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Following the 7.5 magnitude quake that struck just off the central island of Sulawesi in September, a local Christian radio station in Palu has been providing essential on-air information to the community and emergency relief supplies to those affected. Initially the station was full of mud and water, but thankfully the radio tower was still standing. Pray for this devastated community as they rebuild their lives and their homes, and that Christ’s love and compassion will be seen through this local ministry.
China’s urban migration is drawing away young people from the villages for higher paid jobs and big city lifestyles. Men frequently leave their wife and children behind while they travel to work. If both parents work away, the children may be left with their grandparents. Rural churches cannot hold onto their leadership and staff, losing them to the urban migration. They continue to hold services and Bible studies but other activities are limited by their diminishing congregations. The unregistered (underground) churches are facing digital surveillance and they are systematically being shut down. Pray that the rural believers can share the gospel despite the challenges they are facing. Thank God that in the past the church grew despite times of persecution. Praise him that he can “use the weak to confound the wise”. Pray that signs and wonders will follow as the rural believers share the gospel.
Japan is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, landslides and volcanic eruptions, all of which have taken lives. Despite being well prepared for the majority of the 1,500 earthquakes which strike each year, serious incidents such as the 2011 Tohoku disaster and the recent landslides in Hiroshima can still cause devastation. Praise the Lord for Christian charities and churches, many of which have responded rapidly and effectively to the material and spiritual needs which arise from each of these events. Pray that all Christians in Japan will show Christlike love in times of need and have wisdom in knowing how best to provide support. Pray that this will lead the Japanese to Christ and that, through a relationship with him, they will find peace despite the trauma of natural disasters.
The country of Cambodia is facing a deepening problem with possible sanctions from the EU. It was announced recently that the EU would take action if the government did not move to towards political reform. Cambodia has many poor people that depend on the garment industry to provide for their families, this could be the sector that is hardest hit. Please pray for the Cambodian Government, that the wisdom of the Lord would be evident and that change would come so that people in Cambodia will not have to suffer again.
The Walak of Indonesia, are part of the New Guinea people cluster within the Pacific Islanders. This people group is only found in Indonesia. Primary schools in the remote highlands of Papua, East Indonesia, have been closed since 2003. Pray for teachers so they can open again and children can learn to read and write in their mother tongue. Also, two church denominations in Papua have been unable to agree on the best way to write the Walak language. Pray this will be an opportunity for them to come together and practice humility and grace. Pray that this disagreement is resolved so that Sunday school materials can be completed and the Walak children will know they are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
After years of prayer and lobbying for change to the many laws that unfairly discriminate against people affected by leprosy in India, praise God that in August a law was passed so that leprosy is no longer grounds for divorce. Please continue to pray for organisations committed to campaigning until all these outdated and discriminatory laws are repealed so that “equality in dignity and rights” become a reality for people affected by leprosy.
The Chepang, one of Nepal’s indigenous peoples, rank lower in society even than the “Untouchables”, Nepal’s lowest caste. In recent years the Chepang have begun to change from a semi-nomadic lifestyle to a more settled way of life. Historically they foraged for food, collecting wild plants and catching fish, bats and birds. Because of their lifestyle they are disliked and have hardly any access to basic services. Some are still living in temporary shelter after their homes were destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. Churches in Nepal are now helping to build new homes for the Chepang. Please pray that people will not have to spend a fourth winter in temporary shelter.
Please pray for two mission partners working in North India in the area of anti-trafficking. They write asking for prayer for: “the next year, that we will see where God is moving and be a part of it; the Holy Spirit to speak directly to all church leaders in our land and to prepare them to deal with abuse fully; healing where there is brokenness and the courage to walk the hard road to freedom for those addicted to pornography.”
Mobile medical clinics were recently carried out in two villages within an unreached area of Central Asia. Over 450 people were seen in the four days the clinic ran and individuals were able to share their health and life concerns. Many who came to see the psychologist had problems which caused ill health and depression. The team remarked how many of these individuals had sad eyes. But, once they had the opportunity to share their stories away from others in the community, they could see ways to solve their problems. At the clinic, miracles were happening: sad eyes became bright! Counselling gave them hope for the future. Pray for these people to begin a journey with Christ as a result of the medical help they received from believers.
Vicky is a radio listener from a Hindu family in India. She said, “Last year, my friend Rakesh told me about your radio programme when I asked why he is different now? He has given up drinking and fighting with everyone. He said he feels different since he started to believe in Jesus and that from your programme he learns good things from the Bible. Now, for the past few months, I have also started listening to radio programmes from your station. I have lots of questions and so many times I have found answers from your programmes. Often when I call your office someone talks and prays with me. Thank you all for helping me.” Praise God for those who respond to the gospel through the radio in India.
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