WORLD LEADERS - “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 Prime Minister Rui Duarte de Barros of Guinea-Bissau (western Africa, between Senegal and Guinea).
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6, NKJV
HONG KONG AND MACAU, CHINA (ma-COW) - Various events in December leading up to Christmas will be happening in Hong Kong and Macau. Churches in both cities will be having programs in which the Christmas story will be shared. In addition to the churches, other ministry teams will be doing outreach projects. Those involved in reaching university students in Hong Kong will be having outreaches and activities every weekend in December, with the purpose of friendship evangelism. Please lift up Tom* and Kelly*, asking for physical strength and energy as they develop relationships with these students. In Macau, Mary* will be distributing gift packets to workers at a casino, plus hosting an all-day Christmas Day party for non-believing friends, many of whom have never before celebrated Christmas. Pray that Mary and others will have opportunities to share the true story of Christmas with those who attend. Ask that many people in Hong Kong and Macau will hear the Good News during this season of Christmas. (*pseudonyms)
NORTHERN YEMENI ARABS OF YEMEN (YEH-muh-nee) - As Yemen struggles during this period of political uncertainty, lawlessness and upheaval, pray this especially for the believers who are mixed up in all the turmoil: “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble” (Hebrews 12:15a, ESV). Petition for peace among the believers and also between believers and their Muslim neighbors, family members, and friends.http://7600feet.com/
PEOPLE OF RICHLANDS, EAST ASIA - Christmas in the Richlands area provides many opportunities for believers to tell others about the real “Reason for the Season.” Some groups hold evangelistic meetings, while others hold programs with dramas, dance teams, singing, and a Gospel presentation. Some farm villages choose this slower time of year to hold revival and evangelistic meetings. Many believers work together to give out tracts or cards in broad seed-sowing projects. There are even groups of people who travel to Richland-area cities specifically to share with others about the Baby who was born and why His life was so important. Ask the Holy Spirit to be present in all of these events and to open the ears and hearts of those who need to hear about and accept His love. Pray that believers will experience a sense of boldness as they share with those around them. In some areas, authorities are on the lookout for religious activities in order to close them down or prevent them from happening. Ask that those who oppose these events will not be able to keep people from hearing about God’s love for them. Pray that this will be a time of great harvest!
EUROPEAN PEOPLES - “Please pray for the children of field personnel living in the British Irish Celts Cluster. Unlike many other such children around the world, our children attend national schools. Our children are not homeschooled. They are not sent to private schools or international schools. From 4 years of age through high school, they attend a public school just like the nationals we are trying to reach. Please pray for our children to be strong in their faith and to stand firm in their belief in God, even when they must stand alone. Please pray for friends for our children. Ask that our children will be salt and light in their schools and be a witness for others of the hope of Jesus.”
LAST FRONTIER - Workers among a Last Frontier people group have much going on these days. They ask for your help to remember them before the Father as they begin two new language classes: one on the weekends with five to six adults, and another during the week with high school students. Ask that the workers will be able to build close relationships with all who are attending. Pray that the Lord will open up each heart to understand not only the language they are learning, but also the language of God’s love for them as they hear it spoken and experience it in their lives.
DEAF PEOPLES - Please pray for workers among the Deaf and Deaf nationals from various countries as they complete their Bible story translation training. Thank the Lord for the great times of learning and training. There are now five East Asian Deaf teams trained to go out “two by two” and share these stories in their heart language with their own Deaf people. Pray for safe travel as they return to their country. Ask for them to have wisdom to decide which area to travel to as they begin new Bible study groups.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN UNENGAGED PEOPLES - The Balanda Bor are a people group of 30,000 found in South Sudan. They are less than 2 percent Christian and have no Christian work among them. Pray that believers will have a vision from God to go and tell the story of Jesus to this people group. “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia concluding that God had called us to preach the Gospel to them” (Acts 16:9-10).http://prayerthreads.imb.org
NORTH AFRICANS OF BELGIUM - Nazir* is being raised in a Muslim home but is attending a Catholic school, and weekly he is required to attend Catholic Religion classes. Each week he is returning home with his finished class work and is expected to have his parents look at his work and sign off on it. As the Christmas season approaches, his classes will be directed towards the birth of our Savior, and for the first time, Nazir will be hearing about why Christmas is celebrated. Pray for Nazir and many other children like him as they take the Christmas story home, asking that many will hear the story of our Savior and that the hearts of their family and friends will be stirred and open. Pray against the evil one, asking that he will not be able to create confusion or doubt as the story of Jesus is shared. (*pseudonym)
LOMWE OF MALAWI AND MOZAMBIQUE (LOHM-way) - An influential elder walked 12 miles one way every week in October, in temperatures of more than 100-degrees, to hear chronological Bible stories taught by missionaries and national ministry partners. This elder only has access to a falsified Bible produced by a religious cult and carried to the area by a schoolteacher from the big city. He has been begging the missionaries to bring Bible teaching to “Double-Decker” village, claiming that no one there has ever heard such a message. Rejoice that our Lord has a “man of peace” (Luke 10:6) in “Double-Decker”! Teaching will begin this month. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of people there to convince them that they can only have a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
SONGHAI OF WEST AFRICA (SONG-high) - “Thank you for praying last month for our work that has begun along two new roads,” writes the Songhai Team. “Praise the Lord that during the initial visits with some of these villages while doing mass seed sowing, eight men chose to receive Christ!”http://www.seekingthesonghai.blogspot.com/
KASHMIRI MUSLIMS OF INDIA (KASH-meer-ee) - “We received a desperate e-mail from a Kashmiri friend. He told us that he and his family are facing persecution. Imran* had been reading and studying the Bible and listening to it in his heart language. He shared it with his father, who was also very impressed with the teachings of Jesus. On the Muslim Eid holiday, the local maulvi (religious teacher) came to visit, and Imran’s father turned on the machine that had the Bible translated into the local language and also showed him the Bible. As the maulvi listened, he became furious and said that it was wrong and it was because of these materials that their family was facing hardships. He asked who these materials belonged to, and Imran said they all belonged to him and he believed that Jesus’ teachings were truth and he was going to follow Jesus! Even after much arguing and discussion among the family, Imran and his wife, Zarina*, have not turned away from their decision to follow Christ. They now find themselves banned from using the same water tap as the rest of the family, and all of them, even their little 2-year-old boy, are confined to one room of the house. He has told us that they are so lonely! Please pray that the One who is closer than a brother will fill them with His presence.” (*pseudonyms)http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/
PEOPLE OF WHITE MOUNTAIN, EAST ASIA - A cross-cultural missions training session will be held in one city. Please lift up this training event, and pray for this group that has already been on a mission trip to “embrace the vision” and lead teams on other trips. In another city, four people will graduate from seminary classes and return to their hometowns. Please pray that they will know what to do next for the Father’s kingdom. In yet another city, workers need prayer for wisdom to make parenting and leadership training practical while, at the same time, using it to draw the participants closer to the Father.
FULAKUNDA OF SENEGAL, GUINEA-BISSAU AND THE GAMBIA (GAMBIA FOO-lah-KOON-dah) - Thank you so much for praying last month for Opal*, a young believer. Give thanks to God that she delivered a healthy baby boy, and both she and the baby are doing great! Please continue to pray for her as she raises her child alone, as she looks for work, and as she continues to grow in her faith. (*pseudonym)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH (DAH-kah) - “We praise God that Nandita* lives! Nandita, age 5, attends the Light of Life Center in Dhaka. When the call came in late September that a van had struck her in a hit-and-run, we feared that her tiny body would not survive such a blow and begged the Lord for her life. With a large bump on her head and chest pains, Nandita had her first surgery on her mangled leg an hour or so later. When she awoke from the anesthesia, she told the nurse, ‘I have to go to school tomorrow.’ Amazingly, Nandita missed only two days of school--and she was back at church too. Normally she would go with several of the Light of Life girls, but this time her father had to carry her. About two weeks later, Nandita’s father received Isa (Jesus) as Savior. The Lord took a terrible accident and worked it for the good of Nandita and her family. Praise the Lord that He not only spared Nandita’s life, but He used the accident to draw her father into relationship with Him and to bring glory to His name! Please pray, as Nandita now faces yet another surgery to graft skin onto her wound.” (*pseudonym)http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/
UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS OF COLOMBIA - There are more than 40 unreached people groups (UPGs) in Colombia. A good number of those groups are not only unreached, but they are also unengaged. For various reasons, no one is taking the Gospel to them in a way that is understandable and culturally relevant. Such reasons include the extreme isolation in which some of these groups live, the presence of leftist insurgent groups that limit access to indigenous populations, the proximity of coca fields that create a highly volatile security risk for “outsiders,” and an overall resistance to the Gospel. Prayer is needed for open doors to these people groups. Please pray for the salvation of the UPGs of Colombia.
PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST RWANDA - Hundreds of thousands of people in Southwest Rwanda need the veil lifted, as the eyes of their hearts are covered by a worldview that has them blinded to the truth. For those who have come to Christ from a world religion, it has often been through dreams and miracles. Rwanda is very mountainous, and many places are accessible only by foot or by boat. “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Matthew 9:37, KJV). There are a few Christians in the area who are being taught how to follow and share the truth with others. Please pray for the salvation of the people of Southwest Rwanda.
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