“Moreover,as for me,

far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord

in ceasing to pray for you;

but I will teach you the good and the right way.”

~1 Samuel 12:23~


MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. A Baptist representative covets your intercession for his wife, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and a stroke. She has taken a turn for the worse, and the cancer has spread into her bones and stomach. She is currently hospitalized and is facing a new chemotherapy treatment. He asks: “Please pray for healing in God’s will and perfect timing. She is getting tired and discouraged, because she has been through so much. Please pray that she will find comfort in the Lord’s arms and peace that He is with her continually as she goes through this ordeal.”

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (prahg). “Thank you for praying for the Scripture distribution projects that took place in the Prague mega-city region during the months of December and January,” writes the Prague Mega-City Team. “One of our first attempts to deliver the requested items in December almost ended in failure, as an IMB representative struggled with his limited Czech language and was not able to convince the woman what we were doing. Finally she asked if we spoke English. End of problem. We returned later that evening when her husband was home to deliver the material. He accepted it and was overcome by emotion and almost cried. As we searched for addresses and streets that truly have no consistency, tried to read numbers on buildings in the dark, and searched for faded names on mailboxes, we realized that it is all worth it and we serve a great and mighty God. Pray for our team as we continue with follow up on those who have responded. Pray that those who receive the Word will understand it and come to know Christ as Savior. Pray that they will also have a desire to meet together and study the Word.”

PAKISTAN. Christians in many places suffer great persecution whether or not there are anti-conversion laws. Last year, the Pakistani parliament considered a blasphemy bill that would have called for all converts to Christianity to be killed. Some anti-Christian radicals do not need a law to convince them that those who turn their backs on Islam should be punished. Pray for Christians in Pakistan who face dangers, prejudice and persecution in one form or another every day. Specifically pray for NM and IM, bold evangelists who love the Lord and yearn for their countrymen to know Him too. Ask God to defeat any attempts to make persecution legal, and ask Him to change the hearts of those who do not wait for the law to be established. Pray for their salvation.

GERMAN-BRAZILIANS OF BRAZIL. For some time, you have been interceding for the city of Dois Irmaos. In December, a study began in a home in this city. C, an evangelist on the German Team, is thrilled that God has answered his prayers to begin a study in this city. He has joined other team members as well as volunteers in walking and driving through this area, asking God to lead them to a “man of peace” (Luke 10:6). Pray that this home and those attending the study will continue in the faith that they have so eagerly embraced. C requests prayer for discernment as to the next city where God would have team members go. In March, a volunteer youth team will join them to carry out community projects, distribute Bibles, and prayerwalk. Ask the Father to grant them safety and to open doors in order that disciples will be made and churches planted in homes in a region where persecution is common for evangelicals.

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (BOO-kuh-rest). Pray for Vocea Evangheliei Christian radio station as God uses it in His ministry. Through Christian songs and talk shows, God is reaching into the homes of Bucharest. Pray for those searching for the Truth to turn their radios to 94.2 FM. (It is also available on the Internet.)

NAIROBI, KENYA (ny-ROH-bee). Pray that feeding efforts of Southern Baptists in Nairobi will communicate Christ’s love to those who have suffered through the loss of loved ones and property, the displacement of places to live, and the persecution of tribal warfare. Pray that those touched by the local churches will see God’s hands and be drawn to Him in times of turmoil, seeking peace and eternity.

ZAMBIA. Spiritual light is beginning to shine in the darkness of the fishing villages surrounding Lake Bangwelulu of Zambia. One-and-a-half years ago, the first attempt to bring the light of the gospel to this area was met with opposition from the Bemba people. Over time and through much prayer, their hearts have begun to open to the truths in God’s Word. There are now two churches on either side of the town in villages around the lake. Praise God for this victory! Without dependence on the missionary, these two churches met together for a night of prayer and fasting and have begun to make plans to start a “preaching point” (new work) in the main part of town that lies between them. Pray for this second-generation church plant to become a reality in the next few months as these new believers work together to continue dispelling the darkness among the Bemba people of Luwingu, Zambia.

CHINA. Human trafficking continues to challenge Chinese authorities as young men and women are forced into labor and prostitution, primarily along China’s southern border. Pray for God to protect those who are vulnerable to such abuse and to thwart the schemes of those who seek to enslave them. Pray that all who suffer such degradation can someday know the loving Savior whose blood was shed for them.

JAPAN. Your workers serving in the JGPNetwork thank you for praying during 2007. Because you were faithful to intercede for the outreach efforts of laborers working in the fields, homeless men, elderly women, college students, working young people and children are among those who heard the gospel message in 2007 and look forward to 2008, knowing that they are children of the Father and can experience His power, His love and His grace. Praise the Lord for His answers to the Luke 10:2b prayer for more laborers. Pray for these new Christians to grow and be faithful witnesses for Christ in order that many more will be able to experience Christmas next year as God’s children!

NORTH SUMATRA MALAY OF INDONESIA (MAY-lay). Give thanks to God for a new believer who has joined a group of other believers in ministry! This young woman named H has had much experience in community development related to education and health needs. She also has a passion for sharing stories of Truth with women. Pray that she will be a mentor to the existing believers in this group.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. A couple serving in Thailand write: “Our children open many doors for us in our work. Ask the Lord to continue to show them how He can use them to spread His Word. Pray that they will be open to doing whatever the Lord leads them to do. Pray for their relationships with the nationals, asking that their communication will always be clear and that they will use every opportunity to share the message of Christ.”

MUSLIMS: PRAYING BEYOND THE WALL. Honor is a defining value in Muslim culture. New believers are ostracized, threatened, persecuted and sometimes even killed to erase the shame the family feels because of their perception that the believer has rejected the religion and authority of the family to follow Jesus Christ. Pray for new believers to be given wisdom, courage, love and grace as they share their decision and bear witness with their family to their new faith. Ask God to prepare the hearts of their families to hear and respond to the truth. Pray for the gospel to spread through entire families.

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