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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.
WorldShare’s ministry partner, Beginning of Life, works with vulnerable, traumatised and disempowered parents in Moldova, who are trapped in a downward cycle of ruined relationships passed from generation to generation. Praise God that in September, a new season of their ‘School for Parents’ began, where single mothers are taught how to better relate to and care for their children. Please pray for the 96 women and over 100 children who are involved, that they would learn well together and repair any broken relationships.
A UN report states that nearly 4% of babies in South Sudan die shortly after birth. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower doctors and nurses there as they strive to improve survival rates for the next generation. Pray too for those grieving the loss of a child. South Sudan experiences some of the highest levels of violence against women in the world, with more than half of women experiencing a sexual assault before the age of 18. Pray for this violence to end and for any stigma that is attached to these attacks to fall away.
WorldShare’s ministry partner, Word of Hope, runs a Christian orphanage & a Bible college, both of which are affected by ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Myanmar. Pray for continued patience and creativity for staff members at the orphanage, that as schools remain closed, they would be leading activities for the children that help them to flourish spiritually and academically. For the Bible college, please pray that students would grow in their love of Jesus and their confidence in sharing him with others, despite lectures having to be online.
Praise God with SIU-CF Solomon Islands for a local church who have provided funding for the movement to take on staff for the first time. Pray for the new staff members to be able to inspire and train Christian students to share Christ with their course mates and disciple new believers.
Our local partner's work in tackling child abuse, through the ‘Touch Talk’ resource, is developing apace. In the last quarter, the team have circulated the resource to four churches in Bukora, and trained twelve volunteers in how to use it to help children recognise and report abuse. Pray that these volunteers will go on to train many others, including Sunday School teachers, creating a chain reaction that will bring marked reductions in abusive behaviour.'
Since 2019, expatriate Protestant Christians have been targeted by authorities in being expelled from Turkey, refused re-entry, and refused residency renewal. They’re labelled security threats, though none have been convicted any crime. Turkish courts have been unwilling to overturn the decisions. Pray the decisions will be overturned, Turkey will respect the right of Christians to religious freedom, and the church in Turkey will thrive.
Unregistered churches are still being prevented from meeting in large groups. Many meet in small groups in apartments. Pray for the ability to encourage each other, to share good Biblical teaching between these groups and to know how to include children in church life. Pray for the church leaders, that they will know God’s wisdom in leading a church spread across many groups and locations. Pray that pastoral support will be provided and that evangelism will continue in the community.
Jamaica was recently spared from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could have caused major damage. Thank God for his protection, for good weather helping farmers to harvest their crops and for a recent National Day of Prayer and Fasting. Praise God for the prayers of churches and groups for the nation and for how he listens as the people cry out to him. Pray that God continues to work through them to spread light and hope and for divine insight and guidance to navigate Covid restrictions, government mandates, and other challenges.
Pray for church planting work among the Dodoth people, in the Karamoja region of Uganda. God has called cross-cultural workers who are striving to reach this hard-to-reach area, but they are praying for more workers to join the ministry and for local, faithful believers to take on leadership roles as they seek to ignite a church planting movement in this region which is still in great need of the Gospel.
There are over 100,000 deaf or hearing-impaired people in Croatia, many of whom feel isolated and disconnected from God’s truth. Mario Casni & his team produce Christian TV programmes for local & national stations in that country but would also like to reach deaf people with Jesus’ message of hope. That’s why they're working with five volunteers who will be trained as sign language interpreters to take part in the TV programmes. Pray that funds can be raised to cover the training costs and that many new people can be reached in this creative way.
London is home to Europe’s second-largest Jewish community. With the pandemic & a rising number of anti-Semitic attacks, not many Jewish people are open to talking about spiritual matters - even Jesus. Our experienced missionaries Sarah Chan and Philip Amos, in addition to new missionary Ida Tam, continue to share the gospel with this vast Jewish community in London. Please pray that the Lord will work among this community & that many will come to faith.
At the end of September, 15,000 New Testaments finally arrived in Bangui, Central African Republic.The Gbeya, Kaba and Ngbugu translation teams each worked for about 25 years on these, and the 5,000 copies per language could reach almost a tenth of this war-torn country’s citizens. Pray for the translators’ safety, visiting their home areas to raise awareness ahead of celebration events in early 2022. Pray to the Lord that each copy would impact five, ten or more lives as it goes out, resulting in people’s lives changed by this Good News.
Ireland is increasingly both secular, and ‘spiritual but not religious’, and evangelical students are very much in the minority, particularly in the Republic of Ireland. Pray for boldness and courage for Christian students as they take the gospel to friends and classmates.
One in six people in Cambodia live in conditions of modern slavery, with children being particularly vulnerable. PEACE Team Cambodia, Viva’s partner network of churches in Siem Reap, work together to train children and families to help them avoid becoming victims of trafficking. The network equips community leaders to recognise and respond to traffickers. Pray that the network will continue to be a bright light shining against the dark backdrop of trafficking in Siem Reap. Pray too for the rollout of learning spaces to enable children who have been out of school through the pandemic to catch up on their education, and have psychosocial support to help their wellbeing.
Give thanks that a new hydro-electric system has been installed at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon. This means that they now have a much-needed, reliable supply of electricity and can start to produce purified oxygen for Covid patients. A LINAC radiotherapy machine has been donated by a cancer centre in Wales and this is to be shipped to the hospital soon. Pray for all the complex logistics of getting such a large piece of equipment such a great distance. Pray that nothing will be damaged and that this machine can be a real blessing to cancer patients in that region.
Please pray that a new government will be able to create stability out of the chaos. Pray especially for the currency and the economy, so that wages can be paid, and that healthcare, education and development projects can resume, especially in the more remote provinces. Pray that children, women and ethnic minorities by God’s grace may be shielded from the persecution that many fear. Pray that all local Afghan believers will know the Lord’s miraculous protection over themselves and their families.
Please pray for the youth group which meets in the outreach centre. Many come from broken families and have lots of problems in school. Many of them do not know what they want to do in their lives. Please pray that they will discover God who can give them a better future.
AFES Australia are preparing for their National Training Event “To the ends of the earth” in November/December. Usually a national event, this year NTE is meeting in seven locations around the country to allow for in person gatherings which avoid state border closures, with groups in each location meeting for four-five days for Bible teaching and training. Ask God to bless speakers and open the hearts of students to follow Christ more faithfully.
WEC ask prayer that the Bible School in São Tomé, an island off Central Africa, will be able to open this month now the team have returned after their break. There are visiting speakers and teachers who are waiting to travel to join them for this first semester. However, there are renewed strict Covid restrictions in place here because of rising infection cases banning large gatherings. Please pray for the Sao Tomé and Príncipe students and all the staff to be able to study in a safe environment.
Please pray for the people of Afghanistan in their current plight. Pray for their safety, their strength, their health, and their hope. Pray that Jesus will visit them in their dreams and reveal Himself as their Saviour. Please pray for the salvation of the Pashtun people. Pray that the Bible will be completed in their language, Please pray for the strength and endurance of our field workers in Pakistan who seek to continue to source aid for those who have crossed their borders. Pray for an abundant and swift supply of resources.
The worst fires ever have happened this summer after a long heatwave. In just 10 days they had 586 fires across the country. Nearly 1 million acres of forests have been destroyed plus houses, businesses and livestock. An ecological tragedy. Pray that the government will act to meet the needs, restore services and repair damaged infrastructure, and avoid any winter flooding as a result. Although Greece has been trying to secure its borders, there is a big refugee crisis, compounded by the Afghanistan situation. Pray that tensions and threats which continue to exist in the relationship between Greece and Turkey would be eased.
We have been working with a radio team in Congo Brazzaville to replace their broken transmitter and perform maintenance on their radio studios and antenna tower. New training videos dubbed into French are also being used there to train new radio presenters. Praise God that gospel broadcasts from this radio station are now reaching deep into the jungle. Pray for real impact on local people, as a result of these programmes, and for many to choose to follow Jesus.
Please pray for the Outpatients Unit in our hospital which has now re-opened, and for our newly appointed duty doctor, the students joining the 2-year Diploma in Health Assistants course, and the paperwork involved in maintaining records for our girls in relation to the District Child Protection Office and the Child Welfare Committee.
Each religious community has allotted seats in the Parliament; the president is required to be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and the Speaker of the Parliament a Shi'ite.
Praise God there is now only one government, but the President is struggling to keep the two main factions united. Please pray for the Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and the President Michel Aoun.
Please also pray that the foreign troops in the country will withdraw as was agreed, and that the city of Beirut would continue to recover from the explosion in August last year.
News headlines are beginning to move on, different tragedies have since taken place, but the Lord has not forgotten His people in Afghanistan. Al Massira is prayerfully seeking to have a Pashto translation, enabling a wider reach for the Gospel in one of the dominant local languages. Please pray for servant hearted translators and studios available for the work. Pray that all costs would be met by God through His people. Pray for courage and boldness for the Church there, many now underground or on the move. May the Spirit move in power and build His Church in this precious country.
Give thanks for organisations such as The HALO Trust, who remove dangerous landmines in Angola. The project, which has already removed more than 100,000 landmines, has saved many lives. Pray for the safety of those undertaking this dangerous work and the communities they serve. Pray also that by the Ottawa Treaty deadline of 2025, Angola would be landmine-free.
This people group live in 10 countries, and are counted as unreached in nine of those locations. Progress has been made as they have the full Bible and access to christian media resources. Pray that God will send christian leaders who will make the most of opportunities to advance the gospel among the Nepali.
“Brunei Malay is the name used to refer to several very closely related and assimilated groups of indigenous people in Brunei. The largest are the Malay and the Kedayan. Several smaller groups, including the Low Malay Creole, Kiput, Kayan, and Southern Bisaya are also a part of the Brunei Malay population” (Joshua Project). These peoples follow islamic practices and only 0.06% of the population are Christians. Pray that God will send Christians to Brunei so that these peoples will be given the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel.
Four communities in Mexico (Atatluaca de Morelos, Santiago Mitlatongo, Santa Cruz Mitlatongo and San Antonio Sinicahua) are totally unreached. Please pray that God will call many Christians to serve these communities and reach out to the Mixtecos. Pray that the Holy Spirit will awaken Mexican Christians to the need for mission to unreached peoples.
The Shaikh people group are in nine countries. Pray for a breakthrough of the gospel among this muslim people group. There has been some progress made among the Shaikh in Canada and the USA, where there is 0.9% and 0.8% christian adherence, respectively. Pray particularly for more workers to share the good news with the Shaikh in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, as these nations need the highest estimated numbers of workers.
There are more than 55,000 university students in Myanmar but no-one is sharing the gospel with them. The active outreach of the 1990s has stopped. Groups of believers meet together but do not reach out to non-believers. Please pray that God will break through in that situation.
Pray for the Hakka Chinese people group in Cambodia. They have their own distinct culture, and number around 600. They have access to the Bible, so pray that many will 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 in Cambodia will come to know him.
The Punoi inhabit parts of north-central Laos around Phongsali. They practice an ethnic religion, which is often a blend of animism and ancestor worship. Laos is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia and there is a great need for healthcare; pray that the Lord will provide workers to meet the area’s needs. The northern provinces were severely affected by the Vietnam War in the 1970s: US planes bombed the region and left a legacy of landmines and cluster bombs in the area where the Punoi live. Pray for a bomb removal project to reach this part of Laos.
Pray for the pilots who take missionary pastors into the remote regions of Far East Russia. May they be kept safe in all their aviation work in these isolated and difficult areas. Pray for Alexander Balansky serving in FE Russia, near Mongolia. He faces practical and spiritual challenges as he seeks to reach out to people groups in this this area, who have little or no Gospel contact. Ivan Bondarev spends a week in each of the following villages - Maisky, Zavety and Lososina, where he posts invitations on bus stops, talks with people in the streets, and invites people to Bible meetings. Pray for encouragements in this labour.
As the compounding crises continue for Lebanon, the needs of people persist and grow. Lebanon is home to around 2 million refugees, of which 70% are living in poverty. Please pray for refugees living in tents or substandard buildings. Pray that Medair will be able to provide shelter assistance, bringing warmth and safety against the winter elements. Pray for refugees who are excluded from the formal labour market, and ask God to provide for the needs of them and their families. Pray for this country which has been stretched beyond its capacity to cope. Pray for economic improvement and for resilience for the Lebanese people, so that they may live long, happy and healthy lives.
Many people across the world are reading "Meet Jesus" by Mike Raiter, following on from "30 Days with Jesus" by Michael Green. Pray that these EasyEnglish Bible reading plans will reach many of the people who most need to hear about Jesus in clear language. Praise God for the team who prepared the EasyEnglish Bible and books, and ask for wisdom as they consider producing another reading plan.
This group of people in northern Ghana faces daily poverty, 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 about four groups of Mambai peoples in Timor Leste, which identify themselves as similar but not the same. These people need freedom from the bonds of animism, which they see not just as their religion but as their whole culture and preserve through many different rituals and ceremonies. Pray for protection for workers willing to serve in East Timor, where there is a lot of opposition.
Around 34,000 people from this distinct Arab group live in the UK, where they have access to churches and the full Bible in their language, yet 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.
There are around 48,000 Turks living in Kyrgyzstan. There is also a related group of 24,000 in Kyrgyzstan who are Meskhetian Turks. They are Muslims, but many of their traditions include a mixture of islamic, Caucasian and Russian elements. Please pray for these two people groups. When Kyrgyz nationalism is stirred up, there is sometimes violence against the Meskhetian Turks. Pray that they will come to know Jesus.
There are around 43 countries where the Lebanese Arab people are found, with four locations where they remain unreached: Morocco, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Pray for those living in these countries: that each of them will come into contact with somebody who can introduce them to Jesus. Pray that any potential persecution will not be a barrier to missionaries reaching out to this people group.
The Otomi are largely being reached with the gospel, but there is a group within the Otomi that is unreached: the deaf and mute. There are probably over 300 hearing-impaired people in this group. Pray for workers who are equipped in sign language to participate in reaching Otomi with hearing impairments.
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