Women of Hope Blog
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Feb22FriFebruary 22, 2019 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
International Women's Day
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International Women’s Day, March 8, is a time to acknowledge what has been accomplished by and for women. There have been many advancements in education, medical resources and quality of life for women who live in poverty or are isolated by cultures and religions. God uses TWR Women of Hope teams around the world to better the lives of women.
For 21 years, tens of thousands of TWR Women of Hope intercessors have promoted and prayed for widespread awareness of the abuses, diseases, poverty and neglect that women and girls face. This awareness has led communities, families and the Christians among them to see victims differently and to be willing to look for ways to help and speak up for those who have no voice.
Many TWR Women of Hope teams give gifts of food, clothing and other items to those in need, lifting them up and showing them respect. In Tanzania, they work closely with other Christian organizations to teach ways to end gender-based violence and female circumcision. In Nepal, women in remote villages are taught life-changing health care information. In Albania, Roma women in poverty and women in domestic-violence shelters are told about Jesus’ love and how much God cherishes them.
Sin, strife and injustice will always work at destroying lives. Continue to pray that many believers will discover more of God, understand who they are in Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to work through them, speaking up and defending women and girls while helping them prosper.
Please pray for …
1. People gathered around the globe today for the World Day of Prayer to discover more about God and to understand who they are in Christ as they strive to live to bring glory to God.
2. Women to know that they are loved by God their creator. Pray that they will choose to accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and serve him by helping others in need.
3. Women whose cultural and religious environments hinder them from hearing about God’s love and the hope they can have through Jesus Christ. Many are courageously listening to forbidden Christian radio programs in their homes.
4. Women who struggle with poverty, family problems, community turmoil or cultural barriers. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12).
5. Women of Hope production teams as they provide programs in 73 languages. Pray for women who give further guidance about living a Christlike life under enormously difficult circumstances.
6. Those praying with us. “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thess. 1:11).
7. Women to pray regularly, discovering more of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to change their attitudes, thoughts, emotions and actions to be more like those of Jesus.
8. Organizations and churches that, on this International Women’s Day, are helping women overcome very difficult circumstances like poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, divorce and prostitution.
9. Women to discover that God has given them the courage to follow his ways. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7).
10. Christian men who respect and honour their mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, girlfriends and colleagues. Pray that they will be a positive example to other men in their communities.
11. Those who visit women and provide radios to those who cannot afford to buy them. Pray that listeners will invite others to join them in listening to Women of Hope and other TWR radio programs.
12. Women to experience hope through Jesus. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:18).
13. Women in ministry, asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they might know him better (Eph. 1:17).
14. God to show abandoned wives that he loves them and accepts them as his precious daughters. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:16).
15. Clinics and hospitals providing health care for women, including surgeries for those who are suffering from fistulas or prolapsed uterus. Pray that the Healing Voice audio drama encourages fistula patients.
16. Women with physical handicaps to experience hope as they serve God with joy. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).
17. Women traumatized by war to experience the peace that only God can give. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
18. Prisoners to know that God loves them and desires that they invite Christ into their lives. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).
19. Women to spend more time getting to know God’s thoughts, character and ways by studying his Word.
20. Women to “rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom. 5:2-4).
21. Girls who receive conflicting messages about what it means to be a woman. Some of these messages threaten their physical and emotional health.
22. Safety and strength for women working to help others better their lives. “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength” (Isa. 40:31).
23. Organizations that help women and girls escape sexual slavery and that provide safe homes, education and employment.
24. Those who help pregnant women to understand the devastation caused by abortion, not only to their unborn babies but also physically and emotionally in their own lives.
25. More to be done to improve the health of women. According to the World Health Organization, malaria cases have dropped in Paraguay and Tanzania. Trachoma, which causes blindness, has been eliminated in Ghana.
26. More to be done to lift women and children out of poverty. Less than 10 percent of the world’s population still lives in extreme poverty, but its impact is often devastating.
27. Women to understand that God created them in his image and to bring him glory. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
28. Women to be willing to change their priorities and anything else that hinders them from following God’s will. “Show me your way, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long” (Ps. 25:4-5).
29. Those reaching out to widows in Albania, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Tanzania and other countries, helping these women start small businesses so they can earn money to support their families.
30. Leaders and parents to provide girls with an education that equips them with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to provide for their families.
31. More to be done to stop violence against women and to protect women against HIV infections. In 2017, around 6,600 women between the ages of 15 and 24 became infected with HIV every week.
All Bible verses, unless otherwise noted, come from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®); 2016 edition; copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.