Prayer Guide

May 2017

Continue in fervent prayer for the extreme situation of famine, conflict, and insecurity in South Sudan. Pray for efforts to extend the outreach of Dinka language radio programming in partnership with Every Village FM to the towns of Tonj and Aweil. Give thanks for the faithful leadership of Archbishop Alapayo Kuctiel.

Pray for Director of South Asia, Dr. A.K. Lama’s ministry and supporter meetings in the U.S. in early May. “There has been a fresh wave of violence against Christians in the Hindi belt,” he shares. “Please uphold Hindi-speaking Christians in India. Please pray for the churches, especially for our listeners who are facing persecution. Pray for their spiritual growth and unity.”

Give thanks for the ongoing Turkish partnership between Words of Hope and Reformed Church in America Global Mission. Uphold in prayer Haluk and Wendy Bilgen as they serve in Antalya, Turkey. Give thanks for the extension of Radio Shema’s programming from its base in Ankara to include both Samsun and Antalya.

Uphold in prayer Words of Hope President Jon Opgenorth and Kurt Selles, Director for Back to God Ministries International, as they travel to Egypt to explore the expansion of ministry outreach to the Arab World. Pray for God’s leading and clear direction. Pray for the protection of Christians and converts, especially considering recent outbreaks of violence in the country.

Continue to pray for the staffing needs of Tibetan partner Gaweylon. Director Anil Alfred explains: “There are very few Christians and even fewer with the Biblical knowledge, language and translation skills required for the Christian content and presentation. We have been seeking suitable Tibetan Christians for a long time to help us with translation, presentation, and follow-up.”

Pray for guidance for the board of YKB, Words of Hope’s partner in Indonesia, as they meet to consider a candidate for its media director. The position has been vacant for more than three years.

Pastor Arbin Pokharel reports that it was a good and busy Easter weekend that also included Good Friday services and a citywide rally. Give thanks for the baptism of five on Easter, and for a new leader for the Lamjung church plant. Pray for church leadership sessions to be held later this month at Cross-Way Church in Kathmandu.

Pray for the quarterly gathering of the Words of Hope Board of Trustees, under the leadership of chairman Jhonny Alicea-Baez and president Jon Opgenorth. Give thanks for the faithfulness of those who serve and will be attending. Uphold Words of Hope in prayer during this time of transition.

After nine months of rigorous media training in Lome, Togo, pastors Soumaila Labo and Sani Nomaou have officially graduated. Praise God for their dedication and commitment. Pray that all they have learned will prove beneficial in their denomination’s efforts to advance the gospel throughout the country of Niger. Soumaila will return to serve as the director of the Yusufu Garba media studio in Maradi, while Sani will begin church planting efforts in Agadez.

Rejoice with believers who were recently released from prison. However, much prayer is needed for wisdom as the stipulation of their release is to disengage from all Christian activity. May they discern clear direction from God in how to proceed living their life and faith. Pray for Iran’s May 19 elections.

Praise the Lord for progress in efforts to plant a new full-time Christian FM station in the southwestern city of Mbarara. Station operations would be jointly managed by four Church of Uganda dioceses within its projected broadcast coverage area.

Radio Shema shares this prayer update: “We are living in uncertain days. Please do not cease to pray for this country. Pray that God would reign. Pray for God’s church to remain strong and courageous no matter what comes to our door. Pray that God’s good news would be shared boldly, and that many who are feeling hopeless will find hope in Christ alone. Intercede for protection of God’s people here and boldness to stand firm.”

Give thanks for an inspiring media outreach consultation attended last month by A.K. Lama and Lee DeYoung. “I realize that the ministries of making Jesus known would be greatly enhanced if we could make the best use of the available social media technology and forum,” writes A.K. “We are planning such training for our staff later this year.”

Give thanks for the outreach of the Words of Hope daily devotional. “Thank you very much for your wonderful publication!” a man recently wrote. “I am living in a homeless shelter and have suffered for many years with mental illness. Words of Hope is always one devotional I look forward to reading every day. You will never know how much you bless and encourage me and just how high you lift my spirits. Your ministry is one bright place in my heart and I thank God for you (seriously) every single day. You are great brothers and sisters in the Lord to me and I thank you for your faithfulness to myself and to your work. God bless you.”

Give thanks for the life and testimony of a young man who has been drawn to faith in Christ by listening to the program, “Words Filled with Hope,” produced by Haluk Bilgen. After experiencing a vision in the night – “I knew the true God was showing me a miracle. I woke up and gave my heart to Jesus. I am a believer in Jesus now.” Pray that his faith will remain strong and that he will encounter other Turkish believers with whom he can experience Christian discipleship and fellowship.