PRAYER GUIDE

Local Focus

GIBC

Pray for our Children’s Ministry. Pray that God would make Himself known to our kids. Pray that our Kids Ministry would provide a great   atmosphere for children to grow in wisdom and knowledge of the Lord. Pray for Pastor Shaun and the Adult volunteers, as they serve our children.

 

Community

Pray for Treadway Elementary School. Pray that God would watch over and protect the students and faculty. Pray that God would provide all they need to successfully finish the school year. Pray that none of the students would get behind in their school work.

 

FLORIDA

Pray for the work of the Florida Baptist Convention. Pray for Dr. Tommy Green and his staff as they support and minister to churches. Pray for our regional consultant, Jeff Singletary, as he connects with pastors and church leaders. Pray for our sister churches across the state who may be struggling at the moment.

 

USA

Pray for the unborn as we approach Sanctity of Life Sunday. Pray that human life would be valued as God values it. Pray that mothers in crisis pregnancies would have the resources needed to choose life. Pray that abortion providers would be forced out of business due to lack of customers as many come to the recognize life in the womb.

 

North America:
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:
Fiji

Population: 854,098
People Groups: 35
Christian Population: 66.05%
Evangelical: 25.2%

More than 300 volcanic and coral islands in the South Pacific Ocean make up the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Fiji. One hundred and ten of the tropical islands are inhabited, with the majority of the 900,000 people living on Viti Levu. Under British rule for nearly a century, Fiji became a republic in 1970.  Before gaining independence, indentured servants from India were brought to work in the sugarcane fields, leading to a history of racism and segregation between natives and Indian Fijians. This ongoing scourge resulted in uprisings in 1987 and again in 2000.  Recurring military coups along with broken government promises and faulty elections have led to an array of difficulties, including the crumbling of Fijian democracy.

One of the most developed economies in the South Pacific, Fiji’s main industries include tourism, sugar, and clothing. Tourism has dwindled due to continued revolts, and because of unrest the islands have been removed from the Commonwealth of Nations. A European Union decision to cut sugar subsidies has lessened Fijian profits, and due to budget and trade deficits, the nation remains one of the world’s largest recipients of aid. While the Indian community is the leader of commercial activity, they are denied nearly all rights of land ownership. This tension continues to destabilize the economy and hinder future growth.

Dating back 150 years, the Methodist church has had a strong presence in the Fijian government as well as in the lives of most native Fijians. Despite its position and political influence, little is being done to end racism and segregation, and this has greatly hindered the church’s effectiveness in evangelism. Indo-Fijians make up more than 35 percent of the population, the majority practicing Hinduism. Christ’s love can move the Fijian government and people’s hearts – restoring them to godliness – so relationships can be healed and Indo-Fijians can be reached with the Gospel.

  • Pray for healing from racial tensions that hinder the Indian community coming to Christ.
  • Pray for wise and just leadership to bring about political and economic peace.
  • Pray for salvation and discipleship for Fijian university students representing every island territory.

Unreached Peoples:
Fula Jalon in Guinea

Population: 5,759,000 in Guinea
6,339,000 Worldwide
Christian Population: 0.00%
Main Religion: Islam

The Fula Jalon are a large people group located in the western African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. A small population resides in Guinea Bissau. The majority live in Middle Guinea, or the Fouta Djalon of Guinea, an area consisting of mountains and plateaus. They speak a Niger-Congo language called Futa Jalo (or Pulaar).

Along the plateaus of Fouta Djallon, there are grassy plains and fields of millet. Fulani herders settled in this region over 200 years ago and have since spread throughout western Africa. The Fula Jalon are a sub-group of this vast Fulani people group. They are semi-nomadic and raise crops as well as livestock. The high plateaus serve as part-time pastures for their herds.

The Fula Jalon of Guinea have also moved into southern Senegal and northern Sierra Leone, leaving the culture and heritage of this tribe in all three countries virtually identical. Today, the only differences are ones of terrain or climate.

The livelihood of the Fula Jalon is primarily based on farming and shepherding. Gathering forest produce, hunting, fishing, and trading are also part of their daily lives. Staple crops include millet, rice, and peanuts. Cattle herds, along with sheep and goats, are the primary livestock. The cattle are not the usual Fulani “humped” breed, but a native Fouta Djallon breed that is resistant to the disease-carrying tsetse fly.

Herding cattle is usually a male activity; however, the women milk and take care of the cattle. Women also care for the poultry and small livestock, as well as cultivate the gardens. Women often carry containers of milk and cheese to sell or trade in local markets.

Daughters remain with their mothers until they marry. However, as soon as a son reaches puberty, he leaves the family compound and lives alone in a nearby compound, usually with some cattle. This new compound becomes the home of the son and his future wife.

The first marriage of a man is usually arranged by the man’s father. A bride-service of helping the girl’s father with his livestock is performed by the man, who usually marries in his early twenties. Polygyny (the practice of having more than one wife) is practiced, up to the Muslim limit of four wives. There is one chief wife, however, who has authority over the other wives.

Children belong to “age-sets” until they marry. An age-set is grouped at three or four year intervals, with every child born in those years belonging to that set. The children in an age-set go to school together and may participate in community labor, or may help someone in their set with bride-service. Each age-set has a leader, a deputy, and a judge.

Although Fula Jalon villages are scattered, each village has a central court and a mosque. Houses belonging to the settled Fula Jalon are typically round with mud walls and thatched roofs. Each hut has an encircling verandah. The nomadic Fula Jalon live in open, beehive-shaped huts without walls or verandahs. Each hut is surrounded by a cattle corral. Each village has a headman who handles village affairs and answers to a paramount chief.

The Fula Jalon are almost completely Muslim, faithfully following the teachings of the Koran (Islam’s “holy book”). They believe that Allah is the only God and that Mohammed is his prophet. Islamic schools are also set up for the children in some of the villages.

Efforts to evangelize these people have resulted in only a very small number of Fula Jalon believers. They are very devoted to their Islamic religion and see it as a fulfillment of their needs. To win these people to Christ, further prayer is needed for God to open their hearts and eyes to the Truth. Jesus is the embodiment of Truth.

  • Ask the Lord of the harvest to send full-time missionaries to share the Gospel with the Fula Jalon of Guinea.
  • Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Fula Jalon.
  • Pray that God will give the small number of Fula Jalon believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
  • Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
  • Ask the Lord to bring forth a strong and growing church among the Fula Jalon for the glory of His name!