This week we’re praying for Timothy and Rebecca Braden, missionaries to Africa. They have moved with their three children into an area where people practice folk Islam or else they believe in witchcraft and that spirits are everywhere. The people are fearful because they think the spirits want to hurt them. They often perform ceremonies they think will keep the spirits away. Every day Timothy and Rebecca hear guns fired or the beating of drums which are part of these ceremonies. At this point there are just two Christian believers in their area—just two! Our church’s Cooperative Program giving is supporting the Braden family there in Africa. They are in a hard place where spiritual warfare is being waged in ways we cannot imagine. But they say God is being faithful to sustain them in this sin-darkened area where they serve.
This week we’re praying for the Ryukyuan people of the Ryukyuan Islands off the coast of Japan. There are 985,000 people among them with 1,500 known Christians with only portions of the New Testament available in their language. Known for living long lives, the Ryukyuan people are very peaceful dwelling people who prefer arts and music over combat. There is no primary religion among the people, only local ethnic religions as well as Buddhism. Please pray for the believers that are there that they will be strengthened and encouraged to share about their relationship with Jesus Christ.