Thursday, July 18 2024
Asian Pacific Rim Peoples
University Student Ministry, Auckland, New Zealand

(AWK-land) - Before Alice (from Vietnam) and Sarah (from Japan) returned home after the end of the semester, they both heard the gospel as IMB missionaries engaged them in gospel conversations. Pray with us that both Alice and Sarah will continue to ponder what they have heard and will make a commitment to follow Christ.

 
Thursday, July 18 2024
European Peoples
Summer Olympics 2024

Some countries in the Asia-Pacific Rim are powerhouses at the Olympics. Others come, compete, and return home empty-handed. Please pray for Olympic athletes to realize that their worth is not in their performance but rather in being known by God. Pray for opportunities for them to interact with Christian athletes or volunteers at the games, and hear about a love not based on our performance or our medals, but based on a God who loves the world.

http://pray4digital.com/olympics/
 
Thursday, July 18 2024
South Asian Peoples
South Asian Unengaged Peoples

Pray for the Bengali-speaking Hajjam of India. The population of this Muslim people group is estimated to be 65,500. Their name "hajjam" means "who performs hair cutting." They are mainly a barber community who also perform circumcision. Pray that the knowledge they have about Abraham will lead them to want to know about the perfect sacrifice of Christ. Pray that they will see themselves as sinners and come to repentance and believe in Him for their salvation.

www.imb.org/adoptauupg
 
Thursday, July 18 2024
Sub-Saharan African Peoples
São Tomé e Príncipe

(sow toh-MAY ee PRIHN-sih-pih) - A foundational story for students at the Oral Bible Schools is the account in chapter five of Mark's Gospel of the man whom Jesus delivered from possession by a legion of demons. The man's life was miraculously transformed during Jesus' brief visit, and he wanted to leave with Jesus when Jesus departed his country. But Jesus told the man to stay and share with his family, friends, and community what the Lord had done for him. The man did this faithfully, and then he went to many other villages, sharing his story. When Jesus returned to that area, He found many people who already knew of Him because of the man's testimony. Pray for the students at the Oral Bible Schools to continue to be faithful witnesses for Christ as this man was.

http://www.imb.org/sub-saharan-africa/ tellhisstory@pobox.com
 
Thursday, July 18 2024
South Asian Peoples
Peoples of the Hadothi Region of India

(HAH-doh-tee) - Please pray for the Kota district in the Hadothi region of southeastern Rajasthan, India. There are more than 800 villages and over 2 million people living in that district. Pray that the existing believers will be bold in sharing their faith and that many people living there will be reached with the gospel. Pray for sustainable churches to be planted.

 
Thursday, July 18 2024
Asian Pacific Rim Peoples
Peoples of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

(soo-MAH-trah) - Thank you for praying for Rita back in April. She collects trash from the dump and recycles it as a way to make ends meet for her family. Rita heard the good news and believed. She has also been inviting friends to come and hear the stories she is learning. The last time they met together, she had invited five friends! Praise God for Rita's faith and desire to share it with others! Please continue praying for Rita.

 
Thursday, July 18 2024
North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
North Africans in the Netherlands

In her heart of hearts, she is drawn to keep coming back to church. She grew up in a Christian home, but Basma often feels frustrated with the "girl drama" that sometimes takes place in her faith community. Over the years, she attended church off and on. Recently, through the encouragement of a friend, she has become more involved again. She studies the Word some and is now attending a Bible study. Her boyfriend, Idris, attends the young adults' group with her and often asks lots of questions. God's Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Please pray for Basma and Idris to have soft hearts that are willing to surrender to Christ. Mark 4:20 (ESV) says: "But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." Please pray that they will soon respond to God's Word, surrender to Him, and bear fruit.

 
Thursday, July 18 2024
South Asian Peoples
Muslim Sindhis of South Asia

(SIN-dees) - Please pray for those who have heard the good news and are open to hearing more. There are also some who are ready and willing to read through Scripture with believers. Pray for these people. Ask the Spirit to work in them to open their eyes to truth. Pray for their salvation.

 
Thursday, July 18 2024
Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Lozi of Zambia and Namibia

(LOH-zee) - Please lift up the Lozi people in the Western Province of Zambia and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. There are harvest workers in the province, but the area is large. Churches in other areas are engaged in helping the workers, but pray for these churches to be steadfast in their commitment to these local workers. Pray that they will assist where needed and that kingdom growth will happen as a result.

http://www.imb.org/sub-saharan-africa/
 
Thursday, July 18 2024
American Peoples
Katio of Uraba, Colombia

(cah-TEE-oh; ooh-rah-BAH) - During the month of June, various Christian Katio leaders from different communities came together several times to learn Bible stories and define theological concepts in ways they could understand. Please pray that these men and women will retain this new information and be able to share it and teach others in their home villages and up and down the river systems where they evangelize.

jillianenash@gmail.com
 
Thursday, July 18 2024
Asian Pacific Rim Peoples
Japan

On New Year's Day, the Noto Peninsula on Japan's main island of Honshu was hit hard by an earthquake. Many prayed for families and friends who lost loved ones and for the considerable destruction that took place. The area is slowly rebuilding and recovering. This area is home to a number of traditional Japanese artisans. When a local potter returned to his workshop after the earthquake, he couldn't bear to throw away the broken pieces of his shattered tea bowls. Not only were they his own work but the award-winning works of his potter father and grandfather. It took him a while to figure out what to do with the shattered pieces, but after some experimentation, he found that by adding the powdered pieces of the broken tea bowls to clay, it resulted in a beautiful collage-type appearance. Some of his pieces can now be seen in a major department store in Tokyo. The Lord is a master craftsman, and the Bible says that He is the Potter but people are just clay (Isaiah 45:9). Pray that as the churches and Christians of this area reach out, many will come to know the Potter and be molded into His likeness.

eastasiaprayer@pobox.com
 
Thursday, July 18 2024
Central Asian Peoples
Behdini Kurds of Central Asia

(bah-DEEN-ee) - As Behdini Kurds hear the gospel, those who are attracted to Jesus are tempted to decide that the cost of following Him is not worth it. Please pray that the Lord will give them the gift of faith to gain everything in Christ and lose this world. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" (Matthew 16:26 NKJV). Especially pray that women will believe and winsomely testify of Christ's glory, and ask God to protect their lives from societal persecution--even turning enemies to followers of Jesus! Praise God for one recent professing woman!

centralasianpeoples@protonmail.com
 
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