Your Prayer Guide to Reach the World.
During a month-long lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, a medical clinic offering health care to the poor and needy remained open for patients with chronic illnesses so they could receive their medicines. Now in full operation with appropriate precautions, it is serving 10 to 15 patients daily who need physiotherapy, fetal monitoring, lab tests and wound and burn care, among other treatments. The local ministry operating the clinic seeks donations to bring healing in Christ’s name to the country’s growing number of poor people. Local missionaries request prayer for the Lord to give them strength and wisdom in the face of overwhelming needs.
Her husband unable to work because of a broken leg, a young mother lost her cleaning job to a COVID-19 lockdown and could not feed her two sons. The food and other aid she received from local missionaries brought tears of joy to her eyes. This scenario was repeated in multiple states as 493 families received food aid in one month, and ministry workers also provided cloth masks to 560 people and soap to 200 families. Donations are sought to provide such aid to the needy throughout the hard-hit country. Pray that workers would be kept safe from violent assailants who have been given free rein to attack worshiping Christians and their leaders.
After closing churches for several weeks during a lockdown to contain the coronavirus, native ministries were able to re-open with gatherings of up to 100 in June and have been reaching lost souls with revival programs. They are providing hope to the discouraged with discipleship gatherings for new Christians, training vibrant leaders to plant churches and are distributing Bibles. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought to equip workers for these and other evangelism and discipleship initiatives. Pray God’s protection over evangelists, pastors and their families as they advance God’s kingdom, and that income-generation, school and other projects will be completed.
An ethnic Quechua who was often drunk and mistreated his wife kicked a local missionary out of his house when the worker shared the gospel with him. Visiting him another day, the evangelist again spoke to him of Christ. The man received Him as Savior and saw his life transformed as he was discipled in the Word of God; now he is a missionary to his own people. A local missionary in another area reports that seven people recently put their faith in Christ. Workers throughout the country seek monthly donations of $60 for support while they carry out such evangelism and discipleship efforts. Pray they would find ways to initiate new relationships and maintain existing ones amid the pandemic.
Fast church growth has increased demand for discipleship and leadership training materials. A native ministry’s Bible study courses are meeting that need in restricted areas, with the number of groups using its curricula growing to 612 after more groups received it in Gansu Province, Zhejiang Province and Inner Mongolia. Most classes are conducted online to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The local missionaries responsible for these classes and materials need donations of $60 monthly to support themselves and their families. Workers seek prayer that the Lord would keep them and new Christians safe from opposition and COVID-19.
Two Khmu families in the communist country listened attentively to a native missionary’s Facebook live messages, and when they got the opportunity to meet him in person, they put their faith in Christ – a total of 14 people. They are now attending a church in their village. Besides social media and radio broadcasts, local missionaries are visiting homes to bring the message of Christ’s salvation throughout the country in spite of risk of arrest and suffering. Seeking donations for the tools needed for such outreaches and discipleship, they request prayer for the two newly Christian families to deepen their faith in order to withstand potential persecution.
The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the lives of impoverished women, single mothers, widows and women suddenly widowed by COVID-19, who eat only if they earn daily income as maids, hairdressers, nannies, day-laborers and other trades. Local missionaries are maintaining contact with these women by phone texts and calls to support them emotionally, spiritually and financially. To help them, their children and others suffering from the pandemic with rent payments, bills, food, clothing and other needs, workers seek donations of $35 or $70. Pray the Lord would protect workers and those they’re serving from the virus.
A local missionary led a Muslim to Christ who later shared the gospel with a paralyzed man and, after persuading him to believe that God could heal him, the Lord answered their prayer with complete healing and repentance for salvation. With the threat of persecution growing, local missionaries spend much time in prayer before going to villages where Christ is unknown. They then search for a man or woman of peace in the village, build a relationship and reach others through that person. Within months, a house church is formed. Workers seek monthly donations for their living expenses while they carry out such evangelism and discipleship. Local missionaries request prayer for peace in the country, protection of evangelists and training of more church leaders.
A refugee woman from Nigeria and her son were among thousands of refugees who fled violence in their home countries and arrived in Spain with no resources. She had fallen into prostitution to make ends meet when local missionaries reaching out to trafficked women provided her spiritual and emotional counseling that resulted in her and her son turning to Christ. She and other refugees from Africa and the Middle East began their path to transformation from the food, clothing, housing and other aid provided by local missionaries, for which donations of $35 or $70 are sought. Pray that workers vulnerable to opposition and COVID-19 will be kept safe.
People are starving amid coronavirus lockdowns that cost them jobs and slowed supplies. Refugees and people displaced internally by ongoing violence in Iraq are in deeper need due to the spread of COVID-19, and local missionaries are continuing to provide aid. In one area, they have increased distributions from once a month to once a week to meet growing needs. Workers seek donations of $35 or $70 in order to provide food, water and other relief aid to the displaced. Pray local missionaries will be protected and strengthened as they face growing need and disease, and that hopeless refugees will find encouragement in aid and Christ’s love.
Local missionaries provided life-saving food and other aid to 500 families whose breadwinners were unable to work because of the coronavirus pandemic. Those receiving aid included the elderly, the disabled and about 100 pregnant or nursing mothers. Health workers were also grateful to receive Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and hand sanitizer from local missionaries. A local official thanked them, saying whatever people say against Christians, “you are the ones quietly serving.” Such workers seek donations of $35 or $70 to provide relief aid. Pray the Lord would provide opportunity to proclaim Christ while keeping workers safe from disease and opposition.
Local missionaries are translating Bible stories into the languages of eight subgroups of a major, unreached ethnic group that was Islamicized centuries ago. While providing the stories to one subgroup to test the translation’s accuracy, the father of a Muslim family put his faith in Christ. Ministry workers are also organizing literacy classes and health care, while others provide help to street children, giving local missionaries a platform for gospel proclamation. Workers seek donations to help cover their families’ monthly expenses and allow them to devote themselves full-time to these and other outreaches. Pray the Lord would clear away all obstacles to Christ entering into people’s hearts.
Local missionaries are bringing knowledge of the way of the Lord and His truth in outreaches to students from elementary school to college. They are welcome at schools for the positive effect they have in molding character, as students become more respectful, caring and loving. In one year, one ministry was able to care for and help educate more than 1,000 children, while other workers trained more than 220 pastors and church-planters. Donations are sought for these and other outreaches throughout the country. Pray the Holy Spirit would go before workers to help them form relationships and reveal Christ in hard hearts.
In a Central Asian country where the population is 98 percent Muslim, native missionaries take up residence in unreached villages to plant home fellowships and train leaders. Initially they form small groups of new Christians combined with people open to learning about the Lord, with 20 such groups formed during a recent six-month stretch. They establish relationships by face-to-face interaction in homes and public places as well as through responses to gospel proclamation on Internet and TV platforms. Working amid opposition and coronavirus dangers, local missionaries seek monthly donations of $60 to cover their daily living expenses as they initiate these and other evangelism and discipleship projects throughout the region. Pray that new believers will stand strong against pressure from family and friends to return to man-made religion.