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How would you prepare to preach if you had no Bible, no study books or no formal theological education? This is the reality for many in Malawi. Worse still, indigenous churches are often steeped in animistic culture and traditions. Zambesi Mission runs ‘bookset conferences’ to address these challenges. Two are being planned in July in Mzuzu and Nkhotakhota in northern Malawi. Please pray for the team as they choose and order the study books in English and Chichewa and finalise plans with local church leaders. Pray that the conferences would lead to the spiritual transformation of the participants.
Our radio production teams in India have come under enormous pressure due to the impact of the coronavirus, but they are still managing to produce programmes in the midst of severe lockdowns and the effect of Covid on family and friends. Pray for them as they continue to serve Jesus under such tough circumstances and pray for the impact of their Gospel programmes which reach the continent via shortwave radio from Australia in 16 languages.
Give thanks for a new publishing partnership with the Mongolian branch of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). They have been energised to follow something like the IVP model for Mongolia as FCS IVP. Langham will walk with them for the next few years as they get more established. Please pray for them.
Through Faithful Witness, we send teams of gospel workers to areas where none exist. Pray for the team serving in Ayutthaya, Thailand, where a new ministry is planned, alongside work at a children’s shelter, in schools, and at a juvenile detention centre. May God’s love be tangible and life changing. Ask provision of visa renewals for workers within Thailand and pray for new visas for workers ready to join the team. You can find out more about ‘Faithful Witness’ here: https://sim.co.uk/faithful-witnesses/
Some of our young women and girls have tested positive for coronavirus. Please pray that the risk of further infections may be completely contained. Please also pray for the speedy appointment of a fully qualified hospital manager to help our hospital get back to being a fully functioning service for the local community, completely compliant with government regulations.
Refugees who find their way to Malaysia have a tough life. Many young girls are trafficked into the country as child brides and find themselves pregnant at an early age. A perinatal programme to help them has been running there for a number of years and many healthy babies have been born. Pray for these girls as they meet regularly with our workers, that God would soften their hearts and call them to Himself. Pray the team will have wisdom, courage, language ability and opportunities to go deeper with them.
A small nucleus of disgruntled Old Girls and Boys is causing great distress to certain members of the Fellowship by sending abusive messages via social media. Please pray that they may desist from these actions.
IFES South Pacific and North America regions are working together to support Sam, a student ministry pioneer from Tonga who has recently moved to Guam to start student ministry there. Give thanks for a global fellowship seeking to reach new areas for Christ and pray for Sam as he settles into his new home and gets to know students and church communities.
There are over 4 million Balinese-Sasak people living in Indonesia, primarily on the Islands of Bali and Lombok. Of these 4 million, only 1.26% adhere to Christianity. Please pray for wisdom to be given to the team in North Lombok, where there are three people are waiting to be baptised. The team hopes to do it in such a way that it facilitates a movement for others to follow. Please pray for the field workers who are trekking, to encounter villagers, and for signs and wonders to follow their prayers. Please pray for a great harvest to come out of Indonesia, as people find hope in Jesus Christ.
TSCF New Zealand have broken ground on the site of ‘The Well’ in Lincoln. This project is to establish a residential, missional community, housing eight Lincoln students, that seeks to encourage encounters with Jesus and to see students cultivate an undivided life, wholeheartedly living for Jesus in every area of life. Pray that once built, it would be a true witness of Christ through hospitality, evangelism and building community, and that it might ultimately be life-changing for generations to come.
Many countries within Latin America continue to struggle with the severe health and economic effects of the pandemic. Furthermore, vaccination rollout remains slow, with various countries unable to acquire the amounts needed to have major impact. Please pray for fairer distribution, wise decision making, and protection of the vulnerable.
Viva’s partner network in Paraguay is continuing to protect children from harm and abuse in spite of the challenges brought by rising Covid cases and social restrictions in recent months. Pray for the network of more than 300 churches and organisations as it provides training about positive discipline, the prevention of abuse and violence against children, and early pregnancy. Pray too as the network is actively working to change laws and policies. Through its advocacy efforts and relationships built, it is involved in influencing two regional and two national government policies to strengthen the protection system.
Daniel and Mariana Poquiviqui are indigenous missionaries sent by the Terena Church to work among the Xukuri kariri indigenous people, Northeast of Brazil. Pray that the message of salvation in Jesus Christ would find open hearts and minds. Pray that they’d be able to carry out tutoring classes for children and provide pure clean water to the village.
Praise God for the cohort of students who have recently completed “Euangelion”, a four-week evangelism training course run by GBU Chile. They have been looking at the Bible to understand the gospel and taking steps in the preparation of a 10-13 minute evangelistic talk. Pray for the students who will hear the gospel through these young people to have open hearts.
Many people have tried and failed to get a Christian radio station on the air in Zimbabwe. Now a partner Christian NGO is wanting to launch a children’s education station that would also be allowed to carry Christian content. Pray for this initiative, that the application will be successful, and open the door for more Christian stations in the future.
IFES movements across the Caribbean have been gathering for prayer as part of a 40-day prayer campaign. Pray for students to be faithful in prayer and to be prepared for God to use them to answer the prayers they are voicing for their friends to meet with or grow in Christ. Pray for the work in Francophone countries and territories to be strengthened.
International Mission to Jewish People reaches out to Jewish people around the world to share the Good News. As Israel struggles to recover from the recent conflict and subsequent upheaval, there is an urgent need there for the Jewish population to hear the gospel message. Igal Vender, Aviel Sela and Misha Vayshengolts are our missionaries based in Israel who continue to tell the Jewish community about the love of Jesus. Please pray that the Lord will move among the Jewish people in Israel and that many will come to faith as they hear about the Good News of Jesus.
Please pray for the safety of Christians in Egypt. Christians in Egypt have often, including over the course of the year to date, been targeted in violent attacks and murdered on account of their faith. Please pray for God’s healing and protection for those who have survived attacks and God's comfort and peace in the families and communities of those who have been slain. Please pray the Egyptian authorities will be moved to better protect Christian communities. Please pray the Church in Egypt will thrive and God's love will be known and felt across the land.
Please pray for a programme for children in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Most of the children are not in school and some of them work to help their families survive, so this time with workers is the most attention and input they receive from adults in their week. They are so engaged with the team and love to do all the actions to the songs, watch the puppet show, and play the games. Many of the children are illiterate, so the team have been adding educational games and activities into the programme alongside the spiritual content.
Although a ceasefire was declared, there are ongoing tensions between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian Arabs have particularly suffered in this decades-old conflict and more outbreaks of violence are never far from the surface. Pray for peace and reconciliation and a breakthrough in this seemingly impossible situation. Pray for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the international community to work to find a lasting solution
Given the final withdrawal of US and Nato troops by September 11th, all foreign agencies in country have assessed their security contingency plans but the situation is unpredictable. It is unknown exactly what the Taliban will do and if they have the capacity to work together as they are not one group. They are already seeking to take areas but so far repelled by Afghan forces. Security affects everything: life, projects and ministry. Pray particularly for Afghan believers as they consider their options at this point. Most will be in a powerless position. Pray leaders will stay in country to lead the groups of believers. May God grant great grace and peace to them. The temptation to leave for anyone who can will be great.
Pray for the WEC Camp Online that will be happening for the youth children (9-17) in the UK from 2nd to 6th August. This year it is virtual again. Please pray for the organisation of this event. Especially pray for God to move in their hearts, and that young people would be impacted with the need for Christians to mission to those who have yet to hear about Jesus.
More details here https://www.weccamps.org/
Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Last year the country experienced drought, with many of the crops failing. Please pray for a good harvest this year so that people would not go hungry, especially after such a difficult year economically with the impact of the drought and of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pray too for a harvest for the Gospel. Please pray for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, for MPsto be elected who are able to help the country make progress politically and economically.
Please pray for the Christian leaders as they navigate the change in restrictions and seek to care for their people, particularly after a busy year adapting to changes and supporting their people pastorally through a hard season. Pray particularly that they may find opportunities to be refreshed and supported themselves, particularly as they continue to pour out in their ministries, and that those who need more specific support may reach out to those around them and organisations like Living Leadership for one-to-one support.
Please pray for WEC UK as they strategize how best to engage churches in reaching the 'unreached' in our own country. Pray that WEC would be able to communicate effectively and work with local churches so that they can be empowered and encouraged to bless the unreached people groups in their own neighbourhoods. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct these plans and to impress the need on people's hearts.
read more here: https://wec-uk.org/stories/neighbours-worldwide
CMS local partner Rachel Karanja has a passion for holistic mission, bringing transformation and working to build up the common good from the perspective of faith. In May this year, Rachel and the team at the Ark of Transformation encouraged the local community to plant trees, working towards the national goal of planting 1.8 billion trees and achieving 10 per cent forest cover. Pray for the local community as they work together – for environmental awareness to be raised, friendships to blossom and for avenues to open up for the gospel to be shared.
Tychique Longbo, Ngbugu New Testament translator in the Central African Republic, writes, “What worries and concerns do we have? Coronavirus, and people not respecting regulations about distancing and masks. Then, at the end of our New Testament work after many years, we don’t know what will happen next; for now, we’re preparing for our dedication event, and for the distribution of the copies. Nevertheless, we’re placing our hope in Jesus Christ.” Pray for the arrival of the Ngbugu New Testament, and for people to be impacted by encountering God through it! Pray for wisdom for Tychique and his colleagues in the project.
Please pray for the safety of Mozambiquan refugees. On 24th March, militants raided Palma – a town in Cabo Delgado Province – causing nearly 60,000 people to flee their homes. MAF partner, 'Ambassador Aviation' has evacuated 567 refugees on 92 flights including children, the elderly, sick and injured people, and one pregnant woman in distress. The need for evacuation flights, food, medical supplies and other relief continues. In response, MAF has secured another aircraft and pilot from partner, Mercy Air in South Africa. In total, more than 2,800 people have been killed and 700,000 have fled the region since the extremist attacks began in 2017. Ask the Lord to work in the hearts of the attackers, causing them to cease all militant action.
Southern Madagascar is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, contributing to a severe humanitarian crisis. In some regions it has not rained for months, and almost 2-in-5 people face severe food insecurity. The situation is expected to deteriorate rapidly, as rising temperatures and infrequent rainfall is putting lives in danger. Please pray for rain, especially in the Great South, so that families will be able to grow crops and have access to clean, safe water. Ask God to alleviate the suffering that this drought is causing. Pray for the Medair teams on the ground prioritising healthcare services to fight the spread of Covid-19, and nutrition services to help the starving population.
DR Congo, where our partner LVLE is based, is not only experiencing a rise in Covid cases, but cases of bubonic plague were also reported in Ituri province earlier this year. Pray that God will have mercy on this nation. Ask God to protect the teams and families involved in all our partner projects.
Pray for Home Leone in their Kingdom Vision to enable thousands to exit Sierra Leone’s horrific slums. Thank God for Destiny Village and the first 200 people who have moved. Pray for breakthrough funding such that thousands can be re-housed in vibrant communities. Pray for the church and the school that they will reflect God’s love to all who move, come to learn and live in the surrounding area. Pray for the Sierra Leone government that they will go deeper in slum solutions.
At the beginning of this year, South Sudan was hit hard by Covid. As schools, businesses, and churches begin to operate again, pray that people will have opportunities that feel purposeful and life giving as they step into the future. LIA health units in Rumbeck and Maper continue to serve the most vulnerable. We praise God for enabling our staff to buy medicines and transport them between these places. However, there is insecurity in these towns, and it is risky to travel. Pray for the safety of those delivering medicines and for safety of all people in the area.
Please pray that the Gospel of peace would proceed forth throughout Nigeria, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and other African nations on this incredible continent. May the beautiful feet of those who bring Good News be readied with peace. Pray for upcoming Al Massira trainings in Malawi. May they further equip the local Churches for discipleship and evangelism to advance the spread of the Gospel. Pray for the AM resources being translated into several African languages. May they bear fruit for the Kingdom. Pray the AM App would be fully provided for and ready for widespread use throughout Africa.
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. All Malay people are considered muslim, though levels of devotion to the religion are varied. The Malay peoples emphasise 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.
The nearly 6.5 million Tatars are Sunni Muslims but there is some evidence that suggests they have a thirst for the word of God. Pray for labourers to work among the Tatars: evangelists, church planters, English teachers and those who can help to set up small businesses.
Though originating in the Kansu and Shensi provinces of north-western China, the Dungan now live mostly in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. They speak a variant of Mandarin Chinese and are primarily arable farmers. The Dungan in Kazakhstan are more committed to Islam than are those in Kyrgyzstan, and the older generation observe Islamic law strictly, but young people tend to be more indifferent to Islam. Pray for the development of ministry to Dungan communities and for an open door 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.
The 2.5 million Fulakunda Fulani are spread across five different countries. In the Gambia, the Republic of Guinea and in Mauritania, they are particularly in need of workers. They do have access to the New Testament, so please pray that God will speak through his word, and pray for those working among the Fulakunda to explain Scripture faithfully, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
A community has been identified in Guinea-Bissau which includes many Mauritanians but as yet has no workers. As Mauritania is 99.5% muslim, it is assumed that this group of people is also muslim. The Joshua Project does not list a Moor community in Guinea-Bissau, but it does recognise a Fulani population, so this community may also be Fulani. Whichever group they belong to, this muslim diaspora community is unreached. Pray for workers with a calling to this community, and for further research to determine ministry opportunities.
There are over a million Western Fulani in Niger. They are largely unreached and identify culturally as muslim, though they also observe traditional, pre-Islamic rituals and beliefs. Pray that God will build up strong local churches, and that the Holy Spirit will give wisdom to the christian workers among them.
Also known as Azeri Turks, the Turkmen people speak a language similar to Turkish. The biggest population of this people group is in Iran. Pray for a move of the Spirit among the Turkmen, and for God to reveal himself to individuals and families through dreams, visions and encounters with Christians.
Pray for an increase in Basque speakers to reach these people in their own language. The effort made by outsiders to learn Basque is also a testimony of God’s love. Please pray for Basque believers and missionaries to recognise the impact and failure of christian witness in the past, and for a new vision of how to point Basques to Jesus Christ. Pray for an outpouring of grace, patience and perseverance to current Basque christian leaders and believers.
Pray for the Raigar people. They live in western India, on the Pakistani border, and their main religion is Hinduism. There are few Christians in that area so it is unlikely that many of these people know a believer. Ask that God will send faithful Christians to plant churches among the Raigar, and that many of them will come to faith.
Few of the Giay people group have heard that Jesus Christ died for them. They are trapped in superstition and fear of evil spirits, and there are no strong christian communities nearby. Pray for God to call workers to reach these people in Vietnam and Laos.
Give thanks that not one of the 20+ indigenous publishing ministries that Langham partners with has been squeezed out of business. It has been very difficult for some and challenging for all but give thanks for the level of creativity and sheer perseverance involved. Pray for health and political safety, for renewed vision, opportunity and vigour going forward.
Please also pray for strength and protection for Langham Preaching leaders. Langham Preaching work is involved in several countries where persecution is a day-to-day reality for Christians. Often in these countries the work flourishes despite these huge personal challenges.
Heather Taylor is the granddaughter of Emmanuel International’s founder and the daughter of the longest serving EI missionary, until his retirement last year. She is a committed Christian and is raising funds for Emmanuel International projects through the UK and Canada, and for Tearfund Australia. She says “I believe that I have been put on this earth for a reason: to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with my God, and to love my neighbour as myself. My life might so easily have not been one of privilege - I could be living in Yemen right now, where my mom was born. I have met others who have not shared my privilege and as far as I can tell, we're not that different from one another. We can all do something about the injustices we see. Rowing an ocean is certainly not the only way to do it, but through it I hoping I can make a small drop in a very large ocean.”
One of her main prayers is that she could use this opportunity to testify about her faith to many in the rowing community who are not Christians.
She is struggling against the weather at the moment, with strong winds preventing her from taking the route west. She is drifting south, though her plan is to hit the westward streams to help her on her way. She can do with all the prayer and exposure she can get! Please pray for her and share the information about her trip to faithful prayer warriors!
You can read more about her rowing challenge on our webiste on www.eiuk.org.uk/row-2021 or on Heather's own site pacificgiantsrow.com.
She is raising funds through the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Australia. The projects she is raising funds for are:
- Girls' Health (helping girls to stay in school for longer through being able to manage their periods) in Tanzania and Uganda,
- Health for Development in Tanzania (incorporating many different elements such as clean water, village banks, enterpreneurship, etc. to improve health and hygiene in villages), and
- a variety of projects through Tearfund Australia.