(yoh-kuh-HAH-muh) - "People young and old in Yokohama and throughout Japan are hurting and lonely," a missionary said. "There are very few emotionally safe places to openly share the burdens of life. Ma-san, for example, feels emotional pain and doubts the value of life, while Sunny does not feel she belongs anywhere. These are a few of the people we've encountered in Yokohama. Pray that Ma-san, Sunny, and the many other people we meet will find security and peace in Jesus. Pray we will have words of wisdom, led by the Holy Spirit, to walk with them and help them know the Lord. Pray that He will open their hearts so they can be free in Christ, receiving His gracious love, salvation, and mercy."
(is-tan-BULL) - After months of seeking, reading the Bible, and attending church, Sam put his faith in Jesus. He quickly started sharing the gospel with family members, friends, and co-workers. From a self-professed atheist and nonreligious person to someone who is excited to share his newfound faith in Jesus with others, God has done a transformational work in Sam's heart. He was recently baptized. Praise God for drawing people to Himself! Pray for Sam to be "rooted and firmly established in love" so that he "may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love" (Ephesians 3:17-18 CSB). Praise God for how He is working in Istanbul, and ask that many more Turks will come to saving email@example.com
"We ask you to join us in praising God for allowing us to join Him in the work that He is doing in Tanzania and throughout the world," writes the Theological Education Team. "One of the pastors who is studying the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) book entitled 'Bringing People to Jesus' has a heart to share Christ. Recently, he needed to travel by bus to Mwanza for a meeting. While on the bus, he felt led by God to stand up and ask permission to share from God's Word. The people agreed to listen, and he shared step-by-step the plan of salvation, including the Scriptures. Everyone on the bus listened intently. Some were Muslim, but they also listened and heard the gospel message. Seeds were planted as God's gospel was clearly proclaimed. Thank God with us for how this pastor used what he is learning through the TEE program to share the gospel with more than 50 passengers on that bus! Ask God to bless and use His Word to reach those 50 passengers for His glory. Pray that their hearts will long to know Jesus Christ, who is 'the way, and the truth, and the life' (John 14:6 ESV)."
Please pray for young believers who are being discipled, asking that they will continue to grow deeper in their faith. Pray that as they continue growing, they will also be discipling others.
(suh-RARE) - "The first-ever Mission Month at our local Baptist church was a success. Thank you for praying!" workers write. "The church members went out in small groups in the neighborhood surrounding the church. They distributed food and clothing. They shared the gospel. Some were received well, others were not. This was a great opportunity for the members to get outside the doors of the church and practice sharing their faith. The church also provided three days of training on missions and the future of Baptist work in Senegal. Senegalese believers, local pastors, and harvest workers from multiple countries are working in Senegal. Please pray that we all will keep the Great Commission at the center of our planning."