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Free to be together? explores what life is like in each of the countries of the Middle East & North Africa where SAT-7 broadcasts. It shows how SAT-7 is serving those whose lives are extremely restricted & bringing together viewers who are isolated – challenging us to think about how we can use our freedom to help others. It is designed to be used daily throughout Advent either on your own or with others in a small group or wider church setting. It also includes a paper chain craft activity suitable for all ages & a Bible study. Click here to get yours.
Pray for Nigeria. Al Massira recently attended a significant conference in the region and gave a two-day AM training event for a significant number of people. Pray for the leaders of Nigeria, as many local states confess to being overwhelmed by the activities of Boko Haram. Of the 24 local governments, BH control seven of them. Pray the God of justice, peace and reconciliation would move powerfully in the hearts and minds of those who oppose Him. Please pray for God’s provision of funding for an AM App to reach many people more easily in difficult places.
The population of Malawi is very vulnerable with high levels of malnutrition, HIV and other diseases such as TB and malaria. During July the number of Covid-19 cases rose rapidly and it was feared that their rudimentary health services would be overwhelmed. But crucially the number of cases has been declining from its peak in July. The rate of hospital admissions and deaths have also followed this trend. The reasons why the outbreak did not escalate uncontrollably are unclear, but please give thanks to God that Malawi has, so far, been spared.
Pray for the children and young people of Costa Rica, that they may be educated with Christian values and principles that strengthen their lives. Pray for the leadership of the evangelical church, that their mission and vision will be renewed. Pray for the government authorities, that they may have wisdom and develop strategies to improve the economy, safety and family values in the country.
Pray for the Latin American Church as it comes to understand the vital role it has in sending people into missions. Pray also for trust-filled partnerships between SIM, churches and missionaries; the development of new partnerships with non-SIM sending agencies across the region; and the provision of prayer and financial support, particularly for those from countries and contexts with extreme financial difficulties, such as Cuba and Venezuela.
At El Monte, WEC’s training centre, the construction of the new communal catering and meeting building has begun. Pray for safety for those working on the project and for provision to finish. This is a key area of use for WEC’s camps and for the church groups who use the training centre. Please pray it will be completed soon because they are looking forward to having groups start using El Monte again. Praise God, the new road to the property was able to be built using the soil removed in the construction project.
According to the Guatemalan National Institute of Social Forensics, the number of reports of abuse has significantly increased due in part to the lockdown brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. There were 1,486 cases of sexual abuse of teenagers and girls reported during the months of March to July. Please pray for WorldShare’s ministry partner, Potter’s House, as they seek to educate parents and children on their God-given roles within their families and promote healthy relationships. Pray that their online workshops and their follow-up meetings would build up people’s self-esteem, develop their emotional intelligence and improve family dynamics.
Pray for international students in the USA struggling with anxiety and loneliness to find peace and comfort in Christ. Pray that they would feel well supported during this time. With so much time being spent connecting with those back home, pray that Christian international students would be boldly sharing stories of Jesus with their family and friends.
Pray comfort over a contact of an Adult Literacy partner whose husband left her for another woman because she could not conceive, and for peace and provision for an Adult Literacy student whose small mud store washed away in recent floods. Pray also for comfort for an Adult Literacy student whose oldest son passed away after being bitten by a snake. Praise God for healing the daughter of one Adult Literacy student – we pray for his whole family’s salvation.
A team of Christian doctors work in an undisclosed country in Central Asia. One doctor shared, “This month one of our local medical trainees confessed that she was in a deep depression because of a miscarriage that she had experienced earlier in the year. She was considering ending her life. We arranged for her to receive counselling from our clinic psychologist. I often remind the doctors I teach that depression can be a fatal disease. It kills people by taking away their desire to live.” As mental health problems increase in this country due to the pandemic, pray that this team can continue to bring hope and point people to a Saviour.
Last year one of WEC’s ArtsRelease teams opened a creative arts studio at a church premises in Leeds. New members joined and the artists took turns to lead each weekly session based on a passage of scripture. They held an exhibition on 2nd May, attended by local dignitaries while WEC’s Resonance Band played music. Since lockdown, the ‘studio’ has continued online, sharing their creations in various mediums. This has given birth to a similar group connecting across Southeast Asia and another in Suffolk. Pray for these artists to be inspired and encouraged, to share their faith effectively through their work.
Pray for peace in the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Fresh fighting has broken out between Armenian and Azeri forces, with a ceasefire fast falling apart, and a real potential for escalation – with Russia having a defence pact with Armenia, and Turkey being allied to Azerbaijan. Please pray for peace. For both Azeri and Armenian believers to be kept safe, to be given ‘a peace that passes understanding’, for new opportunities to share their faith, and to show acts of kindness and love, so that the ‘compassion of Christ’ shines through amidst all the darkness.
The Uyghurs are a Muslim majority people who live primarily in Xinjiang in northwest China. They are coming under increasingly oppressive control from the Chinese government, who are strongly restricting their cultural and religious freedoms. Gospel work in Xinjiang has been curtailed and very few field workers have been able to remain. Pray for the many Uyghurs who are struggling and desperate, that they will find new life in Jesus, for pioneers to go to them with the message of God’s kingdom and for the small number of Uyghur believers to be strengthened and protected.
As Covid-19 continues its rampage through our world, people who are on the fringes of society continue to suffer most. In Myanmar a refugee living on the Thai side of the border was in the wrong place at the wrong time as a skirmish between two armies took place. He was wounded badly and local clinics can only help with antibiotics, pain relief and wound dressings. This man needs surgery but because of Covid-19 border controls are being tightly managed and the risks of transporting him to Thailand, where he could get the surgery he urgently needs, are too great. Pray for this soul and many like him who are suffering extra because of the Pandemic.
UN sanctions are causing severe hardship in food supplies and healthcare provision. Pray for improved international relationships that would lead to greater provision for all the people living in North Korea.
Many Japanese are more open to exploring new things while living overseas and are more likely accept Jesus during this time. However new Christians and seekers often return home to face a challenging environment. Several organisations seek to lead Japanese to Christ while overseas and integrate them into a Christian support network upon their return. These include Japanese churches and special returnee networks. Praise God for those who meet Jesus overseas and remain in him upon their return. Please pray that Christians who meet Japanese abroad will seize the opportunity to share the gospel with them.
With our focus on reaching the Unreached Peoples Group our workers are very dependent on God to show us the way in which to connect and build relationships with the differing people groups. Please pray for Gospel Workers learning about Tibetan Buddhism to be able to find points of connection from which they can share the Gospel.
Please pray for a contact of a Children’s Bible Club leader who has been very ill and is suffering from demonic oppression. Please pray for a Children’s Bible Club member who is unable to study due to regular fighting in his house – pray for peace to come to his home. Also pray for one Children’s Bible Club leader who is facing opposition – may the Lord give him strength. Give praise that the Lord has used one Children’s Bible Club member to lead her parents to Christ!
A team of 12 Christian media producers in Croatia is now broadcasting the good news of Jesus on radio and TV for around 4 hours a day, every day. Their programmes reach the entire Croatian population of 4.5 million people, as well as the Croatian diaspora in the EU by broadcasting terrestrially and via Satellite TV. Pray that many viewers and listeners will be challenged to begin a journey with Christ, and that the Lord will provide much-needed resources for them to expand this ministry into Bosnia, Serbia and Slovenia.
Please pray for the student ministry teams at WEC’s Cornerstone College in the Netherlands. In particular a team of four guys who visit a prison in Germany. The ministry is not for the faint-hearted, as it requires boldness to interact with the inmates. It also requires a softness of heart and a genuine concern for them spiritually. Pray the team will know the Lord's help and strength and will use them for His glory.
South Sudan is among the top 10 extreme hunger hotspots in the world. The effects of Covid-19 have heighted the severe food crisis. More than 1.3 million under-five children are acutely malnourished – one of the highest rates in the world. Recent flooding in the country has increased food insecurity and left many without access to basic health and nutrition services. Please pray for vulnerable communities facing chronic hunger to receive nutritious food and water. Pray that Medair teams will be able to access areas affected by flooding to reach those in need. Pray for malnourished children to receive life-saving nutrition treatment to live healthy, happy lives and have hope for the future.
Praise God that WorldShare’s ministry partner, Cahaya Suku, has seen many local Muslims who have recently come to faith go on to share the Gospel with their family and friends. Please pray that, despite the strict Covid-19 restrictions in place across Indonesia, Cahaya Suku’s church planters would be able to follow-up with these new believers. As they disciple people mainly over the phone, pray for God to continue to mature and strengthen their faith.
Due to the pandemic, there is no work for the Dalit families of the Patripul slum, in a Covid-19 hotspot near Mumbai. There are food shortages and the community is losing hope. Please pray they will find hope in Jesus Christ, even while higher-caste Hindus reject and despise them. Pray for Global Care’s partners working in this community. Other castes are not happy about the help being given, pray that the team are protected, and they can provide children with the essential education they need to break out of poverty.
Thank God that the Gbeya, Kaba and Ngbugu New Testaments have all been sent to the printers this year! These three language communities in the Central African Republic all live in areas affected by the sporadic violence still occurring after many years of conflict. Pray for peace in the country, especially with elections in December, so that the three teams of translators can return to live in their home areas, and for funding for literacy and other Scripture Engagement activities, to best prepare for the arrival of these three New Testaments.
Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) reaches out to Jewish people around the world to share the Good News. The collapse of the oppressive communist regime in the former Soviet Union created a huge spiritual vacuum amongst Russian-speaking Jewish people. Their hunger to hear the gospel is unprecedented and to meet this increasing demand the CWI team has expanded to now include five Russian-speaking missionaries based in the cities of Odessa, Jaffa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel is currently home to around one million Russian speaking Jewish people with almost 40,000 immigrating into the country in the last four years. Please pray that the Lord will move among this vast community of Russian-speaking Jewish people and that many will come to faith as they hear about the Good News of Jesus.
In connection with the peaceful practice of their faith converts to Christianity in Iran commonly face arrest, ill-treatment during detention, trumped up criminal charges, extreme bail demands, restriction against appointing a lawyer of their choosing, lengthy prison sentences, and periods in exile in remote locations post imprisonment. Please pray the Iranian authorities will respect the human right to freedom of religion and will cease targeting Christian gatherings and criminalising the peaceful activities of converts. Please pray Christians across Iran will be encouraged and strengthened by God’s love and will enjoy liberty to worship freely and gather in fellowship.
Please pray for Bible work in the Gulf States. The Bible Society in the Gulf provides support and Scriptures for the thousands of migrant workers who leave their homes and countries to come to work this area of the world. Many migrant workers endure harsh living and working conditions, abuse, and non-payment of wages. Pray that those living in difficult circumstances will keep their faith and draw strength and comfort through reading or listening to God’s Word.
Please pray for Global Care’s Syrian partners, and the school club they run in a battered suburb of Damascus. Please pray for the 300 children who can now use the centre again, that they know that they are loved unconditionally, and begin to experience hope. Many come from desperate family situations, pray for the staff and teachers who support them, and also for the provision of medical supplies and other essentials like winter clothing to enable the staff to support welfare as well as education.
Many challenges are being faced by the people of Yemen. Please give strength and wisdom to those who are working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. Please also bring an end to the terrible conflict there, which is pushing more people into extreme poverty.
In August a devastating explosion ripped through the port area of Beirut leaving hundreds of people dead, thousands wounded and several thousand homeless. Medair launched an emergency response to help people in the Gemazye neighbourhood rebuild their homes and recover their lives. Please pray for hospitals and health centres that were damaged and are now stretched beyond capacity. Pray for Medair’s Emergency Response team to reach people in need of shelter, medical care and hygiene supplies. Pray for God to comfort those who lost homes and loved ones, that they may be able to begin to rebuild their lives.
We thank God for the faithfulness of Christians in Ukraine in sharing Christ’s love and for all those who volunteer with the Prison Ministry. We pray that coronavirus rates will drop and prison visiting will be able to resume.
“What particular concerns do you have around Covid-19?”. Secular charities working in our multicultural area of Sheffield met online to discuss the question. Fear, miscommunication, ignoring the rules, culture trumping Covid guidelines on family gatherings, unawareness due to watching media from the home country only were all cited. Our community worker shared how Galeed House lovingly cares for local children by running Covid-safe craft activities while teaching them how to protect themselves from the virus. People commented on the phrase “lovingly care for” which clearly impressed them. May the love of Christ impact this community in these times.
Lying at the southernmost point of the Russian Federation, the North Caucasus are some of the poorest republics in Russia. There are five million people in this region, who live in more than 40 ethnic groups, many of whom do not have access to the message of Jesus (Source: Joshua Project). Because of adherence to Islam, this is hard soil for the Gospel to take root, and committed, faithful prayer is crucial. Pray for God’s love to break through in this region and that His church will grow.
- Reaching the people of Dagestan is a real challenge. Over 90% are Muslim and they belong to diverse ethnic groups. The republic is also the poorest of the entire Russian Federation (source: Joshua Project). Pray for the people of Dagestan.
- The 1.7 million Chechens are almost all Muslims (source: Joshua Project). Historical conflict with Christians makes ministry extremely sensitive work. Pray for softened hearts and Holy-Spirit-prepared circumstances.
- Ingushetia is one of Russia’s smallest and poorest republics. It is dogged by corruption and deteriorating human rights. The people of Ingushetia need to know Jesus. Only a few of the scattered handful of Ingush believers actually live in Ingushetia.
- North Ossetia is the only majority Christian republic in the region. Most people are Orthodox Christians. Since 2010, they have a complete new Bible translation. Pray for a deep impact as the Scriptures are read.
- Kabardino-Balkaria has just two Muslim ethnic groups and a population of 600,000. Ask for the 100 or so scattered Jesus followers to shine as lights and for the New Testament published in 2011 to circulate widely.
- There are a few known Jesus followers amongst the people living in the republic of Karachay-Cherkessia but, as yet, very little ministry to the Muslim population. The New Testament and Psalms were completed in the local language in the 1990s. Pray that more individuals would have access to the local translation of God’s Word and that they’re eyes will be opened to His truth.
- The Kalmyks, like many other Russian ethnicities, suffered enormously under Stalin and the Soviet system that followed. They experienced deportation, relocation and the impoverishment of their land. The Kalmyks make up half of the population of Kalmykia, and many are Tibetan Buddhists.
On top of the ravages of COVID-19, the largely rural population of Moldova, now struggles with the prospect of famine. After months of drought, many harvests have failed. Crop yields of corn, wheat and sunflowers have been severely affected resulting in huge spikes in the cost of basic food due to expensive imports. Situated between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. The region is threatened by climate change and efforts to address irrigation, forestry and improved crop management lag behind. There is widespread fear about surviving the coming winter. Pray for God’s provision.
The French government has signalled its intention to ban all home-schooling from 2021 except for medical reasons. Christian groups in France are arguing that this contravenes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Christian faith schools are also concerned that, for reasons of "equality", they will be swept up in measures aimed primarily at "separatist" groups. The parliamentary vote will be on 6th December. Please pray for a just and proportionate outcome.
Following the recent fire outbreak on Lesvos Island which completely destroyed the refugee camp of Moria and rendered over 12,000 people once again without shelter, please pray for God’s mercy on these people, who have already suffered so much; for Greek and European authorities, that more effective action may be taken to resolve the root of the problem; and for Greek Christians, churches, and agencies who are stepping up efforts to alleviate the suffering, and to share Christ's compassion.
Alongside CRANE, our partner network in Uganda, we are working hard to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis. The network catalyses nearly 200 churches and organisations in Kampala to work together to change the lives of almost 100,000 children. With support from Viva, pray that the network would continue to respond to the ever-changing needs of children and families, especially with regards to education and protection. Pray that recently trained Child Protection Champions have the courage and strength to lead safeguarding work in their communities
CMS local partner Bisoke Balikenga is a provincial youth worker who offers counselling and reconciliation for displaced people in Bunia and runs a peace centre for abused women. He writes that 56 women at the peace centre who were unable to attend school, have now learned to read and write and want Bibles so they can build up their faith. Pray for Bibles for these women, and for each of these women to find God’s peace through their time at the centre.
We thank God for very low rates of Covid-19 in Sierra Leone so far. Children have gradually returned to school, we pray for continued protection from coronavirus and for the children at our New Hope School, that they will catch up with the learning they missed and come to know Jesus for themselves, as they learn about His love for them.
Emmanuel International partners with the Pentecostal Holiness Mission church in Iringa, Tanzania. PHM's mission is to do all they can for the salvation of the lost, giving aid to the needy, fallen and afflicted, bringing those in spiritual darkness the knowledge and love of God through preaching and teaching His Word. Please pray as we help them equip pastors and evangelists through Bethel Bible College in holistic mission and allowing them to seek opportunities to engage the local churches in community development and sharing the Good News. We will work with PHM through a Health project which will start in January 2021.
We thank God for all of the pastors who continue to hold out the word of God, despite increased restrictions on preaching and persecution. We pray for God to protect them and their families and to keep strengthening all believers.
Please pray with us for primary school students in Kabompo, a marginalised community in the poorest district in Zambia. After months of missed school, pupils take crucial primary leaving exams in November. Pray that the catch-up course funded by Global Care in September helped the children, pray they will know God’s peace as they sit the exams, and pray the education they have received will change the outcomes for all of these children.
Burundi is considered evangelised. However, in practice people still need to learn God's Word, and African church leaders need to grasp God's plan for cross-cultural church planting. WEC’s Burundian mobiliser, Aloys, says “It is now the indigenous churches of Africa who will take the responsibility for their own share in world evangelisation, as sending churches.” Churches started during colonialism are not growing; they’re so involved in administration, they’ve forgotten the Great Commission. Pastors of Burundian-founded churches are mostly not theologically educated. Ask God to change the leaders' mindset regarding mission. Pray peace, boldness and provision for those considering service.
Give praise that a Church Planter has started prayer groups in two villages – we pray God will reach many through his ministry. We praise God that one lady quit drinking and received Christ as her Lord and Saviour after a Church Planter shared the Gospel with her. Please pray for peace in another new believer’s home as her faith has caused tension. Also pray for a worshipping group member and her husband who recently lost their home and are in deep financial crisis.
15 secular radio stations in a troubled country in the West African Sahel region are now broadcasting regular Christian programmes, and there has been a very positive response from local communities. One pastor involved in hosting the radio broadcasts wrote, “Several villages in our area are almost under Islamist control and it is impossible for us to get there or even think about preaching the gospel there. These radio broadcasts allow us to reach populations and expose them to the word of God." Pray for impact as people hear about Jesus on the radio today.
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