New Seeds of Faith in Unreached Areas

New Seeds of Faith in Unreached Areas

Frank and his team have been praying for their friend, Job. Through many conversations and a personal experience with Jesus, Job decided to follow Jesus last summer (read about Job’s conversion story here). Job has slowly been sharing his faith with his family and friends, including Samuel. At the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Samuel downloaded a Bible app in his language and expressed interest in hosting a discovery group with Job in his bookstore. They are currently looking for a third and fourth person to join them.

In another village where Frank works, Kartik and his wife, Pari, invited Samir and his father, Nuh, to visit a friend who lives in a distant village where there hasn’t been any gospel work. (Read that story here.) While in the village, Kartik and Pari shared their testimony about their recent journey to faith in Jesus. They explained how they put their faith in Jesus after their young daughter was miraculously freed from demons. This was the first time the village chief and the villagers had heard about Jesus. They were amazed and wanted to know more.

Later, Nuh visited Ramzi’s village. Ramzi had severe high blood pressure, irregular blood sugar levels, and intense shaking. His neighbor told him that Nuh could pray for him. Interested in receiving prayer, Ramzi invited Nuh to his home. With Ramzi’s whole family as an audience, Nuh prayed for him in Jesus’ name. Immediately and miraculously, Ramzi’s symptoms improved. Now, Ramzi and his family are eager to listen to stories about Jesus together.

Soon after Ramzi’s healing, he told his friend Adil, who also had health issues, about what happened. Adil asked Ramzi if Nuh could come pray for him too. Nuh visited and prayed for Adil, who also received healing. Praise God! 

How you can pray for these new disciples: 

  • Pray for Job and Samuel’s friends and family to become interested in discovering more about God, and join the new discovery group.
  • Pray that discovery groups will start in this new village where Kartik and Pari shared their testimony. Pray that their family will continue to grow in their faith.
  • Please pray for discovery groups to start in both Ramzi’s and Adil’s homes.

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Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha

Every year Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha (June 17), the Feast of Sacrifice. It is considered to be one of the most significant holidays of the year and is celebrated for one to four days, depending on regional cultural norms. Eid al-Adha marks Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael, his son by Hagar. God, however, seeing Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, provided a ram to sacrifice in Ishmael’s place. 

Muslim families remember Abraham’s willingness to serve God by slaughtering a costly animal — a sheep, goat, cow, or camel. The animal is divided into thirds; one-third is kept for one’s own family, one-third for friends and neighbors, and one-third is given to the poor. 

Join us in prayer for Muslims during Eid al-Adha:

  • Ask God to show Muslims that He provided the ultimate sacrifice for us, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29b)
  • Pray that Muslims will understand Jesus’ sacrifice. “People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” (Romans 3:25b)
  • Pray the Good News of Jesus’ sacrifice will be joyfully shared among family, friends, and neighbors, producing a wave of new followers of Jesus Christ.

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A Bold Witness

A Bold Witness

Yeng is Khmer (most Khmers are Buddhist) who comes from a big family. Her husband, Pouch, is blind; her 97 years old mother-in-law and three grandsons all live with her. Yeng works hard to provide for the needs of her family. Every day she sells green leaves at the market to support her family. It is not much, but with the money that she earns from selling these leaves, she is able to provide meals for her family.

Recently, while Yeng was at the market a lady, who is also really poor, came by to visit. Yeng kindly shared some of her vegetables with her visitor. After the visitor left, the seller who sits near Yeng asked her why she would give food away for free like she had. She asked, “Are you a Christian?”

Immediately, Yeng said: “Yes, I believe in Jesus”. To which the seller replied: “you are like Jesus.  You have a good heart; you are loving and kind to people”.

Yeng saw this statement as a great opportunity to share about what Jesus had done on the cross for all mankind. At the end of the conversation, the seller said: “I believe in Jesus too, but I don’t have a heart like yours. I’m so busy with my work, that sometimes I don’t feel close to God.  My family does not believe in Jesus yet, and often they pray to our ancestors, and sometimes I do that too.”

“No, you cannot worship ancestors; they are not God you need to worship the ONE and TRUE God who is our Lord Jesus Christ only”, said Yeng. The chatted a little more and Yeng invited the seller to the house church that meets in her home. The seller promised that she would come when she had time. Pray for Yeng, that she would continue in her bold witness for the Lord and that she would remain an example of His love and kindness. Pray for Yeng’s friend, that she will seek Yeng out for more conversations about God.

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A Lesson in Compassion

A Lesson in Compassion

Movement catalysts *Ethan and *Nicole were pondering together these profound words by Henri Nouwen: “Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

Suddenly, a phone call interrupted their reflection. Vishaan, a close friend, asked Ethan to accompany him in visiting his eunuch friends. Yes, eunuchs.

For many generations in the past, eunuchs served the Mughal rulers of India, playing pivotal roles in the Muslim courts. They provided protection for palace women, served as advisors to kings, and even acted as generals. However, after the British ousted the last Mughal ruler, eunuchs found themselves displaced. Palace life ceased. No longer valued and trusted, they found themselves thrust into a society which feared and ostracized them, considering them cursed.

Little has changed since. Nowadays in South Asia, eunuchs are mostly ignored (at best), and often feared and despised. Not every individual in a eunuch community is an actual eunuch; some are men living as women, while others suffer from genital deformities. Children born with such deformities are deemed cursed and are given to eunuch communities at early ages to live as outcasts.

Ethan admitted feeling uneasy about visiting the eunuch community, finding it strange to interact with people who look and sound like men but dress as women. Yet, he recognized that friendships with “outsiders” could also unsettle the eunuchs, given the abundance of abuse they endure compared to gestures of friendship. Trust does not come easily.

However, Vishaan had nurtured trust with them over time, which resulted in their requests for more visits, in which they asked him to discuss the Word and pray together. So, Ethan agreed to join Vishaan on a visit. He thought, “How could I say no?” It was hard to ignore an invitation from one of India’s most marginalized communities.

On Ethan’s third visit to a eunuch community with Vishaan, after a ninety-minute auto-rickshaw ride, they arrived at the outskirts of Delhi and entered the eunuchs’ home. They were warmly welcomed, and about ten ladies gathered. Vishaan led a prayer, followed by reading from the book of Isaiah about the Messiah. Ethan then shared the creation story in Hindi.

The eunuchs genuinely appreciated the Bible reading and the story of Adam and Eve. Some of the ladies were sick and requested prayer. Ethan suggested they should pray for one another in Jesus name, emphasizing that their own prayers (Ethan’s and Vishaan’s) did not hold any special power. God hears all prayers, and the power is in Jesus’ name. 

Their presence seemed to uplift the spirits of the eunuchs, and Ethan hoped that they each found solace in their time together. The eunuchs graciously served a delicious meal, and Ethan and Vishaan returned home in time for Ethan’s children to arrive from school.

What a stark contrast: one city, one day, two vastly different worlds. They had spent the morning with people rejected, hated, feared, and cursed. Neither Ethan nor Vishaan had ever experienced such prejudice. Their families loved them, and they had never directly faced hatred. They seemed to have nothing in common with the eunuch community. And yet…

Why had they invited Vishaan? Because they desired the same thing we all do: to know we’re not alone, to experience compassion. They invited Ethan and Vishaan because they wanted to feel God’s touch and encounter His presence.

Remember how the angel instructed Mary to name her baby Immanuel, meaning God with us? Why was that significant? To empathize means to feel what others feel. Jesus displayed God’s compassion, crossing the divide between divinity and humanity. He entered into human pain, brokenness, fear, and confusion. Today, He calls us to do the same.

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Buddhist Woman Healed of Cancer

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Frail and worn out  from surgery and chemotherapy, Somchai clung to her Buddhist amulets, the last vestiges of hope in a world that offered little solace or peace. Depressed and hopeless, Somchai decided to go back to the quaint village where her mother had once lived before the allure of the big city called.

In this small village, Somchai fondly remembered the days she spent there with her mother. She even reunited with her Uncle *Sunan. Having returned from Bangkok a few years before himself, Sunan had come back with a mission to start a house church in his ancestral village. This vibrant community of new believers embraced Somchai, and after many months of fellowship and prayer with the house church, Somchai felt hopeful.

A few months later, surrounded by the prayers of her new church family, her uncle, and a movement catalyst, Somchai cast aside her Buddhist beliefs and confessed her faith in Christ. As she did, she felt a weight lift from her weary shoulders. She described it as feeling a rush, like something had left her body. She felt slightly nauseous and clammy, but oddly free. 

In the days that followed, miracles unfolded before the eyes of skeptics and believers alike. Somchai defied medical expectations. Not only did she surprise her doctors with a rapid recovery, but she put on weight. Even her countenance changed. As news of Somchai’s healing spread throughout the village, other villagers and even people from neighboring villages started to believe in Jesus.

Pray for Somchai and her daughter, now that the Lord has healed her physical body, pray that He would heal the relationship between her and her daughter. 

*pseudonyms

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