Thank you for joining us this week as we at the Baptist World Alliance pray for our global Baptist family and for God's work around the world. If you pray along with us weekly, you will pray for every country in the world each year!

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1 BWA Member Body
Egyptian Baptist Convention
  • 19 Churches
  • 2,250 Members

General Secretary Emeritus Neville Callam met with an Egyptian delegation in October 2016 at the BWA Office in Falls Church, Virginia, USA.
Delegation was led by Andrea Stephanous, (third from right), President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt.
Praise:
Please join us in thanking God for those who continue to welcome and serve refugees.

Prayer:
We give thanks for the distribution of food and resources in 2020, a ministry initiative funded by a BWAid grant. We pray for continued opportunities to minister to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Israel

1 BWA Member Body
Association of Baptist Churches in Israel
  • 17 Churches
  • 900 Members

Pictured is a youth retreat featuring a time of worship on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Praise:
Join us in praising God for the ministry of Nazareth Evangelical College that trains Christian leaders and pastors.
Prayer:
During this challenging season, we pray for opportunities to continue leveraging technology for ministry outreach. In 2020, the Association used BWAid funding to produce educational and psychosocial support videos that were distributed through churches and social media.
Jordan

1 BWA Member Body
Jordan Baptist Convention
  • 22 Churches
  • 1,500 Members

Pictured is a special plaque created and displayed during a riverside worship service attended by BWA leadership during a country visit in March 2009.
Praise:
Join us in thanking God for the convention's ministry with Syrian refugee families and children.
Prayer:
Pray for continued financial provision to further the work of Baptist churches and ministries in Jordan and throughout the Middle East.

Lebanon

1 BWA Member Body
Convention of The Evangelical Baptist Churches in Lebanon
  • 32 Churches
  • 1,600 Members

Pictured is a graduation ceremony at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS).
Praise:
Join us in thanking God for the faithful leadership of former BWA Vice President Nabil Costa and current BWA Vice President Lina Sawan.

We also give thanks for the training and equipping ministry of ABTS, including their response to the Beirut explosion. They are currently hosting many families who lost their homes.
Prayer:
BWA Vice President Lina Sawan also requests prayer for:

  • political stability as a new government forms
  • Christian leaders as they preach and serve – bringing people to the cross to find hope
  • the Lord to give mercy to international leaders and countries who have influence on Lebanon's future.
We also join us in prayer this week for the Palestinian people.
Please join us in prayer for the people of Croatia. We received the following report this week from Željko Mraz, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Croatia (BUC).

"A devastating earthquake of 6.2 on the Richter scale hit central Croatia on December 29, with the epicenter 47 kilometers southeast of Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia, which is still recovering from the earthquake that struck in March.

Seven Baptist churches are located in the area most affected by this earthquake. To our knowledge, none of the believers were injured, but almost all have great damage to their houses and apartments. Some had to move out temporarily, and some have moved their children to relatives and friends elsewhere. The church building was damaged in Sisak, while in the ruined city of Petrinja – where the epicenter of the earthquake itself was – the church building miraculously remained intact. Brothers and sisters from all over the country are reporting to the BUC office or directly to the affected to offer them accommodation or other assistance.

When it is most difficult, people in Croatia know how to unite and selflessly help each other, but it will hardly be possible to do all this alone. We will let you know soon how you can still help us in practical ways, but now above all else we need the prayers of brothers and sisters."
Rejoice in the Lord for this is the day he has made. As we enter into this new year, may we live faithfully as Gospel witnesses and instruments of the Lord's compassion.
A Coptic Prayer

O King of peace, give us your peace,
establish for us your peace, and forgive us our sins.
Bless us all, purify our hearts.
Heal the sickness, of our souls and our bodies.
We worship you, O Christ,
with your good Father,
and the Holy Spirit,
for you have come to save us.
Have mercy on us.