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Give thanks for God’s provision of laptops for IFES national movement staff to stay in touch with students not just during lockdown, but also where students live in cities without staff. Being able to stay in touch online can be hugely important for Christian students in places where they are often alone, and allows them to access training opportunities run by their IFES national movements or the IFES South Asia team.
UESI India in Sikkim state shared this encouraging story: “Thank God for the evangelistic retreat held on the 13th & 14th June. Seven accepted the Lord, ten rededicated their lives, five friends from other faith attended the program.” Please pray for the follow up discipleship activities with these students, and for the regular online fellowship groups for students and graduates.
The Pattani Malay of Thailand are a ‘frontier’ people since only a handful are known to follow the Lord Jesus, the majority being Muslim. Somchai, a Thai believer, is eager to bring the good news of salvation to these dear people, even when the Church in Thailand shy’s away from attempting this. Outreach is difficult among such a closed and suspicious community. Pray for the gospel to take root in the hearts of many and for the Lord to bring many to Himself in faith.
Praise God with SIU-CF Solomon Islands for a local church who have provided funding for the movement to take on staff for the first time. Pray for the new staff members to be able to inspire and train Christian students to share Christ with their course mates and disciple new believers.
AFES Australia are preparing for their National Training Event “To the ends of the earth” in November/December. Usually a national event, this year NTE is meeting in seven locations around the country to allow for in person gatherings which avoid state border closures, meeting for four-five days for Bible teaching and training. Ask God to bless speakers and open the hearts of students to follow Christ more faithfully.
Recent years have been difficult for GBEUH Haiti due to the pandemic and ongoing political instability, and the recent earthquake has only made life more challenging. Descheny, the only staff worker, praises God for his protection for their ministry and asks for prayer for peace, stability and security for their country. Pray too for comfort for those mourning family and friends and provision for all who have lost homes.
Jordan currently hosts over half a million refugees. The cost of living is high and many live outside of formal camp settings in makeshift tents or rented accommodation. Syrian refugees – who cannot work without a permit –struggle to find ways to feed their families, pay for health care, or cover their basic needs. Please pray for refugees living with traumatic memories of the crisis in their home countries. Pray that Medair will be able to provide holistic and psychosocial support to help them overcome trauma experienced and improve their wellbeing. Ask God to meet and provide for basic needs, including warm, sufficient housing, enough food for their families and access to free medical care.
Lebanon has suffered profound economic problems. The value of its currency has plummeted. Ramifications of the pandemic, and explosion in 2020 in Beirut are ongoing. Unemployment and inflation have soared. Political turmoil continues. The emigration of Christian nationals is expected to heighten. Believers fleeing persecution in neighbouring countries have commonly sought new beginnings in Lebanon but inability to find employment increasingly drives them to leave the MENA region. Christian organisations struggle to support destitute believers. Please pray for conditions allowing the faith to flourish in Lebanon, and for it to be a sanctuary where persecuted believers may rebuild their lives.
The Dohnavur Fellowship has been kept safe during the pandemic and is grateful for answered prayer about this. We would very much appreciate prayer for a new care facility for our elderly residents, wisdom in helping our girls with training and higher education, an After Care home to support trainees and those waiting for jobs, and for crops planted and Agro-forestry projects.
Students, staff and volunteers of IFES movements across the Caribbean gathered online for 40 days of prayer this summer. Praise God for the encouragement of praying together for ministry and the emphasis of the foundational nature of prayer for ministry. Ask God to keep the IFES Caribbean community praying faithfully, for God to open doors for students, schools and ministry across the region.
1 in 3 girls and 1 out of 7 boys in Tanzania experience some form of sexual violence before turning 18. MCAN, Viva’s partner network in Mwanza is working with communities and schools to deliver child safeguarding interventions that will impact over 12,000 children. Pray that this project will protect many more children from harm and raise their aspirations for the future, as well as catalysing a greater, more coordinated response from churches in Mwanza. Pray too for MCAN as it continues to respond to people’s needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The controversial bill about “strengthening Republican principles” was finally passed in the French National Assembly in July and is now being examined by France's Constitutional Council. The National Council of French Evangelicals is opposed to the bill because it constitutes a threat to the principle of religious freedom. Please pray that, even at this late stage, the Constitutional Council might require amendments to the legislation to safeguard religious freedom in France.
The Nalu are found in Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. Their belief system is a mixture of traditional religion and Islam. Pray that Nalu people will have the opportunity to hear clearly about who Jesus is, in their mother tongue. Pray that Christian teachers would be willing to build bridges to help these peoples hear the gospel.
There are both Indonesians and Malay living in Taiwan, with the Malay being the less evangelised group. Pray for connections with others who share the vision to minister to the Malay. Pray also for Christians who are exploring possibilities for ministry to both groups.
The majority of the Palembang are located in Indonesia, but some live in Singapore. Most of them are practising Muslims, with high regard for their peoples’ traditions too. Please pray that the Lord will win some Palembang and inspire them to reach their own peoples. Pray for a local church for them. Ask the Lord too that he will continue to bless those who are already working with these peoples, and that more workers will join them.
The People’s Tribunal in London is hearing an ongoing case against the Chinese Communist Party over alleged atrocities inflicted on the Uyghur people of northwest China. The first hearing of evidence was in June. Please pray for the second hearing, due to take place around 10-13 September: for the panel to be able to assess the truth being corroborated by the experts and for the safety of the witnesses. Pray particularly today for the nearly 12 million Uyghur people and other Muslims in China: that in God’s mercy they might be set free, but also find Christ. Pray they will cry out to God in their desperation, suffering and separation from family and children. May they be reunited and healed from this trauma.
Pray for the Balija Musugu in India, where the dominant religion is Hinduism. This unreached people group is widely persecuted, but pray that, in the midst of trouble, many of them will read the word of God (which is available in their language) and meet Jesus through it. Pray also that God will send missionaries to the Balija Musugu to share Jesus and explain the scriptures to them.
Japan is largely unevangelised as a nation, despite being open to missionaries. Pray that the gospel will take root in Japanese culture. Pray for more missionaries to hear and respond to God’s call to Japan. Pray also for those who are already faithfully serving God there: that they will proclaim the gospel boldly and see the Holy Spirit open Japanese hearts to the good news of Jesus.
TEN’s partner in Turkey asks for prayer as 163 forest fires broke out in August. The fires reached the cities of In Antalya and Mugla and many villages and houses were burned. In the fires in Bodrum, Marmaris, Koycegiz, Dalaman, Fethiye and Seydikemer, many people were left homeless. Please pray for God’s mercy for the homeless and those whose houses, animals, and crops are burning. Pray against chaos and that social media does not spread unhelpful theories. Pray for the churches as they seek to show the Lord’s mercy, love, and peace.
South Sudan is embroiled in one of the most devastating humanitarian crises in recent memory. 8.3 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection. 1 in 10 children die before the age of 5. Pray for those affected by wide-spread and regular conflict, repeated disease outbreaks and the pandemic. Pray especially for those who have been forced from their homes and separated from their families. Please pray for God’s provision for families who are starving and not able to plant and harvest crops. Ask the Lord to feed and water them physically and spiritually. Pray for the Medair staff providing life-saving health and nutrition services, may they be able to reach those in the most isolated places and bring the hope and love of Jesus to his people.
International students are coming to Ireland from all over the world! It is a wonderful opportunity for local Christians to welcome and share Christ with these visitors. Christian Unions Ireland & Friends International are partnering together to reach international students and to encourage churches and CUs to do the same. Please pray that during their stay, students will meet local Christians, be invited to church and have a chance to hear and respond to the gospel.
By providing wheelchairs, therapeutic shoes and mobility aids, our partner in Zambia is literally transforming children’s lives, building their independence and relieving the pressures on their family. Please pray that the team will be able to access materials for artificial limbs at affordable prices; there is a chronic shortage of such materials and a growing list of children in real need of them.
InterVarsity/USA are partners of everycampus, an initiative to see the gospel in every campus. They recently shared a prayer request for work among students in the fraternity houses, particularly in Sigma Chi, where two InterVarsity staff were able to get to know a student while prayer walking the UCLA campus. Praise God for encouraging conversations and ask God to work in BIG ways there this year.
A number of IFES movements in North Africa & the Middle East are in leadership transition. Please pray for wisdom for movement Boards and selection committees, and that the right people would be appointed to head up the student ministry in these countries.
International Mission to Jewish People shares the Good News with Jewish people all over the world. Paris is home to Europe’s largest Jewish community. They are now facing great challenges, with the pandemic and rising numbers of anti-Semitic attacks. Missionaries like Aurel Vidal are sharing the gospel in creative ways. Please pray that many of the French-Jewish people will come to faith as they hear the Good News about Jesus.
Florence Namaganda, a Ugandan citizen based in Kampala, is the founder of a charity called Special Children's Trust. She possesses an impressive list of qualifications that enables her to provide a programme designed to aid children in becoming productive citizens, including providing support for their families. The future looks bright but the vision and workload is phenomenal. Please keep her in your prayers.
Give thanks for R, a Christian student in a strongly Buddhist university. Three years ago she and three other students set up a Christian Union in their university, which has now grown to six students. She now leads a small group in her dorm and in her church. She and the other leaders are discipled and trained by Sophear, a SONOKO Cambodia staff worker. Pray that they would be salt and light in their university.
BSFB Bangladesh praise God for 38 Zoom Fellowship meetings each Friday this year. Online meetings have also allowed graduates in remote areas to join, like Rita in Bandarban who shared: “I have been receiving opportunity to get blessings and a lot of joyful fellowship. Truly, I get a lot of lessons and encouragement from every Friday Zoom fellowship. I even can share my challenge, sorrow and prayer points here.” Pray for these groups to continue to bless and encourage.
UESI India in Sikkim state share this encouraging story: “Thank God for the evangelistic retreat held on the 13th & 14th June. Seven accepted the Lord, ten rededicated their lives, five friends from other faiths attended the program.” Please pray for the follow up discipleship activities with these students and for the regular online fellowship groups for students and graduates.
Please pray for a ‘sensitive country’ in Africa, following the release from prison of new followers of Jesus who had partaken in an Al Massira Journey – coming to Christ a short while after because of the kindness of God. Pray for our dear brothers and sisters standing ‘firm in the faith’ and for the wide-spread use of the Gospel, that it may turn this nation upside down as God continues to build, strengthen, and unite His people. Pray God’s justice and peace to reign in this country. Pray for mature, spirit-led believers to proclaim the Gospel fearlessly – for God’s glory.
Pray with the many IFES students, staff and graduates who have lost friends and families to COVID. Pray that God would comfort and strengthen them, and help them to share the message of hope with family members and friends at this time.
Compa Mexico hosted online student leader training in July, to provide biblical-theological tools which contribute to their integral formación and their participation in the student mission, especially in times of uncertainty and mourning. Kyong-Jin Lee shared about Deuteronomy, inviting participants to navigate history to understand our present that will serve us in the future, and to know God's great story, recapturing the hope of resurrection in the fearless student missionary call to give up everything to make Christ's name known. Pray for long term impact in the lives of student leaders and their groups.
Imagine not being able to open your Bible each morning to read God’s word. The vast majority of believers in Malawi don’t have their own Bible. Cost and availability are the main factors. Getting the word of God into the hands of the people of God is one of zambesi mission’s top priorities. Each recipient contributes about £1 and the mission funds the rest. The mission’s Director in Malawi said: “The need is huge. Bible reading helps believers to grow spiritually and protect themselves from false teaching”. Please pray that this ‘feeding’ programme would reach many disciples in Malawi.
FOCUS Sri Lanka have found that online meetings have increased language divides in their Christian student groups, with shorter meetings and not having a neighbour to provide whispered translation making groups much more monolingual. Pray that ways would be found to overcome this and other barriers to allow students from different backgrounds to worship and learn together in Christian unity.
Wildfires are raging in Greece forcing thousands to evacuate in one of its worst heatwaves in decades. Let us pray for those affected, and for the ECM workers and ministries there.
An IFES movement recently hosted “Study Parties” during the exams, with quiet slots for studies and fellowship over meals and breaks. Praise God that “Many students expressed how the events both encouraged them to study, but also encouraged them as believers. Rather than feeling like God was waiting on the other side of the exam period (or that they would get back to God on the other side of the period), they found that God and their fellow believers were right there with them, even in the stressful exam period.”
Ethiopia is going through a time of transition with prevailing economic and socio-political challenges. A recent peaceful election has been undertaken yet there has been political disruption with social unrest in parts of the country. Pray for continued peace and stability through inclusive national dialogue and concerted reconciliation measures. Thousands of people have been displaced in Northern Ethiopia exacerbating the growing number of Ethiopian refugees suffering in different countries and in refugee centres. Pray that the Lord’s eyes are on those in need and that he would work and provide in unimaginable ways among the poor and vulnerable in Ethiopia.
The vast majority of Christians in Japan are women. Owing to Japanese working hours, men have very little time or energy free for church or other Christian events. The lack of Christian men is a self-reinforcing problem - few men in a church enforces the misconception that church is primarily a place for women, which in turn risks putting off other men from attending. Praise God for those Japanese men who are walking in the faith. Please pray for the Lord to remove all the obstacles that keep men in particular from professing faith in the Lord Jesus and from going on to follow him wholeheartedly. Also for many good role models of men who are seriously following Christ to emerge across Japanese society.
Pray for the South Thai people who live in Malaysia. Family is central to their culture and they are a very hospitable people. Pray that members of this people group will become Christians and that whole families will trust in Jesus. Ask God to strengthen, encourage and protect the few Southern Thai Christians in Malaysia.
Although most Katang have absolutely no awareness of the gospel or the claims of Jesus Christ, there is one Katang church with approximately 100 known believers. They face great opposition from local authorities, shamans and community leaders, who believe the presence of the Christians will bring a curse from the spirits they have worshipped for countless generations. Most Katang are too bound by fear to consider coming to Christ. Pray for the breaking of these bonds and for workers to carry the message of freedom to them.
Settled throughout West Africa, this group of 2.5 million individuals is blessed to have the complete New Testament and Jesus film available in their main language, Pulaar. Pray for the New Testament to be widely distributed and for increasing literacy, so that it can be read. Pray also for workers from other parts of Africa to hear God’s call to reach these muslim men, women and children with God’s love. WEC has two projects making more christian materials available: pray for clear translations, good recordings, steady power supply, fast internet and wisdom for everyone involved.
The Zhuang (Yongnan, Dai, Nong, Yang, Zuojiang) are a collection of related Central Tai-speaking groups which have been combined with the Northern Zhuang to form China’s official Zhuang nationality. Within that designation, there are many tribes and clans. They are a superstitious people and are careful not to offend the spirit world that surrounds them: the spirits of the water, forest, mountains and so on. Pray for these people to be free from fear through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Shawiya Berber are found in six countries: Algeria, Morocco, France, Germany, Italy and Belgium. They mainly live in Algeria and their primary religion is Islam. Pray for Christians in the European countries listed to seek to reach these people, as it is difficult to do so in other nations. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will work in many hearts to reveal who Christ is and that, wherever they are, the Shawiya Berber will hear the gospel and respond in faith.
The Muslim Ingush people feel oppressed by the Russians and Ossetians, both known as majority-christian peoples. Of the 415,000 Ingush, there are approximately 30 known believers living in scattered places, including a few inside Ingushetia. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work among these people.
How would you prepare to preach if you had no Bible, no study books or no formal theological education? This is the reality for many in Malawi. Worse still, indigenous churches are often steeped in animistic culture and traditions. Zambesi Mission runs ‘bookset conferences’ to address these challenges. Two are being planned in July in Mzuzu and Nkhotakhota in northern Malawi. Please pray for the team as they choose and order the study books in English and Chichewa and finalise plans with local church leaders. Pray that the conferences would lead to the spiritual transformation of the participants.