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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another . . . By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35, NKJV)

Hi, this is Eleanor Witcher of IMB’s prayer office, asking you to pray for English classes.

During the month of April and two weeks into May, an English as a Second Language (ESL) class is being held in a northeastern suburb of Paris. Participants will have a chance to learn English and hear the Gospel.

Believers teaching English among Swahili-speaking Arabs in East Africa often schedule stories from the Bible or spiritual discussion topics. But sometimes opportunities come unexpectedly. While practicing reflexive pronouns, one teacher asked, “What are some decisions that you make by yourself?” The ensuing discussion landed on religion: Can you choose your own religion? The teacher shared that everyone who follows Jesus chooses for himself. After much debate, the class concluded that as Muslims, they could choose another religion, but they really shouldn’t because it would cause so many problems. Another lecture turned into a question about “to heal,” which was mispronounced like “hell,” which eventually led a student to ask the teacher, “Are you scared of ‘the fire of the afterlife’?” The teacher clearly shared the confidence she has in Jesus.

Every Wednesday around lunchtime, journeyman Megan Stuckey goes to a local high school in Tokyo to help with an English conversation club called “Let’s Talk.” The conversation topics are usually based on a verse from the Bible. After school, many of the students come back to hang out, play games, and talk. This is where the Gospel conversations usually take place. In April, the new school year will start, and that means freshman students will be looking for a club to join.

* Please pray that more workers will help with “Let’s Talk” so that students will have a chance to hear the Gospel.

* Pray for believers in East Africa to make the most of every opportunity.

* Pray that participants in the Paris ESL class will want to know more and will continue to seek Jesus.

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