Ferrar: August 2012

BC-HOP PRAYER ALERT: For our merciful God to protect Yucatan from Hurricane Ernesto

Hurricane Ernesto has accelerated to 85 mph winds and is due to make landfall some 40 miles north of Belize’s border at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. We can thank God that He has answered prayer so far and spared Belize from a direct hit. Now Ernesto is heading to some of Yucatan’s least inhabited regions, so we can pray that it stays on course and that God will have His protective hand over all those in its path.

PRAY WITH US: Father, we thank You for giving all authority in heaven and earth to Your Son Jesus. We thank You that You so loved the world that You gave Him to us, that we may have life now and forever. The enemy comes to steal and kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we may have life abundantly. We thank You for sustaining that life every day, and letting storms come that we may turn to You and receive more of that life. Thanks You for sparing Belize from Hurricane Ernesto. Remind Belizeans and Yucatecans not to take You for granted, but to come to You for new mercies every morning. You love to have us come to Your mercy seat, so here we are now by the blood of Jesus to humble ourselves and thank You for Your ongoing protection. We ask You in faith to extend that protection over Yucatan. Keep Ernesto on course to pass over the least inhabited areas. Let Ernesto to bring healing rains and not destructive rains. In Jesus’ almighty name. Amen.

Ferrar: 30 June 2012

BC-HOP PRAYER ALERT: For Greater Glory to Prevail in & after Mexico’s Presidential Election

On July 1 Mexico will vote for a new president in elections which will have impact far beyond its borders. Much of Mexico bordering the US is controlled by heavily-armed cartels which feed high US drug consumption. One-third of Mexicans are poverty-stricken and so are sorely tempted either to join the illegal drug trade in Mexico or the illegal immigration to the US. 13 million Mexican migrants already work in the US—more than half of them illegally—and about a million try to join them every year. Hiring of illegals at low wages is so pervasive that some US states’ economies would collapse without them. Likewise millions back home in Mexico depend on their earnings. But the sluggish US economy in recent years has increasingly turned them to the drug trade.

The vast poor population in Mexico has seen many past movements for economic reform give way to corruption. In the 1870s the Juaristas’ seizure of Catholic Church lands to apportion among the poor eventually resulted in a return to centralized authority, land confiscation, and economic exploitation of the poor as virtual slaves. In the 1920s the Zapatista revolution for agrarian reform established a Soviet Union-allied government, which violently persecuted the Catholic Church, as portrayed in the movie For Greater Glory. Out of that government arose the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Though it became admittedly corrupt, the PRI held onto power as a virtual one-party system for 71 years until its longtime opponent PAN’s candidate Vicente Fox was elected president in 2000.

Mainly on the promise of economic reforms and jobs creation, PAN’s Felipe Calderon was narrowly elected president in 2006. His main opponent, leftist coalition candidate Lopez Obrador, immediately claimed voter fraud. Lopez Obrador launched massive public protests that brought much of Mexico City to a standstill for weeks, causing heavy financial losses. This strained the support for PAN’s war against the drug cartels, which at this point has cost 55,000 lives. Now presidential polls show war-weary Mexicans giving Pena Nieto, candidate for the old PRI, 38%, Lopez Obrador 24%, and PAN candidate Josefina Vasquez Mota 21%. Though far behind, Lopez Obrador again threatens widespread protests if the vote count is against him.

PRAY WITH US: Father God, You are holy and righteous, the sovereign Lord of the whole earth. “He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them.” We ask that You would establish the next government in Mexico with a decisive election to rule according to agreed-on laws. We ask that You hold it accountable to You and to the people, and empower it to enforce those laws against corrupt forces that undermine justice and peace. We ask that You, as the Lord of lords, arise against the drug cartel lords who seek to extend their lawless and violent oppression to the US, Guatemala, Belize, and beyond. Protect those lands, drive back the cartels, bring powerful conviction on drug lords, and deliver the people from bondage and fear to them.

Mexico faces such poverty, warfare, chaos and institutional injustice that many in government despair of political solutions. Some are turning to the Church for answers. And despite much historical persecution, 95% of Mexicans profess to be Christians. We ask You to set the course for Your church to come into agreement on Your answers for the nation’s dilemmas. We ask for radical salvations for nominal Christians, for deep discipleship, and for trained and anointed leadership to emerge in every sphere of public influence. And that many illegals in the US would return to find new opportunities at home. With You all things are possible. Let the movie For Greater Glory be prophetic for Your people in Mexico, that as darkness covers the land, “the Lord rises upon you, and His glory appears over you.” Let Your glory on your people increase so that darkness flees before them, that divine order is established where oppression and fear once reigned, and that people find Your ways of surviving and thriving in their homeland.

In Jesus’ name,
amen.

Ferrar: 29 June 2012

BC-HOP PRAYER WATCH: As the powers of Egypt shake, let Christ arise as Savior and Champion

One year ago a massive public uprising forced Hosni Mubarak to step down as president. Now Egypt has elected a radical Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, to take power alongside of the radical Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament. The MB agenda is to impose shariah law, strip away freedom of religion, and destroy Israel. But we cannot be sure that the MB will be able to hold onto power. Two days before the presidential election, Egypt’s highest court—which was appointed by Mubarak—ruled that the parliamentary elections six months ago were invalid, and so dissolved Parliament. The next day the ruling military council locked down the Parliament building and claimed the sole right to make laws. MB members called this action a coup and vowed to ignore the ruling and hold Parliament meetings anyway.

The court also ruled that Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, could stay in the runoff presidential race, striking down Parliament’s ban against his candidacy. Shafiq promised to be a new strongman who would restore a secure police state and prevent an Islamist takeover. So many Egyptians were disgusted with the choice between a radical Islamist and a Mubarak henchman that only 15% showed up to vote. When the MB’s Morsi won, the military rulers defied him by issuing an interim constitution giving them control over the national budget and immunity from any oversight. And Mubarak, sentenced on June 2 to life in prison for the killings of protesters against his rule, suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness on Tuesday, just at the peak of the struggle over his succession. “It is very Shakespearean,” said one analyst. “…He does not want to hear the name of his successor.”

Meanwhile leaders of last year’s mass demonstrations launched more protests in the streets. Israelis face the prospect of a formerly peaceful southern neighbor now joining nearby Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas in vowing Israel’s destruction. The 13% of Egyptians who are Coptic Christians, and who have suffered multiple Muslim-incited and state-condoned massacres and church bombings since Mubarak stepped down, fear much worse persecution under an Islamist MB regime.

We must remember the Lord’s yet-to-be-fulfilled promise, that Egypt “will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. The Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day…” (Isa. 19:20-21; see the rest of the Scripture below). Let us pray that He will begin to fulfill that promise now.

PRAY WITH US: Father God, we give all honor, all glory, and all power to You. We declare You sovereign over the nations and thank You for making Your Son Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords. We know that You are allowing Egypt to be shaken, so that only what cannot be shaken will ultimately stand. We declare the neither the oppressive military nor the oppressive Muslim Brotherhood will stand for long in Egypt. We join the persecuted Christians who “cry to the Lord because of oppressors.” Show many more Egyptians that You are their only Savior and Champion so they will cry to You too. Show them that the spirit behind both the military agenda and the MB agenda is determined to steal and kill and destroy what rightfully belongs to You. Deliver them from these evils, and make Your good will known to those who receive You as their King and Lord. Fulfill Your prophetic word that Egypt will be Your people. Make them witnesses to other Muslims throughout the world that the Son of man is the Son of God and the only way to the Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Isa. 19:23-25: “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria [present-day Iraq], and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.'”

 

January 2012

PRAYER ALERT: Choosing a family-friendly fiscally-responsible US President

Tomorrow may signal a turning point in the US Presidential election. More than 150 top evangelical advocates of family values and fiscal responsibility are now meeting near Houston, Texas. They are seeking agreement on a presidential candidate. Until now evangelicals have divided their support among candidates who are attacking each other so relentlessly, that many fear no one will end up with enough support to defeat Obama. We must point out that the Obama administration has refused to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. It has consistently pushed for federal funding for abortion. It has promoted the gay agenda, including open homosexuality and even bestiality in the military! It’s now embarked on an all-out campaign to impose the gay agenda on all nations which receive US aid. And it has allowed our debt to climb to a mind-boggling $15 trillion. Let’s pray for the evangelical leaders to come to an agreement, and for this year’s elections to result in completely different family-friendly & financially-responsible policies.

AGREE IN PRAYER WITH US: We come before You as our loving and almighty Father, from whom every family on earth takes its name. We thank You for Your good plan for one-man, one-woman marriages to be fruitful and multiply. We thank You for Your plan to fill the earth with children who have fathers and mothers to look after them, till they grow to become fathers and mothers themselves. We grieve before You that for the first time in history, powerful nations are conspiring together to defy this good plan, to take away parents’ rights, and to expose children to homosexual propaganda and predators. Turn the hearts of true fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.

Thanks you for the many evangelical champions of family values who are meeting today and tomorrow, who have been fighting the good fight against ruthless and godless enemies. Bring these champions into agreement, in prayer and in action, on how to win this fight for the sake of the nation and the world. Raise up a president, even if it is a repentant Obama himself, who will choose judges and cabinet members and policies that protect the most vulnerable members of the human race—including the unborn and children. Move on US voters to vote this year for family-friendly, fiscally-responsible, and globally-sensible candidates. Help all of us work together to restore families with true God-given male and female identities. Help us find our deepest identity in Jesus, the only way to the Father. Help us overcome all anti-Christian agendas and let Your government increase. Release Your good plans for families of all races to prosper, for free markets to revive the global economy, and for the US to be more than ever a blessing to the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

George Ferrar: PRAYER ALERT: Don’t let the foreign gay agenda violate Belize!

PRAYER ALERT! With very little advance notice, yesterday the US Embassy in Belmopan, Belize staged a discussion or web chat on promoting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) agenda in Belize. Representatives of the US State Dept., the UN and other international organizations are determined to push the gay agenda on 80 nations which have not accepted it. They are targeting Belize as the first nation where they will take their case to court. They have avoided our elected legislature and the referendum process because it is clear that the vast majority of Belizeans are opposed to the LBGT agenda. They limited participation in this web chat to a limited number of people in Belize, Jamaica, Barbados, Suriname and Trinidad. We must keep informed and active, and pray! The policy of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the LGBT agenda was reiterated throughout the web chat. Below are ways we can respond.

Secretary Clinton states: “In our work as a department, we must openly and explicitly affirm our commitment to the human rights of all persons, including LGBT people.”

A Response: All people in Belize already do have the same “equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator”–Belize Constitution Preamble (a).

The lawsuit before our Supreme Court aims to create a new right to commit sodomy. On what grounds then do we deny people a new right to commit bestiality? Our law calls both sodomy and bestiality unnatural acts. They are not rights “endowed by their Creator.” The Creator designed the rectum as a one-way street, like a sewage pipe but much more vulnerable. In violation of the body’s design, sodomy exposes participants to infectious and contagious disease, as does bestiality. In our Constitution, laws can limit personal liberty “for the purpose of preventing the spread of infectious or contagious disease” (Article 5[1]g).

Secretary Clinton states: “The goal is to eliminate violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”

A Response: Violence against any person is already against the law in Belize. And in our laws there is no discrimination against any person. In fact, all laws discriminate against behavior, but not against persons. In Belize, there are many more violations and violent acts by homosexuals against heterosexuals–including child rape–than vice versa.

Secretary Clinton states: “Human rights are universal – no group or individual falls outside the framework of human rights protection.”

A Response: We agree, and we ask the U.S. State Department and international organization representatives to respect our right to uphold and enforce our Constitution and our laws, which are meant for the protection of the rights of all our people. Our Constitution begins by stating in its Preamble that the “People of Belize affirm that the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God” and “recognise that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and upon the rule of law” ([a] and [d]).

We call on non-Belizeans to refrain from promoting activities which cause disease and violate laws meant for protecting the “public safety, public order, public morality [and] public health” of Belize (Constitution 9[a]). .
PRAY WITH US: Father God, we thank You for creating all things to be good, and especially for creating us to be very good, “in the image of God…male and female” so that we may “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:27-28) We affirm that of all creation only woman is “a helper suitable for him” and that only one man and one woman “shall become one flesh” according to Your design (2:18,24). We agree with You that any other sexual union is an abomination which we must warn others to flee, since it brings awful consequences (Lev. 18:22-25). We ask for Your light to shine upon the goodness of Your design, and Your power to set captives free from this terrible deception, so they may find their true identity that You created them for.

We thank You for overseeing Belize’s constitution which has enshrined many of Your principles and values. We are a young nation; help us to live up to it. Let us not be tempted by nice-sounding words but be led by Your word, made flesh in Jesus Christ. We declare one-man and one-woman marriage as holy because it reflects Christ and His church. Let Belize not be the first of 80 targeted nations to bow to this demonic agenda, but be the first to stand against it, in the courtroom and every other public arena. Thank You that You have led the churches and many political party spokesmen to be united in this stand. Let Your church keep speaking as the conscience of Belize, with one voice for the nation and the world to hear. In Jesus’ name, amen.