December Praise & Prayer

Praise: Despite continued persecution across Central Asia, the fire of evangelism has swept this generation of believers in the region, says Bible Mission International’s Mark  Reimschisel. “We’re excited that the young people, specifically,  have not backed away from the Christian faith,” he added. “In fact, they’ve embraced it even more…. It seems like  whether we’re on a bus or in the train stations, or in the market, there’s always an opportunity for them to connect with someone with  whom they can share the gospel. So we’re seeing a whole new generation  of young people that are really willing to step up to the plate and  take Christ to the nations.”

Mission Network News

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Praise: A recently received report says Christians in Laos are being faithful to Christ despite enormous pressure to deny Him. The report said that Lao authorities detained 27 Christians from villages on June 13. Six were from Somsaad, 14 from Nonsompon, and seven from Pongseema. Another village, Khammahing, is also experiencing difficulties with authorities. While in prison the detainees were sustained by food brought by other believers. They were told that they would be released only if they denied Christ. Yet after 23 days of interrogation, all of them remained faithful, and the Lao police finally let them go.

Christian Aid Mission via HCJB World Radio

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Praise: Argentina’s Wichí people—one of Argentina’s indigenous ethnic groups—are rejoicing about the completion of a 20-year project to translate the complete Bible into their own language. The Argentine Bible Society and the Anglican Church are now working to produce literacy materials in Wichí. They also plan to continue supporting the creation of community radio stations broadcasting in native languages and bringing God’s Word to communities across a wide area of the country.

Bible Society in Australia via HCJB World Radio

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Praise: While 9/11 put a damper on a short-term missions, the number of people going overseas on mission trips is again on the increase, says World Help’s Mike Clinton. More people than ever are signing up for the ministry’s Extreme Expeditions. “It’s rebounded,” he says. “People are just a little more cautious than they were in the past.”

Mission Network News

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Pray: San Mateo High School authorities have found nothing wrong with allowing, and even promoting over the school loudspeaker, meetings of a school Satanism club. The club’s members say their goal is to divide church and state completely. The move has been met with outrage by many residents of the community.  However, David Azzarello, pastor of nearby Redwood Baptist Church, views the meetings as another battlefield in a war being waged across the nation.  “Unfortunately, the devil has used many folks that are anti-God, in the guise of separation of church and state, to be able to start stripping our foundation, undermining our foundation, [and] taking out God wherever God is prevalent,” he said.

Religion Today Summaries

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