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 Alberto Vaquina of Mozambique (southern Africa).
"Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them."
PARAGUAYANS OF PARAGUAY - Approximately 33 percent of the 7 million people of Paraguay live in the large urban capital of Greater Asuncion. The main religion of the Paraguayans (pronounced pair-uh-GWAY-ans) is nominal Roman Catholicism, and only about 4 percent to 6 percent of the people are evangelized. The complete Bible is available in the heart language of Guarani/Jopara, as well as in Spanish. It is worth noting that the language of the rural poor is Guarani/Jopara, while the “educated elites” tend to speak it less, as many of them associate it with ignorance and backwardness. The majority of the work in the countryside is in agriculture and cattle ranching, and there are two distinct classes there: landowners and peasants. As is true in countries around the world, in Paraguay corruption, rampant immorality, people living together in informal unions, and single mothers can be found. There are many family separations, as people go to other countries looking for work, with Spain being a prime destination in the search for employment. This search for employment outside of Paraguay implies that a lot of children are being raised by their extended families, grandparents, etc. Please pray for the salvation of the Paraguayans.
TUNISIAN ARABS OF SOUTHERN TUNISIA (too-NEE-zhan) - Mouna* shared a taxi with a believing woman and heard a story from the Word. She was interested in spiritual things, but had never read the Bible because she didn’t have one. When the believer asked if she would read one, Mouna said that she would. Later, the believer visited her home and gave her a Bible, which she began reading immediately. Ask the Father to send the Spirit to move powerfully through His Word so that it will cut to hearts and bring conviction and repentance to the southern Tunisian Arabs! (*pseudonym)http://www.pray4tunisia.com/
NORTH AFRICANS OF BELGIUM - A local newspaper has recently noted that a growing number of young Muslims are being sent to Syria to fight. Most of these are young men between the ages of 17 and 25 who grew up in Belgium. They are mostly people without qualifications and often with criminal records. Concern has been expressed about what will happen when they return to this country after the war in Syria. Pray for these young men who are searching for significance and purpose in their lives, asking that they will not get caught up in these extremist groups but, instead, will find purpose and meaning through salvation and a relationship with the Lord.
CHINESE OF WESTERN EUROPE - “Mr. Bi* works long hours in his little tea shop, selling noodles and Chinese snacks to many students studying nearby. He has been in France for 20 years as a restaurant worker, coming from Guangdong, in southern China. He leads a lonely life, having little contact with other Chinese who speak Mandarin, which he doesn’t understand. We have visited him in the mornings before he opens the shop, chatting with him as he busily prepares food for the lunch crowd. Please pray for him, asking that he will have a spiritual hunger to learn about God and come to accept Him.” (*pseudonym)
BAI AND NAXI OF CHINA (BYE and NAH-shee) - Pray for the few Bai Christians in the “heartland” to become a church. Pray that they will be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).
THAI-MALAY OF THAILAND (ty-mah-LAY) - At this time, there are several Thai-Malay men who seem to be believing, but are not yet ready to commit themselves fully to Jesus Christ. The biggest reason is that they are afraid of their family and friends discovering their faith and what might happen as a result. Pray that the Lord will open the hearts of these men and give them the courage that they need to surrender fully to Christ. Pray that the Thai-Malay Team and the national workers helping them will have the wisdom needed to guide these men and to help them as they step across the line into the kingdom of God.
AEGEAN TURKS OF TURKEY (uh-JEE-an) - “In our small city, we are grateful for the four national brothers and sisters with whom we gather. Discipleship is full of ups and downs, especially as nationals face pressures from non-believing family members and friends. One of our brothers has currently stopped meeting with us, as he is struggling through his beliefs. He has gone back to studying Islam and other religions to try to figure out what he believes. In addition to this, he is sharing some of his doubts and reading materials that conflict with truth with another professing believer, who himself just joined us for the first time in a month. This brother is now also reexamining his own faith. Please pray that as these two brothers struggle through their questions, the truth will be made clear to them and they will be restored to fellowship with the other believers. Pray that the restoration of their faith will be a light to their unbelieving families. It’s challenging for the remaining believers to know how to relate to and work toward restoration even as they face pressures and struggles of their own. Please pray for wisdom, encouragement and perseverance, and for the truth to reign. May the Lord advance His kingdom work here in this city!”
LEADERSHIP EQUIPPING AND DEVELOPMENT (LEAD) OF SOUTH ASIA - “For the first time in the 25-year history of the LEAD Team, everyone on the team will be in the United States at the same time. This is not an ideal situation, but it’s the way things have worked out. One couple has already left for an almost year-old stateside assignment time. Another couple will leave in mid-March for six months, the third couple in early May for six months, and the fourth couple will be leaving in June for a year. All of the LEAD groups will receive the Spring 2014 training, but there will be no LEAD trainings for the second half of 2014. Please pray that our stateside time will be restful and effective in preparing us to return to the field. Intercede for the LEAD participants, asking that they will continue to hunger to study the Word and use what God has been teaching them.”http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/
DHAKA, BANGLADESH (DAH-kah) - “Thank you for praying for 7-year-old Laboni* as she had surgery to correct the shape of her feet that had been burned years earlier. Praise the Lord that Laboni now can wear flip-flops like most Bangladeshi children wear! Her feet are not perfect though, and Laboni is very sensitive about them. They also still need to heal more. Please continue to pray for Laboni. Ask that she will feel no shame regarding the scars her feet carry and that she will be diligent in doing her physical therapy exercises. We give praise also for the weeks that Laboni’s mother was able to spend in the hospital’s encouraging Christian environment. She is growing in her walk with the Lord. Please pray for Laboni and her mother as they adjust back to life in Dhaka, for Laboni as she returns to the Light of Life Center after more than a month away, and for her mother as she searches for a good job to support the two of them. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in watching over these two precious jewels!” (*pseudonym)http://southasianpeoples.imb.org/
SUSU OF GUINEA (SOO-soo) - Give thanks to God that the first installment of the Susu translation of the Old Testament has made it out of port. Thank you for praying that it would pass through customs without any problems. Please continue to pray for opportunities to distribute these Scriptures and for an openness in those who receive them. Ask God to reveal His Truth, and pray for people to read His Word.
JOLA-FONYI OF SENEGAL AND THE GAMBIA (JOH-luh-FOH-nyee) - Thank you for praying for the eight dental clinics that were held in two villages in January and February for people in those villages and surrounding villages. The clinics went very smoothly, and approximately 320 patients were seen, many of whom had been ill and in pain for a long time. Each of these patients heard Bible stories and were prayed for during their visit. All members of the medical team arrived with all of their baggage and without any flight connection problems. Everyone stayed healthy and had the stamina needed for very long days of treating patients. The team in Village S was able to share Bible stories in the evenings as well as during the day at the clinics. Please continue to pray that those who were treated will be interested in hearing more about Jesus and will come to accept Him as their Savior.
EAST AFRICAN UNIVERSITY WORK - The East African University Work Team writes: “Thank you for praying for our new ‘Hands On’ team. They are about a third of the way into their four-and-a-half-month term of service. Praise God for the students who have heard a clear Gospel presentation because these young men chose to come and work alongside the Father in His harvest! Join us in praying for the students who are involved in our Bible studies as well as our in-depth Bible training groups. Ask God to raise up students who have a desire to take the Gospel to the unreached people of their country. Please petition specifically for wisdom and success with the projects we are developing to help students support themselves financially as they serve as missionaries.”
DIGO OF KENYA AND TANZANIA (DEE-goh) - Since accepting Christ, Esther* has continued to struggle with her health. She was readmitted to the hospital just after Christmas with severe swelling, indicating renal failure. God healed her, and she was able to return home. Still, she suffers with abdominal pains and malnutrition. She appears to have a long journey back to her former health. Spiritually, however, Esther is standing strong. She is attending church and is standing by her decision. Her stance is significant. Rarely will a new believer coming from another religion attend church so readily. She still plans to be baptized soon. Please continue to remember her in her health struggles and as she grows in her new faith. The coast of Kenya is peaceful, but tension remains high between people of differing faiths. Esther’s commitment to following Jesus is not a light decision. Pray that she stands strong! (*pseudonym)
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