Your Prayer Guide To Reach The World
People are hearing the gospel through digital platforms and radio programs that reach more than 200 towns. A local ministry’s radio station receives daily visits and phone calls from people seeking prayer, with many accepting Christ as Savior. Other workers giving away Bibles reported about 100 new Christians were recently baptized.
A young man who mocked a local ministry’s church online visited one of its worship services to revile Christians to their faces, but he was so touched by their peaceful replies and Scripture verses that he fell to his knees, repented and received Christ’s grace.
A recent evangelistic event resulted in 174 people putting their faith in Christ. Among those saved was an area’s lead sorcerer, who then led the new Christians and local missionaries into the forest to destroy the villagers’ idols and renounce the power of their gods.
A local missionary visited a home where several people heard her talk about Scripture, and one of those present obtained a Bible and later learned how to study it from the worker and other team members. The recipient put his faith in Christ, and his faith grew as he attended Bible studies and Sunday worship.
Islamic terrorists tortured a young man and killed his father, so he fled as a refugee to Greece, where local missionaries led him to faith in Christ. In the course of providing aid, workers have multiple opportunities to share the gospel with people coming from troubled countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including three who were so eager to declare their faith in Christ that they were baptized despite snowy weather.
A truck driver was paralyzed after suffering a stroke, and he could see only partially out of one eye. Local missionaries visited his family home and shared the gospel, and after putting his faith in Christ, he was able to walk and see again the same day.
People are receiving Bibles in their native tongues of Swahili, French, Chichewa and Tumbuka, among others, and more copies are needed by both new Christians, displaced people and refugees. At a recent meeting in one south African country, a ministry leader led seven adults to Christ after handing out Bibles, and children also rejoiced to have Scripture in their own language.
A high-caste villager visited a bamboo house church as often as possible, curious to know what Christians were doing. After several months he put his faith in Christ, leading to a heavy fine and the loss of his job, home and family relations. He told workers his eternal life with Christ was more valuable than all that he lost.
Syrian refugees and Lebanese families hit hard by economic turmoil experienced the love of Christ through local missionaries helping them emotionally and physically. Workers provided food for 37,600 refugees from Syria and 18,720 Lebanese nationals over the course of six months.
In spite of pandemic restrictions, local missionaries were able to share the gospel through informal networks over a period of six months, with 99 people putting their trust in Christ. Many of them were among new Christians who participated in two discipleship trainings of in-depth Bible study and prayer.
Poor children unable to attend school because of pandemic shutdowns and lack of internet were able to continue learning from local missionaries who taught them without charging any fees, thanks to support from Christian Aid Mission donors.
A drug addict who expressed his resentment of Christianity by throwing rocks at church windows was admitted to a local ministry’s rehab center, where he gradually warmed to workers patiently caring for him. Initially scornful of Scripture, he eventually began reading it and learned to pray.
Distributing Bibles, visiting homes and proclaiming Christ in various venues, local missionaries brought the gospel to people from various walks of life. Providing education for children, water wells, health care and vocational training has also opened multiple avenues for proclaiming Christ’s salvation.
An infirm mother called a local missionary at 3 a.m. seeking help for her son, who had left university under the spiritual oppression of a fortune teller. Workers visited and prayed for him, and his family saw him get freed from spiritual bondage; he slept that night for the first time in many years, and the entire family later received Christ’s salvation.
Refugees fleeing violence who did not know the Lord showed up at a local ministry’s center and received critically needed aid. The single people and families heard about Christ, many of them for the first time, at weekly evening meetings and also in online videos and films, as well as face-to-face conversations.
Local missionaries praise God for His faithfulness as they have continued to minister in spite of the pandemic. In one area where workers brought food to desperate families, including poor widows and the aged, a village chief was so impressed that he asked to learn about Jesus and the Bible and soon put his trust in Christ.
In a remote area where no one had ever seen a movie, people walked for miles to see the Jesus Film. They showed great interest in the message of salvation, with many of them just waiting for someone to show them how they can receive the Lord’s grace.
In spite of the pandemic, a local ministry provided 688 classes on biblical precepts. One student who came to Christ was happy to obtain a wide range of biblical knowledge, from putting the kingdom before worldly riches to trusting in the Lord’s promises.
With about 1,700 people getting baptized and 16 house churches forming over the course of six months, follow-up teaching was crucial. Native missionaries gave trainings to encourage new Christians in their faith and deepen their understanding of basic principles and practices.
A student at a school of theology said his studies greatly helped him in personal matters and challenges. With help from donors, the institution makes theological training available at affordable rates, making such growth accessible to people from a variety of churches.
People in many areas have heard the gospel of salvation in face-to-face talks with local missionaries, but the pandemic also multiplied outreach when workers used video calls and virtual gatherings to proclaim Christ’s atonement.