Answers To Your Prayers
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May God Bless the Reading of This Book
TURKEY, Eurasia Have you ever tried to read an adult book that didn’t make sense? Adult books often lack fun things that interest children. Some Christians translated Christian books into the Turkish language, but they failed to explain the Bible in a way that would make sense to Turkish Muslims. So a Turkish Christian wrote a book about God that helps the Turkish people understand the gospel. We have fabulous news: offerings were sufficient to cover the cost to print 963 books. Pray that those who read this book will trust in Christ.
No Skipped Birthdays
LEBANON, Middle East If your birthday got skipped, how would you feel? Poor refugee children whose families had to flee the fighting in Syria miss out on parties. So missionaries started to host birthday parties for each month. Parties are fun with balloons, treats, and puppet shows that share the gospel with these hurting children. Could your family or Sunday school class collect money to help host a birthday party for refugee kids? In answer to this need, Christians gave enough to host two parties for refugee children. Pray for more funds to hold a party each month.
Half Way There
KAZAKHSTAN, Central Asia Have you ever had a brother or sister barge into your room uninvited? As nine elderly Christians gathered for worship in Kazakhstan, several policemen barged into their apartment. The Christians ended up at the police station for six hours of questioning. Their Christian worship was called illegal. The court issued fines so huge that they were unable to pay. Pray for these persecuted believers. In counting up all the Prayerline gifts, over half of the money has been given to help them pay the fines.
Armed With 75 More Bibles
URUGUAY, South America What good would it do if you gave a Bible to a poor person who couldn’t afford a needed pair of reading glasses? For over 50 years Bible Army of Uruguay has been passing out Bibles. But that is not all. If a person needs eyeglasses or a wheelchair the missionaries provide them for free at their outreach center. This Bible Army faithfully gives all who seek to know Christ a Bible. So many people have taken a Bible that they needed a new supply. Prayerline donations will arm this Bible Army with 75 new Bibles to give out.
Given Safe Hide-a-Way
NIGERIA, Africa Usually it is easier for a kid to join a street gang than to quit. Other members often threaten harm to anyone who tries to quit. Boko Haram is a powerful Muslim “gang-like”organization that bullies Christians. Recently three Boko Haram members gave their lives to Christ and quit the group. Angry members now seek to kill them. We wrote that anyone wishing to help resettle these three new Christians in a secret safe location could send a gift. In total 16 people did and this will allow these new believers to be resettled in a safe hide-a-way.
The Fee Was Paid
HAITI, Caribbean Sea Benjamin Pierre was heartbroken by the vast number of Haitian street children. He did not want them to fall into a bad gang. Pierre and his wife started evangelizing and educating them. Today they oversee 11 schools and 12 churches. Sadly, many poor parents can’t pay the $5 per child yearly school fee that Benjamin requests, leaving him to work odd jobs that only partially cover the costs. When our readers became aware of Benjamin’s problem, 89 personally reached into their pocket—giving a sizeable offering. It was one of the biggest Prayerline offerings in recent memory. This will bring hope to many poor children whose school fee can be waived because generous Christians paid their fee. Now pray that the children will also understand what Jesus did. He paid for our sins in the place of us all. All who trust in His payment will find the fee paid by Jesus.
In Business For the Lord
NORTH KOREA, Asia Children all over the world love to play hide and seek. Persecuted Christians in North Korea live a real life version of hide and seek. Christians have learned to witness under the cover of starting their own small business. When seekers and believers visit their home, neighbors just think they are customers. This enables believers to have small house church meetings without suspicion. The North Korean Christians ask for start-up money so more believers could start their own businesses as a way to witness for Christ. When all the gifts were counted, it totaled enough to start 10 small business ventures. Pray that the new business owners will have many opportunities to use their shops to bring other Koreans to Christ.
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God Didn’t Just Add; God Multiplied!
VIETNAM, Southeast Asia—Do the math. If you needed to get 44 children to school each day and you only had 4 motorcycles, how many trips would it take? Figure that you could pack three kids on each motorcycle with the driver. How safe does that sound? Emmanuel Group Saigon orphanage needed 10 bicycles ($50 each) for the older kids so they could drive themselves to school. Prayerline friends poured out so much love to help the orphans. All 10 bicycles were supplied. Additional money given will help to feed and clothe each child. When God does “Ministry Math”, He doesn’t just add, He multiplies!
Pray for Little Rubber Trees to Grow
INDIA, South Asia—Where do we get rubber? Rubber comes from rubber trees grown on plantations like the ones shown here. You could google to discover how professional workers tap the rubber trees so as not to wound the trees. A ministry in India asked for help to start a rubber tree plantation to generate income for their mission work. Generous gifts from churches and Prayerline partners generated the funds to plant 2000 saplings. Pray that these little rubber trees will grow strong and produce a good rubber supply.
Love is a Language We Should All Speak
BRAZIL, South America—The language you grew up speaking is your mother tongue. Unlike other countries in South America where Spanish is spoken, most Brazilian children grow up learning Portuguese. Tribal Caiua children speak Cauiua at home. But love is one language understood by most people. Love is not just a word; it generates caring action. Caiua Evangelical Mission workers provide desperately needed medical services and education to poor tribal people in the jungle villages. Eleven Prayerline friends partnered with these Brazilian believers, enclosing financial gifts to provide assistance. This love reaches people for Jesus.
Prayerline Prayer Alert Answered
KENYA, Africa—Too much of a good thing can be bad. Rain is needed to grow crops and for many other needs, but we all know it can cause dangerous floods—destroying crops, roads, buildings and even drowning farm animals and people. Sylvester, a mission leader within Kenya, recently alerted Christian Aid about missionaries who have been left homeless due to flooding. In response to our Prayerline prayer alert, 33 families enclosed a gift for this need. There was enough given to rebuild one home and provide mattresses and blankets for 13 families. Continue to pray for money to rebuild homes for every missionary affected by the flood.
Fighting Hate with God’s Love
KOSOVO, Eastern Europe—Ethnic tension refers to trouble between people of different social and religious backgrounds. For years in Kosovo there has been fighting, which causes huge mistrust between ethnic groups. People who love the Lord find that they can’t continue to hate someone from a different group. Leaders at the Open Doors Church respond to hate with love. Pray for Christians sharing the gospel and planting healthy churches among fighting people who need Christ. The mission workers are thankful for the gifts sent to help them in their ministry.
Pray For a Big Catch
INDIA, South Asia—“When there’s a will, there’s a way.” You can usually find a way to do what you want. This is good thinking if you want to do God’s work. Mission workers wanted to explain the gospel to tribal people on some isolated islands out in the Indian Ocean. The Lord gave them a boat with the help of Prayerline gifts so they could obtain a fishing license. This will allow them to fish near the islands and make friendships. They want to follow Jesus and be fishers of men. Pray for a big catch so many islanders will receive the Word of God and love Jesus.
NEPAL, South Asia—Mission workers were happy to receive a camera so they can send good quality photos to supporters and share the exciting things the Lord is doing through Nepal Indigenous Revival Church ministry. But Satan was not happy. So he inspired a thief to steal the camera while it was unattended. But the Lord outsmarted Satan. Christian Aid friends responded by sending in enough money to replace the stolen camera with a new digital camera, plus additional funds for ministry. God always gets the last say!
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Don’t Make Do with False Ideas of God
CHAD, Africa —Poor people must “make do with less.” This poor woman has no oven and must make do with an outdoor fire to cook her food. Even worse problems face millions forced to make do with false ideas about God because they have never been told the good news of Jesus. Life of God Ministries in Chad (Africa) desire to win people to the Lord. They have a plan to develop several agricultural projects to both grow food to improve lives and also support gospel ministry outreaches. So far 19 Prayerline gifts provided the funds to produce food for mission work. Pray that people both in Chad and in your hometown will not make do with false ideas about God, but will receive the good news of Jesus.
Thank You Letter Received
INDIA, South Asia—Have you praised God for clean water today? A Christian leader in Rajasthan, India wrote a thank you letter to Christian Aid. “We are very grateful for your financial help to provide three bore wells (bored deep down to tap clean water underground) in areas where new churches have been planted. Hundreds will be helped in the name of Christ.” Pray that villagers will receive the “living water” of salvation.
The Beautiful Words of Life
HONDURAS, Central America—Honduras is a beautiful country boasting tropical coastline beaches and cooler, drier mountains in the interior. But the most beautiful thing by far is the way God is working through missionaries at Prince of Peace Mission to bring people to Jesus Christ. New church congregations are growing as dedicated missionaries evangelize remote villages. Praise the Lord for the gifts that will provide the beautiful Words of Life. Funds given will provide154 Bibles to encourage new believers. Now pray for new believers to share the gospel.
Great Outpouring Of 62 Gifts
CAMBODIA, Southeast Asia—Soup is on the menu. You will not hear any complaints from these boys. The alternative would be living on dangerous streets and eating out of garbage dumps. Do not feel sad for these kids; they are blessed to have caring Christians raising them in the ways of the Lord. Kampuchea for Christ is helping 300 kids. They are praying for a dormitory to better house the children. Hooray! There was a great outpouring of 62 gifts—a good beginning to help build a new dormitory to house the needy kids.
Freedom With the Lord’s Power
BELARUS, Eastern Europe
People may claim to be Christians but feel no daily need to think of Christ until a big problem comes. In Belarus Light of Truth Mission has been successful in reaching hurting people with big addiction problems. With funds from Christian Aid they started a rehab Christian center to help people find freedom with the Lord’s power. Recently 13 new people moved there for help. Mission workers are thankful for the seven gifts received. Please continue to pray that many troubled people in Belarus will turn to Christ and away from alcohol and drugs.
Mosquito Nets Useful
LIBERIA, Africa—James Cuffee travels through jungles and rivers to reach remote communities with God’s Word. Frequently, he and co-workers sleep on the ground amidst mosquitoes. He has contracted malaria several times, a disease from mosquito bites that causes fever, chills, headaches and severe muscle pain. Thank you for providing the missionaries who travel with the needed mosquito nets for protection.
Imagine Living with No Books
BURMA (Myanmar), Southeast Asia—Because we have an alphabet to form a written language, we can read. Imagine living with no books to learn with. The Laydu, a primitive tribe in remote Burma, didn’t have any books. In fact they didn’t even have a written language. All they had were spoken words to use until Myanmar Free Mission worked to develop an alphabet in their language. Now they plan to reach out to five Laydu villages to teach them how to read and write their language. Lessons will be combined with teachings from the Bible in the hope of winning them for Christ. Thank you for the gifts to help missionaries create reading lessons and also teach them about Jesus Christ.
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What grade are you in?
ALBANIA, Eastern Europe—In Albania village children often attend school only through the fourth grade. They must then go to work to earn money to help their families. Doing something fun in the summer would be a real treat. Thanks to Prayerline gifts Peace of Christ Mission held a five-day summer Bible camp for 40 children. At camp, caring counselors shared God’s love with Bible stories, crafts, and fun games. Afterwards the Christians met with the families to teach the parents about God’s plan of salvation.
Bicycles for Good News Club Teachers
BURMA (Myanmar), Southeast Asia—The leader of Biblical Faith Mission asked for 20 bicycles for teachers wanting to teach Good News Clubs for the children in the villages of Burma. Many read about this need and sent in enough money to buy 17 bicycles so missionaries can travel farther, reaching more children with the Good News Clubs. Please continue to pray for three more bicycles for these faithful workers.
Christian School Teacher Hired
SRI LANKA, South Asia—Abraham, a mission leader, wanted school children to learn about Jesus. He met with one of the school principals. During their conversation, it was agreed that a Christian teacher could present Christian truth in the school if her pay was supplied by the Christian ministry. Pastor Abraham sent an urgent plea for help in providing the teacher’s monthly support and Prayerline gifts came to pay for her salary for the entire school year. This was a great answer to prayer.
Saddle Up Your Horses
COLOMBIA, South America—Horses are slower than motor vehicles but in some places horses are preferred over vehicles. Native missionaries who travel rough jungle terrain find a horse more reliable. With generous gifts for horses and saddles, eight rural evangelists can now saddle up their horses. They are on the great adventure of taking the gospel to remote villages of Colombia. Please pray for the missionaries’ safety as they travel through dangerous areas.
Gun Shots on the Street
EGYPT, Middle East—How would you feel if you heard gun shots on the streets in your neighborhood? In recent times this kind of threat has become all too common on Egyptian streets. The good news is that troubles have caused many Egyptians who don’t know Jesus to think about where they will go when they die. Christians face threats to their lives by gunfire, but they have problems buying food and other important needs because of the fighting. Thanks to 29 Prayerline supporters who gave to help the missionaries with the high cost of food and housing, mission workers are able to continue to help Egyptians find true peace in knowing Jesus.
Nepal’s Extreme Mountain Biking Pastor
NEPAL, South Asia—Extreme mountain biking is a sport in America. But if you really want extreme mountain biking, go to Nepal! Nepal boasts the highest mountains in the world. Pastor Rai, who preaches in the mountain villages, saw his prayers answered for a mountain motorbike through Prayerline gifts. Pastor Rai didn’t want the motorbike for sport, but to travel to mountain villages bringing the gospel of Jesus to the Kirati Rai people, scattered throughout eight provinces in Nepal. It used to take Pastor Rai many days to reach each church, but thanks to generous gifts sent to Christian Aid, he can zip on his motor bike to visit all the churches in much quicker time.
Crowds Hear Good News at Wake
PHILIPPINES, Pacific Asia—Recently a godly Filipino lady went to be with Jesus. Large crowds came and heard the good news of Jesus at her wake—a time for family and friends to remember their loved one who died. Hundreds of people come to family wakes to honor the deceased. Customarily, Filipino families serve guests meals during the day and in the wee hours coffee or tea and snacks. A Christian ministry has discovered that people at wakes are more willing to listen to gospel films and preaching. However, the mission workers need newer film equipment to show the movies at more wakes. This is a need that still lacks the funds.
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How Albanians Say “Thank You”
KOSOVO, Eastern Europe — When an Albanian woman in Kosovo says “thank you,” she places her hand on her chest to show that you have touched her heart. Violeta, a missionary wife with Open Doors Church, receives many warm “Thank Yous.” Twice a month she plans activities to encourage the local ladies, including helping them understand the Bible. If Violeta rubs a lady’s shoulder lightly, she would be saying “Good blessings to you.” Pray that many ladies will walk with Jesus. Violeta places her hand on her chest to say thank you from her heart for your prayers and to the 14 donors that sent in a gift to help pay for the ladies activities.
Jesus is Not a Bad Spirit Tribal God
PERU, South America — When missionaries carry the gospel truth to the Ashaninka tribal people, some people claim they want to rob the tribes of their beliefs. While many outsiders do go to the jungle lands for selfish reasons, true missionaries share hope, faith and courage. For centuries the Ashaninka tribes have feared spirit gods. Jesus wants them to be set free to trust him. Missionaries will be able to supply 196 poor kids with shoes and clothing due to the Prayerline gifts. This kindness shows that Jesus is not a bad spirit tribal god.
Five Living in One Room
NORTH KOREA, East Asia — If you are playing around instead of doing your class work, your teacher may confiscate (take) what you are playing with until it is time to go home. When Pastor E* was sent to prison for doing good, the government confiscated his house for keeps. Upon release he moved into a one-room house with five others. Twenty-one prayer partners gave gifts to build Pastor E. a new house with room for Christian meetings. At this point he has almost half of the price for a simple house. Continue to pray for Pastor E. *Name withheld for security
Off on a Mission Adventure
GUINEA BISSAU, Africa— Often young people join the navy for adventure. To escape poverty, Andre traveled to Senegal to join the navy, but God sent him on a better adventure. He married Vero and together they journeyed to a village to share the gospel. That adventure ended with the entire village believing in Jesus. Here is more good news. Encouraged by the Lord, they are ready to start a new missionary adventure to take the gospel back to their home in Guinea Bissau. Many Prayerline friends wanted to help Andre and Vero. Gifts came in to provide their living expenses for the next two years.
Longing to See Refugees Running to Jesus
IRAQ, Middle East — Running can be fun if it is a game, but running from a war is no game. To escape the fighting in Syria, many Syrians have fled to Jordan, Lebanon and even Northern Iraq. Believers with Shinar Mission wish to provide food, blankets, medicine, health care and Bibles. Believers, who see the poor refugees on the news, gave 87 gifts to Christian Aid for the refugee’s relief. This will allow the missionary to also bring the gospel to hurting people. Missionaries are longing to see refugees run to Jesus and then start strong Syrian churches.
Bible Quiz Kids
SRI LANKA, South Asia— Have you ever been in a Bible quiz? Sri Lanka is a large island south of India, and every year believers hold an Annual All Island Bible Quiz for kids. Children travel from all parts of the island to the capital city to compete in several rounds of challenging biblical questions and scriptural memory. This means many days of study in the Bible which will help these kids know God’s truth. The children in the Bible quiz want to thank you for the gifts to help cover the travel cost to the Bible Quiz event.
In Business to Share Jesus
TOGO, Africa — The apostle Paul helped finance his missionary trips by working as a tent maker. Today mission workers start a business as a way to pay their bills, but it also provides a way to share the gospel with people they do business with. We have nicknamed these missionaries “tent makers.” A gift given to start a business in a non-church community, is a wonderful way to move Christians into neighborhoods to plant a new church where there is no church. From the April Prayerline, enough money was sent in to help three missionary couples start a business in places that need to hear about Jesus.
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Vero Brings Change to Her Village
SENEGAL, Africa— In Vero’s village, her father must pay a dowry to set up a marriage. Vero’s father had promised her to a man who she didn’t want to marry. Sadio, a Christian missionary, used $100 to pay the man’s family to stop the marriage deal. Vero became a Christian. Even though Vero is illiterate, (she can’t read) she was trained to understand the Bible. Vero taught the Bible in her village, and 45 people placed their faith in Christ. Sadio thanks you for praying for his ministry.
Rain Will Not Spoil Sunday School
PHILIPPINES, Pacific Asia — On a nice day, does your Sunday school teacher ever take the class outside? Every Sunday, regardless of weather, a group of Filipino children must have class outside. Missionary Max started the church out in the rural countryside with just a simple meeting hall. Many children enjoy coming, but there is no Sunday school meeting room. We asked you to pray for 50,000 pesos (Filipino money) for this building project for the kids. We are very pleased to tell you that gifts received paid for the entire project. Now rain will not spoil the children’s Sunday school lesson.
Carmen is a New Woman
BOLIVIA, South America— There is no telling how the Lord will reach people. Carmen ran a bar where people got drunk. God had a church next door. She would play her bar music so loud it would disturb the meetings. Carmen became gravely ill and called for the pastor to pray for her. Carmen listened and received Jesus as her Savior. She got well, closed her bar, and now holds Bible studies in her home. We received four gifts to continue the gospel mission work in Bolivia. They will be used to support missionaries and their families.
Warmed By Kindness
LEBANON, Middle East — Whether you are young or old, there’s nothing like a warm blanket on a cold day. For poor Syrian refugees escaping the fighting at home, a gift of a blanket ($10 each) from Lebanese Christians warms the body and soul. Muslim families appreciate the kindness shown by the followers of Jesus. Warmed by the kindness of Christians they are attending Christian meetings where they hear the gospel and willingly receive New Testaments ($2 each). We received 57 generous gifts that will allow the mission workers to help 30 Muslim families for the next year.
Pray For the Last One
CHINA, Asia — Even though the water in your faucet should be safe to drink, people often use a water filter to ensure clean, fresh drinking water. Due to serious water pollution in Henan and Yunnan provinces in China, two Bible schools needed water filters so students wouldn’t become sick from drinking the water. The funds were given to buy seven water filters, leaving only one building still in need of a filter.
Under The Big Tent
SIBERIA, Russia — Have you ever been in a large circus tent with hundreds of people? We call it being under the big tent. Christian Aid Mission bought a large tent, but it is not for a circus. Russian believers working among the Khakassian, Tuvian and Mongolian people groups use it for traveling evangelism. In a recent meeting 300 people went forward to receive Christ. However, everywhere they go the mission team has to find seating for the people coming to the big tent. Often the only seating they can create is made from hard wooden boards set on top of sawhorses. This type of seating is both hard and unstable. That is why the missionaries ask Christian Aid to help them buy 500 travel chairs ($4 each). Funds came in to buy 78 chairs. Please continue to pray for chairs for under the big tent.
Joyful Tea Party
SRI LANKA, South Asia — While sipping a cup of tea, most Americans don’t give a thought to the hard work of agriculture laborers on the tea plantations. One man called tea laborers a “neglected lot.” But God has not forgotten them. Faithful mission workers in Sri Lanka have invested years in caring for them and leading them to Christ. The believers had land in a tea plantation area but not enough money to build a church building. Prayerline partners reached out to help and sent the money for a building. The tea laborers must be having a joyful tea party to celebrate.
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A Double Blessing
SRI LANKA, South Asia — Movie stars want many fans but “Missionary Mark” was praying for just six. No, he wasn’t looking for fans to idolize him. Mark was asking for six ceiling fans to cool the top floor of the local church so groups can use the “hot-prone” upstairs for Sunday school classes. Christians don’t look for fans to applaud their work; they just want to have the real fun of serving the Lord. Mark’s prayers and your prayers were answered. Not only did the donors supply the need for six fans, but double that amount. That means the extra will be used for other needs to advance the Lord’s work.
Repairs Made on Time
INDIA, South Asia — Much of the Jammu and Kashmir region is located around the Himalayan Mountains where the weather is brutal in the winter time. If you visited the ministry located there, James, the group’s leader, would likely show you the discipleship training center built two years ago. The winter weather had caused the new building to deteriorate. Because of gifts, needed repairs were made before the rainy season so discipleship training could continue. Praise the Lord! This need was met on time.
Cell Phones Useful in God’s Work
NORTH KOREA, East Asia — Technology has opened up possibilities for evangelism even in difficult places. God is using cell phone technology to assist Christians living in North Korea. Cell phones that use Chinese cell towers are the fastest and safest way for “underground believers” to keep in touch to encourage each other in the good work and prevent problems. Our donors were so generous. Leadership partners will now be able to stay in touch using their new cell phones.
MALI, Africa — Keita went off to Bible school. As he studied, Keita realized that he wasn’t even a real Christian. Many people in church believe they are Christians but haven’t actually met the Lord. Keita was baptized and studied to be a missionary. Recently four of his family members were also baptized. Now Keita is ready to travel out on Mali’s bumpy “back roads” to preach the gospel. Donors gave a good portion of money needed to provide Keita a motorcycle to reach more people.
You Will Meet in Heaven
PALESTINE (GAZA), Middle East — The name Gaza, meaning “prized city,” was given by the ancient Egyptians. Today Palestinians in Gaza don’t feel very prized. The population, while youthful, doesn’t have much hope, largely due to ongoing conflict. There is only one small “visible church” in Gaza but God is mighty. The pastor must work another job because the small church cannot provide for his full salary. Thanks for caring. Eleven months of support was given. This will take the heavy burden off this hard-working pastor. For his protection we cannot tell you his name, but you will meet him in Heaven. Please, continue to pray for this pastor’s need and that the church will be a Light to many Palestinians who have no hope.
School Days Bring Joy
VIETNAM, Southeast Asia — What would happen to your future if you couldn’t finish school? Many tribal Vietnamese teens have given their lives to Christ. They have dreams to go to Bible school, but to do so they must first finish high school. Missionaries need education too. Sadly, many come from poor families who can’t afford the fees for high school. Prayerline partners supplied the fees for 24 worthy students. These school days will bring joy. Pray for good study habits for these young Christians.
The Word Finds a Home
ECUADOR, South America — Wherever you have missionaries working, you are likely to find church congregations—like in a prison. Gospel workers with Prison Outreach of Ecuador (POE) visit the prisons every day distributing literature, sharing the gospel, and leading Bible studies. POE has several congregations inside the prisons. Last year more than 300 inmates accepted Christ as Savior! The key to the ministry’s success is their commitment to provide free Bibles and study resources. Gifts to purchase 937 Bibles will mean that more than ever, the Word of the Lord will find a home in the hearts of prisoners.
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Clean Water for Persecuted Believers
BANGLADESH, South Asia—In rural Bangladesh the village pump is the only safe water source. When a family turns to Christ, they are often forbidden to take water from the pump by the villagers. A local ministry team led by Pastor Das has plans to dig wells in villages where new believers are having problems. Prayerline donors did not turn their backs on these new believers who needed help. We received 71 gifts which will allow Pastor Das to dig 58 new wells. Pray that God will protect these new Christians and bring other villagers around to listen to the gospel.
Peruvian Kids Outfitted for School
PERU, South America—Peruvian village children who live in the cool Andes Mountains air are thankful for their warm traditional clothing. Their Mamas spin warm llama or goat wool into yarn to weave sweaters and blankets. However, gifts from mission workers also bring joy to poor mountain children. Christian Aid was able to send funds to outfit 177 children with shoes and school supplies. Many of their parents give a listening ear to the gospel preached by the missionaries due to the love showered on their children.
Christian Thinking is Taboo
NORTH KOREA, Asia—What difference does it make where a person is born? What is the difference between a free and repressive country? North Korea is one of the most repressive lands in the world. Christian thinking is taboo which means it is not allowed. We couldn’t show you the faces of North Korean Christians in Prayerline for Kids because believers would be arrested. But that didn’t stop you from sending in gifts to encourage these persecuted believers. Pray for God’s power to change hearts as these brave believers quietly share the gospel.
Food is Not Enough
CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, Africa—You would be grinning if you were hungry and someone handed you a big bowl of food. Not only do the missionaries provide nutritious food for orphan children, they have learning materials and teachers who are ready to teach school because of gifts received. The Christian teachers also see that the kids understand the ways of Christ.
Cherished Wedding Bands Sacrificed
NEPAL, South Asia—Wedding bands are kept as a treasure by those in love. But in order to buy a piece of land to build a church, a dear pastor and his sweet wife felt that the Lord wanted them to sell their cherished bands. Things seemed to go from bad to worse. Due to troubles, they were forced to spend the money for other needs. Thank the Lord another plot of land was donated so all they need is a building. Close to 1/3 of the funds needed have been sent to begin the building. Continue to pray for the remaining amount to be added.
The Gift of Hope
JORDAN, Middle East—Thousands of “war refugees” were uprooted from their homes in Syria and now crowd into any housing they can find in neighboring Jordan. Praise the Lord for the 65 financial gifts that brought relief to despairing refugees. Last winter gospel mission workers visited the needy distributing warm blankets, winter jackets, and sweaters. During their visit they often found hopeless people open to hear about the gift of hope that Christ offers. Christian love makes a difference.
The Change is Obvious!
SIBERIA, Russia—People might argue over whether the Bible is true or not. But when longtime alcoholics or drug addicts are changed by Christ, what is there to argue about? The change is obvious! Through Blessing Mission, many former drug addicts and drunks in the Irtkutsk region of Siberia have been transformed by the power of Christ. When they sing and speak about how Christ saved them from their hopeless life, people listen and believe. In response to the request for repairs of the future housing facilities, seven kind Prayerline gifts were received. The needs for this ministry are ongoing so thank you for your ongoing prayers.
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Great Opportunity Awaits Answer
LEBANON, Middle East—Fleeing war, thousands of Syrian families crowd Lebanese towns. If thousands of refugee families crowded your home town, would there be room in your school for the children? Cedar of Lebanon’s school is making room for 200 refugee children. This is a great opportunity but with nine gifts given more funds are needed for teachers and textbooks. Pray that these children will experience new life in Christ.
Hooray Half Way
NIGERIA, Africa—We live in a mobile culture. We are on the move in cars, buses, trains and airplanes. Fulani nomad children are also mobile. They trek the fields and valleys, spending their days herding cattle in Nigeria—home to 7 million Fulani people. Missionary Crusaders Ministries are leading many tribal people to Christ. Often this brings threats from their Muslim landlords. Christian Aid has provided money to purchase land. Praise God we have reached the half way mark toward the building goal. Pray for the remaining funds to build a mission base.
Nations within Nations
BHUTAN, South Asia—Countries on a map are labeled nations, but within each country there can be different people groups, also called nations. For example, the different Native American tribes in the United States are called Indian Nations. Bhutan has 34 people groups with their own language and culture. Only six of the 34 groups have a Christian witness. Your gifts received for Bibles will supply 839 Bibles to give out. Please pray that the Bhutanese Christians will be able to reach these lost nations with the gospel.
A Caring Touch
GUATEMALA, Central America—Visitors explore Guatemala’s mountains, beaches, jungles, rivers, and volcanoes. Not too many visit the slums. Jorge Gonzalez knows slum living. At an early age he had to fend for himself—living in abandoned cars and eating garbage—until a Christian aunt took him in. Today Jorge and his loving wife Noemi run an after school program for 150 children in Gaujitos, a slum in Guatemala City. Because you care, Christian Aid Mission was able to send money to meet their needs for three months.
Christmas for Poor Palestinian Christians
PALESTINE, Middle East—In battles between street gangs, innocent bystanders can be shot, and even killed. We call this being “caught in the crossfire.” Sometimes we say people are caught in the crossfire, but we may not be talking about a real gun battle. Palestinian Christians are caught in the middle of trouble between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims. The Christian Palestinians are persecuted by both sides. Bethlehem Bible College encourages forgiveness and gives aid towards needs. We received 29 generous gifts over the Christmas season for helping poor Palestinian Christians.
Future Greetings in Heaven
CHINA, Asia—When you see a handicapped person, it is an opportunity to treat those with limitations as respectfully as the most popular or talented people. Our kindness speaks of the worth of every person in God’s eyes. Joseph and his father, who is a well-respected doctor, oversee the care of 44 children in the Ark Handicapped Orphanage. They grow their own vegetables to provide nutritious meals. Their soil is hard and the growing season is short, which means the orphanage must buy food grown elsewhere. We received 36 gifts for additional food supplies. These precious kids will one day run to greet the big-hearted givers in Heaven.
DVDs Effective Evangelism
TURKEY, Eurasia—Lydia*, an elderly lady who couldn’t even read, started a new church. She received a gospel DVD from her son. She watched it and believed in Christ. She invited friends to watch with her, who also received the truth of Jesus. They contacted the Christian mission that distributed the DVD asking for a Bible teacher for their group. Prayerline gifts provided 818 additional DVDs to share Christ inside Turkey. * name changed for security
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Sewing More than Clothes
PAKISTAN, South Asia—Politicians make lofty promises when they want our vote, but they seldom are able to bring their words to real action. Pakistani Christians are bringing God’s instruction to help the poor into real action. In one city they have opened three sewing schools to help poor, uneducated women learn a job skill. They share God’s truth as they teach. Christian leaders requested funds to open two more sewing centers in villages. Not only are the ladies taught to sew clothing, the believers are sewing God’s word into their hearts through their loving concern. While only three gifts came in to open two more sewing centers, the Pakistani believers are so grateful for your kindness. Your prayers and gifts have made a big difference through the years.
A Good Shot in the Arm
BURMA, Southeast Asia——Getting a shot at the doctor’s office is not pleasant, but you’re old enough to realize that it’s for your benefit. Many little Burmese children lack needed medicine. At Evangelical Believers Children’s Homes children receive loving care, including medical attention. The mission workers also go out and provide medical care to the poor as they preach the gospel in impoverished communities. Gifts receive from our November Prayerline provided funds to supply 2,027 children with life-saving medicine. This is like a “good shot in the arm” in supplying the need for their medical ministry.
Prayerline Friends Build a Bridge to People’s Hearts!
TURKEY, Eurasia—Bridges bring people together. The location of Turkey makes it a natural land bridge between two continents—Europe and Asia. Christians in Turkey want to be a bridge to bring the unsaved to Christ. Satan wants to scare people away. Sometimes the police spy on any Muslim who attends a Christian church. Muslims are fearful of facing family problems if they go to church. Wise missionaries go to them, giving free DVDs ($5 each) that explain the gospel. Prayerline friends came through with funds to purchase exactly 288 gospel DVDs.
Growing Sunday Schools have Growing Needs
HONDURAS, Central America—Winter might not be the time of year that you would want to be baptized outside, but in Honduras the climate is hot to mild all year long. Also it’s easy to find an outdoor spot for baptism since Honduras is a water-rich country. This is good because Prince of Peace Mission is seeing many people received Christ. Sunday schools are growing. We received 9 gifts that supplied material for 4 churches. Please continue to pray for the remaining 16 churches in need of teaching materials for the new believers.
Building and Heart Repairs Needed
BELARUS, Eastern Europe—Belarusians often welcome visitors into their homes with a warm slice of rye bread. Likewise, Christians are called to warmly welcome people to Christ, even those who are making bad choices. Many troubled people in Belarus have turned to drugs and alcohol instead of seeking God. Christians have purchased an old building to bring these addicts out of the cold and into a new way of life with Christ. At this stage, they have received a little more than 1/3 of the funds needed to make vital building repairs. Continue your prayers for building repairs and for heart repairs by Jesus in the lives of people addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Seven Sent to Bring Heaven’s Blessings
IVORY COAST (also known as Côte d'Ivoire), West Africa—If you enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, you might find it interesting to know that the Ivory Coast is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans. The Ivoirian people share their cocoa with us, and we can share something even more valuable with them. Seven Ivoirian Christians studied at the African School of Missions. They want to share the gospel in the Ivory Coast with unreached people groups. We received 9 gifts to help these seven missionaries. Pray for Heaven’s blessings on these seven.
Persecuted but not Forsaken
EGYPT, Middle East—The pyramids might be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Egypt. But lately, the TV cameras have recorded trouble in Egypt. The Christian community is hurting. Church buildings have been attacked and Christians mistreated. In these troubled times, fear is present for Christians and Muslims alike. Native missionaries use the terrible events to show God’s love through acts of kindness, which opens hearts for the gospel. They are persecuted but not forsaken. Financial help poured in which is very encouraging to these persecuted believers. The need is ongoing which means there is still need for prayer and support for faithful Egyptian believers.
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A Vision Still to Become Real
KAZAKHSTAN, Central Asia—For centuries Kazakhstan was inhabited by free roaming nomads caring for their sheep, goats and, yaks. “Kazakh” (a Turkic word, meaning free spirit) was combined with “stan” (a Persian word for land). Kazakhs and other local ethnic groups love freedom yet most have never heard of the real freedom Jesus brings. How can they when there are so few churches? A Kazakh Christian ministry wants to start 1000 new churches in Central Asia. We received five kind gifts to encourage the Kazakh believers. Continue to pray for the additional funds to assist the missionary church planters.
Why is Freddy Wearing a Big Grin?
CHINA, Asia—At least that is how we all picture Freddie Sun up in Heaven. He must see multitudes of Chinese even today entering the kingdom because he was faithful to the Lord. The Communist government sent Freddie to prison but God eventually moved Freddie and his lovely wife, Dorothy to America to work with Christian Aid. The Suns rallied many Western Christians to help Chinese believers spread the gospel. In August Freddie entered his greatest adventure—he traveled to Heaven. Freddie would not want you to cry for him but to pray for Dorothy and the needs of Chinese Christians. Praise the Lord! Multitudes of donors sent in memorial gifts to carry the gospel to the far corners of China.
Music to Moses’ Ear
MALI, Africa—Moses, in the Bible, is famous the world over. Today, a Mali Christian goes by the name of Moses, but he has no desire to be famous. Moses used to be an Imam, (leader) in Islam. It’s wise for him to quietly share the gospel since Muslims who turn to Christ are persecuted. Moses wants to lead people to faith in Christ. Pray for Moses’ safety. Almost five months of support funds came in through Prayerline gifts to help Moses spread the gospel in Mali. That is music to his ear.
Keep Up the Good Work of Prayer
PHILIPPINES, Pacific Asia—Not all neighbors are neighborly. The family who ran a business in a neighborhood house often caused trouble for Public Preaching Ministry (PPM). For three years the believers prayed and fasted for these troublesome neighbors. Recently they witnessed a miraculous change of heart. The disagreeable family came and asked forgiveness which shows you what prayer can do. These repentant neighbors now want to sell their home to PPM to help the ministry. It’s a good price and location. So far we received five gifts but have a long way to go. Let’s join with them to keep up the good work of prayer.
BOLIVIA, South America—The Quechua tribal people are decedents of the ancient Inca Empire that you may have studied in school. They are a tight-knit community where family is important. Quechua Evangelistic Outreach planed an annual Christmas party for the local Quechua Tribal community. Both parents and children gladly attended. Because 31 donors gave, workers were able to distribute free shoes and clothing to all the children invited to the “Jesus Party.” Pray that many will receive Christ and attend church.
Sadio Must Be Dancing!
West Africia (Country not disclosed for security.)—As a homeless boy, Sadio was living in a garbage dump. Rescued by a Christian, Sadio soon took the gospel to other street children, sharing food and clothing. Sadly, the only home they had was the streets. Today, Sadio is a grown man—married with four children of his own. He works as a missionary. Through support from Christian Aid, a Christian orphanage now cares for hundreds of children. Celebrate! Sadio is. In fact he must be dancing. The 49 recent Prayerline gifts from caring Christians will keep the orphanage operating during this season.
We Waited for Word Back
LAOS, Southeast Asia—Sometimes people misbehave at parties and end up being arrested. The Laotian Christians in 2011 threw a Christmas party celebrating the birth of Christ. The entire villages showed up to hear the wonderful Christmas story. There was no bad behavior but authorities hostile to the gospel became angry at the huge turn out. The Christians leaders who hosted the party were arrested. That is why we asked you to pray this year before hand. We waited to post these answers until we received word back. The Christmas party in 2012 was peaceful. The angels in Heaven are celebrating because many have received the message of Christ. Now that’s a real party! Thanks for praying.
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Time To Hit the Books
GUINEA CONAKRY, West Africa—Guinean children in West Africa are proud to have new school books provided by friends at Christian Aid. Native missionaries are helping poor children receive a Christian education; however their building rent is too expensive. Praise the Lord, Prayerline donors gave the money to purchase the land needed. Continue to pray for the final amount to build a sturdy building.
Taking Care of Our Father’s Business
UKRAINE, Eastern Europe—At age six Vladislav was sent to live with his ill grandmother in a damp basement with no windows. Sadly, his grandmother died. Good Samaritan Mission took him into their loving care facility. Because of his family’s problems, Vladislav got behind in his school work. Upon hearing of Vladislav’s need to catch up with his class, nine supporters saw this need as a way to be about the Father’s business of caring for a child in need. They gave the funds to pay for 23 weeks of tutoring. Continue to pray for the well being of the orphan children and the mission workers caring for needy children.
The Need for Speed
BANGLADESH, South Asia—A bicycle definitely allows for faster travel than walking, or even running. Missionaries who start who churches among unreached people in the Bangladesh countryside—where there is little public transportation—can’t make much progress visiting people by walking from village to village. This will soon change. Funds have been provided to give 27 bicycles to cut travel time significantly, so they reach more villagers. When it comes to bringing the gospel to those dying without Christ—there is a need for speed.
We’re Not Kidding
JORDAN, Middle East—Bedouins, who can be leery of outsiders, need to experience God’s love through friendships. Native ministry leaders run a Goat Project to provide free goats and veterinary services as a way to build relationships and share the gospel. Because you prayed and gave, Bedouins will see Christians are not kidding when they say they care about the poor Bedouin community. Recent Prayerline gifts toward this project will allow missionaries to assist by supplying 66 goats to needy families. The Bedouin children help care for the goats. The milk is sold in the market and the goat hair used for tent-making. Pray that the Bedouins will open their hearts to the best friendship—with Jesus.
Prayer Warrior Victory
COLUMBIA, South America—Guerillas make the jungles of Columbia a dangerous place. We are not talking about large apes called gorillas, but guerrilla fighters in warfare with the government. They often see mission workers who preach the truth of God in remote jungle villages as a threat. But that does not stop indigenous believers who do battle in prayer from working among the poor villagers. Prayerline prayer warriors can rejoice. Due to the gifts received missionaries will be able to give a pair of shoes and new clothing to 150 needy children this Christmas. Continue to pray for safety and that many villagers will trust Christ.
The Wheels on the Bus Will Go Round and Round
THAILAND, Southeast Asia—Nearly 1000 underprivileged students from Buddhist families attend a wonderful Christian school. Their poor parents don’t complain about the children studying the Bible since the school is free. Pray that many students will receive Christ. The mission also provides a bus so no child will be hindered from getting to school. The wheels on the bus will go round and round, picking students up, because the gifts sent in will cover the entire transportation need for this school year.
Let God’s Light Pour Out!
BURMA (Myanmar), Southeast Asia—Mission workers walk countless miles to bring the gospel to the Burmese Hill Tribes. Since few villages have electricity, they need a light source for preaching at night gatherings. Gas generators are too heavy to carry—plus gasoline is expensive. Solar panels are lightweight. They collect the energy of the sun and store it in attached batteries for nighttime use. Because the Prayerline gifts poured in to buy 22 solar panels, God’s light will pour out to unreached tribal people.
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Arab Christians’ Bold Endeavors
Syrian Refugees, Middle East—The so-called “Arab Spring” has not been friendly to Christians. It has made it even more dangerous to preach Christ. Yet Arab Christians are bold to share Christ as they help Syrian refugees with emergency aid. These dire circumstances touched the hearts of our supporters who reached out generously to help hurting families. Pray for the fighting to cease. Remember the Christians and pray for their persecutors to trust Christ.
Creating a Better Future for Kids
SRI LANKA, South Asia—Did you ever wonder where salt comes from? Salt is a mineral. While some salt is mined deep underground, in Sri Lanka they also harvest salt in salt-beds through solar evaporation from seawater. Poor day laborers in the salt-beds of Sri Lanka are often mothers who, while working, have no one to care for their children. Christians started a safe daycare center teaching the ways of Jesus. Prayerline gifts from our donors in August will cover the entire cost for a three and one half month period—creating a better future for kids. Pray that through these efforts kids and family members will also come to Christ.
Always the Right Time
SIBERIA, Subarctic Russia—Siberia is in the subarctic region right below the Arctic Circle. The climate is not as cold as the North Pole but the summer growing season is short. Regardless of what season we are in, it is always the right time to study the Bible and grow in Christian faith. Eager Siberian students, far from a school, can learn without leaving their village through a Video Bible School. This keeps tuition costs low but even so, low income students still need assistance. The funds given will help but the need is still great. Please remain in prayer for this unmet need.
Tribal People Waiting to Hear
NIGERIA, Africa—What if no one in your community had the faintest idea of who Jesus was? For years John and Ruth practiced ancestor worship (praying to dead relatives for help) since they knew no better. Today John and Ruth are radiant Christians thrilled that their baby, Michael, will grow up knowing the ways of God because American Christians gave to send a mission worker to their village. Your prayers and generous gifts given for this cause will help native believers to bring the gospel to tribal people waiting to hear.
INDONESIA, Southeast Asia—Are you working hard in school? Antiokhia Ministry provides schooling for missionaries. They want serious students. Before a student pastor can graduate from the missionary training, he must establish a new church with at least 21 new Christians. Missionaries are supplied with free Bibles for each person they lead to Christ. Praise the Lord, we received enough funds to buy 366 Bibles. Pray for these pastors in training and the new believers.
A Cheerful Gang
ARGENTINA, South America—The Wichi, a tribal people, traditionally survived by hunting and fishing, but outsiders have taken over lands once used for hunting. Associated Ministries, a Christian mission, has helped them adjust by teaching them adult job skills such as brick-making and masonry. They set up free medical clinics and a daily nutritious meal center for 110 poor Wichi children. When it is supper time at the center, the children are a cheerful gang. Many Wichi have become Christians. The cost for nourishing meals was donated through Prayerline gifts for an entire month.
Giving the Encouragement of Song
LAOS, Southeast Asia—Does your church use song books called hymnals as you sing, or do they project the lyrics to praise songs on a screen for worshipers to see? Most churches in Laos have no such high-tech equipment. They requested the money to purchase hymnals to use in their worship services. So far, gifts to provide 51 hymnals have arrived. Thank you! Singing praise to the Lord is encouraging to Laotian believers who often live among neighbors who discriminate against Christians.
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Making Progress after Accident
INDIA, South Asia—Samuel and his wife Chandrika are dedicated to bringing unreached people groups to saving faith. Recently Chandrika was in a car accident and suffered a serious head injury. She is recovering and making progress in physical therapy but the medical expenses are great. They are thankful for the 21 gifts sent by generous donors. Pray for Chandrika’s healing and for additional funds still needed to pay off the medical bills.
Internet Ministry in Jeopardy
PERSIAN GULF STATES, Middle East—Because computer use has increased in recent years, Middle Eastern people are willing to view new ideas. The Internet allows more “free-flow-of-information.” Sadly, recent Middle East events resulted in unrest that has caused some countries to even shut down some types of internet use. The need for funds to develop more Gospel Web Pages is still unmet. Pray for peace so the Internet Ministry can reach people in the Middle East.
Gift for New Believers
PARAGUAY, South America—Does your church pass an offering plate during the service? Often instead of taking a collection in church services, Paraguay Missionary Churches distribute aid to needy people. That does not mean that poor believers do not do their part in sharing the gospel. PMC workers have plans for several evangelistic outreaches involving the new churches they have started. Donors responded warmly for the request for funds to buy Bibles. Soon PMC can purchase 218 Bibles to be given to new believers who the church members bring to Christ.
JORDAN, Middle East—Do your parents prompt you to smile when posing for a picture? Bringing a smile to the face of another is better than posing. We wrote that there will be no happy first day of school for poor Bedouin and Gypsy children who lack school supplies. Today there are many happy faces. We received funds to supply school materials for 69 poor Bedouin and Gypsy children. Thank the Lord for the good response.
Vocational School is not a Vacation
CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, Africa—Some people go to vocational school where they learn a trade—job skill. Elijah’s ministry provides shelter, discipline and vocational schooling for 35 orphans. Three of the oldest students are in studies for careers in tailoring, baking and healthcare. Nine more students are ready to start but lack tuition for job training. At this point the funds have come in for six additional students. Please continue to pray for the remaining money needed.
Happy to Report
NEPAL, South Asia—Pastor Bir saw the need to provide a school for uneducated children. The children come from the remote mountains of Nepal where they were used to cooler temperatures than exist in the two-story school dorm. We are happy to report gifts poured in to purchase the needed ceiling fans to create a healthier sleeping environment. Thank you! The children can now get the rest they need for proper learning.
In Time for Winter
THE UKRAINE, Eastern Europe—Growing children do best in loving families. This principle caused Emmanuel Mission to provide for orphans in family-style living. A large home is divided into separate apartments with surrogate parents—married Christian couples caring for each small group of orphans. The children’s home in Krasnoarmeisk houses 27 children in different family units. They requested a new boiler for steam heat to provide warmth in time for winter. Proof of God’s grace: The entire amount has been supplied by our generous donors.
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Middle East Audience Growing
PERSIAN GULF STATES, Middle East—Study a map to locate the the Persian Gulf States: Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Even though responses in these Muslim lands can be hostile towards the gospel, Christian radio and gospel internet websites find their audience growing in the Middle East. Christian media ministries contact Christian Arabs to quietly follow-up each inquiry and pass out gospel packets. Prayerline donors responded with 29 generous gifts since June. This outpouring of support will provide 446 packets. Pray that many Arabs will trust Christ.
Chandima and Rebecca Encouraged
SRI LANKA, South Asia—Motorized three-wheel bikes are popular in Sri Lanka where cars are too expensive for the average person. As a husband and wife team, Chandima and Rebecca, travel to churches doing ministry together. Often they find themselves stranded far from home because public transportation is undependable. They need a vehicle of their own. Chandima and Rebecca are encouraged by gifts sent to Christian Aid for their need. Pray that soon the rest of the funds needed to buy a reliable motorize three-wheel bike will be given.
Building Back after Tragic Fire
NIGER (pronunciation: nezhair), Africa—Have you ever visited a farmer’s market with many outdoor booths selling farm fresh food? Outdoor booths are typical in African shopping markets. In order for poor Christians in Niger to support themselves and their mission work, many run a family business at the Central market. A tragic fire burnt an entire market to the ground. There is no insurance, so Christian Aid was pleased to receive 19 generous Prayerline gifts to help Christians rebuild. Pray that the mission-minded families will be financially stable so they can continue their good work for Christ.
Pray for Open Hearts
BHUTAN, South Asia—Bhutan is a Buddhist Kingdom, tucked in the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains. Only a few Christians live there. Years ago a Bhutanese pastor fled his home country due to threats on his life. Because of your caring gifts, the Lord has open a way for him to do “underground work” traveling among village people. For security reasons we can’t disclose the pastor’s name but please pray for his safety and for open hearts as he shares Christ.
Nearly 90 and Still Leading
INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA, Asia—Mongolia’s landscape is mostly steppes—prairie grasslands. Outer Mongolia is outside of China, while Inner Mongolia is part of China. Gao (Gow) was a committed communist in Inner Mongolia and did not believe in God. One day he saw a bright light and heard a voice from God that caused him to trust Christ. Pray for Elder Gao, now nearly 90, yet still busy training young Christians. Praise the Lord! Gifts continue to come in to help his schools train Christian leaders.
Pray for Prayer Partners
PERU, South America—Julio, a poor Peruvian villager did not have a cheerful life like he desired. He was addicted to drugs and had no hope. Gratefully Julio escaped the “drug world” when he received Christ and was discipled by mission workers from New Life Evangelistic Ministry. While we received 11 loving donations to support native mission workers, please continue to pray for prayer partners who will commit to monthly support for work among the rural villages.
Avid Radio Listeners
RUSSIA, Eurasia—Americans often tune into radio while in their cars but Russian are avid listeners in their homes. Via (by) satellite, 103 million families can be reached with Christian Radio for Russia—helping many to come to Christ. Recently, we received an urgent plea for help. An important piece of equipment—an audio compressor—has broken down which is needed to produce good quality gospel broadcast. So far, half of the funds have been given. Please pray for the remaining amount need to replace the audio compressor so that many listeners can hear the gospel.
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BENIN, Africa—Benin is the birthplace of voodoo, a religion where witch doctors control people’s lives through worship of evil spirits and idols. Gaston, a well educated Christian, wants to free people from these false beliefs. He quit his high-paying job to start New Birth Mission. Following the pattern of Jesus, Gaston trained 12 missionary disciples to carry the gospel to three people groups immersed in voodoo and idolatry. The new believers are growing in Christ and needed Bibles. Joining together with Gaston, 30 Prayerline donors gave to provide 138 Bibles for these new believers.
ECUADOR, South America—Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet paper may not seem like a big deal to you or I, but to prisoners who lack these “necessaries,” a gift of a toiletry kit ($10 each) is a big deal. Because you prayed and gave 140 prisoners in Ecuador will receive a kit. Prison Outreach has seen hundreds of prisoners receive Christ through showing kindness and sharing God’s word with inmates. Prison officials notice the difference Christ makes in lives—among the Christian prisoners there is little or no fighting or drug use.
TURKEY, Eurasia—The Bosphourus Bridge in Istanbul—Turkey’s largest city—connects Europe with Asia. Turkey is categorized as Eurasia (Europe +Asia). Turkey is an important crossroads for spreading the gospel on both continents. Generous gifts from 24 donors will allow bold Turkish Christians to share the gospel with people from many backgrounds this month. Continue to pray for the believers to be reinforced with evangelistic pamphlets and follow-up New Testaments for future months. Pray for open hearts to God’s truth
VIETNAM, Southeast Asia—Leprosy can be a crippling disease that damages nerves and causes numbness in the arms and legs. Without proper care, victims can loose limbs. Last year 430 Christian lepers in the Central Highland region were encouraged by Vietnamese Evangelical Churches help in time of their need. Gifts of livestock (baby chicks and goats) provide the lepers with a means of support, and care packages help them tend to their physical needs. This need so captured the hearts of our prayer partners that the mission workers will be able to care for 1000 villagers with leprosy this year.
BOLIVIA, South America—Is your family making plans to travel this summer? Bolivian missionaries also have to plan and pack carefully, but not for a vacation. They travel to remote riverside communities in Bolivia to plant new churches. After years of work in villages, they are finally seeing good results. In one local church, 17 new believers were baptized. Growing congregations in 12 villages were praying for more Bibles and Sunday school material. All twelve churches will soon have new teaching materials since this need was completely covered by gifts from caring friends.
SENEGAL, West Africa—Do you love to play at a local playground? Missionaries were praying for funds to help care workers build a playground for little Senegalese orphans. Christians have built an orphanage and taken in homeless children. House parents lovingly nurture children in Christian living, but the kids lacked a safe play area. But that will not last long. Enough funds were supplied to erect three swing sets and one jungle gym, with $60 left over for nets, soccer balls and volleyballs.
SYRIA, Middle East—Most people prefer to stay in the land where they were born. When things are in turmoil from civil war—as in Syria today—many people are forced to flee their homes. Refugees are on the run, seeking a safer place, and looking for a helping hand. Four different mission groups in Syria are assisting hurting people: providing practical care and spiritual direction. A sum of 48 gifts were received so that a total of 451 New Testaments and 351 Children’s story Bibles can be purchased for distribution. Syrians are looking for answers in the midst of the confusion they face.
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Providing a Christian Upbringing
West Africa—Many “street children” in African are not orphans, it’s just that their poor parents find it hard to provide even food and clothes so paying school fees would be out of the question. Christian mission workers, sent by God, offer help with food, clothing, medicine and Christian education so poor children will have a Christian upbringing, saving them from those who would mistreat them on the street. Prayerline partners gave to provide for 32 needy children for the next three months. (country not identified for security reasons)
A Flood of Love
BURMA (Myanmar), South East Asia—Rice, a staple food in Asia, is grown in shallow water-filled paddies. Rain is good as long as you don’t receive too much. Recent destructive flooding ruined all the rice fields in a region where an indigenous missionary has worked for two years to explain the gospel to the villagers. Due to the floods, there will be no crops for the villagers for several months. The flood supplies a great opportunity to show them God’s love through Christians. Emergency food help is being supplied to 600 Burmese families affected. Instead of a destructive flood, this is a flood of love. Pray that they will trust Jesus.
Captured on Camera
Andaman Islands, South Asia—Imagine a primitive place with no electricity, telephones, toilets, schools, or even a written language. Some spots among Andaman’s 572 islands would qualify as primitive. Indian missionaries must travel 750 miles off the coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, to evangelize unreached tribes using gospel films. Mission workers need digital cameras to capture the work in photos to show supporters how God is working. Two generous givers gave enough for one digital camera. Four more missionaries are waiting for a digital camera.
Teens Winning Teens
JORDAN, Middle East—You don’t have to be an adult to be a missionary. You can share Jesus with your friends. A ministry in Jordan trains Christian Bedouin teens to be missionaries. Young people in the Bedouin community are more willing to take gospel materials and Bibles given by someone their own age. Prayerline contributions will allow these Jordanian believers to acquire 418 Bible to distribute. Pray that these young gospel workers will be bold in sharing Jesus and lead many Bedouins of their generation to Christ.
Read and Heed
HONDURAS, Central America—Little Honduran children enjoy parties. Día del Niño is a children’s day celebrated in homes, schools and churches with piñatas full of treats. Did you know that in Heaven there are also great celebrations? When people repent and trust Jesus—Heaven throws a party! Prince of Peace Ministries rejoices too, as they preach in remote villages, and see people trust Jesus. Praise the Lord, gifts came in to Christian Aid to provide 132 new Christians with a Bible of their own. Pray that they will be faithful to read and heed (obey) God’s Word.
For Year to Come
KYRGYZSTAN, Central Asia—Computer games and TV tend to cause many American kids to skip doing healthy, physical activities. Even Kyrgyzstani youth fail to be active because of modern gadgets. A gospel ministry has a camping program. When teens are out hiking and camping, they enjoy the beautiful world that God created. They are refreshed in their spirit, and more receptive to hear the teachings of Christ. Funds were supplied for 14 new tents. For years to come, many Kyrgyzstani youngsters will reflect on God’s truth while on Christian retreats.
Travel to Tribal People
CHINA, East Asia—Do you enjoy eating olives? Jesus often visited an olive grove on the slopes of a mountain near Jerusalem to pray. Some Christians in Beijing, the capital city of China, named their Bible training school after this famous place. Each year students from the Mount of Olives Bible Seminary take a mission trip to far places in China—bringing the gospel to Muslins, Tibetans, and tribal people. Pray for the funds for this year’s trip.
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Goat’s Milk with Meals
NEPAL, South Asia—Winter is hard for people living in the Himalayan Mountains near the Tibetan border so they are glad that spring has come. While strong Buddhist beliefs are an obstacle to the gospel, Christians have found villagers willing to listen as they provide for urgent needs of poor families. Recent Prayerline gifts came in to provide 106 village families with a pair of goats to providing nutritious milk and wool for clothing—creating a better livelihood for each poor family. Pray that many will listen with open hearts as the missionaries share the gospel.
Discipled in Christian Living
ISLAMIC AFRICA—Thanks to loving gifts from Christian Aid donors, a Christian school has opened it doors to 300 children in their Islamic country. They are now being educated and discipled in Christian living by native missionaries who love the Lord. Praise the Lord, 14 more gifts came in toward school furnishings and equipment. Continue to pray for the rest of the needs for the school.
In Spite of Danger
COLOMBIA, South America—Colombia can boast of having beautiful Andes Mountain ranges and gorgeous Pacific beaches, but few American tourists venture there due to a travel advisory from the State Department. Guerrilla fighters sometimes bully people to gain control over the government. Colombian Christians bravely spread the gospel in remote jungle villages in spite of danger from the guerrillas. Thanks to 20 gifts toward the Bible fund, 113 Bibles can be distributed among the growing number of new believers.
Medical Camps Save Lives and Souls
INDIA, South Asia—Bangalore, the modern capital city of the state of Karnataka, is a leader in the rapid increase of technology in India. Yet many villages there are so “backward” that they have few schools, hospitals, or even electricity. Indian Christian workers provide free medical camps to treat poor villagers and give them the good news of new life in knowing Christ. Because friends of Christian Aid cared there is now adequate funding for 18 medical camps in the coming months. Pray that many villagers will receive Christ through this ministry.
Billions Spent—Peace Still Missing without Jesus
IRAQ, Middle East—Money can buy things like a toy, DVD, or book—but money cannot buy everything. One thing the people in Iraq know is that money cannot buy peace. Governments have spent billions of dollars fighting to bring peace to Iraq, but only Jesus can bring true peace by changing people’s hearts. Christian Aid Mission donors generously sent 47 gifts to buy gospel DVDs ($1 each) and New Testaments ($2 each) so that many Iraqi people will have a chance to find peace by trusting Christ.
Lights, Camera and Gospel Action!
UKRAIN, Europe— Prayerline friends have given to put a Ukrainian evangelist, Slavik Radchuk in front of a TV camera. Recently Slavik spent two months traveling in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Siberia. He was able to preach in 18 mass meetings and make 52 TV and 13 radio Christian programs to broadcast the gospel to millions of people. These broadcasts do not come free so continue to pray for more gifts needed to buy broadcast time.
Still Waiting for Green Light
UZBEKISTAN, Central Asia—What do Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have in common? All end with “stan” which means “land.” Uzbekistan means “land of Uzbeks.” Uzbekistan is a hub—meaning it is in the center—sharing a border with all other “stan” countries except Pakistan. Despite persecution, Uzbekistan has a vibrant Christian community capable of offering Christian training to believers from all these “stan” nations. So far, Christian Aid Mission received three gifts to help poor students with financial needs for travel, lodging and books but others are still waiting for “the green light,” meaning the needed money to pay for schooling. Pray for this need to be met soon.
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Prayerline Family Meets the Need
SIBERIA, North Asia—When the temperature drops below 32°, we think it is freezing outside. For people living in Siberia that would be a heat wave where the winter temperatures range between -10° and -50°. Recently a new church group in the Siberian village of Troitsk received the gift of an older wooden house on a few acres of land for a worship center. However, it lacked a heating system so vital in winter weather. The complete need was quickly collected through the Prayerline family donors. Praise the Lord!
Creative Way to Bring Hope
CHAD, Africa—Can you imagine travel without paved roads and bridges? With a vast desert and little infrastructure—few paved roads, bridges and phone lines throughout the country—Chad has been called the “Dead Heart of Africa.” Bible believing natives bring hope by finding creative ways to deliver the Christian message of life. English classes are popular and provide a “friendly atmosphere” so even Muslims are receptive to Christian ideas. Christian Aid wants to provide audio-visual teaching materials for these classes. Five generous gifts were received but the need is still unmet. Please continue to pray for the funds needed to start these classes.
Love Instead of Rejection
BULGARIA, Europe—How does it feel to be an outsider? Gypsies know. For years Gypsies have been stigmatized—treated with shame, leaving most “jobless and hopeless.” Instead of rejection, Bulgarian Christians are sending a new message of hope and God’s love to the Gypsies in their vicinity by providing 70 Gypsy children with free meals and Bible lessons. The support was overwhelming, amounting to provision for the next 10 months. Please continue to pray that their parents will be receptive to the gospel.
Hope Beyond Disaster
JAPAN, Asia—While the powerful earthquake and deadly tsunami last March is seldom in our news anymore, recovery is still “everyday news” in Japan. Your contributions through Christian Aid were a great comfort to people who lost everything in a few moments. Indigenous mission workers share Jesus with the hurting. Recent Prayerline gifts will provide for the cost of printing gospel literature to give everlasting hope that can’t be destroyed in an earthly disaster. Thank You!
A Pair of Pigs is a Practical Gift
BANGLADESH, South Asia—Earning a livelihood differs depending on your culture and where you live—city or rural. Mission workers take a personal interest in poor villager’s hopes for a better future. Giving poor families a “mama and daddy pig” is a huge improvement in their livelihood. Gifts sent for this project exceeded the requested amount so that 59 families can be provided a pair of pigs. This will create an improvement both in their earning capacity and their personal interest in the gospel message.
Fighting Evil with Truth
URUGUAY, South America—A different type of army has been in operation for the past 50 years. The Bible Army of Uruguay mission has been fighting evil with God’s truth. They know God’s Word can transform hearts. While they show love by providing free medical services, eyeglasses and wheel chairs to the poor, they focus mostly on distributing Bibles to all who show an interest. Christian Aid received 21 kind gifts and lacks only $888 more to provide for all 300 Bibles. Please continue to pray.
Large Print Version
JORDAN, Middle East—School books written for children learning to read must have large print. The same is true for elderly folks—their aging eyes need larger print in order to read the words. Maybe you have seen a grandparent reading a large print Bible. In Jordan many devote Christians were sad because they could no longer see well enough to read the words in their Bibles. In January, Prayerline for Kids informed you that for just $2 each you could subsidize the cost of a large print Bible for these poor senior citizens. Christian Aid received exactly $2.12 per Bible. Wow, how perfect is that answer from God!