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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.
In Colombia, praise God for the many children and young people who have been given new opportunities through the sports clubs. Pray that they continue making good decisions and can be a positive influence in their families, schools and neighbourhoods. Lift up the local church and our partners as they support local communities in finding solutions to the challenges they face. Pray for physical and spiritual protection for those working in these areas. Pray for peace in Colombia, for an end to the conflict and violence that have characterised so much of its recent history. Pray for those who have been affected by the violence, that they might find support and restoration.
Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations, Mission Aviation Fellowship enables practical help, physical healing, and spiritual hope to be delivered to many of the most remote and inaccessible communities on the planet. In Guatemala, please pray those attending training programmes for pastors in remote areas will be equipped and encouraged for ministry. Pray also for engineers and support staff who maintain the Cessna 206 aircraft. Give thanks for their skills, experience and Christian witness.
The need for Bibles in Cuba is urgent as 40% of believers do not have a Bible, many sharing one Bible between a whole Bible study group. Furthermore, many who do have Bibles find that they are old and so well used that they are in a very poor condition. The One Million Bible Mission project will work with churches from all denominations to distribute Bibles to Christians in Cuba who desperately want their own copy of God’s word. The Bible Commission (the name for the Bible Society in Cuba) are also providing scriptures for children and youth, and large print Bibles for the elderly. Only Bibles donated through Bible Societies around the world are allowed into Cuba. Pray for the import and distribution of Bibles into Cuba, and that everyone desperately waiting will soon experience the joy of having their own copy of God’s word.
This landlocked state near the Sahara Desert is still a pioneer missions country, with two-thirds of the population unreached. There are less than 1% evangelical believers here and breakthrough has not yet been seen. In the middle of the bush a little two-room concrete building is being renovated with solar panels on the roof; there is no electricity for miles around. This will be a radio station aimed at reaching 10,000 people that haven’t yet heard the good news of Jesus. Pray for many to respond as they hear the gospel for the first time.
The residents of Lupembelwasenga in Tanzania used to fetch their water from the river 2km away and carry it home. Through instigation of the local church, Lupembelwasenga Water Project is bringing clean spring water from the next valley and pumping it to the top of the village using a solar powered pump. Residents provided the labour for laying the distribution pipe system to bring water within reach of every household. Alongside this, there is health and hygiene teaching, and training of a water users’ association to own and operate the system. Pray that the project brings lasting health and poverty relief benefits to the village, bringing glory to God as a result.
It is common for the young children of women in prison in Burundi to remain in prison with their mothers. However, there is no provision made for the children. Christian lawyers in Burundi have recently gained access to prisons to share the gospel and to provide free legal advice. In addition to support for navigating the criminal justice system, our partners are exploring ways to help these children practically (nutrition, education, family support) and share Jesus with them.
Cameroon’s people are going through a challenging time. Bible translation is happening in various areas and the translation teams would value our prayers. There is a great deal of uncertainty for the people of Cameroon, yet we also worship and believe in a God who loves us and protects us. Please pray for serenity, peace and calm in their hearts despite the violence, killings and lawlessness around them. Pray for those who have been relocated, that they will have peace of mind during this time of transition. Pray for international awareness of the situation to grow and for divine intervention to prevent more violence.
There has been a very positive response among the Yao people in Malawi to their new Christian radio station Radio Lilanguka. Only 0.5% Malawians are evangelical Christians but this first Yao Christian radio station has already started to unify isolated ministries and churches who are working with this unreached Muslim people group. In addition, 600 solar powered fix-tuned radios have recently arrived at the station for distribution amongst the local people. Pray for a real gospel impact as a result.
Pray for the people of Tanzania who are living in spiritual darkness, following their traditional religious beliefs. There are many Christian evangelists preaching the gospel to villages and, in a recent trip into villages in the South Maasai area, a few evangelists preached to 325 people and 20 gave their lives to Jesus. Please pray for these new Christians, that their faith will grow and their relationship with the Lord will strengthen, and they will be a light in their communities. Pray also for the evangelists as they faithfully continue to make Jesus known in Tanzania.