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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS     PRAYER UPDATE    JULY 2019    No. 69

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  July 2019   No. 69.

 IFC website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org   IFC Email: iforcy@outlook.com

 We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update.

Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

 Giving thanks; Editorial: Safe transfer hub; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Prayer Strategy, Islam, Evangelism;

 Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

 The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process, The North, The Army.  

 National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.   

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July Prayer Issues. 2 Corinthians 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’

 (An interpretation of) Isaiah 62v6-7a: I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God for the fulfilment of his promises.’

               NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above.

                 Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month, whatever works for you.

 

^  GIVING THANKS:  1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’

 Give thanks for God’s many promises in His word which we can apply to current situations. Use one of His promises in prayer to Him (Mark 11v24).

 

^ EDITORIAL: Safe transfer hub. I have chosen to use the following extracts from reports on this subject, simply because this whole idea of Cyprus being willing to serve other nations in a time of crisis, providing safety and facility, fits in with the vision God has given many of us in Cyprus. The vision is that a time is coming when the Jews will have to rapidly evacuate from other nations to Israel in large numbers and need support from neighbouring countries. Reports are as follows:


The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has said that it is willing and ready to assume a responsibility of a ‘safe transfer hub’ in the complex region of the Middle East. This would involve assisting in evacuation from neighbouring countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides said, “Cyprus, due to its geographical position, has an important role to play as a ‘safe transfer hub’.” “The government is willing and ready to assume this responsibility to secure the interests of our close partners and for the benefit of the international community.”


Exercises have been taking place to aim to test and improve preparedness in a non-crisis environment, prior to any crisis which may develop.


The Cypriot Minister also recalled that thirteen years ago, Cyprus was used for the first time as a “safe haven” for an evacuation operation of civilians during the Lebanon crisis of 2006, adding that while there was no actual contingency plan at that time, the services of the Republic of Cyprus, responded timely and effectively to tackle the influx of nearly 60,000 civilian evacuees, gaining the trust and appreciation of international partners.


“This accumulated experience of collaboration and coordination was codified in the ‘ESTIA National Action Plan’” he added. “Contingency planning must be scrutinized and further improved through drills and joint brainstorming,”   This all lines up with God’s plan for Cyprus…see below. Amen!


Strategic targets in prayer (iii) Israel (Spiritual eyes being opened). This month we revisit the third of our targets for Cyprus –the Church’s blindness to God’s call and purposes for Israel - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting in prayer. Part of the destiny of Cyprus is to serve in a Jewish evacuation especially from America (there are millions of Jews living there). To be a ‘safe haven’, a ‘safe transfer hub’.


We long for a revelation of the word by the Holy Spirit: Genesis 12v1-3 (‘I will bless those who bless you…’). Also Zechariah 12v1-3; v10-13 & 13v1; Romans 11, esp. v26; Hosea 11v10; Isaiah 49v22. We long to see the overcoming of replacement theology in Cyprus and amongst other nations.  The final destiny of Jewish & Gentile believers is to be ‘one new man’ in Christ (Ephesians 2v11-21 especially v15). Keep praying.


 

^ THE CHURCH:   Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

 Here are specific requests for prayer or news of what God is doing in Cyprus, in Cypriots, and in the lives of His people in the area.


1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”

 a) ME ’Net’ Conference: Thurs-Sat, Nov 28th-30th, 2019. Location: Larnaca, Registration will be available soon. Look up and read Isaiah 19 together with Isaiah 42:10-13 and Isaiah 49:11-12 & 18a to see the growing convergence of the prophetic scriptures for our day. Pray for conference preparation.

 

b)’Timothy’: Intercessors for Cyprus is looking for a voluntary person who would be prepared to do some online and other research for us, to aid publications. If you are interested, contact the IFC office: iforcy@outlook.com (Luke 6v38).

 

c) Dream / vision: One recent visiting ministry had a dream / vision to establish a centre for ministers in the Middle East region. A place to come to for refreshing, training and receive from the Holy Spirit. Cyprus may well be the location. Pray for the Lord’s hand on this (Mark 6v31).

 

d) City pastors & leaders prayer meetings: Leaders of bible believing churches meet in several cities to interact and pray for their city regularly. Pray that more pastors & leaders in each city are drawn by the Lord into this (Psalm 133). Ours at Larnaca meets Tuesday evenings at Panos’ home.   

 

2. Alert: What is the enemy doing in our nation? Consider this and counter in prayer what is revealed. Ask God for His strategy (2 Sam 5v17-25) and be sure to counter- attack enemy works. An example is the infiltration of Islam by refugee displacement. Cyprus is the top refugee receiving country by share of its population in the EU, Eurostat said on World Refugee Day. In 2018, Cyprus recorded a 70% increase in asylum applications, as 7,610 people applied for asylum, approximately 0.9% of the country’s population. A total of 3,060 asylum seekers have crossed into the Republic of Cyprus from the north from the beginning of 2019 to the end of May. The danger is that as numbers grow. Islamic authorities will require mosques, and Sharia law to be imposed in free Cyprus. This is serious. Pray for the government to understand the demographics of this infiltration and to set boundaries, and that the church –especially the Orthodox Church - recognises the danger, prays and advises those in authority. (Isaiah 10v13; Acts 17v26).   

 

3. Islam:  The people are dominated by violent aggression against perceived enemies. Jesus taught us the way of the kingdom – a different way to that of this world - when dealing with our enemies (Luke 6v27-36). We are to love our enemies, including those who hate us, speak against us, despise us or treat us badly. To be like Jesus, we are to do good to them, speak well of them, pray for them, serve them, love them with God’s love. After all, He loves those who rage against Him, He died on the cross for them and for us. Pray that God sends people along your path so you can be a disciple of Jesus and glorify Him by loving your enemy (Luke 6v27).  Pray also for deliverance for the men bound by Islamic hatred, and for refugee families’ comfort, provision, and healing for those traumatized, suffering, and isolated. Pray for curiosity to know more about the Christian faith they see around them, and for Muslims to be invited into the homes and lives of Jesus’ followers (Acts 10v32).

 

4. Evangelism: There appears from various reports to be a quickening of interest and concern for evangelism, both in Cyprus and around the world. This could be the hand of the Lord as part of His preparation of His radiant Bride. In Larnaca we are more active in reaching out to neighbours, relatives, friends, colleagues at work, on the streets, etc. A Personal Beliefs survey is being considered at present. It is an excellent and well-worded 6 question survey with multiple choice responses including one open-ended response for each question. This strategy leads to some very deep and strong conversations and comments on the streets (or on the doors) as people do the survey. It gives clear opportunity to sow seeds of the gospel there and then, and also presents the opportunity for people to reach out to know God, and offers a follow up booklet. Pray for such tools to be used in our towns and cities, and maybe for the Evangelical Alliance to consider their use around the nation (Mark 16v15).    


Reconciliation N & S: God encourages His Church to stand together, confess wrong attitudes, forgive one another and embrace in practical ways. Also to intercede for the nation’s healing and removal of Turkey’s influence including Islam. (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14). Continue to pray.


Revival & Transformation: World Horizons says that God has blessed us in Europe with so many renewals and revivals.  Some are still alive today, but many are no longer visible. Yet they are still there underground, like a well that has been blocked and covered over. We want simultaneous groups to worship and pray at all the major spiritual wells of the past, asking God for the living water to rise up again! First, thank God for all his wonderful works over 2000 years in our continent. Then ask Him to send new life to these places again today – re-opening the ancient wells as Isaac did (Genesis 26:18). Ask him to send new revival to the whole of Europe, including CYPRUS!


ITI: The speaking tour of Jeremy, Israel’s director of Ebenezer International went well in the four cities’ venues. Pray that the Lord leads our Cyprus director into further opportunities for the church in Cyprus to understand the issues involved (1 Chronicles 12v32).


 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-2: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority….


^ This month: The Elam party is an ultra-right wing nationalist party intent on getting rid of people in Cyprus from other nations, including migrants and Turkish Cypriots. It also has an active youth wing, ‘Youth Front’. Bring this before God, especially if you are not a Cypriot! (Gen 19v9; Ex 23v9, Romans 12v16). Georgios Savvides is the new Minister of Justice and Public Order. Pray for him. Corruption: The new Authority against Corruption (AAC) will monitor lobbying operations. Amen. Compensation: A Bill before the House would provide initial compensation for all who suffered haircut on deposits. Pray for justice to continue. Widower’s pension: Parliament last year passed a law granting men a widowers’ pension irrespective of when their spouse died. The Ministry of Labour has tabled a bill under which men could only be eligible for a widower’s pension if their wife died on or after January 1, 2018. Is this just? Pray (Deut 10v17-18; Genesis 18v19).

 

^ Peace Process: In July, UNFICYP is due to renew the presence of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus if satisfied that both sides have done their part. Pray this is renewed – it is needed. A Turkish embargo on Cyprus ships has been condemned by European Community Ship owners’ Associations. There have been protests to the UN over new Turkish provocations in buffer zone - violation of the ceasefire line by Turkish soldiers entering the zone. Continue to pray for God’s hand of peace and protection over Cyprus (Zechariah 6v13).

 

^ The North: The north’s prime minister cannot see a federation of north and south as a possibility any more. Turkish primary school pupils are a majority over Turkish Cypriot pupils in the north. North Cyprus is moving to re-open the city of Varosha for settlement, according to Turkish Daily Sabah. (The UN is following events in Varosha as this violates agreements), but can the north afford this? Smugglers appear to have established a new clandestine route to bring African migrants to Europe through north Cyprus. Pray for the north as led by the Spirit (Isaiah 43v6; Deuteronomy 15v11).

 

^ Arms & Army: The U.S. senate has voted to lift the decades-old arms restrictions against the Republic of Cyprus. There is a part of the Greek army reserved and trained for helping Cyprus should the Turkish army ever seek to mobilise against the south. Other nations with interests would be prepared to be involved in these days. However, the Lord is our protection & strength (Ps 59v16; Jer 16v19a). Amen! An email from an intercessor in Cyprus confirmed this: ‘We rejoice and thank God for His settled will to protect Cyprus.’ (Zechariah 7v8-9).


 

 

^ NATIONAL ISSUES:   Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’


Gas: There is still a long way to go before the Cyprus economy gets the benefit of future gas revenues. Pray over this (Proverbs 3v12a).


Health: State doctors have decided on dynamic measures to protest conditions at public hospitals, beginning with a 24 hour strike at accident and emergency units on July 9th. A general assembly had discussed the situation at the state hospitals and particularly in the A&E units and authorised the board to take dynamic action. Continue to pray that teething problems are sorted out in the new GHS and for an effective service (Psalm 133v3).


Economy: The Cypriot economy grew by a rate of 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019. However, the IMF says that though Cyprus’ economic growth remains strong, debt levels and non-performing loans are still at €10 billion….pray.  NPL’s have been reduced by 32% in the year 2018 (Psalm 51v18).  


Foreclosures: Parliament is debating on proposed legislation designed to slow down foreclosures in Cyprus. Main opposition party Akel is preparing fresh legislation to protect primary homes and the premises of small businesses. Pray that this social concern is wisely addressed (Ex 12v27).


Foreclosures: Parliament is debating on proposed legislation designed to slow down foreclosures in Cyprus. Main opposition party Akel are preparing fresh legislation to protect of primary homes and the premises of a small business. Pray that this social concern is wisely addressed (Exodus 12v27).


Estia: Council of Ministers gives green light to Estia scheme. The Estia scheme’s loan repayment time is between 5-25 years. The younger the borrower eligible for the government’s ‘Estia’ scheme, the longer the repayment period of his/her loan. This gives hope. Amen. (Jeremiah 29v11).


Exports: Exports have declined. Cyprus recorded a negative trade balance of €-1.4 billion in the first 4 months of 2019. PRAY over this! (Prov 3v9).  


Banks: There is a shrinking network of bank branches. Also, depositors can receive negative interest on bonds after tax! Pray on this (Prov 13v11).  


Rents: in privileged areas of cities have risen by up to 70% over the past 5 years, according to a private study…unsustainable. Pray (1 Tim 6v10).  


Title Deeds: Thousands of trapped property buyers in Cyprus could soon be issued with title deeds now that Parliament has almost finalised a proposed bill aiming to overcome existing obstacles. This is due before the July recess. Pray it happens and gets through (Hebrews 10v20a).  


Housing: Thousands of Estia Scheme applications are ready for submission by home owners who are not able to pay their monthly instalments. The Scheme, whose implementation is set to begin this month, provides that the state will partly subsidise monthly instalments. Amen.  (Job 34v28).


Jobs: Vacancies rose by 80% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter last year. However, Eurostat says that 17.4% of young Cypriots are neither in work nor further education. Pray that jobs be filled by the right people and that young people get opportunities (2 Cor 8v21).  


Electricity: June and July electricity bills are up to 11% more expensive than last summer. EAC says the increased oil costs are to blame, but Cyprus registered the highest increase in household electricity prices in the EU, between later 2017 – later 2018. Pray restraint (Leviticus 19v36).  


Consumers: Milk, cheese and eggs are the most expensive in the EU, and other foods well above average. Pray for justice (Jeremiah 22v3).


Tourism: Tourist arrivals in May dipped to 434,578, down 3.5% from 450,495 in the same month in 2018. This is a trend now. Pray for God to grant revelation of other creative ways to stimulate tourism, a vital industry to Cyprus (Proverbs 2v6).


Police: Two British police experts in serious and organised crime and information analysis have been holding meetings with senior police officials to help their fight against organised crime. Amen!  May God grant success (1 Chronicles 22v13).


Cyber Crime:   The police cybercrime unit is warning the public of a new scam using the name of the Cyprus Post Office. Members of the public had complained that they had received messages  - by SMS on their phones as well as on Facebook and more generally on line - that they had been selected to win prizes such as mobile telephones. Don't give private information in this. Pray that such activity is restrained (Ezekiel 19v9).


Mitsero Murders: After weeks of combing Kokkini Limni in Mitsero, authorities have recovered bodies and now given a life sentence to the culprit. For this closure to the episode, we give thanks. Pray for the families and for the felon. (Luke 4v20).


Arson: has been increasing. Ask God to restrain this development and bring the fear of the Lord upon society (Proverbs 14v27).


Gambling: The government has been promoting gambling for financial reasons. Cyprus YEU & Finnish Sosped Foundation organised a Larnaca workshop and streets quizzes for the public to raise awareness of the issues and dangers behind gambling. Amen! Pray this idea spreads (Prov 4v15).


Air traffic: International European air traffic controllers unions have criticised working conditions in Cyprus. Pray for safety and change (Gen 43v9).


World Record: The world’s largest nectarine was grown in Cyprus this spring. It is now in the Guinness Book of Records! Amen.


YouTube Video: ‘Cyprus in the '60s: Aphrodite's Island (1965) | British Pathé ’ which you might enjoy…except the reference to Aphrodite!


  

^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES:  Deut 10v4: The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed.

 Social Media: (A senior’s version).  Applying the principles of Facebook, I am seeking to make friends as I walk down the street. I tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them “thumbs up” and tell them I “like” them. I already have 4 people following me: 2 police officers, a private investigator, and a psychiatrist!  Although this is amusing (thanks for sending, DN) the whole matter of social media is brought into question by it. Pray that people will be weaned off too much social media, and that whatever they are looking to fulfil through it be recognised as a deep need within. Pray they hear the Gospel and how Jesus can meet that need – and respond (1 Thessalon 1v5).


Bullying: A bill being submitted to parliament proposes the establishment of a special committee in every school as from the next academic year to investigate bullying and find ways to combat this. Pray as led (1 Samuel 17v45-46a).


Bravo! Cyprus finished second in the 18th Games of Small State of Europe.


 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES:  PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’  Also:  Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.

 Larnaca’s Metropolis Mall should be in operation by end of 2020 or April 2021 at the latest and will include brands available and in for the first time.

 Ask God raises up those who will regularly pray for your city, town, village, location. (Matthew 7v7).  



^ CARING AND COMPASSION:  (by the Church and others):   Matthew 5v7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’

 1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”

 Remember the Oasis Refugee Project: Refugee baptisms, food & clothing distribution, a new administrator, grant possibilities, mother and baby care team, Greek & English classes, Creative Café, family events, Bible studies…all good! Give thanks and pray that the Lord continues to lead and develop the ministry (Deuteronomy 32v10).  Another thought: How about you hosting a meal with a refugee family to show God’s love? Contact: oasisprojectevents@gmail.com 


Refugees in Cyprus: It is now being recognised that labour integration for refugees in Cyprus is extremely beneficial with strong advantages for them, their families, the society and the economy. Amen. Also, the PACE Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children is having a series of contacts with Ministers, parliamentarians and other officials in Cyprus. The aim is to collect information on how authorities deal with immigrant minors and the process they follow during their arrival and stay in host countries, including Cyprus. Pray for godly development (Genesis 9v7).  

There are 1700 asylum seekers still in process by the government in Cyprus before IPAC takes over. Pray for the right decisions to be made.

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

 Remember the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc.

 GRETA, a Council of Europe team of combating human trafficking reports that in Cyprus, there is a state shelter for female victims of sexual exploitation, but victims choose not to stay at this shelter because they feel locked in and there are no programmes of activities to fill their time. Victims receive €17 per week while staying in the shelter. Victims of trafficking should be eligible for a guaranteed minimum income which amounts to €480 per month, on top of which support towards covering accommodation costs is added. Pray for justice and hope for these victims of human trafficking (Genesis 16v7).


 

^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written:  'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)


Ongoing: Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).


Russia / US: Relations between Moscow and Washington are deteriorating. Russia is making a nuclear upgrade against international agreements (2000) as is Iran (2015). The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, claims a senior U.N. security expert (see Zechariah 14v12).  Iran’s interference with oil shipments in the Strait of Hormuz is a major alert to the West. North Korea is also active in nuclear development. Yet, our God reigns! Pray using the promises of Psalm 33v10-11.


Ezekiel: and nations now: The Bible said in the prophecy of Ezekiel written 2500 years ago that Tarshish (Britain) and the young lions (US / Canada etc) would be allied to Sheba and Dedan. Ancient Sheba and Dedan covered the exact same territory as the Gulf nations mentioned in the report above. i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Ezekiel 38v13: Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Pray that Christians examine the scripture as did the Bereans (Acts 17v11, 1 Chronicles 12v32).


Britain & Brexit: Read the account of the raising of Lazarus (John 11), life from the dead. Pray as led by the Holy Spirit.  


Israel: Has God forsaken His people? The well-known theologist and scholar Dr. Michael Brown writes in his article, ‘The Error of Replacement Theology’: “Some things are non-negotiable. God’s covenant with Israel is one of them. He gave His oath to Abram, and reiterated it six more times to Abraham, to his son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob. On one occasion, “When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself.” (Heb. 6:13).  Why did God speak so decisively? It was because He “wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, so He confirmed it with an oath.” (Heb. 6:17). God who cannot lie bound Himself by an oath! His Covenant with Israel was reiterated through Moses, repeated by the Prophets and rehearsed by the psalmists. Jesus Himself affirmed it (Matt. 19:28). Paul articulated it (Rom. 9-11) and the New Jerusalem announce it forever. (Rev. 22:11-12). God has chosen Israel as His Covenant People.” Pray that the church receives revelation on the scriptures on this matter.  It is not a political issue but spiritual.


Syria: Up to 2 million refugees could flee to Turkey if fighting intensifies in north western Syria as aid funds run dangerously low. Pray (Ezekiel 3v14).


The persecuted Church: Look up Hebrews 13v3 and pray for those suffering in prison or labour camps for their Christian faith.   


Bless you all. Yassas,  αντίο  and shalom.   The IFC team



^ IFC PRAYER &  INFORMATION:  email:  iforcy@outlook.com    website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org

 In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. 


IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.


Do you want to pray for Israel more regularly?  Try Intercessors for Israel:   http://www.ifi.org.il/prayer/points









     INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   PRAYER UPDATE.   JUNE  2019   No. 68

Intercessors for Cyprus.   Prayer Update.  June 2019   No. 68

 IFC website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org   IFC Email: iforcy@outlook.com

 We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update. Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’


CONTENTS: 

 Giving thanks; Editorial: Cyprus’ national Identity; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Ramadan, NAR, Outreach, 5 prayer waves.

 The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process, The North, Gas, Health.

 National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.   

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June Prayer Issues. 2 Corinthians 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’

 (An interpretation of) Isaiah 62v6-7a: I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God for the fulfilment of his promises.’

 NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Refugees, at other times. Details: Email.

 Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month, whatever works.

 David of the IFC team preaches regularly around Cyprus both North & South, and has been preaching since 1975. Email iforcy@outlook.com for him to preach.


^GIVING THANKS:   1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’


Give thanks: Evangelical Alliance: ‘The General Assembly unanimously agreed to extend an invitation for membership to the churches in the north. Their acceptance will be on special status basis, following the adjudication related to us by the Republic of Cyprus.  We are waiting for the churches' confirmation so that we can proceed with the practicalities.’ This is a wonderful answer to prayer for unity and healing of N - S relationships!


  

^ EDITORIAL: 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’

 (ii) Perceiving our national identity; God’s calling on Cyprus

 This month we revisit the second of our targets for Cyprus - discovering our identity and calling as a nation - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting in prayer for this target to be achieved. An historic agreement was signed in Cairo in May for the construction and commissioning of the EuroAfrica Interconnector which will interconnect the electricity networks of Egypt and Europe via Cyprus. Now read on…..


The Foukasa mine in Cyprus is the oldest active mine for 3.5 thousand years. The name ‘Cyprus’ / ‘Κύπρος’ is linked to copper – an excellent electrical and heat conductor and water conduit. Cyprus’ destiny is to be a conduit of spiritual power, a blessing to nations. For example, in Acts 4v36. Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew and a believer. He was also of the tribe of a Levi so could not own land in Israel, but in Israel, he sold some Cypriot land he owned for the apostles use. Then in Acts 11v19-22. Men of Cyprus & Cyrene went to Antioch in Turkey to share the faith. Barnabas was sent from Jerusalem to consolidate and share Jesus, so Cyprus was a blessing to Israel and Turkey! Also, one biblical designation for Cyprus is ‘Kittim’ (‘Bruisers’ - Smith’s Bible Dictionary). A big, strong, rough man. Perhaps this has always has been God’s destiny for Cyprus (c.f. prayer warriors…Jeremiah 1v10 & 1v19). Compare with the Cypriot National Anthem: ‘We will always recognize you by the dreaded sword you hold…’  Also Kittim named as a son of Javan (Genesis 10v4), Javan meaning ‘effervescing’ (Strongs). Bubbling up…the Spirit. Perhaps this implies the ability to discern in the Middle East region and beyond. Compare again with the National Anthem:  ‘…as the Earth with searching vision you survey with spirit bold.’  Is this God’s intention for the church in Cyprus? (Jeremiah 2v10a (NIV & also NKJV).


The Church in Cyprus: We believe God wants an East-West stable flow of reviving spiritual power to be conducted through Cyprus, which He created to be a resource nation, a servant nation, not dominated but freely serving. By learning obedience to Him, the Church in Cyprus will learn how to exercise authority in prayer for the nation - prayer which will make a difference, even seen on the media. As we relate together as brothers and sisters across the churches, rather than colleagues, as we lay down our own agendas and come before the Lord together, being led to a place of agreement, we will pray in authority and our prayers will be heard and answered powerfully. NB. Jesus’ prayer for unity in the believers John 17v20-26.


THE PRAYER MEETING (1):  Be encouraged by Isaiah 35v1-10. After worship, allow God to bring you to a place of agreement together on which target to focus on, whether one of the above or another.  Ask forgiveness for the state of the church and the nation, its defilements. Pray for repentance to well up….a key to unlock Cyprus. Be aware of how the Lord is leading. Focus on the revealed key strategic target. Research the subject if necessary. 

 Mark 2v3-4: Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.  These men had one mission, one purpose, one agenda. They were together, united in purpose. They achieved their aim.  Not ‘shotgun’ but ‘rifle’ prayer, with focus and penetration.     


 

^ THE CHURCH:   Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

 Here are specific requests for prayer or news of what God is doing in Cyprus, in Cypriots, and in the lives of His people in the area.


1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”

 a) Speaking Tour (Ebenezer): Jeremy Smith, (National Co-ordinator, Ebenezer Operation Exodus, Israel) will be visiting Cyprus for a speaking tour: Paphos June 14th 7pm at Paphos Christian Fellowship; Limassol June 15th 7pm at Church of God of Prophecy and June 16th 3.30pm at Jesus House; Nicosia June 16th 10am at Nicosia Christian Center; Larnaca June 17th 7pm at the Greek House church (Panos Morphakis’). He will link Cyprus with God’s prophetic end time destiny – see Jeremiah 31v10 & Isaiah 49v18. Pray that God’s plan and purpose for the tour will be accomplished.

        [NB. The Cyprus representative of Ebenezer/Operation Exodus, a worldwide organisation, is a Cypriot. He and his wife are going all round Cyprus to churches, speaking / preaching in preparation for the vision many of us share for Cyprus serving the Lord’s purposes for the Jewish people. They lay a strong and clear biblical foundation of teaching. We attended this and found it excellent. [Contact them to arrange a speaking engagement by email: daniel.i@cytanet.com.cy ]. They are obedient to the Lord. Give thanks for them and pray success (1 Peter 4v11).]

 

b) Prayer for the unsaved: The Archbishop of Canterbury has invited 114 countries to participate in prayer for five people for 11 days between Ascension and Pentecost this May/June. Dates are 30th May-9th June. You are encouraged to simply pray for 5 people wherever you are in the world during these 11 days. Let’s act on this good initiative! (James 1v22; Acts 2v21). 


c) Outreach in June: Kadosh Art, the YWAM Cyprus art team, is running an 80-hour creative outreach during Kataklysmos Flood Festival at Larnaca beach from June 12th to 19th. We will have a stall at the Larnaca sea-front and will offer free prophetic art to people between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on weekends and 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays for eight days straight. Volunteers will work two-hour shifts. We are looking for brothers and sisters from local churches who can pair up with an artist, or will be near our stall to invite people in and explain to them what we do, or will prayer-walk in the area or will pray at home for the outreach while it is happening. Come for one or more shifts on one day or several days. Come join us in sharing God’s love with people to draw them closer to Christ. Contact Jörn (96541349 or kadoshartcyprus@gmail.com  [Pray over this (Matt 28v19a)].


d) Larnaca Community Church: The building in which this large church meets is to be refurbished and the church is facing double to triple the monthly rent! Pray for the elders as they consider ways forward, and for the whole church to put their faith in God for His leading and answer (Luke 1v37).


e) Internship course ‘Closer’:30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti:  James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org  (Heike D). [Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).]


 

2. Ramadan: (Ends on June 4th.) Shame and honour: These concepts can also be experienced as embarrassment and pride – or humiliation and success. Most Muslims live in group-oriented cultures and what people think of you and your family is what matters. If one member of the family does something shameful, the whole family is dishonoured. The fear of bringing shame on your family is a powerful motivation to conform. If a person or family is shamed or dishonoured, they can, at a minimum, maintain a grudge for a lifetime. More extreme reactions to shame include revenge, shunning, or even murder.In Egypt, everyone knows everything about everyone! Information is power. Gossip is fuel. I was lectured all the time about how my mother and sisters and I had to protect our family’s honor at all costs. Pray for those desperate for mercy, forgiveness, and acceptance to find it in Jesus. Pray for Muslims to experience the honor of being adopted into God's family. Pray for Muslims' shame to be replaced by everlasting joy through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 54v4; Ps 74v21; Hebrews 12v2).


3. NAR: The New Apostolic Reformation. (Wikipedia description, edited): The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a title used to describe a movement which seeks to establish a fifth house within Christendom, distinct from Catholicism, Protestantism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Eastern Orthodoxy. The movement is largely associated with the Pentecostal and the Charismatic movements and advocates the restoration of the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of prophet and apostle. Those who affiliate themselves with the movement believe the Apostles’ Creed and all the orthodoxy of Christian doctrine.


There is no formal membership, and freedom for a wide range of variance on specific beliefs. Those within the movement hold to their denominational interpretation of the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit within each believer. Unlike some parts of Protestant Christianity, these include the direct revelation of Christ to each believer, prophecy, and the performance of miracles such as healing.


NAR also promotes dominionism…..restoring the Kingdom here on the earth. The goal to have "kingdom-minded people" in all areas of society. There are seven areas identified specifically: religion, family, education, government, media, arts & entertainment, and business.


Extra-biblical revelation – There is available to all believers the ability to hear from God. "The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is that it cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may supplement it, however." Supernatural signs and wonders – Signs and wonders such as healing, demonic deliverance, and confirmed prophecies accompany the move of God. Relational structures – church governance has no formal structure but rather is by relational and voluntary alignment to apostles. Active ministries of spiritual warfare accompany the movement.


Comment: As with all developing movements within the Church, discernment and balance are needed. We need to be aware of building more on organisation than relationship, corporate CEOs instead of true apostles, yet willing to embrace what God is releasing. Dr Michael Brown, known to me personally, put it this way: ‘Identify the beliefs or practices you question, be sure you rightly understand them from an insider perspective, then respond to them based on Scripture and fruit. Also recognise the wonderful things the Spirit is doing around the world today. This way, you can engage in constructive, fruitful interaction. You can build up more than tear down.’ Pray that what is of God in this movement grows (Prov 3v21; Phil 1v9).


4. Outreach: This could include making a difference in the lives of neighbours, work colleagues, friends, relations, people on the streets, shopkeepers, in fact any that you regularly or occasionally meet in life. One IFC subscriber (JS) put it this way: ‘Prayer does bring a change. A united church will make a difference. Wherever we don't go the cults will go. We have to take Jesus to the market place, meaning in our jobs or schools, write letters to the politicians and schools let them know we are praying and what we are praying about. Give them also the freedom to write us their needs.’


My wife and I have a regular outreach for a couple of hours each week on the streets and by the beach, which is gradually yielding fruit. God wants us to love people in practical ways, listen to their stories, share our own, including how we became followers of Jesus, and even lead them to know God through Jesus and begin to disciple them. We have talked with Muslims, tourists, Cypriots of all ages and backgrounds, with many accepting our testimony and tracts, sometimes New Testaments, and sometimes prayer. Pray God would use YOU to touch others’ lives. Be available (Mark 16v15).


5. Five waves of prayer: Included in the above sections are some of the five waves of prayer the Lord has led us into over the past seven years: Cyprus to be a safe haven; reconciliation, especially the north and south; God moving in the Orthodox Church; Youth in Cyprus arising to their destiny; growing outreach. Continue in prayer over these as God leads.  ITI: The speaking tour of Jeremy Smith - see Specific Churches & Ministries entry a) – is strategic for Cyprus. Pray for seed to be sown through the word of God, then watered and finally yielding good fruit (Matthew 13v23).  


 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-4:  1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

 

^ This month: The Finance Minister says that 305 properties owned by the now defunct Co-op Bank, with a total worth of €57 million, will be given to 153 communities and 14 municipalities. Pray that some of these will be used to benefit the poor, needy, refugees & asylum seekers, etc. (Matt 26v9).


The Shipping Deputy Ministry is planning to allow ship companies, which carry over 1 ½ million tourists per year, to upgrade their vessels, reducing pollutants and providing assistance to passengers with mobility issues, and improving safety in coastal shipping. Amen. Pray blessing on this.


European elections: Cypriot voters picked a mixture of the old and the new in the European elections, including the first Turkish Cypriot elected to the European Parliament as well as a former journalist contesting his first elections. All six MEPs are men.


^ Peace Process: President Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus, Leader of Turkish community in the north Mr Mustafa Akinci, and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar all need our prayers. They meet from time to time. Pray for progress.


The municipality of Deryneia wants to use land in the Famagusta buffer zone for agriculture and for enhancing bi-communal contact.


There is international pressure for the resumption of talks but little progress since Turkey’s action for gas off Paphos (see below).


^ The North: The coalition government in the north collapsed in May. The furore was over a land scandal and favouring family.


The National Unity Party (UBP - leader Ersin Tatar) and the People’s Party (HP- leader Kudret Özersay) have agreed to form a new coalition government and presented to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Pray for the Lord to bring forth a righteous and stable government (Daniel 2v21).     

 ^Gas: Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis announced that Cyprus is planning to carry out eight drillings in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Meanwhile, Cyprus, Egypt, Russia, the United States and the UK amongst others have called on Turkey to cease illegal actions in the country’s exclusive economic zone by the Turkish drill ship “Fatih” and supporting vessels despite Turkey’s letters to the EU. Pray or God’s breakthrough (Luke 18v27).


^ Health: The new GHS begins on June 1st. The majority of the population have registered already. Pray an effective service emerges. All those who have signed up with Cyprus’ general health scheme (GHS) will be entitled to medical care at European state systems as from June 1st. The Ministry of Health announced that it will install 469 new electric hospital beds in hospitals all over Cyprus. Amen. Mental Health. The health service, churches, and others can offer support to individuals and families struggling with mental health issues, including anxiety, fear, confusion, depression. Sin-sick modern societies are weighed down by the enemy and the results of sin. Pray for alleviation of these issues and for a turning to God (Luke 4v18b).


 

 

^ NATIONAL ISSUES:   Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’

 Cinema: A war epic “74” is to be shot on location in Cyprus, using the English language. This film production will aid in developing the film production industry in Cyprus. Set against the backdrop of the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island of Cyprus, “74” tells the story of four women from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Pray that God enables this film to continue the forgiveness and healing process of the north and south (Ezek 37v15-17). 


Economy: Cyprus’ GDP has grown by 31% since the 2004 EU accession, despite the financial crisis. However, Cyprus foreign trade balance shifted to a deficit of €374.1 m in March from a €153 m surplus a year earlier, as exports to third countries plummeted. Pray for trade balance (Job 31v6).


Horizon 2020: Α total of 120 million euro, much from the EU, will be allocated for the establishment of new ‘Centres of Excellence’ in Cyprus, which will major on research and innovation. Inspiration comes from God. Pray His hand on this. (Proverbs 2v4-5).


Mortgages: More and more bank letters warning of forced sales have been sent out to first home borrowers with delayed instalments over recent months. Members of the Movement for the Right to Shelter are actively opposing this. Bank of Cyprus borrowers are protesting against property foreclosures and high service charges. They want the termination of property foreclosures for cases that are in court. Pray for justice (1 Samuel 8v3).


Companies: There is a sharp decline in the registration of new companies in Cyprus with simultaneous signs of an uncontrolled mass exodus of registered ones. Recent Central Bank of Cyprus directives, and worldwide measures against money laundering and tax evasion, have put strong pressure on banks to close down accounts and Cyprus has been far too zealous in this. Intercede to God for appropriate adjustment (Job 31v6).


Employment: 12% of Cyprus’ workforce are self-employed. Pray for their support and encouragement to keep going and develop (Genes 50v21). Eurostat: 13.8% of employees in Cyprus are in temporary employment rather than permanent positions. Pray for more secure jobs (Hebrews 6v9).


Fuel: March & April saw repeated increases in the retail price of petrol, diesel and heating fuel (April 5%). Pray restraint (Psalm 76v10).


Waste Management: Our production of waste is significantly higher than the EU average. A workshop on, ”Present and Future of Waste Management in Cyprus” organized by the Technical Chamber of Cyprus foresees ways forward. Pray for the right political will, decisions and backing (Matt 26v8).  


Gambling: YEU Cyprus is organising a workshop aiming to increase awareness about problem gambling and introduce an effective model for tackling the problem locally. Finikoudes Hotel, Larnaca, between June 10-15. Amen! Pray this is effective (1 Timothy 6v10).  


Students: There was an increase of 97% in student housing in 2018 and overall an increase of 9% in further education students in Cyprus. The links with British further education establishments are growing. Pray for students to prosper and not be cheated, especially in the north (Luke 19v8).


Students who are nationals of third countries as well as asylum seekers can now work legally in Cyprus under certain conditions and at designated sectors – including in the hotel and food industry. Amen.


Drivers: 3929 drivers booked for speeding, 232 for drunk driving in one week. Many use mobiles whilst driving. Pray wisdom& restraint (Deut 32v29).


British Bases: The defence relationship with Cyprus includes cyber defence and security, crisis management, exercising and training and maritime security. Also, joint planning, Search and Rescue and officer education. Pray for this UK/CY relationship to prosper (Isaiah 48v15).


Cyta warning: Individuals ‘posing as Cyta telecom employees are attempting to gain entry into people’s homes. Pray over this (Exodus 20v15-17).


Fire Risk: With temperatures in May soaring to 42 degrees C inland, pray for care over glass, matches, etc., and for fire services.  


Water: Reservoir levels are stable at 92%. Amen.  Drinking: There has been a spike in teenage drinking. Pray into this (Revelation 22v1).


Lionfish: The venomous Lionfish invasion of the waters of Cyprus has resulted in a culling of them. Amen! Pray for containment (Matthew 7v10).  


Cyprus flag: Cypriot-Ukranian climber Yevgen Staroselskiy climbed to the top of Mount Everest on May 24 and raised the Cypriot flag. Amen! Bravo!


 

^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES:  Deut 10v4: The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed.

 Transgender: Genesis 1v27: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.’

 There have been 567 civil partnerships in Cyprus since the law was introduced in 2015, of which 100 involved same sex couples. Civil partnerships were a long-standing demand of the island’s LGBTI community and serves as an alternative to religious or civil marriage with the same legal rights except the right to adopt children. Pray for God’s restriction on this development, Positively, Cyprus has the third highest marriage rate in the EU.


Murder: More than 300 people gathered outside the Presidential Palace to protest structural racism and police negligence in the killings and disappearances of five migrant women (foreign domestic workers) and two little girls. The chief of police was dismissed. Former deputy chief Kypros Michaelides is now the new chief of police). British investigators are now also involved in the case (Deut 13v14a; Eccles 7v25; Exodus 20v13).   


 

 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES:  PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’  Also:  Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.

 Nicosia is having its second clean-up campaign for 2019. The campaign started on May 13 and will end on July 17. Amen. Pray success (Num 19v9a).

 Larnaca. Conditions at the old Larnaca General Hospital are abysmal. Pray for a thorough overhaul for the benefit of the community (2 Chron 24v27).   


 

 

^ CARING AND COMPASSION:  (by the Church and others):   Matthew 5v7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’

 1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”

 Remember the Oasis Refugee Project and other agencies on the island refugees, etc. OASIS says, ‘Recently we prayed for a refugee who needed a job. At the time I encountered him on the grounds of OASIS, he told me of the need. The respond was that we were going to pray. So, pray we did. And, praise the Lord, he is now employed!’ Pray for employment and also that people find the Lord in their place of need (Rom 15v33).   


A study from UNICYP (for UNHCR):The majority of Greek and Turkish Cypriots acknowledge that refugees need support, but refugees can damage the economic growth and cause some rise in criminality rates. Also, Cyprus being small is unable to host too many refugees and/or migrants. The trend of labelling refugees as a threat have recently been intensified also in the political and public debate in Cyprus. “We need to understand that migrants and refugees are people in need of inclusion, fair treatment and understanding” In the north and the south, both communities acknowledge that refugees need support and that providing support to refugees is a responsibility of the state. The Greek Cypriot community thinks that the government is already providing enough support to refugees in Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots, on the other hand, do not believe the same for the “authorities” in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. The majority of both groups support the idea that refugees should be living integrated in the local society, and not be isolated in camps. Pray that the findings are used to develop specific and informed strategies in UNHCR’s ongoing protection and advocacy work on the island. Also, please pray for greater integration as mentioned above (Ezekiel 37v15-17).

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

 Remember the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc. (Deut 15v11).

 Lack of unskilled labour in Cyprus means Asylum seekers can do a much wider range of jobs now. Amen!


 


^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)

 Ongoing: Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).


Israel: Evangelism event: 8 churches together, 1700 heard the gospel, many received prayer. Close to 70% stood up to pray the "sinner's prayer". A unique Passover meal was held in the desert, a youth camp in the wilderness, and a special leadership Galilee retreat. Amen! Government: No coalition has been able to be formed. Another general election will take place in September. Pray for right coalition government. Gaza: 100’s of rockets rained down on S. Israel in May. Imagine this happening in your country. Wouldn’t you defend yourself? Yet Israel is condemned. Pray (Ps 72v4).   


Azerbaijan: is currently the only country in the Middle East that has diplomatic relations with Israel. The government sought out local Azerbaijani pastors and openly asked them to expand their work, plant more churches, increase in numbers. The Azerbaijan government wants to develop ties with the West, and to show how much tolerance and freedom other religions have in the country. It also openly opposes radical Islam, acknowledging that most of the problems come from radical Islam. This is amazing! Pray for this country to prosper (1 Samuel 2v30; Genesis 12v2-3).   


Syria, Russia, Iran: Syria’s government and Russia have intensified airstrikes and dropped barrel bombs on the last rebel stronghold in Syria, renewing fears of a military offensive to recapture the area despite the UN warning it would cause a humanitarian catastrophe. And so the conflict in Syria continues. We know that there will come a catastrophic end to this conflict when Damascus ceases to be a city any more. Isaiah 17v1-3: Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. The towns of Aroer will be deserted.  Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed,  with no one to chase them away. The fortified towns of Israel will also be destroyed. We know that Israel and Syria become fully embroiled in conflict as some point. Isaiah 17 has never totally been fulfilled. It says Damascus comes to a complete end (it never has in history.) But when this happens Israel is greatly weakened. This is part 1 of the final conflict – the inner ring war. Part 2 comes after when Gog invades a land that is recovering from war…Ezekiel 38v8: A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. Notice how Russia attacks Israel after they are recovering from war  - the war it refers to is the inner ring war. The immense pressure on Iran could easily spark the initial inner ring war that comes BEFORE Gog invades. Psalm 83 says Assyria [Iran?] helps the local tribes in their quest to destroy Israel. Psalm 83v4-8:  “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.” Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you—Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. Assyria has joined them, too.


Iran: announced it was scaling back curbs to its nuclear programme under a 2015 deal with world powers, and threatened to do more. The USA has deployed B52 bombers, two battleships and has plans for 120,000 troops. Pray that every strategy being put into effect to break Iran’s resistance to abandoning its support of terrorism, its military threats, and its furthering of nuclear weapons will achieve its goals (1 Kings 20v11).


US & Cyprus: The US President is bound by law to submit reports on the Cyprus peace process every two months. Pray God uses this (Prov 15v30).


India: The Cyclones affecting both India and Bangladesh have left a trail of devastation Pray as led (Psalm 80v19).


Congo: Ebola death toll has hit 1,000, and the World Health Organisation has planned for a new vaccine. Pray this disease is checked (Prov 24v11).  


Environment: Scientists have warned that a million species worldwide are at risk of extinction. We are ‘one world’ in the sense of having responsibility for our home planet. Pray for concerted sustained action worldwide against polluting the world we live in (Genesis 4v2b-5a).  


Britain: A Brexit website for Britons living in Cyprus is: www.brexit.com.cy/en/  Also a Brexit video explaining from a spiritual & historical viewpoint why Britain should leave the EU is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8hw-X3V9Jo  Pray for this matter to be fully resolved (Exodus 14v16).   


The persecuted Church: China:   In 2018, hundreds of churches were closed or ransacked. House churches rental agreements were terminated. Pledges of subservience to the (atheistic) socialistic Chinese government were demanded. Many churches divided to avoid detection and even plant new church groups. Youth work was banned. Details of all bibles sold online were removed. Pray for wisdom and boldness for Chinese believers as they seek to worship and evangelise, for spiritual and numerical growth, and for the persecution training from Open Doors to benefit (Acts 19v20).

                                                                                                                                            Bless you all. Yassas,  αντίο  and shalom.   The IFC team



  ^ IFC PRAYER &  INFORMATION:       email:  iforcy@outlook.com          website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org

 In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. 

 IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.


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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   PRAYER UPDATE.    MAY  2019.   No. 67.

Intercessors for Cyprus.   Prayer Update.  June 2019   No. 68

IFC website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org   IFC Email: iforcy@outlook.com

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update.

Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: Cyprus’ national Identity; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Ramadan, NAR, Outreach, 5 prayer waves.

The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process, The North, Gas, Health.

National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.   

........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ....... .... .... June Prayer Issues. 2 Corinthians 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’

(An interpretation of) Isaiah 62v6-7a: I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God for the fulfilment of his promises.’

NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above.

Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month, whatever works for you.

Please note: David of the IFC team preaches regularly around Cyprus both North & South, and has been preaching since 1975. Email iforcy@outlook.com for him to preach.


 

 

^  GIVING THANKS:  1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’

Give thanks: Evangelical Alliance: ‘The General Assembly unanimously agreed to extend an invitation for membership to the churches in the north. Their acceptance will be on special status basis, following the adjudication related to us by the Republic of Cyprus.  We are waiting for the churches' confirmation so that we can proceed with the practicalities.’ This is a wonderful answer to prayer for unity and healing of N - S relationships!

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’

 (ii) Perceiving our national identity; God’s calling on Cyprus

This month we revisit the second of our targets for Cyprus - discovering our identity and calling as a nation - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting in prayer for this target to be achieved. An historic agreement was signed in Cairo in May for the construction and commissioning of the EuroAfrica Interconnector which will interconnect the electricity networks of Egypt and Europe via Cyprus. Now read on…..

The Foukasa mine in Cyprus is the oldest active mine for 3.5 thousand years. The name ‘Cyprus’ / ‘Κύπρος’ is linked to copper – an excellent electrical and heat conductor and water conduit. Cyprus’ destiny is to be a conduit of spiritual power, a blessing to nations. For example, in Acts 4v36. Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew and a believer. He was also of the tribe of a Levi so could not own land in Israel, but in Israel, he sold some Cypriot land he owned for the apostles use. Then in Acts 11v19-22. Men of Cyprus & Cyrene went to Antioch in Turkey to share the faith. Barnabas was sent from Jerusalem to consolidate and share Jesus, so Cyprus was a blessing to Israel and Turkey! Also, one biblical designation for Cyprus is ‘Kittim’ (‘Bruisers’ - Smith’s Bible Dictionary). A big, strong, rough man. Perhaps this has always has been God’s destiny for Cyprus (c.f. prayer warriors…Jeremiah 1v10 & 1v19). Compare with the Cypriot National Anthem: ‘We will always recognize you by the dreaded sword you hold…’  Also Kittim named as a son of Javan (Genesis 10v4), Javan meaning ‘effervescing’ (Strongs). Bubbling up…the Spirit. Perhaps this implies the ability to discern in the Middle East region and beyond. Compare again with the National Anthem:  ‘…as the Earth with searching vision you survey with spirit bold.’  Is this God’s intention for the church in Cyprus? (Jeremiah 2v10a (NIV & also NKJV).

The Church in Cyprus: We believe God wants an East-West stable flow of reviving spiritual power to be conducted through Cyprus, which He created to be a resource nation, a servant nation, not dominated but freely serving. By learning obedience to Him, the Church in Cyprus will learn how to exercise authority in prayer for the nation - prayer which will make a difference, even seen on the media. As we relate together as brothers and sisters across the churches, rather than colleagues, as we lay down our own agendas and come before the Lord together, being led to a place of agreement, we will pray in authority and our prayers will be heard and answered powerfully. NB. Jesus’ prayer for unity in the believers John 17v20-26.

THE PRAYER MEETING (1):  Be encouraged by Isaiah 35v1-10. After worship, allow God to bring you to a place of agreement together on which target to focus on, whether one of the above or another.  Ask forgiveness for the state of the church and the nation, its defilements. Pray for repentance to well up….a key to unlock Cyprus. Be aware of how the Lord is leading. Focus on the revealed key strategic target. Research the subject if necessary. 

Mark 2v3-4: Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.  These men had one mission, one purpose, one agenda. They were together, united in purpose. They achieved their aim.  Not ‘shotgun’ but ‘rifle’ prayer, with focus and penetration.     

 

 

 

^ THE CHURCH:   Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

Here are specific requests for prayer or news of what God is doing in Cyprus, in Cypriots, and in the lives of His people in the area.

1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”

a) Speaking Tour (Ebenezer): Jeremy Smith, (National Co-ordinator, Ebenezer Operation Exodus, Israel) will be visiting Cyprus for a speaking tour: Paphos June 14th 7pm at Paphos Christian Fellowship; Limassol June 15th 7pm at Church of God of Prophecy and June 16th 3.30pm at Jesus House; Nicosia June 16th 10am at Nicosia Christian Center; Larnaca June 17th 7pm at the Greek House church (Panos Morphakis’). He will link Cyprus with God’s prophetic end time destiny – see Jeremiah 31v10 & Isaiah 49v18. Pray that God’s plan and purpose for the tour will be accomplished.

       [NB. The Cyprus representative of Ebenezer/Operation Exodus, a worldwide organisation, is a Cypriot. He and his wife are going all round Cyprus to churches, speaking / preaching in preparation for the vision many of us share for Cyprus serving the Lord’s purposes for the Jewish people. They lay a strong and clear biblical foundation of teaching. We attended this and found it excellent. [Contact them to arrange a speaking engagement by email: daniel.i@cytanet.com.cy ]. They are obedient to the Lord. Give thanks for them and pray success (1 Peter 4v11).]

 

b) Prayer for the unsaved: The Archbishop of Canterbury has invited 114 countries to participate in prayer for five people for 11 days between Ascension and Pentecost this May/June. Dates are 30th May-9th June. You are encouraged to simply pray for 5 people wherever you are in the world during these 11 days. Let’s act on this good initiative! (James 1v22; Acts 2v21). 

c) Outreach in June: Kadosh Art, the YWAM Cyprus art team, is running an 80-hour creative outreach during Kataklysmos Flood Festival at Larnaca beach from June 12th to 19th. We will have a stall at the Larnaca sea-front and will offer free prophetic art to people between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on weekends and 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays for eight days straight. Volunteers will work two-hour shifts. We are looking for brothers and sisters from local churches who can pair up with an artist, or will be near our stall to invite people in and explain to them what we do, or will prayer-walk in the area or will pray at home for the outreach while it is happening. Come for one or more shifts on one day or several days. Come join us in sharing God’s love with people to draw them closer to Christ. Contact Jörn (96541349 or kadoshartcyprus@gmail.com  [Pray over this (Matt 28v19a)].

d) Larnaca Community Church: The building in which this large church meets is to be refurbished and the church is facing double to triple the monthly rent! Pray for the elders as they consider ways forward, and for the whole church to put their faith in God for His leading and answer (Luke 1v37).

e) Internship course ‘Closer’:30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti:  James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org  (Heike D). [Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).]

 

2. Ramadan: (Ends on June 4th.) Shame and honour: These concepts can also be experienced as embarrassment and pride – or humiliation and success. Most Muslims live in group-oriented cultures and what people think of you and your family is what matters. If one member of the family does something shameful, the whole family is dishonoured. The fear of bringing shame on your family is a powerful motivation to conform. If a person or family is shamed or dishonoured, they can, at a minimum, maintain a grudge for a lifetime. More extreme reactions to shame include revenge, shunning, or even murder.In Egypt, everyone knows everything about everyone! Information is power. Gossip is fuel. I was lectured all the time about how my mother and sisters and I had to protect our family’s honor at all costs. Pray for those desperate for mercy, forgiveness, and acceptance to find it in Jesus. Pray for Muslims to experience the honor of being adopted into God's family. Pray for Muslims' shame to be replaced by everlasting joy through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 54v4; Ps 74v21; Hebrews 12v2).

3. NAR: The New Apostolic Reformation. (Wikipedia description, edited): The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a title used to describe a movement which seeks to establish a fifth house within Christendom, distinct from Catholicism, Protestantism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Eastern Orthodoxy. The movement is largely associated with the Pentecostal and the Charismatic movements and advocates the restoration of the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of prophet and apostle. Those who affiliate themselves with the movement

believe the Apostles’ Creed and all the orthodoxy of Christian doctrine.

There is no formal membership, and freedom for a wide range of variance on specific beliefs. Those within the movement hold to their denominational  

interpretation of the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit within each believer. Unlike some parts of Protestant Christianity, these include the direct revelation of Christ to each believer, prophecy, and the performance of miracles such as healing.

NAR also promotes dominionism…..restoring the Kingdom here on the earth. The goal to have "kingdom-minded people" in all areas of society. There are seven areas identified specifically: religion, family, education, government, media, arts & entertainment, and business.

Extra-biblical revelation – There is available to all believers the ability to hear from God. "The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is that it cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may supplement it, however." Supernatural signs and wonders – Signs and wonders such as healing, demonic deliverance, and confirmed prophecies accompany the move of God. Relational structures – church governance has no formal structure but rather is by relational and voluntary alignment to apostles. Active ministries of spiritual warfare accompany the movement.

Comment: As with all developing movements within the Church, discernment and balance are needed. We need to be aware of building more on organisation than relationship, corporate CEOs instead of true apostles, yet willing to embrace what God is releasing. Dr Michael Brown, known to me personally, put it this way: ‘Identify the beliefs or practices you question, be sure you rightly understand them from an insider perspective, then respond to them based on Scripture and fruit. Also recognise the wonderful things the Spirit is doing around the world today. This way, you can engage in constructive, fruitful interaction. You can build up more than tear down.’ Pray that what is of God in this movement grows (Prov 3v21; Phil 1v9).

4. Outreach: This could include making a difference in the lives of neighbours, work colleagues, friends, relations, people on the streets, shopkeepers, in fact any that you regularly or occasionally meet in life. One IFC subscriber (JS) put it this way: ‘Prayer does bring a change. A united church will make a difference. Wherever we don't go the cults will go. We have to take Jesus to the market place, meaning in our jobs or schools, write letters to the politicians and schools let them know we are praying and what we are praying about. Give them also the freedom to write us their needs.’

My wife and I have a regular outreach for a couple of hours each week on the streets and by the beach, which is gradually yielding fruit. God wants us to love people in practical ways, listen to their stories, share our own, including how we became followers of Jesus, and even lead them to know God through Jesus and begin to disciple them. We have talked with Muslims, tourists, Cypriots of all ages and backgrounds, with many accepting our testimony and tracts, sometimes New Testaments, and sometimes prayer. Pray God would use YOU to touch others’ lives. Be available (Mark 16v15).

5. Five waves of prayer: Included in the above sections are some of the five waves of prayer the Lord has led us into over the past seven years: Cyprus to be a safe haven; reconciliation, especially the north and south; God moving in the Orthodox Church; Youth in Cyprus arising to their destiny; growing outreach. Continue in prayer over these as God leads.  ITI: The speaking tour of Jeremy Smith - see Specific Churches & Ministries entry a) – is strategic for Cyprus. Pray for seed to be sown through the word of God, then watered and finally yielding good fruit (Matthew 13v23).  

 

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-4:  1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

 

^ This month: The Finance Minister says that 305 properties owned by the now defunct Co-op Bank, with a total worth of €57 million, will be given to 153 communities and 14 municipalities. Pray that some of these will be used to benefit the poor, needy, refugees & asylum seekers, etc. (Matt 26v9).

The Shipping Deputy Ministry is planning to allow ship companies, which carry over 1 ½ million tourists per year, to upgrade their vessels, reducing pollutants and providing assistance to passengers with mobility issues, and improving safety in coastal shipping. Amen. Pray blessing on this.

European elections: Cypriot voters picked a mixture of the old and the new in the European elections, including the first Turkish Cypriot elected to the European Parliament as well as a former journalist contesting his first elections. All six MEPs are men.

^ Peace Process: President Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus, Leader of Turkish community in the north Mr Mustafa Akinci, and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar all need our prayers. They meet from time to time. Pray for progress.

The municipality of Deryneia wants to use land in the Famagusta buffer zone for agriculture and for enhancing bi-communal contact.

There is international pressure for the resumption of talks but little progress since Turkey’s action for gas off Paphos (see below).

^ The North: The coalition government in the north collapsed in May. The furore was over a land scandal and favouring family.

The National Unity Party (UBP - leader Ersin Tatar) and the People’s Party (HP- leader Kudret Özersay) have agreed to form a new coalition government and presented to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Pray for the Lord to bring forth a righteous and stable government (Daniel 2v21).     

^Gas: Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis announced that Cyprus is planning to carry out eight drillings in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Meanwhile, Cyprus, Egypt, Russia, the United States and the UK amongst others have called on Turkey to cease illegal actions in the country’s exclusive economic zone by the Turkish drill ship “Fatih” and supporting vessels despite Turkey’s letters to the EU. Pray or God’s breakthrough (Luke 18v27).

^ Health: The new GHS begins on June 1st. The majority of the population have registered already. Pray an effective service emerges. All those who have signed up with Cyprus’ general health scheme (GHS) will be entitled to medical care at European state systems as from June 1st. The Ministry of Health announced that it will install 469 new electric hospital beds in hospitals all over Cyprus. Amen. Mental Health. The health service, churches, and others can offer support to individuals and families struggling with mental health issues, including anxiety, fear, confusion, depression. Sin-sick modern societies are weighed down by the enemy and the results of sin. Pray for alleviation of these issues and for a turning to God (Luke 4v18b).

 

 

^ NATIONAL ISSUES:   Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’

Cinema: A war epic “74” is to be shot on location in Cyprus, using the English language. This film production will aid in developing the film production industry in Cyprus. Set against the backdrop of the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island of Cyprus, “74” tells the story of four women from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Pray that God enables this film to continue the forgiveness and healing process of the north and south (Ezek 37v15-17). 

Economy: Cyprus’ GDP has grown by 31% since the 2004 EU accession, despite the financial crisis. However, Cyprus foreign trade balance shifted to a deficit of €374.1 m in March from a €153 m surplus a year earlier, as exports to third countries plummeted. Pray for trade balance (Job 31v6).

Horizon 2020: Α total of 120 million euro, much from the EU, will be allocated for the establishment of new ‘Centres of Excellence’ in Cyprus, which will major on research and innovation. Inspiration comes from God. Pray His hand on this. (Proverbs 2v4-5).

Mortgages: More and more bank letters warning of forced sales have been sent out to first home borrowers with delayed instalments over recent months. Members of the Movement for the Right to Shelter are actively opposing this. Bank of Cyprus borrowers are protesting against property foreclosures and high service charges. They want the termination of property foreclosures for cases that are in court. Pray for justice (1 Samuel 8v3).

Companies: There is a sharp decline in the registration of new companies in Cyprus with simultaneous signs of an uncontrolled mass exodus of registered ones. Recent Central Bank of Cyprus directives, and worldwide measures against money laundering and tax evasion, have put strong pressure on banks to close down accounts and Cyprus has been far too zealous in this. Intercede to God for appropriate adjustment (Job 31v6).

Employment: 12% of Cyprus’ workforce are self-employed. Pray for their support and encouragement to keep going and develop (Genes 50v21). Eurostat: 13.8% of employees in Cyprus are in temporary employment rather than permanent positions. Pray for more secure jobs (Hebrews 6v9).

Fuel: March & April saw repeated increases in the retail price of petrol, diesel and heating fuel (April 5%). Pray restraint (Psalm 76v10).

Waste Management: Our production of waste is significantly higher than the EU average. A workshop on, ”Present and Future of Waste Management in Cyprus” organized by the Technical Chamber of Cyprus foresees ways forward. Pray for the right political will, decisions and backing (Matt 26v8).  

Gambling: YEU Cyprus is organising a workshop aiming to increase awareness about problem gambling and introduce an effective model for tackling the problem locally. Finikoudes Hotel, Larnaca, between June 10-15. Amen! Pray this is effective (1 Timothy 6v10).  

Students: There was an increase of 97% in student housing in 2018 and overall an increase of 9% in further education students in Cyprus. The links with British further education establishments are growing. Pray for students to prosper and not be cheated, especially in the north (Luke 19v8).

Students who are nationals of third countries as well as asylum seekers can now work legally in Cyprus under certain conditions and at designated sectors – including in the hotel and food industry. Amen.

Drivers: 3929 drivers booked for speeding, 232 for drunk driving in one week. Many use mobiles whilst driving. Pray wisdom & restraint (Deut 32v29).

British Bases: The defence relationship with Cyprus includes cyber defence and security, crisis management, exercising and training and maritime security. Also, joint planning, Search and Rescue and officer education. Pray for this UK/CY relationship to prosper (Isaiah 48v15).

Cyta warning: Individuals ‘posing as Cyta telecom employees are attempting to gain entry into people’s homes. Pray over this (Exodus 20v15-17).

Fire Risk: With temperatures in May soaring to 42 degrees C inland, pray for care over glass, matches, etc., and for fire services.  

Water: Reservoir levels are stable at 92%. Amen.  Drinking: There has been a spike in teenage drinking. Pray into this (Revelation 22v1).

Lionfish: The venomous Lionfish invasion of the waters of Cyprus has resulted in a culling of them. Amen! Pray for containment (Matthew 7v10).  

Cyprus flag: Cypriot-Ukranian climber Yevgen Staroselskiy climbed to the top of Mount Everest on May 24 and raised the Cypriot flag. Amen! Bravo!

 

 

^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES:  Deut 10v4: The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed.

Transgender: Genesis 1v27: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.’

There have been 567 civil partnerships in Cyprus since the law was introduced in 2015, of which 100 involved same sex couples. Civil partnerships were a long-standing demand of the island’s LGBTI community and serves as an alternative to religious or civil marriage with the same legal rights except the right to adopt children. Pray for God’s restriction on this development, Positively, Cyprus has the third highest marriage rate in the EU.

Murder: More than 300 people gathered outside the Presidential Palace to protest structural racism and police negligence in the killings and disappearances of five migrant women (foreign domestic workers) and two little girls. The chief of police was dismissed. Former deputy chief Kypros Michaelides is now the new chief of police). British investigators are now also involved in the case (Deut 13v14a; Eccles 7v25; Exodus 20v13).   

 

 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES:  PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’  Also:  Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.

Nicosia is having its second clean-up campaign for 2019. The campaign started on May 13 and will end on July 17. Amen. Pray success (Num 19v9a).

Larnaca. Conditions at the old Larnaca General Hospital are abysmal. Pray for a thorough overhaul for the benefit of the community (2 Chron 24v27).   

 

 

^ CARING AND COMPASSION:  (by the Church and others):   Matthew 5v7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’

1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project and other agencies on the island refugees, etc. OASIS says, ‘Recently we prayed for a refugee who needed a job. At the time I encountered him on the grounds of OASIS, he told me of the need. The respond was that we were going to pray. So, pray we did. And, praise the Lord, he is now employed!’ Pray for employment and also that people find the Lord in their place of need (Rom 15v33).   

A study from UNICYP (for UNHCR):The majority of Greek and Turkish Cypriots acknowledge that refugees need support, but refugees can damage the economic growth and cause some rise in criminality rates. Also, Cyprus being small is unable to host too many refugees and/or migrants. The trend of labelling refugees as a threat have recently been intensified also in the political and public debate in Cyprus. “We need to understand that migrants and refugees are people in need of inclusion, fair treatment and understanding” In the north and the south, both communities acknowledge that refugees need support and that providing support to refugees is a responsibility of the state. The Greek Cypriot community thinks that the government is already providing enough support to refugees in Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots, on the other hand, do not believe the same for the “authorities” in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. The majority of both groups support the idea that refugees should be living integrated in the local society, and not be isolated in camps. Pray that the findings are used to develop specific and informed strategies in UNHCR’s ongoing protection and advocacy work on the island. Also, please pray for greater integration as mentioned above (Ezekiel 37v15-17).

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

Remember the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc. (Deut 15v11).

Lack of unskilled labour in Cyprus means Asylum seekers can do a much wider range of jobs now. Amen!

 

 

^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)

Ongoing: Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

Israel: Evangelism event: 8 churches together, 1700 heard the gospel, many received prayer. Close to 70% stood up to pray the "sinner's prayer". A unique Passover meal was held in the desert, a youth camp in the wilderness, and a special leadership Galilee retreat. Amen! Government: No coalition has been able to be formed. Another general election will take place in September. Pray for right coalition government. Gaza: 100’s of rockets rained down on S. Israel in May. Imagine this happening in your country. Wouldn’t you defend yourself? Yet Israel is condemned. Pray (Ps 72v4).   

Azerbaijan: is currently the only country in the Middle East that has diplomatic relations with Israel. The government sought out local Azerbaijani pastors and openly asked them to expand their work, plant more churches, increase in numbers. The Azerbaijan government wants to develop ties with the West, and to show how much tolerance and freedom other religions have in the country. It also openly opposes radical Islam, acknowledging that most of the problems come from radical Islam. This is amazing! Pray for this country to prosper (1 Samuel 2v30; Genesis 12v2-3).   

Syria, Russia, Iran: Syria’s government and Russia have intensified airstrikes and dropped barrel bombs on the last rebel stronghold in Syria, renewing fears of a military offensive to recapture the area despite the UN warning it would cause a humanitarian catastrophe. And so the conflict in Syria continues. We know that there will come a catastrophic end to this conflict when Damascus ceases to be a city any more. Isaiah 17v1-3: Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. The towns of Aroer will be deserted.  Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed,  with no one to chase them away. The fortified towns of Israel will also be destroyed. We know that Israel and Syria become fully embroiled in conflict as some point. Isaiah 17 has never totally been fulfilled. It says Damascus comes to a complete end (it never has in history.) But when this happens Israel is greatly weakened. This is part 1 of the final conflict – the inner ring war. Part 2 comes after when Gog invades a land that is recovering from war…Ezekiel 38v8: A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. Notice how Russia attacks Israel after they are recovering from war  - the war it refers to is the inner ring war. The immense pressure on Iran could easily spark the initial inner ring war that comes BEFORE Gog invades. Psalm 83 says Assyria [Iran?] helps the local tribes in their quest to destroy Israel. Psalm 83v4-8:  “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.” Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you—Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. Assyria has joined them, too.

Iran: announced it was scaling back curbs to its nuclear programme under a 2015 deal with world powers, and threatened to do more. The USA has deployed B52 bombers, two battleships and has plans for 120,000 troops. Pray that every strategy being put into effect to break Iran’s resistance to abandoning its support of terrorism, its military threats, and its furthering of nuclear weapons will achieve its goals (1 Kings 20v11).

US & Cyprus: The US President is bound by law to submit reports on the Cyprus peace process every two months. Pray God uses this (Prov 15v30).

India: The Cyclones affecting both India and Bangladesh have left a trail of devastation Pray as led (Psalm 80v19).

Congo: Ebola death toll has hit 1,000, and the World Health Organisation has planned for a new vaccine. Pray this disease is checked (Prov 24v11).  

Environment: Scientists have warned that a million species worldwide are at risk of extinction. We are ‘one world’ in the sense of having responsibility for our home planet. Pray for concerted sustained action worldwide against polluting the world we live in (Genesis 4v2b-5a).  

Britain: A Brexit website for Britons living in Cyprus is: www.brexit.com.cy/en/  Also a Brexit video explaining from a spiritual & historical viewpoint why Britain should leave the EU is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8hw-X3V9Jo  Pray for this matter to be fully resolved (Exodus 14v16).   

The persecuted Church: China:   In 2018, hundreds of churches were closed or ransacked. House churches rental agreements were terminated. Pledges of subservience to the (atheistic) socialistic Chinese government were demanded. Many churches divided to avoid detection and even plant new church groups. Youth work was banned. Details of all bibles sold online were removed. Pray for wisdom and boldness for Chinese believers as they seek to worship and evangelise, for spiritual and numerical growth, and for the persecution training from Open Doors to benefit (Acts 19v20).

Bless you all. Yassas,  αντίο  and shalom.   The IFC team

 

^ IFC PRAYER &  INFORMATION:  email:  iforcy@outlook.com    website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. 

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.


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