(yoh-kuh-HAH-muh) - "People young and old in Yokohama and throughout Japan are hurting and lonely," a missionary said. "There are very few emotionally safe places to openly share the burdens of life. Ma-san, for example, feels emotional pain and doubts the value of life, while Sunny does not feel she belongs anywhere. These are a few of the people we've encountered in Yokohama. Pray that Ma-san, Sunny, and the many other people we meet will find security and peace in Jesus. Pray we will have words of wisdom, led by the Holy Spirit, to walk with them and help them know the Lord. Pray that He will open their hearts so they can be free in Christ, receiving His gracious love, salvation, and mercy."
(is-tan-BULL) - After months of seeking, reading the Bible, and attending church, Sam put his faith in Jesus. He quickly started sharing the gospel with family members, friends, and co-workers. From a self-professed atheist and nonreligious person to someone who is excited to share his newfound faith in Jesus with others, God has done a transformational work in Sam's heart. He was recently baptized. Praise God for drawing people to Himself! Pray for Sam to be "rooted and firmly established in love" so that he "may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love" (Ephesians 3:17-18 CSB). Praise God for how He is working in Istanbul, and ask that many more Turks will come to saving email@example.com
"We ask you to join us in praising God for allowing us to join Him in the work that He is doing in Tanzania and throughout the world," writes the Theological Education Team. "One of the pastors who is studying the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) book entitled 'Bringing People to Jesus' has a heart to share Christ. Recently, he needed to travel by bus to Mwanza for a meeting. While on the bus, he felt led by God to stand up and ask permission to share from God's Word. The people agreed to listen, and he shared step-by-step the plan of salvation, including the Scriptures. Everyone on the bus listened intently. Some were Muslim, but they also listened and heard the gospel message. Seeds were planted as God's gospel was clearly proclaimed. Thank God with us for how this pastor used what he is learning through the TEE program to share the gospel with more than 50 passengers on that bus! Ask God to bless and use His Word to reach those 50 passengers for His glory. Pray that their hearts will long to know Jesus Christ, who is 'the way, and the truth, and the life' (John 14:6 ESV)."
Please pray for young believers who are being discipled, asking that they will continue to grow deeper in their faith. Pray that as they continue growing, they will also be discipling others.
(suh-RARE) - "The first-ever Mission Month at our local Baptist church was a success. Thank you for praying!" workers write. "The church members went out in small groups in the neighborhood surrounding the church. They distributed food and clothing. They shared the gospel. Some were received well, others were not. This was a great opportunity for the members to get outside the doors of the church and practice sharing their faith. The church also provided three days of training on missions and the future of Baptist work in Senegal. Senegalese believers, local pastors, and harvest workers from multiple countries are working in Senegal. Please pray that we all will keep the Great Commission at the center of our planning."
(dhoon-DHAR) - Please pray for follow-up to trainings that took place in two districts of the Dhundhar region. Pray that the brothers and sisters who were trained will abide daily in Christ and will faithfully, boldly share the gospel with their family members, neighbors, and community so that healthy churches will form in every village of these districts.
(RYN, RUE-er) - Thank you for praying for unreached people groups in Germany. IMB team members in Gelsenkirchen report that a group of teenagers from the Yezidi religion and people group have been regularly attending a weekly gathering at their church plant. The German church members make crafts, play games, and always share a Bible story with the young teens. The Yezidis, a Kurdish religious minority, believe in a chief divine being (angel) who they worship. They were targeted by ISIS during 2014 for genocide, and many fled to Germany. As these Yezidi youth hear a gospel witness every week, pray they would be delivered from darkness, know the love of Jesus, and follow Him with their whole hearts. Pray that their families will also come to trust in Jesus as Lord.
(mah-LOO-koo) - Ruth, the believer who was poisoned by a woman of the majority religion, is continuing to reach out to share the gospel (again) with the woman who poisoned her. Pray for this meeting to happen. Ruth has said that she is not angry with this woman but wants her to come to know Jesus so she can be a light in the darkness for her family and friends.
(PEH-dee) - "Please pray for Pedi people, wherever in the world they happen to be," writes the stateside coordinator for the work among the Pedi. "I met some Pedi people in Johannesburg in September. These are people who have moved from their rural villages into the city. Pray that the one true gospel will continue to be shared throughout the Sekhukhuneland area of Limpopo province and that people will continue to be discipled and churches will be planted. Pray for all the pastors and churches that are preaching the truth."firstname.lastname@example.org
Approximately 207,000 Tunisian Arabs live in Libya, outside of their home country. The Tunisians in Libya are mainly in the city of Tripoli, an economic hub. They are drawn there in search of work opportunities or life advancements because it has become increasingly difficult for educated professionals to find jobs in Tunisia. Tunisia and Libya are close linguistically, culturally, and geographically, which is why many Tunisians have relocated to Libya. Tunisian Arabs are primarily Muslim, with very few among them following Jesus or practicing other religions. Thankfully, God's Word is available in their dialect of Arabic and the population of Jesus followers, though few in number, is growing. It is unknown how many, if any, Tunisian believers are in Libya. Pray that if there are believing Tunisian Arabs in Libya, the Lord will strengthen and sustain them in that dark place. Ask God to use the resources in their language to expose unbelievers to the truth and draw many to Himself. "I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness" (John 12:46 ESV).www.imb.org/adoptauupg
"Please pray for our church family," workers ask. "May they keep the Lord first in their lives. Pray for boldness to share their faith with others."
(ma-COW) - A believer sat beside Tammy, who had been translating for a church with children's ministries. When the believer asked Tammy if she was a follower of Jesus, she replied that she was not. After hearing the gospel during that conversation, Tammy put her faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. As Tammy is being discipled, pray that God will help her grow in her faith and that she will begin sharing the gospel with others in her circle of influence with joy and email@example.com