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Help Find, Evaluate and Vet Workers

Thursday, June 30 – Christian Aid
Praise God for your partnership with Christian Aid Mission! Your contributions equip and encourage workers called to bring the love of God to their own people in strategic areas of the world where the gospel is either unknown or unembraced.

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Support Workers Proclaiming Christ

Wednesday, June 29 – China
Local missionaries are providing Christian teaching across various sectors of society, including parents and families, churches and Sunday school teachers, youth businesses and organizations, ethnic youths and educational institutions.

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Assist Church-Planting Efforts

Tuesday, June 28 – Vietnam
As the gospel takes root, the need to train church leaders expands. A local ministry recently saw nearly 4,000 students take the first and second levels of its theological training program by extension to help meet the demand for pastors.

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Help Cover Worker Expenses

Monday, June 27 – South Asia
Relatives of a new Christian began attending worship services and were recently delivered from the afflictions of unclean spirits when local missionaries prayed for them. The new believer is praying that these relatives also will come to faith in Christ by learning the Bible as he did.

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Provide for Worker Upkeep

Sunday, June 26 – Lebanon
About 3 million people, or 78 percent of the population, live below the poverty line, and nearly a quarter of the country’s people cannot meet their food needs. Local missionaries weathering the effects of Lebanon’s economic collapse are striving to meet the needs of others.

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Bring Kingdom Message to the Unreached

Saturday, June 25 – Peru
Local missionaries have planted churches in three poor, ethnic Quechua areas of southern Peru. In rural areas where 20 local missionaries established congregations, four workers traveled to provide Bible teaching and help organize evangelistic campaigns.

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Help Fund Gospel Outreaches

Friday, June 24 – Ivory Coast
Four churches were recently planted, and local missionaries followed up with lessons and training for the fledgling Christians. In one area, the town chief and other local leaders put their faith in Christ, resulting in the transformation of the village from one of fortune tellers and shamans to a community worshipping God.

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Share the Message of Redemption

Thursday, June 23 – Southeast Asia
Workers led a joint worship celebration of their church with brethren from a tribal community, resulting in many tribal people new to the fellowship hearing the gospel. Local missionaries later visited the homes of the new people to talk further about the Messiah and pray with them. At another gathering of tribal people, nearly all the relatives visiting the worship time accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Local missionaries throughout the region need donations for such evangelism and discipleship activities. Pray that fellowship will remain strong amid intermittent shutdowns due to COVID-19.

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Help Back Kingdom Workers

Wednesday, June 22 – Spain
Hundreds of refugees from Africa and other areas of conflict have put their faith in Christ after hearing the gospel from local missionaries. Workers recently planted a church with its own building, while house churches sprouted in five areas.

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Assist in Forming New Disciples

Tuesday, June 21 – Bangladesh
New Christians learned how to study and apply God’s Word in their daily lives when local missionaries provided them Bibles translated into their tribal languages.

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December 1, 2022
The Muslim uncle of a 17-year-old girl under demonic influence was visibly irritated when local missionaries showed up at the door of their home in a refugee camp. The Muslim parents of the girl had requested they come to their home at the camp in Lebanon for Syrian refugees, but her uncle did not approve, especially as it was the Islamic month of Ramadan and the girl had already driven out a Muslim cleric who tried to help her. “The cleric had been met by the young woman’s screams and her aggressively pushing him away from the home,” said the leader of the local ministry. “As he began to leave, their daughter encouraged his quick movement from the property as she picked up stones and began throwing them his way. He left promptly and did not return nor seek out her parents.”
November 17, 2022
The wife and children of a new Christian in Indonesia still refuse to live with him, even though he has turned from his prior life of taking drugs and robbing people to support his former habit. By the time Dimas Sinurat accepted Christ, workers at the native ministry had discovered that discipling new Christians by simply scheduling times of Bible study and prayer was impractical and largely ineffective. With Sinurat and others, they have adopted an entirely new approach that is forming more committed believers.
November 10, 2022
A young man in Iraq who had left Islam to follow Christ recently began teaching school in an area where children of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters were living. Kassim Mahdi* had grown up watching ISIS militants destroy buildings and lives in his hometown, the leader of a native ministry said. “He saw many of his friends and relatives killed, and he did not believe that God sent His messengers in this way,” the leader said.
November 3, 2022
A native missionary was the only one who knew how to reach a jungle community in northern Argentina. Returning to the area to share the gospel and bring discipleship materials to a small church plant, the worker spent 10 hours making his way through thick foliage to reach the destitute tribal people. “It’s a risk,” the leader said.
October 27, 2022
A university student in Turkey often saw the cross on a native ministry’s church building while walking with her boyfriend, and a few months ago – though she was from a strict Muslim family – she suggested they check it out. Her boyfriend of three years, Ahmet Korkmaz*, saw no point in doing so. “There’s nothing in this church,” he told his girlfriend, Beyza Yavuz*.
October 20, 2022
The headman of a village in Laos summoned a local missionary to his office. “I heard that you are speaking to people in the village, and you are talking about Jesus, and now people told me that some of them are interested,” the headman told him. The local missionary, pastor of a house church, showed the headman a government booklet stating that Christianity was one of the officially accepted faiths in the country.
October 13, 2022
For 10 years a veteran of the Iraq-Iran war wondered how he could respond to Christ for having freed him from needing a wheelchair. Years after losing use of his legs, Mustafa Abbas* was watching a Christian progam on a satellite channel in 2011 when he followed the speaker’s encouragement to pray in Christ’s name for healing, he told ministry workers in his native Iraq.
October 6, 2022
A Kurdish family recently fled from an oppressive government in Iran. After walking 37 nights in the mountains of Greece, the mother’s feet had swollen so much that they no longer in fit her shoes. She also had a skin infection, as did one of her children. “They had been walking at night and sleeping during the day, hiding in the mountains,” the leader of a ministry in Greece said.
September 29, 2022
At a Christian youth camp with distant views of snow-capped mountains in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, nearly 50 nervous children were having a hard time warming up to each other. At more than 5,200 feet above sea level, the camp center was warmer in July than during most of the year, but the kids ages 10 to 14 had arrived cold with gloom about how they were going to get through the week surrounded by strangers. “On the first day when the kids arrived, they were very closed and dissatisfied,” the leader of the native ministry said. “We began to worry a little about how we would do anything if they were so dissatisfied.”
September 22, 2022
Muslim extremists often appear in refugee camps, and word spreads that native missionaries bringing aid to the tents pray with refugees and leave Bibles for them. So workers were concerned when a grim-faced refugee camp leader summoned them to talk over tea.
September 15, 2022
Kimbap was on her way home from work in Cambodia last summer when she saw a gang of teenage boys assaulting a younger boy. Though a lifelong Buddhist, Kimbap had been listening to a Christian radio program for several days, and when he screamed for help, she instinctively began praying to Christ.
September 8, 2022
Burma’s internal military conflicts have curtailed ministry efforts, but the chaos also has helped expand God’s kingdom as displaced people take refuge at a Bible college and Christian camps. Among those fleeing to the jungles or to neighboring countries are young people, a native ministry leader said.
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