Please watch the following video with specific prayers relating to this people group...
Thank you for partnering with us and declaring His will and purposes over them!
As part of the Ramadan focus, we would like to invite you to join us in praying for Lebanon. Please watch the following video for some more information. We are excited about all that and join us in praying for and expecting a greater move of God!
They are the most important people in the world
They raise their voice because they might not be heard
They punch the air because fighting back makes them look strong
They attract attention by violence because good behaviour does not get rewarded
They accuse each other because no one took the blame for their suffering
They give you kisses when you meet them because they have gentle hearts
They cling to the edge of your shirt because they need a safe place
They give you flowers because they find beauty everywhere
They give you food even when they have nothing because they are wonderfully generous
They are hungry to be told that they are worthy of kindness
They are eager to learn, eager to love, eager to truly be loved
They are the most important people in the world
The children of Syria
Written by Lisanna Kuningas
Thank you for praying for the Domari people
Thank you for joining us last week for praying for the Domari, Gypsy people. On the 16th of June, as part of the Ramadan prayer focus, approximately 1 million people will pray for this people group. We have an expectation that God will do amazing things in this season!
Pray for Kurdistan, Iraq
This week we would like to focus on Kurdistan, Norther Iraq. Please watch the following video and join us in praying for and expecting a greater move of God!
Watch the video below to hear the story of Saul, and see how you can pray for all Sauls in the Near East!
Last Saturday marked the start of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Join us over the next 30 days as we pray along with countless numbers of Christians around the world for Muslims to encounter the living God during this years Ramadan!
Thirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority are free after nearly three years in the hands of so called Islamic State (IS), the UN says.
They have been taken to UN centres in Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq. It is unclear whether they escaped in Iraq or were freed, as the UN declined to give more information to avoid jeopardising future releases.
IS killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidis after seizing the northern town of Sinjar in 2014.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces regained control in 2015 but many Yazidis were held captive by IS elsewhere as the group took over large swathes of northern Iraq.
The 36 survivors include men, women and children who were enslaved, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
They reached Dohuk two nights ago where they are being housed in centres established by the UN Population Fund.
There, they are being reunited with family members and offered care including clothing and medical and psychological aid, the UN said.
The women and children are being cared for at dedicated service points and will be referred for more specialised treatment.
The UN's humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, said the UN was going to do "everything possible" for the rescued Yazidi.
"What these women and girls have endured is unimaginable,"she said.
For more information visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39762790
It feels insufficient to say that children from Syria are suffering from PTSD. The oft-orphaned survivors of a horrible ongoing humanitarian crisis are, likely, experiencing post-traumatic stress, but these children of war have experienced more trauma than the medical professionals who care for them have ever seen.
“We have talked to so many children, and their devastation is above and beyond what even soldiers are able to see in the war,” Hamza, a neuropsychologist with the Syrian-American Medical Society, told ATTN: “They have seen dismantled human beings that used to be their parents, or their siblings. You get out of a family of five or six or 10 or whatever — you get one survivor, two survivors sometimes. A lot of them have physical impairments. Amputations. Severe injuries. And they’ve made it to the refugee camp somehow.”
The emotional and material problems facing Syrian civilians are compounded every day by the crushing poverty and exploitation that Syrians experience at refugee camps.
“I have patients who tell me they were touched inappropriately by their doctors,” Alkhouri said in an address to the conference. “The doctors, because the patients were Syrian, assumed they were ‘whores.’”
“There are girls on the streets of Beirut selling themselves — 8, 9 years old,” he said. “And then you tell their parents: Why don’t you send them to school so they can improve themselves? And they say, ‘They make $50 a day. Can you give me $50 a day?’
“You have millions of children who are devastated,” Hamza, the neuropsychologist, told ATTN: “and you have to ask, ‘Where is this going to lead?’”
One thing is for sure, “It’s going to impact the whole world.”
We appreciate your prayers. The event had an excellent amount of participants, and everyone left feeling refreshed!
In fact, one participant from Syria was saying that simply participating in the event is like a much needed breath of fresh air! They get to come, meet other believers, pray, worship, relax, and fill up with enough spirit to go back to Syria.
Katalyst is still going because they have faith that change is happening, and God is working.
Please continue to pray for all the youth in the Near East, so that God may continue to use them!
Katalyst is a network of youth ministries, who work towards training and equipping youth leaders in this region. The Katalyst team have been working hard in the final preparations for Katalyst Beirut 2017.
Today, at 4pm Lebanon time the pre-Katalyst Beirut training will start with delegates from Iraq, Syria & Jordan. The Lebanese will join on Friday & Saturday. The Katalyst team is excited to have our main speaker focus on "Surprised by God.” There will also be 14 different workshop being presented over the 3-day training. Please specifically pray for:
Who we are.
We are ones who want to see God move in the Near East and are praying for the people and cities in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.