April 17, 2019
Globally: Pray for churches and Christians around the world as they prepare to celebrate Easter. Ask God to provide opportunities for Christians to share their faith with coworkers, friends, and family as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Pray outreach and evangelistic events will be well-received and many people will learn what it means to be redeemed. Ask God to use the Easter season to lead to a global revival.
Persecution: Number 38 on Open Doors 2019 World Watch List, the small country of Qatar hosts about 2.4 million people on the east side of the Arabian Peninsula. Most of these (about 2.3 million) are expatriates who work in the gas and oil industry. Sharia law allows no room for evangelization. Pray Christian migrant workers will live exemplary lives and have the opportunity to share God’s love with abusive employers. Ask God to give wisdom and discernment to converts from Islam. Pray the wealthy Qatari population will recognize the emptiness in their lives and be drawn to Christ.
Bulgaria: While this Sunday, April 21, is Easter in the States, it is Palm Sunday in Bulgaria. Pray for Jonathan and Amy as they hold a service in a park. Ask God to use the kids’ activities as well as the worship music and devotion to attract those visiting the park. Pray for good weather and organization. Pray many of those attending will commit to attending the Easter service next Sunday in a rented space.
Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for the baptism of 12 people on Sunday, April 7, in Gouméré, Ivory Coast. Pastor Gboko Yao Kobena performed the baptisms for people from three congregations. Ask God to continue to help each one grow in faith and in their understanding of God’s Word. Pray they will be instrumental in leading many others to Jesus.
Stateside: Churches across the United States (and around the world) emphasize international missions during the month of April. Ask God to burden hearts for the millions of people who have never heard the Way of salvation, never seen a Bible, or never heard the name of Jesus. Contributions to the WMO benefit work in Brazil, Panama, Cuba, Ivory Coast, India, Russia, Central Asia, and more. Ask God to prompt people to give generously to the World Missions Offering on April 28.
Cuba: Cuban Free Will Baptists will sponsor a Christian Medical Retreat April 18-20. Specifically for medical personnel within our churches, around 150 people have registered. Director of Field Partnerships Kenneth Eagleton, M.D., will address the subject “What the Bible Says About Alternative Medicine.” Pray for Kenneth and Rejane as they travel to Cuba today. Ask God to use the retreat to encourage, inform, and edify attendees.
Persecution: Pray for elections in India, held in seven phases April 11-May 19. Some have cited these elections as the most important in decades. Pray those elected will publicly and privately condemn those inciting religious violence. Pray God will give Christians boldness in the face of opposition and protection as they affirm their faith in Jesus.
Spain: Praise God for the 25-plus young people who worked to prepare the April 14 service for the Alpedrete congregation. Thank Him for the willingness of these teens and children to use their gifts, step out of comfort zones, and proclaim the truth of the gospel.
Stateside: Pray for Sam McVay as he seeks God’s guidance and direction after resigning from the Mission and The Hanna Project positions. Pray for IM’s leadership as they seek someone to lead these vital ministries.
Bulgaria: Josh and Lydia Provow plan to be completely moved into their home/ministry center by tomorrow, April 18. Pray God will continue to meet all their needs, keep everyone healthy and safe during the move, and use this home as a beacon of truth and light in the city of Shumen.
Mission Family: Pray for former missionaries struggling with a variety of health problems: Sue Aycock (Brazil), Florine Coscia (Brazil), Cathy Crawford (France, reported to be in her last days), Ledgel and Sharon Ferguson (Ivory Coast and France), Howard (Howdy) Filkins (Ivory Coast), Mirial Gainer (Japan), Joe Haas (France), Steve Lytle (Panama, IM office), Lloyd Plunkett (Côte d’Ivoire), Amy Robinson (Uruguay), and Don Robirds (Brazil, IM office).