1. Teachers’ action
There is still an impasse in the high school teachers’ rift with the Education Ministry over new staffing arrangements. Legal action leading to the EU court is being taken by the teachers against the government. Members of all three teachers’ trade unions (OELMED, POED and OLTEK) have authorised their leadership to take measures, not excluding strike action. Thankfully, at the start of term, teachers commenced their work as normal. God is hearing the concern of people in this matter.
Give thanks for the progress and PRAY to God for His solution to this impasse, and that it will overcome the various obstacles still in place. Use the word of God and His promises in prayer: Matthew 9v29: According to our faith. Matthew 21v21-22 & Mark 11v22-25: If we have faith and do not doubt, the obstacle will be removed.
2. Turkey is planning to establish a sovereign naval base in the north of Cyprus.
IFC received a report about this from a ‘watchman’ of a recent ‘In Cyprus’ online report from a Turkish Daily, ‘Yeni Safak’ 28.8.18 (link above).
A further report from a ‘DEBKA Review’ source put it this way: (a port in north Cyprus would) ‘enable Turkey to deliver arms and military equipment for the Palestinian terrorists away from Israeli monitors.’ We take these seriously for prayer. Let’s not be asleep and unaware. Turkey is seeking to get an even stronger military foothold in the north of Cyprus. Mr Erdogan’s agenda in Turkey and for North Cyprus includes a more extreme Islamatisation and forced removal of opposition. We suspect his plans for Cyprus extend beyond the north, Cyprus being part of the original Islamic Caliphate. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May says that the British bases remain as a bulwark against Turkeys’ interests. We see the establishing of such a naval base by Turkey as a real danger.
PRAY using the promises and word of God below as we apply them to God’s people in Cyprus.
2 Chronicles 20v15: The battle is the Lord’s. 1 Timothy 6v2: Our true fight is the fight of faith.
Deuteronomy 33v26-29: As with Israel, we can overcome our enemy….but in the spirit realm.
Isaiah 54v14-17: No weapon forged against us will prevail, as we believe God!
PRAYER ALERTS 2018 (recent)
Casinos & Gambling: We know of the major inroads being made in Cyprus by companies investing in casinos. An integrated casino resort, ‘City of Dreams Mediterranean’, is being built at Limassol, with satellite casinos in Paphos, Larnaca, Famagusta and Nicosia.
A recent study by University of Cyprus and IMR Cyprus for the national betting authority has revealed that 6% of the population are ‘pathological gamblers’ and that most gambling begins through family example, particularly that of fathers. The study means there are now tools for action for the regulation of games of chance. If the Church prays with a united front over this matter of gambling in our nation, and for regulation, even now “…nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1v37). Also, Psalm 133v1 & 3: ‘How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! ….For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life for evermore.’
The Abortion Bill, decriminalising abortion in the Republic of Cyprus is due for vote in the House on March 30th. Such action has been but the beginning of a ‘slippery slope’ in other nations over this moral matter. Jesus said, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10v10). Also, Psalm 106v38: ‘They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.’
Please pray and encourage prayer into these very topical matters for Cyprus. Thank you. The IFC Team
PRAYER ALERTS 2018 (earlier)
PRAYER ALERTS 2018 (earlier)
Turkish warship threatens Gas find in Cyprus EEZ waters.
Report: The Saipem 12000 rig was stopped on Friday by Turkish military ships and told not to continue “because there would be military activities in the destination area,” an ENI spokesman told The Associated Press. “The vessel has prudently executed the orders and will remain in position pending a development of the situation.” There are various reports out on the internet on this matter. For example the one summarised below:
yesterday (11 February) insisted Turkey had breached “international law” after
Ankara’s warships blocked an Italian drilling ship on course to explore for gas
in the island’s politically sensitive waters. Italy’s
energy giant ENI told the Cyprus News Agency its vessel was ordered to stop by
Turkish ships Friday as it sailed to begin explorations in block 3 of Cyprus’s
exclusive economic zone. Turkey
and the Greek-Cypriot-majority republic have sparred over resources in the
eastern Mediterranean, with Ankara pushing the claim of the unrecognised
statelet it backs on the north of the divided island.
Cyprus prepares to start offshore drilling for gas in its economic zone, Turkey
announced it was readying “countermeasures” and Greece replied it was “ready to
defend its sovereign rights”, in a clear sign of growing tensions between the
two NATO members.
Please pray and encourage prayer on this. Isaiah 54v17a; Isaiah 59v19; Philippians 1v19; 2 Chronicles 12v7; Proverbs 21v1-3 & v20.
Thank you. Intercessors for Cyprus team.