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THE 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER : May 2012

The Global Day of Prayer

4 Saudi Arabia: Travel Abroad

8 The Arab Spring: One Year Later

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12 PRAYER POINTS FOR EVERY 10/40 WINDOW NATION

14 Sudan: North vs. South?

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In July 2000, a South African by the name of Graham Power challenged Christians in Cape Town to spend a day in repentance and prayer. The following year, more than 45,000 churches were involved.

Power based the Global Day of Prayer on a vision God gave him of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

In 2002, Power called the entire continent of Africa to a day of repentance and prayer. By 2004, the concept had grown to a Global Day of Prayer. In 2005, 156 of the world’s 220 nations participated. In 2008, 214 nations were involved. Now in its twelfth year, the Global Day of Prayer is inviting Christians around the world to join in this special concert of prayer. “With its common language of humility and compassion, the Global Day of Prayer has become one of the most powerful expressions of focused Christian unity in modern history,” writes the Sentinel Group. “Every year, throughout the world, believers of all ages, colors and creeds gather for one purpose: to summon the presence of their great God.”

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As the website explains, “The primary purpose we gather is for the glory of Christ and the blessing of the nations.” Plan to gather with your family, small group or church on Sunday, May 27 to give glory to Christ and bless the nations.

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As the website explains, “The primary purpose we gather is for the glory of Christ and the blessing of the nations.” Plan to gather with your family, small group or church on Sunday, May 27 to give glory to Christ and bless the nations.

May 2012

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May 2012

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 PAKISTAN Although Asia Bibi, the wife and mother convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death, is still in prison, her accuser now regrets filing the charges. According to Missions Network News and Assist News Service, the man now realizes, “The case was not based on facts but on hyped religious emotions and personal bias of some village women, including his wife. Give thanks to God for the conviction of the Holy Spirit in this man’s life. Pray for Asia Bibi to be released from prison. Ask the Lord to use this situation as an opportunity for the Word to be preached in Pakistan.

were awarded ownership. Praise the Lord for this. Ask Him to help these Brothers and Sisters forgive their attackers and pray for those who mistreat them. Pray for their love to be a witness to Muslims. IRAN In March 2012, three Christian converts were released temporarily by a court in Shiraz. They were arrested in the recent crackdown that involved raids on house churches in Shiraz, Ahwa, Kermanshah, and Esfahan. An unknown number of Christians remain in prison from these raids. Despite this ongoing persecution, Open Doors reports that the Church in Iran is experiencing “explosive growth.” Give thanks to the Lord for this. Pray for the Lord to minister healing and strength to these three Christians. Ask Him to encourage them and bring honor to His name through them in Iran. Pray for those who are still in prison. Pray for the Lord to be present with them and enable them to share His love with their fellow prisoners and guards.

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

INDONESIA According to Assist News Service, Christians in Indonesia have won a long legal battle for control of their village. In 2008, Muslims attacked and destroyed the village of Horale in Maluku province. At least 120 houses were burned to the ground, along with three churches. Four Christians were murdered and more than 50 others were injured. A week later, Muslims brought a legal suit in an attempt to take ownership of the village. “Despite evidence in support of the Horale Christians, the court ruled in favor of the [Muslims].” After appealing the verdict, the Christians

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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.

May ELECTIONS May 7: SYRIA — parliamentary May 13: ALGERIA — parliamentary May 13: MALI — presidential (second round) May 23: EGYPT — presidential (first round) May: GAZA/WEST BANK — presidential (tentative)

“...[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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he people of Saudi Arabia need to hear the Gospel. Most have never had the chance. And because of the nature of the government and the restrictions on religious freedom, ordinary missionary work is not an option.

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Since we cannot go to the Saudis, how can we reach them? One of the ways God seems to be solving this dilemma is by bringing the Saudis to us.

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Every summer, Saudis travel abroad to vacation in locations where the weather is less severe. (The average summer temperature is about 45C, with highs sometimes reaching 54C). In the summer of 2010, approximately 5 million Saudis left the country. According to travel agencies, because of the Arab Spring protests in surrounding nations, Saudis are increasingly choosing Europe over the Middle East and North Africa as their vacation destination. “It is expected this summer that Europe will witness an increase in the number of Saudi tourists up to 20 percent, while the number of Saudi tourists to Arab countries will witness a sharp fall due to the current restlessness there.”

Pray for Saudis traveling abroad to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. (The Bible, Romans 10:14) the hearts of Saudis to be soft, fertile soil for the Word of God. (The Bible, Matthew 13:23) the Lord to provide for ministries working in this harvest field. Pray for more laborers. Ask Him to give them strategies, funds, and wisdom in reaching Saudis. (The Bible, Luke 10:2) Christians who meet Saudis to be bold in sharing their faith. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19) Saudi men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:13)

Another trend among younger Saudis is to travel with friends rather than their families. “While this ensures their personal freedom,” writes Arab News, “it might also cause them trouble or make them commit fatal mistakes.” The outside world looks very enticing to young Saudis, the news source reports. “This makes them an easy prey for organized gangs.” Sources: Arab News. Albawaba

“ Saudis are increasingly choosing Europe over the Middle East and North Africa as their vacation destination.”

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The Arab Spring

One journalist dubbed it “the most important story of the early 21st century.”

suppress real or potential threats to their rule.”

That story began in January 2011 when a street vendor set himself on fire to protest unfair treatment by the government. This drastic act ignited a wave of popular demonstrations that quickly spread across North Africa and the Middle East, shaking the Arab world.

In elections held in Tunisia and Egypt, Islamists seized control. “None of this should be surprising,” says a researcher at the Brookings Institute. “Islamists are popular, they’re well organized. It was inevitable that they were going to win and dominate these elections.”

Leaders were deposed in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. Protesters in Algeria, Bahrain, and Oman demanded more freedoms, lower prices, and cried out for an end to corruption. In Syria, the result was a devastating, government-backed military attack against civilians as President al-Assad struggled to maintain control. Nations were in turmoil and untold thousands died. One year later, the question many are asking is this: what lasting change, if any, did the

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Arab Spring accomplish? For starters, according to the Arab Tourism Organization, the countries that were part of the Arab Spring lost a combined total of $96 billion in tourism. The lives of many of the citizens in the Arab Spring countries were forever altered. Families lost sons, daughters, fathers, mothers… Libyans and Syrians fled the deadly warfare taking place in their nations, causing the total number of displaced people to reach a 15-year high. Countless refugees are still homeless today. “The political uprisings that have swept the Arab world over the past year represent the most significant challenge to the authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet Communism,” writes Freedom House, a human rights group. “Yet even as the Arab Spring triggered unprecedented progress in some countries, it also provoked a harsh and sometimes murderous reaction, with many leaders scrambling to www.WIN1040.com

While the loss of income, the death toll, displacement of civilians, and the rise of Islamist control are negative developments, there is one very positive aspect to the Arab Spring: it presents an open door for the Gospel. “There’s a large number of people who, in their heart and mind, have seen a glimpse of what they want,” writes a Christian worker. “They do not want to go back. Right now, the opportunity [to share the Gospel] is so great. We’ve never

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ct e p s a an e v i t si sents o p y e r r e p v t ne ring: i spel.” o s i e ab Sp he Go r e h t “... the Ar for t to n door ope seen an opportunity like this. It is a window of opportunity that could close so quickly. “We have been praying for revival in the ‘10/40 Window.’ God has opened up the window.” Sources: International Missions

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missions organizations and Christian humanitarian groups to take advantage of this open door for the Gospel. (The Bible, I Corinthians 16:9) the hearts and minds of the people who are seeking freedom to find it in Jesus Christ. (The Bible, John 8:36)

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a spiritual awakening in North Africa and the Middle East. Pray for Muslims to become dissatisfied with Islam. Ask the Lord to allow them to hear and respond to the Gospel. (The Bible, Romans 10:13) a great harvest of souls throughout the Arab world. (The Bible, John 4:35) The 10/40 Window Reporter | 11


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In public statements, the government of Jordan has continued to place a high priority on fighting extremism and terrorism. This commitment has been confirmed by the passage of new laws and security measures. King Abdallah II has also used international addresses and interviews to denounce extremists and promote a more tolerant, moderate brand of Islam. 12 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

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Prayer Points

4 Pray for every renegade group to be shut down. Pray for al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to lose support. Pray for those who participate in these demonic activities to be brought to justice. (The Bible, Mark 4:22) 4 Pray for the salvation of King Abdallah II and his advisors. Pray for key members of the government to experience the salvation of Jesus Christ and share their faith with colleagues. (The Bible, I Timothy 2:1-4) 4 Although the majority of the citizens are Islamic, a third of the population has expressed interest in knowing more about Jesus Christ. Pray for God to provide Christians with creative opportunities to share the Gospel with Muslims. (The Bible, Colossians 4:5,6)

Jordan, Middle East ÌÌ Population: 6,407,085 ÌÌ Political Leader: King Abdallah

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Though the enemy has tried desperately to keep the people of Jordan shrouded in darkness, God is shining His light into the nation in inventive ways. Christian satellite broadcasts are now breaking through spiritual barriers, reaching hearts with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on

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Day 2 INDIA, SOUTH ASIA

According to Global Hope Network, “corruption and political violence dominate local rural areas” of India. Pray for the Lord to expose corruption in the government of India. Pray for an end to the violence and attempts to control. Ask the Lord to give Christians the courage to face persecution, love their enemies, and pray for those who mistreat them. Pray for a great harvest of souls in India. (The Bible, John 4:35)

MAURITANIA, NORTH AFRICA

According to the United Nations, “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has begun to form alliances with drug traffickers and other criminal syndicates. Such alliances have the potential to further destabilise the region.” Pray for the AQIM to be defeated. Pray for the salvation of leaders and members. Ask the Lord to protect the people of Mauritania from the influence and operations of terrorists and drug traffickers. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this nation. Ask the Lord for multitudes of Mauritanians to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 12:7) 14 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

North SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA

The government of North Sudan is conducting a campaign of genocide against the people of the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan. “The Nuba people have largely fled,” reports Mission Network News. “Half of them have either been killed or displaced, or have gone into a refugee camp over the border.” Pray for an immediate end to these attacks. Pray for Christian humanitarian agencies to be allowed to provide food, medical care, and clean water to the people of South Kordofan. Pray for the Gospel to be presented throughout North Sudan. Pray for the salvation of President Omar al-Bashir. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in this nation, pouring out His Holy Spirit and drawing men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Psalm 32:21)

South SUDAN, NORTH AFRICA

The government of North Sudan has given all South Sudanese living in the north until April 8 to leave the country. According to Barnabas Fund, there are between 500,000 and 700,000 people, mainly Christians of Southern origin, who are affected by the ultimatum. Pray for the Lord to give the South www.WIN1040.com

Sudanese people wisdom in responding to this situation. Pray for Him to protect them and their new nation. Ask the Lord to give them courage and vision. Pray for them not to be afraid, but to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Ask the Lord for a revival in South Sudan. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA

The war isn’t the only problem facing the people of Afghanistan. According to Global Hope Network, “Joblessness and poverty in Kabul have made this winter very hard. Many Afghans are falling ill from lack of warm shelter and ability to pay for food.” Pray for the Lord to use Christian humanitarian agencies to meet the needs of the people of Afghanistan. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this nation. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Matthew 24:11)

Day 3 KUWAIT, ARABIAN PENINSULA

In March 2012, a member of the Kuwaiti parliament said he planned to propose a law that would require all churches in Kuwait be destroyed. His words provoked the Grand Mufti (highest authority in Sunni Islam) in Saudi Arabia to call for the

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destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula. Pray for these decrees to be overturned. Pray for greater religious freedom in Kuwait. Ask the Lord to encourage Christians in this nation. Pray for the Gospel to be preached in Kuwait and for a multitude of Muslims to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:13)

BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA

In March 2012, the government of Bangladesh blocked five Facebook pages it deemed “blasphemous” because of their depiction of Muhammad. Pray for the people of Bangladesh to become dissatisfied with Islam. Pray for the lies of this false religion to be exposed. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in this nation, setting Muslims free and drawing them into relationship with His only Son, Jesus Christ. (The Bible, John 10:10)

Day 4 JAPAN, EAST ASIA

Despite being a modern, industrial nation, Japan is home to 19 unreached people groups. Evangelical Christians make up only 0.5% of the population. Pray for the Lord to open the hearts, minds, eyes, and ears of the people of Japan. Ask for a great spiritual awakening. Pray for the Lord to draw Japanese men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, John 6:44)

GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA Terrorists in Guinea-Bissau May 2012

are smuggling drugs flown in from South America in order to fund their operations. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is one of the “major players” in this operation. Pray for these activities to be exposed and brought to an immediate end. Pray for AQIM to be defeated in this region. Ask the Lord to cause their funding to dry up and for their recruiting efforts to fail. Pray for the people of GuineaBissau to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Psalm 11:6)

Day 5 BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA

The government of Bhutan took part in a regional counter-terrorism workshop with officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Give thanks to God for this cooperation between nations. Pray for it to be effective in fighting terrorism. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Bhutan. Ask the Lord for multitudes to turn from Buddhism and put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:9)

SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA

In March 2012, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia declared that it is “necessary to destroy all churches of the region.” The Grand Mufti (the highest authority in Sunni Islam) made this statement in response to a similar statement by a member of the Kuwaiti parliament. Pray for

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the strongholds of Islam in Saudi Arabia to be pulled down. Ask the Lord to open the hearts and minds of Saudis. Pray for them to be set free from the lies of false religion. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout this nation and all of the Arabian Peninsula. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Saudi Arabia. (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 10:4)

Day 6 GUINEA, WEST AFRICA

The number of terror attacks in Africa rose in 2012. Guinea was among the nations that were attacked. Pray for an end to the groups that are planning and executing these attacks. Ask the Lord to protect the people of Guinea. Pray for Christians to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Petition the Lord to use them to share the Gospel with every people group. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Guinea in power. (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 4:20)

THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA

There are 78 unreached people groups living in Thailand. More than 85% of the population is Buddhist with only 0.5% evangelical Christians. Pray for every one of the 78 groups to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Ask the Lord to draw members of each group into relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. Pray for the strongholds of Buddhism to be torn down. Petition the Lord to strengthen Christians and give them boldness to share their faith. (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 10:4) The 10/40 Window Reporter | 15


Day 7 NIGER, WEST AFRICA

According to Reuters, a third of the population of Niger (16 million people) is threatened by food shortages. “Niger and the Sahel face an alarming food emergency that is getting worse day-by-day.” Pray for the Lord to provide for the people of Niger. Ask Him to send Christian humanitarian agencies to minister to their physical and spiritual needs. Pray for the people of Niger to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Ask for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, John 4:35)

KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Some fear that “a new government campaign against corruption may be fueling a dangerous rivalry” between the nation’s police and secret service. Pray for corruption to be exposed in Kyrgyzstan. Ask the Lord to raise up Christian leaders who will govern with integrity and in the fear of the Lord. Pray for Muslims in Kyrgyzstan to question Islam and become restless with this false religion. Ask the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)

Day 8 IRAN, MIDDLE EAST

Although experts say Iran’s nuclear program is “on the verge of becoming immune to disruptions,” experts also say, “The threat of a military strike on Iran is preventing the Islamic republic 16 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

from taking the final steps towards development a nuclear bomb.” Pray for the Lord to continue to restrain the leaders of Iran and keep them from carrying out acts of mass destruction. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christians in this nation. Pray for them to love their enemies and forgive those who are persecuting them. Petition the Lord for an even greater harvest of souls in Iran. (The Bible, Matthew 5:43,44)

BURKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA

The food crisis in West Africa is growing worse. According to Reuters, almost two million people are now facing hunger. Pray for the Lord to send Christian humanitarian organizations to minister to those in need. Pray for the people of Burkina Faso to cry out to the Lord for help. Ask Him to pour His Holy Spirit out on this nation. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Burkina Faso. (The Bible, Joel 2:28)

Day 9 MALI, WEST AFRICA

Malian soldiers mutinied in March 2012 , seizing the state-run television station and declaring that the constitution had been suspended. They said they had ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure because of his inability to stop the Tuareg rebels in the north part of the country. Pray for the Lord to raise up leaders who will govern this nation with integrity and humility. Pray for Christians to play a role in the new government. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Mali. Ask the Lord to draw Muslims into relationship with www.WIN1040.com

Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)

AZERBAIJAN, SOUTHWEST ASIA

In February 2012, Azerbaijani security forces arrested terrorists linked to Iran and Hezbollah. “The group’s members were gathering intelligence and had acquired a large number of weapons and explosives.” Praise the Lord for the capture of these criminals. Ask the Lord to continue exposing the plots and plans of terrorist organizations. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this mostly Muslim nation. Petition the Lord to draw men, women, and children into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 1:1)

Day 10 BENIN, WEST AFRICA

Benin was one of the African nations that experienced a terrorist attack in 2011. Attacks are on the rise in this region. Pray for an end to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other terrorist groups operating in West Africa. Ask the Lord to give the government of Benin wisdom and strategies for defending against terrorist attacks. Pray for the Gospel to be made known in this nation. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Benin. (The Bible, Proverbs 1:7)

INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Jakarta and were allowed to address students and faculty at the State Islamic University. Give thanks to God for this and pray for their efforts to be effective in building bridges between Christians and Muslims. Pray for the Muslims in Indonesia to begin to hunger and thirst for the righteousness found only in Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to soften hearts and open deaf ears to His Word. Pray for men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Matthew 5:6)

Day 11 LAOS, SOUTHEAST ASIA

The government of Laos considers Christians enemies of the state and part of a western conspiracy against their nation. Christians are imprisoned, blackmailed, and threatened to force them to renounce their faith. Pray for the Lord to encourage and strengthen Christians in Laos. Pray for the salvation of leaders in the government. Ask the Lord pour His Holy Spirit out on Laos. Pray for His Kingdom to come to this nation. (The Bible, Joshua 1:7)

WESTERN SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA

Although the United Nations and other international groups have acknowledged Western Sahara’s right to self-rule, it has been occupied by Morocco since 1975. Pray for an end to Moroccan occupation. Ask the Lord to deliver the Sahrawis from this oppression and lead them into independence. Pray for the salvation of the Sahrawi people. Pray for the Gospel to be preached in the refugee camps they occupy in Algeria. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls 18 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

among the Sahrawis. (The Bible, Romans 1:16)

Day 12 EGYPT, NORTH AFRICA

According to Christian Aid, 3040% of Egyptians are currently living on less than $2 per day. Pray for the Lord to provide funds and opportunities for Christian organizations to minister to the people of Egypt. Ask the Lord to encourage Christians and use them to lead this nation forward. Pray for Muslims to hear the Gospel and put their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)

UZBEKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

“It really does seem like Uzbekistan is beginning to step up its campaign against unregistered churches and groups of any kind,” reports the Slavic Gospel Association. Pray for the Christians in Uzbekistan to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Pray for the salvation of leaders in the government. Ask the Lord to send more laborers into this harvest field. Pray for the Gospel to be made known throughout Uzbekistan. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10)

Day 13 NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA

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to discuss how to better combat terrorism. Pray for these talks to have a lasting impact, enabling Nepal and the other nations to effectively counter terrorism. Ask the Lord to continue building His Church in this nation. Pray for unity among Believers. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout Nepal and for a multitude to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Matthew 16:18)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ARABIAN PENINSULA

The United Arab Emirates is a destination country for human trafficking. Women from African nations such as Uganda are tricked into coming to the UAE and then sexually exploited. Pray for an immediate end to this destructive and illegal activity. Pray for the salvation of those who are engaged in human trafficking. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout the United Arab Emirates. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in the UAE. (The Bible, Psalm 55:9)

Day 14 ALBANIA, SOUTHEAST EUROPE

There are approximately 31,000 orphans under the age of 14 in Albanian orphanages. When they reach 14 they are forced by law to leave. “In about 80% of cases, they were abandoned by their parents.” Pray for the Lord to provide families for these children. Pray for the salvation of orphans in Albania. Ask the Lord to use Christian humanitarian organizations to minister to their physical and spiritual needs. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Albania.

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Ask the Lord to draw Muslims into relationship with Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Psalm 68:6)

MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA

A law in Morocco allows a rapist to marry his victim in order to avoid prosecution. Pray for this law to be overturned. Pray for women to be protected and honored in Morocco. Ask the Lord to arise in their defense. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed in this nation. Pray for Moroccan men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 64:2)

Iraq as it is in heaven. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA

Women and girls from Sri Lanka are trafficked for sexual exploitation to Singapore and other destination countries. Pray for the freedom of these victims. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in Sri Lanka. Pray for the Gospel to be preached throughout this nation. Petition the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christians. Pray for a great harvest of souls in Sri Lanka. (The Bible, John 8:36)

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Day 15 IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST

Despite reports that the war in Iraq is over, Reuters writes that “Al Qaeda and its allies maintain a hold over economic and political life that shows little sign of loosening.� Pray for an end to this demonically-inspired group. Pray for the Lord to bring lasting peace to Iraq. Pray for the salvation of al-Qaeda leaders. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christians in this nation. Pray for them to be bold in sharing their faith. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to

faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 122:6)

TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Tajikistan has been named one of the worst violators of religious rights by an international religious freedom organization. Pray for Christians in Tajikistan to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Ask the Lord to encourage them and give them opportunities to share their faith. Pray for Muslims in Tajikistan to hear the Gospel and put their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:13)

Day 17 ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST

According to a poll published in Haaretz, 65% of Jewish Israelis agreed that a military strike against Iran would be better than living with the threat of a nuclear attack from Iran. Pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem. Ask the Lord to protect this nation and its people from the threats surrounding them. Pray for Him to pour out His Holy Spirit on Israel. Ask Him to strengthen Christians and give them boldness to share their faith. Pray for men, women, and children in Israel to put their

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CHINA, EAST ASIA

According to Premier Wen Jiabao, corruption is rampant in China. Anger over the issue of corruption has prompted a number of public protests. Pray for the salvation of leaders in China. Ask the Lord to convict their hearts and wipe out corruption. Pray for Christians to grow in the Lord. Pray for the Gospel to reach every people group and region of China. Ask the Lord for an even greater harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, 2 Peter 3:18)

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DJIBOUTI, EAST AFRICA

Climate scientists expect drought to return to Djibouti over the next three months. This warning was issued just a few weeks after the United Nations issued a statement saying the drought and famine were over. The UN is now calling for preventative action to save livestock and help people prepare. Pray for the Lord to send rain to Djibouti and all of the Horn of Africa. Pray for Christian humanitarian agencies to be ready to provide food, clean water, shelter, and medicine to those in need. Pray for the people of Djibouti to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Pray for many men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, John 7:38)

Day 18 YEMEN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the murder of a western teacher in March 2012. Pray for an end to this organization. Ask the Lord to give the government of Yemen wisdom and strategies to combat terrorism in their nation. Pray for the salvation of al-Qaeda and Yemeni leaders. Pray for the Lord to protect Christians in Yemen. Petition Him to send workers who will make the Gospel known throughout the Arabian Peninsula. (The Bible, Psalm 116:15)

VIETNAM, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Pray for the victims to be set free and for the traffickers to be convicted by the Holy Spirit. Pray for the salvation of leaders in Vietnam. Pray for the Church to grow and for the Gospel to be preached throughout this nation. Ask the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Vietnam. (The Bible, Acts 2:47)

Day 19 TAIWAN, EAST ASIA

The government of Taiwan is discussing a partnership with Thailand to combat human trafficking. Taiwan was already a “tier 1 country” on an international trafficking report, a rank commending the nation for taking action against this activity. Praise the Lord for Taiwan’s attempts to stop human trafficking. Pray for the Lord to give leaders wisdom and discernment in creating new laws and in making new partnerships. Pray for the salvation of traffickers and for victims to be set free. Ask the Lord to strengthen the Church in Taiwan and give Christians boldness in sharing their faith. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, John 4:35)

BAHRAIN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Protests are continuing in the island nation of Bahrain. In March 2012, anti-government demonstrators and riot police clashed again, exchanging petrol bombs and tear gas canisters. Pray for the Lord to use this time of unrest as an open door for the Gospel. Pray for political dissatisfaction to lead to a spiritual hunger. Ask the Lord to draw Bahrainis into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Matthew 5:6) www.WIN1040.com

Day 20 BRUNEI, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Brunei is one of only three nations in the world that have never sent female athletes to the Olympic games. Pray for the government of this nation to give women the rights they deserve. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Brunei. Ask the Lord to build His Church in this nation. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Brunei in great power. (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 4:20)

LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST

Lebanon is considered a “transit country” for the distribution of weapons for terrorism. Pray for the plans of terrorists to be exposed and for weapons to be confiscated. Pray for the salvation of leaders of Hezbullah and other extremist organizations. Ask the Lord to pour His Spirit out in Lebanon. Pray for Christians to be bold in sharing their faith. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Lebanon. (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Day 21 QATAR, ARABIAN PENINSULA

The Taliban has said it is setting up an office in Qatar to “facilitate peace talks. The Afghani foreign minister is planning to meet with Taliban representatives to try to engage them in peace talks. Pray for the Taliban to renounce terrorism, as western governments are demanding. Pray for the salvation of leaders in this organization. Pray for Muslims in Qatar to seek the Lord.

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Ask Him to reveal Himself in dreams and visions. Pray for a multitude to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 9:10)

TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Turkmenistan is now considered one of the most oppressive nations in the world. “It seems like the Central Asian region has never been able to fully free itself from the authoritarian structures that it inherited from its Soviet past,” noted journalist, Viet-Chi Phm. Pray for the Lord to transform Turkmenistan. Ask Him to pour out His Holy Spirit on this nation and bring a spiritual awakening. Pray for the hearts of the people to be open to receive the Gospel. Petition the Lord to send more workers into this harvest field. Pray for Christians in Turkmenistan to be encouraged and strengthened. (The Bible, Matthew 9:37,38)

Day 22 ETHIOPIA, EAST AFRICA

The drought in East Africa is officially over, but the food shortages are continuing. Thousands of livestock died during the drought. Pray for the Lord to provide for the people of this nation. Ask Him to use Christian humanitarian organizations to bring food, clean water, and medicine to those in need. Pray for every people group in Ethiopia to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Petition the Lord for a revival in the Ethiopian Church. (The Bible, Psalm 80:18)

MYANMAR (BURMA), SOUTHEAST ASIA According to a human rights group,

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the government of Myanmar has committed numerous violations since its ceasefire agreement of January 12, 2012. These include torture, forced labor, and murder. Pray for an end to the government’s abuse. Pray for the salvation of leaders in Myanmar. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Christians in this nation. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed to every people group. Ask for a great harvest of souls in Myanmar. (The Bible, Revelation 5:9)

Day 23 CHAD, CENTRAL AFRICA

Although the drought in the Horn of Africa has officially ended, the United Nations says millions in Chad continue to be at risk of famine and malnutrition. Pray for the Lord to supply the needs of the people of Chad. Ask the Lord to send Christian humanitarian agencies to this nation to provide food, clean water, and medical care. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Chad and for Muslims to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 37:4)

ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has announced that it plans to “commemorate the May 2nd, 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden with large-scale terror operations” in Algeria and other North Africa nations. Pray for this organization to be defeated. Pray for their recruiting efforts to fail and for their funding to be cut off. Pray for the salvation of AQIM leaders. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on Algeria. Pray for men, women, and children to put

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Day 24 LIBYA, NORTH AFRICA

According to one news source, “A year after the rebellion against Kaddafi began, the dictatorship is gone but so is any effective government. The regional, tribal, and city militias that were organized during the months of fighting have not disbanded.” Pray for peace in this nation. Ask the Lord to use this time of rebuilding and reorganizing to spread the Gospel. Pray for Christian organizations to take advantage of this opportunity. Ask the Lord for a great harvest in Libya. (The Bible, Psalm 55:18)

MALAYSIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

In response to recent reports showing a rise in sex trafficking, the government of Malaysia has launched a wide-scale crackdown. Give thanks to God for this and pray for it to be effective in eradicating the sexual exploitation of women in this nation. Pray for the salvation of traffickers and for victims to be set free. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Malaysia. Petition the Lord to draw multitudes into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 18:48)

Day 25 OMAN, ARABIAN PENINSULA

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traveling to Oman under the pretense of being offered good jobs. Pray for an end to this deceptive and illegal practice. Pray for these women to be set free and allowed to return to their homes and families. Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on Oman. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Acts 2:17)

KAZAKHSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Forty-seven people were charged with terrorism in Kazakhstan in March 2010. According to the Washington Post, last year Kazakhstan “saw an anomalous string of attacks that authorities tied to radical Islamist organizations.” Pray for the government to continue to fight against terrorism. Pray for extremist groups to be exposed and defeated. Ask the Lord to draw Muslims in Kazakhstan into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, John 6:44)

Day 26 TUNISIA, NORTH AFRICA

Although the government of Tunisia is now led by Islamists, the new constitution will preserve the secular basis of the nation, the

ruling party promised. “It will not call for Shariah, Islamic law, to be the source of all legislation.” Praise the Lord for this. Pray for the ruling party to be true to their word. Pray for the salvation of members of this group. Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen Christians in this nation. Pray for them to be bold in sharing their faith. Invite the Kingdom of God to come to Tunisia. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

CAMBODIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Cambodia is considered one of the world’s major drug moneylaundering nations, according to the 2012 International Narcotics Strategy Report. Pray for drug trafficking and money laundering to be exposed and for those involved in it to be prosecuted. Pray for their salvation. Ask the Lord to move powerfully in Cambodia, pouring out His Holy Spirit and drawing men, women, and children into relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Psalm 140:4)

Day 27 TURKEY, SE EUROPE & SW ASIA According to International

Christian Concern, the nation of Turkey has been added to the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. “Turkey’s Christian minorities struggle to find places in which they can worship.” Pray for the Lord to encourage and strengthen Christians in Turkey. Ask Him to give them boldness to share their faith. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this nation. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in Turkey. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19)

NORTH KOREA, EAST ASIA

According to Missions Network News, Christians in North Korea have seen an increase in persecution since the death of Kim Jong-Il. Seven underground churches were recently raided. “They are scared there will be an uprising,” one ministry leader is quoted as saying. “They are scared by the expansion of the Christian faith because Christians will die for their faith.” Pray for the Lord to encourage and strengthen Christians in North Korea. Ask Him to enable them to love their enemies and pray for those who mistreat them. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout this nation. Pray for the salvation of the new leader, Kim Jong-Un. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in North Korea. (The Bible, Matthew 5:43,44)

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Day 28 SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA

In May 2012, Ethiopian troops seized the al-Shabaab stronghold of El Bur. Al-Shabaab terrorists still control most of Somalia, but according to the Globalpost, are “under increasing pressure from Kenyan forces in the south and Ethiopian forces in the West.” Pray for the total defeat of al-Shabaab. Pray for the salvation of leaders and members of this terrorist group. Ask the Lord to encourage Christians in Somalia. Pray for their protection. Petition the Lord to establish His Kingdom in this nation. (The Bible, Joshua 1:7)

PAKISTAN, SOUTH ASIA

In March 2012, President Zardari called for trans-border cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The goal, he said, is to effectively combat extremism and militancy. Give thanks to God for this attitude and pray for it to be carried out. Pray for the defeat of terrorism in Pakistan. Pray for Christians in this nation to be bold. Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen them. Petition the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit on Pakistan. Pray for a great harvest of souls in this nation. (The Bible, Acts 2:17)

Day 29 NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA

One news source reports, “Security remains a concern in Nigeria as a May 2012

radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram continues a wave of killings across the nation’s Muslim north.” Pray for this terrorist group to be defeated. Pray for the salvation of Boko Haram members. Ask the Lord to bring unity to the Church in Nigeria. Pray for Muslims in the north to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:12)

MALDIVES, SOUTH ASIA

According to The Times of India, Islamism is on the rise in Maldives. This is of special concern after Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was overthrown in February 2012 in a military coup. Pray for the stronghold of Islam to be torn down in this nation. Pray for this time of political instability to be an open door for the Gospel. Ask the Lord to draw multitudes of Muslims into relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Maldives in great power, with signs, wonders, miracles, dreams, and visions. (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:9)

JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST

According to Global Hope Network, high unemployment and poverty are resulting in an increase in child abuse in Jordan. Pray for the Lord to use Christian humanitarian agencies to provide for the needs of those suffering from poverty. Ask Him to give the government strategies for creating jobs. Pray for Christians to be bold in sharing their faith. Petition the Lord to draw multitudes of Muslims into relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Psalm 140:12)

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SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA

President Abdoulaye Wade conceded defeat in the recent presidential election. The new president is former Prime Minister, Macky Sall. Many groups praised Wade and the Sengalese people for a peaceful, successful election. Give thanks to the Lord for this and pray for the transition to remain peaceful. Ask the Lord to raise up leaders who will govern with integrity and humility. Pray for the people of Senegal to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. (The Bible, Romans 10:14,15)

Day 30 ERITREA, EAST AFRICA

The last war between Eritrea and Ethiopia (1988) was triggered by escalating military skirmishes. After Ethiopia attacked rebel camps in Eritrea in March 2012, many observers fear another war is about to break out. Pray for peace in this region. Pray for the salvation of Eritrean leaders. Ask the Lord to comfort and encourage persecuted Christians in this nation. Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to Eritrea. (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

TIBET, SOUTH ASIA

Yet another Tibetan set himself on fire in March 2012 in protest of China’s rule. About 30 acts of selfimmolation have been committed over the past year. Pray for Tibetans to hear and respond to the Gospel. Pray for them to cry out to the Lord rather than destroy themselves. Ask the Lord to reveal to them His love, The 10/40 Window Reporter | 23


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forgiveness, and abundant life. Pray for multitudes of Tibetans to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, John 10:10)

SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST

The massacre of civilians in Syria continues. The death toll has risen above 8,000 with no sign of ending. In March 2012, 17 men were beheaded after attempting to escape the bloodshed in the Homs district. Pray for an end to this slaughter. Pray for the salvation of President Bashar al-Assad. Pray for him to stop killing his own people. Ask the Lord to give Christians the opportunity and the courage to share the Gospel with those who are being assaulted and displaced. Pray for His plans and purposes to be accomplished in Syria. (The Bible, Romans 1:16)

MONGOLIA, NORTH ASIA

Drug use and trafficking in Mongolia is now rampant. It is causing a corresponding rise in criminal groups and activities. Pray for the salvation of drug users and traffickers. Ask the Lord to set them free from this bondage. Pray for Christians in Mongolia to be bold in proclaiming the Gospel. Ask the Lord to continue building His Church in this nation. Pray for every people group to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Galatians 5:1)

Day 31 EAST TIMOR, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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elections held in March 2012. Though he won the Nobel Peace Prize and “campaigned tirelessly for East Timor’s independence of nearly a quarter century,” Horta had to concede defeat with only 18% of the vote. Pray for the Lord to raise up leaders of His choosing to guide this nation forward. Pray for men and women who will serve with integrity and humility. Ask the Lord to bring revival to East Timor. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)

THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

A journalist recently described the situation in this nation as follows: “Due to the unchecked power and arbitrariness of Yahya Jemmeh’s murderous reign, the Gambia has degenerated into a state of absolute political, bureaucratic, economic and social dysfunction.” Pray for the Lord to do a great and marvelous work in the Gambia. Ask Him to revive the Church and give Christians boldness to share the Gospel. Pray for every tribe and family to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News. Petition the Lord for a great harvest of souls in the Gambia. (The Bible, Psalm 80:18)

GAZA STRIP, MIDDLE EAST

The Hamas (terrorist group ruling the Gaza Strip) has been meeting with representatives from Iran to develop a coordinated response in the event of a military strike by Israel. Pray for the salvation of leaders in Hamas. Ask the Lord to raise Christians into places of authority and leadership. Pray for them to be encouraged. Pray for Christian humanitarian agencies to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the people. Pray for the www.WIN1040.com

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WEST BANK, MIDDLE EAST

Hamas is becoming more active in the West Bank. Observers are concerned this could lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of terrorist attacks in the region. Pray for the plans of Hamas to be exposed and defeated. Ask the Lord to give leaders in the West Bank wisdom in dealing with this rising threat. Pray for the salvation of government officials in the West Bank. Pray for the Gospel to be preached and for a great harvest of souls. (The Bible, Romans 1:16)

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Victor Choudhrie of the Starfish Alliance ministry in Padhar, India has set aside Pentecost 2012 (May 27) as a day to be fruitful and multiply. He has issued a challenge to the Church around the globe to make disciples on that day – and to pray in the months leading up to this event. Pentecost, Dr. Choudhrie notes, is the birthday of the Church. It is also a harvest festival in the Jewish calendar. “Our Lord changed it into a harvest of souls. “Three thousand families were baptized, who immediately started meeting in homes where they had apostolic teaching, fellowship, prayer and broke bread. This resulted in signs and miracles, sharing of material blessings and daily addition of new souls. (Acts 26 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

2:37-47) Very soon, an additional 5,000 families were added (Acts 4:4). Soon the new believers became disciples and multiplied (Acts 6:1,7). “The best way to celebrate the birthday of the church is to replicate the original first Pentecost – i.e. to reap a huge harvest of souls. Aim at baptizing at least 3,000 souls. And why not! After all, you believe in a great and awesome God for whom nothing is impossible.” Dr. Choudhrie has seen God do the seemingly impossible in India: enabling the Starfish Alliance to baptize 1 million people between Pentecost 2009 and Pentecost 2010. “Every Christian is ‘ordained’ to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord. The best way to fulfill that Command is to bring forth lasting fruit (John 15:16).” www.WIN1040.com

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the Lord to provide opportunities to share the Gospel with those in your sphere of influence. (The Bible, Colossians 4:6) Christians to be bold in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Ephesians 6:19) blind minds to be opened to see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ. (The Bible, II Corinthians 4:4) Pentecost 2012 to truly be a harvest of souls. Ask the Lord to add to His church. (The Bible, John 4:35)

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fter decades of civil war, millions of deaths, millions of displaced men, women, and children, North and South Sudan finally divided. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan (mostly Christian) separated from North Sudan (mostly Muslim). And finally there was peace. Almost.

Many feared the North would attack when the South declared independence. Thankfully, that did not happen. However, the relationship between the two nations continues to be tense. And conflict is on the rise. The government of North Sudan, led by President Omar al-Bashir, has been disputing the border between the two countries. The al-Bashir regime is concerned because the current demarcation leaves the majority of the oil fields in South Sudan. This is something they seem ready and willing to fight over. On a smaller and more insidious scale, the North is already waging war on the South. 28 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

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h vs. south? South Sudanese militias loyal to North Sudan’s government have been kidnapping South Sudanese Christians and forcing them to enter their ranks. There are at least three of these groups being supported by the government of North Sudan as they fight against the South Sudanese government. In January 2012, two Catholic priests and two Episcopal leaders were abducted at gunpoint. They were tortured before being released. “Christians in Sudan have complained of a spike on threats against them by South Sudanese militias rebelling against the new South Sudan government,” reports Compass Direct. “The South Sudanese rebels go house-to-house in Khartoum and other towns in the north abducting mainly Christian men. Hundreds of young men have been forcibly conscripted, while older men are either killed or ransomed.” Not only does the government of North Sudan support rebels seeking to overthrow the government of South Sudan, they are carrying out May 2012

a genocide in the border region between the two nations.

“This is a mass atrocity that has attracted little attention,” writes a journalist with the Seattle Times. “A government starving its people, massacring them, raping them and bombing them. Tens of thousands of Nuba have been living in caves since June [2011] when the government began going house to house, killing families with rebel ties and driving out international aid groups.” Like the campaign against Darfur, President al-Bashir is attempting to exterminate the people of the Nuba mountains in South Kordofan. Time World asks: “Assassinations. Pitched battles. Cross-border bombing raids. Countless refugees. At what point will the rising conflict between Sudan and South Sudan be recognized as a new war?”

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peace between these two nations. Ask the Lord to protect South Sudan from attacks by the North. (The Bible, Psalm 91:11) the salvation of North Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4) Christian humanitarian groups to be allowed to provide aid for refugees and IDPs (internally displaced people) in South Sudan and in the southern region of North Sudan. (The Bible, Psalm 18:2) the Lord to protect Christians in North Sudan from kidnapping and give them strength as they face persecution. (The Bible, 1 Peter 4:18) the Kingdom of God to come to both North and South Sudan. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)

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Kuwait “Jameleh, are you still coming over to my house today?” Amerah asked eagerly. “My family was wondering how you are. They haven’t seen you in such a long time.” Amerah had known Jameleh all of her life. Their friendship went back to when they were just babies and their parents had been neighbors in the same apartment building in Kuwait City. But recently their schoolwork had kept them from seeing much of each other. “Of course I’m coming to your house,” Jameleh answered. “I love your family. I miss hearing your father’s funny stories and eating your mother’s delicious sweets. Let’s go!” Amerah smiled. It would be like a reunion! And she had something special she wanted to share with her dear friend, Jameleh. Amerah and Jameleh were excellent students. In just two more years they would graduate – an achievement that would bring honor to their families. As young ladies growing up in Kuwait, this was very important to both of them. The girls walked toward Amerah’s home, happily discussing their school classes, what they planned to do after graduation, and even the new puppy Amerah’s brother had recently brought home. “We’ll always be friends,” Jamelah said, linking arms with Amerah. “Forever!” Amerah agreed. As the girls walked in the back door to Amerah’s home, they were greeted by the puppy. 30 | The 10/40 Window Reporter

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“He’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,” Jameleh said as she knelt down to pet it. Amerah’s mother was in the kitchen. “Jamelah!” She stopped what she was doing and gave Jamelah a big hug. She asked Jamelah questions about school and her family, then said, “It’s so good to see you. I’ll have dinner ready in just a few minutes. You girls go do your homework.” As they walked into the living room and began to unpack their packs, Jameleh noticed something on the table. It was a simple, leather-bound book with a symbol etched in the corner. Jameleh leaned forward and realized the symbol was a cross! “What’s the matter?” Amerah asked when she heard her friend gasp. Then she realized that Jameleh was looking at the Bible. “Oh…” “Why is that there?!” Jameleh asked. Amerah picked up the Bible, but before she could begin to explain, her mother entered the room. She looked to her for help. “Mother…?” “Ah… so you have found our special book,”Amerah’s mother said with a kind smile. She told the girls to sit down and then explained to Jemeleh, “Our family now follows Isa Masih” (Jesus the Messiah). Jameleh looked at Amerah. “Everyone??” Amerah nodded. Her mother began to tell Jameleh what that meant. They had heard this story about Isa, she said: “Isa came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on a cross, and rose again from the dead. Isa is more than a prophet. He is God’s only Son. And His death paid the penalty for our disobedience. That disobedience is called ‘sin.’” © 2012 Window International Network

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about this story that you need to understand. In Kuwait, most of the people follow the false religion of Islam. Turning away from Islam and beginning to follow Isa (Jesus) is not allowed. So Jameleh took a very big risk when she accepted the Bible. If she is caught with that Bible, she could be in big trouble. She might be arrested by the police or mistreated by her family. She might even be killed! Just for wanting to know more about Jesus Christ! Amerah didn’t give Jameleh the Bible to put her in danger though. She gave it to her because she cares about her friend. The Bible contains the words of life. It is the Word of God. And it tells all about how Jesus (Isa) came to rescue us from the punishment we deserve for breaking His commands.

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Amerah and other Christians in Kuwait are in great danger. It’s up to us to pray for them. We are, after all, their Brothers and Sisters in Christ! God is faithful and will answer our prayers. In Psalm 91 it says, “He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” Let’s pray that for our Family in Kuwait.

Amerah’s mother took the Bible and opened it. She began to read aloud: “For God so love the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Amerah watched as Jameleh’s expression went from shock to curiosity. When Amerah’s mother finished and went back to the kitchen to finish dinner, Jamelah asked, “Is it true?” “Yes,” Amerah nodded. “We have all begun to follow Isa.” “No. I mean… is this true?” She pointed at the Bible. “Did Isa really pay the penalty for my sin?” “Yes.” Amerah extended the Bible to Jameleh. “You can take this with you, if you want to. Then you can read about Isa yourself.” Jemeleh accepted the Bible and put it into her backpack. The two girls began studying their homework and in just a few minutes, dinner was ready. May 2012

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If you are a follower of Jesus, He wants you to share His Word with others. He wants you to tell everyone about what He did – dying for them and rising from the dead! If you aren’t a follower of Jesus, read the verses below. They talk about why we all need Him. “…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (The Bible, Romans 3:23) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (The Bible, Romans 5:8) “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (The Bible, Romans 10:9) “’Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” (The Bible, Romans 10:13) If you would like to become a follower of Jesus, tell God that you are sorry for breaking His commands (sinning). Promise Him that you will turn away from your sin and turn toward Him. Tell Him that you believe Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin and rose from the dead. Then ask God to forgive your sin and invite Jesus to be the Lord of your life. When you do that, WindowKids, you become a child of God and a disciple (follower) of Jesus! Next you need to start reading God’s Word. You can find it in all sorts of languages at www.biblegateway.com. You can also listen to the New Testament in many languages at www.joshuaproject.net/nt-audio.php. www.WIN1040.com

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The 10/40 Reporter May 2012