August 1st | China
The Power Of One
The mother of a child with autism is glad that a preschool the government forced to close last year has re-emerged in a different form. When the school had to relocate to one venue after another, changing its name each time, the lack of stability left teachers devastated. “All those unstable circumstances had crushed their faith and spirit,” the leader of the native ministry said. “Experiencing extreme spiritual lows, the teachers forsook their daily assembly for devotion and prayers.” The new leader reached out to every teacher and student, visiting them to ascertain their spiritual condition. Like Nehemiah leading the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls, the leader helped restore their faith in God. She led the teachers to resume their daily prayer meeting. This semester they noted that the mother of a preschooler on the autism spectrum seemed frustrated and downcast every day. “Our teachers started to pray for the child and his mom,” the leader said. “One week later, the mother sensed the love and respect she could not find anywhere else. She gave her heart to Jesus and started to come to church every Sunday, read the Bible and pray every day.” Soon her countenance changed completely, she said. “Her child has also changed,” the leader said. “Gradually, he was able to connect with his teachers. There is brightness in his eyes and a smile on his face. He especially loves praise time. He sings and dances happily with other children, and he has begun to understand and respond to teachers’ directions.” Such Christian workers are helping to transform lives throughout the country and covet prayer for protection of their ministries. Please consider a donation today to help them bring the love of Christ to those who do not know Him.
Most people in areas where a native ministry is working practice a folk Islam that blends Muslim ritual with animist beliefs, but they are becoming more Islamist – and hostile toward Christians – from the influence of incoming hard-line Muslim teachers from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Training of native missionaries is critical. The ministry seeks donations of $35, $70 or $105 for training Christian leaders in planting and growing churches and for Bible camps, Bibles translated into five languages, missionary support, evangelistic equipment and other items for gospel proclamation and discipleship. Pray for the light of Christ to spread and for protection of those who put their faith in Him.
Long considered a post-Christian continent, Europe has become a fountainhead for the gospel for refugees from the Middle East. One native ministry, for example, has an opportunity to distribute 1,000 Bibles in Europe to new Christians or seekers from Mauritania, Algeria, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco or other parts of Europe, as well as Berber tribal people – in their own languages. Native ministries seek donations of $24, $48 or $80 for Bibles. Pray the Word of God will transform lives in Europe and in refugees’ countries of origin.
The long tradition of Christians providing quality education for the poor, helping them to escape the cycle of poverty and learn to read the Bible, continues in a region where youth are key to the kingdom of God establishing a foothold. In Bangladesh, for example, native missionaries are supporting 100 impoverished students, including many orphans, with tuition fees, books and school uniforms. In Nepal, youth seminars, sports programs and children’s camps are restoring young people’s dignity. For such efforts throughout the region, donations of $30, $60 or $90 are sought. Pray that poor tribal people will be drawn to the love of Christ.
Through family-friendly events, native missionaries are sharing Christ among Mixteco and other unreached people groups in remote villages in the states of Oaxaca, Jalisco, Nayarit and Guerrero. Villagers who previously lived in fear of malevolent spirits or worshipped idols are now finding freedom in Christ through events that bring games, gospel theater presentations and a small present for the children, as well as gospel brochures. These outreaches at local schools, village markets or at open air meetings are made possible by donations of $25, $50 or $75. Pray that people in every village would have the opportunity to know Christ.
Little faces peering out of refugee tents have only known scarcity, trauma, hunger and unpredictability in their short lives. The one exception is the truck that brings food, shoes and other aid, and sometimes coloring books with stories about Jesus Christ. The children feel seen, loved and special when the smiling native missionaries arrive, as do their parents when the workers listen to them and pray over their concerns. For outreaches such as this, workers seek donations of $34, $68 or $102. Pray that those who receive Christ will grow deep roots in their faith.
Native missionaries labor in a country where most belong to traditional denominations unmoored from the Bible. Protestants make up only 2.2 percent of the population, but native workers skilled in the Ukrainian and Russian languages are seeing church growth among their regions’ respective cultures. A native ministry’s training school prepares them for how to effectively present Christ to Ukraine’s unreached peoples, and it is also teaching them how to reach the many refugees, international students and other foreigners coming to the country. The missionary training program is one of many tools for evangelism and discipleship relying on donations of $35, $70 or $105. Pray that God will use all means for building His kingdom among many people groping for answers.
In spite of increased opposition from Hindus, churches are growing throughout the country. One native ministry’s congregation has found that Hindu neighbors who used to resent their presence are now coming to Christ and worshipping with them, and 15 people were recently baptized. Donations of $25, $50 or $75 equip native missionaries throughout the country to meet seekers and invite them to home fellowships, follow up with new believers and offer discipleship training. Pray that Christians in sending churches and daughter congregations would show such love for one another that it draws people to them.
In a country where the state religion is Islam and 99 percent of the population is Sunni Muslim, native Christian workers are proclaiming Christ’s salvation face-to-face and through social media. One native ministry uses Facebook to tell a story that contrasts life as a Muslim and the Christian life. As Muslims turn to Christ and secret churches are formed, the need for discipleship is critical. The ministry conducts “Cubs to Lions” discipleship programs designed to teach the differences between attendees’ former religion and a biblical worldview. For these and other tools, donations of $30, $60 or $90 are sought. Pray that individuals and churches will be equipped to multiply.
Native missionaries are seeing the fruit of their efforts throughout the region despite countries’ increased restrictions. The fields are ripe for harvest, but training for new Christians, lay leaders and those answering the call to be sent to unreached peoples is needed to establish new churches. For these efforts and the work to anchor existing churches with a solid biblical foundation, donations of $25, $50 or $75 are sought. Pray for newly planted churches among unreached tribal groups to look to the Holy Spirit for guidance as they proclaim Christ to those who have never heard the message of eternal life.
Various tribal peoples love to sing and dance, and native missionaries have the cultural knowledge to infuse Christian concepts into folk song and dance programs in evangelistic outreaches to tribal villagers. Showing videos on the life of Jesus, holding special meetings to pray for the sick and starting Bible studies in seekers’ homes, native missionaries plan to start 50 new congregations this year. They seek donations of $25, $50 or $75. Pray that newly planted churches will become lights to their communities.
In this country where more than a third of the people are Muslims while most of the population belongs to nominal, traditional churches hostile to evangelicals, a native ministry is distributing 25,000 Bibles in five languages and training missionaries to make disciples who imitate the life and ministry of Christ. Native missionaries focus on spiritual formation and transforming discipleship through service, education and theological reflection. Besides leadership training, the ministry is equipping 500 members with tools to share their faith. For these and other evangelism and discipleship projects, donations of $25, $50 or $75 are sought. Pray the Holy Spirit would give workers wisdom in each step of faith.
In Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, congregations meeting in homes often grow quite large. Native ministries regularly receive requests from village house churches for help with building materials to construct or expand places of worship. Using the labor of congregation volunteers, churches undertake these building projects at costs ranging on average from $500-$1,000, and they seek donations of any amount. Pray for strength and wisdom for those who bring the message of Christ to remote, impoverished and dark places.
Bible distribution has proven to be just one effective way for native missionaries to establish conversations, relationships – and churches – with people in the 96-percent Muslim country. Making disciples after distributing Bibles to doctors, teachers, business owners, widows and the blind among others, native missionaries also work in care homes for orphans, offer adult literacy classes and provide education for impoverished kiln workers and children. For these and other ways of planting worshipping congregations, they seek donations of $16, $32 or $64. Pray that Christian light and love will work its way throughout the country.
Native missionaries find creative ways to share the gospel in countries where those proclaiming Christ face societal violence and/or state punishment. Ways of sharing the gospel include radio, social media and even newspaper ads offering free Bibles. Some Muslims listen to preaching online with intent to scoff and mock, only to hear and receive the truth of the message of Christ’s saving sacrifice. For evangelism and discipleship in the region in these and other ways, donations of $25, $50 or $75 are sought. Pray that as gospel seed is spread it will find good soil for deep roots.
Many times Manuel, an indigenous missionary, talked about the death and resurrection of Christ with a man who practiced witchcraft. “Finally one day when he was desperate and without hope, he surrendered his life to Jesus,” Manuel wrote. “Now the Lord has delivered him from evil spirits, he found peace in Christ and he shares his testimony with everybody.” Manuel shares the gospel in several villages, and in the church he pastors in his home village he is discipling 15 people who recently put their faith in Christ. He and 20 other native missionaries need donations of $60 or $120 for their monthly upkeep. Pray the light of Christ will drive out the darkness among the people they are serving.
In a country with a Buddhist majority and an increasingly hostile Hindu population, native missionaries are seeing the Lord at work. One ministry that began with its leader preaching village to village and starting two churches started training others who shared his vision. They pooled their limited resources and trained rural pastors in the north, which was a war zone at the time. After recently training 10 people in the past six months, they have seen 92 people baptized in 42 churches. Offering the training for free to the majority who cannot afford it, they seek donations of $25, $50 or $75. Pray that God would continue to firmly establish their work.
A native ministry in Albania uses a vehicle to bring children to school, to children’s camps and to weekend activities or worship services. The vehicles, maintenance and repair, fuel and public transportation fees comprise the transportation projects that are just one example of gospel tools making a huge difference for native missionaries carrying the Good News to the unreached thanks to donations of $30, $60 or $90. Pray the message of God’s salvation will go wide and deep.
A mob of 200 religious extremists shouting anti-Christian insults recently destroyed a small congregation’s place of worship and put up a flag with an image of their idol in place of the church’s cross. They threatened to kill the pastor if he removed the flag and continued ministering there. In another area, a mob attacked a Bible school student. These are just a few examples of the region’s rising tide of persecution of Christians. They need shelter, food, medical treatment, counseling, and rebuilding funds, for which they seek donations in any amount. Pray for strength, faith and protection for those living in fear.
In northern, central and war-ravaged eastern Ukraine, native missionaries have handed out tens of thousands of New Testaments and Bibles to people who had never read any biblical passages. Leaving a lasting imprint on the hearts of those who have heard workers preach at evangelistic events, the Bibles are a central tool in all gospel campaigns. In a country where possession of a Bible was punishable by up to five years under former communist rule, the Bibles give hope to people facing daunting difficulties. Workers are seeing people put their faith in Christ, and there are more people attending church now than ever. Most of them are children and teenagers, and children’s Bibles are highly prized. Workers seek donations of $16, $32 or $64 for Bibles. Pray the Holy Spirit would open people’s hearts to the Word of God.
Microenterprise projects such as raising farm animals or water buffaloes to help transport produce to market provide livelihood for tribal people with few options living in remote, mountainous areas. Such projects help the poor avoid the tempting recruitment tactics of militant, leftist extremist groups and are vital for engaging communities in Christ’s name. Native workers seek donations of $50, $75 or $100 for such projects. Pray that those who receive animals would survive, thrive and be open to receive the Lord Jesus as their true provision.
In this politically unstable, war-torn country with Islamic extremist factions, the overwhelming majority of people are Muslim. A native ministry reaches lost souls through an evangelistic Facebook page and a discipleship-oriented Website. Through these means Bible studies and leaders emerge, and a team continues discipleship, baptism and leadership development towards the goal of planting reproducible house churches. For the website and software, online security measures and other costs for evangelism and discipleship, native missionaries seek donations of $25, $50 or $75. Pray that edifying fellowship will flourish.
Strong clan ties in this staunchly Islamist country make coming to faith in Christ an invitation to danger, shunning and exclusion from family resources and prospects for earning a living. Native missionaries help Muslims turning to Christ to learn an income-generating trade, and the missionaries are sent to unreached peoples with resources to earn a living from trades and businesses. For these start-ups, payment for Bibles and other tools for evangelism and discipleship, they seek donations of $25, $50 or $75. Pray that Muslims secretly becoming Christians will find fellowship and spiritual nourishment.
Bible studies in small groups are producing growing congregations throughout the region thanks to training programs that offer culturally sensitive ways for evangelists to present the gospel. Engaging people from various ethnic groups, one native ministry offers training in rural and urban evangelism and home-visit etiquette to four groups of 20 workers for two months. Other groups offer training for as few as five days at a time, with all providing a solid foundation for why evangelizing and church planting is paramount. For such trainings and accompanying lodging, food, transportation and materials, donations of $60 or $120 are sought. Pray that workers will be equipped and inspired to share Christ’s love.
Many native ministries undertake outreaches to refugee kids and impoverished children from unreached tribal groups, such as the Bedouins and Druze. These projects range from back-to-school outreaches to Christian education and support for refugee children to attend youth activities in churches. As children receive the love of Christ in action with your donations of $30, $60 or $90, grateful parents also open their hearts to the gospel. Pray the grace of Christ would settle in the hearts of kids and their families.
Often the only love and respect poor children receive is from native missionaries showing compassion when they provide aid. People living in biting poverty can’t afford basic living essentials for their children, but several native ministries in the region offer aid such as food, hygiene items, school supplies and clothing in the name of Christ. For outreaches such as these, which build gospel bridges with kids and parents, donations of $35, $70 or $105 are sought. Pray that each person reached through compassionate aid would receive the riches of Christ’s love.
At a point in history when this Muslim-majority country is seeing possibilities for better treatment of Christians following the ouster of its Islamist president, a native ministry is focusing on ensuring that missionaries reach youth. Its leadership training programs ensure that pastors give priority to seeing children and young adults know Christ as Lord and Savior and experience genuine fellowship. It is also sponsoring evangelistic youth conferences. For these initiatives and other means of evangelism and discipleship, such as free distribution of Bibles, donations of $25, $50 or $75 are sought. Pray that churches would seize the opportunity to flourish.
A drug addict was delivered from bondage at a Christ-centered rehabilitation center 15 years ago, and he later attended seminary, where he met and married the love of his life. They both had a vision to share the gospel with the Uyghur people, a predominantly Muslim people in a closed area. The couple moved to that region in 2013 and started their ministry with another couple. Twice arrested for proclaiming the salvation of Christ, he is free again and has no plans to stop. He and his wife seek assistance of $60 or $120 for their monthly living needs. Pray they would have a spiritual supply line of fellowship and strength.
In a country with immense needs and powerful spiritual and political forces bent on destroying God’s kingdom, native missionaries need both training and support. A native ministry plans on training 100 workers twice a year, giving high importance to updating them on the changes and challenges in increasingly difficult terrain. For training and monthly upkeep, native missionaries welcome donations of $50, $75 or $100 as they work among several unreached people groups. Pray that many souls will turn to Christ and find peace in Him.
Just as the Apostle Paul and his team members were vulnerable to bandits as they walked ancient roads bearing the message of Christ’s salvation, native missionaries trust God to keep them safe in their travels. One group of workers in the region recently walked nine days to bring the gospel to a village. The transportation available to others is something most native missionaries can only dream of and pray for. Your donation of $50, $75 or $100 enables them to obtain bicycles, motorcycles and other vehicles, as well as bus fare, to greatly enhance their ability to bring the Good News to unreached people. Pray that knowledge of God would spread throughout the region.
Despairing people in far corners of the world where foreign missionaries would be hard-pressed to go are finding hope and healing in Christ thanks to native missionaries – who reach the lost at a fraction of the cost to send in an outsider. With intimate knowledge of local customs and language, these workers have hearts burning to bring Christ’s salvation to suffering souls. They need only the financial resources to move forward in faith. Your donations enable Christian Aid Mission to find, vet and assist native missionaries to fulfill Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. Pray the Lord’s power would transform entire communities into beacons of His light and love.