Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from Pray for the Hostages

From all of us here at Pray for the Hostages, we would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all. There will be no BTR show on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but we will resume our regular schedule on Friday.

Today, we send our prayers to God Almighty for ALL who are being held against their will. Father, please bring each one home safely!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pray For The Hostages Resumes Monday on BTR

After a week away, the daily Pray For The Hostages radio program on BTR will resume on Monday the 8th at noon eastern time.

Pastor Ed will co-host the show with Vicki on Monday and Wednesday.
Wyatt will co-host with Vicki on Tuesday and Thursday.
Annieb will be Friday's co-host with Vicki.

Click this link to go to the live show or to listen on archive.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Today's Show Will Be Postoned

Today's show on Blog Talk Radio will be postponed until a later date.

Thank you for your support for those being held hostage all around the world.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Today's Show Has Been Cancelled

Due to several conflicts in all of our schedules, today's Pray for the Hostages program that was scheduled for 3 pm eastern has had to be cancelled. We will let you know when the next hour long show will be, but as always, please join us Monday - Friday at 12 noon eastern for our daily prayer segment.

God is Good, and we pray to Him for the safe return of all those held against their will!

Pastor Ed

No BTR Show Today

Hopefully we will return to our one-hour format next Saturday at 3 pm Eastern. In the meantime, please join us daily at noon for our 15 minute prayer service. Thank you, and please keep praying for the hostages.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hostage News Updates 11/11/08

Here are links to some of the stories we have discussed recently on the radio show, as well as the latest updates on the hostages we are praying for:

****Great news! The 10 French oil workers kidnapped in Cameroon have been freed!****

This is a video of Canadian journalist Melissa Fung, who was recently rescued in Afghanistan. She describes her month-long captivity here.

This article describes the war by Nigeria's insurgents against that country's oil industry, including the kidnapping of foreign oil workers, and the implications for companies wanting to work in Iraq.

Nigerian militants say four hostages released

Somali bandits kidnap two nuns in Kenya

Kidnapped aid workers moved to new location

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Our First One-Hour Show is Saturday

Our new weekly show where we will do some additional things that we don't have the time to do in our daily 15 minute broadcast. The show will be at 3:00 pm eastern time and you can click this link to go listen live.

Here are some of the items we will be discussing.

Training on prayer
Some folks may not know how to pray for issues such as this. We will share with you how you can pray and make a difference.

In-depth updates
Looking back at the most recent updates and results of situations that have ended.

Personal stories of the hostages that we know about
Most on our list are people we know very little about outside of the fact that they are being held against their will. However, we do have some very specific information on some on our list that we would like you to know about.

Also, don't forget to check the archives for our daily shows. While most of these shows are pretty close to the same, there are some specific updates on nearly every show. Click this link to get to the list of archived shows.

Monday, November 3, 2008

1st BTR Prayer Show is Available to You Online

The first Pray for the Hostages program is now available for you to listen to online. You can go to to hear our initial broadcast.

There are some kinks for us to work on, but we accomplished most of what we wanted.

I also wanted to help those of you who may be new to Blog Talk Radio. When you click the link above you can go there and listen live, or if it is not during the show time you can choose from all of the archives available.

To get the most out of BTR and our show, you should register with BTR. By doing this, you can participate in the chat room, make comments, receive automatic notifications of the next show, etc. This is a totally free site, and I encourage you to make the most of your time while you listen.

If you are there during the live show, but will need to click on the orange "Click to Listen" box. Sometimes if you experience audio problems, as in no audio, a simple refresh will solve the problem.

As mentioned before, you may also listen in or participate in the on air dialogue by calling: 646-200-3329.

Join us each day at 12 noon eastern time --- I believe you will be blessed by participating.

Pastor Ed Boston

PS. Go listen to the archive of today's show and know that things will only get better from here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pray For The Hostages To Host BTR Program

Beginning on Monday, November 3rd at 12 noon eastern time, we will be hosting a daily time of prayer for hostages on Blog Talk Radio. The daily 15 minute online segment will focus on reading the names we have of those held hostage, followed by any announcements of new hostages or updates on current situations, and then a time of prayer.

Also, on Saturday's beginning on November 8th, we will have a full one hour show that will go further in depth on our topic, include special guests, and have a time of training on the importance and power of prayer.

The link to listen to the show live, contribute to the chat room, or to find any of the archives of all shows is:

The listener dial-in number is (646) 200-3329. If you are unable to listen online, you can call in and listen or be a participant in the show.

We are looking forward to having our prayers answered and news of victory in this battle against evil.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Earthly Road, Heavenly Walk

Please join Wyatt and I for an evening prayer service podcast on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. Earthly Road, Heavenly Walk is about 35 minutes long and features Scripture readings, a brief sermon, prayer requests, and a variety of well-loved hymns. We hope this service will be a blessing to all our listeners. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Update on Prayer Schedule

I am taking the liberty to reprint Pastor Ed's comment on a post below so that everyone can be sure to see it. He is speaking about the sign-ups for prayer times on the group calendar:
It looks like we have about 6 slot per day taken. 25% of the way there! 6 more and we will be half way to our goal....

....we can do it, I know we can!

Pastor Ed

As Pastor Ed notes in his introductory post below, signing up for an hour does not mean that you have to pray for the entire hour. Instead, it is a way of seeing that prayer is continually being lifted to Heaven every hour of the day on behalf of the hostages for whom we are praying.

Thank you so much for your support in this effort!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Let Me Introduce Myself

Hello everyone - My name is Pastor Ed Boston, aka Cyber Pastor, and I'm honored to be the Chaplain for Pray for the Hostages. I've wanted to write this post for over a week now, but my laptop has been/is being worked on so it has had to wait.

When Vicki asked if I would serve along with her, Matt, and Wyatt, I was excited to be a part of such a fine group of people, but told her I would like a few days to pray about taking on another commitment.

I pastor a small church in south central Indiana, am the campus Chaplain for the Adult Services branch of an extension site of a Christian University, the Chaplain for the local police department, on-call Chaplain once a month at the closest hospital, I am an Ambassador for the Presidential Prayer Team, blog regularly, and my wife and I host a Blog Talk Radio program each Monday through Friday night.

Now you see why I wanted to pray about another commitment.

However, when praying I kept thinking about what a need there is for "Prayer for the Hostages". Vicki didn't know it, but she had hit my soft spot and that is prayer. I knew I had to join forces with this group.

Right now, I'm working on a training session for those who are part of this group and want to participate. For now, I would suggest a couple of things that maybe you are already doing but if not, please consider it.

1) Take a time-slot to commit a specific time where you will pray for those who this group was founded to pray for. You don't have to pray for an entire hour, but wouldn't it be awesome to fill up every time slot 24-hours a day, every day of the year.

2) Utilize the list of the hostages, and pray for each person - by name - at least one time a week, more if you can. It doesn't have to be a specific time, and no one has to know you are doing it but God and yourself.

Please let me know if there is any way I can help you personally. You can contact me at .

May God Bless you, and may He especially be with each person we are praying for!

Pastor Ed

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Welcome to Our Contributing Authors!

We have been blessed by having a great team of writers and prayer warriors join this effort. In addition to my two founding co-bloggers, Wyatt McIntyre and Matt Cochran, we have been joined by Cyberpastor, LadyL, and Claudia. Thank you so much to these colleagues for their help and encouragement!

If you are interested in becoming a contributing author, or if you have a prayer request or story idea, please contact us at

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pray for the Hostages Banner Available!


Here is a banner you can add to your website to help promote this group. Thank you so much to Wyatt McIntyre for this beautiful artwork.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Prayer of the Day 9/20/08

Today's verse: Psalm 31:2

Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

Let us pray:

Lord God, you have come to protect the helpless, defend the oppressed, and to set the captives free. We lift up these hostages to your care: defend them, protect them, and in your time rescue them from their captors. Give them strength to endure their ordeal, and give them a sense of peace that can only come from you. Comfort their families and loved ones, and give them perseverance and hope until the day when they are blessedly reunited. All this we ask in your holy Name. Amen.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Prayer Schedule

The Google calendar in the sidebar shows the prayer times that have been signed up for so far in the Facebook group. We would love to see every time slot filled. If you would like to pick a time, please email us at, leave a post at the Facebook group page, or message me at my Facebook account. Thanks!

Circle of Prayer

Join our Circle of Prayer at the American Bible Society.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Welcome to Pray for the Hostages

Welcome! This blog is intended to serve as a resource and activity center for the Pray for the Hostages group. Here you will find links to online prayer sites, opportunities to participate in individual or group activities, and Bible study resources. Over the next few weeks we will be launching a number of projects that I hope everyone will consider taking part in.

If you are on Facebook, please check out our Pray for the Hostages group there. For the latest news, updates and background information on the hostages and hostage-related issues, please visit my blog Not Ready for my Burqua.

Thank you for your support. We have a big job ahead of us, but with God anything is possible. Let's pray until all the hostages are home.