Dear Ethne Prayer Partners:
Pray this month for the least-reached peoples of the Americas/Caribbean. Global Prayer Digest’s issue helps us specifically focus on the unreached tribes of the Amazon River Basin, an issue which took months to compile and write. This is probably the earth’s most unexplored and unknown region. The key “guide” for what groups to include and which ones to leave out was Dr. Dale Kietzman of SIL International. During one of our interviews, he said something that was shocking. Many tribes exist in this region whose names we don’t even know yet! People just call them by the name of the river or tributary that they live near. It is believed that there are hundreds of tribes in the Amazon River Basin without a gospel witness. They move about and flee from outsiders. This month let us pray for some of the people groups in this area that have a gospel witness and can be used by God to reach other tribes. Pray also for the partnership working to bring the gospel to these groups as well. South American governments are reluctant to allow outsiders into this region, but contact with the outside world is inevitable. Who will arrive first—loggers and miners who want to take the resources from Native American lands, or missionaries who want to give them Jesus? Visit http://www.global-prayer-digest.org to pray specifically day by day for these groups. Visit http://www.etnopedia.org and http://www.joshuaproject.net to learn more about these groups.
Thailand’s Least-Reached Peoples You may have heard in the news today that the Thai government removed the final group of “red shirt” protestors by force this morning (Thailand time). Unfortunately on their retreat they set fire to several major buildings in Bangkok. What you may not have heard is that some of the hard line protestors also set fire to government buildings in other provinces. In Chiangmai they set fire to the governors’ residence. As a result they are under an 8PM to 6AM curfew. Friends in the area want to let you know they are safe and don’t fear for their safety. However, they just need to be careful that they don’t end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Please pray for Thailand during this time of uncertainty. Thai citizens naturally are very concerned and feeling insecure. Pray that through this Thais will find their security in the eternal God rather than human institutions. Pray for godly wisdom for believers in the country and boldness, for the Holy Spirit to give them specific words to say to draw Thai’s peoples to the Lord. Pray for a special prayer retreat/training early June and for protection and fruitfulness for all the Christian workers during this time of uncertainty.
Pray for Europe The volatility triggered by the Greek debt crisis continues to ripple through the world’s financial markets, as the European Monetary Union and its member nations attempt to address the situation’s complex issues. There are challenges within Greece itself, the threat of fiscal contagion to other European countries and potential implications for the global economic recovery. Fiscal stresses in Greece and other peripheral European countries could become stresses across Europe and world markets. The Icelandic volcano continues to erupt, spewing ash which is sporadically disrupting air travel, so far costing in the billions of US dollars. Could God be using these challenges to call the Church of Europe to awaken, to arise, and to adore Him as their Lord and Savior, reaching out to the many unreached peoples in their borders, sharing their eternal hope? Many believe Europe was and is an important BRIDGE for the gospel, but at this moment it is a BROKEN BRIDGE! Pray that the believers of Europe BE disciples and BECOME effective disciple-makers for such a time as this! Pray for Great Britain’s national election on which so much depends. Please pray for the right people to get into power and to lead this important nation into the right course for its future.
Pray for Nepal as they struggle through destabilizing Maoist protests demanding a Maoist government be installed. Nepal is on the verge of losing another opportunity to fulfill the mandate of its troubled transition from monarchy to republic, according to one source. The deadline for adopting a new constitution, meant to formalize the conclusion of the civil war and enshrine a multi-party democracy, runs out on May 28 with no signs the bitterly divided power players can reach an agreement. Pray that violence will be averted and the crisis will be resolved through peaceful dialogue. People there are very worried about their nation. More than 75 least-reached people groups reside in this Himalayan nation and need to know the peace and hope that Jesus offers—pray that even in the midst of these struggles they bear bold and faithful witness to Him as Prince of Peace and Hope of the World!
Pray for Afghanistan and Pakistan- please continue to pray for the overthrow of the Taliban forces in both countries– that they will be thrown into confusion and disunity among themselves so they are not able to continue threatening the wellbeing of these nations or other nations that are targeted for terrorist attacks. May they lay down their weapons and go back to their villages and families, having been set free from the blinding and false ideology of radical Islam. Pray for alternative economic support in place of the opium poppies currently providing livelihood to many farmers and funding the Taliban. Pray also for a team of prayer leaders going into Afghanistan in two weeks time to support the local believers and Christian humanitarian community that they will be led, empowered and protected by the Lord in this volatile place. Pray for the many least-reached peoples in these regions, including the Pashtun, to hear and respond to the message of God’s love.
Pray for “The Messiah” film project- a producer friend writes that “a group of Christian ﬁlmmakers are working on a movie called THE MESSIAH which picks up where THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST left off. It is an even larger epic ﬁlm tentatively scheduled to be released Easter 2012. After reading the script, many believe THE MESSIAH naturally and effectively communicates the heart of the Gospel message in such a way that it has the potential to help lead millions of people to Christ throughout the world.” Please pray for all who are involved with this important project that could impact our world so significantly.
Pray for the IPC Intergenerational Prayer Summit in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Global Day of Prayer event, May 18-23. Pray for those participating and for His strong, clear anointing and guidance for this event which will focus on the roles of children, youth and adults- three generations- in the global prayer movement. Don’t forget to join in prayer with believers from 218 nations around the world, Pentecost Sunday, May 23, to cry out to the Lord for our world and the remaining 6,600+ least-reached peoples desperately needing Him!
Thank you for continuing to pray along!
On behalf of the Ethne HeLPS prayer initiative