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Sep1ThuSeptember 1, 2016 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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September 2016 - Praying for Women in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, and Slovakia
Please pray for …
- Women who follow their families’ religious practices but still feel spiritually empty. Pray that they will hear God’s Word and that the Holy Spirit will help them understand how to follow Christ’s teachings, not rituals. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).
- Opportunities for Christians in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, and Slovakia to study the Scriptures and be encouraged to seek authentic relationships with God that make an impact in their lives. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Church leaders to address domestic-violence issues in their churches and communities. Pray that Christians would help abused women find safe places to live and offer them caring friendships.
- Project Hannah’s Women of Hope teams as they provide encouragement, biblical teaching, and moral principles to women, who then teach their children what it means to have true joy even in bad circumstances.
- Women and girls who respond to false job offers and fall victim to sex trafficking within their countries or are sent far from home. Pray that they will find a way to escape their captors.
- Organizations that have two overarching purposes: to help those enslaved by traffickers to escape, providing them with safe homes, personal items, counseling, and skills training; and to assist authorities in prosecuting abusers.
- Rossi and Grace, our team translating and distributing the monthly prayer calendars in Bulgaria. Pray that more women will join Project Hannah intercessors, who live in 125 countries and pray the same prayer requests in more than 85 languages.
- Bulgarian families separated because of the economic struggles that force many who are unemployed to seek work outside the country, often leaving their children with grandparents or others.
- Church leaders to be aware of the dangers of sexual trafficking so they can warn families and bring healing to the victims. Pray that the Bulgarian government will take legal steps against those involved in human trafficking.
- Bulgarian families torn apart by divorce. More and more young people live together, and 58.7 percent of new births are out of wedlock. Pray also for the many lonely women who as single mothers are fighting to support and raise their children.
- The average Bulgarian woman, whose circumstances and future seem hopeless. Pray that the love of God and the message of the Bible will touch her heart and give her hope and meaning in life.
- The Holy Spirit to work through Christians as they tell friends, neighbours, and colleagues about the love of God and the good news of his salvation through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Listeners of Project Hannah’s Women of Hope Croatian programs to receive hope and healing as they face the difficulties in their lives. Pray that many more women will find the programs on their radios.
- Wisdom and strength for Lidija and Davor as they translate Project Hannah’s monthly prayer calendar into Croatian. Pray that churches would invite Lidija to present Project Hannah’s ministry to their women and that prayer groups would start. Pray that women would volunteer to help Lidija with the many tasks of the ministry. Lidija has a full-time job, has two sons, and is very active in her church.
- The government of Croatia as it works to eliminate trafficking in that country. The government has increased punishment of convicted trafficking offenders, generously funded nongovernmental organizations that provide assistance and shelter to trafficking victims, continued its comprehensive and proactive training efforts, and initiated new trafficking-prevention and awareness-raising projects, according to the U.S. State Department.
- Natasha as she translates the prayer calendar into Greek. Pray that many more Greek intercessors would join Project Hannah’s prayer movement. Pray also for finances so that a Greek Women of Hope program can be produced and aired.
- More Christian men and women in Greece to seek family counseling and desire to study and live by God’s Word. Separations and divorce are increasing due to infidelity or domestic violence. Some Christian women suffer silently for many years because church leaders believe that abused women should persevere, and Greek society still thinks badly of divorced women.
- Christian women to have a deep relationship with God, finding joy and peace in Jesus. Depression is on the rise even among Christians in Greece. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
- The people of Greece as they try to help the 350-410 refugees arriving daily. The daily number has decreased, but since other countries are closing their borders, more refugees must remain in Greece.
- Listeners of TWR’s Refugee Bridge mobile app, which makes available programs chosen from existing Hope for Syria and Women of Hope series for their relevance to the refugee situation.
- The development of new, tailor-made content that addresses the specific and unique issues that refugees encounter in Europe. Pray for listeners to find answers for their struggles as they deal with trauma, loneliness, and societal marginalization. Pray that refugees will be receptive to the message of Christ’s love and hope.
- Refugees who have escaped war or other horrible conditions in their home countries but hope to return someday. Many refugees are destitute; many are not allowed to work. Girls are sometimes forced into early marriages. Many refugee children are not allowed to attend school.
- The many female refugees who experience sexual abuse and rape during their travels and in the crowded tent villages or apartment buildings where they are housed with people who aren’t their relatives. They must share community toilets and washrooms, and many fear leaving their rooms, especially at night.
- Government officials to protect refugees from those hired to provide housing for them. Many are not receiving the food, clothing, soap, and other basic items because those paid to care for them are not held accountable.
- Peggy Banks, Project Hannah global ministry director, as she travels to attend the TWR Asia Partners Conference.
- Beata Bogarova as she faithfully mails Project Hannah’s English prayer calendars to intercessors throughout Europe. Pray that women in Slovakia will join Project Hannah’s global prayer movement.
- The Slovak Romani population, which suffers from poverty, alcoholism, violence, and poor living conditions (homes with no plumbing and sometimes cardboard or wood shacks). Pray also for the thousands of Slovak Romani who live in Britain and other countries and are trying to learn a new language and culture so they can better their lives.
- Slovak Romani Christians who are experiencing God’s miracles in their personal lives and in their families and communities. Praise the Lord for those giving Bibles and other Christian literature to Romani Christians.
- Slovak marriages and traditional family life. Slovakia’s constitution, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, continues to face some opposition. Same-sex marriage is legal in 21 of the 197 independent states (countries) around the world.
- Women to receive accurate information about the development of their babies so they will not choose abortion. Abortions in Greece have increased by 50 percent. However, the number of abortions has decreased in Bulgaria (156,056 in 1980 to 28,145 in 2014); in Croatia (51,975 in 1981 to 3,020 in 2014); and in Slovakia (51,000 in 1988 to 10,582 in 2014), according to statistics compiled by William Robert Johnston.