A church building is one of the most powerful tools for the spiritual growth of a congregation as a church family and as individual disciples of Jesus. The safety and reliability of a church building enables many types of ministry that otherwise are difficult to carry out, such as Women's Fellowship, VBS and Sunday School. It is also recognized as a trustworthy place for people in the community to seek help. However, many of our brothers and sisters in Asia don't have a church nearby. Let's pray for them today.
Here are some ideas for prayer:
Praise God He gives His peace and strength through Jesus Christ!
Pray men and women will encounter God in a beautiful way.
Ask God to provide more believers with buildings for worship.
Pray God will grow His people in Asia close to Him through His Word and through prayer.
God's Word is a precious gift for His Church. Many people around the world lack access to the Scriptures, and they struggle to grow in their relationship with Jesus because they cannot read His Word. Let's pray for people who long to have and read a Bible for themselves.
Here are a few suggestions for prayer:
Pray Bibles will be available for those seeking to know Jesus in a deeper way.
Pray believers who do not have a Bible will remain steadfast in their faith.
Ask God to guide translators who are working to provide Scriptures in more languages.
Pray more people can learn to read and write in order to read God's Word.
Bicycles for Those in Need
What can help schoolkids in Asia who walk several miles a day to get to school, families in Asia who have no means of transportation, or missionaries who can only walk so far in one day? Bicycles! We started a fundraising campaign to provide bicycles for pastors and families in need, and through many people's generous donations, more than 1,000 bikes have been funded so far. Let's pray for those who will receive these bicycles and for many others who are still in need.
Here are some ways we can be praying:
Praise God more than 1,000 bicycles have been given through the campaign already!
Pray more bicycles will be provided for pastors and families.
Let's ask God to bless bicycle recipients with His joy and provision.
Pray missionaries will be encouraged in their ministries through their bicycles.
Pray for Specific Areas of Ministry
Pray for Abandoned Children
Countless children in Asia have been abandoned because their parents have died, couldn’t afford to feed them or simply did not want them anymore. These boys and girls often experience unimaginable suffering while living on their own.
In a culture where women don’t interact freely and openly with men, heartfelt conversations with male missionaries are limited. But God is raising up sisters in Christ to reach women in their spheres of influence.
Children are the future of any society. Each new generation needs biblical guidance, but it’s especially needed among those living in regions where there has historically been little or no knowledge of Christ.
It's not in the name of good ol' Saint Nicholas that Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries are distributing much-needed gifts to thousands of people across South Asia. With Jesus Christ on their minds, our brothers and sisters on the field give away Christmas gifts with the intent to celebrate Christ with multitudes of people who may have never experienced God's love.
Within a few hours, a film and a team of two to five missionaries can tell Jesus’ story to an entire community and provide an opportunity for the local pastor to start building relationships with villagers.
Millions of children in Asia grow up with little to no education. Extreme poverty prevents parents from being able to send their kids to school. Please join us as we pray for Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope this month.
There are millions in South Asia who haven't heard the Good News of salvation. One of the quickest and most cost-effective means of sharing the love of Christ with them is GFA Radio. This "invisible messenger" overcomes geographical and political boundaries, reaching the ears of millions in remote villages.
Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries never head out to share the love of Christ without Gospel literature in hand. They know the powerful impact a small tract containing God's message of salvation can have on so many lives.
National missionaries aren't superhuman with supernatural abilities and powers. They're everyday people who love the Lord and rely on Him for help as they give their lives to further God's Kingdom. And the Lord uses them as powerful instruments to reach their lost neighbors.
If you were one of the millions of people around the world who lack adequate access to pure water, your life would be a lot more difficult. Just imagine how much time and effort it would take if you needed to carry every single gallon of water you used—whether for drinking, cooking, bathing or even watering your houseplants. To make matters worse, your life would be at risk from drinking the dirty, potentially pathogen-ridden water you gathered at the local pond or open well.
Tens of thousands of people worldwide suffer from leprosy, which is a bacterial infection that affects the skin and destroys nerves. The social stigma is devastating, perhaps even worse than the disease itself.
Squeals of excitement fill the air as thousands of children gather. Each one has a different story and background. But today, they get to set aside their differences and experience Vacation Bible School together.
When a woman in Asia is widowed, she loses more than just her husband. Her husband's death may also mean the loss of her self-respect, her security, her dignity and even her hope. Please join us in praying for the millions of widows in Asia.
Christ-centred teaching and fellowship is precious to all believers, but it is especially valuable to the many women in Asia who are new in their faith or are the only believers in their family. Through Gospel for Asia-supported Women’s Fellowships, women receive discipleship, encouragement and prayer support.
Myanmar (Burma) is a country in crisis. Strategically located between India and China, the country is ruled by a brutal military junta. One of the poorest countries in the world, Myanmar has very little educational structure and a largely uneducated workforce. The people suffer from poverty, hunger, oppression and human rights abuse. Thousands live their lives on the run or in hiding due to decades-old civil unrest.
Nepal is a nation that needs your prayers. From over a decade of bloody civil conflict that claimed thousands of lives to ongoing political instability in its government, this picturesque Himalayan country has suffered greatly and bears deep wounds.