WORLD LEADER - “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for Commissioner Peter Hayes of British Indian Ocean Territory (south of India, about one-half way from Africa to Indonesia).
"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you."
Matthew 7:7, HCSB
BANGALORE HOSPITAL, KARNATAKA STATE, INDIA (BANG-ah-lohr) - Thank you for praying for the selection of a new chaplain to serve in the Pastoral Care Department of the hospital. Mrs. S, a trained and experienced chaplain with much zeal to share her faith, has begun work. Pray for her and all the chaplains in this vital ministry. Ask that God’s Spirit will direct them and go before them, preparing hearts and minds to hear the Gospel, understand and believe.http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/
BATONGA OF ZAMBIA (bah-TONG-uh) - One name of God, El Shaddai, means “the All-Sufficient One.” Pray that the BaTonga people of Zambia will believe that God is enough--enough to meet their physical needs, their emotional needs, their mental needs, their financial needs, and their spiritual needs.
COASTAL SWAHILI PEOPLES OF EAST AFRICA (swah-HEE-lee) - “The women on our volunteer team had been invited to a tea, of sorts. Homemade ‘bitings’ and freshly squeezed juice were beautifully displayed on the coffee table in front of us. Our Muslim hostess, robed in the traditional black gown and head scarf, urged us to try one of each item, and her guests were delighted to discover that everything they tasted was not only edible, but delicious! Attempts were made repeatedly to steer the conversation toward spiritual matters, but it came as a surprise when our hostess burst into tears--crying uncontrollably while relaying a story she had recently heard on the news. She apologized for the outburst and explained that her internal sadness was sometimes so overwhelming that she couldn’t help but sob. Her hopelessness and despair were visible to our American guests in a new and profound way. She needs Jesus. He’s the only one who offers true hope and who can wipe away every tear. Our hostess listened that day, but did not accept Jesus as her Savior. Please pray for another opportunity to share the Gospel with her. Pray for an openness to the Gospel among the women of the Swahili Coast whose lives are filled with sadness.”
EAST ASIAN PEOPLES - Thank God for Baptist conventions in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, totaling thousands of Baptist churches and many decades of service. Pray that leadership will be constantly strengthened in Christ.http://eastasianpeoples.imb.org/pray/
LAST FRONTIER - Being granted access to an area that is home to a Last Frontier people group can be sporadic at times. Since workers have recently experienced this limitation, please intercede on behalf of the people group. Many who have been allowed to come and go in the past have been denied permission for future travel into the area where these people live. “. . . And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14b). Please pray for renewed access for messengers and their family members who are ready and waiting to go and tell the Good News that can set the captives free!
TUNISIAN ARABS OF SOUTHERN TUNISIA (too-NEE-zhan) - Fathila* wakes up every morning, kisses her son, and catches a bus to teach at a school. She is well educated and is stalwart in her devotion to her religion, Islam. Fathila was perplexed when she met a true follower of Jesus, because the “Christian” people she sees on television have lifestyles that do not honor God. When she heard the Good News, she insisted that she would rely on her own good works when she stands before Him. Fathila exclaimed, “Why would God send someone to take my sin for me?” Please pray for Fathila and many other Tunisians who are struggling to understand the depth of God’s love for them. There is no concept of grace in this culture, so grappling with grace is always the first step. Ask the Father to open their hearts to understand the mystery of the Good News. Ask Him to save Fathila’s family and many others so that they will lift up the name of the Son in this country! (*pseudonym)http://www.pray4tunisia.com/
WASSULU OF MALI, GUINEA AND COTE D’IVOIRE (WAH-soo-loo) - “In April, our team asked you to pray for the villagers of ‘Butler’ who will be among the next recipients of mosquito nets through our ‘Net the Village’ project. Please focus on the people of this village again today, as we desire to have months of prayer for a village prior to project implementation, which will most likely be in October. Pray specifically for the chief and elders of the village, asking that their hearts will be softened and prepared for the seed of the Gospel. Pray that the ‘Butler’ residents will truly be part of the harvest among the Wassulu! Praise the Lord for making the ‘Butler’ connection for our team through the Radio Wassulu director, as it is his home village, and pray for his salvation specifically.”
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