Remembering the Martyrs of Sudan / Prayer Resources for Sudan

May 16, 2012

We are gearing up for our 10 days of prayer for unreached nations and the persecuted church in the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer. The 10 Days of prayer starts tomorrow, May 17 (Ascension Day) and continues through May 26. The Global Day of Prayer is May 27, Pentecost Sunday.

How wonderfully appropriate that today is the commemoration of the Martyrs of Sudan. Here is the collect for the day:

O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant us your grace, that as the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, we too may be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Read more about the Martyrs of Sudan here.

Also a few other links of interest related to Sudan:

  • The Rev. Tim Fountain (a former Lent & Beyond contributor) is connected with development work and support for the church in Southern Sudan.  He has posted some information about how to support work in Sudan at StandFirm today.  Please go read that, pray about giving, and above all pray that this ministry would be a great blessing to many and bear much fruit for eternity.
  • A collection of prayers for Sudan written and compiled by Jill Woodliff back in 2011 at the time of the referendum on South Sudan’s independence.   Approximately 70 prayers!
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Praying for the nations – handy list of links

May 15, 2012

Here are the links we’ve now posted on our sidebar which provide good prayer resources for many Muslim nations across the 10-40 Window:

As always, we welcome feedback and news of resources and links from our readers!


Prayer Focus May 2012: Unreached Peoples & Global Day of Prayer

May 14, 2012

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In the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, we here at Lent & Beyond are going to focus on praying for some of the most unreached countries and peoples throughout the Muslim world.  You can read the details here.  Please join us in praying for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom where He is not yet named or known.

As we post new entries for different countries or people groups, they will be indexed here.    All entries for Global Day of Prayer series.

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Upcoming Blogging Focus: Global Day of Prayer / Missions & Persecuted Church

May 14, 2012

Hi friends,

Apologies that the Easter Devotional posts have dried up.  We hope to continue fairly regular devotional blogging here even as we move into “Ordinary Time” and are not in a special liturgical season.

However, beyond devotional blogging, one thing that we increasingly hope to focus on is prayer for unreached nations and peoples.  A great opportunity for praying for the nations is the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday: May 27. In addition to the Global Day of Prayer itself, many intercessors will also be taking part in 10 days of prayer leading up to the Global Day of Prayer, from May 17 – 26.

Here’s the website for information about and prayer resources for the Global Day of Prayer.

We’re hoping that here at Lent & Beyond we can focus prayer on 10 different unreached countries, or countries in which Christians face serious persecution, during each of the 10 days prior to the Global Day of Prayer. Here are the 10 countries I am thinking we will pray for:

  • Afghanistan
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Mauritania
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

If anyone can direct us to prayer resources for these specific countries, or would like to volunteer to write a post with prayer requests for these countries, we”d welcome the help.  Please leave a comment and we will email you.  (email addresses are only visible to the blog owners).  Thanks.

Please join us in prayer for the nations and the increase of Christ’s Kingdom in the days prior to Pentecost!  Stay tuned for more information…!

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Here’s the link for all entries for the Global Day of Prayer Series


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