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 President Xi Jinping of China (eastern and central Asia).
"Ask of Me, and I will make the nations Your inheritance and the ends of the earth Your possession."
Psalm 2:8, HCSB
CENTRAL ASIAN UNENGAGED PEOPLES - The history of the Abaza people of Russia may date back to the 5th century B.C. Originating on the shores of the Black Sea, the Abaza claim their primary homeland to be in today’s Karachay-Cherkessia, in a place referred to as Abazina, with others scattered throughout the Caucasus. Their language is a dialect of the Northwest Caucasian language family, which means that it is probably very hard to learn! There is no Christian work among the Abaza. “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).http://centralasianpeoples.imb.org/
KOLKATA, INDIA (kohl-KAH-tah) - Children’s nutrition is always a problem in the slums. In August, a nutrition program was started with about 50 children in a city slum. Please pray for national and international workers as they carry out this program, asking that the children’s health will improve. Pray that this will present opportunities to tell the families of these children about Jesus so that they may know the true Bread of life (John 6:35).http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/
LAST FRONTIER - This summer, two volunteers came to work with students related to a Last Frontier people group that lives in a neighboring country. They worked daily, teaching English using the Bible and building relationships with many students in their free time. Give thanks to God for their willing hearts and the sacrifices they made to come and tell! Workers in the area want to organize a unique group from among these students to continue teaching them from the Bible and also training them to reach out to their peers. Ask that a solid core of students will “catch the vision.” Pray that they can become bold followers of Truth and have a lasting influence among their friends and on their campuses.
LOMWE OF MALAWI AND MOZAMBIQUE (LOHM-way) - Chronological Bible teaching at “Epistle Village” resulted in many decisions to follow Jesus. But what do church planters do when a group has no obvious leaders emerge during the months-long teaching process? At “Epistle Village,” the Lord has led the church-planting missionaries to cross the small river that divides “Epistle Village” and start teaching again from the beginning! Please pray for Bob and Pam Brownfield as they launch teaching at “II Epistle” later this month. Ask specifically that our Lord will raise up leaders from among those who will hear His Word taught carefully over the next several months. Pray also that the new believers from “I Epistle” will participate a second time in the Bible lessons, allowing them to gain confidence as future teachers of God’s Word.
MEBO OF LAOS (MEE-boh) - The Mebo have met exciting times! A national partner and his wife are experiencing God’s healing of many people from sickness and demon possession. Sometimes this comes with some skepticism. They themselves have asked God why He has chosen to show Himself in this way. But they are witnessing many people coming to Christ because of the miracles that have taken place by their fervent prayers. Please pray for this couple as they are obedient in sharing the Gospel and praying for healing among their people.
NORTH AFRICANS OF PARIS, FRANCE - Trusting in the God who works through dreams, through people, and through many other things, believers can know that He is doing a mighty work in the hearts of North Africans in Paris and around the world. Pray that God will continue the work that He has begun in their hearts. Ask Him to strengthen the believers who came from a Muslim background as they reach out to their friends and neighbors with the hope of Jesus.
PEOPLE OF FOUR CITIES BETWEEN TWO RIVERS, CHINA - A group of Chinese believers traveled to a different province to engage minority people group with the Gospel. After walking around for several hours, they realized that it was noon and they were tired and very hungry. There seemed to be no restaurants in sight! After walking some more, they finally found a very tiny restaurant. The owner was asleep on the sofa as they entered, and they kindly asked if he would prepare a table for them. He gladly did so. When he returned from the kitchen, they gave him a paper fan containing the Gospel message. He took the fan back to the sofa and read it over carefully. After they ate, they suggested that he watch a Gospel video with them on their portable player. The owner understood the video much better than the Gospel fan. He cheerfully accepted Christ as His Savior. The believers may have come to his restaurant tired and very hungry, but it was the owner who ended up very hungry in his spirit, wanting to learn more about his Savior! Pray for this new believer as he is discipled, and ask that he will have a passion to share with others.
SWAZI OF SWAZILAND (SWAH-zee) - “We can’t truly know the needs of the Swazi people until we venture outside the cities and communities, and start walking from one homestead to another. The world of suffering and loneliness then becomes real. There we can see the forgotten, the sick, the lonely, the dying, the hurting--most in need of a Savior who, hand in hand, wants to walk with them through every enduring trial and every type of suffering, a Savior who took the sins of the world with Him to the cross so that they might have a chance to go free. The Swazis know little of a loving Savior. Their world is full of cultural events and traditions that hinder many from totally accepting Jesus as their Savior. Pray that Satan’s strong hold on the culture of Swaziland will be broken and that the people will surrender their lives to Jesus, unafraid of what others could do to them. Pray that as Swazis become Christians, they will not turn to the ancestors as they have always done in times of trouble, but they will turn to the Lord. Pray for true revival to take place in the hearts of Christians in Swaziland.”http://www.swaziprayerbytes.blogspot.com/
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION FOR THE WESTERN GATEWAY CLUSTER (WEST AFRICA) - “Partnership is essential for fulfilling our task. As our team interfaces with pastors in Mali as well as others who could be potential instructors, pray that we will be able to provide the right kind of theological training for them and those they will be leading. We need discernment about how much to integrate the orality aspect into theological education in order to meet the needs of all who are being trained.”
UNREACHED PEOPLES OF NORTH BRAZIL - Pray for the children of workers Jim* and Cathy*, as they sometimes witness the harshness of life and death that is a common reality for their people group. Ask God to give wisdom to the parents and to comfort the children. Pray that they will feel God’s love as they also deal with changes resulting from their older siblings’ return to the United States for college. Ask God to give them a heart for reaching their people group, just as He has given it to their parents. (*names changed)
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