September 7, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for September 1-30, 2017

Category: Uncategorized – bbyrd 8:46 pm

September 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion focuses their efforts on the most unreached places on earth. What are the 10 most unreached countries in the world today? They are India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Thailand and Nigeria. Pray for workers that will make disciples among these people groups and all nations. Pray for witnesses to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to use this worker as His instrument to take the Gospel where it has not been before.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for God to break down barriers for the Gospel to take root in these cities or people groups: the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of the Golan Heights; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Andrew and Megan Roe as they are in the beginning of the school year in Okinawa, Japan. Pray that Megan can get of her new staff orientation prep, staffing, and curriculum in good order for the school year and that Andy will be ready for the chapel service messages and teaching the first unit of Bible 12. Pray that they will be witnesses to families who are not Christians.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Unengaged means there are no workers. Unreached means there are no churches. Pray for the Azoreans in Brazil, 217,000 followers of tribal religions. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to share the Good News of Jesus with the Azoreans.

September 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

While life is terribly difficult for the Venezuelans, God continues to multiply disciples. The Menca housing project has become synonymous with gangs, drugs, and violence. Yet despite the danger another church planting team is seeing growing numbers of Christ followers as they start groups reaching out to children, teens, single mothers and families. Praise God for drawing people to be baptized and hearts to be transformed!

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to use this worker as His instrument to see that many people are baptized into Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray the picture of Jericho over the spiritual walls in Bosnia. Pray that walls would come crashing down during songs of praise to the true King of kings, the Great I AM.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for K and R and family as they adjust to life in a new place in their country of service. Pray for the completion of the mill. May it be a testimony of the believers there in doing business and helping the community. Pray for R as she trains teachers, that the first generation would continue to be enthusiastic and train new teachers. Pray for the children to make friends quickly.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Miao, Mashan in China, 216,000 followers of ethnic religions to hear the Gospel over the radio and seek for Jesus like a precious pearl. (Mt 13:44-45).

September 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

The ministry of Mekong Multiply continues to be developed and defined! At the heart of Mekong Multiply will be the intention to open new fields with Team Expansion specifically among the unengaged people groups of Southeast Asia. Ask God to raise up people who have the gift of leadership and apostleship, people with a spirit of entrepreneurship.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that God equips this worker with intentional strategy to engage people with the Gospel.

Gospel Breakthrough

Serbs of Bosnia

Team Expansion Worker

 

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Are Kapu in India, 211,000 followers of the Hindu religion to be released from fear that holds them captive to find true peace and rest in Jesus Christ.

 

September 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Lift a praise to our God! “Sing praises to the LORD, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Ps 30:4-5). Pray that joy would come to Indonesia by God’s favor as the saints praise God in the Gospel labor to make disciples.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Praise God with this worker for His faithfulness to do what He says He will do. Pray God’s favor over this worker to bring joy to the people with whom they are serving and bring joy from the labor it takes to multiply disciples.

Gospel Breakthrough

For the Serbs of Bosnia, pray that long-held strongholds of the enemy would be broken down in Jesus’ Name. Ask the Lord to open the eyes that cannot see and the ears that cannot hear. Let spiritual blindness fall like scales from blind eyes and closed hearts.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for T and A as they spend time in the U.S. recuperating, refreshing, and healing. Ask God to guide them in their decisions concerning timing of return to Africa.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bolia in India, 211,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to draw the Bolia people to Himself through the available written and oral Scripture, Jesus Film, Gospel recordings and radio broadcasts. Pray for workers to engage the Bolia with the Gospel.

September 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God that the leadership from 90 house churches in Cuba committed to gear up with Team Expansion leaders in an effort to learn DMM principles. Pray that this training will be put into practice and Cuba is impacted by disciple making.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to provide training for this worker so they may be at their best potential for church planting and disciple making.

Gospel Breakthrough

Buddhism provides a very different worldview taught through Moses and Jesus, a worldview difficult to overcome. Pray that the Khmer of Cambodia will not be satisfied with their religion, but will hunger to know personally the Creator God.

Team Expansion Worker

Join JS is lifting up M as she begins to experience life in the church as described in the Bible.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Mana in India, 210,000 Hindus to be drawn to Jesus through Christian media. Pray for workers to be sent to make disciples among the Mana.

 

September 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for PACE partnering churches that are engaging people of Italy, North Africa, Ukraine, India, Bangladesh, Jordan, Mexico and others with the Good News of Jesus. Pray for more churches who will accept the challenge to reach the unengaged parts of the world with the Gospel. Ask God to use His church to accomplish mighty things.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the role of this worker in the global church to reach people with the Gospel. Pray for more partners to come alongside this worker to support in prayer and resources.

Gospel Breakthrough

Southeast Asia is filled with men and women seeking spiritual attention. Ceremonies are held for all occasions seeking to appease the spirits in order to have a life uninterrupted by the spirits destroying their health or crops or animals. Pray for the Khmer of Cambodia to turn to God who pours out blessing not a curse.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Chris and Samantha Sanford in praying for their efforts to plant a Church and their home and reach their neighbor and surrounding area for Christ, along with the five Bible studies Chris hosts every week. Pray that they would grow in Christ. Please continue to pray for young people, that they would be hungry to learn about Jesus. Pray for the students who heard God’s Word for the first time at Sports and English camp. Pray that God will continue to work in all the attendees’ hearts. Pray especially for Beck, who wanted to be baptized but was not allowed by his parents.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Songhai in Burkina Faso, 200,000 Sunni Muslims. Pray for a mass movement of God among the Songhai so they are turned from this sect of Islam to the truth of Jesus.

September 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Father, we pray that you would give your church opportunity and courage to proclaim the Gospel to Muslims throughout the world. Lift our eyes to Jesus who promised to empower us when He said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt 28:20). Let us not fear any consequence of faithfully taking the Gospel to those who desperately need your grace.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to protect this worker from fear and empower them to speak Truth even when there will be consequences.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Khmer of Cambodia. In Southeast Asian culture, the old are esteemed and lead their family in religious traditions. Lord Jesus, draw the patriarchs of Khmer families to yourself so that many families will forsake the worship of created things and turn to you, their Creator.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask that God would prepare for the work NS will do in a South Asian village.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Khorasani Turk in Iran, 200,000 followers of Sunni sect of Islam. Pray for workers to be sent and a mass movement of Khorasani Turk to Christ.

September 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Disciple Making Movements (DMM) spread the Gospel by making disciples who learn to obey the Word of God and soon make other disciples. This process is then repeated and again. The result is many new churches being planted. Pray for disciples who will make disciples both locally and globally.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray this worker continually repeats the process of making disciples so that groups/churches are planted.

Gospel Breakthrough

Today if you are standing on a random street in Siem Reap, you might expect to see bustling streets filled with people walking and riding to various destinations. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a load of Khmer passengers packed onto a truck heading to market. Let’s pray together that truck load after truck load of Khmer of Cambodia will join the body of Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Join LS in praying for believers in North Africa to abide in Christ and spread His fragrance wherever they go. Pray for teachers and students at a private school to discover, share, and obey God’s Word.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Han Chinese in United Arab Emirates, 183,000 non-religious people. Pray for Christian witnesses to share their story and God’s story with Han Chinese so they may have opportunity to hear of Jesus.

September 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for those who are using their business experience to advance the Kingdom of God around the world. Ask God to send more workers skilled in every field who will shine brightly in dark lands.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Praise God for skills, talents and gifts of this worker to progress God’s work among the nations.

Gospel Breakthrough

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message” (Ro 10:17). Pray that the Druze of the Golan Heights will hear the message, believe, confess, be baptized and make more disciples.

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and A (Eastern Europe) in praying in praying for Flavia. He recently lost his mother to cancer. He is a young Christian and this is a difficult time for his faith. He is the only Christian in his family. Please also pray for his father and his little brother Alex who is just eleven years old.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Gimma in Sudan, 182,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to bring healing and restoration to Sudan with the Gospel as He sends out workers to the Gimma.

September 10, 2017 Grandparents Day

Team Expansion General Request

Remember the faith passed down from Lois to Eunice to Timothy (2 Tim 1:5). Praise God for the grandparents of Team Expansion families that support them in their labor for the Lord among the nations. Pray that more grandparents would instill in their grandchildren the need for harvest workers, encourage them to serve God cross-culturally and expand His Kingdom, all for God’s glory.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Give thanks to God for the influence of family members and church family on this worker to enable them to be where they are and share the Good News of Jesus around the world.

Gospel Breakthrough

The Druze of the Golan Heights follow an interpretation of the Five Pillars of Islam, and follow a lifestyle of isolation where no conversion is allowed. Pray for God to intervene and make a way for the Druze to receive the message of salvation.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for RS to finish his book on discipleship. Pray that it will be effective in helping many in South Asia understand how to live and follow the Son.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bairagi in India, 180,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to His witnesses and to start a disciple making movement among the Bairagi.

September 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for many transformed lives in Ecuador! Ask Him to equip his church there to multiply disciples

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the many lives changed because of the efforts of this worker. Pray that churches will spring up that reproduce themselves.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to transform the hearts of the Druze of the Golan Heights by the power of His love.

Team Expansion Worker

Join O and A in asking for uninterrupted opportunities to engage people in conversations about Jesus in South Asia.

Pray for Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Reddika in India, 179,000 followers of the Hindu religion. Pray that God would soften hearts to the Gospel when heard over the airwaves and presented through media so that the Reddika are prepared when harvest workers arrive.

September 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

God is on the move in Turkey! Ever since two brothers/shopkeepers gave their lives to Jesus, they have been under attack. God is orchestrating through their harassment and persecution to spread His Word. Discreetly acquiring 500 Turkish Bibles for distribution, these men have met many, many people wanting to find a Bible. For many years, one of the brothers has had an occurring dream from God telling him to deliver His Word with a young man he did not recognize. This summer he met that young man in his dream, a Team Expansion Pathways intern! Praise God for preparing these brothers, for wooing and pursuing the Turkish people. Pray for the Word of God to penetrate hearts and transform the entire Turkish nation.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

As this worker shares the Word of God, pray that God’s Word will spread rapidly and be honored.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to break down the walls of separation and build up His Kingdom among the Druze of the Golan Heights

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for MS as she works with her co-worker on curriculum for the co-workers’ children. Pray for her internship in the fall/winter at the international school in the area so that she will be able to finish her Master’s.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Kalmyk-Oirat in Mongolia, 178,000 followers of ethnic religions. Pray that Mongolian believers rise up to be Christ’s witnesses in home state (Jerusalem), surrounding states (Judea), surrounding countries (Samaria), and the world. (Acts 1:8)

September 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

International Services holds a monthly community meeting to praise God for goals accomplished, and to keep Team Expansion staff on task and accountable. Give thanks for this monthly checkup and pray that vision of 24 disciple making movements among the unreached nations by 2024 will come to fruition.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to place accountability partners around this worker for positive evaluation and encouragement to stay focused on the work God has called them to do.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Punjabi Sikh of India. The name Punjab literally means the land of five waters and the region of India is often referred to as the breadbasket in both Pakistan and India. Pray that the Punjabi Sikhs would discover the Living Water and the Bread of Life.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for the S family as they transition back to their city in Asia. Pray for energy and focus after a demanding home service. Pray for open doors to share Jesus with families in their home and for more partners in the work. Pray for on-field teammates, monthly supporters, and prayer warriors. Ask God to raise up local workers to engage the ND people group. Pray for the local church to follow God’s leading as they form a missions team and pray for unreached people groups as they discern which group to adopt.

Pray for Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Gheg Albanians in Belgium, 177,000 followers of Islam. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to His harvest fields. The Gheg are not without opportunity to hear, but need someone to explain it to them (Acts 8:30-31).

September 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for an amazing open door in Vietnam through a Vietnamese evangelist. Twenty years ago, this evangelist was imprisoned because he was a Christian, and his family of 5 children were persecuted, ridiculed, became poor, yet never wavered. Today this evangelist and family are still overseeing the 6 churches they have started, even though the mocking continues. This man, this hero of the faith, because he does not have a seminary title, cannot be considered a pastor in Vietnam, even though the people he pastors revere him. He sent his son to tell a visiting Field Coordinator, “We don’t want your money. We want you to train us to reach our Thai Dam people.” There are over one million of them. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Thai Dam.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to open doors for this worker to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Punjabi Sikhs of India. A Sikh is any human being who faithfully believes in One Immortal Being; 10 Gurus and their teachings and the baptism bequeathed by the 10 Guru. Pray for workers to take the message of the One True God and the Word of God to the Punjabi Sikhs so that they may be baptized into Christ and make disciples.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Z and A in praying for Crimean Tatar Evangelists to have boldness to preach His Word and for the hearts of those who hear them to be touched and drawn by the message about Christ.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Deaf Kazakhstani in Kazakhstan, 174,000 followers of various religions. Pray for the Gospel to somehow penetrate the Deaf community so they may worship Jesus through their lives. (Ro 12:1).

September 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the “Let’s Talk English” outreach in Italy. Workers are sharing the Gospel with boldness and clarity. The Lord is using the outreach to generate contacts for the Team in Ancona to follow up with. Pray for disciple making movements to start in students’ homes.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to inspire this worker with fruitful outreach strategies for making disciples.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for a great wind of salvation to pass through communities of the Punjabi Sikhs of India so that multitudes are saved.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for the S family as they prepare for the field. Ask for good health, provision, team relationships, and for fruit from the work.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Gond (Kannada) in India, 174,000 followers of Hinduism to become engrafted branches that share the nourishment of the Olive Tree and bear much fruit.

September 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

This past summer a Team Expansion worker traveled to Southeast Asia. His trip took him to several different locations: 4 cities in Laos, 3 cities in Thailand and a city in Vietnam. He conducted training in Church Multiplication Movement and saw participants winning souls as they shared the Gospel. Pray for the ongoing fruit from the CMM training, and for a Hmong translation of the CMM materials.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that as this worker travels, God orchestrates divine appointments for engaging people with the Gospel that would bear much fruit.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray or the people of Ancona, Italy to come to understand and experience Jesus’ love and comfort.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that God will continue to guide Pascal and Anna Temba Sinkala and give them more strategies for effective soul winning. Pray that God will enlarge their financial support base.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Vijabargiya in India, 173,000 followers of Hinduism to be released from the counterfeit religion and turn to Truth of Jesus.

September 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Christian author Dave Davidson wrote, “In our lifetime, wouldn’t it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching sitcoms … than praying for world missions!” Pray for the salvation of Dearborn’s 50,000+ Muslims.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker prays persistently for the people with whom they are serving.

Gospel Breakthrough

For Ancona, Italy: pray that the veil would be lifted and spiritual eyes are opened to recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Team Expansion Worker

Join BS in asking God to raise up people of peace through the Let’s Talk English students, both past and present. Pray that her friend would commit to following Jesus and take next steps of obedience and faith. Pray for faith, endurance, wisdom in the Spirit, boldness, and growth.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Medari in India, 166,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray for Christ’s witnesses to share the Good News of Jesus with the Medari so they are not eternally separated from God.

September 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Every church multiplication movement in history has had persistent prayer and abundant evangelism. Ask God that Christians in Niger will be bold to share the Gospel with all their Muslim neighbors.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to empower and embolden this worker to share the Good News with people God has put in their path.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to cause hearts in Ancona, Italy to understand that they are in darkness, and that they must trust Him to show the Light.

Team Expansion Worker

Join DS in Virginia in praying for K and his wife who have moved forward in faith as they have seen Father answer her prayers.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Soninke of Burkina Faso, 160,000 followers of Islam. Ask God for lead strategists, disciple makers, church planters and strong church partners to take the Gospel to the Soninke.

September 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Rejoice! The Manjaku New Testament was dedicated on November 12, 2016. Praise God for His hand on the project through the years. Pray that God will transform the Manjaku communities in West Africa.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to enable that worker to share the message of Christ clearly so that it can be understood by those who hear it.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for hearts to soon repent of their sins, so that they may experience a relationship with Jesus Christ in Ancona, Italy

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that Matthew and Sheri Smith would be listening to God and letting Him guide them as they boldly and faithfully seek out ministry opportunities in England. Pray for God’s plan for them.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bawarchi in India, 158,000 followers of Islam. Pray for bold and courageous workers to take the message of Christ to the Bawarchi and a vibrant church emerges in each community.

September 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for Cambodia. We believe as we come together and pray, something will happen in our life, in our church, in our nation, in our world. As the body of Christ, be united and pray for Cambodia. Ask God for a disciple making movement among the people of Cambodia.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray for a prayer movement among the people this worker is serving.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray with workers in Rome, Italy asking God to till the soil of hearts, produce a huge harvest and bring glory to Himself.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Jenny Smith (International Services) in asking God to raise up a full-time applications processor and funds for personal care.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Sherifi in Sudan, 155,000 followers of Islam. Pray for God-initiated movements among the Sherifi that draws them close to His side, for His glory.

September 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Father, teach us to pray. Grant, Lord, that Filipino believers’ lives may be marked by prayer-fulness, and that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers. (1 Thes 5:17).

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Lord, teach us to pray. We ask that this worker’s life be marked by prayerfulness, and they learn to pray in the Spirit in any circumstance with all kinds of prayers.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the citizens of Rome, Italy to have softened hearts to receive the message of love and salvation.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Mindy Snell (International Services) in asking for workers for so many needs throughout the organization. Pray for wisdom for Mindy and her husband regarding a new(er) car and the water main breaking at their home.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Rumelian Turk in Greece, 154,000 followers of the Sunni sect of Islam. Pray that God will change the spiritual climate of the Rumelian Turk so that they will serve Him with their whole mind, body, soul, and strength.

September 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for Team Expansion workers and coworkers serving in difficult places in the Middle East and North Africa. Pray that God strengthens them, gives them wisdom and boldness to share their story and God’s Story to those in great need of Christ.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to grant this worker strength, insight and wisdom to boldly share the message of Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for Rome, Italy. Rome’s history spans more than 2,500 years, eventually became the capital and is regard as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization. Rome was first called the Eternal City by Roman poet Tibullus in the 1st century and Rome is also called the Capital of the World. Pray for a great movement of God in Rome so that it would be known as the Capital of Christianity, a Gateway for the Gospel, and the birthplace of a disciple making movement of the 21st century

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tim and Daphne Stapleton (International Services) in Praying for the upcoming fall training events. Ask for stamina for the team as there are 4.5 weeks in a row of training planned. Pray for the upcoming DMM training in Brazil in October.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Mandinka in Ghana, 136,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to send His witnesses to make disciples among the Mandinka that will make disciples that will make more disciples.

September 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for multimedia tools being used as mission initiatives. Pray that God will bring many ministries to Kavanah Media to effectively communicate the Gospel to unreached people groups around the world.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that the Spirit will provide that worker with words to communicate effectively in other cultures and languages.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to inspire Japanese believers in Tokyo, Japan to produce viral media with Christian messages that will spread like wildfire in Japanese communities throughout the world.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Paul and Abigail Steiner in Ireland in praying for new monthly financial supporters. Pray for their new teammates as they adjust to their new home and work. Ask for leaders to be raised up with the churches. Pray for the new work in Cork. Continue to pray for the Lord to use each member of the family to connect with others in Cork.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bairagi (Oriya) in India, 132,000 followers of Hindu religion. Ask God to lead the Bairagi out of Hinduism and bring glory to His name.

September 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the Taiwan team investing in Sports and English camps. Many of these youths are 8th, 9th and 10th graders with very little knowledge about God, Jesus, or the Bible. Pray that seeds planted will take root and grow despite a culture that excludes the One True God.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray against any misconceptions or misunderstandings so that this worker may pass along the Good News of Jesus with credibility and authority.

Gospel Breakthrough

Many generations of spirit worship have created a stronghold among the people of Tokyo, Japan. Pray that these strongholds will be broken and that the power of God will be revealed.

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and C in North Africa in praying for one consistent Bible study to result from the summer work. Pray for the delivery of R’s official residency card so that they can legally launch their non-profit organization. Pray for more friendships with heads of household and for Jesus to appear in dreams and visions.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Kudubi in India, 128,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray for workers to go and tell the Kudubi what the Kingdom of God is like (Luke 13:18-20).

September 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Romania recently shared in a newsletter of a Christian dentist who voluntarily comes from the states once a year to serve the orphans of Romania. “It is because of Jesus that we spend time caring for orphans. It is because of Jesus that Dave keeps coming to Romania to help these children. It’s because of Jesus’ example that we know we must care for a person spiritually AND physically. It’s because of God’s Word that we know God’s will is for us, His children, to care for the fatherless.” Pray for the children of Romania know the love of Jesus and become His inheritance.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Ask God to use this worker as His instrument to teach children to love and obey Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

In Tokyo, Japan many worship their ancestors as their main religion. It keeps them in bondage to the past and prevents them from receiving Christ, because to do so would be considered an insult to their ancestors. Pray that the bondage of ancestry worship would be broken and Jesus presented as the One who came from our heavenly Father, giving his life for sinners, offering forgiveness and power to live this life.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that E and K will sense God’s leading and have an assurance of His blessing.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bedouin, Suafa in Algeria, 125,000 followers of Islam. Jesus sent out the 70 like lambs among wolves to preach the kingdom of God is near. (Luke 10:3, 9). Pray that the Suafa would not reject the Gospel but receive the Truth gladly and be transformed by it.

September 26, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion workers used to serve in a war-torn country of Africa, passed the ministry to a great group of local leaders, and are now serving refugees of the same people group in a town in Midwest America. Praise God for this family that can welcome, minister and help refugees, as well as make connections with people working among refugees in various US cities. Pray that this family will mobilize and network local churches to get involved with refugees.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that God equips this worker to mobilize and network local churches to get involved with making disciples of all nations.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the city of Tokyo, Japan. Pray that God’s power might be fully manifested over all the powers of darkness that comes against individuals and freed to enter the spiritual blessing that God intends for the people of Tokyo to enjoy.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for J and B in Eastern Europe as they have been faced with some local difficulties. Pray that the truth will be revealed and that those involved will repent. A trusted friend has been ly8ing, stealing, and deceiving. Pray for discernment as they go through some transition.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Isia Velalar in India, 125,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray for people of peace to be identified when workers arrive so that the Gospel is shared in full, and disciples are multiplied.

September 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for community of believers in a city in Bosnia to continue in truth and love, and that God would make them bold to share with others! Praise God that the community of believers have been trained in Disciple Making Movement principles and are spreading the Word. Pray for their passion and ability to obey, and multiply disciples of Jesus.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker would train others to share their story and God’s story.

Gospel Breakthrough

Prayer is a way to bless people that few will refuse. Pray that the Mien of Laos believers will take advantage of opportunities to bless non-believers with prayer.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Christian and Hannah Swails as they make decisions about where God wants them to work.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Miao, Eastern Xiangxi in China, 123,000 followers of ethnic religions. Pray for strong partners in the Gospel to do what it takes to get the message of Christ to the Miao.

September 28, 2017 JT

Team Expansion General Request

Pray according to 1 Thessalonians 2:8, that the love workers for Gospel in Mongolia have for the Mongolians would run so deep that they would be delighted to share with them not only the Gospel but their lives as well, because they have become so dear to them.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker is compelled by God’s love to share their life, and thus share the Gospel with the local peoples.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that missionaries might overcome every barrier of fear inhibiting the proclamation of the Gospel to the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for plans to come together for HT. Ask God to raise up prayer and financial supporters.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Pangan in India, 119,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to move mightily among the Pangan to draw them to Himself.

September 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has held another Jonathan Training this week at Emerald Hills for training in disciple making movements. Give thanks this tool that is proving to be successful in enlarging the Kingdom of God on a local level as well as overseas. Pray for the participants to practice the DMM principles boldly and God would cause the increase in multiplying disciples.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray for new followers of Christ to be raised up and grow because of their labor.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to break down defenses and excuses of the Mien of Laos for not believing so that they can clearly see Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to grant wisdom to PT as field coordinator for the people in his flock. Ask God to help him know how to coach and care for these people.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bharia Bhumia (Chhattisgarhi) in India, 116,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to break the chains of Hinduism and bring the Bharai Bhumia into the family of God.

September 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Father, may every believer in United States view Jesus’ parting words to “go and make disciples…” as their personal call from Him. We pray every believer would embrace this call and fully obey Jesus by going, making disciples, baptizing and teaching them to obey everything He commanded.

Any workers in any country or with any organization

Pray that the people this worker serves will believe the message and enter a relationship with Jesus, His Church and His mission.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that God crushes the strongholds and advances the Good News of Jesus among the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of the Golan Heights; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for a good transition to France for R and E and their girls and for adeptness in language learning.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Patra in India, 116,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray for Christ followers in India to be bold and courageous in sharing the Gospel with the Patra, no matter what the cost.

 

 

August 15, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for August 1-31, 2017

Category: Uncategorized – bbyrd 4:45 pm

August 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has over 300 cross-cultural workers serving world wide. Some of our workers are single, some are empty-nesters, while the majority are families with at least 260 children among them! Praise God for sending families to serve and minister to families of other nationalities. Pray for the family unit to be preserved for most effective witness to unbelievers.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for encouragement in the face of delays and obstacles, and that this worker will see opportunities that rise up out of these interruptions.

Gospel Breakthrough

Praise God for loyal servants in these certain groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of the Golan Heights; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos. Join them in praying for a people movement to Christ

Team Expansion Worker

May

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Unengaged means there are no known harvest workers, no known Christian influence at all.

Pray for the Southern Pashtun in Afghanistan, 5,400,000 followers of Islam. Pray that the Southern Pashtun would become disenchanted with Islam and search for Truth.

August 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

You might wonder ‘what is a Third Culture Kid’? The answer is seen in a child who is born in one culture/country, say the USA and lives with their family in an adopted culture/country, say the Balkans. The child is both American and Serbian, yet neither one. The child may look American but unfamiliar with US culture. The child has adapted to the Balkans and calls it home, lives and speaks like a Serb, yet has US passport. This child belongs to a third culture, a mixture of sorts. However, it goes much deeper than passports and visas. There is the emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual ingredients to add to a child’s culture. Pray that every Team Expansion Third Culture Kid would find their identity in Christ and boldly live for Him their entire life.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker to be an effective ambassador of Christ in all that is done and said.

Gospel Breakthrough

Praise God for partnerships in the Gospel that have regular prayer meetings focused on the Serbs of Bosnia. Pray that this prayer activity would ignite disciple making movements among the Serbs.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray for M and L in Asia. They believe God has great things in store. Join them in asking that He will open the storeroom doors.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Hindko in Pakistan, 3,950,000 followers of Islam. Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers to serve among the Hindko.

August 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Biblical self-esteem is an important virtue for TCKs to have to combat the devil’s lies. Pray that TCKs develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ (Ephesians 2:10).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to lead as this worker plans and prioritizes.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to empower workers to start disciple making and church planting movements among the Khmer of Cambodia.

Team Expansion Worker

Join I and N in Asia in praying for their Kirgiz friend and his family. He has a good, kind heart, and their relationship is deepening. Pray that He will dream of Jesus tonight and be filled with peace and follow His creator.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Chakali in India, 2,230,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to shatter the centuries-old false religion of Hinduism and free the Chakali to hear and respond to Christ.

August 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Third Culture Kids would love their neighbor (Luke 10:27), even when their neighbor looks, acts and dresses differently than they. Pray that they will see their neighbors/friends as God sees them and be able to show and share God’s love with them in a safe and appropriate way.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker remembers to honor the Sabbath, takes time to rest and be refreshed in the Lord.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for every household among the Druze of the Golan Heights to become followers of Jesus Christ as the only true son of God, and place their faith in His finished work of the cross.

Team Expansion Worker

Please join D and C (International Services) in asking for new workers for the harvest to be raised up in Asia and Southeast Asia.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Fulakunda in Senegal, 1,880,000 followers of Islam. Pray that the Fulakunda would have opportunity to see the Jesus Film, seek and find Truth.

August 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for families serving together to make the name of Christ known among people who do not know His story. Pray that Third Culture Kids are always kind to each other and to everyone around them (1 Thes 5:15).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God will open doors of ministry, blessing partnerships and friendships.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the English Center will provide a blessing to the Punjabi Sikhs of India, providing a meeting point for seekers and a place for the church to meet.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tina McCormick in praising God that Connect 2017 was a success! Pray for the jail ministry in which Tina is involved. Praise God for several baptisms in June.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Eastern Pashtun in Afghanistan, 1,700,000 followers of Sunni Islam. Ask God to break barriers keeping the Eastern Pashtun from knowing the Truth and rescue them from the ancient and counterfeit religion.

August 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for Christian workers teaching and training their children to have relationship with Jesus  Pray for faithfulness and love to never leave Third Culture Kids, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts (Proverbs 3:3).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask that God would be preparing new families for this worker to meet, families who will receive the Gospel with gladness and believe.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to transform the worldview of the people of Ancona, Italy so they may discern God’s voice and be obedient to His Word.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Kelsey McKain (International Services) as she serves as the missionary at a 1st/2nd grade camp. Pray for her ability to keep up with all the work on the Communications Team. Pray for more teammates to help with the workload.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Kalbi in India, 785,000 Hindus. The Kalbi have written Scriptures, oral Bible stories, the Jesus Film ready and waiting for their hearts to be opened. Ask God to send workers to teach the Kalbi to obey all that Jesus has commanded.

 

August 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Many missionary children grow up in an arena of political strife, poverty, persecution, or other hardships that can take joy out of life. Ask God to fill Third Culture Kids with the joy given only through Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God would empower this worker to keep spurring on the existing Bible study groups, helping them draw closer to Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to appoint and anoint servants to start people movements to Christ among the people of Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Wayne and Greta Meece in praying for the team in Ghana. Pray for Greta’s “retirement” days as she catches up at home. Pray for both Wayne and Greta to stay healthy enough to do the work God is calling them to do.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Badhai (Chhattisgarhi) in India, 750,000 followers of Hinduism to have opportunity to hear, believe, repent and obey the message of Christ.

August 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for boldness for every Team Expansion Third Culture Kid. Pray that each TCK will learn to let their light shine in these dark places where they are serving with their families (Luke 8:16).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker is led by the Holy Spirit and recognizes open doors and takes steps to obey.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for Gospel breakthrough to sweep across Tokyo, Japan demolishing strongholds of Shintoism and Buddhism, and exalting the name of Jesus as the only True God.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Allen and Cherry Messimer in praying for the Ralls family. Jon is their brother-in-law and former teammate in Taiwan. He is undergoing cancer treatment. Ask for courage and strength for each new day.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Shina in Pakistan, 719,000 followers of Islam. Give thanks to God for Christian radio that reaches the Shina. Pray for curious minds and open hearts to the Gospel.

 

August 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the role of every Team Expansion Third Culture Kid. Ask God to cultivate in TCKs patience with the Lord as they grow in their faith (Ps 40:1).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to open the door for the message of Jesus to be shared.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Mien of Laos. The Mien of Southeast Asia number around 1.5 million people, the vast majority of which have never heard the gospel. Even if the existing Mien church leads 10,000 new Mien people to Christ every year, it still would take 150 years to reach them all, but by then multiple generations will have died and been born. Pray for workers. Pray for disciples to multiply.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Diana Molina in praying for the operation and recuperation of the Warao brother who was hospitalized. Pray for the country of Venezuela to honor God. Pray for the trip to Cucuta, Colombia. Pray for Diana’s parents, for the provision of treatment and medicine.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Noorbasha in India, 673,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to send visions and dreams, and that they would experience His miracles to draw them to Jesus.

 

August 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion workers use prayer as a strategy to gain momentum among the people group with whom they are serving. Prayerfulness is an excellent virtue to practice involving the whole family. Ask God to teach TCKs to come confidently with their prayer requests, knowing that God is always there for them, answering every prayer (1 John 5:14-15).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to lead this worker past barriers to hearts ready to receive His Word.

Gospel Breakthrough

On behalf of the Serbs of Bosnia who have never heard the Gospel, ask our Father to move in big ways. God wants the Serbs to know His gift of grace.

Team Expansion Worker

Join T and J in praying for the people who took the recent Church Multiplication Movement training. Pray that the things that they learned and practiced will be passed on and multiplied. May it be true that some day soon each village in NL would have a witness for the Lord and each person an opportunity to hear the Gospel and be redeemed by Christ.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Helebi Gypsy in Egypt, 622,000 followers of Islam. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers among the Helebi Gypsy.

August 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Third Culture Kids will grow in the ability to show true humility toward everyone (Titus 3:2).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker relies on Jesus to overcome the obstacles the enemy places in their way.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that every Khmer disciple of Jesus in Cambodia would soak up God’s Word. Pray that they would disciple many others who love the Word and teach others to obey what it says.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with M and S for a great summer with Pathways interns. Continue to pray for family and work in the Middle East.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bedouin, Sanusi in Libya, about 600,000 Sunni Muslims. Ask the Holy Spirit to equip, empower and lead harvest workers to bear fruit through disciple-making and church-planting movements within the Sanusi Bedouin.

August 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Team Expansion TCKs will learn to remain hopeful in all situations, knowing God can and will offer His help whenever they ask (Hebrews 11:1). Pray for their parents to be Christ-like role models of this hope we have in Him.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to grant this worker endurance and patience.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to break through the spiritual darkness with His radiant Light among the Druze of the Golan Heights.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Jorge and Sara Navarrete (Venezuela) in asking for spiritual proatection for Pastor Ricardo and Gabriela. Pray for souls to be won to Christ. Ask God to raise up men to work with Ricardo. Pray for spiritual and physical protection for the church evangelizing in difficult areas. Pray for the repair of vehicles and for health to serve effectively. Pray that Kenneth and Katiuska would come to Christ and that Venezuela would seek God.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Aiyarakulu in India, 580,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to multiply these movements until there is no place left among the Aiyarakulu where Christ is not preached or known.

August 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Third Culture Kids attached to Team Expansion will realize how special each one of them are in God’s eyes and in the way He made them, just the way they are! (Psalm 129:13-14).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker would never procrastinate nor look backwards to cause a delay to follow Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to display His power and make inroads for the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the Punjabi Sikhs of India.

Team Expansion Worker

Join A and Z in praying that believers in South Asia who face subtle persecution will stand firm. Pray for the L community as it faces certain challenges in getting scheduled recognition. Pray for one of the believers who is participating in cancer research.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Agasa in India, 532,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to transform the Agasa and their culture to fully glorify God and represent His Kingdom here on earth.

August 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Team Expansion Third Culture Kids learn that Jesus is always with them, no matter what the circumstances, what they are feeling, how lonely they are (Mt 28:19-20).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker is effective and productive in their knowledge of Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that spiritual barriers are destroyed and the name of Jesus is proclaimed as Lord among the people of Ancona, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join A and J in southeast Asia in praying for the Women’s Health Program which began last year. Pray for the program to bring recognition and training to address the needs of women. Pray for the “Jerusalem Team” reaching the area around the medical center with medical and spiritual outreaches. A few have shown an interest in the Gospel and Bible study in this hardened area. Pray for a movement in this area. Ask for $10,000 in additional annual funding to pay for an increase in school costs for their children.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bairagi (Gujarati) in India, 461,000 Hindus. Pray that every opposing spirit influencing the Bairagi gives way to the liberating, life-giving Gospel of Christ – the coming King and Lord of Lords!

August 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Third Culture Kids trust God when they are afraid and courage is needed. Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Children hear stories of violence, kidnappings, etc. around the world, in their neighboring countries, and sometimes in the country where they live. Pray for the parents as they try to protect their children from the news and also from any harm as they teach them how to trust God.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker finds favor in the eyes of adopted country’s government workers that process visa and residency paperwork.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for God’s transforming power to sweep away that which prevents the Gospel from penetrating so that the message of Jesus may advance among peoples of Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Traci Olson in praying for raising support and for God’s blessings and leading in her plans.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bairagi (Hindi) in India, 458,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out full time workers to serve the Hindi Bairagi.

August 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Pray the TCKs learn to turn everything over to God first in prayer, whether praises or requests; that God becomes their source of strength every moment of every day.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for what He is doing through this worker to start a people movement to Christ and bring glory to His Name.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask that the army of heaven would loosen the enemy’s grip so that the banner of the cross, the Lion of Judah may be unfurled over the people of Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Join A and T in North Africa in praying for the family of S and S, that soon their home might become a house church.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bisnupriya in India, 450,000 Hindus. Ask God to give the Bisnupriya open ears to listen and understand the Gospel radio broadcasts and open hearts to search for Truth.

August 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray that Third Culture Kids are full of gratitude, no matter the circumstances. Pray that TCKs live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 5:20, Col 2:17).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker to be fruitful in hard religious and cultural settings.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus said in Matthew 19:14 “Let the little children come to me…” Lord, reveal yourself to the Mien children of Laos so they might believe.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Scott and Angie Pagel (Taiwan) in praising God for the success of Aports and English Camp this summer. Pray for those who made decisions for Christ to stand strong and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pray for intentional follow-up with the campers and for soft hearts for those who heard the Gospel.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Uppara in India, 429,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray that the Uppara would have opportunity to hear the Gospel and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life.

August 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for Team Expansion’s cross cultural families. Pray for TCKs to be content in every situation, even when they feel homesick for family, friends and the comforts of America. Pray that they store up treasures in heaven and place their heart there (Mt 6:19-21).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker would live carefully and wisely, making the most of every opportunity.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that barriers of pride would be broken and humble leaders would emerge among the Serbs of Bosnia. Pray that leader are willing to train others to lead so that more Serbs can come to Christ, so that disciple making and church plantings movements begin.

Team Expansion Worker

Join L and T in praying for strong national believers with whom to partner. Pray for a movement of people to come to know Jesus this year. Pray for good relationships with new neighbors and that there would be people of peace among them.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Deaf Algerian in Algeria, 399,000 followers of various religions. Ask God to orchestrate workers in the field of translation media to come alongside the Deaf Algerians and give them opportunity to know the Gospel story and share it with others in deaf community.

August 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has several families new to their adopted culture/country. Pray for children to make special friends in their new home (Proverbs 17:17).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God would keep this worker faithful in His service all the days of their life.

Gospel Breakthrough

“But seeing the man who was healed…they had nothing say in opposition” (Acts 4:14). Father God, we ask for miracles among the Khmer of Cambodia that would silence all lies about who Jesus is.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God that Aisha Peterson was able to move to Columbus, Ohio. Pray for her transition to life in Franklinton and for open doors and hearts among her neighbors. Ask that God would be glorified in the families of Franklinton as they learn to follow Jesus together.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Maheswari in India, 366,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray that each and every Mahewsari household would be transformed by the Word of God and relay the message of Christ throughout all of India.

August 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Back to school is all over the media and store fronts. Great education is one of the primary concerns for any parent, and it is no different for those overseas. Pray that educators step forward to join at least 5 families requesting tutors on field, especially in Japan and Central Asia.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray this worker promotes unity among fellow workers and the local believers by daily exercising a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love for one another.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, You are the Son of God and have all authority to forgive sins. We pray that the Druze of the Golan Heights will be filled with awe and praise God as they see Your authority demonstrated (Matthew 9:1-8).

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with C and M in Asia for a great summer with Pathways interns. Pray for boldness, faithfulness, and safety for new believers to share Jesus. Thank God that there are 200 people who want Bibles.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bharadi in India, 344,000 followers of Hinduism. Urge the Lord to thrust out workers among the Bharadi.

August 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Many of Team Expansion families homeschool their children. Pray for wisdom and strength to teach TCKs with a Biblical worldview. Pray for energy for parents’ homeschooling or running school as a part of their mission work.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to give this worker appropriate words to speak as they have opportunity to share God’s message.

Gospel Breakthrough

“And the spirit and the bride say ‘come’ and let him who hears say, ‘come’. And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (Rev 22:17). Like in pleaces that are dry and desolate, a cup of water is welcomed and life sustaining. Pray that the life giving message would be shared with the Punjabi Sikhs of India.

Team Expansion Worker

Join D and M in asking for 20,000 intercessors to pray for the 20,000 Druze of Golan.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Deaf Moroccan in Morocco, 331,790 followers of various religions. Pray for the Spirit of God to equip, empower, and lead workers to be effective through disciple making and church planting movements within in the Deaf community of Morocco.

August 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for adequate resources for all Team Expansion families to provide the kind of education they want for their children.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker’s success in identifying language teachers, story crafters, translators…

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the people of Ancona, Italy groping in the darkness will grab hold of the mighty hand of God and find their purpose and identity in Jesus Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray with Mike and Jean Propp in the Philippines for direction as to where to send Filipinos to be missionaries. Pray for finances to make a home service trip. Pray for their sons, Luke and Mark, to love Jesus with all their hearts and to fit into the cultural mix in which they are growing up.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the South African Indian in South Africa, 302,000 followers of Islam. Pray God multiplies the disciple making and church planting movements among the South African Indian until there is no place left among them where Jesus is not preached or known.

August 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for Team Expansion Third Culture Kids coming to big transition times in their lives: starting a new school, getting a new sibling, deciding to be baptized, reaching dating age, moving away from parents, crossing oceans to attend university, etc.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to enable this worker to share the message of Christ clearly so that it can be understood by those who hear it.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the people of Rome Italy to experience the joy of glorifying God through their own redeemed cultural expression.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Daniel and Shani Ramirez in praying for the discipleship group of 8-10 people at the new Spanish work at Hikes Point Christian Church in Louisville, KY. Daniel is teaching these new believers about baptism and most of them want to baptized in the next few weeks. Please pray for their decisions.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Bairagi (Chhattisgarhi) in India, 252,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to transform the lives and culture of the Bairagi for His glory and representation of His Kingdom here on earth.

August 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for Team Expansion parents striving to be salt and light examples to their TCKs, not just in addition to their calling in another culture, but as a central part of that calling.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that what happens in this worker’s life will serve to advance the Gospel of Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to weaken the powers of hell so that the Truth will spread throughout Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray for the Rehnberg family (International Services) as violence increases in the Shawnee neighborhood of Louisville, KY, in which they live and work. Join Chad and Lisa in praying for the D-Course students. Ask God to prepare their heads, hearts, and hands through this course.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Deaf Angolan in Angola, 243,830 following various religions. Pray for every opposing spirit influencing the Deaf Angolan to give way to the liberating, life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

August 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for Third Culture Kids developing a heightened desire to be Christ’s ambassadors themselves in their schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker’s successful relationship building with nationals in order to make disciples who can also teach others so that God’s Kingdom will expand.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Gospel would penetrate every level of society and cultural spheres of the Mien of Laos which are preventing them from seeing and embracing Jesus Christ for who He is.

Team Expansion Worker

Join LR in Eastern Europe in praying for new English students. Please pray for the students who have chosen to continue studying the Bible after their last English class session. Pray that God would protect and guide Mirijana.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Deaf Syrian in Syria, 233,007 followers of various religions. Ask God to send workers to serve the Deaf community in Syria.

August 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for new families arriving and adjusting to different culture than what they know. Ask God to give entire families coping mechanisms to stay spiritually strong in times of discouragement and confusion. Pray for strong marriage bonds and communication between all family members.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask the Spirit to provide this worker with words to communicate effectively in their adopted culture and language.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to sever the devil’s hold on the Serbs of Bosnia and reclaim His Kingdom in their hearts and land.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for God’s blessings on JR as he raises support and learns language in order to take the Gospel to a dangerous Asian land. Pray for team unity, good health, and fruit in his work for the Lord.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Dasari in India, 231,000 Hindus. Pray that mission organizations and churches would focus on the Dasari people, forming partnerships in the Gospel until all the Dasari have salvation in Christ.

August 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Ask God to give the supporting churches, friends, and family members of Team Expansion workers the right resources and words of encouragement to keep families focused on the work God has called them to do.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Cooperation and partnership are essential to ministry and vital to progress the work. Pray that this worker’s ministry and attitude will be worthy of acceptance.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Khmer of Cambodia imprisoned by false religions will come to know the Truth and be set free.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Jim Richter (International Services) and his wife Jeanne. Pray for good health for both of them and for safety and security for workers all over the world.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Gavara in India, 226,000 followers of Hinduism.  Pray for harvest workers to be sent out to serve the Gavara.

August 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion strives to provide quality training to all those God sends through our door, including children. Give thanks to God for children’s programs and volunteers that love on new candidates in training, as well as families on home service that have their required office visit. Pray that the new Missionary Kid Coordinator would be fully funded soon, and able to move to Louisville, KY area for serving through International Services

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that colleagues and fellow believers will be supportive of this worker’s ministry.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Druze of the Golan Heights will turn away from any lies they have believed and put their full trust in Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and E in praying for all the work and resources to come together to reach the Alas people and that there will be a movement among them that will shake the strongholds on th the various unreached people groups in the area.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Indo-Mauritian in Mauritius, 226,000 followers of Islam. Pray that the Holy Spirit will equip, empower and guide workers to be bear lasting fruit among the Indo-Mauritians through disciple making movements.

August 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has many opportunities for teachers to help cross-cultural families. Pray that applications would overwhelm our org and the need for educators would be filled. Ask God to supply tutors and teachers around the world for ages K-12, homeschool and special needs support.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God enables this worker to be good mentors as they take part in preparing God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Gospel Breakthrough

Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message…” Pray that the Punjabi Sikhs of India would hear and respond to God’s story and be saved.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for plans to come together for B and J so that they might serve the peoples of North Africa.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Turum in Sudan, 226,000 followers of ethnic religions. Pray for violence to stop and the peace of Christ to reign among the Turum communities.

August 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for purity for Team Expansion’s Third Culture Kids. Ask God to create in them a pure heart, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions (Psalm 51:10).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to grant this worker with wisdom in crafting Gospel stories.

Gospel Breakthrough

In Ancona and Rome Italy, English conversation outreach gives workers opportunities to read the Bible with Italians who have never read it before. Pray that hearts would be pierced by the truth of the Gospel and they would follow Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for good health for Melanie Robinson (International Services) and the health of her husband Terry as well. Pray for strength and wisdom in ministry. Pray that those she loves will turn to Christ and find hope, purpose, and peace. Pray for her aging parents and for her niece Sarah who has breast cancer.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Arab, Levantine in Tunisia, 226,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to pull down the opposing forces influencing the Levantine Arabs, set them free and seal them with His identity.

August 31, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the joy that children bring. Pray for contentment for third culture kids (TCKs). Ask God to teach the children of cross-cultural workers the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength (Philippians 4:12-13).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the effectiveness of this worker in making disciples who make disciples who make more disciples.

Gospel Breakthrough

Buddhism provides a very different world view taught through Moses and Jesus, a worldview difficult to overcome. Pray the people of Tokyo, Japan and the Mien of Laos will not be satisfied with their religion but will hunger to know personally the Creator God.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Joshua Rodenbaugh (International Services) in praying for plans to move forward with expanding Youth Kairos and other Simply Mobilizing programs. Pray for Joshua’s wife Jessica and their children as well as for new financial partners.

Unengaged/Unreached People Group (www.info@finishingthetask.com)

Pray for the Azoreans in Brazil, 217,000 following other religions. Pray that the Brazilian mission force forms partnerships to go out to serve the Azoreans.

 

 

Prayer Force Objectives for July 1-31, 2017

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July 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Father, we pray special blessings on Team Expansion workers as they preach, teach, and model the good news of Jesus to unreached people around the world.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the beautiful feet of this worker who brings good news, proclaims peace and salvation!

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for spiritual walls to be penetrated for the Gospel to come in to these people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Harris

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Northern Dong of China, 574,000 followers of animism. Ask God to rise up harvest workers for serving among the Dong.

July 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:35-37). Praise the Lord for there is nothing that separates us from Christ’s love! Pray for Team Expansion workers around the globe who are experiencing hardship, persecution, famine, danger and war. Ask God to rally them with this war cry: More than conquerors!

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker would not feel separated from the love of Christ, but feel and act like a great conqueror in Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for Serbs of Bosnia. Before leaving the earth, Jesus told his disciples, “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him” (John 14:7). Invisible God, open the eyes of the Serbs to see You and to know You in Jesus Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Hartson

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Uyghur of China, 11,469,000 followers of Islam to come to know Christ and obey Him.

July 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Psalm 5:11 says, “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” Tell God how glad you are that He is Protector and Refuge. Pray that all Team Expansion workers continue to be glad and thankful for His spread of protection that covers them day and night 24/7 and they rejoice in His name.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks that God rescues and delivers this worker from the hand of the enemy.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask the Father to break the strongholds that prevent the Serbs of Bosnia from seeking and finding Him in spirit and truth. (Many Muslims have strong negative feelings about Israel, America and the West, spiritual barriers are created that prevent Muslims from seeking or understanding the message of Jesus because they associate Judaism and Christianity with these political nations).

Team Expansion Worker

Hatfield

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Manjaku of Guinea Bissau, 230,000 followers of tribal religion to be open to the Gospel when it comes to them.

July 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Celebrating the independence of the United States of America is an opportunity to give thanks to God for our freedom in Christ. Not so many countries around the world have freedom to even know who Christ is, so that is why Team Expansion workers are in such places. Ask God to protect, and be their energy shield to proclaim God’s free gift of salvation.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this workers, for Christ’s sake, delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when they are weak, then they are strong.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Serbs of Bosnia, that strongholds and deceptions would be broken down and hearts would be freed to hear and receive the truth of salvation in Jesus Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Hayes

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Adi Galong of India, 36,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray that their eyes and hearts would see Jesus, love and obey Him as the only True God.

July 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love” (Psalm 6:4). Team Expansion has over 300 workers in 40+ countries serving around the world. Pray that God would deliver each and every one from temptation to do evil, deliver each and every one from those who or what would do them harm, and deliver each and every one because of His unfailing love.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God for healing and relief from illness, fatigue, duress or distress when it encroaches on this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for Khmer of Cambodia. Jesus, may the Khmer be among those who give up everything to follow you. God, enable them to choose the kingdom of heaven. No man can save himself; he needs You to save him (Mt 19:16-30).

Team Expansion Worker

Hendee

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Hindu city of Lucknow, India (2,186,000). Ask God to breakthrough and ignite a disciple making movement that would transform lives, communities, and all of India.

July 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for all the workers around the world who listen and obey in faith when God asked them to share the Gospel. Ask God to guide Team Expansion to equip and support those God is using for His good news.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask the God of all grace, who called that worker to His eternal glory in Christ, to restore that worker and make them strong, firm and steadfast.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Khmer of Cambodia to recognize their brokenness and sin so that they may repent and confess their sins to Jesus. We know that He alone is faithful and just to forgive sins.

Team Expansion Worker

Hicks

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Mishmi of India, 11,000 followers of Hinduism. Praise God for prayer warriors that are on their knees for the salvation of the Mishmi.

0July 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the power through the blood of Jesus to rebuke Satan. Pray against all the spiritual and physical attacks the enemy is hurling at believers and Team Expansion workers all over the globe who are working to expand God’s Kingdom.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise the Lord that He never sleeps, nor slumbers. HE is watching over this worker always.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Holy Spirit would be active among the Khmer of Cambodia in revealing the emptiness and falsehood of religion, and the forgiveness and life-giving power of a relationship with Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Hoogland

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Chakma of India, 207,000 followers of Buddhism. Pray for harvest workers to be sent to the Chakma to share the message of hope and truth.

July 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Many Team Expansion workers must travel out of adopted country to renew government documents in order to stay in their adopted home. Ask the Lord’s favor for workers waiting on residency and/or business papers, visas to remain in adopted country.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to take away any fear this worker may have and replace it with power, love and self-discipline.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the school children among the Khmer of Cambodia. Pray that as they grow, they will learn about God and be loved by the adults in their lives.

Team Expansion Worker

Hook

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Punjabi Sikhs of India, 11,147,000 followers of Sikhism. Pray that they would learn to meditate on God’s Word and apply it to their lives.

July 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the 17 Pathways interns who are serving their summer in foreign lands beside Team Expansion workers. Pray for the safety and security of workers in the Balkans so that the message of peace and salvation may be proclaimed.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God for safe journey for this worker, for their children and all their possessions.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for spiritual walls to be penetrated for the Gospel to come to the Druze of Golan. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…” Father, in Your love destroy strongholds of thought that prevent the Druze from even seeking to understand the truth of Jesus’ identity and message.

Team Expansion Worker

Jambulosi

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Aceh of Indonesia, 4,419,000 followers of Islam. Ask for partnerships in the Gospel to speed the harvest of souls among the Aceh.

July 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give praise to God for raising up new workers being trained in Team Expansion’s orientation and deputation program called Launch July 10-21. Ask the Lord to protect their minds and bodies from fatigue, so that they may have energy to concentrate and process all the information that is given in the 2 weeks ahead.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for spiritual protection for this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the eyes of the Druze of Golan would be opened to see the truth of God in Jesus, the plan of God from the beginning, the heart of God as a Father.

Team Expansion Worker

Housworth

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the nominal Roman Catholics of Rome, Italy (32,841,000) to be convicted by the Holy Spirit, repent, confess and believe Jesus is Lord, and obey His Word and calling.

July 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for summer Pathways interns in the Middle East and the help they are to workers and believers. Ask God to orchestrate the well-being of Team Expansion workers for the benefit of disciple making movements.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to keep that worker safe from those who seek to hurt them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to sweep away any hindrances of the Gospel and advance His message among the Druze of Golan.

Team Expansion Worker

Huddleston

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the 200,000+ refugees in Sicily, Italy. Pray for harvest workers and partners to make an eternal difference among these refugees.

July 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Launch

Ask God to protect the children of these missionary candidates from sickness, irritability or even home-sickness while away from what they know. Pray for a spirit of cooperativeness and joy to spend time with new care-givers and surroundings.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to empower this worker in their inner being.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Holy Spirit will capture and dominate the thinking of the Druze of Golan.

Team Expansion Worker

Irwin

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Japanese of Japan, 120,000,000 followers of Shintoism/Buddhism. Pray for Gospel breakthrough and a vibrant church to spring forth among the Japanese.

July 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for a team of Pathways interns serving alongside workers in Southeast Asia. Ask God to protect Team Expansion workers and prepare hearts of those who are seeking Jesus, or those who are about to be persuaded to follow Jesus. There are risks for the nationals so we pray a hedge of protection around the locals, the workers, and ministry for safe keeping.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker walks closer to God, shielded from daily and cultural stresses, and strengthened to face the spiritual battles.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for spiritual walls to be penetrated for the Gospel to come in to the Punjabi Sikh of India.

Team Expansion Worker

Jech

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Albanian of Kosovo, 1,626,000 followers of Islam. Pray for harvest workers to be sent to make an impact among the Albanian.

July 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Launch

Fundraising can be intimidating. Ask God to supply generous supporters for these new workers and to take away the fear and trepidation of finding financial partners.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for clear guidance from God regarding any travel decisions this worker is making.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to break the strongholds of the Evil One in politics and individual lives of the Punjabi Sikh of India.

Team Expansion Worker

Johnson

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Kyrgyz of Kyrgyzstan, 4,187,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to rise up evangelical Christians among the Kyrgyz that will impact their families, communities, city, state and country.

July 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has workers in Europe that have welcomed Pathways Interns for the summer to assist and learn and model disciple making movement principles. Praise God for the work among orphans, and a local church that does all kinds of outreaches, including street preaching. Pray that the name of the Lord would be their strong tower where the righteous run and are kept safe.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to provide times of peace and relaxation to refresh this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that unfair and godless leaders among the Punjabi Sikh of India will make mistakes that will be to the advantage of the Gospel.

Team Expansion Worker

Kimmel

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Mien of Laos, 18,000 followers of ethnic religions/Buddhism. Pray for workers. Pray for disciples to multiply.

July 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Launch

Team Expansion requires all our workers to have 100 prayer partners before they buy plane tickets to their destination. Pray that new missionary candidates, when accumulating prayer partners, would be overwhelmed by people who desire to pray for their whole well-being and work.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray against fear and discouragement in the lift of that worker so they do not lose heart in doing good.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the plans of those who are involved in plots and unholy conspiracy will be broken and the Living Star will shine gloriously among the Punjabi Sikh of India.

Team Expansion Worker

King

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Tai Dam of Laos, 75,000 followers of Buddhism/animism. Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers.

July 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

In John 17, Jesus prayed for His disciples that remain in the world to be protected by His Father’s name. Pray for disciple makers in Sicily to be protected by the power of the Father’s name so that they may be one with the Father.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for humility, living forgiven and forgiving, boldness, courage and wisdom for this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for spiritual walls to be penetrated for the Gospel to come in to the people Ancona, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Kirkendall

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Arabs of Libya, 1,873,000 followers of Islam to hear the message through media and want to know more about Jesus.

July 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Launch

Pray for friends and family to encourage and strengthen them in their obedience to make disciples of all nations. Pray against any negative comments that would plant doubt or second guessing. Pray that these new workers stay confident and trust the Lord.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker keeps their eyes on the prize and not be distracted from the goal of God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that God’s power, the enemy is ousted from Ancona, Italy and many people come to know and follow Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Kline

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Huichol of Mexico, 34,000 followers of ancestor worship and animism. Ask God to send workers and ask for intercessors to commit to pray for the Huichol.

July 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Tenerife has a fairly new team on the ground. Praise God! The Pathways interns will be using some sport outreach in conjunction with a ministry that has a primary focus of disciple making movement in principle and practice. Ask God for divine appointments in meeting people of peace and building connections for the new arrival team.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to meet the needs of this worker according to His glorious riches in Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to thwart the manipulative powers of the enemy and rise up thriving disciple making movements in Ancona, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Kornegay

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Middle Atlas Berbers of Morocco, 2,552,000 followers of Islam. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself in dreams visions, and supernatural encounters with the Middle Atlas Berbers.

July 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Launch

Praise God for raising up harvest workers. Pray that God keeps these families safe and secure as they go forward in their training, forward in support raising, forward in language and culture learning, forward in growing in faith and obedience to God’s call.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker to keep a good sense of humor. Think about it, learning culture and language, experiencing new foods and customs. Pray that this worker can be able to laugh at self in making mistakes or cultural faux pas.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for spiritual ties that oppress Christians in Ancona, Italy be rooted out so that vibrant biblical church movements are free to spring up in the name of Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Koval

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Rifi Berbers of Morocco, 1,433,000 followers of Islam. Pray for creative ways to reach the RIfi with Gospel.

July 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

The Pathways interns to a predominantly Muslim city in Eurasia are joining workers there in two agendas for the summer: a sports outreach in local parks, and to help establish women-centric outreach/ministry. Pray that God would arm Team Expansion workers with strength and make their way perfect (2 Samuel 22:33).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to deliver this worker from opposition in their life.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for Rome, Italy. Pray for the disarmament of demonic powers and a breakthrough for Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Kuo

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Zarma of Niger, 3,298,000 followers of Islam. Pray for church multiplication movements to ignite among the Zarma.

July 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). In some countries, open doors may expose workers to danger and personal harm. Opposition to the Gospel may include hatred and violence. Pray that God will change hearts of those who are resistant to His Word. Pray for Team Expansion workers to sleep in peace and dwell in the safe keeping of the Father’s arms.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to enable this worker to navigate through any difficulties with children, teammates or locals.

Gospel Breakthrough

Press into God for victory among the people of Rome, Italy so that they may rejoice in God’s promises.

Team Expansion Worker

Leathermon

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Ancash of Peru, 400,000 nominal Roman Catholics. Ask God to prepare the way for the Ancash to hear the Gospel.

July 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for the children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26). Give thanks and praise to God for Team Expansion families that are spreading the Good News of Jesus to other families in foreign lands. Some families have helped to establish schools in North Africa, West Africa, Europe, and Asia to share the Gospel with other children. Some families are involved in local public schools to reach youth. Pray that more children around the world would hear the Gospel and take refuge in Christ.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker keeps their eyes on Jesus and remains focused on Him.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father, let Your teaching fall like rain on Rome, Italy and Your words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

Team Expansion Worker

Linn

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Arabs of Saudi Arabia, 10,040,000 followers of Islam. Pray for a great hunger for truth among the Arabs only to find Jesus as the One who satisfies.

July 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” Many Team Expansion workers are serving among people who follow tribal religions like animism. Give thanks for God’s faithfulness to keep these servants in the hollow of His hand. Ask God to supply strength and protection in spiritually dark places to confront the evil one with the power of Jesus’ name. Pray that many would come out of the darkness and into God’s marvelous light.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to gain the victory over any oppression that comes over that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father, break the barriers of pride and the desire to obtain power over others in Rome, Italy. Instill a sense of humility and servanthood in leaders and all believers. Build an Italian church fully devoted to glorifying You rather than self-glorification.

Team Expansion Worker

Linthicum

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for Tenerife Island of Spain, 898,000 nominal Roman Catholics. Ask God to supply workers.

July 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:1, 3-4). Several Team Expansion families are serving among followers of Hinduism with the Most High is on their side. Pray for workers to rest in the shelter of His wings and by the power of His name, make progress in disciple making movements.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for endurance and patience of that worker in abundant seed sowing.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for Tokyo, Japan. Pray for barriers to be penetrated so that they may partake in the Bread of Life.

Team Expansion Worker

Lipic

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Druze of Syria, 550,000 followers of a sect of Islam. Pray that the Druze would turn from Islam and come to Jesus. Pray for disciple making movements to happen among the Druze.

July 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Psalm 34:7-8 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him; and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Praise God for our Deliver who is positioned to defend and save. Pray for Team Expansion families serving among people who are unreligious and/or with atheistic view. Ask God to soften hearts and change minds to receive and believe God’s Story. Pray for workers not to give up or give in so that a harvest of righteousness will be abundant.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for strength and stamina as this worker encounters antagonistic spiritual forces.

Gospel Breakthrough

Cry out that many unsaved in Tokyo, Japan will come to know Jesus and be filled with His Living Water.

Team Expansion Worker

Lucas, Doug and Penny

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Makua of Tanzania, 606,000 followers of Islam. Keeping with tradition the Makua engage in scarring of their bodies and faces in elaborate patterns. Pray that by Christ’s wounds and transforming power, He may heal the scars and tattoos of the Makua.

July 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Praise God that He is moving among the Muslim world. Those who used to follow Islam are now turning to follow Jesus Christ! Pray for Team Expansion workers to draw their strength and help from Jesus as they engage Muslims on a daily basis.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to guard the course of that worker and protect their way.

Gospel Breakthrough

Cry out to God for the message of Jesus to take root in the hearts of the people of Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Lucas, Linda

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Arabs of Tunisia, 10,457,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to restore His Church as it was in the first centuries after Christ.

July 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Psalm 18:35 “You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.” Buddhism is a hard nut to crack. Pray for victory and endurance from the Father’s Presence with Team Expansion harvest workers among those who follow this ancient counterfeit religion.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for that worker to stand firm in all the will of God, completely and fully assured.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the people of Tokyo, Japan are convicted of sin and that this will drive them to search for the peace and redemption that is found only in Christ Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Lugo

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Turks of Turkey, 53,402,000 followers of Islam. Pray for outreach ministries among men and women that will bear lasting fruit.

July 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6). Governments will deny visas and expel workers, extremists will murder followers of Jesus, fractions and wars will cause workers to relocate. Persecution happens. Yet praise God for His Sovereignty! He is the One who draws people to Himself and He invites believers to join Him in that work. Give thanks that Team Expansion workers can say with confidence that “the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” He is mightier and greater than man or anything that man can dream up to try to stop the Lord’s plan and purpose.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to rescue that worker from liars and those full of deceit.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray the Lord reveals demonic strongholds that blind the Mien of Laos to the truth of the Gospel.

Team Expansion Worker

Marion

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Pashtun of United Arab Emirates, 711,000 followers of Islam. Pray for workers to be sent out, disciple making movements to take root and transform the Pashtun.

July 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Proverbs 29:25, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” Harvest workers come up against many spiritual attacks. Pray God’s Presence protects Team Expansion workers and their families from growing anxiety or fear, and they are all kept safe in trusting the LORD.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to provide time for retreat, renewal and refreshing in God’s Word.

Gospel Breakthrough

Many generations of spirit worship has created a stronghold among the Mien of Laos. Pray that these strongholds are broken and that the power of God is revealed.

Team Expansion Worker

Martin

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Arabs of Dearborn, Michigan, USA, 400,000 followers of Islam. Pray for century old bonds of Islam to be broken and Arabs are free to discover Truth of Jesus.

July 31, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Remember that Christ’s work and Word protects believers as seen in Revelation 12:11. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Praise God for strategically placing Team Expansion workers around the globe. Pray that workers rely on the work and Word of Christ to overcome barriers and challenges they face. Pray they do not shrink back but overcome!

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God will keep this Christian worker safe from those who seek to hurt them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join Team Expansion workers in praying for the Mien of Laos. Ask the Lord to transform the soul of the believers and to strengthen them so that the Mien remains in community and witnesses to it while not being drawn back to old spiritual chains.

Team Expansion Worker

Maxson

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaprooject.net)

Pray for the Warao of Venezuela, 49,000 followers of animism. Ask God to send out workers, disciple makers and church planters.

 

 

Prayer Force Objectives for June 1-30, 2017

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June 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

The month of June promises to be one of outreach and more training.  By now Pathways summer interns have arrived for cross-cultural outreach, and veteran teams are geared up to conduct VBS, English and Sports camps, or taking advantage of summer season to plant Gospel seeds and cultivate more disciples. Praise God for going before and behind to make outreach and training effective in making disciples that are obedient to Christ. Pray that these outreach programs produce new disciples, and that training events mobilize His global church

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray earnestly for this worker to see God’s Light shining in their ministry and personal walk as they adjust to a new culture and people group that need to hear the Good News.

Gospel Breakthrough

Thank you for joining workers in prayer for God to break barriers among these certain people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of the Golan Heights; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for clear direction and guidance, clarity of vision and focus for JD and AD. Pray that God will direct them to next steps in His Kingdom work.

Nosu, Tianba in China

Violent conflict, inter-tribal and inter-clan warfare, and the taking of slaves were commonplace among the various branches of the Nosu until recently. The War songs were equally awe inspiring: “We are the famous Black Nosu! We are the tigers who eat up human flesh! We are the butchers who skin people alive! We are the supermen!'” The Tianba Nosu have been influenced by Chinese culture more than the other Nosu groups in Sichuan, although they still retain their traditional dress and most of their ceremonies and customs.

Ministry Obstacles
These people may have little concept of a loving, forgiving creator God.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, focused prayer is needed to prepare these people to receive the good news of Christ.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Christ among the Tianba Nosu today, but pray for those that will soon emerge from this group. Pray they will be kind and compassionate to one another.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Tianba Nosu may overcome their history of violence, and increasingly hunger to know the Prince of peace.

Scripture Focus
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35

People Name:

Nosu, Tianba

Country:

China

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

107,000

World Population:

107,000

Language:

Nuosu

Primary Religion:

Ethnic Religions

Bible:

New Testament

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

According to God’s will and Spirit, Team Expansion’s main outreach goal is to see 24 disciple- making movements ignited among unreached people groups by the year 2024. Praise God for this extraordinary vision and pray that God creates environments for this lofty goal to become real and lasting.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to give this worker coping mechanisms to stay spiritually strong in times of discouragement and confusion.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father God, let our hearts ache for the Serbs of Bosnia. Drive us to our knees for them. Drive us to move and act in a way that sees countless thousands and tens of thousands to hear your message, turn from the ways of the world, and run to your loving arms.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Derik and Jennifer DeVries in asking for new believers to learn to be disciple-makers and begin teaching their circle of friends about Jesus. Pray for the Sports and English Camp which is coming up in July. Derik and Jennifer are concentrating on the lesson planning and registration process. Pray that these will go well.

Jahanka in Gambia

The Jahanka have been Islamic holy men primarily located in Senegal, Guinea and the Gambia. As holy men (Muslim clerics) they conduct Islamic worship rituals and provide Qur’anic teaching in the villages. Often the clerics also maintain farms which are cultivated by young boys who receive education in the Qur’an in exchange for their labor. However, when they lost their slaves in this century, they had to devote more time to farming and less time to religious studies. Their Muslim tradition avoids the notion of jihad (holy war) in favor of pacifism. The Jahanka are very well respected and influential throughout all West Africa.

Ministry Obstacles
Pride in a person’s knowledge often is a stumblingblock to simple faith in the finished work of Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel recordings exist in the language of the Jahanka. Pray for workers to take this resource to the people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There is an indication there are a few followers of Jesus among the Jahanka. Pray they will be instructed in God’s Word, and will grow into mature disciples of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the religious Jahanka people will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) of the Qur’an, and will have a growing desire to find out more about this man. Pray this desire will be satisfied.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

People Name:

Jahanka

Country:

Gambia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

4,700

World Population:

114,000

Language:

Jahanka

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion workers take advantage of doing outreach and continue to labor for the Lord year round. Give thanks for their perseverance in abundant seed sowing. Pray that through their efforts, teams would see planted 500 churches this year, would see 2100 baptisms, and grow the mission wide church attendance to 27,000.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for strong marriage bonds and communication between all family members of this worker during transition time and adjustment.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, we lift up those Serbs of Bosnia who are wealthy. May their wealth not be a barrier to reliance on You for their daily needs. We pray their wealth be used in order to honor and glorify You in heaven.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that Anthony and Kimberly Doi will find people of peace in San Miguel and that these people will have a hunger for the Word of God. Pray that Goyo and Ediberto will lead Discovery Bible studies with their families and friends. Ask for people who will listen to the Holy Spirit and will change their lives because of His leading. Pray for good health for Tomas.

Brunei Malay in Brunei

Brunei Malay is the name used to refer to several very closely related and assimilated groups of indigenous peoples in Brunei. Although they are ethnically related to the Malay and share the Islamic religion, there are many cultural and linguistic differences that make the Brunei Malay distinct from the larger Malay populations. They write in Bahasa Malaysia but they speak in Brunei Malay, which is uniquely different in sound from spoken Malay. As the indigenous people of the land, the Brunei Malay generally enjoy special privileges and benefit from oil wealth. All Brunei Malay are classified as Muslims at birth. However, individual beliefs will often be influenced by tribal religions of their ancestors.

Ministry Obstacles
Material wealth often prevents people from accepting that they are spiritually paupers, when they don’t have Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio and television will provide access to these people, but should be accompanied by much prayer.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are very few believers in this group. Pray that they may see that the Great Commission compels them to take the Good News to their neighbors.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these prosperous people will increasingly see the poverty of anyone without Christ, and will seek true wealth.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name:

Brunei Malay

Country:

Brunei

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

181,000

World Population:

536,000

Language:

Brunei

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

No

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

If you didn’t already know, today is the Global Day of Prayer. Believers in many countries of the world will lift expectant praise and desperate prayer with one voice in stadiums, open fields, community centers, private homes and even secret places. Pray that these prayers have the power to transform our world and fill the nations with the glory of God. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.” (Habakkuk 2:14).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to give the supporting churches, friends, and family members the right resources and words of encouragement to keep this worker’s family focused on the work God has called them to do.

Gospel Breakthrough

Heavenly Father, open the eyes and hearts of the Khmer of Cambodia so all may sing a new song of praise to You, Savior and Creator. May this wonderful song echo throughout the valleys and hills of Cambodia as the people grasp Your Greatness (Ps. 149:1).

Team Expansion Worker

Join HD in praying for continued team unity with Armando, Genri, Jorge, Iubal, Vivian, Ariel, and Alexis in eastern Cuba; Pray for transition for Pancho and family to Tijuana, Ask for growth in Hispanic churches in Oregon and Vancouver, Washington and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Brunei Malay in Brunei

Brunei Malay is the name used to refer to several very closely related and assimilated groups of indigenous peoples in Brunei. Although they are ethnically related to the Malay and share the Islamic religion, there are many cultural and linguistic differences that make the Brunei Malay distinct from the larger Malay populations. They write in Bahasa Malaysia but they speak in Brunei Malay, which is uniquely different in sound from spoken Malay. As the indigenous people of the land, the Brunei Malay generally enjoy special privileges and benefit from oil wealth. All Brunei Malay are classified as Muslims at birth. However, individual beliefs will often be influenced by tribal religions of their ancestors.

Ministry Obstacles
Material wealth often prevents people from accepting that they are spiritually paupers, when they don’t have Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio and television will provide access to these people, but should be accompanied by much prayer.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are very few believers in this group. Pray that they may see that the Great Commission compels them to take the Good News to their neighbors.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these prosperous people will increasingly see the poverty of anyone without Christ, and will seek true wealth.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name:

Brunei Malay

Country:

Brunei

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

181,000

World Population:

536,000

Language:

Brunei

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

No

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give praise to God for the second regional retreat for Team Expansion workers. Pray for all involved to have safe journeys and to arrive with fresh perspective, rested minds and bodies for the duration.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God simply grants that worker supernatural ability to persevere and not give up in doing good and right and pleasing in His sight.

Gospel Breakthrough

Nothing is too difficult for You, Lord. You can open the Khmer of Cambodia to hear Your words. You can give Your servants the right words that will pierce through the hardness and misunderstanding and touch them at their very core. Please do this for Your glory, Lord Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join John and Cheryl Dun in asking for efforts in evangelism and disciplemaking to grow in Taiwan. Pray for faithfulness to God and to the work, for people of peace, for school ministries, for the Taichung Team, and for son Andrew’s mission trip.

Lampung Pesisir in Indonesia

One of the key principles of the Lampung Peminggir is that of Pi-il Pesenggiri, which means, “guarding one’s dignity above all else.” They usually live a simple life, yet they love to receive honor or praise. They typically do not hesitate to spend huge sums on ritual celebrations. The Lampung Peminggir are followers of Sunni Shafi’i Islam.

Ministry Obstacles
The good news of grace found in the finished work of Jesus Christ is difficult for these people to comprehend and accept.

Outreach Ideas
Scriptures, the Jesus film, and Gospel recordings are available in the language of these people. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers among this people group, that they will know that it is by grace they have been saved, not of works that they may not boast.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Gospel to soon be made available to each individual in this community, in their own language, and in a manner they can understand and believe.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

June 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the second annual Connect Gathering in Thailand June 4-10 for Team Expansion workers and their families. Praise God for sponsoring churches and individuals, volunteers and guest speaker to enrich the lives of these faithful servants. Pray that all who attend are encouraged and inspired through the Holy Spirit and fellowship with co-laborers.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray this worker has courage to act on convictions and wisdom.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, for the Khmer of Cambodia, we pray they will seek You and call upon you. We pray the wicked and unrighteous turn to You and find that You have compassion and will abundantly pardon.

Team Expansion Worker

Join John and Zandra dye in praying for basic needs in Venezuela to be met. Ask for safety and protection within the country. Pray for God to raise up new points of light utilizing newly trained workers. Pray for John’s health. He has suffered several sports injuries due to overweight. Ask God to raise up more support as inflation has increased by 300% within the country.

Arab, Saudi – Hijazi in Saudi Arabia

Arabia once had a large Christian population, but they were expelled when Islam gained control 1300 years ago. Saudi Arabs see themselves as preservers of the Islamic faith, and the Wahabi fundamentalists were formed here. The Hijazi Arabs speak one of the variants of the Arabic language.

Ministry Obstacles
Any overt expression of the Christian faith is likely to bring strong negative response.

Outreach Ideas
Satellite TV and evangelistic websites are only two of the ways that the Gospel message can be communicated to these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray fervently for the few believers among the Arabs of Saudi Arabia, for their protection, and for their growth in the faith. Pray they will be courageous yet very tactful.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Saudi Arabs, that their religious zeal will soon be directed toward serving Jesus the Son of God.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name:

Arab, Saudi – Hijazi

Country:

Saudi Arabia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

9,921,000

World Population:

10,086,000

Language:

Arabic, Hijazi Spoken

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

In order for our missionaries to reach out to others in foreign lands, Team Expansion reaches out to her own missionaries at regional retreat. In order for our workers to be successful, Team Expansion provides excellent training and upskilling, time to retreat or reorient. Pray for folks serving in other cultures to be refreshed and renewed during their brief time at a beach resort in Thailand June 4-10.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker to seek, expect, and recognize opportunities to bring God’s supernatural power to bear on the lives of people they meet. Pray that God would be pleased to stretch out His hand to perform miraculous signs and wonders in the name of Jesus (Act 4:30).

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, we pray for those that have never heard Your name to hear Your truth. We pray for signs, dreams, miracles and missionaries – whatever it takes to allow every Druze of the Golan Heights to hear the Gospel.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for God to send more missionaries to serve with Steve and Priscila Dye in Tenerife. Pray for a good experience for Pathways interns who are serving there this summer. Pray that their first DBS continues to go well. Pray for their children’s friends to learn of Jesus through them. Ask for disciples who will disciple others.

Tigre, Eritrean in Eritrea

The population of Eritrea is equally divided between Christian (Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Lutheran Protestants) and Muslim religions. The largest Muslim group is the Tigre, the only Eritrean or Ethiopian Semitic people which is not Orthodox. They are related to the Christian Tigrinya, but are culturally distant from them.

Ministry Obstacles
Cultural barriers are high. These can be overcome, but it usually requires much time.

Outreach Ideas
The Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christians living near the Tigre can deepen their friendships with the Tigre, and learn to share the love of Jesus with them. Pray for this to occur.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The few Tigre believers live in trying circumstances among their Muslim family and friends. Pray for them. Pray they will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Tigre people will have sufficient food in an area that often experiences famine. Pray for rain, and pray for improved living conditions.

Scripture Focus
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1

June 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for supplying all that is needed for regional retreat. Give thanks for financial sponsors, for presenters and volunteer teachers for the youth program.  Pray for coaches and trainers, missionary kid care givers and volunteers to be filled with the Holy Spirit to serve well.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for divine appointments for this worker. Ask God to lead this worker to people to serve and bless and this worker recognizes these opportunities and people when they see them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Job 5:9 says, “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Lord, we ask that You perform unfathomable wonders in front of the Druze of Golan that they may be in awe of You, Almighty God.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Chad and Alicia Edwards in praying for connections with and working with Create International. Please also pray for Linda Chang. She is currently suffering from Bell’s Palsy, a paralysis of the muscles in one side of her face. She is finishing up her training with YWAM and hopes to be part of a church-planting team in Taiwan in the near future. Plase pray that she would recover quickly.

Gujjars in Pakistan

The Gurjara clan appeared in northern India in about the fifth century AD. During the Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent, many of the Gurjar Hindus converted to Islam. Gujjars are mainly concentrated in the Indo-Gangetic plains, the Himalayan region, and eastern parts of Afghanistan, but some are established in Pakistan. Gujjars have given their names to several places in Pakistan, including Gujranwala, Gujjar Nallah, Gujar Khan, Gojra and Gujrat.

Ministry Obstacles
Centuries of commitment to a religion that denies the deity of Jesus is not quickly overcome.

Outreach Ideas
Much prayer is needed for the Gujjar community. Pray also for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the Gujjar community, but pray for those that will soon come forth. Pray the Lord will send them qualified pastors and teachers, and pray that Scripture will be readily available to them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that the large Gujjar community in Pakistan, and in other countries, may be strongly drawn to the man Jesus. May the Spirit of Jesus give them a hunger to find out more.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

People Name:

Gujjars

Country:

Pakistan

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

2,221,000

World Population:

3,358,000

Language:

Hindko, Northern

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for Team Expansion workers and their families attending regional retreat. Pray for good health and safety, cooperative spirits for children, Christ-like attitudes, and that family time would be bonding and uplifting.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker does not overlook potential people of peace that God would use to spark a gospel movement in that person’s circle of influence.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, we pray that You will inspire Christian musicians to write songs that will reach to theheart of the Druze of the Golan Heights and motivate them to turn to Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Dot Elliott in Italy in praying for Giusy’s mom, Grazia, who is still waiting to see what treatment she will have for her cancer. It will probably be chemo, but the wait continues. Pray that Dot can be of encouragement to the family.

Assamese (Muslim traditions) in Bhutan

Although subject to periodic Tibetan invasions from the north, Bhutan has retained continuous autonomy since its founding by the military leader Shabdrung and the Tibetan Lama in the 17th century AD. Under British influence a monarchy was formally established on December 17th, 1907 with Ugyen Wangchuck as the first King of Bhutan. Several guerrilla groups seeking to establish an independent Assamese state in northeast India have more recently set up guerrilla bases in the forests of southern Bhutan from which they launch cross-border attacks on targets in Assam. These are the Assamese.

Ministry Obstacles
In the past, Bhutan has not been open to any kind of Christian witness or work. Things are improving, but access is still limited.

Outreach Ideas
There are many Christian believers in northeast India, and also in Nepal. Pray that some will be burdened to carry the good news of Jesus to the Assamese people of Bhutan.

Pray for the followers of Christ
A few followers of Jesus have been identified among the Assamese of Bhutan. Pray their faith will grow strong, and rest firmly upon Christ and his finished work on the cross. Pray for teachers and pastors for them. Pray also for the many Assamese that will soon join their numbers.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Assamese of Bhutan will desire to live in peace with their neighbors. Pray they will increasingly desire a real solution to the problem of sin.

Scripture Focus
“Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations.” Luke 24:46-47

People Name:

Assamese (Muslim traditions)

Country:

Bhutan

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

2,000

World Population:

2,844,000

Language:

Assamese

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks to God for the opportunity to plan and stage the second Team Expansion regional retreat. Praise God! Pray that those who attended have returned to various regions of the world to build up the Kingdom for God’s glory.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God would provide for this worker to embark on disciple making movement training and put these principles into practice.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord Jesus for Punjabi Sikh of India, we pray that Your Holy Spirit would be convicting and preparing “people of peace” who will open whole new social networks to the Gospel message and through whom Bible studies would be started.

Team Expansion Worker

Join MF in a sensitive field in giving thanks for two baptisms. Ask God to give these two young followers of Jesus great courage to share their faith and the Bible with their friends and families. Pray for MF and his partners who are teaching them face to face to have great wisdom as they encourage these young people.

Arab, Saudi – Hijazi in Saudi Arabia

Arabia once had a large Christian population, but they were expelled when Islam gained control 1300 years ago. Saudi Arabs see themselves as preservers of the Islamic faith, and the Wahabi fundamentalists were formed here. The Hijazi Arabs speak one of the variants of the Arabic language.

Ministry Obstacles
Any overt expression of the Christian faith is likely to bring strong negative response.

Outreach Ideas
Satellite TV and evangelistic websites are only two of the ways that the Gospel message can be communicated to these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray fervently for the few believers among the Arabs of Saudi Arabia, for their protection, and for their growth in the faith. Pray they will be courageous yet very tactful.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Saudi Arabs, that their religious zeal will soon be directed toward serving Jesus the Son of God.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name:

Arab, Saudi – Hijazi

Country:

Saudi Arabia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

9,921,000

World Population:

10,086,000

Language:

Arabic, Hijazi Spoken

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Ramadan is a Muslim holiday taking place May 26-June 25. Give thanks for opportunities to reach out to Muslims during this time of fasting and prayer during daylight hours, and feasting after dark. Pray that Christ followers would take advantage of opportunities to engage with Muslims and pray for Muslim neighbors near and far to experience and encounter Jesus.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up missionaries to join this worker to help activate gospel movements in the coming years.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord God, may the bondage to the spirits be destroyed and a new and clear vision appear of You, God. Strong and mighty, a great fortress able to protect all within Your arms. Give the Punjabi Sikh of India an understanding of what real power and real authority is.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for plans to come together for DF and his wife as they raise support and prepare to work in a sensitive field. Ask God to raise up prayer and financial partners. Pray for a healthy baby for them.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Rifi Berbers of Morocco, 1,433,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to break through and begin many generations of groups of disciples.

June 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks & praise to God that Kairos course is mobilizing the global church for God’s mission in 70 countries & over 30 languages. Pray that more believers both locally & globally would get involved. www.KairosUSA.com

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker’s language and cultural fluency to grow steadily along with their confidence as a learner.

Gospel Breakthrough

Thank you Father, that you are a Father to the fatherless. You love widows and orphans. May Your revolutionary love draw the hurting among the Punjabi Sikh of India. May they eagerly share the hope they find in Christ with others.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to give DF and his wife wisdom on navigating the new political climate in the field in which they are working. Pray for the wife’s health as she has had a re-occurring headache often tied to sinus pressure. Ask God to give DF discernment in implementing emergency services. Pray for continued discernment as to which relationships to invest in.

Rashaida in Sudan

The Rashaida are a Bedouin people populating either side of the Red Sea, coming from a major tribe in mainland Arabia about 150 years ago. They are a nomadic people living in tents made of goatskins. They are herdsmen, breeding primarily goats and sheep. Since they are largely illiterate, they memorize in great detail the pedigree of their animals, keeping mental records of their herds over seven or eight preceding generations of the flock.

Ministry Obstacles
A nomadic lifestyle makes it especially difficult to build relationships with people.

Outreach Ideas
The Gospel message needs to come to these illiterate people orally, using stories from Scripture, videos, recordings and similar means. Bridges of friendship need to be built.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ among the Rashaida community. Pray for these people, and for the new believers that will soon emerge. Pray they in all things will grow up into him who is the Head, Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Rashaida families will be able to live peaceful lives. Pray for stability in Sudan.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name:

Rashaida

Country:

Sudan

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

116,000

World Population:

152,000

Language:

Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

New Testament

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

It is so beautiful to see all God’s people of all races stepping up to tell the world how loved it is. Keep praying for the growth and effectiveness of the Kairos course in getting the world evangelized.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker’s understanding of their adopted culture and wisdom to find ways to share the Gospel in contextual form.

Gospel Breakthrough

Almighty God, we pray that Your truth would prevail among the people of Ancona, Italy, and that everything else would be proven false.

Team Expansion Worker

Join CF and his wife in asking for a CPM in the field in which they are working. Pray for reproducing bodies of believers in every every section of the city of 5 million people. Pray for boldness to share the Gospel freely and abundantly and wisdom to discern people of peace. Pray for their kids, especially the girls, as they grow in their young faith. Pray for N, for their discipleship Bible studies, and their home church. Praise God that these are going well.

Baloch, Western in Iran

The Baloch are a most ancient semi-nomadic tribal group that eventually occupied an area of land stretching through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, first settling there between the 5th and 7th centuries. The Baloch have been isolated for many years due to Iran’s harsh climate, the difficulty of communicating, and their past reputation as bandits. Balochmayar is the honor code by which the Balochs live. These principles include extending hospitality and mercy, dealing with each other honestly, and offering refuge to strangers. Before the coming of Islam these people probably were Zoroastrians.

Ministry Obstacles
The Baloch may have acquired an incorrect understanding of what Christians believe by observing people who are Christian in name only, not being genuine disciples of Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to minister to the physical needs of the Baloch, without neglecting their spiritual needs. Both are important.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for purity of doctrine and practice among the few followers of Jesus within the Baloch community. Pray for teachers to help them with doctrinal issues, and for qualified pastors to shepherd them. Pray they will be zealous to learn about Jesus.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for good schools for the children of the Baloch, and especially that low literacy levels will gradually improve. Pray also for employment opportunities for the men.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

June 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks to God for the opportunity to facilitate Kairos course June 12-16 at Emerald Hills. Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit as God speaks to each person about His passion for the least reached and our response to His heart.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker to have positive experiences and impressions on which to build solid relationships and grow love for the people they serve.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord of the Ages, we pray You would send more workers to Ancona, Italy to declare the grace of Christ in a difficult post Christian nation.

Team Expansion Worker

Join LF and his wife in praying for the two men who are in Bible studies together with him, that they would faithfully continue meeting and that the Truth will sear their hearts and set them free. Please continue to pray for ongoing language study.

Axi in China

In the past, the Axi chose to remain hidden in the hills and retain their own identity. They have a unique dance, the Axi Tiaoyue, which is now famous throughout China. A troupe of 50 Axi dancers has performed it all over the country. The Axi believe demons will afflict them should someone in their village upset the spiritual harmony. Chickens and other animals are immediately sacrificed in an attempt to placate the demons and prevent them from causing further harm.

Ministry Obstacles
Upsetting the spiritual harmony of the community will surely bring ostracism, separation from the community.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel films, audio recordings, Gospel radio, stories told from Scripture, will be helpful. Workers are needed to carry these tools to the Axi people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian believers among the Axi people, that they will live holy lives and rest fully on the finished work of Christ on the cross. Pray for them to share their faith with family and friends not out of obligation, but from desire.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these people will be released from honoring demonic spirits and being held in subjection to them.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

People Name:

Axi

Country:

China

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

99,000

World Population:

99,000

Language:

Sani

Primary Religion:

Ethnic Religions

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Today the Kairos participants are up out of their seats for experiential cross-cultural learning. Pray for participants of Kairos to hear exactly what God needs them to hear and that they will take huge steps of faith to find their place in God’s Kingdom work.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for healthy, nurturing relationships between this worker and teammates and with members of expatriate community.

Gospel Breakthrough

God we praise You for how Your Word is convicting hearts and His Spirit is drawing some towards Jesus in Ancona, Italy. We ask Your Spirit to transform their worldview and free them from snares of the enemy and of the world.

Team Expansion Worker

MF and his wife ask that we continue to pray for B. Their relationship with her has been difficult of late. She will return to her village when they leave in June for home service and won’t be back to work with them. Pray for God to continue to work in her life. Please pray for S with systemic lupus. She required a blood transfusion this week and was in a critical situation but seems to be stabilizing now. Pray that her lupus doctor will do a better job managing her condition. Pray for her to choose to be baptized.

Luoluopo, Central in China

The religion of this group is polytheism, believing in many gods. They are also animists, worshiping the spirits of their dead ancestors, as well as spirits of the hills, trees, water, earth, sky, wind, and forests. Magic plays a major role in their daily lives. Surprisingly, they believe in a creator God who is both near and accessible. They also believe in heaven and hell.

Ministry Obstacles
The Luoluopo have a culture of worshiping what has been created rather than the Creator.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Luoluopo believers will mature in the faith such that they can accurately carry the Gospel message to the remainder of their people group. They also need to grow in numbers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christian believers among this people group. Pray they will live lives that are pleasing to the Lord, and that they will grow in numbers and in maturity in the faith. Pray they will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will open the eyes of the Luoluopo community to see their opportunity to trust Christ for an abundant and eternal life.

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

People Name:

Luoluopo, Central

Country:

China

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

447,000

World Population:

447,000

Language:

Lolopo

Primary Religion:

Ethnic Religions

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“For the grace that is greater than all my sin/ Of when justice was served and when mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in / Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him”

This song by Jason Ingram and Mike Weaver matches disciple making principles. Pray that Kairos participants will tell their story and proclaim the message of Christ to all who will listen. Pray that Kairos participants will make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker will be sustained through moments of disappointment and discouragement by their vision of seeing lives transformed by God’s powerful Word.

Gospel Breakthrough

Thank You Father, for Your Holy Spirit who can work in and through even the simplest of people. We praise You for the ways You are pursuing young men and women in Rome, Italy. As these young people choose to follow Jesus, may they grow to be strong leaders, passionately sharing Jesus in their college campuses, dormitories, with groups of friends and family.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with S and P that they were able to visit Mongolia in April, teach in the Bible Training Center, encourage their friend Hayley, encourage the believers in Altai, and participate in the annual JCS meeting in Ulaanbataar.

Malay in Indonesia

The Malay people are believed to have originated in Borneo and then expanded outwards into Sumatra and other regions, including Indonesia. These people were descendants of Austronesian-speakers who migrated from the Philippines and originally from Taiwan. Malays practiced Buddhism, Hinduism, and their native Animism before converting to Islam in the 15th century.

Ministry Obstacles
A strong commitment to Islam dating from the 15th century establishes strong ethnic group identity with that religion. To change religions threatens a person’s place in family and society.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio and television can be helpful. Christian workers also need to befriend these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Malay, that they will have Scripture available in their language, as well as other resources to help them grow and mature. Pray they will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Malay of Indonesia will hunger to know more of Isa (Jesus), and will be drawn to this Man. Pray their hunger will be satisfied, that the Spirit of Christ will help them.

Scripture Focus
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15

June 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pathways Interns 2017 are reaching out with the Gospel in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Give thanks to God for their passion and ask God to fuel their passion to reach many of the unreached with whom they are serving this summer.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for the physical well-being of that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Dear Lord, we pray that the Holy Spirit would help the people of Rome, Italy discern truth from falsehood as they are bombarded with lots of philosophies, traditions and worldviews.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Jason and Coralee Garro in asking God to start a church-planting movement among Muslim people in Tanzania. Pray that God will raise up co-workers in Tanzania to further the work. Pray that their visa application process would go smoothly and that their visas would be approved by September so that they don’t have to continue to leave the country every 3 months. Pray for their marriage and walk with God to be strong. Ask for wisdom in parenting. Pray that their daughter Jenna would catch up with homeschooling by July.

Makassar in Indonesia

The primary source of income among the Makassar is rice farming; however, they are also well known throughout Indonesia for their skill in trading. Polygamy is accepted; however, it is only practiced among the wealthy since a separate house must be provided for each wife. Siri (respect and honor) is the social code by which the Makassar live. Anyone seriously offending another person’s siri runs the risk of being killed and the external authorities will often refuse to become involved. The Makassar people are almost all Muslims, nevertheless traditional beliefs are still influential, especially in the remote areas.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Jesus among the Makasar is likely to upset community harmony, and to risk becoming an outsider.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps mature Christian believers in other Indonesian tribes will become burdened for their Makasar neighbors. Pray they will act in response to the prompting of the Lord’s Spirit, out of love as well as duty.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the faith of the few followers of Christ among the Makasar people will be strengthened. Pray they will grow in their knowledge of Christ, and that their love for each other will also grow. Pray they will be excellent witnesses to the goodness of Christ to family and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
At this time the Makassar people need training to increase their agricultural production. Medical personnel and nutritional information are also needed, because the Makassar people in rural areas still suffer from poor nutrition. Pray for these needs to be met.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name:

Makassar

Country:

Indonesia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

2,336,000

World Population:

2,336,000

Language:

Makasar

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

The Pathways interns will touch many lives as they help with outreach in Asia, Europe and the Middle East this summer. Pray that their presence in foreign lands will make an impact for Jesus among unreached peoples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for the physical health of that worker, that God would heal all their diseases and renew their strength.

Gospel Breakthrough

In the name of Jesus, we ask You Father God to quicken those in Rome, Italy who are “dead in trespasses and sins” to turn and be made “alive together with Christ.”

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with K and L that the restaurant DBS in Asia is doing well. Continue to pray for the salvation of those who are studying. Pray that God will continue to give K wisdom as he disciples the new believers. Pray that God will continue to use their family to reach the people of Asia.

Brunei Malay in Brunei

Brunei Malay is the name used to refer to several very closely related and assimilated groups of indigenous peoples in Brunei. Although they are ethnically related to the Malay and share the Islamic religion, there are many cultural and linguistic differences that make the Brunei Malay distinct from the larger Malay populations. They write in Bahasa Malaysia but they speak in Brunei Malay, which is uniquely different in sound from spoken Malay. As the indigenous people of the land, the Brunei Malay generally enjoy special privileges and benefit from oil wealth. All Brunei Malay are classified as Muslims at birth. However, individual beliefs will often be influenced by tribal religions of their ancestors.

Ministry Obstacles
Material wealth often prevents people from accepting that they are spiritually paupers, when they don’t have Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio and television will provide access to these people, but should be accompanied by much prayer.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are very few believers in this group. Pray that they may see that the Great Commission compels them to take the Good News to their neighbors.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these prosperous people will increasingly see the poverty of anyone without Christ, and will seek true wealth.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name:

Brunei Malay

Country:

Brunei

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

181,000

World Population:

536,000

Language:

Brunei

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

No

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

June 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks to God for those stepping up to be trained as Kairos Facilitators in order to mobilize more people in making disciples of all nations. Pray for the impact this will have on millions of unreached peoples around the world.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to remove any sickness, physical harm or threat that saps strength and resources of that worker that can lead to discouragement and vulnerability, or even cause them to leave their work.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, Mighty Warrior, we pray for breakthrough for Tokyo, Japan. The angel said to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all people. This very day in David’s town your Savior was born – Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:10-11). We pray for the Japanese people to know the real source of meaning and joy.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that the seeds planted by Andrea and Heather Gentile in Italy will grow in the hearts of men and women so that a plant of faith will grow and bring forth much fruit.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Turks of Turkey, 53,402,000 followers of Islam. Pray earnestly for an emerging Turkish church to grow in numbers and maturity such that they can widely influence Turkish society.

June 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for the training and preparation of Pathways interns 2017 to enter cultures in Asia, Europe and Middle East. Pray for these 16 young adults as they invest in God’s global kingdom. Pray for soft and pliable hearts, for obedience and faithfulness, and for deep and lasting growth.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker will praise God as He provides healing and protection.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, to reach this generation in Tokyo, Japan we need exponential growth, so we pray You will multiply multiplying disciples quickly.

Team Expansion Worker

Bob Gibson is still in pain after surgery for 3 bulging discs. Pray for relief from this pain. Ask for resolution of other health issues as well so that he might come back to work at International Services in Louisville, KY.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Pashtun of United Arab Emirates, 711,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to raise up prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.

June 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks and praise God for training in Relational Evangelism taking place in East Africa. This outreach is in the beginning stages of a movement to Christ. Pray for God to move in a mighty way. Pray for connections with YWAM in West Africa and the training among the young people to be effective and fruitful.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker may enjoy good health and that all may go well.

Gospel Breakthrough

Holy Spirit, we ask that You tear down every objection and resistance to the Good News of Jesus in Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Josh and Chloe Glenn in praying that God will continue to grow disciples in Cincinnati through the church and the people who have been equipped with tools to make disciples. Pray for a good transition for their family to inner city work in Franklinton, OH.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Arabs of Dearborn Michigan, United States, 400,000 followers of Islam. Pray for bridges of friendship and trust to be built between Arabs and Christians of Dearborn.

June 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God that Pathways interns will be involved in doing Discovery Bible Study style obedience studies to some degree. One team among Syrian refugees will be doing prayer walking and finding people of peace. Pray that brand new groups will be started among the refugees to discover who Jesus is and how to obey His Word.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to protect that worker from harm and kept safe as they travel, speak, teach, translate, etc.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord of the nations, we pray that You would transform the worldview of the Mien of Laos and their beliefs so that they live in obedience to Christ and according to His teachings.

Team Expansion Worker

Join E and E in praying that they can build meaningful relationships with the refugees in the U.S. and have more opportunities to serve them. Pray for protection of the respect and connections that E has made as a teacher with his students. Pray against the fear that traps Muslims from asking questions about their faith. Pray for them to find the freedom and love Jesus offers to them.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Warao of Venezuela, 49,000 followers of tribal religions. Pray that the Warao will honor and receive the message with open hearts.

June 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks and praise for Pathways interns taking part in summer outreach in Europe. Pray for much fruit from local church outreaches, including street preaching. Ask God to inspire English classes using the Bible as their text. Pray this would cause groups to start up for Discovery Bible Studies and that many souls would be obedient to Christ.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray the Lord gives strength to this worker and blesses with peace.

Gospel Breakthrough

The Mien of Laos continue to believe that a present realm of ancestral spirits dictate their everyday lives. Heavenly Father, we ask Your Holy Spirit to reveal Your might to the Mien and acknowledge that You alone are LORD.

Team Expansion Worker

Join JoAnna Gooden, International Services, in asking for good health and energy. Ask for God’s help in managing home, family, and part-time work at International Services.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the TD Tam of Vietnam, 816,000 followers of Theravada Buddhism. Ask the Lord to call willing workers to go to Vietnam and share Christ with the TD Tam.

June 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

In Asia, Pathways interns will be doing outreach with coffee shops and farmers, from evangelism and discipling to more manual labor. Give thanks to God for local churches and pray that God would increase and grow more groups, as well as be a Jesus influence to local government.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to go before that worker as they watch their Strength and Fortress protect them from Slander.

Gospel Breakthrough

Almighty Father, may the eyes and hearts of the Mien of Laos who trusts in idols be opened to the falseness of images made of wood and metal who have no breath in them. Father, may they be filled with the knowledge of Your glory and bow down before You in silence, awe and worship.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Bobby and Mandy Granham in Africa in praying for Sahadu, (one of the Center’s workers) who has been sick with malaria. After taking meds for a couple of days, he wasn’t improving, so the Grahams took him back. The test they ran showed positive for Hep B and suggested he go on to Tamale to have blood work done to check his liver function. Pray for the Graham kids as they continue with school. Ask that they might see progress with reading and learning and for their self-esteem to build.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Sylhetti of Bangladesh, 3,434,188 followers of Islam. Pray for release from spiritual bondage that has hung heavily over Bangladesh for centuries.

June 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for the sport outreach in conjunction with a ministry that has Discovery Bible Study as their primary focus. The Pathways interns will be meeting people and build connections with a new team serving in the Canary Islands. Pray that this outreach would be fruitful in expanding the Kingdom and groups would form and vibrant churches would be a natural response.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker gives thanks and praise to God for His strength, love, protection and refuge in times of trouble.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lifting up the Serbs of Bosnia to You Father, there are big things ahead of this nation and a big fight that is on to see that it doesn’t happen. We pray for workers to hold on to Truth and Love always. We pray for dreams and visions and that the veil would be removed from those that are seeking. We pray that Serbs would find Jesus in living color, standing before them, inviting them to come.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with K and S for fruitful training with MTI before their departure for the Middle East. Pray for last good-byes and and final details to come together in these final two weeks before departure to their field of service. Pray that God will be near their extended family as they leave. Ask protection for their marriage and children and for the teammates they will be joining in the field.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for Serbs of Bosnia, 2,051,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to open eyes of the Serbs and to protect them from Satan who steers them away from trusting God.

June 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

In the Middle East, Pathways interns will be involved in Arabic language learning as well as some work with the local church. In a Turk speaking region of Europe, Pathways interns will work with sports outreach in local parks and with Discovery Bible Studies. Since this is the first year for a female intern in this field, she will be working with veteran missionaries to establish more women-centric outreach and ministry. Praise God for going before these interns to prepare the soil for their labor. Pray that many seeds are planted, ministries are started and souls are won for the Lord.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker may be on guard, standing firm in faith in Christ with courage and strength.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father God, as we pray for the Khmer of Cambodia and the Mien of Laos, we know that Scripture overcomes spiritual darkness. Freedom from spiritual oppression is gained from an understanding of the Word of God.  We pray that You reveal Yourself as the only true God who controls the world with love, mercy and grace.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for AG as he proceeds with his Quest apprenticeship in the Middle East. The summer interns have now joined him. Ask God to give much fruit from the work this summer.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Djula of Burkina Faso, 2,190,000 followers of folk Islam. Ask God to soften hearts of those who have let them become hardened.

June 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks and praise God for the opportunity to participate in the North American Christian Convention June 27-30 in Kansas City, MO. Pray for safe travel to NACC and back again, and for many opportunities to talk with and pray with those who will stop by the Wall of Unreached Peoples. Pray that many convention go-ers adopt an unreached group.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for the physical strength of this worker who can do all things through Christ who gives them strength.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, when You walked this earth, You performed so many healing and miracles. All of Your wonders created such a buzz about You, yet You wanted people to believe in You based on Your testimony. Now we ask that You walk among the Druze of Golan Heights and work Your wonders and healing. Open their ears to hear Your words and believe in You.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray for wisdom for JG in his role of field coordinator for several teams in Africa and the U.S.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Cham of Cambodia, 241,000 followers of Islam. Ask the Lord to call long term laborers who are willing to share the Gospel of Christ with the Cham.

June 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for the heritage and role of North American Christian Convention. Pray that NACC will be a great encouragement for thousands of churches, preachers, missionaries, leaders, youth pastors, church planters, college students, worship leaders … Ask God to bring glory to His name through the week of June 27-30 in Kansas City, MO

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is delivered from wicked and evil people who wish to do them harm.

Gospel Breakthrough

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4). Jesus, You are the Light of the world, we pray that Your glory would shine through the blind eyes of the unbelieving Punjabi Sikh of India and turn their hearts back to You, their Creator.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for discernment for D and C as they look at options to further engage in Media Follow-Up Efforsts. Pray for D as he disciples Shujea. Pray for their team as they look at ways to participate in these ministries in an even more impactful way. Pray for wisdom as Da works with leadership teams starting new media follow-up initiatives. Pray for their marriage. Life has been very full and stressful, which has added marriage pressure. Please ask God to bind them together in unity and trust.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Khmer of Cambodia, 14,039,000 followers of Buddhism. Pray the Khmer will heal from tragedies brought by Khmer Rouge, and past suffering will prepare them for the love and forgiveness found only in Jesus.

 

June 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

The North American Christian Convention began in 1927 as a gathering for vocational Christian leaders. Since the 1960s, NACC has been an annual 4-day summer convention attracting many vocational and non-vocational Christian leaders and their families. Give thanks for opportunities to participate in NACC.  Pray for the main speakers, worship teams, and workshop presenters to be anointed by the Holy Spirit to deliver God’s message.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for Divine encouragement when that worker experiences trails and difficult times.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father God, You have declared that Jesus is your Son, that You love Him and are pleased with Him (Mt 3:17). Reveal this to the people of Ancona, Italy and Rome, Italy. Give them hearts to love Jesus your Son as You do.

Team Expansion Worker

Rebekah Hunnun (Spain) requests prayer for her teammate Gabriela who is still in need of financial support. Pray for teammates Chris and Nicia Irwin and their son Daniel who is doing a summer internship in Spain. Pray for teammates Gabo and Barbara and the new baby on the way. Ask for fruit from prayerwalks in Huetor Vega and Alhendin. Pray for Sylvia’s internship and for the Bliffens as they settle in. Ask for spiritual eyes to join God where He is working.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Kui of Cambodia, 33,000 followers of Buddhism. Pray that by God’s power and plan, the Kui would be reached with the Gospel and be transformed into disciple makers.

June 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks the North American Christian Convention provides ideas, inspiration and identity to Restoration Movement churches, ministries and their leaders. Pray for NACC to encourage, equip, and empower them for greater impact in God’s Kingdom

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for being that worker’s refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Gospel Breakthrough

Great Jehovah, for Tokyo, Japan we pray that strongholds and deceptions would be broken and hearts would be freed to hear and receive the truth of Your salvation in Christ Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for God’s blessing on Jenny Finch as she raises support and makes plans to work in the International Services in Louisville, KY, as Missionary Kid Coordinator.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Northern Dong of China, 574,000 followers of animism. Ask God to deliver the Dong from fear of spirits so they may know and rest in Jesus Christ

 

 

May 22, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for May 1-31, 2017

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May 1

Team Expansion General Request

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:4-6). This month of May Team Expansion general request will focus on partnerships. This may include translation projects, Community Health Evangelism, media broadcasts, PACE projects as well as prayer and financial partners. Give thanks and praise God for partnerships in the Gospel to further His Kingdom on earth.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the work this servant is doing to bring people to Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for walls to crumble so that Jesus reigns victorious in these specific people groups and cities where several teams are serving: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

DB in Southeast Asia requests prayer for TD student who is considering getting baptized. Join DB in praying for TD outreach in the city to become fruitful. Ask that J and S would reach out to co-workers and start new groups. Ask for wisdom for DB as to when his next home service should be.

Tibetan, Shanyan in China

The Tibetan name for Shanyan means “rough terrain”. The people live in a very remote district of China, requiring travel by foot or horseback. Reports indicate they defied imperial rule for over 200 years by relying on their dangerous terrain, and were finally brought under Chinese rule in 1910. They are completely unreached by the Gospel, posing one of the greatest challenges of any Buddhist group in the world.

Ministry Obstacles
The Shanyan people have little basis for understanding a creator God who knows and loves them personally. Also, their remote location is an especially difficult barrier.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, focused prayer is needed for these difficult to reach people. Pray the Lord will prepare their hearts to understand and receive, and pray for dedicated Chinese believers to carry the message to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Even though the Gospel message is completely unknown to these people, pray for the followers of Christ that will soon come out from among them. Pray the Lord will help them become devoted disciples, firmly planted on the truth of Scripture, and growing in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Shanyan community to be able to cope with the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century. Pray they will make schooling a priority for the children.

Scripture Focus
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else.” 1 Kings 8:60

People Name: Tibetan, Shanyan
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 25,000
World Population: 25,000
Language: Language unknown
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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May 2

Team Expansion General Request

Pioneer Bible Translators and Team Expansion desire for every person on earth to encounter Jesus as Savior and Lord. Pray for the transformation of every Bible-less and churchless people groups. Give thanks for our partnership and pray that together we “…stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose us” (Philippians 1:27-28).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to grant new sensitivity to His guidance and voice.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that God would stir hearts of religious leaders among the Serbs of Bosnia to search for the One True God, and to carve a path for other Serbs to follow.

Team Expansion Worker

Join EB and his wife in requesting prayer for workers in Venezuela. There are shortages for needs as basic as bread. Many families are sick and believers have died from lack of medicine. Please pray for safety for daily bread, and for the growth of Christ’s Church in this country.

Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan

The homeland of the Azeris was first conquered by the Persians in the sixth century BC. Islam was introduced into the area during the seventh century, AD. Azerbaijani settlements were traditionally divided into villages made up of extended families. In an attempt to protect their culture, marriage within the family was encouraged, often between cousins. Religious practices are less restrictive of women’s activities than in some Muslim countries. Many women have jobs outside the home.

Ministry Obstacles
The Azeris have centuries of historical commitment to Islam, not easily changed.

Outreach Ideas
Georgian Christians may be able to carry the Gospel message to the Azeris. Gospel radio may also be helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Azeri, that they will faithfully fellowship together, be well-taught in the Scriptures, and grow to become mature in the Lord. Pray they will be made new in the attitude of their minds.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that the Azeris will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as they study the Koran, that they will desire to know more about this Man.

Scripture Focus
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1

People Name: Azerbaijani
Country: Azerbaijan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,661,000
World Population: 9,820,000
Language: Azerbaijani, North
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

May 3

Team Expansion General Request

Celebrate how God developed partnerships between loyal yokefellows in 3 different countries who have contended in the cause of the gospel (Philippians 4:3).Want to see and hear the first full Bible translated by a Team Expansion worker? In conjunction with Pioneer Bible Translators and the Institute for Bible Translation in Russia for this 16 year project, many Crimean Tatar have the Word of God in their own language. Praise God! www.bible.com/bible/1550/gen.1ctb

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks to God for this worker’s partnerships to further the Gospel.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord Jesus, You came to make an end of sins and to establish Your Kingdom. Soften hearts of the Serbs of Bosnia to receive this message.

Team Expansion Worker

Join JB and his wife in praying for O in North Africa. She is close to believing. Pray that she would receive a dream/vision that would confirm her steps toward Christ. Pray for new friend A to be led to Jesus by R. Pray for Abdel and other men who are struggling with making money an idol. Pray for N to lead her entire household to Christ. Pray that S would take the next steps of faith.

Tibetan, Central in China

Nomadic tribes roamed Tibet as early as the second century BC. Around 600 AD the clans of Tibet were united, and the ancient Tibetan Bon religion (a mixture of magic, divination, demon worship, and sacrifices) was united with Buddhist teachings. Tibetan Buddhism is the life-blood of the Tibetan people. The patron saint of Tibet is Chenrezig, whose image has up to 11 heads and as many as 1000 arms.

Ministry Obstacles
“Tibet has long been one of the greatest challenges for Christianity”. Operation China 2000

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, persistent prayer is required to change the perspective of the Tibetan Buddhists, to give them a hunger to know the living God.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are one or two small Tibetan fellowships in Lhasa. Pray for these believers to grow and become mature disciples of Christ, and to pray persistently for their Tibetan friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Tibetan Buddhists to increasingly hunger to know a personal God, one who loves them, and who has sent his Son to die for their sin. Pray they will feel the reality of sin.

Scripture Focus
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations – Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.” Psalm 57:9-11

People Name: Tibetan, Central
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 916,000
World Population: 1,075,000
Language: Tibetan, Central
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

May 4

Team Expansion General Request

Many Christians are unaware that we live in a country that has a law in place requiring our President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday of May. People of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals. Today let us partner together in requests, prayer, intercession and thanksgiving being made for everyone – kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-2). The theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us (Daniel 9:19). www.nationaldayofprayer.org

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to increase the faith of this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that by God’s power, the mysteries of the Kingdom be revealed to the Serbs of Bosnia

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for AB’s health. He has had a few issures. Continue to lift up the work that hew investigating in a sensitive field as far as mills for followers to work at. Pray for fruit in AB’s work with international students and for JM, a student his wife has been mentoring.

Arab, Iraqi in Iraq

The Arabs have for years formed about 70% of the total population of Iraq, the majority being of the Shiite branch of Islam and living in southern Iraq, with the Sunni’s living primarily in central Iraq. Social life is important to Arabs. They like to share a daily coffee time by sitting on the floor and drinking coffee from cups without handles. The Apostle Thomas is said to have brought Christianity to Mesopotamia. The ancient Church was centered in and spread from the Assyrian city of Arbel, located in the north. The Christian Church has been a part of Iraqi culture since that time.

Ministry Obstacles
Iraq is presently in turmoil. This offers both obstacles and opportunities for the Arabs to learn more fully of who Jesus truly is.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained prayer is needed for the Arabs of Iraq, to prepare them to really understand the Gospel message. Gospel radio, television, Christian websites, and personal witness will all be useful as Arab hearts are prepared to hear and receive.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Iraqi Arabs who know and follow Jesus Christ. Pray for protection for their faith, and for their families. Pray the Lord will encourage them and give them fruit from his Spirit: love, joy, and peace.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace and stability in Iraq, that the government will be able to maintain order. Pray the various factions within the Arab community will give up hatred and revenge against each other. Pray the current disorder will prepare them for the Gospel of peace that Jesus offers.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

People Name: Arab, Iraqi
Country: Iraq
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 14,921,000
World Population: 17,214,000
Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

May 5

Team Expansion General Request

While life is terribly difficult for the Venezuelans, God continues to provide resources and strength for those still living in country. Against incredible odds, God’s work continues to spread. For 10 years now, a Team Expansion missionary and her partners have been working on a project to translate the Bible for the Warao Indians, who live deep in the jungle of the Orinoco River basin. Praise God that progress continues in translation and a local team is being trained to help in this process. Pray for our brothers and sisters who share in the heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the progress in what this worker is doing to share the Gospel with people groups.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to provide opportunity for the Khmer of Cambodia to hear the truth of His love and receive His transforming power.

Team Expansion Worker

Join P and R in praying for the TD in southeast Asia. Especially pray for O and Z who are believers among the TD. Their group has two other strong believers and a few seekers. P and R have been have been visiting, sharing the Good News, and discipling this group for over one year.

Arab, Saudi – Najdi in Saudi Arabia

Najdi is one of the varieties of the Arabic language spoken by Saudi Arabs. Saudi Arabia is sometimes called, “The Land of The Two Holy Mosques,” in reference to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest places in Islam. The public practice of any religion other than Islam (including Christianity and Judaism), the presence of churches, and possession of non-Islamic religious materials is not allowed. Saudi Arabian dress follows strictly the principles of hijab, the Islamic principle of modesty.

Ministry Obstacles
Saudi Arabia is completely off limits to any kind of indigenous Christian presence.

Outreach Ideas
Christian radio, television, and websites, provide many opportunities to communicate the good news about Christ. Pray for hearts to desire to seek these out.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are not many followers of Jesus among the Saudi Arabs. There are a few, and they need outside prayer support. Pray for their protection. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit, demonstrating the fruit of his Spirit. This fruit will be a strong testimony to the reality and goodness of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Saudi Arabs will hunger to know forgiveness of sin, found only through faith in the work of Christ on the cross. Pray they will hunger to know God’s love, found through faith in Christ’s work and life.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name: Arab, Saudi – Najdi
Country: Saudi Arabia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 12,695,000
World Population: 15,918,000
Language: Arabic, Najdi Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

May 6

Team Expansion General Request

As Team Expansion workers in Taiwan have created new videos for media ministry, we have been praying for God to provide local partners to help with the development of this huge project. Ask God to lead in building partnership between this team and Create International Taiwan School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions. If this is a partnership that could help this team work together with local Taiwan artists to create discipleship tools and resources, would you pray that God would make that very clear and enable partners to dream big for His Kingdom?

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the word of Christ dwells richly in that worker to teach and admonish with wisdom and gratitude.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, show strength with Your arm, and scatter the proud in their imagination among the Khmer of Cambodia.

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and J in praying for the T family to know Jesus. R and J have now crossed the border after being told they had 15 days to stay in the country in which they had been working for several years. Pray for a good transition for them as they process all that has happened. Pray that they will once again be able to enter this country on tourist visas.

Miana in India

The Miana mostly subsist on agriculture and fishing while the landless depend on wage-labor. Some are marginal farmers. They have their own traditional council and the headman or mukhi presides over it. Traditionally, they accept both cooked and uncooked food from all Muslims but not from the scheduled castes, Bhangi and Chamar. They maintain cordial relations with the Bania, Lohana and other Hindu communities living in the region. Only sons inherit property among them.

Ministry Obstacles
The people of the Miana community may not fully understand who Jesus is, and possibly may not have known disciples of Christ who follow him with a whole heart. Pray for understanding. Pray for committed disciples of Christ to visit the Miana community.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can bring the good news of Jesus to the Miana community by using stories from Scripture, and also use Gospel recordings and films. Much prayer is needed to prepare hearts.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Jesus among the Miana community today, but pray for the many that will soon come to Christ. Pray that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. Pray they will find each other, and fellowship faithfully together.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Miana community to be able to provide adequately for their families, and for employment opportunities. Pray they will have schools available for their children, and will make schooling a priority.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

People Name: Miana
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 66,000
World Population: 66,000
Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

May 7

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has many partnering churches in the Gospel, both locally and globally, with whom we have shared our vision of 24 Disciple Making Movements among the unreached by 2024. Some of these partnering churches are implementing new paradigms of ministry. Jesus said that you can’t put new wine into old wineskins. It is hard to get people to accept new paradigms of ministry that are actually more biblical than traditional paradigms of ministry. Ask God to create “new wineskins” in the hearts of long-time believers in the West and all around the world.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks for the partnerships between this worker and supporting churches to make disciples who will make more disciples.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask Jesus to put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalt the lowly among the Khmer of Cambodia.

Team Expansion Worker

Join AB in praying for families of believers in Eastern Europe to come to Jesus. Pray for E as she leads believers in DMM training. Pray for those she leads to catch the vision and put it into practice. Please pray for new workers who are joining existing workers in this area of the world. Pray for continued progress on translation projects and for unity and healing for all after a troubled time with a situation that affected many. Praise God that M’s mom found a job.

Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India

Rabari means outsiders. This is because of their occupation. Rabari’s main business used to be raising livestock. These livestock need lots of space and the people have lived outside the villages. At present, the Rabari have settled down in their original communities, and are engaging in commerce and agriculture. Rabari are the remnant of Huns, who invaded India in the fifth century AD.

Ministry Obstacles
To become followers of Christ a person risks losing their place in their community, and even within their family.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to build bridges of friendship and trust. Helping with material and physical needs is one way to do this.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the followers of Christ that will soon emerge from the Rabari community will be hungry to learn and practice the fundamentals of the faith, being zealous to follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Rabari community will live in harmony with their neighbors, and be able to properly provide for their families.

Scripture Focus
“You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

People Name: Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,073,000
World Population: 1,073,000
Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

May 8

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion Prayer Coordinator is attending an international conference on prayer and mission in Hernhut, Germany this week. Praise God for an invitation to attend the Linking Prayer and Missions Conference May 8-12. Pray for safety in travel, and lots of learning at the conference.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker has the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know God better.

Gospel Breakthrough

In the Mighty name of Jesus, let the word of God spread and the number of disciples among the Druze of Golan be multiplied greatly.

Team Expansion Worker

Pry for perseverance, motivation, joy, health, patience, and wisdom in working on collaborative model protocols.

Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India

Rabari means outsiders. This is because of their occupation. Rabari’s main business used to be raising livestock. These livestock need lots of space and the people have lived outside the villages. At present, the Rabari have settled down in their original communities, and are engaging in commerce and agriculture. Rabari are the remnant of Huns, who invaded India in the fifth century AD.

Ministry Obstacles
To become followers of Christ a person risks losing their place in their community, and even within their family.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to build bridges of friendship and trust. Helping with material and physical needs is one way to do this.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the followers of Christ that will soon emerge from the Rabari community will be hungry to learn and practice the fundamentals of the faith, being zealous to follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Rabari community will live in harmony with their neighbors, and be able to properly provide for their families.

Scripture Focus
“You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

People Name: Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,073,000
World Population: 1,073,000
Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

May 9

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion’s Prayer Coordinator is attending an international conference on prayer and missions in Herrnhut, Germany this week. Pray that all of the prayer and mission leaders who are attending would deeply connect with the Lord and with one another and experience the reviving work of the Holy Spirit in this historic place of prayer, revival, and mission.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker has the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know God better.

Gospel Breakthrough

In the Mighty name of Jesus, let the word of God spread and the number of disciples among the Druze of Golan be multiplied greatly.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for plan’s to come together for Elizabeth Bliffen to join the work in Spain. Ask God to raise up more prayer and financial supporters.

Mina in India

Lack of education, illiteracy and lack of access to proper facilities keep the Mina in the clutches of several sicknesses. Mina believe in life after death and rebirth. Those who do well in this life are supposed to be born as stars in the next life. Minas are ruled by several such folk beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles
The Mina community speaks some 40 languages. Church planting strategies need to take this into account. Workers speaking several languages are needed.

Outreach Ideas
Several church planting teams and evangelistic efforts are needed. Each language group within this community needs special attention.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few believers among the Mina, that they may be encouraged in the faith and may be properly taught the ways of the Lord by capable teachers who know the Scriptures, and how to teach them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that each person in this large community may hear of Jesus and his finished work on the cross, and be given faith to believe. Pray for workers.

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

People Name: Mina
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,001,000
World Population: 5,001,000
Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

May 10

Team Expansion General Request

The second Wednesday of every month Team Expansion’s International Staff gather at 1pm for Community Meeting to hear how each department is keeping on task. Then we pray for our partners and teammates spread around the world. Pray that Team Expansion workers will not be distracted from the goals set, under God’s leading and direction, for 2017. Pray that each would remember the reason (to glorify God) and their reward (heaven) for his/her work. Ask that each would resist discouragement, renew daily through prayer and God’s Word, and rely upon God for each goal and each task to be accomplished. Nothing is impossible with God.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker has a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, let Your righteousness, peace and joy be revealed to the Druze of Golan.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for John and Becky Bliffen as they adjust to life in Spain. Ask for open hearts and open homes in Alhendin and for wisdom in planning for summer outreaches in Granada. Lift up health concerns for family in the US (especially John’s mom and sister and Becky’s sister.

Kazak, Qinghai in China

In 1936 a group of 10,000 Kazaks left northern Xinjiang and migrated south to Qinghai. Beset there by Mongol nomads, the Kazaks moved further south in 1939, only to be caught and massacred by a local warlord. Of 10,000 Kazaks, they say all but 700 perished. Today they have recovered to become a commune of about 2,000 semi-nomads.

Ministry Obstacles
They reside in a remote area of western China.

Outreach Ideas
Although they claim to be Muslims, the Qinghai Kazaks are essentially animists. They also engage in ancestor worship. They are surrounded by Tibetan Buddhists on every side but have stubbornly refused to embrace their religion. They may be open to the message of Jesus’ love and forgiveness – many resources are available in their language.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those believers that will someday emerge. Pray they will grow in knowledge, and that Godly teachers will help them.

Pray for the entire people group
Today the Kazaks of Qinghai are a completely untouched group and have no knowledge whatsoever of Christ or the gospel. Pray that the Lord will work mightily to make his salvation known to these people.

Scripture Focus
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

People Name: Kazak, Qinghai
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,600
World Population: 3,600
Language: Kazakh
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

May 11

Team Expansion General Request

Cooperation between Team Expansion and prayer partners give added power in prayer. Matthew 18:19 says that if two on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done by our heavenly Father. As prayer initiatives for global prayer movement grows, Team Expansion’s desire is to partner with other like-minded organizations serving in those fields for whom we are interceding. Pray for partnership opportunities to grow as the prayer initiative ministry moves forward.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to guide this worker’s steps that might lead to developing a prayer initiative for the people/field in which they are serving.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord, let Your Word be preached to the Punjabi Sikh of India, not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask that A and R might continue to humbly seek God’s wisdom and an intimate relationship with Him while they faithfully beg Him to keep His promises and trust that He will move His people to restoration. A and R have recently returned to the US due to A’s dad’s illness. Pray for peace and comfort and healing.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Bassari of Guinea-Bissau

Most Bassari are concentrated on either side of the Senegal-Guinea border, with several hundred in Guinea-Bissau. The Bassari arrived in the area between the 11th and 19th centuries, establishing their settlements in the hills. These settlements provided defensible vantage points overlooking the plains below, and were made up of groups of circular thatched huts congregated around a central space. The area remains remote and many of the cultural adaptations of the people, including their agro-pastoral, social, ritual, and spiritual practices, persist to this day.

Ministry Obstacles
The area where the Bassari live has been described as remote.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Bassari people. Workers are needed to carry these to the people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a number of Christian believers among the Bassari living in Senegal and Guinea. Pray some of these will be given a desire to carry the message of Christ to the Bassari of Guinea-Bissau, and help disciple the few believers already there.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for good crops for the Bassari, and for health care facilities to be made available.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord, they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name: Bassari
Country: Guinea-Bissau
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 600
World Population: 36,000
Language: Oniyan
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.2

May 12

Team Expansion General Request

“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ” (2 Corinthians 8:23). Praise God for a PACE lead church in Evansville, IN making an impact among Muslim peoples in North Africa. On behalf of Crossroads Christian Church, pray for renewed commitment and persevering prayer and intercession for the people of North Africa to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker’s love for God will increase.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to give religious leaders among the Punjabi Sikh of India the spirit of wisdom and revelation in Your knowledge and let their eyes of understanding be enlightened to know the hope and riches of God’s glory.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for continued healing of the cancer Tim Bright has. Pray that the infusions will shrink the lesions. Pray for Twyla as she continues teaching until June 2. Ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up more workers for the harvest.

Nukak Maku of Colombia

The Nukak Maku are jungle nomads. At any moment, they can roll up their hammocks and carry their possessions to the next camp. They live off the land, utilizing an incredible list of jungle products. Some of their possessions now are modern, such as metal pots, but much of what they use is from their surroundings. They were an uncontacted tribe until 1988. Contact with them resulted in devastation, as half the population died of diseases they had previously not known. They hunt a variety of animals in the jungle, using a blowgun and poison darts. The Nukak think humans have three spirits that go to different places at the time of death.

Ministry Obstacles
No Christian resources are reported as available in the Nukak Maku language. Workers will have to find other ways to communicate with them.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps Christians in other jungle tribes can be challenged to share Christ with the Nukak people. Stories from scripture may be the most effective approach.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a handful of Nukak who know of Jesus, but even that is doubtful. Pray for those who will soon come to know Him, that they will be accurately taught who Jesus is and will understand what He has done for them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these jungle dwellers will find the food and water they need, and will not be further devastated by disease. Pray they will be able to make needed transitions to the modern world.

Scripture Focus
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You.” Psalm 22:27

People Name: Nukak Maku
Country: Colombia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 800
World Population: 800
Language: Nukak Maku
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.2

May 13

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for PACE partnership between Northside Christian Church and Team Expansion for taking the Gospel to the peoples of West Africa. The team has used Community Health Evangelism, Community Development, Kairos and Agriculture to focus on disciple making movements. Praise God for His movement and outstanding results in at least 12 local tribal groups. Ask God to transform the simple church into fully functioning churches that maintain Biblical standards of doctrine, worship and practice.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God will be honored and His name will be “hallowed” in the life of this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Punjabi Sikh of India would encounter the Living Jesus who offers forgiveness, hope, peace and freedom and be brought from darkness into the Light.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Mike and Danell Bukta as they train more disciples to be ambassadors for Christ using the Peace Treaty. Pray that God will provide money needed for the Education Center and raise up teachers for it. Pray for Peru and recovery from the floods. Ask that people will turn to Christ and become of Him. Pray for couples to come to Christ in Santa Martha and Villegas.

Mutrasi of India

Mutrasi are mainly a land owning community and their traditional occupation is agriculture. Traditionally, the Mutrasi were employed as soldiers and guards. At present farming, fishing, masonry, and industrial labor are their primary occupations. Some of the Mutrasi are professional ballad singers. The sacred specialists from their community perform worship, birth, marriage, and death rituals. They also practice ancestor worship every year on Pithru Amavasya, while offerings are made to their ancestors. Their village deities are Malleswara, Venteswara, Muneswar, Someswara, etc. They celebrate local Hindu festivals like Ugadi, Sankranti, Ekadasi, Diwali, Ram Navami, etc.

Ministry Obstacles
Disinterest in Christ, as well as inability to understand the Gospel message, are important barriers to the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that as the Mutrasi interact with outsiders, they will also encounter believers who will be compelled by the Holy Spirit to share the gospel with them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Mutrasi who have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these individuals will become real disciples of Jesus, obediently serving him out of a heart of gratitude and love.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Mutrasi to increasingly hunger to know a God who loves them and who has power to help them with daily problems. Pray for dissatisfaction with a religion that leads them to worship that which cannot help them.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

People Name: Mutrasi
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,306,000
World Population: 1,306,000
Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.1

May 14

Team Expansion General Request

It takes teamwork to carry through great undertakings. Look at Nehemiah 4:16-17 where half of the men did the work of rebuilding the wall, while the other half were equipped for battle. There is collaboration growing between one worker in Africa, local pastors and church leaders. Praise God there is now a team of national church leaders trained and using tools to make disciples who will make other disciples. Praise God that one local leader has started 3 simple churches with over 100 new converts. Most of this work is among the Dyula people group that are less than 2% Christian. Give thanks for this growing partnership that is making an eternal difference in the lives of the Djula.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks that God is making His will clear to this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that God would cause the truth of the gospel to penetrate hearts of the people of Ancona, Italy, causing them to pass over from death to life.

Team Expansion Worker

Join L and B in praying for unity among their P team during the current internship. Ask that they would be of one heart and mind, even if they have varying opinions throughout the program. Pray for their friend who just received a holy book with great joy. Ask that God would pierce her heart and reveal His beautiful plans for her life.

Vaddar, Hindu of Sri Lanka

The Vaddar or Bhovi people trace their origin to Odisha, from where they are believed to have migrated to various southern states of India and Sri Lanka. They are earth-workers and other kinds of laborers, and are constantly moving about in search of work. They have been involved in digging wells. The Hindus generally treat them as untouchable – the Sudras. While earth digging, stone cutting, and daily wage labors are their traditional and primary occupations, agriculture is the secondary occupation for those settled in villages. Their patron deity is Muneshwar and many are devotees of Anjaneya. They also worship other goddesses.

Ministry Obstacles
The literacy rate of these people will be quite low. The Gospel needs to come to them in oral forms, as well as in written forms.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps workers who know how to tell stories from scripture will come to the Vaddar of Sri Lanka and India. Please pray for this to occur.

Pray for the followers of Christ
None of the Vaddar in Sri Lanka have identified themselves as Christians, but there are a few in India who have identified themselves this way to the Indian census. These people need prayer support. Pray they will understand clearly the distinction that must be made between a cultural identification with the Christian religion and a life-giving relationship with Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that this poor community of laborers will be able to improve their lot in life. They need to seek a better education for their children, and they need employment opportunities.

Scripture Focus
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations … says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 1:11

People Name: Vaddar, Hindu
Country: Sri Lanka
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 155,000
World Population: 3,551,000
Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.1

May 15

Team Expansion General Request

In his book, Peter tells us do not be surprised at painful trials, but to rejoice that we participate in the suffering of Christ, so that we may be overjoyed when God’s glory is revealed. One team is striving to make disciples who will make other disciples in a Muslim land. Ask God to raise up partners in the Gospel, teammates to come alongside these workers to encourage and help sustain through prayer and resources. Pray that Christ followers coming out of Islam persevere in persecution and rejoice in God’s glory.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker will be aware of what God is doing.

Gospel Breakthrough

“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man“ (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Lord, we pray that the people of Ancona, Italy would know the commandments in Your Word, obey them and know You.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that God would use Chris Bushnell to make a difference in people’s lives when they are in a health crisis as he works as a Hospitalist PA in Louisville, KY. Pray that God’s work may continue to bless lives at the clinic and encourages each person to be physically and spiritually healthy. Pray that God will continue to bring the right people and opportunities to the efforts of Team Expansion to plant Bible-believing churches in every culture. Pray that Chris’s wife Diane might feel comfortable with her role and tasks as she processes applications at International Services.

Mutrasi of India

Mutrasi are mainly a land owning community and their traditional occupation is agriculture. Traditionally, the Mutrasi were employed as soldiers and guards. At present farming, fishing, masonry, and industrial labor are their primary occupations. Some of the Mutrasi are professional ballad singers. The sacred specialists from their community perform worship, birth, marriage, and death rituals. They also practice ancestor worship every year on Pithru Amavasya, while offerings are made to their ancestors. Their village deities are Malleswara, Venteswara, Muneswar, Someswara, etc. They celebrate local Hindu festivals like Ugadi, Sankranti, Ekadasi, Diwali, Ram Navami, etc.

Ministry Obstacles
Disinterest in Christ, as well as inability to understand the Gospel message, are important barriers to the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that as the Mutrasi interact with outsiders, they will also encounter believers who will be compelled by the Holy Spirit to share the gospel with them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Mutrasi who have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these individuals will become real disciples of Jesus, obediently serving him out of a heart of gratitude and love.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Mutrasi to increasingly hunger to know a God who loves them and who has power to help them with daily problems. Pray for dissatisfaction with a religion that leads them to worship that which cannot help them.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

People Name: Mutrasi
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,306,000
World Population: 1,306,000
Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.1

on.

May 16

Team Expansion General Request

“You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it” (1 Corinthians 16:15-16).  Team Expansion workers, in partnership with Legacy Christian Church have launched a prayer initiative and are currently working to grow that media network. Praise God that this team in Africa have already seen significant growth by using Community Health Evangelism and ”3/3” disciple making model. They started with 13 groups and 7 of those groups have reproduced for a total of 48 second generation groups. Pray for every household of the Zarma people to come out of Islam and into obedience to Christ, devoting themselves to the work of making disciples who make more disciples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker is devoted and diligent in prayer.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus is worthy of our worship. “We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2). Lord, give the people of Ancona, Italy hearts to worship You. Reveal Jesus to them so they see his worthiness and worship him.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Betty Byrd in praising God for the recent prayer weekend at Hotel Louisville and Shawnee Park in Louisville, KY. Pray that the fruits of that weekend will spread to communities and cities of all who attended and that prayer in action will become second nature to all followers of Christ.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

The Arabs of Dearborn, Michigan, 400,000 followers of Islam. Ask God to prepare workers and partnering network of churches to share the message of Hope with Arabs.

May 17

Team Expansion General Request

“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 58). Team Expansion workers in East Asia focus on church multiplication through medical ministry, discipling youth and pastoral counseling, as well as reaching rural families outside their city through a school. Pray for workers to stand firm and let nothing move them from fully giving themselves to the work of the Lord. Pray for lasting fruit and abundant harvest in this field.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for this worker’s determination to see lives transformed and restored through the blood of Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that every neighborhood across Rome, Italy would have a home that has opened its door to the gospel of Jesus Christ and is functioning as a church for the community.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Stephen and Ashley Capps in praying for Pathways summer interns as they finish up fundraising, prepare for pre-field orientation coming up  in just a few days, and then departure to fields of service for the summer.

Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan

The homeland of the Azeris was first conquered by the Persians in the sixth century BC. Islam was introduced into the area during the seventh century, AD. Azerbaijani settlements were traditionally divided into villages made up of extended families. In an attempt to protect their culture, marriage within the family was encouraged, often between cousins. Religious practices are less restrictive of women’s activities than in some Muslim countries. Many women have jobs outside the home.

Ministry Obstacles
The Azeris have centuries of historical commitment to Islam, not easily changed.

Outreach Ideas
Georgian Christians may be able to carry the Gospel message to the Azeris. Gospel radio may also be helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Azeri, that they will faithfully fellowship together, be well-taught in the Scriptures, and grow to become mature in the Lord. Pray they will be made new in the attitude of their minds.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that the Azeris will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as they study the Koran, that they will desire to know more about this Man.

Scripture Focus
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1

People Name:

Azerbaijani

Country:

Azerbaijan

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

8,661,000

World Population:

9,820,000

Language:

Azerbaijani, North

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

May 18

Team Expansion General Request

One Team Expansion field in East Asia uses an approach of Business as Mission. The business has developed well and is a major influence to the anti-Christian government that have asked them to help with government projects. This anti-Christian government has asked one of the owners to sit on a government board dedicated to the development of the country. Praise God for this divine appointed partnership. Ask God to orchestrate decisions that will improve development and to protect this owner in his Christ like witness. “Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6)

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to fill that worker with His Holy Spirit.

Gospel Breakthrough

Holy God, please make it so the false gospel of health and wealth would be replaced by the loving and sacrificial truth of the True Gospel in Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join C and A in continuing to pray for believers in Eastern Europe to stand fast in truth and love. Pray that the Lord would embolden them to share with others. Continue to pray for dreams and visions. Pray for E as she endeavors to train all the new believers in DMM principles. She is on fire for seeing her country reached, and she is hoping to start with those closest to her.

Jew, Eastern Yiddish-Speaking in Israel

Yiddish is a Germanic language, spoken throughout the world and written with the Hebrew alphabet. For a significant portion of its history it was the primary spoken language by the Ashkenazi (European) Jews. Yiddish is written and spoken as a living language in many Orthodox Jewish communities around the world. It is most notably used as a first language in most Hasidic communities, where it is the first language learned in childhood and used in home, schooling and many social settings.

Ministry Obstacles
Orthodox Jews find it quite difficult to accept Jesus as the Messiah of Scripture, the anointed of God.

Outreach Ideas
The Messianic Jews of Israel may be able to demonstrate with their lives that trust in Jesus has validity and brings life.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ the Messiah among the Yiddish speaking Jews. Pray they will become firmly grounded in the finished work of Christ on the cross, trusting him fully for salvation and for a fruitful life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Yiddish speaking Jews to see that the scriptural references to the coming Messiah describe so well the person of Jesus Christ, his life and finished work.

Scripture Focus
“Since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 18:18

People Name:

Jew, Eastern Yiddish-Speaking

Country:

Israel

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

261,000

World Population:

622,000

Language:

Yiddish, Eastern

Primary Religion:

Ethnic Religions

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

May 19

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for an unusual partnership between Team Expansion medical workers and the government of their adopted East Asian country. This joint venture is to improve the health care of children in the entire country and have a Jesus influence at the top of levels of government. Ask God to start other teams in the area to reach the Cham and unreached Khmer peoples. Praise God for the testimony this has for the Gospel, and a great resource for establishing vital relationships in the province.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the testimony of this worker and for building relationships to influence people with the Gospel.

Gospel Breakthrough

In Acts 18:10, the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision to keep speaking in Corinth “because I have many people in this city.” Pray for Gospel breakthroughs in Rome, Italy, believing that God has many more people throughout Rome who are just waiting to hear the Gospel so they can believe and be baptized, along with their circles of influence.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tom and Marilyn Chamberlin, International Services, in praying for the Gospel to go to the unreached and unengaged people groups. Pray for church planting efforts in Santo Domingo and Villegas, Ecuador and for the Steiners who are working with 5 groups in Cork, Ireland. Pray for Tom as he shepherds the work in Latin America and Ireland.

Bugis in Indonesia

The Bugis are a dynamic and highly mobile people, considered by many to be the dominant people group in South Sulawesi. Many Bugis have left their home area to seek success and wealth. The Bugis believe very strongly that certain days are good days, with good fortune for events and activities held on the first Wednesday and last Thursday of each month. Conversely, they consider Saturday to be a bad day, with misfortune more likely to happen on this day. The Bugis people are famous for their fervent adherence to Sunni Islam. However, many still follow their traditional system of animistic beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles
The Bugis people have a history of strong commitment to Islam.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps the Lord will lead Indonesian Christians in other people groups to carry the good news of Jesus to the Bugis. Scripture and other communication tools are available in the language of the Bugis, but workers are needed.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those few people among the Bugis community who follow Christ. Pray they will be sent teachers and study materials to help them grow in Christ. Pray they will be faithful to fellowship together, and to spur one another on to love and good deeds.

Pray for the entire people group
The Bugis need financial investment and modernization in public shipping and the fishing industry, because there is large potential in these sectors. Also, South Sulawesi’s potential in the mining and industrial sectors is still largely untapped, due to a lack of expertise and investment.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

People Name:

Bugis

Country:

Indonesia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

6,493,000

World Population:

6,643,000

Language:

Bugis

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

 

May 20

Team Expansion General Request

“The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:8-9). Team Expansion is thankful for fellow workers through PACE projects in East Asia. PACE partners remain strong and committed to the task both in prayer and resources. Ask God to raise up such partners for taking the Gospel to more unreached people groups around world.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker waits for the Lord and puts hope in Him with a still and quiet soul.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the people of Tokyo, Japan, that God would transform their worldview, eliminating any false beliefs so that the Japanese’s faith is grounded upon Biblical truth.

Team Expansion Worker

J and R ask that we please remember to keep PHS, a secondary school in Eastern Europe, in our prayers. Ask God to raise up teachers for this school.

Sindhi in United States

In a way, all Indians are Sindhis, because territorially they derive their identity from the river Sindhu or Indus. However, there is one community known as the Sindhi. Social division exists on the basis of occupation. The prevailing religion of the Sindhi is a blend of two faiths. They worship Shiva, the river god Jhulelal, and Mother goddess.

Ministry Obstacles
Sindis in the United States may encounter only nominal Christians, presenting a partially false picture of who Christ is and what He accomplished on the cross.

Outreach Ideas
There are many zealous Christian believers in the United States. Pray that some be given a heart to carry the Gospel message to the Sindhi.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Sindhi in the U.S., that they will be properly instructed in the faith and will grow into mature believers, honoring Christ with the quality of their lives. Pray they will know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that each individual of the Sindhi community will increasingly realize his or her opportunity to know forgiveness of sin and new life found in Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40

People Name:

Sindhi

Country:

United States

10/40 Window:

No

Population:

5,900

World Population:

97,000

Language:

Sindhi

Primary Religion:

Hinduism

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

May 21

Team Expansion General Request

Pre-Field Orientation for Pathways interns takes place May 21-26 at Emerald Hills. Seventeen young adults and their families are welcomed by Team Expansion staff and an evening meal. Give thanks to God for providing His bounty for food, fellowship, safe travel to Louisville, KY, funding and prayer partners to sustain the pathways interns, and training partners that have coached online and in person. Pray that through their experience this summer of serving overseas, many people would be drawn to Christ in East Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for providing refreshment and training for this worker to be better equipped to serve.

Gospel Breakthrough

Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus, we pray that YOU would destroy any false ideas that the people of Tokyo, Japan may have about Jesus Christ and salvation through Him.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Lora Christenberry as she tries to live in the present while also thinking about the future. Pray that she will be instrumental in making a difference in the lives of ladies in Japan.

Shixing in China

The area inhabited by the Shixing has a long and rich history. Their villages are “guarded by watchtowers erected by powerful Naxi kings several hundred years ago.” The Naxi’s interest in the region may have been due to the abundance of gold once found in the Shou Chu River. There has never been a known believer or Christian fellowship among the Shixing people.

Ministry Obstacles
The Shixing have no background in monotheism – there is much to correct in their worldview.

Outreach Ideas
Han Chinese believers may be able to carry the message of salvation to their Shixing neighbors.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers that will one day emerge among the Shixing, that pastors and teachers are even now being prepared for them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Shixing will awaken to their need for life as found in the one who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

People Name:

Shixing

Country:

China

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

3,500

World Population:

3,500

Language:

Shixing

Primary Religion:

Buddhism

Bible:

Questionable Need

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

No

Audio Recordings:

No

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

May 22

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the 17 young people that are participating in Pathways Internship. By the time they arrive for Pre-field Orientation (May 21-26), they would have raised up prayer partners to cover them in prayer, as well as raised up financial partners to cover the expenses of their summer internship. Just as Aaron and Hur lifted up the hands of Moses to insure a victory in battle, all Team Expansion workers, whether part time or full time are required partners in prayer to sustain the ministry and lift them up to the Lord “so that his hands remain steady” (Exodus 17:12). Pray for these 17 Pathways interns as they finalize training for serving cross-culturally. Pray that their hands are steady for the work God has put before them this summer.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to search the heart of this worker for anything offensive and lead this worker in the everlasting way.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the eyes and hearts of non-believers in Tokyo, Japan be open to the truth, wonder and majesty of Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with Donna Cole for 22 years of ministering to and walking alongside global workers. Join her in praying for J & J who are intensely involved in DMM as practitioners as well as trainers in Eastern Europe. They have been faithfully serving in that region since 1999. Pray for DB in Southeast Asia as he diligently searches in many villages for TD people.

Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan

The homeland of the Azeris was first conquered by the Persians in the sixth century BC. Islam was introduced into the area during the seventh century, AD. Azerbaijani settlements were traditionally divided into villages made up of extended families. In an attempt to protect their culture, marriage within the family was encouraged, often between cousins. Religious practices are less restrictive of women’s activities than in some Muslim countries. Many women have jobs outside the home.

Ministry Obstacles
The Azeris have centuries of historical commitment to Islam, not easily changed.

Outreach Ideas
Georgian Christians may be able to carry the Gospel message to the Azeris. Gospel radio may also be helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Azeri, that they will faithfully fellowship together, be well-taught in the Scriptures, and grow to become mature in the Lord. Pray they will be made new in the attitude of their minds.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that the Azeris will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as they study the Koran, that they will desire to know more about this Man.

Scripture Focus
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1

People Name: Azerbaijani
Country: Azerbaijan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,661,000
World Population: 9,820,000
Language: Azerbaijani, North
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

May 23

Team Expansion General Request

This week Team Expansion is conducting Pre-field Orientation (May 21-16) for 17 college age adults that are participating in Pathways intern program. Praise God for His instruction & counsel to train & coach Pathways summer interns in preparing them for serving among unreached peoples. Pray that by God’s power, Pathways interns & coaches are provided effective training to engage in extraordinary prayer & serve alongside career workers in the field. Consider 1 Peter 5:1-2 as you pray: to the elders (interns), I (coach) appeal as a fellow worker, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: be shepherds, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks to God for this worker’s willing heart to go to a land and people different from them to share the Gospel with those who may have never heard before.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, You are the narrow gate through which we enter the kingdom of heaven. May many of the Mien of Laos enter the kingdom through You, the only Way to the Father.

Team Expansion Worker

Join EC in praying for DMM training that would send her community in Eastern Europe out to find exponentially more people who are seeking spiritually. Pray for those whom the Holy Spirit leads us to that they would read and believe. Pleas pray for E as she is doing most of the facilitating at these trainings. Please pray for spiritual strength, grace, mercy, and peace for the team. Pry for EC’s dad as he had surgery on his lung on March 29.

Kurd, Central in Iraq

The Kurds are a large ethnic group that has long lived in the same region, and which traces their roots back to the Medes of ancient Persia. It has been said that Kurds “hold their Islam lightly,” not identifying with their faith as closely as most Arabs do. Many Kurds still feel some connection with the ancient Zoroastrian faith, seeing it as an original Kurdish spirituality that far predates the seventh century AD arrival of Muhammad. Nonetheless, most Kurds are Sunni Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kurds may not fully understand who Jesus claims to be, and the reasons why we can believe him. Pray for understanding.

Outreach Ideas
The ancient Christian community in Iraq may once again gain strength and influence. Pray for this, and that they will be able to help carry the good news of Christ to the Kurdish community.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is beginning to call the Kurds to Himself. There may be only a few Kurdish believers today, but pray for them and for the many additional Kurds that will soon follow Christ. Pray their roots will extend deeply to Christ, that their faith will be well informed. Pray they will have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Kurds of Iraq to know continuing peace, and for freedom of religion to be experienced. Pray for stability and safety throughout Iraq.

Scripture Focus
“Now it will come about that in the last days, The mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.” Isaiah 2:2

People Name:

Kurd, Central

Country:

Iraq

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

4,335,000

World Population:

7,828,000

Language:

Kurdish, Central

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

May 24

Team Expansion General Request

Pathways Pre-field Orientation takes collaboration of veteran missionaries, coaches, interns, parents, intercessors and financial backers for a successful Gospel interaction with unreached peoples. “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good & right” 1 Sam 12:23. Ask God to multiply the prayer support of each of the 17 Pathways interns this summer so that the Gospel may go forth among peoples of Southeast Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker hates evil and clings to Christ standing strong and secure with decency and respect.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that former shamans who have turned to the Lord will boldly share their testimonies with other and lead many of the Mien of Laos to Jesus Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Join CC in praying for D to be open to receive the Good News. She is a grandmother and very strong. Her life is a very painful life, having been married, abandoned, divorced 6 times and abused on many levels. Nevertheless, she has 6 children and 1 grandchild. Pray for the seeds planted to grow in her. Pray for A’s salvation as well. She has 8 kids, also alone in the Middle East.

The coming of Arab traders to the area of Somalia in the 10th century significantly shaped much of modern Somali culture. The vast majority of Somalis converted to Islam at that time. Tribal and political rivalries continue to afflict the Somali people into the 21st century as no central government has managed to unite the disparate and sometimes hostile tribes.

Ministry Obstacles
Somalia is a dangerous place to live and work, unstable.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to help with the material and physical needs of the Somalis.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few followers of Christ among the Somalis; they need sustained prayer. Pray they will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace for the peoples of Somalia, and for a government that can bring stability and safety.

Scripture Focus
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” Mark 13:10

 

May 25

Team Expansion General Request

Prayer partners have a vital role in the success of the Pathways interns. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make know the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should” (Ephesians 6:19-20). Pray that God would use Pathways interns to promote the Gospel among unreached peoples, to encourage mission practitioners, & to engage the global church.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker is faithful in prayer and is communicating prayer needs to prayer partners.

Gospel Breakthrough

Only God can start a church multiplication movement, but his servants can all play a part. We never want to over-estimate OR under-estimate our role in CMMs. Pray for the Mien is one way we acknowledge that we cannot just do it by our own wisdom, finances, power or strategy. Pray and call out to God to move among the Mien!

Team Expansion Worker

Join S and S in a sensitive field in praying for God to soften Muhammad’s heart and speak to him about the truth of Jesus.

Luoluopo, Central in China

The religion of this group is polytheism, believing in many gods. They are also animists, worshiping the spirits of their dead ancestors, as well as spirits of the hills, trees, water, earth, sky, wind, and forests. Magic plays a major role in their daily lives. Surprisingly, they believe in a creator God who is both near and accessible. They also believe in heaven and hell.

Ministry Obstacles
The Luoluopo have a culture of worshiping what has been created rather than the Creator.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Luoluopo believers will mature in the faith such that they can accurately carry the Gospel message to the remainder of their people group. They also need to grow in numbers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christian believers among this people group. Pray they will live lives that are pleasing to the Lord, and that they will grow in numbers and in maturity in the faith. Pray they will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will open the eyes of the Luoluopo community to see their opportunity to trust Christ for an abundant and eternal life.

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

May 26

Team Expansion General Request

“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:20).

Pre-Field Orientation for Pathways interns ends today. Seventeen young adults will be spending their summer with veteran field workers in 7 different countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Middle East. Praise God for raising up summer interns and ask that He work with them to confirm His Word by signs that accompany their message to the unreached people with whom they will be serving.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker lives a life worthy of the Lord and pleases Him in every way.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to destroy and tear down all strongholds preventing the Good News of Jesus to spread and make inroads for His message to penetrate in these communities and cities where several teams are serving: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for wisdom and discernment for PC as he serves as Field Coordinator of a field in North Africa. Pray for leadership issues and for unity.

Shui in China

The Shui are proud of their history, which dates back as far as 200 BC in Chinese records. The Shui live in villages that are arranged according to family clans. All Shui worship their ancestors. This is considered their main religion. It keeps them in bondage to the past and prevents them from receiving Christ, because to do so would be considered an insult to their ancestors.

Ministry Obstacles
As already noted, the Shui live in fear of insulting their ancestors.

Outreach Ideas
Jesus needs to be presented to the Shui people as One who came from God, giving his life for their sins, offering forgiveness and power to live this life.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for Scripture and other resources to be made available to Shui believers, and that they will utilize them diligently. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will release the Shui from bondage to ancestral worship, leading to freedom in Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.'” 1 Chronicles 16:31

People Name:

Shui

Country:

China

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

321,000

World Population:

321,000

Language:

Sui

Primary Religion:

Ethnic Religions

Bible:

None

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

.

May 27

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion believes that prayer is the crucial strategy for reaching the unreached. And consider prayer warriors invaluable. Give thanks and praise for intercessors enlisted in Team Expansion Prayer Force and Third Culture Kid Prayer Force, for prayer teams that survey new fields, for prayer partners of 300+ missionaries, for PACE prayer coordinators, for subscribers to prayer initiatives that soften the soil so that the work may move forward. Pray that more of God’s people would answer the call to pray for success in this spiritual battle and be knitted together as one (Judges 20:11).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to show this worker the way to go, with His Spirit lead this worker on level ground.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to destroy witchcraft so spells can no longer be cast and to establish His Truth in the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of Golan; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for a house for Jeff and Amy Cunningham and family as they look to moving to Louisville, KY in the summer. Pray for their daughter Hannah as graduates from college and for son Camden as he finishes high school and works more hours at his job. Pray for son Samuel as he studies, works, and pursues his driver’s license. Sam is also preparing to serve at a Masai school in Kenya during June. Pray for spiritual growth for daughter Maggie as she was baptized in April.

Hausa in Nigeria

The rise of the seven Hausa states of northern Nigeria occurred between 500 and 700 A.D. The history of the area is intricately tied to Islam and the Fulani who wrested political power from the Hausa in the early 1800s through a series of holy wars. There was an Islamic presence in Hausaland as early as the 11th century. In the early days the number of individuals who accepted Islam was small, and among those who did, it was usually practiced along with traditional Hausa religious beliefs. It was not until the early 1800s that the Fulani began to put pressure on the Hausa to undergo large scale conversion.

Ministry Obstacles
There is much mistrust and hostility between the Muslim tribes of northern Nigeria and the more generally Christian tribes to the south.

Outreach Ideas
The many followers of Jesus in southern Nigeria may find ways to more effectively carry the good news of Christ to their Hausa neighbors to the north. Pray they will be able to overcome tribal hostilities.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Ajawa Hausa, that they will find each other and fellowship together. Pray they will trust fully in Christ and his finished work on the cross, and will be given a heart to follow Christ closely. Pray they will be faithful representatives of Christ to their family and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the large Hausa community to increasingly desire to find out more about Isa (Jesus), to search for people to tell them about Jesus. Pray the Lord will give them teachable and understanding hearts. Pray also for peace in northern Nigeria.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

May 28

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion relies on God for both human resources and financing. Give thanks and praise God for the millions of dollars that God provides for the function of mission work through individuals and church groups, one time donors and monthly commitments. Ask God to raise up more financial partners to enable the influx of the Gospel into more unreached people groups.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for the financial partners invested in this worker and ministry of the Gospel.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to destroy carved images and sacred stones so people no longer bow down to the work of their own hands in: the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of Golan; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Join DD and his wife in praying for 10 teams of missionaries to go to each country in Southeast Asia. Pray for the establishment of a training and mobilizing model for national evangelists in the area. Pray for opportunities to share the vision and mission of Mekong Multiply in the US. Ask God to raise up volunteers to serve as Zume Project County Coordinators in Missouri. Pray for their family and ongoing transition to living in the US. Lift up their 3/3rds group with a Lao family.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Lucknow of India, 2,186,000 followers of Hinduism. Hindu Lucknow does not know what it means to know and follow Jesus. Pray for enlightenment and understanding of God’s Word when they hear it.

May 29

Team Expansion General Request

“The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.” And he said “Go”. One of the servants asked Elisha to come along and so he does (2 Kings 6:1-4). As God blesses and grows Team Expansion, the temporary space used for offices and training is getting smaller and smaller. Like this company of prophets, we can say the place where we meet and train is small for us. While we praise God for the Prayer Center and Atrium we are asking that God would provide partners to inspire the improvement of facilities. Ask God to provide partners to fund phase 2 of the construction of a wing for training and missionary kid space.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for more donors that would partner and invest in the life and ministry of this worker

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to uproot and demolish false religions so Truth may be proclaimed among the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of Golan; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for KD while she spends a bit of time in the US after a series of wearing experiences in Africa.

Malay in Indonesia

The Malay people are believed to have originated in Borneo and then expanded outwards into Sumatra and other regions, including Indonesia. These people were descendants of Austronesian-speakers who migrated from the Philippines and originally from Taiwan. Malays practiced Buddhism, Hinduism, and their native Animism before converting to Islam in the 15th century.

Ministry Obstacles
A strong commitment to Islam dating from the 15th century establishes strong ethnic group identity with that religion. To change religions threatens a person’s place in family and society.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio and television can be helpful. Christian workers also need to befriend these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Malay, that they will have Scripture available in their language, as well as other resources to help them grow and mature. Pray they will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Malay of Indonesia will hunger to know more of Isa (Jesus), and will be drawn to this Man. Pray their hunger will be satisfied, that the Spirit of Christ will help them.

Scripture Focus
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15

People Name:

Malay

Country:

Indonesia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

3,120,000

World Population:

11,527,000

Language:

Malay

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Questionable Need

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

May 30

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion depends on a variety of volunteers and partners to engage the unreached people groups with the Gospel. Give thanks and praise God for supplying “who” we need “when” we need them, from cooks to maintenance crews, from administrative assistants to home stay hosts, from missionary child care giver to off-site trainers and coaches. Praise God for all these partnerships in the gospel that give and serve willingly for the sake of Christ. Pray that God would increase the pool of partnerships and enlarge the harvest among unreached.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the love of Jesus may be in the heart of this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus described the kingdom of God as “forcefully advancing.” What kind of people lead the charge on his kind of advance? Pray that God will raise up people to forcefully advance the kingdom of God among their own people: the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of Golan; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Join PK and his wife as they ask for the seeds sown in Poitier, France to be nourished and come to fruition.

Acehnese in Indonesia

The Aceh are a blend of many races, which explains why they are fairer skinned and taller than most other Indonesians. Most are either farmers or fishermen. Traditionally, most Aceh, both men and women, wore a sarong, a modest and colorful skirt. In recent years there has been a move towards Islamic dress and now the majority of women wear a head covering. Most men have no say in matters that deal with the home or even child rearing. The Aceh people are strict Sunni Muslims and have been very instrumental in spreading Islam throughout Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia.

Ministry Obstacles
The Aceh people are one of the most strongly resistant people groups in the world to the good news of Jesus.

Outreach Ideas
Much focused, sustained prayer is needed for the Aceh people. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. The Lord’s Spirit can work in Aceh hearts to hunger to know Jesus, the Savior.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are very few followers of Jesus among the Aceh people. They need prayer support. Pray for their physical protection, and spiritual protection. Pray they will be tactful yet forthright in their quiet testimony for Christ. Pray they will consistently know the joy of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the fervency of the Aceh people toward Islam to be gradually redirected toward its proper object. Pray for a growing desire to know Isa (Jesus).

Scripture Focus
“Now it will come about that In the last days, The mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.” Isaiah 2:2

People Name:

Acehnese

Country:

Indonesia

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

3,445,000

World Population:

3,526,000

Language:

Aceh

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

Complete

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

 

May 31

Team Expansion General Request

“The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him (Genesis 2:18). Praise God for ordaining marriage between man and woman, and then drawing those couples together. For some missionaries, their marriage partnership is intercultural. God may provide the American man with a wife from Laos. Or the American wife may have a husband from Sri Lanka. Pray for the marriages of cross-cultural workers. Ask God to give strength, grace and unity as couples serve in difficult settings.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the name of Jesus may be glorified in the life of this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that God would transform their worldview so that their basis for truth and life would be His Word: the Serbs of Bosnia; the Khmer of Cambodia; the Druze of Golan; the Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Join ED and his wife in praying for the on-going D-Course. Pray for Jeremy, Lindsey, Jim, Heather, Johanna, and Rob as they learn, make disciples and mature as they each prepare for their next chapter of service in the Kingdom. Pray for Chad, Lisa, Renee, Donna, Kathy, Wayne, and Eric as they coach and mentor. Pray for those who are facilitating the weekly modules.

Rashaida in Sudan

The Rashaida are a Bedouin people populating either side of the Red Sea, coming from a major tribe in mainland Arabia about 150 years ago. They are a nomadic people living in tents made of goatskins. They are herdsmen, breeding primarily goats and sheep. Since they are largely illiterate, they memorize in great detail the pedigree of their animals, keeping mental records of their herds over seven or eight preceding generations of the flock.

Ministry Obstacles
A nomadic lifestyle makes it especially difficult to build relationships with people.

Outreach Ideas
The Gospel message needs to come to these illiterate people orally, using stories from Scripture, videos, recordings and similar means. Bridges of friendship need to be built.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ among the Rashaida community. Pray for these people, and for the new believers that will soon emerge. Pray they in all things will grow up into him who is the Head, Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Rashaida families will be able to live peaceful lives. Pray for stability in Sudan.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name:

Rashaida

Country:

Sudan

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

116,000

World Population:

152,000

Language:

Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Primary Religion:

Islam

Bible:

New Testament

Audio NT (FCBH):

Yes

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

 

 

April 5, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for April 1-30, 2017

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April 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name” (Psalm 86:9). Engage the global church in God’s plan for the nations is one of Team Expansion’s key result areas. There are still around 6,500 unreached peoples groups. That means there is no Christ-like witness or access to the Gospel in these nationalities. Pray that the American church would become engaged in the vision of seeing disciple making movements among unreached nations of the world.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for the spiritual needs of that worker. Pray that workers may stay strong in faith.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos. Pray that the Gospel of the Kingdom be preached and the people declare “God reigns” (Is 52:7).

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Pascal and Anna Temba Sinkala in Tanzania. Village ministry is always a challenge during farming season. Ask God for His grace to strengthen rural church members to find time of God and His programs during farming season. Pray for a solution to the costly permits required by the government allowing the Sinkalas to live and work within the country.

Bambara in Mali

The Bambara are the largest and most dominant group in Mali. During the 1700s, there were two Bambara kingdoms: Segu and Karta. In the 1800s, aggressive Muslim groups overthrew these kingdoms, leaving only a few anti-Muslim Bambara to oppose their occupation. But today, the Bambara are majority Muslim. However, many people still follow their traditional beliefs in ancestor worship. The Bambara believe that the ancestral spirits may take on the forms of animals or even vegetables.

Ministry Obstacles
Mali is not very hospitable to Christian workers, so creative means of access is helpful.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to build bridges of trust and friendship with the Bambara, helping them with physical and material needs.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Bambara, that they will live holy lives and be a shining testimony of the Lord’s goodness to their own people.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bambara tribe may be able to care adequately for their families, as they live in a harsh environment.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

People Name: Bambara
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,147,000
World Population: 5,530,000
Language: Bamanankan
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

April 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Micah 4:2 says “Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” Team Expansion urgently needs additional Project Fulfillment Specialists to work with churches in accomplishing the Great Commission. Pray God would identify individuals to help churches adopt and minister to an unreached people group through ongoing training, field visits, planning & prayer.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker’s personal life may be holy and pure.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the Serbs of Bosnia. Press into God to put a hunger and desire in hearts to know more of Him and His Son Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join BS in Eastern Europe in asking for steadfast trust in God faithfulness where she is planted.

Bangladeshi in United States

The term “Bengali” can be used in different ways. It can refer to all speakers of the Bengali language, and it can refer to the peoples of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Or it may refer to one relatively small people group, named Bengali. The term likely includes a very diverse and perhaps a very large grouping of individuals, depending on how it is used.

Ministry Obstacles
Bengalis in the USA may very well have a protectionist mindset, not willing to open up to Christians around them.

Outreach Ideas
American Christians need to seek out the Bengalis around them, finding ways to befriend them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Bengalis in the USA, few in number. Pray the Lord will give them hearts to search for Christians in the communities where they live. May they be lead to true followers of Christ, to help them grow.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bengalis in the USA will be led into contact with true disciples of Jesus, and will be protected from nominal Christians who don’t represent Christ well.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name: Bangladeshi
Country: United States
10/40 Window: No
Population: 139,000
World Population: 1,448,000
Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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April 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

There are still 1170 Muslim Unreached People Groups that remain UNENGAGED. There are 178 groups of more than 100,000 in population, 497 groups of more than 10,000 in population. “Unreached” measures the people’s response to the Gospel. “UNENGAGED” measures the church’s response to the Great Commission. “Unengaged” means no long term resident in that people’s language church planting witness. Pray for the church to focus and make a priority to send global first teams to UNENGAGED groups before sending more teams to those already engaged. “Let no foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LROD will surely exclude me from his people” (Isaiah 56:3).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

The spiritual battle workers face is often greater than they have been prepared to face. Pray that worker continually maintains a close intimate walk with Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to put an expectation in the hearts of Serbs of Bosnia that will cause them to receive His favor.

Team Expansion Worker

Join DS in praying for Adam to be ready to plunge headlong into the pursuit of faith.

Iu Mien in China

Even though they occupy land up to heights of 12,000 feet, the Yao have ingeniously adapted to their landscape by carefully constructing terraced rice paddies that hang off the sides of steep cliffs. The family unit is very important to the Yao, and divorce is a rare occurrence among them. The Yao religion is a combination of ancestor worship and exorcism of ghosts. They are a people living in gross spiritual darkness, crying out to a host of gods who can neither hear them nor help them. More than half of the Yao have never once heard the name of Jesus.

Ministry Obstacles
The Yao reside in mountainous areas, making access somewhat difficult. More importantly, they have a worldview that is different from the scriptural worldview. Their worldview can be viewed as “pre-scriptural”, however, a preparation.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that Han Chinese believers in Christ will be burdened to carry the Gospel to the Yao peoples. Pray that ethnic hostilities will be overcome.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Yao are a large people group, and there are some Christian believers among them. Pray for these believers to faithfully fellowship together, and come to an accurate understanding of the Gospel of grace. Pray they will be zealous to learn of Christ, and follow him.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that the Yao people will be set free from the spiritual bondage they have been in for generations. Pray for the light of the Gospel of Christ to deeply penetrate the darkness.

Scripture Focus
“And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

People Name: Iu Mien
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,258,000
World Population: 1,616,000
Language: Iu Mien
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for strategically placing his workers around the world and for church planting and disciple making movements His Spirit is forming. God is moving through the global church. Pray that the 6,500 remaining UPGs totaling over two billion unreached people will be reached with the Gospel. Ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers for the harvest fields.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker puts on the armor of God daily.

Gospel Breakthrough

For the Serbs of Bosnia, ask God to far remove the fear and terror from hearts so that the peace of Jesus may reign.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God for wisdom for Jenny Smith (International Services) as she mentors several single young women who are living and working as missionaries in faraway lands.

Arab, Moroccan in Morocco

In 670 AD, the first Islamic conquest of the North African coastal plain took place, by the Umayyads of Damascus. These men went to what is now Morocco, which they called “Maghreb al Aqsa” or “The Far West”. Arabs and Berbers have shared this region since, and at one point ruled most of Northwest Africa. Scholarly advances were made in science, mathematics, astronomy, geography, and medicine.

Ministry Obstacles
Access to Morocco is limited, and essentially non-existent for Christian missionaries.

Outreach Ideas
Christian businessmen may develop opportunities to represent Christ to these Arab / Berber peoples, conducting their businesses in exemplary fashion.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers among the Moroccan Arabs, that they may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work. Pray for teachers and materials that will help them grow in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will increasingly open the eyes of these people to understand the mercy and grace offered through the finished work of Christ, the free gift of salvation found in no other.

Scripture Focus
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else.” 1 Kings 8:60

People Name: Arab, Moroccan
Country: Morocco
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 18,360,000
World Population: 21,969,000
Language: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“You are the children of the LORD your God…a people holy to the LORD…the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession (Deut. 14:1-2). Team Expansion strives to engage the global church in God’s heart for the nations for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom among unreached peoples. Pray for believers around the world who are alone in their faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to grant them encouragement, boldness and a deep trust in His love for them. Pray for more believers to join them.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for spiritual strength day to day and in the middle of whatever spiritual crisis might face them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with Mindy Snell (International Services) for closure on their home in Louisville on March 31. Pray for the continued transition of Tim, Mindy, and Bailey to life in their new city and for wisdom for Mindy in her role as Director of Mobilization for Team Expansion.

 

Population

10,457,000

Christian

0.22%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Islam

Main Language

Arabic, Tunisian Spoken

Progress

 

 

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Arab, Tunisian in Tunisia

In the first few centuries after Christ, a strong church was established in present-day Tunisia despite intense persecution from the Romans. Disunity, factions, and a failure to translate the Bible into the local languages weakened the church. When Arab invaders arrived in the 7th century an empty shell of a church was all that existed. Islam spread rapidly and the Christian roots of the people were forgotten.

Ministry Obstacles

Few Tunisians are aware of their Christian heritage. They equate Christianity with Westerners and Western culture and do not view it as an option for themselves. They have been conditioned from birth to believe teachings that oppose the Bible and their cultural surroundings prevent them from considering anything different.

Outreach Ideas

Christian media (websites, TV, and radio programs) has generated a great interest in Jesus. Facebook, YouTube, and other websites are rising in popularity. Pray for creative ways to present the Gospel using these means.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Tunisians risk losing their jobs, losing their place in society, and pressure from the authorities when they become Christian. Many of them live far from any other Christians and have no opportunity for fellowship and discipleship. Pray that Tunisian Christians would be impassioned to reach their own people, sharing a clear, succinct, and reproducible Gospel presentation.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Arabs to become aware of their spiritual bankruptcy before God. Pray that Jesus would use dreams and visions to open their eyes and to show them that He is the only way to God.

Scripture Focus

“Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving whether by many or by few.” 1 Samuel 14:6

 

 

April 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly (Philippians 1:14).  A part of engaging the global church is to pray together for the persecuted. As we give thanks for the freedom we have to worship God in our own country, lift up those who are persecuted for the sake of following Christ. Pray that the Gospel will spread because of and in spite of persecution.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for that worker to have a life filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the Khmer of Cambodia. Pray God would bare His holy arm in the eyes of the Khmer and let His salvation be seen (Is 52:10).

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tim and Daphne Stapleton (International Services) in praying for the follow-through of candidates who completed Launch training in March. Pray that these new recruits will reach full funding quickly and reach the field soon. Pray for Tim and Daphne’s health, which has been tested recently. Pray for shots to relieve some of Tim’s joint pain, and continue to pray for Brazilian missionaries, L and A.

Arab, Yemeni in Yemen

Yemen is very poor. Most of the population is engaged in growing grains, vegetables, fruit, cotton, coffee, and khat (a stimulant-containing shrub), and raising sheep, goats, and camels. Foreign aid and remittances from Yemenis working abroad are important to the economy. Once part of the ancient Sabaean kingdom (750 BC-115 BC), Yemen was later ruled by the Himyarites, Romans, Ethiopians, and Persians. It was conquered by Muslim Arabs in the 7th century AD.

Ministry Obstacles
Yemen provides a hostile environment to Christian workers.

Outreach Ideas
Bridges of friendship and trust are needed with the Arabs of Yemen. Christians can help them in material and physical ways.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few followers of Christ among the Ta’izz-Adeni Arabs will cling strongly to their faith in a harsh environment. Pray the Lord will protect them and teach them to fully trust in himself for life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Arabs of Yemen to improve their standard of living, find employment and provide schooling for their children.

Scripture Focus
“He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy He will save.” Psalm 72:13

People Name: Arab, Yemeni
Country: Yemen
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,611,000
World Population: 7,413,000
Language: Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers” (Acts 16:5). Praise God for responses at NACC and ICOM to His call for mission service. Pray that those who made decisions to serve as missionaries would overcome every obstacle and find a place of fruitful service.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray against spiritual attacks from the enemy.

Gospel Breakthrough

For the Khmer of Cambodia, ask God for wisdom and strategy to navigate cultural issues, political and religious challenges that hold back the Gospel.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Paul and Abigail Steiner in Ireland in praying for new monthly financial supporters and more workers in Cork. Pray for leaders to be raised up in the churches and for the new work in Cork. Pray for their Stateside families and for their children, Kaidson, Kenyon, and Leyton.

Bakhtiari in Iran

The Bakthtiaris became Shia Muslims after the Arabs invaded Iran almost 1400 years ago. Previously, Bakhtiaris were Zorastrian. The Bakhtiari live mainly in southwestern Iran in the clean and beautiful highlands of the Zagros Mountains. Farsi is their language of commerce, but they speak Bakhtiari at home. Many Bakhtiari people still live in black goat hair tents and are nomads. They migrate in search of water and food for their animals. About half of the people retain their traditional lifestyle of shepherding for the men, and carpet-weaving and home making for the women. The rest are settled and involved in agriculture and a variety of commercial activities.

Ministry Obstacles
Iran is hostile to Christian testimony, and direct access to the Bakthtiari people is difficult.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel recordings and the Jesus film are available in the Bakhtiari language. Perhaps Persian Christians will be able to carry these resources to the Bakhtiari people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few known Christian believers among the Bakhtiari people, but pray the Lord will be preparing pastors and teachers for the many believers the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray also for scripture to be soon made available in the Bakhtiari language.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will increasingly draw people to Isa (Jesus) as they study the Koran, and that the Lord’s Spirit will give them a hunger to find out more about this man. Then pray this hunger will be satisfied with knowledge and faith.

Scripture Focus
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations … says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 1:11

People Name: Bakhtiari
Country: Iran
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,195,000
World Population: 1,195,000
Language: Bakhtiari
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for opportunities to engage the global church through conventions like NACC and ICOM. Pray for plans and ask God to bring glory to His name through these gatherings. “On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker’s daily walk and private inner core matches their public life.

Gospel Breakthrough

Claim the power of Almighty God and His Word for the Khmer people of Cambodia. “No weapon forged against me will prevail, and I will refute every tongue that accuses me, for this is my heritage and my vindication from the Lord (Is 54:17).

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and C in North Africa in praying that God will bring reliable people to build groups. Pray of a bolstering of English clubs to feed into the Bible discussion groups. The church desperately needs more space for meetings and corporate prayer. Ask God to give R and C great wisdom to find just the right spot for this. Pray that many will visit the church’s Facebook page.

Moor in Mauritania

The Moors are very proud people, conveying a sense of superiority to others in the area. Within their society, the Koran is faithfully followed. The term “Moor” is generally applied to any person, regardless of skin color, who speaks one of the Hassaniya dialects.

Ministry Obstacles
Scripture is not available in the language of the Moors, and access to the Moors is limited.

Outreach Ideas
The Jesus film and Gospel recordings are available. Pray for workers and for access.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the relatively few believers among the Moors, that they may be like-minded, being one in spirit and purpose, looking not only to their own interests but also to the interests of others.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray each individual in the Moor community may be prepared for the Gospel message when it comes to them.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

People Name: Moor
Country: Mauritania
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,425,000
World Population: 4,235,000
Language: Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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April 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for opportunities Team Expansion has to engage the global church through visits of college and university campuses. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, in purity…devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” (1 Tim 4:12-13) Pray that today’s generation would sense and respond to God’s call on their lives.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God would work in that worker to have a pure heart, a good conscience and sincere faith.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the Druze of Golan. Ask God to eliminate the opposition and move on behalf of those held captive.

Team Expansion Worker

Join E and K in praying in praying for good health and a strong marriage as they raise funds to go to a sensitive field. Ask for god’s perfect provision and timing.

Berber, Shawiya in Algeria

The Shawiya (pronounced Shah-wee-ya) is one of the numerous Berber groups in North Africa. The major feature that binds the Shawiya together is their language. Since the 8th century, they have been dominated by the Arabs, who forbade expressions of their language and culture until recent years. Life for the Shawiya is simple. They have long been mocked by their countrymen for being simpletons, yet are known for their wisdom.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Christ in the Shawiya community carries the risk of loss of relationships, not to mention physical danger.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained and focused prayer is needed to help these people begin to hunger to know Jesus.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Christ that will soon come from the Shawiya community. Pray they will be able to fellowship together, and become firmly established on the truth of Scripture.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Shawiya people will become truly wise by finding the One who is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name: Berber, Shawiya
Country: Algeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,158,000
World Population: 2,492,000
Language: Tachawit
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the various means of communication. Team Expansion utilizes the means of electronic devices to engage the global church through internet. Ask God to compel individuals with a desire for God’s heart for the nations to submit a profile on www.teamexpansion.org “For we cannot help speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20)

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for a close intimate relationship between Christ and that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray against anything that might hinder the Gospel from reaching the Druze of Golan, whether it be geography, language, family, social pressure, or other factors. Pray God’s goodness to be known to the Druze and many hearts turn to Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join J and B in praising God for B’s graduation from college in May and for their son’s wedding in June. There have been some local organizational difficulties in Eastern Europe. Pray for the truth to be revealed and that those who have been involved will repent.

Chechen, Nohchi in Russia

Chechens constitute the largest native ethnic group originating in the North Caucasus region. They refer to themselves as Nokhchii. Chechen society is structured around “tukhums” (unions of clans) and 130 teip, or clans. The Chechens are strongly Muslim, but each clan is led by a spiritual mystic. Some adhere to a Sufi tradition called Muridism.

Ministry Obstacles
The Chechen are strongly resistant to the good news about Jesus.

Outreach Ideas
Focused, sustained prayer for the Chechen is needed to prepare the way for the Spirit of Jesus to minister to these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christians among the Chechen, that they will be protected from harm and that their faith will be firmly established upon God’s character and provision.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Chechens to have their hearts softened, that they will begin to hunger to know Jesus and desire to follow his ways. Pray for peace for them.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

People Name: Chechen, Nohchi
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,433,000
World Population: 1,704,000
Language: Chechen
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

It cannot be denied that the nations of the world are arriving at our doorstep. The chance to welcome them with the hands & feet of Jesus is a chance to change the world. Pray that US Christians would get involved, explore their community with open eyes & a prayerful heart & see what God reveals. Pray for friendships to develop with those of other countries. “As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name, and your mighty hand, and outstretched arm – when he comes and prays… do whatever the foreigner asks…so that ALL the PEOPLES of the EARTH may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name” (2 Chron. 6:32-33).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to fill that worker with all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, your gift of salvation requires our faith in you as the Son of God. May the Druze of Golan worship YOU for who you are as revealed in your Word. Deliver them from fear and give them faith in you (Mt 14:24-33).

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for continued learning for Christian and Hannah Swails while they are in language school in Costa Rica. Pray for their prayer meeting on Tuesday evenings and for their upcoming trip to Ecuador during their break.

Uyghur in China

The Uyghurs live in the western portion of China. Their origins can be traced back to Turkish nomads who lived in the former Soviet Union, south of Lake Baikal. In 840 AD they were forced by the Kirghiz to leave their homeland, and most of them immigrated to Xinjiang province of western China, where they have remained until today. The strategic location of their oasis homes allowed them to be the “middlemen” for commerce between the orient and Europe.

Ministry Obstacles
For a Uyghur to follow Christ is to lose much of his place in his family and community.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to form bridges of friendship with the Uyghurs, serving them materially and physically as well as spiritually.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few Christian believers among the Uyghurs of China, but pray for those that know Christ. Pray they will be taught the Scriptures, will be hungry to learn and grow, and will follow Christ zealously.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Uyghurs will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran, curious to find out more about this man. Pray the Lord will reveal himself to them, and call many to follow him.

Scripture Focus
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

People Name: Uyghur
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 11,469,000
World Population: 11,846,000
Language: Uyghur
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“I have a plan for the whole earth, for my mighty power reaches throughout the world” (Is 14:26). Give thanks & praise to God that Kairos course is mobilizing the global church for God’s mission in 70 countries & over 30 languages. Pray that more believers both locally & globally would get involved. www.KairosUSA.com

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker seeks after God with their whole heart.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the Punjabi Sikh of India. Cry out to God to destroy the damning forces that cause spiritual drought and may the Punjabi be like a watered garden fed by Living Water.

Team Expansion Worker

Join J and S in Eastern Europe in praying for continued relationship building with the Roma. Pray for wisdom that will bring lasting effects, not just temporary help.

Mongol in China

In the thirteenth century, Genghis Khan formed one of the greatest world empires by uniting the Mongol tribes. In the centuries that followed, the once mighty Mongol empire was squeezed between the growing Russian and Chinese empires. One-third of all the Mongols lived in what later became known as the Mongolian People’s Republic. The remaining two-thirds lived in the Inner Mongolian region of China.

Ministry Obstacles
The Mongolians live in an area that is somewhat difficult for outsiders to access.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the emerging church among the Mongols will become mature enough and large enough to effectively take the Gospel message to all of their own people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is building his church among the Mongols. Pray these early believers will become firmly grounded in the faith, fully trusting Christ for salvation and for power to live this life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Mongolian people may be able to improve their standard of living, being able to provide good schools for their children and employment opportunities for the breadwinners.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Mongol
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 7,392,000
World Population: 7,546,000
Language: Mongolian, Peripheral
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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April 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Is 49:6). Praise God that partnering churches are selecting unreached people groups as focal points for their global outreach (i.e. PACE Project). In partnership with Team Expansion, they are raising up workers to share help, hope and the Good News of Jesus among Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Tribal and unreligious peoples. Pray that God would replicate these partnerships in cities all across the Christian world for the 6900 remaining unreached people groups. Ask God to use this too, PACE along with many others to finish the task of the Great Commission www.U4theU.com/pace

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker would be enriched by God the Father.

Gospel Breakthrough

For the Punjabi Sikhs of India, ask the Holy Spirit to breach the wall of false religions and raise up foundations of many generations (Is 58:12).

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to give PT wisdom in how to coach and care for his “flock” of workers around the world.

Turk in Turkey

The Turks originated in Turan, a region that lies between the Caspian Sea and the Mongolian Desert. They arrived in Anatolia, Turkey in the eleventh century as conquering warriors, and ruled much of the world as part of the Ottoman empire. The Ottoman empire existed until the birth of the Turkish nation in 1923. Turkey is a secular republic and sits symbolically between the “Christian” West and the Muslim world.

Ministry Obstacles
Fear of rejection and ostracism are very real problems for Turks considering the possibility of following Jesus.

Outreach Ideas
Pray for the emerging Turkish church to grow in numbers and maturity such that they can widely influence Turkish society.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is building his church among the Turks, even though it is still small. Pray for the Turkish believers to rest fully on the finished work of Christ, and to be shining examples of lives lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Turks to increasingly hunger to know Isa of the Koran (Jesus), and that he will reveal himself to them as it pleases Him.

Scripture Focus
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

People Name: Turk
Country: Turkey
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 54,800,000
World Population: 58,818,000
Language: Turkish
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the ways He brings plans together and accomplishes mighty things for His Kingdom. Pray for more men and women to discover a great faith in Christ, even in the last days of their life. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for holiness in the life of that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

“As the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him (Is 59:59). Pray that the Punjabi Sikhs of India would cling to Jesus, Mighty Warrior and claim His standard as their own.

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and E, workers raising support to go to North Africa, in praying for more workers to reach the Berbers. Pray for more partners to do follow-up in the region to those who reach out online. Pray for jobs and believing spouses for Christians in the region. Ask for more progress in Bible translation.

Guhjali, Wakhi in Tajikistan

The Wakhi live on both sides of China’s remote border with Pakistan. Other Wakhi are located in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Marco Polo described the area when he passed through more than 700 years ago: “…No birds fly here because of the height and the cold. … The inhabitants live very high up in the mountains. They are idolaters and utter savages, living entirely by the chase and dressed in the skins of beasts.” Although the Wakhi have been Shi’a Muslims for centuries, they have retained many animistic rituals.

Ministry Obstacles
The Wakhi probably have much misinformation about what it means to know and follow Christ. Pray for enlightened thinking.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, focused prayer is needed for the Wakhi. Pray the Lord will soften the ground for future missionaries.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Although there are no known Christian believers among the Wakhi, pray for those that will one day emerge. Pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers for them. Pray for the Scriptures to be made available to them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for this remote people group, that they will be able to find their way in the 21st century. Pray they make the necessary adjustments to a rapidly changing world.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

People Name: Guhjali, Wakhi
Country: Tajikistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 33,000
World Population: 111,000
Language: Wakhi
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). Lord, we pray for faithful disciples all over the world to be your witnesses and trust in the power that we have received from above.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that Jesus would dwell in the heart of that worker through faith.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Keep the prayers going for AT as she transitions to living in another culture in southeast Asia.

Tuareg, Tamasheq in Mali

The Tuareg are a nomadic pastoralist people, and are the principal inhabitants of the Saharan interior of North Africa. Descended from Berbers in the region that is now Libya, the Tuareg are descendants of ancient Saharan peoples described by Herodotus, who mentions the ancient Libyan people, the Garamantes. In the early nineteenth century, the Tuareg resisted the French invasion of their Central Saharan homelands for the purpose of colonization. After numerous massacres on both sides, the Tuareg were subdued.

Ministry Obstacles
The Tuareg are located in an area of difficult access for outsiders.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio can be useful for these people living in a remote region.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few followers of Christ among the Tuareg will grow both in maturity and in numbers. Pray for qualified pastors and teachers, and for Scripture to be made available to them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Tuareg to be able to care well for their families, for improved living conditions and for schooling for their children.

Scripture Focus
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” Mark 13:10

People Name: Tuareg, Tamasheq
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 412,000
World Population: 681,000
Language: Tamasheq
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Mt 24:14). Praise God for both local and global leaders who are preaching and teaching the gospel, giving testimony of Christ so that others may learn to obey God’s Word. Pray for more church leaders to be raised up. Pray for leaders with humble hearts who truly desire to see people come to know Jesus as the risen Savior and Lord.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the work of God may be displayed in the life of that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the people of Ancona, Italy. Lord Jesus, let Your church arise and shine for the glory of God.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that Patrick and Denise Tolbert will be 100% funded before the end of the month! Ask that they might be able to cram both a survey and a set-up trip together in June. Pray for the final funding for start-up expenses (still need around $11,000). Pray for them as they begin to sell some things. Pray that both cars will last through July. Pray for help in finishing up all that is left of their personal development plan so that they can leave on schedule.

Tuareg, Tamasheq in Mali

The Tuareg are a nomadic pastoralist people, and are the principal inhabitants of the Saharan interior of North Africa. Descended from Berbers in the region that is now Libya, the Tuareg are descendants of ancient Saharan peoples described by Herodotus, who mentions the ancient Libyan people, the Garamantes. In the early nineteenth century, the Tuareg resisted the French invasion of their Central Saharan homelands for the purpose of colonization. After numerous massacres on both sides, the Tuareg were subdued.

Ministry Obstacles
The Tuareg are located in an area of difficult access for outsiders.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio can be useful for these people living in a remote region.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few followers of Christ among the Tuareg will grow both in maturity and in numbers. Pray for qualified pastors and teachers, and for Scripture to be made available to them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Tuareg to be able to care well for their families, for improved living conditions and for schooling for their children.

Scripture Focus
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” Mark 13:10

People Name: Tuareg, Tamasheq
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 412,000
World Population: 681,000
Language: Tamasheq
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Therefore to and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Mt 28:19-20).  Pray that Christ followers around the globe live out the mandate of Christ daily and testify of Him.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God would deeply root and establish that worker in His love.

Gospel Breakthrough

Lord Jesus, may Your Word be embraced and trusted in Ancona, Italy in such a way that reveals to believers and unbelievers alike that You alone are God.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for JT as he seeks to transfer from D-Course to a Quest apprenticeship.

Lampung Abung in Indonesia

The Lampung Abung people are known as mountain dwellers, and have a unique history as headhunters. The majority make their living as rice farmers. After they harvest the rice, the best fields are then used to plant pepper. The other important source of livelihood for the Lampung Abung is fishing. The Lampung Abung live in traditional communities known as tiuh, in which each clan has its own permanent house. Currently, every Lampung Abung is theoretically a Muslim. However, the Lampung Abung also have strong beliefs in spirits. They often call a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) to heal the sick or cast out demons.

Ministry Obstacles
The island of Sumatra does not provide ready access to Christian workers.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to find ways to minister to the physical and material needs of the people, and in the process, share what they know about the goodness of Christ.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus Christ among the Lampung Abung. Pray the Lord will be calling many of these people to a personal relationship with himself, and will build a holy church among them, zealous to honor him with their lives.

Pray for the entire people group
The main need of the Lampung Abung is improved farm management, especially with the goal of raising more export-quality pepper. Pray for an improving standard of living, with employment opportunities for all who need employment.

Scripture Focus
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35

People Name: Lampung Abung
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 197,000
World Population: 197,000
Language: Lampung Nyo
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Remember Jesus quoting the prophet Isaiah when He said in Mark 11:17 “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”? Is the church today engaged in praying for the nations to know Jesus as Savior and Lord? Team Expansion aligns her desire with Jesus’ desire to see every ethnic group represented in heaven.  Pray for the local church to be bold in outreach to the foreigner, to multiply and mobilize the mission force, and to pray for the salvation of the nations.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker’s conduct is a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Praying for his disciples, Jesus said, “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that You have given me because You love me before the foundations of the world” (John 17:24). Father, open the eyes of the people of Ancona, Italy to see Your unique relationship with Jesus, to see Jesus’ glory, and to see Jesus’ desire to spend eternity with those who would follow Him.

Team Expansion Worker

Join RV in praying for the new team leaders who in South Asia. Pray that the Lord will raise up faithful workers for the harvest in this region.

Fulani, Pulaar in Senegal

The Tukulor are known as the defenders of the Muslim faith and proudly acknowledge themselves as the first black Africans to convert to Islam. Islamic tradition, as well as the climate, influences clothing styles. Generally, men wear long flowing cloaks called booboos with turbans or Islamic-style skullcaps. The women commonly wear long, flowing dresses also called booboos.

Ministry Obstacles
These people have a strong commitment to their current faith, and have not been generally open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the past.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained prayer for the Tukulor is needed. Stories from Scripture coupled with Gospel films and recordings may communicate effectively.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few hundred believers among the Tukulor. Pray for these and for others that will eventually find Christ. Pray they will put on the full armor of God, including the shield of faith. Pray also for discipling leading to maturity for these believers, and for rapid multiplication of home groups.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for these people to increasingly understand that Jesus is deity, the Son of God, and that they will desire to know him and follow him.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Fulani, Pulaar
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,010,000
World Population: 1,490,000
Language: Pulaar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Have you ever wondered how you could be involved in multiplying disciples in your church, group and town? Zume (pronounced ZOO-may) opened for business on Feb 14 and the business of Zume is to help you be effective at living out the Great Commission, starting in your hometown! To learn more go to www.ZumeProject.com and start thinking about whom you might invite to take part in a group.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to set that worker’s mind on things above rather than earthly things.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the people Rome, Italy. Pray that the glory of the Lord is seen upon the church in Rome, letting those in darkness come to the light and witnessing His rising brightness (Is 60:2-3).

Team Expansion Worker

J and E are seeking to raise an additional $500/month to stop the slow depletion of funds as well as $2300 for Connect Gathering in Thailand.

People Name: Tuareg, Tamajaq
Country: Niger
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 929,000
World Population: 1,345,000
Language: Tamajaq, Tawallammat
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“How can they call on the one they have not believed in? How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? How can they hear without someone preaching to them? How can they preach unless they are sent?…How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15). Ask God to guide the footsteps of believers to homes and workplaces of non-believers. Ask God’s Spirit to give believers special words to share that are relevant to individual situations.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to grant that worker discretion and understanding.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask the God of nations to bind the spirit of deception that holds minds captive among the people of Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join C and I in praying that households in Eastern Europe will read the 84 Jesus Story Book Bibles which have been distributed. Please pray for the eyes and hearts that take in the words and message of Jesus. Pray His words would not come back void.

Khmer, Central in Cambodia

The Khmer civilization once ruled much of Southeast Asia. In the 1200s, the Thais and Vietnamese defeated the Khmer and pushed them into Cambodia, where most live today. The huge Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia gives evidence of past glories. They have been primarily Buddhist since the 13th century, but elements of Hinduism and animism are mingled with Buddhist beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles
Centuries of devotion to their past belief system are not quickly overcome, but there is much progress.

Outreach Ideas
Multiple means of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting are needed for this large people group. Opportunities are numerous.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the steady growth of the church among the Khmer, that they will continue to have a heart of fire for God and a passion for the souls of their countrymen.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Khmer will heal from the tragedies brought by the Khmer Rouge, and that this past suffering will prepare them for the love and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35

People Name: Khmer, Central
Country: Cambodia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 13,969,000
World Population: 15,730,000
Language: Khmer
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion wants to engage the global church for God’s plan for the nations. Ask God to work through church partnerships to establish disciple making movements among peoples without any connection with Jesus. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man (church) sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God would give that worker the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that people of Rome, Italy are released from the deception of their belief system so that they may be free to receive the Truth of the Living God.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to continue to help Carla Williams (International Services) to figure out the best way to balance work and being home. Pray for her refugee friend and her daughter. Pray that we will walk with her in grace and truth as she navigates life as a new Christian.

Jama Mapun, Bajau Kagayan in Philippines

The Bajau Kagayan are seafaring people (known as “Sea Gypsies”) and fish in the Sulu Sea by the Philippines and Sulawesi, Indonesia. They are non-aggressive people who usually retreat from trouble. They live on their boats or on the coast in houses that are built over the sea on stilts. Their livelihood comes from the sea through fishing. The Bajau Kagayan are Sunni Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles
Establishing trust with the Muslim Bajau Kagayan people may be difficult.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bajau Kagayan by telling them stories from Scripture, and by using Gospel films and recordings.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the “Sea Gypsy” people of the Philippines, that good teachers will be sent to help them grow. Pray they will be firmly established on the truths of Scripture, and will be zealous to study and learn, and be faithful disciples of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bajau Kagayan people will be able to provide adequately for their families, and be kept safe as they fish for their livelihood.

Scripture Focus
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.'” 1 Chronicles 16:31

People Name: Jama Mapun, Bajau Kagayan
Country: Philippines
10/40 Window: No
Population: 47,000
World Population: 63,000
Language: Mapun
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for local churches who partner with Team Expansion in order to spread the Good News of Jesus among unreached peoples. Ask God to empower churches to become involved in adopting a people group in order to start disciple making movements through PACE Projects.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker would live as a child of light, producing goodness, righteousness and truth, and that in this way would find out what pleases the Lord.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Join D and K in Asia in praying for two guys whom Daniel is guiding through foundational Biblical principles.

Nalu in Guinea-Bissau

The Nalu live along the coastal lagoons of southern Guinea-Bissau and in Guinea near Boke, Katchek Island. They mainly grow rice in this marshy area that is flooded six months out of the year, during which time the only way to get around is by canoe. The men fish and grow cola nuts; the women grow rice. Historically, they have believed in a single god, known as Kanu, assisted by male and female spirits. The people to some extent converted to Islam in the 1950s.

Ministry Obstacles
The Nalu people may have a confused worldview, a mixture of traditional religion and Islam.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to genuinely care for the physical needs of the Nalu tribe, finding ways to assist them and build bridges of friendship.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few that know and follow Jesus among the Nalu people. Pray that teachers will be sent to help them become firmly established in the faith. Pray they will live upright lives, honoring Christ. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit, demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit consistently.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Nalu people will be given the gift of hearing clearly of Jesus. Pray that each person in the tribe will hear at least once who Jesus is, and what He has provided for them. Pray they hear it in their mother tongue, and hear it without confusion or uncertainty in the presentation.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name: Nalu
Country: Guinea-Bissau
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 11,000
World Population: 22,000
Language: Nalu
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

April 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Teaming up with God in His mission means participating with Him in making disciples of all nations. His people can do that through the practice of going, the practice of welcoming, the practice of sending and the practice of mobilizing. Ask God to re-new awareness in His people with an urgency of obeying Jesus’ mandate to make disciples of all ethnicities.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker’s whole spirit, soul and body are kept blameless.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the people Tokyo, Japan. Ask the Holy Spirit to spark in the minds of the Japanese the revelation needed to embrace the Good News of Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join A and R (International Services) in asking for discernment about how best to invest time on various marketplace projects. Pray for the April meeting in the Middle East on assisting locals to develop their own version of marketplace ministry/leader development. Ask God to renew A’s strength.

Nasu, Southern in China

The Southern Nasu probably originated in southern Sichuan and northern Yunnan many centuries ago. The name Nasu means “black people.” The color black is revered by the Nasu. They are polytheists who attempt to placate a wide array of spirits and deities. Some spirits are considered helpful while others are evil and cause death, sickness, and destruction.

Ministry Obstacles
Today most Southern Nasu have no knowledge of Christianity. Much is needed in the way of models of Christian behavior as well as in formal instruction.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to build bridges of friendship and trust with these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be 100 followers of Christ among this people group. Pray they will be adequately instructed in the faith, and will increasingly trust Christ for their lives, as well as for their salvation.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these people will be rescued from the control of evil forces, and will find full freedom in Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

People Name: Nasu, Southern
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 133,000
World Population: 133,000
Language: Nisu, Eastern
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 24, 3017

Team Expansion General Request

One way for Team Expansion to engage the global church is to host Jonathan Training. Participants are trained in principles of disciple making and immediately experience and practice those principles. Praise God for individuals participating April 24-28 and pray that God will embolden His church to make disciples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is filled with knowledge of God’s will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray Isaiah 61:3 over the city of Tokyo, Japan…”make something beautiful out of the ash heap. Anoint Your Spirit of joy on those who mourn. Exchange the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise so that peoples of Tokyo may be called a tree of righteousness that You have planted for Your glory.”

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tara Woolard (International Services) in praying for more DSOTO staff, whether volunteer or full-time.

Japanese in Japan

Racially, culturally, and ethnically, the Japanese are one of the most homogenous people groups in the world. They identify themselves in terms of biological heritage, birth in Japan, a shared culture, and a common language. Shintoism is the native religion of Japan. It is rooted in animism. Its many gods or spirits are known as kami. Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century. Today, most Japanese claim to be both Shintoist and Buddhist. Traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism have all contributed to Japanese religious beliefs and practices.

Ministry Obstacles
Material wealth and creature comforts often have a deadening effect, obscuring a person’s spiritual needs.

Outreach Ideas
Much prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Japanese for the Gospel of Christ. This Gospel is available to them if they would but desire it.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the relatively few people among the Japanese who know and follow Jesus Christ. They need prayer support. Pray they will be zealous to know Christ, and that they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit. Pray they will consistently experience love, joy, peace, and other fruit from the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Japanese will increasingly realize their great need for a Savior. Pray that material wealth will not satisfy. Pray for a spiritual awakening to need.

Scripture Focus
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You.” Psalm 22:27

People Name: Japanese
Country: Japan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 120,991,000
World Population: 125,013,000
Language: Japanese
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Jonathan Training takes its name from Jonathan of 1 Samuel 14, where we learn of Saul’s son Jonathan and his armor bearer rely on the LORD to give the Philistines into their hands. Jonathan faced many challenges but trusts in the LORD for success. Pray that participants in Jonathan Training would face challenges with confidence in the LORD, not just during training, but when they go back to their respective spheres of influence in order to make disciples and plant churches.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to enable that worker to know this love that surpasses knowledge so that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to push back the darkness by His power and release victory over the harvest in Tokyo, Japan

Team Expansion Worker

Join Shawn and Melissa Wuske (Boston) in praying for good health for their baby son Caleb and for wisdom and trust in God as they pass off some responsibilities to others for a time and begin picking them back up again.

Jama Mapun, Bajau Kagayan in Philippines

The Bajau Kagayan are seafaring people (known as “Sea Gypsies”) and fish in the Sulu Sea by the Philippines and Sulawesi, Indonesia. They are non-aggressive people who usually retreat from trouble. They live on their boats or on the coast in houses that are built over the sea on stilts. Their livelihood comes from the sea through fishing. The Bajau Kagayan are Sunni Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles
Establishing trust with the Muslim Bajau Kagayan people may be difficult.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bajau Kagayan by telling them stories from Scripture, and by using Gospel films and recordings.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the “Sea Gypsy” people of the Philippines, that good teachers will be sent to help them grow. Pray they will be firmly established on the truths of Scripture, and will be zealous to study and learn, and be faithful disciples of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bajau Kagayan people will be able to provide adequately for their families, and be kept safe as they fish for their livelihood.

Scripture Focus
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.'” 1 Chronicles 16:31

People Name: Jama Mapun, Bajau Kagayan
Country: Philippines
10/40 Window: No
Population: 47,000
World Population: 63,000
Language: Mapun
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

April 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion is hosting a Jonathan Training module April 24-28 on campus of Emerald Hills. Pray for those who will be learning how to make disciples who will make disciples and thereby see church planting and disciple making movements abound.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is diligent in studying and memorizing God’s Word.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Zoe Ziegenhorn, daughter of Jeremy and Lindsay Ziegenhorn, as she is currently in physical therapy for a gymnastic injury. Pray that she will heal and mend quickly. Pray for Jeremy as he prayerfully pursues an opportunity to begin an orality 3/3rds group in the Shawnee neighborhood of Louisville.

Ghao-Xong, Western in China

The Ghao-Xong worship Pan Hu, the dragon-dog they claim as the forefather of their race. Today, the majority of Ghao-Xong have never heard the Gospel. The virtually inaccessible mountains where the provinces of Hunan, Sichuan, and Guizhou meet were the site of countless wars involving the Ghao-Xong. It took the Chinese 18 years (1855-1872) to crush one rebellion.

Ministry Obstacles
Lack of knowledge of the Gospel of Christ stands as a great barrier to acceptance. They live in an area that is difficult to enter.

Outreach Ideas
Chinese believers may be able to enter the region of the Ghao-Xong, and carry the Gospel to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian believers among the Ghao-Xong, that they will clearly understand the basis of their relationship with Christ, that it is based upon faith in the finished work of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Ghao-Xong community, that they will be able to live in peace and security, and be able to provide adequately for their families.

Scripture Focus
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

People Name: Ghao-Xong, Western
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,360,000
World Population: 1,360,000
Language: Miao, Western Xiangxi
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

und in no other.

April 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Engaging the global church is part of ministry through Team Expansion. Praise God for the fruitful church planting trainings aimed at multiplying disciples who make disciples and equipping them to plant simple churches that plant churches. Thank God for the local Christians who participated, for their strong faith and courage to immediately put into practice what they learned.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker continues to live in Christ, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith and overflowing with thankfulness.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among the Mien of Laos. Lord Jesus, You came to make an end of sins and to establish Your Kingdom. Soften hearts of the Mien to receive this message. (Dan 9:24).

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for perseverance for C and S as they continue to seek 75% of their support to be raised by June. Pray for perseverance in fundraising. Pray for the hearts of those among whom they will be working in the Middle East to be receptive.

Punjabi in Canada

The Punjabi people are from the Punjabi region, straddling the border between India and Pakistan. This region has been host to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, including the Indus Valley civilization. There are a number of Punjabi emigrant communities scattered around the world. They are traditionally Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh.

Ministry Obstacles
The Punjabi religious background presents an obstacle to the Gospel, but can also become a springboard for the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas
This people group is very accessible to the Gospel message, being located in Canada. Canadian believers can carry the message of salvation in Christ to these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are Christian believers among the Punjabi of Canada. Pray they will live lives that honor the Lord, being united in love around truth.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Punjabi will increasingly hunger for forgiveness of their sins, found only through the finished work of Christ.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name: Punjabi
Country: Canada
10/40 Window: No
Population: 494,000
World Population: 1,997,000
Language: Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for trainers and trainees of Jonathan Training Module as they increase their competence and confidence of implementing the fruitful disciple making movement principles, tools and skills. Pray for the teeming millions who will be impacted by their faithful obedience.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is consistent in prayer and other spiritual disciplines.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to give the Mien of Laos a new heart and a new spirit to keep His statutes and judgments (Ez. 36:25-27).

Team Expansion Worker

Join J and A in North Africa in praying for a healthy DMM. Pray that individuals will begin to meet in groups. Ask for hunger for the Word like hunger for food. Pray for hearts of worship and desire to enjoy His presence. Ask for fear to be driven out by God’s supernatural love and that mistrust between locals will be replaced by trust. Pray for jealousy to be replaced by contentment.

Hmong Bua in China

The majority of Hmong Bua are animists. In recent years the Hmong Bua in Jinping may have benefited from the Christian “radio revival” among the neighboring Hmong Daw, who speak a similar language. As many as 20,000 of the neighboring Hmong Daw people have turned to Christ in southern Yunnan since 1994, due to Gospel radio broadcasts. The Hmong Bua are able to understand most of the Hmong Daw language and have probably been affected also.

Ministry Obstacles
A low level of literacy will be an obstacle if the Gospel is presented only in written form.

Outreach Ideas
The Gospel presented in oral forms is appropriate, including radio, Gospel recordings, films, and storytellers onsite.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the followers of Christ among the Hmong Bua will fellowship together, growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray they lead holy lives, and are zealous in their commitment to Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray the Hmong Bua will indeed profit from the Gospel radio programs directed toward the neighboring Hmong Daw community. Pray they will listen and understand.

Scripture Focus
‘Again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, And let all the peoples praise Him.” Romans 15:10-11

People Name: Hmong Bua
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 66,000
World Population: 93,000
Language: Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Through a prayer initiative called Unleashed for the Unreached (U4theU.com), praise God the global church is more engaged in prayer for the nations. Pray that God uses Team Expansion as we seek to facilitate and carry out this unique and broad-based prayer initiative that will unleash individuals, churches, groups to pray for the unreached peoples of the world

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to carry on the work He began in that worker to completion.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father God, Branch of David, reign and prosper, execute judgment and justice among the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray that Gabriel and Barbara Ayala will find people of peace in the new work beginning in La Zubia, Spain.

 
Arab, Tunisian in Tunisia

In the first few centuries after Christ, a strong church was established in present-day Tunisia despite intense persecution from the Romans. Disunity, factions, and a failure to translate the Bible into the local languages weakened the church. When Arab invaders arrived in the 7th century an empty shell of a church was all that existed. Islam spread rapidly and the Christian roots of the people were forgotten.

Ministry Obstacles
Few Tunisians are aware of their Christian heritage. They equate Christianity with Westerners and Western culture and do not view it as an option for themselves. They have been conditioned from birth to believe teachings that oppose the Bible and their cultural surroundings prevent them from considering anything different.

Outreach Ideas
Christian media (websites, TV, and radio programs) has generated a great interest in Jesus. Facebook, YouTube, and other websites are rising in popularity. Pray for creative ways to present the Gospel using these means.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Tunisians risk losing their jobs, losing their place in society, and pressure from the authorities when they become Christian. Many of them live far from any other Christians and have no opportunity for fellowship and discipleship. Pray that Tunisian Christians would be impassioned to reach their own people, sharing a clear, succinct, and reproducible Gospel presentation.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Arabs to become aware of their spiritual bankruptcy before God. Pray that Jesus would use dreams and visions to open their eyes and to show them that He is the only way to God.

Scripture Focus
“Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving whether by many or by few.” 1 Samuel 14:6

 
People Name: Arab, Tunisian
Country: Tunisia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 10,457,000
World Population: 10,859,000
Language: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

April 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Internships and apprenticeships are other ways to engage the global church in their role of the finishing the task of the Great Commission. Praise God for committed individuals to “GO” short term to serve alongside field workers. Ask God to raise up career missionaries to serve among unreached peoples as a result of these programs.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker may be filled with the fruit of righteousness that come through Christ – to the glory and praise of God.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting prayer for resurrection power among these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Druze of Golan; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos. Pray that peoples will know that they are redeemed and ransomed from those who are strong (Jer. 31:11).

Team Expansion Worker

Join Gabriela Balestrini (Spain) in praying for open heavens, open hearts, open homes, and disciples who are willing to serve. Pray that Spaniards in Monachil, Spain will come to Christ!

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Kyrgyz of Kyrgyzstan, 4,187,000 followers of Islam. Pray that each individual Kyrgyz will increasingly hunger and thirst to know Jesus.

 

 

February 28, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for March 1-31, 2017.

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March 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

For Team Expansion, the month of March highlights 8 years being on campus of Emerald Hills, a paradise of green. Praise God for those who have been trained and sent out into the nations to model disciple making and church planting. Pray that God would start 24 disciples making movements among unreached peoples by 2024 so that more peoples will have the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Rev 2:7b).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the peace of God will guard this worker’s heart and mind.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in these particular people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

CP is back in the U. S. Over the past couple of years, she has been asking prayer for her family and her younger sister. Home isn’t the most fun place for CP. Home has been a place where she has been pushed to her limits in grace, in understanding, and in patience. Pray for her while she waits for a visa to return to Asia.

Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

Dimli means “of Dailam”, and it is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect, and are seen as heretics by the Kurds, who are Sunnis. The Dimli follow Alevi Shiite religious traditions.

Ministry Obstacles
There is a need for Scripture and other language-based resources in the language of the Zaza-Dimli.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio broadcasts will be helpful, but sustained prayer is needed for the Zaza-Dimli.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the Zaza-Dimli, but pray for those that will soon be evident. Pray that Zaza-Dimli believers will be well grounded in Scripture, and will be zealous to grow in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for these people to live peaceful lives, establishing good relationships with the Turkish government and other ethnic groups.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name: Zaza-Dimli
Country: Turkey
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,215,000
World Population: 1,215,000
Language: Zazaki, Southern
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

March 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

God said. And it was so. “The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12). Give thanks to God for providing a 61-acre campus for Team Expansion’s home office named Emerald Hills. Creating a fully equipped prayer and mission training center is critical. Pray we listen to His voice and obey His commands for us as an organization.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to fill that worker with abundant joy and peace.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in the Serbs of Bosnia. Ask God to loosen any foothold of Satan that would block the efforts of Kingdom work.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray that L and T will be able to raise the rest of the funds they will need before returning to their sensitive field in the spring. Pray that God would continue to work in the lives and hearts of their friends there while they are away. Pray for Tawny and the baby and for a movement of people who would come to know Jesus in 2017.

Kurd, Turkish-Speaking in Turkey

Most Kurds in Turkey live in big cities, such as Istanbul, or in southeastern Turkey. Language spoken (Kurdish or Turkish) by the Kurds of Turkey is a sensitive issue, since the Kurdish language has been either discouraged or banned by the government at different times. The large number of Kurds in Turkey are seen by the government as a threat to stability, since the Kurds have long wanted their own country.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kurdish people, and most Muslim peoples, have only a partial understanding of who Jesus truly is. Pray the Lord will open eyes to see and believe.

Outreach Ideas
Focused, sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Kurds for the good news of Jesus, and also to help them become firmly established in the faith, not wavering.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few Christian believers among the Turkish-speaking Kurds, but pray for them and for those who will soon join their numbers. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances. Pray they will learn to repent of sin quickly, and rely upon the Lord’s Spirit to live a victorious life. Pray for holiness among them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Kurds to avoid warfare with the Turkish government.

Scripture Focus
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else.” 1 Kings 8:60

People Name: Kurd, Turkish-Speaking
Country: Turkey
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,979,000
World Population: 5,979,000
Language: Turkish
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

March 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth” (Job 5:25). Team Expansion’s core concept is to train new workers like crazy until they eat, sleep and breathe church multiplication. Then coach them into success as they labor among some of the worlds least informed, least reached, and often unengaged and Bible-less cities and people groups. And watch God at work. Pray for committed partners to raise funding needed to build housing and dedicated training space so that more disciples may be multiplied.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker is eager to be used of God and to obey Him.

Gospel Breakthrough

Praise God for workers serving among the Serbs of Bosnia. Pray that disciple making and church planting movements would be ignited by the Holy Spirit.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to raise up 25 new individuals and families to partner with her monthly through giving toward the preparation of a home in Franklinton for her team. Pray for two churches that are still making decisions about giving to say yes. Ask God to prepare people and houses of peace in Franklinton.

Imragen in Western Sahara

The Imragen form a Moorish fishing and pastoral culture along the Atlantic shores, made up of three nomadic Bedouin tribes. They have strong cultural traditions. Their peculiar method of catching mullet with the help of dolphins is well known.

Ministry Obstacles
These people live in an area that is difficult for Christian workers to access.

Outreach Ideas
Christian radio and television can overcome the obstacle of remoteness.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian believers who will someday emerge from the Imragen, that they will be taught properly in the faith and become mature, leading holy and productive lives.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for safety for those who fish, and for good schools for the children.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

People Name: Imragen
Country: Western Sahara
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 23,000
World Population: 23,000
Language: Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

March 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for answering our prayers through Team Expansion leadership and good friends around the globe, “How can we double the number of workers who will then help multiply church planting and disciple making movements?” Ask God to empower the plan in place to expand Emerald Hills’ campus that will exponentially multiply the number of churches and baptisms that can happen per year around the globe. “Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills” (Gen 49:26).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God will give that worker confirmation, wisdom and knowledge.

Gospel Breakthrough

Celebrate in advance the harvest of souls among the Serbs of Bosnia.

Team Expansion Worker

Please consider these goals as year-long prayer requests: (1) to maintain a steady focus with language as a family; (2) to continue to foster an environment in which the kids may continue to grow, learn, and thrive in this culture in the Middle East; (3) to prayer walk monthly through the four districts on this side of the bay.

Giay, Nhang in China

The Giay (pronounced “Zay”), are sometimes referred to as the Nhang, a name given to them by the Vietnamese. Giay families are dominated by the males; widows must obey their sons. When a baby is one month old the parents call for a ceremony to inform the ancestors of the birth and to name the baby. They consult horoscopes to determine the fate of the child. The youth are often nonreligious, having received an atheistic education under the communist system. Each village has a “forbidden forest”, and twice each year worship of the spirit of the village occurs at the largest tree.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Jesus among the Giay is to risk offending the spirits of the ancestors, as well as to disrupt the community. There is risk of loss of family and friends.

Outreach Ideas
Han Chinese believers may be able to carry the good news of Jesus to the Giay people. Pray that some will be burdened to do this.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few hundred Christians among the Giay to live holy lives, honoring Christ with their conduct. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit, demonstrating love, joy, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit. Pray they will be faithful witnesses for Christ to family and friends. Pray for evangelists to be raised up from their number.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Giay community to be set free from bondage to the spirits of their ancestors, and to direct their worship toward the One who created them.

Scripture Focus
‘Again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, And let all the peoples praise Him.” Romans 15:10-11

People Name: Giay, Nhang
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 337,000
World Population: 404,000
Language: Bouyei
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

March 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end (Deut. 11:110. Over the next 10 years, Team Expansion feels God is calling us to partner with local churches to double the number of workers, double the number of teams, and double the number of unreached peoples with whom we are working. Pray for this monumental outcome to happen by God’s power. Ask God to supply His resources to find, select, prepare and send those workers.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to keep His desire in the heart of that worker and keep that worker loyal to Him.

Gospel Breakthrough

The Serbs of Bosnia are predominantly Muslim. Pray for a mass turning to Christ among the Serbs.

Team Expansion Worker

D and M are currently sharing the Gospel with Druze and Jews. Please pray that both of these groups will hunger for the Bread of Life.

Aoka in China

Some Aoka believe there was once a ladder connecting heaven to the earth. A long time ago the ladder was broken and no people have been able to visit heaven since. Today the majority of Aoka are animists, living under the influence of demons and evil spirits. After centuries of living beside the all-powerful Han Chinese, the Aoka have lost their language and are being speedily assimilated into the Han Chinese language and culture.

Ministry Obstacles
The long-established religious beliefs of the Aoka are an obstacle, but not an insurmountable obstacle.

Outreach Ideas
The animistic beliefs of the Aoka can be a bridge for belief in the creator God.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are followers of Christ among the Aoka community. Pray they will be adequately taught the truths of Scripture, and grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Pray for unity, around truth.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Aoka community will be able to retain their cultural heritage, and live harmoniously with their neighbors.

Scripture Focus
“He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy He will save.” Psalm 72:13

People Name: Aoka
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 320,000
World Population: 320,000
Language: Chinese, Xiang
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

March 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Blessed is the man who places trust and confidence in the Lord. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream … and never fails to bear fruit” (Jer 17:7-8).

Team Expansion recognizes the 8th birthday of the Prayer Center and Atrium this month and celebrates God’s providence for its origin. Praise His name! From meager beginnings in Montevideo, God has raised up some 500 churches consisting of nearly 17,000 worshipers! Pray that God will provide for the current facility at Emerald Hills to be completely paid off and for the next phase of development to be funded to provide housing, training and third culture kid space.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the heart of that worker is fully committed to the Lord and live for Him.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Good News of Jesus finds expression among the Serbs of Bosnia and communities of believers rise in every district.

Team Expansion Worker

Jon Mike and Jean in praying for people of peace in the retail marketing world. Ask God to help them make an impact for Jesus among business people in the Philippines. Ask God to raise up Filipinos to go to unreached people groups.

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The immigration of the majority of Jews into Yemen appears to have taken place about the beginning of the second century AD. With the advent of Islam in the 7th century, the political status of Jews underwent a radical change for the worse. The Jews lived under difficult conditions in Yemen for many centuries, and many have now returned to Israel.Ministry Obstacles
The apostle Paul spoke of the veil over the eyes of the Jews. This veil continues to be a serious obstacle to understanding.Outreach Ideas
The Messianic Jews of Israel are well positioned to carry the Gospel to the Yemeni Jews, but they need our prayer support.Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few known Messianic Jews among the Yemeni Jews of Israel, but pray there will soon be growing numbers. Pray these Jewish believers will be zealous to know and serve Jesus.Pray for the entire people group
Pray the veil will be lifted from the eyes of the Yemeni Jews that prevent them from recognizing the Messiah that has been sent.Scripture Focus
“Since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 18:18

 

March 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food… (Gen 2:9a). Discipleship School of the Outdoors is an experiential education program that fosters personal growth and builds teams in an outdoor learning environment. Pray that more schools, colleges, universities, sports teams, churches, businesses and corporate groups would take advantage of DSOTO at Emerald Hills.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker protects the Name of Jesus with integrity.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in the Khmer of Cambodia. Pray for a Sovereign move of God within the Khmer resulting in whole families and communities opening their hearts to Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Daniel and Shani Ramirez in praying for Shani’s brother who will be moving back to Louisville after 20 years in the military. Ask God that he might be able to find a job and a place to live. Pray for the work among Hispanics to grow in the Hike’s Point area.

Badhai (Muslim traditions) in India

The Badhai trace their descent from Lord Vishwakarma, the divine architect. It is believed that Lord Vishwakarma created two groups of people, those who could work in wood were known as Badhai. They are largely engaged in carpentry. They accept cooked food from the Brahmin and Rajput, but only uncooked food from the Koh, Lohar and Od.

Ministry Obstacles
Many misunderstandings need to be overcome. Pray the Lord will give understanding of the Gospel of Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, persistent prayer is needed. Pray especially for Indian believers to build good relationships with the Badhai Muslims.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those the Lord will soon bring to himself. Pray they will be accurately instructed in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Badhai to soon learn that their Creator loves them, and that he sent his Son to die for their sins.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

People Name: Badhai (Muslim traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 606,000
World Population: 687,000
Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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March 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“I made it beautiful with abundant branches… (Ez 31:9). God certainly has made Emerald Hills a beautiful place and provided abundant branches for building cohesiveness among teams.

Praise God that this past 2016 has been the best year for DSOTO thus far. Discipleship School of the Outdoors is practical instruction program that promotes personal growth and builds teams in the great outdoors of Emerald Hills. Ask God to raise up more experiential education facilitators for outdoor challenge course team building.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to keep that worker from willful sins so that they may not be robbed of their innocence.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for a more bold and effective approach of the Gospel so that strongholds are demolished and breakthroughs are made for Jesus Christ among the Khmer of Cambodia

Team Expansion Worker

Join Clayton and Shauna Raymer in praying for Clayton’s new job to become more stable and enjoyable. Pray that their daughter will learn to be honest and control her anger.

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Uzbek, Southern of Afghanistan
Uzbeks come from a predominantly Sunni Muslim background, usually of the Hanafi school, but variations exist. The majority of Uzbeks from the former USSR came to practice religion with a more liberal interpretation due to the official Soviet policy of atheism, while Uzbeks in Afghanistan and other countries to the south have remained more conservative adherents of Islam. The Uzbeks are descended to a large degree from Turk-Mongol invaders.Ministry Obstacles
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Pray for the believers among the Uzbek, that they will grow in faith and in knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and live holy lives. Pray they will put off falsehood and speak truthfully to one another.Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Uzbeks will increasingly see Isa (Jesus) as the anointed Son of God, and will hunger to find out more about this man.Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

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March 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Is 61:3b). One of Team Expansion’s key result areas is to coach/train in fruitful practices for life, ministry, and church planting. Praise God for trainers, coaches and mentors devoted to disciple making and church planting. Not only are they teaching these principles, they are practicing these truths. Pray for these “oaks of righteousness” to always display God’s glory.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker may have a pure heart that speaks kind and edifying words.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the chants and songs of the Khmer of Cambodia will be changed into praise and worship of the Holy One.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray for the Rehnberg family: Chad, Lisa, Luke, Annie, Ben, and Zac. Pray for the six D-Course students who recently started their new adventure in the Shawnee neighborhood of Louisville, KY. Pray God would give them discipline to get all their course work done and see Him work through them in the community.

 

Dariganga in Mongolia

The Dariganga love music, folk dances, chess, and sporting events. Every July, the ancient Naadam festival is celebrated throughout Mongolia. Sporting events are held in horse racing, archery, and wrestling. In the late 1500s, the Mongols were introduced to Tibetan Buddhism, and most Mongols converted to Buddhism at that time. Today, a number of Dariganga have returned to the beliefs of their forefathers. Shamans are once again called upon to cure the sick or alleviate evil spirits through divination, oracles, and astrology.

Ministry Obstacles
The Dariganga have a worldview very different from the Christian worldview. This is an obstacle to faith, but not an overwhelming obstacle.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that Christian Mongolians of other tribes may be burdened to carry the Gospel message to the Dariganga. They are concentrated around the town of Dariganga.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is building his church in Mongolia, and exciting things are happening. Pray the followers of Jesus among the Dariganga will grow in numbers and influence among their own people.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Dariganga community will hunger to know the living Christ, and that many will become his zealous disciples.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name: Dariganga
Country: Mongolia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 29,000
World Population: 29,000
Language: Mongolian, Halh
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

March 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8). Praise God for partnerships in the Gospel with Team Expansion. God is opening avenues to new fields and new strategies for reaching people groups. Ask God to raise up harvest workers for the ripe fields. Pray for disciple makers who will make more disciples who make more disciples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the Lord directs that worker’s heart into His love and Christ’s perseverance.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that students may be open to asking honest questions about their own beliefs and those of others among the Khmer of Cambodia

Team Expansion Worker

Join LR in praying for Spirit-guidance and great faith to believe God for Kingdom-sized things in 2017. Pray for persons of peace in every neighborhood of the sensitive field in which she works. Pray that God would go before, prepare, and equip the intern who will be joining the team this summer with everything good for doing His will.

Chamar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Chamar deities are Bahiroba, Janai, Kandova of Jejori and Bhawani of Tuljapur. They follow the spiritual teachings of Ravidas. They recite mythological tales and sing songs from the religious epics. The dead body of a bachelor is buried lying on its back with the head facing south, whereas others are cremated and their mortal remains are immersed in sacred water.

Ministry Obstacles
The Hindu Chamar speak over 50 languages. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language.

Outreach Ideas
Stories from Scripture, Gospel recordings, and films may communicate effectively to these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Hindu Chamar, that they will fellowship together, being united in love around truth. Pray they will be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Chamar will understand that God their creator loves them and has sent his Son to provide forgiveness for their sins, and sent his Holy Spirit to help them with the challenges of life.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

People Name: Chamar (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 53,215,000
World Population: 53,636,000
Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

March 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“I have a plan for the whole earth, for my mighty power reaches throughout the world (Is 14:26). God has a plan. The Church has a task. The time is now! Praise God for multiplying the Kairos course all over the US as well as other countries. Ask God’s Sovereignty in staging 4 Emerald Hills based Kairos Mission Mobilization/Training courses with 70 students, in staging 4 Kairos Facilitator Training courses with 30 new facilitators and in staging 2 Head Facilitator Trainings with 10 new Heads trained this year.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for boldness in witness and words of this worker, so that without fear, the Gospel is made known.

Gospel Breakthrough

The Khmer of Cambodia adhere to Buddhism. Ask God to show the Khmer that His power is greater than the prince of darkness.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for JR as he raises support for a sensitive field. Ask for God’s blessings on his plans, for good health, for team unity, and for fruit in his work for the Lord.

Bhuinhar in India

The Bhuinhar reside in 96 districts of India and Bangladesh, the largest populations being in districts Ghazipur, Ballia, Azamgar – all in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Almost all speak Hindi, but six additional languages are spoken as well. They are almost entirely Hindu, in both India and Bangladesh.

Ministry Obstacles
The pantheistic worldview is not easy to overcome. Pray for a growing awareness of a personal God, one who knows each person and cares for each person.

Outreach Ideas
Evangelists and church planting teams are needed. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are some Christian believers among the Bhuinhar of India. Pray they will fellowship together, encouraging each other in the faith, bearing one another’s burdens, growing in love and knowledge.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the material well-being of the Bhuinwar, that they will be accepted by the castes and tribes around them, and be able to properly support their families.

Scripture Focus
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” Mark 13:10

People Name: Bhuinhar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 978,000
World Population: 979,000
Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

March 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“He will respond to prayer… and will not despise their plea” (Job 102:17). Give thanks to God for the prayer events hosted by Team Expansion at Emerald Hills that have impacted the nations. Ask God’s Spirit to guard all the prayer events that take place at Emerald Hills so that the foundation of prayer is reinforced.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker will have boldness to overcome fear of embarrassment or failure.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root among the Punjabi Sikh of India. Pray that the Sikhs would not ignore the failing of their religion and be challenged to face up to the fact that it cannot fill their deepest needs or make the good. Pray that the Sikhs begin to look for real answers in Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray for JR’s daughter and family serving in a sensitive field. Pray for his son and his family as well. Ask God to give JR good health and restore his energy. Join him in praying for peace, comfort, and safety for our country and our fields around the world.

Bhuinhar in India

The Bhuinhar reside in 96 districts of India and Bangladesh, the largest populations being in districts Ghazipur, Ballia, Azamgar – all in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Almost all speak Hindi, but six additional languages are spoken as well. They are almost entirely Hindu, in both India and Bangladesh.

Ministry Obstacles
The pantheistic worldview is not easy to overcome. Pray for a growing awareness of a personal God, one who knows each person and cares for each person.

Outreach Ideas
Evangelists and church planting teams are needed. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are some Christian believers among the Bhuinhar of India. Pray they will fellowship together, encouraging each other in the faith, bearing one another’s burdens, growing in love and knowledge.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the material well-being of the Bhuinwar, that they will be accepted by the castes and tribes around them, and be able to properly support their families.

Scripture Focus
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” Mark 13:10

People Name: Bhuinhar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 978,000
World Population: 979,000
Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

March 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come; the cooing of doves is heard in our land” (Song 2:12). Throughout the year, many key events are held at Emerald Hills, Team Expansion’s 61-acre campus outside of Louisville, KY. Pray that Emerald Hills will be an optimal place for prayer and reflection for missionaries on home service as well as for churches and individuals who desire to pray for the nations and God’s mission.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to encourage this worker with the knowledge that people back home care about their emotional well-being.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God for a new season of openness among the Punjab Sikhs, resulting in abundant harvest.

Team Expansion Worker

Join R and E in a sensitive field in praying for S and K to quickly receive visa renewals. Pray for translation work being done in two languages. Ask that the oral format Bible stories will also be translated and distributed to these people groups. Pray for friends considering coming and working in this field. Pray for networking with people interested in serving the Gayo people.

Bhotia, Tibetan in India

Bhotia is a generic term used for several of the groups of people living in the foothills of the Himalayas. According to the 1981 census they have a literacy rate of 42%. The Bhotia intermarry with the Nepali, Garhwali and Kumaoni communities. They employ Nepali, Khas Rajput and Anwal as agricultural laborers and retain the services of Nepali, Kumaoni and Garh-wali Brahmin priests.

Ministry Obstacles
Access to these people by outsiders is somewhat difficult, and they are deeply committed to their worldview.

Outreach Ideas
The Bhotia have a relatively high literacy rate, implying access to printed Scriptures and other materials may be especially helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian believers that will someday emerge from this Buddhist people group, that even today the Lord is preparing pastors and teachers to help them become established in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Bhotia: for good schools for their children, adequate health care, and employment opportunities.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name: Bhotia, Tibetan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,700
World Population: 3,800
Language: Sikkimese
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

March 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“In that day, the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people” (Is 28:5). There are 7,275,084,000 people in the world today. There are 16,315 people groups and 6,564 of those groups are unreached. Pray that people who are trained at Emerald Hills will be empowered to reach the unreached with the message of Christ.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Relationships are key to this worker’s effectiveness. Pray for strong relationships to form with the nationals to present the Gospel with them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to inspire workers to know how to reach Punjabi Sikh of India with the message of salvation in Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for good health for Melanie Robinson (International Services) and her husband Terry. Ask for strength and wisdom in ministry. Pray for her sons and grandson to follow Christ and find hope, purpose, and peace. Pray for her aging parents and her husband’s father as well.

Dubla in India

The Dubla worship gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. They are sometimes known as Halpati, a name given to them by Mahatma Gandhi to remove the stigma of bonded labor. Divaso is their main festival, associated with the mock marriage of unmarried girls. They have a literacy rate of 26.5% (1981 census).

Ministry Obstacles
These people speak over 20 languages. Separate church planting projects may be needed for most of these.

Outreach Ideas
Workers are needed to carry the Gospel message to the Dubla using several means, including printed materials, stories from Scripture, and films.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian believers among the Dubla community, that they will mature in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting him fully for their salvation and for their lives.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Dubla community will be able to care for their families adequately, for their standard of living to improve as needed.

Scripture Focus
“This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

People Name: Dubla
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 743,000
World Population: 743,000
Language: Dubli
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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March 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“…the hills are clothed with gladness” (Ps 65:12). This month Team Expansion celebrates 8-year anniversary of our move to Emerald Hills. Give thanks to God for orchestrating the completion of the Prayer Center and Atrium. Pray that prayer will be the key component at Emerald Hills.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for strong relationships between this worker and fellow laborers in Christ so that the Gospel may be presented in unity and love.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray with thanksgiving for God’s mercy toward the Punjabi Sikh of India.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Joshua and Jessica Rodenbaugh (International Services) in asking for a new family for whom Jessica can babysit when her current work ends this month. Pray for the collection of 2016 field stats in a timely manner and for the facilitation of the D-Course module on culture and worldview.

Gadaria (Muslim traditions) in India

The Gadaria are largely shepherds and blanket-weavers. Women participate in the rearing of cattle and in the processing of wool. Property is divided equally among sons only; succession is by the eldest son. They are mainly engaged as laborers in masonry work, while some are involved in animal husbandry. Their literacy rate is low.

Ministry Obstacles
The low literacy rate suggests the Gospel message can best be communicated through scriptural stories told orally, and by films, radio, and recordings.

Outreach Ideas
Christian believers can build healthy relationships with the Gadaria, helping them with physical needs and introducing them to Christ.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian disciples that will soon emerge from the Gadaria community, that they live holy lives, zealous to know and serve the Lord.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Gadaria community to have adequate health care, be able to find honorable employment, and have good schools available for their children.

Scripture Focus
“How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14-15

People Name: Gadaria (Muslim traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,700
World Population: 3,800
Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

sh, 3,434,188 followers of Islam. Ask God to identify workers to give opportunity for the Sylheti to hear and respond to God’s message.

March 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion has dedicated today as Day of Extraordinary Prayer and Fasting at Emerald Hills. Pray for our staff to come with hearts ready for praise, worship, prayers and petitions of many kinds on behalf of persecuted, nations, unreached, harvest workers, and expectations. “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name” (Ne 1:11).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

If this worker is married, pray that husband and wife will pray together for keeping the family strong and unified in their relationship with Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for strongholds to be released in the name of Jesus among the Punjabi Sikh of India, because the enemy will not willingly release them from his grip for generations.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Andrew and Meghan’s continued adjustment to Okinawa Christian School International and to teammates. Pray that their girls will make new friends at school. Pray for the adjustment of their new forwarding agent and for renewed focus on a Master Plan.

Bania in India

“Bania” is something of a generic term, and there are many Bania communities. The Bania trace their history back about 5000 years. About 50 communities have a traditional caste council, election to which is by a voice vote among 44 communities and by secret ballot among six. Widow remarriage is allowed among half of Bania communities, and divorce has gained social approval among 33 communities.

Ministry Obstacles
Longstanding traditions make it difficult for people to alter their worldview. It takes time.

Outreach Ideas
The Bania are widely dispersed. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Christian believers that will emerge from the Bania communities, that the Lord will provide well-qualified teachers and pastors for them, and that they will grow properly to maturity in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Bania, that they will be given a hunger to know the One who came to give them life eternal.

Scripture Focus
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

People Name: Bania
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 30,271,000
World Population: 30,568,000
Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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March 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). Praise God for Team Expansion’s Leadership Task Force (board of directors). Ask God to grant wisdom, strength, good health and perseverance to do their duties in guiding our organization as God directs them.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask the Spirit of God to provide that worker with words to communicate effectively in the adopted culture and language.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in Ancona and Rome, Italy. As more and more people of Ancona are given opportunity to open God’s Word, pray that the truth burns up false beliefs, breaks strongholds, and woo hearts to Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join K and R in Southeast Asia in praying for X, who is central to the success of the work in their district. Pray for his family as well. Pray for K and R’s move to XK. Please remember their kids the most. Please keep R in prayer as most of the moving work is her responsibility. K just picks up the boxes!

Bondo Poraja in India

The Bondo religion is a mixture of their traditional faith and Hinduism. Patkhanda Mahaprobhu is their supreme deity. The Bondo have started worshiping many Hindu deities like Rameshwar, Durga, Brahma and Maheshwara. A ceremony called bud is observed on the third day after a death to ascertain whether the death was natural or a result of sorcery.

Ministry Obstacles
Friendships with the Bondo will be needed, pray for these to be developed.

Outreach Ideas
The Bondo have a very low literacy rate. The Gospel message needs to be made available in oral form.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Bondo, that they will fellowship together, being united around the truth found in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Bondo community to be delivered from the false gods of this age.

Scripture Focus
“Therefore I will praise You among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to Your Name.” Psalm 18:49

People Name: Bondo Poraja
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 30,000
World Population: 30,000
Language: Bondo
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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March 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Ps 121:1-2). Leadership Task Force Retreat is convening and looking to the Lord in thanksgiving and praise. Ask God to fill Team Expansion’s Leadership Task Force with divine wisdom to oversee our organization, to provide the kind of pace setting accountability and leadership that we need and deserve.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to provide opportunities to spend time with other believers.

Gospel Breakthrough

In the name of Jesus, pray that peoples of Ancona and Rome, Italy are delivered from enemies and rebel powers of evil and darkness, and run into His marvelous light.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Matt Rogie as he travels to Alabama to speak at a Men’s Ministry conference as the guest speaker. Pray for Matt to have the right words from God to speak to these 400-500 men. Pray for more leaders to be mobilized for Kairos and other missions in Savannah and around the world. Pray for Matt and Stacie’s time as they disciple those God puts in their lives. Matt is co-leading a missions team to Ecuador at the end of March.

Hausa, North in Nigeria

The Hausa are almost exclusively Muslim and practice agriculture. Their widespread trading activities have contributed to making their language a lingua franca in much of West Africa. In earlier times the Hausa were organized in the Hausa States. Long the vassals of Bornu, the states were conquered by the Songhay in 1513 and by the Fulani in the early 19th century. In colonial Nigeria the traditional Hausa-Fulani social and political structure was largely maintained under the British policy of indirect rule. The Hausa remain a major force in Nigerian politics.

Ministry Obstacles
The Hausa may have only a partial understanding of who Jesus truly is. Pray they will increasingly understand that He is more than a prophet.

Outreach Ideas
Much sustained prayer is needed to prepare the way for the Gospel among the Hausa. Prayer efforts are needed both to prepare the way, and to sustain the workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Northern Hausa people, that they will grow deeply into the Lord’s love and be firmly established in his finished work on the cross. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances. Pray they will be zealous to learn, and to be obedient.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace in northern Nigeria. Pray for the Hausa tribes to increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran. Pray the Lord will reveal himself to the Hausa as he knows best.

Scripture Focus
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You.” Psalm 22:27

People Name: Hausa, North
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 406,000
World Population: 406,000
Language: Hausa
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

March 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Ps 127:1). Praise God for His character of Master Builder and Protector. God continues to amaze us as each principle payment is made on the Prayer Center and Atrium. Thank God for the space to train in the lower level of the Prayer Center and Atrium. Ask God to provide funds to build a wing for training and care of third culture kids.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker to take pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to let the blind eyes be opened, bring out the prisoners from prison, and those that sit in darkness out of the prison house as you lift up the people of Ancona and Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for TR as he is in the U.S. for medical treatment, which began with the removal of a kidney stone, which was followed by an infection, and more tests after that. Pray for a clean bill of health so that he can return to Ghana. Pray for his wife as she remained behind to facilitate various Kairos trainings.

Dhangar in India

The word dhangar is derived from the Sanskrit word dhenu, meaning cow. They keep a special breed of cows and buffalo known as Dhangar mhasi and Dhangar gai. Children are named after ancestors, gods and goddesses. The sacred thread is worn during marriage. The deities specially worshipped are Khandoba and Biroba. Their literacy rate is very low.

Ministry Obstacles
Their low literacy rate is an obstacle if the Gospel comes to them only in printed form, but isn’t necessarily a large obstacle if it comes in oral form.

Outreach Ideas
Teams to carry Gospel films, recordings and stories from Scripture will be helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the Christian believers among the Dhangar community will become mature in the faith, able to have a bold, kind witness for Jesus to their neighbors.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Dhangar will increasingly hunger to know the creator God in a personal way.

Scripture Focus
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

People Name: Dhangar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,923,000
World Population: 2,937,000
Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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March 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Thank God for the missionary candidates participating in LAUNCH March 20-31. These men and women are preparing to serve the Lord with Team Expansion in areas around the globe. Ask God to direct and lead them in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake (Ps 23:3).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for strong bonds between this worker, team leader and team mates.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to sweep aside the opposing forces that hinder His work among the people of Ancona and Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for JS’s team as they are in a period of transition with their team leader soon to move to the home office in the U.S. Pray for A, C, J, and M, four women who have expressed desires to be baptized but for various reasons have not yet taken that step of obedience.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Uyghur of China, 11,489,000 followers of Islam. Today most Uyghur confess to be Muslims while few are aware of their history when the majority of Uyghur were Christians. Ask God to orchestrate the Uyghur people being reached with the Gospel and a triumphant church arises once again to make known the name of Jesus.

March 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

This week in Launch (March 20-31) the candidates will learn that Team Expansion requires each missionary candidate to have a team of prayer warriors before landing in their adopted country. Ask God for more intercessors to undergird Launch missionary candidates. Pray that they would be devoted to prayer.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for this worker’s conversations to be full of grace and well-seasoned to give an answer to everyone.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that God would give His Bride in Ancona, Italy a biblically complete yet profoundly reproducible model of fellowship that would honor Him, change lives and penetrate barriers.

Team Expansion Worker

Please continue to pray for the Sanfords’ new forwarding to complete the volunteer application process as soon as possible. Pray for healing for Chris’s shoulder after a scooter accident and for good health for Sam and the new baby.

Ansari in India

According to a legend, the Ansari were inhabitants of Medina, and Ansari was the title given to those who gave shelter to and helped the prophet Mohammad in his first religious war against Mecca. In recent years, the Tableeghi Jamat has inculcated religious fervor among them and made them aware of the principles of Islam. Their literacy rate is poor and girls discontinue their studies due to social reasons.

Ministry Obstacles
The Ansari must begin to see Isa (Jesus) of the Koran as the very Son of God, more than a prophet. Spiritual truths are spiritually discerned; prayer is needed.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Ansari will be captivated by Isa (Jesus) as found in the Koran, and be prompted by the Holy Spirit to find out more about this man who is more than a prophet.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any Christian believers among the Ansari community, but pray for the church that will soon emerge. Pray the Lord will provide excellent teachers and pastors for them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Ansari community will increasingly hunger to find forgiveness for their sins, and recognize the wholly adequate provision found in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Scripture Focus
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40

People Name: Ansari
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 10,742,000
World Population: 16,503,000
Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

March 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Job speaks of hope for a tree: cut it down and it sprouts again, and the new shoots will not fail. Tree roots may grow old and its stump dies, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant (Job 14:7-9). Emerald Hills has copious trees and displays God’s beauty. Team Expansion located on Emerald Hills is a training and sustaining base for harvest workers among the unreached peoples of the world. Praise God for the hope He gives in Jesus Christ and for the workers that are on the ground spreading that hope. Pray that “new shoots” would sprout, new believers would drink from the Living Water to bud and plant disciple making movements and indigenous churches that will not fail.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the integrity and respect of this worker may be temperate and trustworthy in everything.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in Rome, Italy. Ask God to go before His soldiers, level mountains, break the locks, and cut the bars that hold people captive.

Team Expansion Worker

Join NS in praying for guidance for the team as they move forward. Pray for unity and wisdom and ongoing learning of language and culture. Pray for her to be able to enter the country after a visa renewal trip.

Abaza in Russia

The Abaza live in the western Caucasus region of southwestern Russia. In the sixth century, they accepted Christianity; but between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, they gradually converted to Islam. In the 1800s, the Abaza fell under Russian control and rebelled against Russian authority several times until the early 1900s. They live in small, isolated settlements high in the Caucasus Mountains. Since there are so many Christian people groups in the area, they are familiar with Christianity; however, they have no real knowledge of the saving power of Christ.

Ministry Obstacles
The Caucasus region at one time had many followers of Christ, but more recently has resisted the Christian message. Many don’t fully understand the message of Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps followers of Christ in the Republic of Georgia will have opportunity to take the Gospel to those in the Caucasus region, including the Abaza. Pray they will be given the heart to do this.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers in Jesus within the Abaza community. They need prayer support. Pray they will find each other in order to fellowship. Pray they will be diligent to study the Scriptures, and will become students of the Word.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace in the Caucasus region. Pray for improving relations with the Russian government.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name: Abaza
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 45,000
World Population: 71,000
Language: Abaza
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

Adi Galong

March 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Remember the chorus of an old hymn “I Shall Not Be Moved”? “I shall not be, I shall not be moved. I shall not be, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved” The song may be derived from Jeremiah 17:7-8 or perhaps Psalm 1:3 “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.” While prayers of thanksgiving are being lifted for Emerald Hills and how God has worked to provide Launch candidates to be trained throughout the past 8 years at this campus, pray that harvest workers, both new recruits and veteran mission practitioners will not be moved and continue to yield fruit in season.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for God’s power to work in the life of this servant.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in Tokyo, Japan. Ask God to release His miraculous power and to establish Himself as the One True God, leaving no debate that He alone is God and there is no other.

Team Expansion Worker

Join LS in praying for additional teachers for a school in a sensitive field. Pray for a teacher who recently said she believes in Jesus and that the Word is true but is still unsure about the Holy Spirit and is searching for answers. Pray for students from nonbelieving families to continue to be exposed to truth and light at the school and that it would produce a ripple effect into their families and community.

Lao Phuan in Laos

The Lao people are renowned for being gentle, friendly and peace-loving. Their communities revolve around close-knit family ties. They have a high birth rate, perhaps because of how they value families. The ancestors of these people are believed to have migrated southward from China approximately 1,000 years ago.

Ministry Obstacles
Not wanting to acknowledge the reality of sin and the need for forgiveness of sin is sometimes an obstacle to accepting the Gospel message.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Lao believers will grow strong in numbers and maturity, that they become able to effectively carry the Gospel message to their own people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are Christian believers among the Lao; pray they will be united in love, around truth. Pray they will be without any kind of impurity, or greed.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lao community will retain the good features of their culture while also learning to follow Christ. Pray they be given the gift of faith to trust in him.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name: Lao Phuan
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 142,000
World Population: 349,000
Language: Phuan
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

orkers.

March 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“He will instruct him in the way chosen for him” (Ps 25:12b). Give thanks to God for candidates attending Launch 20-31, Team Expansion’s training and pre-field orientation. Pray that they will receive the insight they need to move forward in reaching the unreached with the Gospel.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for a strengthening of relationships between this worker and personal ministry partners.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the peoples of Tokyo, Japan steeped in centuries of spirit worship, asking God to open doors for Christians to take the Gospel which can dispel all fear and expose the father of lies.

Team Expansion Worker

Please pray that R and A can share the Gospel and the Truth of God’s love with their neighbors in Eastern Europe.

Hajam in Pakistan

The Hajam have been a service community for centuries, and many perform hair-cutting (hajamat). Some of the Hajam have taken to varied urban occupations like selling betel leaf and jobs at hotels. The Muslim code of law is followed in matters of property. The Urdu language and Arabic script are used in the religious sphere.

Ministry Obstacles
A misunderstanding of the full nature of Christ must be corrected.

Outreach Ideas
Pray for workers to carry the Gospel to the Hajam, and for friendships to be developed. Good relationships are important.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no Christian believers among the Hajam, but pray for the believers that will one day emerge. Pray they are properly taught, and will grow strong in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Hajam community of South Asia, that they will have good schools available for their children, adequate health care, and good employment opportunities.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name: Hajam
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,049,000
World Population: 4,494,000
Language: Punjabi, Western
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

March 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Praise God for identifying 29 partners in the previous “29 Project” that helped fund the development of Emerald Hills. Along the prayer trails are 29 prayer shelters nestled in God’s creation where people can pray, reflect and learn. May the prayers of His people cause His Word, His Message to shine among least reached peoples so that more souls are led to Christ.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker has a good reputation does not fall into disgrace or the devil’s trap.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Lord who keeps His promises will bring the blind by a way they know not, and lead the people of Tokyo, Japan in paths they have not known (Is 42:16).

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for an important legal issue that is coming up in February for R and D and his family. Pray for some of their kids who are struggling to keep up in their challenging schoolwork this year. Pray for R as he has invitations to speak and recruit.

Kayastha (Hindu traditions) in India

The earliest textual references to this community occur around the first century BC or first century AD. The recorded evidence of the Kayastha as a caste appeared for the first time during the ninth century AD. The Kayastha claim that Chitragupta, the registrar of Yama, the god of death, is their legendary ancestor. They hold the view that Chitragupta was created by Brahma, and was entrusted to record all the good and evil actions of all beings.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kayastha may see Jesus as just one more god of many.

Outreach Ideas
It may be helpful to emphasize the need for forgiveness, and that God has provided the way of forgiveness through his Son’s death on the cross.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Kayastha community, that they will become mature in the faith, grounded on the truth of Scripture, filled with the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Kayastha community to increasingly hunger for eternal life found in Christ, his person and his work on the cross.

Scripture Focus
“Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.” Matthew 22:9

People Name: Kayastha (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 7,861,000
World Population: 9,755,000
Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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March 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“…let the fields be jubilant and everything in them…the trees of the forest will sing for joy…” (Ps 96:12). Magnify the Lord for the way He has provided Emerald Hills for all who visit as a place to pray, retreat and learn. Pray Emerald Hills always is used for God’s glory and for the salvation of the nations.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that this worker’s integrity is held in high regard.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root among the Mien of Laos. Ask God to take away the fear that controls superstitious living and fill the Mien with His Holy Spirit that transforms.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for B and L to be attentive to God as He tells them where they will serve Him next. Please continue to pray for the Expresso Caffe Bible Study.

Tajik, Afghan in Afghanistan

Map source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International

 

March 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths” (Ps 25:4).  Pray that Emerald Hills will be a place where missionary candidates, missionary families on home service, church groups and individuals can participate in the disciplines that spiritually form.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray against any misconceptions or misunderstandings so that the credibility of this worker is not jeopardized.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to send armies of Christians to secluded mountain villages of the Mien of Laos to share the hope of freedom in Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to guide A and O into new areas of the city that need prayer. Ask the Lord to help them engage in spiritual warfare in strategic places. Pray for the people of peace to be found. The door seems to be opening a tad in their new neighborhood, and some people are now speaking to them on the streets. Please pray for them to embrace them in this community and ask for opportunities to get to know folks. Being the first foreigners to ever live in that area, people have been shy to meet them.

Koiri (Hindu traditions) in India :: Joshua Project

Population
8,456,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
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March 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise the Lord from the earth… lightning, hail, snow, clouds, stormy winds…your mountains and hills, fruit trees, cedars, wild animals, birds…kings of the earth and all nations…young men and maidens, old men and children (Ps 148:7-12). While working in the office or visiting the campus of Emerald Hills, it is a natural response to praise the Lord. These past 8 years of seeing God’s faithfulness in completing the Prayer Center and Atrium gives cause to praise His name. Pray that the Prayer Center and Atrium will be the center of the campus pointing visitors to unreached people groups around the world and equipping them to pray for those who have never heard of Jesus.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that colleagues and fellow believers are supportive in their relationship with this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to do a new thing in the lives of the Mien of Laos, multiplying disciples and churches.

Team Expansion Worker

Join MS in Southeast Asia to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Pray for the students she is teaching and details of her student teaching in the fall. Pray that she will reflect Christ in all her relationships. This includes local friends, other workers, her neighbors, and her roommate.

 

The lives of the Naxi changed greatly when China became a communist nation in 1949. Originally, they were nomadic herdsmen, traveling through central China and living in felt tents. Later they were forced to move farther south, where they eventually settled and became farmers. Most Naxi do not have any religious preferences at all. It is interesting to note, however, that many of them do believe in a creator; they simply are not sure who he is.

Ministry Obstacles
The Naxi may have little desire to find and know the creator God. Pray for a growing desire.

Outreach Ideas
Workers are needed to explain to the Naxi that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the creator God, and that Jesus is his Son.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the Christian believers among the Naxi will be zealous to know and serve the Lord, and will live holy lives that please him. Pray they live a life of love, just as Christ loved them and gave himself up for them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Naxi will increasingly discover who the unknown creator is, and will desire to know and follow him.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25        

People Name:

Naxi

Country:

China

10/40 Window:

Yes

Population:

329,000

World Population:

329,000

Language:

Naxi

Primary Religion:

Ethnic Religions

Bible:

Portions

Audio NT (FCBH):

No

Jesus Film:

Yes

Audio Recordings:

Yes

Christ Followers:

Few, less than 2%

Status:

Unreached

Progress Level:

March 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl” (Ps 104:20). Not only is Emerald Hills home to Team Expansion, it also is home to the deer, raccoon, fox, hawk, and other wildlife. Like the beasts of the forest who leave a footprint in the dark, volunteers who come to serve on campus also make an imprint and an impact. Praise God for the many volunteer workers from all over the US who have a hand in developing Emerald Hills. Pray that each volunteer may grow in the fullness of Christ leaving His imprint everywhere they go.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that people who are introduced to Jesus through this worker will have a dependent relationship on Him and not that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to foil the signs of false religious leaders among the Mien of Laos, make fools of diviners, overflow the learning of the wise and turn it into nonsense.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for guidance for S and K in next steps for outreach to the Northern Dong. Pray for 20 new disciple making groups to launch.

Kapali in Bangladesh

The Kapali are a Hindu agricultural caste spread primarily throughout West Bengal and Bangladesh. They are reputed to have at one time been Brahmins but have lost that status in the caste system. They have traditionally been a land owning community. Though divorce is not permissible, desertion may sometimes take place. Remarriage is allowed for both sexes in certain cases. The dead are cremated and pollution is observed for fifteen days. The death ritual Bachharkria is performed. They have family deities like Lakshmi, Narayan, Monasa, Sitala, Shiva, and others. The Kapalis follow their religious traditions with great devotion and piety.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kapali community is said to follow its religious traditions with devotion and piety.

Outreach Ideas
Persevering prayer is needed to prepare this community for the good news of Jesus Christ. After this preparation has occurred workers need to be sent to tell them this good news.

Pray for the followers of Christ
No Christians have been reported to the census of either Bangladesh or India from the Kapali community. There probably are no Christian believers, presently. But pray for those the Lord will soon draw to himself.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray this community will be given a hunger to know the living God, their Creator.

Scripture Focus
“Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psa 96:2-3

People Name: Kapali
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 207,000
World Population: 506,000
Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

March 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands (Is 55:12). For the past week, missionary recruits have been in training to be “Launched” into the world of mission. Give God the applause He so deserves for preparing new workers to serve through Team Expansion. Pray that God goes behind and before them, to bring success in finding ministry partners, and to bring success in bearing lasting fruit for His Kingdom.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for disciple making movements to ignite because of this worker’s cooperation with the Holy Spirit in creating an environment to do so.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the Mien of Laos make haste and let the destroyers go out of their lives.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Z and A and their work as Bible translation consultants. Praise God for the Crimean Tatar Bible.

 
Tatar in Russia

Tatars are descendents of Mongol, Bulgar and other peoples, and are predominantly Muslim. Russian domination of Tatars began when Czar Ivan the Terrible conquered the Tatar Khanate in 1552, and long periods of forced Russification have since occurred. Since the late 1980s there has been a resurgence of Tatar nationalism. Tatars have a long, if interrupted, history of resisting both imperial Russian and Soviet domination, and this has included resistance to the Orthodox Church’s attempts to convert them.

Ministry Obstacles
The past history of ill treatment from Christian Russia is not easily forgotten.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to live among the Tatar and befriend them, learning their language.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Tatar believers, that the Lord will send qualified teachers and pastors, and that it will be more important to them to follow Christ than gain community approval.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Tatar people to increasingly desire to find out more about Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran, and that this desire will be satisfied. Pray for workers.

Scripture Focus
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

 
People Name: Tatar
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 5,335,000
World Population: 6,354,000
Language: Tatar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

March 31, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches” (Ps 104:13). Birdsong is a constant sound and familiar praise heard among the trees of Emerald Hills. Celebrate with Team Expansion 8 years of developing the 61-acre campus outside Louisville, KY for training and sustaining harvest workers for the nations. Pray that 50 missionaries are trained through LAUNCH this year, our training to enable new recruits to deputize, raise ministry partners and arrive on field.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that discipleship groups rely more on Christ and less on this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for barriers to be overcome for the Good News of Jesus to take root in these people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Mien of Laos. Ask God to reveal those things in culture that reflect who Jesus is so that a curiosity is ignited to know the Truth.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Pascal and Anna Temba Sinkala in praying for the needed funds and strategic location to build a church building in Masasi. Pray for their ministry to be more and more fruitful.

 

 
Madura in Indonesia

The Madura are the third largest people group in Indonesia. They are renowned for their harsh character and lifestyles. This is probably caused by their natural surroundings and their history of oppression by others. The majority of Madura people are known for being very devout Sunni Muslims. Nevertheless, many Madura people seek security by the use of magic spells that are used in an attempt to control both good and evil spirits.

Ministry Obstacles
The large Madura community has long resisted the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but that can change.

Outreach Ideas
Much sustained, focused prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Madura to understand and believe the good news of Jesus. Prayer prepares the ground.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are only a few Christian believers among the large Madura people group. Pray they will rest firmly upon Jesus and his finished work on the cross, being zealous to know and serve him, and living consistently in the power of His Spirit. Pray they will be tactful yet bold witnesses for Christ to their own people.

Pray for the entire people group
Madura people generally have a low income. Medical services, better nutrition and education are greatly needed. Education, especially jobs skills education, is an immense need.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

 
People Name: Madura
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 7,266,000
World Population: 7,266,000
Language: Madura
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

February 15, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for February 1-28, 2017

Category: Prayer Request,Uncategorized – bbyrd 9:01 pm

Team Expansion Prayer Force Objectives

February 2017

 

February 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God” (1 John 4:7). As God increases His global family, praise God for His blessing on Team Expansion’s work among unreached people groups. Pray that God’s love is evident and effective in producing lasting fruit.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Missionary work can offer a roller coaster of emotions to individuals and families involved in service to the Lord. Success is often followed by discouraging spiritual attacks. Lack of visible progress, illness, hardships and loneliness can have negative impact on emotional health. Pray that worker would look to God for their strength in challenging times (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos. Pray that the Spirit would transform worldviews and free masses of people from snares of the devil and of the world.

Team Expansion Worker

Please join Doug Lucas, President of Team Expansion, in praying for over 100,000 forcibly displaced people in the country of Sicily. Pray for men like Pastor Courageous and Pastor James who are freely sharing the Gospel in a camp of 5,000 people, most of whom are from Muslim countries. Ask God to multiply such opportunities in 199 other such camps within an hour’s radius of Catania, Sicily. Ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers who will take the Good News to the people in these camps. Pray for good soil in which to sow Gospel seeds.

Kim Mun in Vietnam

The Kim Mun believe that when bad people die they go to a terrible place, their perception of hell – a thick, dark forest with no villages or clearings. It is believed that good people will go to one of several levels of heaven, depending on how much care their eldest son gives the spirit of his dead parent. The Kim Mun worship their ancestors by sacrificing pigs three times each year to honor them.

Ministry Obstacles
Scripture is not available in the language of the Kim Mun, although Gospel recordings are available. Pray for workers.

Outreach Ideas
Some of the more heavily Christianized groups in Vietnam, such as the Roglai, may be able to take the Gospel message to the Kim Mun.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few believers among the Kim Mun. Pray they will become well grounded in the faith, sure of their relationship with Christ, growing in righteousness.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these animistic people will increasingly hunger to know forgiveness for their sins, found only through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus
“And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

People Name: Kim Mun
Country: Vietnam
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 207,000
World Population: 541,000
Language: Kim Mun
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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February 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Praise God for a new work in Cork, Ireland and for the 4 Bible study groups He is blessing and increasing. These groups have grown close quickly and have a spirit of unity among the various faith/non faith backgrounds. Because God is love, pray for these people of Ireland to discover His great love and pass it on to others.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for courage and patience for that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Serbs of Bosnia. Ask God to loosen any foothold of Satan that would block the efforts of Kingdom work.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Linda Lucas, one of Team Expansion’s national mobilizers, in lifting up these praises and requests:

Thank God for free time with the VU students  • Thank God for His Word   Pray for volunteer training on the 24th -25th & Kairos Course in the fall  Pray for Mission 2017 – may God hand pick those who will go in the fall  Pray for the VU girls to have open hearts and to seek Him   Pray I will be an effective witness   Pray for the possible trip to the Holy Land in 2018  Pray for fruitful ministry in all things.

Songhai-Humburi Senni in Burkina Faso

The Songhai state has existed in one form or another for over a thousand years, and was a large African empire at one time. The first great king of Songhai was Sonni Ali. Ali was a Muslim like the Mali kings before him, but did not impose Islamic policy on non-Islamic peoples. Instead, he allowed and acknowledged the observance of traditional African religion and practices. Even though Islam introduced new elements to the Songhai culture, it left the underlying framework of custom and tradition virtually untouched.

Ministry Obstacles
The patriarchal society of the Songhai, along with its history, customs, and traditions, has been virtually untouched for centuries, eluding change and building barriers to Christian witness.

Outreach Ideas
Christian workers are needed to minister physically and materially to the Songhai, as well as spiritually. Bridges of trust and friendship are necessary.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Christ among the Songhai people, that they will find each other in order to fellowship together. Pray they will experience Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Songhai community will be able to provide for their families and for adequate rain, clean water and sufficient food. Pray for schooling for their children.

Scripture Focus
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

People Name: Songhai-Humburi Senni
Country: Burkina Faso
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 11,000
World Population: 37,000
Language: Songhay, Humburi Senni
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). Pray4AP was launched with the vision to inspire prayer for a church multiplication movement in Arunachal Pradesh. Biblically, historically, and experientially PRAYER IMPACTS THE WORLD – individuals and nations. God wants to stir a movement of healthy, reproducing churches throughout and beyond this land. Thank You, Father that we can partner together in such a significant love story in the universe!

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to do something today that will encourage that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Serbs of Bosnia. Pray that the Spirit would be convicting and preparing “people of peace” who will open whole new social networks to the Gospel and through whom more Bible studies would be started.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Sheri Lucas in praying for safe travels and move to England. Pray for her marriage visa to come through with approval. Ask for guidance during this time of transition for both Matthew and Sheri and for wisdom, guidance, peace, strength, and direction.

Segeju in Tanzania

The Segeju of Tanzania and Kenya are the remnants of a once numerous, warlike group of herdsmen. They have closely integrated with the Digo and the Shirazi peoples, and have adapted to an agricultural setting. They were once so ferocious that they formed an alliance with Vasco da Gama’s Portuguese settlers and helped to drive away the Zimba cannibals from Mombasa. Today, they are far from warlike and are one of the least known tribes in Kenya. The main social grouping of the Segeju is the mlango, or clan. Like many other coastal tribes, the Segeju are virtually all Muslim of the Shafi’ite branch.

Ministry Obstacles
Few resources are available in the Segeju language, and they are a small Muslim people group. They are likely to continue to be overlooked.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that Christians in nearby Kenya will be given a concern for this small tribe, and will take steps to take the Good News of Jesus to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the handful of followers of Jesus among this people group, that their faith will be protected and nourished by the Holy Spirit. Pray they will be sent mature believers to teach them and help them grow in faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the material and physical needs of this small tribe will be met, and that their children will be able to obtain an education adequate to prepare them for employment, and to start small businesses.

Scripture Focus
“God has granted to the Gentiles [nations] also the repentance that leads to life.” Acts 11:18

People Name: Segeju
Country: Tanzania
10/40 Window: No
Population: 18,000
World Population: 23,000
Language: Segeju
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Praise God for the launch of Marketplace ministry and the launch of the Antioch Journey website in 2016. These avenues help to get business as missions off the ground in hard access areas. Pray for Marketplace to be successful in impacting unreached peoples with that wonderful story of love.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is wise in what is good and innocent of evil.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Serbs of Bosnia. Give thanks for God’s Spirit who can work in and through even the simplest of people. Praise God for the ways He is pursuing young men and women in Bosnia. As these young people choose to follow Jesus, pray they grow to be strong leaders, passionately sharing Jesus in their college campuses, dorms, with groups of friends and family.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Jorge and Diana Lugo in praying for Venezuelan missionaries in the barrancas and San Josecito. Pray for the seminary that is training all who are called. Lift up two areas where there is a possibility to start churches: the area of Sucre and in the state of Aragua. Pray for their son Jacob who is struggling with a stomach sickness and low irn. Ask for the multiplication of disciples making disciples and for new church plants in the Barlovento area. Pray for the family’s safety and for son Joshua at ICS school. Pray for new work in San Antonia and healing for Wladimir.

 

Turkmen, Trukhmeny in Turkmenistan

The Turkmen were mainly a nomadic people for most of their history and did not settle in cities and towns until the advent of the Soviet system of government. Many pre-Soviet cultural traits have survived in Turkmen society, however, and have recently undergone a kind of revival, including the return of a moderate form of Islam. Secularism and atheism remain prominent for many Turkmen intellectuals.

Ministry Obstacles
Constitutionally there is freedom of religion, but in practice there is limited freedom.

Outreach Ideas
The Turkmen believers need training and encouragement to carry the Gospel message to their countrymen.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers among the Turkmen, that they will be accurately instructed in the faith and will grow in their love for Christ and each other.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Turkmen people to have full freedom of religion in their country, to worship safely as they choose.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

People Name: Turkmen, Trukhmeny
Country: Turkmenistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,274,000
World Population: 7,707,000
Language: Turkmen
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). Celebrate that the Discipleship Course is building in Shawnee area of Louisville Metro and truly making a difference in families and individuals who live there. Pray for workers to be bold in sharing the love of God with those who feel unloved and unworthy.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is always pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Khmer of Cambodia. Give thanks to God for He is a Father to the fatherless. He loves widows and orphans. Pray the Father’s revolutionary love draws the hurting among the Khmer to Him.

Team Expansion Worker

Join S and R in praying for fruit in their work in a sensitive field. Pray for safety, health, and God’s perfect provision.

Fulakunda in Senegal

The lives of the Fulakunda center around their herds of cattle or sheep, and a person’s wealth is measured by how many head of livestock he owns. Although they may lack a scholarly grasp of book knowledge, they are considered skilled social analysts. Some Fulakunda elders have traveled in many countries and know the language, people, and culture of each. The Fulakunda are a Muslim people, and adhere strongly to virtues and good morals such as justice, honesty, generosity, and patience.

Ministry Obstacles
Senegal does not provide a hospitable environment for Christians coming in from outside the country.

Outreach Ideas
Christians from other West African countries may be able to help disciple the believers in Christ among the Fulakunda, as well as introduce other Fulakunda people to Christ. Pray for African Christian tribal workers to become available.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are only a handful of followers of Jesus among the Fulakunda tribe, and they very much need prayer support from outsiders. Pray they won’t waver in their commitment to Christ. Pray they in all things will grow up into him who is the Head, Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Fulakunda tribe will be able to prepare their children for the rapidly changing conditions of the modern world. Pray they will make schooling a priority, and that good schools will be available.

Scripture Focus
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You.” Psalm 22:27

People Name: Fulakunda
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,715,000
World Population: 2,503,000
Language: Pulaar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:12). Praise God that His love makes us whole.  Pray that Team Expansion workers are identified as the hands and feet of Jesus to people who are in need of His love and completeness.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker would never be ashamed of Jesus and His words.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Khmer of Cambodia. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…” (John 3:16). Father, in Your love destroy strongholds of thought that prevent the Khmer from even seeking to understand the truth of Jesus’ identity and message.

Team Expansion Worker

Join B and M in asking for opportunities to speak with churches and individuals. Pray for those in a sensitive Middle Eastern country with whom B and M will be working, both missionaries and local people. Pray that they continue to be encouraged.

Fula Jalon in Guinea

The Fula Jalon are a large people group located in the western African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. The culture and heritage of the group is nearly the same in all three countries. Their livelihood is primarily based on farming and shepherding. Although Fula Jalon villages are scattered, each village has a central court and a mosque. Islamic schools are set up for the children in some of the villages.

Ministry Obstacles
The Fula Jalon are a very large people group, and many workers are needed to saturate the group with the good news of Jesus.

Outreach Ideas
There are quite a number of followers of Christ in other tribes in Guinea. Pray that some will be given the desire and opportunity to reach the Fula Jalon.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those who know and follow Jesus among the Fula Jalon. Pray they will be obedient to Christ, and will live holy lives. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit, demonstrating the fruit of his Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Fula Jalon people will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as they study the Koran. Pray they will have a desire to learn more about this Man, and that he will be pleased to reveal himself to them.

Scripture Focus
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

People Name: Fula Jalon
Country: Guinea
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,293,000
World Population: 5,811,000
Language: Pular
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:13-14).

Team Expansion is still compiling statistics from 2016 as the testimonies and reports come in from workers serving all over the world. Praise God for outreach is increasing on a global level. The work in Epiphany has been super-intentional to reach Muslim people through social media and there have been 72 baptisms (the exact number the team was praying for)!

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker will not fall into temptation.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Khmer of Cambodia. Pray that the eyes of the Khmer would be opened to see the truth of God in Jesus, the plan of God from the beginning, the heart of God as a Father.

Team Expansion Worker

D and E have just returned to their country of service a week ago. Pray for a good transition back to life in Southeast Asia and for direction and discernment for their future.

Fulbe Jeeri, Fula Toro in Senegal

There are many names used in many languages to refer to the Fulbe, or Fulani. Fula are primarily known to be pastoralists, but are also traders in some areas. One Fula tradition is that of women using Henna around the mouth, resulting in a blackening around the lips. The traditional dress of the Fula in most places consists of long colorful flowing robes, modestly embroidered or otherwise decorated.

Ministry Obstacles
The various Fulbe groups have a long-standing, strong commitment to Islam. It’s part of their identity.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to help the Fulba with their material and physical needs, building bridges of trust and friendship.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few followers of Jesus among the Fulba community, pray they will be nurtured by God’s Spirit, and will become mature in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Fulba will be able to provide adequately for their families, as they live in a harsh region.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name: Fulbe Jeeri, Fula Toro
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 646,000
World Population: 724,000
Language: Pulaar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God” (1 John 4:15). The year 2016 was one of transitions for Team Expansion, especially for the home office as staff members moved on to serve elsewhere. Some missionary families are transitioning back into American culture after serving years in adopted country. One servant in Ghana fell ill and went to his eternal home. New workers were trained and sent out. With high expectations Team Expansion is trusting God and praising Him for leading through changes; for raising up new Field Coordinators, a new Mobilization Coordinator and a new Missionary Kid Coordinator.

Since a mission organization has such fluidity, pray that Team Expansion exhibits 1 John 4:15 and continues making impact among unreached peoples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to grant that worker emotional stability during transitions.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Khmer of Cambodia. Pray that the Holy Spirit will capture and dominate the thinking of the Khmer people.

Team Expansion Worker

Join T and A in praying for the work in North Africa as well as for the work in the Middle East. Pray for a good transition back to the work in the Middle East.

Regeibat in Western Sahara

The Regeibat comprise several tribes of Bedouin nomads in the interior of the country. They are a subgroup of the Moors, an Arab-Berber people. Slavery has been abolished but may still be practiced in some areas. Slavery has brought attention to the injustices and inequalities tolerated by traditional Moor society.

Ministry Obstacles
The Regeibat live in an area of limited access, both geographically and because of attitudes.

Outreach Ideas
Films such as the Jesus film and the God’s Story video can be helpful, especially if supplemented by hearing stories from Scripture.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any believers among the Regeibat, but pray for those that will soon emerge. Pray they will be accurately instructed in the faith, and that they will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live holy lives.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that each individual in the Regeibat people group may hunger to know forgiveness for their sins found only through faith in Jesus Christ, and that this hunger will soon be satisfied.

Scripture Focus
“This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

People Name: Regeibat
Country: Western Sahara
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 76,000
World Population: 113,000
Language: Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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February 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). As disciple makers and church planters, Team Expansion wants to share God’s love with the nations. Praise God for the tool of Kairos course being used among both local and global churches. Celebrate how God has moved Kairos into its next phase with Simply Mobilizing to expand: a) new resources to impact with worldview a broader range of churches by equipping mobilizers in USA and b) new translations and interfacing with Spanish and Korean.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker gives joyfully to the Father.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Punjabi Sikh of India. Pray that the heavy weight of deception would be lifted away and the Punjabi Sikh may bask in the warmth of a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Jon and Kimberly May have gained some new supporters and are now approaching 65% of their committed support to work in the International Services office in Louisville, KY. Pray that God will continue to allocate HIS resources to this ministry. Ask that their house in Pikeville, KY will sell quickly and that their new house in Shelbyville will be used to His Glory.

 

February 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him” (1 John 4:17). This is an IT world we live in. Team Expansion is striving to utilize technology in the best way to communicate God’s love to people with no access to the Gospel. Praise God for social media, websites, satellite TV and radio with Christian content and programming that are impacting those seeking Truth. Pray for masses to receive the Gospel, to be obedient to Jesus and be made complete in His love.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker would always give thanks to God for everything, singing and making music to the Lord in their heart.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Punjabi Sikh of India. Ask the Father to break the barriers of pride and the desire to obtain power over others. Pray that the Punjabi Sikh would have a sense of humility and servanthood. Build a church fully devoted to glorifying the Most High rather than self-praise.

Team Expansion Worker

There are two new kingdom gardens that M and L hope to start in 2 different parts of their city. Pray for the mentoring of a teacher who will teach in one kingdom garden and the mentoring of a friend who will start the second kingdom garden. Pray that this will allow more children and parents in more places to hear Bible stories and experience the love of Christ.

Romani, Vlax in Pakistan

Romani originated in North India, now Pakistan, many centuries ago. They no longer live nomadic lifestyles to the extent once experienced, but are often quite poor, with high illiteracy and high death rates. They have a reputation for crime, leading to ostracism. They tend to adopt the religion of the peoples around them.

Ministry Obstacles
They live in a region where access to the Gospel message is quite limited.

Outreach Ideas
Good communication tools are available in the language of the Romani. Workers are needed to take the Gospel message to these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any believers among the Romani of Pakistan, but pray there will soon be a growing church. Pray for these new believers to be accurately taught the Scriptures, and to grow into real disciples of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Romani to seek good education for their children, and to live honest and productive lives. Pray they will hunger for the righteousness to be found in Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35

People Name: Romani, Vlax
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 20,000
World Population: 1,126,000
Language: Romani, Vlax
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear; because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). Praise God for allowing Team Expansion workers to be safe and endure persecution. God has given workers wisdom in situations for God is the great protector. Pray that those under persecution would be fearless and bold in their witness for Jesus Christ.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is always grateful for what Christ has done for them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Punjabi Sikh of India. Ask God to display His power and make inroads for the Gospel of Christ among the Punjabi Sikhs.

Team Expansion Worker

Join I and N in praying for their Kirgiz friend and his family. He has a good, kind heart and the relationship with him is deepening. Pray that he will dream of Jesus tonight and be filled with peace and follow his creator.

Miao, Enshi in China

The Enshi Miao have absorbed Chinese culture and customs. Few still wear a traditional style of dress, and few of their ways are different from the Chinese around them. They no longer celebrate Miao festivals, although in recent years a movement has commenced to rediscover their roots as Miao people. Elderly Enshi Miao continue to worship their ancestors, especially during the annual ancestral rites when graves are cleaned and prayers are offered to the spirits of the dead. Most Enshi Miao under the age of 40 have no interest in religion. Most Enshi Miao have never heard the Gospel.

Ministry Obstacles
Spiritual matters are spiritually discerned. If people are not interested in spiritual matters then availability of the good news of Christ is of little avail. Pray the Spirit of Christ will give the Enshi Miao the gift of conviction of sin.

Outreach Ideas
Christians must pray for the Enshi Miao. Pray the Lord will give them seeking hearts, and then, workers to carry the Gospel of Christ to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christian believers today among the Enshi Miao, most being Roman Catholics. Pray these people will learn to fully trust Christ’s finished work on the cross for their salvation, and trust His Spirit to give them a victorious life today.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the younger people among the Enshi Miao to be given an interest in Christ, that their attitude of indifference will be shaken. Pray for searching hearts.

Scripture Focus
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40

People Name: Miao, Enshi
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 663,000
World Population: 663,000
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

February 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). One of Team Expansion’s goal is to engage the global church and one way of doing that is through PACE program and projects. Praise God for PACE lead churches who have love overflowing for unreached peoples and are determined to take the message to them. Praise God for PACE commitment has not wavered through many years, many changes of various church staff and members. Pray for more churches to commit to PACE with a passion for the unreached.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker will have boldness to overcome fear of embarrassment or failure.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Punjabi Sikh of India. Pray that barriers of pride would be broken and humble leaders emerge. Pray that leaders are willing to train others to lead so that more people can come to Christ, more disciples are made among the Punjabi Sikhs and so that more churches are planted.

Team Expansion Worker

Join D and C in asking God to prepare hearts for the Hope Inner City Team moving to the Franklinton neighborhood next summer. Pray for the right housing for the team and for funding for the work. Pray for the Chinese students with whom D and C are doing a DBS. Ask that they might be able to identify those whom God will use to start a movement. Pray for Aquan who was healed of cancer. Ask that he will turn to Jesus. Pray for wisdom for Allen Messimer as he follows up with him. Ask God to work powerfully for His glory in the development of a team to reach the Cham.

Unreached People Group (www.joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Adi Galong of India, 36,000 followers of Hinduism. Pray for the school children to have opportunity to hear the truth of Jesus, and blaze a trail for others to follow.

February 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“If anyone says, “I love God”, yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

Praise God for the Team Expansion workers serving in sensitive fields where Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism have strongholds. Pray that these workers endure and their love for God and people is evident. Pray that Jesus would reveal Himself and His love would conquer.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that God encourages this worker with the knowledge that people back home care about their emotional well being.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Ancona, Italy. English conversation outreach is giving workers opportunities to read the Bible with Italians who have never read it before. Pray that hearts would be pierced by the truth of the Gospel and they would follow Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tina McCormick (International Services) in praying for Connect 2017. Ask that all things would come together for His glory, that He will speak into the agenda, that hearts would be prepared for the speakers’ messages, and that each will be ready to worship the King. Pray for the second half of the funding to be met.

Uzbek, Northern in Uzbekistan

The earliest ancestors of the Uzbeks, the Central Asian Turks, aided Genghis Khan in his conquest of Eastern Europe in the 1300’s. Eventually, as unity between the Turks and Mongols faded, numerous warring kingdoms were formed. It was from several of these kingdoms that the Uzbeks descended.

Ministry Obstacles
Creative ideas are needed as to how to best enter the country and minister; proselytizing is forbidden.

Outreach Ideas
Many younger Uzbeks are looking for a belief system to satisfy their deepest spiritual hunger. Christ can fulfill this hunger.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers among the Uzbeks, that the Lord will give them pastors and teachers who will rightly teach the Scriptures, model Godly behavior, and who are zealous in their love for the Lord.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Uzbeks will hunger and thirst for life to be found only in Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1

People Name: Uzbek, Northern
Country: Uzbekistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 23,564,000
World Population: 27,090,000
Language: Uzbek, Northern
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

February 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“And he has given us this command: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:21). Team Expansion is all about disciple making movements because we love our brother who may not know about God’s loving gift to the world. Praise God that Zume Project premiers today at http://zumeproject.com Pray that this online training will equip people with tools and skills needed to launch a new disciple making movement in every census track of the US.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to enable that worker to put off old self and put on new self, being made new in their attitude and mind.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Ancona, Italy. Ask God to transform hearts by the power of His love.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Kelsey McKain (International Services) as she leads the Communications Team and implements the new social media strategy for 2017.

Fulani, Nigerian in Nigeria

Scattered mostly in Nigeria and Cameroon, these semi-nomadic people fiercely reject anything they perceive as contrary to their lifestyle of roaming with their cattle herds. This includes education, (they are mostly illiterate), and permanent homes. They are widely regarded as troublesome impediments to the large cattle ranchers. One businessman and member of a ruling party has established two large cattle ranches, forcing the Mbororo tribal people from their historic grazing land. They were given no compensation. Their illiteracy and intense independence have placed them on unequal footing with greedy people like these who take advantage of them.

Ministry Obstacles
Illiteracy is an obstacle to learning about Christ if the Gospel comes to them only in printed form.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to be genuinely concerned about the material welfare of the Mbororo people, finding ways to assist them, building friendships and trust.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few Christian believers among the Mbororo people will be sent teachers to help them become well established in the faith. Pray they will find each other in order to fellowship together. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit, experiencing the fruit of Christ’s Spirit consistently.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Mborro tribe will be able to care adequately for their families, and be led to be better prepared for the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century. Pray they will see the need to make schooling a priority for their children.

Scripture Focus
“He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy He will save.” Psalm 72:13

People Name: Fulani, Nigerian
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 13,123,000
World Population: 13,466,000
Language: Fulfulde, Nigerian
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

February 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9).

One of Team Expansion’s Field Coordinator has reported over 600 baptisms in Ghana! Praise God for this disciple making movement. Pray for new believers to be deeply rooted and established in the Father’s love, and the momentum of disciple making increases.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker imitates Christ with tenderness and compassion.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Ancona, Italy.  Ask God to cause hearts to understand that they are in darkness, and that they must trust Him to show the Light.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to give Chris and Lindsey McKiernan wisdom to manage their time and manage their priorities as they continue to move through the missions “checklis” and start getting some of the smaller things out of the way before giving way to support raising. Pray that God will deliver prayer partners who can help champion their mission to friends and family so that some, at least, may turn into financial support in addition to continued prayer support in the future.

Lampung Pubian in Indonesia

During the past several years, the Indonesian government has forcibly relocated three million Jawa people to the area of the Lampung Pubian. As a result of these changes, the indigenous peoples of this area are experiencing much bitterness and unrest. The Lampung Pubian greatly need help in the building of various social and public facilities. Better quality education and health care are needed as well.

Ministry Obstacles
The New Testament and other language-based tools have been produced but workers are needed to carry these resources to the people.

Outreach Ideas
Indonesian believers may be able to carry the Gospel message to the Lampung Pubian.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any believers among the Lampung Pubian today, but pray for those that will emerge. Pray they will be taught accurately in the Christian faith, and will be given shepherds that have been well prepared for the task.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that these people will have improved educational opportunities for their children, and improved means to raise their standard of living.

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

People Name: Lampung Pubian
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 110,000
World Population: 110,000
Language: Lampung Api
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). There are Team Expansion workers who have been abundant seed sowing for many unproductive years. Pray that 2017 would be a year that these fields would gain traction in difficult areas and a disciple making movement would take root.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to fill that worker with joy and peace to overflowing.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Ancona, Italy. Pray for hearts to soon repent of their sins, so they may experience a relationship with their Creator.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Wayne Meece and for Eric Barry (both International Services) as their trip to Oasis. Pray that the team can be healthy, that the trip and all connections go well, and that their time in Oasis will be fruitful.

Bumthangpa in Bhutan

Many of the Bumthangpa (Bhotia) immigrated to Bhutan from Tibet in the eighth century. Because of their history of isolation from other nations, the Bumthangpa do not trust outsiders. They are conservative by nature and value their ancient traditions.

Ministry Obstacles
The remoteness of this people is an obstacle. The area is geographically remote for many workers, and the Bhutanese government has long imposed restrictions to entry.

Outreach Ideas
The growing church in Nepal is positioned to carry the Gospel to the tribes of Bhutan. Some Bhutanese are refugees in Nepal, also.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few believers among the Bumthangpa, that their love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, and that they will be united around the truth of the Gospel.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray this tribe will soon hunger to know the light of the Gospel, and that each individual will hear the Gospel in such a way as to understand it and accept it.

Scripture Focus
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40

People Name: Bumthangpa
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 22,000
World Population: 22,000
Language: Bumthangkha
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Many Team Expansion families put their lives at risk for the spread of the Gospel. Give thanks for these committed workers and ask God to reign in their hearts as they love and serve in His name.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker does not fuel anger to allow the devil a foothold.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Rome, Italy. Pray for individuals in Rome to come to understand and experience Jesus’ love and comfort.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Allen and Cherry Messimer in praying for good results from the Sports and English Camp reunion and the launching of the I Will Follow youtube channel. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work powerfully in those who attend. Pray for their friend as he desires to surrender to God’s will for his life. Ask God to give him strength and courage to seek first the Kingdom of God. Pray for plans for their home service this summer to come together. Ask for good ticket prices and a vehicle to drive.

Fulani, Toroobe in Nigeria

The Fulani have been largely responsible for introducing and spreading Islam throughout much of western Africa. They have been a nomadic people and influential in regional politics, economics, and histories throughout western Africa for over a thousand years. The height of the Fulani empire was between the early 1800s and early 1900s, being consolidated under Usman dan Fodio and centered in northern Nigeria.

Ministry Obstacles
The Fulani have followed Islam for centuries, giving them a worldview not easily influenced by the good news about Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, focused prayer is needed to help the Fulani come to a sufficient understanding of who Jesus truly is, the Son of God. Spiritual truths are spiritually discerned, and prayer is needed.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are only a few followers of Christ among the Toroobe Fulani. Pray their faith will become firmly established on the truth of Scripture.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Fulani to find Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran, of increasing interest, someone to study. Pray for their curiosity to be satisfied.

Scripture Focus
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9

People Name: Fulani, Toroobe
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,486,000
World Population: 4,486,000
Language: Hausa
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). Jesus values faith, faith that expresses itself through love. Praise God for the Team Expansion family dotting the globe making their statements of faith in loving ways. Pray for lasting fruit among the orphans of Philippines, Romania and Taiwan, among the Syrian refugees, among the Chinese Diaspora, among those who have disabilities in Africa, among the barrios of South America, among university and high school in Europe, among elementary students in North Africa and West Africa.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and love.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Rome, Italy. Ask God to open spiritual eyes of the people of Rome so that hearts may understand how much He loves and values them.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Brittany as she raises support in preparation for working in Eastern Europe. Some exciting opportunities are coming up.

Sumbawa in Indonesia

The Sumbawa (or Samawa) people group live on the island of Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara Province, and are mostly farmers. They are Muslim, but many Sumbawa professing Islam still rely on the advice and help of shamans, especially in times of crisis. They also believe in various spirits and genies, such as samar and bakek.

Ministry Obstacles
The Sumbawa worldview (Islam/Animism) makes it difficult for them to place their faith in the Son of God, Emmanuel.

Outreach Ideas
Indonesian Christians on adjacent islands may bring the Gospel message to the Sumbawa. Pray they will be given a desire to do this.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few believers among the Sumbawa. Pray they will be properly instructed in the faith, and that they may stand firm and hold to the teachings of Scripture.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Sumbawa will find improved markets for their agricultural products.

Scripture Focus
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

People Name: Sumbawa
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 439,000
World Population: 439,000
Language: Sumbawa
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died” (2 Cor 5:14). Team Expansion is compelled to reach the unreached with the Good News of Jesus. Christ’s love compels us to pray extraordinarily, to engage and mobilize, to coach and train, to excel and build capacity. Praise God for His compelling love and pray that Team Expansion continues to move forward in effectiveness for His Kingdom.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for humility, living forgiven and forgiving, boldness, courage and wisdom.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Rome, Italy. Ask God to soften hearts to receive the message of love and salvation.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Diana Molina in Venezuela in praying for the operation and recuperation of the Warao brother who was hospitalized. Ask for a movement of God among the Warao.

Kurd, Kurmanji in Turkey

The Northern Kurds of Turkey live in a rugged area, along the Turkey-Iran border. Since 1965, these proud and fiercely independent people have made a clear return to their roots. There is an increasing desire to speak Kurdish. This nationalism is laying the foundations for a Kurdish cultural and literary revival.

Ministry Obstacles
Kurdish identity has for centuries included commitment to Islam.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio can be very helpful in the Kurdish regions. Pray that Jesus will be lifted up before the Kurds in various ways.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is beginning to build his church among the Kurds. Please pray the Christian believers will become firmly established in the faith, trusting fully in Jesus, not only for salvation, but for power to live an abundant life here and now.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the ancient Kurdish peoples of Turkey will be given the opportunity to know Christ. Pray as well for peace with the Turkish government, and with their neighbors. Pray for stability in the area of Kurdistan.

Scripture Focus
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else.” 1 Kings 8:60

People Name: Kurd, Kurmanji
Country: Turkey
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,445,000
World Population: 14,808,000
Language: Kurdish, Northern
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for drawing people of Muslim background to love and obey Jesus…so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. Pray that these new believers are rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – and be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Eph 3:17-19).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the peace of Christ rules their heart.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in; Rome, Italy. Pray for those the Lord will call to Himself among the people of Rome to be zealous to know and follow Jesus.

Team Expansion Worker

Join T and J in lifting up the village of Pha Yuak. Pray for T as he settles into his role of Team Leader. Pray for their communications with the insurance company. Ask for a fair settlement. Pray for a complete recovery for J and for more team members focused on reaching the Mien. Pray for strength and unity in their marriage. Pray for Christians in Southeast Asia to stand strong, especially when persecuted. Pray that many Mien will come to know Jesus and for more team members to be focused on reaching the Mien.

Fulani, Sokoto in Nigeria

Sokoto is one of the states of Nigeria, and Sokoto is also a city. During the reign of the Fulani Empire in the 19th century Sokoto was an important Fula state. In the year 2000, Islamic Shari’ah law was introduced in several northern states of Nigeria including Sokoto State. The Sokoto Fulani are a sub-group of the much larger Fulani people, a tribe that is spread across much of West Africa.

Ministry Obstacles
Tensions between the mostly Muslim people of northern Nigeria and the mostly Christian people of the south have long been high. For a northern Fulani to follow Christ is to risk being seen as a traitor.

Outreach Ideas
Nigeria has a large number of Christian believers. Perhaps some will be able to overcome tribal animosities and carry the good news of Jesus to the northern Fulani tribes. Pray to this end.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Sokoto Fulani who know and follow Jesus Christ. Pray they will faithfully fellowship together, and will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit. Pray they will live holy lives, and will represent Christ well to their family and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the large Fulani tribe, that they will be drawn increasingly to Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran, desiring to find out more about this Man. Pray also they will be able to make schooling a priority for their children, preparing them for life in the rapidly changing 21st century.

Scripture Focus
“Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.” 1 Chronicles 16:28-29

People Name: Fulani, Sokoto
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 381,000
World Population: 1,342,000
Language: Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21). A component of Team Expansion’s training has to do with the Discipleship School of the Outdoors (DSOTO). There are rules and regulations that must be complied to in order to enjoy high ropes courses and DSOTO elements safely and securely. We praise God that 2016 was a big year for DSOTO in profit and doubled number of teams participating. Give thanks for a new Gator, and completion of building full high ropes course. DSOTO builds cohesiveness among teams and helps to highlight skills sets. Pray that teams preparing for field and already on field will develop an attitude of love and appreciation for one another so that the Father’s love is made known among the nations.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to meet all the needs of that worker according to His glorious riches in Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Tokyo, Japan. Ask God to dispel the spiritual darkness of the Japanese and enlighten hearts with His Living Word.

Team Expansion Worker

Pleas pray with M and S in the Middle East for new opportunities. Pray that they will continue to press forward in current relationships, discipleship groups, and outreach work with their refugee neighbors. God is at work! Pray for their health – physical, mental, and spiritual. Pray that S will be able to speak the language on a more professional level.

Bedouin, Berabish in Mali

A widely quoted Bedouin saying is: “I against my brothers, I and my brothers against my cousins, I and my brothers and my cousins against the world.” Bedouins traditionally have strong honor codes, and traditional systems of justice dispensation in Bedouin society typically revolve around such codes. The bisha’a, or ordeal by fire, is a well-known Bedouin practice of lie detection.

Ministry Obstacles
These people live in a harsh environment, difficult for outsiders to enter.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio will be useful, and visiting workers bringing videos and recordings are needed. Sustained prayer may be the best thing we can do.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Bedouin of Mali. They live in a difficult environment. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the material and physical needs of the Bedouin. Pray they will be able to care properly for their families.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Bedouin, Berabish
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 175,000
World Population: 237,000
Language: Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 22, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him (John 14:23). Celebrate the hard work of Project Specialist to get plugged into PACE coordinators and building relationship between them and Team Expansion. Pray that, with God’s Spirit, PACE is equipping for more fruit, creating a seed bed of harvest workers, and identifying common characteristics that are working well. Pray by God’s Spirit, more unreached are reached with the Gospel to have a home in Christ.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker’s attitude is like that of Jesus Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Tokyo, Japan. Pray that by His Spirit, hearts are set free from the enemy’s clutches and given a shield of victory.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Jorge and Sara Navarrete in praying for spiritual protection for Pastor Ricardo and his wife, Gabriela. Pray for campable and willing men to be raised up alongside Ricardo. Ask for wisdom and for fruit in evangelism, soccer, children’s choir, Christian values classes in schools, friedships with non-believers to share the Gospel, and door to door evangelism. Pray for Venezuela to seek God. Ask God to provide food for the free lunch ministry.

Fulani, Adamawa in Cameroon

The Adamawa Fulani are the group of Fulani who live in Nigeria’s Adamawa province, and some of these people have found their way to Cameroon. The Fulani are a proud people who teach their young children to have tribal dignity. Fulani children are required to love their mothers and respect their elders. They are also taught to strictly hold on to important values such as generosity, honesty, and modesty.

Ministry Obstacles
The identity of the Fulani is tied to Islam. To follow Jesus is to risk losing much that is important within the Fulani culture.

Outreach Ideas
Much prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Fulani to seek the truth of the good news of Jesus. Pray they will become eager to learn and respond, with faith believing. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are some Adamawa Fulani who are Christian believers. Pray they will be taught the truths of Scripture, and will grow to become zealous disciples of Christ. Pray they lead holy lives.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Fulani people will be able to care adequately for their families, and make schooling a priority for their children.

Scripture Focus
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

People Name: Fulani, Adamawa
Country: Cameroon
10/40 Window: No
Population: 2,335,000
World Population: 4,750,000
Language: Fulfulde, Adamawa
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

February 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Give thanks for a productive 2016 for Team Expansion Event Coordinators and their investment of mentoring, coaching and training new candidates. Pray that 2017 will be even more effective as they demonstrate God’s love in disciple making. Pray that new workers sent out will be effective in their efforts to share God’s message of love.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is obedient to God’s Word.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Tokyo, Japan. Pray that by His Spirit, the hearts of the Japanese are radically changed.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for the family of A and Z in South Asia regarding the recent passing of two dear family members. May their memories live on in their hearts. Pray for peace, knowing they are walking with Jesus in heaven.

Bedouin, Berabish in Mali

A widely quoted Bedouin saying is: “I against my brothers, I and my brothers against my cousins, I and my brothers and my cousins against the world.” Bedouins traditionally have strong honor codes, and traditional systems of justice dispensation in Bedouin society typically revolve around such codes. The bisha’a, or ordeal by fire, is a well-known Bedouin practice of lie detection.

Ministry Obstacles
These people live in a harsh environment, difficult for outsiders to enter.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio will be useful, and visiting workers bringing videos and recordings are needed. Sustained prayer may be the best thing we can do.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Bedouin of Mali. They live in a difficult environment. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the material and physical needs of the Bedouin. Pray they will be able to care properly for their families.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Bedouin, Berabish
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 175,000
World Population: 237,000
Language: Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5). Praise God for the amazing impact that Team Expansion and her partners have had in 2016! Ask God to direct us as we seek to further His Kingdom in 2017. Join us in praying for 300+ new churches, 1700+ new baptisms, and increasingly total church attendance.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is humble and gentle.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel in Tokyo, Japan. Pray that souls held captive by fear may experience God’s liberating grace and love.

Team Expansion Worker

Join A and J in Southeast Asia in praying for God to work in the area around MM Center. Ask for wisdom and patience as they try to line up their home service schedule for this coming spring. Ask for health and recovery after Dengue Fever. Pray for the Women’s Health Program to be a witness to the power of God to the leaders in this area.

Tibetan, Jone in China

Jone county in Gansu province is the home of most of these people, and they have their own language and ethnic identity. Their name is sometimes spelled “Choni”. The existence of these people has not been well-known. Jone was the site of an independent kingdom until 1928, when a Chinese general confiscated the land of the Jone prince.

Ministry Obstacles
The identity of the Jone is tied to Tibetan Buddhism, making it especially difficult to embrace a different worldview.

Outreach Ideas
Han Chinese believers may be able to carry the Gospel message to the Jone. Pray that some be given a heart for this mission.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christian believers among the Jone. Pray they will grow to become mature in the Lord, and will be faithful witnesses to their family and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these Buddhist people will be given the knowledge of sin, and will increasingly know the need for the forgiveness found through faith in the completed work of Christ on the cross.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

People Name: Tibetan, Jone
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 165,000
World Population: 165,000
Language: Choni
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

February 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1). Pray for open doors as Team Expansion seeks to share the Gospel message and launch movements to Christ in places that have not heard it yet. Pray that those who appear to be enemies of Christianity would come to know the true Savior of the World.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker has a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Mien of Laos. Praise the Lord that a “people for His name’ will be identified among the Mien.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Elisha Ortiz (International Services) in praying for her son’s wedding and for his health as he starts a new job while finishing school. Pray for Elisha’s recent engagement and long-distance relationship. Pray for God’s direction regarding the logistics. Ask the Lord to equip Elisha as she works with the new enhancements to PACE.

Fulani, Jelgooji in Burkina Faso

Cows are very treasured by the Fulani. For the Fulani to farm is almost a rejection of their heritage. The Jelgooji of eastern Burkina Faso have clung to the tradition of herding more tenaciously than many other Fulani groups. One of the Fulani taboos is that a married woman should never speak the name of her husband, her in-laws or her first born child. Another taboo in some Fulani groups is that if someone eats goat’s meat he or she will become a leper.

Ministry Obstacles
It may be difficult to make contact and build relationships with this semi-nomadic people group.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can carry the good news of Jesus to the Fulani using films and recordings, and also telling stories from Scripture.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the Jelgooji Fulani to be nurtured by the Lord’s Spirit, to faithfully fellowship together, and to live holy lives. Pray they will be a strong testimony to the Lord’s goodness to their families and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Jelgooji Fulani will be able to care adequately for their families, to have clean water and good food supplies. Pray also they will be able to provide schooling for their children.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

February 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“A new command I give: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

A part of showing love to one another is communicating with one another. Pray for more presence on social media, more giving avenues, new team members so that men know that Jesus is our leader and all men may know who He is.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker takes personal responsibility to obey God’s leading.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Mien of Laos. “And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:25). Many Mien people make great effort to appease the gods or give the spirits things that they may need. Pray that the Mien hearts would be softened to the True God and that He would reveal Himself to them, that they may see that He does not need rice, money or incense. Rather, He desires intimate, personal relationship with those for whom He died.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Traci Olson as she raises support. Ask for God’s blessings on her plans. Pray for good health, team unity, and for fruit from her labor.

Fulani, Maasina in Mali

The Fulani people comprise the largest nomadic society in the world. The Fula Maasina are located predominantly in the Maasina region of Mali. The culture and lifestyle of the Fula Maasina who live there are virtually identical to those of the other Fulani peoples in West Africa. Houses belonging to the settled Fula Maasina are typically round with mud walls and thatched roofs. They are strongly Sunni Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles
The identity of the Fulani tribes has long been tied to Islam. To follow Jesus as a Fulani is to risk cutting oneself off from family and friends–serious losses indeed.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained and focused prayer is needed for the Fulani tribes, to prepare their hearts. Many Christian workers are needed for these large tribes. Pray for workers, for the harvest is ripening.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few Christian believers among the Maasina Fulani will be sent teachers and materials to help them grow in Christ. They need prayer support. Pray they will clearly understand the Gospel of grace, not mixing it with the religion of good works. Pray they will see the need to be obedient to Christ out of gratitude.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the large Fulani tribes of West Africa will be able to care adequately for their families, that they will have sufficient rain for their livestock and crops. Pray they will make schooling a priority for their children. Pray for the widow and orphan, that they be cared for by the community.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

February 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord; and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer” (Isaiah 56:6-7). Give thanks to the Lord for His love of 6,900 unreached people groups in the world that He has planted in our hearts. Pray that the efforts of Team Expansion and her partners will cause foreigners to fix their eyes on Jesus, love and obey and be disciple makers. Pray for 24 disciple making movements among unreached people groups by 2024.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to give that worker a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Mien of Laos. Family, honor, and respect are very important to the Mein. This can make a conversion to Christianity difficult because new converts are seen as distancing themselves from family values and traditions. Pray that Mien believers may find ways to show love to their families without participating in spirit worship. Pray that Mien believers are able to influence and lead their whole family to Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Join A and T in North African in prayer concerning the persecution that N and H are encountering where they live. Pray the same for H. Pray for the many contacts with wh9om they are working.

Jew, Bukharic in Uzbekistan

Bukharic Jews are Jews from Central Asia who speak Bukhori, a dialect of the Persian language. Their name comes from the former Central Asian Emirate of Bukhara. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the vast majority have moved to Israel or the United States. The majority of Bukharian Jews trace their ancestry to Israelite captives who never came back from the east. The community was essentially cut off from the rest of the Jewish world for more than 2,000 years and somehow managed to survive and preserve their Jewish identity and heritage in the face of countless odds.

Ministry Obstacles
The Jewish apostle Paul described the veil over the eyes of the Jews, obscuring their view of Jesus the Messiah. Pray this veil will be removed in the Lord’s time.

Outreach Ideas
Much sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Jews to understand and believe.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Although there may be no present followers of the Messiah Jesus among the Bukharic Jews of Uzbekistan, pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be entirely convinced that Jesus is the one promised by the prophets, and won’t waver in their faith. Pray for steadfastness.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Bukharic Jews to not be satisfied with a religion of works. Pray they will understand the implications of Abraham’s faith being counted as righteousness.

Scripture Focus
“And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

People Name: Jew, Bukharic
Country: Uzbekistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,900
World Population: 101,000
Language: Bukharic
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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February 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17). Praise God for His love and compassion for people He created and for sending His Savior Son into the world. Pray His Spirit would start 24 disciple making movements by 2024 among people groups that don’t yet know of His saving love.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker may be like Jesus and love sincerely.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers are requesting passionate prayer for the advance of the Gospel among the Mien of Laos. Lord, as You transform the soul of the Mien believers strengthen them. Strengthen them so that they may remain in the Mien community and be a witness to it while not being drawn back into their old spiritual chains.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Scott and Angie Pagel to have wisdom concerning a teaching opportunity at Taiping Elementary. Ask God to help them as they prepare. Pray for the hearts of both students and teachers to be ready to understand and seek more of Jesus. Pray for the preschool storytime, that this would lead to deeper relationships with many locals that they might hear about Jesus. Pray for encouragement and continued provision for The Home of God’s Love. Ask that Kevin might dream about Jesus and seek to know more of him.

 
Arab, Iraqi in Australia

When Iraqis were first listed in the Australian census, the population was just over 2,000. In 2001 there was more than 10 times that many. Fleeing refugees from recent war and terrorism has increased those numbers in the past few years. Interestingly, while the majority of Iraqis are Muslim, the Muslim numbers are lesser among Iraqi emigres to Australia. Since many of them may be fleeing persecution from Muslim extremists, the number tend to include a number of Arab Christians. Most speak Arabic at home and few speak English. The population is largely younger, with a large majority being under 35.

Ministry Obstacles
Life in a host country can open the doors to the gospel or it can make a community withdraw in isolation.

Outreach Ideas
Many of the new arrivals of Iraqi Arabs to Australia are fleeing persecution and war. They need help getting plugged in and oriented in the country and may be very much in need of temporary housing. Hospitality should be a hallmark of Christian living.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Among the Iraqi Arab there are quite a few Christians. Pray they will cling fervently to Jesus and the truth of the gospel and share freely with their fellow Arabs.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray this community will find open arms in Australia and in other countries where they are hoping to find refuge. Pray the process will run smoothly for them to find housing.

Scripture Focus
“I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.” Matthew 25:35

 
People Name: Arab, Iraqi
Country: Australia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 48,000
World Population: 17,132,000
Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

 

January 12, 2017

Prayer Force Objectives for January 1-31, 2017

Category: Prayer Request – bbyrd 6:56 pm

January 1, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

As a New Year dawns, a tune by Isaac Watts and William Croft deems appropriate to praise God for who He is. “O God our help in ages past, our hope of years to come. Our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home” Give praise for initiating that prayer meeting among mission students way back in 1978 that birthed the beginning of Team Expansion. Give Him the honor due for His help to establish a mission organization that strives to expand His Kingdom among unreached peoples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks to God for that worker wherever they are located, with whomever agency they are associated or whether they are a member of an organization. Pray that the Lord is their strength and shield.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have requested prayer for demolishing strongholds and a breakthrough for Jesus in these specific people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Join Andrea and Heather Gentile in praying for two new Christians from among the student Bible study in Italy. Pray that the group can continue to grow and reach further into the community.

Lahuli, Tinan in China

The Lahuli Tinan are also known as Bhotia, referring to people of Tibetan stock in general. Lahuli is also a generic term used to describe the inhabitants of the Lahul District. Lahuli men are skillful merchants and traders, and Lahuli women are known for their independence. “Since their husbands are usually off on trading expeditions, the women feel free to take more than one husband”. The strength of Tibetan Buddhism in the region depends to a great extent on the prosperity and generosity of the Lahuli Tinan.

Ministry Obstacles
The Buddhist Lahuli Tinan may not be fully aware of their need for forgiveness of sin.

Outreach Ideas
A few communication tools are available in the language of this community. Pray for workers to take Gospel recordings and other communication tools to this people group.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a handful of Lahuli Tinan believers in India, but none are known on the Tibetan side of the border. Few have ever heard of Jesus Christ. Pray that there will soon be a growing number on both sides of the border.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the gift of conviction of sin to be given to the Lahuli Tinan Buddhists, that they will acknowledge their need for a savior, and will then discover the work of Jesus on the cross.

Scripture Focus
“See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples.” Isaiah 49:22

People Name: Lahuli, Tinan
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,100
World Population: 5,300
Language: Tinani
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 2, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Sir Issac Watts penned “Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure. Sufficient is Thine arm alone and our defense is sure.” Give praise to God for raising up over 300 workers serving with Team Expansion, for sheltering and keeping them secure in Him while spreading the Gospel in places where it is not welcomed.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray the Lord gives strength to His worker and blesses them with peace.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to cause the Serbs of Bosnia to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Pray that Jesus would give them a clear picture of who He is.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Bob and Marbeth Gibson (International Services) in praying for improvement in Bob’s health, adjustment to a new residence, and the ability to cope with a “Thorn in the Flesh.”

Nunu in China

Few people have ever heard of the Nunu even though they possess their own culture, history, language, and ethnicity. Nunu history is shrouded in stories of past migrations and armed conflict with other people groups. Because of pressure from the Han and the Zhuang, the Nunu were driven from their land and forced into the remote mountains. Nunu men have traditionally been great hunters, but today their yields are limited to wild pigs and small game. Pan Hu is worshiped by the Nunu. The Nunu are trapped in complete spiritual darkness. The Nunu are a childlike people.

Ministry Obstacles
The Nunu may be wary of outsiders, and may be quite closed to foreign ways of thinking.

Outreach Ideas
Christian workers need to win the trust and friendship of the Nunu people. Helping them with their material needs can help with this objective.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Even though there may be no followers of Jesus among the Nunu people today, pray for those that Christ will soon call to himself. Pray their faith will be carefully nurtured and protected, and that no one will take advantage of their trusting spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the very poor Nunu people to find ways to improve their lot in life. Pray they will see the need to send their children to school, and that good schools will be available.

Scripture Focus
“He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy He will save.” Psalm 72:13

People Name: Nunu
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 62,000
World Population: 62,000
Language: Bunu, Bu-Nao
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 3, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

A third verse of Watts’ hymn says “Before the hills in order stood or earth received her frame, from everlasting Thou art God to endless years the same.” Jesus, you are the same, yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8) and we praise you for your faithfulness. You have always been, you always are, and you always will be. You are the First and Last. You never change. Jesus, you are worthy of praise for creating and sustaining, not only the universe, but also for your faithfulness in providing the needs of Team Expansion from moment to moment, day to day, year to year.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to go before that worker as they watch their Strength and Fortress protect them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that millions of Cambodians including the Khmer would discover their God who is a shield, the power that saves, and a wonderful place of safety (Psalm 18:2).

Team Expansion Worker

Josh and Chloe Glenn, Hope Inner City, Cincinnati, OH: Pray for God’s leading in our search for a house in Franklinton. Pray for our transition out of State Avenue Church of Christ over the next 6 months. And for God to raise up leaders to fill our roles in the church.

Pray for God to be working in the hearts of our future neighbors and friends in Franklinton.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Jula of Burkina Faso, 2,190,000 followers of folk Islam. Pray for more full time workers to go, full time intercessors to pray and full time partners to sustain the work among the Jula.

January 4, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Thy Word commands our flesh to dust return ye sons of men. All nations rose from earth at first and turn to earth again” are more lyrics from that old hymn written by Watts and Croft. Did you know that 50,000 people die per day who do not know Jesus? That’s 1 person every 1.7 seconds every day who enter eternity without Jesus. Pray that 2017 would be a ground-breaking year for many men and nations to hear of their Heavenly Father, the Sovereign Lord of all, and have opportunity to believe, repent and obey before they die.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker gives thanks and praise to God for His strength, love, protection and refuge in times of trouble.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for strongholds to be broken among the Punjabi Sikh of India.

Heavenly Father, may the Punjabi Sikh receive the new song of praise You have for them so they may see, fear and trust in You. May their praises be for You alone (Psalm 40:3).

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for E and E: Pray that we can build meaningful relationships with the refugees we  know, and have more opportunities to serve them. Pray for protection of the respect and connections that E has made as a teacher with his students. Pray against the fear that traps Muslims from asking questions about their faith. Pray for them to find the freedom and love Jesus offers them. Pray against the fear that cripples the Church from engaging Muslims in our own backyard.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the 871,000 Sikhs in Vancouver, Canada. Ask God to supply workers to reap a harvest of righteousness among the Sikhs.

January 5, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Time means something different to God than to us humans. Sir Isaac Watts writes this verse “A thousand ages in Thy sight are like an evening gone. Short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.” Praise God that He is in control and Sovereign. Pray that Team Expansion will wait on the Lord’s timing and His Holy Spirit to start 24 disciple making movements among unreached peoples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Join that worker in praising God because the name of the Lord is strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that barriers to the Gospel be overcome in Ancona, Italy. Pray for breakthrough, that individuals will find powerful ways to engage entire families with the Gospel; that whole families might come to the Lord at once and benefit greatly from their long-term relational support.

Team Expansion Worker

Bobby and Mandy Graham (Ghana) praise God for a gifted trip that made for a great time away for them during this time of home service. Please join them in praying for a teacher-helper for Mandy who will share the load and bring enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom. Pray for the kids to adjust to this idea. Pray for continued travel and visits during home assignment.

 

Palaung, Rumai in Myanmar (Burma)

The Palaung traditionally have practiced a mixture of Animism and Buddhism. Many associate Buddhism with a pacifistic lifestyle, but the Palaung in Myanmar have a 40-year history of armed resistance through the Palaung State Liberation Army. Some practice nat worship, nats being the spirits of inanimate objects such as rocks, mountains and rivers, as well as the spirits of deceased ancestors.

Ministry Obstacles
Myanmar is difficult for missionaries to enter and work freely. Also, the animistic Palaung need the Holy Spirit, not the “nats”, to lead them to a knowledge of the Son of God.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio broadcasts in the language of the Palaung would be very helpful. The Jesus film is available in their language.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Give thanks for the believers among the Palaung, even though they are few. Pray the Lord will give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, to know him better.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Rumai Palaung will be given a desire to know God’s salvation in Jesus, and that the Lord will soon satisfy that desire.

Scripture Focus
“You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

People Name: Palaung, Rumai
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 157,000
World Population: 157,000
Language: Palaung, Rumai
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 6, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Another verse of Watts’ song gives witness to the 6,900 unreached people groups around the world. “The busy tribes of flesh and blood with all their lives and cares are carried downwards by the flood and lost in following years.” That is why Team Expansion is in the business of disciple making. Praise God for His patience as He does not want anyone to perish. Pray that by God’s grace, Team Expansion moves forward into unreached peoples with the Gospel where lives may be redeemed and rescued instead of being swept away by the flood of false religions or no religion at all.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker may be on guard, standing firm in faith in Christ with courage and strength.

Gospel Breakthrough

Father, prepare the way for new people of Rome, Italy to hear the Gospel. Prepare their hearts and send Your Spirit before Your witnesses to prepare the soil for the Gospel seed to be planted.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Kevin and Sara Greisser in praying for their support raising plans for a sensitive field. Pray for strong team unity, God’s blessing on their journey, and much fruit from their work.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Uyghur of China, 11,478,000 followers of Islam to increasingly desire to find out more about Jesus.

January 7, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

One last stanza of Isaac Watts and William Croft says, “Our God our help in ages past our hope for years to come Be Thou our guard while troubles last and our eternal home.” Praise God for that hope He gives to believers of an everlasting future with Him. Ask God to enable Team Expansion workers to make disciples who make disciples who make more disciples who thrive on that hope in Christ Jesus

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for the physical strength of that worker remembering that they can do all things through Christ who gives them strength.

Gospel Breakthrough

Jesus, may those in Tokyo, Japan who worship other gods have their hearts and eyes opened so they will proclaim with the psalmist, “There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours” Psalm 86:8.

Team Expansion Worker

Please ask for wisdom for JG in his role as field coordinator for several teams In Africa.

Beja, Bedawi in Sudan

The Beja are a pastoral tribe who have made their home in the desert between the Nile River and the Red Sea for over 4,000 years. Due to their crown of fuzzy hair, Rudyard Kipling referred to them as “the Fuzzy Wuzzies.” The Beja do not refer to themselves as Beja, but call themselves by the land in which they are living. The Beja consider life good if they have numerous livestock and green, well-watered pastures. Nearly all Beja live in rural areas.

Ministry Obstacles
The Beja tribe lives in rural areas in a region that is difficult for outsiders to enter, and they are somewhat nomadic.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to find ways to help the Beja with material and physical needs, caring out of genuine concern for their well-being.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus among this large tribe, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers to help them become established in the faith. Pray for Scripture availability, and for other needed resources.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Beja tribe will be able to provide adequately for their families as they live in a harsh area of the world. Pray for good water, sufficient food, and peace with their neighbors.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

People Name: Beja, Bedawi
Country: Sudan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,303,000
World Population: 2,633,000
Language: Bedawiyet
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

January 8, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for the preparation of all the people who are involved in Jonathan Training Module One that God would protect them from the enemy’s schemes, and that they would be able to complete all their assignments including spiritual assessments, prayer and reading.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to deliver that worker from wicked and evil people who wish to do them harm.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Mien of Laos to be free to understand with head and heart who Jesus is.

Holy Spirit fall on Mien believers as they hear God’s Word and open their eyes, ears, and hearts to understand, obey, and know God more.

Team Expansion Worker

Rebekah Hannum (Spain) request prayer for the following:

HEALTH — All of my numbers are good! Praise the Lord!
PERSONAL — I will continue to travel a bit before Christmas, and then after Christmas with my family I will prepare to head back on January 5th. We have a big few months ahead as a team and I ask that you pray for this transition time!
VENEZUELAN TEAMMATES —
Gabriela: After being in Spain for 2 years, Gaby is going to be able to return to Venezuela for a visit! She leaves next week!  Please pray that she would be able to enter and exit Venezuela without any problems, and that all of the food & medicines that she is carrying would make it through customs without being taken away.
SPANIARDS — Mary & Antonio, Mariangeles, Eva, Martin, Genoveva, Aida & Family,
25 TOWNS — Our team is really excited about this upcoming year!  We know that God will start a movement and we know that God will give us people of peace in these towns. Please join us in prayer!
SPIRITUAL EYES — That we would see where God is working and join Him there
VISION 2020 — keep praying for Venezuela and the goal of planting 120 churches in and out of Venezuela by the year 2020.
VENEZUELA — As you have probably seen, the situation in Venezuela is unraveling. It is beginning to take it’s toll on the Venezuelans in several areas. Of course, this is hard for the Venezuelans on my team to watch from a distance as their families and friends are living this. But we trust in God and in his deliverance of evil. Please keep this situation in prayer. And of course, pray for the brothers and sisters there, that they would remain strong in the faith.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the Adi Galong of India, 36,000 followers of Hinduism to find their identity in Jesus Christ.

January 9, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion hosts a Kairos course January 9-13 and Kairos Facilitator Training January 16-17. Give thanks to God for allowing Team Expansion to use this tool to mobilize His people in making disciples of all nations. Pray for open hearts and minds to listen to God’s voice and for immediate obedience in response.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for Divine encouragement when that worker experiences trials and difficult times.

Gospel Breakthrough

Workers have requested prayer for release on the monopoly the enemy has so that Jesus may be victorious among people groups or cities:  Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Mien of Laos

Team Expansion Worker

Join D and C in a sensitive field in praying for Media Follow-Up Efforts. Pray for discernment as we look at options to further engage in this ministry. Pray for Dave as he disciples Shujea. Pray for our team as we look at ways to participate in these ministries in an even more impactful way. Pray for wisdom as Dave works with leadership teams starting new media follow-up initiatives. Marriage.  Life has been very full and stressful, which has added pressure on our marriage. As always, please ask God to bind us together in unity, trust, and respect for each other. Praise: 5 New Believers This Month! We praise God for five new believers this month, making a total of 8 for the year. Check out one of the stories in the article above. Praise: First Semester Completed! Our children have finished their first semester in full-time Arabic/French school with smiles, friends, good scores, and many lessons learned. Praise: Henry is Learning Arabic. Our 3-year-old just started learning Arabic formally in our home, 3 days a week. This will prepare him for pre-school next year. He is so excited!

Praise: Henry is Learning Arabic. Our 3-year-old just started learning Arabic formally in our home, 3 days a week. This will prepare him for pre-school next year.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for Lucknow, India, 2,186,000 followers of Hinduism. Ask God to bring breakthrough among the Hindu people of Lucknow and ignite disciple making movements that would transform lives, communities and all of India.

January 10, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Kairos mission course is taking place at Team Expansion. Pray that facilitators are ready and well prepared for presentation, leading and serving. Pray for calm nerves for new facilitators and that all speak clearly to relay the material. Ask God to use each facilitator as His instrument to bring glory to His name.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker clings to God as refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Serbs of Bosnia to be overcomers for Christ. Pray that the Gospel would transform their lives and culture.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask for protection for Greg and Heather Harris and their three boys during this cold/flu season. Pray for protected time for Greg to work on CiviCRM.

Rakhine, Arakanese in Myanmar (Burma)

Centuries ago, the most feared pirates and sailors in the Bay of Bengal terrorized communities along the seacoast and far up the river channels of what is now Bangladesh. They were called maghs, or pirates. They now speak the Arakanese language, and may be known as the Arakanese, from the Arakan region of Myanmar. The people themselves dislike the term “Magh” and prefer to be called Marmas, which means “Burmese.”

Ministry Obstacles
The devout, animistic/Buddhist traditions of this people have made them unreceptive to the Gospel in the past.

Outreach Ideas
Stories from Scripture may communicate effectively to these people. Trained storytellers, also using the Jesus film and God’s Story video, can be equipped and sent.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few believers among this people, for pastors to teach the Scriptures accurately and faithfully to them. Pray for them to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for educational opportunities for the youth, and for employment opportunities for breadwinners.

Scripture Focus
“He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy He will save.” Psalm 72:13

People Name: Rakhine, Arakanese
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,717,000
World Population: 2,960,000
Language: Rakhine
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 11, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for how He uses the tool of the Kairos course to divinely influence believers and helps them learn from one another. One element of Kairos involves discussion groups. Pray for participants to be free and willing to share what God is speaking to them through the Kairos materials. Pray for obvious ways to apply what God is teaching and enable participants to obey.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to rescue and deliver that worker from the hand of the enemy.

Gospel Breakthrough

Among the Khmer of Cambodia, pray that evil schemes are foiled and Khmer communities come to know the King of kings, who is ruler of all nations.

Team Expansion Worker

Al and Donna Hartson (International Services) request prayer for Donna’s continuing stomach problems and needed dental work Pray for the ESL students with whom Al works and for recruits who are raising prayer and financial support. Ask God to give wisdom to Al and Donna as they coach recruits in support-raising.

Aimaq, Taimani in Afghanistan

From ancient times, Afghanistan has been the crossroads of Asia. The ethnically mixed Aimaq tribes formerly stretched from northeastern Iran into western and central Afghanistan, where they still reside. Aimaq are known as formidable warriors. They live semi-nomadic lives, traveling seasonally to graze their herds and/or subsisting as sedentary farmers and carpet weavers in mud-brick villages.

Ministry Obstacles
Strong tribal and family loyalties create difficult barriers for the message of God’s grace found in Jesus. In addition, the Aimaq live in remote areas of Afghanistan. Scripture resources are needed in the Aimaq language.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can serve the Aimaq peoples by helping with physical and material needs, such as improved access to health care and education for the children.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few believers among the Aimaq, that the Lord will make their love increase and overflow for each other, and that they may be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will soften the hearts of the Taimani Aimaq toward the gospel message, and that they may hunger for the grace found in Jesus.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

People Name: Aimaq, Taimani
Country: Afghanistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 581,000
World Population: 581,000
Language: Aimaq
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 12, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Kairos was brought to Team Expansion several years ago by a veteran missionary and God has used this tool as a catalyst to mobilize His global church. Praise God! Pray that participants will see clearly their role in making disciples of all nations, even if their comfort level is jeopardized. Ask God to raise up workers for his harvest from this global network of Kairos.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

For Christ’s sake, pray that worker may delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions in difficulties. For when they are weak, then they are strong.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that Punjabi Sikh of India come to repentance and rely on the Savior.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for AH in North Africa as he trains a teammate in North Africa to take over several of his duties to free him to focus on other needs. Pray for 12+ active churches, including one that is third generation and 1+ that are from a previous unengaged, unreached people group.

Banjar in Indonesia

Although they are devout Muslims, the Banjar proudly trace their origins to a legendary Hindu kingdom, the Negara Dipa. In 1526, Banjar Prince Samudera accepted Islam and took the name of Sultan Suriansyah as a condition of receiving help from a Jawa army in overthrowing his uncle. The Banjar people do not look positively upon modern methods and technologies, nor do they mix much with other people groups. This isolation has limited the development of education, health care, sanitation, and water purification.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Christ in this strongly Muslim people group is to risk losing so much that is important to a person, including friends, family, social status, and perhaps employment.

Outreach Ideas
Much prayer, coupled with ways to serve these people, is needed.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may not be a single follower of Jesus among this large people group. Pray there will soon be many, that the Lord is even now preparing hearts to have faith to believe. Pray these new believers will become firmly established, not swayed by every wind of doctrine.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Banjar community will open up to outsiders, and will benefit by an improved standard of living. Pray for improved health care, clean water and good schools.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:18-19

People Name: Banjar
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,177,000
World Population: 4,202,000
Language: Banjar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 13, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Integration Day of Kairos is always exciting and fruit bearing. Participants are sharing what they have learned and their “takeaway” for the week. Praise God for speaking to participants and their response to His Word. Pray for boldness in accomplishing what God is calling each participant to do as their role in the Great Commission.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God for healing and relief from illness, fatigue, duress or distress when it encroaches.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the people of Ancona, Italy, that God’s Spirit would stir hearts to seek Him.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with A and N (Southeast Asia) that A’s health has improved greatly after a difficult time with a col plus an eye infection. Pray for full recovery for A – he still can’t see clearly from his left eye.

Masalit in Sudan

The Masalit are a non-Arab people group living in the most remote and unknown areas of the North African countries of Sudan and Chad. In the past, the Masalit developed a reputation for being fiercely independent. They primarily make their living through agriculture. Each village has a masik, or central shaded clearing, where men gather to socialize, pray and discuss village matters. The Masalit practice Islam, and the religion dominates political and social life and values. Many are becoming increasingly orthodox.

Ministry Obstacles
Sudan provides a difficult environment in which to live. The climate and terrain are harsh, and outsiders are often seen with suspicion.

Outreach Ideas
Christian workers can carry the good news of Jesus to the tribes of Sudan using Gospel recordings and films, as well as relating stories from Scripture. Oral communication is needed, for evangelism and for discipleship purposes.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Masalit. There are only a few, and they need prayer support. Pray they will find each other in order to fellowship together. Pray they will clearly understand the basis of their faith, and rest firmly on Christ and his finished work on the cross.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Masalit people will be able to live peacefully with the neighboring tribes, and will be able to care adequately for their families. Pray for clean water to drink, and for sufficient, healthy food.

Scripture Focus
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

People Name: Masalit
Country: Sudan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 434,000
World Population: 755,000
Language: Masalit
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 14, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God who declares new things before they spring forth (Is 42:9). Give thanks for what God is going to do in 2017 to bring glory to His Name among the unreached, among those 40+ fields where Team Expansion workers are serving. Praise God for the wonders He will perform to draw hearts to Him.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Sometimes workers must suffer. Ask the God of all grace, who called that worker to His eternal glory in Christ, to restore that worker and make them strong, firm and steadfast.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God to unleash His power for demolishing strongholds in Rome, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join John and Carla Hendee in praying that YWAM will say YES to doing Peace Treaty training all over the world. Pray for the trip this month to Africa.

Arab, Shuwa, Baggara in Chad

Chad is one of the poorest and most illiterate countries of the world. The Arabs of Chad are mostly nomadic, but some live in the villages and towns. The language of the Arabs is the main language of communication in the country, which makes it especially important to evangelize the Arabs. Although the Arabs are respected by the Chad government because of their wealth in animals, they don’t play a very large role in Chad’s political arena.

Ministry Obstacles
Chad is a difficult country to access, and the economy operates on a subsistence level. Hardy workers are needed to carry the Gospel into this region.

Outreach Ideas
Nigerian believers may be able to carry the Gospel northeast to the Chadian Arabs.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Arab believers in Chad, that they will be faithful witnesses to family and friends, wise as serpents but harmless as doves.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Arabs of Chad, that they will be able to provide adequately for the needs of their families.

Scripture Focus
“And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.” Ezekiel 36:23

People Name: Arab, Shuwa, Baggara
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,485,000
World Population: 3,182,000
Language: Arabic, Chadian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 15, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

One of Team Expansion’s ongoing goal is to coach/train in fruitful practices for life, ministry, disciple making, and church planting. Ask God for wisdom in developing new programs that may emerge in 2017, and in reevaluating to improve training.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise the Lord that He never sleeps nor slumbers in watching over that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray the Lord would open hearts and minds of students and young people of Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Give praise with Paula Hoogland for money given for ministry expenses this year. Ask God to give wisdom to Paula as she continues to mentor young women serving overseas.

Kanuri, Yerwa, Beriberi in Nigeria

Initially pastoral, the Kanuri were driven from North Africa by the Arabs, moving to the area around Lake Chad in the late seventh century. The Kanuri became Muslims in the eleventh century, and the area became a center of Muslim learning, reaching its height in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Kanuri were later divided under the rule of the British, French and German African empires.

Ministry Obstacles
Their present faith acknowledges Jesus as a prophet, but denies his place as deity, the Son of God.

Outreach Ideas
Nigerian believers of other tribes may be able to communicate the Gospel message accurately and well to the Kanuri.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers among the Kanuri, that they would be united around the truth of the Scriptures. Pray for pastors and teachers to lead them well in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for each Kanuri individual to soon hear the Gospel message in their own tongue, and in an accurate and understandable manner. Pray the Lord prepares them to understand and receive.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:18-19

People Name: Kanuri, Yerwa, Beriberi
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,585,000
World Population: 7,427,000
Language: Kanuri, Central
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 16, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for raising up more Kairos Facilitators to be trained who can make an impact in their sphere of influence. Pray for opportunities for these new Facilitators to mobilize others.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to remind that worker that He has not given them a spirt of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Mien of Laos. Pray for believers to overcome fear of sharing the Gospel with others, and that many will come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Team Expansion Worker

Bill and Lori Housworth (Southeast Asia) praise God for a successful kick-off to of an outpatient health care clinic for children at a local government hospital in December. Pray for the relationships starting to build with national Christians and wisdom in how to partner with them. Pray for adequate funding for the project and for hard-working, honest local staff to come alongside them. Pray for continued good transitions for the kids.

Koli (Hindu traditions) in India

There is historical evidence to show the rise of Koli chieftains from the fifteenth century onwards, who succeeded in establishing a considerable number of small kingdoms all over Gujarat by the eighteenth century. The traditional and primary occupations of the Koli are fishing, agriculture and masonry. The Koli profess Hinduism and believe in spirits and ghosts. Gomti Mata and Holi Mata are their village and community deities.

Ministry Obstacles
Spiritual darkness must be pierced by the light of the Gospel of Christ. There is always opposition.

Outreach Ideas
Christian workers should pray persistently for the Koli community, accompanied by acts of service.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those who know and follow Jesus among the Koli community, that they will hunger and thirst for personal righteousness, and will be zealous to know and serve the Lord in holiness.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Koli community will be able to send their children to school, making schooling a priority. Pray they will be able to find employment, as well.

Scripture Focus
“Therefore I will praise You among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to Your Name.” Psalm 18:49

People Name: Koli (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 13,709,000
World Population: 13,749,000
Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

January 17, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for Kairos Facilitator Training and how it equips servants to help other connect their heart with God’s heart for the nations. Ask God to provide open doors for new Facilitators to step through that would make an impact on unreached peoples around the block and around the world.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God for safe journey for that worker and all their possessions during times of travel.

Gospel Breakthrough

Workers have asked that we pray for a Sovereign move of His Spirit in hearts and lives among these cities and people groups: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikhs of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Mike and Jill Hook (Louisville Hispanics) in praying for Silvia and Teylor, that she would be more committed and that he would find Jesus.

Kheng in Bhutan

The Kheng are Tibetan Buddhists, but the ancient Bon religion greatly influences their outlook, as well. A few distinct traits set the Kheng apart, for instance their practice of serving raw meat with their drinks on special occasions, a practice at odds with the typical norms of Tibetan Buddhism which frown on the killing of animals for food. They are found primarily in the Zhemgang and Mongar districts of south central Bhutan.

Ministry Obstacles
Pray for increased availability and use of Gospel resources in the language of the Kheng.

Outreach Ideas
The believers among the Kheng may be able to communicate the Gospel message to the remainder of their people. Pray for them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
A few Kheng came to Christ in the early 1990s. Pray they are properly discipled, mature soundly in the faith, and are given favor with family and friends.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Kheng will be given the opportunity to hear the message of Christ’s person and work in their mother tongue, and in a fashion they can fully understand.

Scripture Focus
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

People Name: Kheng
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 35,000
World Population: 35,000
Language: Khengkha
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

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January 18, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for development and implementing D-Course, a new training program where apprentices live in Louisville for 8-12 months. While here, they will have a cross-cultural immersion experience that will train them to love their neighbor, make healthy disciples and form simple multiplying churches.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for spiritual protection for that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Serbs of Bosnia. Pray for the career-minded middle-class in the city, the farmer and fishermen of rural communities, leadership and aristocracy to admit the futility of ‘religion’ and to seek after the meaning of God’s Son, Jesus Messiah.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to bless Kinney Hill, volunteer at International Services, for his service to God’s Kingdom. Pray that God would raise up many more Kinneys.

Jew, Israeli, Sabra in Israel

Sabra Jews are those born in the land of Israel. The word is derived from the Hebrew word tzabar, the name of the “prickly pear” cactus. The allusion is to a tenacious, thorny desert plant with a thick hide that conceals a sweet, softer interior. It is a very special name full of meaning to Israelis.

Ministry Obstacles
Jewish identity is threatened when a Jew acknowledges Jesus as personal Messiah. Pray that Jews will see their identity enhanced when they follow Jesus, not diminished.

Outreach Ideas
The Gospel is available if the hearts of Israeli Jews are prepared to hear and receive. Pray for prepared hearts.

Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is increasingly calling his own people the Jews to Himself. Pray for his followers among these Israeli Jews, that they will be faithful witnesses to their family and friends. Pray they will live lives that fully honor Jesus.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Jews, that the veil over their eyes will increasingly be lifted, allowing them to truly see Jesus.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:18-19

People Name: Jew, Israeli, Sabra
Country: Israel
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,575,000
World Population: 5,141,000
Language: Hebrew
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 19, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God that Zume Project was launched in November 2016. Zume is the Greek word for yeast, which Jesus described as being able to multiply throughout an entire batch of dough. The Zume project purposes to start a discipleship group using simple methods in every county and census tract in the US. View online www.ZumeProject.com for more info. Ask God to raise up regional and county coordinators for every state.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to keep that worker safe from those who seek to hurt them.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that soon there may be a rich harvest of believers among the Khmer of Cambodia.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Chad and Jennifer Huddleston (Japan) in praying for families in the community whom Satan wants to destroy. Ask for junior high and senior high teachers to come to Japan and for the team’s ability to care for the family of a struggling Christian in a rehab program.

Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan

Although they are related to the Kazakh and other Turkic peoples of the region, the Kyrgyz look very much like the Mongols. They are culturally Muslim, but the practice and understanding of Islam is low. Spiritism is widespread, with ubiquitous shrines, amulets, the occult, shaman priests, and demonization.

Ministry Obstacles
Because of past experiences, misconceptions about the nature of the Christian Gospel must be overcome.

Outreach Ideas
A recent translation of the entire Bible is available in the Kyrgyz language, as well as many excellent communication tools. Pray for workers to use these means to communicate the Gospel message to all of Kyrgyzstan.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Evangelicals are growing at an encouraging rate among these people. Pray these individuals will be properly instructed in the faith, and will hold fast to Jesus as their first love.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that each Kyrgyz individual will increasingly hunger to know the truth found in Jesus Christ, and that this hunger will then be satisfied.

Scripture Focus
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1

People Name: Kyrgyz
Country: Kyrgyzstan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,187,000
World Population: 5,038,000
Language: Kyrgyz
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 20, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

In the parable of the weeds, Jesus explains that “The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom” (Matt 13:38a). In this new year of 2017, Team Expansion anticipates that God will give new people groups of the world to cultivate in making disciples for Him. In Jesus’ name, pray for new fields to be made known to us, for open doors to start new work among unreached people that God directs us to.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

In some countries, open doors may expose workers to danger and personal harm. Opposition to the Gospel may include hatred and violence. Pray for the safe keeping of that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for effective strategies for impacting the Punjabi Sikh of India.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Chris and Nicia Irwin (Spain) in praying for boldness in sharing Christ in all relationships and for the team working with the Cultural Center; ask for direction for the Ogijares team this year and for the future.

Sargara in India

The Sargara are a landless community. Their traditional and present-day occupation is splitting and selling wood. Those who breach community norms are fined and ostracized. They profess Hinduism, and Chammunda and Ambajee are their family deities. Their regional deities are Hanumanjee, Shankar, Mahakali and Ramdevjee. The Sargara traditionally do not take food and water from the lower scheduled castes, and food and water from the Sargara are not accepted by the upper castes.

Ministry Obstacles
To follow Jesus is to breach community norms, bringing significant ostracism.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to help the Sargara people with physical and material needs, as well as telling them of Jesus.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely isn’t a single follower of Jesus among the Sargara community today, but pray for those the Lord will soon lead to himself. Pray they will fully grasp the significance of Jesus’ sacrificial death, and will trust him fully for both forgiveness of sin and power to live life. Pray they will have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Sargara community will not find satisfaction in the worship of created things, but will be given a hunger to worship the Creator.

Scripture Focus
“The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.” Isaiah 66:18

People Name: Sargara
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 153,000
World Population: 153,000
Language: Marwari
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 21, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for hearing and answering prayers for an increase in the mission force. Knowing that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few we at Team Expansion continue to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field (Matt 9:37-38).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to empower that worker with His Holy Spirit.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray against the spirits of violence, intimidation and fear, and that spiritual strongholds will be broken down among the people of Ancona, Italy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Mavuto and Joyce Jambulosi in praying for Joyce’s ladies’ Bible study group. Pray for the leadership of Chivirikiti church and the challenges they are currently facing.

Kinnaura in India

The traditional occupations of the Kanaura are agriculture, trade and sheep-rearing, which they continue to pursue even today. Kanaura religion is a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism. According to the 1981 census, their literacy rate was 34.8%. The women of this community perform all the agricultural and household work, contribute to the family income and control family expenditures.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kanaura community has a fairly low literacy rate, suggesting written Gospel materials will have limited usefulness. They need to be supplemented with oral communication.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can carry the Gospel of Christ to the Kanaura community through use of Gospel films and recordings, and also by telling stories from Scripture.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Some followers of Jesus among the Kanaura community have been identified. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit, also being quick to repent of sin. Pray they will learn to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Kanaura community will be able to care adequately for their families. Pray they will be prepared to understand and receive the good news of Jesus when it comes to them.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Kinnaura
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 79,000
World Population: 79,000
Language: Kinnauri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Portions
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Team Expansion General Request

“…till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest (Is 32:15). As Team Expansion anticipates new fields to tend to, ask the Spirit to pour upon prayer warriors to soften the soil, so that when the Gospel seeds are planted, there will be a great harvest of righteousness.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker walks closer to God, shielded from daily and cultural stresses, and is strengthened to face spiritual battles.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for clusters of people in Rome, Italy find salvation through Jesus Christ and their place in the royal family of God’s kingdom as sons and daughters of the King of kings.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Jennifer Jech in asking God to open more doors for the team to learn about horses and their care in order to be equipped for work with Redemption Ranch.

 

Groma in China

The Groma are Tibetan Buddhists and little is known about them. They live typical Tibetan lives, herding yaks, sheep, and goats. The men often spend their days drinking and gambling with their friends.

Ministry Obstacles
The Groma live in locations that are difficult to reach, and severe persecution has resulted from the few past attempts to carry the Gospel to this area.

Outreach Ideas
Neighboring Sikkim has several churches. Pray that some of these believers will be given a heart for the Groma of Tibet.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those who will become believers. Pray they will learn to be joyful always, to pray continually, and be thankful in all circumstances.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for receptive ears for the Groma of Tibet, that they will hunger for the righteousness to be found in Christ.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

People Name: Groma
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 19,000
World Population: 19,000
Language: Groma
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 23, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Here on the campus of Team Expansion in Louisville KY another session of

Jonathan Training is taking place January 23-27. Praise God for the fruitful church planting trainings aimed at multiplying disciples who make disciples and equipping them to plant simple churches that plant churches. Thank God for these Christians who participate, for their strong faith and courage to immediately put into practice what they learn.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for strength and stamina as that worker encounters antagonistic spiritual forces.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the glory of God to be manifest in Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Join L and K in North Africa in praying for Mohammed and his family and for three guys to disciple who would be catalysts for making and multiplying disciples in their nation and beyond.

Dagaari Dioula, Wala of Burkina Faso

The Dagaari Dioula (Wala) live in village settlements that consist of several compounds. The settlements are widely scattered in order to leave room for farming and for each family’s herds. A minority of the people follow traditional animistic beliefs, but the majority have adopted the dominant religion of the area: Islam. The animists carve ancestor shrines, animals, gods, and stools; and their religion is centered on deceased ancestors and objects of nature, both of which are worshipped.

Ministry Obstacles
The fear of offending ancestral spirits may keep many from considering a new belief system.

Outreach Ideas
Workers need to carry the good news of Jesus to these people in oral form, since translated scripture is not available. Gospel recordings can be used, as well as stories from scripture presented orally.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christian believers among the people. Pray they will be sent teachers to help them become firmly established on the truths of scripture. Pray they will live holy lives and be zealous to be obedient to Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that this tribe will see the importance of providing schooling for their children. Pray for the availability of good schools.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

People Name: Dagaari Dioula, Wala
Country: Burkina Faso
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 32,000
World Population: 32,000
Language: Dagaari Dioula
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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January 24, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Give thanks for facilitators and coaches in Jonathan Training who invest in the lives of participants, who model the fruitful practices in making disciples not only in class but also in their own lives. Ask God to pour out His Spirit upon them and fill them up as they give themselves in teaching simple disciple making principles.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for clear guidance from God in regards to that worker’s travel decisions.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Mien of Laos. Pray for a mass turning to Christ among the Mien.

Team Expansion Worker

Join K and K in praying that rumors of numerous groups that are discovering God’s Word together in North Africa will be proven true. Pray that God would sustain their closest local partner who has fought legal battles for a while.

Unreached People Group (joshuaproject.net)

Pray for the nominal Roman Catholics of Tenerife Island of Spain. Ask God to supply workers so people of Tenerife may know who Jesus is.

January 25, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for bringing participants to Jonathan Training currently happening at Team Expansion. Pray for those participants learning how to make disciples who will make disciples and thereby see church planting and disciple making movements abound.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for necessary permissions to travel, protection and provision during that worker’s journey.

Gospel Breakthrough

Join workers in asking God for a breaking of barriers to the Gospel among these people groups or cities: Serbs of Bosnia; Khmer of Cambodia; Punjabi Sikh of India; Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and the Mien of Laos.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray with Garry and Weling Kline for their daughter Ellissa’s preparation and departure for college. Pray for Garry as he continues to cope with his mother’s death. Pray for the transition to getting DMM started via school contacts.

Minyak in China

The Minyak are part of the Tibetan nationality. They have been described as a “peaceful, sedentary Tibetan tribe, a most inoffensive, obliging, happy-go-lucky people.” They live quiet lives in nearly complete isolation from the rest of the world. Almost all Minyak adhere to Tibetan Buddhism. They observe Tibetan festivals and make pilgrimages to Tibetan holy sites.

Ministry Obstacles
The Minyak may fear disturbing community harmony, and desire peace more than truth.

Outreach Ideas
Workers are needed to carry the Gospel message to the Minyak community. Perhaps Han Chinese believers will shoulder the task.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for followers of Christ to soon emerge from the Minyak community, that the Lord even now is preparing pastors and teachers for them. Pray for resources to be available to them, as well.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the light of the Gospel of Christ to shine in the Minyak community.

Scripture Focus
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

People Name: Minyak
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 26,000
World Population: 26,000
Language: Muya
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 26, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Pray for the trainers and trainees of Jonathan Training Module One as they increase their competence and confidence of implementing the fruitful disciple making movement principles, tools and skills. Pray for the teeming millions who will be impacted by their faithful obedience.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to provide times of peace and relaxation to refresh this worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask the Lord Jesus to increasingly reveal Himself to the Serbs of Bosnia in dreams, visions, supernatural revelations, signs or wonders.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Phil and Kim Kornegay (International Services) in praying for their son Seth at Asbury University as a worship arts major and their daughter Kayla who is a missions major at Johnson University. Pray for Pathways interns preparing and raising funds to go to several countries this coming summer.

Gujarati in Tanzania

The Gujarati are primarily classified as the inhabitants of the state of Gujarat, western India. For most, Gujarati is their native language. Many Gujarati have migrated to other countries of the world, and are often referred to as simply “Gujarati”, even though a number of castes and tribes may be represented. The majority of the Gujarati are Hindus, regardless of their location in the world, although there may be many Muslims among them as well.

Ministry Obstacles
The Gujarati of Tanzania may well have an insular mindset, desiring to protect their culture from those very different cultures around them. This mindset may make it especially difficult to find believing hearts.

Outreach Ideas
Christian workers should be alert to the caste and tribe boundaries within the Gujarati. These may be somewhat hidden to outsiders, initially.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among these people who have their roots in India. Pray they will fully embrace Christ as Savior, not mixing their understanding of the Gospel with Hindu traditions. Pray for clarity of understanding, and faithfulness in practice. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Gujarati of Tanzania will increasingly be made aware of Jesus, and will be given accurate information about this man and what He taught. Pray that each individual in the Gujarati community will have one or more opportunities to hear, in his or her mother tongue.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

People Name: Gujarati
Country: Tanzania
10/40 Window: No
Population: 465,000
World Population: 1,713,000
Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 27, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Team Expansion protocols and workers have changed through the years, but praise God that He never changes! (Malachi 3:6) A missionary organization is fluid to a certain extent but praise God for His Presence to guide and direct from every area of functionality to every spiritual aspect our workers encompass. Pray for 2017 to be a fruitful year for His Kingdom in spite of changes, interruptions, distractions or things we view as negative, for God is man’s Builder of faith through the ages (Heb 12:2).

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray against fear and discouragement in the life of that worker so they do not lose heart in doing good.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for breakthrough among the Khmer of Cambodia. Pray for a rush of disciple making movements and communities of faith.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God with Kyle and Rebekah Koval (Italy) because they were able to visit Kyle’s dad, who is very sick in the U.S., over the Christmas holidays. Thank God that their children recovered from colds so that they were able to be around their grandpa. Ask for complete healing for Kyle’s dad.

Aimaq, Hazara in Afghanistan

The Hazara are one of the semi-nomadic tribal groups of Afghanistan. The Aimaq people give women high status, which is much different than other rural societies in Afghanistan. Women participate in group discussions, even when outsiders are present, and a girl may reject a suitor chosen by her father. Bride-service is sometimes practiced; a groom lives in the compound of his future bride’s parents and serves for a specific period of time (usually two years or more). After his bride-service is completed, the wedding takes place.

Ministry Obstacles
Afghanistan presents many challenges to those wanting to carry the message of Christ to the people. Some physical danger is included, but this should not be exaggerated.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to find ways to assist the people of Afghanistan with their physical needs. Much prayer is needed, to prepare hearts for the message of Christ, as opportunities arise.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely are no followers of Jesus among the Hazara Aimaq today, but pray for the many that will soon be evident. Pray they will be sent teachers to help them become firmly established in the faith, trusting Christ fully for salvation, and for power to live this life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for all the Aimaq tribes to be drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as they read the Koran. Pray for a growing hunger to find out more about this Man.

Scripture Focus
“Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.” Matthew 22:9

People Name: Aimaq, Hazara
Country: Afghanistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 226,000
World Population: 235,000
Language: Aimaq
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 28, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for new strategies being unfolded to reach the unreached like the Mekong Multiply. It is a strategy for igniting church multiplication movements and reaching every unreached people group in Southeast Asia. Pray that God will raise up partners in every way for Mekong Multiply. Ask God for opportunities to cast the Mekong Multiply Vision.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker would always be aware of God’s unfailing love.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray that the spiritual walls surrounding the Punjabi Sikhs of India would crack. Pray for lasting fruit among the Punjabi who currently have no viable church.

Team Expansion Worker

Praise God for Megan Kuhl, a volunteer at International Services, who gives hours of her time in the area of childcare for missionary kids. Ask God to raise up many more like her.

Jebala in Morocco

The word Jbala comes from Moroccan Arabic Jbel, which means mountain. Thus Jbala means mountain people. A man or boy is called a Jebli while a woman or a girl is called a Jebliya. They traditionally have lived in or near the Rif mountains in northern Morocco. The Jebala favor pointed-toed leather slippers, and reed hats are traditional. Their musicians sometimes perform Sufi trance music.

Ministry Obstacles
Access to these people is limited. Pray for creative ways for Christians to minister to them.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio is very helpful in this region that is difficult for outsiders to access.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ to cling strongly to Jesus and not be discouraged as they face trials. Pray they will learn to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Jebala community will be able to care adequately for their families, and for good schools for their children.

Scripture Focus
‘Again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, And let all the peoples praise Him.” Romans 15:10-11

People Name: Jebala
Country: Morocco
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,203,000
World Population: 1,203,000
Language: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

January 29, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

New strategies that are effective in making disciples of all nations can only come for God. Pray for His Spirit to inspire and lead and bring success for starting disciple making movements among other unreached peoples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker keeps their eyes on the prize and not be distracted from the goal of God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Breakthrough

Raise Ancona and Rome Italy to the throne. Pray for people to hunger and thirst after knowing God, for their hearts to long for Him and for receptivity to the Gospel.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for V and L as they plan, prepare, and pack for a stint in Southeast Asia beginning February 9. Ask for good health and protection for them.

Aimaq, Hazara in Afghanistan

The Hazara are one of the semi-nomadic tribal groups of Afghanistan. The Aimaq people give women high status, which is much different than other rural societies in Afghanistan. Women participate in group discussions, even when outsiders are present, and a girl may reject a suitor chosen by her father. Bride-service is sometimes practiced; a groom lives in the compound of his future bride’s parents and serves for a specific period of time (usually two years or more). After his bride-service is completed, the wedding takes place.

Ministry Obstacles
Afghanistan presents many challenges to those wanting to carry the message of Christ to the people. Some physical danger is included, but this should not be exaggerated.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to find ways to assist the people of Afghanistan with their physical needs. Much prayer is needed, to prepare hearts for the message of Christ, as opportunities arise.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely are no followers of Jesus among the Hazara Aimaq today, but pray for the many that will soon be evident. Pray they will be sent teachers to help them become firmly established in the faith, trusting Christ fully for salvation, and for power to live this life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for all the Aimaq tribes to be drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as they read the Koran. Pray for a growing hunger to find out more about this Man.

Scripture Focus
“Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.” Matthew 22:9

People Name: Aimaq, Hazara
Country: Afghanistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 226,000
World Population: 235,000
Language: Aimaq
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

January 30, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for the amazing impact that Team Expansion and her partners have had in 2016! Ask God to direct us as we seek to further His Kingdom in 2017. Pray for divine appointments to connect with new partners to be more effective in making disciples of all nations.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to meet all that worker’s needs according to His glorious riches in Christ.

Gospel Breakthrough

Ask God for breakthrough among the people of Tokyo, Japan.

Almighty Father, may the eyes and hearts of those who trust in idols be opened to the falseness of images made of wood and metal who have no breath in them. May they be filled with the knowledge of Your glory and bow down before You in silence, awe and worship (Hab 2:14, 18-20).

Team Expansion Worker

Join C and J (Southeast Asia) is asking God to grant them 365 days of good health this year.

Kagoro in Mali

The majority of the Kagoro are animists, believing that non-human objects have spirits. In addition, they practice ancestor worship, and rites are celebrated to worship them. The dead are appeased with offerings of millet flour and water. The Kagoro believe that sometimes their ancestors may take the form of animals or even vegetables! Illiteracy is a major problem among the Kagoro. Some Islamic schools have been established, but most villages fail to educate their children because their help is needed on the farm.

Ministry Obstacles
Mali is not a hospitable region for Christian workers. Creative means of access from outsiders are needed.

Outreach Ideas
A low literacy rate suggests the need for oral communication of the Gospel message. Stories from Scripture, and Gospel recordings and videos, can be very helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ among the Kagoro community; pray they will be nurtured by the Spirit of Jesus, and will become strong in the faith. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Kagoro will be set free from the bondage of worshiping created things. Pray also for improved living conditions, and for good schools for the children.

Scripture Focus
“The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2

People Name: Kagoro
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 42,000
World Population: 42,000
Language: Kagoro
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

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January 31, 2017

Team Expansion General Request

Making disciples is much more serious than just making church members, and it is what God has called us to do. Pray that churches would equip, train and send out disciples as Jesus did.

Pray that new partnering churches would emerge and for cohesion to mobilize mission force

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker keeps a good sense of humor amid cultural or lingual faux pas.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for the Mien of Laos.

Lord, give signs among the Mien; work miracles among the Mien! Let them see Your glory so loudly that they cannot deny Your greatness! Let them fall on their faces before You as they see the wonders of Your glory.

Team Expansion Worker

Join CL in praying for Katherine and two new young girls [Zoe & Erin]. They have both come to faith in Christ and are allowing CL to speak into their faith to train them in how to study the Bible, how to share their faith, and imparting in them a vision for a church planting movement in North Africa. Please pray that they would both be baptized.

 
Java Pesisir Lor in Indonesia

The Jawa Pesisir Lor are known to express their convictions with action and emotion, not just words. Many view traditional Jawa culture as backward and are proud of what they consider to be their more modern worldview and stronger Islamic commitment. Most Jawa Pesisir Lor people consider sacred the graves of two holy men, Sunan Kalijaga and Sunan Ja’far Shodiq. People come to both of these graves to worship and to seek blessing.

Ministry Obstacles
The Gospel of grace, found only through Jesus Christ, is difficult for people with this background to comprehend and accept.

Outreach Ideas
The Bible and many good tools such as the Jesus film are available in the language of these people. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the believers among this people, that they will hunger and thirst for righteousness, and will be well instructed in the faith. Pray they will present a favorable witness to those around them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for more effective irrigation systems and for improved employment opportunities for these people.

Scripture Focus
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else.” 1 Kings 8:60

 
People Name: Java Pesisir Lor
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 36,509,000
World Population: 36,509,000
Language: Javanese
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 2, 2016

Prayer Force Objectives for December 1-31, 2016

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December 1, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). Consider Team Expansion workers as Christmas lights shining in the darkness, representing the Light of Jesus. Christmas produces unique conversations for Team Expansion workers around the world to talk about Jesus in a non-threatening way. Pray for boldness, opportunity, and receptive hearts.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Praise God for enabling that worker to be effective.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have specifically requested we pray for these hard fields to be softened toward the Gospel: Ancona, Rome, and Verona, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; Dublin, Ireland; Krakow, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Ask God to give strength to Martha Bustos to raise Santiago, her year-old son. She is doing much alone since her husband Ben is away 5-6 days a week as pilot. Pray for strength for her family in Venezuela, for Ben to get a transfer from Philly to Chicago, and for her work with Hispanic women at the Vine in Illinois.

Ergong in China

Recent research has revealed the existence of approximately 60,500 Ergong people living in remote parts of western Sichuan Province of western China. The county with the largest number of Ergong people is Daofu. All Ergong adhere to the Tibetan Buddhist religion. They consider it a priority to visit at least one holy Tibetan site during the course of their lifetime. The Ergong are a completely untouched people group. Few Christians have heard of the Ergong and fewer still have tried to reach them.

Ministry Obstacles
The Ergong people reside in remote regions of China, making access difficult. There are almost no resources available in their language.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that Han Chinese believers will be burdened to carry the good news of Christ to the little known Ergong community. Pray these people won’t be overlooked as the Lord builds His church in China.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ among the Ergong. Pray for teachers to help them become firmly established in the faith. Pray for resources such as Scripture and Gospel recordings to be made available. Pray for protection from doubt and temptation.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that each person in the Ergong community will be privileged to hear the good news about Jesus. Pray also they will be able to provide adequately for their families.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

People Name: Ergong
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 51,000
World Population: 51,000
Language: Horpa
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

December 2, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Praise God for the grace and truth that few Mien have received. Pray that Mien Christians of Southeast Asia would share the Truth within their village, province, and reach outward to surrounding countries.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the message of Christ will be honored as that worker shares it with others.

Gospel Breakthrough: Krakow, Poland

Praise God for student ministries reaching out to youth of Krakow through the means of teaching English. Pray that hearts and minds are changed as students read the Bible and discover Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for perseverance for Betty Byrd, International Services, in seeing each task through to the end. Ask God to help with matters that are beyond her abilities and comprehension. Pray for wisdom in how to move forward in the best ways possible to sustain and care for our workers. Ask for wisdom in planning for the coming year.

Arab, Bahraini in Bahrain

Bahrain is the smallest Arab state, being an island country in the Persian Gulf. Its strategic location has brought rule and influence from the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, and finally the Arabs, under whom the island became Muslim. Until Bahrain adopted Islam in 629 AD, it was a center for Nestorian Christianity. Oil was discovered in 1932 and has brought rapid modernization to Bahrain.

Ministry Obstacles
Wealth often stands as an obstacle to faith in Christ, since it reduces our sense of need.

Outreach Ideas
Bahrain is quite accessible to Gospel radio, television, internet, etc. Pray the hearts of the people will be open to hear and receive.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Bahraini Arabs, that they will fellowship together, being united in love around truth. Pray they will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bahrainis will use their wealth wisely to help improve the living conditions of the poor.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

People Name: Arab, Bahraini
Country: Bahrain
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 751,000
World Population: 766,000
Language: Arabic, Baharna Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 3, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

Hebrews 12:3 says “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Pray that workers in India will overcome any discouragement or weariness in their ministry. Ask God to grow the English Center in the Punjab region to provide a blessing to the community, a meeting point for seekers and a place for the church to meet.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Give thanks to God for sustaining that worker’s prayer and financial support.

Gospel Breakthrough

Focus on Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Verona, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; Dublin, Ireland; Krakow, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan. Pray for breakthrough from the Lord. He alone is truly capable to work out His plan for all nations to be before His throne. One way that comes to mind in asking for breakthrough is to declare His glory, majesty, and authority (Psalm 96:2-4).

Team Expansion Worker

Stephen Capps, International Services, requests that we keep praying for the Pathways 2017 fields and interns. We still have openings and want to fill every spot! And now that we’ve added a field in France, there are even more options

Arab, Bahraini in Bahrain

Bahrain is the smallest Arab state, being an island country in the Persian Gulf. Its strategic location has brought rule and influence from the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, and finally the Arabs, under whom the island became Muslim. Until Bahrain adopted Islam in 629 AD, it was a center for Nestorian Christianity. Oil was discovered in 1932 and has brought rapid modernization to Bahrain.

Ministry Obstacles
Wealth often stands as an obstacle to faith in Christ, since it reduces our sense of need.

Outreach Ideas
Bahrain is quite accessible to Gospel radio, television, internet, etc. Pray the hearts of the people will be open to hear and receive.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Bahraini Arabs, that they will fellowship together, being united in love around truth. Pray they will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bahrainis will use their wealth wisely to help improve the living conditions of the poor.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

People Name: Arab, Bahraini
Country: Bahrain
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 751,000
World Population: 766,000
Language: Arabic, Baharna Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 4, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for His global harvest workers who, like Abraham has left home and extended family to follow God’s call. Pray for missionaries and their extended families they have behind, as the holidays are an especially difficult time to be separated by continents.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for new followers of Christ to be raised up and to grow because of that worker’s labor.

Gospel Breakthrough

Dear Jesus, we pray that Christians in Bangkok, Thailand will develop a heart for those who do not know You. We ask that their hearts will be touched for those in their village, for those in nearby villages, and for others in the region. May they one day be a people who sends out missionaries to other nations.

Team Expansion Worker

C and A in Eastern Europe request that we pray for their community of believers to continue in truth and love, and that the Lord would embolden them to share with others! Pray for those N and E have shared with to receive dreams and visions and to desire to stand in the Truth! Please continue to pray for F’s health. He has had a long struggle with all sorts of issues. Pray that his family would continue o be open to the Gospel. Pray that all those who have heard his testimony would want to know more.

Suodi in China

For centuries the Suodi have been caught up in violence, slavery, and warfare with their Nosu neighbors and between respective clans of Suodi. The Suodi are engaged in a wide variety of occupations, including trading, farming, and animal husbandry. In the past many Suodi were opium addicts – a vice that is slowly resurfacing among Suodi youth. A complex form of polytheism is practiced by the Suodi. They worship a host of deities and spirits, hoping their devotion will prevent disaster coming upon their families and villages. They also believe in Yasomu, an all-powerful deity, and they keep ancestral tablets.

Ministry Obstacles
The Suodi people have a long history of violence and darkness.

Outreach Ideas
Workers are needed to carry the good news of Christ to the Suodi people. Pray for workers who can communicate well in the language of the Suodi.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those who follow Jesus within the Suodi community, that they will clearly understand the message of grace that Jesus offers. Pray they will understand that an upright life is a proper response to the grace of Jesus.

Pray for the entire people group
Today there are no more than a few hundred Catholic believers among the Suodi. Most members of this group have yet to hear the Gospel for the first time. Pray for the availability of the unadulterated message of Christ to each individual in the Suodi community.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Suodi
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 239,000
World Population: 239,000
Language: Nuosu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 5, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

“This is the one about whom it is written, “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You” (Matt 11:10). Pray for the messengers in Italy. Ask God to raise up local believers to join workers in sowing the Gospel, in seeking people of peace and making disciples.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that the people that worker serves will believe the message and enter into a relationship with Jesus, His Church and His mission

Gospel Breakthrough

Rejoice and celebrate with workers all that God has done in hearts of the people of Ancona and Rome Italy this year. Pray with hope and expectation that 2017 will be a watershed year for the spread of the Gospel and for disciple making movements.

Team Expansion Worker

Join Tom Chamberlin, International Services, in praying for the Gospel to reach the unreached and unengaged people groups. Pray for Ecuador church planting efforts in Santo Domingo and Villegas. Lift up the Steiner family adjusting to new schools and field in Cork, Ireland. Pray for the new house churches in Cuba, leader-ship training, and  more disciples. Pray for the Doi family to make disciples among the Huichol people in Mexico and for God’s Kingdom to come in Spain. Pray for “persons of peace” near Granada, Spain, and for the Dye family in the Canary Islands, Ask for teammates for them and for their kids in new schools.

Suodi in China

For centuries the Suodi have been caught up in violence, slavery, and warfare with their Nosu neighbors and between respective clans of Suodi. The Suodi are engaged in a wide variety of occupations, including trading, farming, and animal husbandry. In the past many Suodi were opium addicts – a vice that is slowly resurfacing among Suodi youth. A complex form of polytheism is practiced by the Suodi. They worship a host of deities and spirits, hoping their devotion will prevent disaster coming upon their families and villages. They also believe in Yasomu, an all-powerful deity, and they keep ancestral tablets.

Ministry Obstacles
The Suodi people have a long history of violence and darkness.

Outreach Ideas
Workers are needed to carry the good news of Christ to the Suodi people. Pray for workers who can communicate well in the language of the Suodi.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for those who follow Jesus within the Suodi community, that they will clearly understand the message of grace that Jesus offers. Pray they will understand that an upright life is a proper response to the grace of Jesus.

Pray for the entire people group
Today there are no more than a few hundred Catholic believers among the Suodi. Most members of this group have yet to hear the Gospel for the first time. Pray for the availability of the unadulterated message of Christ to each individual in the Suodi community.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

People Name: Suodi
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 239,000
World Population: 239,000
Language: Nuosu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 6, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world (John 1:9). Pray that the Light of Jesus shines through Team Expansion workers so that the Japanese are attracted to Jesus and receive His mercy and grace and truth.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Ask God to open hearts to the Gospel and give clear understanding to God’s Word as told through stories by that worker.

Gospel Breakthrough

Pray for breakthrough for Tokyo, Japan. The angel said to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’s town your Savior was born – Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:10-11) Keep praying for the Japanese people to know the real source of meaning and joy.

Team Expansion Worker

Join J and R in celebrating 200 years of the evangelical protestant church in their country in Eastern Europe. Pray the government will give more recognition.

Tuareg, Algerian in Algeria

The Tuareg are descended from Berbers in the region that is now Libya, and also from ancient Saharan peoples. Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tuareg territory was artificially divided into modern nations: Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso. The Tuareg adopted camel nomadism, along with its distinctive form of social organization, from camel-herding Arabs about two thousand years ago.

Ministry Obstacles
Algeria does not provide a welcome to Christian workers, as such. Innovative ideas for access are needed.

Outreach Ideas
Pray for the few existing believers to become mature in the faith, and be given a heart to share the Gospel message with their friends.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Tuareg, that they will live exemplary lives and reveal the Lord’s character through his Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for improved living conditions for the Tuareg, and for good schools for their children so they can be well prepared to live in the 21st century.

Scripture Focus
“Having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.” Revelation 14:6

People Name: Tuareg, Algerian
Country: Algeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 140,000
World Population: 186,000
Language: Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Questionable Need
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 7, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

In Luke 1:29-33 the angel tells Mary she has favor with the Lord. She will give birth to a son and name him Jesus. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Pray for full time workers in Kosovo to touch many lives through Christmas outreach, for hearts to be turned to be obedient to the King of kings.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray for that worker to declare the message of Jesus courageously and fearlessly in love.

Gospel Breakthrough: Tokyo, Japan.

We pray for people in Tokyo, Japan who serve false gods of their fathers to put them away and serve You in sincerity and truth.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Lora Christenberry in Japan as she tries to live in the present while also thinking about the future. Pray for wisdom.

Bind in India

Fishing is the traditional occupation of the Bind. Many are self-employed in either fishing or basketry. They are quite indifferent to educating their children. Their literacy rate, according to the 1981 census, is 12.7 per cent. They worship Hanu-man, Hatti and Sodhi Devta as their family deities. Their sacred specialists, priest (pandit) and sorcerer (sokha), belong to other communities.

Ministry Obstacles
A background of polytheism may make it difficult for people to believe in and follow one Creator God. Pray they will make the adjustment needed to worship the Creator God.

Outreach Ideas
The good news of Jesus can be carried to the Bind community using Gospel recordings and films. There is only limited opportunity to communicate using printed materials, since the Bind are largely illiterate.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Christ among the Bind community today, but pray for the many who will soon come to know and follow Jesus. Pray they will be sent pastors to shepherd them, and teachers to help them learn.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bind community will make schooling a priority for their children, so they will be better prepared for the requirements of the 21st century. Pray for employment opportunities, as well.

Scripture Focus
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” Psalm 2:8

People Name: Bind
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,021,000
World Population: 1,102,000
Language: Bhojpuri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

December 8, 2016

Team Expansion General Request

Praise God for workers answering God’s call to carry the Gospel into the unreached parts of the world. Pray for courage to be obedient, whether in big leaps or small steps of faith.

Any worker in any country or with any organization

Pray that worker is successful in making disciples who make other disciples and with the breath of the Holy Spirit start disciple making movement.

Gospel Breakthrough

Team Expansion workers have specifically requested we pray for these hard fields to be softened toward the Gospel: Ancona, Italy; Rome, Italy; Verona, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; Dublin, Ireland; Krakow, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan.

Team Expansion Worker

Pray for Donna Cole as she walks through periods of transition and ambiguity with global workers. Donna asks that we especially pray for the family as they walk through a time of transition in their lives.

Arab, Libyan in Libya

Most of the population of Libya, who once lived in tents, have settled down in towns and cities along the coast and live in apartment blocks or homes. Their old way of life is fading. Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya, and Cyrenian Christian Jews carried the Gospel back to Libya after Pentecost. Islam largely replaced Christianity in the seventh century, however. Most Libyan Arabs are not aware of what Christians really believe.

Ministry Obstacles
Pray that Libyan Arabs will have an opportunity to better understand what Christians believe about Christ, and that they will understand the grounds for this belief. Clarity of communication is needed, but more importantly, the Spirit of Christ must grant comprehension and faith to believe.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio programs are needed for the peoples of Libya, with excellent programming geared to the needs of the people. Also, as Libyan Arabs travel to Europe they may be brought into contact with Christians who are truly disciples of Christ.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the large Libyan Arab community. Pray they will be properly instructed in the ways of Christ. Pray they will grow in their love for Christ, and for each other. Pray they will be quick to turn from sin, and will learn to live in the power of Christ’s Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to the Arabs of Libya, however he chooses. Perhaps he will include appearing in dreams and visions, as he has done among Muslim peoples in rec