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Bahrain Resisting Change Indonesia: Stronghold of Folk Islam Saudi Arabia: The Salafi Movement Bahrain: Resisting Change Where is Your Treasure? Humanitarian Aid Enough? Prayer Points for Every 10/40 Window Nation WindoWkids™ Nigeria


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THE 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER : June 2011

Indonesia: Stronghold of Folk Islam

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10 PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS

12 PRAYER POINTS FOR EVERY 10/40 WINDOW NATION

14 Where is Your Treasure?

30 Bahrain: Resisting Change

32 WindowKids™: Nigeria

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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

AFGHANISTAN According to International

Christian Concern, a man imprisoned for converting to Christianity in Afghanistan was released in February. The former Muslim decided to follow Jesus Christ eight years ago. He was arrested after an Afghan TV station reported on Afghanis leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. Give thanks for this man’s release. Pray for the Lord to minister healing to him (he was abused in prison and received death threats). Ask the Lord to use the persecution Afghani Christians are facing to advance His Kingdom and build His church in that nation.

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PAKISTAN The death of Osama bin Laden

not only means al-Qaeda is now without its leader, but according to those involved in the fight against terrorism, represents a “severe body blow” to the entire al-Qaeda network. With the organization now on the defensive, Western governments aim to finish the job and defeat al-Qaeda completely. “We’re determined to do so and we believe we can,” one official said. Give thanks to the Lord for this answer to years of prayer. Ask Him to help governments and agencies wipe out al-Qaeda and its affiliates in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as every other violent, extremist organization in the world.

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

Egypt the past few days was nothing short of a miracle,” writes one missionary about the revolution in that nation. “For many years the church has been praying, seeing the corruption and the tyranny of the system and the abuse of the Christians. The Lord intervened through the youth, with the first technological revolution in history. The amazing thing is that it was a peaceful revolution. This is an important time for Egyptian Christians. There is a crack in the wall between Muslims and Christians. This

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may not last long and we as Christians must be diligent during this unique opportunity.” Praise the Lord for the great work He is doing in Egypt. Pray for Christians to remain diligent and take advantage of this time of openness and unity.

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Sources: International Christian Concern, Middle East Leadership Training Institute Newsletter, Reuters

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The main focus will be prayer for: repentance the restoration of the Church the healing of the nations

Christians around the world will be spending Sunday, June 12, 2011 crying out to the Lord on behalf of their respective nations.

Intercession will be based on two principle Scriptures:

“ If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (The Bible, II Chronicles 7:14)

“ For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (The Bible, Habakkuk 2:14)

This worldwide event will not promote any political agenda or market any individual ministry. It is meant to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in all the earth.

Invite your small group, church, community, friends and family to join this global concert of prayer.

Go to www.GlobalDayofPrayer.com for more information about how you can get involved.


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nce referred to as the East Indies, Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands spread across 7.9 million square kilometers. It is the world’s fourth most populous nation, with 245,613,043 people. While those statistics may surprise some, what is perhaps even more startling is the fact that Indonesia has the world’s largest population of Muslims. Sometime in the 13th century, the influence of Muslim traders began to take hold and by the 16th century, most of the islands now part of Indonesia had surrendered to Islam. Islamic beliefs and rituals were mixed with previous religious practices to form a potent form of folk Islam. “Wherever Islam went,” writes Johan Tangelder, “it introduced old and new superstitions. Superstitions and

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animistic beliefs still bind mind and heart with constant fear of demons, with witchcraft and sorcery.” Samuel Zwemer believed that the rapid spread of Islam through Indonesia was “largely due to its animistic character.” In his accounts, Zwemer points out, “Many Muslims live in a world densely populated by an array of good and evil and earthly spirits which influence human affairs.” Though they attend mosque on Friday, many also go to the witchdoctor when they have financial, physical or emotional problems. More than 200 of Indonesia’s 783 people groups are considered unreached or least-reached. That means the Gospel has either not been proclaimed among them, or they have not responded to it. Just over 80% of the nearly 250 million people are still in bondage to the false religion of Islam. Sources: “Folk Islam,” by Johan D. Tangelder, 2002; “The Influence of Animism on Islam,” by Samuel Zwemer; “The Unseen Face of Islam,” Bill Musk; Joshua Project

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the Gospel to be preached and demonstrated throughout this nation. Ask for the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit and prepare hearts to hear and respond to the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. (The Bible, II Corinthians 7:10; Matthew 13:23) the strongholds of folk Islam to be torn down in Indonesia. Petition the Lord to set the people free from the spirit of fear and draw them into relationship with Christ. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4) Christians in Indonesia to be salt and light to those around them. Pray for them to be bold in sharing their faith. (The Bible, Matthew 5:13,14; Ephesians 6:19) the Church to be united in praying for their nation. Pray for an end to any discord and for Christians to cooperate and work together to pray for and minister to the people of Indonesia. (The Bible, Romans 12:5; Ephesians 6:18) a great harvest of souls in Indonesia. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come to this nation as it is in heaven. (The Bible, John 4:35; Matthew 6:10)

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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)

I was praying and praying, asking God to open [the] door to visit [a] remote jail for almost five years. This last Saturday God opened my way… I was given permission to enter. By God’s desire I was permitted right inside the cell without hindrance and I could meet five dear people there whom

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God chose, I am sure. I was allowed to talk to them one hour but God blinded the eyes of the army there and we could fellowship for more than two hours. I was trying to explain the truth of the Gospel… God enabled me to speak on the truth of the Lord and Savior and Salvation and forgiveness in him alone – they were so excited.

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Finally after two hours of hearing the Gospel of truth three gave their life to the Maker and Creator, Hallelujah! God let me ordain one brother there to take care of the folk, [so] they can have fellowship. Beloved, what a joy to see their faces changed when they got the true Gospel, when they knew their sins are forgiven. Your concern, gifts and my work equals to God’s glory, Hallelujah.

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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.

June ELECTIONS Tur key – Par liam ent ary

“...[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)


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Prayer Points

Bhutan, South Asia ÌÌ Population: 699,847 esar Namgyel Wangchuck ÌÌ Political Leader: King Jigme Kh ÌÌ Christianity: 0.3% ÌÌ Dominant Religion: Buddhism ÌÌ Persecution Ranking: 12th ÌÌ Number of Terrorist Groups: 4 ÌÌ Acts of Terrorism: 2 ÌÌ Casualties: 0 ÌÌ Percent of Corruption: 40% 23.2% ÌÌ Percent of People in Poverty:

4 Bhutan has one of the world’s smallest and most underdeveloped economies. Pray for citizens who rely on agriculture and forestry (the majority of the population) to reap fruitful harvests. Pray for them to realize the source of these blessings and come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Genesis 22:14) 4 Pray for the strongholds of Buddhism and Hinduism to be broken, brushed aside, and forgotten. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come mightily to the people of Bhutan. (The Bible, Colossians 1:13,14) 4 Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of the Bhutanese so they will be fertile soil for God’s Word and will bring forth bountiful fruit. (The Bible, Matthew 13:8)

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In an amazing answer to prayer, the premier of Bhutan vowed to keep politics free of corruption. Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors, BBC, The World Factbook June 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)

The vast majority of Saudi Arabia’s more than 26 million people (approximately 92%) are followers of Islam. Most belong to the Salafi school (sometimes called Wahhabi) of Sunni Islam. Salafi means “predecessor” and is a movement that looks back on the first three generations of Muslims: the Sahabah (“Companions”), the Tabiun (“Followers”) and the Tabi al-Tabiin (“Those After the Followers”).

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Not all Salafi in Saudi Arabia believe the same things. “The easy explanation for differences within the Salafi movement,” writes Trevor Stanley, “is that some aim to change society through da’wa (preaching/evangelism) whereas others want to change it through violence.” Those who promote violence are known as Salafi Jihadis. Jihad means “struggle” and can mean either an inner struggle to keep the faith, a struggle to improve society, or a struggle to defend and advance Islam. In

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some cases, it is considered a “holy war.” (Jihad is a duty and is sometimes called the sixth pillar of Islam.) Saudi Arabia is not only the birthplace of Islam and home to an orthodox, sometimes violent brand of this false religion, but it also is its chief propagator. As one journalist notes, this nation has “exported its intolerant and violent form of Islam, Wahhabism, spending

Pray for the tearing down of the strongholds of Salafi/Wahhabi Islam in Saudi Arabia. Pray for the lies and deception of this false religion to be exposed. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4; John 8:44) the people of this nation to have their blind minds opened to see the Light of Christ. Pray for their hearts to be soft June 2011

billions to establish mosques and other institutions like the Organization of the Islamic Conferences that have crowded out and transformed the practice of Islam around the world.” Sources: “Understanding the Origins of Wahhabism and Salafism,” Trevor Stanley, 2005; BBC News, World Factbook, ynetnews.

and ready to receive the Gospel. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4; Mark 4:20) the salvation of King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz and other key members of the royal family and administration. (The Bible, I Timothy 2:1-4) the Good News of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed throughout Saudi Arabia. (The Bible, Mark 13:10) expatriate Christians to boldly share

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their faith. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give them opportunities and the words to speak. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19; I Peter 3:15) a great harvest of souls in Saudi Arabia. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to this nation with power, signs, wonders, dreams and visions. (The Bible, I Corinthians 4:20)

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P O I N T S June 2011

Day 1 INDIA, SOUTH ASIA

Hindu “holy man” Sathya Sai Baba died in April 2011. He was considered a “god” by his followers, who numbered in the millions. They believe he healed himself and was reborn in 1993. They are now praying for his resurrection. Ask the Lord to speak to the hearts of all those in India who have put their hope in men and false gods. Pray for their blind eyes to be opened to the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout India. Petition the Lord to tear down the strongholds of Hinduism and set free those held captive by this false religion. Plead with the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Isaiah 42:6,7)

MAURITANIA, NORTH AFRICA

Anti-government protests have continued in Mauritania. In April, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital city of Nouakchott. The reform movement began in January 2011 when disgruntled youth began using Facebook (a social networking website) to organize protests. Pray for the Lord to move powerfully among the young people and the government of this Islamic nation. Ask Him to use this time of unrest 14 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

and dissatisfaction to draw people into relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Pray for the lies of Islam to be exposed and for the truth of the Gospel to be made known throughout Mauritania. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to this nation with great power. (The Bible, I Corinthians 4:20)

Day 2 SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA

South Sudan will be seceding from North Sudan in July 2011. While this is good news for the people of the South, it also presents several great challenges. The new nation needs leaders, an educational system, and access to northern seaports. There must also be a fair division of Sudan’s natural resources and a decision on where the border between North and South should be. Pray for the Lord to raise up men and women of integrity to govern South Sudan. Pray for these leaders to seek the Lord for wisdom. Pray for a peaceful separation of the two nations. Ask the Lord to provide the South with ideas and resources to establish schools and hospitals. Pray for the salvation of Omar al-Bashir (N. Sudan). Petition the Lord to maintain peace in the South and give Christians courage and boldness to be His witnesses. Pray for this separation to be an opportunity for the Kingdom of God to come to both www.WIN1040.com

North and South Sudan. (The Bible, Proverbs 1:7)

AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA

Nearly 500 Taliban fighters escaped from a high-security prison in Afghanistan in April 2011. The government called it a “disaster” as the jailbreak took place just as the summer fighting season is about to heat up. Pray for these men to be recaptured. Ask the Lord to expose their hiding places. Pray for the Taliban’s efforts to inflict terror on the people of Afghanistan to come to an end. Petition the Lord to move powerfully in this nation, making the Gospel known and drawing multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Mark 4:22)

Day 3 KUWAIT, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Eight Iranian-regime spy cells have been identified as operating in Kuwait. Two of these cells are reportedly armed and their members have been trained to make and set off bombs. Pray for these terrorists to be exposed, apprehended and brought to justice. Pray for the government of Kuwait to take action against terrorism. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit in this nation and throughout the Middle East. Petition

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Him to use this time of political turmoil and unrest to draw people into relationship with Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Kuwait as His Kingdom comes. (The Bible, Proverbs 28:12)

BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA

The chief of the banned Islamic terrorist organization, Harkatul Jihad (HuJI) was arrested in Bangladesh in April 2011. Anisur Rahman Dhaka was not only the head of the group but was also reportedly personally acquainted with al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. Praise the Lord for the apprehension of this terrorist. Pray for the other members of HuJI to be captured and for this and other terrorist organizations operating in South Asia to be defeated. Ask the Lord to set the people of Bangladesh free from the bondage of Islam. Pray for the Gospel to penetrate this nation and for multitudes to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 1:16)

Day 4 After a huge earthquake and deadly tsunamis struck Japan in March 2011, the nation’s Fukushima nuclear facility began leaking. “Highly contaminated water in some of the six reactors has prevented workers from restoring key cooling functions at the plant….” Pray for the Lord to give the government and scientists in Japan insight into the problem and show them how to solve it. Pray for the safety of the Japanese people and for the rebuilding process in this nation. Ask the Lord to use

nation to open up to the Gospel. Ask the Lord to strengthen Christians in Bhutan and use them to declare His only Son, Jesus Christ. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Bhutan as the Kingdom of God comes with great power. (The Bible, John 4:35)

GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA

Guinea-Bissau is ranked as the fifth poorest nation in the world with a per capital annual average income of $600. In this impoverished environment, the drug trade is growing rapidly. Pray for the people of Guinea-Bissau to cry out to the Lord for relief. Pray for the Lord to respond to their great need and raise up leaders who will guide the nation out of poverty. Ask the Lord to expose drug rings, and any corruption or terrorism that they have brought to Guinea-Bissau. Pray for the people to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in GuineaBissau. (The Bible, Psalm 140:4)

SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA

The government of Saudi Arabia has arrested 11,527 suspected terrorists since September 11, 2011. Nearly 6,000 have been released. Among those still being held, 1,325 are non-Saudis. Pray for the terrorists operating in this nation and those from Saudi Arabia working in other regions with groups like al-Qaeda to be apprehended and brought to justice swiftly. Plead with the Lord for those in Saudi Arabia who are enslaved by Islam. Pray for the tearing down of the strongholds of Islam. Ask the Lord to bring forth a tremendous harvest of souls in Saudi Arabia. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)

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Christian humanitarian agencies to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the people. Pray for the Gospel to spread throughout Japan and for men, women and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, James 1:27)

BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA

Prime Minister Jigme Thinley recently called for a collaboration among nations in South Asia to more effectively fight the “menace of terrorism.” He also announced that he will host a conference in August 2011 on ways to “enhance cooperation against the threat of terrorism.” Pray for this awareness of the problem to be turned into actions that will bring an end to terrorism in Bhutan and throughout South Asia. Pray for this Buddhist

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GUINEA, WEST AFRICA

Ethnic violence claimed dozens of lives in Guinea in May 2011. The clash was set off by an accusation that a member of one tribe was casting spells on members of the other. At least ten people were burnt alive. Pray for the Lord to restore peace and order to this nation. Ask Him to comfort those who have been injured or who have lost family and friends in the violence. Pray for the Church to be used to bring unity across tribal lines. Petition the Lord to reach every people group with the The 10/40 Window Reporter | 15


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Gospel. Pray for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 133:1)

THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Thailand and Cambodia are edging toward war. Troops along the common border have been engaging in battles that have resulted in at least 11 deaths. “The Cambodian acts of aggression left Thailand with no choice but to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity by using proportionate means with necessity,” the Thai Foreign Ministry said. Approximately 20,000 villagers have fled the area. Pray for the Lord to intervene in this conflict. Ask Him to restore peace between these two nations. Pray for the people who have been blinded by Buddhism to see the light of Jesus Christ. Pray for them to put their faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to Thailand in great power. (The Bible, I Corinthians 4:20)

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to move powerfully in this nation, pouring out His Holy Spirit and drawing multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 9:9)

KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

The government of Kyrgyzstan has agreed to cooperate with China in an effort to “maintain regional peace, stability and prosperity.” They will specifically be targeting drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Give thanks to the Lord for this focus and pray for it to succeed. Ask the Lord to bring His peace and stability to Kyrgyzstan. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout this mostly-Muslim nation. Petition the Lord to open the spiritual eyes of the people to see the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray for men, women and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Ask the Lord to bring His Kingdom to Kyrgyzstan with great power and glory. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4)

Day 8 NIGER, WEST AFRICA

Hunger and the threat posed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are considered two of the greatest problems facing Niger. The nation has been “plagued by instability, with poverty afflicting 60 percent of its people.” Pray for this troubled land. Ask the Lord to guide President Mahamadou Issoufou and give him wisdom in leading Niger forward. Pray for Christian humanitarian agencies to meet the need for food and proclaim the Gospel. Ask the Lord to bring an end to AQIM. Pray for the safety of the people of Niger. Petition the Lord 16 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

IRAN, MIDDLE EAST

“A rift is emerging between Iran’s president and its supreme leader,” one news source says. There are also reports that members of parliament are calling for the impeachment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Pray for the Lord to continue working powerfully in this nation. Pray for the salvation of leaders like President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Ask the Lord to strengthen His Church in Iran and empower Christians to be bold witnesses. Pray for them to be protected by the Lord’s mighty angels. Invite the Kingdom www.WIN1040.com

of God to come to Iran as it is in Heaven. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

BURKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA

Soldiers in Burkina Faso went on a rampage in April 2011, firing their weapons and pillaging in what they said was a mutiny. The demonstrations have spread to several cities and police have reportedly joined in. Pray for the Lord to use this time of unrest to draw the hearts of the men, women, and children of Burkina Faso to Jesus Christ. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed in this nation and throughout West Africa. Ask the Lord to restore peace. Pray for Christians in Burkina Faso to function in unity and display the love of God. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, John 4:35)

Day 9 MALI, WEST AFRICA

In the chaos that has been part of the revolution currently taking place in Libya, Muammar al-Qadhafi’s armament has been raided and pillaged. It is believed that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which operates in Mali, is in possession of a large supply of these weapons. “This is a great danger to see AQIM becoming the strongest armies in the Sahel.” Pray for the defeat of this terrorist organization. Ask the Lord to expose them, disarm them, and bring them to justice. Pray for the government to take action against AQIM. Petition the Lord to make the Gospel known throughout Mali – to every tribe, tongue and people. Plead for the souls of the men, women and children of this

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nation. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come in great power and glory. (The Bible, Revelation 5:9)

AZERBAIJAN, SOUTHWEST ASIA

Persecution in this former Soviet republic continues. Christian bookstores are “facing unspecified measures” if they lack state licenses. According to Forum 18, “Only very few can get such licenses.” Pray for the Christians in Azerbaijan to stand firm in the Lord and not be intimidated by government oppression. Pray for them to be bold in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to protect them and use them to display His love. Pray for the tearing down of Islamic strongholds and ask the Lord to release the people from the lies and bondage of this false religion. Pray for their eyes to be opened and for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19)

Day 10 BENIN, WEST AFRICA

The government of Benin is working to reduce poverty and to empower women in the nation. Encouraging signs of progress include the “continuing upward trend in the

political participation of African women, who now hold 18.5 percent of parliamentary positions.” Give thanks to the Lord for this trend and the efforts of the government. Pray for the Lord to give leaders wisdom in combating poverty and inequality. Pray for the tearing down of the strongholds of voodoo. Ask the Lord to set the people of Benin free from the lies of the enemy and lead them into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to this nation. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4)

INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

The government of Indonesia has launched a nationwide crackdown on the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) – an outlawed radical group. NII wants to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state, is linked to terrorism, and has managed to indoctrinate and recruit youth on university campuses. Pray for the Lord to give the government wisdom and strategies to defeat this organization. Pray for recruiting attempts by the NII to fail. Ask the Lord to reach young people in Indonesia with the Gospel. Pray for Christians in this nation to be bold in sharing their faith. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Indonesia. (The Bible, Proverbs 1:7)

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Day 11 LAOS, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Drug trafficking is an escalating problem in Laos. Heroin is being smuggled across the border into Vietnam at an alarming rate. “Border guards say that drug traders employ every way to traffic drugs. They often use plain-clothed and under-educated ethnic minority people to transport drugs from Laos to Vietnam.” Pray for an immediate end to this illegal and destructive activity. Pray for the government of Laos to take action to prevent drug smuggling. Ask the Lord to bring His Kingdom to this nation, pouring out the Holy Spirit and drawing men, women and children into relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for Christians to be strong and courageous as they face persecution and continue to share their faith. (The Bible, Joshua 1:7)

WESTERN SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA

Western Sahara has been illegally annexed by Morocco since 1975. Despite international pressure, Morocco will not allow Western Sahara to be independent. France is one of the few nations that supports Morocco’s position. “The main

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reason is the economic interest,” writes one journalist, “in plundering the territory’s rich resources.” Pray for this abuse to end immediately. Plead for the Sahrawis to be set free from this oppression. Pray for them to be set free from the lies of Islam. Ask the Lord to move in hearts and draw many into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Western Sahara with signs, wonders, dreams and visions. (The Bible, Colossians 1:13)

Day 12 EGYPT, NORTH AFRICA

Egypt was added to the list of the worst violators of religious freedoms by a western government in April 2011. “The Egyptian government engaged in and tolerated religious freedom violations before and after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down,” the report said. Pray for the revolution that took place in this nation to bring about greater religious freedom. Ask the Lord to restore peace and to protect Christians from persecution. Pray for them to be strong and courageous in their faith, boldly sharing the Gospel. Pray for a great spiritual awakening in Egypt and for the Holy Spirit to draw multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come to Egypt as it is in heaven. (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6)

UZBEKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Christians in Uzbekistan continue to face the threat of persecution. Churches are routinely raided and Christians are often arrested, fined and even beaten. One man was JUNE 2011

recently assaulted by police for the “crime” of giving a coworker a children’s Bible. Pray for the Lord to be present with these courageous Christian Brother and Sisters. Pray for them to rejoice as they participate in the sufferings of Christ. Ask the Lord to move in the hearts of persecutors, drawing them into relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Uzbekistan and for the lost to be reached with the love of the Lord. Plead for a tremendous harvest of souls. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come to this nation. (The Bible, I Peter 4:13)

Day 13 NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA

Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal recently made a pledge to fight terrorist activities in Nepal. He also said he was concerned about money laundering counterfeiting, and security issues regarding the border with India. Thank God for this pledge and pray for the prime minister to keep it. Ask the Lord to give the government of Nepal the resources and strategies they need to combat terrorism, money laundering, and to keep their people safe. Petition the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit out on this nation, setting people free from Hinduism and drawing them into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Nepal with great power and glory. (The Bible, Isaiah 42:7)

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pursuing nuclear power plants. They are doing so despite the nuclear disaster in Japan that resulted from a huge earthquake. Scientists say the Middle East is “a region prone to Japan-like risks like earthquakes as well as war and terrorism….” Pray for the government of the UAE to proceed with caution concerning the development of nuclear materials. Pray for peace in this region and for terrorists to be exposed and dealt with swiftly. Ask the Lord to tear down the strongholds of Islam in this nation and throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Pray for the people to be set free from this false religion and to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Romans 10:9)

Day 14 ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE

President Bamir Topi called for self-restraint in the upcoming elections. Violence has been intensifying and the president hopes to keep the unrest and discord from becoming deadly. Pray for peace for Albania. Pray for the Prince of Peace to make Himself known in this nation. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on Albania and set people free from the lies of Islam and atheism. Pray for multitudes of Albanians to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to this nation. (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6)

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was the work of terrorists. No group has claimed responsibility, but officials are concerned this may signal another rise in violence. A series of attacks in 2003 (including 12 suicide bombings) left 45 people dead. Pray for Islamic terrorists in Morocco to be arrested and prosecuted. Ask the Lord to give the government wisdom in dealing with these violent extremist groups and the threat they pose to the security of the nation. Pray for the people of Morocco to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Petition the Lord to set free those held captive by Islam and lead them into relationship with Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Proverbs 2:12)

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decreased in the last year thanks to a government anti-drug program. Officials pointed out, “The country is still to be guarded against the possibility of becoming a major transit hub of drug traffickers.” Pray for this program to continue to be effective and for those involved in smuggling drugs to be arrested and brought to justice. Ask the Lord to deliver the people of this nation from the lies of Buddhism. Pray for the Gospel to be preached in Sri Lanka and for the Holy Spirit to draw multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray for a great harvest of souls as the Kingdom comes in power. (The Bible, Psalm 11:7)

Day 16 IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST

After eight months of relative calm, a terrorist set off a bomb at a large Shiite mosque in Iraq. Twelve people were killed and dozens more were injured. “Although violence has significantly decreased in Iraq over the past two years,” one news source reports, “it has spiked in recent weeks.” Pray for the Lord to establish and maintain peace in this war-torn nation. Pray for the blinded minds of the people to be opened to the Light of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to draw them, giving them hearts that are hungry for God’s Truth. Pray for the Gospel to be preached to every segment of the Iraqi society. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Iraq in power, with great signs and wonders. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:6)

SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA

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ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST

When Fatah and Hamas (terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) announced they were joining forces in April 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the development “outrageous.” He and other leaders in Israel are convinced that if this agreement is upheld, it will be a “great setback to peace.” Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the Lord to arise on behalf of Israel, defending them from their enemies. Ask the Lord to give Prime Minister Netanyahu and the other leaders in this nation wisdom in protecting their people from terrorists. Pray for their spiritual eyes to be opened to Jesus. Ask the Lord to continue moving, bringing men, women and children into relationship with Messiah. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Israel. (The Bible, John 1:41)

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TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

A terrorist group known as the Mujahideen of Tajikistan has issued new threats against the government of this nation. Officials claim the threat is low, but also emphasize that the stability of Tajikistan is at risk as long as the border with Afghanistan is “wide-open.” Pray for an immediate end to the Mujahideen of Tajikistan. Pray for their plans and their efforts to recruit to fail. Ask the Lord to give leaders wisdom in dealing with this and other extremist organizations operating in the region. Pray for the people of this nation to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Tajikistan. (The Bible, Psalm 35:1)

Day 17 CHINA, EAST ASIA

China’s links with Iran are a concern to the international community. It has been reported that China is involved in supplying Iran with equipment and technology for its chemical weapons program. China has also formed a “strategic partnership” with Pakistan. Pray for the government of China to be wise in the partnerships they engage in. Pray for the Lord to expose terrorism and other wicked schemes in China. Ask Him to continue pouring His Holy Spirit out on this nation and its people. Pray for a tremendous harvest of souls in China. Invite the Kingdom of God to come in great power. (The Bible, Mark 4:22)

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strategic in combating terrorism. Approximately 5,000 western troops are based in Djibouti and it is a critical ally in the war against terrorism. Pray for Djibouti’s role in fighting extremist groups in this region to continue. Pray for Christian expatriates to have opportunities to witness to the people of this Muslim nation. Ask the Lord to speak to the men, women and children of Djibouti through dreams and visions. Pray for many to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Acts 2:17.

men “brutally and repeatedly raped at least two of the younger women before shooting them at point blank range with automatic weapons in head and torso.” Pray for the Lord to give His angels charge over the Hmong Christians. Pray for them to be strengthened and encouraged in the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to move in the hearts of those who persecute Christians. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed in Vietnam. Plead with the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Psalm 91:11,12)

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Day 18 YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Thousands of people continue to demonstrate in Yemen – some protesting the government and others calling for an end to the unrest – despite a promise from President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Pray for the turmoil in this Muslim nation to be used to turn hearts to Jesus Christ. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed and for multitudes to put their faith in Christ. Ask the Lord to protect the Christians in Yemen and use them powerfully to testify to the Truth. Invite God’s Kingdom to this nation and pray for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Luke 4:18)

VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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TAIWAN, EAST ASIA

In a new pact, Taiwan has agreed to work with Cambodia to combat money laundering and terrorism funding. This is the 18th nation Taiwan has agreed to cooperate with. Thank God for this diligence and pray for these efforts to be successful. Pray for an end to terrorism in East Asia. Pray for young people to hear the Gospel and put their faith in Jesus Christ instead of being seduced by extremist groups. Pray for the Church in Taiwan to be strong in the Lord and witness boldly. Pray for many men, women and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

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Pray for the Lord to accomplish His plans and purposes in this nation. Pray for Christian expatriates to be bold in sharing the Gospel. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit, softening hearts and preparing them for the seed of the Word. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come in Bahrain in power with signs, wonders and miracles. (The Bible, Matthew 13:23)

Day 20 BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Brunei has been added to a human trafficking watch list as a destination for forced laborers. Pray for an immediate end to this illegal and destructive activity. Pray for the freedom of those who are lured into slavery. Ask the Lord to move in the hearts of those who run human trafficking rings, drawing them into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout Brunei. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out and for the Kingdom of God to come to this nation with great power. (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1)

LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST

Syrians have been fleeing across the border into Lebanon to escape the unrest in their country. “Hundreds of women and children” are among the refugees and many have reportedly made the trip on foot. Pray for this time of upheaval and displacement to become an opportunity for the Gospel to reach these people. Pray for the Church in Lebanon to receive the refugees and share God’s love with them. Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue

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Day 22 QATAR, ARABIAN PENINSULA

A recent report says that Qatar has a record of repression, torture and other human rights abuses. “There are not adequate systems in place, in practice, to ensure prompt, independent investigation of allegations of torture or ill treatment,” one human rights group notes. Pray for the government of Qatar to take action against these abuses. Pray for the salvation of key leaders in this nation. Ask the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit out on Qatar and bring forth a tremendous harvest of souls. Pray for those who are in bondage to Islam to be set free and put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to Qatar as it is in heaven. (The Bible, I Timothy 2:1-4.

TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

“Outsiders sometimes think that freedom of conscience exists in our country,” a Christian in Turkmenistan related to Forum 18. But there are “constant specific violations of religious freedom.” Pray for the Christians in this nation to be strengthened by the joy of the Lord. Ask the Lord to be present with them as they face persecution. Pray for Christians to have opportunities to share JUNE 2011

the Gospel and display the love of God. Petition the Lord to soften hearts and open blind spiritual eyes to the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Turkmenistan as the Kingdom of God comes in power. (The Bible, Jude 1:21)

and for the salvation of those operating human trafficking rings in Myanmar. Ask the Lord to move in this nation, making the Gospel known and drawing multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to Myanmar. (The Bible, Psalm 61:3)

Day 23 ETHIOPIA, EAST AFRICA

Despite pleas from human rights groups, the government of Ethiopia is charging more than 100 prisoners with terrorism. Officials say the 121 suspects were members of an outlawed rebel group. But Human Rights Watch says the arrests were simply part of a government crackdown on opposition. Pray for leaders in Ethiopia to continue fighting terrorism, but not manipulate laws in order to control. Ask the Lord to encourage Christians in this nation and to open doors for them to share the Gospel. Pray for the lies of Islam to be revealed and for this false religion to have no more power over the people. Petition the Lord to reveal Himself in Ethiopia and bring forth a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Romans 1:16)

MYANMAR (BURMA), SOUTHEAST ASIA

The nation of Myanmar is at the bottom of the list of nations in term of human trafficking. Observers say it fails to meet even the minimum standards in terms of laws and prevention. Pray for this situation to change. Ask the Lord to intervene on behalf of the victims of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Pray for their freedom

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CHAD, CENTRAL AFRICA

President Idriss Deby is expected to win the upcoming election in Chad. The three most prominent opposition leaders pulled out of the voting claiming the election would be rigged. President Deby seized power in a military coup over 20 years ago and made changes to the constitution so that he could remain in office. Pray for the Lord to raise up leaders in Chad who will govern with integrity and righteousness. Pray for Christians to be called upon to serve in the government. Ask the Lord to expose corruption and manipulation. Pray for the Gospel to reach every people group, tribe and language in Chad. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Proverbs 10:9)

ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA

Two Algerian Christians have been charged with proselytizing and blasphemy, according to International Christian Concern. If they are found guilty, they will face five years in prison. Christians in this nation are now concerned that a 2006 law requiring government permits for churches, may be invoked. Pray for Christians in Algeria not to be intimidated or The 10/40 Window Reporter | 23


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fearful. Ask the Lord to strengthen them and make them bold and courageous. Pray for them to have opportunities to share the Gospel. Ask the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit out on Algeria, set free all those who are in bondage to Islam, and draw them into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Matthew 5:11,12)

groups to be driven out of Malaysia. Ask the Lord to protect young people from recruiting efforts by terrorist organizations. Pray for the Gospel to be shared with people of all ages. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Malaysia. (The Bible, Proverbs 2:6.

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Day 24 LIBYA, NORTH AFRICA

The civil war in Libya continues with Muammar al-Qadhafi’s troops battling rebel forces. Many civilians are still attempting to flee the nation. Pray for the restoration of peace in Libya. Pray for Christians to reach those who have been displaced with the Gospel. Ask the Lord to accomplish His plans and purposes in this nation. Pray for the salvation of Muammar al-Qadhafi. Ask the Lord to protect those who are in battle zones – especially women and children. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Libya as it is in heaven. (The Bible, Jeremiah 29:11)

MALAYSIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

The government of Malaysia signed a security and intelligence-sharing agreement with Saudi Arabia in an effort to stop terrorism. Drug traffickers from Iran and a terrorist plot by al-Qaeda operatives motivated officials in Malaysia to take action. Give thanks for this new plan to fight terrorism and drug smuggling. Pray for the Lord to give leaders wisdom in combating these problems. Pray for extremist 24 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out and prepare their hearts. Ask the Lord to tear down the strongholds of Islam and draw multitudes of men, women and children into relationship with Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Mark 4:20)

Oman has not seen the same “youthquake” protests that have risen throughout much of the rest of the Arab world. The demonstrations that have been staged were peaceful and the crowds reportedly “chanted praise for their sultan, Qaboos bin Said.” Give thanks to the Lord for what He is doing in Oman. Pray for a smooth transition to full democracy and for a great spiritual awakening. Ask the Lord to tear down the strongholds of Islam and lead the people out of darkness. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this nation and for many to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 118:1)

KAZAKHSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

The government of Kazakhstan is cooperating with Iran in an effort to cut down on drug trafficking and terrorism. This comes after the nation entered into a joint effort with Uzbekistan. Pray for these efforts to ensure the stability and safety of this region to be successful. Petition the Lord to continue drawing attention to these critical issues. Pray for the people of Kazakhstan to have the opportunity to hear and respond to www.WIN1040.com

TUNISIA, NORTH AFRICA

Nearly 500 people were arrested during another large street protest in Tunisia on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Soldiers and tanks reportedly entered Deraa. Human rights groups claim more than 550 people have been killed during this time of unrest. Pray for the Lord’s plans and purposes for this nation to be fulfilled. Pray for the government to stop attacking its own people. Ask the Lord to restore order and bring spiritual transformation to Tunisia. Plead for the souls of the Muslims in this nation. Pray for Christians to be protected from the violence and be bold in sharing the Gospel. Invite God’s Kingdom to come, His will be done in Tunisia. (The Bible, Psalm 37:37).

CAMBODIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Despite signing a new pact to fight money laundering, Cambodia and Thailand seem to be on the brink of all-out war. Border clashes between the two nations have continued and though sporadic, are intensifying. Pray for the Lord to intervene, keeping Cambodia and Thailand from going to war against each other. Pray for the protection of those living along the border. Ask the Lord to strengthen and

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encourage Christians in Cambodia and give them opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6)

Day 27 TURKEY, SE EUROPE & SW ASIA

The government of Turkey said the killing of Osama bin Laden “shows that terrorists and terrorist group leaders in the end are caught, whether dead or alive.” President Abdullah Gul stated, “The most dangerous and sophisticated terrorist organization leader in the world being caught in this way should be a lesson to everyone.” Pray for this Muslim nation to be penetrated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to strengthen His Church and use them as His witnesses in Turkey. Pray for terrorist groups to be unsuccessful in their attempts to recruit. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to this nation in great power. (The Bible, I Corinthians 4:20)

NORTH KOREA, EAST ASIA

The United Nations is providing emergency food relief for 3.5

million people in North Korea who are at risk of acute malnutrition and starvation. “Everyone should remember who is responsible for the plight of the North Korean people,” one western government stated, “and that is the North Korean government itself.” Pray for the salvation of key leaders in North Korea – especially Kim Jong-Il and his sons. Ask the Lord to speak to the heart of those in positions of power and give them a heart for the people. Pray for food to reach all those who are in need. Ask the Lord to open the door for Christian humanitarian organizations to provide aid and to proclaim the Gospel. Pray for the Light of Christ to penetrate the oppressive political and spiritual darkness in North Korea. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Psalm 74:21)

Day 28 SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA

President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed stated that the death of Osama Bin Laden, leader of alQaeda, could help stop terrorist group, al-Shabaab. “The slain alQaeda leader was responsible for the battle which is right now going

on.” Pray for an immediate end to al-Shabaab and for the restoration of order and peace in Somalia. Ask the Lord to protect Christians as they face intense persecution. Pray for the tearing down of strongholds of Islam in this nation. Invite God’s Kingdom to come to Somalia and bring forth a tremendous harvest of souls. (The Bible, Psalm 91:9-12)

PAKISTAN, SOUTH ASIA

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by special forces in May 2011 after being discovered in a mansion near Islamabad. Pray for this event to be a catalyst, speeding the war on terrorism in this nation. Ask the Lord to drive members of al-Qaeda out from hiding, and pursue them through dark and slippery places, with the angel of the Lord pursuing and afflicting them. Pray for the government of Pakistan to be vigilant in seeking to capture and bring to justice members of this and every other terrorist group operating in the region. Petition the Lord to soften the hearts of the Muslims in this nation. Ask for the Gospel to be proclaimed in a relevant way and for a great harvest of souls to come forth from Pakistan. (The Bible, Psalm 73:18,19)

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Day 29 NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA

“Bin Laden’s death offers an opportunity for improved relations between the United States and the Muslim world,” one Nigerian stated. Others warned, “It could lead to more violence.” Pray for peace between Muslims (North) and Christians (South) in this nation. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on Nigeria. Ask the Lord to move in the hearts of those who follow the false religion of Islam. Petition the Lord to set them free from bondage and draw them into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Ask the Lord to bring forth a great harvest of souls in Nigeria. Invite His Kingdom to come in this nation. (The Bible, Romans 8:15)

MALDIVES, SOUTH ASIA

Protests that have rocked the Arab world have now made their way to the Maldives. More than 50 people were arrested and several members of security forces injured as opposition party members demonstrated in the streets. Protesters were reportedly calling attention to skyrocketing prices. Pray for this closed, Muslim nation to be penetrated by the Gospel. Ask the Lord to use this time of growing unrest to prepare hearts to receive the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray for men, women and children who have been deceived by Islam to see the Truth and Light of Christ. Plead with the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Maldives)

JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST

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of Jordan charged 146 extremist Muslims with “plotting to carry out acts of terrorism.” The arrests were made in the aftermath of protests that involved clashes with security forces. Pray for terrorists to continue to be exposed, arrested and prosecuted. Pray also for corruption in the government to be revealed. Ask the Lord to accomplish His plans for Jordan. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout this nation. Petition the Lord to empower Christians in Jordan to be salt and light to their neighbors. Ask for a great harvest of souls and for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done in Jordan. (The Bible, Matthew 5:13,14)

SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was originally made up of Islamic insurgents rebelling against the Algerian government. The group then became affiliated with al-Qaeda and began terrorist operations. It now operates throughout West and North Africa, and is becoming increasingly active in Senegal. Pray for the government of Senegal to take immediate and forceful action against AQIM. Pray for this group to be wiped out. Ask the Lord to protect the people of Senegal from extremist groups. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout this nation and for multitudes to respond, putting their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 5:10)

in Eritrea, the government is guilty of serious human rights violations and oppression involving false imprisonment, torture and executions. Opposition leaders also fear that Eritrea is on the brink of becoming a failed state, like its neighbor Somalia. Pray for corruption in the government to be exposed and for attempts by leaders to manipulate and control the people to be dealt with. Pray for the salvation of President Isaias Afwerki. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in Eritrea. Pray for the safety of Christians in this nation and for the Lord to give those in prison courage and the strength to endure. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Eritrea and for a tremendous harvest of souls. (The Bible, Joshua 1:7)

TIBET, SOUTH ASIA

After an act of self-immolation by a 20-year-old Buddhist monk, the Chinese cracked down on protests in Tibet. The region where the demonstrations took place was closed to foreign visitors and Tibetans were detained. The monks in the Kirti monastery remain under lockdown. Pray for peace between Tibet and China. Ask the Lord to accomplish His purpose in this nation, bringing political freedom from the Chinese government and spiritual freedom from Buddhism. Pray for the people of Tibet to hear and respond to the Gospel, putting their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:9)

SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST

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telephone lines have been cut and military forces have raided homes, arresting human-rights activists. Pray for the Lord to bring forth His will in Syria. Pray for an end to oppression and abuse of power. Ask the Lord to strengthen, encourage and protect Christians, empowering them to share their faith with boldness. Pray for this time of unrest to become an opportunity for the Gospel to be proclaimed and for multitudes of Syrians to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, John 3:17)

MONGOLIA, NORTH ASIA

According to human rights groups, the Mongolian government is guilty of a number of serious violations, including abuse of prisoners, arbitrary arrests, poor detention center conditions, and refusing to register Christian churches. Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of the leaders of this nation. Pray for the salvation of President Elbegdorj Tsakhia and other members of the government. Ask the Lord to be present with Christians in Mongolia, reminding them of His love and using them to proclaim the Gospel. Pray for the harvest that is already underway to continue with many men, women and children putting their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Jude 1:21)

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Pray for the government to be responsive to their needs. Ask the Lord to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ known throughout this nation. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in hearts, preparing men, women and children to hear and respond to the message of salvation. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in East Timor. (The Bible, Mark 13:10)

THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

The government of the Gambia has declared “all-out war” on drugs. The extensive campaign includes informing the public of the dangers of drug use. “Drugs tarnish the reputation and image of a country,” a spokesman said. Pray for this campaign to be successful, especially in keeping the youth from using drugs. Pray for the people of this nation to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on the Gambia. Petition Him for multitudes to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:14)

GAZA STRIP, MIDDLE EAST

Palestinians protested in the Gaza Strip the day after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed. Demonstrators held signs and chanted their support for bin Laden. A recent survey showed that “about a third of Palestinians believed bin Laden would do the right thing in world affairs.” Pray for the true nature and goals of bin Laden and al-Qaeda to be realized by the people of the Gaza Strip. Pray for supporters and members of terrorist organizations operating in this region to be captured and brought www.WIN1040.com

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WEST BANK, MIDDLE EAST

Some observers believe that by agreeing to work together, Fatah and Hamas are seeking international acceptance of Hamas – a terrorist organization. The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, believes this new pact endangers the peace process. “No one is interested in a peace agreement that would see states of Israel and Palestine living side-byside in peace,” one journalist noted. Pray for the Lord to keep terrorists from ruling this region. Pray for the salvation of Fatah and Hamas members. Ask the Lord to protect Christians in the West Bank and open doors for them to share the Gospel. Pray for peace throughout this region and for a great harvest of souls in the West Bank. (The Bible, II Corinthians 6:2)

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here is a new movement afoot. Or at least, there could be. If we choose to join in.

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.


Despite its size, the tiny island of Bahrain has been prominent in the news for the last several months. When the unrest that swept through the Arab world reached this kingdom nation, the Shiite majority (70% of the population) took to the streets. In response, King Hamad bin Isa alKalifa imported 2,000 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and 1,200 tanks from Saudi Arabia to put down the uprising.

King Khalifa declared a state of emergency and had protesters forcibly removed with the use of live ammunition and tear gas. “Since then,” writes the NY Times, “Bahrain has taken on the likeness of a police state. There have been mass arrests, mass firings of government workers, reports of torture and the forced resignation of the top editor of the nation’s one independent newspaper.”

Four demonstrators were sentenced to death in April 2011. Almost 50 doctors and other medical personnel were detained, harassed and allegedly tortured for treating injured anti-government demonstrators. Unlike the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, who were forced to step down, King Khalifa has chosen to resist the calls for change. His crackdown on protests has been severe and unrelenting.

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“After the crackdown,” said the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, “the government targeted every group who supported the uprising – they targeted teachers, politicians, academics, students – all of them were targeted group by group. Many thousands of people were terminated from their jobs, their houses being raided, their money stolen.” Sources: NY Times, LA Times, Bahrain News Agency

Pray for

the Lord to accomplish His plans and purposes for this nation. (The Bible, Jeremiah 29:11) this time of unrest to be an open door for the Gospel to penetrate Bahrain. (The Bible, I Corinthians 16:9) those who have been deceived by Islam – whether Shia or Sunni – to hear and respond to the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray for their freedom and salvation. (The Bible, John 8:36; Romans 10:9) Expatriate Christians to be bold in

sharing their faith. Pray for the Lord to remind them that they have been sent to Bahrain “for such a time as this.” (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19; Esther 4:14) the salvation of King Khalifa. Pray for the Lord to turn his heart away from violence and oppression, and toward peace and the Prince of Peace. (The Bible, Proverbs 21:1) a great harvest of souls in Bahrain. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to this island nation with power, signs, wonders and miracles. (The Bible, John 4:35; I Corinthians 4:20)

Resisting Change

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Where Is Your

Treasure? According to the Bible, it’s very easy to figure out what you value most in life: simply follow your heart. If your heart is hoping for a new car, that’s where your treasure is. If your heart is chasing after a raise at work, that’s where your treasure is. If your heart is longing for heaven, that’s where your treasure is.

Where is your treasure? Making earthly things your treasure is foolish. The Bible says so. Jesus said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” As Randy Alcorn points out, Jesus taught this “not just because wealth might be lost; it’s because wealth will always be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. No exceptions. Storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong. It’s just plain stupid.”

Where is your treasure? The only way to invest the resources God has entrusted to you wisely is to invest them in His Kingdom. Nothing else will bear lasting dividends. But the souls that are saved by the preaching of the Gospel in the 10/40 Window will be in heaven for all eternity.

Where is your treasure? Where is your heart?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (The Bible, Matthew 6:21)

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Join Window International Network in mobilizing prayer and raising up leaders in the 10/40 Window. Your investment will be in eternity and that’s where your heart will be as well. “The money God entrusts to us here on earth is eternal investment capital. Every day is an opportunity to buy up more shares in His kingdom.”–Randy Alcorn Go to www.win1040.com to find out how you can make your investment count for eternity. Sources: “The Treasure Principle,” Randy Alcorn, 2001. www.WIN1040.com

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10/40

Window Sunday October 2, 2011

A special opportunity to focus prayer on a region of the world that is home to: ®® the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists ®® the majority of the world’s least-reached people groups ®® the poorest of the poor (more than eight of every 10 impoverished people) ®® 45 of the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted

When? The first Sunday of every October. This year, 10/40 Window Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, October 2.

Where? In your home, with your small group, at church…. Anywhere Christians gather to seek the Lord.

Why? Because the 10/40 Window is the “final frontier” of world missions. In order to finish the task given to the Church, we need to pray! “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you….”–The Bible, Matthew 28:19,20

How? Mark Sunday, October 2 on your calendar. Tell your friends, family, small group, pastor…. Plan to join with Window International Network and countless Christians around the globe in interceding for the 10/40 Window.

You don’t have to wait until October. Start praying today! Visit us at www.WIN1040.com for nation profiles, prayer points, and to learn about how you can get involved in reaching the people of the 10/40 Window.


COMI NG S OON!

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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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Is Humanitarian Aid Enough? The Bible is filled with verses addressing the subject of poverty. God’s people are called upon over and over again to minister to the poor and needy. “Be fair to the poor and to the orphans,” the Lord says. “Defend the helpless and everyone in need. Rescue the weak and homeless from the powerful hands of heartless people.” (The Bible, Psalm 82:3,4) The Lord has a special heart for those who are hungry and oppressed, the fatherless and the widow. James tells us that “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble….” (The Bible, James 1:27a) But is feeding and clothing those in distress enough? If we share the Gospel while ignoring the physical and economic needs of those we seek to minister to, we are not demonstrating the love of God. However, is it possible to err on the other side – being so concerned with feeding and clothing people that we overlook and even neglect their spiritual needs? Both physical and spiritual needs must be addressed, but which one should take priority? Perhaps a better question is: which has a greater eternal impact? The answer is, of course, their need for a Savior. Without the forgiveness, salvation and eternal life Jesus provides, people will perish. No matter how empty or full their stomachs might be. No matter how exposed or protected their home might be. By providing humanitarian aid without the Gospel, all we are doing is ensuring that the poor and oppressed are comforted in this life as they head toward everlasting destruction (The Bible, II Thessalonians l:9). What a horrible disservice! Don’t we care where they spend eternity? Jesus’ last words before leaving this earth were not, “Go therefore, and feed the hungry.” He did not say, “Go therefore, and make sure people have adequate housing, clothing and clean water.” Though the Lord cares about those things, His priority was this: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the “Pure and undefiled name of the Father and of the Son religion before and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them God and the to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (The Bible, Matthew Father is this: to 28:19,20). visit orphans and Preaching the Gospel should be accompanied by acts of kindness and widows in their love. But whether or not we have the trouble…” resources and opportunity to bring an end to world hunger, we most defi(The Bible, Psalm 82:3,4) nitely have the resource to offer every nation, tribe and tongue eternal life: the Good News of Jesus Christ. June 2011

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Nigeria Hymie: Greetings WindowKids!

I am so excited to tell you about our next adventure to Africa! This month we will explore the West African country of Nigeria. Nigeria is a beautiful place filled with many people who love the Lord! As I was flying over the land, I noticed that Nigerians love to tell stories! Friends, I heard remarkable tales of famous hunters, warriors, and animals. Parents teach their children valuable lessons about values and morals through these stories. They encourage their children to be honest, courageous, humble, and people of integrity. This month I am going to tell

you a story I heard from my friend, Edmund. “Once upon a time, there lived a rich Chief. He was the richest man in all of Nigeria. He was so wealthy that he could not even count his sheep, cattle, or oxen. There were just too many. Despite his riches, the Chief was unhappy. One day, he asked his servants what he could do to be happy. One man said, “I know, my Chief! If you look up at the moon and the stars, you will see how beautiful they are and then you will be happy!” The Chief replied, “Although, the moon and the stars are very beautiful, that will not make me happy.” His second servant replied, “I know, my Chief! If you hear the sound of our villagers singing and drumming, then you will be happy!” The Chief replied, “Although the singing and drumming of my people is very beautiful, it will not make me happy.” Finally the Chief’s third servant spoke, “I know my Chief! Send your humble servant across the land to find the happiest man in the land. Then you may ask that man to share his cloak with you, so that you may be able to receive his happiness!”

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The Chief was so excited! He agreed to the plan and sent his servant to find the happiest man in the land. The servant searched and searched. Finally he came to a village where he met an elder. The elder told the servant that there was a man in the village whom he thought was the happiest man in the world! The servant immediately brought this man to the Chief. When the Chief saw the man, he realized the man did not have a cloak! His old garments were torn and filled with holes! The Chief was shocked. He asked the man, “How can I receive your happiness when you have no cloak to share? You have nothing: no sandals on your feet, no animals to carry you. You do not even have clean garments!” The man said to the Chief, “My happiness does not come from clothes or money. My happiness comes from the joy of the Lord! My God provides for all my needs.”

This is more than just a story about how to be happy. It is about finding your joy in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of our friends around the world have very little - no toys, no clothes or money. What they do have is Jesus Christ! The Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.’” WindowKids, this is one of the greatest promises that God has made. Whenever we feel sad or alone, we need to remember that the God who created the Heavens and Earth loves us deeply and will never forsake us! He gives us true Joy. His joy fills our hearts and NOTHING can ever take it away! Sources: www.cia.gov

How well do you know Nigeria?

Sometimes we think that there are “things” that will make us happy? Are there “things” in your life that have robbed you of the Joy that only Jesus Christ can give you? Clothes, friends, money…? Or maybe something else? Over the next 30 days, pray about the “things” in your life that may be keeping you from true Joy! Ask the Lord to teach you how to have true Joy in your life!

1. What is Nigeria’s nickname? 2. What is the capital of Nigeria? 3. When do Nigerian children go to school? 4. True/False: Most Nigerian children wear uniforms to school. 5. What is the official language of Nigeria? 6. Nigeria’s largest export is: a) bananas b) sugar c) cocoa [choose one] 7. What does the Nigerian flag look like? 8. True/False: Most people in Nigeria are Christian. 9. Name two interesting animals found in Nigeria. 10. What games do Nigerian children play?

Answers to Think Big! 1. The Giant of Africa (Why? Land-size, diversity of people and languages, population, land resources, etc.); 2. Abuja; 3. January through December – all year long! (They have several breaks in between.); 4. True! There are generally very strict dress codes for Nigerian school children.; 5. English—but there are over 500 tribal languages as well!; 6. Cocoa! Yummy!; 7. Three vertical stripes (green, white, green); 8. False! 50% of Nigerians are Muslim.; 9. [1] The rare Sclater’s guenon, a small monkey that dwells in jungle-like areas [2] The West African manatee, a half-ton water mammal with small flippers and many teeth!; 10. Ayo (a two-player game with seeds and twelve cups), checkers, and hand-clapping games JUNE 2011

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