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Conversion to Christianity remains difficult and those coming to faith often face opposition. Few churches exist. Internet-based Christian radio is available and many listen to the regular online broadcasts. Pray for many more mature, church leaders. Pray for effective teaching, in Arabic and Berber, of God’s Word, and its application to life and witness.
Arab Vision is working with a small team of expatriate Yemeni believers to present the Gospel in Yemeni dialects and to support local Christians. One response was from Ghalib (a pseudonym) who became a Christian 30 years ago through Christian radio programmes: "The war came and the area around my house became a battlefield. Death was everywhere." He finishes, "I am delighted that I found you on this Facebook page and I love talking to you!"
As the Turkish lira plunges in value, economic turmoil combined with rising Covid cases, has left many people facing a devastating and difficult future. Political, religious and ethnic identities are also causing strife and deep-seated anger. There is a hopelessness that can be seen in peoples' eyes. Pray for the rulers in Turkey to be wise and courageous and take decisions for the good of everyone. Pray for those who find themselves in a place of darkness and despair; that they will recognise that God loves them and is alongside them in their hardships and struggles.
Four out of five people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance, making it the world’s largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Civil war, economic collapse, and the mass displacement of people have generated a situation that continues to deteriorate and push already exhausted communities to the brink. 20 million people in Yemen cannot access adequate health care, nor do they have enough food to eat, and nearly 18 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Please pray for communities in Yemen affected by conflict and displacement. Pray that God will bring peace and restoration to this nation. Please pray for the millions of people in need of food and clean water. Pray that their daily needs will be met and that they will be able to receive humanitarian aid. Ask God to help Medair reach vulnerable communities with emergency healthcare and nutrition services, especially women and children who are most at risk and suffering from malnutrition.
The French parliament has recently passed legislation aimed at "strengthening Republican principles" to make it more difficult for Islamic extremists to spread their influence in France. However, while this is obviously a laudable aim, evangelical churches in France are facing significant administrative and financial hurdles as part of the "collateral damage" of the legislation. Please pray that the legislation will achieve its aim and that the Lord will enable His people to rise to the challenge of meeting the new obstacles.
Please continue to pray for Croatia as it gets back on its feet after a major earthquake on 29th December and continuous aftershocks since then. Pray for all those who have lost homes and livelihoods. Pray for the families who were bereaved, or for those who were injured. The churches have been helping many families whose homes were destroyed; please pray for Christians to be able to point people to Jesus, as well as helping in practical ways.
Much of Eastern Europe continues to experience a surge in cases of Covid-19. The hospitals are very stretched and many poor communities, especially the Roma, have been unable to afford medicine. Pray for TEN’s partners who are working amongst these communities as many have had Covid-19 themselves. Pray also for peace on the streets: there have been a number of recent protests against the restrictions and curfews which the Government has imposed – economic lockdown means that many families are unable to earn income, so there is a great deal of restlessness.
Pray for Neighbours Worldwide, a ministry which aims to reach unreached ethnic groups in the UK and Ireland. Working alongside existing churches, Neighbours Worldwide workers teach English, lead Bible studies, visit families, give out Christian literature and do all they can to share the gospel in a relevant way.
International Mission to Jewish People reaches out to Jewish people around the world to share the Good News. Budapest is home to more than 80,000 Jewish people – in fact, this large Jewish community makes up 80% of Hungary’s entire Jewish population, making it the largest native Jewish population of any city in East Central Europe. Bogi Kozma is our missionary based in Budapest and she is reaching out in creative ways to share the gospel. Please pray that the Lord will move among this community of Hungarian Jewish people and that many will come to faith as they hear the Good News.
In certain parts of the country, many farmers have lost nearly all their crops of fruits like peaches, apricots, cherries, and grapes as a result of a recent cold snap following a period of warmer weather that caused trees to start fruiting. Few will have been insured against such losses.
Figures recently released show that 2% of Spaniards are now considered ‘protestant evangelical Christian’. That’s an eight-fold increase in the last 20 years. Thank you, Lord for gospel growth! At the same time, sadly, there has also been a large increase in the numbers of those who don’t believe in God or that don’t believe they can know Him. Pray this week for Spanish evangelists, preachers, children’s workers, authors, poets, artists, teachers, mums, dads, and kids who love Jesus. May their witness be real, attractive, and Spirit-empowered.
Pray for Betel UK, an independent Christian charity for men, women and families affected by the hardships that lead to social exclusion, especially homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and long-term unemployment. It is a safe, structured, family-like environment where there is consistent peer-support: during the first few months each resident is assigned a brother- or sister-like mentor. Pray for more residents at their various centres in England, and one in Scotland. Pray for the Holy Spirit to change peoples' lives.
CLEAR Kenya is a legal aid project meeting the legal needs of those who can’t defend or speak for themselves. They've recently sought to recruit a new paralegal to serve a prison in Kisumu, where prisoners have very little to no access to laptops or phones to talk to lawyers or contact family. Please pray for the prisoners whose cases are not prioritised, and who have been in prison for longer than they should. Pray that Covid cases don’t rise so lawyers can still visit and help those in need.
Emmanuel International partner church, Tanzania Assemblies of God, is reaching out to a new area: the rural districts in West Tanga. People here are among the poorest in Tanzania with low literacy and the majority are Muslims. We are assisting the church to reach the community spiritually and physically, while training Edward and Joshua to start ministering. Please pray they will be able to launch into this new area effectively and reach the communities with Jesus’ love.
Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is a troubled area. New cases of both Ebola and Covid-19 are a regular occurrence, and rebel activity continues with massacres in villages and vehicles set on fire. Refugees arrive each day and need homes, food and security. Connectivity is poor. Life is fragile. Pray for this region and for wisdom and courage for Langham's Preaching Co-ordinator Bishop Isesomo as he offers leadership and works for peace in the name of Jesus.
Pray for resolution of the issues that have brought insecurity to the Central African Republic for the last eight years. Bible translation into the country’s 60+ languages is also impacted: pray for safe transportation and distribution of three new New Testaments this year, and for the three further teams of local translators working to complete. Many more language communities are now also interested in having Bible translations; pray that ways will be found to facilitate translation and the production of print and digital versions in these languages.
This clear and interesting prayer guide will help you to pray for Sikh people while exploring their faith, their culture, and their needs and concerns. Learn about them and practise the love of Christ through prayer for Sikh people by taking five days to pray for them, starting 11th April. This is an excellent resource for your family, church or study group and you can get your free PDF here.
The vision of 30 Days of Prayer is to call Christians to pray with love and respect for Muslims around the world during Ramadan. Join us in prayer this year between 13th April and 12th May 2021. This year the guide shares the stories of Muslims living in the world's cities. You can order or download your helpful prayer guide here. Also, keep your eyes out on social media for videos from 30 Days partner organisations throughout Ramadan. #30DaysofPrayer
There are 9 million Azerbaijani people, living in 19 countries, predominantly in Eastern Europe. Less than 1% of these people call themselves Christians. Please pray that more workers will step forward to take the good news to Azerbaijanis.
The Western Punjabi people group is found in Afghanistan and Libya. In both these countries, they are highly unreached and in need of workers. Please pray for workers to go to these countries specifically to reach the 105,000 Western Punjabis. In total, there are over 2 million Punjabi people in the world, living in 18 countries, 16 of which are classed as unreached. Please pray for the 46 workers estimated to be needed to take the good news to Punjabi communities.
The Wolof live in 12 different countries and number 6.2 million. In most countries, the Wolof people have the New Testament in their language. But in the Gambia, there is a special need for workers, and the Wolof only have access to portions of the Bible. Please pray for workers, who must be sensitive to the muslim culture, and will reach more of the Wolof people with Christ’s love.
Pray for the peoples of East Java, as this province of Indonesia is largely unreached. Pray for those who feel the responsibility to reach out to the people in this region: that God will clearly show them his strategy, and that there will be real cooperation among them and sharing of resources for the greater good of the gospel.
The Soninke peoples live in countries in West Africa, in France and in the USA. Their main religion is Islam and these 2.7 million people only have portions of the Bible in their language. Pray for the translation work, which is still in progress. Pray for Christians to serve among them for the long term, and for resources via radio and the internet to be used effectively to share the good news of Jesus.
As the military stage another coup in Myanmar and connections with the outside world are lost, remember those who are caught up in the fighting both in the capital but also in the border areas with Thailand. Here the villages of the Karen people have been systematically burned and bombed over the last few weeks. Just before the power outage and internet cut off our partners were able to send out some information about the situation, but now all contact is lost, and many people are fleeing for their lives. Please pray for those who have lost everything, who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Ask God to send His people with aid and the message of salvation in Jesus.
Pray for the growth of the Church in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese became Catholics under French rule. More recently, some have turned to Protestantism, especially among a few of the mountain tribes of central and southern Vietnam. Unregistered churches have multiplied and grown significantly all over the country. Praise God that a growing, witnessing Church is emerging despite ongoing persecution in Vietnam.
Reach Beyond broadcast gospel programmes into Myanmar using shortwave radio from Australia. Let us pray that the peace of the Lord inundates the hearts of believers as they navigate the uncertainties. Let us pray for boldness as they keep professing their faith in the Lord. Even though the military has not shown any signs of religious persecution up to this point, we know that they favour Buddhists. Christians there are praying that pressure from the international community will cause the civilian government to regain power and that might bring better days. One thing we do know: with all domestic broadcast and telecommunications being under severe restrictions, shortwave radio will be more crucial than ever in the country right now.
We’re heartbroken to hear that 171 people are missing and 26 have lost their lives in India’s state of Uttarakhand after a Himalayan glacier burst on 7th Feb. Please pray with us for all of the families affected. Please also pray for more Adult Literacy Class teachers in the state of Haryana where only 65.5% of women can read, and for Persecuted Christians all across India - ranked the tenth most severe country for persecution for a third year in a row. Join us as we pray for the safety and salvation of the millions of people flocking to temples in the city of Varanasi.
In Thailand, the Church is growing but not without resistance. The complex web of traditional culture, Buddhism, spirit appeasement and occult practices holds the population in a social cohesiveness out of which few have dared emerge. We thank God that, though church growth has been modest, a large proportion of ethnic Thai Church members are first generation believers. Prayer is needed for the contextualisation of the message for the Buddhist culture. Thai music, art forms, worship patterns, styles of leadership and Bible study must be developed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Uyghur church largely survives in secret. Small groups of believers pepper the vast land, three times the size of France. Squeezed on both sides by Muslims who consider defection not only a religious but a cultural betrayal, and Communism that insists there is no God. Praise God for stories emerging from the camps of believers having led others to faith, and others who have come out stronger, inspired to build the church. A Bible translation project nears completion, and an app has had hundreds of thousands of scripture viewings and many enquiries.
Please pray for our girls who are studying online, that they may apply themselves and work hard to succeed. There is a new District Child Protection Officer in our area, and we hope to build a good relationship with him, that he may be approving of our girls’ progress in general. We would also appreciate prayer for safe-keeping for those of our girls who are studying elsewhere in India, and any Old Girls who are working and living in various parts of South India.
Please pray for the Bonai people of Indonesia. One of the WO teams has made an exploratory prayer trip to visit this group. Pray for workers who feel a distinct call from the Lord to reach them. Pray that the Lord would open the hearts of the Bonai to receive the gospel. Pray for creative ideas for our team planning to reach them. Pray that, in years to come, there would be a thriving church planting movement among the Bonai.
Weeks of inter-tribal violence in Papua New Guinea’s Hela Province has left at least 19 people dead and around 6,000 people homeless (Daily Mail). Thousands of displaced people have fled to forests where the UN is coordinating efforts to feed and house them in temporary shelter. Pray for success in these disaster response efforts, and peace for the displaced people. Ask the Lord for the fighting to cease and His peace to prevail.
Please pray for a Pastor in East Kalimantan who was given a Lifewords Bible resource called Why Me?. He said that he really needed the booklet because many of his church members face problems and they should know that God knows their problems and cares for them. Pray that those who hear God’s Word would find salvation and peace in Jesus.
The uncertainty over restrictions, closures and curfews make student ministry challenging. Please pray for UCU Colombia staff who are mentoring students across the country, training them to lead Bible studies, disciple younger students and share their faith with course mates in person and online.
VIVA’s partner network of churches in Venezuela is forming a response to support former refugee families who are returning to the country during the pandemic but finding it extremely hard. Pray for churches as they work together to train families about planning and running micro-businesses, so they become economically self-sustainable. Additionally, children and young people are being empowered in peer protection and self-care, and protected against malnutrition, in a sustainable way. Pray for protection for the millions of Venezuelan people who are caught up in the desperate situations of migration, quarantine shelters and attempts at reintegration.
Discussions about science and religion are dominated by scholars working in elite Western universities and seminaries. Their work has greatly enhanced the quality and richness of these dialogues but does not benefit from the diverse experiences and perspectives of scientists in the Majority World. IFES has just launched the Logos and Cosmos Initiative to equip roughly 80 ‘catalysts’ from Latin America and Francophone Africa to plan and run projects drawing together theological and scientific perspectives. Pray for the applicants, the team supporting them and that this programme would have a long-term impact on individuals, movements, the university, church and society.
Christians in Myanmar are joining with their neighbours in political protest, but also calling for prayer from their Christian brothers and sisters outside Myanmar for divine intervention, wisdom and discernment for national and international leaders; that God would restore peace, law and order in Myanmar and that the suffering of people would end. Students are often at the forefront of political protests, so please hold them in your hearts.
Buddhism has been the Cambodian national religion since the 15th century. Cambodians were scarcely reached by the Gospel until just before Pol Pot’s infamous regime in the 70s, during which the majority of Buddhist monks and most Christians perished. Deep psychological wounds need healing and true restoration by the Holy Spirit. Recently, four new churches have been planted in Cambodia, and one of these churches has sent out three workers into world mission and is preparing three more. Praise God for these new churches and pray that they would be beacons of hope and truth within their communities.
Please pray for pastors in Indonesia who joined a ‘mobile mission’ to Sumatra in the midst of the pandemic. Gunar Sahari, Lifewords Indonesia Director, said: “We took with us goodie bags filled with Christmas gifts to share with the pastors who joined the training, and also for local children.” Give thanks for this opportunity for the team to travel (one of the first they’ve had for a while due to restrictions), and to offer support and training to pastors in Sumatra.
Tourism in Cambodia is the second largest industry after textiles. Although the government have made great strides to ensure visitors safety and comfort, people are staying away because of travel restrictions and costs of airline tickets. This has a huge impact on the small businesses that make their living off tourists. Please pray for the Cambodian families that will be struggling, be this a self-employed taxi or tuk-tuk driver or a hotel cleaner.
“The nail that sticks out will be hammered down.” This famous Japanese proverb highlights the difficulty of standing out in a group in Japan. Often people in Japan can find themselves enslaved by the expectations of others. To become a Christian may clash with family or group culture and is often considered ‘not Japanese’. Pray that social pressures would not deter seekers from accepting Christ or believers from practising their faith, and for groups and hierarchies to be influenced positively by believers.
International Mission to Jewish People reaches out to Jewish people around the world to share the Good News. Brazil has one of the largest Jewish communities in the world with an estimated population of at least 120,000 Jewish people. Rio de Janeiro alone is currently home to an estimated 35,000 Jewish people. To reach out to them, we have appointed Sergio Danon, a highly experienced missionary to share the gospel with the Jewish people in Rio de Janeiro and beyond. Please pray for all the Jewish people that Sergio is meeting, asking that many will come to faith as they hear about the Good News of Jesus.
This is an opportunity to pray for the 2.2 million Zam* speakers in a part of West Asia that is hostile to the gospel.
Many Zam speakers also speak their West Asian national language, but not all do. Pray that the gospel will especially capture the hearts of those people who only speak Zam. Pray that the translation team will know God’s guidance as they translate portions of the Old Testament to record and dub a film version of the lives of the prophets.
*name changed for security reasons
There are 11 million Tunisian Arabs, living in 11 countries around the world. They are unreached by the gospel in all areas. Please pray for new workers, new opportunities and a spiritual breakthrough among these people. Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to them and reveal Jesus.
The Udalan Tuareg are part of a larger group of nomadic, Berber-speaking Tuareg who live in an area that stretches from Western Sahara to western Sudan. Most of the Udalan Tuareg live in Mali, and an additional group of 170,000 live in Burkina Faso. Though the majority are Muslims, they practice a passive form of Islam, infused with folk beliefs and magic. Pray that gospel broadcasts will soon be produced in their Tamasheq language. And ask the Lord to send loving Christians from other parts of Africa to Burkina Faso to share the gospel with the Tuareg.