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Pray for the Hakka, a Han Chinese people group, in Cambodia. They have their own distinct culture, and number around 8,500. They have access to the Bible, so pray that many would read it and meet Jesus. Pray, too, that the Lord will send workers who will speak his truth into this culture, so that the unreached Hakka will come to know him.
Pray for the Kawahia people group in Sudan. They are part of the larger Sudanese Arab ethnic group and are unreached. Please pray that the gospel will reach these people in a way that resonates with their culture, and pray that their hearts will be open to receive Jesus. Ask God to call more Christians to share the good news with the Kawahia people.
Formerly called 'Radio Worldwide', our RW team seeks ‘to produce culturally sensitive media and to equip others to do the same’. Pray for the team as they work to see that vision in action. Pray that they will have the resources and personnel needed to reach the right people with high-quality, thought-provoking media. Please pray for the RW audio programmes. Pray that, through the media the team produces, people will hear the gospel and respond, wherever they are. Pray especially for places where this media is being received as part of very limited access to the gospel.
The Mwani 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. Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill those who are sharing the good news with the Mwani, and give power to their words. Pray for Mwani Christians to be wise, but also courageous, in reaching out to their own people.
There are 72,000 Purépecha people in Mexico. Their primary religion is Christianity, but it is mostly nominal, with only 1% evangelical Christians. Pray for an awakening among the Purépecha and a fuller understanding of who Jesus is, so that they will choose to follow him wholeheartedly.
Please pray for more workers to reach the Muslim Mandinka people. Though they can access the scriptures, not many of them can read. With that in mind, let’s pray that many Christians will befriend and witness to Mandinka people. Pray, too, that the Mandinkas who turn to Christ will be welcomed, supported and made to feel part of the Christian community.
Please pray for Saudi Arabia’s political leaders: that God will guide them in ruling their country wisely. Pray that they will use their power to bring about peace and justice. Pray for anyone in the country who may be interested in Jesus or Christianity: that the Holy Spirit will send visions and dreams, and enable the gospel to be heard clearly.
We have been praying for the Dagomba children from the local neighbourhood. Since their schools have been closed, they have been spending their days at the conference and training centre with our workers. Thank God for opportunities to share Bible stories with them. Pray with us that the seeds sown will take root in their lives.
Thousands of Nepalis want to return to Nepal from overseas. Their situation is, in many cases, miserable. There have been very limited quarantine and isolation facilities available in the country, and many families in Nepal are starving, as they have no income and therefore no means to get any food. Pray with us for safety, and for the logistics of getting them back to Nepal and through quarantine and testing to reach their homes.
Many have been gravely affected by the storms and floods that took place in El Salvador last year. Pray for local organisations and churches who are working to provide help to those who suffered losses in the disasters. Salvadorians have also been suffering from hunger during the Covid-19 lockdown. Pray that organisations and local believers will be able to bring vital resources and comfort to those who are suffering. Pray for the unstable political situation and for those who have lost their jobs due to the country’s economic struggles caused by the quarantine. May God be glorified, even in the midst of the most difficult struggles.
Pray for righteousness and the implementation of true justice in a nation where the issue of corruption looms large and the tendency to manipulation by those in power is prominent. Pray for the church, where theological and denominational differences can be barriers to effective gospel proclamation. Pray also for a wholesale rejection of prosperity theology, which remains prominent, corrosive and a source of great confusion. The political upheaval in 2019 has only deepened some of the existing ethnic divisions in the country. Pray for unity.
Ecuador is known as the ‘ground zero’ of the coronavirus for South America. The fall in the price of oil, the restrictions on banana exports and the closure of Ecuador to foreign tourism have radically affected the economy. We are working with local churches and organisations to provide basic food and supplies to those most affected and helping our media partners to offer health advice and counselling on the radio and social media. With people nervous to connect with medical services for vaccinations, there is also a rise in other diseases such as dengue fever and measles. Pray for the Church in Ecuador to respond with compassion by reaching out in the name of Jesus in practical ways.
Many more people are begging on the streets and food is being stolen from people as they leave supermarkets. Up to 80% of Hondurans have lost their jobs due to lockdown, many have gone hungry and it is likely most children’s education has suffered greatly during this time due to lack of, for example, internet access or stationery. Pray for God’s grace on this impossibly difficult time families are facing.
The city of Santiago has been through a difficult year. Social unrest resulting in rioting and street violence was followed by the coronavirus lockdown. Pray for the Centre for Pastoral Studies, an Anglican training college. While restrictions on movements and gatherings caused disruption, we are thankful that technology has meant that no student has had to miss any classes. Please pray for the students: that the interruptions to their courses would have led to a renewed and deeper dependence on the Lord in prayer that will continue as things start to return to normal.
There are reports of many more suicides in India than usual due to the pandemic. Please pray for compassion for our ministry partner, JKPS, as they support people not just practically but also emotionally and spiritually.
Kazakhstan in Central Asia has thankfully not been greatly affected by the coronavirus crisis. Many of the people living there are poor and long for genuine democratic freedoms and a better quality of life. It is a predominantly Muslim nation. The vast majority of Kazakhs are unreached with the good news and there is a great need for more gospel workers to go there. Encouragingly, new outreach initiatives are beginning to bear fruit and house church networks are increasing. Let’s ask the Lord for more gospel workers in Kazakhstan and for the good news of Jesus to spread far and wide, transforming Muslim communities with the love of Christ.
Zarephath Bible Seminary was established to train Pakistani Christians to become Christ-like servant leaders. Please pray for this initiative and its students facing many challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – food shortages, unemployment and inadequate healthcare facilities.
Pray for Turkish Meskhitins – deported, expelled, and unreached .They fled to Georgia first, then under Stalin were deported to Uzbekistan, and then expelled to Kabardino-Balkaria and other republics of the Northern Caucasus. They mainly ‘work the land’. They profess Islam. They are unreached – with very few evangelical believers, and no known churches. Please pray for new missionaries to go to the North Caucasus, so that the Turkish Meskhitins will find ‘acceptance and belonging’ through believing in Christ and experiencing church fellowship.
An exciting new pilot project using WhatsApp has been launched in India. Short encouraging audio messages that address the Covid-19 situation were initially sent out to three groups, each made up of 260 recipients. The audio was produced in five languages: English, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Hindi. Within just two weeks these messages of hope were being listened to by thousands of people, far exceeding the earlier estimates. Pray that this innovative project may expand and that the gospel will be taken to unreached places.
The IFES movement in Cambodia – SONOKO, ask us to pray with them: “Praise God that the staff and students have encouraged one another by praying together and sharing the word of God online despite the Covid-19 pandemic. As all the schools have been closed since last March, the students went back to their home town. Most of them are new believers and the only Christian in their families and face various spiritual pressures. Pray that God protects their faith and they can boldly share the gospel with their families.”
“We don’t have food on the table,” read one distressed message from a pedicab driver living near the Quezon City dump. As day labourers, no work means no pay. Emmanuel International Philippines is partnering with churches in the informal settlements of squatters around the city dump. Having been in lockdown since the start of Covid-19 in mid-March, as the Philippines starts to slowly lift restrictions, EI Philippines has begun distributing food packages in these Quezon City dump settlements. The food packages are going not only to church member families but also to a neighbouring family of each church member. In this way, the churches are demonstrating practically the message of hope and life in Jesus’ gift of love.
Pray for an end to the underinvestment and neglect of families from ethnic minority states, pray for better access to infrastructure and necessities such as electricity and clean water for families supported through our Myanmar project.
Life in a Japanese company can be incredibly demanding, largely due to Japan’s group-oriented culture in which people feel bound by the expectations of their peers. Overworking is a serious problem in Japan; workers often feel obliged to work unsocial hours and taking annual leave, although permitted on paper, is seen as shameful and often avoided. Thankfully, it would appear that some companies are gradually beginning to change, but there is still a long way to go. Long working hours make it difficult for workers to find time for church or evangelistic events. Praise God for the Christians God has placed in these companies and also that the issue of overwork is starting to be addressed by the government and society as a whole. Please pray for working Christians to be effective witnesses to their colleagues and also that unhealthy expectations in the workplace will change, leading to a healthier balance between work and leisure time.
SIU-CF Solomon Islands, one of the new Christian student movements which affiliated to IFES in July 2019, have been hit hard by recent events. Not by Covid-19 itself, which has not touched their islands, but by preventative lockdown, university closures and very slow, expensive and unreliable internet connectivity. Student ministry is in ‘hibernation’, so please pray that God will grant wisdom to movement leaders as they seek to restart ministry.
São Tomé and Príncipe is part of a volcano chain featuring striking rock and coral formations, rainforests and beaches, off the northwestern coast of Gabon. Our workers on these two islands held discipleship courses last year. During lockdown time, they are contacting pastors and church folk hoping to follow up on recent teaching which they gave at a 2-week seminar. The islands have some cases of COVID-19. but to date it is not serious. We ask for prayer for more church members to catch the vision for cross-cultural mission, and for church leaders to engage and commit the church to prayer, member care and support. Please continue to pray that God will call men and women to go to other nations with the Gospel.
Very limited resources, possible rising sea levels and modern/global external influences make this traditional culture fragile, both environmentally and socially. Pray that wisdom would prevail in preserving Tuvalu as a nation and culture, and that the long-standing presence of the Church would play a major role in this.
The Republic of Kiribati comprises three archipelagos Gilbert, Rawaki (Phoenix) and Line, with 33 coral atolls (23 of them inhabited) scattered across 2,000,000 sq km of the Pacific Ocean. Evangelical Christians are increasing, mainly through Pentecostals. Growth is too often followed by decline, since foreign financial windfalls and occasional healings seem to be the main attractions, rather than Biblical preaching and transformed lives. Pray for the Bible Colleges of Assemblies of God and Church of God to provide sound Biblical teaching for future church leaders to lead churches which will be wise and transformative.
The WEC team in Equatorial Guinea has a passion for the peoples of this hispanic jewel of a country in the heart of Africa. We have a passion:
- to see the mission of God in action amongst the peoples, mobilising the body of Christ to reach out to the many remaining unreached people groups in central Africa;
- for the church of God in Equatorial Guinea, for equipping future leaders and pastors;
- to see God's compassion reaching out with the love of Jesus to children and other people affected by HIV/AIDS;
- to see the Word of God lived out, in our own lives and those of the church in Equatorial Guinea.
Many from this distinct Arab group live in Europe and the USA. In these nations, they have access to churches and the full Bible in their language, yet they remain unreached. Pray that the Lord will call more Christians to share Jesus’ love with Moroccan Arabs, so that their lives will be transformed and the good news will spread to their friends and families across northern Africa.
This group of 369,000 people in northern Ghana faces poverty, regular shortages of water and food, and few opportunities for schooling and employment. In this primarily muslim culture, the few followers of Christ need to be discipled, learn good farming methods and be taught to read. Pray for workers to come from elsewhere in Africa, and for financial and audio resources to build the Church among the Gonja.
There are nearly 11 million ethnic Somalis in Somalia. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided into clans, and fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. Somalis enjoy telling stories and learning history through their poetry. Pray that many Somalis will come to know Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. And ask God to grant favour and wisdom to mission agencies focusing on the Somalis.
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