July 22 - 28, 2014
- Pray for an elderly woman in Thailand--who heard about Jesus 70 years ago from someone passing through her village--and others in the village who come to hear Bible stories, asking that they will grow in faith and become witnesses of the Gospel to those living around them.
- Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters among the Mebo of Laos, as reports have been spreading of an increase in persecution and imprisonments.
- Praise God that a man in Sri Lanka who was on the brink of suicide placed his faith in the living God when the Lord answered his prayer for a Bible!
- Pray for a revival of missions hospitals in India, whose number has declined, so that they may once again provide care for many poor people in the name of Jesus, resulting in transformed lives and families.
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PHU THAI OF THAILAND (pooh tie) - Approximately 70 years ago in a small rural village in Thailand, New* heard about a man named Jesus from someone passing through her village. As she grew up, she did not have a chance to learn more. She got married and had six children. After her husband died, she married a widower who also had six children. Now she is known as Grandma New. Then just last year, a volunteer medical team came to her village to share about physical and spiritual health. Once again she heard about Jesus, and she wanted to learn more. Grandma New and her husband gladly agreed to have someone come to their house each week to share Bible stories and teach them more about God’s love. Now several girls from the village are also coming to hear more about who Jesus is and about God’s gift of salvation. Pray that Grandma New and those who come to hear the Bible stories will grow in faith and become witnesses of the Gospel to those living around them. (*pseudonym)
MEBO OF LAOS (MEE-boh) - Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters among the Mebo. Reports have been spreading of an increase in persecution and imprisonments. Please pray that the Lord will protect and honor those who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel, and ask that these trials will only further the proclamation of the kingdom of God among the Mebo.
SRI LANKA - Chaminda*, on the brink of suicide, had no money to buy the poison. “God rescued me,” he says today with tears in his eyes. That day Chaminda, a Buddhist and self-proclaimed enemy of Christ, was given a Christian tract. Unfortunately he had never been educated and couldn’t read it. Instead, he challenged this Jesus Christ, saying, “If You are truly a living God, give me 50 rupees.” That afternoon, a man gave him 50 rupees. He went to buy the poison to end his life. On the way, he felt compelled instead to visit his estranged brother, who lived far away. Just three days earlier, his brother had become a Christian. Chaminda was angered by the Christian practices, yet he recognized that God seemed to be listening to his prayers. Again he challenged this living God: “If you are a living God, give me a Bible.” For the first time he attended church, expecting to receive a Bible. But at church he was very uncomfortable, and he didn’t receive a Bible. He left unimpressed. But two days later on the street, a stranger called to him, “You, sir! Come over here! I need to give you this Bible.” Chaminda asked, “Why are you giving me this Bible?” The Buddhist shop owner of a second-hand store said, “I cannot sell a holy book! It has been sitting on my shelf for seven years. Today I’m giving it to you.” Chaminda wept. Praise God that he placed his faith in this living God! (*pseudonym)
BANGALORE HOSPITAL, KARNATAKA STATE, INDIA (BANG-ah-lohr) - Bangalore Baptist Hospital is leading an effort to bring together church leaders from several denominations in India and Christian physicians to discuss the status of missions hospitals all over the country. The number of these hospitals has declined from more than 800 to less than 200 in the last 50 years, and most of those remaining are doing poorly. Pray for a revival of these hospitals so that they may once again provide care for many poor people in the name of Jesus, resulting in transformed lives and families.
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