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Oct23FriOctober 23, 2020 by the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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Prisoners, Plays and the Peace of Christ
“The poor will see and be glad – you who seek God, may your hearts live! The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.” Psalm 69:32-33
TWR Women of Hope Romania has a unique and beautiful way of sharing the gospel to meet the needs of prisoners and their families.
Last Christmas, a drama was performed by prisoners and for prisoners from eight different prisons. The women also performed the drama in their home prison, where their children could attend and meet with their mothers there.
The most impactful aspect of all involved a trip to a day-care center to perform for 40 Roma children. The ministry’s national coordinator, who created and directed the drama, described “a sacred moment” that brought tears to the eyes of the prisoners and staff members. After the performance drew to a close and Christmas carols were sung, the Roma children ran into the arms of the prisoners, many of whom were missing their own children. Hearts were truly full of joy during those fleeting minutes.
The message of the baby Jesus in the manger moved the hearts of both adults and children as they listened to an explanation of why he came down to earth and what his purpose was here. Jesus lived a perfect life on earth and always obeyed his Father. We know that we do not live perfect lives here on earth, but by the gift of faith, we come to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind – and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
The apostle Paul, in the book of Ephesians, speaks about being a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of the Gentiles. Paul explains that it is in Christ that we as believers are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. This is how we go from the prison of sin to peace of redemption.
In November, we are praying for the persecuted, prisoners and the isolated. Please pray …
- Lord, help us as members composing your global Church to truly humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and unite in interceding for the physical and spiritual healing of the nations. (2 Chron. 7:14)
- Father, bring hope, peace and justice to the persecuted believers who have been fined and imprisoned in the occupied territories of Donbass, Ukraine, where the government forbids evangelism. (Matt. 5:10-12)
- We pray for military members who are separated from their families and serve in isolation for extended periods. May they call out to you for salvation, peace and protection. (Ps. 4:8)
- Lord, we pray for those who are in Ethiopian prisons because of political corruption. May they hear and accept the gospel of Jesus and be people of peace when released. (2 Pet. 1:4)
- Father, we pray for young girls and students in Benin who are abandoned by their families and friends because they are following Jesus. Please bring them Christian friends to encourage them in their faith. (2 Cor. 13:11)
- We praise you, Lord, that the 800 women isolated in Uruguay prisons can hear your message of hope through Women of Hope and other Christian radio programs. (Isa. 61:1)
- Lord, we ask that you raise up many more German believers to support TWR Women of Hope and other organizations that help lonely, needy and persecuted Christians. (1 Thess. 5:11)
- Lord, give great wisdom to government officials regarding releasing prisoners from jail as part of their efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. May local churches provide support to these prisoners as they re-enter society. (Col. 1:9)
- Merciful God, we ask that you bring comfort, peace and strength to the hearts of the lonely, depressed and isolated, those in old-age homes who have not been in contact with family, and those hospitalized who cannot have visitors. (Ps. 10:17)
- Father, South African prisoners desperately desire prayer for themselves, their families and their future re-entry into society. Help us to love these lost, lonely and unwanted people in Jesus’ name. (Ps. 25:16)
- Lord, we pray for your children all over the world who are being persecuted because of their faith. We ask for protection and for a deep sense of your presence. (Ps. 91)
- Father, give Christians in Nepal insight and creativity in how to get the gospel and Christian radio programs into the jails. And may the hearts of the prisoners be receptive to your truth. (1 Thess. 2:13)
- We pray for your protection, Lord, on our persecuted brothers and sisters in transit through Croatia. Protect them from their persecutors and grant them a safe haven in other European countries where they may live openly as believers. (Ps. 5:11)
- God, we pray for young Indian widows who are isolated and lonely. Give them wisdom in raising their children and provide for their needs. (Phil. 4:19)
- Father, we ask that you bring salvation, healing and restoration to those imprisoned in Paraguay’s jails. May your gospel set them free so that they may proclaim your truth. (Isa. 42:7)
- For those who have turned to Christianity in Indonesia, Lord, please guide them to find a family of believers who can support them and help them grow in their newfound faith. (Phil. 2:1-3)
- Father, we ask that you provide for the women who give birth while in prison. They and their babies often lack basic food and health care. (Ps. 146:7)
- Lord, give courage, peace and even joy to persecuted Arab Christians so that they stand strong amid suffering. Help the weak to be empowered and supported. Deliver our brothers and sisters from the hand of the enemy, and let your sovereign power be known. (Rom. 15:4-6)
- We pray that Korean missionaries detained in North Korean prisons will keep faith and continue loving you in the midst of hardships, Lord. Let them be released quickly and return to their families. (Ps. 142:7)
- As allegations of genocide circulate, we pray for the release of Uyghurs and other minorities who are being held in Chinese concentration camps. Pray that seekers would have the opportunity to tune into Christian programming in their languages, which are being aired in these regions. (Ps. 12:5)
- Lord, we pray for the encouragement and endurance of women in prison who were convicted of crimes they did not commit. May your justice prevail and each innocent person be set free. (Prov. 21:15)
- Lord, we pray that the government of Liberia will provide a suitable location for women to sell their goods and that the harassment by police and confiscation of their goods would be stopped. (Ps. 103:6)
- We praise you for the believers who consistently visit Albanian prisons and minister to the inmates there. Give them great wisdom and favor as they share your truth with the prisoners. (Matt. 25:36)
- We pray for those who isolate themselves rather than reaching out to you, Lord, or to others for help. Protect them from suicide, destructive behaviors and thoughts. May your love and grace break through their wrong thinking. (John 8:32)
- Lord, we pray for Cambodian Christians who are persecuted for their faith by family members. Strengthen the faith of these believers and help them to be a consistent light to their families. (Ps. 119:86)
- Father, give wisdom and compassion to Christian prison staff in Denmark. Use them to bring the message of salvation and healing through Jesus to prisoners who are open to talking about life and faith. (Luke 4:18)
- Dear Lord, help Finnish believers to hold on to their faith even though secular society underestimates and mocks them. Teach them to face nonbelievers with love and empathy. (Rom. 15:4)
- Lord, we pray for those elderly people in Sweden, Canada and other northern nations who are isolated in the winter months and rarely receive visits or phone calls from others. May believers reach out with personal attention and love. (John 13:34-35)
- Lord, enable Romanian Christian wives to live such pure and respectful lives that their husbands will be persuaded, perhaps without a word spoken, to turn to Christ and stop persecuting their believing spouses. (1 Pet. 3:1-2)
- Father, use this pandemic to enable all nations to see their desperate need of you. May all peoples understand that you alone are God who controls life and death; you punish sin, but have blessing and life for those who follow you in obedience. (Jer. 32:17-19)
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