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The Madagascar AG national church leadership has placed a priority on high quality theological education. Because of this concern for quality, the Madagascar Assemblies of God Bible School (École Théologique des Assemblées de Dieu de Madagascar) with 10 extension sites, is one of only two schools in the country which has been allowed to remain open by the government during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
We are moving to Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, where we will begin a church planting ministry in a vast metropolis with almost no churches. Starting from the ground up, we will begin our first church using the tools of friendship, evangelism, and language teaching to bring people to Christ. Our ultimate goal is to raise and train up Japanese people to continue the ministry, spread the gospel, and plant more churches. Join us in praying for Japan!
— Patrick and Kalyna Stitt, AGWM missionaries to Japan
Bangladesh has endured its most extreme monsoon season in decades. It is estimated that one-third to one-half of the nation is currently underwater, and rains are expected to continue. This follows the devastation brought in May by Super Cyclone Amphan. “We are going from one disaster to the next this year in Bangladesh,” one of our AGWM team members says. AGWM leadership and Bengali ministers are working together to provide relief. As with every AGWM ministry project, these efforts are connected with gospel proclamation. Please pray for Bangladesh and for all who are ministering there in this difficult time.
— Omar Beiler, AGWM Eurasia regional director
Students for Christ (SFC) hosted a final event online on Saturday, July 25. It has been such a great help to meet on ZOOM during the confinement and beyond. Not everyone has been able to join every Wednesday evening, but we had some interesting meetings led by the students and young professionals. The icebreakers in themselves brought some very fruitful discussions. A few students even led a Bible study on Peace. We are taking a break from meeting until September. We are hoping to be able to congregate again at the Bridge Community Center. We'll be having more brainstorming sessions for new ideas to meet and to reach others with the marvelous news of Jesus Christ!
— Suzanne Spolarich, AGWM missionary to France
Amazon Church #104 is going to be built on August of this year! It will sit on top of 8 foot concrete pillars, protected from the flood waters of the Amazon River! Two more churches will be built this year…and more to come! Pray for the peoples on the Amazon River in South America, as churches are being built and the gospel preached!
— Builders International
Please join me in prayer for General Superintendent Abel Raymundo of the Assemblies of God of Belize. Pray for God’s blessing on church leadership and congregations, that they would be a gospel light across Central America.
— David Ellis, AGWM Latin America Caribbean regional director
Pray for China’s southern Yao people, who follow both folk religion and Taoism.
Africa is home to both rich resources and devastating need. In the midst of overwhelming crises, the church in Africa is seeing incredible growth.
God’s heart for Africa has been evident since the beginning of the Church Age. In the Book of Acts, an angel told Philip where to find the Ethiopian eunuch—a North African—who was seeking God (Acts 8:26-40). The man believed and was baptized in water, marking the beginning of Christianity on the continent. Early AG missionaries spoke of Africa as “the dark continent.” Their dedication to Christ and perception of danger motivated many of them to ship their belongings in caskets. Some paid the ultimate sacrifice, and their gravesites serve as memorials to national church fellowships today. As the work flourished, missionaries accepted indigenous church principles. To prepare trained leaders, they implemented literacy and Bible training programs and established Bible schools in the local languages. The work of the Holy Spirit gave authenticity to the message being preached. At the end of the 20th century, African church leaders initiated widespread efforts to evangelize the lost and plant churches. At that time, 2.1 million people from 28 countries worshipped each week in 11,800 churches. African church leaders called for nationwide prayer vigils and greater evangelism, both within their own nations and in neighboring countries. Unprecedented growth followed. Today the church in Africa has grown to more than 17 million believers who worship in more than 69,000 churches.
A predominantly Muslim nation, Mali is a landlocked plain in the upper basins of the Senegal and Niger rivers.
The Republic of Mali Mali is a flat, landlocked plain in the upper basins of the Senegal and Niger rivers. Sandy plains in the north extend toward the Sahara Desert, while the south is largely savanna. Rugged hills in the northeast mar the otherwise level terrain. Mali’s climate is subtropical to arid, depending on the region. In 1991, two couples became the first U.S. Assemblies of God missionaries to reside in Mali. Together with French Assemblies of God missionaries, who had arrived six years previously, they began sharing the gospel in the region of Timbuktu, long considered one of the world’s least accessible regions. Bible studies, church services, evangelistic literature and correspondence courses have effectively spread the gospel in Mali, but believers have found that relief work often provides them the best opportunities to share Christ. A medical dispensary mission in Bamako, the nation’s capital, serves hundreds of people a day. Staffed by Malian personnel, the clinic is addressing both physical and spiritual needs. Mali is a Muslim nation, with 90 percent of its population professing Islam. A small percentage (9 percent) follows traditional animistic practices, while only 1 percent of Malians claim to be Christian. Resistance to Christianity is strong in many areas.
The 2.2 million Beja of northeast Africa have had little exposure to the gospel, and only about 30 are followers of Christ.
Numbering more than 2.2 million, the Beja are nomadic shepherds who live scattered across the desert regions of Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea. They represent the largest non-Arab ethnic group between the Nile River and the Red Sea. Beja traditionally migrate with their herds. However, many have settled along rivers and the Red Sea to raise sorghum and commercial crops, such as cotton and grains, while continuing to care for their flocks. The arrival of Arab Muslims in North Africa gave the Beja an exposure to Islam. Today most Beja claim to be Muslim, but they actually follow a form of “folk Islam” that blends the Islamic faith with their traditional beliefs. The Beja have successfully isolated themselves from any proclamation of the gospel. However, they have begun moving into settlements developed by the government. Some 50 percent of Beja have taken advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the amenities of schools, clinics and farming tools. These changes in lifestyle provide fertile soil in which to sow the gospel. In 1991, response to the gospel began among the Beja when a believer was baptized in a shallow river—the first Beja convert in centuries. Today, by generous estimate, there may be 30 born-again believers among this large people group. A believing couple has committed to establish a work among them.