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: 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.

Pray for Our World: Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are made up of three small islands in the Caribbean.  The economy is tourism, the people are mostly African Caribbean.  It was a British colony for 349 years before gaining its independence in 1981.  They have complete freedom of religion, which is comprised of almost all Christian Protestant.  Though small, they face similar issues that many of us have here in the U.S.  There is complacency, moral and spiritual challenges, and strong ties to money laundering, drug dealing, violence and gambling.

Pray for the safety of the people and that they will not yield to those things that ultimately take away life.  In a world where the truth can sometimes be confusing, we should be glad that Jesus did not mix his words.  He told us exactly what is true and how we can know for certain.  His way is not exclusive to certain people or cultures, but inclusive for all who want it.

Jesus said, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

Pray for Our World: Angola

Angola is on the South Atlantic coast in southern Africa.  They are sitting on huge untapped oil reserves, diamonds and minerals, yet there is widespread poverty.  Forty years of almost constant war and conflicts have taken their toll.  The first president, a Marxist, vowed to eradicate Christianity within 20 years.  He obviously failed as most of the population is Christian.  Pray for strong Christian leadership, schools for the young people, and better living conditions for all.  They may not have much on this earth, but God has not forgotten them and their reward is waiting in heaven!

And Jesus concluded, “So those who are last will be first, and those who are first will be last.”  Matthew 16:20