Often, some of the most effective evangelism takes place within the context of relationships, something Phil and Becca Bartuska have intentionally sought out in Austria as International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. Once they officially transitioned out of language school, Phil and Becca desired to become even more deliberate in developing relationships with those God put in their sphere of influence, so they could ultimately present the good news of Christ. Phil is an IMB church planting facilitator in Austria, and he spends his days seeking avenues where relationships can be built and the community can be served. In addition to preaching in local churches, Phil visits with students on university campuses and recently began mentoring men after visiting a refugee support organization. Becca meets up with other mom friends to attend playgroups and a book club as well as hosts ladies’ nights in her home. Pray that they will have spiritual, mental and physical strength as they serve Him. Pray that He would give them a vision for church planting in Vienna, as well as direction in the possibility of starting a church planting training center in the city. Pray for wisdom and courage as the Bartuskas seek more God-given opportunities to share the good news with those around them.
This week we’re praying for the Chechen people of Russia. During the 16th century, Islam was introduced by other peoples who settled among the Chechens. By the late 17th century all remaining ties to Christianity had disappeared from this region. Chechens are among the most devout Muslims in the former Soviet Union. Please pray for the very small number of believers that are among the Chechen people. To learn more about Unreached People Groups, please visit joshuaproject.net