Our challenge is to find new ways to keep in touch with our friends here in Barron at the same time keep each other safe. Pray for opportunities to keep in touch with our Somali friends and to have spiritual conversations regarding the Christian’s eternal hope.
Pray that God will open up the hearts and minds of several North African families M&JC have been working with from Libya and Egypt. Pray that God will also reveal Himself to them in dreams and visions.
Pray that God will open up hearts to receive the Good News amongst all of our friends from the North African region.
Pray that whole families would come to faith in Christ and that they would be instrumental in leading their communities to Christ when they go back home to their countries of origin.
Pray for our Vision: To see island women all over the city leading and studying Scripture together in family groups, growing in their relationship with Jesus, beginning with a known sister and her immediate family. Pray for softened hearts to be receptive to God’s truth.
Pray for the refugees and immigrants in Passo Fundo enrolled in Portuguese language classes. Ask God to open their hearts to the gospel. Pray for J&A as they interact with the students.
Continue to pray for Mo from Noel. His English is improving and is willing to keep meeting together. Pray for his heart to soften to the truth and for more opportunities to meet up with him.
Please pray with us for our Vision for Florida: For a movement of Muslims turning to Jesus in the Orlando area and for believers trained to reach and disciple them.
Please pray for open, seeking hearts in our community. Some ladies have said that they are reading the Bible. May God’s Word be implanted in their hearts and minds so they continue on their spiritual journey. Pray for an older Moroccan Muslim woman that CH & JC spent last Friday evening with. For years she has been a part of our lives, listening to God’s good news, valuing our friendship and much prayer, etc. Is she seeking? Only God knows her deep thoughts. And pray for an Iranian Muslim mother who, for many years has heard the Good News in our group, asked 4 of us to come and pray for her. It was a precious time. She seems so open and “hungry.”
Pray for the Saturday, March 14 Christian-Muslim Friendship Day that N & LD are organizing in one of Mississauga’s main mosques. Ask the Lord to build genuine friendship between the members of two churches and the Islamic centre. And as both the pastor and imam share what they believe about Jesus, may the truth of the Gospel shine into many hearts.
Praise for new opportunities for in-home ESL classes. Pray that deeper relationships develop and for soften hearts to be receptive to the Gospel news.
Please pray for our upcoming Easter event. Pray for all the logistics, but mainly that those attending will understand what it means to follow Jesus.
An older Iranian student terminally ill with lung cancer, seriously crying at times, continues to reject multiple “hearings” of the Good News. …even busying himself with other things when RH brought a video of God’s Story in his own language to view on his big screen. Tomorrow, he and RH plan to visit a Christian Iranian, whom RH meets with. Pray for God to open his heart.
Pray for a warm-hearted Kurdish family whom RH visited last Tuesday. Last year, they met for several weeks studying Matthew in simple English. They want to spend more time together, but feel that with both their work schedules and a pregnancy, they can’t commit to this study now. PRAY!
Praise God for a new believer from a Muslim background in La Rochelle. Pray for his discipleship journey and wisdom as he shares with his family.
Praise God for new households of peace and discovery groups among a UPG in Southern Morocco which is the fruit of Tharsis Betel, our partner ministry in Spain.
Pray for engaging extended families of our Saharawi friends in Jerez in a refugee camp in Algeria the beginning of March. Pray for open doors for fruitful ministry.
The purpose statement for the Int’l Student ministry we partner with is: “To make Christ known among the international students at the local area colleges and throughout the world.” Pray for many students to respond to the Gospel.
Continue to pray for salvation for A., a Hindu student who has been regularly attending church with us because he wants to know more about the “culture of Christians” (his words). He will be taking his last exam for his Master’s program today and is currently interviewing for jobs which will most likely result in his moving out of our area.
Pray for the March 6 outreach to Muslim event. We’re also taking people to a Turkish and Arab music event.
Pray for the planning of an Easter picnic in the park, we’re inviting diaspora friends to learn about the meaning of Easter.
Pray for planning a “better understanding” event that will bring local church and mosque members together to talk about their faiths.
Pray for a Saudi Muslim Background Believer student who is discouraged. He will stay with JF’s family and be introduced to an Arab fellowship.
Praise for three New Testament Bibles given out to our friends, after months of gospel discussions with them. Pray R, H, and A would read their Bibles and the Holy Spirit would open their eyes to the Truth. One of them, an Algerian man, told us he has been wanting a Bible for the past ten years.
R & C are looking at some new discipleship relationships. Pray those go well and that we can help develop some young faiths.
R has met a Sudanese guy at a local coffee shop! Pray for open doors to share the gospel with him.
Praise for the opportunities we’ve had with Int’l Students to share fun times and the gospel recently. Please pray for the seeds to bear fruit.
Please continue to pray for A., an Indian Hindu student who has shown a great interest in attending church and learning about Jesus.
Pray for more volunteers at the Thursday night Homework Club with middle and high school Somali girls.
Pray for the startup of another homework club using Christian University students as the tutors for the immigrant middle and high school children.
Pray for spiritual fruit within each ministry activity. Please join us in praying for at least one person from each ministry to accept Jesus as their Saviour in 2020. Bearing in mind that some ministries have gone on for years with no visible spiritual fruit, this is a bold request.
Praise God for E., an eastern-European Muslim teenager who wants to study the Bible and is drawn to Jesus. Her family has been coming to church regularly, but she is the first of the four to step forward like this, and she’s afraid of how they (and her extended family) may respond. Pray that we can start studying the Bible together.
Praise God for R., my friend who’s studying with me via text. We are discussing the Messianic prophecies, and she’s already linked them to Jesus. Pray that God would speak to her and her husband and reveal Himself to them both.
Pray for the B. family as they visit the city of Caxias do Sul in February so that we can prepare the last details of partnerships and they can start their assignment there in March.
Pray that God will help us to advance in the relationships that we already have with our African friends and we can start making new disciples of Christ among them.
Pray that the Brazilian church and its members will know how to welcome the refugees and the immigrants as Jesus welcomed us, without fear, but with generosity and love.
Pray for RAISE, a non-profit organization in Noel Missouri, to find a building to base its services for refugees. There’s a vacant grocery store building that would serve well but the asking price is too high.
Pray for wisdom in coming along side members who are in need of support and encouragement.
Pray for our (slowly) growing relationship with Mo from Noel.
Pray for the ministry in Portland through our friendship center. M & J particularly, have never had such intense opportunities AND opposition, all at the same time—there is definitely stuff going on behind the scenes! (even spiritually)
Remember our prayer request for the Iranian ESL student who is very ill with cancer? My Christian Iranian friend and I have set up three appointments with this student and his wife—and a medical emergency has stopped us each time. Finally, last week, MC and another Christian Iranian met with him, prayed, and shared the Gospel again. But he was still not ready. We are sad, but while he still has breath, we pray for a change of heart.
Praise for a very fruitful Pastors/Imam meeting and lunch last month. Keep praying for the follow-up discussions with the imams. Pray for open and soften hearts and a willingness to hear the Gospel News. Pray that their presumptions about Christianity will not keep them from wanting to know the truth.
Please pray for avenues for new connections. We would like to grow our influence with more immigrant families AND have more church people come alongside to help us.
Please pray for an evangelical Arabic church to partner with us.
Praise for good relationships already established with some of our Somali friends.
Pray that some hostility experienced by our intern from a very few people will not deter interaction with the rest.
Pray for A, a young Somali man from a Christian background who has lost hope. Please pray for SF as he ministers to him and other Somali Christians who are currently struggling.
We have set a date for our first trauma healing group. It will be February 21-23. Please pray for the preparations and that each individual who comes will find healing in the Son.
One of our ESL classes has requested conversation partners for the students outside of class and JR has offered to help with this need. Pray for opportunities to connect with several of the students and build relationships with them.
Praise for great gospel conversations with our Muslim friends this month. Particularly with three Algerian men (Ra, Lo and AbH) and an Algerian woman (Ka)
Praise for continued progress, good discussions and times of fellowship through our Al Massira introductory Bible study with an Algerian couple, Ri (believer) and Fa (still Muslim). After spending the last several months in the Old Testament we finally arrived at the birth of Jesus.
February 15 we are hosting a “Winter Carnival” for the families of Impact Kids (our kids drop-in program), their friends, and the community. Pray that all the planning and details go smoothly and that many people would sign up to come. Pray that this event would deepen our and the local church’s presence in the community and that those who come would feel the love of Christ through the Christian volunteers who will be running the event. Please also pray that through this event, many would sign up for our ESL courses and Kids drop-in program, through which we have the opportunity to deepen friendships and share the gospel.
Please pray for Ab H, an Algerian Berber, who is a devout Muslim. This week we discussed the gospel for four hours together. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would open his eyes to the truth!
Praise God for opportunities to share the gospel at a Winter’s Tea (lead by believers) and a cooking demonstration (lead by Muslim women)
Pray for God to supply a center for us to do ministry. We need wisdom on the right place to use.
Pray for DM as he travels to India February 15-23 to encourage and challenge his leadership team. There are some problem areas to deal with, pray for wisdom.
Praise God with us for our Refugee Christmas Campaign. We had 5 nights bringing refugees to our home and went to visit those who could not come at their home. We blessed 54 refugees from 12 African countries with food and each one of them received a Bible, including the Muslims.
Pray for God to reveal Himself to those reading the Bible for the first time and that the Christmas message preached and the demonstration of care and love will continue to speak in their hearts.
Pray for the cities of Foz do Iguaçu and Caxias do Sul where we will start the Diaspora Ministry with the local church in March.
Please pray for spiritual interest among internationals following the various Christmas story presentations. That there will be Spirit-led conversations with university students at the Friday night cafes.
Pray for the provision of Christian volunteers to help secondary school immigrant students with homework. That the volunteers will be proclaimers of the Gospel and will be excited to be part of filling this ministry need.
Please pray for one lady in particular who has expressed appreciation and interest when RC shared the Good News with her, for more opportunities to talk with her, and that God will continue to work in her heart.
Lord we pray for salvation and baptism stories to flow from The Diaspora Region and that we may see 3rd generation reproducing disciples in every Diaspora Region unit.
I’ve met with Sam, my Iranian Christian brother, and we talked with my Iranian student with cancer, on Dec 28th. Pray for the student’s focus and openness and more opportunities to share.
Pray for follow-up among those who heard the Christmas stories in December.
Praise that our team Christmas party brought out North Africans from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan. They took parts in our Christmas story dramatic reading and sang Christmas carols.
Praise for ESL Christmas parties that shared the Biblical account with many students.
Praise for a mosque Christmas party that gave space for the hearing of the birth of Jesus from both books and the beginning of friendships.
Praise for a living nativity outdoor drama that told the story of Jesus (birth through ascension) to 100+ ESL students. Pray for lasting fruit!
Please pray for unity and peace and for God to help us be true agents of shalom in our sadly divided community. A recent city initiative to expand services in our community has led to enough infighting among local agencies (some from our favorite people group) that the city is considering abandoning the project. The young men of our community have been involved in multiple shootings in the last few weeks.
Please pray for us to be effective channels of Jesus’ shalom here. Pray for wisdom and guidance in every conversation we have.
H sends her two daughters (8 and 6) to Impact Kids. Please pray that God would give her peace to continue to send her children.
Pray for K: please pray for her as she digests the gospel and more of the Word. May she come to know Him. She is also very stressed, along with all the Algerians we know, at the outcome of the (corrupt) election and protests that are going on today. Please pray that she would experience peace and attribute that to K’s prayers in Jesus’ name.
Pray for ESL: Please pray for the other students (Algerian + 1 Tunisian) who came to G&KB’s Christmas party (Y., A., L., K., W., A. and S.) and read the word and heard the gospel. Please pray that this taste of Truth would create a hunger for more.
Pray for W: This is the Algerian woman who wanted to debate with me for most of the evening during the Christmas dinner and over e-mail since. She has written pages and pages of accusations of Bible corruption. My one praise in this is that we are discussing Scripture, even though she seems to be just repeating things she has heard from people such as Ahmad Deedat; although she claims it is from her own reading. Please pray that the word of God would pierce her and convict her.
Praise for more children who came to kid’s club who heard a clear presentation of the Truth, as well as 3 friends who came to our outreach. Ask that their hearts will remember and search for a relationship with the Father.
Pray for an opportunity for a DBS with an islander sister. She tends to be difficult to connect with but always ready to have conversations.
Pray for new opportunities for spiritual conversations with islanders; for their hearts to be opened to hear and seek after the Father.
Pray for A from India- that he would receive God’s gift of salvation. He has heard and now needs to make a decision.
Pray for both USA and International students who will be going on a ski trip in January- that they would hear the Gospel clearly and believe. Pray that they would ask questions from their hearts so to get a better understanding of their journey with the Lord.
Pray for more opportunities for DM to meet with his Muslim friends. They work so much, it’s hard to get time with them.
Praise God for 12 Muslims that came to JM’s Winter Tea in December. Pray for good relationships and follow up with these ladies in January.
Pray for the Lord to provide a place for meeting with Muslim friends and do activities.
Pray for mid- January New Years celebration in our church. It is a free dinner for the poor people of the city. KB will be responsible for sharing with refugees and migrants present. Pray for clarity and soft hearts to respond to the Gospel News.