‘Pray for a country in Central Asia where Al Massira has a precious couple serving the LORD in a community where the Church is extremely small. Pray for “Aquila and Priscilla” as they seek to display the love of Jesus in word and action. Pray for them as they seek to lead Al Massira groups with local seekers. Pray for the indigenous locals and for the many Azerbaijanis they are also called by God to lovingly reach. Pray the LORD will lead this dear couple to other Believers in the community, to pray with, walk with and fellowship together.
Please pray for Central Asia and for a previous Soviet Union nation where Al Massira’s co-workers, H and N are ministering - pioneers and faithful labourers for the Gospel. They are present where there is not yet a local Church. May the LORD bring unity, where there is brokenness and trust where there is suspicion and paranoia. May the LORD’s edification lead to multiplication of His people in this region. May H & N find favour in the eyes of the people as they first and foremost find favour in the eyes of their Beloved Saviour.
Duane Miller will address building Muslim Background Believers communities in an Islamic land and others are teaching on family life, community development and cultural issues in mission.
One listener to our partner’s online radio programmes in a Central Asian country wrote: “Thanks, and cheers from a small homegroup located in ‘Y’. Your radio is the only source of getting Christian content and we love it! Amen.” Pray that many more people will discover this channel which is sharing the good news of Jesus.
Plans are in hand for another Summer School of Missions. The focus will be on the family as some 69 couples from Central Asia study together in this vital area of ministry in that area. We are pleased to welcome Dr Duane Miller from Madrid to share on the community in the Islamic world.
In an area where sharing the gospel is dangerous, we praise God for the huge increase in people responding to the daily programmes on medium and shortwave radio. Please pray for the listeners, especially those who have suffered the loss of homes, livelihoods and family members in the wake of recent widespread flooding. Also please pray for listeners who are facing serious security threats, human rights abuses and harsh restrictions from those in authority in the region. (2 Corinthians 4 v 8 - 12)
Reports of many believers in financial stress in Central Asia associated with the current economic downturn. They have nothing to fall back on.
The Dungan of Central Asia: The Hui Chinese may have first become Muslims in the Kansu and Shensi provinces of north-western China. They have since spread across the whole of China and as far as Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, where they are called Dungan. They still speak a dialect of Mandarin Chinese and are primarily arable farmers. Pray for the development of ministry to Dungan communities and for open hearts for the gospel. Pray too that God will give creative ideas to local Christians living in these countries, as they seek to reach the younger Dungan generation, who are more open to change.
Our ministry partner reaches a Central Asian Tribal Group, broadcasting culturally relevant programmes addressing topics including family, health, faith and discipleship in a region that is almost exclusively Muslim. Earlier this year, two team members and their families received death threats. Overnight they had to leave their homes in the city and relocate to a safe place in the country. Since then, God has kept them safe and provided them with opportunities and resources to settle in another city and continue with their ministries. Please pray for God's continued protection over them and their families. (1 Peter 3 v 13 - 16)
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