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INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    DECEMBER  2019    No . 74.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  December 2019   No. 74

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 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: Retreats & United Prayer; The Church: Specific churches & ministries;

The Revelation of St John; Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process; The North; Gas; Health (see list)

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

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December Prayer Issues. 2 Corinth 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, Ministries & 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.

 

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

Many are grateful for the opportunity of a rest over Christmas and time with family and friends. Then there are the carols, many full of theology, and services, turkey and presents. Thank You, Lord, as we celebrate the birth of Your Son, coming into this world as a human being to show what God is like! (It is also the Jewish season of Chanukah, Dec 22nd-30th, celebrating the miraculous provision of oil for lights, all heralding our Epiphany season.)     

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: Mark 6v31: ‘Come …..and rest awhile.’

Retreats: I took a ‘retreat’ for a couple of days in the hills in order to ‘advance’ in the kingdom. I stayed at Katafiyio Retreat Centre, Kapedes, near Agia Varvara ( retreats@cypgulf.org  Tel 22671220 for personal or guided retreats). It was a study retreat but I took time to walk in the area. During that time, the Lord seemed to place certain phrases in my heart and mind. One was, I LOVE VARIETY. I thought about that, and recognised how God has placed such variety in creation, in humanity, in spiritual gifting, etc. The second was, THE HIGHER YOU GO, THE MORE YOU SEE.

I had climbed a steep track and made it to the top of the hill, where a small bench had been placed. I had a great viewpoint of the Nicosia plain and surrounding mountains and hills. The phrase, I realised, applied to more than just the physical. The third was, THE JOURNEY IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE DESTINATION. I leave that with you to figure out. But now to another area of higher – and deeper - purposes in God:  

United prayer. As we stand together, hearing from Him and discerning together, He will show us what to pray for and how, when, where, so we can be in agreement, and declare His word into the situation. He can reveal to us how He wishes to deal with an individual or a situation, or even a national matter. God is bringing forth a ‘holy highway’ of connected churches working and praying together in genuine relationship and warmth, linking arms against the enemy strategies, striking the ground again and again until the work is done and enemy power is broken (2 Kings 13v18-19). Will you, pastor, leader, elder, church member, church attender, humble yourself to God’s leading in prayer? The future of Cyprus is in our hands as well as His. God wants His people to pray a national identity for the Cypriot people. God wants Cyprus to fulfil His purpose for which it was created. He is looking for a righteous remnant to pray and act as He leads, preparing the way for Cyprus’ role as a safe haven, for reconciliation between the north and south, for young people mobilised for God, for the Orthodox Church to be touched by God, for the church mobilised to reach out to our communities both practically and spiritually.

 

 

^ 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) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The next north / south joint prayer meeting is on December 10th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com  Pray God’s blessing (Psalm 133).

b) Israel Conference:  with Karen Davis (Messianic worship leader & wife of the deceased Carmel Assembly leader David Davis. ACOJC church, Limassol. December 6th-8th Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388300588533071  Pray for revelation there (Revelation 1v1).        

c) IFC Day of Prayer:  Intercessors for Cyprus, 4th January 2020, 9.30am-4pm in the Larnaca area. Email to register (iforcy@outlook.com). Pray.

d) Messianic Bible Study: ‘Shadows of the Messiah’ using materials produced by First Fruits of Zion, a Messianic organization that seeks to deepen our understanding of Scripture by providing information about the Jewish perspective.  This year's study will focus on the promise of, and allusions to, the Messiah found throughout the first five books of the Old Testament and connecting them to their fulfillment in the life and work of Jesus. We will be meeting in Aradippou/Larnaca on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm.  (Course started end of November). Please contact us if you have any questions or want to join us. (Jack and Debbie Holford). Jack: 99665750. Debbie: 99665971. debnjaxco@gmail.comPray God’s hand on this (2 Chron 30v12).

e) Room of Hope: This NGO Day Center in Nicosia offers victims of sexual trafficking hope, help, coping tools, sheltered employment, skills and a restoration of dignity, Contact is: RoH director, H Saukkola heli@vapautauhri.fi  Pray for this ministry to women (Job 30v15; Proverbs 31v25).

f) Outreaches: at this season will be many. Pray for the ones you know of. Sunday December 22nd 7pm will be a Carols outreach at the small pier & fort area, Larnaca beach. Could you come and join the carol singers or those sharing with people or giving out tracts? Pray for this (2 Sam 22v50). 

 

    2. The Revelation of St. John is rarely associated with Christmas. It contains, however, an extraordinary apocalyptic vision of the birth of Jesus (Rev. 12). In this vision a woman “clothed with the sun” is seen about to give birth to a child. This child was to rule all nations (clearly a picture of Jesus). A Dragon awaits the birth to devour the child but the child is caught up to God and to His throne.  The Dragon, enraged, made war, therefore, on those who followed the child and kept his commandments. This takes Matthew’s perspective to a deeper level, depicting the spiritual forces underlying the actions of Herod. The symbolism of the vision is lurid and seemingly grotesque, but the application is clear. The Christ was born to redeem the nations, indeed to redeem along with the nations the whole of creation, over which he would rule. Satan’s rule in this world was to be broken by Him.

The attempt to devour Him failed. The child was swept up to heaven and will return to rule. What an extraordinary HOPE this is. It is the Christian hope of a new and redeemed world in which Christ rules in love and righteousness, and in which those who believe will live in the light of the presence of God. This is not a hope which might happen, but a hope that is sure and will happen. Herod failed, Christ won; the Jewish priests failed, Christ rose again; gross darkness covers the earth, but the Light of Christ will come in all its fullness. Thus even the darker side of the Christmas story is really pointing to a much greater light and hope. If our Christian hope is smaller than total redemption of the world as we know it then it is falling short of the glory to be revealed. Pray for the light of revelation concerning Jesus to penetrate hearts and minds. (John 1v5 & v14).   

 

Revival & Transformation: I have just read Ezekiel chapter37, which is God’s promise to Israel…which is currently in preparation for fulfilment (see Ezekiel 36). However, on the back of the promises to God’s covenant people Israel, there is an implied promise to God’s people the Church, also the chosen of God. We desire renewed life in the Church in Cyprus, the coming together of God’s people & the Spirit breathing upon us. Pray (Ezek 37).

 

ITI: The Christian Boaters Association (CBA) is very big in America, but extends to many other nations and continents. They will form part of the ‘ships of Tarshish’ (Isaiah 60v9) as will some in Cyprus which will assist in the great project to come on the heart of God (Jeremiah 32v41). Pray blessing.

 

 

^ 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: Finance Minister Harris Georgiades is leaving his post by the year’s end. Pray for the right successor and a good hand-over period.

Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has presented the 2020 budget and Strategic Plan 2020-2022 which focuses on the island’s immigration policy, reforms and – above all – boosting development. Pray for adjustments where needed in the will of God and effective implementation. 

Defence Minister of Cyprus is Savvas Angelides. Foreign Minister is Nikos Christodoulides. Pray for them.

Migrants: The government of Cyprus has benefited from €95.17 m of EU support since 2015 to manage migration and borders. The number of refugees is increasing, and migrants will reach 3.5 percent of the population soon. Pray into this as led (Matt 11v19).

Hackers: In late November, all state websites crashed for a while. Pray for secure state internet services and protection from hackers (1 Jn 3v12). . 

Evictions: Procedures to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent will be accelerated under proposed amendments to the tenants’ protection law, but reservations are already being voiced about how to protect those in need. Pray for justice both ways.

Estia: Applications are moving very slowly and the process is complex. Pray change.  Sick leave: There are abuses by government employees...pray.

 

^ Peace Process: Following the Berlin gathering, the negotiating process with a view to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem continues. Meanwhile, Turkey has failed to cooperate in solving the humanitarian issue of missing persons in Cyprus. Continue to pray (Heb 10v36).

 

^The North: Climate change legislation is being demanded by sources both in the north and the south. The first Turkish Cypriot doctor has joined the GESY scheme. Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has said that the Interior and Foreign Ministries are planning measures to boost controls along the Green Line. Describing the 300 km Green Line as “a black hole,” Petrides described the issue of illegal migration as “a developing crisis for Cyprus,” noting that most of the irregular immigrants in Cyprus pass through the occupied areas to the government-controlled areas of the island. Pray as led.

^ Gas: Energean Oil & Gas has made an application to import and supply natural gas to Cyprus starting in 2021. Gas supply would be through a pipeline from the Karish block offshore Israel, to Vassiliko, Cyprus. Pray for our own Cyprus gas to be discovered and released! (Psalm 67v6). 

^ Health: Two Greek doctors helping at Paphos hospital walked out after ‘unacceptable behaviour’ including bullying by colleagues. Not good…pray. 

 

 

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

Police: from the anti-trafficking unit raided two illegal massage parlours in Nicosia and Limassol as part of an operation against human trafficking.

Anti-drugs police made four arrests after finding one kilo of cocaine in a rural area. Special police units: Lawless and offensive acts will soon be dealt with by special police units patrolling tourist areas during the peak season. Assaults on police: recently on the streets by a group of youths, and on another occasion one was hit by a car, another two by a drunk out-of-control woman. Give thanks for the police, who restrain evil in society, and pray for continued effectiveness. Also, for their safety as they carry out their duties. Romans 13v1-5 outlines the role of the police.  

Trade: Cyprus’ trade deficit was €3,273.0 million in January-August 2019 compared to €2,591.3 million in the corresponding months of 2018. This is a continuing trend and is serious unless properly addressed. Pray for the right people to understand the issue and deal with it (see Psalm 24v1-6).

Recycling: There has been a protest against the planned recycling plant in the Stavrovouni area. Pray about sites and process (Nehemiah 12v31). 

Rain: After a good rainfall in October, with dams 79% full, November was a relatively dry month. Continue to pray for rain for the land (Joel 2v23). 

Electricity: Cyprus household electricity prices in the first half of 2019 jumped an annual 16.4% (Eurostat). Pray this is restricted! (2 Peter 2v3a).

Housing: The Cyprus Land Development Corporation (CLDC) is drafting a low-rent housing plan similar to that of Vienna’s where 45% of people live in affordable places provided by similar state entities. Amen. Pray this progresses to actual low cost housing (2 Samuel 7v10).

Prisons: 75% of Cyprus’ prison population are enrolled in educational programmes. However, Cyprus Central Prison overcrowding is a cause for concern. House Human Rights Committee members discovered that there are prevailing overcrowding conditions at the Central Prison. The number of inmates today far exceeds its capacity. There are about 200 inmates over and above capacity. Pray over the prison. (Hebrews 13v3; Matt 25v36). 

Tourism: The blow to the island’s tourism industry by Thomas Cook’s collapse is huge. Pray to God for His ways of restoring our tourism (Ps 18v30).

NB. Israeli travel agents are to come to Cyprus in a bid to reach agreement with counterparts on joint theme tourism packages. Amen.

Employment: 14% of employees in Cyprus only had a temporary employment contract in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (Eurostat). Pray for permanence. 

Migrants: As of Spring 2019, Cyprus had been receiving about 1500 applications per million inhabitants each month, more than twice as many as Malta (close to 700) and about three times as many as Greece (over 450). Pray for opportunity for migrants, but sifting out of undesirables (Judg 7v4).

(122 irregular migrants, the majority of them from Syria were brought in at Protaras recently.)     

 

 

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

Larnaka Run: The running event for all will take place on Sunday 8th December, 10am Finikoudes area. Choose the 10km, 6km, 1km, 500m or 100m runs! You must register for the 10km or 6 km runs: https://worldsmarathons.com/  Amen! Have fun.

Corruption: Cyprus has had the highest increase in corruption levels within the EU over the last five year period. Pray for exposure (Deut 13v13).

Bullying: A 16-year-old from Troullous died in April, believed to have been a victim of bullying. Investigations continue. Pray (1 Sam 17v23-24).

Child abuse: A total of 368 cases of suspected child abuse were referred to the ‘House of the Child’ by police and social services since January 2018. That is three hundred and sixty eight children enduring all sorts of pain and suffering, internal and external. Pray about this (Jer 38v19b NKJV).

The Disabled: In 2018, about 34% of Cyprus’ population with a disability was at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Concern over disabled parking area abuse has resulted in the government saying that those caught parking illegally in these reserved spots in private parking areas will be reported by police and will face penalties of up to one year in prison and/or a fine of €1285. Pray this be enforced and for the disabled (John 5v3, Heb 12v13).  

Migrants: Outdated EU rules mean that economic migrants can abuse the system and there have been mass arrivals in Cyprus from African countries. Cyprus is the first country to bring EASO to the island (European Asylum Support Office), noting that by the end of the year there will be 80 officers assigned to assess applications and reduce the backlog. Other EU countries should share the burden. Plans are also underway for a second reception centre while Pournara is expanding. The Ministry of Labour is also operating centres for unaccompanied minors. Integration is preferred, rather than formation of migration communities. Pray for those in authority to administer justice and compassion but also for wisdom and discernment (Prov 3v21).  

 

 

^ 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.

Limassol: L.Sewerage Board will carry out €35 m in anti-flooding projects over the next three years. Amen.  Nicosia: Engomi residents in the Nicosia discotheque area want action to curb noise caused by clubs. Pray. Larnaca mayor is investigating a local explosives firm. Pray he is effective (Gen 49v5). 

 

 

^ 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. O.A.S.I.S. Prayer Requests: ü Research and networking for community resources and employment. ü Kurdish families in response to the current events in N. Syria. ü Homes and jobs for our beneficiaries. ü Open hearts and minds to the Good News!

ü Encouragement and provision for asylum seekers as they wait for decisions on their status. ü Fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses.

 

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, ministering to the needy in spirit soul and body. Pray for their effectiveness and for those who serve through them and receive through them. Also remember Cyprus Samaritans, etc.

The Disabled: The state is apathetic towards the rights of the disabled and many able people park in their designated parking slots. A special needs student was physically abused by classmates recently. Pray for compassion, care and hope to be ministered and for miracles (Heb 12v3; Jn 5v3-8).  

 

 

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

Israel: Following the Israeli raid which took out the Islamic terror chief, hundreds of rocket reprisals from Gaza meant that schools in southern Israel were closed, most people were in bomb shelters and much of the nation slowed down almost to a halt. Iran supplies Islamic Jihad in Gaza with training, expertise, and money. Israel is warning of major action against Gaza. Pray Psalm 40v17, considering the needs of the people of Gaza and of Israel.

Lebanon: has slipped deeper into political crisis after the withdrawal of a top candidate for prime minister narrowed the chances of creating a government needed to enact urgent reforms. Many mission agencies are based in Lebanon. Pray for God’s hand on the nation (Deuteronomy 11v24).

Brexit: The December 12th UK election: The choice is between Boris Johnson for Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn renegotiating the deal before another referendum. Pray for the government and PM of God’s appointing, parties in right balance. Raise up new faces to bring freshness and vision (Prov 19:20).

Malta Migrants: Rioting migrants in a Malta holding centre demanded freedom. EU human rights slammed living conditions as “horrible” for thousands of asylum seekers in overcrowded Greek camps, including waits spanning hours for food and toilets and a lack of access to medicine). Pray (Rom 13v1&3a).

Greece: Moria, Greece, has been described as the worst refugee camp on earth. Consider the above entry & verses, and pray as led.  

Turkey: has started the repatriation of captured Islamic State militants. Pray that God restrains the militants using your prayer (2 Thessalonians 2v7).  

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2017, no.5) Pakistan: Church buildings are bombed or burned down, radical Muslims monitor Christian gatherings, blasphemy laws against Christians are stringent. Christians work in low paid occupations, some females are abducted. However, brave and bold pastors continue to teach the word of God, the Gospel, and receive training and support through ministries. Pray God’s strengthening.

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    NOVEMBER  2019    No . 73

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  November 2019   No. 73.

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 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; A Word of Encouragement; Editorial: Idolatry; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Youth for Christ Cyprus;

Family; Feasts of the Lord; The Five Waves of Prayer; Revival & transformation.

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

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

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November Prayer Issues.   2 Corinth 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 Weds 9-12; Ministries & Refugees, etc. 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. 

 

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

 ‘O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works Thy Hands have made, I see the stars I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.’ Thank You for the beauty of nature which reminds us of Your glory. What a comfort to know that You neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:4). We praise You that the miraculous is normal for You (Jeremiah 32:27). While we are in awe of the Almighty Creator, we rejoice that You are intimately involved with our lives (Ps 139:1-4). Bless You for Your faithfulness to Your covenants and promises. (Deuteronomy 7v9).

 

^ A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT ON UNITY:  (Michael Morris, Alpha Omega Ministries, South Africa).

Dear Brethren in Cyprus, I greet you all in the Name of our glorious Saviour King, Jesus Christ. I write to you as the spiritual son of Andreas Kyriacou and am well acquainted with what the Lord has been doing among you for some time now, having also had the privilege of meeting some of you over the years. ….Our hearts are with you always and we are fully invested in what God is doing among you, praying for you regularly.

After reading an email sent out by Pastor Andreas (dated 05 October 2019) concerning the dream that God gave to him, where he was addressing one of the gatherings and received three Greek words ‘ΧΡΟΝΟΣ, ΥΠΟΜΟΝΗ, ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΕΙΑ’  *, I felt a strong impression in my heart that I would like to share with you.

I found the three Greek words, ‘ΧΡΟΝΟΣ, ΥΠΟΜΟΝΗ, ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΕΙΑ’, (time, patience, brotherly love), to be very encouraging. Sometimes when we don’t see the results we expect or hope for, we become disheartened and begin to question whether we heard correctly in the first place. These words remind us that God doesn’t work to our schedule, but rather, that we work to His and that very often, patience and perseverance on our part are a part of His plan. The impression that I had came as I was reminded of the scripture in John 13:35 in which Jesus says, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” So much of your time, prayer and effort has gone into reaching out to the wider body of Christ within Cyprus; to cultivate a spirit of unity and togetherness that will be a testimony and powerful influence within the Island. Many, however, have been indifferent to this cause, while others have resisted and isolated themselves. This is largely due to personal insecurities and a deficit of trust resulting in an unwillingness to share or alter personal/spiritual agendas (Proverbs 18:1). I wish to encourage you, however, that what you do have is of great value, and well worth cherishing and nurturing. I believe that God would say two things to you concerning this dream and the above verse John 13v35:

 

1. Focus on cultivating and strengthening what you do have. Don’t lose heart or take it for granted. It is precious to God and has come at a great cost over a considerable period of time. These relationships will form the ‘foundational ethos’ of what God desires to do in the future. The stronger, deeper, wider the foundations, the more weight and scope they can support. The reason that this is taking so long is because God is establishing the foundations first – i.e. what you’ve already got. Keep investing in these relationships; they are the hope of a bright and glorious future for the church in Cyprus.

2. Find ways to publicly demonstrate and celebrate the love and unity that you have. Whether it be through conferences that you sponsor to bless other pastors and ministries or meals that you share together and invite others into, active examples of true brotherly camaraderie are a powerful witness to both the church and the world. This is the message that Jesus gave to His disciples, and His words remain just as powerful and true today. This kind of environment creates an atmosphere that will break down the strongholds of independence, scepticism and mistrust that continue to divide the church. When our brethren can see that we are neither a threat nor a drain on them, but rather a blessing and encouragement to them, their hearts will begin to soften. As you empower one another, you grow in a fruitfulness and love that speak louder than words. Help one another and work together whenever you can, letting others witness it as a testimony for encouragement. As it is written, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16.

In closing, let me remind you that unity ≠ uniformity, but rather, diversity in harmony. God did not make us all the same and He has indeed given us all unique calls and giftings – but it is only as we learn to work and share together that these gifts begin to complement one another rather than compete with one another. This is the essence of ‘κοινωνία’ (koinonia). It is our joy to co-labour with Christ in extending and establishing the influence of His kingdom through those He has brought together by His blood and empowered with His Spirit. His glorious people – the church resplendent.      *  Andreas put it this way:  Give Me time, exercise patience, and reach out in brotherly love.  

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: (vii) Idolatry. This month we revisit the seventh of our strategic targets for Cyprus – idolatry - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’   (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting against this target until victory is seen. We were designed to love God first, so that everything else follows in its place. Anything which we set up in the place of God, who is pre-eminent, is an idol.  The love of money is in evidence in Cyprus through bribery and corruption, greed, nepotism, cheating, gambling…..and remember, greed and corruption led to the 2013 financial crash in Cyprus to our shame (1 Timothy 6v10). When we put an idol such as money in God’s place, then evil follows. Also, the practice of worshipping icons is widespread in Cyprus.

God desires transformation rather than corruption for our nation. Whilst there are various levels of understanding and practice, it is God alone, the Unseen, (c.f. Matthew 6v6; 2 Corinthians 4v18) who is to be worshipped in spirit and truth (John 4v24). Pray against this enemy activity which is robbing people of what they were designed for - the worship of the living God, and pray for the true revelation of God and who He is to the people of Cyprus - by His Spirit, by the Gospel in word and action, and through His Church.

 

 

^ 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) Evangelism Course: Quote: ‘A church that does not evangelise will fossilise.’ Larnaka Community Church is running an evangelism course for the four Sundays of November (4.30-6.30pm) at LCC building, Larnaca, beginning Sunday 3rd Nov. If you are interested, you must register immediately via IFC email address (at top of page) giving your name and church. Pray for good attendance and that the training bears fruit (Mk 16v15).

b) Synchronised Prayer Watch: Houses of Prayer and others in the Mediterranean area will again be synchronising prayer for the countries of the Mediterranean. Saturday 2nd November 7-10pm. HoP Kiti 1 Andreas Thomas  St. BURN worship included. Pray this is well attended (Romans 8v26).

c) BURN 24-7 worship event:  Burn 24-7 Cyprus, 9th November 9am-7pm OASIS centre, Larnaca. Pray for God’s pleasure in this (1 Chron29v17-18).

d) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The next north / south joint prayer meeting is on November 12th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com Pray for more to come from N & S (Psalm 133).

e)’House of Mercy’: This is a care & outreach ministry in Kyrenia run by New Frontiers International. Pray for blessing & encouragement (Rom 15v5).

f) “Inspire 2019” (Arab Christians in Cyprus): Good to hear of a church in Paphos (PCFI) encouraging Arab believers in Cyprus. Mission training could evolve towards Arabs in the land and beyond. Pray for the Lord to lead this initiative (1 Thessalonians 5v11).

g.) Israel Conference with Karen Davis, December 6-8 Limassol. https://www.facebook.com/events/388300588533071

h) Kadosh Art. This prophetic art ministry links with Israel from Cyprus. Pray for breakthrough in communication with co-ordinators there (Mic 2v13a)

2. Youth for Christ Cyprus:  Athena reports: We commenced the new season with a day out with the teenagers for some games, enjoying nature and sharing a barbeque. ‘After Hours’ and our Autumn Inter-Island event are to come. We held a training day for adult and youth volunteers of ‘After Hours’. Pray for opportunities to talk about God with these young people. NB. As a staff member of Youth For Christ Cyprus, I have to raise my own support. I am currently raising €230 less than what I need to be raising monthly. Please continue to pray for the Lords provision over my fundraising, and maybe even supporting me financially in some way?   [ED] Pray for good sleep for Athena…enemy activity here…and for her trust in God to grow, and for Gods provision. Pray for God to wake up the youth in Cyprus…..that He would place on many a deep dissatisfaction with the wealth and boredom of the world, impart a spirit of adventure on them to seek God and their destiny (Isa. 62:4-5).

 

3. Family: The Church in Cyprus is a family. Your local church is a family. Pray for your local church to fulfil that role more and more effectively, so that the community around and Christians who visit or move to your locality feel that love of God amongst you and want to be part of it (John 13v35).

Ministry kids: Pray for children of Christians, especially those in ministry, that their parents will have God’s wisdom to bring them up with open and honest communication, and for sibling relationships to be harmonic. Pray for positive role models for children & young people, good and appropriate friendships at school, church and home, especially for those without brothers and sisters, and a good life witness when amongst non-believers.  

 

4. Feasts of the Lord: Last month in Israel and elsewhere there were the celebrations of Rosh Ha Shana, (the Feast of Trumpets), the 10 day period of repentance and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the seven day holiday period in booths (Feast of Tabernacles). These ancient Jewish feasts have relevance to the Church also since they are or will be fulfilled in Christ. Rosh Ha Shana reminds us of the trumpet sounding at the return of the Lord, Yom Kippur of Jesus on the cross atoning for the sin of the world - and the need to keep hearts of repentance, and then the feast of Tabernacles of how God now tabernacles with us by His Spirit living within us. Whilst we do not subscribe to a legalistic keeping of the law, in this case the feasts, (Colossians 2v16-17), we do choose to remember and keep them in a simple way, and value their fulfilment in Christ. Pray that the heritage we have received through the Jewish people of the Old Testament and from the Jewish early Church in the New Testament will be understood and valued (Romans 9v4-5).    

NB there are 7.5 million Jews living in the USA according to the latest figures, more than in Israel (6.7 million). Hosea 11v10 reminds us that God will stir up the Jews to return to Israel from the USA….a prophecy yet to be fulfilled! Cyprus will have its part to play. Pray as led by God’s Holy Spirit. 

 

The Five Waves of Prayer: Cyprus as a safe haven; Reconciliation N&S; Youth stirred; Orthodox Church touched; Outreach. Pray as led.

Revival & Transformation: Pray for a fresh spirit of intercession to fall upon the body of Christ in Cyprus (John 7v37).

 

 

^ 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.

Republic of Cyprus President: The Hon. Nicos Anastasiades (First Lady Andri); Pray for wisdom for our President, Cabinet, government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Mustafa Akinci, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay. Also regarding Mr Erdogan of Turkey.  

 

^ This month: Cabinet has approved the Finance Ministry’s proposed package of much-needed public service reforms but the mighty union of public servants (PASYDY) is resisting. The reforms provide that those evaluated poorly for three years in a row won’t be eligible for promotion.

Prayers in schools: Following a sixth form teacher prohibiting morning prayers, telling pupils that there is no God, the Education Ministry confirmed that all teachers should make sure that morning prayers are said at school and that pupils who do not wish to participate must sit quietly and show respect to the others. Give thanks for their stand! (Psalm 78v4).

Immigrants: The Interior Ministry is concerned that some jihadists may well mix with the rising number of refugees from war-torn Syria and make their way to Cyprus…pray against this! (Isaiah 54v17). The EU and UN need to take up their responsibilities because the number of refugees will only get higher. Cyprus has certainly set its limits that have long been exceeded. With the flow of illegal migrants in 2019 they will reach 3.5 percent of the population. (Thankfully, Cyprus has benefited from €95.17 m of EU support since 2015 to manage migration and borders). Pray into this (Matt 11v19).

Undeclared workers: The Labour Ministry launched a campaign against undeclared work, which is illegal, with spot inspections in workplaces island-wide. Employers found to be employing people not registered with social insurance are subject to an administrative fine of €500 times seven — unless the employer can prove that the violation was for less than 7months. Pray for hope for the unemployable and right action by government (Rom 12v17).  

Airbnb: Cyprus hoteliers are up in arms over a revised proposed bill regulating Airbnb-style short-term rentals since this does not include provisions for mandatory health and safety documentation. Pray for appropriate adjustments (Proverbs 24v23).

Guns: New proposals to tighten gun controls will keep guns out of the hands of people suspected of domestic violence and those who have been exempted from military service on mental health grounds. Amen. (Isaiah 54v17).  

Corruption: Cypriot parliamentarian Irene Charalambides is the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Fighting Corruption. This is a difficult job. Pray for her to be used by God as part of His plan to expose and highlight corruption in Cyprus (2 Kings 12v15).   

Estia: It is highly unlikely that the mortgage-relief scheme Estia for struggling home owners will reach its goal since only 400 out of the estimated eligible 10,000 borrowers have submitted an application so far….the procedure is complicated. Pray for simplification (Romans 16v19).  

 

^ Gas: Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling. Turkey sent an oil-and-gas drilling ship to waters off southern Cyprus where Cypriot authorities have already awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights to Italian and French companies. Ankara is defiant of growing European and other criticism. Greece, Italy, Britain, France, Egypt and other nations including United States, Russia and the EU are considering more concerted action against Turkey in this matter. Pray for God’s help in revealing appropriate wise action to restrain Turkey (Job 12v13).

 

^ Peace Process: “RTCYPP seeks to advance religious freedom by persuading the authorities to recognise the rights of faith communities to administer, to be able to visit and pray at their places of worship and to be able to care for them and even restore them. Amen. (Genesis 26v31).

 

^ The North: The UN Security Council has discussed Cyprus’ appeal over Turkish threats to gradually re-open and settle Varosha, the fenced-off part of the coastal town of Famagusta. No action to reinforce this has emerged. Pray for God to take over in this (Deuteronomy 20v4).  

 

^ Health & Gesy: The inauguration of Cyprus’ first natural birth clinic took place at Limassol Hospital. Amen. Some doctors could be expelled from GESY due to mis-use of the system or a high number of complaints. Patients also need educating on excessive use of the system. Pray (Job 1v8).

 

 

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

Rain: Dams are already well stocked as a result of last year’s record inflow. It is the season of the autumn rains. At the autumn Feast of Tabernacles in Israel, the OT priests would traditionally pray for rain. Jesus used this occasion to speak of spiritual rain (John 7v14-39). We need both in Cyprus. Pray as led (John 7v37-39). Pray also for potato farmers lost much of their crop and some greenhouses in the October thunder and hail storm.

Flood repairs: Municipalities across Cyprus have been affected by the recent severe weather conditions, homes and estates being flooded and causing damage to properties which has promoted owners and citizens to react. Mayors are seeking urgent action. Pray for government response (Jeremiah 32v39).

Shipping: Cyprus revenue from ship management companies in 2018 reached €1.034 billion. Pray for God’s blessing to continue (Genesis 1v22a).

Public debt: Cyprus needs to raise over the next three years approximately €3.1 billion to service public debt. Pray for reduction of debt (2 Kings 4v7).

Tourism revenue fell by 2.5% on an annual basis in the first seven months of this year. However, Cyprus and Israel have reached an agreement to promote joint packages for tourists as of 2020, initially from the US, Russia and Germany. Pray Cyprus works at attracting tourists (Zech 9v17).

Civil Defence: A search & rescue exercise (large scale earthquake scenario) took place in Larnaca, aiming at further training CD officers. Amen.

Animal welfare: The Council of Ministers adopted new draft legislation which prohibits keeping dogs and cats tied up. The proposal also bans keeping dogs and cats on balconies and roofs and introduces tougher penalties for animal abuse or neglect. Amen! Pray it be implemented (Ezekiel 33v31a).  

Drugs: Cypriot illicit drug users love cocaine. Consumption in coastal Limassol increased five-fold between 2013 and 2016! Pray (Prov 23v32-33).

Homeless Fraud: There is a suspected scam to defraud social security funds earmarked for the homeless. How low can people fall? Pray (Ps. 35v10).

Pupils: Cyprus ranked second from the bottom is the percentage of upper secondary pupils in vocational education (Eurostat). Oh! Pray (Ex. 9v16).  

Occult: The Mind, Body & Spirit Festival 2019 will be in Nicosia, 9-10th November. Be warned, it is rooted in the occult. Pray as led (Exodus 7v11).

Development: A total of 50 development projects all around Cyprus are included in the 2020 budget. These concern construction of roads in different districts, schools, water transportation infrastructure, repairs, new buildings and renovations. These are signs of economic growth. Give thanks. 

Casinos: Melco, the operator of the Cyprus Casinos (C2) and the Integrated Casino Resort, City of Dreams Mediterranean, the only licensed casinos in Cyprus, says it is committed to responsible gaming and to ensuring a fair and safe gaming experience for its guests. Beware & pray (1 Tim 6v10).

Labour disputes: and strikes are on the rise according to the Ministry of Labour which acts as a mediator in most cases. Pray into this (Job 33v23b).

Construction: Buildings must comply with current legislation to ensure safety. Half of the houses in Cyprus were built before 1994 when the bill on compulsory anti-seismic surveys was approved. Workmen have fallen to their deaths. Pray for compliance and reinforcement of law (Rom 13v3-4).  

 

 

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

Cyprus salsa unite: All the top Artist from Cyprus join forces to provide Cyprus a three day festival full of dancing, contests, workshops, shows and the best of Cyprus’s mountain views. Forest Park Hotel at Pano Platres, Limassol. 6th – 8th of December, 5pm onwards. Amen!  

Human Trafficking: In Cyprus, the main forms of trafficking are in sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour and forced begging. Drug users and the disabled are used in begging. Pray for the police anti-trafficking unit and society to make progress. It is a spiritual battle (Ephes 6v12).

LGBTI rights group ACCEPT opposed the head of the Primary Teachers’ Union over comments about LGBTI’s being childless. A LGBTI survey only interviewed 503 people in Cyprus and then made sweeping conclusions in favour of their cause. The first bi-communal festival for LGBTI+s and their allies was held in Nicosia organised by Accept – LGBTI Cyprus and Queer Cyprus Association. Again, it is a spiritual battle (Ephes 6v12). Pray.

Migrants: More than 1,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year. Cyprus, Greece and Bulgaria are seeking to mobilise European institutions over the increasing, continuous and disproportional migration challenges the three countries are faced with. Pray for success (Gen 4v10). 

Drinking: Cyprus’ National Addictions Authority (NAAC) says teenage drinking in Cyprus is high compared to other European countries. For every 1 euro spent on prevention, 44 euro is spent on law enforcement. How we need a move of God in our young people. Pray (Daniel 11v32b).

 


^ 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.

Delays in anti-flooding work in areas of the Pedieos River are the responsibility of the town planning authority, and need to be addressed – pray.  Construction of a new archaeological museum in Nicosia will begin in May 2021 and cost €83 m plus VAT. NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation] is celebrating this year twenty-five years of continuous creative presence in the cultural life of Cyprus. Amen.

 

 

^ 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: Pray for success for continued fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses (new grant possibility), for job training initiatives and job openings, for affordable housing for our community and for open hearts and minds to the Good News. Finally for blessing on the activities of Oasis such as Food distribution, Mother care (capacity filled), English classes (80 students), Social café, Clothing closet and Garden. (Matt 5v3-11). NB. A key issue is the need of affordable housing, whether a group of refugees sharing a rental, or people taken into homes with a room, etc. Pray. Asylum Seekers and refugees need to witness the love of Christians for them, and also to hear the Good News of the Gospel. Pray. The Interior Ministry is budgeting €1m next year to cover the costs of running the Kofinou Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers and the temporary shelter Pournara in Kokkinotrimithia. Amen! Thank You, Lord.

 

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.

Lord, please release Your love into our cities, towns and villages. Help Christians to support - as well as directly Christian concerns - local authority services and charitable causes that promote cultural & sports activity, befriend others, protect environment and enjoy community celebration. Amen.  

The poor: Nearly 24% of the population in Cyprus are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat). Seek God for His hand on the poor & needy. 

 

 

^ 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).

World leaders: Donald Trump & Boris Johnson are under attack…as is democracy. There is a crisis of leadership in the West. Isaiah 2 explains this, in that God will humble the proud….leaders and nations. The enemy is also seeking to prepare the way for the antichrist (1 John 2v18; Rev 13v2-3).   

Syria: Yet another disastrous war has broken out in the Middle East region of Syria and its Turkish border. Turkey's offensive, began after President Trump announced he would move U.S. forces out of the way, abandoning their Kurdish allies. The invasion transformed one of the safest parts of Syria into a war zone, leaving displaced residents with a deep sense of betrayal. It's time to stop relying on governments and presidents. We must cry out to the Lord in prayer and be willing to be a part of the answer to that prayer. These people in N.E. Syria that are being slaughtered are our brothers and sisters in the Lord. And even the lost that are being massacred are people that the Lord came to this earth, to save them. We can no longer just sit in our living rooms watching TV as our family are being murdered by vicious demonized people. "I kept saying we should escape, but my husband always said there are Americans, Britain, France, and they won't abandon us” said newly displaced S. H. now seeking safety in a refugee camp. Now this Christian family is among an estimated 160,000 and more Syrians who have fled. Let compassion and action arise as you pray (2 Thess 1v11).

Syria, Turkey & Israel: The most probable outcome is to ensure Iran’s domination of Syria. The USA now has no leverage and clear that the USA is not willing to take military action on Israel’s behalf. Syria will eventually become a nightmare for Israel. The biblical end-time alliance of nations that will come against Israel roughly includes: Magog (southern portion of the former Soviet Union; (Rosh - Russia; Meshech and Tubal), Turkey, Persia (Iran); and others. Present-day headlines suggest many of these players are coming together in ways that will lead to a proactive invasion force against Israel. Please intercede for Israel’s divine wisdom, preparation, and discernment in its dealings with Turkey, Russia, Syria, and Iran (Ezekiel 38).

Ethiopia & Israel:  Due to various aspects of the criteria used to determine who would be allowed to emigrate to Israel, many families have been split with some members allowed to come to the Jewish state while others have been left behind. Pray that the [2015] law will be implemented time, so that grandparents, parents and siblings can be re-united in Israel.

Northern Ireland: The laws of Northern Ireland, the godliest in the UK, are under serious attack. The same-sex marriage ban and restrictions on abortion are being changed. Bans have been upheld by the region’s block of conservative politicians. The government in London will overhaul the laws unless Stormont intervenes. Pray (Deuteronomy 4v8; Ezekiel 18v9; Proverbs 14v34).  

Yemen: Over four years of brutal conflict has led Yemen into the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. And those in acute need have risen by 30% just this year. Over 15 million people are on the brink of starvation. Over 1 million have cholera. At least three million have been forced to flee their homes. Nearly 400,000 children are suffering severe malnutrition. 90,000 have been killed in this conflict. Nearly 100% of Yemeni’s are Muslim, facing eternity without Christ. Pray with compassion, as led…maybe in tongues also. (Matthew 6v13; Psalm 12v5).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (No.4. Libya). There are about 150 Christians in Libya. They are isolated and keep their faith secret lest punishment and death follow. Christian migrant workers can assemble but not evangelise. They and Christian refugees are targeted by traffickers or Islamic militant groups. The government offers no protection. However, Libyans are coming to Christ, often through dreams or internet. Pray for God’s hand of protection over believers in Libya, and for protection and expansion of the Church there Psalm 32v7; Isaiah 54v2).    

                                                                                                                                   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    OCTOBER  2019    No . 72

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  October 2019   No. 72.

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 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: Abortion; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Forgiveness Sunday; Family; Revival in Cyprus; ITI

Brexit prophecy. The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process; The North; Health.

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

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October 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, Ministries & 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.


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

 

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

(vi) The shedding of innocent blood (abortion). This month we revisit the sixth of our targets for Cyprus – abortion issues - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting against this target.

Pastors are rightly concerned for their flock if there has been any history of abortion, yet the issue cannot be swept under the carpet. The ‘shedding of innocent blood’ is a major event in God’s sight, desecrating the land. For example, during the reign of King Manasseh of Judah: 2 Kings 21 esp. v16; 2 Kings 24v4. Also Psalm 139 especially v13-16, Psalm 106v38; Deuteronomy 19v13. Abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide in 2018. Unborn babies are not recognized as human beings even though biology indicates that they are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception. Each unborn baby already had their own unique DNA, making them distinct from their mother. That DNA indicated if the child was a boy or girl, their eye and hair color, their height, possible genetic disorders and other disabilities, and much more. (Should we get rid of the disabled? In John 9v1-7 Jesus healed the man born blind. v3: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”  In most cases, the unborn babies’ hearts are beating when they are aborted, too. This is murder of the innocent. (Exodus 20v13; John 10v10). The unborn child can die a brutal, violent death in abortion. O God have mercy! Another aspect of this is Satan’s activity to abort souls before salvation; whereas God desires new life in the physical and the spiritual realms.  (John 10v10; John 3v3, John 3v16). Pray as led.

 

We sense that it may be God’s time to raise up those with a vision and burden to set up a pro-life ministry in Cyprus, and give alternatives and hope to women who face abortions, address government agencies, speak in schools, and alert society in general. If you or someone you know are interested in making a beginning in this, then contact Michelle Foulia. 07598328317 Be’ad Chaim, Israel  who can advise. Pray for a pro-life ministry to arise.

 

Now take time this month to pray through the issues below. Thank you.   

1. Creator God, we praise You that all human life is made in Your image and precious in Your sight (Psalm 139v14). Thank You for the gift of life. Lord, help Christians and others to have the courage to defend unborn lives, speaking for the voiceless, and to support expectant mothers and fathers.

2. We pray for vulnerable women (Psalm 25v16-18) facing an unplanned pregnancy without support, especially women in prison. Thank You for those who give a listening ear, especially to those coping with post-abortion issues. Grant them wisdom and enable forgiveness to those in need of it.  

3. We pray for resistance to liberalisation of the laws of Cyprus and for pro-life MPs to make their stand to protect the unborn. (Daniel 9v9, Prov. 13v9). 

4. We pray for those involved in conducting abortions, for conviction of sin, and for women coerced into abortion. (James 2v13). 

5. Remembering Jesus’ attitude to the disabled (John 9v3), we pray that abortion due to gender or disability will be confined (Psalm 106v37), and parents strengthened to face the future.

6. We pray, Lord, that men would take their responsibility for their unborn children (Malachi 4v6) and act honourably. Bring conviction.

7. We give thanks for every baby rescued from being aborted (Psalm 139v16), and pray for Your blessing on them and their parents.  

8. We take time to lament the loss of so many lives through abortion and the pain to You, Creator God. Bring change to the nations. Amen.  

 

 

^ 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) Revival prayer & worship: We would love you to join us for a 12 hour Worship & Prayer gathering at Living Stones House of Prayer on Friday, 25th October 2019 from 9 am - 9 pm. The focus on the day will be on Revival for our beloved nation of Cyprus.  In Isaiah 64:1 it says "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down." In 1928 Cyprus had begun to encounter a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God used Michael Kounnas to bring the good news of the gospel to his family in Kato Drys. Manifestations of power began. “The village was stirred up and the people were puzzled and in awe." The fire of the Holy Spirit spread from here throughout Cyprus. Again, Lord!  (Psalm 85v6; Isaiah 57v15; Habbakuk 3v2).

b) 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).

c) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The next north / south joint prayer meeting is on October 8th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com  As politicians strive to get peace talks going again, first, give thanks that there are plans afoot to enable churches in the north to relate to the churches in the south. Also give thanks that pastors and intercessors across the north/south line meet monthly to pray for the whole of Cyprus (See Ezekiel 37v15-19). This is fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14 where God promises to heal the nation as His people do their part. Pray for a firewall of protection over Cyprus especially at this time, especially from Turkey’s advances. Pray for the release of the abandoned city of Varosha to Cyprus and for the withdrawal of Turkish support for the government of northern Cyprus….and for the Lord’s plans for the people of the north to prevail. (Psalm 33v10-11). 

Resist the spirit of Islam affecting the north.Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV): No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.  Finally, give thanks in advance – in faith - for God’s miracle of a re-united Cyprus for the fulfilment of His destiny of Cyprus (Ezek 37v15-19). 

d) Youth For Christ Cyprus: works with teenagers from all over the island doing camps, bible studies, and one of our bigger ministries, ‘After Hours’, a youth cafe we have in Limassol and will soon be opening in Larnaca too. For additional info for prayer and further details, contact: Loukios Nousios 97743921  loukios.nousios@yfccyprus.org   Pray for this ministry to be led of God, and touch the lives of many young people in Cyprus for Christ. (2 Timothy 1v1-7; Matthew 28v18-19; Matthew 19v20-21).  

e) Kanali7 Christian Radio:  www.kanali7.com/en (Broadcasting in all of Cyprus). Kanali 7 broadcasts in 98.4 FM in most of Cyprus, 102,1 FM in Limassol and Paphos, and 99.8FM for Polis Chrysochous. Pray for the team and for regular financial support of this ministry as they seek to reach out especially to the Orthodox Church. NB. A number of priests have listened in and responded, valuing the reading of scripture which reveals a different way…..pray for the Orthodox Church. (Isaiah 55v10-11; Psalm 85v6).  

 

2. ‘Forgiveness Sunday’: We can learn from one another. Did you know that the Orthodox Church uses the Sunday night before Green Monday to have a service during which they are supposed to explicitly forgive offenses and even their enemies. The goal is to enter Lent with a clean slate. What power would be released if all of us began to follow this practice? How about a movement to encourage the evangelicals and spirit filled churches to spend time before Lent next year teaching on forgiveness and then explicitly and openly join with the Orthodox that Sunday night in acts of forgiveness! You could also try it personally today. We make a practice of daily forgiveness and regular communion at home to aid this process (1 Cor 11v23-32).

 

3. Family: 1 Corinthians 12v31: ’And I will show you a still more excellent way.’  Families are a key building block in God’s created order, yet are under attack as never before. Now we have disposable marriage, God’s design for male and female by-passed, and free sex without responsibility, and facilities for abortion. Pray that our churches and institutions teach about love, relationships, marriage and the family as God intended. Genesis teaches that man and woman are to become one flesh, in unity, and that God desires unity with His church now, and consummation at the end of time. Pray.   

 

4. Brexit prophecy: For those of you from the UK or interested, this was relayed from a friend of mine in Britain: O sons of Britannia hear My words. O daughters of Britain give ear. Was it a small thing for you to be used by Me, and to have your culture imbued with My ideas, that you have left me? Behold, even when you seek independence again it fails. You continue to rebel, even while I try to help.

Very well, a time of discipline approaches, to prepare your hearts for Me again. Like the Exodus, I will lead you out for the sake of My promises and your ancestors, and like the exodus, there will be Wilderness years, while you learn to know Me, and follow My Word again. I will not let you go - but it will not be easy and woe betide all who continue to rebel against me; They will suffer/perish for their sins. But I AM with you and will continue to revive you to protect you from The Evil which even now comes upon the Continent, Rome and Amalek: It will be tough in the furnace of refinery, but Ye Shall Be Reforged, for I AM has spoken and will do it. …………Prayer will go far.

 

^ Revival in Cyprus: (Source: HoP Kiti) In Isaiah 64:1 it says "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down." In 1928 Cyprus had begun to encounter a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. After an encounter with God in America and Greece, God used Michael Kounnas to bring the good news of the gospel to his family in Kato Drys. In his own words from the book 'Memoirs Of My Ministry' Michael says, "The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was manifested with great power as on the Day of Pentecost. The presence of the Holy Spirit was indescribable. At certain times, the meeting place literally shook as in the days of the apostles. Men and women were accepting the work of God in tears. The presence of God became perceptible in our midst through miracles, healings, the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit.... The village was stirred up and the people were puzzled and in awe." The fire of the Holy Spirit spread throughout Cyprus. God had rent the heavens!  Oh that we would cry out to God and ask Him to once again rend the heavens and come down! We desperately need another powerful move of God in our nation. We need Him to visit this nation once again as He did before but in an increasing measure!  Let us continue to pray for revival here with increasing fervency through this encouragement.

               NB. When did you last hear anyone preach or teach on Baptism in the Spirit to a generation unfamiliar or untaught? Read through Luke 3:16; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-6; Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1v8; Acts 8:16; Acts 19v6; Luke 4v1; Acts 6v3 & 5; 2 Corinthians 3v17 and pray. 

 

^ ITI: Jewish immigration to Israel: Under the Law of Return, passed in 1950, a Jew has the right to come and live in Israel and receive Israeli citizenship.  With antisemitism rising sharply across Europe, many Jews are considering immigrating to Israel.  According to a recent survey, 41% of  European Jews have thought of making ‘aliyah’, because they do not feel safe in their countries as Jews. Jeremiah 16v16 speaks of ‘fishers’ and ‘hunters’ to bring back the Jews. Ideally, may they return through ‘fishers’, as ‘hunters’ does not sound good.  Pray that Jews would take the opportunity to immigrate to Israel now (Jeremiah 16v14-16), and that Cyprus would help in this process.    

Traditionally "waves" of aliyah to Israel have co-incided with heavy rainfall in Israel.  Studies have shown that increased rainfall co-incided or preceded 1948 and 1991, two years when there were large numbers of Jews immigrating to Israel. Rain is a sign of the Lord's blessing and provision in scripture.  It is as if the Lord prepares Israel for the Jewish immigrants by watering the land, before planting them there (Jer. 32:41).  Last winter in Israel was unusually wet, breaking a five-year drought.  The Sea of Galilee rose by 2.8 metres. Is this a sign that another "wave" of Jewish aliyah is on its way?

 

 

^ 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.

Republic of Cyprus President: The Hon. Nicos Anastasiades (First Lady Andri); Pray for wisdom for our President, Cabinet, government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; Leader of Turkish Cypriot Community: Mr Mustafa Akinci. Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay. Also regarding Mr Erdogan of Turkey.  

 

^ This month: The ‘Estia’ Scheme is a special government scheme drawn up by the Ministry of Finance, aiming to boost borrowers’ ability to repay their loans, which began in September. The state, which subsidises part of the repayment instalments of the restructured loan, will contribute to the Fund’s initial capital with €20 million. Additional safety net provisions have been included so as to assist, support and protect vulnerable households who have mortgaged their primary residences. However, the Land Registry is slowing down the Estia mortgage scheme process due to the need for submission of dozens of property documents by a prospective benefactor. The Land Registry was already confronted with shortages of staff and a work overload. Give thanks for the scheme, but pray for government help to bring changes in the Land Registry so they can cope (Matthew 11v28-30).

 

^ Peace Process: Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is proposing the opening of two more checkpoints in Nicosia — one for cars near Famagusta Gate and the second for pedestrians at Paphos Gate. US envoy Jane Holl Lute has been meeting with both President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to try to broker a framework for resuming talks. There are hopes for resumption in October. As politicians strive to get talks going again, first, give thanks that there are plans afoot to enable churches in the north to relate to the churches in the south. Also give thanks that pastors and intercessors across the north/south line meet monthly to pray for the whole of Cyprus (See Ezekiel 37v15-19). This is fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14 where God promises to heal the nation as His people do their part.       

Take time to pray for a firewall of protection over Cyprus at this time, especially from Turkey’s advances. Pray for the release of the abandoned city of Varosha to Cyprus and for the withdrawal of Turkish support for the government of northern Cyprus….and for the Lord’s plans for the people of the north to prevail. (Psalm 33v10-11). Resist the spirit of Islam affecting the north.Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV): No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD. Finally, give thanks in advance – in faith - for God’s miracle of a re-united Cyprus in His purposes for the fulfilment of its destiny.

 

^ The North: Cyprus is to bring its concern to the highest EU council over Turkish plans for the “Ghost Town” of Varosha – to make it a new ‘Las Vegas’’ There are reports Turkish authorities have been constructing a military outpost at the buffer zone in Strovilia village. Turkish drones linked to a drill ship were sighted off Paphos. Pray God contains inappropriate plans (Ps 33v10-11).

Film ‘74’: Paul Lambis, an award-winning Greek Cypriot screenwriter, author and director, is creating a full-length feature film about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus called “74.” Its first, unofficial teaser trailer has now been released. Pray for restraint in propagating unforgiveness, and positive fruit.

 

^ Health: Patients have been outraged at appalling conditions at Nicosia hospital. Pictures show beds and medical equipment scattered around, a ceiling verging on collapse, even a cat strolling in the corridors. This situation needs to be addressed. Pray (Luke 15v17a). However, other reports and personal experience have shown many more qualified staff joining the GESY scheme, and fewer queues and more efficiency in hospitals. Amen.

 

 

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

Tax exemption for employees and retirees will rise to 1/5 of their income in 2020. Amen. Incidentally, are your tax affairs completed righteously?

Investments: ‘The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission would like to warn the investors and the public about the various risks that may arise during this period due to the extremely low interest rates in banks. In periods of historically low or even negative interest rates in the banking sector, investors should be extremely cautious, as various individuals may reach out to them in order to offer products and services using fake representations and promising high returns. Through different ways and tricks, individuals and/or real or bogus or other non-regulated entities.’  Pray (Proverbs 14v34).

State wages: The IMF is concerned over the possibility that Cyprus’ increasing state wage bill will “crowd out” public spending in productive areas of the economy. Pray for a capping and control of public spending (1 Corinthians 16v2).

Banking: Banks have alternatives to deposits, some of which have negative interest rates. Pray that this information gets out. (Luke 12v2).     

Minimum wage: Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou says Cyprus should soon be in a position to adopt a national minimum wage. Amen. Let it be so.

Unemployment: is down, but of the total number of unemployed, 3,992 were out of the labour market for over 12 months and another 3,258 between six to 12 months. These people come under the category of long-term unemployment. Pray for hope in the lives of these people. (Lament 3v19-23).   

Cruise tourism: A serious increase in this is likely for Cyprus. Perhaps this will counter the fall in tourism this year despite the increase in August tourist numbers. Pray for God’s help (Lev. 26v9).

Thomas Cook: The collapse of the world’s oldest travel firm has affected many travellers. Pray for rescue plans and compensation, remembering that the collapse will also affect the Cyprus hotelier industry where there are 3 months of unpaid bills by the company. They suggest that the state should extend the payment deadline for social security contributions and VAT, with municipal taxes and charges to be deferred. Also to accelerate the procedure to create a new brand for Cyprus, and to boost flight schedules. The whole Cyprus economy may be affected. The collapse of Cyprus-based Cobalt airline a year ago was bad enough. With the demise of Thomas Cook, both the cost of some flights, and flight times via one city or another have doubled or trebled. Cyprus is currently drafting a national plan to increase tourism. Intercede over all this (Heb 4v16).  

Industry: The Industrial Turnover Index reached 141.7 units in June 2019, recording an increase of 1.8% compared with June 2018. Amen.  

Casinos: C2 Paphos is the last of the 4 Cyprus Casinos satellites to open, scheduled to operate by the end of 2019. We reap what we sow (Job 4v8).

Drugs: In Limassol, police found 34kg of cannabis in a warehouse and later 4kg in a car. Amen. Pray effective interceptions and decline (Eph 4v19).   

Up to You(th): The group’s aim is to showcase youth in Cyprus as one of the most vibrant and hope-bearing groups of society. Amen. (Ps. 110v3).

Climate Change: After the recent UN climate change conference, the warning is clear to governments to act over emissions and other areas. Pray that governments heed the concerns of their populations and the warnings of the scientific community, and act with wisdom. Pupils in Cyprus have joined the global protests to demand action on climate change. Pray their voice be heard (Genesis 1v26).

Recycling: Many more recycling facility bins are being installed around Cyprus. Amen. Pray for better large item facilities, too (Genesis 1v26). 

Terrorists: Police have traced more than a dozen suspected foreign terrorist fighters traveling across the Mediterranean. Pray that they be intercepted and that terrorists would be kept by God from entering Cyprus and other local nations (Exodus 23v22).  

 

 

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

Homosexuality: Police have found no ground for criminal offence from comments made by Morphou Bishop Neophytos who has been accused of inciting hate speech against homosexuality. His words and facts were in part incorrect and unwise, but he did take a stand against this practice on behalf of Cyprus in the Lord’s name. Pray for the Church in Cyprus to stand strong on this issue. (Lev 18v22; Rom 1v26-27; Rom 7v6; 2 Cor 1v10a).  

Please note: ‘Accept LGBTI Cyprus’ and ‘Queer Cyprus Association’, on the occasion of their official collaboration are organising a “United by Colours” festival, which will take place on October 5 at Home for Cooperation in Nicosia. Pray into this as the Lord leads you (see verses above).

Plastic packaging: In the Mediterranean, plastics constitute the majority of beach and sea floor litter. Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative is working with other groups to tackle the threat of single-use plastics to protect the marine environment in which it is located. Pray for good results (Matt 8v3).  

Noise pollution: Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged that action is to be taken against noise pollution after a 2016 law went unimplemented for three years. Noise can be a huge social nuisance if unrestricted. Pray for action and love for neighbours (Mark 12v30-31).

Electric scooters. Legislation is being considered for these soundless vehicles often travelling fast on sidewalks. Amen. Pray right parameters.

 

 

^ 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.

Tree planting: The Agriculture Ministry has thrown its weight behind a citizens’ tree planting initiative launched in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. Volunteers cleaned up Nicosia Old Town recently. Amen! At Limassol, divers with disabilities, police officers and citizens cleaned the seabed. Paralimni is working on a multi-million euro revamp of the town centre as part of plans to make the town more accessible to pedestrians. Amen!

 


^ 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:  Please pray for God’s wisdom for O.A.S.I.S leadership, the board and co-ordinators as the work develops.

The Oasis Garden: Oasis seeks to involving those attending events at the building in the planning and upkeep of the garden, building a sense of ownership, creativity and empowerment and providing fresh vegetables for distribution. Lots of sharing, prayer and networking goes on whilst in the garden. Amen! Pray for success for continued fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses (new grant possibility), for job training initiatives and job openings, for affordable housing for our community and for open hearts and minds to the Good News. Finally for blessing on the activities of Oasis such as Food distribution, Mother care (capacity filled), English classes (80 students), Social café, Clothing closet and Garden. (Matt 5v3-11).

  

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.

Asylum seekers: Cyprus has the highest proportion of asylum seekers per capita in the European Union. Many are looking for affordable housing in the villages because of shortages and overpricing in the towns and cities. They staged a protest outside the House of Representatives recently pressing for the right to work in all sectors of the economy. Pray for a way through for these people, for hope and God’s blessing (Isaiah 43v16).

 

 

^ 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).

Saudi oil: Major Saudi oil facilities were recently attacked. Why does this have global implications? Because…oil generates 75-90% of Saudi revenue. It is the foundation of their economy and infrastructure. A quarter of the world’s oil reserves are in Saudi. These facilities are critical to the global economy. With tensions in the Gulf escalating, the response to this attack could propel an all-out regional conflict….pray for God’s restraint. Saudi is also the epicenter and birthplace of Islam. Pray for spiritual breakthrough there, which would shake much of the globe (Rom 1v16). (Source: Prayercast)

Iran: Pray about this dangerous threat to Israel by asking God to undercut it through the growth and intercession of the Iranian Church. This Body of believers is supposed to be one of the fastest growing Churches in the world. Thank You Lord for building Your Body and challenging the very gates of hell and death (Matt. 16:18). You are setting Your throne in Elam today (Jer. 49:38). Rule in the midst of Your enemies (Psa. 110:2). Provide a way for bibles in Farsi to be made available to all Iranians – both believers and pre-believers. Hide Iranian believers from all government officials and guide them to find the correct internet sites to build them up in their faith (Psa. 32:7- 8). Forbid that any anti-Semitic or anti-Zionistic spirit infect the Iranian Body (Rom. 15:27). As Iran's leaders curse Israel, use the Body there to bless Israel (Num. 24:9). For all of our brothers and sisters in prison, give them "prison grace" and set them free (Acts 12:4-8). Use any Messianic Jewish Iranian believers to impact their community in a huge way (Rom. 1:16). We bless our brothers and sisters in Iran from Zion (Psa. 134:3).

ME & Med Region: There is no regional body to co-ordinate neighbouring nations to Cyprus in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has a plan to present to the UN Assembly for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region. Iran’s track record is awful!  Pray for an alternative, righteous official body to be created on behalf of these nations, including Cyprus (Isaiah 55v8; Prov 2v6).

Middle East (2): (Part 1 see August edition) The Bible says that a time of trouble such as never was is coming on this earth. The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert has said. The 1987 pact is being abandoned by the USA and Russia. Iran is going ahead unrestrained with nuclear enrichment. North Korea is unstable over nuclear aspirations. Zechariah 14v12 could be interpreted as a nuclear effect. The Bible says that in the end days, there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria (see Psalm 83, especially v4): "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more."

This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict –  Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come those we understand as Russia, Iran and Turkey (Ezekiel 38 & 39). For example, Ezekiel 38:14-16 (ANIV) "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15  You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16  You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. God deals with ‘Gog’ and the alliance of nations against Israel. The final battle is of Armageddon, at some stage in the future, with all nations gathered against Jerusalem….the place where God has put His Name (1 Kings 11v36). Revelation 16:16 (ANIV):Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. God pours out His wrath against the nations.  Joel 3:1-2 (ANIV):  "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2  I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.       Pray………….                                    

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.3) Somalia: Lawlessness is rife, and as becoming a Christian shames your family in Muslim Somalia, many Christians are hated and even beheaded for their faith. Despite this, Muslims are seeking God through their quiet witness. Pray for safety for the Christians, constantly moving locations to meet, and for Muslims to find Christ. (John 15v20).   

                                                                    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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