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//Urgent Message from Sri Lanka//

By now you have probably heard about the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka this Easter morning. Our AGWM colleagues on the ground are safe and are following the field’s emergency contingency plan. Everything is developing and fluid and we don’t have a lot of information at this point but we ask you to keep everyone in prayer.

What we know so far is, a series of Easter Sunday suicide bombings have killed at least 290 people and injured about 500. A church and three hotels were attack sites in Colombo, the capital. Two other churches were targeted in two cities on opposite sides of the island nation. Explosions continued Monday as authorities detonated additional bombs discovered following the attacks.

The majority of victims were among crowds gathered to celebrate Easter at two Catholic and one Pentecostal church.

Here’s how you can pray for Sri Lanka in the aftermath of this devastating attack:

  • Pray for the Prince of Peace to reign in the hearts of the people affected

  • Pray for government to have wisdom to handle the situation

  • Pray for the Church to be united in tragedy

  • Pray for the Grieving Families

  • Pray for Christians to have courage and hope

Thanks so much for your prayers, and for being a part of this community.  Pray the Lord will bring Revival to Sri Lanka despite this tragedy. 

 

Pray Today for the Ancient Lands of the Arab World

The following information and prayer points come directly from the field in the Arab World this month.  If you would like to receive real-time information of needs and answers to prayer from one of our teams in the Arab World, with many more details than we are able to share here publicly on our blog, we invite you to looking into starting a Pray Band 

The ancient lands of the Arab World are some of the most unreached nations in the world. The seventeen countries spanning across North Africa and the Middle East have been overwhelmingly Islamic for centuries. Though these countries are often viewed as a single block of culture, each nation is unique in its history and is home to dozens of distinctive people groups. Each people group represents specific needs and requires believes who will commit to living the gospel fully among them – regardless of the cost.

Here’s how you can pray for Arab peoples and those who work among to bring the Gospel to Arab people:

  • Pray for Workers to encounter those who are hungry for the Gospel

  • Pray for seekers who have heard the Truth to take the next step toward faith in Christ.  Pray that they will sense an urgency to act on what they have heard

  • Pray for national believers to have the desire and courage to gather with other local believers.  Pray for a supernatural love and trust between them, as well as for God to raise up leaders from among them.

  • Pray for teams in transition.  Many will be leaving the training teams and moving on to the next stage.  This is a big transition for those who stay behind on the team and those who go onto what’s next–pray for the Spirit to lead, and for a special grace over the kids that are in this phase of closure and new beginnings

  • Pray for families currently itinerating to go or return to the field.  Pray not only for financial provision, but that God would raise up intercessors!  Please ask that those itinerating would be effective communicators of God’s heart, mobilizing others to pray, give, and go!

Thanks so much for your prayers, and for being a part of this community. We really couldn’t do this without you.

Real-Time Prayer Needs from the Field

This story comes from one of our teams in India. If you would like to receive real-time information of needs and answers to prayer from one of our teams on the field, with many more details than we are able to share here publicly on our blog, we invite you to looking into starting a Pray Band 

There is something very special about a sunrise in these mountains.  As we are leaving behind the cold of winter (most days anyway!), the spring weather brings warmer temperature, longer days, and beautiful sunrises.  My husband and I are sometimes up to see this daily miracle as we get ready to go to our Tibetan language class at the local school here.  As the newest members of the team, we are excited to have the opportunity, and challenge, to take on this new language.  So as we wake up to greet the sunrise (sometimes a difficulty for this night owl), we thank God for the beauty of His creation.  And it’s in the quiet of these mornings that I am reminded of one of my favorite passages of Scripture.
It’s found in Lamentations 3:22-23:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” 

We are believing in new things for the team here in India.  God has been faithful and compassionate over the last few months of transition; and we believe He will continue to show us that every morning brings new opportunities for the Tibetan people here in our little mountain town.  Looking forward to sharing this journey with you as our prayer partners!  As a vital part of this team, we encourage you to pray with us for these divine appointments and thank you for your continued faithfulness.

Please pray for the following requests: 

Pray for the new season for the Tibetan Tea House.  First, pray for our new staff that they will learn and find success in their new roles.  Second, pray that God brings in the community to help our business grow.

Pray for the strength of our team members: physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental.  In a town full of spiritual darkness, we are daily in need of God’s presence, protection, and renewal.

Pray also for direction and provision for the team and its members.

Breakthrough in Russia

Radik is a Roma or Gypsy man who has been resistant to the Gospel from the very beginning when his relatives started repenting. He called them traitors to the Roma way of life. He’d come around church services every now and then, but was always drunk and he’d cause trouble and then leave.

Last week Radik came to the service drunk, but stayed for the entire meeting for the first time and even asked for prayer. He then offered to host the next gathering. I called some of the Roma brothers mid-week to see if Radik was serious… and to make sure he wouldn’t be drunk. The brothers said he hadn’t been drinking for several days and there was an excitement and anticipation in his eyes. Radik asked them twice to make sure we were indeed going to gather at his place. Two nights ago we had the gathering at his house, and God came in the power of His Spirit! Radik and his wife gave their lives to the Lord, and it was a moment of great joy for everybody there, to see someone previously so hardened to the Good News come to faith!

Also, as we’re writing this, a group of the Roma believers are gathering ON THEIR OWN for the first time, without us, to worship and study the Word. Praise the Lord! We’ve asked you to pray they’d start taking leadership, and this is a very encouraging step.

Ways to continue praying for this the Roma (Gypsies) in Russia today:

  • Pray that the Roma’s who are meeting together on their own will continue and meetings will begin happening in other homes as well.
  • There will be a big Roma gathering later this month of all the new believers, please pray for a supernatural move of the Spirit at this meeting.

Thank you so much for praying, and as always, for being a part of this community. We couldn’t do this without you.

//DEADLINE FOR SOUTHERN ASIA TRIP SOON//

Hurry and get your application in for this Summer’s trip through Southern Asia!

You’ll get to experience the work we’re doing in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Southern Asian islands.

Join us for the Summer Southern Asia Tour June 1-July 12! Teams of up to 10 students will begin in Missouri for team building and training, then travel to 4 different countries in Southern Asia to engage with and learn about all of the world’s major religions. Some pre-travel preparation is required. There will be hands-on opportunities to serve in Southern Asia through a variety of projects including, but not limited to, English conversation clubs, agriculture, and community service initiatives. The tour will end again in Missouri with a short debrief.

Cost: $2,100 plus airfare. Cost includes insurance, all meals, housing, and transportation while in Missouri and Southern Asia. Cost does NOT include: travel to and from Missouri or any personal spending monies.

If you’re interested, you’ll need to let us know soon, because the application deadline is March 20. For more information, fill out this form.

And as always, you can find all the opportunities to come to the field with us on the Eurasia Community Pipeline page.

We’re so glad that you are a part of this community. We absolutely could not do this without you.