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Proverbs 6:6-11

6. You lazy people, you should watch what the ants do and learn from them.

7. Ants have no ruler, no boss, and no leader.

8. But in the summer, ants gather all of their food and save it. So when winter comes, there is plenty to eat.

9. You lazy people, how long are you going to lie there? When will you get up?

10. You say, “I need a rest. I think I’ll take a short nap.”

11. But then you sleep and sleep and become poorer and poorer. Soon you will have nothing. It will be as if a thief came and stole everything you owned.

After Raising Over $28 Million to Rescue Afghan Christians, Glenn Beck Shares Incredible Update - CBN News

“While we slept, The Nazarene Fund was busy loading planes. This was the second planeload of Afghanistan Christian refugees leaving Kabul.”

That was the update from national radio host Glenn Beck, which included a touching picture to go along with the news that scores of Afghan Christians were being led to safety....


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URGENT PRAYER NEEDED: Christian Hackers Focus on Disarming New Taliban Biometric Program - Eugene

>Prayer warriors – we need your prayers!

The Taliban is using sophisticated biometric equipment that they have captured from the military, to go door-to-door to hunt down Christians. BTJ started working with our hackers over a week ago to develop a way to disable this equipment, but prayers are desperately needed....


Father of U.S. Marine Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Afghanistan Yesterday: I Was Happy When My Son Joined The Military Under Trump…But “Biden Turned His Back On Him” - RTM

>Steve Nikoui said he knew the Marines contacted the families of anyone killed in action “within eight hours.” Right about 7:15 p.m. PT, “these young men walked up,” he said.

They first appeared on Nikoui’s phone, which was linked to his doorbell camera, he explained. He had been watching the news for any word of his son or his comrades and wanted to make sure he intercepted any bad news before his wife, and other son got home and saw a clutch of Marines standing there....


The treacherous journey into Kabul airport to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan - WP

>KABUL — Two days after the Taliban’s sudden takeover of Kabul, we were given a chance to escape: seats on a chartered plane to Qatar set to take off from the city’s airport within hours.

Security around the airport was crumbling, and the future of my Afghan colleagues was increasingly uncertain. They had received Taliban threats in the past, and both have young families for whom they fear the most....


Desperate Afghan Christians turned away at airport, aid groups say - CNA

With time running out to rescue civilians fleeing the Taliban, Afghan Christians and others whose names appear on U.S. government lists of qualified evacuees are being turned away at the airport in Kabul, representatives of aid organizations and others told CNA Wednesday.

"I was told by contacts from various groups working to rescue those still in danger in Afghanistan—who must remain anonymous — that the State Department at least at a certain point was not implementing the lists that they require the organizations to compile — even though they have sent them multiple times,” Faith McDonnell, director of advocacy at Katartismos Global, an Anglican nonprofit ministry group based in Manassas, Virginia, told CNA Wednesday.

“It seems at present as if no one is getting any priority unless they have some sort of special connection inside the airport,” she said....


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How China is Paving the Way for Missionaries in Afghanistan - BTJ


>Today, because of China’s unique influence on Afghanistan, Chinese citizens are also well protected by the Taliban. The Taliban do not want Chinese citizens to be harmed for fear that it might challenge their relationship with Beijing. It might be possible that there has never been a better time to be a Chinese missionary serving in Afghanistan – and Afghanistan needs the Gospel message like never before.

Please continue to pray for the nation of Afghanistan, and the missionaries serving there.


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RLPB 612. August Update, incl. North Koreans, Afghanistan, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cuba, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan - Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

30 Days of Prayer for Afghanistan – Mon 23rd August to Tue 21st September 2021 -  International Prayer Connect (IPC)

Prayer Points:

Pray for the power of the Gospel to reach the lost and broken! Focus on the gospel as the answer not the government. Rom. 1:16

Pray for Laborers to be thrust forth in the harvest fields of Afghanistan. Matthew 9:37-38

Pray for the hurting brothers and sisters enduring severe persecution and suffering during this season. Let’s stand together with them in prayer! Heb. 13:3

Pray for finances for the Harvest. Get behind RUN ( and/or numerous other ministry initiatives that understand how to multiply in spiritually dark times. Phil 4:19

Pray for an increase in spiritual discernment and wisdom for our government leaders around the world. 1 Timothy 2:1-5


Checkout the Unreached of the Day: Zaza-Alevi in Germany

Do you know what it's like to not fit in? The Zaza-Alevi people in Germany do.

They consider themselves Muslims but have retained some ancient beliefs, giving them the label "heretic" by Muslims. They consider themselves to be Kurdish, but their language is different from any Kurds. Having migrated from Turkey, they are not considered German, setting them apart from the German majority.


Prayers for Afghanistan and Israel 🙏 🙌

Fri. August 20, 2021 Friday Night Prayer at Shekinah Worship Center

Bold Afghan Christians sharing the Gospel with Taliban - Mark Ellis

>In the rural villages of Afghanistan, especially among known Christians, the Taliban are taking young women and girls and giving them away as plunder to their fighters.

“In young families, the husbands are being executed and the women are being taken, raped, etc.,” says Joel Richardson, a teacher and author affiliated with Global Catalytic Ministries.

Some believers are fleeing to the countryside. “They are going to the mountains, the ravines, sleeping out with their sleeping bags and blankets, trying to weather the intensity of this moment, assuming they can eventually go back to their villages.”


Pray for believers in Afghanistan 🙏
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IRAN: Naser speaks from Evin prison
- Church in Chains

On 3 August Christian convert Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh celebrated his 60th birthday behind bars. Naser, who has been suffering from poor health, has been serving a ten-year prison sentence for “acting against national security through the formation and establishment of an illegal church organisation in his home” since January 2018. He has appealed for a retrial three times, but each time the request has been denied, and his appeal for parole after serving over one third of his sentence has also been denied.

Naser recently spoke in an audio message from prison in which he reflected on persecution, forgiveness, and justice. He said he bore no grudge against those who sent him to prison and asks for God’s forgiveness and blessing upon them. Referring to Ephesians 6:12, he said that his “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities..."


Our Tragic Waste of Time - Tozer

One thing taught large in the Holy Scriptures is that while God gives His gifts freely, He will require a strict accounting of them at the end of the road. Each man is personally responsible for his store, be it large or small, and will be required to explain his use of it before the judgment seat of Christ. . . . First, there is time...that we have so small a store of time constitutes a powerful reason for our making the most of what we have. Yet how many hours have we spent doing nothing or doing the wrong thing.

Jesus once said, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”

Time wasted is lost beyond recall....

Time does not run backward.

The old man does not become young, the young man becomes old. So it has always been and so it will ever be. The bird of time flies past us and is gone; “the leaves of life keep falling one by one...

We must work while it is called today.


The Stength of Humility - Tozer

>In the kingdom of heaven, weak things become mighty and mighty things often prove to be useless. God seeth not as man seeth, and the things that are held in high esteem among men may be scorned by the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth. That carnal courage so prized in the kingdom of Adam may be the direct cause of constant and humiliating defeat among Christians. God will not be under the necessity of using fleshly means to accomplish His spiritual ends. The bold “strength of character” which helps men to forge to the front, to get the best jobs, to overawe their opponents, may stand squarely in the way of all efforts to progress in the life of the Spirit. God still gives courage to the faint, and He knoweth the proud afar off.


North Korean mother-daughter caught in web of sex traffickers after fleeing starvation - Michael Ashcroft

>It didn’t even occur to Yeonmi Park to ask why there would be no fee to smuggle her and her mother across the North Korean border into China at night over the frozen Yalu River. Constant hunger smothered that question.

Quickly, she found out why, as the human traffickers immediately demanded sex from the 13-year-old girl, once in China. Her mother stepped in to save her.

“No, you cannot!” Mother shouted. “Take me instead.”


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