Change nations by praying with us monthly about global events and pressing concerns for World MAP’s ministry – Emailed once a month
In the West, it is a season of celebrating harvest time. But there is a much greater Harvest that is resulting in a heavenly celebration!
On October 6 of this year, 630 people were baptized into a new life in Christ in a muddy river in Thailand – a traditionally Buddhist country. This was just the most recent expression of a two-year long church planting and disciple-making effort of just one ministry in that nation!
In Iran, a far more difficult place for the church to even exist, the Church of Jesus Christ is growing! Though there are fewer than 20 public Christian churches in the entire country (they are closely monitored by the Islamic government), there are innumerable “underground churches,” each with 8-12 people.
It is estimated that there are 800,000 disciples of Jesus in Iran today, but some believe it is far more! [For more on the state of Christianity in Iran, see the YouTube video entitled, “Sheep Among Wolves Pt.2”]
Christianity is the largest and fastest growing faith in the world, with more than 2.4 billion followers. In just the last 20 years, Muslims (10+ million!) have become disillusioned with the hate and violence of Islam, and have converted to faith in Christ – more than at any other point in the history of Islam!
In Vietnam, the Christian population has grown by 600% in just the past 10 years.
And today, Christians are present in every single nation on earth – although there are still people groups within many nations who have never heard the name of Jesus.
Unfortunately, in North America and Europe, many millions are leaving traditional churches and even turning their backs on Jesus Christ.
Why is this happening? There are a number of factors – but there is one critical fact that is too often ignored that I will write to you about next month.
REJOICE IN THE LORD
But for today, let us rejoice in the worldwide ingathering of souls that the Lord of the Harvest is bringing to Himself. May we remember to pray for those newly-saved, that they might be rooted and grounded in love and preserved for Christ’s soon return!
THIS MONTH’S PRAYER POINTS
Two major typhoons in two weeks have brought devastation to this island nation. In such times, people are often more open to the Gospel as they recognize their desperate need.
- The Church to rise up to meet practical needs, and to be bold to freely share the Good News and answers found only in Jesus Christ.
- Wisdom and strategy to ensure that basic resources are accessible and arrive where they are most needed.
- Japan as a nation to renounce their independence from God, and to turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Safety for first responders, and help and hope for those displaced by floods and storm damage.
2) MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS