Monday, February 6 2023
Central Asian Peoples
Turks of Istanbul, Turkey

(is-tan-BULL) - Resources in Turkish for biblical counseling and for helping pastors and church members learn about and build healthy churches are scarce. The number of believers is so small that some might think that there's a need to focus on producing only evangelism materials. While there is still plenty of need for evangelistic resources, it seems clear from Scripture that healthy Christians and healthy churches, equipped with resources like these to become healthier disciples and leaders, will lead to more evangelism. Thank the Lord this has happened and that resources in Turkish are being distributed to believers! A pastor of almost 20 years said how grateful he was for a book on biblical church membership but wished that he'd had it when he started all those years ago. Another church said that they had passed out all the books they had that clearly explained the gospel and Jesus Christ, so they needed more quickly. Praise God for how He has provided these resources to help local churches! Pray for Turkish believers to desire to grow deeper in their understanding of what it looks like to follow Jesus, and pray that these resources will continue to benefit the Turkish churches in Istanbul.

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Monday, February 6 2023
Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Peoples of Madagascar

"Join us in a week of prayer for Madagascar! Pray: Day 1) for the Lee family, who abide in Christ and live in Tana. Day 2) for the Phillips family, who ask "that we can stay on track with our homeschooling and that God will continue to provide opportunities for our children to have relationships." Day 3) for young leaders in Tana who could preach the Word and reach the world (2 Timothy 2:2). Day 4) for the Baker family in Toliara "to faithfully serve the Malagasy church, and for growth in faith and relationships for our children." Day 5) for missionary Ancil Ragoonath and the Malagasy team serving the Antemoro with him in preparing their 2023 goals. As the team leads the work while Ancil is in the United States, pray for wisdom and forbearance for them. And praise God: Day 6) for Malagasy leaders with special visions for their nation: pastoral care, biblical counseling, expository preaching trainings and resources, and seminary education opportunities; pray for God's fulfillment of these plans through His people. Day 7) for new believers and long-standing work among the Sihanaka, Antefasy, and Antesaka. Pray for Malagasy and expatriate harvest laborers serving these groups, and for open hearts and changed lives!"

 
Monday, February 6 2023
Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Northern African and Middle Eastern Unengaged Peoples

The Doms of Egypt number approximately 1,960,000 and are a segment of the Roma/Gypsy population that is spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Their ancestors came from India, married Egyptians, and became Sunni Muslim. These Domari-speaking and Arabic-speaking people are looked down upon by the upper class but manage to make a living not only as beggars, garbage collectors, and day laborers, but also as musicians, dancers, and respected horse merchants. Pray that the Doms will hear the Scriptures and Bible stories available in Arabic and discuss them among their family members. Pray that they will realize that although others may not like them, they are deeply loved by God. Ask that they will accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.

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Monday, February 6 2023
Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples
North Africans in the Netherlands

Each morning, Jihan wakes up from startling dreams that feel too real. She remembers her home country from which she was forced to flee. Instead of feeling at ease in a place of asylum, her heart races as she thinks about the risks she faces even now. Jihan is one of the Arab believers you were asked to pray for in December who are now gathering weekly as a fellowship. These brothers and sisters love their time in the Word and being together for worship, but they are burdened with residual trauma and grief over their distant homes, families, and friends. The evil one does not like when the Father moves, so on top of their burdens, they are faced daily with persecution and challenges in the refugee camp because of their faith. Please pray for these brothers and sisters to remember what Jesus said in John 16:33 (ESV): "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." Pray for their peace, endurance, and protection.

 
Monday, February 6 2023
South Asian Peoples
India

As many people in a northern state of India have come to follow Jesus over the past few years, persecution is increasing rapidly. Christian worship services are regularly broken up by radicals. Pray for the believers in this area to stand up for Jesus in the midst of trials. Pray for wisdom. Pray for God's kingdom to come and His will to be done in this state.

 
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