Persian World Outreach Prayer Points  January 2003

TEAMWORK:
T -  Together
E -  Everyone
A -  Accomplishes
M - More

Phone: 856-878-9799
Email:
pwo@worldmail.org 

Websites: www.persianwo.org & www.farsinet.com/pwo

Thanks for taking the time to pray through these requests. Some are PWO requests. Others are from partners around the world. Prayers are being answered! God is glorified!

IRAN:

 

  • Government:  1 Timothy 2: 1-2 "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority....".

  • Please pray for the government of Iran.

  • Pray for Ayatollah Khamenei, for President Khatami, and for the Iranian parliament. 

  • Pray ''that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth- For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."  1Timothy 2:2b-5 

  • YOUTH:  Pray for the youth of Iran who are struggling spiritually and physically. Pray for the Iranian Government and this New Generation Looking for Freedom. Web Page:  http://www.iranchamber.com

CHRISTIAN
LEADERSHIP
TRAINING:
Pray:
  • IRANIAN BIBLE SCHOOL (IBS) IN USA:

    • Please pray for the Iranian Christian students who study through IBS correspondence in various parts of the world.

    • Please pray for the IBS students who are serving at local Iranian churches and fellowships. For K in Australia, for D in Florida, for A in California, for KH in Dallas, TX and for other students who are serving in other locations.

MOBILIZING & EQUIPPING CHRISTIAN WORKERS: Pray for:
  • E & S, an Iranian couple who minister among Iranians in California.  Pray for the last stages of their paperwork to be processed and for strength and wisdom as they minister.

  • Another Iranian-American couple, A & P as they consider ministering through a church planting partnership with PWO in the USA.

  • C., a young Iranian man who is ministering among Iranians in VA.  

  PWO CHURCH PLANTING:
USA - CALIFORNIA: Please pray for:
USA - VIRGINIA - DC - MARYLAND: Pray for:
  • Iranian & Afghan Christian Fellowship:
    • Iranian and Afghan Christian Fellowship meets at 12:30 p.m. at McLean Bible Church 8925 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22082 in Room 1203-1204. Praise the Lord for many new contacts that have been made. A Muslim man walked in and asked for prayer for his daughter in Jesus name. He found out about the services through a local Iranian Christian program.
    • Pray for other Iranian Churches that meet in the VA/MD area.
    • Pray that out of these all these churches God will raise up leadership.
USA - NORTHERN NEW JERSEY / NEW YORK: Pray for:
  • The Iranian Christian Fellowship meets the last Saturday of each month from 3 -5 p.m. at Maspeth Bible Church, 53-71 72nd Place, Maspeth, NY 11378.
  • Please pray as this fellowship meets and grows.  Pray for R & B who are part of this team.
   PARTNERSHIPS & NETWORKING:
INTERNET TEAM: Pray for:
  •  J & N who continue to develop www.persianwo.org 
  • Continued growth in this important area of missions outreach.
  • There have been many contacts with Iranians through this web page both in and out of Iran.
  • Please pray for the translation of this site into Persian.
PERSIAN COORDINATOR: Pray for:
  • Karen who is serving as a coordinator for Persian speakers and UPGs(Unreached Peoples Groups) of Iran.
  • Pray as she and her husband share in churches.
  • Pray as they communicate prayer and ministry needs. 
USA - RADIO AND TV BROADCASTING: Pray for:
  • Pray for Iranian Christian TV broadcasts going out from Los Angeles to Iran and throughout the Persian Diaspora via satellite.
  • Radio broadcasts that are also going out from other parts of the world to Iran.
SAT-7 STARTS
FARSI TV BROADCASTS TO IRAN & AFGHANISTAN
 
  • The one-hour broadcasts will initially transmit at 12:30 (noon) and 20:00 hours Iran time,
    on Thursdays and Fridays (the Iranian weekend). 
    The service is also available to viewers in Europe, at 10:00 and 17:30 CET on the same days.
    For more information please refer to www.sat7.org.
   USA:
  • A Christian sister in the US writes:
    • "Please pray for Mahran, Khalid, and Ali--young guys who accepted Christ and long to see Him work in their lives".
USA - CALIFORNIA:  
  • International Antioch Ministries: (IAM) had its Christmas outreach in San Jose and Sacramento with about 1500 Iranian Muslims attending. After some Christian Persian music and a play, a clear presentation of the Gospel was made. Many Iranian Muslims made a decision to follow Christ. Iranian Christian Churches in San Jose, Fremont, and Sacramento will follow up the new believers and incorporate them into the Body of Christ.

  • December 1, 2002 marks the completion of the first year of Farsi Christian programming satellite broadcasts into USA, Canada, Europe and Middle East. International Antioch Ministries has been producing and broadcasting these evangelistic programs. Currently 11 hours of weekly programs are broadcasted through secular channels.

  • International Antioch Ministries c/o Iranian Christian Church4265 Kirk Rd. San Jose, CA 95124

USA - NEW JERSEY / NEW YORK:  
  • The December 7th JFM banquet was a great blessing to many.   168 people were present, including 29 MBBs from 12 different ethnic backgrounds.  There were good reports of the various ministries among Muslims, and the evening concluded with many good testimonies from the MBBs.  A good group of Iranian MBBs was there, and brother M.'s message was greatly used of the Lord.  One real answer to prayer is that an Iranian fellowship was initiated at the banquet and has now begun meeting in NY City every Saturday for Bible study and the last Saturday of every month for worship services.   There were 14 Iranians at their first worship service on Dec 21st.
   OVERSEAS:
BELGIUM:  
  • The Iranian group continues to go very well.  One of the Iranian women who has been attending the group said last week;
         "I have accepted Christ as my Savior.  I am a Christian." 
    She even read the scripture for the advent service at church.  Her husband said he is not yet ready to make the same decision, but is attending the group and coming to church with his wife. Please pray for this couple and for the Iranian discipleship group that meets.
BELARUS:  
  • Pray for A. He writes: "Eight years ago our family moved from Afghanistan to B., because we needed to protect his family from the war in Afghanistan.   I told to many of Iranians and Afghan people, living here, in B.,(about Jesus) using Christian literature, audio and videocassettes, and many of them turned to the Lord. Now we gathering for Sunday services, every week in homes. Our family needs to come living in any country, where I will able to work with my own hands for feeding our family's needs. I need to find anybody who could help us in making invitation and who will find a flat for us, where the State government will support our lives better, then here, in B. If you haven't possibility to help us, then I'm asking you to give this information to anybody who could help us. We are praying for the Lord Jesus will provide our needs, and your needs too May God bless you abundantly!"
CANADA:

 

  • TORONTO:  Relatives and local church representatives made up a joyful welcome committee at the Toronto airport for the E. family in late November, three-and-one-half years after the former Muslims fled rising persecution in Iran for their Christian faith

DENMARK:

 

  • An Iranian Christian leader writes:
    "We are attending a group of 10-15 other young families planted as a smaller group by the Free Church here. They have no pastor yet but they love the Lord. There is another small group 40 KM from us. Last week through some city authorities in a town I was asked to preach to a group 8 or 10 Persian Christians who need to have a Pastor once a month. I find it to be of the Lord and am glad for serving that group even that is much further away than the other group. God is using me for counseling and comforting many these days here in Denmark and I am very thankful for my training and background I have from USA."
     

FRANCE:  
  • A Christian friend writes:
    • "Please pray for an Iranian man in Paris who accepted Christ who is having difficulties. He needs good Christian friends, peace, a strong mind, and a job." Please pray for Christ's strength and encouragement at a difficult time.
GREECE:  
  • An Iranian Christian leader writes:
    "Last week, we enjoyed with the team volunteers. These teams were a blessing to us and to the Persian Christian Fellowship. They joined with us in the prayer night and in the breaking of the bread among refugee believers. In the park, they found opportunity to talk to many refugees in Athens. Two interested refugees prayed in last Monday night prayer meeting. T and A from Iran K from Afghanistan also asked to receive Jesus in their prayer.  Pray for Persian Christian Fellowship New yearís resolutions:
    • 1.To put a tent up to reach out other Iranians who were living in Greece for many years and have not heard about Jesus.
    • 2. To form an evangelistic team to go out to share the gospel and to show them the love of Jesus; invite them to go to the church; encouraged new believers to become evangelist prison Ministry:  I am ministering prison.  I will teach the new believers in the prison in Bible Discipleship Lesson. We planned to have a Christmas program on the 21st this month."
  • An Iranian contact writes:
    "ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO WE STARTED PERSIAN FELLOWSHIP IN GREECE (THESSALONIKI.) FOR BIBLE STUDY WE HAVEN'T BIBLES.    WE ARE HOPEFUL YOU WILL ASSIST US IN THIS WAY FOR GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. I AM WAITING FOR YOUR ANSWER.WE NEED SOME BIBLES &CHRISTIAN GUIDANCE BOOKS FOR IRANIAN AND AFGHANIAN GOD BLESS YOU AND BE WITH YOU".

IRAN: Pray:
  • Please continue to pray for Iranians in Iran who are in need of Bibles, Christian literature, and church home.
  • That the home churches will continue to grow. 
  • Praise for the gospel being shared with seekers in Iran via the internet.
KOREA: Pray:
  • For several Iranian Christian Fellowships there.
  • Pray for P., a Korean brother, and Sister A. and others who are ministering among these Iranians.
  • Praise for Iranian Christian materials that PWO was able to send there for Iranian believers.
MALAYSIA: Pray for:
  • An Iranian Christian in Malaysia that is studying by correspondence.
  • Pray also for a small group (7) of Iranian believers there that they bear fruit.
  • Pray that the Persian Christian materials sent to them will be used effectively.
NETHERLANDS:  
  • Missionary writes:
    • "Nice to receive your newsletter and read about what God is doing among Iranians worldwide.
      There are a lot and there is also good news about it. I work also for a Dutch organization helping churches with work among asylum seekers living in the Netherlands.
      Many Iranians follow Bible-courses and cell groups."
  • Pray for these brothers and sisters in Christ.
NEW ZEALAND: Pray for:
  • An Iranian Christian leader writes: 
    • "I need to inform you that recently (over the past year and a half) there has come to be
      a small group of Farsi speaking Christians here in Auckland, New Zealand who meet fortnightly and pray.  We are now five families.  We are planning to establish an outreach for Farsi speaking
      people in Auckland.  Would you please pray with us." 
PAKISTAN: Pray for:
  • Iranian refugees suffering in Pakistan.
  • K & M, a dedicated Iranian couple, are serving among Iranian and Afghan refugees. They are unable to meet in a church building but continue to minister in homes. Please pray for God's direction and strength.
PERU: Pray for:
  • Pray for a group of Peruvian Christians that are praying and reaching out to Iranians in their country.
RUSSIA:  
  • "Hello! Iím Russian. Iím Christian. I feel in my heart a calling to serve Iranians. I believe one day I will go there to become missionary. Right now am preparing myself to that: I learn Persian language, history of Iran, culture and other things regarding that country. Now the part of my personal ministry is work with foreign students, who live here. In general this is work with students from Asia (India, Bangladesh, etc).  It is very good ground to seat the Gospel in them. In a foreign country they are in a better position to the Gospel than in their own country. I believe some of them will go back to their countries as people who will bring a seed of faith in lives of others. On my close future I look forward to visit Iran."
SINGAPORE:  
  • Pray for a man who ministers in this country. He reports an estimated 100 Iranians there and
    does not know any Iranian believers.
THAILAND/BANGKOK  
  • We had great time this evening at 5 o'clock. Seven person of our church were baptized .Praise The Lord. They are learning bible at our church. We are so happy as all the angels have a party in heaven with our heavenly Father. Thank God because of his job and your prayer also. God bless you all.  In Christ: Iranian Church Bangkok

TURKEY  
  • An Iranian family was scheduled to leave for permanent residency in Canada on November 25.
    Former Muslims from Iran, they became Christians when they were married, 22 years ago. Under Iranís strict Islamic regime, Muslims who convert to Christianity can be executed for apostasy. So, after enduring growing harassment by secret police, the family fled to Turkey. There they were denied formal refugee status and last April denied immigration to Canada, making them vulnerable for deportation back to Iran. The family will not be deported to Iran, but flown to Canada. There, an Anglican church in Toronto pledged full sponsorship of the family. Praise the Lord! Rejoice with us for the mighty work the Lord has done in this familyís life. He is so good and powerful. Please pray for the family as well, as they prepare for their new life.

   LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION:
CHRISTIAN MATERIALS
& RESOURCES:

 

  • NEW RESOURCE!!! Rock of Salvation Persian Music CD by Sokrati with music by Arya is now available through PWO. See contact information above.

  • TRANSLATION WORK:

    • Praise God that 7 New Testament Books in Gilaki have been completed.

    • To see available Iranian Christian Resources go to www.persianwo.org under "bookstore".

  • TRANSLATION PROJECTS:

    • Please pray for the  Persian translation of "Persians in the Bible" by Allyn Huntzinger which is scheduled to be completed by April 03.

  • PERSIAN ORAL BIBLE PROJECT:

    • Please pray that Persians will soon have the Bible in a form that does not require print, cassettes or broadcasts.  The Persian Oral Bible Project contains several Bible stories that are passed along by word of mouth, preferably in small groups.  More than 40% of the Persian-Speaking World are unable to read the Bible because of illiteracy or physical handicaps like blindness.  Another 30% are functionally illiterate.  This means that 70% of Persians around the world prefer a story-based learning method.  Pray for the Persian Oral Bible as it is developed.  Soon Persians will have 100 Bible stories memorized from which they can make disciples as Jesus commanded.

CHRISTIANS & CHURCHES WORLDWIDE:  
  • Please pray for those who are ministering to Iranian and Afghan people in their local neighborhoods and via the internet with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many contact PWO for resources and prayer.
VOLUNTEERS & MISSIONARIES NEEDED:  
  • Please continue to pray for those called and gifted for ministry with computerizing inventory, distant learning program development, accounting, simple data entry, and typing and translation of Christian materials into Persian.
  • PWO is also interested in partnering with others called to minister among Iranians in the Diaspora in various parts of the world. 
  • PWO invites you to support this work prayerfully and financially.
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