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Like many in the U.S., our African colleagues have had to change their methods in order to help one another, develop community from a distance, and take time for corporate prayer. Many have walked miles every day, visiting friends and church members at their homes. We are so thankful for God's presence and peace, His mission that has not changed, despite circumstances, and that He has allowed us to be a part of that. Please continue to pray for Africa.
— Pat and Suzanne Hurst, AGWM area directors for Central Africa
Pray for over 14 million Khmer people in Cambodia; less than 3% are Christians.
Join us in praying these three specific things for Muslim background believers. 1. Pray for their love for the Word to grow. 2. Pray for their conviction to know that God desires to and will use them to reach other Muslims, including their family members. 3. Pray for them to love other Muslim background believers and have a deep desire to meet together with them to develop community.
When COVID-19 happened, the universities in Germany locked down. For Ludwigshafen, a city with a pioneering group led by two of our German missionaries, Miriam and Hanna, it meant seeing an open door close. They had initially been invited to share at the freshmen orientation, to invite the incoming students to join the local chapter of Students for Christ. But God is at work! A couple weeks later, the university asked them whether they could formulate an invitation email to be sent to all the new students. Of course! As a result, half a dozen new students joined the group, including a young pre-Christian gal, hungry to know about Jesus! God is at work. Not even COVID-19 can shut Him down!
— John and Kristen Koeshall, AGWM missionaries to Germany
With more people around the world spending far more time online as a result of pandemic isolation, pray that Network 211 will continue to receive increased traffic on their many evangelistic pages.
When I was tempted to think that lockdown meant we were in standby mode, I was invited to a meeting at GGG studio with Xavier Bohorquez and Acner, who are going forward with a cell phone app to access the Audio Bible in Guarani and all programs in Guarani to date. Thank God for all of the steps that have brought us to this moment! It is estimated that out of Paraguay’s population of over 7 million people, 6 million are cell phone users. Think of the potential to reach the entire population of Paraguay with the Bible in Guarani on their cell phone! This news is huge! I am shouting under my mask!
— Diane Peters, AGWM missionary to Paraguay
The Buriat people can be found in China's Inner Mongolia, where the nations of China, Russia and Mongolia meet. Because they are geographically isolated, they have long been prevented from hearing the message of Christ. Pray for open doors into this region!
From sprawling cities to remote jungles, God is opening doors for ministry across Asia Pacific.
The Asia Pacific region extends from the windswept prairies of Mongolia to the thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific Ocean. Languages and cultures are diverse, and wealth exists beside poverty. Some people are isolated in remote jungles, while others live in massive apartment buildings in sprawling metropolitan areas. Yet within these diverse locations, the truth of God’s Word is transcending all barriers. Although the church in Asia Pacific is growing, the gospel has yet to penetrate the minds and hearts of millions. Poverty, disease and illiteracy create many challenges for outreach. Frequent natural disasters increase the struggles people face. In some places, political unrest and government restrictions limit the spread of the gospel. Within these difficult circumstances, God is calling believers to full-time ministry, and many are stepping into leadership roles. However, a number of them lack training and are not adequately equipped to pastor a church. Missionaries are working to bridge this gap by providing quality Bible instruction, and a few national churches have instituted mentorship programs. Still, a concerted effort is needed to meet the demand. God’s work is not hindered by religious restrictions or government decrees. Throughout Asia Pacific’s metropolitan centers, islands and jungle villages, missionaries and national believers are partnering to share the gospel across the region.
Years of witchcraft and animism brought great darkness to the island of Pohnpei. Then came the Holy Spirit.
Pohnpei is the largest of 607 islands in the western Pacific Ocean that comprise the Federated States of Micronesia. Mangrove swamps cover most of Pohnpei’s shoreline. Reef islands nearby have beautiful natural and artificial beaches. Rugged mountain terrain and luxuriant forests dominate Pohnpei’s interior. Mount Nahna Laud, the island’s highest point, is considered one of the wettest spots on earth, with an average annual rainfall in excess of 400 inches. Pohnpei came under Spanish control in the 17th century. In 1899 Spain sold its interests in Pohnpei to Germany, and in 1914 the Japanese took possession of the island. Japanese rule ended abruptly with the start of World War II. In 1978 the people of Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae voted to form the Federated States of Micronesia. In 1991 the FSM became a member of the United Nations. Pohnpei now has a constitutional government in free association with the United States. For many years, spiritual oppression lay heavily on Pohnpei because of its long history of witchcraft and animism. However, in 1970 the Assemblies of God of Micronesia was declared indigenous, and in 1976 the first real outpouring of the Holy Spirit came to the island. Healings, deliverances and other signs and wonders continue to characterize the island.
The Sasak are surrounded by beauty, yet the majority of them are plagued by poverty.
The Sasak make up the majority of the population of Lombok Island in Indonesia. They live primarily near the fertile rice fields south of Mount Rinjani. The Sasak language is similar to Balinese and Javanese but differs in its written form. Sasak society consists of two classes: the revered nobility and the lower class. Most Sasak are Muslims. Many of them save money for years or sell their land in order to pay for the opportunity to journey to Mecca. They make the sacrifice, knowing that when they return they will be highly honored by their families and neighbors for the rest of their lives. Many Sasak also practice the traditional beliefs of their people by worshipping their ancestors and the spirits they believe live in forests, mountains and rivers. Although the Sasak live in beautiful surroundings, they are plagued by poverty. Access to medical care is desperately needed. Training in health care would bring about a better quality of life for the people. Teams of Assemblies of God believers are currently reaching out to the Sasak in a variety of ways. However, more workers are needed to develop consistent avenues for presenting the gospel.