Prayer requests for the Diaspora Missiology Compendium project
Praise God for significant progress towards the publication of SCATTERED and GATHERED: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology. Praise God for the hard work Lorajoy Dimangondayao and Ruth Eppele Dickens have done in editing.
Please pray that the finalized manuscript can be submitted properly to Regnum Books International and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies within the next few days.
Please pray for the Lord to provide abundantly to cover the compendium expenses. Please pray that copies may be shipped to major seminaries, colleges, divinity schools and missions training centers. Pray also for funds to compensate the technical editors.
Please ask God to give wisdom for the Diaspora Missiology Educators Consultation in Singapore, from March 2-6. The group will make recommendations on diaspora missiology curriculum and on using the compendium for training in academic institutions and local churches.
Pray that the compendium will be available in April 2016 and lead to a greater understanding of and involvement in God's plan in the movement of peoples.
Prayer requests from Global Diaspora Forum participants
Please continue to pray for internally displaced persons, refugees and economic migrants in dangerous circumstances to be aware of the Lord’s presence, power and protection.
Pray for government leaders to desire to honor the Lord and to make wise policy decisions regarding migration.
Pray for the upcoming Lausanne Global Classroom course on diaspora mission to increase awareness of and involvement in diaspora mission efforts.
Pray for brothers and sisters in Malaysia to be strengthened in faith. Pray for Malaysian churches to welcome international migrants, to convey Christ’s love to all Muslim peoples living there, to effectively engage the large numbers of Rohingya, and to become family for the unaccompanied minors.
Please continue to intercede on behalf of Bhutanese Nepali refugees, who have an alarmingly high rate of suicide. May they follow the Lord Jesus, who is the Creator, the Giver of life and the Destroyer of evil.
Please continue to pray for the Lord to deliver the 219 “Chibok” young women who are still missing after being kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. May the manner of their rescue cause their captors to worship Christ.
Please continue to pray for peace in Israel. Praise God for making reconciliation possible between Israeli and Palestinian believers in Yeshua. Ask God to bring an end to violence and anger by turning the hearts of many living in Israel toward Himself.
Pray for the hundreds of ethno-linguistic groups who are currently considered unengaged, unreached people groups. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers.
Diaspora People in Focus: Colombians
Previous decades of civil wars, drug-related violence and instability have led Colombia to have one of the largest populations of internally displaced persons. Hundreds of thousands more Colombians have fled to Ecuador and Venezuela. The Church’s fruitful work among the poor, the vulnerable and the militants has led to pastors and other leaders being targeted.
Thank the Lord for our faithful Colombian brothers and sisters. Ask God to strengthen, protect and encourage them. Pray that the millions of Colombians who have fled their homes will find the lasting peace and security of the Lord Jesus. Ask God to empower Colombian disciples in Spain and other European nations to help revitalize the Church. Pray for Colombians in the USA, one of the largest immigrant populations there, to send forth many missionaries.
Country of Diaspora: Kuwait
About 6 out of every 10 people in Kuwait are foreign-born. Whether from Egypt, South Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, China , Korea or elsewhere, these migrants make up most of the workforce. Some religious tolerance exists, but it is illegal to evangelize Muslims.
Praise God for the opportunity Christ-followers have to live and worship in Kuwait. Pray for the unity of believers, both within and across cultural groups. Pray for forgiving hearts among currently divided congregations. Most migrants have short-term contracts; pray that God will provide ways for long-term, fruitful work. Praise God that many more Kuwaitis have come in contact with the good news message in some way; pray for effective, personal follow up with those interested in learning more.
Please pray that the migrant Church in Kuwait will cover strategic people and places in prayer. Pray that nannies and maids who care for Kuwaiti children and households will be godly influences on their employers. Pray that the stateless Bidoon will know the love that the Father has lavished upon His children through the Lord Jesus.
(Information gathered from Migration Policy Institute, AllAfrica.com, pray-ap.info and Operation World)