Thailand Prepares for a New King

Thailand

With the U.S. 2016 Presidential elections wrapping up this week, many anxiously wait to see what the new regime will bring to our country. But American is not the only country preparing for an brand new leader.

Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej died this year on October 13 after serving 70 years as Thailand’s King and head of state. At 88 years old, he was the world’s longest reigning monarch. For much of Thailand, he is the only King they have ever known, and his constant presence had been a stabilizing factor for the country. His reign ushered in a period of political peace and harmony and financial growth in a country previously known for her deep poverty and political turmoil. The Thai government has announced that there will be a year long period of mourning for the beloved King, stating,

“The reign of the King has ended and his kindness cannot be found anywhere else.”

Yet, while the country mourns, they are also preparing to welcome a new King. King Bhumibol’s son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is set to be made King in December. However many are unsure that the sixty-four year old will be able to fill his father’s shoes.

Lese Majeste’ laws in Thaliand prohibit anyone in the country from speaking badly about the Royal family, particularly the King and Crown Prince. Yet, news of the Prince’s lifestyle has been reaching Thai citizens since the 1970s and many feel he is a poor replacement for his beloved father. Married and divorced three times, the Prince has been known for his extravagant and less than conservative lifestyle. How he will handle the responsibility of the crown is yet to be seen.

The Bible has much to say about the rulers of our world. In the Old Testament, we see the Lord support some kings and go against others. The truth remains that no matter what country we are in, the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. (Psalm 24:1)

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”

These verses found in Psalm 22:27-28 remind us that when the Lord returns, all the kingdoms and rulers of the earth will fade in the light of Him. He is our one true King, and friends He is coming back! So let us come together and pray for the rulers of our world. Let’s pray for this new King and our new president, that they would know the Lord deeply and would have the wisdom of Solomon. And let us watch with anticipation for our Lord’s coming.

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Russia Proposes Removal of Controversial Baby Boxes

Baby boxes

Since the Middle Ages, “baby boxes,” have often been placed outside churches and hospitals, giving unprepared women a way to anonymously give up their child. Today’s boxes are much safer than they were hundreds of years ago. They sit full of soft blankets with an alarm inside that triggers the hospital when a baby is placed inside, instantly alerting caregivers to the new patient.

However, Russia has recently declared that it is considering a ban on the “baby boxes.” The UN Committee for child rights has recently condemned the boxes that are present all over Europe. They claim that the boxes encourage negligence, but some are worried that without the boxes, babies may be abandoned somewhere much less safe. Supporters of the “baby boxes” believe that the boxes have significantly cut down on the amount of infant deaths. Babies that are delivered to the boxes are taken care of and hopefully placed into loving homes.

However, opponents of the boxes believe that they encourage dangerous, secret, at-home births. Since the boxes encourage anonymity, many believe that girls are not even going to hospitals to have their babies, instead giving birth in unsafe conditions. The government is hoping by eliminating the “birth boxes” and setting up accessible family planning services, these dangerous births will diminish. They also hope to provide counseling and better social support for young women with surprise pregnancies.

At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church has come forward with a petition to ban abortions from the National Health Insurance System. Currently, 90% of the abortions that take place in Russia are carried out through state clinics.

The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate has been a large part of this year’s elections, but it is clear that it is an issue around the world. And it’s not the only major issue being debated these days. What does the Bible say?

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”

-Proverbs 24:11

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'”

-Genesis 1:26

“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.”

-Galatians 1:15

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

-Matthew 6:26

No matter where you turn in the Bible, we see that God values life, even before it is born! He has a purpose and a plan for each of those precious little babies. Join us as we pray for those around the world who are making decisions on behalf of the unborn and the newborns. Pray for the new mothers who are scared and not sure what to do. And pray that all would see the value of life.

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Hurricane Matthew Devastates Haiti

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew seemed to come out of nowhere, but now, it is ripping its way through the Caribbean islands and heading straight for Florida and the Eastern Coast. While it hit Cuba and the Bahamas, the worst reported damage comes from Haiti.

It’s only been six years since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, shaking the already poor country to its core. Country-wide, buildings were flattened and Haitians were left to live in tent cities while aid workers attempted to rebuild.

The rebuilding process has been slow; however, as Haiti is one of the poorest and least resourced country in the world, now it has been hit by the most powerful hurricane to hit the area in over a decade.

Entire cities have once again been flattened. One of Haiti’s primary cities, Jeremie, has reported that 80% of it’s buildings have been completely leveled. In the chaos, the reported death tolls have varied between 1,000 and 1,500 people. Communication has been difficult so who knows what the total will be when we get more word from those still in Haiti. The question is, with their infrastructure already so unstable, will Haiti be able to rebuild a second time?

As Hurricane Matthew leaves the shores of Haiti, it is barreling towards Florida and has officially been upgraded to a category 4, the second to largest classification for hurricanes. Cities across the Eastern coastline have issued mandatory evacuations – even Disney World, a company that has only officially closed its doors a few times since its creation, is saying that they will be shutting the gates and asking everyone to get somewhere safe.

Let us, as a ministry, join together to pray for those who have been hit but Hurricane Matthew, and also for those who remain in harms way. Pray for relief teams as they struggle to help in Haiti while the weather continues to be deadly. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and for those wondering where their family and friends are located. Pray for those along the East Coast who have packed up their families on short notice, unsure of what will remain when they return home. Pray that in the midst of all this chaos, people will come to know the peace that comes from the word of God.

We at World Prophetic Ministry will do our best to keep you updated as events continue to unfold and we hope you will continue to join us every day in prayer.