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Give thanks that not one of the 20+ indigenous publishing ministries that Langham partners with has been squeezed out of business. It has been very difficult for some and challenging for all but give thanks for the level of creativity and sheer perseverance involved. Pray for health and political safety, for renewed vision, opportunity and vigour going forward.
Please also pray for strength and protection for Langham Preaching leaders. Langham Preaching work is involved in several countries where persecution is a day-to-day reality for Christians. Often in these countries the work flourishes despite these huge personal challenges.
Heather Taylor is the granddaughter of Emmanuel International’s founder and the daughter of the longest serving EI missionary, until his retirement last year. She is a committed Christian and is raising funds for Emmanuel International projects through the UK and Canada, and for Tearfund Australia. She says “I believe that I have been put on this earth for a reason: to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with my God, and to love my neighbour as myself. My life might so easily have not been one of privilege - I could be living in Yemen right now, where my mom was born. I have met others who have not shared my privilege and as far as I can tell, we're not that different from one another. We can all do something about the injustices we see. Rowing an ocean is certainly not the only way to do it, but through it I hoping I can make a small drop in a very large ocean.”
One of her main prayers is that she could use this opportunity to testify about her faith to many in the rowing community who are not Christians.
She is struggling against the weather at the moment, with strong winds preventing her from taking the route west. She is drifting south, though her plan is to hit the westward streams to help her on her way. She can do with all the prayer and exposure she can get! Please pray for her and share the information about her trip to faithful prayer warriors!
You can read more about her rowing challenge on our webiste on www.eiuk.org.uk/row-2021 or on Heather's own site pacificgiantsrow.com.
She is raising funds through the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Australia. The projects she is raising funds for are:
- Girls' Health (helping girls to stay in school for longer through being able to manage their periods) in Tanzania and Uganda,
- Health for Development in Tanzania (incorporating many different elements such as clean water, village banks, enterpreneurship, etc. to improve health and hygiene in villages), and
- a variety of projects through Tearfund Australia.
Please continue to remember this disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo in your prayers, and in particular for Langham scholars and graduates caught up in this or who may be taking in additional people from neighbouring towns and villages who have now lost their homes and livelihoods.
“Praise God for our new team of five deaf carpenters: Godson, Rickson, Michael, Ahmeed and Justin. These new recruits will be responsible for our venture into lower cost eucalyptus furniture,” write Ben and Katy Ray, who provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at the Neema Crafts Centre. Please pray these new staff will learn quickly and be blessed with work for now and the future.
Praise God that the Tampuan New Testament in South East Asia was recently dedicated. Pray that God will use Timothy* and Anna’s* visits to various Tampuan churches to promote the use of the New Testament. Pray for a real hunger for the word and commitment to reading and meditating on it. Pray also for the distribution and use of the newly revised and published Tampuan hymnal. *names changed for security reasons
Most Vietnamese homes have an altar for offerings of food and prayers to ancestors. In a country where extended family is hugely important, those who leave this traditional lifestyle to follow Jesus encounter persecution. Through it all, the church grows! Pray for more believers to be equipped to handle persecution. Ask for an abundance of local Christian support for those enduring trials. Pray too for distribution of Mark’s Gospel on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. The country of almost 100 million people has now recorded its 35th Covid death - almost the lowest death rate in the world.
Pray for all our authors and publishers in Myanmar at this time of uncertainty. Give thanks that they are all safe and well and able to continue operations reasonably well. The military regime is not a religious or ideological one so freedom of religion remains, but frustrating restrictions will abound if the past decades are a guide to the future.
Please pray for a new brother in South East Asia who has been welcomed into God’s Family – he used to be a prominent leader in one of the world’s major religions, and he is now teaching others about the Messiah! Please pray he continues to follow Jesus with boldness, passion, and love. Pray also for the gifted translators working on Asian language translations and that through these works, people currently walking in darkness would receive the gift of faith and the light of life.
On 22nd March, a devastating fire tore through a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Around 45,000 people have been affected: 15 confirmed dead, more than 500 injured, and hundreds still missing. Shelter and hygiene needs are extremely high. Many Rohingya families living in the camp fled from violence in their native Myanmar; this is the second time these families have lost everything in a tragedy! Please pray that families and friends will be reunited, and for comfort for those grieving the loss of loved ones and their homes. Please also pray that Medair will be able to provide emergency shelter and hygiene assistance to families. Pray that God will protect families from the monsoon and cyclone season that is approaching. Pray that families will be able to rebuild shelters in time to stay safe and warm.
This year more than 15 million people who speak Leoma* in South Asia could soon have access to the New Testament. Pray for the recently launched website and social media content; that it will be a wonderful gateway for the Leoma people to discover Jesus. Pray for clear communication and understanding between members of the team as those involved are spread across four countries and speak different languages. Please also pray that many choose to follow Jesus as they access God’s word in their own language. *names changed for security reasons
Give thanks for the safe arrival of five Australian families for home assignment. Pray that they will have good opportunities to share about ministry and connect with people who are interested in missions. Pray also for new people to join OMF Australia’s New South Wales team as some current team members look to move on to other ministries. Pray especially for God to raise up someone with a heart for member care and another with a heart for mobilisation.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit student ministry hard on some Pacific islands. Fear of the pandemic kept some universities closed for a long time. Pray for students who have had their education paused and whose family incomes have been hit by economic recession to be able to return to their studies. IFES plans to pioneer ministry in Tonga have had to be put on hold, but it is hoped that a pioneering volunteer can be redeployed elsewhere. Please ask God to open doors and show the best way to do this.
In our boarding school for village children, all had to stay because of Covid. For staff it means more 24/7 work with 94 children. Our children love the movie “God’s not dead.” A key repeated statement is: “God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. Our hope and prayer is that we will continue to rely on that reality. Pray with us for these and all children facing trials around the globe. Education can change the futures of these children, and access to Scripture can transform lives.
The IFES Logos and Cosmos Initiative has launched in Latin America, with 21 catalysts now chosen from across the region who will be mentored and encouraged to foster dialogue between Theology and the Sciences (both social and natural). The selected catalysts include under- and postgraduate students, faculty members and movement staff. Please pray with co-ordinator Alejandra Ortiz “that they may become resources and mentors for others in how they relate their disciplines to their faith. We aim to see staff, students and movements who engage with the whole of the university and to invest in key people to model and inspire.”
Prayer is requested as the country undergoes major upheaval. Wages and prices have increased five-fold after Cuba moves from using three different currencies to two. The change is seen as vital but is happening at the worst possible time with the economy badly hit by Covid-19. Those not receiving government salaries (e.g., pastors) will struggle. Meanwhile, in-person Bible training classes are slowly resuming. With a significant improvement in internet availability, there are also some online classes becoming available. Lots to thank the Lord for but pray for pastors who are struggling. Ask the Lord for wisdom in managing diminishing incomes.
Viva’s partner networks in four cities of Bolivia are impacting the lives of 50,000 children through the collective action of 203 churches and organisations. Child protection training for church and ministry leaders has moved online during the pandemic, with encouraging numbers of people attending. Pray for the networks focus on four thematic areas: supporting street children, protection from violence and sexual abuse, children struggling at school, and developing recreation to help prevent street life and abuse. Pray that children in Bolivia, in desperate need, would find support through churches in the networks.
65 years ago Trinidadian graduate Ruby Thompson started Inter-School/InterVarsity Fellowship of Trinidad and Tobago. She had witnessed the transformative work of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in the lives of students at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and was encouraged to start a similar group at home. Today, there are still some islands without Christian witness in the universities, colleges and schools. Give thanks for graduate volunteer Tonia from Jamaica, currently pioneering ministry in St Kitts and Nevis where she works as a pharmacist. Pray for pioneering graduates seeking to follow Ruby and Tonia’s examples in Saint Martin and Sint Maarten.
Pray that local Guatemalan churches would recognise their responsibility and calling to share a holistic gospel with those in their own communities, and that they may find new, creative ways to do so. For unity, reconciliation and forgiveness between the different political, ethnic and religious groups, and for justice and equal access to services for those most at risk. For God’s protection over the Guatemala team members, as they live, work and travel in a country with a high incidence of violence and for their health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. That God would raise up many more Guatemalans to serve cross-culturally within Guatemala, as well as in other countries, and that churches would be willing to support them long term.
63 million people living in 68 countries, huge numbers, but each one is an individual who needs to know Jesus loves them. Pray for the teams living and serving among Turks, especially those working in areas where it is dangerous to share Christianity openly. Pray for God to give these workers faith, courage, wisdom and protection.
The 30,000 people who belong to this group live either side of the border between Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. The majority of them follow Islam. They are yet to have the full Bible in their own language. Pray for those serving among them to readily grasp the language and culture, and to share the love of God effectively in word and deed.
This group of 57,000 people in Guinea-Bissau is primarily muslim, but many also practice traditional animist rituals. There are very few Christians, with no Bible translation in their language. Pray for the few believers there are to have faith, hope and courage. Pray for Bible translation projects and pray for believers from other churches in the region to reach out to this people group.
Pray for Betel UK, an independent Christian charity founded by WEC for men, women and families affected by the hardships that lead to social exclusion, especially homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and long-term unemployment. It is a safe, structured, family-like environment where there is consistent peer-support: during the first few months each resident is assigned a brother-like or sister-like mentor. Pray for more residents at their centres in England and in Scotland. Pray for the Holy Spirit to change peoples' lives. betel.uk
In light of the current situation in which it is expressed in polarization and hatred between Arab and Jewish citizens, we Israeli Jews and Arabs, who share the same faith in Jesus as Messiah and Lord: declare that we are united in brotherly love that is rooted in our faith and based on the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament, as written John 13: 34-35: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”
Our hearts agonize at the expressions of violence and hatred in our country, where we all live together and we have no other country. Therefore, we call upon all our brothers and sisters who believe in Jesus our Lord, to practically express our unity in Christ Jesus, in love, in mutual help, and steadfastness, confronting the forces of Satan that are full of hatred. All of these since we have been called to be ambassadors of the Lord, and so that the name of God would receive glory and his son Jesus Christ our Lord would be magnified glorified both in our country and in the world.
Our prayers are that the fighting and hostility would cease and that the peace of God prevails in our land and among our neighbors: For He himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. (Ephesians 2:14)
That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21)
With blessings and hope for quieter and better days,
The Board of National Pastors and Elders
Rev Dr Yohanna Katanacho, Academic Dean at Nazareth Evangelical College (and a Langham Scholar) writes "Things are very tense in the country. There is a lot of hatred and violence. But our eyes are focused on the Lord crying out for mercy and for changing the hearts of people in our region. We pray for peace and long for it. Remember us in your prayers."
Dr Katanacho has recently written a short essay unpacking some of the prayer requests. How should followers of Christ respond to the current situation in Israel/Palestine? By Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho
The Seminaries and Bible colleges in the country are going through tremendous pressure. Last year, almost all seminaries had closed residential programs. And now this year there is a dilemma about how to move forward. It is affecting leadership training, the preparation of thousands of future leaders.
The Bamar are the largest ethnic group in Myanmar and they are predominantly Buddhists. Pray for those who are trying to present the gospel to them in a culturally relevant way. Many of the families living in the city of Yangon have come from country villages, looking for work. Pray for these families to find safe, home-based industries in which to work. Pray for groups of Christians to be given access to needy urban areas, previously neglected by the government. Pray for whole families to come to know Christ.
The Thai people group are found all over the world, but are still largely unreached. Please pray for the Thai people in Thailand, where it is estimated that over 450 more workers are needed to reach them. Pray for God to place the country on the hearts of specific Christians so that they will develop a burden and a passion to see the Thai people reached with the gospel. wec-thailand.org
Members of this people group are found in eight countries in the world. Pray specifically for Cameroon, Niger and Sudan, where these Arab communities are most unreached. For Sudan where they are called Shuwa Arabs, pray for a full Bible translation in Sudanese Arabic. Pray for workers in these countries to communicate the love of Jesus, in word and action, to these 3.7 million Baggara/Shuwa people.
Chadian nomads live a very simple life in harsh conditions, on a limited diet and with no creature comforts. They share their living space with cows, goats and camels. Adult nomads are tough: once they have survived childhood, the rest is easy! Thank God for the open door for mission among these nomads. Pray that there will be an ever-growing number of witnesses among them: new workers from near and far. And pray for believers, many believers, from among the nomads. chad.wecinternational.org
Conversion to Christianity remains difficult and those coming to faith often face opposition. Few churches exist. Internet-based Christian radio is available and many listen to the regular online broadcasts. Pray for many more mature, church leaders. Pray for effective teaching, in Arabic and Berber, of God’s Word, and its application to life and witness.
Arab Vision is working with a small team of expatriate Yemeni believers to present the Gospel in Yemeni dialects and to support local Christians. One response was from Ghalib (a pseudonym) who became a Christian 30 years ago through Christian radio programmes: "The war came and the area around my house became a battlefield. Death was everywhere." He finishes, "I am delighted that I found you on this Facebook page and I love talking to you!"
As the Turkish lira plunges in value, economic turmoil combined with rising Covid cases, has left many people facing a devastating and difficult future. Political, religious and ethnic identities are also causing strife and deep-seated anger. There is a hopelessness that can be seen in peoples' eyes. Pray for the rulers in Turkey to be wise and courageous and take decisions for the good of everyone. Pray for those who find themselves in a place of darkness and despair; that they will recognise that God loves them and is alongside them in their hardships and struggles.
Four out of five people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance, making it the world’s largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Civil war, economic collapse, and the mass displacement of people have generated a situation that continues to deteriorate and push already exhausted communities to the brink. 20 million people in Yemen cannot access adequate health care, nor do they have enough food to eat, and nearly 18 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Please pray for communities in Yemen affected by conflict and displacement. Pray that God will bring peace and restoration to this nation. Please pray for the millions of people in need of food and clean water. Pray that their daily needs will be met and that they will be able to receive humanitarian aid. Ask God to help Medair reach vulnerable communities with emergency healthcare and nutrition services, especially women and children who are most at risk and suffering from malnutrition.
The French parliament has recently passed legislation aimed at "strengthening Republican principles" to make it more difficult for Islamic extremists to spread their influence in France. However, while this is obviously a laudable aim, evangelical churches in France are facing significant administrative and financial hurdles as part of the "collateral damage" of the legislation. Please pray that the legislation will achieve its aim and that the Lord will enable His people to rise to the challenge of meeting the new obstacles.
Please continue to pray for Croatia as it gets back on its feet after a major earthquake on 29th December and continuous aftershocks since then. Pray for all those who have lost homes and livelihoods. Pray for the families who were bereaved, or for those who were injured. The churches have been helping many families whose homes were destroyed; please pray for Christians to be able to point people to Jesus, as well as helping in practical ways.
Much of Eastern Europe continues to experience a surge in cases of Covid-19. The hospitals are very stretched and many poor communities, especially the Roma, have been unable to afford medicine. Pray for TEN’s partners who are working amongst these communities as many have had Covid-19 themselves. Pray also for peace on the streets: there have been a number of recent protests against the restrictions and curfews which the Government has imposed – economic lockdown means that many families are unable to earn income, so there is a great deal of restlessness.
Pray for Neighbours Worldwide, a ministry which aims to reach unreached ethnic groups in the UK and Ireland. Working alongside existing churches, Neighbours Worldwide workers teach English, lead Bible studies, visit families, give out Christian literature and do all they can to share the gospel in a relevant way. wec-uk.org/stories/neighbours-worldwide
International Mission to Jewish People reaches out to Jewish people around the world to share the Good News. Budapest is home to more than 80,000 Jewish people – in fact, this large Jewish community makes up 80% of Hungary’s entire Jewish population, making it the largest native Jewish population of any city in East Central Europe. Bogi Kozma is our missionary based in Budapest and she is reaching out in creative ways to share the gospel. Please pray that the Lord will move among this community of Hungarian Jewish people and that many will come to faith as they hear the Good News.
In certain parts of the country, many farmers have lost nearly all their crops of fruits like peaches, apricots, cherries, and grapes as a result of a recent cold snap following a period of warmer weather that caused trees to start fruiting. Few will have been insured against such losses.
Figures recently released show that 2% of Spaniards are now considered ‘protestant evangelical Christian’. That’s an eight-fold increase in the last 20 years. Thank you, Lord for gospel growth! At the same time, sadly, there has also been a large increase in the numbers of those who don’t believe in God or that don’t believe they can know Him. Pray this week for Spanish evangelists, preachers, children’s workers, authors, poets, artists, teachers, mums, dads, and kids who love Jesus. May their witness be real, attractive, and Spirit-empowered.
CLEAR Kenya is a legal aid project meeting the legal needs of those who can’t defend or speak for themselves. They've recently sought to recruit a new paralegal to serve a prison in Kisumu, where prisoners have very little to no access to laptops or phones to talk to lawyers or contact family. Please pray for the prisoners whose cases are not prioritised, and who have been in prison for longer than they should. Pray that Covid cases don’t rise so lawyers can still visit and help those in need.
Emmanuel International partner church, Tanzania Assemblies of God, is reaching out to a new area: the rural districts in West Tanga. People here are among the poorest in Tanzania with low literacy and the majority are Muslims. We are assisting the church to reach the community spiritually and physically, while training Edward and Joshua to start ministering. Please pray they will be able to launch into this new area effectively and reach the communities with Jesus’ love.
Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is a troubled area. New cases of both Ebola and Covid-19 are a regular occurrence, and rebel activity continues with massacres in villages and vehicles set on fire. Refugees arrive each day and need homes, food and security. Connectivity is poor. Life is fragile. Pray for this region and for wisdom and courage for Langham's Preaching Co-ordinator Bishop Isesomo as he offers leadership and works for peace in the name of Jesus.
Pray for resolution of the issues that have brought insecurity to the Central African Republic for the last eight years. Bible translation into the country’s 60+ languages is also impacted: pray for safe transportation and distribution of three new New Testaments this year, and for the three further teams of local translators working to complete. Many more language communities are now also interested in having Bible translations; pray that ways will be found to facilitate translation and the production of print and digital versions in these languages.
This clear and interesting prayer guide will help you to pray for Sikh people while exploring their faith, their culture, and their needs and concerns. Learn about them and practise the love of Christ through prayer for Sikh people by taking five days to pray for them, starting 11th April. This is an excellent resource for your family, church or study group and you can get your free PDF here.