John Robb Report:
and the U.N.
The next 24 hours could be
critical for the nation of Myanmar (Burma) which is being rocked
by large anti-government protests led by monks and supported by
growing numbers of citizens. They are calling for an end to the
"evil dictatorship". The rallies began last month when the
government doubled fuel prices. These protests are an open
challenge to the military regime that has tightly controlled
dissent. Please pray for protection from violence and that both
protestors and the military will show restraint. Analysts fear a
repeat of the violence in 1988, when troops opened fire on unarmed
protesters, killing thousands. Pray for a peaceful reform process,
that Gods good purposes to prosper this land and its people will
be fulfilled, and that the light of Jesus Christ will shine
Thanks for praying for the UN Prayer Breakfast last week which was
arranged by a couple of Christian ministries serving the UN. Here
is their report: "215 diplomats, representing 65 countries, filled
the room and received a perfectly tailored message by Dr. John
Maxwell, whose themes were, "transformation happens through
leaders", and "Everything rises and falls on leadership." Of the
215 who attended, 32 requested Bibles, 42 requested Jesus DVD's,
and a number asked to be contacted to discuss spiritual things.
Since this event is on the day the General Assembly opens, these
diplomats will be very busy for the rest of 2007. Please pray
they will make times in their schedules to meet, and/or to attend
our weekly lunchtime Bible discussion groups, beginning October
Please also lift up the nation of Nepal in your prayers. There is
continuing political conflict and confusion as the Maoist party
withdrew from the eight-party coalition government because their
demands were not met. A constituent assembly election is scheduled for November
22, but the Maoists are attempting to delay it. There is concern
that the Maoists leaving Government could result in tension and
violence with other groups in the areas bordering India. Communal
violence has occurred in some places recently. There is potential
this violence could spread. One encouragement is that the Maoists
continue to discuss their concerns with the government.
Please pray that God leads the leaders of Nepal to find a
political solution that leads to lasting peace and prevents
further violence from erupting. Pray also that World Vision and
other local ministries would be able to safely continue serving
the people effectively in the midst of this situation.
For Pakistan, we have been asked to pray for the following:
1) Peace during this next month, so elections can be
2) Elections on October 6th. If elections are to take
place, may God establish the right person.
3) Ramadan may people have visions of Jesus and find
the one who brings true peace.
4) Night of Power may there be no major attacks.
5) PRAY for the safety of President Musharraf against
whom many assassination attempts have been made by Islamic
extremists such as Al Qaeda.