We are asking you to contend in the Spirit for us and also for those who name Jesus Christ as the LORD in this nation of Cyprus.
Specifically, in the four months we have now lived inside the Greek Cypriot Republic, we have experienced and seen first hand THREE major things related to spiritual strongholds:
1. Eye ducts blocked and no tear production. Eye infections that in some cases have caused blindness. Roslyn has had these eye conditions since August when we moved to this Larnaca district of ROC.
Neighbors have these problems. One is now blind in one eye. We have heard of another with blindness. No tear production in this dry windy climate is extremely problematic. AND the spiritual implications of this condition are significant. We have sensed in the Spirit that the people of Cyprus have hardened their hearts with bitterness and unforgiveness and desire for revenge against those who hurt them.
They proclaim their nation is Christian (Greek Orthodox) but refuse to forgive. They refuse to repent sincerely of the hardness and they have no tears of repentance. The people are angry against the Turks who invaded and took the top of their island (held since 1974) and the Turkish speaking Cypriots who desire security from the Turks. The civil unrest became war, which led to partition and a wall of enmity.
Please Pray for the Spirit of God to move on those who name his name and his Son Jesus, that their dry hardened hearts and eyes will be softened, moistened with tears of sincere repentance for hatred and enmity, and that they will cry out to God to forgive them and help them forgive. Then He can begin to heal their land. And Please Pray Cover for those of us here to were sent by God to intercede for them, so that we are no longer attacked by the demonic stronghold of eye and heart infirmities.
2. Oppression heaviness and Stupor over believers: on the younger adults and older teens of the nation AND on those of us sent here by God to intercede and prepare them in their callings. We have experienced periodic days of attack of oppression and heaviness during these four months when it becomes difficult to press in and intercede.
AND the Christian Cypriot pastors tell us that both they as leaders and the younger generation the Lord is calling have experienced a “spirit of stupor” come on them after meetings where stronger commitments to the Lord were made. The young people who were so moved by God in the worship meetings would then disappear for many meetings afterwards and fall away for a time, due to these concerted demonic attacks.
Please Pray Cover for us, for other missionaries, and for Greek Cypriot pastors and for the younger generation the Lord is moving on here, that this demonic stronghold of Stupor and Oppression can be broken here once and for all.
3. Offenses and Divisions within Christian ministries and between leaders. First of all, there is distortion of verbal communications so that what one things the other said is not at all what was intended or meant. Offenses rise up and and are not checked out or dealt with, but often fester between believers who do not really talk again. And only later, does it become evident there is offense, often with no basis, and an insistence on keeping distance and separate from one another because of these perceived differences.
Second, there is sometimes interruption for no apparent reason in email or text communications, so that when those addressed do not respond, offense is taken. And people become blocked from invitations to participate in strategic prayer events. Please Pray for Christian leaders here to realize the demonic attack on communications and to resist it. Pray for such attacks to cease.
Especially, Pray for the Christians to NOT allow offense and to love one another with sincere deep love. This must be so– that they show the nation that the Jesus who they name as LORD is the Son of God from heaven and His Church is submitted to Him and to each other in love and unity. In order to accomplish our purpose that God sent us here to do, we need to be able to move around the island freely and within the ME region to go to conferences. One is coming up in January.
We are still earnestly asking Him to provide necessary financial resources above the current level. Thank you, dear friends, for Prayer Cover for these critical matters. If you hear something from the Spirit, please let us know. May you know His wisdom and power as you pray, Maurice and Roslyn