December 2016 ION Prayer Focus

Until the World Hears
Greetings from the ION Prayer Team!

candles-for-christmas Thankful for your effort and continued support to link in prayer each Thursday in joining the Call for Prayer for Orality/UUPGs & Great Commission Partner groups & prayer for Oral peoples around the world. It is hard to believe that there are only 31 days left in this year of 2016!  Looking back over the year, it seems to have moved so quickly.

 

We continue in the ION 90 Days of Prayer thru Dec. 31st

Bible in 90 Days – A different kind of prayer initiative
Praying & Washing in the Word Daily for the last three months of the year. ASKING for Scripture and Scripture Access to be available for the Every & All.

Bible in 90 Days – Prayer Initiative

Second stack of biblesWe hope you have been keeping up with your Listening and Prayer for the UUPGs, Oral & Oral Bible-less, that God might work His miracles to allow for the Every and All to have access to Scripture in their own heart language. For more info see the ION Event page:  https://orality.net/event/bible-in-90-days-prayer-initiative/

Finishing the Task Conference 2016

December 6 @ 7:30 amDecember 8 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Saddleback Church
Lake Forest, CA

Join in praying for the Finishing the Task (FTT) Conference: https://orality.net/event/finishing-the-task-conference-6-8-dec-2016/

Pray with the ION Prayer Team for the upcoming Finishing the Task Conference Dec. 6-8th – Saddleback Church in California.
 
Covering each one involved behind the scenes… covering each of the conference leadership team for FTT… covering the FTT Executives & their staff, covering each of the speakers… covering each of the participants… Join in prayer and covering for the conference.
 
Father in the name of Jesus, we approach the throne of grace boldly and confidently. May the Word of God come forth accurately and may the love of Christ be abundant surrounding this FTT Conference. We ask You for every speaker to be filled with the Holy Spirit’s anointing and to guard, guide and protect them as You prepare them as Your ministers.
 
As this preparation is at the highest point before the time together, we come bringing a heart of thanksgiving. God, You are an awesome God. We bless Your holy name. Even before we gather, we want to minister to the Father’s heart. We want to begin to make the shift from where we find ourselves, readying ourselves for what You are setting in place for this particular gathering.
 
As we pray for each one of this executive team and their support people we ask You to come. Meet them where they are, let them know of Your LOVE for them individually. 
 
As we pray for those participants, we want to bring the leadership to you. We want to bring the speakers to you. We want to bring “us” as the Body of Christ to You.
 
Father, thank you! As we shift into the final days our focus must begin to shift to being present in the gathering… We ask now that You  cause the opening of spiritual eyes and ears that each participant would hear clearly and receive fully all you have thru these men and women. We commit these days to You. Father, we deposit it into Your charge -entrusting this time, the people involved at every level to Your protection, watch care and love. We commend this meeting to the Word – the commands and counsels and promises of Your unmerited favor. We submit completely to the Holy Spirit and to Your purposes and plans.
 
Father, Jesus said that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. In His name we bind the will of each person – psalmists, speakers, ushers, and workers – to Your will, their minds to the mind of Christ, and their emotions to the control of the Holy Spirit. When the people see the boldness and unfettered eloquence of the speakers, they will marvel at You. Everyone will bring their praise offering that this was time well spent, and that You met us, individually and corporately.
 
We thank You, Father, that when we pray, the place will be shaken and is even now being shaken and prepared specifically for our gathering, Your gathering. The people will be coming from the north, south, east and west, bringing with them their portions and part. May each one be received, as precious as You see them. May their portions be given. May they be received unto You.
 
Lord, we pray that each on will release rivers of living water, an outflowing of the anointing of Your Holy Spirit beyond the measure of our human understanding. For the sake of those who still wait to hear the name of JESUS, we pray for the fullness of this meeting to come forth! Abundance and fruitfulness will be seen!
 
Thank You, Father, Son and Spirit for the performance of Your will. May it all be for Your glory. We ask for all this as You taught us to pray. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus! Amen.
International Orality Network will have two leaders (Charles Madinger and Linda Bemis) presenting workshops during the conference.
More info on the FTT Conference here: http://www.finishingthetask.com/events_FTT2016.html

Connecting in Global Prayer

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JOIN THE MONTHLY CALL TO PRAY FOR THE REGION OF THE MONTH! dec-ethne-prayer-map

December 8, 2016 (2nd Thursday) at: 7:00 am – 8:30 am CST      [7am CST/1pm GMT]

 

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Unreached Peoples Daily Prayer Calendar  – Download the December Calendar

English: Click Here Spanish: Click Here

 

 

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN IN PRAYING FOR DIASPORA PEOPLE DURING ADVENT!

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You are kindly invited to pray for diaspora people and issues with Borderless Prayer: an Advent Prayer Guide to Praying for the People on the Move.

From Sunday, November 27, through December 24, a new entry will be posted each day at the Global Diaspora Network prayer resource website and at the Borderless website. This prayer guide features 28 daily entries, including devotionals from the life of Jesus, stories from the field, Scripture-based prayer prompts and practical suggestions to take action.

God’s work through diaspora movement – the migration of individuals and peoples from one place to another – encompasses many locations, many ethnic groups and many situations. Please join us in praying for spiritual breakthroughs so that the movement of people will be the movement of the good news of Christ and His Kingdom.

 

5th Fridays in 2016 – Praying for the Persecuted – Mark your calendar for FRIDAY, DEC. 30th. –

We have one more prayer call scheduled as we finish out the year in partnership with other global groups in praying each 5th Friday for the Persecuted Church.

You are invited to the final call. You may come on for 5 minutes or 5 hours, but please do not miss the opportunity to pray with others around the globe for the Persecuted Church.

Location: Call in from your own phone from any location – Length of call: 24 Hours

Time of call…….Fri. evening to Sat. evening
9 p.m. Eastern Time
8 p.m. Central Time
7 p.m. Mountain Time
6 p.m. Pacific Time

Call number and access code:
712.775.7035…….281207#

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November 2016 ION Prayer Focus

We continue in the ION 90 Days of Prayer thru Dec. 31st

Bible in 90 Days – A different kind of prayer initiative
Praying & Washing in the Word Daily for the last three months of the year. ASKING for Scripture and Scripture Access to be available for the Every & All.

Bible in 90 Days – Prayer Initiative

Second stack of bibles Think about this. . .

How many Bibles do you have in your possession? Did you know that currently there are 1,778 languages that do not have ONE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE in their heart language! How can that be?!! Most of us reading this have the ENTIRE BIBLE ALL 66 BOOKS available as well as in different versions. Anytime we choose to, we are able to open our Bibles and take God’s Word into our hearts. Sadly that is not the case, around the globe.

Are you willing to try it?

Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st-Pray through the Bible in 90 Days. We are asking for our ION Prayer Partners to link in united prayer during this 90 day prayer initiative.

As we listen, we continue to focus our prayers toward those who do not have access to Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue.

Pick a language and just step into Bible Engagement each day for the next 90 days. While you are listening to the Word, remember to pray Matthew 9:35-38, The Lord of the Harvest Prayer.

Think about what it might be like to not have access to God’s Word or NO SCRIPTURE. Pray for the 1,778 languages that have NO SCRIPTURE at this time.

Simply we are calling the intercessors and pray-ers to be intentional to begin to step into Scripture engagement in the form of listening to the Word of God daily. Don’t get caught up in checking off the chapters. Just let the Word wash over you as you pray. Thinking about how hard it must be to be without the Scriptures. Praying for more Bible translations projects to be started to fill the gaps in Full Bibles, New Testament portions, Oral Scriptures/Oral Story Sets/Recordings, etc. and in small portions for the EVERY & ALL who still wait to hear. . . really hear in a way they can respond and receive the good news of God’s salvation through the gift of Christ Jesus.

To participate & get started,

GO to: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13- bible-in-90-days
Sign up
Click Start Plan
Pick your preference of Bible version
Be sure to use the AUDIO ‘listening mode’
Set up a reminder to come into your email
Then Use it daily (Don’t stop if you get behind, the point is to give it a try & listen to God’s

For full info and details, see https://orality.net/event/bible-in-90-days-prayer-initiative/

As we continue to pray for those who are in need of Scripture in their own language and mother tongue, we partner this month with Finishing the Task (FTT). We invite you to download the most current listing published in Sept. 2016:

Current Listing for UUPGs

393 Ethnolinguistic Unengaged* Unreached People Groups with no Scripture (sorted by Country)  Click here to download the most current UUPG Listing of Peoples who are in need of Scripture

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As you Listen & Pray each day using audio Bible in this 90 Days Prayer Initiative, we invite you to pray thru the info listed in this NOV. 2016 ION Prayer Focus and take the time to download the UUPG list from the link above. From your “printed copy” pay close attention when you see columns with RED markings like this:

WS= Written Scripture  OS= Oral Scripture
No                                        No
No                                        No
No                                        No                                     

This means these people groups have NO WRITTEN AND NO ORAL SCRIPTURES available to them in their own heart language or mother tongue. ION continues to publish and believe our figure of 2/3 of the world’s population are oral either by culture or by preference. We are asking for prayer as we walk out this research and seek to influence the Body of Christ to make disciples of all oral peoples.

We further ask for prayers as we research how to identify people groups and how we must use oral strategies to reach them at a heart level. Join in praying for the ongoing Global Orality Research Project by clicking here for more info.

This also presents another problem, in regard to meeting the current needs into the future for getting Scripture and new translation work finished into the future. We need to think beyond our current situation.

Would you join in dreaming with us as we partner with the Holy Spirit work of how this situation might be handled into the future. Join with us to believe for the more. . .

Please PRAY for this work: 4.2.20 Foundation & IBLT launch School of Biblical Hebrew

The School of Biblical Hebrew uses oral teaching methodologies to take participants from beginner level to translation proficiency in Biblical Hebrew within 8 months, equipping them with the skills necessary for proficiency in translating the Old Testament directly from the source language. The SBH is a one-of-a-kind program that trains translators to make independent decisions about the meaning of the source text in Old Testament translation projects. –by 4.2.20 Foundation   Download File

Download the Press Release: https://orality.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SBH-PressRelease_09.2016.v2.pdf

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For specific prayer this month we share these interesting stats:

393 People Groups, with a total population count of 16,936,324 souls

Number of People Groups with no Written Scripture* (yellow)      243

Number of People Groups with no Oral Scripture  (red)     386

Number of People Groups with NO Written or Oral Scripture** (red)   236

People Groups still unengaged since the original “639” list (bolded)      6

* Researchers are currently investigating whether a people group is an Oral-reliant or preference people group; the outcome of that work will impact the feasibility of written Scripture needs within the people group(s).

** This includes 52 Deaf people groups; there is very little Scripture access or resources available

Further fuel for our prayer times. . .

Going by the REDs marked, here are the Top 5  NO SCRIPTURE UUPGs
#1 China = 44
#2 Chad  = 20
#3 Sudan = 16 + S. Sudan = 2  Total = 18
#4 Laos    = 12
#5 Indonesia = 10

Also of note are 52 UUPGs that are Deaf Peoples

We hope you are enjoying your daily “washing in the Word” as we LISTEN & PRAY for Scripture for the EVERY & ALL this second month of our 90 Day ION Prayer Initiative. See this link for more details. It is not too late to join us! https://orality.net/event/bible-in-90-days-prayer-initiative/

In the meantime, we invite you to join the ION Prayer Team each and every Thursday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas in the USA) at 2pm (EST) for one hour.

Dial: (712) 432-0926     Access code: 373000#

You are invited again this November to join in the Two (2) IDOP Prayer Calls:

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Blessings to you. We appreciate your partnership and prayers.

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1 OCT. – 31 DEC. 2016 Bible in 90 Days ION Prayer Initiative

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Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st-Pray through the Bible in 90 Days. We are asking for our ION Prayer Partners & Friends to link in united prayer during this 90 day prayer initiative.

We continue to focus our prayers toward those who do not have access to Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue.

Bible in 90 Days – A different kind of prayer initiative

Praying & Washing in the Word Daily for the last three months of the year. ASKING for Scripture and Scripture Access to be available for the Every & All.

Bible in 90 Days – Prayer Initiative

Second stack of biblesHow Many Bibles Do You Have?

Think about this. . .

Did you know that currently there are 1,778 languages that do not have ONE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE in their heart language! How can that be?!! Most of us reading this have the ENTIRE BIBLE ALL 66 BOOKS available, as well as having it in different versions. Anytime we choose to, we are able to open our Bibles and take God’s Word into our hearts. Sadly that is not the case, around the globe.

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Are you willing to try it? 

Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st

Pray through the Bible in 90 Days. We are asking for our ION Prayer Partners to link in united prayer during this 90 day prayer initiative.

As we listen, we continue to focus our prayers toward those who do not have access to Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue. 

Pick a language and just step into Bible Engagement each day for the next 90 days. While you are listening to the Word, remember to pray Matthew 9:35-38, The Lord of the Harvest Prayer.

Think about what it might be like to not have access to God’s Word or NO SCRIPTURE. Pray for the 1,778 languages that have NO SCRIPTURE at this time.

Simply we are calling the intercessors and pray-ers to be intentional to begin to step into Scripture engagement in the form of listening to the Word of God daily. Don’t get caught up in checking off the chapters. Just let the Word wash over you as you pray. Thinking about how hard it must be to be without the Scriptures. Praying for more Bible translations projects to be started to fill the gaps in Full Bibles, New Testament portions, Oral Scriptures/Oral Story Sets/Recordings, etc. and in small portions for the EVERY & ALL who still wait to hear. . . really hear in a way they can respond and receive the good news of God’s salvation through the gift of Christ Jesus.

To participate:

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  1. GO to: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13- bible-in-90-days
  2. Sign up: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13
  3. Click Start Plan
  4. Pick your preference of Bible version
  5. Be sure to use the AUDIO ‘listening mode’
  6. Set up a reminder to come into your email
  7. Then Use it daily (Don’t stop if you get behind, the point is to give it a try & listen to God’s Word and pray for others to have access to Scripture!)
    Follow the plan “Bible in 90 Days” in the AUDIO ‘listening mode’. . .

For a sample click here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days/day/1

As we continue to drill down in prayer for Oral & Oral Bible-less Peoples around the globe, focus in on praying for Scripture for the every and all, especially these oral culture peoples. Those who most probably have never had the opportunity to be involved in Scripture Engagement in any way. They will not fully be able to comprehend correctly when they read Scripture even in if it is in their own language, because they are Oral Peoples whose culture is not geared toward the receiving of information in a literate (letters to paper) way. It is an 18″ issue – distance between the head and the heart.

WE MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BRING SCRIPTURE TO THE EVERY & ALL IN A WAY THEY CAN REALLY RECEIVE.

How do we make disciples without the Scripture, the Word of God???

How do we pray for these people groups?

How do we understand how they receive info?

For the past three years our ION Prayer Teams have taken the last three months of the year and prayed as they listened to the Bible in Audio format. Asking God for Oral Bibles for every oral culture people group.

If you would prefer to use a chart, we have provided one below. We still would ask you to listen rather than read. We are asking God to allow us to understand what it is like for oral peoples who sometimes prefer use their ear gates to receive their information.

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Join in praying for the Persecuted Church

NOTE: Please Mark Your Calendars to join together for the TWO 12 Hour Prayer Calls for IDOP Nov. 6th & 13th
Here is the latest update from WEA

WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News

25 October 2016

“Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
O guard my life, and deliver me;
do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you”

Pslam 25: 19-20

Dear Friends in Christ,

The World Evangelical Alliance is a global ministry working with local churches around the world to join in common concern to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus in their communities. God is glorified and the nations of the earth are forever transformed.

The purpose of the WEA Religious Liberty Prayer Release is to keep you informed and mobilized in prayer and intercession for the needs of justice and religious liberty in the Church around the globe, so that we can stand together for the work of the Kingdom and the healing of the Nations. The Prayer Release is comprised on the basis of different credible resources.

A series of arrests of Christians in IRAN

On 26 August 2016, five Christians were arrested by Iranian authorities while travelling to the Alborz Mountains north-east of Tehran.

According to a report by Middle East Concern (MEC), since then three Christians have been released after posting an equivalent of USD 33,000 each as bail money. More than 200 Christians have been detained by Iranian authorities since 2015. 43 Christians were arrested in August alone.

Prayer points:

  • Pray for the release of Christians detained in Iran;
  • Pray that the authorities would act justly and stop discriminating against Christians;
  • Pray that Christians in Iran, especially church leaders and pastors, would continue to remain firm in their faith despite the pressures and persecution;
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Iran.

Read more…

Court delays Asia Bibi’s blasphemy appeal

On 13 October 2016, Pakistan’s Supreme Court postponed the hearing of Asia Bibi’s appeal against the death sentence handed to her in November 2010 on blasphemy charges. The hearing was postponed after one of the three judges stepped down citing his involvement in the case of Salman Taseer. A liberal governor, Taseer, was shot dead in Islamabad in 2011 after speaking out for Bibi.

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, has spent the past six years on death row and is currently in her seventh year in prison.

Prayer points:

  • Pray that Asia Bibi’s case would be taken up for hearing soon;
  • Pray that the death sentence handed to Asia Bibi would be overturned and that she would be set free from prison;
  • Pray that God would strengthen her during this time of distress and anxiety.

Read more…

Pastor and wife arrested in TURKEY

According to a report, on 7 October, Turkish authorities arrested Andrew Brunson, a US citizen and pastor of a church in Izmir along with his wife, Norine on the grounds of “threatening national security”. The pastor and the wife were then informed by the authorities that they would be deported within 15 days and not allowed to re-enter the country. On 19 October, Norine was released after she was informed that the charges against her had been dropped. Andrew, however, continues to be detained.

Prayer points:

  • Pray that Andrew Brunson would be released from detention;
  • Pray that the authorities would not discriminate against Christians in Turkey;
  • Pray for greater religious freedoms in the country.

Read more…

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IDOP 2016 Two (2) Prayer Calls

 

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IDOP 2016

Plan to join us for either one or both of this year’s IDOP Prayer Calls. The dates are the first two (2) Sundays in November 2016. See the following link for the formal information and invitation. Please also click on the links below and share the info and IDOP 2016 Flyer:

https://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/event-2016-international-day-of-prayer-for-the-persecuted-church-idop-mark-your-calendars/

You are free to share the IDOP Prayer Calls Link and the Flyer above as you mobilize.

For the past three years ION Prayer has partnered together for this very important prayer time. To learn more about praying why we link together each year to pray for the persecuted check out the IDOP website. http://idop.org/web/. The WEA has posted a video to help you understand the significance part we can play in prayer. See it here: https://vimeo.com/181457263

 Download the IDOP 2016 Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Yfy-ajbppfM3VmTFJfQ2lSLWM/view

 

Participating Global Advocates:

Persecution Watch

Voice of the Persecuted

International Orality Network (ION)

Global Prayer Resource Network 

Ethne

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2)

Prayer Surge Network

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists 

Asian Access 

Accord Network

PRINT/DOWNLOAD FLYER IDOP 2016 Prayer Conference Call (remember to also share with pastors, church members, prayer groups)

DATES:
Sunday November 6
Sunday November 13
Time:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time
6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain time
5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#

International numbers and Mobile App links available

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link  or App Store – iTunes

Available International IDOP Prayer Conference Call Numbers

(Note: If you will be using one of the call numbers below, you may experience issues in your country. If you are unable to connect, try using the VoIP dialer available at this link. Click on VoIP dialer, go to this number 712-775-7035 in the drop down menu—enter access code 281207 (do not add the # symbol)—enter your name and click on the ‘Place Call’ button.)

Australia                                              +61 (0) 3 8672 0185

Austria                                                  +43 (0) 732 2781155

Belgium                                                +32 (0) 9 324 29 17

Brazil                                                     +55 61 4040-4314

Bulgaria                                                +359 (0) 2 495 1527

Canada                                                 (712) 775-7060

Chile                                                      +56 (0) 44 890 9161

China                                                     +86 (0) 510 6801 0117

Costa Rica                                            +506 4000 3885

Croatia                                                  +385 (0) 1 8000 065

Cyprus                                                  +357 77 788854

Czech                                                    +420 225 852 060

Denmark                                               +45 78 77 36 35

Dominican Republic                             (829) 999-2585

Estonia                                                 +372 614 8061

Finland                                                 +358 (0) 9 74790032

France                                                  +33 (0) 1 80 14 00 56

GCC/Arabian Peninsula                       +973 1656 8325

Georgia                                                +995 (0) 706 777 110

Germany                                             +49 (0) 89 143772955

Guatemala                                          +502 2458 1416

Hungary                                               +36 1 987 6821

Iceland                                                 +354 539 0323

Indonesia                                            +62 (0) 21 51388813

Ireland                                                  +353 (0) 1 437 0318

Israel                                                     +972 (0) 76-599-0026

Italy                                                       +39 06 8997 2187

Japan                                                    +81 (0) 3-5050-5075

Kenya                                                   +254 (0) 20 5231033

Latvia                                                    +371 67 881 516

Lithuania                                              +370 (8) 37 248962

Luxembourg                                        +352 20 30 10 03

Malaysia                                              +60 (0) 11-1146 0070

Mexico                                                 +52 (01) 899 274 5015

Netherlands                                       +31 (0) 6 35205061

Nigeria                                                  +234 (0) 1 440 5221

Norway                                                +47 21 93 53 35

Pakistan                                               +92 (0) 21 37130640

Panama                                                +507 838-7821

Poland                                                  +48 32 739 96 40

Portugal                                               +351 21 114 3145

Romania                                              +40 (0) 31 780 7760

Slovakia                                                +421 2 333 255 32

Slovenia                                               +386 (0) 1 828 03 25

South Africa                                         +27 (0) 87 825 0107

South Korea                                       +82 (0) 70-7686-0015

Spain                                                     +34 931 98 23 70

Sri Lanka                                              +94 (0) 11 5 322961

Sweden                                               +46 (0) 31 781 06 26

Switzerland                                        +41 (0) 43 550 70 55

Taiwan                                                  +886 (0) 985 646 917

Turkey                                                  +90 (0) 212 988 1713

Ukraine                                                +380 (0) 89 323 9978

United Kingdom                                 +44 (0) 330 606 0527

United States                                                (712) 775-7035

Vietnam                                                 +84 (0) 4 7108 0080

We welcome you to join the ongoing prayer thru the weekly Persecution Watch Prayer Call group that meets at 9pm EST every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  For more info contact: pwprayercall@gmail.com  

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October 2016 ION Prayer Focus

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Second stack of bibles

How Many Bibles Do You Have?

Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st-Pray through the Bible in 90 Days. We are asking for our ION Prayer Partners to link in united prayer during this 90 day prayer initiative.

We continue to focus our prayers toward those who do not have access to Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue.

This month we are teaming up with the Ethne / Fellowship of Prayer Strategists, PRAYING FOR THOSE UPGs WHO HAVE NO SCRIPTURE in South Asia, who are of the Muslim religion.

 

Linking to the Ethne Prayer October Focus: http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/ethne.php?es=2&ethnemonth=10

We want to praying for those in SE Asia who are Oral Peoples. We want to focus on 12 UUPGs who have NO SCRIPTURE and little to NO Access to Oral Scripture & Bible Resources:

BHUTAN (8 UUPGs) – Deaf, Dzalakha, Kurtop, Lakha, Matpa, Nyenpa (NO Scripture & NO other Bible Resources) Tibetan & Tseku (NO Oral Scripture, some other Bible Resources)
BANGLADESH (2 UUPGs) – Dalu  & Ushoi (NO Oral Scripture, some other Bible Resources)
INDIA (2 UUPGs) –Dhobi (Kashmiri) & Parenga (NO Oral Scripture, some other Bible Resources)
NEPAL (0) – SRI LANKA (0) – MALDIVES (0) – The people groups in these 3 countries are some of the blessed who have Written & Oral Scriptures available. There are no UUPGs in these countries who need Scripture in their languages. Praise God!

We want to highlight two particular people groups that Finishing the Task (FTT) has said are a high priority. Please pray with us for the Dalu of Bangladesh and the Dhobi of India. [To see the most current FTT UUPG Listing: http://www.finishingthetask.com/uupgs.php?sort=Country]

Pray for the Dalu Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Bangladesh
2,400 pop.
NO Oral Scripture, or any other Scripture Resource. They only have Written Scripture and  are an oral culture people group
Darlong language
There are resources available in Bengali, but not their mother tongue language.
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Pray for the Dhobi (Kashmiri)(Muslim traditions)
India
This is one particular group of 7,000 in population. They were engaged previously, but have no believers. They are in need of oral resources specific to their heart language.
NEED Oral Bible Scripture, as they are an oral culture people.
Dogri language
There are many resources available in Urdu, but not as many their heart language and mother tongue.
1.0
100% Islam

Prayer Calendar:

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Click here for the October 2016 Fellowship of Prayer Strategistis Prayer Calendar

  • October 2016 – Unreached Muslims of South Asia “The Maldives: A Place Where the Gospel is Viewed as a Threat”
  • October 2016 – Español
  • JOIN THE Fellowship of Prayer Strategists MONTHLY CALL: FPS Prayer Call October 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm7am CST/1pm GMT Please email prayerethne@gmail.com for information on how to connect to this monthly prayer call.

As we continue to drill down in prayer for Oral & Oral Bible-less Peoples around the globe, focus in on praying for Scripture for the every and all, especially these oral culture peoples. Those who most probably have never had the opportunity to be involved in Scripture Engagement in any way. They will not fully be able to comprehend correctly when they read Scripture even in if it is in their own language, because they are Oral Peoples whose culture is not geared toward the receiving of information in a literate (letters to paper) way. It is an 18″ issue – distance between the head and the heart.

WE MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BRING SCRIPTURE TO THE EVERY & ALL IN A WAY THEY CAN REALLY RECEIVE.

How do we make disciples without the Scripture, the Word of God???

How do we pray for these people groups?

How do we understand how they receive info?

For the past three years our ION Prayer Teams have taken the last three months of the year and prayed as they listened to the Bible in Audio format. Asking God for Oral Bibles for every oral culture people group.

Bible in 90 Days – A different kind of prayer initiative

Praying & Washing in the Word Daily for the last three months of the year. ASKING for Scripture and Scripture Access to be available for the Every & All.

Bible in 90 Days – Prayer Initiative

Source: https://orality.net/prayer/bible-in-90-days-prayer-initiative/

Think about this. . .

How many Bibles do you have in your possession? Did you know that currently there are 1,778 languages that do not have ONE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE in their heart language! How can that be?!! Most of us reading this have the ENTIRE BIBLE ALL 66 BOOKS available as well as in different versions. Anytime we choose to, we are able to open our Bibles and take God’s Word into our hearts. Sadly that is not the case, around the globe.

Audio in other languagesAre you willing to try it? 

Pick a language and just step into Bible Engagement each day for the next 90 days. While you are listening to the Word, remember to pray Matthew 9:35-38, The Lord of the Harvest Prayer.

Think about what it might be like to not have access to God’s Word or NO SCRIPTURE. Pray for the 1,778 languages that have NO SCRIPTURE at this time.

Simply we are calling the intercessors and pray-ers to be intentional to begin to step into Scripture engagement in the form of listening to the Word of God daily. Don’t get caught up in checking off the chapters. Just let the Word wash over you as you pray. Thinking about how hard it must be to be without the Scriptures. Praying for more Bible translations projects to be started to fill the gaps in Full Bibles, New Testament portions, Oral Scriptures/Oral Story Sets/Recordings, etc. and in small portions for the EVERY & ALL who still wait to hear. . . really hear in a way they can respond and receive the good news of God’s salvation through the gift of Christ Jesus.

To participate:

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  1. GO to: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13- bible-in-90-days
  2. Sign up: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13
  3. Click Start Plan
  4. Pick your preference of Bible version
  5. Be sure to use the AUDIO ‘listening mode’
  6. Set up a reminder to come into your email
  7. Then Use it daily (Don’t stop if you get behind, the point is to give it a try & listen to God’s Word and pray for others to have access to Scripture!)
    Follow the plan “Bible in 90 Days” in the AUDIO ‘listening mode’. . .

For a sample click here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days/day/1

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We welcome you to plan to join with the group of those who pray together via Conference Call each week.

Praising God for our PRAY-ERS all over the globe who participate in united prayer.

We are grateful for those who link in united prayer each Thursday. We want to continue to lift up the oral peoples of the globe to the Father.

Would you pray with us:

Praying for: Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples

Pray for Unreached Peoples
Strategy for Workers

Intro: Gaining access and favor among an unreached people group can be very tricky. Workers need the wisdom of God to navigate cultural, political and religious issues.

Scripture: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. -James 3:17

Prayer: Lord, You are the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega, and there is nothing hidden from Your sight. You are the wisest counselor of all. I thank You for Your promise, that You give wisdom to those who ask.

I’m asking now for Your servants working with the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples, that You would give them the strategies they need today. Fill them with heavenly wisdom that is pure, peace-loving, and considerate. Reveal to them the divine strategies they need to navigate the cultural issues they are facing with the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples.

Inspire them with creative solutions to the political and religious challenges that hold back the Gospel among the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples. Lord, release Your wisdom and light the path before them to penetrate this people group with the truth of Your love.

In Jesus name. Amen

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our pictures and praises from the Houston gathering.

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 Plan to join each 5th Friday in 2016 for the Prayer Call for the Persecuted Church –  Fri. 9pm thru Sat. 9pm — Sept. 30th – Oct. 2st

[Be sure to mark in your prayer calendar, Nov. 6th & 13th IDOP and the final 5th Friday Prayer Call for 2016 -Dec. 30th]

https://ionprayer.com/2016/09/28/plan-to-join-in-on-the-next-5th-friday-in-2016-prayer-for-the-persecuted-church/

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Plan to join in on the next 5th Friday in 2016 Prayer for the Persecuted Church

 

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PLAN to join with other pray-ers on the next 5th Friday Prayer for the PERSECUTED Church, coming up Fri., Sept 30th 9pm-9pm Sat., Oct. 1st.

This is a 24 hour prayer call, you can join for 5 minutes or 5 hours or however long you can… But please do join to pray!

Source: https://orality.net/event/praying-for-the-persecuted-church-every-5th-friday-in-2016/

Source: https://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/prayer-call-event-an-invitation-to-pray-for-those-who-carry-the-cross

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Sharing with you the opportunity to link in prayer with Persecution Watch three (3) nights a week.

For more info: pwprayercall@gmail.com

 

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You are always invited

to join each and every

Thursday at 2pm

for the ION Prayer Call.

 

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Intentional Listening & Prayer

 

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For the past year and a half our core prayer team has been have been going through a specific time of intentional listening and prayer. As we have walked through this period of time, it is becoming more clear to us of our need as the body of Christ to listen more, especially in the midst of prayer.

Have you thought about how people pray when we are “praying together” as a group?

Have you taken some time for Intentionally Listening?

How hard is it for pray-ers, intercessors to be quiet and to be one who is intentionally listening, especially in the area of prayer!

We should be thinking about being intentional in prayer. Which should cause us to think before we pray. . .

Reminds me of a story –A story of how God showed the need to listen and the need to speak. He is calling us right now, for such a time as this. [Esther 4:14]

Most of the time we just start praying and fall into the trap of praying the same old, same old prayers. Even getting stuck in the patterns that we are comfortable in.

Look at Paul’s prayer portions that have been recorded in Romans:

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Romans 15:5–6]

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]

I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. The God of peace be with you all. Amen. [Romans 15:30–33]

It does not sound like Paul was stuck in his prayers!

For the month of August our core prayer team took some significant time for intentional listening and prayer. We have been asking God what it is HE WANTS TO SAY TO US as we pray for those things that He is putting before us to say words for, in our times of prayer and prayer times with Him. It really is about time in prayer with Him.

PicsArt_08-28-11.58.45Looking into the end of this year and what is on the horizon was a key area of interest to us.

Let me share a short part of what I have been hearing as I have been listening intently this past month. Asking the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to allow vision out onto the prophetic horizon. [Just beyond what we already know in the physical -to what God sees in the world of eternity. . .  we look at thing differently than God does with our segmented “Eternity past, Eternity current & Eternity future” mode of seeing the world. God’s picture of Eternity is one whole picture. Much like His one whole picture of the Bible.

Asking for help to move us from those who see segments, to a larger perspective of one who looks at the whole picture. So that we might know better how to effectively pray.

HARVEST

There is a tsunami on The horizon… It is looming off in the future, but beginning to show itself. It is the Harvest, a huge harvest…

Critical Times, My Sheep

In fact the sheep have wandered… they are not familiar with the Shepherd’s voice. Some have bought into the lie that they cannot hear or understand what the Shepherd is saying to them. “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.” [John 10:3-4] “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” [John 10:27] “But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.” [John 10:26-28]

Keep looking to Me, Keep abiding, Keep asking

The Lord is telling us in this season, “Don’t look to the things of the past or the former things, for behold, I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it?” [Isaiah 43:18-19. It is a new season, a season of the new, and of the MORE. A season of different. Prepare to be enlarged… “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left.” [Isaiah 54:2-3] “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. [Matthew 7:7] “So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. [Luke 11:9]

How thirsty are we?

“Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters! Come, all who have nothing to give… who want to receive! Listen diligently and let your soul delight itself in richness… Seek Yahweh while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.” [Isaiah 55:1-6] “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:8-9]

Can we trust Him in bringing the CAPACITY for the “NEXT SEASON”?

The Lord is the equipper. It is He who brings the ability to have capacity. He is opening the Harvest. It is a time for all who dwell with Him. Do not fear, He will not leave us. “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them”. [Isaiah 42:16] “This is a great and exciting time!” [Psalm 18:19]

Step in

“I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.” [Joshua 1:3] “God has commanded us, ‘Be strong and very courageous’.” [Joshua 1:9] “Do not look back; only go forward into the new.” [John 8:36] God is taking us INTO the “next”.

God is always in the Chaos -Learn to rest in Him in the middle of it all!

Winds of change are blowing… God is in the chaos, He always has been. Remembering back to the time of the disciples questioning him when he was in the back of the boat, fast asleep on a pillow in the middle of the storm, “Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” [Mark 4:38] We must learn to rest, even in the midst of the storm, the shift or the change.

Praying for the body of Christ to allow the Father full access, time to work in and through us, as we trust Him for the capacity that will be needed for the more that is coming.

Capacity

ca·pac·i·ty

[kəˈpasədē]

NOUN
  1. the maximum amount that something can contain
    • fully occupying the available area or space
    • the amount that something can produce
  2. the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something
  3. a specified role or position

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What is the Word for us today?

May we be those who believe for “the maximum amount that we might contain of Him… allowing Him to fully occupy us with what He produces. To have the ability and power to do, experience and understand Him. Be His CAPACITY for such a time as this!

Jesus spoke in parables  34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable, 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: I will open My mouth in parables; I will declare things kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Jesus Interprets the Wheat and the Weeds  36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.” 37 He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen! [Matthew 13:34-43]

2016 is a leap year, and a year of the more. Use intentional listening in prayer. Look for the more, step in!
13528097_10153514629686207_6270445053835616341_o Join each Thursday at 2pm (EDT) to pray. Be sure to read and download the Sept. 2016 ION Prayer Focus: https://ionprayer.com/2016/08/28/sept-2016-ion-prayer-focus/
PS – Grateful and very thankful for the support of our ION Executive Director, David Swarr and Communications Director, Ricki. As well as the ION Core Team especially Lucy Knight who kept our Thursday Call open as we all took the month off to be with the Father. Without their support, it would not have been possible.
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Where are the Elijah’s in Prayer?

ION has a solid foundation of an invisible, yet tangible platform of prayer.

1 Kings 19… This story brings the reality of the Church and those who Pray right to the forefront of where we are today. For some time now my heart has been grieving with the Father for those who have in many ways done what Elijah did. They are hunkered in their caves and are tired, worn out from the battle of their journey. As trapped as they are, they like Elijah that day have not yet hit the point of being ready to move to the front of the cave to “notice what God is doing”.

They like Elijah are afraid. Unwilling even to notice that God is still encountering them. But through a series of visits and conversations, God is able to speak and be heard by Elijah.

There are masses out there that want to be all of what God has called them to be, but are like Elijah was huddled into seclusion, weary, sometimes even having lost hope for what God called them to. But, when Elijah finally gives notice and listens, God with great patience finally gives the strategythe path forward for him. This sets in motion the next set of items in God’s agenda. 

In the end, “God was not in the wind, not in the earthquake or in the fire, but He spoke after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.”

You remember the story. . .

Elijah’s Encounter with the Lord

Then the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  [Elijah gives his excuse in verse 10]

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, but . . .”  [THEN GOD GIVES HIS FIRST INSTRUCTION OF THE ENCOUNTER]

11 Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.”  [And the Lord moves]

At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  [Again, Elijah brings his same excuse]

14 “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts,” he replied, “but. . .”  [Then the Lord speaks direction/strategy]

15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go and return by the way you came to the Wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, . . . 18 But I will leave 7,000 in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

[Back to the story, then the shift happens in the story. Look at verses 19-20]

Elisha’s Appointment as Elijah’s Successor

19 Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat as he was plowing. Twelve teams of oxen were in front of him, and he was with the twelfth team. Elijah walked by him and threw his mantle over him. 20 Elisha left the oxen, ran to follow Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you.”

“Go on back,” he replied, “for what have I done to you?”  [Did you catch that Elisha already knew what the cloak was and what it meant!]

21 So he turned back from following him, took the team of oxen, and slaughtered them. With the oxen’s wooden yoke and plow, he cooked the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he left, followed Elijah, and served him.  [We finish with verse 21, so Elisha left; he uses his former makes a true feast to say goodbye to his family. Then he leaves to follow Elijah and becomes Elijah’s lead. The Spirit of Elijah is needed in this hour. The fullness of those who will be set in place to take the next season are needing to put their mantles on. Some are needing someone to come alongside them and cause them to take note of what God is doing and how they might fit in.]

Thinking about this story is the background for this article on UUPGs, Prayer & Orality (including the portion of God speaking through the Word, circumstances, people, etc.). What if we understood more fully. What if God might hold a portion of the anointing such as that of releasing of the “putting on the mantle” of praying for uupgs and a lifestyle of continual prayer, such as what happened in this setting? God used Elijah to set in place Elisha. A “setting in place” in verse 21, that could not have been undone from occurring. And even more, it was the catalyst for the fire that left him no return to the things of old?!

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When we began to pray for and with ION, it started because an Elijah type came to us and shared the mantle of prayer with us. That started a fire, a chain reaction for us individually and for us as group. It was what we often refer to as the “strap yourself in” you are getting ready to ride outside of this atmosphere as you begin to step in to pray for this work of God. The pattern is similar to what is described in Psalm 40:5

Lord my God, You have done many things—Your wonderful works and Your plans for us; none can compare with You.   If I were to report and speak of them, they are more than can be told.

Along the way, prayer has given birth to many shifts. It has caused the reality of paradigm shifts that has affected many areas. Some of that has affected how we do prayer. And how we pray together corporately and individually.

As we began to be engaged in praying primarily for Oral & Bibleless Peoples (an intentional shift we took in 2014), we began to move in oral methods as a team. We sensed the need to take our community of prayer to a whole new level. We began to advocate for the use of audio Scripture daily. To use Bible Storytelling in our prayer times. Many of our prayer team has been involved in storying training or is actively involved in that some sphere of orality on a daily basis. Some are simply those with a heart in prayer for Orality!

UUPG – Orality – Prayer  – A little history on ION Prayer. . .

There is a small group who started out praying for one executive (Avery Willis) who introduced us to a whole new world. The world of seeing the LOST, those peoples who still were waiting to hear the life changing news of the Gospel and God’s great gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. From that small group, God launched a global group who link in united prayer each week.

While we started out praying alongside one executive, God allowed the more. In addition to the work of Orality around the globe, we have been blessed to behind the scenes pray for the group of executives that quietly continue to meet three times a year that emerged out of Amsterdam 2000. These managing partners are working collaboratively together ZERO. Zero people groups that have not heard the Gospel. They continue to work toward having every people group with someone working on a strategy of getting the Gospel in where previously there was no one wanting to go to.

Remembering back to the beginning, hearing of this listing of people groups who each had over 100,000 people in their populations and in which NO ONE was working toward having in place a strategy of bringing the Gospel to them. It was heart breaking and life changing.

Fast forward 10 years, that same working group has had remarkable answers. They have brought a movement of collaboration into place that has impacted the outcome growth of critical pieces needed in the working in cooperation with God in the completion of the great commission.

A key element of what has been driving the work is The Essential Elements of the Great Commission.

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It begins with Scripture for All (Romans 10:17), Evangelism for the Unreached (Mark 16:15), Discipleship for the Churched (Matthew 28:19-20). These are very strategic to bringing transformation of the heart to come to pass.

The currently very strategic essential elements of the Great Commission.

1) Scriptures  Translation, Distribution & Use. The “Oral Bible” (Matthew 4:4)

2) Engaging the Unengaged UPGs (UUPG)  Those no one currently has a strategy in place to reach.  (Revelation 5:9)

3) Evangelism  Focus – Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists & Secularists (Matthew 24:14)

4) Orality  (Matthew 13:34)

5) Church Planting & Presence (Acts 2:42-47)

6) Prayer & Unity (Luke 10:2 & John 17:20-23)

[For the purpose of this article we will look at items 2, 4, & 6 elements.]

Unengaged, Unreached People Groups (UUPG)

In the area of UUPG, the research reveals in these people groups that the very reality is that there is little to no Scripture access was available  in heart languages: Including NO Written Scriptures, NO Oral Scriptures, NO Jesus Film, NO Gospel Recordings, NO Radio Programs, NO Churches & NO Believers. Wycliffe Global Alliance announced in Oct. 2015, there are still 1,778 People Groups that do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue.

Orality

For many the Gospel message given just can not or will not be able to be received, because it comes in a format or mode that will not reach them at a heart level. Heart level is where transformation happens! God’s message really needs to be heard. . .

The 10/40 Window is where most of the Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG) live. It is also where the largest number of the Persecuted Church live. In addition, it is the area of the world where the largest numbers of Oral Learners are located.

Did you know 80% of the world are oral learners? Think about it, 5.6 Billion people and of that number over 1/2 are children!

Prayer

As those involved with ION Prayer, we are asking the King in the face of this great need across the globe for those who still wait to hear the transformational message of God’s great gift, the Gospel -the Good News. . .

We are asking for a linking together and a join in prayer for the prayer spoken about in Matthew 9:5-38 The Lord of the Harvest. This is a call for us to advocate and prompt more to pray, that He might send the laborers into His harvest field.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

Father, draw us to a place that we might notice that the reality of Your plan to reach the EVERY AND ALL has not changed, but maybe we might need to make a shift, that results in more fruitfulness in reaching those who still wait to hear.

International Orality Network, the Orality Movement is on the cutting edge of influencing the Body of Christ to make disciples of all oral learners. The billions of Oral & Oral Bible-less who need to hear the Gospel and the gift of saving knowledge of the Salvation gift of Jesus, in a way that will allow them to really receive.

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We are asking God to call out pray-ers and intercessors for the Nations and People Groups who still wait… Continue to pray with us for Oral Peoples & Oral Bible-less Peoples.

How do we reach them?!  It all begins with PRAYER

To find out more about how you can connect to the ION Prayer Teams: http://orality.net/prayer/connecting-to-ion-prayer/

Our core team and myself are finishing out ten (10) years in place with the International Orality Network. That is an item to celebrate. Lots of changes have occurred since Avery Willis brought us into this world. We have learned so much about orality and about prayer along our journey. We have been blessed to see prayer grow within the context of ION.

 

 

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Sept. 2016 ION Prayer Focus

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September 2016 is here!

The ION Prayer Team will have a 12 person team at the Houston ION Regional Conference. We will be floating around ready to connect. We want to hear what God is doing within your Oralitysphere. And we look forward to sitting together and praying with you.

Screenshot_2016-05-17-16-36-07-1-1For those not already signed up, there is still time to register at: IONEvents.org

We will gather at 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas United States: https://orality.net/event/ion-north-america-regional-conference/

Before everyone arrives for the conference the ION leadership will be gathering for a few days for their twice a year “face to face” time of praying together and meeting.

Please join in praying as the ION Leadership gathers. And for the Regional Conference.

After the conference STS will offer Training. September 15September 19

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Simply The Story: Inductive Bible Study – Oral Style. Plan now to stay a few extra days after ION and take home a skill that will last for years. Learn how to easily remember and tell Bible stories, and teach through discussion. Practice using questions…

Faith Bible Church
5505 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381 United States  
For more info and the link on how to register go to: https://orality.net/event/simply-the-story-inductive-bible-study-oral-style-workshop/ 
Full workshop Thurs., Sept. 15 – Mon., Sept. 19, 2016
Practitioner workshop Sat., Sept. 17 – Mon., Sept. 19, 2016
**Special ION Attendee Practitioner Workshop Schedule**
**See Brochure for Details**
For teaching content or to REGISTER: 951-658-1619
To download a workshop brochure click here
To download a registration form click here
ONLINE Registration – 5Day Full Workshop ONLY – click here (opens new window)
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Connecting in prayer for the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples

Sept. 2016: Sudan

This month we are praying for the 23 People Groups of Sudan with NO SCRIPTURE (Written or Oral)
 
 How can this be?! Pray NOW!  
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FTT# UPG Name       Population  Language   Religion WS OS J F R G C B   
5933 Acheron           13,000  Acheron       Islam   N N N N N Y N N 
1260 Bokoruge          84,500  Daju,Dar Sila Ethnic  N N N N N Y N N   
1006 Dar Fur Daju     107,000  Daju,Dar Fur  Islam   N N N N N N N Y 
1007 Deaf             215,000  Unk           Various N N N N N N N N
5938 Delen              5,300  Dilling       Islam   N N N N N Y N N
1011 Erenga            10,500  Assangori     Islam   N N N N N Y N N
1261 Fanya             50,500  Fania         Islam   N N N N N N Y Y 
5282 Fur            1,300,000  Fur           Islam   N N Y N N Y N Y
1262 Gulfan            48,000  Ghulfan       Islam   N N N N N Y N N  
5460 Gulud             34,000  Katla         Islam   N N N N N Y Y Y 
5283 Ingessana        107,000  Gaam          Islam   N N N N N N Y Y  
0581 Kimr             185,000  Assangori     Islam   N N N N N Y N Y   
1021 Lopit             76,500  Lopit         Ethnic  N N N N N Y N N   
1023 Mima             138,000  Amdang        Islam   N N N N N N Y Y    
1191 Ngile             58,000  Ngile         Islam   N N N N N Y Y Y   
5239 Shatt             23,000  Shatt         Islam   N N N N N Y N N 
1268 Sungor            21,500  Assangori     Islam   N N N N N N Y Y 
1029 Tagale           131,000  Tegali        Islam   N N N N N N Y Y  
1030 Tama              92,000  Tama (Chad)   Islam   N N N N N Y N N  
1269 Togole            49,500  Tegali        Islam   N N N N N N Y Y  
5242 Tulishi           12,500  Tulishi       Islam   N N N N N N N N 
1192 Wali              58,500  Wali (Sudan)  Islam   N N N N N N N Y    
1032 Zaghawa          150,000  Zaghawa       Islam   N N N N N Y Y Y
Column key:
WS - at least some Written Scripture - 23
OS - at least some Oral Scripture - 23
J - JESUS Films -1
F - Faith /Evangelical Films -23
R - Christian radio broadcasts -1
G - Gospel Recordings -13
C - at least one known church -7
B - at least one known believer -10
All 23 of these people groups have No Scripture, 
No Faith or Evangelistic Films and No Christian Radio
Let’s Pray in unity for the seven people groups in particular who have NO RESOURCES AVAILABLE at all:
Acheron, Bokoruge, Deaf, Delen, Erenga, Gulfan and Tulishi
Father,
Today we remember these 388,800 souls waiting for someone to take note alongside You for them of these particular people groups in Sudan who have NO RESOURCES. We pray for Scripture, both Written and Oral Scriptures to come to all 23 people groups. We further stand together to pray for an Bible Project to be on some groups planning table soon for each and every one of the 23! Praying in agreement with Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest prayer. Father would you open the hearts of key individuals who will have the courage to proclaim their faith in these peoples. WE PRAY NOW FOR PROJECTS TO CRAFT ORAL BIBLE STORIES IN THESE LANGUAGES. God’s arm is not too short, now does He slumber about these issues. Lord we come into agreement for the needs of these peoples to know you and to have your Word available. In Jesus name. Amen.
Pray NOW!  https://orality.net/event/sept-1-30-praying-for-oral-oral-bible-less-peoples/

Praying for Sudan – PrayerCast  http://www.prayercast.com/sudan.html

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We continue in the format of Kingdom focused, God centered and Spirit driven prayer. We are asking for a greater capacity for intercessors and pray-ers to pray as the Lord and the Holy Spirit are leading you.

Again we are linking to ION partner group PrayerCast.org -as you pray you might want to click here to use the Sudan PrayerCast video during your prayer time.

As we pray this month for these 23 People Groups who have NO SCRIPTURE, let’s link into these prayer points together:

  • Pray for definitive peace and stability between tribal groups and military commanders who continue to vie for power.
  • Pray for government leaders to rule with integrity and justice.
  • Pray for the church to grow spiritually strong despite intense suffering and persecution.
  • Pray that Sudanese believers would remain faithful to Christ in persecution and join together as a unified body of believers.
  • Pray for each of these people groups to have an Oral Scripture Project on the planning table.

The information in the table we use each month comes from our ION partner group Finishing the Task (FTT) http://www.finishingthetask.com/uupgs.php?sort=Country.

Praying specifically for Oral and Oral Bibleless People 

The remaining Unreached Unengaged People Groups (UUPG) are for the most part oral societies. We need to shift our understanding to include prayer for the Oral and Oral Bibleless peoples as well. Realizing that large portions of the globe still do not have access to Scripture, we need to learn to pray for those who communicate in oral ways or prefer oral methods. Let’s ask God to teach us to understand the needs of oral communicators, recognizing that they need to hear the gospel story in a different way or format in order to properly understand its message. Let’s pray for God to use technology to bring His story to the masses of this day so that soon there are  ZERO peoples left to hear the name of Jesus. Let’s pray for new gateways and new pathways for the gospel to every tongue, tribe and nation.

How does that happen within the Orality Network

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Technology is opening doors that previously have not been available:

Through the internet the availability of Scripture has shifted the landscape of access to the Bible in multiple languages and mother tongue languages that previously were not open to access by individuals. Praise God with us for the Repositories of Scripture sites like Bible.is  and YouVersion .

Another great resource is the Open Access Websites for Oral Scripture and Story Sets from ION network partner websites such as OneStory: Listen Now http://www.onestory-media.org and IMB Partner Connect http://www.IMBPartnerConnect.com and Global Recordings Network (GRN) http://globalrecordings.net/en/search/language#fndtn-panel2 . God is making a way!

Connecting with ION Partner – CRU Prayer

As a part of the movement of missions to complete the Great Commission, we partner with others. We would love for you to partner as well with our friends at CRU for #Pray2020.

Strategic Prayer Matthew chapter 9 verses 37thru38

1. Start with a simple daily prayer – Pause for a moment to pray something as simple as this:  Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38).  Sign up: http://pray2020.org/

2. Invite others to #Pray2020 – There are a number of ways that you can encourage people to be a part:

  • Invite people personally to pray
  • Refer people to pray2020.org
  • Print a PDF version of a flyer
  • Use a Twitter hashtag (#Pray2020) to let others across the Body of Christ know you are involved: Tweet simply: “I’m in!”

3. Share what you’re seeing God do – Use the same hashtag (#Pray2020) to share specifics of your 2020 prayers, or to link to stories of how you, your ministry teams, or others are seeing God’s Spirit move toward the fulfillment of His Great Commission.

Movements Prayer Journal: Aug.-Sept. 2016

Connecting in Global Prayer

Fellow Prayer Strategists (FPS):

You might be interested in joining to further connect with other global prayer leaders.

  • 2nd Thursday of Each Month FPS Monthly Call  for Prayer Catalysts/Strategists to gather to pray together through a sequence that allows us to pray around the world. See below for the link for the Sept. focus. This call allows for us as a group of fellow believers serving teams, networks, organizations or denominations in different capacities as prayer catalysts/strategists additionally to join regularly to “talk shop”–to discuss aspects of the ministry we are involved in and learn from one another. NEXT CALL: Thursday, Sept. 8th at 9am (CDT)

These calls are also for those who serve to mobilize prayer and who would like to connect to other global prayer strategists.

Join from your PC, Mac, iOS or Android by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/7867380647 

If you would like to receive an invitation or have any questions, email asianrd@sr21.com.  Also see http://www.ethne.net/prayer/fellowship-of-prayer-strategists

Join as we pray in September for the Unreached People’s Calendar for South Asia.  Here is the link:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/75jcwsemwhz434l/GPDFPS_Cldr_Sept16_English_PDF.pdf?dl=0 

Subject: 📢 🙏  A Call to Christians to Pray for The Hajj 2016

Reply-To: Global Prayer Resource Network <info@globalprn.com>

A Call for Prayer to all Christians for Hajj Prayer 2016:

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HAJJ PRAYER 2016 is a call for Christians to pray for millions of Muslims as they go to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform The Hajj Pilgrimage which takes place from  9 – 11 (14)* September 2016. * Because of the millions now going on this Hajj, some will complete the Hajj in three days, others will take longer.  Source:  Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula  (PTAP)

 

“God’s House can only become a House of Prayer for all Nations,
when His people become People of Prayer”  

~ Unknown 

Prayer Resources from GPRN – Visit Global PRN At this web site you will find many PRAYER RESOURCES with which you can enrich your prayer life.

 

Partnering Prayer Strategies:

Unie in Prayer daily at 11:55 am
STOP what you are busy with,
FOCUS on the Lord and
LISTEN to what He is saying to you,
FINISH with the LORD’S PRAYER at 12 noon.

 

Check out these global prayer partner groups:

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ION Brochure: If you would like to download a trifold brochure explaining ION and Orality, follow this linkThe ION trifold brochure

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