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    October 2019 TWR Women of Hope Prayer Calendar

    September 27, 2019 By the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
    Praying for Those Affected by Domestic Violence & Abuse

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     “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent people you save me.” (2 Samuel 22:3)

    Home is supposed to be a place of safety. But in every culture and religion, violence in the home has left countless girls and women fearfully crying out for protection.

    Unfortunately, the cries seeking help are all too common, and the torment affects women and girls at every stage of life. One in three women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.

    Some parents sell their daughters as brides or prostitutes or force them to undergo female circumcision. Daughters and wives have been scarred with acid and boiling water for “dishonoring” their families. Many women are financially dependent on abusers and have no safe place to go. They need help but often feel ashamed and lack support from their families or communities.

    Health-care-provider initiatives and the World Health Organization’s Global Plan of Action are important in addressing this global problem. But a holistic approach to healing the entire girl and woman must include God.

    Fulfilling their mission of bringing hope in Jesus to women, Women of Hope has many episodes dedicated to domestic violence and abuse and how to get help. The hosts share that God hears your cries and can bring hope into the most difficult situations, that he hates abuse, and that he can wash you clean and help you find life on the other side of trauma.

    Our Father brings inner healing to our souls and assures us of our true value as his beloved daughters. He wants us to be in a place of safety and for us to find him as our place of safety.

    Please pray for ...

    1. Men to love and cherish their wives and understand that God has entrusted them with the protection and care of their families. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25).

    2. Dr. Peggy Banks’ story of inner healing, carried on radio and the internet, to reach women in Germany who suffer from violence. There, a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner every three days.

    3. Women in Serbia who are physically, mentally and sexually abused due to a low view of women in society. Pray that women would not be afraid to report domestic violence and that proper action would be taken based on these reports.

    4. God to turn people’s hearts away from the violence and deviant sexual behavior found in Thailand’s media, which many believe contribute to increased domestic violence. Pray for Thai leaders to have wisdom in addressing this problem.

    5. Physical, spiritual and emotional healing to take place in the lives of women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Pray for the Church and Christian ministries to provide help and healing. (Ps. 20:1)

    6. Police and those in power to correctly address the problem of domestic violence in Northern Ireland. Thank God that there is growing awareness and that more people are reporting it to authorities.

    7. The 1 in 3 Bulgarian women who are victims of domestic violence. In the past three years, murders of women by spouses, partners or close relatives have increased 50 percent.

    8. Those who experience domestic violence in Christian homes, where they are taught to submit to an abusive family member. Pray that Christians will not twist Scripture to excuse or justify abusive behavior.

    9. The protection and healing of women in Greenland, where 62 percent of adult women have at some point been subjected to violence. Pray that communities will hold abusers accountable for their actions. (Ps. 140:1)

    10. The 18,000 children in foster care in the Netherlands, many of whom have suffered domestic violence. Pray for Christian foster families to model God’s love and provide safe places to grow up. (Ps. 41:2)

    11. Abusers to be changed by God’s mercy. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isa. 55:7).

    12. The 3,491 women and 2,724 children in Canada who sleep in shelters to escape abuse each night. About 300 women and children are turned away daily because the shelters are full.

    13. Police in France to intervene in domestic-violence situations and take women’s complaints seriously. Over 100 women have already been killed this year in France by current and ex-partners. (Ps. 40:11)

    14. Pastors to speak out against violence, encouraging those who are abused to come to church leaders for help and safety. And may leaders hold abusers accountable so the violence will stop.

    15. Women experiencing domestic violence in Switzerland to have the courage to speak out and not suffer silently in shame. Pray for community awareness and dialogue to take place.

    16. The new Finnish government to direct resources to reduce domestic violence. Pray that those suffering physical and emotional abuse at home would receive help and support.

    17. The church and social services in Albania to support single moms coming out of domestic-abuse safe houses. These moms often work long hours while leaving their children home alone.

    18. Church leaders in Vietnam to teach men to respect and love their wives. Pray also that men and women would understand their self-worth as sons and daughters of God.

    19. The more than 1.8 million women in Ukraine exposed to physical domestic violence, which resulted in 600 deaths last year. Only 10% of the women turned to police. (2 Sam. 22:3)

    20. North Korean women defectors who have married men in China. These women often don’t report serious domestic violence for fear of being arrested and deported.

    21. Children who witness domestic violence between their parents. Pray for them to be healed from emotional problems, including distrust of adults, guilt, shame, anger and aggressive behavior. (Ps. 32:7)

    22. Global increased awareness and conversation about emotional and mental illness. Pray that there will be resources and care for those who struggle in this area.

    23. The Portuguese government to make stronger laws that protect victims from domestic violence. May the judges be fair and impartial and enforce the laws.

    24. Battered women who protect their abusers. Pray they will understand that this hinders the abuser from getting help and enables him to continue harming others.

    25. Women and girls tormented by domestic violence, that they would find their strength in God and realize their value and dignity as daughters of our Father in heaven. (Ps. 5:11)

    26. The people of Kenya who are facing abject poverty, suicide among their youth, and violence, including the killing by some young men of their wives and children.

    27. Mothers and fathers in Poland to love, protect and care for their children. Daily the media reports on missing children and those murdered by their parents.

    28. Men and women to listen to Women of Hope programs to learn how to have healthy, godly relationships and families.

    29. Children in Nepal who are raped, sexually abused, forced to have abortions or even murdered by their relatives. (Ps. 72:14)

    30. Women and girls who are subject to domestic violence because their parents and siblings abuse drugs or alcohol.

    31. Caregivers of children, the elderly and disabled to seek help before their frustrations lead to violent words and actions.