More than 10,000 followers of Jesus from 123+ different countries joined us for the World Prayer Together call on Saturday 19th September.
The theme of the 4 hour gathering was ‘Repentance, Reconciliation, Revival and Reaching all with His Gospel.’
This GO2020 partnership event launched a special season - 10 Days of Prayer www.10days.net (during the “Ten Days of Awe” from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur), September 18-28, as well as a movement of repentance called The Return www.thereturn.org (See previous article)
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14
Thirty four church and ministry leaders representing 10 world regions “stood in the gap”, identifying and confessing major corporate sins that characterize their regions as those from other regions empathized and prayed for revival and mission breakthroughs for each of those regions. Worship was led by teams from Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, The Ukraine and North America.
Thank you for joining us for this act of ‘John 17’ unified prayer for our world.
Jonathan Friz, 10 Days of Prayer, www.10days.net
Excerpts from our full October prayer report looking at Covid-19 Hot Spots, Flattening the Curve, Hopes for a Vaccine and Prayer Points with Links to Resources:
As of 30th September, the total global figure for people infected by Covid-19 stands at 33.4 million according to Johns Hopkins University. In addition to this, the death statistic has risen above the unwanted milestone of 1,000,000.
Covid-19 hot spots
The US continues to be the country with the highest numbers confirmed cases and deaths related to Covid-19 globally with figures at around 7,300,000 and 210,000 respectively. The daily infection rate has remained stable over the past month at around 40,000 new cases per day and new deaths have consistently been above 700 according to Worldometer.
India is currently experiencing the highest rate of new coronavirus cases per day reaching its own 24-hour high of 97 thousand on 16th September, and also the highest rate of deaths with an average over 1,000 per day throughout most of September. India has also overtaken Brazil for the spot of the most cumulative cases and is on track to soon overtake the USA for the top spot. This comes as the Taj Mahal reopens at quarter capacity in the northern city of Agra after being closed for 6 months.
Latin America continues to suffer with over 9.2 million cases of Covid-19. Brazil and Argentina, in particular, are observing tens of thousands of new cases each day and hundreds of deaths. Some of these deaths may even have been preventable as reports speculate corruption among politicians to take advantage of the pandemic chaos to line their own pockets with inflated contracts for ventilators and other medical supplies in high demand.
Many European countries are seeing second waves of infection within their borders. The likes of France, UK, and Netherlands are showing increasing case numbers beyond their first spike. This does not necessarily mean that this wave is currently worse than the first, however, since testing was not widely available at the beginning of the pandemic so only the most serious cases were confirmed. In areas with the highest rates of infection there are local lockdowns in place and restrictions on bar & restaurant opening hours across England. The Netherlands are facing their first strict restrictions after largely avoiding any serious impacts previously. It will now be recommended to wear masks in shops and social gatherings will be limited to three people. Russia remains the worst affected country in Europe with over 1.1 million cases without any sign of a significant decline in transmission rates.
Africa seems to be seeing an overall decline in the prevalence of Covid-19 with a reduction of positive test results and an increase in testing over recent weeks and months. The pandemic seems to have impacted the continent less severely than the rest of the world partly due to a younger population, low population density & mobility. Other countries around the world struggling to contain the virus include Indonesia, Iran, and South Africa, where the numbers of new cases and deaths remain high.
Has the curve flattened?
The initial intention of flattening the curve was to reduce the rate of infection enough to keep hospital admissions below maximum capacity so that everyone who needed medical treatment could receive it. This was a particular issue early on in the pandemic since many of those infected and impacted by the virus were more likely to be older and therefore more likely to need hospitalisation, with particular issues in care homes.
Many of the newer infections have been among young people, and mass migrations of students to universities have been partially to blame for this. Young people are naturally more at risk of infection regardless of universities since they are more likely to be working in retail and hospitality where interaction with customers is highly likely. Furthermore, government schemes such as the UK’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ or France’s restaurant vouchers encouraged socialising and patronage at these establishments to boost the economy. Finding the balance between keeping the economy as strong as possible and minimising infection has been the factor to decide whether a country has handled the pandemic well or not.
In some countries around the world where good social distancing has been practised, masks worn where necessary, efficient testing and quarantining has taken place, and test-and-trace systems have been implemented, the rate of infection has been shown to fall, and in some places, reduce to 0. This has been fully enacted by small countries and island nations and has seen positive results from larger countries such as Taiwan, and Iceland where the virus was once prominent.
In other countries, there has been impatience during lockdown, not waiting long enough for case rates to fall before reopening. This prevents a reduced rate of transmission, which doesn’t work towards the eradication of the virus. Through further restlessness and more easing of lockdown restrictions, the rate of transmission has increased again producing additional waves of infection as shown by the recent dramatic increase in cases in the Netherlands or Israel.
The efforts that have been put in place by countries all over the world have reduced the impacts of the virus, though. Without the measures such as travel restrictions to and from zones with high case rates and social distancing designed to reduce transmission, the new numbers of cases would likely not have dropped, and the death toll would have been much higher by now.
Vaccines are currently being developed by teams all over the world in the race to find a solution to the pandemic. 43 of these are currently in human trials, and 93 are in animal trials, to prove that they work as intended and are safe for wide-spread use.
A vaccine developed by the University of Oxford with AstraZeneca has been shown to trigger an immune response creating neutralising antibodies and T-cells in the recipient after a single dose in 90% of participants, although not without possible side-effects such as fever and headaches. Larger trials have been taking place in Brazil, UK, South Africa, and USA where exposure to Covid-19 is high to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective, and then 2,000 volunteers from Britain and 37,000 worldwide will take part in “challenge trials” where they will be deliberately infected with coronavirus to observe the vaccine’s response. There was a pause in the phase 2 efficacy trials due to safety concerns which have since resumed 6 days later in the UK and South Africa and then Brazil. The US is yet to continue their branch of the trial over calls for more transparency.
Over 150 countries equivalent to 64% of the world’s population have pooled efforts and resources to set up the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, otherwise known as COVAX. The benefits of this are that all member parties can take advantage of successful vaccines produced from their collective library so that everyone will have access to a working product in the shortest time frame possible. In the event that a country’s own vaccine plans fall through, they will have a backup option in COVAX. Notably absent from this coalition are China and USA.
COVAX have now announced a plan to fairly distribute working vaccines around the world going first to front-line workers and then to those at highest risk. However, funding to provide vaccines to lower income countries is not yet sufficient as only $800 million of the $2 billion required has been raised.
- Let us continue to declare that the novel coronavirus is defeated by the blood of Jesus.
- We pray for divine intervention and for God's name to be glorified even as each nation and government tries its best to flatten the curve, prevent and lessen the impact of second spikes and finally arrest this epidemic.
- We release wisdom, skill, and integrity upon our leaders.
- We pray for protection, wisdom and strength, for those working to bring treatment and comfort to the sick and their families.
- We pray special grace and help for the vulnerable and lesser-developed nations.
- We pray for refugees and displaced peoples. We pray against domestic violence and other crimes that have become rampant during lockdowns.
- We pray for a safe, effective, and affordable vaccine to be released soonest but without including aborted baby cells in its creation, neglecting proper testing protocols, and without including any digital ID tracing (“health passport”) which could bring about totalitarian control.
- We continue to release faith, hope, and love over the peoples of the world. May the Church seize this opportune time to manifest Jesus our Lord and Savior to those who are seeking answers and peace.
Join in Online Prayers:
World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, UK – Virtual House of Prayer
God and the Pandemic – Tom Wright
WW11 Veteran Gets 180k Praying
Reporting from John Hopkins University: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality
Further data on Europe and the world: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases
Azerbaijan and Armenia have defied calls for a ceasefire after the worst fighting in decades between the two over a disputed territory. The US, France and Russia jointly condemned the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, in the southern Caucasus.
But Turkey - an ally of Azerbaijan - dismissed demands for a ceasefire. Nagorno-Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan but governed by separatist ethnic Armenians. Years of negotiations have never resulted in a peace treaty.
Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a war in 1988-94 over the territory. Armenia backs the self-declared republic but has never officially recognised it. Heavy shelling persisted overnight in the region's main city, despite mounting international concern.
At least 100 people have reportedly been killed with hundreds wounded in the latest flare-up.
Pray for the hostilities to cease and for a return to negotiations.
Pray for the safety of civilians living in the disputed regions.
Pray that external interference will be brought to light and that this war does not escalate.
This message was received from a German humanitarian/prayer organization:
Dear friends in Christ Jesus,
We would like to inform you that from 27.09.2020 until today, 29.09.2020, the attacks of Azerbaijan troops, which are supported by Turkey, do not stop. Azerbaijan troops have been bombing not only armed forces but also villages and towns. By the grace of God, our armed forces are still able to guard the borders and prevent the enemy troops from invading and destroying the civilian population. At the moment we already have 84 casualties among soldiers who gave their lives for their country.
Our church, along with other churches, fervently prays to God, and thanks to God that He hears our prayers and protects our country from an adversary that several times is larger in number and armor. A state of war has been declared in our country as well as general conscription.
There are also brothers from our church who are currently in the army, and some have either been conscripted or went as volunteers. We also try to support our army with financial and economic means, as well as to help families who moved from Artsakh, which is Nagorno Karabakh. Right now we are making food for families who are standing before hospitals whole day long because their relative soldier is wounded moved to a hospital.
Please, earnestly pray for the people of our country, so that God's peace may descend on the borders and reconciliation may be established between the neighboring fighting countries.
The United States has unilaterally reimposed all UN sanctions against Iran, despite opposition from Washington’s closest European allies and uncertainty over the impact of the move.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on September 19 announced the so-called snapback of UN sanctions on Iran, threatening U.S. action against any violators.
“If UN member states fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“In the coming days, the United States will announce a range of additional measures to strengthen implementation of UN sanctions and hold violators accountable,” he added.
Iran's currency fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on September 20 following Washington's announcement. The Iranian economy has been under extreme pressure ever since the United States reimposed unilateral sanctions on the country in November 2018.
In reaction to the move, Iran on September 20 called on the rest of the world to unite against Washington's "reckless actions."
The U.S. move sets the stage for a major clash at the United Nations, where Washington finds itself increasingly isolated amid tensions with both Iran and other parties to the 2015 nuclear accord, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA).
"The Americans as a rule act as a bully and impose sanctions.... The world community should decide how to act towards bullying," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Iranian state television hours before the U.S. announcement.
President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to progressively infringe on its nuclear commitments as part of a calibrated response to the absence of expected economic benefits from the JCPOA.
The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal have tried to save the faltering agreement, rejecting an attempt by Washington to trigger a return of UN sanctions on Tehran over its infringement of its nuclear commitments.
Ahead of the U.S. announcement, Britain, France, and Germany said in a letter to the UN Security Council that international sanctions relief for Iran would continue beyond September 20.
"We have worked tirelessly to preserve the nuclear agreement and remain committed to do so," the UN envoys for the three countries said in a letter to the UN Security Council on September 18.
Iran's President Hassan Rohani claimed on September 20 that the Trump administration's policy of trying to force Iran to negotiate a new nuclear deal by imposing punishing sanctions on the country -- often referred to as a "maximum pressure" campaign -- has backfired, resulting in "maximum isolation" of the United States at the UN.
"America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move," Rohani said in a televised speech.
Pray that the nuclear accord can be re-visited and re-negotiated.
Pray that Iran will adhere to its nuclear commitments.
Pray for the people of Iran who are suffering the most as a result of the sanctions.
ISIS militants wreak havoc in Mozambique, killing more than 1,000 in insurgency. More than 1,000 homes have been torched by the militants, and entire villages are empty after residents fled.
Islamic State-affiliated terrorists have reportedly formed a base hub of operations in Northern Mozambique, killing more than 1,500 people, and displacing more than 250,000, according to the European Union.
The militants intend to spread out from Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province throughout Southern Africa unless stopped, according to analyst Jasmine Opperman of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project.
“It is Islamic State, seeking a footprint in Southern Africa,” she told Fox News. “Islamic State needs a platform in the region to operate, and Cabo Delgado presents that opportunity, and hence I am saying there is a regional threat.”
Opperman believes South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Namibia are all at risk from ISIS, which started the insurgency three years ago.
More than 1,000 homes have been torched by the militants, and entire villages are empty after residents fled.
A top research analyst told Fox News villagers are given a choice: join ISIS or else. Some villagers have been tortured, raped, and murdered. Young girls have been kidnapped.
“To put it bluntly, it’s spiraling out of control,” claims Opperman.
The militants have fashioned several names for themselves – including Al Shabaab. But there’s no evidence of any direct link with the Somalia-centred group with the same name.
Analysts say the militants are targeting the wealth that is to come from massive natural gas fields currently being explored primarily just offshore. French energy company Total alone is reportedly investing $60 billion in its Mozambique LNG project.
But multiple factors, including alleged corruption within the Mozambican government, have visibly not led to signs of wealth being passed down to the general local community, other than the energy companies employing local staff.
Mozambique ranks 181 out of 187 countries in the most recent UNDP Human Development Index. Meanwhile, the Borgen Project, a Seattle-based non-profit fighting global poverty, claims more than 80% of Mozambicans continue to live on less than $2 a day. Life expectancy in Mozambique is only 55 years, compared to 79 years in the US.
This is why the insurgents claim they attacked, in a huge firefight, and took control of the local port town of Moçimboa da Praia – the supply center for the nearby natural gas projects. Weeks later, with all communications cut, it’s still not clear whether the town is still under rebel control.
Pray that the Mozambique government will quash the efforts of these terrorist groups.
Pray for those displaced by these atrocities, that they will find safety and shelter.
Pray for the humanitarian agencies working to support the affected communities.
Pray against the corruption in the government and that the lack of investment in infrastructure will be reversed.
BREAKPOINT: Benjamin Watson, Tulsi Gabbard and Frank Wolf on the Slaughter of Christians in Nigeria
On Wednesday of this week, I was honored to participate in a media event, along with former U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, current U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, former Super Bowl star Ben Watson, and Stephen Enada, president of the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON). The targeting of Christians in Nigeria, for persecution, abduction, and death, is so dire, it’s been labeled “genocide” by observers both inside and outside the country.
Especially in northern Nigeria, Christians are under a sustained, brutal assault by two groups bent on their destruction: The Islamist terror group Boko Haram and Fulani militants motivated by a mixture of Islamist ideology and greed for land. On any given day, Christians are killed, raped, and kidnapped.
An interactive calendar on the ICON website offers a documented summary of how many Christian have been victimized each day since December of last year. As I mentioned in my comments for the panel, this campaign against believers has been going on for years, but the calendar offers a visual picture that the persecution of Christians in Nigeria is as recent as last week. For example, just last week, over 20 Christians were killed and over 60 abducted.
As Stephen Enada, leader of ICON and host for Wednesday’s panel, told me recently on the BreakPoint Podcast, Nigerian Christians are in the midst of an “existential crisis.” In addition to those killed, there are more than 3 million displaced Nigerians. Women and children are being trafficked to Europe.
Yet the Nigerian government has embraced a policy of indifference, if not complicity. At most, they arrest a few perpetrators, declare them “de-radicalized” after a short while, and send them back into the community. Many continue to prey upon their Christian neighbors.
This is why every member of Wednesday’s panel called for external pressure. The Nigerian government must be pressured by the international community, especially the government of the United States of America. Creating that pressure is the mission of ICON. Their comprehensive report, “Genocide in Nigeria,” offers the full, heartbreaking picture of what is happening in Africa’s largest country. You can get a copy on their website.
Wednesday’s event was designed not only to inform media about ICON’s activities and resources, but to press for action while offering possible ways the U.S. might pressure the Nigerian government to act.
After pointing out that more Christians have been killed in Nigeria than Islamists have killed in Syria and the rest of the Middle East, former Representative Frank Wolf urged the Trump Administration to appoint a special envoy for Nigeria. In addition to working with the U.N. and NGOs to coordinate all efforts to confront the crisis, a special envoy will send a signal that the United States is serious about the problem and is willing to put its sizeable weight to work in order to address it.
Enada seconded Wolf’s recommendations, saying that “it’s more important than ever that the U.S. government act to resolve this crisis. A special envoy,” he said, “with the full backing of our federal government, would have the power to hold perpetrators accountable.” Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu, voiced her support for these kinds of efforts as well. Too often, she said “these attacks go unnoticed,” but Americans must “join our voices against the systematic slaughter of Christians.”
Former Super Bowl Champion Ben Watson struck perhaps the most inspirational note of the event. “If we are silent about [what’s happening in Nigeria] we are in some way complicit.” He then linked the campaign for justice in Nigeria to the campaign for racial justice here at home: “This shouldn’t be limited to our shores . . . we must raise a voice against violations around the world.”
And please, pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. As I said at the event on Wednesday, and I’ll say it again, praying is doing something. Primarily, prayer aligns our hearts with the heart of God. And, make no mistake, the heart of God is aligned with our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted. The more we pray the less we will tolerate silence about their persecution.
We are in a unique time in history. The world is in crisis and desperately needs the message of hope that can be only found in Jesus Christ. Would you like to be part of reaching every person with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the next 10 years?
We would like to invite church and ministry leaders to attend a special Zoom meeting on October 29 to launch GO Decade (2020-2030).
Building on experience with Global Outreach Day and GO 2020, GO Decade is a group of ministries, denominations, local churches and networks who are banding together to believe God to see the Great Commission fulfilled. We don’t believe any one organization can get the job done. But we also believe that through God’s power “Together we can reach the world”.
Please read the attached document to understand more of why GO Decade exists and what we hope it will help accomplish. If the vision of “Together we can reach the world” intrigues and motivates you like it does us, please plan to join us from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time Zone on October 29.
Indicate your interest registering here to the zoom conference:
God is moving in unprecedented ways. Many people are looking to God for help in light of the overwhelming challenges they face. GO Decade exists to help each of our organizations make the most of the opportunities God is giving us.
We look forward to joining with you on October 29th.
Let's explore ways we can all be more strategic parts of what God is doing today.
Read this encouraging report from GO2020 so far! - Please share these testimonies to God's grace and redeeming love.
Werner Nachtigal, International President - Global Outreach
Beat Baumann, International Director - Global Outreach
Steve Douglas, President - Cru / Campus Crusade for Christ
Dave Gibson, US Director / Pastor of Missions and Evangelism Global Outreach / Grace Church of Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Please pray with us for this Go2020 KIDS initiative that has the potential (and vision) to reach more than twenty million through children and youth these next three months.
Thirty-nine leaders of church and youth and children’s ministry organisations from 21 countries across Africa recently met online to plan a huge 'Last Quarter Evangelism' outreach for the continent using the Children's Prayer Covenant (CPC). See: https://prayercovenant.org/go2020-kids.html It will run from October through to December 2020.
Two gospel focused Children’s Prayer Covenant flyers will be printed locally targeting children (4 pages) and youth (6 pages). All have pledged to work for its effective printing and distribution in their regions.
Rev. Elias Apetogbo, African Continent Leader for The Prayer Covenant chaired the meeting. He is General Secretary for the All Africa Baptist Youth Fellowship (AABYF)
During this landmark inaugural gathering, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayonkule who is the President of CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria, the institution which stands as the Body of Christ in Nigeria) and Vice-President of Baptist World Alliance shared a devotional.
He challenged youth leaders to commit themselves and their groups of influence to the mission because youth have the energy to be the feet of Jesus and reach out to the unconverted. He also invited youth to dream big for the mission. He encouraged Youth to make themselves available for the mission and to focus no matter how big the challenges will be, Youth must know that Jesus is the rewarder.
The mission will also be circulating e-flyers using social media and instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp. There will be training on online evangelism provided by a regional specialist.
From October 1, 2020, each Convention or Union represented from the 21 countries is going to pray and fast one day each, on a roster, 24/7 - during the three months.
Let's be praying with them for this GO2020 KIDS / Prayer Covenant outreach...
That the flame, the excitement and the zeal of leaders towards GO2020 KIDS / Last Quarter Evangelism (LQE) must not quenched.
That 100% of our National Youth Leaders must be committed to LQE.
For wisdom and godly direction for Elias Apetogbo as he oversees the project.