International Mission Board Prayer Requests

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  • (WAH-soo-loo) – The pastors' training conference for Wassulu pastors and other pastors had to be canceled within days of departure for the teachers coming from the United States. Immediate family members for both teachers were diagnosed with COVID-19, and their help was needed in caring for sick family members. Rescheduling plans are underway for the conference in the coming months, and plans for additional trips into parts of the Wassulu region are being made separately. Please lift up workers and their families, as well as their Malian co-laborers, as they seek God's guidance and direction for these future plans. "The […]
  • Pray for several members of a college and university small group at a local Malaysian church who have recently traveled to other countries to continue their studies overseas. These students know and love the Lord and have been active in their home church. Ask the Father to bless and protect these students as they go out, and to provide healthy church families for each of them in the places they go. Pray that they will continue to walk with the Lord and be His witnesses to those they meet in their new environments.
  • Although churches have had some members not return to in-person services because of COVID-19, there are other members who are new at church. Pray for churches to continue to reach out to those who need encouragement and support. Pray, also, that churches will disciple new believers and help new church members find ways to serve.
  • (MAHD-yuh pruh-DESH) – Pray that God will allow some mature believers in the "Lamav" region to dive deep into church mapping with both long-standing partners and new ones that the Lord recently brought to them. Pray that through this tool, they will gain insight into the overall health, growth, and maturity of churches being planted in the southern part of the "Lamav" region.
  • With minimal access to healthcare, the Outer Edge People of North Africa have generally viewed sickness and disease as a consequence of dark magic, bad luck, or disobeying a superstition. If they become ill, many seek out traditional and Islamic healers to cure them and then follow their suggested remedies. Babies, children, adults, and elders may occasionally be seen wearing certain amulets or charms for protection or as prescribed by a traditional healer. Please pray that the Outer Edge People will come to know the One who is able to heal both physically and spiritually.
  • The Beni Shangul are a marginalized people group living in western Ethiopia and eastern Sudan. They originally came to Ethiopia from Sudan and settled in a remote area that is surrounded by mountains and forests. The Blue Nile River flows through it, and the largest dam in Africa is nearby, yet the Beni Shangul do not benefit from the electricity it provides. There are few schools or medical facilities in their area. The Beni Shangul of Ethiopia number approximately 262,000 and are 100% Muslim. They speak their own language, and there is no Scripture available in that language. The Father […]
  • Please pray for Chinese believers who returned to their country after receiving gospel training. Pray for John,* who was recently sent to one of the Melting Cities. Ask God to lead John to take care of leaders there and help them plant churches. Pray that only God will be glorified and that the good news will spread to many people through those churches. (*name changed)
  • The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games took place August 24, 2021 to September 5, 2021. Tokyo is the first city to ever host the Paralympics twice. The Paralympics happened during the COVID-19 pandemic with very few fans watching the events. The big question that many in Japan are asking is this: Will the Paralympics make a lasting impression and lead to a more inclusive society in Japan? In many ways, Japan is a country that does not celebrate being different. The Japanese often say, "The nail that sticks up gets knocked down." Pray that the Father will give everyone here a […]
  • Please pray for missionaries Jay and Kathy Shafto as they work to train children's leaders. On October 19, they will begin working for the first time with many churches that have no Sunday School. Then they will do follow-up work for Sunday School training done by Charles,* a Congolese partner. This work is being financially supported in part by an American church whose children raised money during their Vacation Bible School this summer for reaching children in the DRC! (*name changed)