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 Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania (southern Europe, northwest of Greece).
"Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
Philippians 4:6, HCSB
BULGARIAN MUSLIMS (POMAKS) OF SOUTHWESTERN BULGARIA (POH-mahks) - Pray for the volunteer teams that will be joining in projects this summer and on into the fall. Ask that those visiting will be used by the Lord effectively, and will also be encouraged in their faith as they see God work through and around them. Lift up the team as they host the volunteers, organize the projects, and handle transitions occurring on their team. Pray that people will respond to the Good News. Finally, pray for wisdom and clarity related to work in a factory in a Pomak area.http://centralasianpeoples.imb.org/
EAST ASIAN PEOPLES - Pray that East Asian Christians who have served the Lord faithfully, but who have not yet seen great fruit, will not grow weary and lose heart (Galatians 6:9). Ask that they will be reminded that all things are possible with God (Luke 18:27).http://eastasianpeoples.imb.org/pray/
EUROPEAN PEOPLES - For many countries in the Western Med Cluster, July is a very slow-paced month, as many nationals take their weeks’ long “holiday” to another country or to the seaside. Lift up the IMB personnel who are often in need of some downtime, and ask that they will be refreshed and renewed as well as surprised with a God-given opportunity to share their faith with others while they are out and about. Pray that as nationals visit new locations, they will have “divine appointments” with believers while they are away from their normal routines and that they will stop and listen to the Holy Spirit’s call in their lives and say, “Yes!”
GUJARATI OF INDIA (goo-juh-RAH-tee) - More than 33 percent of the Indians who leave India come from the state of Gujarat, so it’s very likely that a believer elsewhere in the world will meet a Gujarati at some point. Technology can be a wonderful way to share the Good News with people anywhere in the world. Give thanks to God that a translation of the “Creation to Christ” story has been completed in Gujarati and has been made into a set of videos that can be downloaded and shared with Gujaratis--anywhere and anytime. Praise God for the completion of this project! Pray that believers will be bold in taking opportunities to share these videos with people they meet, and ask that the truths on the videos will be taken into the hearts of those who listen and will make a difference in their lives.http://www.creationtochristvideo.com/
JEWISH DIASPORA WORLDWIDE (die-AS-puh-ruh) - Currently there is an outreach to Jewish people in a particular country, and to anyone else who is willing to receive the literature that is being sent out by request. The believers there now have a couple of dozen follow-ups to do from information gathered from a website. More than 200 people have requested a free book containing an explanation of Isaiah 53. The head of an organization to bring Jews the Truth was there personally to do a special emphasis. From what is known at this point, the first night, two people responded that they wanted to receive Jesus as their Messiah. One evening a small meeting was planned in which only Jewish people could dialogue with this head of that organization. In June, the believers dedicated a center in that place that was built for receiving Israeli backpackers; it will give them a “place like home” to eat, sing and worship. Pray for the follow-up so that small-group Bible studies can result from this outreach. Ask that those who have indicated that they believe will follow in baptism. Pray for the believers as they attempt to help this young congregation to grow. Ask for sound doctrine, for willing hearts to serve, and for leadership to be raised up and trained.
NIAMEY, NIGER (NEE-ah-may) - Pray Philippians 1:9-11 for the new believers in Niger. God is moving and drawing many into a relationship with Himself. Much of this fruit is from years of focused prayer for Nigeriens. There are many believers who are the only believer in their family or village or area. Ask God to strengthen these new believers and enable them to stand firm in their faith, allowing the Holy Spirit to fill them daily and guide all their decisions.
PEOPLE OF THE SWAN AREA, EAST ASIA - “I was riding in a cab in one of our SWAN cities the other day. As I was talking to my driver, I found him to be a very friendly man who liked to talk. I, too, like to talk, although I don’t know how friendly I am (you’ll have to ask my wife). We made small talk--you know--about things like the weather, family, where we are from, what we do, etc. We found out that we had a lot in common. After five minutes or so--praise the Father!--I was able to lead the conversation to talk about the Gospel. It was a very good and interactive conversation. In the end, he did not believe, but he did make an interesting comment. He said that the foreigners he drives for are usually the nicest people he transports. I told him that I thought it was because a majority of the foreigners in this particular city were Christians. I exited the cab and said my goodbye as he pondered that thought. Please pray for my cab driver and the thousands like him who need Jesus. Can you imagine if all the drivers in the SWAN cities were believers and how many people they could share with in a day?”
SHAWIYA BERBERS OF NORTHERN AFRICA AND EUROPE (sha-WEE-yah BER-bers) - Pray for the veil to be lifted from the eyes of Shawiyas of all ages, and ask that they will get to know the Son. Pray for open hearts as they receive and read God’s Word.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN UNENGAGED PEOPLES - The Kasanga (pronounced kah-SAN-gah) are said to be the first people group in one northwestern area of Guinea-Bissau, and they were traditionally ruled by a king. One day the people tricked and killed their king, and because of that, they believe they have been cursed by that king to this day. When they run out of water or have problems with their crops, they attribute it to the curse of the king. The Kasanga are a people known to have very powerful spirits. In the past, when confronted with the Bible and Jesus, they would say that they did not need the Bible or Jesus because their spirits were powerful enough. People come from surrounding countries to receive blessings from the Kasanga and their spirits. Please pray for someone to come and tell them of the blessing of eternal life from the King of the universe.http://prayerthreads.imb.org
WOLOF OF SENEGAL AND THE GAMBIA (WUHL-uf) - “Our team once again will be going through a period of transition related to personnel, volunteers, partnering churches and location. Changes are taking place in order for us to be more effective in reaching the Wolof people of Senegal. We ask you to please pray that the Father will guide and direct us as we go through this transition period during the next several months.”
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