also impact the direction of the economy and the younger generation. Sources:Reuters

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PRAy for the Lord to raise up people of His choosing to govern this nation. Pray for the salvation of men and women in leadership. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21) the sense of dissatisfaction people are experiencing to be used by the Lord to draw them into relationship with Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Acts 17:26,27) strongholds of Islam to be torn down. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Saudi Arabia as it is in heaven. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

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P O I N T S December 2011 Day 1 INDIA, SOUTH ASIA

The government of India is actively promoting global cooperation in the fight against terrorism. However, in the meantime, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is calling for India to “stand on its own feet” in order to protect its people. Pray for the Lord to guard this nation against the threat of extremist groups. Ask Him to bring defeat to these organizations – cutting off their funding, causing their recruiting efforts and plans to fail. Pray for the salvation of key members of these groups. Petition the Lord to continue His powerful work in India, drawing Hindus and Muslims into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:13)

MAURITANIA, NORTH AFRICA

One of the leaders of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group says that some of their members were trained in Mauritania. He claims that Islamists in Mauritania “exported Boko Haram to Nigeria.” Pray for the Lord to disrupt this system of terror. Ask Him to expose and bring to defeat every extremist group operating in Mauritania. Pray for the people – especially the youth – to be protected from violence and recruiting efforts. Pray for the Gospel to be preached 14 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

throughout Mauritania. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, John 4:35)

Day 2 North SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA

A meeting in October 2011 between President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir helped improve relations between the two nations. Both agreed to “maintain positive and preferential cooperation between the two sisterly countries.” Pray for these agreements to be upheld. Pray for Omar al-Bashir to keep his word. Pray for his salvation. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on North Sudan. Pray for multitudes of Muslims to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 37:35)

South SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA

Thousands of South Sudanese people who have been stranded in the North made their way home in October 2011. Thanks to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 1,400 arrived in Juba in just one week. “So far this year,” says VOA, “IOM has supported the return of 14,000 people altogether.” There are believed to be 800,000 remaining. Pray for these efforts to continue to be effective in www.WIN1040.com

returning refugees to South Sudan. Pray for the Lord to protect this new nation and station His angels around it. Ask Him to guide leaders in building the infrastructure needed for this country to prosper. Pray for Christians to stand firm in the Lord and be bold witnesses. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19)

AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA

According to AFP, “Opium production in Afghanistan, which fuels the Taliban insurgency, is set to rise by nearly two-thirds as prices soar after last year’s harvest was blighted by disease.” Afghanistan already produces approximately 90% of the world’s opium. Pray for this illegal and destructive industry to be put to an end. Pray for Taliban funding to be cut off. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in this nation, setting the people free from the fear of terrorism and the bondage of Islam. Petition Him to strengthen and encourage Afghan Christians. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Afghanistan as God’s Kingdom comes in power. (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1)

Day 3 KUWAIT, ARABIAN PENINSULA

A nation-wide strike by customs workers has raised fears that crude oil shipments could be blocked. Kuwait

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is the fifth-largest producer of oil in the world. Pray for this situation to cause Kuwaitis to call out to the Lord for help. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed in this nation. Ask the Lord to tear down the strongholds of Islam. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open the blind eyes and minds of all those who have been deceived by false religion. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Kuwait as it is in heaven. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA

An international aid agency has named Bangladesh the top nation in the world for vulnerability to climate change. Approximately half of the country’s 150 million people already live below the poverty line. Pray for the Lord to provide for this impoverished nation. Ask Him to bring relief and hope through the preaching of the Gospel and the display of God’s love in humanitarian aid. Ask for multitudes of men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 62:8)

Day 4 JAPAN, EAST ASIA

The government of Japan is seeking to partner with India in the fight against terrorism and piracy. This strategic alliance is expected to “further build an edifice for peace and stability in Asia.” Pray for this partnership to be successful. Ask the Lord to protect Japan from terrorism and expose any groups who are plotting violence. Pray for a great spiritual awakening in this nation. Pray for the Christians laboring in this harvest field and for more workers to be sent. Petition the December 2011

Lord for a great harvest of souls in Japan. (The Bible, Luke 10:2)

GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA

Drug trafficking is on the increase in Guinea-Bissau. Observers believe this could “further destabilize a region notorious for coups and rebellions.” Pray for those trafficking drugs to be exposed and defeated. Pray for the Lord to protect the young people of Guinea-Bissau. Ask Him to send laborers into this harvest field. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout the nation and for men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 146:7)

Day 5 BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA

Gospel tracts are now being made available in local languages for the first time. Pray for the Christians involved in this ministry. Ask the Lord to protect them and supply them with the resources they need to accomplish this project. Pray for the tracts to be effective in communicating the Good News of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of the people in Bhutan to hear and receive the Gospel. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Bhutan with power, signs, wonders, and miracles. (The Bible, Matthew 13:23)

SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA

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that President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen step down. At the same time, Saudi Arabia is worried that if Saleh leaves office, it will result in chaos that could sweep across the entire Arabian Peninsula. Pray for peace in this region. Ask the Lord to accomplish His plans and purposes in Saudi Arabia. Pray for the strongholds of Islam to be torn down. Plead for the spiritual freedom of all those who are being held captive by this false religion. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Saudi Arabia. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)

Day 6 GUINEA, WEST AFRICA

Drug smuggling is on the rise in Guinea and other West African nations, according to a new report. The region has become a “major transit point” for South American narcotics. Pray for the Lord to expose those who are trafficking in drugs. Pray for the networks being used to transport and sell drugs to be broken and for those involved to be prosecuted. Ask the Lord to send workers to Guinea to proclaim the Gospel to every people group. Pray for the Church in this nation to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Guinea. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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to the Lord for relief. Ask Him to have mercy on this nation. Pray for Him to comfort those who have lost loved ones. Pray for this crisis to be an opportunity for Christian humanitarian groups to meet spiritual and physical needs. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Thailand and for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 59:16)

Day 7 NIGER, WEST AFRICA

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is flourishing in the Sahel region of Africa. After Mauritania cracked down on AQIM activities, the terrorists moved their operations to Niger. The government of Niger is now appealing to other nations for assistance in dealing with this growing threat to security. Pray for AQIM to be defeated throughout West Africa. Ask the Lord to expose their operations and give leaders in Niger wisdom in defeating them. Pray for the Gospel to be made known throughout Niger. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Psalm 11:5)

KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

In October 2011, security forces stopped al-Qaeda-related terrorist groups from carrying out plans to disrupt presidential elections. Officials say Islamic extremism is on the rise, especially in the south. Pray for these groups to be defeated. Ask the Lord to give the government wisdom in combating terrorism. Pray for the people of Kyrgyzstan to turn to the Lord for safety and protection. 16 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

Petition the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit out in this nation. Pray for men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 17:13)

Day 8 IRAN, MIDDLE EAST

The world’s attention was on Iran in October when the case of a Christian pastor falsely accused of several crimes and sentenced to death was publicized by the media. The government of Iran was also implicated in a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador. Pray for the release of the imprisoned pastor. Ask the Lord to comfort his family and friends. Praise the Lord for the assassination plot being exposed and defeated. Pray for these events to cause the people of Iran to question the actions of the government. Pray for the salvation of leaders such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Ask the Lord to strengthen His Church in Iran. Pray for Christians to be strong and courageous in the Lord. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Iran. (The Bible, Joshua 1:7)

BURKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA

Burkina Faso has become a major transit for cocaine trafficking. This nation, along with several of its neighbors, is now being referred to as part of the “Cocaine Coast” rather than the Ivory Coast. Pray for an immediate end to this illegal and destructive practice. Pray for the government to take action to stop the flow of cocaine through Burkina Faso. Ask the Lord to send Christians www.WIN1040.com

to share the Gospel with the people of this nation – especially the youth who are caught up in drugs. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Burkina Faso. Invite the Kingdom of God to come in power. (The Bible, Isaiah 42:6,7)

Day 9 MALI, WEST AFRICA

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is active in Mali. The terrorist group is using landmines to control some regions of the country and to protect their training camps. Pray for this group to be defeated. Ask the Lord to cut off their funding, cause their recruiting efforts to fail, and protect the people of Mali from their attempts to carry out acts of violence. Ask the Lord to give the government wisdom and strategies for combating terrorism. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Mali. Pray for the strongholds of Islam to be torn down and for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Proverbs 1:7)

AZERBAIJAN, SOUTHWEST ASIA

International observers stated recently that the terror threat in Azerbaijan is high. Officials in Azerbaijan claim this is unsubstantiated and say their nation is stable and secure. Pray for leaders to take action to ensure that Azerbaijan truly is stable and secure. Pray for the plots of terrorist groups to fail and for these groups to be exposed and defeated. Ask the Lord to make the Gospel known throughout Azerbaijan. Pray for Muslims to hear and respond to

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the Good News of Jesus Christ. Plead for a great harvest of souls in Azerbaijan. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come in great power and glory. (The Bible, Psalm 12:7)

Day 10 BENIN, WEST AFRICA

Benin is now considered to be the frontline in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. In 2011, there have been at least 20 pirating incidents off the coast of this nation. Pray for the Lord to give the government wisdom in dealing with these crimes. Ask for laborers to be sent to Benin to declare the Gospel. Pray for Christians in this nation to be strengthened and encouraged. Ask the Lord to give them boldness in sharing their faith. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to this nation. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Members of Indonesia-based extremist group, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), have joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to plot international terrorist attacks. “These two groups present continuing and significant threats,” officials say. Pray for the end of both groups. Ask

the Lord to protect Indonesia from terrorism. Pray for the salvation of JI and ASG members and leaders. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Indonesia. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Isaiah 42:5-7)

Day 11 LAOS, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Laos experienced serious flooding in October 2011 after a heavierthan-usual monsoon season. Hundreds of lives have been lost and untold numbers of people have been displaced from their homes. According to one news source, “The economic toll is already being felt.” Pray for the Lord to provide relief for the people of Laos. Ask Him to send Christian humanitarian aid organizations to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the people. Pray for their hearts to be open to the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Laos. (The Bible, John 4:35)

WESTERN SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA

According to the AFP, “Western Saharan Polisario separatists are involved in drug and arms trafficking for

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). These Western Sahara Polisario elements smuggle hashish to the Sahel and are involved in cocaine trafficking from the region toward Europe.” Pray for these criminals to be apprehended and for the drug and arms smuggling to end. Ask the Lord to send laborers into this harvest field. Pray for the hearts of the Saharawi to be soft, fertile soil for the seed of the Word. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Western Sahara in power. (The Bible, I Corinthians 4:20)

Day 12 EGYPT, NORTH AFRICA

Twenty-six people were killed in Egypt in October 2011 – the worst violence since President Hosni Mubarak was driven out of office in February. Observers believe this points to a much larger problem: “that the military council ruling Egypt since the revolution was incapable of managing the transition.” Pray for the Lord’s plans and purposes to be fulfilled in this nation. Ask Him to use this time of unrest and uncertainty to draw people into relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Egypt. Petition the Lord to give

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UZBEKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

As Forum 18 points out, “Without registration, all religious activity is illegal” in Uzbekistan. However, the government refuses to issue permits. This has led to the closure of several churches. Some fellowships have been applying for permission to meet for over ten years. Pray for Christian Brothers and Sisters in this nation to be encouraged and to be comforted by the Lord. Ask the Lord to give them strength and the ability to persevere. Pray for them to continue proclaiming and demonstrating the love of God. Petition the Lord to open blind minds and for men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4)

Day 13 NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ARABIAN PENINSULA

In March 2012, the International Security and National Resilience Exhibition will hold a meeting in UAE to discuss international security risks and ways to increase cooperation between nations in the fight against terror. Pray for this meeting to be productive and to help governments put together new strategies for combating terrorism. Pray for the people of UAE to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Ask the Lord to soften their hearts and open their minds. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in the UAE. (The Bible, Romans 10:14,15)

Day 14 ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Human rights groups are calling on the government of Nepal to take action against religious traditions that encourage discrimination and violence against women. In the Deuki system, for instance, Nepalese families give their young daughters to the Buddhist temple where they live in poverty, are exploited, and are often forced into prostitution. Pray for an end to these destructive practices. Ask the Lord to arise and do battle on behalf of Nepalese women. Pray for Christians and Christian December 2011

ministries to provide a refuge for these victims. Petition the Lord to spread the Gospel throughout Nepal. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Proverbs 14:26)

The nation of Albania is a source and transit point for human and drug trafficking. In October 2011, the European Union announced it will be helping Albania fight these crimes. Pray for this assistance to be effective in helping bring an end to drug and human smuggling. Pray for the Lord to set free and bring healing to all who are imprisoned by human slavery and drug addiction. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on Albania. Ask the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1)

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MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA

According to terrorism experts, one of the greatest dangers facing the world today is “freelance jihadism.” As one source notes, “Morocco’s internal security forces and tightly guarded borders have kept al-Qaida at bay… but it hasn’t stopped the lone wolves who are inspired by al-Qaida to carry out copycat attacks.” Pray for all terrorists in Morocco – organized or freelance – to be exposed and defeated. Pray for the strongholds of Islam to be broken down in this nation. Pray for every people group in Morocco to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Plead with the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)

Day 15 IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST

Iraq is joining with the government of Turkey to find new ways to defend their nations against extremists. “We are discussing how to deepen our agreement on the struggle against terror,” said the Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister. Pray for the Lord to move powerfully in Iraq. Pray for this new cooperation to help bring an end to terrorism in both Iraq and Turkey. Pray for the Gospel to be made known throughout Iraq. Ask for a great harvest of souls. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to this nation as it is in heaven. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

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Global Terrorism and World Religions Prayer Calendar

You prayed and the Lord is answering. God is moving powerfully in the 10/40 Window. Terrorists are being apprehended and subdued. People who have been blinded by false systems of religion are seeing the Light of Jesus Christ. The harvest is accelerating. Much of the 10/40 Window is in turmoil. Change is in the air. Governments have fallen. Others are in jeopardy. Nations are being birthed. Which is why we have produced the new, 2011 Praying Through the Window 9 (PTTW9) calendar. We haven’t changed our focus – we are still targeting the issues of global terrorism and world religions inside the 10/40 Window. But we have updated the information to help you pray more accurately and strategically.

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Lanka is being pressured to deal with war crimes committed at the end of the civil war in 2009. A UN report also states that 40,000 civilians were killed in the final days of the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers. Pray for these charges to be addressed and for any guilty parties to be prosecuted. Ask the Lord to expose the truth. Pray for peace and healing in this nation. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed and for many men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Mark 4:22)

Day 16 ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST

The government of Israel is struggling to combat the growing problem of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Tel Aviv is now being called the brothel capital of the world. Human rights groups are asking officials to reexamine their policies on this illegal industry. Pray for those who are caught up in human slavery and prostitution to be set free. Petition the Lord to minster healing to their hearts, minds, and bodies. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed in Israel. Ask the Lord to bring forth a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, II Timothy 1:9)

TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Two new laws adopted in July 2011 will ban children under 18 from religious activities. They are now awaiting the approval of President Emomali Rahmon. Though the target was apparently extremist organizations, this will impact December 2011

churches as well. Pray for greater religious freedom in Tajikistan. Ask the Lord to strengthen Christians and help them to look to Him for hope and help. Pray for Christians to be bold in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Petition the Lord for multitudes to put their faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Tajikistan. (The Bible, I Peter 4:14)

Day 17 CHINA, EAST ASIA

The government of China entered into an agreement with Pakistan in September 2011 that ensures the two nations will partner to fight terrorism. “We will work together to contribute to national security and regional stability,” China’s public secretary ministrer said. Pray for this collaboration to be successful. Ask the Lord to give leaders in China wisdom and strategies for combating extremist groups. Pray for Christians in China to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this nation. Pray for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

DJIBOUTI, EAST AFRICA

More than 13 million people in East Africa are still facing “extreme food insecurity” because of drought and crop failures. The famine has already resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. Pray for the Lord to bring relief to this region. Ask Him to send Christian humanitarian agencies to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Djibouti. Pray for

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the people of Djibouti to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Invite the Kingdom of God to this nation and ask for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Psalm 32:2)

Day 18 YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

A new wave of protests broke out in Yemen in October 2011. Yemeni security forces responded by killing 12 and injuring more than 70 others. Pray for the Lord to accomplish His plans and purposes for this nation. Ask Him to strengthen and protect Christians in Yemen. Pray for the strongholds of Islam to be torn down. Petition the Lord to set free all who have been led astray by Islam. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Yemen. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)

VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Children from Vietnam are being trafficked in Europe, often as domestic slaves, for sexual exploitation, or to work on cannabis farms. “Of the victims, figures suggest that females were trafficked more often than males,” a new report says. Pray for these children to be set free and for the Lord to minister healing to them. Ask Him to expose and bring to justice those who are profiting from this illegal and destructive behavior. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Vietnam and for the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 119:134) The 10/40 Window Reporter | 21


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Day 19 TAIWAN, EAST ASIA

Human trafficking is a growing problem in Taiwan. Women are being trafficked and forced into sexual slavery. Pray for an immediate end to this exploitation. Pray for the Lord to liberate these slaves and minister healing to their bodies, minds, and hearts. Petition the Lord to encourage and raise up Christians who will share the Gospel in Taiwan. Ask the Lord to bring forth a great harvest of souls in Taiwan. (The Bible, Isaiah 42:5-7)

BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Western nations consider Bahrain to be critical to the future stability of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. Pray for the Lord to establish His peace in this nation. Ask Him to accomplish His plans and purposes for Bahrain. Pray for the Gospel to be made known throughout this nation. Ask the Lord to draw multitudes of men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Jeremiah 29:11)

Day 20 BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Jesus Christ. Pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done in Brunei. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST

Arms smuggling from Lebanon into Syria is said to be on the rise. “There are more than 50 illegal crossings between the two countries,” a retired Lebanese general said, “and there is no way to station enough troops to control them all.” Terrorist group Hezbollah has also reportedly “boosted its presence” along the border. Pray for the Lord to establish peace in this region – especially in the hearts of the people. Pray for the salvation of the Lebanese. Ask the Lord to encourage Christians and give them boldness to be His witnesses. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Lebanon. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

Day 21 QATAR, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Asian women and children are often promised “lucrative employment,” only to find themselves forced into modern-day slavery in Qatar. The nation has become a popular destination for human trafficking. Pray for this to end. Ask the Lord to expose and bring to justice those involved in this industry. Pray for their salvation. Petition the Lord to send workers into this harvest field. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come in power, with signs, wonders, and miracles. (The Bible, I Corinthians 4:20)

TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

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government of Turkmenistan commonly silences opposition leaders and activists by committing them to psychiatric institutions. Pray for this practice to end immediately. Ask the Lord to root out corruption in the government and raise up leaders who will govern with integrity. Pray for Christians in this nation to be encouraged and continue to worship and share the Gospel boldly. Petition the Lord to tear down strongholds of Islam. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Turkmenistan. (The Bible, Hebrews 10:24,25)

Day 22 ETHIOPIA, EAST AFRICA

The drought and the famine it has created in the Horn of Africa region have killed thousands of people. “Several areas in Ethiopia have also been affected by severe drought in the past year, killing livestock and crops.” There is currently a shortage of food and water. Pray for the Lord to provide rain for this area. Pray for Christians in Ethiopia to cry out to God for relief. Ask the Lord to send Christian humanitarian organizations to provide food and clean water to those who are suffering from the drought. Pray for this time of hardship to be used to draw many men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Psalm 6:9)

MYANMAR (BURMA), SOUTHEAST ASIA

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30,000 Kachins displaced. Pray for this violence to end. Ask the Lord to establish peace in this nation. Pray for the salvation of leaders in the government – including President Thein Sein. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christians. Pray for them to be bold in sharing their faith. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to Myanmar. (The Bible, Psalm 32:10)

Day 23 CHAD, CENTRAL AFRICA

Chad was singled out in a new study as one of the most poorly governed countries in Africa. “Bad governance is regarded as one of the root causes of evil within societies,” the Africa Report noted. Pray for the leadership of Chad to see this as a wake-up call. Ask the Lord to raise up leaders who will govern with integrity and in the fear of the Lord. Pray for the people of Chad to seek relief from the Lord rather than men. Pray for the Gospel to be made known throughout Chad. Ask for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Psalm 84:2)

ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA

Several terrorist plots were stopped

recently by the government of Algeria. The success of Algeria’s counter-terrorism group in these operations was credited to their willingness to share intelligence with international agencies. Pray for this cooperation to continue and be increasingly effective in defeating terrorist organizations operating in Algeria. Pray for laborers to be sent to this harvest field. Ask the Lord to tear down the strongholds of Islam and set the people free. Pray for many of them to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:9)

Day 24 LIBYA, NORTH AFRICA

After months of civil war, head-ofstate Muammar al-Qadhafi was captured and killed in October 2011. That nation was declared “liberated” three days later. Pray for the stability of Libya. Ask the Lord to raise up leaders of His choosing to guide the country forward. Pray for the people to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Pray for men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)

MALAYSIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Malaysia is partnering with India to “check the growing threat of terrorism in the region.” According to Prime Minister Mahmoud Najib Haji Razak, this is part of a plan to adequately secure the nation’s borders. Pray for this collaboration to be successful in combating terrorism. Pray for terrorist groups to be exposed and defeated throughout southeast Asia. Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen Christians in Malaysia to share their faith. Pray for Him to draw Malaysians into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Mark 4:22)

Day 25 OMAN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

In response to protests, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said held elections for the 84-member Shura Council that advises him. Qaboos has also pledged to give the council greater powers. Pray for the Lord to accomplish His plans and purposes for this nation. Pray for the salvation of Sultan Qaboos and other leaders. Pray for the strongholds of Islam to be torn down. Ask the Lord to set free

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all those who have been deceived by this false religion. Petition Him for a great harvest of souls in Oman. (The Bible, Proverbs 19:21)

KAZAKHSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

In response to recent terrorist attacks, the government of Kazakhstan is enacting a new law that will severely restrict the practice of religion in this nation. “Rights defenders have branded the bill discriminatory and restrictive,” according to Radio Free Europe. Pray for Kazaks to have the freedom to practice their faith. Ask the Lord to protect Christians in this nation from discrimination and persecution. Pray for them to be bold in sharing their faith. Ask the Lord for a spiritual awakening in which Muslims hear and respond to the Gospel, putting their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Hebrews 12:3)

Day 26 TUNISIA, NORTH AFRICA

An Islamist party won the first Tunisian elections since protests drove President Ben Ali out of office in January 2011. Pray for the Lord to move powerfully in Tunisia, bringing political peace, as well as lasting peace to the hearts of men, women, and children. Pray for the Light of Christ to shine into the spiritual darkness of this Islamic nation. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls as His Kingdom comes in power. (The Bible, I Peter 2:9)

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Prime Minister Hun Sen signed an order in recent days that bars recruitment firms from sending domestic workers to Malaysia after numerous reports of abuses.” Rights groups say the ban is already being violated. Pray for an end to human trafficking in Cambodia. Ask the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit out on this nation. Pray for multitudes of Cambodians to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Cambodia. (The Bible, Psalm 72:4)

Day 27 TURKEY, SE EUROPE & SW ASIA

The government of Turkey is working with nations such as Afghanistan, Oman, and Iran to eradicate human trafficking. Pray for this effort to be effective in bringing an end to this illegal activity. Pray for the salvation of those who are profiting from human trafficking. Ask the Lord to free those who are being trafficked and minister healing to them. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Turkey, to every people group. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Psalm 7:11)

NORTH KOREA, EAST ASIA

According to the United Nations, approximately six million people in North Korea are in urgent need of food. “But there is international skepticism about the crisis,” says the BBC. So donations to UN assistance programs have dwindled. Pray for the Lord to supply food for the North Korean people. Ask Him to send Christian humanitarian agencies to meet the spiritual and physical www.WIN1040.com

needs of the people. Pray for aid to reach those who are starving. Pray for an end to the corruption and oppression of the government. Pray for the salvation of Kim Jong-Il and his family. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to North Korea. (The Bible, Psalm 91:2)

Day 28 SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA

Somalia and the entire Horn of Africa are currently experiencing the worst drought in 60 years. “Somalis have fled their homes to such places as the Dadaab refugee camp,” reports “The Globe and Mail.” Pray for the Lord to provide relief to this nation and region. Pray for the people to call out to Him. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christians as they face famines, violence, and persecution. Ask the Lord to establish peace in Somalia. Pray for al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups operating in this nation to be defeated. Pray for Somalis to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Psalm 18:6)

PAKISTAN, SOUTH ASIA

Pakistan was recently praised for its role in the war on terrorism. However, a new report shows that “75% of terror suspects arrested in Punjab province in Lahore over the last two decades were set free by the courts due to lack of evidence.” Pray for the government of Pakistan to take a strong stance against terrorism. Ask the Lord to expose and bring to defeat all extremist groups

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a Generosity Movement has been proposed by certain segments of the Body of Christ. it calls for a return to Biblical standards in terms of giving. a MoveMenT like This Would involve:  Christians being good stewards of god’s resources  attentive obedience to god  an appreciation of and openhandedness with all that god has given us – including money, but also life, breath, relationships, time…  generosity as a fundamental part of what it means to be a disciple  all believers “excelling in” the privilege of giving

What is keeping the Generosity Movement from taking hold in the Church? “god blesses Christians with vast resources,” says dr. sas Conradie, coordinator of the resource Mobilization Working group (rMWg). “unfortunately, Christians are keeping the blessing for themselves instead of sharing it in god’s mission in the world. We need a movement of whole life disciples of jesus Christ who give and share freely, abundantly and joyfully the financial resources god has entrusted to them.” The lord himself gave us a mission to perform (The Bible, Matthew 28:18-20). We know he has provided the resources, yet the job hasn’t been finished. Why? What impact would a Generosity Movement have on completing the great Commission?

at Window international network, we are seeking to reach the least-reached nations and people groups on planet earth. We do that by mobilizing prayer for the 10/40 Window and by raising up and equipping leaders inside this region who will effectively evangelize, plant churches, and disciple others. It’s a big job. and that’s why we need your help. join the generosity Movement today by investing the resources god has entrusted to you in his kingdom. Prayerfully consider giving generously to the work Win is doing in the final frontier of missions. sources: “Consultation document” rMWg

go To WWW.WIN104.cOM Today To learn More aBouT hoW you Can join us in Praying for The 10/40 WindoW and find Ways To “exCel” in The Privilege of giving.


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Is it possible to hold a mini-Global Day of Prayer every day of the year? Dr. Victor Choudhrie, a church planting leader in India, thinks so. Which is why he has issued a summons to the Body of Christ to pray in harmony each morning and has even provided an outline to help make it happen. 3@6 invites Believers the world over to spend 3 minutes praying for global evangelism at 6 a.m. every morning. Choudhrie’s suggestions for utilizing this time include the following:

1st minute

Pray for the harvest. Ask the Lord to reach the unreached, seek and save the lost, and for the Gospel to be preached in every nation, among every tribe, tongue, and people. Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into His harvest field.

2nd minute

Pray for the fields. Ask the Lord to open doors to closed nations, open hearts and minds, and remove the veil from the eyes of those in bondage to Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and ethnic religions. Pray for tentmakers, undercover missionaries, and members of the underground Church to be protected and encouraged, to have opportunities to share the Good News, and for their efforts to bring forth abundant fruit.

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Listen. Ask the Lord to reveal His strategies and plans to pray for and evangelize the 10/40 Window. Allow Him to place a specific nation or people group on your heart. Ask Him to show you how to intercede on their behalf and to help you adopt a “watch and pray” attitude that will keep you open to His guidance throughout the day.

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operating, training, and recruiting in this nation. Pray for Christians in Pakistan to be encouraged and be strong in the Lord. Petition the Lord to protect them as they face severe persecution. Pray for the Good News of Jesus Christ to be made known throughout Pakistan. Ask the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Matthew 5:10)

Day 29 NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA

Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria, is continuing to launch attacks. “The sect is growing in sophistication and authorities in Nigeria and abroad believe it has strengthened ties with al-Qaeda’s north African wing,” reports Reuters. Pray for Boko Haram, AQIM, and every other terrorist organization operating in Nigeria to be defeated. Pray for their funding to be cut off and for recruiting efforts to fail. Pray for the salvation of leaders and members of these groups. Ask the Lord to protect Christians in Nigeria. Pray for them to be bold in sharing their faith. Ask the Lord for a revival in the Church of Nigeria and a spiritual awakening among the Muslims. Pray for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 18:2)

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claims 100% of the population is Muslim. Pray for the Lord to tear down the strongholds of this false religion. Ask Him to open doors for the proclamation of the Gospel in Maldives. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Maldives. Invite the Kingdom of God to come in power, with signs, wonders, miracles, dreams, and visions. (The Bible, Revelation 15:3)

JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST

In October 2011, for the second time since February, King Abdullah II dismissed the government. He then appointed Jordan’s third prime minister of 2011. Pray for the Lord’s plans and purposes to be accomplished in this nation. Ask Him to raise up leaders who will serve the people with integrity and in the fear of the Lord. Pray for Christians in Jordan to boldly share their faith. Pray for a great spiritual awakening in Jordan in which men, women, and children put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)

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SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA

An estimated 5,000 villages have joined a movement in Senegal to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The practice of FGM is a rite of passage in many African nations, but increases the risk of HIV transmission and infant/ maternal mortality rates. Pray for this movement to succeed. Pray for an end to this barbaric practice. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on Senegal. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed to every people group. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Romans 5:5)

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Day 30 ERITREA, EAST AFRICA

Eritrea has been “branded a pariah state for its support of Islamic terrorist networks in the Horn of Africa.” Pray for an immediate end to this support. Pray for the salvation of leaders of the Eritrean government. Pray for Christians in this nation as they face intense persecution. Ask the Lord to protect and strengthen them. Pray for those in prison to be faithful witnesses. Ask for encouragement for their families. Pray for the salvation of government leaders and for true religious freedom. Petition the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. (The Bible, I Timothy 2:1-4)

TIBET, SOUTH ASIA

Nine Tibetans have committed ritual suicide since March 2011. “The suicide of monks and nuns has the potential to ignite unrest among the wider population,” says the “Wall Street Journal.” Pray for Tibet to be liberated from the oppression of China. Pray for the political and spiritual freedom of the people of this nation. Pray for the Gospel to be preached in Tibet. Petition the Lord to set the people free from the lies of Buddhism. Ask for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4)

SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST

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also began spreading across the border, into Lebanon. Pray for peace in this troubled nation. Ask the Lord to move powerfully, pouring out His Holy Spirit. Pray for Christians in Syria to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to this nation and for a multitude of people to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

MONGOLIA, NORTH ASIA

The Mongolian military has been engaging in training exercises with India. “One of the main focus areas in the exercises has been counterterrorism/counter-insurgency.” Pray for these efforts to be successful in defending against terrorists in this region. Pray for the people of Mongolia to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Plead with the Lord for the hearts and minds of the Mongolian people. Pray for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Matthew 24:14)

Day 31 EAST TIMOR, SOUTHEAST ASIA

“Corruption and lack of much economic development remain the biggest problems” in East Timor, according to a recent report. Pray for corruption to be rooted out of East Timor. Ask the Lord to stir the hearts of Christians in this nation. Pray for a revival in the Church. Pray for the Gospel to be made known throughout East Timor. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to this nation. (The Bible, II Timothy 1:6) www.WIN1040.com

THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

The Gambia has been ruled by Yahya Jammeh for sixteen years. Elections scheduled for November could bring an end to that. But many observers wonder if Jammeh will leave office, even if he is defeated. Pray for the outcome of the election to be observed. Pray for the salvation of Yahya Jammeh. Ask the Lord to raise up men and women who will lead the Gambia with integrity and in the fear of the Lord. Pray for the Gospel to be presented to the people of the Gambia and for many to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Proverbs 1:7)

GAZA STRIP, MIDDLE EAST

In October 2011, Hamas traded an Israeli prisoner, Sgt. Gilad Shalit, for the release of 1,027 imprisoned Palestinians. The terrorist organization also threatened to “capture more Israeli soldiers in an attempt to free 4,300 Palestinians still in Israeli prisons.” Pray for the salvation of members of Hamas. Ask the Lord to provide for those on the Gaza strip who are suffering from poverty and hunger. Pray for political and spiritual peace in this territory. Pray for laborers to be sent into this harvest field. Ask the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Isaiah 26:3)

WEST BANK, MIDDLE EAST

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Lord to use Palestinian Christians to promote peace in this region. Pray for the Good News of Jesus Christ to be preached in the West Bank and for the Lord to bring forth a mighty harvest of souls. Pray for the salvation of President Abbas and the members of his administration. Invite the Kingdom of God to come and ask the Lord for multitudes to put their faith in Christ. (The Bible, Matthew 5:9)

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It is more blessed to give than to receive. Everyone knows the joy of receiving. When we are surprised by the generosity of another person, we react with a sense of delight and gratefulness. It is truly a blessing to receive. But Jesus says it is even MORE of a blessing to give. Some people find this hard to believe. Unless we give gladly, without restrictions or expectations, even sacrificially, we can never know what Jesus meant. Maybe we doubt Jesus. Perhaps we don’t know or understand what it is to be blessed by God.

(Jesus, Acts 20:35)

he notes, is a relational word. “Being blessed involves blessings, but the true blessing is the ‘life-giving’ relationship with Jesus, the Christ. “If you love someone and give them a gift,” Barth writes, “the relationship is the primary motivation. The gift is just a physical expression of your love and appreciation.” It strengthens the relationship. When we give to the work of the Kingdom, we invest in our relationship with God. We financially express our love and appreciation to Him. As Window International Network continues to mobilize prayer and raise up leaders in the 10/40 Window, we offer you an opportunity to know the blessing of God.

“Does it mean financial prosperity, emotional stability, and physical well-being?” asks Robert Barth, associate dean at Oak Brook College. He suggests that while those might be external manifestations of God’s blessing, there is a deeper meaning. The word “blessed,” December 2011

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s r y t r a M “ Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (The Bible, Matthew 5:10)

By definition, a martyr is not only someone who is killed for their faith, but someone willing to be killed for their faith. All who are willing to die for Jesus Christ are martyrs. Asif* is a member of this group. He is a pastor in a closed, Muslim nation who has risked his life to advance the Kingdom of God. 34 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

A few months ago, Asif baptized an imam (Islamic teacher). The imam was delighted to be set free from the bondage of Islam and gladly put his faith in Jesus Christ. However, others were not so happy.

Next, Asif was kidnapped by the nephew of the imam who was baptized. More than 24 hours of torture followed. He finally managed to escape with a broken arm and a collection of cuts and bruises.

Not long after this event, angry Muslims shot Asif. He escaped and was treated at a local hospital.

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Pray for the Lord to encourage and protect all those Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are facing persecution. Pray for the Lord to remind them that He will never leave them or forsake them. (The Bible, Hebrews 13:5) those who have been imprisoned for their faith. Ask the Lord to use them as His ambassadors to fellow prisoners and guards. (The Bible, II Corinthians 5:20) the families who have lost loved ones because of persecution. Ask the Lord to comfort them and provide for them. (The Bible, II Corinthians 1:3,4) the persecution taking place throughout the 10/40 Window to bring honor to God and draw many into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, I Peter 4:16)

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in his nation. Christians are often falsely accused of desecrating the Qur’an and are then assaulted, arrested, or sometimes even killed.

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Today, Asif is separated from his family. He has no idea when or if he will see his wife and children again.

are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (The Bible, Matthew 5:10). Asif and many other brave men and women in the 10/40 Window are truly blessed. They have chosen to suffer for the glory of Christ. Theirs is truly the kingdom of heaven.

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Bahrain When I asked what was going on, one of the policemen hit me! Then the other policemen got out their clubs and began beating my friends! We didn’t’ know if they just wanted us to get out of the way or were angry at us. That’s when I told them I didn’t understand and asked what we had done. But they didn’t’ answer. Instead, they told us to be quiet, shoved us into their police cars, and took us to the station. At the police station, we were accused of rebelling against the Sunni government that runs our nation. They said that because we were Christians, we were troublemakers.

“I don’t understand! What did we do?!” We were playing a game of jump rope outside of my school when the police started attacking us! My friends and I had decided that jumping rope would a fun break from studying. We were laughing as the rope swung faster and faster, and we took turns trying to hop over it. Suddenly the police arrived. We stopped our game to watch as they went into the school. Moments later, they came back out with a group of boys. The police said they were traitors and were pushing them along. 38 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

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They were right about the first part. My friends and I are followers of Jesus Christ. But we were shocked that the police thought we were troublemakers! We were only jumping rope! I began to get more and more scared. I wondered what would happen to us. Then I noticed that one of my friends was crying. I began to pray: “Jesus, we need help!” I remembered a verse from the Bible. In it, God says: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). I shared this with my friend who was crying. We all began to pray and put our hope in God. © 2011 Window International Network

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Hymie: Friends,

Have you ever been afraid of something? Have you ever been in a scary situation? Joshua 1:9 is a wonderful verse to remember when you are afraid. It reads,

“ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” [New King James Version] Ask your parents to help you memorize this verse. It is a wonderful promise to have in your mind and heart. Always remember that God’s promises are true – no matter how old you are or where you live. When you need help, call on God! Use verses like Joshua 1:9 to remind yourself of His promises.

Raaheel’s story took place in Bahrain. In recent years, hundreds of children in that nation have been beaten and thrown in jail. Sometimes when children are arrested, they are not allowed to talk to their parents or a lawyer. Let’s pray for the children of Bahrain right now. Ask God to be with the Christian children and give them courage. Ask Him to speak to the hearts of those who don’t yet know Him and draw them to Jesus. Pray for the Gospel to be shared with everyone in Bahrain. Sources: www.win1040.com; www.

kids.yahoo.com/reference/worldfactbook/country/ba--Bahrain; bahrainrights.hopto.org.

4 4-6 saffron threads or 1/2 Ingredients: 4 1 cup granulated sugar teaspoon ground saffron 4 1/2 cup water 4 2 sticks unsalted butter 4 1/4 cup rosewater 4 1 cup all purpose flour

Preparation: In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, add saffron and rosewater. You will have a syrup like texture. Remove from heat.

Halva is a favorite dessert in the Middle East. Served with coffee or tea, it is the perfect ending to any meal. Prep Time: 5 minutes

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In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Add flour slowly and mix with butter to make paste. Slowly add sugar syrup and blend together. Remove from heat. Immediately, spread mixture into ramekins, or onto a serving plate. Allow to cool, and remove halva from ramekins or cut into small serving pieces. Cook Time: 15 minutes

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