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Radio programmes in India: “We are students of the Blind School in Delhi. We listen and enjoy your programme together. We want to take part in your drama. Can you send us books in Braille?” This is one of many texts, emails and letters received from listeners to Christian radio programmes received in India. Programmes in 17 Indian languages are transmitted via powerful shortwave transmitters in Australia. Pray that many listeners would discover Jesus as they listen. Also pray for a new Christian community FM radio station which is in the final stages of the licence application process.
(HCJB Global - November 2013)
100 days of prayer: Boudha is a place of worship in the northwest corner of Kathmandu, Nepal. There has been a call for 100 days of prayer (1st September – 9th December) for Boudha and the people there. It is a place to which both Hindus and Buddhists go and every year thousands go there on pilgrimage – it is a place of unceasing Buddhist prayer. A move of God in Boudha will affect the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist world.
(WEC International - November 2013)
Divali: Of the 960 million Hindus in the world, 900 million live in India. On 3rd November Hindus around the world will celebrate Divali, known as the festival of lights. For many, this festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and they will pray to her for a successful year. Small earthenware oil lamps are lit to help Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
(WEC International - November 2013)
Growth despite restrictions: Vietnam is one of the few remaining Communist countries today. We receive regular stories of surveillance of Christians, restrictions, arrests and imprisonment. Paradoxically, the churches are growing - both those registered and unregistered, and especially so in rural and mountain regions. There is much to thank the Lord for. It is also interesting to note that the government has permitted increased numbers of Bibles in Vietnamese and in some of the 100+ other languages used today. Pray for our partners who are using this currently open door to print and distribute in as many places as they can.
(AsiaLink - September 2013)
Unable to afford school: Most parents in Honduras desire the best education for their children. Unfortunately, those who do not make much money are unable to pay for school supplies and fees, and often need their children to help with chores around the house or send them out to find jobs. According to Honduras’ National Statistics Institute, only 5.3% of the population has reached undergraduate education. For the majority of children who drop out of school, opportunities become more and more limited. Pray for the ministry of a girls’ home, within our Honduras network, that is working hard to address this issue by giving the girls support for their education, the opportunity to gain work experience and life skills lessons.
(Viva - September 2013)
Comfort and security: The pursuit of comfort and security in work, reputation, wealth or possessions is the day-to-day religion of many Japanese, especially in urban areas. Yet there is also much fear for the future with long-term economic problems, ongoing concern over the effects of nuclear radiation and the possibility of more big earthquakes. Pray that materialism’s emptiness will become apparent and many will seek true meaning. Pray that churches will equip believers to be bold witnesses in the workplace living in the light of eternity. Pray that the glorious riches available in Christ will be of greater desirability to those who don't yet know him and that those governed by fear will be driven to seek the truth of the gospel and experience God's perfect love which drives out all fear.
(Japan Christian Link - September 2013)
Increasing persecution: Persecution in India is increasing - particularly for independent churches in rural areas. It includes physical assault, attacks on churches and Christian property, and harassment of Christian workers and missionaries. The sharp rise in the number of attacks on Christians over the last 15 years has paralleled the rise of Hindutva extremism. Pray that the church will not be fearful: pray rather that it will be refined and strengthened by persecution.
(Release International - September 2013)
La Linea: La Linea (The Line) is in Zone One of Guatemala City where a railway line used to be. Now it is abandoned, along with all the trains, and filled with dirt and just some metal in the road. The purpose of La Linea is no longer trains, but prostitution. It is estimated that at least 300 woman ‘work’ there. In other parts of Zone One groups of men live in very poor conditions spending most of their time drinking and fighting. Teams of Christians are working with both groups of people - pray that those living in such difficult situations would experience the love of Christ.
(YWAM - September 2013)