Rachel and Mama F. are Muslim ladies who live across the street me. They frequently ask to read my children’s bible and on occasion ask me questions about it. Pray the Lord would speak to them in His Word.
Mzee M lives in my neighborhood. He is an older Muslim man with a welcoming personality. He has been a very good listener when it comes to spiritual conversation. He accepts prayer in Jesus name. His wife’s knees are bad and I was able to give them a box seat toilet. I read scripture and told them because of the love of Jesus I wanted to help. I explained that it wasn’t that I was a rich Mzungu but because of Christ’s love which inspires his followers to love their neighbors. May the Lord Jesus open this man’s eyes to salvation!
Bobby met an older Muslim man in the market that showed him a verse in the Bible about pigs being unclean. He wanted to know why Christian’s eat pigs. Bobby shared more with him and more about Christ. At the end of the conversation he said he wants to know the correct way to God. Pray he will continue seeking. And will find the true way to God.
Pray for a friend of Bobby’s that he shared the gospel with a couple weeks ago. He said that was the first time to hear the story of Christ. He seems interested in the Truth. Pray he will continue to seek for the Truth.
My neighbor, Mama B, has agreed to teach me Swahili. I asked if we could use Bible stories and she agreed, unhesitantly. Please pray that her heart will be softened through reading the Bible stories and that she will seek the Truth and not be afraid to ask questions.
Pray that there would be bold proclamation in the Name of the Lord Jesus throughout the town of Kondoa and surrounding villages and that many will believe in the Lord.
Pray that believers in the midst of the Rangi would treasure Christ so much that they would be willing to suffer on His behalf.
Pray for new Rangi believers to immediately proclaim Jesus, saying, “He is the Son of God.” Pray that they would increase in strength and wisdom and confound local unbelievers by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to the Rangi through dreams and visions. That just as in Acts 9 when Saul heard Jesus and believed, the Rangi’s spiritual ears and eyes would be opened as well.
Pray for the believers near to the Rangi that they would embrace the privilege to be instruments of Jesus to carry His Name to the Rangi.
Pray for believers near the Rangi to persevere in long practice of humble and sacrificial servanthood. May they remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose. (Acts 11:23) Pray that many Rangi will be touched by their testimony and be saved.
Pray for a spirit of earnest prayer to be poured out on the churches located near the Rangi. That the church goers would be awakened to pray earnestly for the Lord to bring freedom from spiritual bondage for the Rangi people who do not know the way of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Pray for unity in gospel proclamation among the different church denominations living near to the Rangi; that they would fall silent before God and say like Peter, “If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” (Acts 11:17)
Bobby was able to have a good gospel sharing conversation with a couple of men the other day that are both Muslim. He was able to share and read scripture with them. Pray that the Holy Spirit would convict them and they would be open to accepting who Jesus is and what he has done for them.
There is talk that the Muslims in town do not want to be Muslim any more and there is no explanation they can give as to why!
Gideon is talking to an older Rangi Muslim. He acted interested in the Bible and who Jesus is. He went and bought a Bible and has asked Gideon to help him understand it. Praise God for how He is working. Pray He draws many to Himself.
One day Bibi Z came to my porch while I was reading an action Bible in Swahili to the kids. She wanted to read some and asked if I could teach her. Several weeks later when she was here, she asked to see the Bible again. Megan was here and was able to discuss with her Genesis and we played the first chapter of Genesis in Rangi. She asked if she could listen to more later so I downloaded the app on my phone. I gave her the swahili book of John and she started reading before she went back home. Pray that there would be conviction in her heart that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften her heart and prepare her for the coming conversations.
Mama S. has expressed interest in going to the local Bible study with Shara but has yet to come, pray that the Holy Spirit would call her and open her eyes to see Jesus as her Savior and Lord.
Mama B is due to have her baby this week and wants me to pray for her. I am inviting her over today and have written out a prayer in swahili to pray over her. Pray that it will speak to her and touch her heart deeply and for questions to be raised about why we put our trust and hope in Jesus. Pray that through her labor and delivery, God’s light will shine through me and that she would see His love for her.
My neighbor, Mama Z, just got married (her previous husband passed away). She was very nervous and told me the reason she is remarrying is she needs help raising her children. Pray that her new husband will be kind to her children and that our families will have many opportunities where they can see Christ’s light shine through us. Pray her children will feel welcome in our home.
We’ve brought out a children’s Bible in Swahili and have been reading it to the neighborhood children and some have really taken an interest. One particular boy, Jared, has really enjoyed listening to the stories. Pray that he, and others of this young generation, would see the Truth, recognize it and accept it.
Pray for outreach among the young generation, that they might see the Light and become effective witnesses to their own people.
Pray for people to be willing to help with translation work. And pray as people read God’s word in their own language, they would be struck to the heart and believe the Gospel message.
Ask the Spirit to bring conviction of sin and a holy fear of judgement that leads to repentance. Pray during Ramadan, that as the Rangi try to please God and do good works, that God would reveal to them that “the work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” John 6:29
Please pray for a small Rangi church to continue to grow and multiply. Praise the Lord for those believers who have come out of darkness into the Lord’s excellent light. Pray for protection from persecution and boldness in sharing Jesus’ love and gospel.
Pray that hearts of Christians living among the Rangi would burn within them as Jesus opens wider their perspective of His mission to the nations. Just like Jesus’ interaction with two disciples on a road leading to Emmaus. Telling them, “repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations” (Lk 24:47) Pray that they would find ways to reach out to the Rangi living in their neighborhoods.
Please pray for a Tanzanian evangelist to the Rangi people whose young wife is very ill. They have labored faithfully for many years to bring the gospel to these Muslim people and the husband is begging the Lord to heal his wife. Please pray that her recovery will be complete, and that many will come to faith in Christ through their testimony.
Please pray for a Rangi woman named Mama S. She is very curious and has agreed to study a set of chronological Bible Stories with me. The first two times I have gone to study with her the Lord has miraculously provided peace and quiet so that we can read without interruption. (I say miraculously because her house has many women and children and it’s often difficult to even hold a conversation.) Some of the other nearby ladies have joined to listen too. Pray that all of their hearts would be moved by Truth and would want to hear about Jesus, and pray for continued miraculous times of quiet to study together.
Please pray for a Rangi man named Baba Z. He has been asking questions about Jesus recently. God has opened the door to read some Scripture as well as the story of the Two Kingdoms together. He is doubtful but open for discussions. Please ask the Holy Spirit to stir his heart and open His eyes to see his need for Jesus as Savior.
Jesus said that He had other sheep who were not of the fold of Israel that belonged to Him. He would call them, and they would all be one fold with one Shepherd. Pray today that the Rangi of Tanzania will hear the Good Shepherd calling and come into His sheepfold. Pray for many of them to hear the Shepherd’s voice and not turn back.
Pray for a faithful Rangi evangelist. His father died a couple of weeks ago. His wife and six year old son are now sick. Pray for the Lord to heal his family. Praise the Lord that in the last days before his father passed away, he gave testimony that Jesus was His Savior and Lord. Pray for the evangelist to be encouraged as he works faithfully to share the gospel with the people in his town who are 95% Muslim. May the Lord strengthen and encourage him and his family.
A team of missionaries has begun the process of leaving their home countries to come live among the Rangi and share Christ’s love, but immigration difficulties are holding them back. Please pray that the Lord Jesus will put before them an “open door that no one can shut.”
A young Rangi woman was recently delivered from evil spirits. Pray that she will put her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ so she will be protected by the Son of God from the evil one. Pray for many Rangi people to come to faith in Christ, confess Him openly, and be delivered from Islam.
Pray for house to house evangelism that will begin among the Rangi people tomorrow, and for new believers Vero and Rebecca to stay strong in their faith in Jesus. Pray for the training of Rangi believers who want to study theology and the Bible, and those who are feeling called into the ministry. Pray for a reproducing, indigenous, Christ-centered church among the Rangi.
On a major Muslim holiday, more than fifteen Rangi women and children came to watch the Jesus video instead of celebrating and feasting with their neighbors. Please pray that these seekers will continue to be drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be willing to leave behind their old religion and ways. May they joyfully embrace the salvation of the Lord!
Please pray for the few Rangi believers to be like the Samaritan woman, who was so excited about having found the Messiah and so transformed by her encounter with Him, she brought many others to believe in Him, too.
Pray for the Rangi people who have come to Christ to stand firm in the Lord. Pray for the ministry of deliverance from demonic oppression as believers lead those who have been tormented by demons to freedom in Christ. Pray for a movement of the Holy Spirit to bring many Rangi families to faith in Jesus for their salvation.
Praise the Lord that a Rangi girl has accepted Christ, been baptized, and is growing up in Jesus. Pray for the Lord to help her complete her studies and that He will use her life and testimony to bring other Rangi into the household of faith in Christ.
Please pray for the Lord to bless the kindergarten children as we open the school. Please pray that my wife and I will have the heart to continue working for the Lord here. Please pray that the ministry can continue in our village in spite of many challenges. Pray for me to be able to continue receiving higher education and for my son to be able to begin first grade.
Please pray for a Rangi evangelist who has injured his foot while riding his motorcycle through sand to visit people and share the gospel. This is the second time in a month he has had such an injury. He feels the heat of spiritual battle. He is begging the Lord for protection and for progress as people are learning about Christ and beginning to put their faith in Him. Please pray with him.
Pray for a woman who has put her faith in Christ recently. She told her family she is no longer a Muslim but has become a Christian. Her relatives are threatening her. Pray for her safety.
Faiza and Abdil came yesterday and listened carefully to the good news of Jesus. We agreed to meet again tomorrow for further discussion. Thanks for your prayers. Let’s keep praying they understand fully, put their faith truly in Jesus, and surrender to Him as Lord of their lives.
Please pray for two people, Faiza Yusuf and Abdil Jabaru. A Tanzanian evangelist plans to visit them today and share the gospel with them. Pray for the Lord to save them.
Please pray for an evangelist and his wife to receive perseverance and patience to do the work of the Lord among the Rangi. Praise the Lord for a young girl who received Christ, Veronica. She wants to train as a nursery school teacher. Pray also for the evangelist’s wife to receive more training, and also a girl who wants to be able to go to high school named Bijahilina. Pray for the Lord to supply all these students need and allow them to study for his glory, as they long to do. Pray for the gospel to spread among the Rangi people and for a reproducing, indigenous, Christ-centered church to be growing among them.
I just got off the phone with one of the translators for the Rangi New Testament. They are in the final checks and are experiencing some trials. This particular translator hasn’t been sleeping at night which makes it difficult to focus on the mentally heavy task of translation. He also often feels pain in his stomach when he goes to the office. Please pray for relief from these troubles and strength to finish the translation well.