God is calling Christians everywhere to share the gospel with people from the international diaspora. Recently, Max intentionally went out to share the gospel. At a refugee resettlement complex, he began to walk, while praying for the Lord to connect him with those who were open to the gospel. The opportunity to share didn't happen immediately, so he kept walking and praying. As he was preparing to leave, Max saw seven internationals who were relaxing after work. One of them, Jose, spoke English fluently. Max shared the gospel, as Jose translated. Three of the men's hearts were moved deeply. They remarked that they had watched Max walking. When Max shared that he was praying for the Lord to help him find those who were open to the gospel, Jose, enthusiastically replied, "God sent you here to share the good news with us!" Jose, who had been distant from God, returned that day. About the experience, Jose added, "Nothing like this has happened in my life in the past 13 years," referring to when he first encountered the Lord in a special way. He knew that this was a divine appointment. Pray that the Lord will orchestrate millions of divine appointments among the international diaspora through willing gospel proclaimers and open hearts of the diaspora.
The Theological Education Team asks: "Pray that our partnership with a Brazilian missionary agency will lead to more contacts with local churches for additional Send Relief projects, more evangelism opportunities, and greater international cooperation."
(TAH-jeeks) - Amanda* is single, so she still lives at her father's house and works to help provide for her parents and siblings. She struggles with feelings of unworthiness and has often said that her family, specifically her mother, does not love her. Once, her brother beat her sister and forbade her from going to school because she was talking on the phone to a boy. This kind of thing is pretty common among the Tajiks. Her father, who is educated, intervened and allowed the sister to return to school. Amanda wants to go to medical school, but her family does not have the money to send her. She has heard many stories of truth and has a copy of the Word. Pray that Amanda will know and understand how God sees her and that she will find her worth in Him. Please pray that she will read God's Word and accept the truth about Jesus. (*name changed)
Lily* is a recent connection made at a local language exchange event. In some ways, she is an outsider among Korean young people because she has chosen an alternate path of working rather than pursuing a university degree. As of 2017, there were more than 2 million students enrolled in universities -- around 67%. Not getting a university degree means difficulty in finding a good job in a very competitive market where even graduates are struggling. Because of her educational choice, Lily doesn't fit in with others her age and often feels depressed. She has been exposed to the gospel through involvement in the Catholic church but doesn't seem to completely understand what it means to have a deep personal relationship with God. She speaks excellent English and has become good friends with the Journeymen on the missionary team. Early on, she let them know that she already knew the truth and didn't want them to waste their time sharing the gospel with her, but despite that, she continues to attend Bible studies sporadically and to hang out with the Journeymen on occasion. It seems that God is at work in her life. Please pray that Lily will see what it means to have a true relationship with God through the lives of the missionaries that she enjoys spending time with and that she will desire such a relationship with God for herself. (*name changed)
(NOO-bee-ans) - Thank you for praying for the Nubian people, who have a rich historical heritage. They were at one time a strong Christian nation. In modern times, the Nubians have not been appreciated for their culture and heritage. Many have experienced prejudice. Much of their past was flooded along with their homes and communities after the Great Aswan Dam was built. Today many Nubians live in poverty and need. Recently in Egypt there has been an interest in reviving Nubian culture and celebrating its heritage. Pray for the Nubians, asking that this recent revival and celebration will improve their acceptance, their ability to gain employment, and their living standard. Ask God to lead them back to Him by remembering their Christian roots.
(muh-RAH-kan) - The pandemic brought the world face to face with death and eternity. As Covid-19 continues to claim lives in Morocco, many Moroccans are openly asking questions regarding their faith and eternity. Many are afraid to die with no assurance of their eternity, even for those who have faithfully practiced Islam their entire lives. Sometimes this questioning can lead to atheism, when people, in their frustration and disbelief, leave God along with their religion. Other times, this questioning can lead them to search for truth online or by connecting with the people who follow Jesus' teachings, true believers. Since Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the way, the truth, and the life, those seeking truth and eternal life can discover the way to the Father in heaven in Him. Pray for Muslims and atheists in Morocco to search diligently for truth and find it in the prophet who is so much more than just a prophet. May Jesus be their Savior also. Pray for the followers of Jesus who are sharing the way to the Father via internet and face to face (or mask to mask) when possible. Ask that they will have God's wisdom expressed in their communication.
(kuh-MER) - In the Parable of the Great Banquet, the verse in Luke 14:23 (ESV) says: "And the master said to the servant, 'Go out quickly to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.'" Many are willing to go and share the gospel along the highways and hedges but are restricted right now due to the coronavirus, but intercession is vital for those who are already on the frontlines. Please pray that more Cambodians will hear and obey the call on their lives to reach their own people and beyond. Ask the Father to raise up laborers from within the Khmer harvest fields. Pray that believers won't feel like it's the responsibility of somebody else, such as a pastor or a deacon, to spread the gospel. Ask that they will understand that it is required of the whole body.
(CARE-ah-muh-jong) - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too" (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ESV). For missionaries serving on the field, sometimes the most challenging trials are faced within the family. Please pray for a family serving in the bush of northern Uganda who is currently processing through the diagnosis of a mental illness for one of their children. They are extremely thankful to know what they're dealing with so they can overcome it together. They are grateful for the resources and support that God has provided through the International Mission Board. Pray for the parents to display God's unconditional love towards all of their children and especially for them to have wisdom in knowing how best to help their child who's fighting this sometimes-daunting disorder so their child can experience freedom and a deepened faith in the Lord. Pray that as a family, they will rest in the promise that as they share abundantly in Christ's sufferings during this difficult time, they will also share abundantly in His comfort.
A 13-year-old boy named Shin* stepped on a rusty nail. Then 10 days later, he was unable to eat or sleep, so his family took him to the hospital. He had contracted tetanus and was in intensive care for four days. Shin's father worships his ancestors, but Shin and his mother are Christians. The doctor said that Shin's condition was hopeless and asked the family to take him home to die. His father began preparing funeral clothes, but a group of Christians began praying. The next day, the doctor reported that Shin's heart was beating stronger. Prayers continued, and each day, Shin's condition improved. Today, Shin attends school like any other teenager. Rejoice at the awesome way God's love was demonstrated through this miracle! Pray that Shin's testimony will bring many others in his village to faith. (*name changed)
Missionaries Nick and Kyndra Moore write: "Please pray for us as we join what God was already doing long before we came. There were a faithful few who had remained at a church that was left without a pastor. God brought us together, and we've been working together with these believers to form a core group that will be a part of a new church plant. We are praying, COVID-19 restrictions permitting, that we will be able to launch this new church in November. Please pray with us as we work on logistics, prepare the building, pray over leadership, and ask God to build His church. 'So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord' (Ephesians 2:19-21 ESV)."
(chit-TAH-gong) - Muhammad's birthday will be celebrated on October 30. Muslims in different locations celebrate it in different ways, with some even saying that the day shouldn't be any different from any other. Chittagong will be decorated in green Christmas-style lights. Believers wanting to start a conversation with Muslims could acknowledge that his first message was to get rid of all idols and worship one God. That is a positive message that could lead to a beneficial conversation. Pray for there to be fruitful spiritual conversations, and above all, pray for Muslims to come to know the truth as they celebrate the day.
Healthy mission work depends on prayer. Missionaries pray on the field, local believers pray, and the U.S. church prays. Partnership in prayer is vital in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Pray for more prayer. Pray for non-believers by name to surrender to following Christ as their only Lord and Savior. Pray for pastors who are weary. Ask God to show you where He can use you at this time. Pray for health. Pray for unity. Pray for those who are waiting for the ability to take a next step. Thank God for His faithfulness.