Women of Hope Blog
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Sep28FriSeptember 28, 2018 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
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Praying for Women in Latin America & the Caribbean
According to the United Nations, Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for females. Three of the countries here – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – rank among the world’s most violent countries not at war. Family violence, gang violence, extortion, hyperinflation, organized crime and poverty are forcing millions in Latin America and the Caribbean to flee their home countries.
There’s good news, too. The World Bank reports that more women in Latin America and the Caribbean are getting an education, jobs and better health care. But much is still to be done to improve the quality of education and equality in income. Attitudes in the workplace, legal system and homes are slow to change. Domestic-violence rates are still critically high. Many females are emotionally, physically and sexually abused, the harm often resulting in death at the hands of fathers, husbands and boyfriends.
Many mothers fear their children will be forced to join gangs. In the very small country of El Salvador, 500,000 are involved in gangs, contributing to the world’s highest murder rate for people under the age of 19. Girls are targeted at an early age, either to be sexually abused, to become a gang member or to be forced into becoming a sex slave. Gang members take revenge on rivals through the rape and murder of their sisters and daughters.
Several Caribbean and Latin American nations have been labeled “major illicit drug-producing and/or drug-transit countries,” leading to violence, extortion and corruption that contribute to the economic crises in the region. Millions have fled less stable countries in the region seeking safety and a better life in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay or even the United States and Europe.
Please pray for …
1. Latin American and Caribbean women to have a personal relationship with their creator and lord, Jesus Christ, and to share his hope and love with others. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
2. Listeners of Women of Hope in Creole, English, Guarani, Lengua, Low German, Nivaclé, Papiamentu, Portuguese, Quichua and Spanish throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
3. Those who translate and adapt each Women of Hope program and those who answer the many emails, letters, texts and phone calls received from listeners. Pray that they will embrace women with encouraging messages from Scripture and give information that enables women to better care for their families.
4. Community leaders to help people understand that illegal drug users, both addicts and recreational users, are supporting gang murders, gender violence, extortion and terrorist attacks.
5. Central Americans seeking safety in Mexico from gang violence to be warned of the dangers of being raped, forced into prostitution or kidnapped and held until family members pay for their release.
6. Brazilians to vote wisely on Oct. 7 during their important election for president and other federal and state leaders. Often social media and television are used to spread misinformation to cause division and lead many to make emotional decisions not based on facts.
7. Strength in Christ for women who are mentally, physically and verbally abused because they are Christians. Pray that family members will learn to calmly discuss their problems.
8. Church leaders to do their work with hearts like God’s and reach out to the helpless people being used by gangs, pimps and traffickers. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).
9. Protection of those in the Caribbean who are in harm’s way during the hurricane season, which lasts through November.
10. God’s grace for grieving women who have lost their babies during miscarriages or who are infertile. Pray that others will comfort them and help them in practical ways. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6).
11. Women who work outside the home and need to leave their children at day care or school for long hours. Pray that the Lord will give parents wisdom in preparing their children to have discernment in schools that teach unscriptural views.
12. Pedophile networks to be exposed and eradicated and for the transgressors to be punished. Pray for the healing of the emotions, minds and bodies of the victims.
13. Domestic-violence abusers to understand the harm they are causing others and to seek the help of God and others as they work to change their attitudes and behaviour. “‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God’” (Mark 10:26-27).
14. Ticuna women in Brazil to find the freedom that God offers everyone. May they be dependent on God to find wisdom to raise their children according to Scripture rather than tribal traditions that keep them in spiritual bondage.
15. Family members to seek help to deal with infidelity and stressful lives, which often lead to family violence or divorce, and with alcohol, drug and money problems.
16. Women who feel their only opportunity for happiness is to live with their boyfriends rather than insist on marriage. Many Latin American women have low self-esteem and do not insist on being treated with dignity and respect.
17. Women affected by the destructive sensual portrayal of them by the media and culture. Pray that they would not believe the lie that their worth is found in their exterior beauty. Pray that Christian women will live by the biblical model of a godly woman: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
18. God’s transforming work to strengthen marriages and bring renewal in the lives of husbands and wives. Pray also that they would remain faithful to their marriage commitment.
19. Women who are in jail for committing crimes under their mates’ influence. Most of them are abandoned by their husbands and separated from their children. Pray that they would hear the Word of God and experience the Lord’s presence, comfort and purposes for a new future with Jesus.
20. Volunteers to be able to continue an 18-year ministry at the Good Pastor Women's Prison in Paraguay and a four-year ministry helping women of the flood area of Trinidad.
21. God to bring more volunteers into the TWR Women of Hope ministry who donate their time, talent or resources so that the work grows and expands.
22. More radio stations in Paraguay, in Uruguay and throughout Latin America to air the Women of Hope programs so that women feel comforted, encouraged and motivated while experiencing the love of God. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
23. Single mothers, among whom the average age is falling in Paraguay, to find Christian women who will mentor them in practical, healthy ways to raise their children and help them to live for Christ.
24. Translators providing the printed monthly prayer calendars for intercessors in the French, German, Portuguese and Spanish languages. Pray also for those orally translating the prayer requests so that intercessors can pray in the local languages of Creole, Guarani, Nivaclé and Lengua.
25. Teenagers to stay in school rather than get married too soon. Pray that young women will come to recognize the importance of postponing having children until they are over 20, when their bodies will better handle pregnancy and childbirth.
26. Women who seek abortions. Instead of risking infections and death, may they find acceptance and help from Christians so that their babies can be born and placed in safe homes.
27. Rural Latin American women, many of whom have little or no opportunity to learn to read and write, to have access to an education. Because of the current level of illiteracy among these women, the value of radio in reaching them with the Word of God is significant.
28. Girls, teenagers and mothers who live by the roadside and prostitute themselves to truck drivers and travelers. Pray that authorities will arrest their abusers and care for these abused children and helpless mothers. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” (Proverbs 31:8).
29. Latin American children who are horribly used for pornography seen around the world through internet traffic. Pray that church and community leaders would teach men and boys the harm that this does to those who are abused as well as to their own minds and attitudes.
30. Wisdom and discernment for mothers trying to raise their children to know and love God despite not having the fathers’ help. “Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them” (Proverbs 20:6).
31. Millions of people suffering in Venezuela and hundreds of thousands migrating to Brazil, Colombia and other countries. Pray for Christians who are trying to help them.