Some of the World's Great Needs

1. AIDS Orphans Crisis in Africa-Estimates tell us that by the year 2010 the total orphan population in Africa, Asia, and Latin America will reach 44 million, two-thirds of them from AIDS. According to a USAID report, some 29 million children 14 and younger, mostly in Africa, will have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Pray for the millions of AIDS orphans today who face a bleak future, and ask God to show us in ACTION and its network of ministries how we may face this tragedy head-on to bring hope through the gospel of Christ for God's glory.

Rainbows of Hope via ACTION* E-News via MissionNet

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2. Brazil Up Close-When one considers Brazil, one must think big. Its territory covers half of continental South America, and it is the fifth largest nation in the world. Brazil also boasts the earth's longest river and the largest rain forest. In fact, the Amazon basin alone could contain all of non-Russian Europe. The country has the largest number of spiritist followers in the world and is home to dozens of unreached minorities, including 1.5 million Arabs. While the rain forest holds many unreached tribes, so do the inner cities. A staggering 10 million of Brazil's children live on the streets, where drugs and gangs take a high toll. A full quarter of the population of Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo live in slums. Pray: that the gospel would take hold among the Amazon River tribes; for outreach into Brazil's isolated fishing villages; and for ministries to aid the social outcasts of inner-city So Paulo.

Church Around the World via ACTION E-News via MissionNet

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3. Even the Compassion of the Wicked is Cruel (Prov. 12:10)-The problem of gangs who control and use handicapped children for street begging in China is serious. According to local media, some gang leaders in Guangdong cut open wounds on handicapped children every day so they can illicit more sympathy from those who pass by. A report for the Chinese Disabled Association states there are 1.4 million handicapped children in China ages one to six years old. The numbers increase by 200,000 every year. Many of the disabled are mentally challenged as well.

Church Around the World via ACTION E-News via MissionNet

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4. Bible League Challenges -Over the last 14 years, the Bible League has distributed more than 650 million copies of Scripture and has seen 18 million Bible study graduates. New Bible study groups are being established at the rate of 4000 per week. Despite the impressive Bible study growth, there are still millions of people around the globe without Scriptures and spiritual support. In Africa alone there are more than 200 million professing Christians who have never had Bibles. An estimated 2 million communities are without an evangelical church presence. And nearly half of the world's more than 16,000 ethnic groups remain unreached by the gospel.

Church Around the World via ACTION E-News via MissionNet

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*Action International Ministries (ACTION) is an evangelical mission of 177 missionaries (but praying for an additional 200) emphasizing evangelism, discipleship and development, especially in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and also in Europe.

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