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15 days of prayer for the Buddhist World begins on 28th January. Join with Christians across the world to pray with love for Buddhist people over the time of Chinese New Year. The annual 15 Days of Prayer for the Buddhist World Guide is calling individuals and churches to take 15 days to learn about and pray for our world’s Buddhist people. Order your copies here.
Our workers in some areas of India are reporting that during the pandemic crisis there has been an upsurge of interest in the Christian faith. As a result of this there has been a five-fold increase in the house church movement, particularly in remote rural areas. The resulting challenge is to provide written material and training in local languages. Please pray for the resources needed and that the local workers will be able to 'catch the wave' of God's Spirit in this challenging and exciting time.
The country of Afghanistan is one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises. It is characterised by conflict, displacement, natural hazards, and this year the Afghan people face a new crisis – hunger. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have heightened the situation. 12.5 million people are severely food insecure and living below the poverty line. Those living in the remote Central Highlands region are most vulnerable. Please pray for families in the Central Highlands region who are hungry and face with a long, cold, harsh winter. Pray that they will receive nutritious food and water to survive now, and resources to grow their own food and ensure food security for the year ahead. Please pray for women and children suffering from malnutrition, that they will recover and learn how to stay healthy. Pray for protection over the Medair teams going the extra mile to reach vulnerable communities in the hardest to reach places.
Rejoice that the Irata translation team of Central Asia are able to proceed to typesetting the New Testament. Pray they’ll receive permission to print the books within the country as this would greatly accelerate distribution. If they don’t get permission to print in the country, pray that the government will allow them to import the books once they are printed. A number of Old Testament books are currently available to the Irata people digitally. Pray these books change lives. Praise God that five local translators are receiving training to be exegetical advisers, who will ensure faithfulness to the biblical text for this and other translation projects. Pray that they will quickly process all they are learning and for ongoing support from the local church. Permission for the translation team to operate legally in the country depends on church support.
Following the devastating attack on Kabul University in Nov 2020, several news bulletins on Al Jazeera and BBC World are following up on the significant trauma of the students who are returning to their campus. They speak of still seeing the blood stains on the floor. Please pray some will hear of and turn to Christ. Thank God he loves the Afghans. Please also pray for the “Peace” talks taking place in Qatar between the USA, the Taliban and the Afghan Government.
WorldShare’s ministry partner, PiFó Haiti, provides hundreds of Haitian children with a quality education and affords them bright, sustainable futures. Praise God that, after delays because of Covid-19, the new academic year finally began at the end of 2020. However, tuition fees have risen by almost 50% due to ongoing economic problems. Please pray for God to intervene and stabilise the situation. Pray particularly that PiFó Haiti would be able to cover the increase in fees and so continue providing many needy children with the education they deserve.
In the Diocese of Bolivia, local leaders were stepping into leadership, allowing foreign pastors to step down, when the pandemic hit. Local partner Franklin Cuenca, who leads two churches in Santa Cruz, asks for prayer for encouragement for national leaders as they continue to step up, even during this especially difficult time.
Please pray for the people of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala following November 2020’s devastation caused by Hurricanes Eta and Iota. Over three million people were affected. Pray for all the NGOs who worked to bring in food, medicine, doctors, counsellors and sanitation experts as part of their emergency response. Keep them save from COVID-19 in their work. Pray for all those who remain without a home to go back to, that the Lord covers them with His indescribable peace in this time.
Five-year-old Joel is a faithful listener to Radio HCJB in Quito. He longed to eat oatmeal, a food that was talked about on the radio. His parents could not buy it because they did not have money for the extra expense, but his father told him that if he really wanted to eat that type of cereal, he should ask God. One day, an HCJB radio producer arrived with food from her church for people who barely have enough to eat due to the impact of Covid-19. Joel's family received a food kit containing four packets of oatmeal. When Joel opened the box, with amazement and joy he told his father: "I asked God for one packet, but He gave me four!" So many Ecuadorians are struggling through this pandemic, having lost loved ones and livelihoods. Pray that the hope they experience through Radio HCJB will draw them closer to Christ.
For 20 years Pavement Project workers have counselled children face-to-face, but at the moment it isn’t safe. So, by re-imagining our strategies we found – after rigorous testing – that we can effectively counsel children via their phone or device with an app, or on screen directly in their homes. Give thanks for the way in which the Pavement Project team and the workers have adapted to these challenges. Praise God for the availability of technology and resources that enable them to reach children virtually. Pray for continued success as this new system is rolled out.
Many Japanese Christian leaders are ageing, with few young people in, or pursuing, leadership roles in churches or mission organisations. There are a number of Bible colleges and other training organisations, however all report low applicant numbers with very few young people enrolling. Praise God for those young people who have already answered the call to Christian leadership and for the Bible colleges and other initiatives set up for training Christian leaders. Please pray for more of the younger generation to step forward for leadership, for all staff offering training and for those students currently in training.
Recently Cambodia has recorded its first localised Covid-19 transmission, most previous cases have been imported from foreign travellers. This is worrying as it is very difficult to ascertain how many people may have been infected. Cambodia does not have the means to combat a large widespread outbreak of Covid-19, therefore let’s pray that all the efforts that are being made to quell the spread will be successful. Please pray that people will adhere to the government’s restrictions and advice and that the country will not become griped with fear.
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.
Christian radio programmes in the Matu language are proving very popular in Myanmar. For many people, this programme has been their main source of connection with the word of God. One listener living in Mizoram explained how he and his wife were so excited about hearing the word of God in their own Matu dialect, that they would eat dinner early on the days of the programme not to be distracted with anything else when it started. Pray for the ongoing distribution of radios by local pastors and for many to hear about Jesus for the first time through this programme.
We thank God for the Hands of Dorcas tailoring training project. We pray for the women taking part that as they develop their skills, they will also grow in confidence, be able to earn a living and that those who aren’t Christians yet will want to learn more about Jesus.
IFES Eurasia is launching a new programme to help train students and staff as Bible Expositors. Pray for K., based in Central Asia, who is coordinating the program, and for participants as they learn how to share God’s word faithfully in ways which speak into their own cultural and religious contexts and the issues they face on campus and in society.
Many Rohingya refugees have sought refuge in Southeast Asian countries, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The majority struggle to find jobs and are constantly harassed by the police who treat them as illegal immigrants. Young Rohingya women who are expectant mothers are only allowed to leave their homes with their husbands. They rarely get the opportunity to make new friends or build support networks. Pray for Christian workers who are serving these women with perinatal classes and English lessons, that they will be the voice and hands of Jesus and have opportunities to share Christ’s love with them.
In December, the French cabinet gave its backing to a bill "supporting Republican principles". Although clearly aimed at tackling radical Islamists after various terrorist incidents, the bill is worded more generally in ways that have raised significant concerns over religious freedom, especially for French protestants. Please pray for various representative organisations such as the National Council of French Evangelicals and the French Protestant Federation as they continue to warn of the dangers in the bill and seek to engage MPs. The bill is likely to be debated in the French National Assembly in February.
Children are subject to abuses of all kinds, often against a backdrop of damaged and toxic parental relationships. Through the coronavirus pandemic, children are perceiving themselves differently, comparing themselves to images unheard of in 20 years of Pavement Project: a mask; a respirator trying to help someone breathe; a wounded soldier; a teacher with no resources to teach. Pray for these children as they face struggles and challenges, all in the midst of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
Please pray for The Bethany Children's Trust and our local partner LVLE in Goma, DR Congo. It is common for children in DRC to be accused of witchcraft if something goes wrong in their family or community, and to face awful abuse as a consequence. In the wake of Covid-19, the numbers of these accusations have increased. LVLE has built relationships with numerous churches, gently challenging the misguided beliefs that lead to children being labelled as 'witches'. Pray for God's favour on LVLE's efforts, and for churches who are grappling with child witch accusations in their communities.
Please pray for open doors and funding for literacy training in the Central African Republic. For security reasons the Gbeya, Kaba and Ngbugu translation teams had to live outside their language areas while working on their New Testaments and weren’t able to work on literacy in their language communities during this time. Access is still difficult, expensive, and sometimes dangerous. Please pray for a breakthrough, so that many people are able to read well by the time print copies of the New Testaments arrive next year.
Praise God that because of the extra time that volunteers have been able to give to the Bible Digitisation Project during the pandemic lockdowns, the team completed 43 projects during 2020. That is the largest annual total in the 31 years since the start of the Worldwide Electronic Bible & Book Service (WEBBS). These are Scriptures and Christian materials being produced in digital format ready so they can be made freely available on major platforms like YouVersion.
Thank God that our appeal for more volunteers is bringing enquiries, prayer supporters and some new keyboarding trainees to grow the team so that we can continue to make God's word more accessible in 2021 and beyond.
Libya has been one of the hardest places in the world for the gospel to penetrate. Pray for the country and for opportunities for people to go there. Pray for the government in Libya. Pray that God would raise up men and women of integrity, wisdom, and with the good of the people as their priority. Pray that more people living in Libya will be able to access the gospel through people around them, the Word of God, and various media. Pray that God will provide opportunities for people to hear about Jesus.
The Bedouin have lived in the Middle East for centuries and consider themselves to be the ‘true Arabs’, famous for their nobility, hospitality and other honourable characteristics. The Bedouin need to hear (and see) proof of a loving God who longs to come near to them. Pray that God will reveal the truth to them through the Holy Spirit. And pray that a day will come when they meet together in their tents and around their fires, praising Jesus with their chants and songs, and sharing him with others.
The Shaikh are an unreached people group across South Asia, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. Pray for a breakthrough among this muslim people group, especially for God to reveal himself to them. Pray too for gospel outreach opportunities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Pray that the gospel will be communicated to the Shaikh in a way they will understand, and that many will be saved as a result.
57,000 Buriats in Northern Mongolian live as semi-nomadic herdsmen, migrating seasonally with their animals. Urban Buriats live mostly in Soviet-built apartment complexes in major towns, where violence, alcoholism and gangs are significant problems. Northern Buriat Mongols were traditionally Shamanists, but most Mongolians have practised Tibetan Buddhism since the late 1500s. Today, about half of Buriat Mongolians are atheists, but many others have returned to Buddhist beliefs. These people need to find the true peace that can only come through knowing Jesus Christ. Pray for translators of the native Buriat language and for the distribution of Christian tracts, scriptures and testimonies.
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.
This is a troubling time for Lebanon. About 75% of the population needs aid and about 40% are unemployed. The economy has been failing and the currency has lost 80% of its value in less than a year. In a country of less than 7 million people, almost half live below the poverty line. With the destruction of the port in Beirut, it is difficult to get food supplies to the country. Ask God to pour out His mercy on the people of this country and to bless Lebanon with the resources they need to help the country recover.
Please pray that the 20 churches that have either been forcibly closed and sealed or ordered to close in Algeria since the beginning of 2018 will soon be permitted to open again for worship. Please pray that the provisions concerning freedom of worship and religion as feature in Algeria’s new constitution, following a recent referendum, will be adhered to and protected by the authorities. Please pray that our brothers and sisters in Algeria are encouraged and find great mirth and comfort through God’s love and that the faith shall thrive in Algeria.
There are at least 17 refugee camps housing many thousands of Yazidi refugees who escaped from Sinjar in 2014 when ISIS overran the area. Many of these refugees has been there ever since. Some of them are young women who were held as sex slaves or traded among fighters as “wives”. Our partners are actively involved in some of these camps bringing relief, healing and the hope of the gospel and small churches are being planted. Please pray that our partners will continue to have access to the camps and that many will find a sense of hope among the hopelessness and find Christ as their Lord.
Please pray for the 60 families who received humanitarian aid recently through Mission Without Borders. They are visited regularly every week in their homes and we pray for God’s blessing for them and their families.
We thank God for our staff, volunteers and partner churches who have been distributing shoebox gifts sent from the UK and sharing the good news of God’s greatest gift of His Son Jesus. We pray for all those who receive a shoebox to respond to the good news of the gospel.
Will you pray for our ministry in Central and Eastern Europe? Josiah Venture is part of a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. We offer a prayer room for you to take time to pray for 15 minutes, an hour or more for our missionaries, and ministry. You can sign up today at https://pray.josiahventure.com/.
At the time of writing, the outcome of Brexit negotiations is still unclear. It's hard to see how a "no deal" scenario would be good news for any organisation involved in supporting Christian mission in France (or, indeed, Europe more broadly). Please pray that, whatever the final political outcome, the Lord will grant wisdom, creativity, perseverance, and faith to all those seeking to share the Good News of Jesus in France and throughout the European Union.
Christian Unions Ireland exists to give every student in Ireland an opportunity to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2020 been a trying year for many, and student ministry workers in Ireland are not exempt. Nevertheless, God’s faithfulness prevails, and we continue to see lives on campuses across our island being transformed for God’s glory. Please pray for Mission Weeks taking place in most CUs during February/March. Pray that the Lord would move mightily to draw people to Himself and Christian students would be brave in inviting their friends to outreach events. Pray for the ‘Uncover Mark’ seeker Bible studies that students across Ireland are doing with non-Christian friends. Pray against the frustration that comes from not being able to meet as normal, and that students will not get fatigued but keep spreading the gospel and being strengthened in God’s Word. Lastly, give thanks for the kindness, prayers and generosity of CUI supporters. Please continue to pray that our abundant Father would supply what we need financially as CUI to continue in the mission He has called us to.
Education changes lives in so many ways. Children have skills for a career, school lunch for many are a critical part of their nutrition, education is one of the best ways of avoiding teenage pregnancy and early marriage. Closure of schools due to Covid-19 restriction has meant children have taken a step backward in their education, many girls have dropped out of school, teenage pregnancy have increased, parents are struggling to make even the modest contributions to educational costs. Please pray that children will soon be allowed back to school and once again be enthusiastic students and that girls will be protected from sexual abuse.
The Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM) in Blantyre performs a vital role in training men and women for gospel ministry in Malawi and northern Mozambique. EBCoM was facing severe financial challenges when it was forced to close by the government in March 2020 due to coronavirus. It will start its delayed new academic year in January with almost no money in the bank and with new Malawian teaching staff. Please pray for sufficient new students to make the college sustainable and for the Holy Spirit to lead, teach and inspire teachers and students alike through God’s Word.
Our Child Discipleship project in Northern Uganda was halted during the height of Covid-19 as schools were closed and Sunday School prohibited. We asked, how can we reach the children? Through radios and through parents! By combining a weekly radio Sunday School programme with encouragement and equipping of parents, we pray that more families will pray together, and children will be discipled from the home. Please pray with us that we will reach may children and their families.
Praise God for the good health of all the Bible Explorer class trainers, and that they have been able to return to visiting schools, teaching the Bible to hundreds of children. Pray for God's guidance in 2021, that He will enable us to reach more schools and districts in Malawi. Pray that the ‘clean hands’ project is well implemented in the schools and that participation of the children is good. Pray that all those in schools are protected from Covid-19.
The children and young people of Teso, Uganda are in our hearts as their lives have been affected by Covid-19 this year. Schools have been closed and there is a real concern of not being able to pay school fees by parents as family incomes have reduced. Prospects of further education and employment are uncertain, and we pray for all those who are fearful for what lies ahead. May they know God as the source of all hope.
Pray for the follow up to Al Massira (AM) trainings held in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Pray the ‘gospel of peace’ to be clearly communicated through every participant. May each proceed to journey through this gospel resource with friends. Pray our Father’s protection over his people particularly so as hostile groups increase their threats to ‘steal, kill and destroy’. Pray the One who came to give ‘life and life in abundance’ would meet with those that persecute him and his people. Pray God’s abounding provision for the development of an AM App to further enable his Good News to be heard.
Please pray for the continued recovery and rebuilding in Bangladesh, following the heavy seasonal rains in September 2020 which triggered flooding that have inundated 40% of the country. The flood was described as the ‘worst flooding’ since 1998. Pray for all the humanitarian organisation which were involved in the relief efforts, and for the people of Bangladesh who are having to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Pray that the Lord’s presence would be tangible for the affected people.
Give thanks for the Lord's guidance, protection, faithfulness and love in leading the work of The Dohnavur Fellowship Hospital for the past 84 years. Give praise that all six students of the second batch of our Nursing School passed their exams and are now on their internship and pray for the first-year students to study well. Also, the Indian Central Government has brought about many changes in the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act). Pray that we may cope with all these changes.
A conversation with an Imam in the UK led to the development of a new wallet sized tract for Muslims, beginning with Abraham and his children. It is now in translation for Afghanistan and other Central Asian lands. Pray for a means to print it and distribute from person to person as well as use in an electronic format to be spread widely in these emerging new states. It is also offered free of change on the Eurasia.org.uk website in downloads.
Galeed House has collected and distributed Christmas Gift boxes for the families with whom we have connection via our Children’s work. Pray that these would be a tangible expression of God’s love and care for them – and a platform for explaining the Gospel in months to come. We are also doorstep visiting all the Muslim women with whom we have contact to take a small gift and Christmas greeting. Pray that these would serve to maintain friendship and connection until we can reopen our doors for activities.