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Accusations of sorcery are a constant community problem in many remote areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG). An article in PNG’s The National Newspaper states, ‘the United Nations has estimated that there are 200 killings of “witches” in PNG annually, while local activists estimate up to 50,000 people have been chased from their homes due to sorcery accusations.’ Pray that this practice will cease and those involved can find peace in the truth of Jesus Christ.
An OMF worker in Central Thailand gives an update on the success of Christmas outreaches: “Mrs Oh is the only Christian in her village, but she again got permission to organise a Christmas celebration. Praise God that almost 100 people came, double that of 2018! Please pray for Mrs Oh as she continues to share the gospel in Nong Khaem village. At a Christmas service at Ban Phet Church on 22nd December one lady was touched by the Christmas message and testimony of an ex-prisoner who came to know Jesus while in jail. We visited her on 26th December and she decided to receive Jesus as her Saviour. Praise God! Please pray for her as she starts out following Jesus and for the church as they disciple her.”
Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of violence against women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region. During their lifetime, nearly 60% of ever-been-partnered women will have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from their intimate partner. Among all women aged 15 to 49, 14% have been raped by someone other than an intimate partner in their lifetime, and 10% in the past 12 months. Please pray for those affected, particularly for women scared to leave their partners due to fear and stigmatisation. Pray also for organisations like The Asia Foundation and the Australian Embassy who are working to raise awareness of this plight on Timorese girls and women.
China has had a very challenging start to this year. The coronavirus has led to quarantine, isolation, fear and confusion. As one pastor from Wuhan shared publicly: “we should pray for peace”. Please pray for peace for families separated, for individuals isolated, for children afraid of what might happen, for parents afraid that there is no income and no business to run. Pray for the churches to find ways to encourage each other and to reach out to friends and neighbours. Pray that the Christians’ display of peace will be an encouragement and a way of drawing others to Jesus. Pray that fear and uncertainty will lead to peace found in Jesus.
The mission of WorldShare’s ministry partner ChrisFon is to ‘Share the love of God through community development’. Their team engages in poverty-alleviation programmes in Pakistan, particularly with those in bonded labour, a form of slavery where people work for extremely low wages to pay off generational debts. Recently, ChrisFon gave sixteen families sewing machines and is providing the women with cutting and stitching lessons. Praise God that after just a few months of learning, they have been able to start sewing independently. This means they will not only be saving money they would have spent on buying clothes, but they can also earn money by sewing for other people. Please pray that this project would continue to bring hope, sustainability and dignity to those who have been struggling for generations.
The De’ang Pale People are an unreached people group who live in a various locations along the China/Myanmar/Thai border. Most of them are farmers or loggers. Buddhism, animistic beliefs and rituals cause them to be trapped in constant fear of Shamans and demons. They are considered to be relatively resistant to Christianity. Pray for those few Christians in this people group to have the courage to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus with their families and neighbours. Pray for them to be released from the fear and bondage of the spirit world and to be born again by the Spirit of the Living God and know HIS peace in abundance.
When Bangladeshis begin following Jesus, they know their lives will be a struggle. Pray for the converts who face the threat of divorce or loss of custody of their children if their faith is discovered. Some believers are expelled from their villages while others have seen their homes and churches burned down. Pray that they will have joy and perseverance in these times. Pray that God will continue to be the light through the body of the church and that God's love and peace will fill and unite the body of Christ that they will be filled with a passion to share the Good News with the lost.
The Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS) Sri Lanka have noted over the last few years that most Christian leaders are from English or Tamil speaking communities, not from the majority Sinhala-speaking community. Give thanks for FOCUS efforts to encourage students from this community to grow and develop in their faith and to take on leadership responsibility, including a conference in October last year. Pray that the students who have been equipped will pass this desire to serve on to others, who will catch the vision for reaching their community for Christ.
For many years The Leprosy Mission have prayed for an end to discrimination against people affected by leprosy. It is encouraged by the success of work in India through the efforts of various teams to repeal over 100 outdated laws. Give thanks for the amendment to a law from 1949, preventing people affected by leprosy from attending school and college, or even taking out library books! Continue to pray that all remaining laws will be repealed so that people affected by leprosy can enjoy the same rights as everyone else.
Please pray for IFES national movement students and staff in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and in one other country who are pioneering student ministry in new cities and on new campuses with resources from the IFES Breaking New Ground* initiative. Please pray that God would provide local Christian students who will get involved in this ministry and invite friends to study the Bible, and for protection and energy for staff and volunteers travelling long distances to support the new groups. *The Breaking New Ground project was launched in 2018 to support and resource pioneering ministry by awarding grants, by identifying and training people and by mobilising prayer across IFES’s global network.