Pray for North Korean women defectors who have married men in China. These women often don’t report serious domestic violence for fear of being arrested and deported.
Pray for the more than 1.8 million women in Ukraine exposed to physical domestic violence, which resulted in 600 women dying last year. Only 10% of the women turned to police. (2 Sam. 22:3)
Pray for church leaders in Vietnam to teach men to respect and love their wives. Pray also that men and women would understand their self-worth as sons and daughters of God.
Pray for the church and social services in Albania to support single moms coming out of domestic-abuse safe houses. These moms often work long hours while leaving their children home alone.
Pray for the new Finnish government to direct resources to reduce domestic violence. Pray that those suffering physical and emotional abuse at home would receive help and support.
Pray for women experiencing domestic violence in Switzerland to have the courage to speak out and not suffer silently in shame. Pray for community awareness and dialog to take place.
Pray for pastors to speak out against violence, encouraging those who are abused to come to church leaders for help and safety. May leaders hold abusers accountable so the violence will stop.
Pray for police in France to intervene in domestic-violence situations and take women’s complaints seriously. Twenty-two women have already been killed this year in France by current and ex-partners. (Ps. 40:11)
Pray for the 3,491 women and 2,724 children in Canada who sleep in shelters to escape abuse each night. About 300 women and children are turned away daily because the shelters are full.
Pray for abusers to be changed by God’s mercy. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isa. 55:7).
Pray for the faith of the poor to be strengthened as we pray, “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5).
Pray for the hearts of the Church to be softened toward the plight of the poor. “Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered” (Prov. 21:13).
Pray for more radios, MP3 players, and other media devices to be provided for women who are unable to afford them but are eager to listen to Women of Hope.
Pray for God’s view of marriage — as between one man and one woman — to be embraced. Pray that abstinence education will be taught and lived out in cultures around the world. (Heb. 13:4)
Pray for fathers to love their daughters, treat them with dignity, encourage their education and defend them from harmful cultural practices. (1 Cor 13:6-7)