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Christian Radio programmes in Rohingya, Burmese and Matu are being broadcast daily into this troubled country from powerful shortwave transmitters in Australia. Local pastors on the ground are also distributing shortwave radios and SD cards full of audio material to help people find hope and peace through the gospel message. More recently, goats are now being provided to villagers to help them generate income through animal husbandry. Pray for the church in Myanmar, that they will find ways to stay close to God in these traumatic times.
Lift up Feba UK’s partner radio station in Egypt - Voice of Egypt* - in prayer as they share the good news of Jesus, especially with young people. The Covid 19 pandemic continues to affect all areas of life in Egypt. Please pray for the protection of staff during the pandemic and the impact it has across communities. Wal*, a regular listener, reached out to the station and is now being supported through follow up by a member of the team, Toto*. Please pray for God's guidance and wisdom in their conversations as they discuss and share what it means to be a Christian. Ask for God’s Holy Spirit to enable Toto to answer faithfully and support Wal as they discover more about God and his love for them.
Pray for Russia, and Christ’s emboldened followers to stand firm against persecution and threats of fines for preaching the Gospel. May God’s people walk in step with the Spirit and be filled with wisdom to know how and who to speak to. Pray too for Al Massira, as AM seeks to continue the faithful work begun by a dear brother, of a CARS Russian translation of the resource. May the local, like-minded Church be inspired by the Spirit to share the Gospel through AM with courage and boldness – all for the love of Jesus, the One who loved them first!"
We are now supporting 45 Christian widows and their families and the number grows daily into places we gave heard of but the network works well. Pray for safety for the local reps who are caring for these ladies, one sold her daughter to feed the others although we tried to get help to her. Pray for those who leave to the Pak borders that they will arrive safely. One family we has were shot and robbed by border guards. Praise God for Brazil who invite all believers to come to Brazil.
The DR Congo is one of the world’s most neglected displacement crises.19.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The Conflict has destroyed livelihoods and left communities struggling to provide for their most basic needs. Pray that Medair will be able to provide medicines and nutrition treatment to the most vulnerable populations. Pray for our teams to overcome logistical challenges to import life-saving resources. Ask God to bless our community engagement efforts around prevention, and for the Congolese people to understand the importance of getting vaccinated.
IFES Latin America has recently appointed a new Regional Secretary, Carmen Castillo. Based in Chile, Carmen will be supporting 20 Spanishand Portuguese-speaking IFES movements across Latin America to reach and serve students. Please pray that she will strengthen fellowship in the region, invest in the national movements and enable leaders in the region to grow and develop in their gifts in their service to the Lord.
Because there are so few Christians in Japan, there is a problem obtaining good quality Bibles, books and other resources to support evangelism and growth. While some useful translated resources are available, there are very few home-grown Japanese Christian books and resources.This is a particular problem for resources which can be used to teach / encourage children and young people. Praise God for those organisations acting to produce new resources and seeking to make them more available and affordable. Please pray that the Lord will bring forward writers and teachers who can meet the needs for these essential resources, particularly those aimed at encouraging and enabling outreach.
"Please pray for opportunities to bless and share good news with those we meet,” write CMS mission partners M and H. Pandemic restrictions have eased and M is now taking out trekking groups in the mountains, H is able to have more contact with the women in their town and they are re-establishing contact with remote villages.
Pray for perseverance to persist in the ministry when we encounter many obstacles and challenges. Since the problem with coronavirus started, we live in times when a lot of things are changing unexpectedly and care for people is increasing. We need to depend on the Lord daily for guidance especially when helping church members ill with Covid or in need; for instance, a nearby church in Negotin, where three family members passed away in nine months: the brother who was an elder in the Church, his son and grandson.
Please pray for people returning to their homes in places such as Kajo Keji, South Sudan. After months and years living in refugee camps, relative peace is allowing them to start rebuilding for the future. Pray that peace will prevail.
Pray for the renewal of our registration as a Children's Home under the Indian Juvenile Justice Act, as well as our Foreign Contributions application to continue receiving donations from overseas, and Income Tax exemption.Also for Christmas events, including a special feast for our hospital leprosy patients on Wednesday 8 December, and celebrations for which many of our Old Girls and Boys come to visit. Because of Child Protection laws, we have had to introduce new rules concerning such visits. Pray that all will be accepting of these and understanding of the reasons.
A world class painter needs to leave Kabul but has no sponsor. Pray for him. Benhimin an 18 year old led his mother and three sisters out of Pakistan. EEF isooking for funds to set him and others up in a small business to supply needs, either TukTuk or a small shop or a vdgetable cart on the streets. T is a chrstian who was divorced and works with a UK NGO. She now needs a passport to leave Kabul.
CMS mission partners B and K are working to raise awareness of and prevent human trafficking. As they train local organisations in safeguarding, pray for the training to be effective and help people to keep safe those who are vulnerable. Pray, too, for the Holy Spirit’s clear guidance for B and K
In one Central American country, the IFES movement has recently experienced government persecution, with oppression both of religious organisations and student organisations causing them many practical and funding problems. Pray for God to provide and to protect the student ministry there, and to help students to keep reaching out with the Good News even in such challenging circumstances.
Bhutan is one of the most difficult places to reach the lost for Christ. A new outreach work is taking place led by a couple of local people. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel, for wisdom as they use new ways to reach neighbours with the love of Jesus, and for protection from the authorities. Pray that they would not be discouraged but would see fruit for their labours.
Please pray for The Bethany Children's Trust's partner project in Rwanda. The team are mobilising local churches to reach and serve children with disabilities. 70 church leaders have now received training, in Nyamata alone. It is wonderful to see these churches taking the initiative in caring for disabled children, including providing food supplies and paying for medical insurance. Pray that more churches will catch this vision and that vulnerable children's lives will change as a result.
Northeast Africa is increasing levels of insecurity and violence. Feba UK partners, Friend in The Wilderness, are bringing a message of hope and praying for peace and reconciliation across the nation. The team have shared that the war continues to worsen, and many thousands have been displaced. Please pray that God will bring peace to the nation. Communities that once lived peaceably are experiencing distrust and turning on each other. Please pray that God will move in this situation and change the minds and hearts of those seeking to bring harm or division. The message of the gospel broadcast on radio has become so vital for many millions in the region. Please pray that God will give the team timely and relevant messages.
In Moldova & Ukraine, SGA funded medical teams hold regular clinics in rural areas, providing free medical care and spectacles to the poor and vulnerable, who, otherwise, would not have access to such care. The teams also hold evangelistic meetings before the clinics and share the Gospel during those meetings.
There is quite an urgent need for prayer concerning the re-development of some of the houses in the Dohnavur Fellowship in order to provide a facility for care for our elderly accals (accal means 'older sister'). This will then be officially classed as a Retirement Home and the Fellowship has to apply for a proper licence to run it as such.
CMS pioneer Rachel Cama, doing a BA in pioneer mission leadership, moved to Shrewsbury in September with her husband Alex to start a Christian community house for prison leavers, partnering with charity Yellow Ribbon. Pray for the right men to join the community: people who are motivated to commit to the community and who want to go deeper with Jesus.
A programme being run by Viva’s partner network Viva Network Zimbabwe (VNZ) is providing a safer learning environment for children in Harare. It’s a country where 80 per cent of pupils who drop out from secondary school do so because of child abuse. VNZ has set up Child Safeguarding Committees to hear children’s voices and to report cases of abuse. Safeguarding training has been delivered online, and in person where possible, to VNZ’s eight Learning Support Centres. These Centres, plus 20 schools, have been empowered to implement procedures to provide children with a protected environment. We give thanks that more than 100 children have been helped in recent months and pray for many to be supported through difficult situations.
A team of doctors is offering training to rural healthcare providers in a closed country in Central Asia. There is very little support for many of these rural workers and high levels of depression and burnout are common. The seminars aim to help them focus on their own health, happiness and wellbeing as they deal with large communities of need with no trained doctors available. Pray that these sessions will open doors for deeper discussions about faith. Also pray for our local partners in this country as they have been under some pressure and persecution recently due to their work in the villages. Pray that the Holy Spirit will change and soften hearts.
Japan - Give thanks for the many Christmas events hosted across Japan in December. Please pray for effective follow up with those who showed an interest in the gospel, and for those who made a profession of faith to be discipled well.
International Mission to Jewish People reaches Jewish people around the world, sometimes in the most deprived areas of major cities. The homeless, drug addicts and alcoholics on the streets of Tel Aviv regularly encounter our missionary, Igal Vender, as he draws alongside them to share food and the gospel. A former addict himself, Igal has a unique perspective as he shares Jesus with lost and forgotten Jewish people in the city. These include drug addict Pasha and alcoholic Niko who entered the rehabilitation centre run by Igal’s church, having heard his testimony and the Good News. Both men subsequently came to faith and are now being discipled at the centre. Please pray that Pasha, Niko and others like them will grow in grace as they begin walking with the Lord.
CMS mission partners Tom and Verity Clare are based in Arua, where GP Tom works to improve the health of locals and refugees while Verity mainly focuses on looking after their four sons. Pray for God’s direction for Tom with regard to improving chronic disease management and community health education.
Pray for the continuing ministry and godly influence of Emanuel University, ROMANIA. Pray for those who teach and that the students will be used mightily of God for the salvation of many.
The Rakhine state is one of the poorest in Myanmar, with over 69% living in poverty. The Rakhine people are staunch Theravada Buddhists. Rakhine militants have recently risen to defend the autonomy of the State against the Myanmar military leading the coup. This has caused 200,000 people across the state to be displaced. The current situation in Myanmar seems to be getting worse. Please pray God will give His workers spiritual eyes to see open doors for ministry and wisdom to discern.
In Papua New Guinea there is a lack of clean water supplies, meaning that diseases such as cholera, hepatitis and typhoid proliferate. Pray for a solution to this issue, and that these waterborne infections will be eradicated.
The Iranian authorities do not allow converts to Christianity to attend the churches of Iran’s ethnic Armenians and Assyrians. Those ethnic communities are prohibited from holding services in Persian. The only option Persian-speaking Christians, including converts, have is to worship in private homes. The regime views membership of house-churches as an “action against national security”, punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment. Establishing or directing house-churches carries a prison term of up to ten years. Please pray Persian-speaking Christians will be allowed a place to gather freely for worship, as is their right under national and international law.
There are 34,000 Yemenis living in the UK. Their culture arose from tribes of nomads living in the Arabian Desert, and includes several different classes of people. Many settled here as merchant navy workers over 100 years ago and are strong Muslims. Having Yemeni Arabs in the UK is a great opportunity to make Jesus known, as they otherwise live in the Middle East where being a Christian is perilous. Pray that God would change the hearts of the Yemeni Arab people in the UK: that they would be exposed to Christianity and call upon Jesus.
The Berbers are the original North Africans, and the Imazighen Berbers come specifically from Morocco. Most still live in Morocco, but some are in France and 3,200 live in the UK. Though they are mostly Muslims, many of their cultural practices draw on various other traditions. Pray that the 3,200 Imazighen Berbers in the UK will encounter someone who highlights to them their need for Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will do a work in their lives, showing them that Jesus alone can save them.
There are 354,000 Bengali-speakers living in the UK. Their main religion is Islam, with 1% Christians and 0.13% Evangelicals. Even though there are millions of Christians in the UK, the South Asians speaking the Bengali language remain unreached. Pray for Christians to have wisdom and boldness in witnessing to them. Pray for God to equip churches and provide opportunities. Pray against any fear of different cultures or religions, both for Christians and for these unreached people.
There are 27,000 Northern Kurds living in the UK. They speak English, but most will speak Kurmanji in their homes. This people group grapple with issues of integration: how to preserve their culture while also being involved in Western life. Most Kurds are Muslims, though there are several different factions. They have the JESUS film available in their language, so pray that churches would be aware of the need to reach the Kurmanji Kurds in the UK. Pray for spiritual encounters that lead to finding the truth.
There are 47,000 Persian Iranians living in the UK. Their main religion is Islam. Living in the UK is a great opportunity for them to encounter the gospel. Pray that they would come into contact with churches and Christians. Pray, too, for any Persian churches in the UK to grow and reach out to their own people here. Jesus, we ask that you would turn the hearts of Persians towards you! Amen.
Since September, they have been experiencing a severe drought, receiving less than 30% of their usual rainfall -- the worst short-rain season recorded in decades, causing exacerbated food and water shortages. Pray for churches and Christians in these countries to continue to spread light and hope during this time. Pray for divine insight and guidance as they navigate Covid restrictions, government mandates, and other challenges. Pray for our LIA teams as they partner and walk closely with people in local communities.
Exciting times in CAR at the moment for Bible translation! Dedication and celebration events for newly translated Scriptures are significant for getting the copies out (print and audio), building trust in the new version, increasing eagerness to buy and confidence to use it, and opening doors for people to be transformed by God’s Word. In the Central African Republic, this is planned for the Gbeya, Kaba and Ngbugu New Testaments in February and March but uncertainties such as the security situation there and COVID-19 developments could still negatively affect the plans. Pray for these events to take place and be used by God for his Kingdom!
MissionAssist matches up skilled volunteers to tasks that support mission around the world. Give thanks for 90 new volunteers who have joined us so far this year. Thank God for their willingness to use their time and experience well, and for their vision to see how they can participate in mission without even leaving home. Pray that we would be blessed with administrators, coordinators, project managers and leaders willing to take responsibility for areas of service. Pray also that we would receive more feedback from mission workers, and insight about current services and resources, as well as ideas for additional ways that our remote volunteers may serve world mission from home. https://www.missionassist.org.uk
Indigenous to West Africa, the Mandinka number over 2 million. Some progress has been made in mission to the Mandinka: they have a complete Bible, for example, but they are still unreached – especially in Senegal where less than 1% of them are Christians. Praise the Lord for access to the Bible, and pray that these people will hear the good news.
The Rongba Amdo live in the Tibetan regions of China and adhere to Tibetan Buddhism. There are only a few Christians among the Rongba Amdo (0.01% of the population) and they have historically proven to be a difficult group to reach with the gospel. Pray for a breakthrough among them, and that God will draw attention to what is different in the Christians they encounter.
The Mwani people live along the coast and on the islands in the north of Mozambique. Their main religion is a mixture of animism and Islam, and they need to hear the gospel. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to fill those who are sharing the gospel with the Mwani, and give power to their words. Pray for Mwani Christians to be courageous in reaching out to their own people.
The largest unreached, unengaged, people groups of North Africa are in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. This is an area of great need. Pray that God would provide workers willing to go there and make a way for these people groups to learn about the love of God. Holy Spirit, we call on you for breakthrough today in this area. Amen.
There are over 6.5 million Fula Jalon people, who are unreached in all nine of the countries where they are located. Most of the Fula Jalon live in West Africa between Guinea Bissau and Mali, but some live in Europe and the USA. Their main religion is Islam. The Fula Jalon do have the New Testament in their language, so please pray that this will be accessible to the people and that God will send Christians who can teach the Scriptures. Pray for work in those countries to continue and be sustained by the Lord.
The new "anti-separatism" legislation (official title: "Law consolidating respect for the principles of the Republic") has now officially passed into French law. Although really aimed at Islamic extremism, it establishes several new administrative hurdles that affect evangelical churches & increases state surveillance of what ministers of religion say. Please pray for all church leaders seeking to get to grips with these changes and pray that the saving grace of Christ will continue to be freely proclaimed.
Prayer would be appreciated as we hold this conference, in person and by Zoom.
One of the seminar speakers will now not be able to attend but will present by Zoom.
Please pray that it would all come together well, be a worthwhile day and that all would stay safe and well.
The ongoing conflict, as well as droughts & floods, trigger food insecurity in Somalia. Children, especially those living in Internally Displaced People camps, are not getting enough food. Pray for malnourished children, that they will receive the care & treatment urgently needed. Medair is supporting health facilities and Care Group models within local communities. Pray that more children can be reached through our work.