April 1st | Middle East
The Power Of One
To be a government official and to leave Islam was unthinkable in his country, but that’s what one new Christian had done. Mustafa’s position had earned him great status and wealth, but Muslims there believed that to leave Islam was to betray the country, and he remained a secret believer. He had the faith to attend worship services at a church pastored by the native missionary who had led him to Christ, but he didn’t risk baptism. As the church took Holy Communion recently, Mustafa became distraught. “I felt so sad after hearing your words of Jesus’ death and resurrection at the Communion table, and I no longer want to wait to participate,” he told the pastor. “I am not going to be afraid to be baptized publicly.” The church leader was hesitant; he knew the official could lose his job and, as it was winter, he told him the sea where they customarily did baptisms was too cold. “No, I want to be baptized now and I want to be baptized in the water near our church here,” the official said. After much prayer, the leaders of the church agreed to baptize him and another secret believer. “The day we chose was so cold, but these two men bravely weathered it and were baptized because their hearts were very warm,” the pastor said. “They went under the water and came out expressing so much joy, shouting God’s praises. We prayed that no one would hear, and this was another miracle.” He requested prayer for protection for the official.The ministry saw nearly 50 others in the area baptized in the past year. Pray for Mustafa and other secret believers throughout the Middle East, and for the native missionaries reaching out to them. Your gift of $30, $60 or $90 will help such ministries continue to share the gospel.
An ethnic Fulani Muslim received his first-ever gift from another person when a native ministry provided him food and clothes. Neither he nor his entire Fulani community had heard the gospel, but now they have. Workers seek donations of $30, $60 or $90 for their evangelism and discipleship efforts. Pray that those who receive Christ will enjoy sweet fellowship.
Meeting with families in their homes to pray for them, a native ministry started five house churches in the past six months with 72 new baptized believers. Your gift of $35, $70 or $105 helps with trainings, child education and worship halls for the humble ministry. Pray workers would reach many with the message of everlasting life.
Among hundreds of prisoners who have received Christ as Savior there is no fighting or drug use, and they are a shining witness to other inmates, guards and government officials. Native missionaries need to provide them with toiletry kits ($13 each for soap, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet paper). Pray that a once dark place will be lit by the redeemed.
Reaching new villages with the gospel, native missionaries have dug bore wells that provide clean water and draw people to learn about Christ. Your gift of $25, $50 or $75 gives workers the tools they need to build Christian community from scratch. Pray that unreached people will find the Living Water that quenches all thirst.
An orphanage provides physical and spiritual nurture for children, and some will become the future Christian leaders of their peoples. This is one way native missionaries meet the needs of needy elderly, children and people with leprosy. Your gifts of $35, $70, or $105 will enable missionaries to meet urgent need and share the gospel. Pray that a godly generation would rise up among the unreached.
Native missionaries went to a remote Miao tribal area last year, and more than 20 people came to the Lord. Their church does not have a building. Your gift of $100, $150 or $200 will help this ministry continue to reach the Miao people with items such as a church building, missionary support and translation of devotional books. Please pray that workers can continue bringing God’s Word to those who have never heard about Him.
The Word of God transforms new Christians and also draws curious Muslims throughout the region. Ahead of summer evangelism events, Vacation Bible School and other child outreaches, native missionaries have great need of Bibles for adults and children. Your gift of $30, $60, or $90 will help provide Bibles to the Middle East. Pray that those who receive the Lord would be rooted in the Word of God.
In a country that prohibits preaching Christ, native missionaries show the nearly 100-percent Muslim majority their desire to help through educational programs for children, youth sports and vocational training toward the end of sharing Christ. They seek donations of $25, $50 or $75 for the tools, training and support they need to continue proclaiming the gospel. Pray that they will be strengthened and encouraged.
Aid such as food bags and assistance with medical treatment is helping to unlock doors to share the gospel with Muslim refugees and others. Your gift of $35, $70 or $105 helps to bring the love of Christ in aid and prayer to them. Pray for each one to have ears to hear the Good News.
Native missionaries involved in evangelism, church planting and Christian schools have a great need for Bibles. Hunger for God’s Word is great; in one area, workers distributed 1,059 Bibles. Your gift of $30, $60 or $90 will help support evangelism efforts such as Bible distribution and church planting.
Refugees who lost their tents to a storm surrounded a native missionary asking why God hated them so much to allow this to happen. Explaining the biblical character of God, he began ministering to them, and eventually their hearts opened to hear the hope and healing in Christ. Your gift of $25, $50 or $100 brings such aid and the gospel to hurting hearts. Pray that God’s name would be glorified in the tents.
Native ministries are sharing the message of Christ’s grace to the illiterate through various devices on which the gospel can be heard, as well as in Bible studies with the literate. One ministry has seen 30 new Christians take baptism and 20 new house churches planted. Your gift of $35, $70 or $105 enables workers to visit hundreds of villagers. Pray for strong churches.
The gospel reaches even remote, mountainous parts of the Philippines by foot, motorcycle, film, preaching, Bible distribution and through the air waves. Native ministries seeing fruits from their efforts seek gifts of $30, $60 or $90 to bring the message of eternal life to the lost.
Thousands of people come to Christ through prayer meetings, gospel events and evangelistic outreaches that express a full range of Christ’s love. Your gift of $35, $70 or $105 enables workers to obtain the tools and transport needed to reach the lost. Pray for effective follow-up and discipleship for the many people coming to Christ.
A native ministry’s Bible college will graduate 65 students this year, and they are ready to go to remote villages – but need a way to get there. Among other means, one effective way to reach the villages is by bicycle ($70 each). Pray for God to go before them as they go out to plant churches.
A refugee couple curious about Christianity attended the worship service of a native ministry’s church, and the wife ended up getting involved in its vocational training program, learning to make soap. Now they and their children are followers of Jesus and serve other refugees. Your gifts of $40, $80 or $120 will assist with community engagement projects such as vocational training like soap-making, sewing and other such projects. Pray that Christ would be glorified.
Having recently planted four churches, including four formerly Muslim families who turned to Christ, a native ministry provided an intensive one-week evangelism training for 45 workers to bring eternal life to more souls. They need donations of $35, $70 or $105 for evangelistic tools to expand God’s kingdom. Please pray for God to go before them to new areas.
A native ministry is strengthening its children’s programs by providing care and teaching in the community and training church leaders. Your gift of $50, $100 or $150 will help equip house churches to build relationships and share the gospel. Pray that God’s love will enlighten dark souls.
Economic hardship is forcing many Muslims and others to look to God rather than to politicians, and a native ministry is pointing many of them to Christ through a radio program, kids camps, sport programs and other outreaches. Workers seek gifts of $35, $70 or $105 in order to complete the Great Commission. Pray the Lord will meet people’s needs.
With gangs recruiting children from schools and starting them on a life of delinquency, drugs and death, a native ministry is dedicated to steering them clear of danger by sharing food, education and the gospel with children and parents. Your gift of $30, $60 or $90 will help workers save these lives. Pray for wisdom and strength as they reach entire families.
A ministry in India has started 80 churches among the Bheel, Garasiya, and Ganaral tribes by praying for the sick and sharing about Christ. Providing fresh water wells has helped the churches grow. Your support of $25, $50 or $75 will enable native missionaries to continue building God’s kingdom. Pray that Christ’s love will spread like a wildfire.
A Muslim girl’s soul was anguished in demonic oppression until native missionaries introduced her to Christ, and He healed her – along with many others suffering in spirit. Workers seek donations of $35, $70 or $105 for the tools needed to proclaim eternal life in Christ to the oppressed. Pray those coming to Christ will be strong in the face of opposition.
Native missionaries recently saw 30 people put their faith in Christ, one example of how the gospel is spreading throughout the region. Many churches are outgrowing their facilities; one church does not have enough space for even 40 people. Your gift of $50, $100 or $150 provides secure buildings for worship and other activities. Pray that congregations will be knit together in love.
Preaching, songs and films present the gospel in summer evangelistic outreaches that include meals for adults and children, and native missionaries are gathering Bibles and other items for the programs. Your gift of $25, $50 or $75 will help them prepare. Pray that unreached peoples will receive the gift of grace.
Working amid extreme poverty worsened by an economic downturn, a native ministry is sending workers to plant churches in new areas. Each new fellowship puts greater financial stress on the ministry, which seeks donations of $35, $70 or $105 in order to continue pressing forward in evangelism and discipleship. Pray that nothing will block people from finding Christ.
A native ministry’s Bible school equips young men and women with knowledge of God’s Word so they can serve as pastors, evangelists, church planters and Bible teachers. They practice person-to-person evangelism and can also join in street preaching and gospel distribution. Your gift of $50, $75 or $100 helps the school to keep its doors open. Pray that pending bills will be paid.
In order to reach far-flung areas with the gospel, native missionaries need reliable transportation, including motorcycles. Your gift of $50, $75 or $100 will help native missionaries bring the light of Christ to people in darkness. Pray the Good News would overcome all obstacles.
Native missionaries are gearing up for gospel opportunities in summer youth ministry and camps even in the most atheistic countries. Vacation Bible School, youth soccer camps for refugees and other outreaches rely on your gifts of $25, $50 or $75. Pray that whole families would be reached.
Only 0.3 percent of the all missions organization resources are directed toward areas where there is no church. Native missionaries are doing the most to bring the gospel to unreached peoples, and for a fraction of the cost of sending foreign missionaries. Please consider a gift to help Christian Aid Mission find, evaluate, and assist native workers to complete the task of a witness for Christ in every nation.