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New Testament Church Proliferation Digest Wednesday, May 1 2002 Vol 02 : 077
[NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs
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[NTCP] Harvest is still great, laborers still few

Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 20:13:44 -0400
From: Richard Wright
Subject: [NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs

Hello all,

Please keep these needs before the Lord on a daily basis. As someone once
observed, "Things happen when we pray, that don't happen when we don't pray".

When the Lord answers your need, please be sure to let us know so that we can
all rejoice together!

Pray for:

Group Prayer List 19/03/02: I am working one on one this week in a bad area of
town just 20 minutes or so from where I am staying in Denver. It is known for
prostitution,drug dealers,and other dangerous characters. Specifically I am
going to be prayer walking the motels on Colfax. I think a lot of them are
looking for something to find relief from their problems and many of them have
turned to church but the system chases them off instead of loving them. Keep me
in prayer as I do this. If God wills allow him to open doors. Pray that God
sends a strong partner in the faith to help encourage me. In what the Lord is
leading me to do. My health hasn't been the best the last few weeks and I could
use some prayer on that as well. a son in the faith,

David

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25/03/02: (Please read the whole post on this, to get the full picture of the
need Dick) I ask you to pray for my heart that it would not become hardened.
I am weary and don't have a desire to fighting to get him help when he keeps
rejecting my efforts to help. I would love for Tom to be healed. I struggle
with questions of why we ask for healing but don't get what we are believing
for. God's timing is not easy to understand. I feel the Lord telling me not to
give in to Tom's threats or manipulation, but to really wait on the Lord and
let him have his way with Tom. Please pray for: Josiah 17 years old and not
walking with the Lord rightly and not desiring to see Dad, hasn't been up to
see Dad. Jacob 16 (walking with the Lord and open to seeing Dad.) Saw Dad March
23rd Hannah 14 years old (walking with the Lord but not willing to see Dad. I
made her go see him March 9th.) Gabe 12 years old. (walking with the Lord and
willing to see Dad) Saw dad March 9th and March 23rd. Mike 21years old not
walking with the Lord Jesus and not very involved with us. Haven't seen him for
several months Tom (my beloved husband of 18 years) walking in sorrow in need
of prayers of the saints of the most high. Debb (Tom's wife of 18 years)
walking with the Lord Jesus (and being carried by the arms of my heavenly
Father) Please pray that God will give me wisdom, discernment, grace, and that
His hand would be upon me, that he will keep me from evil, and that I would not
harm anyone. Ysi Christ,

4/14/02: Dear Brothers & Sisters, Please continue to pray for us all as I had
requested. it has been eight weeks since we checked Tom in the the hospital,
but as of today we are back to square one.

Debbie~ - 25/03/02: From a victim of abuse Please pray for strength and
endurance. Pray for energy and the Holy Spirit's guidance and healing. Pray
that if God will's that this would all go away. Many say I must continue to
rest and God will give me new energy. But God is telling me to give my life
away every day and I will have a new one someday. I long for that. I wish I
could love better. I wish I had more to give. Thanks for the prayers and
encouragement.

A son in the faith, David

- Please help! My mother is old and not well. Her husband is older and had
to be put in a "home" for a couple of weeks. He has dementia and now wants to
come home and my mother cannot take care of him but will literally kill herself
trying. He gets up all through the night and takes things apart and takes money
out of her purse. They are broke. I am a single mother of two and have devoted
my life to the children I prayed for. We could move with her but she is not a
pleasant person to live with and I don't think I could live with her daily
criticism...she means well and loves her husband and I just don't know what to
do.

I am eagerly awaiting some reply. Any reply.

Darlene J. Dowling

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3/30/02: pray for our landfill school project, which will rescue 2000 children
from surviving off a landfill..

Vanessa

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4/01/02: I am looking for someone in Tulsa, OK to minister to a wife and
daughter. They are unchurched, have no friends, little finances, and the
husband walked out on them this weekend for another woman.

Mike S

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4/05/02: We are danger. It's a good time to pray for our land, and to
continually pray for the peace, health and safety of Israel and Jerusalem. We
know that bitter days are marked out by God for that city, but let us not be
found standing on the wrong side of this battle. Better to die a horrible death
on the Lord's side, than to become rich as a traitor.

In Jesus, Jim

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4/12/02: PLEASE PRAY FOR: 1) Lasting peace in this land. The boundary has been
crossed. Israel is at war with the Palestinian Authority, while also the
Lebanese border has become the staging ground for daily attacks by the Iranian
backed Hezbollah. And violence looks to be heating up more and more each day.
It behooves us all to pray (Psa. 122:6). The peace of Jerusalem affects the
peace of the whole world. Even so, come Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20)! 2) The future
of Jerusalem University College and the Millier family's related plans for
ministry here in Israel ... or possibly the Philippines. To Israel. My
nine-year-old daughter (Dawn) and I have tickets to fly out Apr. 26th to Manila
to meet with the elders of a central Filipino congregation who are interested
in our plans to train Christian Filipino in-house care-givers (to the elderly
and infirm in Israel) in modern and biblical Hebrew, and Jewish evangelism
skills. Pray that only God's will would be confirmed. 3) Serena (Jewish lady
involved with a New Age cult) to come to faith in her Messiah. We meet weekly
in her home for "peace talks" with a group of about fifteen Jews, Muslim Arabs,
"Christian" Arabs, and a few real born again believers-- Jew, Arab, other. She
is still regularly reading her Bible and she has some good Messianic teaching
materials on her shelves, I've noticed. Serena is so close to saving faith in
Yeshua (Jesus), but she hasn't quite put it all together to take that step. 4)
Shlomo (orthodox Jewish man I speak with weekly at the "peace talks") to come
to faith in Yeshua. As he studies the Messianic prophecies to prove me wrong,
pray that the Holy Spirit would catch hold of his heart. Remember Saul of
Tarsus started out as a man intent on disproving the case for Jesus ... and
became one of Jesus' strongest advocates. I can see evidence of spiritual
hunger and conviction in Shlomo. 5) Pray also for Miriam (orthodox Jewish
woman) as she does her own investigation in the book of Daniel. Remember Rob
(orthodox Jewish man) as he has expressed interest in the gospel. In fact, from
a recent conversation we had, I suspect he may be a closet believer. He has all
but come out and openly confessed faith in Jesus to me, ... though I have
prodded. Either way, pray for him. Also don't forget to mention Amy (Mainland
Chinese Buddhist) in your prayers. She is working as an in-house care-provider
in Jerusalem. She too is a seeker. 6) God's anointing on various teaching
opportunies including my Shabbat School class at NETIVYAH (our Jerusalem
congregation) in which I instruct Jewish and gentile children in Matthew's
Gospel. Also, I teach periodically, on a semi-scholarly level, at the Narkis
St. Congregation's "Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research" Bible study.
Likewise I am exploring the possibility of teaching at a local Bible Institute
(affiliated with a house church) which trains struggling Jewish, Arab, and
foreign (African, Filipino) pastors in biblical/theological topics-- for next
to nothing. Thanks, Michael
Jerusalem

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4/14/02: This is a neat story, and I encourage you to read it on:
alt.religion.christian.home-church

She is a new convert with quite a background.

Her name's Melissa, and she needs a lot of strength... old ways are hard to
change. Right now she's full of zeal, but soon she'll come down off cloud 9 and
be stuck with the mundane stuff: 5 kids, no husband, no education, and no work
experience (she's been a prostitute since she dropped out of high school 10
years ago). Terry

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4/13/02: Please pray for us, a coup d'etat has just taken place here, and
oligarchs are trying to pass it off as 'civic action' while keeeping our
president isolated and not allowing him to speak... this is the first president
ever in this country who cares for the people. Please talk to your reps, since
this coup is strongly supported by the US, since Venezuela is the US's only
safe provider of oil outside the middle east... love, Vanessa

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4/16/02: Please pray for Japan.

I have become more and more concerned for the people of Japan. There is an
incredible emptiness of heart there.

Jim

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4/21/02: I have a request. I have a 72 year old neighbor that I have been
helping lately due to heart problems. She is having heart by-pass surgery on
Tuesday. Please pray for that this surgery will be without complications and
that she will recover very quickly. Also pray for her husband, he is disabled
and housebound, so he is not able to be with her. Thanks J.C.

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04/21/02: Please pray that I can stay off medication. I only need Jesus. I'm
almost 30, and feel that I must begin my REAl work for God now... suddenly, a
lot of christians who don't want to go to these 'churches' are asking me to
study with me, and much has come my way to do the work of charity, but the
enemy wants to impede my working... I'm having lots of little dizzy spells and
problems with my family... that come up right when we're about to start. Please
pray for us!

Vanessa

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04/21/02: Dear Saints,

We have received a desperate plea for prayer from a Christian family on the
east coast.

Their daughter is divorced and has a 3 year old boy. A judge has given the
father unsupervised stays with the child . The father has taken the child on at
least three occasions to a child pornography group.

They are desperate!! - Please pray!!

Thanks for your faithful support.

- -- Richard Wright

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are
poisoned. - ---Herbert Hoover, 31st US President

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Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 23:20:31 -0400
From: jferris
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Weekly
Prayer Needs

Friends, Your prayers are appreciated, in God's love Eunice - ----- Original
Message -----
From: "Intercessors Network" To: "Intercessors Network" Sent:
Friday, April 26, 2002 1:39 AM
Subject: CHINA - A massive co-ordinated attack

>
>>CHINA - A massive co-ordinated attack
>>
>>
>>Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
>>
>>With a heavy heart we have news from China to share with you. We earnestly
>>ask for your prayers and action to help our brothers and sisters in China.
>>
>>On the evening of April 19th the Chinese government launch a massive
>>co-ordinated attack against the China Gospel Fellowship, one of the major
>>house church networks in China. In the cities of Wuhan, Shanghai, Hefei,
>>Nanjing, Qingdao and in various places throughout Henan Province, police
>>officers arrested more than 100 top leaders of the China Gospel Fellowship.
>>They were dragged from their homes and have not been heard of since. The
>>arrested include two of the movement's top leaders: Shen Yiping, and his
>>nephew Shen Xianfeng. Shen Yiping was in prison for the Gospel until his
>>release in late 2000, while Shen Xianfeng is partially crippled after a
>>childhood accident and uses crutches to get around. Several years ago the
>>police used Shen's own crutches to beat him during an interrogation!
>>Although details are sketchy at this time, it is thought that 100 is the
>>minimum number of leaders arrested, and the true number may be much higher.
>>
>>The China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) started in Tanghe County, Henan Province,
>>but spread rapidly until they now have churches in every part of China.
>>Their movement contains several million believers. They also have a strong
>>emphasis on work among China's unreached minority groups. Because of their
>>highly organized structure and their uncompromising zeal for the spread of
>>the Gospel, the CGF has been severely persecuted by the Chinese authorities.
>>Even before the present incident dozens of their leaders were languishing in
>>prison.
>>
>>In the late-1990s the Director of the Bureau of Religious Affairs, Ye Xiaowen
>>(who is an avowed atheist!), condemned the China Gospel Fellowship as an
>>'evil cult'. This decision was based on the fact that they refuse to submit
>>to the control of the government, rather than any cultic beliefs or
>>practices. In fact, the CGF are one of the strongest fundamental
>>conservative, evangelical Bible-based house church networks in all of China.
>>
>>Once the authorities announce a group as an 'evil cult', however, they are
>>then legally entitled to pursue and prosecute them under the law. The CGF
>>have been the victims of numerous crackdowns, beatings, and arrests over the
>>past years. All of this is happening while the Chinese government tells the
>>West there is no persecution of Christians in China . Even some ignorant
>>Western church leaders have swallowed their lies, and repeated them to
>>millions of Christians.
>>
>>It seems the Chinese have used the terrorist events of September 11 as a
>>pretense to crack down on house churches across China in a barbaric way not
>>seen since the 1970s. We also believe that since China won the bid for the
>>2008 Olympics, and won entry into the World Trade Organization, that the
>>authorities in China feel they have no reason to hold back their persecution
>>of unregistered churches. Before, these two events caused the Chinese
>>government to hesitate in their brutal opposition to the church, fearing
>>international criticism of their actions would damage their chances of
>>winning the two coveted prizes. Now there is no reason to hold back. This
>>mass arrest comes soon after a similar campaign against the South China
>>Church a few months ago. Two hundred leaders of the South China Church
>>remain in prison. Coworkers who hired a team of lawyers to defend the
>>Christians tell us the conditions in prison are inhumane. Some of the
>>believers they met with were half-dead, having been subjected to severe
>>torture and abuse for weeks. Some were close to losing their minds, others
>>had their wrist and ankle bones exposed from the deep cuts of their handcuffs
>>and foot chains.
>>
>>Please pray. This is probably the best thing you can do to help these
>>brothers and sisters right now. The Bible commands us to "Remember those in
>>prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated
>>as if you yourselves are suffering." (Hebrews 13:3). Let's never
>>underestimate the power of prayer. God Almighty hears our prayers and will
>>answer your cries to Him. Remember these are dear Christians who love Jesus
>>deeply, and NOT horrible criminals like the Chinese government claims.
>>
>>1. Pray God would be glorified and His Kingdom continue to grow in China as
>>a result of these attacks. 2. Ask God to intervene with His mighty power.
>>Pray only His will would be done in the lives of those arrested. 3. Pray
>>against the Satanic forces behind these brutal attacks. Not able to damage
>>God, the devil does all he can to smash God's children. Ask God to bind the
>>demonic forces in Jesus' Name. 4. Ask the Lord to strengthen our brothers
>>and sisters in prison, to sustain them, and to help them overcome whatever
>>trials they face. 5. Fervently pray for the hundreds of families of those
>>arrested, who often face great hardship with no food or money. They usually
>>lose their jobs, and their children are expelled from school. 6. Pray for
>>mercy for the persecutors, that they may be convicted of sin, righteousness
>>and judgement and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray the
>>believers in prison may show them a Christ-like example of patient endurance
>>in the face of suffering.
>

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Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 06:16:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Vanessa DiDomenico
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs

Content-Type: text/plain; charset us-ascii OK, now here I CAN do something...
AND I will be praying, too!

I'm having contacts with top leaders of Chavez's political party. One of the
things Bush has condemned him for is his 'good' relationships with China. Chvez
has already been asking for more respect for Christians there. Please, send me
more detailed info, or put me in contact with someone who can give me detailed
info, and we will send a petition with Chavez next time he visits China.
Vanessa

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Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 10:39:31 -0400
From: jferris
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs

Vanessa DiDomenico wrote:

>OK, now here I CAN do something... AND I will be praying, too!
>
>I'm having contacts with top leaders of Chavez's political party. One of the
>things Bush has condemned him for is his 'good' relationships with China.
>Chvez has already been asking for more respect for Christians there. Please,
>send me more detailed info, or put me in contact with someone who can give me
>detailed info, and we will send a petition with Chavez next time he visits
>China.
>
>Vanessa
>
Dear Vanessa,

Here is the contact address that came in with the notice:
mailto:Intercessors.Network(--AT--)telia.com I should think, they might have
the information that you need.

God Bless You!

Jay

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Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 21:45:56 -0400
From: David Anderson
Subject: [NTCP]
Harvest is still great, laborers still few

>>>CHINA - A massive co-ordinated attack
>>>
>>>
>>>Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
>>>
>>>With a heavy heart we have news from China to share with you. We earnestly
>>>ask for your prayers and action to help our brothers and sisters in China.
>>>
>>>On the evening of April 19th the Chinese government launch a massive
>>>co-ordinated attack against the China Gospel Fellowship, one of the major
>>>house church networks in China.

Thanks Jay and Vanessa for helping get the word - the truth - out.

The media lies way too much for our own good.

As always, let us overcome evil with good. Good as in Jesus Christ!

David Anderson

IF I WERE THE DEVIL by Paul Harvey

IF I WERE THE DEVIL, I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the
world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort,
instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the
other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to
leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines
to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are
valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was
grounds for a law suit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I
would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind
of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation;

I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family
crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and
movie screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who
call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the
Bible is for the naive;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not
important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

"I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are."


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