Your Prayer Guide to Reach the World.
Of the thousands of urgent requests for food and medicine that local missionaries receive, most come from families living in camps for those displaced by violence within the country. These camps have become starvation centers as pandemic lockdowns have prevented deliveries of food and water by outside agencies. Local missionaries save the lives of children, the elderly and many poor families with deliveries of food and medicine, besides presenting the gospel and Bibles for the salvation of many souls. They seek donations to continue giving life-saving aid to the needy. Pray the Lord would protect local missionaries from COVID-19.
A local ministry has adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by dividing into house churches for worship and forming disciples through Zoom, texting and social media messaging. One woman decided to trust in Christ for salvation after members of a ministry church plant invited her to home meetings; local missionaries are discipling her online, and she planned to be baptized after the lifting of lockdown. Youths are also coming to the Lord as teenagers meet virtually on Saturdays and children do on Fridays. Donations are sought for training and other tools of evangelism and discipleship. Pray that new Christians will find precious fellowship online or in small groups.
Members of a fast-growing cult were among people who most resisted Christianity. Local missionaries were praying to be able to reach cult members when they got an opportunity to share the gospel with a couple from the group. The couple put their faith in Christ and asked for Bibles and Christian literature to share with cult members, and a year later the entire sect had received Christ. Local missionaries seek donations of $16 or $32 to provide Bibles to young people, schools, churches, drug addicts, hospitals, Bible schools and other groups. Pray the Lord would open hearts and minds to His Word.
Local missionaries trekking to mountain villages are visiting unreached ethnic groups such as the Wa, Lisu and Lahu to bring them the gospel, while others make equally arduous journeys to encourage new believers to remain steadfast amid opposition and restrictions. One local missionary brings the message of Christ’s salvation to youths in the mountains, reconciling parents and children as they grow in the Lord, besides hosting two social media groups to proclaim Christ. Donations of $60 or $120 are sought throughout the country for such gospel proclamation and follow-up, including training of pastors and other workers. Pray the Lord’s protection over workers and the churches that they’re planting.
After flooding that damaged more than 10,380 houses, daily wage earners already suffering hunger from the COVID-19 pandemic were desperate to feed their families. Local missionaries provided rice, biscuits and water, among other relief aid such as soap and candles, to 500 families. Workers in other areas throughout the region are helping to feed and clothe poor people devastated by the pandemic and locust swarms. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought to provide such compassionate aid to people suffering from natural disasters and poverty. Pray the Lord would be glorified through good works as families acknowledge the living God.
An Iranian who had heard the gospel on a satellite channel was forced to leave his home country after he became increasingly interested in Christianity when his son was healed through prayer. Seeing where others had sown, local missionaries in Athens watered, teaching him how to put his faith in Christ and be baptized. A month later, his son also became a Christian. Workers are seeing an increase in the number of refugees who are open to the gospel. Donations are sought to bring more refugees to saving faith and disciple them to maturity. Pray that refugees’ bruised and battered hearts would find healing and wholeness in Christ’s saving sacrifice.
A villager who put his faith in Christ after hearing the gospel from a local missionary shared it with his family and two friends, and now all three families, 13 people in total, are Christian – even after they were forced to live in tents when villagers destroyed their homes for leaving tribal religion. Local missionaries are training 14 new workers to send to seven unreached people groups. Workers who saw 115 people put their faith in Christ during a previous six-month span seek donations to provide training and other tools for such evangelism and discipleship. They request prayer to reach more unreached people and to feed a growing number of hungry people with leprosy.
Thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere rely on local missionaries to survive a harsh winter and a relentless pandemic. With economic pressures from COVID-19 lockdowns driving up prices, local missionaries need assistance to provide staple food items and hygiene kits to men, women and children who have no other means of survival. Last year more than 600 families received such aid from one ministry in the region. Workers seek donations of $35 or $70 to deliver food, water and other aid in Christ’s name to desperate refugees. Pray that local missionaries can meet the needs of people fighting for their lives.
Praying and fasting for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in their country and throughout the world, local missionaries held a gospel meeting at which 38 people put their faith in Christ. Another 68 people who had recently believed were baptized. In another area, the native ministry’s church held a women’s meeting over four days where 49 people accepted Christ. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought to help workers plant churches by reaching the lost with gospel proclamation and the spiritual formation of disciples. Pray the joy of the Lord would lead His children to share the hope they have in Christ with others.
From proclaiming Christ at youth camps to training church leaders how to mobilize congregations to serve their communities, local missionaries are devoting their days and nights to the Lord’s service. Workers trained Christians how to study and apply the Bible, taught servant leadership to pastors and led hundreds of people to Christ at various camps; at one youth camp, 45 girls put their faith in Christ. Local missionaries also prepared correspondence courses that deepened the faith of some and led others to receive Christ. They seek donations of $60 to cover their monthly expenses. Pray the Holy Spirit would infuse all their efforts to bring people closer to Christ.
A native ministry teaches every person who turns to Christ how to start a church at home, so churches have continued to sprout and grow in small groups amid pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Local missionaries and church leaders baptized at least 10 families as natives of Spain and refugees from the Middle East and Africa put their faith in Christ. When necessary, training and discipleship takes place via Zoom meetings. Workers seek donations of $25 or $50 for this gospel proclamation and follow-up. Pray that the Lord will keep safe new believers from Muslim families, and that their joy in Christ will take deep root.
The alcoholic father of a young girl was rarely present with his family, and when he was, he beat the children and their mother. He was not sober often enough to hold a steady job, and the traumatized mother was unable to support the family as a domestic maid. Local missionaries accepted her request to care for the girl, and the physical, emotional, spiritual and educational help she received has transformed her into an eager, lively student. Workers throughout the country seek donations of $35 or $70 to offer such compassionate aid to the needy. Pray that workers will be strong in Christ to strengthen the poor and downtrodden.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, local missionaries obtained permission from authorities to travel to remote villages where they helped the Chachi people, providing staple food items to children living in extreme poverty. The children also received clothing and toys. When an 8-year-old girl said she was very sad that she could not go to school because she had no uniform or notebooks, workers were moved to see her face brighten as they provided her with the school items. Donations of $30 or $60 are sought to provide such aid to children.
Living by faith that the Lord will provide for their needs, local missionaries who have no support from their local communities proclaim Christ’s salvation and disciple new believers through Zoom meetings and phone texts amid pandemic lockdowns. Workers tell others how the Lord guides, protects and blesses them, which leads those who do not know Christ to ask about Him. When possible, local missionaries also extend the love of Christ by providing family counseling, aid to the needy and prayer for those in hospitals and prisons. They seek donations of $60 to help cover their monthly expenses. Pray workers will be able to feed their families despite restrictions that have reduced their support.
A drug rehabilitation center offers gospel power to transform addicts’ lives and help them re-enter mainstream society. Re-entry help includes work skills training. One of 27 former addicts who have been healed was a heroin user who returned home and has stayed clean for six months; seeing how his life was transformed, his parents also put their faith in Christ. Workers seek donations in order to build a larger facility so they can reach more addicts. Pray for the grace of Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to bring wholeness and healing to hurting souls.
When local missionaries visited a new church plant, many of those in attendance were seekers curious about Christianity. The native ministry leader preached on what makes one a Christian, and 17 people put their faith in Christ. The new believers and others were overjoyed to receive Bibles from the ministry leader and are now taught from God’s Word each Sunday. The leader also gave a Bible to the village chief, who later attended church services and received Christ. Local missionaries seek donations for Bibles and other tools of evangelism and discipleship. Pray the Holy Spirit would direct, fill and empower new Christians to expand the Lord’s kingdom.
The desperation of millions of people in the war-torn country is compounded by the coronavirus pandemic as it snuffs out lives and the ability of bread-winners to feed their families. Local missionaries are providing hope in Christ as they bring the gospel via digital audio files to people who would otherwise never hear it. The digital messages also help disciple new believers in the faith. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought to produce and distribute the recordings. Pray that workers will be able to reach people with the gospel at a time when visits are limited.
Traveling through rough terrain and weather both to bring the gospel to the unreached and visit established fellowships, local missionaries face illness, stress, financial hardship, opposition and spiritual forces of darkness. In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, workers proclaimed Christ to deliver hundreds of souls from bondage, and in one month, 10 people were baptized before the onset of winter would make it too cold to do so. Local missionaries throughout the region seek donations of $25 or $50 to carry on such work of evangelism and discipleship. Pray that workers will experience hope and healing amid stress and illness.
Word of the Lord’s saving death and resurrection is spreading in various parts of the country, with one area seeing a break-through when 10 people put their faith in Christ. Local missionaries combined a care-and-visitation ministry with weekly Bible studies, including the sharing of testimonies, to help break down long-time gospel barriers. During the same six-month period, five people came to faith in Christ in another area, while in a different region three persons received the Lord. Workers throughout the country seek donations to carry out such evangelism and discipleship. Pray the message of redemption in Christ would overcome opposition and pandemic barriers.
In an area where animist villagers devote each Friday to worshipping tribal gods, local missionaries have established nine churches. Workers went to another unreached area in August and shared Christ in markets, homes and at an evening screening of a gospel film. After 51 people put their faith in Christ, they were divided up into different house churches for worship due to coronavirus restrictions. Workers seek donations to reach new areas where Christ’s name is not known, make personal connections, distribute Bibles, share the gospel and form growing disciples into churches. Pray that new workers would be found and trained to increase spiritual harvests.
When local missionaries learned that villagers decided to quarantine the families of 12 people infected with the coronavirus for a series of terms that amounted to more than 40 days, they arrived with food to help them survive. In another area, orphans and the elderly among the Ashaninka people went hungry when the pandemic shut down entry to and exit from their village. They praised God when local missionaries brought food, saying the Lord had surely sent them. Local missionaries need donations of $30 or $60 to bring critical aid to the poor, including those suffering from the pandemic. Pray workers will be kept safe from illness and other dangers as they serve the poor.
Prisoners and prison officials alike were overjoyed to see local missionaries bring medicines and hygiene supplies to a facility lacking both. The best was yet to come; as the ministry leader preached, inmates and officials were mesmerized, and the message of salvation brought visible emotion. Peaceful expressions followed tears of repentance, and 49 inmates eagerly accepted Bibles. While the Muslim inmates would not publicly profess faith, one did so, and everyone present joined in Christian praise songs. The local missionaries seek donations of $25 or $50 for the means to bring the love of Christ to this prison and others. Pray that fellowships would form to strengthen new believers.
A family put their faith in Christ last year, but when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, local missionaries were kept from following up with them, and they returned to their worship of idols. After coronavirus restrictions were lifted, the native ministry director was able to visit and pray with them again, and they are again worshipping Christ in a home fellowship. Local missionaries are making disciples and strengthening believers in the face of opposition in various regions. They seek donations to carry out such evangelism and discipleship. Pray that church members would not become discouraged or lose faith due to opposition.
When local missionaries in August asked a village leader if he was sinful or righteous, the chief replied that no one was without sin in this world. They asked how he would escape punishment, and when he said he did not know, they told him of Christ’s sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. The leader and 22 other people put their faith in Christ and were baptized. The leader of another local ministry reported that seven tribal villagers recently received Christ. Donations are sought for such evangelism and discipleship work. Pray the gospel would continue cutting through cultural barriers to build God’s kingdom.
A mosque leader tasked with bringing a convert to Christianity back to Islam borrowed her Bible with the intention of showing her texts corrupted over the centuries. In the hours that he spent searching the Scriptures, however, the Spirit of God touched him, and he told the Christian woman he wanted to follow the Way. She directed him to a local missionary who led him to faith in Christ, but the former imam’s family persecuted him, and the native ministry had to relocate him. He is one of many persecuted Christians receiving such aid, which often includes skills training, thanks to your generous donations to help suffering converts. Pray Christians would provide the community that is lost when people turn to Christ.
Local missionaries are used to walking through high mountain cold to bring the gospel to unreached tribal people, which was helpful when the coronavirus pandemic shut down transportation services. With church services halted, groups of four to eight people meet in homes, including seekers and sick people in need of healing prayer. Recently seven people put their faith in Christ when they saw the Lord’s healing only after local missionaries persuaded them to get rid of their idols and implements of witchcraft. Donations are sought for such gospel outreach and follow-up. Pray that workers will break through physical and spiritual barriers to proclaim Christ.
Amid a COVID-19 lockdown in a European country, a refugee from a former Soviet state had no food or any possessions as she wept in her small apartment. A local missionary happening by heard her crying, stopped to inquire and learned that she had been the victim of human traffickers. Local ministry workers provided her with food, clothes and other necessities, and a week later she put her faith in Christ. Native missionaries in Europe seek donations of $35 or $70 to provide such aid to individuals and families who have fled conflict-ridden countries in the Middle East, Africa and other areas. Pray that refugees would find their spiritual home in Christ as they rebuild their lives.
They know exactly what needs to be done. They know how to do it. They know the culture of the people in their mission fields. All they need is the resources to reach them. Christian Aid Mission finds and vets local ministries doing the most to bring Christ’s love to unreached peoples and then gives you the opportunity to help support them. Once approved for funding, ministries are accountable for how resources are used, their impact and ongoing needs. Please consider a donation today to help Christian Aid Mission equip and evaluate local missionaries, and pray the Lord would uplift and protect kingdom workers.