POW MIA +
Dear prayer intercessor,
Please pray for POW and MIA on all sides of conflicts.
Pray for the civilian disappeared. Pray for people in hiding and persecuted Christians.
Pray regarding: peacemakers, adversaries, interrogators, interviewers, journalists, safe conditions, torture, language differences, webmasters, e-mail writers, security people, food, shelter, health care providers and venues, chaplains and clerics, human shields, hostages, informers, enablers, conscripts against their will, refugees, displaced people, the homeless, the lonely, humanitarian workers, forensic and justice workers, serial numbers, etc.
Pray that evidence will bring peaceful justice.
Pray regarding the hour of death of all peoples of the world. Pray about fullfilling God-given life-spans.
Thank God for every POW and MIA accounted for.
Pray about forgiveness and understanding.
There are various stories on this webpage that are encouraging--you may want to start with the "Eloquence" story that has a captive servant girl (and the encouragement the OT Joseph gave and gives) for us today.
POW and MIA need prayer and practical help, including "other language and cultural" help.
This webpage and the
basic social wordings
webpages give spiritual and some practical help.
The linked pages were written for more general use than for POW and MIA people.
The webpages point the way to "other language" wordings that have been featured. Each wording has a Bible reference that can indicate the verse where the wording is embedded!
What a POW, MIA or a persecuted Christian will find helpful is God's Word.
Ideally these will be available:
- a keen eye,
- a listening ear,
- an alert mind, memory of God's word hidden in heart, such as The Lord's prayer and favorite verses.
- a bilingual list of useable sentences in the language needed,
- a Bible in their own language with key useful survival and language learning wordings underlined in the same way as the next Bible,
favorite verses underlined in one colour
- a Bible in the language of the captors with the same useful survival wordings underlined and each book of the Bible marked in their own language to find references accurately (Do marvel that each book is of a different length!)
Further simple language learning helps for this Bible are
colour-coding, various underlinings and circlings:
survival legal words - one colour
social words - another
grammar wordings - nouns one colour, root verbs another, endings another,
past squared, present wiggly underlining, future circled etc.
- a directionality indicator (the way a Bible is opened to read),
- an alphabet/character phonetic equivalence chart,
- a chart of numbers and their equivalents
Or key numbers in the Bibles circled to learn them.
In the OT, Psalms has the most chapters: 150
The first book, Genesis has 50.
In the NT, Matthew, the first book, has the most: 28.
Luke 1 has the most verses: 80
- a bilingual dictionary of the languages,
- a grammar of the language needed,
- pen(cil), coloured pencils, sharpener and paper to make notes, to use a code, to draw what is needed from the captors etc. (There's always writing in the sand the way Jesus did!)
- a non-written pictoral traveller's dictionary such as Langenscheidt's OhneWörterBuch, 500 Zeigebilder für Weltenbummler (might be available from www.amazon.de)
- language teachers, who can be peers, who teach a word or a sentence at a time--they may have just learned themselves
The POW, MIA or persecuted Christian may not have these items to help practically, so let's pray that there will be people that will be able to get them what they need.
Let's pray about among others the Red Cross/Red Crescent/Magen David society. Let's pray about water, food, and medical systems everywhere.
Let's pray that letters from family and friends and spiritual helps arrive in good condition with POW.
What would I like to do now?
I would love to speak/write/influence with LOVE, Agape love and teach 5 useful POW and MIA "Bible" sentences.
1. Here's a sentence plea for basic survival:
2. Here is a set of Question and answer sentences between POW and others:
What's your name? I am ____(Fill in the blank).
3. Here is a useful "legal" sentence:
I am innocent.
4. Here is God's encouragement sentence for us at all times:
Don't fret. Do not be afraid.
Trust God's angels who identify and say this.
Don't trust any snakes that lie that say this.
5. Here are words you need to label everything in a new language.
What is it?
You'll find more questions words if you scroll up or down from the "What is it?" question.
Some quotes refer to Old Testament and some to the New Testament. This will help you to find the wordings needed.
God will give wisdom--
May God give you all Heaven's dew and daily manna.
May He bring POW, MIA and presecuted Chritians what they need in God's plan.
Bible Societies sell Bibles in various languages.
Search engines can help too.
If you find that there has been no modern translation, particularly for the OT for the language or dialect needed, then please pray regarding this type of "great commission" faith work. Pray that historical sins be forgiven and rectified. With God everything is possible.
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Figuring out who is friend or foe or who can put a POW/MIA in mortal danger is tricky. One question/answer can be key. Identifying membership in factions or groups is important. How can outsiders be identified? There may be a simple test...like in Judges 12:5-6.
Here is a Bible pronunciation test!
But it could also be a reading test.
It could be ID materials and key markings.
It could be manners, customs, threads, ticks...
It could be reading body language including nodding, blinking, smiling that indicates belonging or empathy.
"The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead asked him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he replied, "No," they said, "All right, say 'Shibboleth.' " If he said, "Sibboleth," because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan."
-فَاسْتَوْلَى الْجِلْعَادِيُّونَ عَلَى مَخَاوِضِ نَهْرِ الأُرْدُنِّ، وَكُلَّمَا قَالَ أَحَدُ رِجَالِ أَفْرَايِمَ الْهَارِبِينَ: «دَعُونِي أَعْبُرُ»، كَانَ رِجَالُ جِلْعَادَ يَسْأَلُونَهُ: «أَأَنْتَ أَفْرَايِمِيٌّ؟» فَإِنْ قَالَ: «لاَ»
- كَانُوا يَطْلُبُونَ مِنْهُ أَنْ يَقُولَ: «شِبُّولَتْ» فَيَقُولُ: «سِبُّولَتْ» مِنْ غَيْرِ أَنْ يَتَحَفَّظَ فِي لَفْظِهَا لَفْظاً صَحِيحاً، فَيَقْبِضُونَ عَلَيْهِ وَيَذْبَحُونَهُ عَلَى مَخَاوِضِ الأُرْدُنِّ. فَقُتِلَ فِي ذَلِكَ الْوَقْتِ مِنْ أَفْرَايِمَ إِثْنَانِ وَأَرْبَعُونَ أَلْفاً
- Arabic Judges 12:5-6
- Let me cross over.
- Are you an Ephraimite?"
- All right, say 'Shibboleth.'
He could not pronounce the word correctly. - English
- Laissez-moi passer!
- Es-tu Éphraïmite?
- Hé bien, dis Schibboleth.
Il ne pouvait pas bien prononcer. - French
- Quiero pasar.
- ¿Eres tú efrateo?
- Ahora, pues, di Shibolet.
No podía pronunciarlo correctamente. - Spanish
This test was easy to administer at a check point--this one leading to Ephraim from the fords of the Jordan. The simple test could have broken down however, if a true bilingual, bicultural person who pronounced the word either way and who had ill will came to the check point. A true bilingual, bicultural person with good will could also come. Should that person pay for the sins of others? The more simple tests of this kind available and used randomly probably improves safety at check points. Great wisdom is needed!
About 1800 US POW/MIA are still unaccounted for from the Vietnamese war - US embassy site
How many Vietnamese from that conflict are still unaccounted for? How many boatpeople from years ago and even now are unaccounted for?
Link to a forum discussion of missing Vietnamese people
Link to those missing in East Timor
Let's pray for all sides and those that mourn the missing.
Let there be peace on earth.
With much love, GG