PRAYER GUIDE

Local Focus

GIBC

Pray for our Senior Adult Bible Fellowship Group. They plan on restarting their Sunday morning group on Nov 1. Pray for Larry Nesmith who teaches the class.

 

Community

Pray for those in our community struggling with addictions. Pray that God would prevent people from becoming addicted. Pray that God would grant freedom to those currently in the battle.

 

FLORIDA

Pray for those running for Congress in Florida. Pray that God would put those in office who will govern according to His purposes. Pray that they would seek Him first.

 

USA

Pray for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC. Pray that they would continue to bring ethical clarity during confusing times. Pray also that they would continue to champion the cause of religious freedom. Pray for ERLC President, Russell Moore as he leads this entity. 

 

North America:
Collegiate Communities

When students enter the realm of higher education, they are presented with thousands of options. They must decide who they want to be and what they want to do with their lives. From newfound freedom to pressure to perform, these young men and women are navigating culture, obstacles, relationships, finances and more. They are searching for truth, for people to connect with and places to belong. You and the Church can be part of their story in an incredible way.

Pray for Send City Missionary-Bruce Sabin

We are targeting students at Florida Polytechnic University. We’re 100% focused on reaching that college. We were planted from the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Kathleen Baptist Church.

Send Bruce an encouraging email and let him know we are praying for him: bruce@uclakeland.org

Every Country:
Dominica

Population: 66,515
People Groups: 7
Christian Population: 91.75%
Evangelical: 16.8%

Lined with black sand beaches, the small island-nation of Dominica is dotted with magnificent mountains and active geothermal openings. In fact, they boast the second largest boiling lake in the world. Dozens of waterfalls, nine active volcanoes, 365 rivers, and a rainforest fill this 29 by 16-mile “nature island.” This natural beauty provides significant tourism potential, yet poor infrastructure, devastating weather patterns, and few natural resources have inhibited any substantial growth. The island relies heavily on its banana industry, which drives much of the economy.

This is the only place in the Eastern Caribbean with a sizeable indigenous population. The Kalingo, or Carib Indians, have lived on the island since the 13th century. Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Britain in 1763. In the 19th Century, following the abolition of slavery, the nation became the first in the British Caribbean to elect an all-black legislature, a movement known as the “Mulatto Ascendancy.” Dominica eventually gained independence from Britain in 1978. The island has suffered many devastating storms. When Hurricane Maria made landfall in 2017, its category five winds reduced the island to rubble, leaving 95% of its buildings damaged. Of its 74,000 people, 50,000 were suddenly displaced. Though they are working to rebuild, the destruction was all-encompassing and the devastation overwhelming.

Though Christianity is claimed by 92% of the island (the majority being Catholic), those who actually practice their faith are decreasing, and nominalism is on the rise. The island’s isolation has limited the Church’s access to good resources and spiritual leadership. The Carib Indians live in an isolated region, largely cut off socially and spiritually from the rest of the population. Though there are Christians within the Carib population, nominalism is rampant. Yet Evangelical Christianity has seen much growth in recent years throughout the nation. Immense suffering and economic hardship (primarily due to recent Hurricanes) have also opened the door for the Body of Christ to manifest God’s love in tangible ways.

  • Pray for the church to be ignited once again by a deep understanding of the Gospel and God’s love.
  • Pray for local pastors to be strengthened, encouraged, and empowered.
  • Pray for the Gospel to reach all 3,000 Carib Indians living in remote regions of the island.

Unreached Peoples:
Eritrean Tigre

Population: Population: 12,000 in Canada
793,000 Worldwide
Christian Population: 0.00%
Main Religion: Islam

The Tigre were traditionally nomadic shepherds who lived in Eritrea and northeastern Sudan. They were distinguished from other regional peoples by the fact that they possessed hereditary slaves. Historically, most of the Tigre have been scattered between Eritrea’s northern highlands and western lowlands. They have somewhat shifted into Sudan in search of water and grazing lands.

The Tigreans, descendants of the ancient Egyptians, are generally tall and have narrow noses and brown skin. Influenced by Muslim Arab missionaries, most of the Tigreans converted to Islam during the 1800s. Since their language, Tigre, has no script of its own, most literate Tigreans write in Arabic. The Tigreans in Eritrea have suffered from recent droughts, famine, and civil war. Although many are still nomads, most are semi-nomadic; others have become settled farmers. Still others migrated to other parts of the world like Canada to start a new life. A good percentage of the Eritreans in Canada live in Greater Toronto Area, or GTA. Others live in Edmonton or Regina.

Eritrea is a very violent, unstable country, and refugees are leaving at a fast pace. During the 2010s, many Eritreans came to Canada as refugees. They risked abuse and death as they traveled on boats to make their way to Europe. Others managed to escape via Israel. Some of these were able to move to Canada as refugees, and today they are still open to change if people would go to them with the gospel.

Although the Tigreans profess to be Sunni Muslims, most of them practice folk Islam, which is a blend of Islam and ethnic beliefs. Their traditional beliefs include animal sacrifices and rain making rituals. Sacrifices of livestock or corn are offered whenever they think their sins are numerous. They believe that the sacrifice becomes the scapegoat for their sins.

The Tigre also believe in an evil spirit named Zar, who possesses people and causes accidents, illnesses, and sometimes death. The people depend on shamans (priests) to cure the sick, communicate with the spirits, and control events. The shamans also exorcise demons and perform services by entering into a trance.

Eritrean Tigreans need job skills and English or French lessons so they can become valuable members of Canadian society.

  • Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Eritrean Tigreans in Canada for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
  • Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Eritrean Tigrean families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
  • Pray for the spiritual lives of these people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
  • Pray for their lives and culture 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.