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Basque people worship in their own cultural tradition: Inaxio, the pastor of a church in Hernani of the Basque region of Spain, recognised that the Basque people were unlikely to respond to the gospel unless it was offered to them with songs and dancing from their own cultural tradition. For historical and aesthetic reasons, the Spanish evangelical church style does not touch the hearts of the Basque people. Inaxio and his wife started to learn the txalaparta, a Basque instrument. In 2012, the Resonance team facilitated two song-writing workshops and approximately 20 Basque Christians wrote 12 new songs in their unique style, some using iconic Basque instruments. In 2013, eight Basque musicians came to the Resonance base at the WEC centre near Leeds to record nine of these songs. Pray that the songs will be widely distributed, that they will draw Basque people to Jesus and for more Basque worship songs to be written.
(WEC International - November 2014)
2,500 young people attend Malawi youth conference: About 50% Malawi’s population is less than 18 years old. The Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) recently held a national youth conference in Central Malawi. It had a theme of “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”, and was attended by over 2,500 young people from ZEC churches across Malawi. One commentator wrote that “the conference was timely for the fact that the life of the youth is being challenged by strong winds of anti-Christ and liberalism. The teaching was centred on the word of God, holiness, discipleship, counselling and countering peer influence”. Please give thanks for the way that God is using these young Christians. Please pray for their plans to launch a Bible-based discipleship programme that will be studied at every local ZEC Fellowship of Youth group.
(Zambesi Mission - November 2014)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
House of opportunity for vulnerable young people: Girls living on the streets of Lubumbashi have a new place where they can go for safety, education and a chance to be reunited with their families. This is thanks to the Kimbilio project, which opened a transit house this summer for vulnerable girls. Kimbilio originally opened as a refuge for street boys in 2009 and grew to comprise a day centre, a boys’ transit house and another house for boys who cannot return to their families. In the last year, girls have been turning up at the day centre to have breakfast, wash their clothes and hear a message about Jesus. So a plot of land was purchased to build them a transit house, too. While at the transit house, girls have the opportunity to improve their literacy and take sewing classes.
(Church Mission Society - November 2014)
Developing medication: Nearly four decades after the discovery of River Blindness (onchocerciasis) in Ecuador, the South American country has now been recognised by the World Health Organization for eliminating this tropical eye and skin disease. First discovered in Ecuador in 1976 by a Reach Beyond missionary doctor, the disease is rated as the second-leading infectious cause of blindness globally. Now the greatest need in the global fight against river blindness is for a new medication that kills not only the larvae but also the adult worms which cause the disease. Pray for those people working to discover this medication.
(Reach Beyond - November 2014)