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2009/3/15-21 北緯10/40度之窗禱告焦點

 
 

北緯10/40之窗禱告焦點

2009年3月15日 - 3月21日

Weekly Prayer Points- March 15 - March 21, 2009

 

►2009年3月15日(日)

March 15

伊拉克—禱告神保護當地,特別是在摩蘇耳的基督徒,去年在此地曾經發生幾起攻擊事件。禱告與伊朗新貿易協議中所製造的錢幣,會被用來保護及照顧伊拉克百姓。為最近剛舉行的省內選舉能和平進行感恩,因為當天沒有發生任何一件攻擊事件。禱告新選上的領袖能以屬神的智慧及聖經的原則治理國家。禱告這些改變能給百姓未來的希望。

Iraq – Pray for God’s protection for the Christians of Iraq, especially in Mosul, where there were several attacks last year. Pray that the money that is made from Iraq’s new trade agreements with countries like Iran will be used to protect and care for Iraq’s people. Give thanks that the provincial elections that recently took place went peacefully and that there was not a single attack on the day of the election. Pray that the new leaders elected would govern their country with Godly wisdom and Biblical principles. Pray that these changes will give the people hope for the future.

斯里蘭卡—當地政府目前抵擋那些不贊成通過反對改教法規的壓力,使得基督徒擔憂如果法律通過的話,他們將面臨壓迫。該國政府從西方國家收到一些信函,人權團體激進份子代表許多國家、信仰及組織要求他們不要通過該法律。這條法律也判定慈善及人道救援行動,是屬於宗教行為的非法活動。這會造成許多之前因天災,像是在2004年所發生的地震而給予斯里蘭卡的救援物資變成違法,因為這些物資是透過宗教慈善事工所募得而來的。禱告國際社會能說服該國政府拒絕此法案通過。禱告如果這法案通過而有某些鎮壓發生時,神會保護當地的基督徒不受壓迫。

Sri Lanka – The Sri Lankan government has so far resisted pressure not to pass the anti-conversion law that has had Christians worried about the oppression they will face if it passes. The government has received letters from Western nations and human rights activists representing many nations, faiths, and organizations asking them not to pass the law. The law would also criminalize charitable acts and humanitarian aid given as part of a religious effort. This would make much of the aid that has previously been given to Sri Lanka during natural disasters, such as the earthquake in 2004, illegal, since much of it was collected by religious charities. Pray that the international community would convince the Sri Lankan government to reject the bill. Pray that God would protect local Christians from the oppression that would almost certain occur if the bill passes.

 


 

►2009年3月16日(一)

March 16

以色列—禱告在以色列政府內競爭的黨派能達成協議,並形成一個合一的新政府。禱告總理納坦雅胡,在選舉後被要求形成一個新的聯合政府,能有智慧來協助終止以色列周邊正逐步擴大的暴力行動。禱告新政府與哈瑪斯達成一個和平協議,終止攻擊以色列城市的行動。禱告以色列百姓能認識耶穌是他們生命的主及救主。

 

Israel –Pray that the competing parties in Israel’s government would be able to come to an agreement and form a new unity government. Pray that Benjamin Netanyahu, who was asked to form a new coalition government after the elections, would be blessed with wisdom to help end the escalating violence around Israel. Pray that the new government would be able to come to a peace agreement with Hamas and still be able to put an end to the attacks on its cities. Pray that the people of Israel will know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

塔吉克—當地政府正陷入如何對付極端宗教團體的掙扎中。該國政府為了企圖制裁伊斯蘭教,正傾向一個更嚴格控制宗教的政府制度進行,在宗教自由上將有嚴格的限制。更正派基督徒也很有可能在塔吉克國會正考慮的新法規下受到檢視。禱告國會不會通過嚴格限制宗教自由的法規。禱告基督徒不因他們的信仰受到歧視和偏見之苦。禱告新法律及禁令,不會影響基督教團體及事工在當地合法的進行。

Tajikistan – Tajikistan is struggling with how to deal with extremist religious groups. In an attempt to crack down on Salafi Islam, the government is moving closer to a system of rigid government control of religion that will put harsh restrictions on religious freedom. Protestant Christians are likely to be among those who would be scrutinized under the new laws the Tajikistan parliament is considering. Pray that the parliament will not pass laws restricting religious freedom. Pray that Christians will not suffer from prejudice and discrimination because of their religion. Pray that the new laws and bans will not affect the ability of Christian groups and ministries to operate legally in Tajikistan.

 


 

►2009年3月17日(二)

March 17

中國—中國政府愈來愈擔憂基督教四處的散播,所以加速努力確認,並找出方法來控制及鎮壓基督教。政府當局已經開會討論外來宗教的危險,也因為經濟蕭條所帶來的社會不安,使他們深覺自己的權力地位處於危險中,便積極地抹黑基督徒是危險份子。禱告政府不會開始鎮壓基督徒團體,人們不會被「基督教是危險的」錯誤訊息所欺騙。禱告中國政府停止鎮壓、逮捕及折磨基督徒。禱告福音像火一般,在中國百姓當中散佈開來。

China – The Chinese government is becoming increasingly worried about the spread of Christianity and is stepping up its efforts to identify and find ways to control and suppress Christianity. The government has called meetings to discuss the dangers of foreign religions and is eager to paint Christians as subversives in a time when their own power is in danger because of public unrest over the economic recession. Pray that the government will not choose to launch a crackdown on Christian groups and that the people would not be deceived by false messages about the dangers of Christianity. Pray that the Chinese government would stop oppressing, arresting,and torturing Christians. Pray that the Gospel would continue to spread like fire among the Chinese people.

吉布地—禱告該國百姓飢餓的情形能減緩。乾旱及物價提升重重地打擊這個非洲國家,也形成全球糧食危機的一部份。禱告有更多的捐助者幫助,物價能下跌。禱告乾旱停止,神多多的賜福他們。禱告神的國能在此地被建立。

Djibouti – Pray for relief from hunger for the people of Djibouti. Drought and rising food prices have hit this part of Africa hard as part of the global food crisis. Pray for increased help from donors, and a drop in food prices. Pray that the drought would end and God would bless them with plenty. Pray for the Kingdom of God to be established in this land.

 


 

►2009年3月18日(三)

March 18

葉門—該國至今仍掙扎於如何應付在2008年大量湧入葉門的難民潮。禱告神會供應這些難民,並且葉門的百姓能歡迎及保護他們。禱告聯合國難民組織,能為這些需要幫助的百姓募得款項,他們能儘速安全地回到自己的家園。禱告基督徒能服事這些百姓,並帶領他們來到主前。

Yemen – Yemen is still struggling to deal with the wave of refugees that flooded into the country in 2008. Pray that God would provide for these refugees and that they people of Yemen would welcome and protect them. Pray that The United Nations Refugee Agency would be able to find funding to help these people, and that the refugees would soon be able to return home to safety. Pray that Christians would minister to these people and them to Christ.

越南—該國政府官員正採取緊急戒嚴,試圖阻止由當地鳥群散播禽流感成為對人類的傳染病。禱告他們的行動是有效果的,能阻止該傳染病在越南爆發。越南共產主義政府已經同意,與羅馬教廷召開第一次會議,來討論建立外交上密不可分的關係。這會成為該國在控制宗教方面變柔和的一個重要行動的開始。禱告雙方談話可以帶來友善外交關係的建立,並且緩和越南政府對宗教的監督,使福音在這個大部分是佛教的國家能自由傳開。

Vietnam – Government officials in Vietnam are taking emergency measures to try to prevent a bird flu epidemic as the infection spreads through local bird populations and has begun to spread to humans. Pray that their actions would be effective and that they would be able to prevent an outbreak of the disease in Vietnam. The communist Vietnamese government has also agreed to hold its first meeting with the Vatican to discuss establishing diplomatic ties. This could be the start of an important movement in softening control over religion in this country. Pray that the talks result in the establishment of a friendly diplomatic relationship and that the Vietnamese government would ease its supervision of religion, and let the Gospel be freely preached in this mostly Buddhist country.

 


 

►2009年3月19日(四)

March 19

台灣—只有少數的台灣百姓接納基督教,這在台灣的勞動階級中顯得特別真實。基督教大部分被視為是一個屬於富有人、知識份子、及西化族群的宗教。禱告福音的信息能在基層中被傳開,基層的人能接受這個信仰。禱告他們去教會時,不會因為他們沒有受高等教育,及無法表現出有教養而覺得尷尬。禱告教會採取一般人都能了解的方式進行主日。

Taiwan – Very few of Taiwan’s people have embraced Christianity, and this is especially true among Taiwan’s working class. Christianity is mostly seen as a religion for the wealthy and well-educated and Westernized classes. Pray that the Gospel message would be taken to the working class of Taiwan and that they would accept it. Pray that they would not be made to feel embarrassed when they go to church because they are not well-educated and refined. Pray that churches would conduct services in a manner that all can understand.

巴林—巴林最近受政治及經濟動盪的狀況困擾。銀行界已經因經濟危機而削弱,職員威脅以罷工方式面對不公平的待遇。示威遊行的人在街上抗議那些因為被懷疑策畫恐怖行動,而遭到逮捕的政治犯。禱告政府能夠與漁會這樣的抗議團體協調溝通,達成協議。禱告該國領袖能持續對抗恐怖主義,能在需要的地方實行真公義。禱告其他國家會效法巴林對抗恐怖主義的榜樣,給予女性更多的自由。禱告他們會拒絕企圖摧毀宗教及婦女自由的伊斯蘭律法。

Bahrain – Bahrain has been troubled by political and economic unrest lately. Banks have been weakened by the economic crisis and workers have been threatening strikes over unfair conditions. Demonstrators are also taking to the streets to protest the arrest of alleged political prisoners who are suspected of planning terrorist attacks. Pray that the government would be able to negotiate agreements with striking groups like the fishermen’s union. Pray that Bahrain’s leaders would continue to fight terrorism and would render true justice where it is needed. Pray that other nations would follow Bahrain’s example in fighting terrorism and granting increased freedom to women. Pray that they would reject Islamic law that seeks to crush religious freedom and women’s freedom.

 


 

►2009年3月20日(五)

March 20

汶萊—該國政府持續抵擋想要將基督教帶入這個國家的企圖。與別人分享耶穌是不合法的,進口有關宗教方面的書籍和資料是違法的。禱告這個掌控型的伊斯蘭政府會放寬他們嚴格的規定,准許進口基督教書籍。禱告儘管政府有嚴苛的法規限制,基督教仍然在此地興旺。

Brunei – The Brunei government continues to resist all attempts to bring Christianity into this country. Telling others about Jesus has been outlawed, and it is illegal to import religious books or materials. Pray that the controlling Islamic government would relax their harsh laws to allow the import of Christian books. Pray that Christianity would flourish here despite restrictions by the government.

黎巴嫩—該國國會多數黨的領袖沙德哈里,宣稱如果真主黨贏得6月的選舉,他的黨派將不會加入聯合政府。真主黨相信要以武力對抗以色列,哈里說他沒有興趣成為真主黨領導政府的一員。禱告黎巴嫩不會選擇向以色列開戰這條路。禱告該國百姓選出有智慧的領袖,協助帶領並關心他們的國家。禱告這個新政府會在他們國家高舉人權及宗教自由。為黎巴嫩政府已經撤銷百姓需在他們身分證上註明其宗教的要求感恩,因為這通常會造成歧視問題。

Lebanon – Lebanon’s parliamentary majority leader, Saad Hariri, declared that his party would not join a unity government if Hezbollah wins the June elections. Hezbollah believes in armed resistance against Israel, and Hariri says that he has no interest in being part of a Hezbollah-led government. Pray that Lebanon will not choose to go down the path of open war against Israel. Pray that the Lebanese people elect wise leaders who will help to guide and care for their nation. Pray that the new government will uphold human rights and religious freedom in their country. Give thanks that the Lebanese government has repealed its requirement that people state their religion on their official IDs, which often leads to discrimination.


 

►2009年3月21日(六)

March 21

卡達—去年,政府准許第一個基督教教會的建造,此舉結束了該國地下教會的歷史,並且很快地又有幾間教會接著建堂。禱告在全國中佔多數的穆斯林能接受在他們當中的基督徒和教會。禱告當面對來自穆斯林的強烈反對時(因為他們對於基督教對他們國家的影響感到憤怒),基督徒會持續受到保護。禱告福音會廣傳到本地穆斯林人口,使得救的人數,甚至超過外來的基督徒人口。

Qatar – Last year Qatar ended a history of the underground Church by allowing the first Christian church to be built, which was soon followed by the construction of several more churches. Pray that the Muslim majority would come to accept Christians and their churches in their midst. Pray that Christians would continue to be protected against any backlash from Muslims who are angry about Christian influence on their country. Pray that the Gospel would spread beyond the mostly foreign Christian population to the native Muslim population.

土庫曼—土庫曼人持續對基督教懷有敵意,而且仍然是全球濫用人權最糟糕的國家之一 ——在一個新政府掌權,並承諾要改善此情況兩年之後,情況仍然沒有改變。國際特赦報告說記者、激進主義份子、及宗教信徒仍然容易遭受威脅及恐嚇,在新的政府與舊的鎮壓統治之間沒有差別。禱告該國政府能有一個真正的改變。禱告他們允許人民有宗教自由,停止虐待和逮捕任何政府不批准的人士。禱告這鎮壓的黑暗能激起復興的火花,吸引人們接受基督的福音。
Turkmenistan – Turkmenistan continues to be very hostile to Christianity and remains one of the world’s worst abusers of human rights - two years after a new government took power, promising to do a better job. Amnesty International reports that journalists, activists, and religious believers are still subject to harassment and intimidation, and there is no difference between the old oppressive regime and the new one. Pray for a real change in Turkmenistan’s government. Pray that they will grant their people religious freedom and stop abusing and arresting anyone the government doesn’t approve of. Pray that the darkness of this oppression will spark revival and draw people to accept the message of Christ.

 


 

◎原文瀏覽:The 10/40 Window Reporter March 2009 Edition

 

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