Pray for Afghan believers: Given the final withdrawal of US and Nato troops by September 11th, all foreign agencies in country have assessed their security contingency plans but the situation is unpredictable. It is unknown exactly what the Taliban will do and if they have the capacity to work together as they are not one group. They are already seeking to take areas but so far repelled by Afghan forces. Security affects everything: life, projects and ministry. Pray particularly for Afghan believers as they consider their options at this point. Most will be in a powerless position. Pray leaders will stay in country to lead the groups of believers. May God grant great grace and peace to them. The temptation to leave for anyone who can will be great.
Evangelism to the Uyghur people: The Uyghur church largely survives in secret. Small groups of believers pepper the vast land, three times the size of France. Squeezed on both sides by Muslims who consider defection not only a religious but a cultural betrayal, and Communism that insists there is no God. Praise God for stories emerging from the camps of believers having led others to faith, and others who have come out stronger, inspired to build the church. A Bible translation project nears completion, and an app has had hundreds of thousands of scripture viewings and many enquiries.
Kabul University attack survivors: Following the devastating attack on Kabul University in Nov 2020, several news bulletins on Al Jazeera and BBC World are following up on the significant trauma of the students who are returning to their campus. They speak of still seeing the blood stains on the floor. Please pray some will hear of and turn to Christ. Thank God he loves the Afghans. Please also pray for the “Peace” talks taking place in Qatar between the USA, the Taliban and the Afghan Government.
Pray for peace in the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh: Pray for peace in the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Fresh fighting has broken out between Armenian and Azeri forces, with a ceasefire fast falling apart, and a real potential for escalation – with Russia having a defence pact with Armenia, and Turkey being allied to Azerbaijan. Please pray for peace. For both Azeri and Armenian believers to be kept safe, to be given ‘a peace that passes understanding’, for new opportunities to share their faith, and to show acts of kindness and love, so that the ‘compassion of Christ’ shines through amidst all the darkness.
Mari people: Pray for the Mari people – Europe’s last pagans. A Finno-Ugric ethnic group who have traditionally lived along the Russian Volga and Kama rivers. Even though a significant number became members of the Russian Orthodox church during the Soviet era, many kept their pagan traditions. Mari tribes, which can be traced back to the 5th century, worship in Groves offering blood sacrifices. Please pray that the Gospel will take root amongst the Mari people – that they will come to see that Jesus made the once-for-all sacrifice for our sins. Pray for the church in Yoshkar-Ola, the capital city of the Mari El republic which has a population of about 700,000.
Missionaries to go to North Caucasus: Pray for Turkish Meskhitins – deported, expelled, and unreached .They fled to Georgia first, then under Stalin were deported to Uzbekistan, and then expelled to Kabardino-Balkaria and other republics of the Northern Caucasus. They mainly ‘work the land’. They profess Islam. They are unreached – with very few evangelical believers, and no known churches. Please pray for new missionaries to go to the North Caucasus, so that the Turkish Meskhitins will find ‘acceptance and belonging’ through believing in Christ and experiencing church fellowship.