Your Prayer Guide To Reach The World
Praise God that native missionaries visiting villages are developing relationships with indigenous leaders and others to open the way for gospel proclamation. Assistance from Christian Aid Mission donors has provided workers and their families their daily food and the fuel to travel for such outreach.
Local missionaries are distributing aid and sharing the gospel with people living in desperation amid war, COVID-19 and economic collapse. Displaced persons and others receive rice, clothing and financial help along with the gospel, bringing hope in Christ.
Some refugees from Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia are unable to return home because war and criminality have deprived them of home and work, while others wait for improvement in their homelands.
A Kurdish family of four from Iraq had walked 37 days through mountainous terrain when they arrived with a skin disease at a native ministry’s center. Workers provided them breakfast, clean clothes and medicines and looked up a hospital with an emergency dermatologist.
An impoverished married couple with five children battled unclean spirits, illness and hostilities within their family. After receiving gospel literature from local missionaries, the wife phoned a worker and attended worship the following Sunday.
Praise God that local missionaries led seven people to Christ in one town and two other people to saving faith in another. A family had suffered for years from the same disease as pleas to their gods and idols for healing were ineffective. The workers shared the gospel with them, and after they accepted Christ, the team prayed for healing.
Christians driven from their village for their faith recently received aid, encouragement and biblical teaching from local missionaries who strengthened their relationship with Christ amid persecution.
A 17-year-old shepherd boy whose parents died on their journey from Iraq, four minors from Syria who had nowhere to sleep and a 26-year-old mother of seven whose husband abandoned her are among the refugees who have fled strife-torn homelands seeking recovery in Europe.
In spite of the pandemic, people heard the gospel by visiting with Christian neighbors as they attended online worship services. Workers at another ministry met with every member of their congregations in their homes during lockdowns, encouraging them and praying for them.
Local missionaries sponsor various camps for youths that exert a powerful influence on young lives. Muslim parents allow their children to attend such camps, as they see the godly values they learn and how much they enjoy them even as they learn about Christ.
People who have received gospel tracts and Bibles from local missionaries are coming to faith in Christ. In one area, five fathers were freed from worldly corruption and entered into God’s kingdom, while a worker in another visited a home where four family members trusted in the Lord for eternal life.
Praise God that workers with a native ministry providing assistance to widows led 39 of them to put their faith in Christ. The gospel is also spreading through a literacy class where 180 adults use the New Testament as a text. “Most will encounter Jesus as they read the Gospel,” the ministry leader said.
Impoverished children feel strong pressure to leave school to sell candy and soft drinks on the streets. Local missionaries have a feeding center where they get to know the children, visit them in their homes and share the importance of continuing their schooling in order to break the cycle of poverty.
Praises that the leader of a native ministry and two other workers traveled to a village and, visiting one home after another, saw enough people put their faith in Christ to plant a church there. The leader recently dedicated three tribal children of the new Christians to the Lord.