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"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the
condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof
 for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in
 the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray
"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,

 being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18

VOM-USA Prayer Update for November 9, 2012
On Thu. Nov 08 2012 at 03:09 PM Moderator wrote:
North Africa--Seminary Classes Delayed
Source: VOM Sources

1 Peter 3:14-16

The latest seminary class for a group of North African

 pastors has been delayed because of unrest in the region.
 A VOM partner reports that the students involved are
 very eager to continue their studies. In the meantime, 
they continue to study God's Word and prepare themselves
 for leadership in their local churches. Because of government
restrictions, all churches in this region must meet in secret.
"We feel confident that classes will resume in the very near
 future," a VOM partner said. "Please make this an urgent
 matter for prayer." Pray that the class will be able to
 resume soon and that the work of these ministers will
bear much fruit in this region.

Uzbekistan--Refugee Pastor Jailed While Seeking Protection
Source: VOM Canada
2 Corinthians 4:1-2

Uzbekistan is seeking to extradite a refugee from

Kazakhstan on charges that carry a maximum 15-year
 jail term. Pastor Makset Djabbarbergenov, who
 fled to Kazakhstan and was recognized as a
refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner
 for Refugees, has been charged with exercising
freedom of religion or belief in his hometown of
Nukus. On Oct. 15, a court in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 
authorized detention until Nov. 5 and claimed the
 Uzbek charges could be equated to terrorism-related
charges under Kazakh law. The Supreme Court claims
it cannot find an appeal that Makset filed in August.
Please pray that Makset will not be deported. Pray that the
 Lord will give Makset and his wife the strength to remain faithful.
Eritrea--Believers Arrested and Citizens Armed
Source: VOM SourcesColossians 2:6-8

Christians in Eritrea are alarmed by an increase

 in Christian arrests and by the fact that the government
appears to be arming citizens for unknown reasons.
Authorities have continued to arrest Christians
throughout Eritrea, holding them for several months
 before releasing them. The most recent arrests
 have occurred on the outskirts of the capital, Asmara.
In addition, the government is arming citizens
 between the ages of 18 and 70 with AK-47 rifles.
 "The latest report I have from Asmara is that now,
  for a few hours every day, everyone is taking some
 kind of a basic training [with the weapons]," wrote
a VOM contact. "There is rumored speculation
 [that the distribution of arms] started when the
late Ethiopian prime minister was sick; there is
a tense fear that the new Ethiopian political situation
might trigger another conflict. [The other possible
 explanation is that] as usual it is a diversion that
 the government creates to occupy its citizens,
" the contact said. Pray for God's protection of
 Christians in Eritrea and for stability and political
 reform in the country.

Bangladesh--VOM Project
Pray for families in need of emergency funds for

 court fines and fees. The relief will go to persecuted
 families in remote house churches who have
 urgent needs. Pray also for the workers involved in delivering the funds.