(yoh-kuh-HAH-muh) - "We thank you for praying for the churches of Yokohama. The local pastors who serve obediently also need your prayers for God's wisdom. A new Bible study formed at one church, but there are only two believers and both are very new to the faith. Pray for a strong foundation in the hearts of Sherry and Katherine as they learn to witness to their friends and to other members of the group. Please also pray for another church that is grappling with complex social issues of our time. Please pray for these pastors and church leaders to intimately abide in Christ and lead His sheep wisely and rightly.
(WEE-ghurs) - Pray for the Uighurs of Northwest China who are scattered all over the world. Many living in places outside of their homeland can feel misunderstood by the majority of the people around them. Pray, today, for the Uighur people to know that God is the only one who can truly understand their situation. Pray for believers to come alongside them be a safe listening firstname.lastname@example.org
In January, Sinchon Tree Church hosted its first overnight weekend retreat at a cabin in the mountains. Church members worshipped, shared testimonies, played games, and generally spent lots of time together building the church's "family" identity. As the weekend progressed, it was clear that God was moving in hearts. At the last worship time, two Korean young women decided to begin a relationship with Jesus. It was a time of great joy. One is a college student who grew up in a Christian family. Pray that this new decision will affect her perspective on life and that she will be a light to other students. The second woman is a young professional from a Buddhist background. As soon as she made a decision, she immediately began asking many questions about Christianity, but now her questions have slowed, and she seems to be conflicted between her family's beliefs and her newfound faith. She is avoiding coming to church and shows no interest in discipleship. Pray that God will have victory over the spiritual battle in her mind and that soon she would have a vibrant faith in Christ.email@example.com
(pun-JAH-bees) - Please pray for John, his wife, Anita, and their daughter, Hannah. John is a great leader in the Amritsar district of Punjab who has a passion for raising up more church-planting leaders. He has been struggling with health issues this past year. Please pray that God will restore his health and enable him to develop many more pastors who will equip their people to make disciples and plant churches.
(car-NAH-tuh-kuh) - Last year, you were asked to pray that believers in Karnataka would have a heart to reach the unengaged, unreached people groups of the Upper Plains. Praise God for this answer to your prayers! Many prayers had gone up in the Upper Plains for one particularly small (in number) unengaged, unreached people group. It was recently discovered that the Father has put them in very close proximity to a group of believers who are excited about sharing and already have started building relationships with them. Pray that these believers will continue to pursue these people, and pray that they will find someone who can translate between the two languages so they can communicate at a deeper, heartfelt level.
Located in central Algeria, the Dui-Menia Bedouin have had little to no access to the gospel. They practice a mix of Sunni Islam and folk Islam--Islam being at the core of their identity as Bedouins, as they were some of the first to convert in the seventh century. Some Arabs consider Bedouins to be the purest form of being Arab due to their nomadic lifestyle, oral tradition, and deep sense of community. Because the Dui-Menia live in an unforgiving climate, they're dependent on their kinsmen for help, support, resources, and community. Marriages are within the tribe or clan, strengthening familial ties further. The Dui-Menia rarely live outside of their community, rarely take jobs in the city, and rarely leave home for school. This makes hearing about the good news difficult. Pray that the Dui-Menia Bedouin will find and explore the gospel resources available in their language. Ask the Lord to provide more resources, such as radio broadcasts, and to send believers to the lost.www.imb.org/adoptauupg
Scattered in villages along the mountains is a resilient and adaptable, but unreached, people who have lived in North Africa for millennia. Since Arabization, the Mountaineers have succeeded in maintaining their traditional language and much of their unique culture, but they are also very quick to accommodate Arab culture, including the integration of Islam and the local dialect of Arabic. Their villages are built around extended family groups to which they are fiercely loyal. Originally shepherds and farmers, many Mountaineers have opted for education and jobs in modern society. They have been described as sturdy, thrifty, hospitable, proud, shrewd, persistent, and loyal. The spiritual soil to plow is as tough as the land on which they live. There is little to no gospel exposure among this large people group. There are no written gospel resources in their heart language because it is not a written language. There are several oral resources, including some parts of Scripture that have been recorded, but access to these resources is extremely limited. But God is at work, and there are some who are hearing the truth. Please pray for the salvation of the Mountaineers.
(mon-GOHL-yun) - Ask God to comfort the families of a dynamic, young Christian couple who were killed with one of their four children in a horrific car accident in mid-November. The impact of their deaths was felt widespread in their community. Ask God to continue to use their testimonies as a bridge to share the gospel. Also pray for their 9 and 7-year-old children who are living with the father's believing parents. Because the church was such an important part of their lives, it has been difficult for the children to return. Please ask God to bring emotional healing to these precious children, to the three others in the vehicle who are still suffering from physical and emotional pain, and to the church where their absence is acutely firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for an upcoming training on how to build a bridge from the church to the mission field. Pray that it will bring more laborers to the field, and ask that more churches will have an urgency to take the gospel to the nations--the unreached.
The monthlong fast for Muslims worldwide called the month of Ramadan begins this month. During Ramadan, the people of the Global City of Opportunity will fast during the day and also perform special prayers throughout the day. Some will even read the Quran more than at any other time of the year. When the sun sets, they will gather with family and friends to break the fast and eat until the next morning's prayer time. What the people of the Global City of Opportunity and many other Muslims accept is that they are trying to earn their salvation. Convinced that there is a divine scale, they believe that if their good works outweigh their unacceptable deeds, they will get into heaven. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is performed as a good work that they hope will balance out their sin. They do not believe in a loving, merciful God who took away the sins of the world by sending His Son. They have not heard that Jesus has died for them, satisfying God's justice. Pray that during Ramadan, they will have a chance to listen to this truth and give their lives to Jesus.
(chi-KUN-duh) - Please pray for the Chikunda of Zambia. It's the rainy season, but the area where they live hasn't had the rain they need for the crops to grow. Pray that they will rely on the Living Water during these hard times.http://www.imb.org/sub-saharan-africa/
(KAYP town) - Refugees live hoping for a better life. When they flee their own countries, many go to the nearest democratically governed country. If that is not possible, they still continue to hope for a better life. After seeing the women in their family brutalized and watching the rebels kill everyone in their extended family, Stephan and Bridgette fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo with their four young children. They walked on, hoping for a better life for their family. After weeks of walking, they arrived in South Africa. Stephan and Brigette made Cape Town their home for the next 10 years. They kept faith in God, especially when xenophobia occurred and food ran out. One day, they visited UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, and, after months of interviews and health examinations, received approval to resettle in the United States. Their hope is waning, though, as they continue to wait for resettlement in their new country. Pray for this family of Christ followers not to lose hope, but to always remember who God is and His hand in their lives. Ask the Father to move Stephan and Brigette's names to the top of the list so they can depart for the U.S. soon.http://www.imb.org/sub-saharan-africa/