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Bring the Message of Eternal Life in Indonesia

People taught that Christians are wicked learned otherwise when they received clean water, food and health care from local missionaries, opening their hearts to hear the gospel. As workers testified to how faith in Christ transformed their lives, the Holy Spirit touched villagers’ hearts, and they wanted to know more. Personal sharing, Bible studies, audio Bibles for the illiterate, and meetings under large trees or in bamboo houses, among other means, helped lead people to put their faith in Christ. Workers need donations to undertake these outreaches of evangelism and discipleship. Pray new believers will find fellowship in spite of surges in the pandemic.

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Provide Aid for Disaster Victims in Bangladesh

Torrential rains caused flooding in southeast Bangladesh this summer that caused many people to lose both their homes and their daily work, and local missionaries provided emergency food and shelter to hundreds of them, including some recently baptized Christians. Roughly 75 percent of the people who received food were Muslims or followers of tribal religions, and the aid provided opportunities to share the gospel. More flooding was expected during the rainy season of late fall. Workers need donations to provide disaster relief throughout the country. Pray that disaster-stricken people will receive new hope in Christ.

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Help Bring Gospel Transformation in Mexico

A 33-year-old man well-known in his ethnic community for mistreating and abandoning his family wanted to take his own life and continued rejecting the gospel and a local missionary’s other efforts to help him. Recently he began a saving relationship with Christ that has transformed his life; he shares his faith at every opportunity. Local missionaries began planting several churches as they distributed 6,000 Bibles, along with 500 audio Bibles. They need donations of $60 or $120 to proclaim Christ and follow up with new Christians. Pray for the Lord’s protection over local missionaries in areas where rival tribes are engaged in violent clashes.

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Spread the Salvation Message in China

In summer camps for children, Bible studies, parenting seminars and other outreaches, local missionaries have multiple opportunities to present the gospel. Recent youth programs at campgrounds and two summer Bible camps in a native ministry’s town held under strict pandemic protocols brought kids closer to Christ. Team members also have had opportunities to reach the elderly and began new outreaches in five provinces, starting 17 Bible studies. These and other workers need donations for such evangelism and discipleship. They request prayer to overcome pandemic and communications obstacles.

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Send the Good News in South Asia

As COVID-19 protocols allow, local missionaries visit new villages, befriend residents and start small groups to share the gospel. Many sick people attend the meetings and receive healing prayer. “They get healed by God’s unending grace, and they decide to follow Jesus Christ,” one ministry leader said. When people from neighboring villages hear about the work of God, they visit, and the churches grow. During outreaches in two villages in two months, 28 people put their faith in Christ and were baptized. Workers need donations of $25 or $50 to undertake such evangelism and discipleship. Pray grace and peace will be multiplied to new believers in their knowledge of Christ.

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Help Form New Christians in Lebanon

Despite the presence in a refugee camp of Islamic relatives and neighbors, a Muslim family of six has put their faith in Christ after hearing the gospel from local missionaries who provided aid. The family members are inviting others in the camp to meetings. Many Lebanese people are also coming to Christ as workers help to meet their needs amid economic turmoil. A discipleship group of 40 people has produced a second group of equal size as people become bolder to share their faith. Donations are sought for local missionaries to proclaim Christ and disciple new believers. Pray for new Christians facing physical need and hostilities from family and neighbors.

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Enable Gospel Outreach in Burkina Faso

A question in a local ministry’s Bible study material spurred Christians to mobilize villagers for a community improvement project, opening the way for workers to lead 54 people to Christ, including many Muslims. Three other villages that had been closed to the gospel took notice, enabling local missionaries to reach them with the message of the kingdom. In spite of armed attacks by Islamic terrorists, workers led 903 people to faith in Christ over the course of six months, including 422 Muslims. Donations of $60 or $120 are sought for local missionaries to proclaim Christ and cultivate the faith of new believers. Pray the Holy Spirit would overcome opposition to the Lord.

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September 29, 2022
At a Christian youth camp with distant views of snow-capped mountains in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, nearly 50 nervous children were having a hard time warming up to each other. At more than 5,200 feet above sea level, the camp center was warmer in July than during most of the year, but the kids ages 10 to 14 had arrived cold with gloom about how they were going to get through the week surrounded by strangers. “On the first day when the kids arrived, they were very closed and dissatisfied,” the leader of the native ministry said. “We began to worry a little about how we would do anything if they were so dissatisfied.”
September 22, 2022
Muslim extremists often appear in refugee camps, and word spreads that native missionaries bringing aid to the tents pray with refugees and leave Bibles for them. So workers were concerned when a grim-faced refugee camp leader summoned them to talk over tea. “Last week while distributing things to the children, you were praying, and you gave some people copies of the Bible,” he told them.
September 15, 2022
Kimbap was on her way home from work in Cambodia last summer when she saw a gang of teenage boys assaulting a younger boy. Though a lifelong Buddhist, Kimbap had been listening to a Christian radio program for several days, and when he screamed for help, she instinctively began praying to Christ. “I had very little belief that He was there for real to help this boy, because I am a Buddhist worshiper,” Kimbap said.
September 8, 2022
Burma’s internal military conflicts have curtailed ministry efforts, but the chaos also has helped expand God’s kingdom as displaced people take refuge at a Bible college and Christian camps. Among those fleeing to the jungles or to neighboring countries are young people, a native ministry leader said. “Many young people, however, remain in the country and do not know what to do with their lives,” he said. “Some young people run to Bible colleges and Christian camps.”
September 1, 2022
A ministry leader in North Africa arrived at the home of dying woman to say farewell, pray for her and, at her parents’ request, baptize her. Only after he arrived did he realize she had often attended his church, then mysteriously stopped. “She was aware that she had a few days left before she would die and had no hope for healing,” he said. “Although we didn’t know anything about the medical reports of her illness and what it was, I had a feeling that this could be an evil spirit.”
August 25, 2022
A young Iraqi girl’s grandfather died when a suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militant rammed the car carrying him. Sara later learned from a teacher at a native ministry’s school in Jordan that God loved her and her family, so she thought He must be different from the divine being her parents blamed for the loss of her grandfather. One day she was deeply missing her grandfather and crying at school, and the teacher noticed that she seemed frightened as well as sad.
July 7, 2022
A refugee from Syria told local missionaries in Iraq that he had dreamt of a group of Christians visiting his house and telling him pleasant things that he could not now recall. He said he was a Muslim officer in the Syrian army who had fled when enemy soldiers occupied his home. “I remember when I woke up, I had a wonderful peace and joy that I had never experienced before,” he told them. “Can you visit us at home?”
June 30, 2022
A Syrian widow with several children had endured affliction before and after arriving as a refugee in Jordan. Islamic State (ISIS) invaders in Syria had seized her oldest son and, fearing they might take her other children, she and her husband had fled in 2013. Some of her children were able to help her husband in odd jobs he might find on the streets – until he was diagnosed with cancer.
June 23, 2022
A series of murders of children and young women prompted a three-day prayer event in a town in western Kenya. Church members and community leaders were praying for safety when a young man burst in and confessed to raping and killing six young women. The local missionaries and other leaders prayed for deliverance and salvation as the man’s anguished cries drew more people to the meeting tent – including some bent on lynching him and burning his body.
June 16, 2022
Accompanied by police and soldiers, a district official in Laos told Christians in a tribal village that those who refused to renounce Christ would be imprisoned. He was angry that they had refused to heed a prior warning to quit worshiping Christ. “Christianity is a western religion – it cannot be practiced in our country,” he told them. “I will give you one more chance to renounce Christ. If anyone still wants to believe in God, then just raise your hand.”
June 9, 2022
A shaman in Indonesia had quit his life as a robber and drug seller five years ago, but he still had no peace. Deeply troubled, he invited a worker and others from the ministry to his house to talk with him and his family about Christ. When the local missionaries showed up, they found 40 people at the house.
June 2, 2022
A young man in Iraq, Sami, and his father were descended from multiple generations of historic Christians, but during occupation by Islamist militants they had been forcibly converted to Islam. Such converts have trouble showing loyalty to a new caliphate, often refusing to join the fight to establish and expand it. Both men were subjected to torture; Sami told native missionaries in Europe that his father died trying to save him from the militants.
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