A widow came to Christ under the home church teaching of a local missionary, and later the native ministry helped her start a laundry business with a micro-enterprise loan. A Muslim customer who left money in the pocket of clothes to be washed was surprised when she returned the money, and he asked her why she hadn’t pocketed it like most people. Her answer about doing godly business intrigued him, and when local missionaries shared the gospel with him and his family, they began a Bible study and put their faith in Christ. Donations are sought for workers to carry out such evangelism and discipleship. Pray the love of God would penetrate barriers to bring more people to Christ.
During a children’s meeting, a local missionary learned that it was a little girl’s birthday and afterward brought her a piece of cake with a candle in it. Moved to tears, the child said it was the first time she felt someone cared about her since losing her mother. Workers hold several events for children, help the poor with aid and vocational training and offer biblical counseling that restores marriages, among other ministries, and such care helps them start Bible studies and lead people to faith in Christ. Local missionaries need support of $60 or $120 to help with their monthly expenses. They request prayer for resources to make up for pandemic-related shortfalls and more capacity to expand outreach.
A young father of three grew so hostile while drunk that he was in constant legal trouble, and his wife and children left him. A local missionary explained how Christ took the punishment for his sin, and he committed his life to the Lord. He reconciled with his family, found steady employment and has stopped drinking. Gospel workers are proclaiming God’s grace, distributing audio Bibles in the native languages of various tribal people and holding seminars to strengthen disciples. They need donations to carry out such evangelistic outreach and follow-up. Pray for workers’ health and protection from community violence.
Recently workers led seven people to put their faith in Christ and baptized them. In areas where tight controls and/or COVID-19 restrictions have forced Christians to meet only in homes, with church leaders ministering to them only through visits, local missionaries are edifying and encouraging believers in small groups or online. They build up church leaders through online training that helps them raise awareness about evangelizing and every-member ministry. Donations are needed for such training, discipleship and gospel proclamation. Pray workers will be equipped, inspired and protected as they minister to minority ethnic groups.
After the death of her husband and ongoing abuse from hostile relatives, a depressed mother decided she and her two daughters would commit suicide. Before they could attempt it, a local missionary shared about the love of Christ and prayed for her, and as she and her daughters began attending church services, they experienced the joy and peace of the Lord in their lives. They were among six people who were recently baptized. Local missionaries need donations of $60 or $120 in order to bring word of Christ’s saving sacrifice and faithfulness to people trapped in despair. Workers request prayer for good health and for strength, wisdom and courage for Christians facing growing opposition.
Among many children who attended a local ministry’s Bible studies and special events was a young boy who had many questions. Local missionaries answered them, but he said something was missing until he attended a prayer and worship event and felt “a fire inside of me.” He put his faith in Christ, and now he shares his testimony with others. Last year the ministry saw a doubling of the number of kids who joined house fellowships after attending prior events. Workers seek donations in order to keep up with the growing number of children who want to attend evangelistic camps, Bible studies and events. Pray for the ability to meet needs as expansion opportunities grow.
A Syrian refugee who had lost his ability to walk without aids in an airstrike arrived at a local ministry’s office with his wife and four children, homeless and hungry. Workers provided him legal help, a wheelchair and baby formula for his infant child, and as he left he thanked staff members for giving him hope. The local ministry provides legal assistance and other means of integrating into society to about 750 such people each month, and it distributes food and other goods to many others. Staff members need donations of $35 or $70 to provide such compassionate aid to a continuing stream of refugees. Pray for more workers, and for the refugees to recover their lives.
A tribal villager recently put his faith in Christ after attending a local missionary’s seminar. Workers are visiting homes with the gospel in several areas; in one of the hill districts, a 37-year-old alcoholic who had violently opposed the faith of his Christian relatives and neighbors overheard a preacher quoting Scripture against the worship of false nature gods and asked the local missionary to explain. He went on to study the Bible with him for weeks afterward, left his addictions and put his faith in Christ. Workers need donations of $25 or $50 in order to proclaim Christ and cultivate strong disciples. They request prayer for new believers facing opposition from criminals and militias.
A young Muslim man who had conversations about the gospel with a local missionary received Christ and now joyfully shares his faith with others. In another village, workers identified an influential “man of peace” who put his faith in Christ, leading the entire community to become receptive to the gospel, including the local chief. In total, 127 people recently received Christ as Lord and Savior through one ministry’s outreaches. Those workers and other local missionaries rely on donations to undertake such evangelism and discipleship. Pray that new believers will hold closely to the Lord in the face of opposition.
Local missionaries with one ministry recently shared the gospel with more than 2,000 people in 30 areas in the 96-percent Muslim country, with 180 souls committing their lives to Christ. Distributing 250 Bibles, they regularly followed up with new believers in various villages. Workers focused on remote areas of neglected poor people and saw the Holy Spirit transform lives; villagers were eager to have and study God’s Word. Donations are sought for the tools and means to share the gospel and edify and encourage new Christians. Pray that new churches would sense God’s presence.
A Muslim from Africa was one of 120 new arrivals at a local ministry’s refugee center who gradually trusted workers enough to listen to them share the gospel. At first resistant, he now loves reading the Bible, attending church services and listening to sermons. Pray for him as workers continue to help him know the Lord. Both refugees and Spaniards are coming to Christ and establishing home fellowships, and the ministry recently trained 30 young evangelists to start 20 new house churches. Workers need donations of $25 or $50 for such tools of evangelism and discipleship in order to form new disciples. Pray for local missionaries’ health and safety amid opposition and COVID-19.
Several tribal people in various villages recently accepted Christ, and local missionaries are helping them grow in their faith with Bible study and spiritual guidance. In other regions where villagers have long resisted the message of salvation, 15 tribal people recently trusted in the saving power of Christ and are eagerly learning to follow Him. So far seven of them have taken baptism. Workers seek donations for the Bibles, tools and training to proclaim the Lord’s grace and help form strong disciples. Pray for protection from flood-related disease and attacks by gold miners and drug traffickers.
Two sisters attended a local ministry’s youth group meeting and received Christ, and after their recent baptisms they are continuing to grow in their faith. The youth group also helped an orphan whose aunt cast him out of her home when he fell in with trouble-making friends; after accepting an invitation to attend a Bible study, the boy put his faith in Christ and is walking on a new path. In-person meetings with masks are allowed for children and youths under pandemic restrictions, and workers are also leading Bible studies online. They rely on donations of $25 or $50 to undertake such evangelism and discipleship. Pray for connection in fellowship amid the pandemic.
A Bible from a local ministry ended up in the hands of an Iranian woman who had married an Iraqi, and she in turn sent it to her niece in Iran. The power of Scripture deeply moved the niece, and when she recently immigrated to Iraq, she and all her relatives there put their faith in Christ and began a house church. Workers are distributing Bibles and sharing the gospel through multiple outreaches, including service to refugees from Syria and Iran and ministries to children, widows, the elderly, the ill and the poor. Donations enable them to share God’s Word and disciple those who receive Christ. Pray the many people coming to the Lord will be strong in the face of opposition.
At a recent gospel event a local missionary prayed for a sick child, and he was instantly healed. This led his entire family to receive Christ, and they are active in a new church, where more people are coming to faith in the Lord. In another area, workers led the town chief and other local leaders to Christ, and the entire community went from seeking fortune tellers and shamans to worshipping God at church services; the former shamans are also attending. Workers who recently planted four churches need donations to share the gospel and follow-up with lessons and training for new believers. They request prayer for more funding partners in order to reach more people.
Equipping students with knowledge as well as deep conviction and commitment, a local ministry’s Bible school arranged for students to preach at various churches. They learned leadership skills and spiritual disciplines, practicing much intercessory prayer. One student prayed three times a day for a month for a wayward friend who then changed his ways and was baptized. At the same time, six graduates of the Bible school shared the gospel with three to five people each month. Donations of $60 or $120 are sought in order to train church leaders and evangelists in the country. Pray the Lord will inspire and lead those studying Christian leadership to find and follow their calling.
Prisons are one of the few places where people of certain tribes or religions can receive Bibles and hear the gospel without interference and opposition. Indeed, local missionaries are often mobbed by prisoners clamoring to receive Bibles. When workers recently shared the gospel in the prisoners’ language, the inmates responded with tears of repentance and the joy of grace; one convict said no one had ever told them the indisputable truth of the Word, and another said he wished to apologize to all those he’d harmed. Workers seek donations of $24 or $48 to bring Bibles and the gospel to spiritually aching inmates. Local missionaries request prayer for peace in their country.
Children from Christian and non-Christian families recently attended a local ministry’s camp where they enjoyed various games, sports and Bible lessons, forming friendships that continued in their towns and villages. Those friendships opened the way to invite children from non-Christian families to visit churches. The ministry, which also organized a camp for teenagers and young adults, operates a rehabilitation center as well, serving 15 people addicted to alcohol. Workers need donations of $30 or $60 to offer these and other community engagement programs to expand God’s kingdom. Pray for God-ordained connections that will bring people to Christ.
In a village where drunkenness and smoking opium are common, a man who accepted an invitation to a group dinner at a local missionary’s home was surprised at how much fun Christians had without illegal substances. He and his family began to attend the church of the worker, a pastor, and he led his family to Christ. At two other villages that once had no Christians, local missionaries’ work has resulted in 11 people in each community coming to the Lord. Workers need donations for the tools and means to proclaim Christ, train evangelists and church leaders and follow-up with new Christians. Pray that workers and new Christians will be protected from persecution and the pandemic.
The Lord is working powerfully in people suffering various mental disorders as local missionaries pray for them and lead them to Christ: A mother who wandered in the streets has regained soundness of mind and is again caring for her three children, and a woman seized by an unclean spirit was completely freed from it. Local missionaries with one ministry in the past year showed gospel films, visited homes and discipled home fellowship leaders after the pandemic forced churches to break into smaller groups, and along the way they saw 2,069 people put their faith in Christ. Donations are sought for such evangelistic outreach and follow-up. Pray that fellowships will remain unified.
In a remote village in the Andes, a nature-worshipper addicted to coca leaves and alcohol tried to hang his wife because she became a Christian, but neighbors rescued her. After authorities separated him from his family, a local missionary shared the gospel with him, and that day he repented and received Christ; the Lord has since freed him from his addictions and transformed his life. Gospel workers are visiting homes and traveling to Quechua communities, discipling those who believe and forming congregations in three southern areas. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought for the means to carry out such outreach. Pray for more Quechua-language Bibles.
In areas of deep poverty, local missionaries made medicines and drugs available to destitute people and their children at no cost, saving some lives and improving the quality of others. Needy villagers were also grateful for food and basic hygiene items, as well as education for their children. Among 300 people who received regular food aid were poor children, widows, the elderly and people with disabilities. Workers were able to share the gospel as they provided aid and counseled and encouraged the downtrodden. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought to provide such compassionate aid to the poor. Pray the Lord would be glorified as people are made whole in His name.
A young man whose father died was depressed as he tried to provide for his family, including his mother suffering chronic illness and two sisters with disabilities. After a local missionary visited him and prayed for him, he felt the power of God and joined a Bible study, and he and his entire family trusted in Christ’s saving sacrifice. Workers are also providing food and medical aid to many people, including refugees, amid severe economic crisis. The local missionaries themselves are suffering from high inflation and need donations of $60 or $120 for their monthly upkeep in order to bring God’s love to others. They request prayer for more workers to meet overwhelming needs.
A Christian woman often had conflict with her alcoholic husband, in large part because he hated her faith. Tensions mounted when the pandemic deprived him of work, but his attitude changed after local missionaries provided food and other relief items. He apologized to his wife for past hostilities and now has high respect for Christians as loving and caring people. Likewise, multiple communities that once discriminated against and excluded Christians are welcoming them and the gospel after workers distributed aid to 443 people. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought to provide such relief and other compassionate aid. Pray for God’s name to be glorified as people experience His comfort.
While refugee needs far outweigh local missionaries’ resources, workers are putting in long hours to keep traumatized people from further suffering. Local missionaries at one ministry provided 700 Syrian refugee families with basic food, blankets and hygiene items, as well as Bibles. In this way about 4,200 people received critical aid over a six-month stretch. As workers listen to concerns and demonstrate that they will stand with them through their troubles, many refugees hear the gospel. Local missionaries seek donations of $35 or $70 in order to provide aid to refugees in various parts of the country. Pray that workers will be protected from the pandemic, and believing refugees protected from persecution.
A family that had suffered chronic illness for years pleaded with gods and idols and, when that failed, received a visit from local missionaries. The workers invited them to put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. They did so, and the team prayed for healing and followed up with prayer visits for days afterward, seeing great improvement in their health after two months. Workers in other areas led seven people to the Lord in one town and two people in another. Local missionaries rely on donations in order to proclaim Christ and lead believers to become biblically grounded disciples. Pray that new Christians will be given wisdom and strength to withstand opposition.
Amid the pandemic people heard about the saving death and resurrection of Christ through messages on Zoom and even by telephone, but face-to-face sharing also continued. A local missionary prayed for a woman who had long suffered headaches, and when she was healed, she brought four friends for prayer; they were all healed and now worship Christ. A 15-year-old girl in the grip of a destructive spirit also received healing prayer, and she accepted Christ and helped bring others to faith in Him. Local missionaries need donations for the means to bring the salvation message and strengthen those who believe. They request prayer for people suffering without food and medicine.
A couple who had been separated for seven years heard the gospel from a local missionary. After committing their lives to Christ, they received biblical counseling from the local workers, and the Lord worked beautifully in restoring their marriage. During lockdowns, local missionaries encourage and edify them by phone. Worship meetings, prayer sessions and Bible studies are continuing in small groups, with 28 people recently putting their faith in Christ and taking baptism. Donations are sought for the tools and training for workers to share the gospel and strengthen new believers. Local missionaries request prayer that more workers will be equipped to reach more people.
The message of redemption in the Lord is taking hold through multiple outreaches. A local missionary running a sports outreach recently helped a boy commit his life to Christ, while others ministering to widows who were involved in the occult led six of them to saving faith. Many people heard the gospel through the Jesus Film and Bible studies. Workers operating a radio station that reaches 3 million people recently heard from 178 listeners who put their faith in Christ in response to the gospel programming. Evangelists rely on donations of $25 or $50 for such outreach and follow-up. Workers request prayer for more evangelists and aid for widows, orphans and people with disabilities.
The gospel is getting past COVID-19 restrictions as local missionaries tell the story of Christ on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, among other online means. In a country with a 57-percent Muslim population and a history of political opposition to religion, workers produced a gospel video shown on Facebook. One young Muslim Facebook follower told a local missionary that reading the Bible and understanding who Christ really is has changed his life, and that he now believes the Bible alone is the Word of God. Workers seek donations in order to proclaim Christ and follow up with those who believe. They request prayer that the Lord give them wisdom to advance the gospel.
Evangelists, pastors, teachers and aid workers bringing the love of Christ to the people of their own countries are doing more than anyone else to make disciples among unreached peoples. The founder of Christian Aid Mission, Bob Finley, recognized this more than 60 years ago and committed his life to assisting them in funding and prayer. The ensuing effect on native workers’ ability to create a witness for Christ in every nation is incalculable and continues to abound. Please consider a donation today to help find, vet and evaluate native missionaries, and pray the Lord will aid and guide their efforts to expand His kingdom.