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July/ August 2019

Last month we hosted another group from the States. I was able to take some of them on eleven separate house visits. We visited a family I had never met before. We shared the Gospel with the mother of the family and asked her if she believed the story to be true. She said she did and that she has already believed it for a long time. We are not sure who shared with her before or how she came to believe, but we spent four hours encouraging her and teaching her how she can share the Gospel with her husband and kids.

Praise the Lord for the faith of this woman!

  • Pray for her faith to be strengthened and to grow from our visit.
  • Pray for her husband and kids to come to salvation.
  • Pray for the team as they return home to be encouraged and strengthened by their ministry here.

Pray for me as I have an opportunity to go to a country north of here and teach some ministry leaders some of the things that I have learned in this ministry. We will also have many opportunities to go out and apply the things that I will teach them about sharing the Gospel and multiplying disciples. Pray that it is a fruitful trip.

  • Pray for safe travels.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for the pastor as he teaches others.
  • Pray for the participants to be encouraged in their faith and to apply the principles that are taught.

June 2019

My wife decided to temporarily discontinue the usual women’s prayer meeting so that she and the other leaders of that group can visit the women who have not attended in a long time and focus on evangelism outreach.

  • Pray for the renewal of energy for the leaders as they take a break for the usual routine.
  • Pray for the women to grow in their friendships with each other and be encouraged by their fellowship.
  • Pray for evangelism.

We baptized a family of three this month and were encouraged by their willingness to make this commitment.

Praise the Lord for the boldness of this family to proclaim their faith.

Last month, we asked for your prayers for new leaders from among the people in our house groups. God has been faithful and showed us on a man who is continuously learning and teaching what he has learned to his family. We are hopeful that he will be willing to take on more responsibility.

  • Pray for this man to continue to grow in his knowledge of God’s Word.
  • Pray for his character to become more Christ-like.
  • Pray for the current leaders to have wisdom as they train him to be a leader.

We had an event for the families in the community, similar to a Vacation Bible School program. A few people I shared with in the past, who had become believers, sent their non-believing family members to the event. It opened a great door for my wife and me to be more involved with the entire family, and hopefully, the Lord will produce much fruit from these opportunities.

  • Pray for those who heard the good news to welcome the words and believe.
  • Pray for their faith to be firm and to grow.
  • Pray for the families to have the courage to share their faith with those who are not yet believers.

May 2019

These last few months have been a blessing in our ministry. Several short-term teams came to assist us in our work. One of my main focuses right now is to look for and equipped leaders to take more responsibility for ministering in the house groups. Pray earnestly with me for the Lord to show us who will fulfill this role and to give us the ability to equip them well for their tasks.

  • Pray for leaders to step up to serve their fellow believers.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for the pastor as he trains and equips believers to become leaders.
  • Pray for the believers in our house groups to be encouraged by their fellowship together and their study of God’s Word.

I traveled with a few of the members of our team to a country nearby to help with a medical ministry event for refugees. Our responsibility was to follow up with the patients by sharing the gospel with them. This location was very ripe for the harvest, as evidenced by thirty people confessing Jesus as their Lord. This is unheard of for this part of the world. We are so grateful to see this happen. Praise God!

  • Pray for these new believers to stand firm in their faith and to connect with other believers and grow in their new faith.

Praise God for the abundant harvest!

  • Pray for safety in the ministry.
  • Pray for God to open doors for the gospel and to give us the strength and energy we need to minister in the opportunities He provides us.

January/ February 2019

I reconnected with a man who is studying here but is from a nearby country that is very closed off to the gospel. He has a lot of questions about our faith and is seeking the truth. I believe he is close to trusting in the Lord for his salvation. Pray that I would be faithful with the opportunities to meet with this man and that his eyes would be opened.

  • Pray for this man to come to an understanding of the gospel and declare Jesus Christ to be the Savior and Lord of his life.

I praise God for the many discipleship and evangelism opportunities this past month. A family was having marital problems, and the Lord used me to counsel them. They have been reconciled, praise God.

The new group we have been working toward and praying for has been having a tough time. It has been hard to find a consistent time for everyone to meet and some of the members of the group were sick.

  • Pray for the health of the members and to find the right time so everyone can meet and grow together.

We thank God for the work he has given us, and we thank him for the many people who partner alongside us in the ministry.

  • Pray for our energy and determination to continue.
  • Pray for our daughter, in her work and relationship with the Lord.

December 2018

One of our new house groups is now meeting regularly. Pray they would grow in their understanding of their identity in Christ and their collective representation of Christ. We thank God for how He has saved us from our sins and given us new life in Him.

  • Pray for the house groups to be able to meet consistently and to grow in their faith as they encourage one another through the Word of God.

A brother named K. has been experiencing persecution from the authorities. We had been forbidden to meet with him for the last few months, but just this past month he was allowed to visit us. We were encouraged by his endurance. Pray for the rest of his family, they are not believers, and he is trying to reach out to them. He is very isolated from a believing community. Because he is illiterate, he has only an audio Bible for encouragement.

  • Pray for K. to endure despite these hardships and to find comfort in listening to God’s Word.

This month we were blessed to have a new person put their faith in Christ. It started with a dream about Jesus. Then we met him, gave him a Bible and explained the gospel. Praise God for this new life in Christ.

  • Pray for this new believer to stand firm in his faith and to grow in his relationship with God as he reads from God’s Word.

My wife led a meeting at the church for just women during Christmas time. Sixty-two women came, some from different faith backgrounds. We were encouraged and surprised by this unexpected number.

  • Pray for the sixty-two women who visited the church to come again.

November 2018

We thank the Lord for the new group of seven believers who are meeting consistently like a church body. We have been hoping for this to occur with these believers for some time. We are grateful that it is going well, but unfortunately, it is not without persecution.

  • Pray for them to remain encouraged and joyful through the persecution.

There are two families that I met this month that are close to becoming believers. It seems that they will be fully ready soon and pray with me for their salvation. Our training last month had great feedback — one person shared with me that the teaching gave him boldness to share the gospel. He used what he learned and shared with an individual. He was able to lead them to the Lord, and it was the first person he had shared with from the majority religious background in this area.

  • Pray for the good news to penetrate the hearts and minds of the people who have heard the message, and pray for them to take the step of faith.
  • Pray for our safety as we minister here, sometimes we face opposition from different authorities.
  • Pray for my daughter who recently began a new job and is busy; pray for her to serve the Lord faithfully.

October 2018

This month was busy with house visits and training for our regular attendees. We are teaching them how every believer has a role in the great commission and to utilize opportunities to share the good news with friends and family. We gave them essential tools to use in sharing the good news. We taught about the importance of discipleship, forming churches, and developing leaders, and how these aspects of ministry contribute to accomplishing the great commission.

Give thanks for the recent training and pray for the blessing and encouragement of future training.

  • Pray for the believers to have courage, wisdom, and discernment as they share the gospel message with their friends and family.

My wife and I host multiple volunteer groups and invite them to attend house visits with us. We taught some of them how to share the gospel for the first time. We helped with two medical clinics this month and made contacts for future visits. We are praying for clarity in our conversations as we share the gospel with them again. Pray for time and opportunities for further connection with these people as they are hungry for the gospel.

Give thanks for the blessings of volunteer groups and for the encouragement they bring.

  • Pray for God to give opportunities to interact again with the contacts made through the medical clinics and for them to be saved.

Give thanks for God’s provision of a job for my daughter, pray for it to continue being a blessing.

  • Pray for the ability to buy a car. I desire to be more efficient in my travels and visits to the families.

September 2018

The Lord continues to open many doors this month, and we have seen His power through lives transformed by the gospel. By God’s grace, eleven people placed their faith in Jesus Christ. This was not something done through our human power or initiative; God did it. We continue to faithfully sow the seeds of the gospel and God chose to show us the fruit of this work in these peoples’ lives. Some of them were people we had shared with in the past, and others heard the truth of the gospel and salvation for the very first time.

Give thanks for the new believers who made a profession of faith and for the blessing to those in ministry for the experience of welcoming them into the family.

  • Pray for the new believers to be courageous, to grow in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, and to be faithful witnesses to others around them.

God uses short-term teams who come to serve in the medical clinics to open doors into new places. We gain a hearing for the gospel through their practical love and service. We are thankful for these teams as well as the other teams we train and send out.

  • Pray for the teams who serve in the ministry. Give thanks for the expanded opportunities to share the gospel that is made possible through the work of the team members.

I have met with a couple of new groups consistently this month. My desire is for these individuals to grow in their identities as believers and their unity as members with one another. I desire that the study of God’s Word would produce much fruit in their lives.

There is one man who seems to have a complete understanding of the gospel and even testifies to the power of God; however, we have not yet seen his heart of stone replaced with a spirit of love for God. I gave him a Bible and will continue to meet with him.

  • Pray for the man to surrender his life to God and fully accept the gift of salvation.

August 2018

We traveled this past month to train twenty-five refugees who are new believers. Our four-day retreat focused on the topics of persecution, endurance, and finishing well. We taught about our freedom from fear and anxiety, and how we find comfort and peace in Christ. One of the most powerful lessons was from a foreign missionary who shared about the persecution he has seen while working with Christians in his own country.

  • Pray for the continued impact of this retreat to influence the participants as they live their daily lives.
  • Pray for the believers to stay strong in their faith despite persecution.

We continue to develop a relationship with a local charity to gain contacts for food box distribution and home visits. This expands our reach by connecting us with poor local families and refugees. We have received ten names so far and I have made two home visits.

  • Pray for our home visits to be welcomed by the families, for them to be willing to listen to the gospel, to come to an understanding of the message of salvation and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for our relationship with the charity to grow stronger so we can reach more families.
  • Pray for our boldness to share the gospel with discernment and graciousness.

We are continuing to do home visits five days a week to refugees. Um became a believer about a month ago but her nineteen-year-old son was initially very resistant to us visiting. I continue to visit him and share the Bible. On a recent visit, he had some good questions and his heart seemed to be opening. He is unaware of his mother’s faith and we hope that he will follow Christ as well. I gave him a Bible and offered to answer any questions.

  • Pray for Um to be strong in her faith.
  • Pray for Um’s son to continue to listen willingly to the gospel, pray for him to continue asking questions and to one day become a believer.

We recently had a baptism service. Four new believers made the big step in their Christian life. One couple was baptized together. They were refugees here and have now moved to Sweden. Please pray for them to connect with a great church family there. Mr. A was also baptized. He has been a believer for about five months. I spoke to him about getting baptized, and he was interested. Before the service, I could not reach him and drove around his neighborhood and found him collecting bread from the trash. He dries the bread and sells it to shepherds to generate income. He jumped in my car and rode with me to the church and was baptized. He is very poor in this world, but he is rich in Christ!

My wife has also had a fruitful month of ministry with women. She volunteered at a local clinic and had the opportunity to pray with a woman named Miriam. She was very sad about her inability to bear children. My wife prayed for her and encouraged her to put her faith in Christ because He has the power to answer and help. My wife followed up by visiting Miriam in her home and sharing the gospel. On that visit, Miriam prayed to received Christ. My wife encouraged her by telling her that following Christ means leaving her old ways and old religion entirely. My wife revisited her, and Miriam confirmed that she is following Jesus only, and they have begun a weekly Bible study.

July 2018

Last month, I co-lead a five-day church planting training conference for thirty-five local believers. We taught using an adaption of the four fields curriculum that I am also implementing in my ministry strategy. It is simple, but it’s a great way to sketch a path forward for people who desire to lead others to Christ and start churches. The students emerged feeling equipped and excited to implement what they learned. Please pray that God will use them in surprising ways beyond what we can ask or imagine.

We had a significant breakthrough with the wife of a new believer. She used to get mad when I would come to their home, and she would be very opposed to her husband following Christ. Over the last ten months that I have been visiting to disciple her husband, she would always disappear and refuse to show typical hospitality. Her husband shared that she has recently accepted to talk about Christ with him. The last time that I visited, she brought me coffee for the first time. Her husband is planning to be baptized soon, and I am hopeful about what Christ might do in her life next.

I have been a bit discouraged this year by a perceived lack of openness to the gospel in the families that I visit. They are usually welcoming, but many seem apathetic or closed to the message. One of the main things that excited and motivates me is people deciding to follow Jesus, so I am feeling discouraged. Please pray that this trend would change, and God would bless us with some new believers soon.

In a few weeks, I will lead a small team from the U.S. to conduct home visitations. It will be a week of home visits, and I will organize the schedule and translate for the group as they share their testimonies of salvation in Christ. I will also prepare them for training on how to share their faith with Muslims in hopes that they will continue the vision when they return to their home country. I am excited about the opportunity but request your prayer as I lack confidence in my English translation skills needed to do a good job.

On a personal note, please pray for my oldest daughter. She just finished college with a degree in Business Management. She is now looking for a job and has a second interview with a bank. Please pray for her as she seeks employment in a difficult job market.

(2) I had the privilege of helping host a team of medical missionaries this month. The team was made up of doctors and obstetricians. We offered a four-day clinic for the poor and refugees. The doctors saw over four hundred patients, and around 200 people had their eyes examined. My job was registering patients, and our church team now will follow up with those who are open to a home visit. This is one of the significant benefits of short-term teams. They provide needed services for the community and then connect them with the local church for long-term follow-up, evangelism, and discipleship.

We also recently had a baptism service. Four new believers made the big step in their Christian life. One couple was baptized together. They were refugees here and have now moved to Sweden. Please pray for them to connect with a great church family there. Mr. A was also baptized. He has been a believer for about five months. I spoke to him about getting baptized, and he was interested. Before the service, I could not reach him and drove around his neighborhood and found him collecting bread from the trash. He dries the bread and sells it to shepherds to generate income. He jumped in my car and rode with me to the church and was baptized. He is very poor in this world, but he is rich in Christ!

Please pray for Abu, he and his wife are firm believers, but they have many challenges. They recently received news that their adult son was captured in Syria and a ransom is being demanded for his release. At the same time, his wife is bedridden due to a dangerous blood clot and his daughter has a broken leg. Join me in praying for this family during this difficult time.

I had the privilege of hosting another church team visiting from the USA. This team of seven was here for four days and accompanied me on evangelistic home visits each day. My goal with this group was to help them understand that sharing the gospel is something that they can do in their home country. I gave them simple training on sharing Christ and then had them observe and contribute by sharing their testimonies.

(3) One skill that is essential in every culture is being able to guide the conversation from the ordinary to the spiritual. Jesus was a master at this, and I wanted to demonstrate this for our visitors. One family that we visited is from Syria, and they have lived here for four years. As we were talking, the lack of justice in Syria came up. The subject became an open door to speak about the ultimate truth of God.

I explained who Jesus is as a judge and salvation by grace through faith in Christ as described in Ephesians. There are always opportunities to guide conversations with unbelievers to the gospel. The challenge is having to courage to shift from the ordinary to what matters.

My wife has also had a fruitful month of ministry with women. She volunteered at a local clinic and had the opportunity to pray with a woman named Miriam. She was very sad about her inability to bear children. My wife prayed for her and encouraged her to put her faith in Christ because He has the power to answer and help. My wife followed up by visiting Miriam in her home and sharing the gospel. On that visit, Miriam prayed to received Christ. My wife encouraged her by telling her that following Christ means leaving her old ways and old religion entirely. My wife revisited her, and Miriam confirmed that she is following Jesus only, and they have begun a weekly Bible study.

We work diligently to faithfully disciple those who put their faith in Christ. We were very concerned for Mo and his wife. They both became believers six months ago and were baptized shortly after that. Last month, we went to visit them but found that they had moved, and their phone numbers were disconnected. We tracked them down through Mo’s sister and found their new home. We visited and were very happy to see that they are continuing to walk with Christ.

October 2017

The big news this month is that thirteen new brothers and sisters dedicated themselves to Christ in baptism. Seven of them were men that I have led to Christ and six were women who my wife has led to Christ. One man, Ha, became a believer ten months ago. He has been very faithful despite the opposition of his wife. We continue to pray for her, and my wife tries to reach out to her as well. Ha two teenage daughters are very open, and we have shared the gospel with them. An American friend who was visiting shared his testimony with the two girls. My friend shared his experience and the freedom he felt from his drug addiction. I could tell that it had a significant impact on them and we continued to pray together for their salvation.

My wife’s ministry is going strong. She hosted an event this month with forty women in attendance. Some of them were believers, and some were guests. She had an Egyptian singer visit the event, and the primary focus was acceptable service to Christ and freedom from sin. I am very proud of her efforts and fruitfulness.

Continuing steadfastly in Christ’s service, Pastor A

July 2017

My family and I recently returned from an amazing ministry trip to Turkey. Our goal was to visit new believers and encourage the Turkish church to start visiting and sharing Christ with the refugees in their community.

I was able to partner with a brother named Kh who is leading the small refugee visitation ministry at his church. He is very committed and has been organizing visits for about six months despite the language barrier between his native tongue of Turkish, and many of the refugees who speak Arabic. Kh is a tile layer by day but still finds the energy to visit refugees four nights a week. We were able to provide food boxes for thirty-five families he has become friends with and encourage them as well.

The most exciting part for me was to demonstrate for Kh how to boldly share Christ during his visits. His strategy so far has been to pray for them and invite them to church. It was new and empowering for him to hear me speak freely about Christ with these Muslim refugees and answer their questions about Christian beliefs. I anticipate that Kh will experience greater fulfillment and fruit as he begins to share, not only tangible Christian love but also the good news of Christ’s love demonstrated on the cross with these lost souls.

I also encouraged an old friend of mine Pastor En. He and I have been partners in ministry for seventeen years. In 2016, he moved to Turkey to study Turkish and plant an Arabic-speaking church for Iraqi refugees. His church plant is the only Arabic language church in the community and now has about forty Iraqi refugee believers gathering weekly. I was honored to encourage him, pray for Him and hear about his vision to expand his ministry to include Syrian refugees as well.

Here at home, we began a new Saturday meeting with mature believers. These are men that I have discipled over the last few years and they have shown great potential for ministry, but they haven’t taken the step to become disciple-makers themselves. The intention is to get them involved in leading others to Christ, so I told them they all have to bring one friend next week who they can begin discipling. I see this group as a great opportunity to invite some of the other new believers, whom I disciple one-on-one, to be part of a regular gathering. Group fellowship is a missing component in many of their lives, and this might be an opportunity for them to overcome their fears and become a functioning part of the body of Christ.

Please Pray:

  • For Kh to boldly proclaim the gospel as he continues to reach out to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
  • For Pastor En as he pastors the Iraqi refugee church and expands to reaching Syrian refugees.
  • For the men in our new discipleship group to begin making disciples themselves.
  • For individual new believers to find the courage to join our group meeting and begin to experience the true Christian life.

Your friend in the ministry, Pastor A

February 2017

Dear Prayer Partners,
My family and I recently returned from an amazing ministry trip to Turkey. Our goal was to visit new believers and encourage the Turkish church to start visiting and sharing Christ with the refugees in their community.

I was able to partner with a brother named Kh who is leading the small refugee visitation ministry at his church. He is very committed and has been organizing visits for about six months despite the language barrier between his native tongue, Turkish, and the refugees who speak Arabic. He is a tile layer by day but still finds the energy to visit refugees four night a week. We were able to provide food boxes to thirty-five of the families that he knows and encourage them.

The most exciting part for me was to demonstrate for Kh how to boldly share Christ during his visits. His strategy so far has been to pray for them and invite them to church. It was new and empowering for him to hear me speak freely about Christ with these Muslim refugees and answer their questions about Christian beliefs. I anticipate that Kh will experience greater fulfillment and fruit as he begins to share, not only tangible Christian love but also the good news of Christ’s love demonstrated on the cross with these lost souls.

I was also able to encourage an old friend of mine Pastor En. He and I have been partners in ministry for seventeen years. In 2016, he moved to Turkey to study Turkish and plant an Arabic-speaking church for Iraqi refugees. His church plant is the only Arabic language church in the community and now has about forty Iraqi refugee believers gathering weekly. I was honored to encourage him, pray for Him and hear about his vision to expand his ministry to include Syrian refugees as well.

Here at home, we began a new Saturday meeting with mature believers. These are men that I have discipled over the last few years and they have shown great potential for ministry, but they haven’t taken the step to become disciple-makers themselves. The intention is to get them involved in leading others to Christ, so I told them they all have to bring one friend next week who they can begin discipling. I see this group as a great opportunity to invite some of the other new believers, whom I disciple one-on-one, to be part of a regular gathering. Group fellowship is a missing component in many of their lives, and this might be an opportunity for them to overcome their fears and become a functioning part of the body of Christ.

Please Pray:

  • For Kh to boldly proclaim the gospel as he continues to reach out to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
  • For Pastor En as he pastors the Iraqi refugee church and expands to reaching Syrian refugees.
  • For the men in our new discipleship group to begin making disciples themselves.
  • For individual new believers to find the courage to join our group meeting and begin to experience the true Christian life.

Your friend in the ministry, Pastor A

January 2017

Hello Prayer Partners! My family and I will be traveling to Turkey at the beginning of 2017. We have been making trips for evangelism and discipleship for over a decade but have not had the finances to make the trip for the last two years. God has now provided the funding and we have purchased our tickets! We will spend one week visiting believers and unbelievers in their homes. We will spend the second week with a partner church helping them to develop an evangelistic visitation ministry to the Arabic speaking refugees in their area. We will take church members with us to do home visits around their church in hopes that they will catch a vision for the ministry themselves. It is a unique challenge for the local church there because they primarily speak Turkish but the refugees speak Arabic. It is truly a cross cultural outreach for them but I believe that God can use them in an amazing ways despite the challenges.

My wife is ministering beside me full-time and she is having an amazing impact. She is discipling around forty women on a weekly basis in home groups and individually. All of these women have come to Christ relatively recently and most have husbands who are still a part of the majority religion. Their lives are extremely difficult. The women’s Christmas outreaches were especially encouraging because it is one of the few times that all of these women come together. My wife hosted two holiday events for the ladies. They gathered for a Christmas celebration with a guest speaker teaching on the birth of Jesus. They also gathered for a worship night led by a well know Egyptian singer. They ladies loved the events, the fellowship, and encouragement that they received from one another.

We are thankful to God for getting us through a very difficult trial in December. My wife’s closest ministry partner was involved in a very bad car accident. She and her teenage son were hurt badly. Her upper arm bone was broken badly and her son’s face hit the dashboard, breaking out five of his teeth. With the help of many Christian brothers and sisters, we were able to pay for the emergency surgery on her arm that she needed, and a church based dental clinic provided five tooth implants for her son at no cost. It was a great tragedy but was met by a great outpouring of Christian love. My wife’s partner just recently returned back to ministry. We thank God for His care!

  • Please pray that our Turkey trip would be fruitful and that it would inspire the local church to begin their own outreach to the refugees around them.
  • Please pray for the women whom my wife disciples, that they would remain strong in their faith and that many of their husbands would also come to Christ.
  • Please pray for my wife’s ministry partner and her son to make full recoveries and experience the joy of serving Christ, even in their difficulties.
March 2016

Dear Prayer Partners,

My wife and I continue to visit many needy families each week to offer help and share Christ with them. The needs among the refugees here are overwhelming but the opportunity to give hope keeps driving us to the harvest. While sometimes my wife and I feel exhausted, the efforts are slowing bearing fruit as people come to Christ.

The vast majority of families that we visit are not from a Christian background. My wife had just returned from discipling a Kurdish refugee woman that she had led to Christ and she was very excited to tell me that the lady’s husband was named El. This is typically a Christian name and it peaked my interest. When I went to visit, I found out that El was indeed from a Christian family but he had converted to Islam to marry his wife who was from a Muslim family. He expressed that he had been experiencing guilt and regret over his decision for many years. I shared the good new with El and he accepted Christ. This couple is now also inviting their friends to hear about Christ and they have already led one of El wife’s friend to Christ.

In all aspects of ministry, brother De has become an indispensable partner. I was able to lead him to Christ two years ago and he has been beside me ever since. I take him with me to home visits and home groups, and have given him opportunities to teach. He is sharing the gospel constantly with his friends. Some time ago, De began doing evangelistic visits on his own. He invited me to share a teaching from the Sermon on the Mount with two families. They all were very attentive and I could see a spiritual openness. De has continued to visit them; he reports that both couples have put their faith in Jesus. It is an amazing blessing to see your disciples zealously making disciples themselves.

Please Pray:

• For energy and joy as we minister and share the gospel in the midst of overwhelming needs.
• For the new faith of El and his wife as they grow and share with others.
• For De to keep growing in his effectiveness as a leader and evangelist.

February 2016

This month I hosted three Americans who came with aid for Syrian refugee families. We visited 12 families, sharing the aid and Christ. S, one of the women whom we visited, is very close to accepting Christ. We visited her for the first time six months ago and my wife has been following up with her regularly. We have shared Christ with her in-depth and my wife thinks she believes in her heart, but is afraid to confess Him publically. S is alone with her daughter, but still fears the repercussions of her faith from extended family and neighbors.

My wife continues to disciple ladies in the church and visit unbelieving women in their homes. My wife also began a new weekly study for women. They are focusing on salvation and new life in Christ. We asked you to pray for one of the new believers, Um, last month. She is married to an unbeliever who is physically abusive to her and her two young children.

We were looking for a way to get her out of this terrible situation. Um was considering fleeing with her children, but this would mean having to hide from her abusive husband and that would be very challenging. This week, our prayers were answered in a strange way…her husband kicked her and the children out of the house on his own accord. The church helped her to move and get furniture for her new apartment. Now she and her kids are safely relocated without the husband wanting to find them.

I also continue to intensely disciple two new believers: F and Z. Both have come to Christ in the last three months. Both men were introduced to me by one of their believing family members. F accepted Christ the first time that we met. Z was also very eager to hear the good news and has become a serious follower of Jesus. I praise God for using us to harvest the fruit that He has prepared.

Please pray:

  • For S to have genuine faith and boldness to confess Jesus as her Lord despite persecution
  • For Um to have courage in her new life away from her abusive husband
  • For F and Z to stand strong and grow in their new faith 

Pastor A