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The purpose of success: In April, over 80 evangelical churches in Salta worked together on a week of outreach events. Salta is a very ‘religious’ city – a bastion of traditional Roman Catholicism. Evangelical faith is seen as something for the poor; the middle and upper classes have barely been touched by the gospel. Therefore, before the main open-air festival, several events were run targeted at the ‘higher’ levels of society. Over 1,600 ladies attended a ladies’ tea where there was live music, a powerful testimony, and then a clear explanation of the gospel. There was also a dinner attended by over 650 businessmen and professionals with a message on ‘The purpose of success’, pointing to the need for spiritual success before looking for success elsewhere. Give thanks for the thousands of people responded positively to the gospel during the week and pray for the important follow-up work and discipling.
(Latin Link - July 2014)
Specialist Leprosy Centre: The Aburoff Clinic in Khartoum is the only specialist leprosy centre in Sudan, with people affected by leprosy come from across country for treatment. Supported by The Leprosy Mission in Sudan, the centre provides support with self-care, as well as acting as a training centre for government staff. Praise God for the agreements set up and pray for good relationships to facilitate effective operation. Pray for discernment, wisdom and strength to make good decisions for the country leader and for God’s favour and protection on all of the staff as they work hard to handle the challenges and development of their work.
(The Leprosy Mission England and Wales - July 2014)
Tremendous growth: From as few as four Christians in 1989, the Mongolian Church now has more than 40,000 members. It has been a steep learning curve but Mongolians are now running many former foreign-led ministries, are producing their own worship music and theological books and developing national effective leadership. There are also Mongolian missionaries serving both within and beyond their own borders - all within one generation. There is so much to give thanks for! Pray for many more Biblically astute leaders as well as for breakthroughs amongst the unreached peoples such as the Muslim Kazakhs and the Nomads.
(AsiaLink - July 2014)
Calls to my Sister: “Everyone wants to listen to Calls to my Sister, and every child in that community has learnt a lesson from the programme.” These are the comments of a manager from Echo Radio, a Christian radio station in River Cess, Liberia, talking about Calls to my Sister, a short radio programme covering health, nutrition and hygiene topics in an entertaining drama format. The programme has generated a lot of interest and even the Chief of the township has noticed a change in behaviour in people in the community. Pray for continued impact as people make healthier choices based on what they hear on the radio.
(Reach Beyond - July 2014)
Drug abuse: Drug abuse is a big social issue facing Egypt. In Cairo, around 5% of the population are addicted to some form of drugs, equating to about a million people. Changing social structures in post-revolutionary society, urbanisation, and massive unemployment are all seen as factors. The porousness of Egypt’s borders and the security vacuum since the revolution have also contributed to the illicit drugs trade. The need for care and treatment of addicts is considerable, particularly as provision was recently described in one Egyptian news report as ‘woefully inadequate’. That’s bad news in a country where there are 34 million people aged between ten and 30, creating a big market for drugs and attracting the interests of cartels (according to the UN). Pray for the work of Christian ministries seeking to help Egyptians to break their addictions.
(Tearfund - July 2014)
Hearing the gospel through the airwaves: Spanish FM station Radio Vida broadcasts Christian programmes to the area of La Linea de la Concepcion and Gibraltar in the area of Andalucía. Thousands of people tune in and the station receives many emails, texts and phone calls, especially for their special programme aimed at the relatives and friends of prisoners. Now Radio Vida has the opportunity to enlarge its transmission area to include Jerez de la Frontera, the largest municipality in the province. Pray that these plans will come to fruition and that many more people will hear the gospel through the airwaves in Spain.
(Reach Beyond - July 2014)
Ramadan: Across the Muslim world there will be increased religious activity during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting (28th June to 27th July). Some will be earnestly seek God during this time. Pray for them to have dreams and visions. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. Pray for spiritually blind eyes to be opened to the truth.
(WEC International - July 2014)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Discipling Christian students: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a scenic multi-island state. It is predominantly a ‘Christian’ state where there is freedom of religious practice. However, many students have a lot of problems - broken families, low moral values, the carnival culture and easy availability of marijuana. ISCCF is a movement seeking to disciple Christian students there. Pray for new investment as the group seeks to establish a much-needed national leadership team and to put in place more role model leaders to challenge and encourage students. Pray too for students themselves, that they would be godly examples to those around them.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)