(TONG-uh) - "Aren't you grateful that God put us into a body--His body?" asks the Lower Zambezi Valley Team. "Pray for Tonga churches to truly live out God's plan for the body of Christ. May they challenge, encourage, serve, and love each other and demonstrate that love to the world. May the world know them by their love. 'By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another' (John 13:35 ESV)."
"Join us in praising God for the salvation of a refugee family! Missionaries have been sharing with the family through Bible study, and God has worked. The wife has been baptized, but the husband and children have not yet been baptized. Please pray for God to open the husband's heart to join in the Bible study again and follow in baptism. Pray for the spiritual growth of the wife as she is diligently studying the Bible and even enrolling in seminary classes! Please pray for this family, that they will be transformed through God's Word and glorify Him. Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in their city recently, in-person Bible study with the missionary has not been possible. Please pray that the Bible study will resume and that the family will experience the blessings of God when walking with Him."email@example.com
(mah-huh-RAHSH-truh) - Praise the Father for the way that He's continuing to grow believers in the Marathwada-Khandesh region of the state of Maharashtra, India, toward local ownership of the task of the Great Commission, including areas such as prayer advocacy. One growing network has a dedicated prayer team that creates and sends out strategic prayer requests. All on their own, they're praying systematically through villages, highlighting a district for prayer each week, and regularly gathering to fast and pray. Give thanks to the Lord for the way that they are leaning into prayer and for the ways that He's answering the cries of their hearts!
The Nuba Mountains, which rise from 1,640 feet to 3,280 feet in the center of Sudan, are home to peoples of more than 50 languages. One of these peoples are the Nyimang, whose primary language is Ama. Those who have had access to education also speak Sudanese Arabic. Through the centuries, the peoples of the Nuba Mountains have suffered conflict and crisis from many sources. They desperately need both physical and spiritual peace. Pray for peace in this land. The Nyimang have yet to be reached with the good news that the Prince of Peace has come for their salvation. However, there are individuals from other people groups in the Nuba Mountains who are faithful believers. Pray that they will obey the Savior's call to go to their Nyimang neighbors and share the good news. Pray for the 172,000 Nyimang of Sudan to know the peace of walking with the Lord.www.imb.org/adoptauupg
Excited to visit several tourist destinations in Europe, Maryam packed her bags and boarded a plane, leaving her home country in North Africa to fly across the Mediterranean Sea. She was thrilled to experience freedom from her normal life as she traveled with friends. While sightseeing in one city, some women approached and offered to pray for her. On vacation and admittedly bitter against her own religion, she attempted to end the conversation politely. However, her interest grew as one of the women recounted her own story of the freedom that she experienced in Jesus. After listening, Maryam told them that she didn't feel any freedom in her religion and said that she was attracted to the message of Jesus. The believers shared online resources with her so that she can continue to ask questions and learn more about truth once she returns home. Pray that the Father will draw Maryam to Himself and that she will experience the true freedom that Jesus offers.
(kuh-MER) - Mature believers are partnering with others who want to see that every village in Cambodia has a church. They were humbled to see Cambodian believers who are willing to sacrifice much to make sure that the gospel is spread to every village. The task is overwhelming, and there is a great need for unity, cooperation, and perseverance through challenging obstacles. Please pray for this group of dedicated men to keep forging ahead with the unwavering passion for obedience to the Great Commission and compassion for lost souls.
Wars, natural disasters, economic hardship, and more . . . there are many ways to end up uprooted from your home and fleeing for safety with your family. Unsettled, afraid, and often with desperate physical needs, these people arrive at sanctuary locations with nothing. They come as individuals and as families, wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated; the situations that cause forced displacement cut across all socioeconomic lines. Frequently, they find that the church is there to help. Imitating Jesus by caring for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, believers are working with refugee agencies, in resettlement areas, and with national and local governments to provide help and solace during these very difficult times. Give thanks to God for preparing His children to address these needs. Ask Him to care for the caregivers as they extend themselves amid impossible numbers and overwhelming need.www.imb.org/healthcare firstname.lastname@example.org
(beng) - Pray that God will give visions and dreams to the Beng people that will leave them with a desire to know Him. Pray that the Beng will have the courage to seek answers to the questions that these dreams and visions raise in their minds and in their hearts.www.bengpeople.blogspot.com/ email@example.com
Praise God that places once considered "mission fields" are now planning to send their own missionaries to less reached areas of the globe! Recently, several from these countries have applied with their localized mission sending agencies. These agencies have partnerships with their national conventions as well as the IMB. The expectation is that these "Asian missionaries" will be supported and sent by local churches as well as receive pre-field orientation and on-location mentoring from IMB missionaries on the ground. It's an exciting opportunity that we as missionaries have – to be able to invest in and serve the next generation of missionaries. Serving the Asian church in this practical way to encourage them in evangelism, discipleship, and ultimately, in their service to the nations. Please pray for the growing Asian church – to be willing to send even when they are still growing themselves; for those who are currently in the application process – for wisdom as they are vetted; and for all IMB personnel investing in them – that the Lord of the harvest will equip each one of us for the work of ministry; that collectively we may do His firstname.lastname@example.org
(uh-JEE-an) - A believing man and his wife, also a believer, got into a heated argument. Threatening to divorce him, she called the police, who told the man to find another place to stay for a while. He could have gone to his parent's house, been told exactly what he wanted to hear, and then filed for divorce. Instead, the Lord brought a believing friend's name to mind, so he called that friend. Due to a situation at his job, his friend was home all that week, and he and his wife were able to host the man, which he recognized as the Lord's doing. He confessed to being far from God and to being in the wrong. The man returned home after a week of conversations and after setting a plan for both couples to meet weekly to work together through a marriage-focused Bible study. The man and his wife have now taken some major steps toward healthier communication and toward understanding and serving one another better. Please ask God to preserve the marriages of the few believing couples in their city, and pray that they will be a light for Him in a very dark email@example.com