Pray Around the World

December 2017

IRAN—Uphold all those affected by the November 12th earthquake that hit Iran and Iraq. Many villages were severely damaged or destroyed. Hundreds were killed and thousands injured. Pray for those who are grieving the deaths of family and friends. May they hear words of comfort from God on the gospel radio programs. Pray for all those who are needing food and housing, especially with the upcoming freezing winter weather.

UGANDA—Give thanks for the successful pastors conference last month. Pray for Lango Diocese near Lira as they seek to proclaim Christ to an increasingly Islamic area. Pray for the Freedom in Christ listeners’ forum that meets monthly in Mukono for Biblical teaching and prayer. Continue to intercede for Titus Baraka and Godfrey Kyome for strength, health, and wisdom as they continue to lead our partner’s outreach.

SOUTH SUDAN—“Our radio does not cover the whole area of the Diocese because the tower height is short. Radio is crucial in this critical situation of war in South Sudan so that pastors can focus on peace, love, and unity in the society,” shares Dinka producer John Jurkuch. Pray for efforts to increase the coverage area by elevating the new station’s FM antenna.

INDIA—Director A.K. Lama is grateful for a team of Christian architects from the United States who recently visited Guwahati to assess the needs for a new facility. “Please pray that the Lord will guide them as they prepare for us a presentation and master plan.”

TURKEY—Give thanks for the launch of Shema Media Group, formerly known as Radio Shema. “We rejoice at the way God has established and powerfully used Radio Shema, and we are excited and full of anticipation for all God will do in the years to come through Shema Media Group,” shares General Manager Soner Tufan. “Praise God for His sustaining power and that more people are responding after hearing the divine truths presented on the radio.”

WORDS OF HOPE—“When I’m done with a copy of Words of Hope,” writes a prisoner, “I share it with other Christian inmates. The men do have time to read! May God bless you and your ministry.” Continue to pray for this prisoner and others to grow in their faith not only while incarcerated and but also when released. Give thanks for the availability and impact of the Words of Hope devotional booklet.

NIGER—Give thanks for an encouraging update on the new EERN church to be planted in Agadez. The president and the treasurer of the EERN finalized the purchase of the plot of land. Preparations are now underway for construction to begin in the coming weeks. Continue to pray for Issaka Moussa of the EERN, Soumalia Labo who directs the recording studio in Maradi, and Sani Nomaou who will serve as church planter and broadcaster in Agadez.

TIBET, INDIA—Give thanks for the many individuals who distribute materials — literature and CDs — in the regions where they live. This is a tremendous help to Tibetan partner Gaweylon since they are unable to travel to all these areas. “I have been in touch with you for so many years and thank you for your radio programs and resources. I am always happy to distribute them in my camp. I consider this to be a small contribution from my side to help your efforts for our people,” shares a volunteer living in a large Tibetan settlement in South India.

IRAN—Continue to pray for those who have “started the refugee journey with the knowledge God is with them. They are trusting in Him to provide for all their needs. Please remember those who are still suffering persecution, as well as those who are refugees waiting for a country to move to where they can experience religious freedom.” Remember in prayer the wife of the Persian language team leader as she continues with chemo treatments “until they are no longer effective.” Praise God for her peace and assurance found only in Christ Jesus.

INDIA—“Let us continue to pray for the state of Jharkhand and for all of India. May political leaders have the wisdom to act justly with people of all religions. Faith is private and personal, but when responsible people in government begin to use their offices to take sides for their religion and act unjustly with people of other faiths, there is no option left but to pray for God’s merciful intervention. Please join us in prayer!”

ALBANIA, KOSOVO—Words of Hope Albania Director Roni Prendi requests prayer for the continuation of the new television project. Pray also for strategic partners to help with follow-up with listeners and readers. Continue to pray that more people will listen to the programs in neighboring Kosovo.

SOUTH ASIA—Praise God for the success of the recent pastors and leaders seminar organized by Good Books Educational Trust. “This seminar is a historic event because this type of program has never happened in the past…with leaders of different churches coming under one platform to serve the Lord,” shares a grateful participant. Pray for God’s guidance to all the pastors and leaders that they may become more effective witnesses of Christ in their ministry areas.

BHUTAN—Pray for a student who is “receptive to the gospel, but at the same time is fearful that his parents and relatives will oppose him. Please do pray for him that God will open his spiritual heart and mind to understand the truth of who the true God is and make the choice to receive Jesus into his life.” Give thanks for the one-on-one evangelism being done.

WORLDWIDE—Rejoice and be exceeding glad! Celebrate with Christians around the world.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.