Women of Hope Blog
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Jun29FriJune 29, 2018 By the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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Praying for Women in Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa
CAMENA is the shorthand name used by TWR for the region comprising Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. In this area of the world, becoming a Christian is sometimes illegal. This may include being arrested, interrogated or imprisoned. Many have been pushed out of jobs, denied an education or prohibited from using local water and other community services. Changing one’s religion can also result in being rejected, threatened, attacked or even killed by family members. As a result, many Christians try to keep their faith a secret, even from a spouse or parent.
Christians in the CAMENA region don’t know whom to trust. They are often isolated, with no church gathering for mutual encouragement, learning or strengthening. However, these believers value the hope they have found in Jesus and want desperately to grow in their understanding of God. Radio programs are very important in giving them knowledge from God’s Word that strengthens them through their challenging circumstances.
Many women in the CAMENA region have been taught that they are of little value. No one cares about their ideas, opinions or emotions. They are expected to work hard serving others in their families. Females are also humiliated and abused at work, at school and in their communities. Few women dare to report abuse to the police. Often, rape is blamed on the woman and not the man. Their lives are miserable.
Through TWR Women of Hope radio programs in the privacy of their homes, isolated and abused women find caring voices, helpful advice and acceptance. They begin to understand that God has the power to lift them above their dreadful circumstances and restore their dignity through the grace and love of Jesus.
Please pray for …
1. God’s strength and power to surround Christian women who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” (Ps. 23:4).
2. Safety, health and God’s anointing on those producing the Women of Hope programs in Arabic, Farsi, Central Asia Russian, Kabyle, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Kurdish-Sorani, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen and Uzbek.
3. Women who lack understanding of God’s love and forgiveness to hear of God’s salvation through Jesus. The atheistic teachings of communism have blinded many to God’s truth. Folk religions and myths about Christianity cause many to become ensnared in the lies of Satan. “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:16-18).
4. Women in the CAMENA region to experience peace and freedom not only in their nations, communities and homes but also in their hearts through a relationship with Jesus. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:32, 36).
5. Women to hear that God loves them and that they are precious to him even if they have been humiliated by their fathers, brothers, husbands and sons. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Prov. 31:28-30).
6. Christian mothers in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) who need wisdom in how to handle traditional practices during family events like weddings and funerals.
7. Women who live in remote villages in very difficult conditions. Many of them have little hope for their future. Pray that they will hear the radio programs and find peace and hope in Jesus.
8. Believers who experience severe persecution in some of the CAMENA countries and do not have the right to gather for worship. This makes organized women’s ministries almost impossible.
9. Christians who travel to other countries just to meet other believers, study the Word of God, be able to sing worship songs together, be baptised or have a Christian wedding.
10. Divorced mothers who have lost contact with their children.
11. Arab women who have lost their husbands, sons or daughters as a result of war. Pray that they will find strength and hope through an encounter with the Lord Jesus.
12. The hand of the Lord to be with Iraqi Christian women and their families who had to flee their country because of persecution from extremists. Pray that Christians will help them adjust to their new countries.
13. The 25,000 Christians who have returned to the Hamdaniya district of Iraq after terrorists burned their homes and churches, forcing 55,000 to flee. Pray for women who are struggling to rebuild their homes and families.
14. The many new believers in Iran who are being arrested when officials confiscate their books, CDs, laptops and satellite receivers. Some are also threatened by neighbours and family members.
15. The truth about God’s love and his gift of salvation to reach CAMENA women who are living far from home. Many are disillusioned with the faith of their ancestors and are looking for answers to life’s challenges.
16. Those accessing the Laki Raja (Women of Hope) Arabic Facebook page and asking questions about faith and the meaning of life. The number of followers has exceeded 132,000, and there is a huge outreach for both men and women who interact through social networks.
17. Mothers to have more opportunities to study the Word of God in order to raise their children to be strong in faith. “Teach them [God’s words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 11:19).
18. Women who live in cultural, emotional and spiritual darkness and are in dire need of unconditional love. Many have never experienced love or been told they are precious.
19. TWR Women of Hope ladies providing food, medicine, housing, friendship and hope in Jesus as they reach out to people who are lonely and afraid as well as being sick, disabled, widows, refugees or mothers. “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability” (2 Cor. 8:2-3).
20. Church leaders to provide biblical teaching that addresses family concerns such as physical abuse, raising children, finances and treating others with dignity.
21. Christians in Algeria who are no longer able to meet together because their churches have been closed. Some have been prosecuted, fined and harassed.
22. World leaders to hold governments accountable, ensuring that religious freedom is safeguarded in accordance with international law.
23. Christian wives in Algeria who desire to be a witness of God’s power and his love through the way they treat their husbands who are not yet believers.
24. Women and girls in Turkey, where men who have beaten, raped or even killed females often are not arrested. Many women do not report abuse to the police for fear of being further abused or of shaming their families.
25. Young women in Central Asia who have endured the horrendous practice of bride stealing. Tradition allows a man to kidnap the girl he wants to marry. Bride stealing is officially illegal but still happens in Kyrgyzstan.
26. Women and children in war-torn countries like Syria and Yemen who are not receiving adequate food, health care or education.
27. God to pour out his Spirit on Arab women so that they might see dreams and visions of Jesus and would be saved and empowered to be his witnesses.
28. Women to hear the helpful medical and nutritional advice on Women of Hope programs that will help them better care for their families. Many women in the CAMENA region have never been to school.
29. Women who have suffered greatly because addiction to alcohol or drugs has destroyed the lives of loved ones and caused major financial problems.
30. Young women who leave their homes hoping to get better jobs in other countries. Many of them are trapped by organized crime and sold into sex slavery.
31. Women who have received the gift of salvation and new hope for the future after listening to Women of Hope programs in their heart languages. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Ps. 16:11).