(pun-JAH-bees) - Praise the Lord that people from Pakistan are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! A few men who grew up Muslim have recently professed Jesus as Lord! They are being discipled by local believers who are encouraging these few men to meet as a church in their home. It is complicated for them to join the local established church, and it would be a great model for others to see these men start a house church in their home. Pray for this house church. Pray that it will grow and that many others will join who come from a Muslim background but are now professing Jesus as Lord. Pray for the wives and children of these men, asking that their hearts will be softened to the gospel and their husband's or father's newfound faith. Ask that they also will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42 KJV).
August begins the school year in Madagascar as it does in the United States. For many Malagasy families, back-to-school time can be stressful, especially financially. Education--even public school--is not free in Madagascar. As the first day of school approaches, many families scramble to gather needed school supplies for their children and to pay the yearly fees. For many, especially in poorer, more rural parts of Madagascar, these school fees are beyond what a typical family can afford. Many families go into debt (with loan sharks charging exorbitant interest) to pay fees, causing ongoing problems for them. Pray for students hoping to attend school at all levels. Many have dreams of higher education, stable jobs, and studying abroad. Pray for families struggling to put their children in school. Pray for missionaries and other organizations to have wisdom in knowing how to contribute to the school process. Backpack donations, free services to the schools, individual sponsorships of students--these and other projects have their own challenges, but can also provide opportunities for students and their families to hear the gospel and experience God's care. Pray that this year, the back-to-school time will see many come to faith in Christ.
Nadea moved to Europe several years ago seeking job opportunities, and she has since begun building her life in a new city. Soon after arriving, she met a believer who began to share with her about Jesus and introduced her to other believing friends in the city. They offered to pray for struggles she was facing and showed a genuine love towards her. As they became closer over time, Nadea began sharing many frustrations that she was feeling related to Islam. She expressed a deep sadness over how women in her homeland were treated and said that she didn't really know what she believed anymore. Her friends were able to share the good news with her, and they had productive conversation about the differences between Christianity and Islam. Since then, life circumstances and moving to different cities have kept them from being able to get together often, but Nadea's heart continues to be torn between how she was raised and the new ideas she has been hearing. Ask the Father to continue to place people in her life who can answer her heart's questions by gently leading her to "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
(mon-GOHL-yun) - Teachers in Mongolia will return to work in the middle of August to prepare to begin classes on September 1. Ask God to strengthen the few Mongolian Christian teachers to be bold witnesses for Him. Pray that God will prepare many hearts to receive His gift of salvation through Jesus this school year and that there will be a great harvest of firstname.lastname@example.org
(ma-COW) - Please ask the Lord for extended full religious freedom to be given for Hong Kong and Macau so that the church's ministry activities will move forward without hindrance and that the gospel will spread rapidly throughout these two Special Administrative Regions and the email@example.com
Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. With a population of 20 million, the number of people who need Christ continues to be high. It is estimated that 18 million people in the city are not believers and need to hear the gospel presented clearly. The Mexico City Global City Team writes: "Please ask God to call many to come to the city to work on this task. We need believing families to move into the city and live incarnationally among the Mexicans. We need partnerships with churches in the United States who are willing to come often to help with short-term projects. We need intercessors who are committed to praying for the city and the needs of those of us who are serving here."
Recently, at the Deaf camp in a Central Asian country, worker Melody Hendrick made a new friend, Connie, who is actually a CODA (child of Deaf adults). They chatted throughout the first couple of days, and by the end of camp, Connie had joined their group! Even though Connie is hearing, she does not speak English, and Melody and her team do not speak the local language, so they communicated exclusively in sign language. They had so much fun together that weekend and were able to share the good news with Connie. She is interested in hearing more Bible stories and attending Deaf church. Praise the Father! Please pray for Connie, asking for continued friendship and for her continued interest in Jesus.
(cry-MEE-un tuh-TARS) - Emma and Vlad are refugees fleeing the ongoing war in their country. After five months of temporary stays in three other countries, they hope that the fourth will provide them a long-term place to live and work. At this point, they know no one in this new place and have struggled to find a place to live. They are eagerly anticipating the birth of their first baby in October, but the reality for them is that their child will be born in a strange country an ocean away from both of their families and their network of friends. Both of them have heard the gospel repeatedly and are open to spiritual conversations, but more out of intellectual curiosity than earnestly seeking the truth about Jesus. Please pray for this young couple as they get settled and prepare for the birth of their child. Pray that God will bring believers to them who will come alongside them to help and actively communicate the gospel to them. Ask God to use this challenging time in their lives to bring them to firstname.lastname@example.org
When Mr. Koernia saw that his new house was a few doors down from some traditional dance performers, he knew it wasn't a coincidence. He saw a live nativity presentation at a Baptist school and afterward told the coordinators, "Let's do this in the street in my neighborhood and get these artists involved." Initially, some Christians doubted Mr. Koernia's efforts because the traditional dance students he wanted to partner with had a history of incorporating dark spirits. His driving verse was Luke 5:31 (ESV): "And Jesus answered them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.'" Mr. Koernia, along with some workers, planned the Empty Tomb drama on a spring holiday so that many people could attend. They worked with two local churches and a Christian middle school. After the local group did an artistic performance in the street with no evil spirits, the actors from a Baptist church presented the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection to more than 300 people. A local television station recorded the event from start to finish and broadcast it the next day. Pray that hundreds more will watch the good news online, believe, and be email@example.com