Monday, January 30, 2012

International Prayer: January 30, 2012

Somalia – Last week U. S. Navy Seals completed a rescue mission freeing two civilians who were held captive in Somalia. Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted were rescued from pirates after being held for the last three months. With the successful rescue the pirates are now tightening their grip on the remaining hostages. According to an AP report posted Jan. 27th on there are about 160 people being held by pirates in Somalia. The story quotes one of the pirates as saying U. S. citizens being held hostage might suffer in response to the successful rescue.

Pray for those being held captive in Somalia. Pray also for Buchanan who flew home today according to numerous reports, and for Thisted as he returns to a life of freedom.

Syria – In Syria a ten month battle between the government and rebels continued. Reports out of Syria described a “massacre” in the city of Homs last week with more than thirty people killed. Some of the victims were children. Bombing continued over the weekend as government forces worked to drive rebels away from the capital city of Damascus. According to the U.N., over 5,000 people have been killed since March. Please continue in prayer for the people of Syria.

Nigeria – With violence spreading across Northern Nigeria the nation’s president is trying to reach out to extremists according to a Jan. 27th report on The report goes on to say that the president of Nigeria has conceded that military action cannot stop the extremists. The group has launched attacks against Christians and against government employees whom they say have spoken against their religion. Pray for the people of Nigeria as they face this violence. Pray also for the northern part of the nation where people suffer from poverty and a lack of infrastructure.

Philadelphia – Closer to home the mayor of Philadelphia has “…put a $20,000 bounty …” on the heads of murderers in the city. He said this as he announced a program that will pay up to $20,000 for any information that leads to an arrest in a homicide case. The mayor’s actions come as Philadelphia has had over 30 people murdered in the month of January, giving the city the highest homicide rate of major cities in the U. S. Pray for the citizens of Philadelphia and for all of our nation’s inner cities.

Thank you for standing in prayer, as we lift up our neighbors around our world.

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