An indigenous group living in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico are the Chinantecs (chee-NAHN-tecks). They farm the rugged land with crops of corn, yams, cassava (yucca), and beans, and they raise cattle and pigs. Weaving cloth for clothing and baskets is a time-honored skill. They are simple people who live in the ways of a century ago, planting and harvesting without the aid of modern machinery. Their homes are often mud or log huts with thatched roofs. When asked, they will say that they are Roman Catholic, though they mix these beliefs with the worship of other spirits, especially those they think bring rain and good crops. Ask God to show the Chinantec that following Him alone in pure worship is the desire of His heart. Pray for the peoples of Oaxaca to come to salvation and share their faith with those around them.
(WEE-wah) - The Valledupar Team continue to pray for the members of a local church that recently went through a 10-week cross-cultural missions class. Join the team in praying that the church will keep growing in their passion to see God's glory among the nations and to grow in their brokenness for the lost. As the church decided to create a missions committee at their church, pray for them in going to reach the Wiwa and Arhuaco peoples of Colombia. Please continue to pray for the missions committee and for the church member who is using her job to serve the people who live in Colombia's mountains. Ask God for gospel opportunities so that they can and will witness to their neighbors.
(TWAR-eg) - Abdu* reached out again to his friend who is a believer. He asked for help. He no longer wants to live in his war-torn homeland. He desires to be free from the daily troubles that plague him -- no work, infrequent water, power outages, food shortages, etc. Abdu and many others like him want to be free, but they chase after things of this world that will never give them true freedom. Please pray for Abdu and those like him in search of freedom, asking that they will find true freedom in knowing Jesus. (*name changed)
The Fang people of Gabon make up 40% of the country's population. They are traditionally jungle fighters. It has been reported that many have embraced Christianity. Pray that they will be "soldiers for Christ," bringing His Word to all the country's unreached people groups. Many unreached people groups live in the dense jungles of Gabon's interior, which makes for challenges and dangers for those seeking to take the gospel there. Pray for more harvest workers who will carry the gospel deep into the heart of Gabon.
(sor-AH-nee) - Since schools closed down in February due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been constant uncertainty about what was going to happen next. Would borders close? Would airports reopen? Would schools meet again in person? What could distance learning look like in a region where electricity is not provided 24/7? How would students who don't have computers or internet access learn? Would religious gatherings be allowed? There are always far more questions than answers. The future of this people is at stake, and the majority of children are sleeping their days away and watching television until their brains turn to mush. There's the constant threat of another protest, as teachers' salaries are being paid months past due. The whole situation seems quite hopeless, but the God of the Bible is able to bring order out of chaos. He can bring hope to the hopeless. Pray that all of these questions and frustrations will lead to more open doors for believers to share about the One who can bring salvation to the most desperate of situations.
One segment of the Yellow River valley people now has access to the entire New Testament in their heart language. Praise God for this! Ask for wisdom and creativity for this to be further adapted/processed to an oral form so that those who are not literate can hear and study the Word.
The gospel is good news indeed. Advancing the kingdom by helping new believers gain access to foundational courses such as systematic theology, Old Testament, New Testament, or church history requires planning and the ability to meet. Praise God that over 100 students signed up and committed to study theology, even in light of increased persecution. Earlier in this year, due to COVID, students and teachers were not able to continue the two-year coursework. Victor,* one local teacher who trained in the USA, started to test the waters again in April and July. Students were willing to take the risk, so Victor also took the risk. However, starting classes became impossible as travel was restricted. Victor prayed and continued to wait. Praise God that Victor was able to teach two classes in September! Please pray that God will protect Victor and the students from those who seek to hinder the advance of the gospel. Continue also to pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ will know that God is their eternal light, no matter the darkness before them. (*name changed)
(NYUN-gway) - Pray that Nyungwe believers will clothe themselves with humility towards one another, cast their anxieties on God, and resist their enemy the devil, standing firm in faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by the brotherhood around the world (1 Peter 5:5-9).
(SIN-dees) - A Christian brother has invested a lot of time in his majority-Muslim community. He has made known his faith and belief in the one true God. People in his community are starting to question their own belief system, wondering what their faith has ever brought them. A few men have expressed that they are feeling unsettled in their hearts. They are living without peace and are starting to see that true peace only comes from putting their faith in Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in this community. Ask that Christian brothers and sisters will be faithful to continue to invest in their own communities and to share their faith in Christ with those with whom they interact. Ask that a movement will happen among the Sindhi people. "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive" (Matthew 21:22 NASB).
(deh-KAH-nee) - Pray for Muslim men in the Deccan of India. They come from various people groups--Shaikh, Sayyed, Pathan, Ansari, Bohra, Kachera, Garodi, Pinjara, Gond, Agha Khani--and they all need Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften men's hearts to receive the love of Jesus Christ in the gospel. Pray that they will have the courage to obey the good news of Jesus and to lead their families and communities to do the same. Pray for deliverance from all kinds of evils that entangle them.
(SEE-vee) - Pray for several young CeeVee couples to respond to God's call to move away from their homes to another area in their county to minister to a near-culture CeeVee minority group that is unreached. Pray that they will have a burden to share the good news with the people there. Ask the Lord to provide a sustainable business plan so they will have income to support their families while investing in evangelism and building relationships within their new community.
"Please join Team Bulgaria in praying for training opportunities in local churches. We are working to establish partnerships across Bulgaria, and the Lord has opened doors for us to share evangelism and discipleship training in different churches. Pray for Bulgarian believers to have a passion for reaching their own people and that these trainings will help equip them to embrace this responsibility."