I wish to share with you a letter from George O. Wood, chair of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, of which the PAOC belongs to and I am an executive member. We are asking our congregations to take some time this Sunday, November 22, to pray for those suffering for their faith in Christ and for those who are hurting in the aftermath of last week’s tragic events in France and Lebanon. This month as a part of our Every Day Faith focus, we are praying for persecuted Christians, and International Missions is also leading us in a month of prayer for persecuted Christians worldwide in their November prayer emphasis, #FortheSilenced. We know that many of you took the time last week (November 8) to mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church with your congregations, and we appreciate your response to our call to prayer. However as the needs remain urgent we invite you to consider Rev. Wood’s call for this Sunday, to once again join our hearts in prayer for this cause.
Thanks again for praying with us,
Dave Wells<pA Message from George O. Wood, General Superintendent of Assemblies of God U.S. and Chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship></p
The World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF) is asking all affiliated churches to pray on Sunday, November 22 for believers who are suffering and for the gospel to go forth strongly to those peoples who are in migration.
Last week, civilians at concerts and sporting events in Paris found themselves targeted by terrorists with guns and bombs. Reports indicate that 129 lost their lives in these heinous attacks.
“Words are inadequate to describe the profound sorrow we have for those families who lost loved ones in the terrorists’ massacre last Friday in Paris,” expressed George O. Wood, chairman of the WAGF. “We pray for the recovery of those gravely injured.”
A statement from the Assemblies of God of France articulated their pain, “We, together with the entire French nation, are overwhelmed. Weeping and tears are everywhere for the lives that have been shattered. Nothing will ever be the same for those who were left behind.”
In November alone, in addition to the attack in Paris, violent Muslim radicals have killed 5 people in Israel and Palestine, 3 people in Egypt, 49 people in Lebanon and 31 people in Iraq. This does not include the countless people who were injured, driven from their homes as refugees into places like Turkey and Jordan, and killed in the civil war in Syria.
As you pray for these critical needs, here are some prayer points to remember:
- Pray for the families of those who have lost their lives or have been severely injured, that they would find peace and healing.
- Pray that people’s fears will not diminish the commitment of believers to minister the love and message of Christ to those who are fleeing the violence in their home countries.
- Pray that God will continue to guide our Fellowship and provide the needed resources, as we continue to minister to these multitudes that are in such desperate need.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
George O. Wood