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Afghanistan Casualty Trend Interrupted by Prayer Patrol?

Contact: Wayne Dillard, Prayercentral.net, 757-963-1414 (Delhi, India time zone)

MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- Prayercentral.net today posted a casualty chart for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The chart draws a dynamic relationship between the recent launch of the Afghan Prayer Patrol and the sudden decline of U.S. casualties in September.

Wayne Dillard, director of the Afghan Prayer Patrol, commented, "Maybe it's a coincidence, or maybe there really is a God who answers the prayers of His people -- I'm putting my faith in God."

The chart shows a steady increase in U.S. casualties from April 2009 through August. Then a sudden 20% drop in casualties for the month of September. "We began mobilizing prayer in late August, then officially launched the Prayer Patrol in September", explains Dillard. "We saw the same results with the Baghdad Prayer Patrol back in 2007," he continues, "As soon as we had 800 to a 1000 people praying daily in unity, we started seeing a decline in casualties."

Afghan Prayer Patrol is an online effort to mobilize prayer for the troops and people of Afghanistan. Visitors are presented with a short Bible-based prayer each day to cover various topics of need for the Troops and people of Afghanistan. Those who sign up, receive a daily email with a link to their prayer assignment, and other prayer resources, such as maps, news, etc. Participants can also post their own prayers and agree with the prayer of others. Information on the Afghanistan Prayer Patrol is available at www.prayercentral.net/patrols/afghan.  

(chart statistics source: icasualty.org)