PRAYER GUIDE

Local Focus

GIBC

Pray for our GIBC family as we begin to get back to a more normal routine. Pray that we would be able to provide a safe and clean environment for our people to gather for worship. Pray that God would watch over the most vulnerable, who can’t rejoin the gathering. Pray for God to protect us from an outbreak that would cause us to shut back down.

GRAND ISLAND/North Lake County

Pray for Sheriff Peyton Grinnell and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Pray for protection for the officers, who may face increased hostility. Pray for wisdom for the Sheriff as he leads and trains the department to serve and protect. Pray for wisdom for officers as they make split-second, and life-altering decisions regarding the use of force. Pray for peace in the community that results in greater public safety, as well as racial              reconciliation.

FLORIDA

Praise God that our state has not been as hard hit as other states. Pray for continued protection for our state.  Pray for Governor DeSantis and all policy makers to have the wisdom to lead effectively.

 

 

USA

Pray for the unrest our nation is experiencing. Pray for the family of George Floyd during their time of grief. Pray for protests  to remain peaceful. Pray against the kind of depravity that leads to rioting, looting, and violence. Pray that God would bring lawbreakers to justice. Pray that God would protect the frontline workers who could be in harm’s way. Pray for politicians to lead, rather than posture. Pray for opportunities for the gospel to be made known. Pray for racial reconciliation.

 

North American Cities:
New York City


From Broadway to Times Square and Wall Street to the Statue of Liberty, New York City is North America’s cultural epicenter and business capital. With close to 8 million people in the city and more than 22 million in the metro area, it is the largest city in the United States. It is also the largest metro area in the world and is considered by many to be the most influential city in the world.

A city with such magnitude can define culture, dictate movement and inspire change. And if the heartbeat of this city were connected to the Church, the rhythms of grace would echo throughout the nation and around the globe. The possibilities for gospel impact are infinite, which is why dedicated churches, planters and partners are needed here.

In New York City and the rest of the tristate area, church planting can be an intimidating task. The population is incredibly diverse. Some 36 percent of the population is foreign-born, resulting in varied cultural and religious backgrounds. Though 83 percent of New Yorkers are affiliated with some form of organized religion, only 4 percent identify themselves as evangelical, per a recent study by the Values and Research Institute.

The Church has some incredible success stories with pastors, individuals and families who have invested in neighborhoods by meeting practical needs and offering places to connect and belong. Though it often takes years and even decades, change is possible. There’s already a network of believers on the ground, but with such a vast population to serve, church planters, partners and teams with all experience levels and backgrounds are needed.

Pray for Send City Missionary-Won Kwak

Won is a second generation church planter and pastor. He has planted a church and replanted a church both bivocationally and as a full-time planter. As New York City’s Send City Missionary, his desire is to see the winds of revival sweep over the greatest city in the world. He loves his wife, Diane, and their five children, affectionately known as the “Kwaklings.” In his free time you will find Won cheering for the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University .

Send Won an encouraging email and let him know we are praying for him: wkwak@namb.net

Every Country:
Chad

Population: 11,506,130 
People Groups: 141
Christian Population: 38.46%
Evangelical: 10.1%

 

The landlocked African nation of Chad has more than 200 ethnic groups and 120 different languages and dialects. The north is dominated by the Sahara and occupied by Muslims, while the south is lush, tropical, and mainly occupied by Christians and animists. The nation has been ripped apart by civil war, and 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. Medical care and services are greatly lacking in this Central African nation, and with the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the Republic of Chad has the fifth highest death rate in the world.

A Muslim minority group, the Zaghawa, control the majority of the  government, trade, and armed forces, and they thankfully support religious freedom within the nation. However, dissenting views are rare on broadcast media, as government control prevents other beliefs from holding airtime.

Chad is one of the few Muslim nations that welcome missionaries, and many Muslims are craving to hear the Good News. However, in the past thirty years Islam has increased, as have concerns that religious freedoms may disappear. Bible storytelling has proven effective around the nation, and many unreached people are hearing the Gospel for the first time as a result of both indigenous and expatriate missionary efforts. Chad has more unreached people living within its borders than any other African country. Unity is being broken within the Church due to an increase in nominalism and the pervasive practice of indigenous tribalism. Chad has been torn apart as a nation and as a Church. Unification and reconciliation are desperately needed.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the Church to be both burdened and equipped for evangelism among an increasing Muslim majority.
  • Pray for pioneer missionaries to persevere in difficult places in order to reach the unreached.
  • Pray for integrity and honesty to rule the nation and displace government corruption.

Unreached Peoples:
Zaghawa

Population: 155,000 in Chad
279,000 worldwide
Christian Population: 0.00%
Main Religion: Islam

 

The Kanemite royal history, the Girgam, refers to the Zaghawa people as the Duguwa. Today, Zaghawa refer to themselves as the Beri, while the name “Zaghawa” comes from the nearby Arab   peoples and became better known. They have their own language, which is also called Zaghawa, and the breed of sheep that they herd is called Zaghawa by the Arabs. They are semi-nomadic and obtain much of their livelihood through herding cattle, camels and sheep and harvesting wild grains. It has been estimated that there are between 75,000 and 350,000 Zaghawa.

As a result of Tijani Muslim missionaries from West Africa who were traveling through their area to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, the leadership converted to Islam. In the 1940s, the Zaghawa began to turn to Islam from Animism en masse. In Darfur, the Zaghawa are well-known for their piety. Due to the fighting in Darfur, where they are targeted by local Arab militia due to their ethnic heritage, 100,000 have become refugees across the border in Chad.  A Zaghawa tribesman named Daoud Hari wrote a memoir about Darfur called The Translator, which spread knowledge about the atrocities in Darfur.

Prayer Points:

  • Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into central Africa to work among the Zaghawa.
  • Ask God to create a hunger within the hearts of the Zaghawa to know the Truth.
  • Ask the Lord to bring forth vibrant churches among the Zaghawa for the glory of His name!