Prayerful Support Needed for Typhoon Survivors

Monday, November 11, 2013
Yolanda- Noel Celis, AFP News

The following was contributed by The Salvation Army Philippine Territory. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday,…

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Join Us In Prayer for the World’s Children

Friday, July 27, 2012
courtesy of www.salvationarmy.org.au

Sunday, July 29, is the International Day of Prayer for Children, a day recognized throughout The Salvation Army on the Sunday nearest to July 30. July 30, 1880…

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Seeking the Lord through Prayer and Fasting

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The following was contributed by Lisa Thompson, National Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at The Salvation Army National Headquarters.

In the opening passage of the book of Nehemiah, the Jewish cupbearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes, explains how he was so greatly moved by the plight of his people in Jerusalem that, “For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4). When confronted with the prospect of ethnic annihilation because of a national edict calling for the destruction of the Jews, among the Jews in every province of the Persian Empire “there was great mourning . . . with fasting, weeping and wailing” (Esther 4:3). Before launching his earthly ministry of teaching and healing Jesus himself fasted for forty days and nights (Matthew 4:2).

From examples such as these, we learn that believers should seek the Lord with prayer and fasting — before taking action in our personal ministries, when facing incredible hardships and doom, when confronted with the pain and suffering of others.

Surely then, it is appropriate for us to fast and pray on behalf of the victims of sexual trafficking. May our hearts cry out on their behalf and may our stomachs growl in remembrance of their suffering, as we take part in this weekend’s observance of the International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sexual Trafficking. ‘

Such humility before God and partaking in the suffering of others will unleash God’s heavenly forces for take earthly action!

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International Weekend of Prayer & Fasting for Victims of Sexual Trafficking

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Salvation Army has once again partnered with the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) to sponsor the annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Trafficking. The event is being held this weekend, September 23-25.

Globally, approximately one million children enter the sex trade every year. Shockingly enough, the United States is one of the 10 highest ranked destination countries of trafficked persons in the world. According to the United Nations, the trafficking business – which includes labor, slavery and sexual servitude – nets $31.6 billion in profit from 12.3 million trafficked persons.

We are a part of a growing initiative to combat human sex trafficking and other types of sexual exploitation worldwide. This increasing movement is directly motivated by an understanding of mankind’s God-given freedom, dignity and purpose.

The impacts of this massive, often disregarded industry are literally deadly. The most common causes of death among those trafficked is homicide, suicide and drugs.

Our efforts began in the mid-19th century. Salvation Army founders Catherine and William Booth sought to help the most desperate in London’s east side, reaching out to women and children victimized by the sex trafficking industry. Upon realizing the magnitude of trade, The Salvation Army began opening homes for women and girls to seek shelter and counseling.

Today, we continue to fight this plague by working towards legislative and policy initiatives, raising awareness, developing prevention efforts and providing survivor services.

Help us combat sexual trafficking by joining us in prayer this weekend. Join us as we pray for the victims involved and as we ask for rescue, restoration, and life and liberty through Christ. We also pray for the church’s strength in addressing this issue.

To register for this year’s event, Click Here.

Click Here to learn more about The Salvation Army’s efforts to combat human trafficking.

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Call to Prayer for Peace: September 18

Friday, September 16, 2011

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

The Salvation Army’s fifth annual Call to Prayer for Peace is this Sunday, September 18. It is on this day each year that we reflect on the above verse and pray for peace around the world. You could briefly petition for world peace or this could be an opportunity to ask for personal inner peace.

The programs of The Salvation Army seek to provide peace, faith and comfort to individuals around the world. For instance, did you know The Salvation Army helps rehabilitate prisoners? Officers provide paroled prisoners with spiritual guidance and job training- the essentials for resuming a normal life post-offense.

Also, many people don’t know that The Salvation Army has a anti-human trafficking program motivated by the belief in human dignity and respect. The program seeks to end human trafficking and to restore the lives of survivors. These are just a couple of examples. Check out our website to learn about the multiple programs put into place to help give people a new-found peace, appreciation for life and love for God.

It’s in our nature to worry – constantly. We experience incessant turmoil and anxiety, feeling as though we must rely on ourselves for answers and sense of calm. But God has a different solution- pray without ceasing! Cast your cares on the Lord and thank him for his blessings. You will feel an abundance of peace in doing so.

Consider taking a few moments on Sunday to pray the following:

“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.

Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.

Let peace fill our heart, world, our universe.”

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10/10/10 – ‘Lend a Hand’ to Fighting Poverty

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Did you know that 1 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day?

On Sunday, October 10 (10.10.10), an organization named Micah Challenge is bringing together 10,000,000 people through its worldwide Lend A Hand campaign which calls for united commitment to remembering and seeking justice for impoverished people. The Salvation Army World Services Office (SAWSO) is partnering with Micah Challenge in this commitment to the poor.

The Lend a Hand campaign comes in response to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals to reduce world poverty by half by 2015. The campaign is a push for individuals and world leaders to not give up on this promise.

If you’d like to ‘lend a hand’ to this effort, all you need to do is:

Lend a Hand Campaign 10.10.10

1. PRAY on 10.10.10 with millions around the world for justice for the world’s poor.

2. PROMISE to be part of bringing change and commit to living a life of justice. Symbolize this promise by making a hand-print!

3. PRESS your leaders for their wholehearted commitment to eradicating poverty. Mail your handprints to Micah Challenge, who will deliver these powerful symbols as a message to President Obama. (Send to: Micah Challenge USA, 17 SE 3rd Ave. #310, Portland, OR 97214)

To sign up, or to find more information and useful materials for the Lend a Hand Campaign, visit http://micahchallenge.us/action/lendahand.html.

Leaders and members of Salvation Army churches will find helpful resources on this page specifically dedicated to helping their congregations participate in this initiative: http://micahchallenge.us/action/salvation-army.html.

Thanks for your helping hands in the global fight against extreme poverty!

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National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today is the 59th Annual National Day of Prayer! This year’s theme is “For Such a Time as This” with a supporting verse of Nahum 1:7, “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”

Do you pray? Why? What for?

If you have a request that you would like prayer for, email us at media_relations@usn.salvationarmy.org. We’ll be posting requests throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages (we’ll keep names private) so that you have the opportunity to be prayed for!

If you’d like more information about The National Day of Prayer, visit the official website at nationaldayofprayer.org. You can also read President Obama’s Proclamation here.

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