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A couple who live and work in Germany at a community centre with a café and workshop called the Patchwork centre. Please pray: for Lena from, Kharkiv in Ukraine. She now lives with her daughter and grandson (who has a physical handicap) in the Patchwork Centre. Her husband is still in Ukraine. Lena is very traumatised from the war and has difficulty coping with her emotions. Please pray that she will find comfort in God.
Violence against children is a significant issue in Nicaragua with 6 out of 10 families estimated to experience domestic violence. Viva’s partner network in Managua focuses on violence prevention for children and teenagers. Pastors from 40 churches have recently received child protection training in order to create a safer environment for children. Additionally, 23 churches have started a new programme to promote stronger family relationships – intentionally led by men. In a culture where violence is endemic, it is important that fathers understand their roles and responsibilities in treating their wives and children with love and respect. Pray for the impact of this ‘Men against Violence’ training programme, so that many more children and young people would be protected through this and other activities of the network in Managua.
Our FCRA permit, which allows the Dohnavur Fellowship to receive funds from overseas, is due for renewal by the end of June. Please pray that it may be granted so that our work may continue without hindrance.
Please pray for Torch Malawi as they produce Christian literature in braille & large print in a variety of African languages & provide fellowship and support to people in Malawi who are living with sight loss.
Please pray for Mirna Paulo, one of CMS’s newest local partners, who is focused on supporting leaders and members of the Diocese of Northern Argentina through a process of much transition and leadership change over the next few years. Pray for God to use Mirna as a bridge between different generations as well as between the Latino and her own Wichi community.
TEN partners in Romania and neighbouring countries are supporting Ukrainian refugees in whatever ways they can, be it driving supplies across to Ukraine, providing temporary accommodation, helping them process paperwork or get medical help, and comforting the bereaved. Please pray for the refugees who often do not know what to do as the next step. Pray that they would experience the love and peace of Jesus Christ through the kindness of their Christian neighbours.
Please pray for Torch Trust as they seek to meet the spiritual needs of people with sight loss, supporting them to access Christian resources, sight loss friendly churches and a range of friendship and fellowship events.
For the conversion of buildings previously used for our Boys' Home into a Care Home for the elderly. Please also pray about the appointment of a qualified person to be in charge of this Care Home, as well as the appointments of a Hospital Manager, and a Manager for our Children's Home section.
Malawi has been struck in recent months by successive storms and tropical cyclones. Many people have lost their homes, property or crops. There is only one growing season each year, so the population now face an ever worsening food crisis. On top of this, the war in Ukraine has caused a steep escalation in fuel and food prices. But Malawians are remarkably humble, gracious and resilient. Many organisations are distributing food relief for those in need or who are now living in camps. Please pray that Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, would meet His people’s needs in Malawi.
“Please pray as we look into getting someone young and dynamic to work alongside us, especially in our community related activities,” write CMS mission partners Eric and Sandra Read in the Philippines. As they work to train a small team to equip churches in holistic mission, pray for others to catch the vision and for the Lord to open a way, starting with their church, for Eric and Sandra to work with and influence churches towards more holistic ministry.
Recent months have seen the serious escalation of the Algerian authorities’ campaign against the Protestant church. Several further Christians have been prosecuted and have received prison sentences connected with the peaceful practice of their faith. Several more churches have been closed, while others are in line to be closed. Please pray the authorities will respect the right to freedom of religion, charges against Christians will be dropped and convictions overturned, and churches that are closed will be permitted to reopen. Please pray the Body of Christ will flourish in Algeria and God’s love will be known across the land.
Thailand - Please pray for a Thai woman who is applying to work with OMF serving a minority people group in elsewhere in Southeast Asia. She will be interviewed by the OMF Thailand team soon and is proceeding in the medical process. Please pray that God will stir the hearts of Thai churches and individual believers to support her in prayer and finances.
COVID has exacerbated existing economic, practical and social challenges to student ministry in Latin America. Several IFES movements have struggled to meet online due to the infrastructure in their country. At least 50% of the movements have to invest in reconnecting students with staff as the natural connections built through fellowship and mentoring relationships have been strained by online meetings and the inability of staff to travel to meet with student leaders, and even for student leaders to meet with and disciple younger students. Pray with us for wisdom and inspiration for IFES movements to help them rebuild.
Give thanks for a new app called "Apprendre à prier" (= Learn to Pray), due to be launched on 30 May 2022, God willing. The app has been developed by French church-planters working in Lyon who want to help new believers and those who are exploring the Christian faith to start developing their own prayer life. The app makes extensive use of bespoke videos to help users understand more about prayer and then to put this understanding into practice. Please pray that this new app will be widely used as a powerful discipleship tool for God's glory.
Give thanks that almost all of our partner's support groups for disabled children are now up and running again, after an enforced closure during lockdown. There are now 16 groups, including new groups in Musenga and Chililabombwe, serving more than 530 children in the last quarter. Let’s thank God that the Solwezi support group was able to find a meeting place after our partner made a presentation about its work to local church elders and volunteers. Please pray for a meeting venue for the Ngwerere group too.
Please continue to uphold in prayer, the precious people of Afghanistan, and that God’s Afghan people in-country and abroad would grow in the love, knowledge, and courage of Jesus. Pray for in-person fellowship for God’s people there where possible. Please pray for Al Massira as a Pashto translation of the AM resource begins to be translated by a local Believer. May all needs be met by our loving, Heavenly Father. Pray also for new converts who were recently Baptised, that they would in time be enabled to take the Gospel out to their community, using AM in their own language.
Through Project70 SGA has started to support church planters in Uzbekistan, some of whom are leading underground churches. The Lord is working in amazing ways through these men. Pray that the Lord will protect them, and that they will be enabled to encourage other believers through the ministry of the Word.
Pray for many more fresh church plants in E Europe, C Asia, and FE Russia, particularly in areas where no Gospel church exists. Pray for God to raise up men who are gifted and suitable to lead the work.
CMS local partner Victor Condori in Peru disciples fellow believers and preaches the gospel to as many people as he can as part of his role as a church pastor. He asks for prayer for the church to grow in number and in their knowledge of God. Pray for the church as they run online discipleship courses and do outreach in the community.
The Yemeni people are experiencing a storm of crises including underdeveloped health systems, water scarcity and political challenges. The ongoing currency crisis, and rising inflation, is putting further pressure on Yemenis, making food, water and fuel unaffordable for many in the country - which imports most of its needs. Please pray for the Medair team responding to these emergencies and providing support to as many people as possible through essential nutrition and health care, and water, hygiene and sanitation services. Pray for the malnourished pregnant mothers and young children visiting Medair supported health facilities in remote and isolated areas. Ask God to enable a way for them to receive treatment, so that they make a strong recovery and live happy lives.
A devastating drought in southern is causing devastating hunger, which according to Amnesty International has brought 1 million people to the brink of famine. Pray that this drought comes to an end and pray for our world leaders to work collaboratively to tackle the global climate crisis.
The SuperBible comic is a colourful portrayal of Bible stories in a comic book format. It brings gospel truth alive in an accessible way and is already translated into a variety of languages. The first 5000 copies of the Te Reo Maori language version of SuperBible are currently being distributed in New Zealand. Pray that this creative telling of God’s story will attract many readers and start them on a journey to Christ.
From 2017, a thriving student ministry existed in Vanua Levu, northern Fiji. When COVID broke out in 2021, ministry was not able to continue. All three groups in three universities closed down. There is no staff worker to help keep things going. PSFC, the IFES movement in Fiji, are determined to restart. They are planning to revisit and reengage the northern island by recruiting a staff worker to replant the ministry. Please pray for Taniela Queleni, PSFC General Secretary, visiting and meeting potential student leaders and discussing with the projected new staff worker the possibilities. Plans to restart campus fellowship are in place.
CMS mission partners Joe and Sarah are supporting Christians in Egypt, pastoring the local church, coming alongside local believers and teaching English and training teachers in the church-run school. Pray for God to work through them as they build authentic friendships where they can share Jesus.
Innovative ministries in Japan are seeking to use drama, music and dance to share the gospel. Creative ways of sharing the gospel open new avenues to reach many Japanese. Gospel music is popular and has provided a way to share the good news of Jesus with many who would otherwise not hear it. Ballet performances with Christian themes are accessible and relevant to many. Praise God for organisations using music, drama and dance to share the gospel. Please pray that the Lord will enable all using innovative ministries of this nature to proclaim the gospel faithfully and share hope and new life with many in Japan.
Our partner's youth group in Bukora is made up of young people living with or affected by HIV. Following training in agriculture and nutrition last year, the group is starting to train other young people. The aim is to help communities find longer-term solutions to hunger and poor nutrition by teaching them about nutritious plants and cultivation methods. Please pray God’s blessing on this work!
Please pray for whoever is elected President of France in the second round of voting on 24th April. At the time of writing, the outcome is unknown, but the winner will either be incumbent centrist president, Emmanuel Macron, or his opponent on the nationalist Right, Marine Le Pen. Whoever wins, may the Lord lead them to govern wisely, promoting the common good, and enabling believers to "live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Tim. 2.2).
Gospel messages are being distributed daily through Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp into Myanmar. One listener wrote, ““It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the group. I was not sure about whether I was born again or not. I tried to change by myself many times in the past, but after listening to the speaker from the Hingna Awl programme, I now understand that being born again is the work of the Holy Spirit. Thank God I am now a new creation in Christ.” Pray for lives to be changed as these messages are spread today.
The Jewish people of Ukraine are facing their greatest challenges following the Russian invasion of their country and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. Our missionaries have had to flee from their home in Odessa to neighbouring Moldova and they are now sharing the gospel with Jewish communities in both countries. We've found that many of Jewish people are increasingly open to talking about spiritual matters and a number have professed faith in Jesus. Please pray that the Lord will be at work among these communities and that many more will come to faith as they hear the Good News about Jesus.
Pray for our partner's ongoing work with street-living children in Goma. Pray for Rev Jean-Paul Aruna and his team’s ongoing positive relationships with street-living children: that trust will grow on both sides. And please pray especially for wisdom, as the team considers for each child in turn whether they should be reconciled to their parents or found a foster home.
In one Central American country, the IFES movement has recently experienced government persecution, with oppression both of religious organisations and student organisations causing them many practical and funding problems. Pray for God to provide and to protect the student ministry there, and to help students to keep reaching out with the Good News even in such challenging circumstances.
There are 779,000 Dagestani Avars living in Russia. The code of honour and shame is deeply ingrained in the Avar cultural psyche. Pray for dreams and visions among influential community leaders.
There are nearly one-and-a-half million Chechen people in Russia, mostly in the Caucasus mountains between the Caspian and Black Seas. Jesus longs for them to know a peace that can only come through the gospel.
Around 3,400 Arabs live in Burundi. Many run shops, restaurants and tourist businesses in urban areas. Some run large coffee and tea plantations. Pray for Christians to see this unreached people group on their doorstep.
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 10th April. Available in multiple languages, including Punjabi, Hindi, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and German, with more (Italian, Thai ,Yoruba and Hausato) be added soon. This is an excellent resource for your family, church or study group and you can get your free PDF here.
Reach Beyond have several media partners in Nepal and one of those groups have been praying for some years about setting up a new radio station to reach one specific unreached people group in their country. We are thankful to God that this station is now on the air. There is still much work to do in relation to licensing, staffing, and programming to help introduce listeners to Jesus. Pray for creative and called people to join the team to connect these new listeners to the gospel.
After the Bosnian war of the 1990s and the US-brokered Dayton accords, it was divided into two semi-autonomous regions, Republika Srpska (RS) and the Bosniak-Croat Federation. Bosnia-Herzegovina's senior, ethnic Serb politician, Milorad Dodik, has been threatening to withdraw the Serb territory from national institutions such as the tax authority, medicines agency and - crucially - the armed forces. The potential revival of an ethnic Serb army is a frightening prospect to many people in Bosnia. Please pray for stability and for Christian witness to the peace that Christ brings.
Every year of school increases a girl’s future earning power by 10-20%, can reduce risk of HIV and delay teenage pregnancy, so keeping girls in school is a must. The Nguvu na Hadhi (Strength and Dignity) girls health project provides physiological, social, and spiritual guidance around the taboo topics of menstruation and puberty. Many schools have crude pit latrines that are unhygienic and insufficient in number. We are assisting 3 primary schools and 1 secondary school by refurbishing some of their existing latrine facilities and construct new latrines and dignity changing rooms where appropriate. Please pray for the girls to know they are loved beyond measure by their Creator.
Please pray for political stability and the installation of a government that protects religious freedom. Please pray the rule of law will apply and be enforced across Libya, in a fair manner. Please pray for an end to the killing of and all manner of violence and abuse against Christians, including kidnapping for ransom by militia groups, and to discriminatory policies targeting church operations. Please pray for conditions allowing the church to flourish and that more and more of God’s children in Libya will come to know Jesus; and allowing Christians, including converts to freely express their love for God.
Praise God that BCT's local partner is working so effectively in tackling child abuse, through the ‘Touch Talk’ resource. The team has recently circulated the resource to four churches in Bukora, and trained 12 volunteers in how to use it to help children recognise and report abuse. Likewise, churches in Nyamata have trained 50 parents in ‘Touch Talk’. Pray that these trainees will go on to train many others, creating a chain reaction that will bring a marked reduction in abusive behaviour.
Our Australia team have been growing a WhatsApp ministry, sending audio and text messages in 5 languages to thousands across India. Priyanka is one person who receives these messages, “I am from a non-Christian background, and a doctor by profession. I had no peace in my heart and there was always sadness in my life. My friend sent me a WhatsApp audio message. This Word of God is touching me and I'm praying to God every day waiting for the next word to come because it's giving me peace. I've been sharing this with my friends and family, and many others, too. I have accepted the Lord because I received peace and I want to hear and learn more about Jesus.” Pray for those who will receive these messages today.
Since the start of the year, Madagascar has been hit by two back-toback storms. Heavy rainfall and high winds caused severe flooding and landslides that have destroyed homes, severely damaged roads and bridges, and displaced thousands of people. Pray for those who are anxious, distressed and have lost everything, for God’s love and peace to comfort them. Pray for urgent needs such as clean water, hygiene kits and shelter to be provided to displaced families. May the organisations responding on the ground be able to reach the most vulnerable.
Extending from a parent church in the capital city, The Evangelical Church in North Macedonia runs a network of over 35 churches and humanitarian projects throughout the country. The historic Orthodox culture and growing Islam influence from Albania is becoming an increasing challenge. Please pray for God to raise up a new generation of young ministers – the Evangelical Church would love to see more young people with a desire to dedicate themselves to church ministry.
New Internet Religious Information laws intend to restrict religious content distributed via social media, the internet and in electronic form. Anyone sharing such information needs to apply for a licence and the material has to be approved by the Chinese government. Pray that churches will still be able to run online services and share preaching and Bible messages. Pray for wisdom for church leaders in deciding how to apply for a licence and stay faithful to God's Word.
Evangelical churches in France are having to get to grips with new legislation that will mean significant administrative burdens, especially for smaller churches, and is generating concerns in relation to freedom of speech and of conscience. Please pray that the law will succeed in its main aim of limiting the influence of Islamist extremists and that the CNEF will manage to help churches and other Christian organisations respond in a Christ-honouring way.
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