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Innovative evangelism: Though expatriate Christians have opportunity for discreet sharing of the gospel in the Arabian Peninsula, arrests, imprisonments and deportations still occur for those who evangelise or distribute christian literature unwisely. Despite the difficulties, Christians are finding innovative ways to share their faith. One person shared recently: “Each week I, and some other men, prayer-walk around different parts of the city. Now we want to ‘tour’ all the coffee shops and see if there are people we can talk to. If there aren’t, we’ll still pray.” Pray that: these believers would have good conversations with people in the coffee shops; they will be enabled to sensitively share something of their faith and the gospel. In some homes the television is on almost permanently. Since Arab women rarely leave the house, the television is like a window onto the outside world. Pray that it would be a ‘window’ to the truth, providing glimpses of God’s love. (WEC International)
The Hajj: The Muslim pilgrimage, or Hajj, should be performed at least once in a Muslim’s lifetime provided that they are physically and financially able to do so. At the end of September, Nearly two million Muslims from all over the world will gather in Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj during the first days of October. All the pilgrims wear two very simple white garments – a symbol that all distinctions of wealth, status, class and culture are gone and they stand together equal. During Hajj they perform a number of rituals. Pray for a revelation of the gospel of grace. “For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9  (WEC International)
The Purépecha: The Purépecha people, numbering about 62,000, live in the highlands of central Mexico. They are mainly unreached and have been resistant to the gospel. They have only the New Testament in their language. A small church is emerging. Pray that the hearts of the Purépecha would be softened by the many acts of love and kindness shown by those working amongst them and by those visiting as part of short-term teams. Pray that God will build His Church amongst the Purépecha.  (WEC International)
Trafficked for sex: Amongst the many problems facing the people of Bulgaria are stories of over 10,000 women being trafficked for sex every year. Several of Transform Europe Now’s partners in Bulgaria are working to help overcome the abuse of women. Ministries include offering women a shelter to escape abusive relationships, providing vocational training for gypsy girls, and distributing Christian magazines to women across Bulgaria. Please pray for the fruitfulness of this work – that women would be transformed as they experience the love of Jesus. Pray that attitudes towards women will change and that loving, nurturing relationships will become normality. Pray too that the sex trafficking trade will be stopped and that the vulnerable young girls will be reunited with family or given safe and healthy care. (Transform Europe Now)
HIV / AIDS: The World Health Organisation recently released a report saying that HIV is now the second leading cause of death amongst youth worldwide. OM partner AIDSLink International recently hosted training in Malaysia, where 19 people from 16 nations were equipped and released to transmit hope by educating, helping and inspiring those living with HIV. “God has spoken to me about constantly examining my motives,” said a pastor present. “[He] has burdened my heart to challenge other leaders to become channels of hope and not just have ministerial titles… I thank God for giving greater clarity and significance to the ministry He has called me to.”  (Operation Mobilisation)
Terrible atrocities: You will have seen the terrible atrocities being committed against the Christian and Kurdish Yezidi peoples of northern Iraq. Thousands are suffering, and our hearts ache to stand with them and provide emergency services, supplies, prayers, and love for those in need. Working through our long-established local partner the Iraq Evangelical Church, aid supplies of food, water, medicines and blankets have already been channelled to refugees in cities such as Erbil. Please pray for the thousands who sought refuge in schools, building sites and other places where they can escape the heat. One Yezidi official fought back tears while expressing gratitude to Christians who have helped his people. (WorldShare)
Pastor Joseph's journey: Pastor Joseph is one of more than 4,600 people now living in a displacement camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. Pastor Joseph’s journey to the camp began in December last year. “When we were running from the gunfire, I saw a young man who sang in my church choir killed in front of my eyes. He was 13. That day I saw seven people die,” he recalls. Such horrors underline to Pastor Joseph the need for the church to forge reconciliation although he understands how difficult that will be while there is still blood running in the streets.  (Tearfund)
Hindu fundamentalists: Hindu fundamentalists recently took notice of the baptism of 24 people in Kathmandu and reportedly made false accusations to the police. Twelve Christians were taken into police custody for varying lengths of time. Thankfully, all have now been released. Hold up our brothers and sisters in Kathmandu in your prayers, that they may be bold in the Lord and not be anxious about any situation. Pray for continued peace and religious freedom in Nepal. (International Nepal Fellowship)

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