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As the coronavirus surges again in South Africa, causing border closures and other difficulties, please uphold this nation in prayer. Pray also for AGWM missionaries serving there—for their protection and a great outpouring of God’s wisdom and peace.
— Lance and Mindy Hines, AGWM Southern Africa area directors
One of my supporting churches in New York has seen a 600% increase in their missions giving even during this global pandemic. Praise God for faithful supporters all over America who have continued sacrificial giving to make this ministry possible even when they are suffering. Dear friends, God has a reward for you. You are awesome! Please keep praying both for the senders and for the sent.
— Shelley Carl, AGWM missionary to Japan
Please pray for India’s Brahmin Radhi. Their high placement in the caste system can result in pride, which in turn makes it difficult for them to see their need for Jesus. There are no known believers among them—Hinduism remains the dominant religion. Pray for the Holy Spirit to break through among the Radhi, and for His power to minister to any who may be secret believers.
— Omar Beiler, AGWM Eurasia regional director
In recent days Italy has been in a ‘red zone’ and will continue that way until at least January 15. During this time people must stay in the confines of their towns, and various restrictions are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Our ministry center—Casa di Rifugio—has been closed to public events since last March, though it is used for showers and laundry and very limited get-togethers that are well within the government mandated limits. Online Italian class will resume in February. A need for which to pray is staffing. We have had great staff but life events and callings to other parts of the world mean we need to pray in more workers. Thanks for standing with us. Jesus is worthy!
— Neil and Kathy Vanaria, AGWM missionaries to Sicily, Italy
Many nations are locked down due to the pandemic, but God opens new doors! Oral Learners Bible Institute (OLBI), which is part of our Oral Learners Initiative, is continuing to launch materials in new languages to teach Bible, theology, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. One of the languages launched last year is poised to reach 400 million people. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to move this work forward.
The progress in Uruguay has been amazing! In the village of Lorenzo Geyres—home to about 2,000 people who are largely atheistic—Christian Center of Queguay was recently completed and dedicated. Pastor Marcelo and Cecilia were both school teachers, but they moved to Lorenzo Geyres to plant the church. Pastor Marcelo is an avid soccer player and has used soccer as an outreach tool. Within Lorenzo Geyres, Christian Center of Queguay is the first church building of any kind, and its construction was the first building project in the community for over 30 years. Please pray for this church, its leaders, and many others like it across Latin America.
Please pray for strength, discernment and protection for Hong Kong’s Pentecostal churches. They face increasing challenges, as do believers across their area.
China, home to well over one billion people, is the world’s oldest living civilization.
China sprawls across more than 3 million square miles of Northern Asia and is home to more than one-fifth of the world’s population. Its massive land area encompasses some of the highest mountains, driest deserts and most fertile farmlands on earth. China is the world’s oldest living civilization, and its written history reaches back nearly 3,500 years. The Qin dynasty established a strong central government in 221 B.C., and the empire stayed intact for more than 2,000 years. In the 1800s the Chinese Empire began to weaken and was overthrown by revolutionaries in 1911. The next year China became a republic, but by 1949 the Chinese Communist Party established the current government system. Most Chinese today would consider themselves to be nonreligious. However, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and animism are prevalent. Islam is predominant in the northwestern region of the country. Many estimate that as many as 100 million Chinese are Christians. European missionaries preached Pentecost in China as early as 1907. Prior to the 1914 formation of the Assemblies of God, many American missionaries were already at work in China. Many of them died while bravely furthering the cause of Christ. Today there is no Assemblies of God national church in China. However, there is a strong national church in Hong Kong. The church in China is now comprised of the “Three-Self Patriotic Protestant Movement” and a large house church movement.
Exotic Hong Kong, a tiny land comprised largely of mountains and rugged terrain, is home to a variety of religions, cultures and ethnicities.
Mainland Hong Kong is comprised of 422 square miles of mountains, wooded hills, grasslands, badlands and swamps. Its climate is subtropical and monsoonal, and typhoons regularly strike in the summer and fall. The Sham Chun, Hong Kong’s only significant river, forms part of Hong Kong’s northern border. Hong Kong was a colony of Great Britain from the mid-1800s until 1997. At that time Hong Kong came under the sovereignty of China and now exists as a special administrative region within the nation. The first Assemblies of God mission in Hong Kong opened under the leadership of Mattie Ledbetter. Other missionaries soon joined the work, and the Assemblies of God continued to expand. On Pearl Harbor Day in 1941, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong. Eight AG missionaries were seized and detained for six months before their release to the United States. When they returned to Hong Kong they discovered that the Chinese believers had continued faithfully serving God, and the church was flourishing. Today there is a vibrant Assemblies of God national work comprised of churches, a Bible school and several day schools. Due to Hong Kong’s mixture of cultures and ethnicities, all major religions are represented within its population. Many people continue to practice ancestral worship, stemming from ties to Confucianism. Only 10 percent are considered to be believers.
Considered to be indigenous to China, the Hui are untouched by the modern Christian awakening.
The Hui are a Muslim people group now considered to be indigenous to China. Their history dates back to the seventh century when Arab and Persian traders traveled the Silk Road routes and established a presence in China. As they assimilated into Chinese society, the Hui lost many of their original ethnic distinctives. Only their clothing, diet and religion give them a unique identity. The approximately 12.5 million Hui in China enjoy many privileges. They receive government subsidies for certain items, and Hui couples are exempt from China’s “one-child” policy. Their population has increased through migration, intermarriage and adoption. The government also has subsidized the reconstruction of mosques and given permission for Islamic literature to be published and sold. In 1989, China’s first Muslim university opened in Xian. A strong sense of Muslim identity makes the Hui resistant to Christianity. Groups of Hui live in 2,310 of China’s 2,369 counties and municipalities, yet they are culturally and socially without access to the gospel.