Praise report–Pastor Abedini released

January 16, 2016

From a news release from International Christian Concern: American Pastor Saeed Abedini was among four Americans released by Iranian officials at the same time as sanctions were released as part of the nuclear agreement.

Lent & Beyond had joined their voice to many around the world praying for Pastor Abedini’s release.

Jude 25 (NLT)
All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

Praise report

September 29, 2015

We have posted many prayers for neuropsychiatric illnesses. The ketogenic diet has been proven beneficial for pediatric epileptics. In addition, there are anecdotal reports of patients with migraine headaches and psychoses improving on the diet.

To God be the glory!

Ebola vaccine–praise report

August 30, 2015

God is good! An answer to several Lent & Beyond prayers.

From CNN:

A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks

A striking graph – visual evidence of God’s answer to prayer re: Ebola

March 23, 2015

I was just browsing a very interesting article at BBC by an epidemiologist, recounting the work of tracing Ebola contacts in Liberia.

The article contains a striking graph, showing the curve of the epidemic in Liberia – the average number of new cases per day from March 2014 to March 2015.



Remember the #praytoendEbola prayer campaign spearheaded by SIM?  SIM’s prayer campaign took place from Sept 29 – October 5.  Several other ministries also called for intensive prayer in the first two weeks of October.  Look at when the rate of new Ebola infections began to decline in Liberia!  It’s pretty striking, and very encouraging!

Of course there was much besides prayer that went into turning around the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.  And the turn around took longer in Guinea and Sierra Leone.  In addition to praising God for His grace, I’m deeply thankful to all the doctors,  nurses, public health workers, epidemiologists, researchers, and community volunteers whose sacrificial work on the ground in West Africa made an essential difference.  As we prayed, God used their love, their hands & feet, their gifts and talents to turn around this disease.

Keep praying for Ebola to be totally ended throughout West Africa… Liberia has had almost no new cases for the past three weeks.  Guinea & Sierra Leone still are reporting siginificant numbers of cases, however.  Prayer is still needed, as are gifts to various NGOs and organizations leading the continued fight to contain Ebola.  You can read the latest update from all three countries here:  Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia.



Praise report–Muslims

November 28, 2014

The bulletin of the the New Wineskins Missionary Network, Reach Out, has an interview with David Garrison, author of A Wind in the House of Islam. Below are two excerpts:

. . .in the whole course of Muslim-Christian interaction, there’s been 82 times, 82 movements, of Muslims to Christ of at least 1,000 baptisms or 100 church plants over two decades. Eighty-two times. Now here’s what striking: 69 of those have occurred since the year 2000. We are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

Prayer is making a difference. The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World every year during Ramadan has been going on about 23 years now. That coincides with 84% of all these movements. I don’t think that’s an accident.

Lent & Beyond has not been praying for Muslim countries for 23 years. However, we’ve run several series in recent years, including Arab Spring, Sudan’s civil war, Syria’s civil war, Global Day of Prayer, the Ebola crisis, Iraq and the ISIS crisis, and Ramadan series for Yemen and Mali. I thank you all for your faithfulness.
God is good!

Praise report–Yemen

November 22, 2014

In 2012 and 2013, Lent & Beyond posted many prayers for the nation of Yemen. These recent news reports are related to several of the prayers. Praise God!
Human Rights Watch‘s Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. It has given the award to Arwa Othman, a writer, journalist, anthropology researcher and leading advocate working to end child marriage in Yemen. She laid the groundwork for improving women’s rights in Yemen.
She is donating the international human rights prize money to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. Othman made the announcement at a celebration Thursday in the capital city of Sanaa, where roughly half of the country’s Jewish population — numbering fewer than 90 in total — live in a guarded compound.

Luke 9, Acts 28, and Psalm 116

October 18, 2014

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43a)
      Jesus, bring us to that same awe of God’s majesty.

“Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” (Luke 9:44)
      Lord, you are still being betrayed into the hands of sinful people.

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” (Luke 9:46-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to Jesus as little children.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Father, help us receive all who come to us, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching all that concerns the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence as Paul did.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2)
      LORD, I love you — thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

WORD: Come to me and know me.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10 or Jer. 29:1,4-14: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Toni Loveless, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Rain, heavy at times.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Mark (man) — “healing for Mary”

Coretha (blind woman) — We prayed for protection and that she will reach her destination.

(Muslim man) — “I already prayed.”

Torre & Steve (men) — We prayed for Steve’s business and for Jean.

Toni (woman) — She has an infected tooth which is causing her pain. We prayed for healing and guidance for the dentist.

Will (man) — We prayed that he would be the man and father God is calling him to be. We also prayed for his sons Will, Jr. and Raymond.

a Lincoln (man)

Moses (regular) — He had an operation on his pancreas.

a 199 + Alex (young man) — He gave his burdens and his sins and life to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 B Ishmael (young man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was thrilled to know that he had a Father in heaven that he can cry out to. I showed him Psalm 130 as a model for crying out to God.

Albany St.

Eric — for provision and protection for the dog.

Teligza and Tibel (son) –for protection

Tinia — Protection in his life.

Rodney — “Hit and Run” prayer on way to work.

Mike (mailman) — Protection on the street

Kasie — Asked prayer for Mary her sister who is having a baby.

Albany Intercessor

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