Your Prayer Guide To Reach The World
A family suffering from various diseases for many years thought the gods had cursed them. Broken, hopeless and bitter, they turned away local missionaries who offered to pray for them. When workers returned, the family gradually heard them out and eventually allowed them to hold extended, fasting prayer in their home.
Local missionaries met a university professor six years ago and developed a deep relationship with her, and she said she saw Christ in them and became a disciple. They have nurtured her faith for about a year, and she is now discipling others and helping in local outreaches.
A local missionary led a woman and her three children to Christ, and she and her kids began sharing the gospel with relatives and others. One of their neighbors also accepted Christ when one of their family members was healed of a debilitating illness following local missionaries’ prayer.
A native ministry was able to reach thousands of people with the gospel through its radio program. One listener said the Bible message brought rest to her soul for the first time since an accident that killed her relatives, as Buddhist monks had told her it happened because of things she had done in a previous life.
A mother suffering for many years from leg pain and an ear disease began to be healed after she put her faith in Christ and called on Him in prayer. Local missionaries have been following up with her in home visits and by phone to build solid foundations for her faith.
About 80 Christian ethnic youths attended summer camps where they were trained to abide in the Lord and cultivate a vision for the kingdom of God. About 20 workers were equipped to carry out these discipleship events, while others proclaimed Christ in mountain areas and on college campuses.
A community that practiced idolatry before local missionaries led many youths to the Lord has recently seen older adults also come to faith in Christ. Seniors that used to believe church was only for young people are now attending worship services, and workers are guiding the young people to grow in their faith as they obtain jobs and start families as adults.
Native missionaries are training new believers how to form and teach other disciples, advancing God’s kingdom amid hostile spiritual forces. Miraculous healings at evangelistic events opened many hearts to the gospel, and the message also sounded forth as workers visited people in homes, hospitals and small group meetings.
The parents and four children of a Muslim family in a refugee camp put their faith in Christ after local missionaries had several gospel discussions with them. In discipleship they are growing in their faith and are inviting others in the camp to meetings; recently a distant relative also accepted Christ. In various outreaches, workers recently planted seven house churches.
Visiting new Christians among the ethnic Lisu in their homes, local missionaries taught biblical truths and deepened their faith through a series of questions and answers. At the same time, workers recently visited unsaved families, sharing the gospel with them and planting eight churches.
In an area where most villagers practice traditional religions, local missionaries established a base for visiting homes with the message of salvation in Christ. After one such visit, a mother with three young children received Christ as Lord and Savior, and she has grown in faith in small group prayer and Bible study.
If COVID-19 along with economic, political and other tensions have darkened lives in rich countries, imagine what it’s like for native missionaries in poor countries. Violence and the pandemic have ravaged the lives of workers from Nigeria to Burma to Iraq and beyond, many of them barely able to feed their families.