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Two years after the war in Ukraine began, many refugees remain in Poland. The struggles have changed since those early months of the war; however, many still struggle with finding sufficient housing and employment. Grief and loss are still an everyday reality. There is also hope; many new churches have been formed, both Ukrainians and Polish people are being saved and baptized. Pray for those still struggling with being displaced from their homes. Pray for churches to be a faithful witness. Pray for endurance for everyone working to help.
Aabis and Zain both grew up in a country far from Western conveniences and culture. When they met up with a believer for coffee and tea during December, the believer pointed out some Christmas lights in the local café and asked if they were familiar with Christmas and the story behind it. "Who isn't?" Zain replied. The believer went on to confirm that they understood the Christmas story as told in the Bible, and they seemed to have heard the story before. Zain said that there are many similarities between his religion and Christianity. The believer said that the biggest difference is what you believe about Jesus, whether He is a prophet or He is God. The believer went on to share that our good works do not eliminate our bad works, a misconception often believed in their religion. The men both listened respectfully but neither seemed to be interested in more than just the discussion. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will soften their hearts and that they will really understand their need for a Savior.
(n-GO-knee) - "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. . . . This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV). Ask God to help Ngoni believers, as well as believers from other people groups living among them, to understand the importance of praying for lost Ngoni such as their family members, neighbors, work colleagues, etc. Ask God to answer when they call upon Him.
(HOE-chee-men) - Kien was surprised to see his good friend change so quickly. His good friend, Khánh, heard about Jesus just a month before. In that month, Khánh believed and became full of passion for Jesus. Kien could see this passion and faith in his friend and wanted to know more of what his friend had found. On Christmas Eve, the same man that led Khánh to faith sat down with both Kien and Khánh. That night Kien also believed and chose to follow! Praise the Lord! Both Kien and Khánh are very new in their faith. Pray they will have the faith, boldness, and passion to share with their family and friends. Pray they will become strong evangelists and leaders for a new local church.
Last year, a coup interrupted life in an African country. All institutions, such as churches and universities, were closed. Missionaries and Global Missionary Partners (GMPs), including Paul and Nancy, relocated to a nearby country. Once housing and other logistics were sorted out, they formed new teams, resumed language studies, and found new ministry points. Now, the political situation in their first country seems to have stabilized, and the team leader wants to move back and resume ministry. However, prices of goods have gone up, and there are long power outages. Pray for the team as they make plans to return and find ways to overcome the financial and logistical challenges. Pray for local friends who are waiting for their return so they can resume ministry together. Pray for the team as they help people recover after the coup. Pray that everyone will be resolute in saying: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Psalm 73:26 ESV).
Team Andes Peru writes: "In June and July of 2024, our team will receive eight Summer Sojourners. It may seem early to request prayer, but this volunteer program for university students requires months of praying for and coordinating with Peruvian and United States partners, determining locations and housing, preparing the students and interpreters, and determining training materials. Pray that God will guide all our steps along the way."
Halima began working as a house helper at a young age because she never finished school. One of the first people that she worked for shared the gospel with her. After years of working for this woman, Halima finally believed in Jesus. She quickly got connected to a local church but was hurt by others in the body. She fell away from the local church, and bitterness in her heart grew for the other local believers. In her culture, when you've been hurt by someone, the norm is to write that person off for life and not communicate with them or interact with them ever again. This is what Halima did. Now, she isn't meeting consistently with other believers or reading the Word. Pray for her to grow in her understanding of forgiveness and to realize the importance of community, fellowship, the Word, and prayer. Pray for her to be bold and share with those around her, especially her daughter.
(chit-TAH-gong) - On February 25, Muslims in Bangladesh and many other places will celebrate Shab e-Barat. An English translation of that phrase is "the Night of Forgiveness." Muslims believe that it's the night that Allah forgives the past year's sins, moves some of the dead from hell to heaven, and decides the destiny of each person for the coming year. Muslims spend the entire night in prayer and worship. During the night, many men will visit the graves of their deceased family members to pray for the dead. (This also gets done every week after the Friday prayers, just not as steadfastly faithfully.) Followers of Jesus know what God wants for every Muslim in the coming year; He wants each one of them to accept Him through Christ. He is ready to forgive and receive them into His kingdom as soon as they repent and believe. Please join the Muslim people on February 25 in praying for their future--but a future that includes Jesus as Lord.
(KAYP town) - Over the past two months, missionaries Ronnie and Gail Davis have encountered 12 orphans in Cape Town, South Africa. "One family of orphans has no adult to help them. This family came here hoping for peace and a future. The government didn't give the father refugee documents, so he left the country. The mother and three children received refugee documents. Two months ago, the mother died. She left behind Thomas (age 23), Patrick (age 10), and Marie (age 6). The father occasionally sends money when he can find a job. These children live in a moldy 10- by 8-foot room in a house. The rent is about $170 per month, but they cannot pay for it and have only cornmeal and dry beans to eat. Your gifts to the IMB's Sub-Saharan Africa Orphans Help Fund make it possible to help these three orphans with rent and the other nine orphans with food. You are demonstrating the love of Jesus visibly so the children don't live on the street or go hungry every day. The money is limited but helps. Pray for God to provide documents for the father and income to pay rent and buy food. Thank Him for caring for the least of these."