A Muslim who heard the gospel from local missionaries while in prison put his faith in Christ and now spends all of his time talking about the Lord with friends, neighbors and fellow merchants. Elsewhere, workers who visited a prison last year saw 358 inmates receive Christ, including 70 Muslims. Visiting homes and screening the Jesus Film, local missionaries also planted two churches. They need donations for the training, Bibles and other tools to proclaim Christ and cultivate disciples. Workers request prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of tribes traditionally closed to the gospel.
The pandemic has provided opportunities for local missionaries to provide aid even as they shift to online means in order to reach more people with the gospel. Through radio broadcasts, Facebook and other online platforms, several people in new areas put their faith in Christ. A local missionary who prayed for a 59-year-old man severely ill with coronavirus saw him receive salvation, healing and a new life. At the same time, Christian Aid Mission supporters enabled workers to provide food to about 100 families economically crippled by COVID-19. Local missionaries need donations for the means to spread the gospel and strengthen new disciples. Pray they will further expand the kingdom in spite of the pandemic.
Working among large numbers of refugees and Iraqis internally displaced by violence, local missionaries are helping to repair damaged homes and heal bodies ravaged by disease and conflict. They opened a pharmacy in a compound for the displaced, providing free medicines and food, including baby food. Your support has enabled them to provide the medical aid, food and psychological help to traumatized people. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought to provide such compassionate aid. Local missionaries request prayer for healing of sick children and adults, aid for needy families and protection and strength for workers.
Her husband addicted to strong drink and her youngest child suffering from a terminal illness, a young mother was in deep pain when a local missionary visited her home. The family gathered so she could share the gospel and pray for them. As they put their faith in Christ, the child was healed, the husband stopped drinking and their lives were transformed. Meeting in small groups in homes due to COVID-19 restrictions, the area church recently also saw five new people begin attending worship. Local missionaries carrying out such outreach and follow-up need donations of $60 or $120. Pray the Holy Spirit would be present in all workers’ efforts to bring Christ to the lost.
A woman with terminal cancer told local missionaries who visited her at the hospital that their presence gave her peace. They later prayed with her to receive Christ, and a month later she left her earthly tent to go home with the Lord. Her family was moved by her testimony, and workers continue to bring the message of eternal life to her yet unbelieving husband and children. Many others are putting their faith in Christ through short mission trips and youth camps. Workers need donations of $50 or $100 for the means to carry out these and other gospel initiatives. They request prayer for wisdom, safety and God’s protection.
Local missionaries’ aid for 25 trafficked women rescued from organized crime led to the victims putting their faith in Christ. Hundreds of other refugees have come to Christ through other humanitarian outreaches, from food aid to trauma counseling. Churches among Spaniards also have sprouted as a result of both social and evangelistic outreaches, with people at all levels of society praising workers for providing food and gospel hope through radio broadcasts, home visits and online means. Local missionaries need donations for the training and tools to share the love of Christ. Pray that workers will be protected from persecution and the pandemic.
Identifying and forming relationship with a person of peace in a given village, local missionaries meet others and build enough trust with them to share the story of Christ. In this way they led 150 people to Christ over a six-month period, including an alcoholic whose life was deeply transformed, which contributed to his entire family also dedicating their lives to the Lord. At least 10 new Christians have persevered in spite of persecution from Muslim relatives, including a widow whose faith cost her economic support from her family. Donations are sought for the tools and training to make such strong disciples of Christ. Pray the Lord will strengthen workers to share Christ.
War-ravaged Syrians are so desperate that they flee to a country with one of the worst economies in the region. Local missionaries find their own countrymen are in as much need as refugees, and they are providing food to hundreds of Syrian and Lebanese families each month. They are also meeting native and refugee needs for clothing, medical and dental care and education for children. Standing with grieving people in their material and spiritual needs has opened the way to share the love of Christ. Workers seek donations of $35 or $70 to provide such compassionate aid in Christ’s name. Local missionaries request prayer for protection from COVID-19 as they minister to the needy.
Depressed and anxious as COVID-19 spreads, people who once opposed Christianity are now coming to local missionaries for prayers of protection and deliverance. They are hearing the gospel through personal visits, Zoom meetings and telephone calls, with many receiving Christ and preparing for baptism. In more remote jungles, personal visits are the only way to reach people, and the message of Christ’s love is blessing many. Local missionaries need donations for the tools and training to proclaim Christ and disciple those who believe in Him. Pray the Lord would breathe His Spirit into those suffering from COVID-19 and drive out the virus.
A mosque leader who runs a rental car company found a Bible that local missionaries had left in one of his cars, and for the next week he refused to rent vehicles to Christians. The workers later rented another car from him and left a copy of the Gospel of Luke in the vehicle, which the imam read several times as he began to meet with them to debate about Christianity; months later, he has put his faith in Christ and was baptized. Other outreaches resulted in 23 tribal people taking baptism. Workers need donations of $60 or $120 for these and other disciple-making efforts. They request prayer that online church services will be edifying and that new believers will grow in their faith.
The gospel is liberating indigenous people from bondage to alcohol and drugs and turning them toward clean lives of hard work. One tribal group with a strong oral tradition has Bibles translated into their language, and local missionaries shared biblical stories with them that villagers re-told to their children. In other areas, workers were able to reach people through online means. In each community where the salvation message took root, local missionaries prepared leaders with Bible courses to multiply the number of disciples. They seek donations of $25 or $50 to share the gospel and follow up with those who believe. They request prayer that churches be strengthened amid the pandemic.
A 67-year-old man was afraid to undergo badly needed eye surgery until local missionaries prayed for him, and as they prayed he heard Christ tell him not to be afraid. After the surgery restored his sight, he and his wife put their faith in the Lord and were baptized. Hundreds of people in the country are hearing the gospel through a local ministry’s social media and aid outreaches, resulting in 12 new small groups studying the Bible. Workers throughout the region need donations of $50 to present the gospel through the airwaves, internet and face-to-face, and to follow-up with those who believe. They request prayer for protection from hostile family, friends and officials.
Local missionaries have led people to put their faith in Christ in 10 villages but need the tools and training to follow up with new believers, organize prayer and Bible study groups and undertake more evangelistic campaigns. The villages are too remote for the new Christians to reach city churches for worship, so workers plan to form churches among the brick kiln workers to strengthen their faith while providing Sunday school programs to their children. Local missionaries need donations for these and other evangelistic efforts. Pray the Lord would go before them to prepare hearts to receive Him.
A 65-year-old man grazing his cows stopped a car carrying local missionaries to ask them for water. They shared their water and the gospel, and the farmer immediately put his faith in Christ and asked them to return to establish a church – which soon resulted in others receiving Christ and forming a worshipping congregation. Through in-person and online means, workers planted three churches over a six-month stretch, not including two families who meet secretly in their homes in a heavily Islamic area. Local missionaries forming such disciples need donations of $25 or $50 to carry out the outreaches. Pray for provision for workers and their families amid economic loss due to the pandemic.
Confined to their homes by COVID-19 lockdowns, people are hearing the message of salvation via online messages from local missionaries. “Many responded to the gospel and some signified their desire to study the Scriptures,” a ministry leader said. In more remote areas, tribal people who received relief aid from local missionaries are hearing about Christ for the first time. Workers began a Bible study among jungle dwellers and have also created a Bible-based study for youth leaders. Local missionaries seek donations for training and other tools necessary to form strong disciples. They request prayer for protection and for places to worship.
College students from the Yi people group are finding Christ through a native ministry’s outreach to them on campuses in cities, where local missionaries train them to bring the gospel back to their home areas in the Sichuan mountains and plant churches. Only 0.3 percent of the Yi people are evangelical Christians. During lockdowns, the students were happy to have online contact and training with local missionaries. The workers need donations for these and other evangelism and discipleship efforts. Pray the Lord would lead workers to find ways around COVID-19 and other obstacles to proclaim Christ’s salvation.
While providing food and other aid, local missionaries are devoted primarily to sharing salvation in Christ to people whose lives have been torn apart by war. New Bible studies are turning into small congregations as people regularly put their faith in the Lord. At a weekly Sunday lunch where workers share the gospel with about 12 families and provide a program for their children, a Muslim father was deeply touched, and he and his wife and children later received Christ. Workers need donations for the means to bring the message of eternal life and form strong disciples. They request prayer to be able to meet growing needs with dwindling resources.
Holding services in small groups in homes or by Zoom, local missionaries are giving people access to edifying worship and teaching who would otherwise have no chance for fellowship due to COVID-19. Facing more need themselves amid the pandemic, local missionaries are dedicated to planting churches and training leaders through online classes and video calls, encouraging and praying for new Christians and providing aid to orphans and other needy children. Donations of $60 are sought for their monthly upkeep. They request prayer that the pandemic will not prevent them from church leadership training, including youth and women’s leaders.
Your support enabled local missionaries to buy 1,000 blankets to help people survive the winter, and workers have also provided aid such as biscuits and masks in the face of COVID-19, along with medical care. They have also delivered mosquito nets following a cyclone that multiplied the number of disease-bearing mosquitos. Workers with one ministry proclaimed the gospel in 60 villages, with 65 people receiving baptism over a six-month stretch. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought for the monthly expenses of local missionaries carrying out such ministry. Pray that workers and those they’re serving can find fellowship and financial support despite the pandemic.
COVID-19 has moved people to seek the Lord, opening great opportunities for local missionaries. One young man who heard the message of eternal life from a local ministry worker accepted Christ and, after discipleship training, began sharing his faith with others. Facing opposition from his family, he requests prayer for his brother, who is close to accepting Christ. Local missionaries recently planted three churches in their country. They and other workers in the region need donations for the tools, materials and training to make and grow strong disciples. They request prayer to overcome COVID-19 restrictions to reach more people online or in-person.
Through radio broadcasts, digital platforms and face-to-face meetings, local missionaries are amazed at how people are responding to the gospel. In one Quechua area, 300 people recently put their faith in Christ. Where in-person meetings are allowed, churches are seeing new people come to their meeting halls as a result of contacts made in family home groups of five to 10 people who gather for worship, prayer and Bible study. Among congregations in the Andes, recently 120 people were baptized. Workers need donations for the means to undertake such gospel proclamation and follow-up. Pray the Lord would protect His servants’ health and dwell richly in fledgling believers.
A man who filed a false charge against a local ministry leader fell so hard into various kinds of trouble that he secretly sought prayer from the native missionaries he had opposed. “God did a marvelous work in his life,” the ministry leader said. “He came out of his problems and gave his life to Jesus. With him, 40 more people accepted Jesus as their Lord and personal Savior.” Through home visits, phone calls, Whatsapp groups, Zoom talks, small house gatherings and other means, the Lord is working through local missionaries to call people to Himself. Workers need donations to proclaim Christ and form strong disciples. Pray for protection for new believers.
By having developed relationships with church leaders close to local officials in many areas, native missionaries with the gift of evangelism gain permission to visit villages to proclaim Christ. Such collaborations result in the planting of more house churches as unreached people hear the gospel. Recently workers planted 39 churches, with 1,852 people accepting Christ. Donations are sought for the means to plant churches of biblically-rooted disciples. Local missionaries request prayer for wisdom and boldness in their dealing with villagers and authorities.
When nomadic reindeer herders near the Arctic Circle come within about 100 miles of a native ministry base, local missionaries visit them once a month with material and spiritual provisions. Workers there and elsewhere are reaching Nenet, Komi-Perm, Russian and Gypsy people. They are building gospel bridges as part of a church-planting initiative, providing programs for children and youth and helping to meet needs for food, medicine and clothing. Workers need donations of $60 or $120 to help cover their monthly expenses. Pray for God-ordained, personal connections that will help advance the kingdom.
Many young people caught up in wild living are addicted to alcohol and illegal substances, and local missionaries are focusing their energies on them. After giving a recent message, an evangelist saw nine young men and women surrender their lives to Christ, and they are now growing strong roots as they meet together in a discipleship class. A young woman who once lived in rebellion now meditates on the Word of God every day. Workers need donations for the tools and training to bring the Good News to the lost and help nurture them to maturity. Pray that local missionaries’ financial needs will be met amid difficult political and economic circumstances.
Hundreds of miles from a ministry’s home base, in a town where no church existed, two families last year began listening to sermons on the ministry’s website. Another family soon joined them, and they wrote to the ministry leader asking for more information on Christianity. Within six months, 13 people put their faith in Christ and formed a church, with local missionaries discipling them online and in visits. In response to other online and in-person evangelistic outreaches, both Turks and refugees have come to Christ. Donations are sought for the tools, training, Bibles and other materials to proclaim Christ and cultivate disciples. Pray God’s protection over workers.
A refugee from Iraq told workers at a local ministry that he had a two-day fever, no sense of taste and difficulty breathing. Local missionaries arranged for him to go to a COVID-19 emergency center and asked if they could pray for him, and he consented. The refugee returned the next day with no symptoms and a negative COVID-19 test, asking if he could learn more about Jesus. With such opportunities to share the gospel, the ministry’s church continues to grow even though many refugees who receive Christ move on to other European countries. Donations are sought for such evangelistic outreach and follow-up. Pray for worker safety amid the pandemic.
A young boy was sick for several months, and then he fell unconscious. Medical doctors and witchcraft failed to bring any improvement, and his parents spent a night crying to many ancestral gods for help. A relative contacted local missionaries who came and prayed for him, and within an hour he was healed. The four family members put their faith in Christ. They were among more than 1,090 people who recently obtained salvation and began house churches in 38 villages. Workers seek donations of $60 for the tools and training to proclaim Christ and nurture the faith of new believers. They request prayer for strength and boldness amid much opposition.
A Middle Eastern refugee received legal counsel from a local ministry leader who also talked with him about the Lord. The refugee had been to various European countries but said he never felt anyone cared for him and his family until then, and he was considering committing to Christ. Many refugees have received Christ through the ministry, such as a young woman who had been abused in her home country. She connected with the ministry women’s group, which helped her overcome her trauma and led her to faith in Christ. Workers in various parts of Europe need donations of $60 or $120 to proclaim Christ and root their faith in solid biblical teaching. Pray for additional workers to help reap the spiritual harvest.
Christian schools are relocating amid COVID-19 and other challenges, resulting in many new teachers who need the educational training that a native ministry provides. Training online or underground, local missionaries equip not only Christian schools but homeschool networks. Other workers train evangelists to plant and lead churches. The ministry plans to train 120 leaders to establish churches among Chinese Muslims and other groups. Donations are sought for these and other outreaches of evangelism and discipleship. Pray the Lord would preserve His children and use them to expand His kingdom.
People of more than 7,000 ethnicities have yet to hear the gospel. Christian Aid Mission has found local missionaries living among or near 2,000 of these groups and is equipping them to fulfill their ministry vision of bringing knowledge of eternal life in Christ to people in great darkness. With intimate knowledge of the cultures of the unreached, largely impoverished local missionaries lack only the resources you provide to fulfill the Great Commission. Please consider a donation to help Christian Aid Mission find, evaluate and support them, and pray the Lord will protect, strengthen and inspire local missionaries working in difficult conditions.