Monday, April 25, 2016

Pray for Bulgaria

As we pray for the Balkans each fourth week of the month, let us highlight Bulgaria this time.
We received feedback from some Bulgarian friends on conditions in their country.

From K.A.
Bulgarians celebrate Good Friday on April 29th and Easter on Sunday, May 1st. So, I think a primary prayer focus would be that more Bulgarians grasp the reality of Christ dying on the cross for our sins that we may join him in resurrection living.

From A.M.
Bulgaria is struggling spiritually - Many claim Christianity but it is cultural and not religious in nature.  Due to hard economic times many people work many jobs and have no time for God or the church.  They are still by enlarge a conservative people but with EU requirements that too is changing.
In some areas the Orthodox Church makes being an evangelical difficult but since it was revealed a few years ago that may of the Orthodox Church leaders were part of the communist party - even the Orthodox Church has lost its impact especially with the youth.

From P.R.
…we recently had a big crusade with Daniel Kolender. That CFAN ministries. [Daniel Kolender is being raised up to flow in the anointing of Reinhard Bonnke]

From the Facebook page of Evangelist Daniel Kolender
I thank God for what He did in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this past weekend! The power of the Holy Spirit touched so many people there. May Bulgaria continue to be changed by the power of the Gospel in Jesus name!

Prayer Points:
1)    Let us praise the Lord for the recent crusade by Daniel Kolendar and others. Thank You, Lord, for visiting Bulgaria through these evangelist.
2)    Let us pray that those receiving Jesus at this crusade would not fall away. Holy Spirit we ask that a special protection be assigned to their souls.
3)    We pray that follow up will be very active to nurture those that received Jesus.
4)    Let us pray that this Easter will be a time when many are drawn to Jesus the resurrected one. May all Bulgarian churches, even the Orthodox give extraordinary light to the power of the Lord’s resurrection.
5)    Many in Bulgaria and across the Balkan countries has lost faith in the church as an institution. May the word of hope go forth across Bulgaria and especially reclaim the youth.
6)    Let us pray for evangelist to be raised up in Bulgaria. This is a great need across the Balkans; evangelist that have a passion for the lost.
7)    May 1st is Orthodox Easter and also May Day. May Day is a socialist/communist backed celebration to honor the working class. Let us pray that Jesus would not be over shadowed this coming Sunday.
8)    Let us pray for the working class, which is actually all mankind, that they would see Jesus in the midst of their hard work. Market place ministry is available to every Christian.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Prayer for Zagreb 4/11/16

Pray for Zagreb, Croatia this week
Break the “Chains”.
Acts 16: 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Paul and Silas knew how to capture the attention of Heaven. They knew the power of thanksgiving and understood that the sound of high praise was the key to lifting their hearts above their situation into the presence and power of God. Not only did their chains fall off, but everyone's chains fell off!
Now personally we don’t want to receive stripes and be thrown in prison but we long for Zagreb to experience freedom. Metaphorically speaking, the people of Zagreb have also been beaten and thrown into prison.  
We must lift up high praise in Zagreb and believe God to break the chains.
Prayer Points:
1)     Let us approach His throne and ask for increased praise and worship to ascend over Zagreb.
2)     Lord, we ask for a sound from heaven that will invade the city and break the enemy’s chains.
3)     Lord, we ask for a team of sold-out totally committed worshipers and prayer warriors that will raise up a standard in Zagreb.
4)     Ask with us for the city of Zagreb. May it be our inheritance:
Psalms 2: 8-9
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break
them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.
5)     Lord, give us a spiritual rod of iron to beat the enemy into pieces. Help us to understand the spiritual warfare necessary to break the people’s chains.
6)     Let us proclaim and see liberty so Zagreb can experience an outpouring of His glory. 

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pray for ISTgroup

Please pray with us for the ministry we steward, Intentional Strategies for Transformation (IST Group).

We are currently in Texas having attended the Upper Room Global Conference in Dallas. Which was a blessed time of being equipped and ministered to by our home church. We feel so spoiled, UR Dallas loves us well! While in America we are meeting with churches and donors, expressing our thankfulness for their continued partnership. We are also meeting with many to cast the vision for ministry needs and opportunities in Croatia and Southeaster Europe.

If you are in Texas and we have not had the chance to meet with you this time, we are so sorry. This is the hardest part of coming to visit that we never have time to see everyone.
Prayer Points:
1)    At the top of our focus right now is reaching the contribution goals needed to sustain the ministry. Pray that these goals will be reached.
2)    Pray for our safe travels during our remaining time in America and our return to Croatia.
3)    Our health has suffered some while in America, so pray we fully recover.
4)    We are truly being encouraged by many here in the States and feel renewed strength to carry the vision forth. We pray blessings and increase over our spiritual and financial partners and thank the Lord for their willingness to say ‘yes’.
5)    While here in Texas, we have had a very productive board meeting and our hearts are filled with joy, hope and anticipation for what God has in store for the IST Group and Southeastern Europe. We labored in prayer over the vision and believe God has a productive course set out for us. Pray with us as we walk through a few changes for transformation in Croatia and the region.
6)    Our Worship leader Lidija from our HOP in Zagreb is with us in the US. This has been a great time of impartation and catching the DNA of the Upper Room HOP for her. Pray that Lidija is able to absorb everything the Lord has for her here and  please pray that we are able to regain the momentum in the HOP we had before our trip to the US.

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