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Today's Prayer

""Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

1Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV

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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 Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina (southern South America).

ANTANDROY OF MADAGASCAR (an-tan-DREW-ee) - Praise God, who is faithful in enabling volunteer teams to move in mighty ways! He doesn’t need us, but He chooses us to be a part of His Great Commission. Recently God gave three groups from all over the United States the opportunity to go on a short-term trip to South Madagascar. As a result, new names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and many seeds have been planted! Pray now that follow-up and discipleship will be made a priority for both the missionaries and the new believers.

BELGIAN NATIONALS OF BELGIUM - Ballots, baptisms and birthdays . . . you can see the connection, can’t you? They’re all about expressing our wants--our “choices”, if you will. Many European countries had elections during the month of May. While some in the United States may speak about elections from the pulpit, it isn’t a common subject in Belgium. However, on election day in Belgium, a church’s guest speaker dared to speak about choices. He reminded the local congregation that we each must make choices about the leadership we will follow. “As for me and my house,” he said, quoting Joshua, “we will serve the Lord.” After the service ended, one young woman who had made the choice for Christ, but was still thinking about making that choice public, asked the speaker if she could talk with him for a few minutes. That discussion led to her choosing to follow Jesus’ command to be baptized. Because of some things in her personal life, she asked if the baptism could be scheduled soon. How soon? How about this week? Give thanks to God that as Southern Baptists across the world were praying for missionaries having birthdays the last week of May, one of them--a member of Team Belgium--was blessed to see someone baptized on his birthday! Thank you for your faithful prayers.

DIGO OF KENYA AND TANZANIA (DEE-goh) - The Ushirikiano team of local believers from different tribes and churches leaves the church, ready to go out and share the Gospel. They know how to share the story of Creation up to Christ. They each have a testimony and are ready to share! They are not ready, however, for what they find. Choosing to share with drug addicts is a new experience for them all. Walking up to the abandoned, half-built house, they see two people, both with one of their arms wrapped in a scrap of rubber with a syringe hanging out. Others are standing around with nothing to do, while some individuals are moving in and out of the house to have a hit and then return to their other business. There are men and women, mostly young. All of them are filled with regret. Not one of them is happy with their life. They want a way out. They want food but not money, because it will go to drugs. They need hope! They need Christ! Pray that these lost men and women will be delivered from this life and be introduced to new life. Pray for those who are sharing with them. Pray that they will not fear the drug addicts, but will trust in the Lord and be bold in sharing.

EAST ASIAN PEOPLES - Pray that God will extend His favor and blessing upon advanced theological education that is equipping thousands of East Asian church leaders in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the world (Ephesians 4:13).

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM (HOE-chee-men) - “A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises--night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows--he doesn’t know how. The soil produces a crop by itself” (Mark 4:26-28). Thank God for the seed that has been planted in recent weeks by the Red*, Card* and Purple* teams! Praise God that He has brought the growth even beyond our understanding! Pray especially for the tender sprouts of new believers who, even now, are being discipled and are learning about what it means to have a new life in Jesus Christ. Pray for them as they share their new faith with family and friends, asking that even more seeds will be planted and fruit will result. Pray also for the continued follow-up from the push that the Red, Card and Purple teams have made, as there are still many seeds that have not yet sprouted, people who have heard the Gospel but have not yet made a commitment to faith in Christ alone. Pray for more opportunities to meet with these people and give them further explanation of the Gospel and encouragement to repent from sin and enter into God’s family. Pray for an abundant harvest that will bring glory to God and multiply His kingdom in this city. (*pseudonyms)

MOUNTAIN YI OF EAST ASIA (ee) - A few years ago, when the Wang* family divided their inheritance, the two brothers began a feud that lasted for years. When the younger Wang brother became a Christian, his older brother harassed him, told him he was in a cult, and made fun of him in public. The feud continually worsened, until one day, “Older Wang” decided to cut the wire that brought electricity to “Young Wang’s” village home. Older Wang expected Young Wang to go to the government authorities as retribution, but Young Wang, being a new believer and not knowing what to do, asked a mature believer for advice. This believer reminded Young Wang of the Bible story they had just been learning, where Jesus said that we should be willing to forgive “up to 70 times seven.” Then he told Young Wang that he should actually apologize to his brother. Young Wang did just that, saying that a younger brother should never do something to upset his older brother. Older Wang was taken aback. He had no more ammunition with which to fight his brother. His outlook on Christians has changed, and his relationship with his brother has been completely restored! Ask the Lord to bring Older Wang to salvation and to continue to transform families in Yi villages with the Gospel! (*pseudonym)

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN UNENGAGED PEOPLES - In May, you were asked to lift up to the Lord the Islamic Foodo people’s unengaged status (only 1 known Christian among them) and their need of an Engaging Church to adopt them. Praise the Lord that a church in Nevada, who was considering engagement, has stepped up! Some church members have attended Base Camp (basic West Africa church-planting training) and are working out plans for their “vision trip.” Pray for this church and for Debbie, Teresa and Steve as they lead their church in going, sharing Christ through stories, discipling the people, and starting churches among the Foodo!

TURKMEN AND UZBEKS OF NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN (TUNA) (TURK-man, OOZ-beks) - Pray for family and others whom Sheldon* is sharing Truth with, asking that they will want to join him in digging into the Word. (*pseudonym)

YEMEN - For the past 10 to 15 years, a number of believers (both nationals and expatriates) have lost their lives because of their faith. Pray that the example of those who made the ultimate sacrifice because of their love for Jesus will bring fruit in a country where He desires to be known.

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