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Call for Intercessory Prayer


In John 14:12-14, Jesus says that, through Jesus, we have the power to do works that bring glory to the Father.

Prayers and action are needed on behalf of those in the Congo.

In Luke 6, Jesus says, "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say" (NIV)?

"Improvements in security and increased humanitarian assistance are urgently needed to save lives in the war-torn Congo, conclude authors of a study.  Lead author Richard Brennan comments: 'Congo is the deadliest crisis anywhere in the world over the past 60 years,'" according to overview material about the "Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo" article in the Vol. 367, January 7, 2006, issue of The Lancet, a British medical journal.

A "Summary…Interpretation" section of The Lancet "Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo" article states that, "The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains the world’s deadliest humanitarian crisis.  To save lives, improvements in security and increased humanitarian assistance are urgently needed."

An "Introduction" to The Lancet "Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo" article states that, "The broader health consequences of the war have been similar in nature but much greater in scale compared with those of other conflicts over the past two decades.  In a series of three mortality surveys, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) documented that between 1998 and 2002, an estimated 3.3 million people died as a consequence of the war.2–5  These data show that the Congolese conflict has been the world's most deadly since the end of World War 26 and that the death toll far exceeds those of other recent crises, including those in Bosnia (estimated 250 000 dead),7 Rwanda (800 000),8 Kosovo (12 000),9 and Darfur in Sudan (70 000)10" [footnote "References" are included in The Lancet article: see link below].

Following is a link to The Lancet article.  Initially, after clicking on the individual link, you will go to a "sign in" page where you will be asked to fill out a short registration form, if you have not registered with The Lancet before.  The articles are available free of charge for viewing after signing in to the online Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606679233/fulltext

Following is a link to the pdf version of the same Lancet article http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/0140-6736/PIIS0140673606679233.pdf

"Professing Christians" comprise 95 percent of the population of Congo-Zaire as noted in David B. Barrett, George T. Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson, World Christian Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), p. 211.

In John 17, Jesus prays for the oneness of his followers.  In Acts 4, Jesus' followers were "one in heart and mind," "they shared," and "[t]here were no needy persons among them" (NIV).

Christians in Essex County, Norfolk County, and Suffolk County, MA and Rockingham County, NH may be particularly in a position to assist with money to help with this need.  Over $3.1 billion is available for Christians in Essex County, Norfolk County, and Suffolk County, MA and Rockingham County, NH to reach out in love to those in need in Congo-Zaire per year (if giving increased to an average of 10%, and as a result, congregations gave sixty percent of their budgets to international missions).

Particularly for those Christians in Essex County, Norfolk County, and Suffolk County, MA and Rockingham County, NH, your pastor or missions committee is likely in a position to assist you by identifying 1) your denomination’s missional channels in Congo-Zaire, 2) a cooperating interdenominational church entity operating in Congo-Zaire, or 3) a direct link with churches or church agencies in Congo-Zaire.




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