Pope Francis dedicated his weekly General Audience in the Vatican to his recently-concluded Apostolic Journey to the Middle Eastern Gulf nation of Bahrain. To the crowds in St. Peter’s Square and those following from afar, the Pope expressed gratitude for the visit’s peace-producing fruits, especially in this world torn apart by conflict and war, especially the war in Ukraine. The Pope remembered that his travel there was for The Bahrain Forum for Dialogue, which brought together religious leaders in the service of peace. Why the Pope wanted to visit this small country with such a large Islamic majority? the Pope responded through three words: dialogue, encounter and journey. Pray that the dialogue will result in a spiritual breakthrough in Bahrain. Pray that God visits His people with favor and that they accept their Savior (The Bible, Isaiah 12:2).
Many in Taiwan are hoping that the way Ukraine, with international support, has pushed back against Russia, will dissuade China from invading Taiwan. Polls of the general public reveal that most people don’t believe China will invade. However, since the Chinese president was elected for a third term, there has been a growing sense amongst the government that Taiwan must take China’s threats very seriously and prepare in earnest. Pray for wisdom and grace. Pray that the Lord’s sovereign plans and purposes will prevail. As we celebrate the joy of Christmas, pray that the Taiwanese Church will be encouraged (The Bible, Colossians 1:16-17).