(ZAR-mah) - A year ago, you were asked to pray as plans were being made for "missionary task" trainings to be held in churches in Niger. In October, Missionary Phil Cain and two Nigerien partners will be leading one such training, focusing on "Exit to Partnership." Pray for the men and women who will participate in this training to take hold of the information and apply it and use it in their local churches. Pray for much good fruit to come from all the trainings that have been held this year!www.zermateam.org/ email@example.com
A big training is being held in East Africa every weekend in October. This training is taking place in one of the local church networks. If the leadership of these churches will "catch the vision" and run with it, there can be a new approach to reaching South Asians and a renewed love for their South Asian neighbors. Please pray for those who will come to the training every weekend in October, asking that the Lord will open up their hearts, their minds, and their ears. Pray that He will renew their love for their South Asian neighbors, their Muslim neighbors, and the Somali Muslims who are now in their neighborhoods. Pray for the workers who will be doing the teaching and training to stay healthy.
Durga Puja, one of the largest Hindu festivals in eastern India and Bangladesh, lasts for about 10 days and usually falls in September or October. This year, the main celebration is taking place on October 1-5. Ornate clay or wooden gods draw Hindu worshipers' attention as these worshipers move from one pandal (bamboo-structured temple) to the next, engaging in worship and prayer, feasting, music, and dancing. Because the pandals are beautiful and the festive environment includes special food booths and loud music, some Christians dress up and make the rounds of the pandals just to see the decorations, unaware that there's a spiritual battle in the heavenlies surrounding the Hindu festival. Please ask the Holy Spirit to prompt believers to engage in the spiritual battle by praying for the salvation of their Hindu neighbors and sharing the good news with them. Pray that Hindus will see the futility of worshiping gods that cannot see, hear, or speak. May they have an encounter with the one true God who sees, hears, and knows them. Pray that many will turn from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of the Son.
(car-NAH-tuh-kuh) - This month, several groups of believers will be going to the fields of the Upper Plains and the Lower Plains in an effort to join in the task of reaching the nations. Pray that their hearts will be stirred for the nations as they see and experience local culture and that they will carry this passion back to their home fellowships. Ask the Spirit to prepare those they will be sharing with to listen to and receive truth. As they train others, pray that those followers of Jesus will be obedient to take the gospel to friends and family members in their circles and that many will hear, understand, and join His kingdom.
For IMB representatives across Europe, October is a month of increased prayer and evangelism. Please pray for people in Europe this month who will hear the gospel and receive a copy of God's Word. Pray that they will read it and understand the gospel. Please pray for their protection. Satan is prowling around like a lion, seeking someone to destroy (1 Peter 5:8). And please pray for the ones sharing the gospel. They need protection as well. Pray for their ministries and families who live with them and who live back in the States. Thank you for praying!