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Dec28WedDecember 28, 2016 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).
A woman in prison feels lonely, despised, fearful, neglected, and unloved. She may be deserted by her family; in fact, some are in prison because of the false accusations of family members. In some countries prisoners live in overcrowded, deplorable prison conditions, lacking proper food, medical treatment, needed personal items, or positive communication. Prisoners fear beatings, isolation, rape, and starvation. One of the greatest destroyers in prisons around the world is the lack of hope.
In many countries Christians are arrested and placed in horrible prisons because of false accusations. Often there is little hope that they will ever be released, because the authorities fear the masses who demand that these Christians be executed.
The Word of God has the power to give hope and to restore purpose and joy to the lives of prisoners. Knowing God and experiencing his love empowers prisoners to “be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). Radio programs carry God’s Word into prisons.
TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah uses radio programs to teach women in prisons about health care; building positive relationships; the developmental needs of children; and dealing with anger, fear, loneliness, and other powerful emotions. Even more important, it offers hope and healing through Jesus Christ. Visiting prisoners, praying with and for them, giving small gifts, and teaching God’s truths show God’s love and brings hope into their lives.
One prisoner called the Angola office to express her joy: “Good morning, Sister Marcolina. This is Sónia speaking from the region of Viana. Sister, I will be released today and will not want to go straight home. I want and I need to go first to a church.”
Please pray for ...
1. Women who are living in seemingly hopeless situations in prisons, that they may find hope and healing through Jesus Christ. Pray that they will hear of God’s desire to set them free from the bondage of sin and to help them understand his purposes for their lives. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
2. Christians who are in prison in Cuba, Egypt, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos, the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asian countries because of their faith (2 Corinthians 6:4-10).
3. Illiterate women in prison to receive teaching through programs on radio and other media devices, like Women of Hope, so they can hear about God’s truth and love. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
4. Prison officials to provide safe play areas for children who visit their mothers. “Innovative family programs can even create a more peaceful prison environment” (Prison Fellowship).
5. Women who are in prison because their family members have accused them of adultery after they were raped or chose to marry someone without the approval of their families.
6. Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who has been in a Pakistan prison for seven years and was sentenced to death for blasphemy. Two Pakistani officials who spoke up for Bibi were assassinated.
7. Women in Paraguayan prisons to hear Women of Hope programs that offer spiritual encouragement and practical instruction. Pray also that diapers, formula, educational materials, clothing, and other necessities would be provided for the children who live in the prisons with their mothers.
8. Opportunities to provide information to churches and groups about local prison ministries and to display the products that women inmates make to help support their training and craftwork.
9. TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah staff and volunteers visiting prisoners in Albania, Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Tanzania, Thailand, South Africa, and other countries.
10. TWR staff and listeners in Ethiopia. Due to the state of emergency in Ethiopia, the TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah team members have not been able to visit the prisons. Please pray that they will be able to visit the women in prison soon.
11. Mothers in prison and the children they leave behind. Pray that Christians will reach out to them with God’s love. “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:36).
12. The children of Albanian women prisoners who live in extreme poverty, lacking proper food and many other necessities.
13. More Christians to realize they can support those who visit and minister to local prisoners by providing clothing, food, personal items, radios, Bibles, etc., and by praying for the prisoners and prison workers.
14. More women to volunteer with TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah prison ministries and start Bible studies and prayer groups with the prisoners.
15. Indonesian women in prisons who listen to the Women of Hope programs. Ask that they will experience God’s love and forgiveness and that the Holy Spirit will empower them to live for Christ, even in difficult circumstances.
16. TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah ladies in Angola who visit the female prison in Viana and the male prison in Caxito to share the spiritual food from the Word of God and to give personal products (toilet paper, toothpaste, and toothbrushes) to show they care.
17. Prisons worldwide to offer parenting courses and skills training so women can support themselves when they are released.
18. Those who visit prisoners in Nepal, showing these inmates God’s love and offering them the opportunity to hear about God’s truths and his gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
19. Women to find a safe place to live after they are released from prison. Pray that they will be able to live away from the bad influences of their past and find employment so that they will not have to depend on a life of crime to support themselves.
20. More opportunities to work with women relatives of those who are detained in Paraguay’s Good Shepherd prison. Many of the prisoners are mothers, and their children are in the care of their grandmothers, aunts or older sisters.
21. Mothers who gave birth in prison and remain there with their babies.
22. Crossroad Bible Institute’s prison ministry, which disciples women in prisons by offering free Bible-study curricula in Spanish, Mandarin, Swahili, Khmer, and Indonesian. It also offers encouragement by its international staff (see cbi.fm/international-programs).
23. TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah prayer group ladies who visit prisons, offering clothes, food, and sewing materials. This has led to inmates asking for Bibles and Christian literature. Pray that more inmates will receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour through the kindness of these women.
24. Women in jails in the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia after being accused of “adultery.” In most cases of rape, when a victim is unable to find four male witnesses to testify on her behalf, the woman is charged with adultery.
25. More women at the Good Shepherd Prison in Paraguay to join the training offered so that the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ can renew their minds and hearts. Pray that they will study God’s Word and receive comfort and hope and find that with Christ there is still freedom behind bars.
26. Prisoners in Thailand who have accepted Christ through the ministries of TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah and of Every Home for Christ. Pray that they will each grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as they study the Bible.
27. Women from other religions who hear about Jesus, receive Bibles and radios, and are offered friendship by TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah ladies.
28. Women in North Korean prisons who are tortured with hard work. Also pray for pregnant prisoners there who are injected to induce labor and then forced to kill their babies if they are born alive (BBC News).
29. Wisdom for Solange Mendes, Ruth Augusta, and Karina Adriana in their work with TWR Brazil providing a Bible-course ministry to over 2,500 prisoners (300 women). Pray that the Holy Spirit will help these prisoners understand the material. Praise the Lord that more women are interested in joining the course. Some of these prisoners are also using our monthly prayer calendars.
30. Women who have been released from prison but have no clothes, no homes to go to, and no jobs as well as being rejected by their families and communities. Pray that churches will help these women begin again in practical ways and treat them with dignity.
31. Peggy Banks, TWR Women of Hope/Project Hannah Global Ministry Director, as she continues to seek God’s guidance and wisdom.