John Robb Report:
South Asia Prayer
he South Asia Prayer Summit was a special
and valuable time, thanks to your supportive prayers. Key leaders
of prayer ministries from most of the countries of the region
gathered in the city of Siliguri near the proud Himalayas just to
the north of Calcutta, India. We heard encouraging reports of
wonderful breakthroughs through prayer but also agonizing news of
continued turmoil, suffering and need in this heavily populated
In India, a national network now links many Christian leaders and
ministries for increasingly well organized, informed, united
prayer. A movement to make Ram the main god of India has resulted
in the government’s saying he is just a legend. Large numbers are
coming to Christ with churches and house fellowships being
multiplied in most parts of the country. Bihar, once the most
corrupt and backward of all India’s states, has moved to the
number three spot in development with new roads and infrastructure
being added and progress being made in removing corruption. It is
no accident that a strong prayer network has united Christ’s
people to pray in this state over the last few years. 4500
believers recently met there to fast and pray in over 100 degree
Nepal is now no longer a Hindu kingdom. It has become a democratic
nation. Bangladesh has a “good government” after many churches
prayed. 30 prayer conferences to bring intercessors together
across the nation were organized there this past year. After
hearing such reports, one participant joyfully declared, “This is
God’s time for South Asia!”
However, as we rejoiced over these uplifting reports, we also
heard about some heart-breaking situations. Sri Lanka needs a
prayer breakthrough as conflict worsens between the Tamil Tiger
rebels and the Sinhalese-dominated government. Afghanistan and
Pakistan have growing movements of Islamic radicals that have
brought violence, instability and lack of security to these
Several orphan girls who have become strong intercessors came to
pray for the leaders. We all got on our knees and these young
prayer warriors gently laid their hands on our heads and
interceded for us. It was thrilling to hear how the Lord is
calling and gifting poor, rural children to become mighty agents
of His transformation. Could it be that part of the prophecy of
Joel quoted by Peter in Acts 2 is being fulfilled in our time
through the rise of the Children in Prayer movement? We all agreed
that we have much to learn from the Lord and these kids through
this exciting move of His Spirit.
Here are some emerging prayer requests:
- Bhutan- breaking down of spiritual strongholds
gripping the people, monks and government and multiplication of
- Sri Lanka- reconciliation between Sinhalese
and Tamils and the success of an upcoming prayer summit there.
- Afghanistan and Pakistan- confusion and defeat
of Taliban and Al Qaeda; that some will repent and turn to Christ
(remember the fanatic Saul who became Paul).
- Bangladesh- abolition of corruption and
political unrest and further development of the prayer movement.
- Burma- that the military regime will give way
to democracy and freedom for its people. In the last few days,
there have been some encouraging signs.
Please continue to pray.
South Asia- that a strong, well-connected regional prayer network
will grow and be maintained across national borders. For God’s
special grace, protection and guidance for Patrick and Onassis,
two major coordinators for this movement.
“More prayer, more power; less prayer, less power; no prayer, no
power.” Let’s pray for a powerful prayer movement to arise for all
these nations and for the region as a whole!