PRAYER GUIDE

Local Focus

GIBC

 

Pray for our GIBC family as we walk through this challenging time. Pray that God will supernaturally protect our health and provide for our physical needs. Pray that we will have clear communication with each other for the purpose of prayer and helping. Pray that God will use this time do draw us closer as a church family. Pray that we will all be aware of the most vulnerable and needy and reach out when possible. Pray that we will be faithful to put our trust in the Lord as our source of hope, peace, and provision.

 

GRAND ISLAND/North Lake County

 

Pray for our neighbors. Pray that God will supernaturally protect their health and provide for their physical needs. Pray that we will all be aware of the most vulnerable and needy and reach out when possible. Pray that our neighbors will see our faith and trust in the Lord and that God would you that to draw them to Himself.

 

FLORIDA

 

Pray for those in the healthcare industry. Pray that God will supernaturally protect them and their families health and provide for their physical needs.  Pray that they will have the resources, supplies, and staffing to care for all who need it. In some situations parents are having to send their kids to other relatives to reduce exposure to their families. Pray that God will comfort and give peace to those who are having to isolate from their families as they care for others.

 

 

USA

 

Pray for those who are responsible for making decisions about strategy and policy in the  fight against the coronavirus. Pray that our leaders will make responsible and quick decisions that will help to slow and stop the spread of the virus. Pray that we will have adequate funding and resources to help with medical and economic needs. Pray that communication will be clear so that people can respond appropriately. Pray for those researching for a vaccine will find one quickly and that it would be easily accessible and cost effective.

 

North American Cities:
Las Vegas

This city in the middle of the Mojave Desert has grown from a transportation hub to a popular vacation spot. With casinos, strip clubs, shopping, shows and buffets, the pitch for potential visitors is to entice them with escapism and pleasure. Dubbed “Sin City,” the slogan “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” has become the overarching theme for a trip to this desert destination.

This city in the middle of the Mojave Desert has grown from a transportation hub to a popular vacation spot. With casinos, strip clubs, shopping, shows and buffets, the pitch for potential visitors is to entice them with escapism and pleasure. Dubbed “Sin City,” the slogan “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” has become the overarching theme for a trip to this desert destination. Las Vegas is a city of lights,” says Ben Barfield, the Las Vegas Send City missionary. “From space, it is the brightest place on earth according to NASA, but we have begun to see a spark across this valley. This spark of a church planting movement is shining true light and hope in this city known for its darkness.”

Any sort of change in a city starts with the people who live there, and church plants and a network of active churches are dedicated to facilitating change via the hope of the gospel. There are only 109 Southern Baptist churches in Las Vegas, which means there is one church for every 19,777 people.

Despite the decadence of the Strip, the local economy is struggling. From real estate to unemployment, the statistics show dire needs. Now is the time for the Church to rise up and help. By targeting unreached and underserved neighborhoods, followers of Jesus Christ can meet tangible needs and build healthy community. When one person experiences authentic joy and life abundant, the opportunities to expand that point of view are exponential. That is how change can come to a city.

Pray for Jordan Caro-Send City Missionary

Jordan serves in the local church as a church planting director. As the Send City Missionary for Las Vegas, he works with pastors and church leadership teams to see the gospel spread and the church multiplied throughout the city. He and his wife Emma have two children, Mason and Hope, and their family is actively involved in foster care ministry.

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

 

Every Country:Brazil

Population: 195,423,252
People Groups: 315
Christian Population: 91.40%
Evangelical: 26.3%

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Down below in the city, however, Jesus’ presence is less visible. Though more than 74% of the country’s people identify themselves as Roman Catholic and another 16% identify themselves as Christian, Brazil is a nation struggling with nominalism and spiritism.

Of the 200 million people in the nation, 40 million Brazilians live below the poverty line.  While the richest 10% of Brazilians garner nearly half the income of Brazil, the poorest 10% get less than 1%. In Rio de Janeiro, where “Christ the Redeemer” stands overlooking, 20-25% of the city’s population lives in slums called favelas.  Within these slums, hundreds of thousands of street children find themselves trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and violence, and many suffer from AIDS. 

In the Brazilian rain forest, a human tragedy is well-hidden. It is the ever shrinking population of indigenous Amerindians, who in 1500 A.D. numbered over 6 million but today number less than 250,000. Even as these tribes’ physical existence is threatened within the rain forest, their opportunities to hear the gospel and know eternal life are threatened by an increasing number of restrictions on missionaries that seek to reach them. 

Despite all of these sober facts, the number of evangelical believers in Brazil continues to grow and it has become a missionary-sending nation. From high atop Corcovado mountain, “Christ the Redeemer” reminds us that Jesus continues to redeem the people of Brazil and is sending them to bring the gospel of salvation to the rest of the world.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for spiritual maturity throughout the rapidly-growing evangelical church.
  • Pray for the Spirit of God to transform lives within sprawling urban slums.
  • Pray for missionaries to be sent to areas and roughly 130 tribes unreached by the Gospel.

 

                                                                                                           

 

 

                                                                                                                  

 

Unreached Peoples:
Asheninca, Ucayali-Yurua

Population: 1,000 in Brazil; 9,600 worldwide
Christian Population: 1.00%
Main Religion: Ethnic Religion

The Ucayali-Yurua Asheninca people live in western Brazil and eastern Peru. They are very remote. Because of their remote location, they are less likely to come in contact with outsiders than indigenous peoples who live closer to Brazilian and Peruvian settlements.

The few people who speak Ucayali-Yurua Asheninka are vulnerable to having their lives and livelihoods destroyed by the outside world. They do not have immunities to the diseases that outsiders subject them to. For many generations they have been able to survive by hunting wild game and finding edible plants, but if they are forced to live in Brazilian towns or cities, they will probably be like fish trying to live on the land.

The Brazilian government is trying to protect indigenous people by keeping outsiders away. Such a situation provides them protection until loggers and miners arrive, often undetected by the government. Government protection also keeps missionaries away, which means that they will not hear the gospel.

The primary religion practiced by the Ucayali-Yurua Asheninca is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people’s ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation.

The Ucayali-Yurua Asheninca people need the chance to learn job skills that will prepare them for the inevitable day when they have full contact with outsiders. They will also need adequate medical care and schools.

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Ucayali-Yurua Asheninca people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.

Pray for the lives and culture of the Ucayali-Yurua Asheninca people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.