Pray for Africa
Regional Director Mike McClaflin
While the Assemblies of God in Africa con-ti-nues to grow
exponentially, we recognize three primary needs that are a threat to the
The needs in any country are exacerbated by civil unrest. A
decade of civil unrest in Eastern Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo
— Kinshasa) has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 5.4 million and
the displacement of 3 million Congolese. Tribal conflict continues to bleed
over the border from the war in Rwanda, and rape and looting are everyday
We have African brothers and sisters in about 350 churches
along the continent’s eastern seaboard who are in desperate plight. Pray for a
restoration of peace and normal life for the Congolese and across Africa.
Africa is the world’s poorest inhabited con-tinent, partly
due to its turbulent history.
An estimated 2.5 million Africans will die this year from
HIV/AIDS, and many more will be infected. In regards to the worldwide HIV/AIDS
epidemic, 19 countries with the highest prevalence rate (percent of people
living with the disease) are in Africa. Swaziland ranks number one and has an
estimated AIDS death toll of about 16,000 annually. At this rate, the country’s
population could become extinct in 20 years.
miracle, the devastation of AIDS in Africa will not erase itself for a long,
long time. Pray for our missionaries and national workers who are faithfully
presenting the gospel and offering compassion to Africans amidst this
Pray for Asia Pacific
Regional Director Russ Turney
Japan and North Korea are two of Asia Pacific’s most
spiritually needy countries today.
Less than 1 percent of Japan’s 130 million pop-ulation is
Christian. Most Japanese have practiced a mixture of Shintoism (many gods) and
Buddhism for centuries.
Missionaries first took the Pentecostal message to Japan in
1913 and the Assemblies of God was organized in 1949, but the growth of the
church has been very slow. Currently, we have only 215 churches and 33,000
members and adherents, and many cities have no evangelical church or Christian
witness of any kind.
Trained pastors and leaders are desperately needed, but
ministry is viewed as an undesirable occupation in the Japanese culture and
families often discourage their children from choosing that path. Because of this, the Bible school is
producing few graduates.
Two ministry outreaches are seeing many come to Christ
— university campus ministry and international/military churches.
University ministries are active on 28 campuses in Tokyo and other cities. But
with thousands of campuses, workers are needed to expand this outreach.
minister to the international and military community and host outreaches to the
local community. Workers are needed to start churches near more military bases
across the country.
Pray that Japanese young people will begin to boldly respond
to the call of God to pastor existing churches and plant churches in the
unevangelized cities across Japan.
Also, at this time, we have no missionary activity in North
Korea, a nation of 23.5 million people. A person’s public profession of faith
or possession of a Bible or gospel literature can result in imprisonment or
even death. In one instance, authorities discovered a young woman giving away a
Bible; her life was taken, and her husband and children were sent to prison.
indicate that thousands of Christians in North Korea discreetly meet for
fellowship, worship and discipleship. Pray that God will open the door of
opportunity so that the gospel can be shared openly in North Korea.
Pray for Eurasia
Regional Director Omar Beiler
In the Eurasia region, God continues to call U.S. and
national church workers to take the gospel to least-reached people groups.
Please pray for a team currently making preparations to go and start an
indigenous church among the 260,000 Tatar who live on the Crimean peninsula of
The Crimean Tatar are a Turkic Muslim people and part of a
larger community of 2.5 million spread across every republic of the former
Soviet Union. They have had a strong civilization since the 10th century,
surviving the Mongol invasion of the 13th century and the Russian conquest of
the 16th century.
In the 13th century, Crimea became one of the centers of
Islamic civilization. By the late 1700s, it is reported that there were close
to 1,600 mosques and religious schools on the peninsula. In the 19th century,
Tatar cities ranked among the greatest cultural centers of the Islamic world.
The territory of Crimea was conquered and controlled many
times throughout its history. In 1944 the Crimean Tatars were forcibly expelled from Crimea to Central
Asia by communist leader Joseph Stalin. Since the fall of the Soviet Union,
they have been returning by the masses.
The Ukrainian Pentecostal Union has established a number of
churches in Crimea, and a few Tatar attend. Yet no indigenous work exists. In
cooperation with the national church, we are training a team of workers who
plan to go and live in Crimea, learn the Tatar language and culture, and help
plant the first indigenous church among the Crimean Tatar on the peninsula.
Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of Tatars so they
will be receptive to the gospel. Pray that God will strengthen, encourage and
protect the small number of Tatar Christians in Ukraine and will help workers
to raise up a strong local church among them.
Pray for Europe
Regional Director Greg Mundis
In many parts of Europe, our missionaries and national
workers face great barriers of resistance to the gospel. Two countries where we
need prayer for a spiritual breakthrough are Greece and Montenegro on the
Balkan Peninsula of southeastern Europe.
Historically, Greece has imposed restrictions on any public
proclamation of faith, and some workers have been incarcerated as a result of
openly sharing their faith in Christ.
Traveling to Greece several times over the past decade, I
have seen the lack of growth in the number of evangelical and Pentecostal
When I pray for Greece, I take great comfort in the
assurance the angel gave Daniel (Daniel 10:12-13). The angel told Daniel that
his request was answered the very first day he began to fast and pray, and the
angel would have come sooner but the evil spirit blocked his way.
I believe that kind of spiritual struggle is what we’re
seeing in Greece now, and it explains the people’s resistance to the gospel. We
must not grow weary in doing good. Instead, we need to pray for a spiritual
The restrictive barrier to preaching the gospel in
Montenegro is mostly geographical. The mountains present some of the most
treacherous terrain in Europe. But the isolated 700,000 Montenegrins also have
developed a mentality of self-independence that causes them to be resistant to
accepting the message of the gospel. In 2006 this small Balkan state declared
itself independent of Serbia, and the people said, “We are our own nation.”
We have only one small Pentecostal church with 30-50
adherents in Podgorica, the capital, and we are assisting a Croatian minister
in establishing that work. Planting the gospel in Montenegro is an open door
for ministry, and we are asking God to touch the hearts of people who will go
as missionaries, live there and help plant the church of Jesus Christ.
Pray for Latin America and the Caribbean
Regional Director Dick Nicholson
We have become increasingly concerned in the past few years
regarding the shifting tides of political influence in Latin America and the
Caribbean and the effect they may be having on the national churches.
In some countries we see few noticeable changes in the
church’s influence and ability to present the gospel and establish the church.
In other countries the impact varies. Churches in Bolivia and Venezuela, for
example, appear to be under attack or showing indications of being influenced
by the spirit of the political changes. This has been a major challenge.
The prevailing philosophy of current pol-i-tics sometimes
infiltrates into the national church, causing division and various ideological
dif-ferences. We emphasize the importance of not being influenced by political
thinking, but the fact of the matter is that sometimes as a country goes, so
goes the national church.
Political influences are also effecting mis-sion-ary
presence in some cases. Peru’s leaders are discussing the possibility of
adopting entrance regulations that would require mission-aries to renew their
visas every three to six months. In other countries, excessive taxes have been
im-posed, creating a situation that made it nec-essary for missionaries to
leave the country.
Pray that the national church in these countries will stay
true to biblical kingdom values and not be vulnerable to secular influences.
Pray that we missionaries remain true to the task of planting the church of
Jesus Christ in this region of the world.
We must continue to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We
do not want to take any steps or actions that might cause a rift between our
missionary presence in a country and the national church’s effectiveness. That
would be untenable. Pray that we will continue to have a harmonious
relationship with government and church leaders on all fronts.
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