- Give thanks to the Lord that a new church plant in Catalonia, Spain, needs more room, since the living room where the house church meets is not big enough for the group!
- Pray for local believers who venture into the Christmas Market in many cities and towns in Belgium, accepting the challenge of sharing their faith at this time of the year.
- Praise God that a national missionary couple in Colombia has been invited to participate in a governmental program related to families, and they are allowed to use biblical principles to share family values!
- Ask God to give wisdom to those serving in the Amazon River Basin, since authorities and tribal leaders have put new restrictions on their work, claiming that by teaching Christian values, they are trying to change the culture of the different ethnic groups.
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CATALONIANS OF WESTERN EUROPE (KAT-uh-loh-nee-ans) - Give thanks to the Lord that there is a new church plant in Catalonia that needs more room, since the living room where the house church meets is not big enough for the group! Since they want to grow more, they have found a local building to rent. It needs some renovations, and the town’s law demands that an engineer and an architect sign off on the blueprints before the city hall will grant the necessary permits. The signed blueprints cost more than the church can currently afford. This particular building presents several benefits: It will have reasonable monthly payments, it’s about a block away from the train station, the restroom is wheelchair accessible, and all the electrical wiring is finished. It needs a paint job and a few other things that the church members are willing to provide. Please pray for the Lord’s provision for a suitable meeting place for this growing congregation.
BELGIAN NATIONALS OF BELGIUM - The smell of “beignets” and fries draws you from the sidewalks to the little booths of the Christmas Market in many cities and towns of Belgium in December. The weather is cool, and the smell of spices carried on warmed wine carries through the air, offering to lift your spirits and your temperature. Many gift items are available for purchase: perfumes, lotions, scarves and jewelry. Others offer you dream catchers and trolls. You catch glimpses of burning candles reflected in the crystals that are hanging for sale. Some booths have traditional Christmas lights strung through fragrant greenery tied up with red and gold ribbons. Perhaps the only thing missing is any sign of the origin of Christmas. Perhaps the only gift not seen is the greatest gift ever given, that of God’s own Son. Will you pray for local believers who venture into these markets, accepting the challenge of sharing their faith at this time of the year? Will you pray for IMB personnel who offer gifts that tell the story of the first Christmas? Will you pray that people who still walk in darkness will see God’s great Light?
PA OF COLOMBIA (pah) - National missionaries Henry* and Dana* have been invited to participate in a governmental program related to families. They have been invited to share on several different topics about family, youth, and raising children, and are allowed to use biblical principles to share the family values. A distrust of people (especially outsiders) and a very negative image of evangelicals have served as ongoing barriers to reaching this people group. Praise God for this opportunity to teach biblical family values, and thank Him that Henry and Dana are being viewed with more trust and familiarity in the community! They are connecting with people from villages with which they have not yet had contact. Pray that these opportunities will lead to open doors to share the Gospel in new homes and communities of Pa people. (*pseudonyms)
AMAZON PEOPLES OF THE AMAZON RIVER BASIN (AM-uh-zahn) - “‘You can kill me, but I’m not going to stop teaching about Jesus Christ!’ These were the words of our team member, D, as he defended his faith in a recent meeting. ‘I’m one of you, and I’m a Christian. I have not lost my culture; I just have Jesus in my heart.’ Non-Christian authorities and tribal leaders in the Amazon River Basin have put new restrictions on the work of our team, claiming that by teaching Christian values, we are trying to change the culture of the different ethnic groups. Because of these new limitations, we have had to make some changes. Pray that God will give us the wisdom to know how to deal with this situation. Pray also that He will enable us to be bold and stand firmly in Him, who already has the victory.”
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