Touching North Korea

I meant to do this post weeks ago. The holidays and a cruddy cold took care of that notion.

Still, anybody who reads a newspaper or watches the news knows that North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Il slipped into eternity in December. His son, Kim Jong-Un has succeeded him as the new ruler of one of the world’s remaining Communist countries and the most dangerous place on the planet to profess faith in Jesus Christ, according to Open Doors USA.

What can we do to touch this most closed-to-the-gospel nation on planet earth? We can pray. We can intercede with the confidence of Isaiah 64:4 that no one has a God like we do who acts for those who wait for Him.

Open Doors USA suggests that we pray the following:

  • The new leader, Kim Jong-Un, will have a heart of mercy and end the cycle of inhumane dictatorial rule.
  • Those in government who have been “secret Christians” will gain more power and influence.
  • Christians who have been imprisoned because of their faith will have opportunities to lead others in prayers. And while they pray the Holy Spirit will be revealed to those who don’t know Jesus.
  • There will be an increase in opportunities to share about Jesus without fear of retaliation.
  • The joy and hope of Jesus will be revealed to those who are sorrowful and feel uncertain of the future.
  • North Korean Christians will gain a new boldness and wisdom and will seize opportunities to tell others about the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth.
  • On Christmas day especially, the light of Christ will penetrate every home and heart in North Korea.
  • Refugees who have fled into China and become Christian will courageously return to North Korea and share the hope of Jesus to a hurting nation.
  • The horrendous situation with starvation will not escalate even further because of the government’s desire to demonstrate control.
  • The thousands of starving children who are homeless will find shelter, comfort and love in a home with a believer.

Operation World says this in its preface: Prayer is indeed potent . . . especially sustained intercession for the unreached peoples of this world who do not know Jesus – is action (p. xxiii).

May we be a people of action through prayerful touching of unreached places like North Korea.

Things that Make PC Delirious with Delight

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Lots actually.

This post focuses on one only.

Yesterday after service someone came to me to ask for the exact title and author of this book:

It just so happens that request came from one of our teens! I really shouldn’t be surprised. We have some of the sharpest young people knives in the drawer at OGC, my bias notwithstanding.

I mentioned in my announcement about our gift wrap outreach that I had purchased a few copies of OW as Christmas gifts for friends.

That a young person from OGC would ask about how she can get a copy of this invaluable, newly revised, indispensable resource for the world Christian who takes 1 Tim. 2:1-2 seriously – that makes this pastor-teacher downright delirious with delight!

Here’s what you get with your purchase:

  • All the countries of the world featured
  • Maps of each country
  • Geographic information
  • People groups within each country
  • Economic information
  • Political information
  • Religious make-up of each country
  • Daily Prayer Calendar
  • Answers to prayer
  • Challenges for prayer

I promised her I would blog about the book for her and others’ convenience. You can order your copy here.

Why not join the campaign to make your pastor delirious with delight by adding this weapon to your spiritual armory in 2011?

Even if you don’t feel responsible for my happiness (and you shouldn’t) do it anyway!

Operation World – PB 2010!

Finally! It’s here. Well, almost.

Operation World, the definitive prayer guide to every nation, by Jason Mandryk, is now listed on Amazon for pre-ordering at only $16.49 plus shipping (free shipping if you order over $25 worth).

No other resource more comprehensively informs the praying Christian about the peoples of the world, their nations and the needs for intercession most pressing in every case.

I highly recommend the purchase of this tool as a constant companion for our abiding in Christ and our praying for His kingdom to come.

Order your copy today!