Your Prayer Guide to Reach the World.
An unprecedented opportunity lies before local missionaries as Muslim refugees flood the region, many of them disillusioned with Islam. They arrive with physical needs and spiritual voids that Christian workers based in the region are in prime position to meet. As local missionaries share the gospel, refugees are forming churches and need discipleship and leadership training to remain rooted in the face of strong opposition. Donations of $60 are sought for the tools workers need to share the gospel and train new believers in planting and overseeing new churches. Pray for workers to receive strength and inspiration from the Lord as they daily address refugees’ deep pain and needs.
Doors opened to a local missionary for a rare opportunity to offer training on how to start Bible studies among seekers in an area of opposition. Two Christians who obtained the training were later able to start eight Bible studies in one of the most closed areas of China. A door was opened in another area for the local missionary to teach a large church how to give such training, and those who learned from those new trainers later started six Bible studies. Donations of $30 or $60 are sought for these and other tools of evangelism and discipleship. Pray the Lord would open more avenues for the gospel to advance in spite of COVID-19 and other obstacles.
Working in areas of poverty where hopelessness is common, local missionaries made a dramatic difference in needy people’s lives by providing school fees for children and loans for aspiring entrepreneurs to start businesses. In an area that is remote and difficult to access, other workers helped villagers drill a borehole, remedying a severe water shortage. Donations are sought for such community engagement initiatives, which open the way for gospel proclamation. Pray that thanksgiving for improved quality of life will flow into praise for eternal life.
Seeking people who will hear the voice of the Lord in their efforts, local missionaries distribute Christian literature among the poor in dangerous city neighborhoods and remote villages. Recently 28 people committed their lives to Christ, including a Buddhist woman whose husband strongly opposed her new faith. He physically and verbally abused her, but as she and other Christians prayed for him, he also trusted in Christ’s death and resurrection for his salvation. Gospel workers throughout the country seek donations of $25 or $50 to proclaim Christ and disciple believers. Pray workers will sense God working among them as He guides them.
Prevented from carrying out traditional evangelistic outreaches due to COVID-19 restrictions, local missionaries are teaching disciples to take the gospel to friends and relatives through WhatsApp, email, Facebook, Zoom and Instagram messages. Some are making telephone calls based on random selections from the telephone book, and as a result 11 people have put their faith in Christ. A woman who recently accepted Him has shared photos of Bible passages with non-Christian relatives in social media posts. Local missionaries seek donations for the tools and means to proclaim Christ to such people and disciple them to maturity. Pray the Holy Spirit would guide workers as they try new forms of outreach.
Refugees throughout the region are hard-pressed to avoid the ravages of COVID-19 as they are crammed into small living spaces in tents or run-down apartments. With no means for returning home, either to Syria or other countries rife with conflict, they rely deeply on the compassion of local missionaries for survival as deep winter cold sets in. Workers are providing food, water and hygiene kits along with blankets, diapers and infant formula. In Turkey, nearly 700 families received food over the course of half a year, and local missionaries throughout the region seek donations of $35 or $70 to make more life-saving aid available. Pray the love of Christ would lead to knowledge of His saving grace.
Local missionaries recently brought the gospel to four unreached people groups. Three families comprising 18 people put their faith in Christ among one group; in another, one family accepted Christ; in the third village, two people accepted Christ; and in the fourth, one person received Him for eternal life. Making contacts in new areas and establishing themselves among the tribal inhabitants, workers are seeing new disciples and training leaders to pastor churches. Donations are sought for the means to carry out such evangelism and discipleship efforts. Pray that workers would be led to God-ordained encounters that lead to rich spiritual harvests.
From those suffering illness and disease in hospitals to children learning about the one true Lord, people in the South Asian island country are hearing the gospel from local missionaries who have grown up in the same culture. Speaking their heart language and dialect, workers see hearts transformed as people put their faith in Christ. Local missionaries who see family relationships healed as they proclaim Christ and present Bible teaching need donations of $35 or $70 in order to sustain their ministries of reconciliation between sinful humanity and the holy, heavenly Father. Pray for new opportunities for workers to proclaim Christ to more people.
Local missionaries plan to expand their capacity to offer counseling and legal advice to refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and other areas of conflict. Providing relief items, counseling and other services at the ministry office, refugee camps and elsewhere, local missionaries have natural opportunities to share the gospel as they engage the needy wherever they may be found. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought for food, clothing, help with applications for housing and asylum and other services. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s presence and power as workers daily face overwhelming needs.
COVID-19 has cast a pall over Albanians already living without hope in a country where evangelical Christians are less than 1 percent of the population. With more than half the people identifying as Muslim and most others nominally belonging to traditional churches where the Bible is not taught, local missionaries are seeing harvests especially among children, older youths and young adults as they share the Good News of the Lord’s saving grace. Workers need donations of $25 or $50 for youth meetings, home visits, Bible studies and other means of evangelism and discipleship. Pray the truth of Christ’s life, death and resurrection would penetrate a largely secular mindset.
In a recent prison outreach, local missionaries proclaiming the gospel to hundreds of inmates saw 358 put their faith in Christ, including 70 Muslims. The outcome was stunning in a country that is just 7.6 percent evangelical. More than 57 percent of the population is Muslim, and about 16 percent of Chad’s people practice animistic tribal rituals, not including many Muslims who blend such traditional beliefs with Islam. In other outreaches such as home visits, 40 people accepted Christ. Local missionaries need donations for such evangelism and discipleship. Workers request prayer for God’s protection of formerly Muslim prison inmates who now have faith in Christ.
People suffering unemployment and inflation at unprecedented highs are lacking health care in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. As the number of poor and needy grows, local missionaries are providing them medical services; people with no other access to such care receive lab tests, wound and burn care, physiotherapy, fetal monitoring and other services at no cost at a native ministry’s medical clinic. Donations are sought to make this medical care available to the poor in Christ’s name. Pray for economic and political stability, and that those in desperate straits economically and physically would find wholeness and peace in expressions of Christ’s love.
Local missionaries invested much time in prayer before deciding to gather Christians for gospel proclamation at a celebration service in spite of local opposition. Church members invited friends and neighbors, and at the end of the celebration, 10 people put their faith in Christ. Native missionaries also led Bible studies that deepened disciples’ understanding of grace, while others trained Sunday school teachers. Workers throughout the country seek donations for such efforts and the tools to proclaim Christ and train disciples and church leaders. Pray that evangelists would be given wisdom to know how to be both bold and gentle.
More tribal people in remote villages have heard the gospel thanks to the willingness of tribal missionaries to trek through dangerous jungles to reach them. Support from Christian Aid Mission donors has enabled 15 indigenous workers and their families to work in these hard-to-access villages. One local missionary who pastors a congregation in a remote village is also active in Bible translation and proclaiming the gospel through music. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought for such evangelistic work and discipleship. Pray workers would know the comfort, encouragement and inspiration of the Lord as they make Him known to people who would otherwise never hear of Him.
Sent to both provinces and cities, local missionaries found people who thought Christians believed Mary was part of the Trinity; they found others who had never heard about Christ, and others who believed the Bible was so corrupted by changes over the centuries that it could not be true. Workers were able to engage them in Bible studies that corrected the mistaken notions and introduced them to the Redeemer of all humanity. A university professor was among many people preparing to be baptized. Donations are sought for such evangelistic outreaches and formation of disciples. Pray those who lose their families for their faith will find new fellowship.
Flooding from torrential rains and storms has left impoverished villagers homeless or trying to survive in damaged homes, some without roofs. Many are also threatened with illness from lack of food that was already in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local missionaries have used emergency materials to cover the broken roofs, provided vitamins and distributed woolen blankets to people affected by the flooding. Workers need donations of $35 or $70 to provide compassionate aid for these and other needy people. Pray that lives will not be lost and that traumatized souls will be healed.
Amid growing conflict from roving militias and economic downturns, people are finding it more difficult to find and purchase food, especially with the effects of COVID-19 paralyzing the country. Displaced persons and others increasingly rely on aid even as many agencies are blocked from making deliveries. Local missionaries are providing food, medicine and other aid regularly, along with the message of salvation in Christ. Donations are sought as workers strive to meet growing physical and spiritual needs in Christ’s name. Pray for peace and that more avenues will open for making deliveries of life-saving aid, Bibles and the gospel.
Working with marginalized people such as refugees, drug addicts and trafficked women, local missionaries find they must help them with their emotional problems along with their physical ills. Area ministry leaders providing food, clothing, housing and other aid are also offering spiritual counseling and prayer. Addressing such varied and deep needs, they have many opportunities to share the message of salvation in Christ. Workers need donations to continue offering compassionate aid to suffering people. Area leaders working against such evil face demonic attacks physically and emotionally and request prayer for healing and protection.
In an increasingly lawless country where about 50 percent of the population lives in poverty, more than 200 children who had no education obtained hope for a better future when local missionaries established a school for them. Workers also dramatically improved the lives of 3,000 people – and reduced death rates – by providing four boreholes to four communities. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought for such community engagement projects. Pray the Lord would protect and prosper His children who daily fight hunger and thirst, illness and disease, violence and spiritual forces of evil.
Local missionaries approaching people on the street and in home visits saw several hundred people put their faith in Christ, including former mosque leaders, over a period of six months. In one Bible study, 14 Muslim young people gave their lives to Christ. Workers bringing the gospel of eternal life in Christ in spite of fears of persecution seek donations for such evangelism and discipleship initiatives. Pray for strong, unified fellowships that attract people in their surrounding communities to the warmth and light of Christ.
Though facing shortages of income and food due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local missionaries in the Himalayan country are zealous to spread the gospel of salvation, often traveling for days in the cold in areas where there are no roads. They are eager to share the gospel with needy people who also hunger for the presence of God in their lives, with one ministry reaching 500 people over a six-month period; 36 people put their faith in Christ, and two churches were formed. Local workers throughout the country seek donations of $25 or $50 for such evangelistic outreach and follow-up. Pray that workers will be sustained amid increasingly difficult conditions.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, people are starving. Some are losing their homes. One woman feared her children would have died in the cold had local missionaries not paid the accumulated house rent that kept her landlord from evicting them. Another mother, weeping with relief when workers showed up with food, said her family was starving. She told the workers they were like the hands of God. Donations of $35 or $70 are sought for such compassionate aid. Pray that more “miracles” would sustain the lives of desperate souls through the commitment of ordinary people, both workers and supporters.
Refugees falling ill who can find treatment amid the COVID-19 pandemic must pay for their own tests, consultations and medicines. After monthly rent payments, those paying for medical care have little left over for food, electricity and heating. Local missionaries are distributing supermarket gift cards and food boxes and are extending Christ’s love to refugees through help with rent, fuel and heating, along with sharing the gospel. Workers seek donations of $35 or $70 to provide such aid. Pray that lives will be saved and illnesses averted as local missionaries bring the love of Christ to people who have left everything behind.
Risk of arrest and mistreatment is high for local evangelists and villagers who put their faith in Christ, but small house churches are emerging in the countryside and in cities. Besides home visits and other discreet sharing of life in Christ, local missionaries are overcoming opposition by gospel proclamation through social media and radio broadcasts. A family of nine and another of five recently put their faith in Christ and are attending a church in their village. With donations of $60 monthly, workers can continue reaching more people with the gospel and lead them to maturity. Pray that local officials would honor laws protecting religious freedom.
Local missionaries had the opportunity to address an ethnic group that follows traditional tribal religion, telling them how God showed His love for humanity by sending his Son to shed His blood for them, and 10 people put their faith in Christ. In another area, a woman who worshipped idols daily received a visit from local missionaries. After hearing the gospel, she received Christ and got rid of her idols. Workers throughout the region seek donations for such evangelism and discipleship efforts. Local missionaries ask for prayer for protection and encouragement as they face hostilities from villagers.
While 40 percent of the population identifies as Christian, evangelicals make up only 11.5 percent, and adherents of traditional ethnic religions outnumber both groups at 43 percent. More than 16 percent of the country’s people are Muslims. Local missionaries intimately familiar with the customs and beliefs of people in their areas reach them with the gospel through home visits, films, sports evangelism, radio broadcasts and gospel events. They then deepen the roots of faith with cell group Bible studies and training of church leaders. Workers seek donations for such gospel and discipleship initiatives. Pray the Holy Spirit will lead local missionaries to strategic people and places.
In an area where tribal religion has led generations to worship ancestral idols for centuries, local missionaries have built relationships with village leaders and taught the small Christian minority how to love their neighbors. As a result, the community gradually turned away from sorcerers for healing and sought out Christians to pray for the sick, and local officials allowed evangelistic events. Workers strengthening relationships and planting gospel seeds in this way, along with sports clinics, medical outreaches and other means, seek donations of $60 for their monthly expenses. Pray the Lord would break down strongholds against the advance of the gospel.
With animistic tribal religions influencing the lives of more than 38 percent of the population, including many among the 16 percent of the population practicing Islam, local missionaries request prayer for wisdom and boldness as they proclaim the gospel to their countrymen. They visit homes and hold meetings when possible to proclaim the death and resurrection of the Messiah. Workers then follow up with those who trust in Him for salvation, find a place for them to hold worship services and train church leaders. Donations of $25 or $50 are sought for this work of evangelism and discipleship. Pray workers will experience God’s presence as they co-labor with Him.
There are an estimated 7 million to 12 million users of illegal drugs in China, most of them men under 35. A local ministry’s rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts presents Christ and His saving death and resurrection as the key component in a biblical road to recovery. One alcohol addict who put his faith in Christ passed on the comfort and encouragement he received in his treatment to others as he helped them to recover. Local missionaries seek donations of $35 or $70 to help damaged souls lose their addictions and know Christ as Lord. Pray for God to work in the lives of more addicts who have no hope.
The unending cycle of poverty seemed impossible to break until local missionaries offered young people and struggling parents training in computer skills, tailoring and other trades. Most of the more than 270 people who took the training have found employment that has given them and their dependent relatives hope for a better future. For such community engagement projects throughout the country, local missionaries seek donations of $25 or $50. Pray the services and assistance that local missionaries provide will lead not only to wholeness but to the holiness that comes from faith in Christ.
Poverty is the largest obstacle for local missionaries reaching their own people with the love of Christ, as the fledgling congregations they’ve planted in low-income areas are too poor to support them. Many have income-generation projects to become less dependent on outside help, but like other native missionaries they are thankful that the worldwide Body of Christ forms their primary supply line. Please consider a donation today to help Christian Aid Mission find, evaluate and support workers bringing the gospel to every nation, tribe and tongue. Pray the Lord would spiritually nourish and physically protect them as they work in difficult conditions.