May 1, Wednesday|
TURKEY. Many people in Turkey are curious about Christ, but prefer learning about Him anonymously. Mission Pontus is sensitive to their concerns, so they freely distribute New Testaments, Christian literature, or gospel DVDs in the marketplace. This is a safe way for people to learn about Christianity, and workers are available to talk with them when they are ready. The ministry has enough New Testaments, but needs more DVDs ($5 each) and gospel booklets ($1.70 each). Pray for God’s Spirit to work in the hearts of these seekers.
May 2, Thursday|
Indigenous workers holding on
EGYPT. “Gunshots constantly ring out, and each day hundreds of people die in our blood-covered streets,” reports the leader of Giza Evangelism and Discipleship. Yet amid these cold realities, GED missionaries have encountered hunger for the gospel among the Muslims they evangelize at political protests. While thousands of Christians have fled the country, GED workers remain, sharing Christ despite the risk of being harmed or killed. Prayer and support will encourage their work, as they struggle with the rising costs of living due to recent inflation.
May 3, Friday|
Encouragement for new believers
JAMMU & KASHMIR. By the grace of God, one indigenous ministry in Jammu & Kashmir has been able to expand into four districts of this difficult state. As the ministry grows, so do the needs. An important goal of this ministry is to help believers to become self-supporting through sewing centers. There are some believers who know about tailoring already and are prepared to teach others. The ministry is hoping to start five centers ($1500 each) which includes start-up costs and the purchase of several sewing machines. Please pray that sewing centers can be started in each of the districts, so these Christians will have a means for livelihood.
May 4, Saturday|
Outreach to children touches parents
PARAGUAY. Every Saturday morning New Life in Jesus gospel workers and church volunteers share Bible stories and provide healthy meals for 100 children from poor families. Workers visit their homes regularly, and the children are chosen by greatest need. According to an NLIJ report, “Many of the children go several days without nutritious meals or barely any food at all.” Pray for NLIJ workers to be wise and effective witnesses to the children and their parents. Pray also for God’s provision of $400 monthly for food.
May 5, Sunday|
Gospel films making impact
PHILIPPINES. The Sowing Among Muslims ministry team is seeing limitless opportunities for evangelism. The number of Iranun and Maguindanaon Muslim families being reached has increased tremendously. Gospel films have been an invaluable tool for reaching people with the gospel. Pray for more projectors ($600 each), so these missionary teams can take advantage of the current opportunities.
May 6, Monday|
Ivoirian graduates on the field
IVORY COAST. The seven Ivoirians who were led to the Lord and extensively discipled in Senegal are producing much fruit in their country, which was recently torn apart by civil war. Members of this missionary team, referred to as Gospel of the Cross Ministries, have spread out to cover the northern, central, and eastern part of the country. In three months, they led 36 people to Christ. Pray for funds, still needed to purchase land ($7,000) for a mission base and future school of missions.
May 7, Tuesday|
Growing fellowship needs more space
NEPAL. During the communist insurgency, one whole district was known as one of the “Maoist strongholds.” Since the end of the conflict, however, the gospel began to flourish among a people who were looking for new hope. One ministry’s church planting team made regular field visits and several churches were planted. One fellowship is currently meeting in a small room, but is quickly outgrowing their space. Please pray about the $5000 needed to build an adequate meeting hall for this vibrant fellowship.
May 8, Wednesday|
Specialized training needed in-house
CHINA. Tianyi He has been serving the Lord for eight months as Dorothy Sun’s assistant and companion. She was by Dorothy’s side throughout Freddie’s illness and burial, providing her with emotional support and practical help. Tianyi is highly skilled in computers and assists Dorothy with various administrative duties. She is eager to gain specialized training for ministry and is praying for financial assistance to pursue online studies at Liberty University Seminary.
May 9, Thursday|
Summer camp for Muslim children
ALBANIA. Muslim families being ministered to by Peace of Christ Mission are very poor and cannot afford to send their children to Bible camp. PCM is planning to give 40 of these children an opportunity to go camping, where they will learn about God’s love for them through Bible stories and other activities. PCM is praying that this outreach will also touch the families of the children. The cost for each child to attend the five-day camp is $25 per day.
May 10, Friday|
Strategy for reaching Africa
AFRICA. Serious believers from all over the continent attend Africa School of Missions for intensive discipleship and missions training. The new life and vision with which they leave have enabled them to return to miserable, dark, unreached nations as lights for the gospel. Many potential students are longing for this training, but are unable to afford the minimum costs of attending ASOM. Pray for $260 each for 50 students to attend the school’s summer training session.
May 11, Saturday|
Relief for innocent bystanders
PAKISTAN. In early March, a disagreement between two neighbors (one Christian, one Muslim) escalated into an alleged case of blasphemy. As a result, radical Muslim groups burned down the homes of hundreds of Christians living in the area. As news of these attacks reached across the country, indigenous missionaries were sent to the area. They went equipped to provide relief items and words of comfort to families who lost everything. Relief packets containing food, clothing and household items are still needed at $100 per family. Pray for these believers as they rebuild their lives.
May 12, Sunday|
Good ground for gospel seed
UKRAINE. Every summer Christian Mission Harvest holds children’s camps in the villages. “Nowadays it is the child’s heart that is good ground for sharing the gospel message,” says Oleg Molyar, director of CMH. In addition to the summer camps, the ministry conducts various activities for children throughout the year and holidays, introducing them to the Creator and His Word. Molyar writes, “We devote 40 percent of our time to the children’s ministry, believing that this work helps children choose the right path. We are praying for God to provide $600 monthly for these special events.”
May 13, Monday|
Glimmer of light in a shadowy land
NORTH KOREA. Missionary E is praying for a motorcycle ($1500) because he often has to travel as far as 80 miles to meet with house churches he has started. Christians need to work carefully within the North Korean system. Pray for his safety as he builds up the body of Christ in this oppressive land.
May 14, Tuesday|
A school of missions for Brazzaville
CONGO BRAZZAVILLE. Christian Aid rejoices over the opportunity to support Elijah Masire of Brazza for Christ in the dark region of Central Africa. The training he received at Africa School of Missions has prepared him for the challenging work of sharing Christ with his nation. His compassionate outreach to orphans has already brought many souls into God’s kingdom, and now he is praying for a school of missions on the land that Christian Aid provided for him. $35,000 is needed, though smaller gifts will enable construction to begin.
May 15, Wednesday|
Discipleship among Kirati Rai people
NEPAL. Pastor Rai oversees five churches in remote areas, primarily among the Kirati Rai people, who are scattered throughout eight provinces in Nepal. People have been turning to Christ through prayer and healing, but it takes Pastor Rai two to three days to reach them for follow-up. Public transportation to these areas is practically non-existent, so he is praying for a motorcycle ($1200) which will enable him to make regular visits for discipleship and training. Pray for Pastor Rai, as he brings in more souls from the once unreached Kirati Rai people group.
May 16, Thursday|
Enlarging the mission field
BURMA. The leader of Biblical Faith Mission writes, “We need at least 20 bicycles for our evangelistic outreaches. Using bicycles, missionaries can travel farther, reaching more children with our Good News Clubs, and many more adults on our personal witnessing trips. One good bicycle can carry two people and costs $180.” Pray for an increased harvest through these faithful workers.
May 17, Friday|
Unreached Bankalawa targeted
NIGERIA. Not only are workers with Missionary Crusaders Ministries committed to remaining at their mission fields despite the ever-present risk of attack by Boko Haram terrorists, the ministry is moving forward to increase its outreach. MCM has confirmed that no witness for Christ exists among the Bankalawa people. Pray for them, as they send missionaries to live among this tribe. A well ($4,000) is needed, which will also serve to open the hearts of the villagers, in addition to a mission base ($3,200) and a motorcycle ($800).
May 18, Saturday|
New churches among the Meitei people
MANIPUR. New churches among the Meitei people
The uncle of missionary KS was one of the first Christian converts from his small community in Manipur. Emulating his uncle’s passion for reaching his own people, the Meitei, he started his own ministry in 2010. Since then, the ministry has seen tremendous growth among this unreached people group, and they have already planted six new churches. One church plant still needs $1700 to complete the meeting hall they began building. Pray for the HMI missionaries as they extend God’s kingdom among the Meitei.
May 19, Sunday|
Blessed are they who mourn
PHILIPPINES. In the Philippines, it is customary for a family to mourn for several days after the death of a relative. Hundreds of people come to the wake to console the family and honor the deceased. These are strategic times for Tribal Audio Video Evangelism Mission missionaries to preach and show gospel films throughout the evenings. The ministry needs more equipment to keep up with this unique outreach. A complete set costing $3000 is needed for these excursions and consists of a projector, PA system and generator. Pray for this ministry, whose focus is finding new ways to reach people with the gospel through audio/video evangelism.
May 20, Monday|
Bassari tribal community reached
SENEGAL. Missionaries with Life Missions Africa just led nearly every villager in a Bassari tribal community to Christ. Outreaches like this are happening every week due to the highly effective ministries of LMA’s thoroughly trained and discipled workers. The large number of new converts in the southern portion of the country has produced an urgent need for discipleship training. Pray for $7,000 to purchase land for a mission base.
May 21, Tuesday|
Overcoming perils of the jungle
COLOMBIA. Native missionaries with The Lord’s Vineyard of Colombia regularly travel on foot to reach remote villages. It is often a perilous journey through jungles infested with poisonous snakes or regions overrun with guerilla fighters and drug lords. Travel on horseback is much safer and greatly expands the territory a missionary can cover, as well as materials he can carry. Pray for a horse and saddle ($500) each for four courageous VOC missionaries.
May 22, Wednesday|
Generous support helps open doors
MEGHALAYA. This indigenous ministry wrote to express their gratitude for Christian Aid donors who responded generously with monthly missionary support. The leader said, “The door of the gospel is opening more widely because of your prayers and support.” With more ground to cover, COM missionaries would greatly benefit from having bicycles. “When emergencies arise, missionaries could respond much faster and many more unreached areas could be covered.” Bicycles cost from $80 to $100, and are effective tools for carrying the gospel message.
May 23, Thursday|
Dire needs of underground workers
MIDDLE EAST. Missionaries with House Church Fellowships cannot conduct public ministries, but word gets around that these missionaries can be contacted to learn more about Jesus Christ. They are continually discipling new believers and helping them transition from Islam to Christianity. Because the HCF workers have left Islam themselves, they cannot work in their regular professions. And the new followers of Christ are often forced out of their jobs, so they cannot offer support either. Intercessory prayer and financial support is urgently needed for these workers, as they carry on in the face of strong spiritual opposition.
May 24, Friday|
Christian schoolteacher needed
SRI LANKA. When Abraham, the leader of a Sri Lankan ministry, realized that the subject of Christianity is rarely taught in government schools, he met with one of the school principals from the Central Province. During their conversation, it was finally agreed upon that a Christian teacher would be permitted in the school if HML provided for her support. Pastor Abraham sent an urgent plea requesting help in providing for her support of $100 per month. Pray this open door will be utilized in this mostly Buddhist country.
May 25, Saturday|
Russians and Ukrainians to hear gospel
UKRAINE. Slavik Radchuk will be traveling throughout Russia and Ukraine this month conducting crusades. During the first half of the month, he will be visiting ten different cities and regions. The rest of the month will be concentrated in Ukraine. Each crusade costs between $1500 and $2000, and these events will be recorded for future TV and radio programming. Please pray for Slavik as he preaches the Word, and for the thousands of people who will hear the gospel message this month.
May 26, Sunday|
Training camps for missionaries
BURMA. Myanmar Tribal Salvation Ministries plans to conduct two summer Bible Camps for 40 missionaries each. The camps will run for three weeks, so these dedicated workers can receive enhanced training in church planting and evangelism. Each camp costs $800 for food, travel expenses, and course literature. Pray these workers receive deeper understanding and spiritual encouragement during these training sessions.
May 27, Monday|
New book on the horizon
CHINA. Dorothy Sun just completed the first manuscript of her new book entitled “He Alone.” This is a sequel to her first testimonial, “Clay in the Potter’s Hand.” She is now in the process of translating it for the Chinese version. She needs $8000 for editing, cover design, and publishing costs. Pray this book will be an encouragement to Christians and a witness to those who do not yet know Christ as Savior.
May 28, Tuesday|
Ministry leader counting the costs
ASSAM. Michael met with his co-workers to discuss and pray for the great need of a mission center. After searching for land in the capital city for several years, the team decided it would be more cost effective to start the center outside the city. An area of land has become available for $8000. Once built, the center will serve as a training center, orphanage and church. Their current expenses for house rent and training will be reduced by 30-40%. Pray with the ministry as they seek the Lord’s provision for this need.
May 29, Wednesday|
All are suffering
SYRIA. Christians caught in the middle of warring factions in Syria are suffering. Food prices have more than doubled, yet there are essentially no sources of income. Christian Aid is sending funds to our brethren there, thus enabling them to continue their work. Missionaries, who are in need themselves, are helping with the needs of others in any way they can, whether Christian or Muslim. Lift up these believers as they bear witness among a distressed and hurting nation.
May 30, Thursday|
Christian library available to students
PUNJAB. An indigenous ministry in Punjab is now able to hold regular training programs in their new mission center, thanks to Christian Aid donors who supplied the funds to complete the center in 2010. This January the ministry inaugurated a Bible college located within the center, along with a college library. Bibles and gospel literature are desperately needed to help fill the new library ($3-$5).
May 31, Friday|
Workers behind the scenes
CHRISTIAN AID. The staff at Christian Aid work diligently day by day to make known the work of indigenous ministries located in lands of poverty, persecution, and where American missionaries cannot go. Pray that extra funds will be given to provide for staff living allowances and other operations expenses.