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Oct28FriOctober 28, 2016 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
Looking back over 19 years of ministry as we enter our 20th brings shouts of praise and thanksgiving to God for truly he has done great things! For years we have prayed for women isolated because of their cultures and religions. We wondered how they would ever hear about God’s love and gift of salvation. Now we see many of these women and their families leaving their oppressive countries and for the first time in their lives being able to listen to God’s Word and hear about God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The Refugee Bridge app for cellphones provides Arabic and Farsi Women of Hope programs for women who desperately need comforting, encouragement, practical information, and biblical messages in their heart languages. Through TWR360, Facebook, and Skype, women are hearing the truth of God in Arabic, English, Farsi, Somali, Turkish and other languages. Women from Afghanistan, Germany, Iran, Sweden, Syria, and Turkey meet weekly to pray together using Project Hannah’s monthly prayer calendar in Farsi. Prayer groups in Turkey are reaching out to refugees, supporting widows with food and clothing, providing Bibles, and holding weekly Bible studies. Project Hannah intercessors are offering vocational training to refugees in Turkey by teaching sewing, embroidery, and doll making to help women gain self-esteem and provide some income for their families. Women are becoming followers of Jesus and joining prayer groups and learning to pray in a personal way to the God who sees and hears them.
Many around the world are disillusioned by the violence in their countries, their communities, and even their own homes. It is amazing to watch God continue to use Project Hannah intercessors and Women of Hope listeners in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to share with other women the hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.
Give praise and thanksgiving …
1. That women around the world are glorifying God with their lives even when their difficult circumstances do not change for the better.
2. That God provided Dr. Peggy Banks to be Project Hannah’s new global ministry director. Give thanks for safety and God’s presence while Peggy and founder, Marli Spieker, travelled in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas during this time of leadership transition. They ministered to Project Hannah intercessors and listeners, mentored our global teams, spoke hope and healing in Jesus, and encouraged the Church to continue fulfilling Proverbs 31:8: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
3. For the Refugee Bridge app distribution in Europe. These cellphone apps include the Arabic and Farsi Women of Hope programs that, in a way well-suited for female refugees, address issues such as anxiety, self-confidence, and raising children.
4. That the audio drama Healing Voice (for victims of fistula) in the Ari language has touched many lives in Ethiopia. Please continue to pray for production in the Amharic and Oromo languages.
5. For the English and Romanian versions of the Hidden Treasures audio drama (for sexually exploited and trafficked women in Europe).
6. That Women of Hope is now available in the Pakistani Punjabi language and is being produced in Urdu. In 2015, Urdu was made the official language of Pakistan. According to the CIA Factbook, English has been the official language of the elite and most government ministries, while about half of Pakistanis speak Punjabi, and only 8 percent speak Urdu.
7. That God’s truth and love are proclaimed by radio in Central Asia, China, India, the Middle East, North Africa, North Korea, Pakistan, and other areas where Christians are persecuted and missionaries are not allowed to enter. Lives are being changed and churches are forming.
8. That the Women of Hope radio program is heard in 70 languages on the radio, Internet, CDs, and other media outlets.
9. For Project Hannah’s 19 years of ministry reaching out to women through awareness, prayer, and radio programming. “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told” (Habakkuk 1:5).
10. For women who have given their lives to Christ even when they know that family members may kill them for doing so. Continue to pray for women who are beaten or abandoned by their husbands, or are treated as slaves by their husbands’ families.
11. For the brave young women in North Africa visiting and encouraging Berber Kabyle Women of Hope listeners. Many courageous Christian listeners are isolated and abused by family members and know of no other believers in their communities.
12. That as women pray through Project Hannah’s monthly prayer requests they will begin to see others through God’s eyes and their attitudes, actions, and feelings become more like Jesus. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5).
13. That God has provided Susie Pek to lead Project Hannah’s ministry in Brazil and that TWR staff Stewardship Director Ann Chastain and Social Media Coordinator Leila Coblentz will work part time with Project Hannah’s international team.
14. For the hundreds of Project Hannah staff and volunteers on every continent – program producers, ministry coordinators, team and prayer group members, intercessors, radio technicians, and scriptwriters, as well as those who visit and write to listeners.
15. That through TWR360, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and Instagram, women are hearing the truth of God in Arabic, English, Farsi, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and many other languages. Some of these channels enable many to upload both the Women of Hope programs and the monthly prayer requests in the users’ languages. Thousands have reported that they are grateful that someone cares and takes the time to listen and pray with them.
16. That husbands have returned to their wives, adult children have returned to God, and women have allowed God to work in their lives as they have prayed for others.
17. That many refugees are seeking friendship and a safe place at Hannah’s Houses in Sweden and in prayer groups in other countries. Pray that they will seek God and understand that he cares for them and invites them to accept his gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
18. For the thousands of people involved in Project Hannah prayer groups that meet regularly to pray, reach out to women, and evangelize in prisons, maternity wards, hospitals, orphanages, and refuge centers. Many of them distribute food, clothes, mattresses, or other needed items, giving hope to women and their families.
19. That women are learning to sew, make jewellery, and grow crops to sell so they can provide for their families and gain dignity and respect in their communities.
20. That many who are disillusioned by the violence associated with their religion are seeking to know more about Jesus. One listener in North Africa wrote, “Your episodes are surely from heaven! What I am hearing is so different than what we are taught in our religion. But I feel I want to be treated like this, I want to raise my kids according to your teachings. I’m scared to say I like your Jesus, because I would be killed. But I like him.”
21. For women and men who have found salvation through Jesus Christ and strength to make it through each day with the help of the Women of Hope program and Project Hannah prayer groups. A Bengali listener wrote, “I come from a non-Christian family. But my wife and I regularly listen to this program through the Internet. This program is so valuable that sometimes we listen to the same program again and again. We came to know about Jesus Christ through this program. His love and sacrifice for our sins has touched both of our hearts. We started loving and adoring Jesus Christ as our Lord.”
22. For those who volunteer to translate Project Hannah’s monthly prayer calendars so that others can pray with us in more than 85 languages. Give thanks for those who distribute them, sometimes travelling from village to village on motor bike, by bus, or on foot.
23. For the many pastors, husbands, and TWR staff who support and serve Project Hannah’s staff and volunteers around the world.
24. That thousands of prisoners have received hope through the love shown to them in practical ways (such as gifts of clothes, soap, and baby items); through the Women of Hope program; and in Bible studies led by those who visit them in Albania, Angola, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Korea, Liberia, Nepal, Paraguay, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
25. For the continued financial support of Women of Hope programs by individuals; foundations; ERF in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria; Norea in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden; Sansa in Finland; and TWR partners in Asia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium, and the United Kingdom.
26. For opportunities for Peggy and other team members to speak in churches and women’s groups to help others become aware of the needs of women around the globe. Praise the Lord for the new ministry in Honduras after Peggy spoke to the women and leaders there.
27. That thousands of Women of Hope listeners have shared testimonies about how the program has helped them understand how to better raise healthy children, treat their spouses, prepare healthy food, and live to honour God.
28. That community leaders and the media are exposing rapes, child marriages, trafficking, and harmful cultural practices, and that they are encouraging leaders to do more to end these horrible abuses.
29. That widows and orphans have been given radios, food, clothing, health care, and education fees. Project Hannah prayer groups have also helped build toilet facilities, have purchased tin sheets to repair a roof and have provided mattresses for families with no furniture.
30. That our great God shows us his mercy and love each day. “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth” (Psalm 57:9-11).
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