Praise God for the National Training Event in early December. While the usual national event with international visitors from other IFES movements was impossible, more than 2,000 students gathered in one of 19 university or combined city groups or watched the livestream from home. Pray for students who studied the “Gravity and Glory” of the Gospel to be bold in telling others about what Christ means to them.
Though the Malay have roots in Hinduism, Islam was brought to Malaysia by traders many centuries ago and the Malay people have come to follow Islam ardently. Total population estimated as 17,309,400 in 24 countries. The Malay place great emphasis on family, yet one of the greatest challenges for Malay society is the breakdown of the family unit. Pray that the handful of Malay Christians will have an impact for good within their families. Pray, too, that families will come to faith and find restoration in Christ. More details here: Malay on Joshua Project
Christmas Island is an Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean. Most of its 2,000 inhabitants are Buddhists, and just over 2% are Evangelical Christians. Half of the island is considered to be unreached by the Good News of Jesus. There are very few Christians spreading the name of Jesus Christ and encouraging local believers. Pray that God will call believers to serve Him on Christmas Island and make His name known there.
“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” The proof, a movement for the Al Massira training to go online, reaching larger and more diversified groups. Development of a new public website and start of a project to develop a new Al Massira App. Which can be used by those in difficult to reach places. Please pray that Al Massira teams around the world will continue to be nimble and creative to find ways to continue to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with people in Islam. Also for funding to enable technical innovations to be undertaken. Please Pray for our developing work in Australia and New Zealand. Pray for spiritual growth among indigenous leaders and for the gospel to be received by all peoples. Pray for the increasing Syrian and Iraqi refugee communities, that they would receive their citizenship, not in any nation of this world but citizenship in Heaven itself. May their identity be deeply rooted in the living God. Pray he raises many labourers for his harvest field that will partake in an upcoming, online Al Massira training.
Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) has a long heritage of reaching out to Jewish people across the globe. Australia has a Jewish population of 120,000, with an estimated 50,000 of those in New South Wales alone. In addition, many young Israeli backpackers also pass through the area each year. CWI will be reaching out to Jewish people in the Sydney area. Please pray for all the Jewish people that will be reached and that many will turn to Jesus as they hear the Good News proclaimed.
A listener to Tamil language radio programmes broadcast from Australia wrote: “One day I was tuning into the radio, when suddenly I heard a Tamil programme, and was happy. We are 15 blind people who listen to your programme regularly. The reception is very clear, and we like your songs and sermons. We can’t watch television programmes; we depend only on programmes like yours. Please come to Pondicherry to our church and share the Word of God in our church as well.” Pray that radio broadcasts into India will bear fruit for God’s Kingdom.
The Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, are recovering from two cyclones that hit the area within six weeks of each other earlier this year. Cyclone Lam and Nathan uprooted trees and destroyed homes and buildings in the homelands of Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Elcho Island. Pray for the clean-up operation that is now under way, that life will soon get back to normal for those affected and for a special touch on those suffering stress and mental trauma from the two storms.
The Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia are recovering from two cyclones that hit the area within six weeks of each other earlier this year. Cyclone Lam and Nathan uprooted trees and destroyed homes and buildings in the homelands of Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Elcho Island. Pray for the clean-up operation that is now under way, that life will soon get back to normal for those affected and for a special touch on those suffering stress and mental trauma from the two storms.
Student movements in the South Pacific region face a wide range of challenges: from rampant secularism in Australia and New Zealand to economic and political instability in Fiji; from the geographic isolation of Tonga to the challenge of indigenous practices in parts of Papua New Guinea. Particularly encouraging is the growth in partnerships of Australia and New Zealand with other IFES movements in the Pacific region as well as with Africa. Please pray for small island movements where there are very few or no staff workers and for growth in the ministry to international students, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
In Arnhem Land, Australia, MAF services over 80 airstrips and reaches many small groups of people scattered in isolated areas known as homelands. Please pray for the Yolnu people whom they reach in these homelands. The Yolnu have shown a real hunger to know Jesus and to live like ‘Christ Christians’ realising that being a Christian is more than just what you call yourself. Many face challenges as they seek to live out their Christian beliefs.
In Arnhem Land, the spiritual awakening that started last year is continuing in most communities. At present, regular meetings are taking place in Lake Evella (Gapuwiyak), where young and old alike are giving their lives to Jesus and finding new hope. It is encouraging for the faithful believers to see a new generation touched in this way but there is also a need for good discipleship and teaching. Pray for the new believers as they grow and learn more about Christ and share God’s word in their communities.
In Arnhem Land, many Aboriginal communities are familiar with the Christian gospel message and have embraced it enthusiastically. Christian missionaries were active in the area since the early 1920s, particularly the Uniting Church of Australia in the north, east and west and the Anglican Church in the south. Several aboriginal elders - male and female - have joined church councils and become pastors, preachers and outreach workers. However, many people are in dire need of better health, education, communication and housing infrastructure. Their homes are often inadequate and in disrepair. Continue to pray for the witness among the aboriginal people and for an improvement in their living standards.
Population: 24,615,500 (2017)
Official languages: English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $48,806 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 82 years
Religions: 38% Protestant, 30% Agnostic or Atheist, 26% Catholic, 2% Buddhist, 2% Muslim, 2% other religions