(WAH-soo-loo) - Now well into his 60s, Pastor Paul has been a trusted Malian partner in the work among the Wassulu for years. When he was first approached by an individual called to reach the Wassulu with the gospel, he declared, "Yes! I myself am a descendent of the Wassulu!" When this initial team of two were on their first journey into the Wassulu region and stopped at the first Wassulu village to pray, Paul first got down on his hands and knees and kissed the ground. His heart was overjoyed that God had brought him to his ancestral people, knowing that they desperately needed to hear his testimony and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Having already passed the average life expectancy of 59 for a Malian man in the 21st century, Paul celebrates his birthday on May 18. He has asked God to give him the ability to travel, to serve with the Wassulu team, and to be clear minded enough at least until age 70 to continue studying and teaching the Bible. Join with the Wassulu team in praying these things for Paul in addition to praying for God's mercies and blessings on his wife, Kate, and their firstname.lastname@example.org
Workers write: "We reported back in December that a local imam (Muslim religious leader) was harassing our discipleship groups. Over the past several months, this man has continued in his efforts to track us down and cause problems. He's been singling out one of our leaders named Darla. The imam disturbed one of Darla's meetings in February. Instead of running away, she chose to courageously engage him in conversation. In March, the women were scheduled to meet to observe the Lord's Supper. Once again, the imam appeared. All the women were warned by text of his presence, and the meeting was canceled. It became apparent after this disruption that the imam had a female informant within the group. Darla was able to obtain proof of the mole's identity, so the informant has been indefinitely barred from future meetings. The women's groups were able to meet for their Easter celebration, and we had our biggest turnout yet, with almost 100 women in attendance. Despite all the backlash, these fellowship groups are thriving. Each time they meet, they report having 60-70 'God conversations' with their non-Christian friends. We're in awe of everything the Lord is doing! Please continue praying for this ministry."
Honor is a central value for the people of Yemen. The honor of the family, the clan, and the tribe is diligently preserved and defended. If a family is shamed or offended, their honor is restored by seeking retaliation. It's considered a duty. This leads to an endless cycle of retaliation and revenge, and these feuds can go on for centuries. How will this destructive and often deadly cycle ever end? Ephesians 2:14-16 (ESV) says that "he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility, . . . that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility." Jesus Himself can end the cycle, reconciling enemies by being their peace. Please ask Jesus to be peace for those on both sides of the hostility that's destroying them. Pray that the cultural pressure to retaliate will be broken in the church. Pray for the Yemeni church to demonstrate to those around them the forgiveness and peace found only among those who've been reconciled to God.
The small Malagasy Baptist church had already been many years without a pastor. Located in a poor, hot part of Madagascar, the call to the church was a challenge. Several men from the capital region visited to consider taking the position, but concluded that the location wasn't a good fit for their families. In 2013, a young pastor and his wife took on the role. They spent years learning the local dialect and customs and building relationships. Constant learners, they adapted their goals and methods as they grew in understanding of the local culture. With home and hearts open, they saw God grow the church. They became integrally connected to pioneer work in the region also, mentoring newer leaders from rural areas. They facilitated a young man from the church's efforts to attend seminary and then return to lead a church among an unreached people group nearby. They coordinate story-crafting programs to create local dialect Scripture resources, and disciple many through church and personal outreach. Pray for Asaph and Sarah as they serve their church, cast a vision for unreached peoples around them, and seek God's direction. Pray especially for encouragement and for Sarah's personal health challenges. Praise God for their continued faithfulness!
"Heavenly Father, we pray that pastors in Taiwan will not worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes because they will soon fade away like grass or wither like spring flowers. May they trust in you and do good, delight in you and commit all they do to you. May they be still and wait patiently for You to act (Psalm 37)."email@example.com