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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14, NASB)

Hi, this is Eleanor Witcher of IMB’s prayer office, praying with you and with engaging churches.

In a dimly lit room in rural Zimbabwe, an old N woman walked forward at the end of a night worship service to give her life to Christ. She was not responding to the sermon, but to the work God had already done in her heart after several villagers had shared with her the story of the wide and narrow path. The villagers had learned the story from volunteer teams sent by GraceLife Baptist of Christiansburg, Va. This reproducible evangelism method empowers new believers to share the Good News with others in their village.

Security risks do not allow the use of real people group names, but a U.S. Baptist church engaged the Tasyen*, an Islamic group of approximately 186,000, in 2008. Small teams of three or four arrived four times a year, manned with Scripture stories and Scripture recordings in the national language. Fifty-three of their members have personally traveled to the Tasyen. In their church’s lobby hang 3x4-foot pictures of the people group to help members remain focused on their mission. When the U.S. church began ministering among the Tasyen, there were 12 Christians; now there are 21. In reaching out, another Islamic group, the Kanlino*, responded--50 have believed. Now discipleship is being carried on, with Kanlino believers discipling the Tasyen!

* Please pray that God will continue to use this faithful U.S. congregation and the national believers to expand His Kingdom among the Tasyen and Kanlino peoples.

* Pray for the new N believers to remain bold and committed in sharing their newfound faith, and pray for GraceLife Baptist Church team members who continue to travel and provide discipleship assignments.

* Ask God to guide your own congregation to increase its missions involvement.

*(names changed)

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