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9) Understanding the Strength of "Family" in Islam

Some say the strength of family is a downer for those who want to follow Jesus as Lord. Why? Because members of one’s family can actually be the most severe in persecuting those who want to accept Christ. They reportedly persecute because they feel the renegade believer is going to bring shame on their family name. Still others advocate that if we were to be able to figure out how to reach whole families, the strength of their decision for Christ might help them be lock-solid in following Him. What’s your take. For background, pray through this video on family from Prayercast:

 

www.prayercast.com/family.html

 

Please click comment to share your take. Thanks in advance for giving input.

 

14) The Last Bit: Help us Figure Out Hong Kong Please

You know, to me, one of the hardest geographical challenges in the world is figuring out the mystery that is Hong Kong. How could a piece of China be a British colony — then not so much. And what happens when all these citizens fight so hard to become so Western, then they suddenly are reattached to mainland China, so mainland China pretends to let them remain as a special economic zone, but then, not. And then, most recently, the CEO of Hong Kong (appointed by mainland China) sets about to pass a new set of laws that would extradite Hong Kong citizens who were activists, advocates and even foreign nationals into mainland China — so as many as 1/4 of the entire population took to the streets in protest. So finally the CEO drops the proposed law (for now), but people keep demonstrating. And one of the main “unofficial anthems” of the entire protest is the song, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord.” How can all this be? Would somebody please explain Hong Kong to us? Do you know of an article or book that makes this easy? If so, please click comment after this items on the web and help us out here. Because at first glance, to me, Hong Kong is an enigma.

 

Learn more about the protest (and the anthem) here:

 

www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/18/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/sing-hallelujah-lord-unlikely-anthem-hong-kong-protests

 

You can pray for Hong Kong with greater insight at your church or group using this Prayercast video…

 

prayercast.com/hong-kong.html

 

3) "Pray Now Pray Boldly" Seeks Prayer in the Marketplace

God has been stirring the marketplaces around the world to bring His Kingdom through everyday believers. But as this happens, we are reminded that every major movement of God is rooted in extraordinary prayer. So, how can we be a part of what God is doing?

 

“Pray Now Pray Boldly” is a newly launched global prayer movement seeking to transform individuals, families, organizations and communities through persistent and fervent prayer. It is made up of a diverse remnant of zealous and bold Warriors of God, banded together to restore God’s Kingdom in the marketplace. We are called to pray, to recruit others to pray, to equip new “chief prayer officers”, and to empower multiplying generations to do the same.  If you would like to learn more about joining a group, starting a group, or connecting your existing group to an informal community of like-minded folks, visit

 

praynowprayboldly.org/

 

6) A New Focus: 30 Days of Prayer for the Buddhist World

By now you’ve probably participated in a “30 Days” campaign for the Muslim world. But this brand new campaign puts the spotlight on the *Buddhist* world. It doesn’t matter whether or not your group or church has workers there. What matters is that we care about Buddhists and want to see them reached. Order your heavily discounted copies at…

 

www.worldchristian.com/product/buddhist-world-prayer-guide-2019

 

Keep in mind, there’s no set time frame of the year (like Ramadan) for this campaign. You can start it on any date you choose.

 

6) Have you Wished You Could Help the Uyghur People in China?

All of us (except for those who have been hiding under a rock on Mars?) have probably heard by now that the Chinese government seems to be engaged in a campaign to reprogram and/or ethnically cleanse the Uyghur people who live within mainland China. Have you wished you could make a difference? Do you wish you could intervene? Now you can. Watch this quick video — the pray like crazy. It’s the most strategic step we could take.

 

www.prayercast.com/uyghur.html

 

5) The Latest on Operation World

This past week, we received an inquiry from a Brigada reader wishing and praying that a new version of Operation World might be in the makings soon. He wrote, “The latest version is 2001, right?” The great news is, Jason Mandryk and all his helpers and staff did this version in 2010:

https://www.amazon.com/Operation-World-Definitive-Prayer-Nation/dp/0830857249

Then they did an 2015 update called, “Pray for the World,” in 2015…

https://www.amazon.com/Pray-World-Prayer-Resource-Operation/dp/0830836861

And last October 30, 2018, they did an Operation World Prayer Resource called, “Window on the World, Revised Edition” with fact files, stories, “do you know” side bars and much more.

https://www.amazon.com/Window-World-Operation-Resource-Resources/dp/0830857834

Who *knows* what they’ll do next?!!  : )

 

7) With the Close of Ramadan, I’m Already Missing Daily PrayerCasts

I’ll be honest: Ramadan was a spoiler for me. I looked forward to getting up every morning and catching the latest new PrayerCast video from the folks at OneWay Ministries. Once again, we’re all grateful for their work. But you can show their videos any time. By God’s grace, they assembled them in such a way that their use will be timeless. See the entire set at…

 

www.prayercast.com/love-muslims-home.html

 

by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the long page.

 

8) You’ll Love the Pray.Network (125 sites!)

The Pray.Network site allows you to Add a photo, Reply to a discussion, Blog an insight, Post an event, Watch (and pray) a video, Join a group, and even Invite your friends/class. It’s a great idea and it’s implemented really well. What’s more, the site just *flows*. If you like to pray, check it out at…

 

praynetwork.ning.com/

 

(Thanks for suggesting this site to us, Betty!)

 

2) What One Word Would You Use to Sum Up These Prayercast Videos?

Let’s do a contest to pick out one single word that you would use to sum up all these Prayercast videos coming out daily. See the whole list of them with links by clicking to …

 

prayercast.com/love-muslims-home.html

 

and scrolling down until you see the 30 or so videos listed. Just remember that on each of those pages, there are sometimes yet *other* videos which are equally gripping.

 

Once you’ve checked them out, please click a comment to give your one word. We’ll start with this word on our end:

 

Amazing.

 

(Just remember to pray as you watch.)

 

5) What’s Your Take on BlessEveryHome and MappingCenter?

We’re guessing you’ve already seen…

 

blesseveryhome.com

 

and/or

 

mappingcenter.net

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting to know some of the people behind these sites. It’s actually rather amazing to see the deep-seated passion for Christ merged with tactical skill and vision. So what’s your take on what they’re creating? Can you imagine the day when we can take this kind of thing globally? Whoa. Give us your take. Can anyone see any possible downside in this? Can you briefly tell us a success story in using one of these tools at your church, outreach or org?

 

14) The Last Bit: PrayerCast’s Daily Videos Are Award-Winning

Well, it’s official. Brigada has to come up with a new award — and the people behind Prayercast (including OneWay, a family of media and missions ministries based in Napierville, IL, including its Founder and Executive Director, Michael Thompson, and Darrow, as well) have to win it. Their vision is “To see multitudes come to a saving faith in Christ as His people joyfully engage in reaching them,” and, we have to say, in our opinion, there is no doubt they are contributing greatly to that end. Their mission is “To activate people to exalt Jesus Christ and advance His gospel to the multitudes.” All you have to do is watch just ONE of their videos and we think you’ll be convinced. And during this Ramadan, they’ve worked hard to prepare the most amazing prayers, combined with fantastic original music sound tracks, overlaid by out-of-this-world video footage (who knows how they obtained or created all this). Please — just watch one with us. Here’s one about Muslim men:

 

prayercast.com/men.html

 

The crazy thing is — they create and give away all their content (when do these people ever make any money?), and it’s better, actually, than anything we could buy anyway. When we watch these videos, we aren’t just prompted to pray. We are *drawn* into praying. What if all 7500 of us bow right now, giving thanks for their work? What if we all join together to pray that God would bless *them* so they can bless others. We can’t *afford* to lose Prayercast. But we pray that will never happen — that God will bless them and multiply their efforts (and their resources) many times over. Learn more at…

 

prayercast.com

 

We noted that there is a “Donate” button upper right — and we decided to make a donation today in light of their quality work. We only wish it could have been more than it was. We encourage others to consider doing the same.

3) “Love Muslims” Launches May 5th: 130 New “Pray for Muslims” Videos!

The folks at PrayerCast are asking you to take part in the most comprehensive and compelling Muslim-focused prayer resource the world has ever seen. Over the month of Ramadan, they plan to release over 130 new 4-5 minute videos, all designed to lead the Body of Christ in focused, strategic, passionate prayer for the Muslim world. Each video is led by a former Muslim who now follows Jesus! They’re rallying the Church around the world to join them in prayer each day during Ramadan. Take a look…

prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html

Invite, share and sign up. Here’s a sneak peak:

https://vimeo.com/291193744/3f1af42f77

4) Try this Prayer Moment at Your Next Church or Group Meeting

On April 11 the Sudanese military ousted president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power. But the unrest started back in 2018, when protests over living standards and shortages led to calls for his resignation. Even now the upheaval continues, as many reject the military-led transitional council and call for a civilian administration.

 

This is yet another critical and fragile moment in Sudan’s history.

 

Conflict and war have been an almost non-stop reality for the Sudanese. Yet through decades of turmoil, the Gospel has spread, and the small Sudanese Church has matured through suffering.

 

Even so, most Sudanese remain Muslim. Over 50% have never heard of Jesus. And the nation remains less than 1% evangelical.

May this critical moment of transition open a door for the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach over 20 million Sudanese who have yet to hear it!

 

Get started today at…

 

www.prayercast.com/sudan.html

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