December 1, Sunday|
Pre-school for missionary children
CHINA. Some children of missionaries cannot go with their parents to the field. Recently, a compassionate Christian addressed this problem by contributing a large house with a yard for a playground to be used as a pre-school. The Christian Pre-School currently has alternating volunteer teachers, housekeepers, and babysitters caring for 15 missionary kids. These workers are not receiving salaries and pay their own expenses. A small living allowance ($100/month) would greatly help them as they continue to pour out their lives as a sacrifice to the Lord.
December 2, Monday|
Bringing ministry up-to-date
MEGHALAYA. Since 2000 this indigenous outreach ministry has been serving the Lord by planting churches and holding discipleship training programs. To date they have planted 19 churches throughout Meghalaya, Assam, and Tripura. Pray for new believers from these areas to receive greatly needed training. A computer ($500) is needed to help them better organize their ministry, conduct training programs and enable more accurate reporting.
December 3, Tuesday|
A step toward Christ
GREECE. Syrian refugees in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon have been trapped in undesirable conditions for many months, and some for more than two years. Desperate to find a better life, some pass through Greece, hoping to flee to Europe. The Bridge ministry serves these refugees by providing food, medicine, legal help, New Testaments and gospel meetings. Pray that these refugees will hear the gospel and receive Christ.
December 4, Wednesday|
Ministering among extremists
KENYA. Cornerstone Evangelical Ministry carries the gospel into unreached regions, treacherous extremist areas, and counties along the border, where 96% of the population is Muslim. Churches have been burned, pastors attacked, and missionaries are concerned for their safety due to bandits and inter-clan clashes. “But,” writes the ministry leader, “by the grace of God, we have persevered, and people are responding to the Word of God.” Transportation in these areas is sparse, so bicycles ($120 each) would help missionaries to reach their destinations regularly. Pray for God’s protection on each of these gospel workers.
December 5, Thursday|
Outreach to youth and widows
KARNATAKA. In southern India, an evangelical team is excited to share that many unbelievers are showing a strong interest in Jesus Christ. Several young people are regularly attending prayer meetings and new believers are ready for baptism. Pray for those who commit to Christ and for SEF workers to meet their spiritual needs. SEF also requests help for an outreach in Christ’s name to widows in the region by providing food and other supplies ($500/month).
December 6, Friday|
Christmas Gifts in His Name
NORTH KOREA. Pray for North Korea Open Window missionaries who struggle to present the love of Christ in this difficult area. The leader wrote, “Every winter we come across orphans urgently needing our help. Hats, winter shoes/boots, earmuffs, gloves, and heavy jackets are crucial for their survival during the harsh winter months. Pray these gifts given in the name of Christ will make a long-lasting impact on the children.” Gifts of $25-$50 will help purchase these items.
December 7, Saturday|
Missionaries giving 101%
CHAD. When a missionary leader visited a mission outpost in southern Chad, he was met by a missionary family caring for 52 refugees. But with the influx of refugees it is becoming difficult to care for more. Other missionaries in this area split their time between ministry to refugees and agricultural projects to help support their families. Pray for regular monthly support of $200 monthly to help keep several of these missionary families on the field.
December 8, Sunday|
Cow project helps children’s home
GUJARAT. This ministry is thankful for God’s provision of a shed and two cows to help support the children’s home that cares for more than 40 children from the surrounding tribes. They need three more cows ($640 for one cow; $1920 for all three) to be able to provide milk for all the children.
December 9, Monday|
Opening hearts to gospel
IRAQ. A common need of Syrian refugees in Iraq is keeping warm in the winter. When Shinar Mission contacts refugees and gives them a heater ($20 each), the people open their hearts to hearing the gospel and accept New Testaments and tracts. Pray that this demonstration of His love will be a means of bringing many to Jesus Christ.
December 10, Tuesday|
Outreach to Wichi tribal children
ARGENTINA. Praise God for 4000 people of the Wichi tribe who have received Christ as Savior in the past year. Tragically, most of the Wichi still live in extreme poverty and the infant mortality rates are high due to malnutrition and disease. As part of their outreach, Associated Ministries of Argentina provides a nutritious, life sustaining meal to 110 children every day. Pray for special gifts needed ($1500 monthly) to meet the program’s food expenses.
December 11, Wednesday|
Preparations for trainees
PAKISTAN. Fifty-four ministry workers came together to enhance their ministry skills and deepen their personal spiritual growth in order to work more effectively among teenagers. The ministry is requesting prayer for these trainees, that they are better able to face the challenges with courage and apply the lessons learned. Pray that CAP will be able to provide the training seminar in other cities ($1100 each).
December 12, Thursday|
Girls’ dormitory near completion
CAMBODIA. Girls who come from out of town to attend the University of Battambang have no place to live. Kampuchea for Christ has nearly finished construction of a dormitory and need $25,000 to complete it. Pray that they receive the funds in time for the next school session and that this building will be a center for gospel witness and discipleship for all students.
December 13, Friday|
Bibles needed for follow-up
UKRAINE. Evangelism is at the core of the work being done through Good Samaritan Mission of L’viv, whether by TV, Christian literature, street preaching, or visiting prisons. They also conduct community outreach, providing medicine, food, clothing and dental care to the elderly, infirm and the poor. Currently, there is a great need for Bibles ($4 each) and other religious materials to be used to follow up the variety of evangelism programs that are reaching hundreds of people in L’viv and surrounding areas.
December 14, Saturday|
TALIM for Muslims
DELHI. Over 100 million Muslims live in India, home to the second-largest population in the world. The focus of one indigenous ministry is to take the gospel to the Muslims of North India. Seeing the need for discipleship among Muslim-background believers, NMI has written an evangelism course called TALIM (Telling About Living Messiah), which is also the Arabic word for “teaching.” The six-month TALIM program trains workers to return to their communities as salt and light for Jesus. Pray that three new families will be able to participate in the next program ($300 per family).
December 15, Sunday|
Replacing gloom with hope
MIDDLE EAST. Children make up more than half of the Syrian refugee populations scattered throughout the Middle East. Native missionaries recognize this as a great opportunity for ministry to children by providing them with Bible storybooks ($3 each) that effectively share the story of Christ’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ. Pray gospel workers will reach many of the hundreds of thousands of refugee children who face an uncertain gloomy future.
December 16, Monday|
Building nearly complete
CHINA. A new Bible school building is being constructed in Central China. It will have classrooms, dormitories, a library and a dining hall for hundreds of students. It will also serve as a multipurpose building for missionary retreats, conferences and other special events. Your prayers and financial support are urgently needed in order to complete the construction. Pray that 100 gifts of $200 each will be received by Christian Aid to finish this project.
December 17, Tuesday|
People group no longer “unreached”
JAMMU & KASHMIR. For six years this particular mission has been reaching many different unreached people groups – most recently a people group called the “Yogi,” who had never heard the name of Jesus. For the first time in history, these people are coming to the Lord and SIM rejoices that eight families have received the Lord! In order to reach these people more regularly, and other ministry areas stretching over 150 miles, the ministry needs a four-wheel vehicle ($15,000) to take eight to ten missionaries to the villages.
December 18, Wednesday|
Gaining trust of nomads
JORDAN. The goat project of Ministry to Bedouin, Armenian, Gypsy and Druze is a successful way to share the gospel by meeting the needs of Bedouin families. The ministry helps Bedouin boys by giving them goats ($200 each) and encouraging fathers to mentor their sons in raising the goats and showing them how to sell the milk, hair and offspring. These impoverished boys learn responsibility and are able to earn enough to pay for school costs. The missionaries have established relationships with many families. Pray that a church will be planted among them.
December 19, Thursday|
Radio listeners testify
PERU. By the grace of God, New Life Evangelistic Ministry started a radio station over a year ago. They broadcast evangelistic messages and Christian music for 15 hours every day. One new believer wrote, “Through your radio messages my family and I received Jesus. Before this, my family life was a disaster. Now the Lord is restoring my family and marriage. With Christ we are living in harmony.” Another wrote, “Here in my town there is no evangelical congregation, so my neighbors and I gather to hear your Bible messages and music. Your radio programs are a blessing for us.” Pray for the Lord’s provision to continue this important radio ministry ($300 monthly) and that many more people come to know Christ.
December 20, Friday|
Former Hindu spreading the gospel
NEPAL. In 1992 an indigenous ministry was started by a Nepali man raised as a Hindu. An avid reader, he purchased a New Testament and a Hindi Bible from a Christian bookstall at the age of 19. After that he felt the Holy Spirit working in his life and was soon baptized. Today his ministry is reaching Brahmin, Chhetris, Thami, Newar, as well as Nepali-speaking migrants coming from the mountains and plains. Pray for two motorcycles ($1,000 each) to enhance the outreach of ministry workers who must travel great distances to reach far off cities and villages.
December 21, Saturday|
Street children respond to gospel
VIETNAM. Mission Vietnam cares for homeless Vietnamese children who lived on the street as beggars, pick pockets, or robbers to survive, and slept outside under bridges or trees. MIV takes in many of these children and teaches them to read the Bible. Their lives are being changed dramatically and between 15-20 children become Christians every month. Each month $600 is needed to keep the program running. Pray these children will grow in Christ.
December 22, Sunday|
Breakthrough in remote farming community
LIBERIA. James Cuffee, ministry leader of Christ Evangelical Fellowship Ministries reports: “I recently went with a six-man missionary team to Maccathy Village in Margibi County. Due to bad roads, it took nine hours. Once we reached our destination, we gave relief items to the 90 villagers who came out to greet us. After that, they heard the Word of God preached for the first time in their lives. We prayed for the sick, and God healed many of them. Thirty-seven people received the Lord as Savior, including two Muslims. Praise God for this breakthrough.” When the missionary team returns to the village for follow-up, they would also like to give 100 families farming tools. Each gift of $40 will provide mosquito netting, hoes, shovels and machetes for one family.
December 23, Monday|
Outreach to tea plantation workers
SRI LANKA. In the southwest area of Sri Lanka, a ministry is constructing a building as a meeting place and home base for reaching out to Buddhists and Hindus. About $3,000 is needed to complete the building. Pray for HML workers ministering to these poor tea plantation workers who need the hope of Christ. Pray also for the ministry, as Buddhist opposition has been increasing.
December 24, Tuesday|
A witness to Palestinians
PALESTINE. The Shepherd Society is a ministry of Bethlehem Bible College established in 1996 to extend Christ’s love in a practical way to Palestinians in great need. In the name of Christ, food vouchers, medical care, and children’s school fees are given freely. Gifts of $20 per month will provide these necessities for one family. Pray that this witness of Christ’s love and the message being shared will penetrate hearts for His name’s sake.
December 25, Wednesday|
Celebrating Christ around the world
CHRISTMAS DAY. Thank you to all who responded to the Christian Aid Grace of Giving Christmas gift catalog on behalf of our brethren overseas. Many of your gifts are being used today as part of Christmas season outreaches. This is a strategic time to reach the unreached, as many are curious about these celebrations that are open to the public. Meals, gifts, songs and testimonies demonstrate the Savior’s love for all mankind. Indigenous missionaries find that this type of outreach is helpful in establishing relationships, so necessary in bringing people to Christ. Pray that these efforts bring glory to His name.
December 26, Thursday|
Unique orphanage healing lives
UKRAINE. When two-year-old Veronika arrived at Father’s House she was physically exhausted, had body lice, a low body weight and acute rhinitis. She was fearful of everything and everyone. Nikita was 1½ years old when he arrived, also in very bad health, needing urgent medical care. Today both children are thriving after receiving proper medical treatment and the loving care of Christian “parents” who live and work at Father’s House. Regular gifts of $25 monthly will help to ensure that a needy child will receive necessary care.
December 27, Friday|
Land needed for growing church
BANGLADESH. Ministry leaders are grateful to Christian Aid, which sent funds for 12 wells, providing clean drinking water and sanitation. These wells are benefitting over 840 villagers. Churches are growing and RBT now has 2,400 believers in one district, including former Muslims and Hindus. RBT now needs land on which to build a conference center for church meetings and seminars among the Jhenidah, Jessore and Shatkhira congregations. Pray also that land can be purchased for a cemetery, as they are having difficulty in finding places to bury believers. About $20,000 will fulfill all these needs.
December 28, Saturday|
Students seek to serve Christ
BURMA. Myanmar Free Mission sent Christian Aid information concerning 28 students who need help with their education costs. These are Christian high school or college students and all are believers hoping to help the ministry once they get their degrees. Some of their parents are native missionaries who are unable to afford school costs. Each student needs about $500 to graduate or attend school for another year. Pray for these students as they continue their schooling and that their education will be used for the glory of Christ.
December 29, Sunday|
Unsung heroes remain behind
SYRIA. Pray for the Christian workers who stayed in Syria to share Christ with Muslims and to shepherd the remaining believers. Most have their families with them. They are targeted. Every day they face death. Food is scarce. Electricity is seldom available. The churches are dwindling, as believers either are killed or flee. Pray that these workers remain strong in Christ and protected by God’s hand.
December 30, Monday|
Another small ministry discovered
NEPAL. An “umbrella association” in Nepal seeks out smaller ministries in Nepal and offers encouragement and assistance. The Dharmikta Church is one such ministry, and AIM is working to help them reach the Loling and Gundi areas. In addition to adult literacy programs, they seek to help the native people and share the love of Christ by getting them started in a goat raising business. The project will include teaching 15 families how to care for goats, with two trainers instructing them for one week. The project will cost $100 for each family, which includes the training, materials for a goat house and purchasing the goats. Pray that all 15 families will be able to participate.
December 31, Tuesday|
His truth keeps marching on
HAPPY NEW YEAR. We praise God for the many thousands of lost souls who have come to the Lord through the work of native missionaries during 2013. And we are glad that our prayers were answered as thousands of new churches were planted in places where the name of Christ was previously unknown. We also thank everyone who gave or prayed for indigenous missions throughout the past year. You have helped over 800 Christian ministries deliver the gospel in many lands closed to missionaries from America. Pray that in 2014 the light of the gospel will shine in more places than ever before.