PRAY for Lisa, one of our newest global workers. It's been a month since she landed in Banaue, Philippines to serve at Noah's Ark. Here is a wonderful update as she begins her ministry with the youth of the Philippines.
"Youth ministry will be my main role here, so it was exciting to start off by gathering with about 160 teens from the area for fun activities and team competition, worship, Bible teaching, relationship building and more. Our theme for camp was "God Rescues," and my favourite moment is captured here on this wooden cross. On the second night, I spoke about how God rescues us from our worries, and invited the youth to write their worries on a note, stick them to the cross, and then take a rock (inscribed with a heart and cross) from the foot of the cross, as a reminder to spend time with Him first, and that He is with them. I didn't know how many would respond, but almost everyone came forward to participate! There were many more impactful moments like this, and my prayer is that many of the youth returned home having been changed by what God showed them over those few days at camp."
PRAISE God for his protection over our Global Workers. Here is a recent story from Phil and Judy in Guinea, West Africa.
"While Phil was preaching his heart out at church yesterday, someone broke into our apartment and stole both computers and some smaller electronics. They managed to open both safes and stole all the ministry and personal money we had which was sizeable but could have been worse. Happily we were not harmed and Phil’s very complete backup drive wasn’t stolen. We’ve identified weaknesses in our security and our landlord is taking immediate measures to change that. This only underscores our need for prayer here and the need of Guinea to be redeemed! Please pray for both!"
Please continue to pray for the safety of our global workers as many of them live in unsecured areas.
A Partner Church in Burkina Faso
At approximately noon on Sunday a gunman arrived at an Assemblies of God church (PAOC partner) in northern Burkina Faso. Within a matter of minutes, six people had lost their lives, including Pastor Peter Ouedraogo and his son. This follows an equally horrific attack on a Pentecostal church and Catholic churches on Easter in Sri Lanka.
Please join us in prayer for these four specific areas:
Pray for the Assemblies of God of Burkina Faso to experience “the peace which passes understanding” in the coming days. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them a sense of His close presence as they grieve and that they will be shining examples of the love of Christ in the coming days. "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3)
Pray for the safety of churches throughout the world as violence against places of worship continues to escalate. Pray that acts of terror would be thwarted and that God will be glorified through His Church. "He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success." (Job 5:12)
Pray for the salvation of those seeking evil against the Church, that God would turn their hearts to Him and use them to proclaim the gospel. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)
Pray that a great spiritual awakening will sweep across the globe and turn. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
PRAY for PEACE, STABILITY,and WISDOM as South Africans are currently holding political elections. There are many issues in RSA that have caused people to protest in the last number of weeks: Dirty water, poor services, human trafficking, high unemployment, corruption and xenophobia (fear of foreigners). Pray that people will turn their eyes to Jesus...the hope of the world.