Your Prayer Guide to Reach the World.
In home visits, prayer for the sick and helping villagers with farm work, local missionaries establish relationships and share about Christ’s saving death on the cross. Workers with one ministry saw 40 people put their faith in Christ over the course of a few months. Preaching the gospel at one fellowship gathering, they saw another 20 people commit their lives to Christ. Local missionaries seek donations for such outreaches and discipleship with those who receive eternal life. Pray that literacy levels would increase and more Christian leaders would be trained.
A young man had no qualms about harming his family members, and at a native ministry conference he unflinchingly told the group director that he was upset with someone and planned to kill him – his own brother. The leader and other young Christians gathered around him and prayed for the young man, who felt himself getting free of an evil spirit and then prayed to receive Christ’s salvation. He is just one of many people whose lives have been transformed by local missionaries through several evangelism and discipleship programs, for which donations of $25 or $50 are sought. Pray that new believers would find unified churches.
The wife of a Buddhist put her faith in Christ after local missionaries shared the gospel with her, and her husband strongly opposed her new faith. An alcoholic, he verbally abused and beat her. His wife continued meeting with Christians and praying for him, and the Lord gave him the desire to change; he received Christ, and his life was transformed. He was one of 28 people who recently came to Christ. From urban slums to impoverished villages, local missionaries are establishing relationships with unreached people as they distribute Christian literature, and they seek donations of $25 or $50 for such efforts. Pray for new Christians to find new community.
As the coronavirus pandemic has confined people to their homes, more are asking for Bibles and are searching the Internet for information about Christianity. Local missionaries are busier than ever sending out New Testaments and Bibles and answering questions from those visiting their websites and reading their social media advertisements. With travel forbidden, 10 people have asked workers to visit their homes when allowed, and two have already prayed to receive Christ. For such expressions of Christ’s love, donations of $35 or $70 are sought. Pray the Holy Spirit would guide Turks and people from other countries as they search for God’s help amid isolation and lack.
Police prohibited an unregistered church from holding its large meetings in a rented facility, with officers saying the Christians had to break up into groups of no more than five people in separate locations. Such actions are taking place throughout the country, underscoring the need for discipleship and leadership training as the additional groups require leaders able to teach and model faith. Local ministries seek donations for such training and other tools of evangelism and discipleship. Pray that the Lord would show Christians how to fellowship and grow under difficult circumstances.
A poor villager told local missionaries he didn’t believe their gospel but later agreed to visit their church. After six Sunday services, he put his faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, as did his wife and six children. A month later, eight other families came to the Lord in response to his witness and have established a house church. Local missionaries throughout the country seek donations to be equipped, trained and sent to make such disciples. Pray the Lord would prepare hearts to receive eternal life in Christ, and that He would strengthen and protect those facing opposition.
A Muslim from an unreached tribe zealously attended Friday prayers but was growing disillusioned by the amulets of traditional superstitions – and knives – that others brought to the mosque. When he saw a Muslim stab another at the door of the mosque, he renounced Islam. He was studying paths to salvation when he met a local missionary and, presented with the gospel, immediately put his faith in Christ. Recently local missionaries led more than 40 people to the Lord, and evangelists who are reaching thousands with the gospel in spite of opposition seek donations for such efforts. Pray the Holy Spirit would open many eyes to see Christ.
A woman kept many idols of Hindu gods in her home that she worshipped daily until local missionaries shared the gospel with her. She put her faith in Christ, was baptized, got rid of all her idols and has become a new person serving the Lord. Speaking to people who follow traditional tribal religion about the true love of God and His shed blood for humanity, workers saw 10 people from the ethnic group come to saving faith. For such evangelism and discipleship initiatives, workers throughout the region seek donations of $25 or $50. Pray the Holy Spirit would guide and empower workers as they navigate multiple cultural barriers.
House churches are sprouting in 93-percent Muslim Turkmenistan thanks to the faithful courage and tenacity of local missionaries. Many of those they are reaching have never heard the gospel. Even as the country builds new mosques, the Lord is providing workers many opportunities to spread His kingdom. Workers reaching a wide array of people, from children to substance abusers, seek donations for such outreaches, follow-up Bible study materials, leadership training and other means of evangelism and discipleship throughout the region. Pray the Holy Spirit would guide workers to key people at key times for the growth of His kingdom.
In a remote area where Christ’s name was not known, villagers last year learned about the Lord from their own countrymen in their native language. There is a small congregation there now. The same native ministry is sending local missionaries to both cities and the countryside. Workers gave a university professor in one urban area a Bible, and he studied it for several months; recently he put his faith in Christ and is preparing to be baptized. Local missionaries throughout the country seek donations to be equipped and sent to make such disciples. Pray workers will obtain what they need in the face of rising costs, and that new Christians will grow deep roots amid opposition.
The father of several children was despondent since his business went bankrupt five years ago, and then local missionaries provided training and soft loans for him to start a small business selling soup. The family has regained hope as the workers steered them toward the Bible and church. Local missionaries throughout the country seek donations of $25 or $50 for such micro-enterprise projects, prison ministry and other community outreaches in Christ’s name. Pray the Lord would bring hope to many people as workers help transform entire communities.
In areas of deep poverty, local missionaries are providing hope for a better future as they offer training in computer skills, retail sales and tailoring to young people and heads of households. More than 270 students have successfully completed the training, up from 150 the previous year, and most of them have found work as a result. Local missionaries seek donations for such community engagement projects throughout the country. Pray the Lord would break the cycle of poverty and lift the poor into His truth and light as they obtain livelihood and dignity.
People in a remote village were suffering deeply from shortage of water before local missionaries visited them and helped them drill a borehole. The measure made a huge impact on their community and their hearts, opening many to hear the gospel. Workers in other areas also left a deep impression on people by providing funds for school fees, as well as loans for young people to start businesses. Local missionaries seek donations for such community engagement initiatives. Pray that those who are lifted out of poverty would glorify the Lord in thanks, praise and in their daily lives.