Thursday, August 2, 2007

Special Prayers for South Korean Hostages

South Korean Aid Workers Held Hostage

[Note: We received this alert this morning from Compass Direct. The information is not current, but the prayer requests are. We continue to monitor the news with you for breaking information about the status of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Afghanistan.]

The Taliban forces in Afghanistan have held the hostages for more than a week. Compass Direct reports that the 23 volunteers from Sammul Presbyterian Church in Bundang, South Korea were kidnapped by rebel Taliban forces in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on July 19. After extending an ultimatum to execute the hostages, the kidnappers shot the group's leader, 42-year-old Bae Hyung Kyu, on July 25 - his birthday.

Please pray:

That the Holy Spirit will protect and comfort the hostages.
· "But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." {2 Thessalonians 3:3)

That the hostages will be courageous; that they will be able to share the love and hope of Jesus with their captors.
· "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

For the families of the hostages; that they will remain strong, trusting in the Lord.
· "He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD." (Psalm 112:7)

For the hostages' declining health; that God will sustain them and heal them.
· "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)

(Source: Compass Direct)