Ukraine

Current Events

The three main figures in Ukraine’s interior ministry have been killed in a helicopter crash beside a nursery in an eastern suburb of the capital Kyiv. Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, 42, died alongside his first deputy minister and state secretary. Fourteen people died when the helicopter came down in Brovary. Mr Monastyrsky, who was one of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s longest serving political advisers, is the highest profile Ukrainian casualty since the war began.

Prayers

Father, we pray for the protection of all official in this nation; Father, protect them, let the blood of Jesus Christ surround them. Lord, we also pray that this nation experience all around peace, in Jesus Christ name (Leviticus 26:6).

News Article Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64315594

Congo

Current Events

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has blamed Islamic State group-affiliated rebels for a bomb attack at a Pentecostal church in Kasindi, in the east of the country. At 17 people were killed and 39 wounded as churchgoers attended Sunday worship, officials say. The Congolese military blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Prayers

Father, we pray for divine protection for all churches in this nation; let every attack of the enemy against Your church be destroyed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let this situation turn for a testimony and cause the churches in this nation to grow mightily, in Jesus Christ name (Luke 21:13, Acts 16:5).

News Article Sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/ethiopia-peace-talks-delayed-logistical-reasons-diplomats-2022-10-07/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-64282053

Libya

Current Events

Following the latest of rival military leaders in Sirte, Libya, the head of the UN Mission in the country has called upon the national authorities to recommit to fully supporting the implementation of Libya’s 2020 ceasefire agreement. SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily called upon the government to allocate appropriate resources and stepping up political efforts to end the stalemate and reestablish legitimacy to Libyan institutions through elections. During the meeting, the JMC discussed plans to engage armed groups with the view to create a conducive environment for a sustainable peace and security in Libya, among other matters.

Prayers

Father, let Your peace rule over this nation; cause the authorities to fully agree and execute the ceasefire agreement. We pray that you strengthen the Christians in this nation to continue to pray for those in leadership, in Jesus Christ name (Proverbs 29:14, 1 Timothy 2:2).

News Article Sources

https://reliefweb.int/report/libya/srsg-bathily-calls-resources-political-recommitment-libya-ceasefire-agreement

District Of Columbia

Current Events

U.S. first lady Jill Biden had cancerous skin lesions removed from her face and chest during surgery on Wednesday, and a third lesion was removed from her left eyelid and sent for examination. She was accompanied by her husband, President Joe Biden, and they spent more than eight hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the outpatient procedure. All cancerous tissue was removed.

Prayers

Father, we pray for divine healing for the first lady; let her experience speedy healing and recovery in Jesus Christ name. (Jeremiah 33:6)

News Sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-first-lady-jill-biden-have-surgery-remove-skin-lesion-2023-01-11

Indonesia

Current Events

While President Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have eased tensions between their countries, they are vying for influence in Asia and beyond, offering competing stances on how to address poverty and the war in Ukraine. Mr. Xi has cast China as a steadfast partner to the region, rejecting what he described as the United States’ “Cold War mentality” of forming security alliances. At the Group of 20 summit on Tuesday, he spoke about China’s “global initiatives” to fight poverty and strife, while remaining publicly vague about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and President Vladimir V.

Prayers

Father, as the G20 nations meet, let the decisions they make favor zion (Psalms 102:13). Father, pour Your spirit of wisdom upon these leaders and cause them to will and to do of your good pleasures (Philippians 2:13). By the blood of Jesus Christ, we cut off anything that might want to engender war between these nations in Jesus Christ name (Genesis 14:1-3).

News Article Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/15/world/asia/xi-biden-g20.html

Iran

Current Events

Four people have been sentenced to death on the charge of “enmity against God” in connection with the recent anti-government protests in Iran. Revolutionary Courts in Tehran said one of the unnamed “rioters” hit and killed a policeman with his car, the judiciary’s Mizan news agency said. “Protesters don’t have access to lawyers in the interrogation phase, they are subjected to physical and mental torture to give false confessions, and sentenced based on the confessions,” the director of Norway-based Iran Human Rights, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, told AFP news agency.

Prayers

Father, we pray that Your mercy and salvation will take over this nation. According to Your Word, cause this nation to remember You, turn back to You and worship You. Lord, raise up more faithful men and women that will preach the true gospel which will expel the darkness of religions in this nation in Jesus Christ name (Psalms 22:27-28, 2 Corinthians 4:4).

News Article Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63648629

North Korea

Current Events

North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, hours after the North threatened to launch “fiercer” military responses to the U.S. bolstering its security commitment to its allies South Korea and Japan. It was North Korea’s first ballistic missile firing in eight days and the latest in its barrage of tests in recent months. North Korea previously said some of the tests were simulations of nuclear attacks on South Korean and U.S. targets.

Prayers

Father, we pray that You cause every impending war between this nation and any other nation to cease. Cause Your people in these nations to rise and pray so they may live in peace in the land in Jesus Chris name (Psalms 46:9, 1 Timothy 2:2).

News Article Sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-korea-says-its-military-response-will-become-more-furious-2022-11-17/

www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-ballistic-missile-fiercer-military-response-rcna57619

Brazil

Current Events

Brazil’s former leftist president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has sealed an astonishing political comeback, beating the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in one of the most significant and bruising elections in the country’s history. Addressing journalists at a hotel in São Paulo, Lula vowed to reunify his country after a toxic race for power which has profoundly divided one of the world’s largest democracies.

Prayers

Father, as this new president has taken office, Lord, we pray that You fill him with Your wisdom; surround him with people that will give him wise counsel and take away anyone that wants to advice otherwise (1 Kings 12:6–10).

News Article Sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/lula-wins-brazilian-election-bolsonaro-has-not-conceded-2022-10-31/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/30/lula-stages-astonishing-comeback-to-beat-bolsonaro-in-brazil-election

Somalia

Current Events

The two car bombs that exploded at Somalia’s education ministry next to a busy market intersection killed at least 100 people and wounded 300, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Sunday, warning the death toll could rise. The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility, saying the ministry was at the centre of a “war on minds” that teaches Somali children using a Christian-based syllabus. Al Shabaab, which is seeking to topple the government and establish its own rule based on an extreme interpretation of Islamic law, frequently stages attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

Prayers

Father, let Your Holy Spirit comfort all those who lost their families in this bomb blast – send Your supernatural healing power to those in critical condition, let them know that there is a balm in Gilead in Jesus Christ name (Jeremiah 8:22, 46:11).

News Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/30/africa/explosions-somalia-education-ministry-intl-hnk

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/somalia-president-least-100-people-killed-car-bombs-2022-10-30/

Turkey

Current Events

On Sunday, ambulances raced to the scene on the packed Istiklal Avenue, which police had quickly cordoned off. The area, in the Beyoglu district of Turkey’s largest city, had been crowded as usual at the weekend with shoppers, tourists and families. Six people have been killed and 53 others wounded when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul, in an incident President Tayyip Erdogan called a bomb attack that “smells like terrorism”. Four people died at the scene and two died in the hospital

Prayers

Father, let Your justice take its course upon those responsible for this bombing that took innocent lives (Romans 12:9). Father, let the spirit of terror and terrorism that wants to cripple this nation be destroyed in Jesus Christ name (Isaiah 54:14)

News Article Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/13/turkey-istanbul-explosion-istiklal-several-injured