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Feburary 2018

Praying for Yemen

Calling out to the Lord for Yemen

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Pray with us and with the church around the world during the entire month of February for the country of Yemen. We are uniting our hearts in prayer for the sake of Yemen where the civil war has caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters today. Please click and download the 4-week prayer guide. Let’s cry out together to God for His mercy to reign in Yemen! Please feel free to translate and use this information in any way you might be able to increase prayer for Yemen.
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Yemen has been undergoing a major civil war over the past three years. Cities are continuing to be bombed and the infrastructure is collapsing. The media reports that over 10,000 people have been killed with three million displaced from their homes. There is severe famine in parts of the country. Its few oil fields are not producing. Cholera is epidemic, the currency is collapsing, prices are soaring, and many in the public sector haven’t been paid in over a year. There is also fear that school age boys will be recruited to fight for the Houthis who control large areas of the country.

7 Key Areas for Prayer

Please pray for the peace and the rebuilding of Yemen in these seven key areas:

  • Hunger: The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is severe as many are starving or on the verge of having nothing to eat. Malnutrition and infant mortality is becoming normal. Pray that food will be sent and arrive to those who must have it to survive. Pray that ships, airplanes and trucks will be given permission to bring an abundance of food and supplies. Pray that those who seek to exploit others due to high prices will be led by God to put aside greed and help the many who are battling poverty.
  • Cholera: Yemen currently has one of the world’s largest epidemics of cholera. Pray that this illness will not spread, that medicines to help those suffering will become available, and that people suffering from it will get well. Pray that garbage will be picked up, that there will be fuel to boil water, and that the people will have clean food and water.
  • Bombings: Pray that those who are fighting one another will put aside their differences and go to the negotiating table. Pray that they will agree to work together for peace. Pray for the violence to cease!
  • Infrastructure: Roads, houses, schools, factories, oil fields, and hospitals have been destroyed. Pray that the generosity of others will flood this nation. Pray that peace will come so that rebuilding can begin.
  • Displaced people: There are three million displaced people in areas of the country which are relatively peaceful. Displaced families have moved there. Pray for those who are hosting them that they will have enough to meet their own needs as well as the needs of others. Pray for peace to remain in these areas. Pray that the displaced people will be able to return to their homes.
  • Trauma: Three years of war have created a nation of people who have buried family, been injured physically, and have suffered extreme mental trauma. Pray over them the words about Jesus in Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
  • Yemeni believers: Thank God for brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to be a witness in Yemen. Praise Him for bringing many Yemenis to Himself! Pray that God will provide for their needs during this time of war and economic disaster. Pray that their numbers will increase and that they would be able to worship together. Pray that they would be mobilized to serve their communities and be a light that shines brightly in the darkness of this war. In addition, Yemeni believers suffer extreme persecution according Open Doors which has ranked Yemen as the ninth most difficult place to be a Christian on its 2017 Open Doors World Watch List. So not only is there a physical war, but a spiritual one as well. Pray that the believers would wear the full armor of God and stand strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10,11), serving and loving each other and their neighbors for Christ’s glory in Yemen.

OH GOD, give hope to the people of Yemen! Psalm 7:9-10 O righteous God, Who searched minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure. My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.

Yemen is one of the oldest inhabited areas of the world. The capital city of Sanaa is known as the city founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Yemen was once part of the Kingdom of Sheba whose queen brought rare and costly gifts to King Solomon.

When Islam was born in the seventh century, Yemen was one of the first countries to follow the new religion and is home to two of the oldest mosques in the world.

For a number of years, Yemen was divided. South Yemen was the world’s only Arab Marxist state. North Yemen was more traditional and tribal. The country was united in 1990 but suffered a brief civil war in 1994. The more open South was soundly defeated and the country was reunited.

Yemen is by far the poorest country in the Arab World today. It has always struggled with poverty and underdevelopment, but the current civil war has devastated the country, killing over 10,000 people and displacing three million from their homes. The good news is that many are coming to faith in Christ. Along with Saudi Arabia, there are more believers in Yemen than in any other country in the Arabian Peninsula. This is an amazing work of God since Yemen and Saudi Arabia are two of the most Islamic countries in the world today.

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