Pray for Our World: Congo (Republic of Congo)

Congo Republic of Congo is west of the Congo DRC, which it is often confused.  During its Marxist-Leninist period of 1968-1991, the youth were heavily indoctrinated against religion.  Eighteen denominations were banned and some missions expelled.  All restrictions were removed in 1992.  But as a result, not many churches have been built and the people are not trained or educated in Christianity.  Though most profess to be Christian, much of it is actually a thin veneer over traditional African religion (or animists, where everything has a spirit).

Bible translation is an ongoing challenge with all the different languages.  Pray for missionaries, tools and resources to allow the people to learn true Christianity and lift the veil of darkness and deceit.

Pray for Our World: Cameroon

Cameroon in central Africa is one of the most ethnically complex countries with many sub-groups and dialects.  There are 278 languages in Cameroon, which makes Bible translations very difficult.  Only 10 languages have a complete Bible, and there are many unreached people groups.

We know that Jesus will not return until His story is told to the entire world.  What a day that will be when all people groups and all languages will hear about their Savior, Jesus Christ.  Heaven and nature will rejoice!

Pray for Our World: Brazil

Brazil has become a leading mission-sending nation as well as having one of the largest groups of missionaries there.  They are religiously open and enthusiastic toward faith, but have little preparation and support.  Recently a ministry in Atlanta hosted a team of women from Brazil.  The summary of that visit below shows the heartfelt attitudes of the Brazilian women.  There were tears in their eyes when they heard the complete story of the Bible being told.

“For the past week, we have hosted a team of 12 female leaders from Brazil to train them to be teachers of the newly translated Bible study Be Amazing. The leaders desired to become experts in the material so they could teach women and introduce the study to other churches.

They came to the United States with a purpose, but God had a different plan. The Big Dream Ministries’ teachers taught the various subjects from Titus 2:3-5 and the women learned a great deal. However, what they learned by observing us was far greater. They noticed when each teacher taught, we would open the Bible to teach and then give an explanation about what the Scripture meant. This pattern was repeated multiple times during the talks. This was a foreign concept to them. The Brazilian ladies knew bits and pieces of the Bible, but they were not comfortable handling the text for everyday life. They were hungry to learn more. They were willing to delay eating and sleeping in order to hear more about the Scriptures. They realized that they needed to return to the basics of the Bible, that being a student of God’s Word was the most important thing they could learn.

These precious ladies made big sacrifices to come to the United States to learn but are returning to Brazil with very full hearts and ready to share their newfound love for the Bible.”

– from The Amazing Collection, Big Dream Ministries

Pray for Our World: Bhutan

Bhutan is a small kingdom in the eastern Himalaya Mountains above India.  The state religion is Buddhism.  Other religions are barely tolerated.  Proselytism is illegal, church buildings are not allowed, and Christians do not receive state benefits available to Buddhist, such as free education.  It is one of the least evangelized nations.  The New Testament has been translated into Dzongha, the national language, but the majority of indigenous languages have no Bible Scriptures.  There is shortwave radio as media, but that is about it.  The Jesus film is used around Bhutan and available in five languages.

There is hope, and we have the promise from God that the whole world will be made known about His Son, Jesus.  Everyone will have an opportunity.  We may not always know the mystery of how God works in this area, but we have the promise that He will.  God is fair in his judgement, God is love, and God is grace.

Pray for Our World: Belgium

Belgium has a particular personal interest for me.  Many of my past co-workers and managers lived in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.  Belgians are highly skilled and educated, and very internationally savvy due to their strategic location in Europe.  Belgium is the capital of the EU and NATO headquarters.  I am also a little partial to Antwerp Belgium diamonds, the so-called diamond capital of the world.

But there are many differences between Belgium and the United States.  Religion is largely irrelevant for Belgians.  Most don’t even think about God.  Over 30% are non-religious or atheist.  The Catholic church is in rapid decline, with only 7% attending mass, and in some areas it is as low as 1%.  The Bible was banned by the Catholic church prior to 1960, and it is just now being reintroduced.

My co-workers would often speak of violence as just being a way of life in Belgium.  It is a very divided nation, and there wasn’t much evidence of hope.  There are centuries of blood and violence spilled on Belgium soil.  And even though it has a strong economy, jobs and opportunities are minimal.  Pray that the Bible will once again emerge as a beacon of hope and truth to this country.