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Yaneese was dipping his bread in the sauces of his traditional meal when he heard a knocking sound on his hotel room door. He was not expecting anybody, but he went to answer the door anyway. When he opened the door, nobody was there. He looked down the hallway--nobody. He walked briskly to the reception desk and asked, "Who was that standing outside my door, knocking?" The receptionist replied, "Nobody, sir. There was nobody at your door." A disappointed Yaneese returned to his room and finished his meal alone. When Yaneese relayed this experience to some believing friends, they pointed him to a verse he had read before, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20 ESV). Pray that the next time the Savior tries to get Yaneese's attention, Yaneese will open the door to his heart, invite Jesus into his life, and experience the joy of breaking bread with the Lord.
"Please pray for the Fulanke (pronounced foo-LAHN-kay) who live in a semi-isolated area of Mali. For many years, we have been asking the Lord for guidance in reaching this unengaged, unreached people group. A believing family who lives among them has been away at Bible School. They will return soon and begin rebuilding relationships as well as rebuilding their mud-brick home and replanting their garden. Would you pray that the Lord will help them to focus on evangelism and discipleship of the Fulanke and not just on the numerous 'outsiders' who are easier to reach? Ask the Lord, also, to lead us to a couple of young men who would be willing to help us with research in the area, and pray that they would be willing to do this as a service to their Lord rather than for personal gain. There have been security concerns in neighboring regions, so ask the Lord to provide safe roads for travel, and pray that the area will remain free of those with evil intentions. Pray that we will be able to get good and reliable feedback from the research that will be done in the next couple of months."
"Dear Friends, so much has happened in the Asia-Pacific Rim with international tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. Southern Cross Bible Distribution Project is adapting to new realities. First, pray for us to have discernment to know and do God's will. Pray that our Bible Society partners can develop Bible apps and use advertising to help us connect with seekers tourists even when they are not arriving in person. Pray that we will find travel and other industry partners in North America, Europe, and Asia who will help us identify the specific locations were tourists, students and expats will visit. Pray that our Lord will open new partnerships with local diaspora Chinese churches who desire to partner with us. Pray for a good witness and goodwill at new locations. Pray for us as we relocate and learn a new city in 2022."
Workers write: "Join us in thanking the Lord for more open doors among South Asians in Africa! In answer to your prayers last month, a 'house of peace' (Luke 10:6) was found in another community. Pray that God's peace will enter that community through the 'house of peace.' Thank the Lord for the English as a Second Language (ESL) class that continued weekly. The gospel was shared, and conversations went deeper about life. Please pray that the gospel will take root in the hearts of those students. Ask the Lord to open more doors to another closed, gated community that is home to South Asians. Continue to intercede for the believer who is traveling in and out of town and in and out of the country to teach and train the brethren how to make disciples. Also lift up a Bible study going on with a Hindu seeker of truth, asking that she will find truth. Finally, pray for a sister who recently became born again, asking that her faith will grow and that she will know how to relate to her Muslim husband now that she is a believer."
As she leaned over her cup of tea and looked intently at her friend, she quietly said, "I just do not understand how a good God allows things like poverty, war, and sickness." Born into the Muslim faith, Jamila voiced a nagging question she wrestled with often. Her parents are from North Africa, but she was born in the Netherlands and considers it home. Years ago, she met a man from a similar background, they married, and they now have children. Jamila does not wear a "hijab" (head covering) or follow traditional Islamic standards of dress, but she considers herself to be a good person. After voicing some of her deepest questions about faith, her friend shared with her a biblical perspective of how sin leads to brokenness and death. She listened as the hope of Jesus was shared. Though she is not ready to follow Him, pray for her heart to be one step closer to being good soil. Jamila and her family are moving to a new town that is less concentrated in terms of an Islamic influence. Please pray that as she and her family encounter believers, they will hear truth and choose to follow Jesus.
There are big changes happening in the country of Kyrgyzstan. Please pray that God will work within these governmental changes to fulfill His good purposes. Pray also for believers to find the Father's path, in the midst of these changes, to share truth and to glorify Him. May many people hear and respond to the gospel.
(m-BOON-duh) - Pray for the Mbunda farmers in western Zambia. Pray that there will be a good crop and that people will honor and glorify the Lord in their farming. Farming is a way of life for the Mbunda in Zambia, and the farmers are at the mercy of the weather. Ask God to send the right amount of rain so people will be able to feed their families from the harvest.
"People who beseech others for prayer need to always remember to pause long enough to thank faithful prayer warriors for their service. Thank you so much for praying for such a long time that the borders of Japan would open for new missionaries to come in and punch holes in the darkness! We are excited to have a bumper crop of fresh new missionaries ready to take on the culture and language and to witness in such a way that many might come to Christ. This is the most rapid influx of new missionaries in the shortest window of time in the past generation. In mid-April, Japan raised its daily cap on overseas arrivals to around 10,000 as the country gradually relaxes its coronavirus border controls. This helps to respond to the growing need for entry of returning Japanese nationals and foreign visitors, especially addressing the desires of students who wish to study in Japan. Unfortunately, this border opening still does not apply to foreign tourists, and we need your ongoing prayers that volunteers who desire to serve in Japan can soon get in. Ask God to grant missionaries favor as they introduce themselves to their neighbors and forge new relationships."
In southern India, there are a number of sewing centers where women can be trained in tailoring, receiving a recognized certificate after six months. Then they are able to get jobs. During the training, they not only learn a skill that can provide them a better life, but they also learn about the way to true abundant life. Pray for every teacher. Pray that the women participating will find new life and share their story with others.
Worker Melody Hendrick serves among the Deaf in Central Asia. She's been spending more time with her Deaf sisters, having deeper and more significant conversations with them as her language skills increase. It has been so encouraging to see the way her friends love and protect each other as sisters in Christ. They have been teaching her what it looks like to truly be family within the church. They are all different ages, have different backgrounds and personalities, yet their bond is very strong because of their mutual commitment to Jesus, loving each other well, forgiving each other quickly, and serving each other selflessly. Recently, Melody had the joy of hosting her sisters in her home. She hosted a painting party and had two young women stay over that weekend. On another occasion, she hosted and had so much fun with them--cooking, drinking chai (tea) and coffee, chatting, painting nails, and talking about Jesus. They laughed, shared stories, and had good, quality time. She had the opportunity to practice much-needed hostess skills, which are vital in their culture. Thank the Lord for helping her to feel more and more at home in the city and among her Deaf sisters!
Please intercede for the Cham people. As a mature believer and her partners continue to reach out to the Cham women and children, please pray that the people will realize their need for the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for a breakthrough of faith in Him among this group who have historically shown little to no receptivity to the gospel. The roots of their religious and cultural upbringing run deep and blind many from seeing the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Another reason is that the cost of persecution is too high for many. Please pray for hearts to be softened, convicted, and encouraged when fear tries to take over.