Persian World Outreach Prayer Points  October 2002

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

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

    • Please pray for the students who study by correspondence in various parts of the world.

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

  • A & P as they consider ministering through a church planting partnership with PWO in the USA.

  • C who is ministering among Iranians in Virginia.

  PWO CHURCH PLANTING:
USA - CALIFORNIA: Please pray for:
  • EMMANUEL PERSIAN CHURCH:
    • Another Iranian believer who is preparing for baptism.
    • The Elders of the Emmanuel Persian Church.
    • Joan Hall, a missionary who finished her assignment in the local Persian church and has returned to Virginia.   Praise for a job well done.
USA - VIRGINIA - DC - MARYLAND: Pray for:
  • Iranian & Afghan Christian Fellowship:
    • On November 17th, this church will hold its first service at 12:30 p.m. at McLeon Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22082 - Room 1203-1204.
      • Please pray for this gathering.
  • Young Iranian man baptized in MD on September 15th.
   PARTNERSHIPS & NETWORKING:
USA - AFGHAN FELLOWSHIP IN LOS ANGELES, CA:  
  • We praise the Lord that the Afghan believers in L.A. are having their own fellowship. 
  • Pray for their strengthening and encouragement. 
INTERNET TEAM: Pray for:
  • J & N who continue to develop www.persianwo.org 
  • Continued growth in this important area of missions outreach.
  • Persian translators working on the translation of the website into Farsi.
USA - RADIO AND TV BROADCASTING: Pray for:
  • Iranian Christian TV broadcasts going out from LA to Iran and throughout the Persian Diaspora via satellite.
  • Radio broadcasts are also going out from other parts of the world to Iran.
  • Praise for increase in opportunities via TV and radio to spread the gospel and for the testimonies of salvation and Christian growth that have come as a result.
SAT-7 STARTS
FARSI TV BROADCASTS TO IRAN & AFGHANISTAN
 
  • NICOSIA, 5th September 2002 - SAT-7 will begin its regular broadcasts for Iran on Thursday 12th September 2002.  Church leaders in Iran admit that almost half their adherents have emigrated since the 1979 Islamic revolution, reducing the total number of Christians to about 160,000.  Many of these, including some in the priesthood, are desperately in need of the encouragement and support that such a television service can provide.  And, at the same time, the broadcasts will address the real interest in Christianity expressed by many outside the church. Most of the Christians in Iran belong to the Orthodox Armenian and Assyrian churches.  But there are also significant numbers of Catholics, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Assemblies of God and some Brethren fellowships. Satellite dishes are technically illegal in Iran but it is estimated that as many as 20 million people may already have access to satellite TV.  The number of dishes in Afghanistan (where Farsi is widely understood) is unknown, but sales are growing fast. 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.  It is hoped to expand the broadcasts to a daily service over the next couple of years. The Farsi language programs will be broadcast on SAT-7's digital channel but under the separate channel logo of ICB (Iranian Christian Broadcasting).
    • Exact channel information: Eutelsat Hot Bird 3 at 13 East (digital service from 12.379 GHz, Vertical Polarity, 27500 symbols/sec, FEC 3/4) SAT-7 is a satellite TV service for the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa. 
  • It is a partnership involving more than 30 agencies and churches that began in 1996, and today broadcasts a daily Arabic TV service to an estimated viewing audience in excess of 5 million people.
  • For more information please refer to www.sat7.org
   USA:
USA - NEW JERSEY:  
  • We want you to join us in praising the Lord for the wonderful blessings we received during the JFM (Jesus for Muslims) conference Sept 13-15 in Asbury Park.   The total attendance was 101, with 60 staying the entire time.  Included in this number were 30 MBBs (Muslim Background Believers), including one Iranian man who accepted Christ on Sunday morning!  The Lord spoke through his servants an Arab brother from UK and an Iranian brother from NJ.  There was a lot of excitement and joy!  Praise the Lord and thank you for praying. 

  • Please begin now to pray and plan for the Christmas banquet which is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th.

USA - TEXAS: Pray for:
  • Praise God for a new fellowship of Iranian believers getting started in Houston.
  • Iranian believers in Amarillo and for the American Church helping them to grow.
  • An Iranian Christian Conference  will be held at Mt Lebanon Conference Center near Dallas TX on Nov 7-10. The Main speaker is Mr. Arman Roshdi.
   OVERSEAS:
AFGHANISTAN: Pray:
  • Praise for the recent meeting of Afghan believers in Holland. There was a time of wonderful fellowship.
  • As these reach out to others in the love of Jesus Christ.
  • For the political situation in Afghanistan.
  • Romans 8:28.
  • For outreach to Afghans in the US.
GREECE: Pray for:
  •  
  • N & R, a dedicated Iranian Christian couple who are ministering among Persian-speaking refugees
  • Kurdish, Afghan and Iranian refugees coming to the services
IRAN: 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 Sister A and others who are ministering among these Iranians.
MALAYSIA: Pray for:
  • For an Iranian Christian in Malaysia that is studying by correspondence.
  • Also for a small group (7) of Iranian believers there that they bear fruit.
PAKISTAN: Pray for:
  • Iranian refugees suffering in Pakistan. 
  • K & M, a dedicated Iranian couple serving among Iranian and Afghan refugees.  They are unable to meet in a church building but continue to minister in homes.
  • God's direction and strength. 
THAILAND  
  • Pray for Iranians in Thailand that are evangelising and discipling other Iranians there.
SINGAPORE:  
  • Pray for a man  who ministers in this country. He reports an estimated 100 Iranians there and does not know any Iranian believers.
   LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION:
CHRISTIAN MATERIALS
& RESOURCES:

 

  • Praise the Lord for many Persian Bibles, Christian books, and booklets that PWO received from different Christian groups that will be distributed among Iranians and Afghans here in the US and abroad.

  • TRANSLATION WORK:

    • Pray for the continued translation projects of the Gilaki and Luri (people group languages in Iran).

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

  • TRANSLATION PROJECTS:

    • Please pray for the possibility of translating the book, "ALL THAT THE PROPHETS HAVE SPOKEN" into Persian.

  • GILAKI NT TRANSLATION:

    • Praise God that the book of James is completed in this people group language of Iran.   

CHRISTIANS & CHURCHES WORLDWIDE:  
  • Please pray for those who are networking with PWO in ministry 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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