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Prayer requests from Global Diaspora Forum participants
Pray for a small, multinational group working in Dallas from November 5-9 on developing prayer strategy training modules. Ask the Lord to bring forth these resources which will help equip children, ministry groups seeking to grow in prayer, church planting teams working among unreached people groups, and intercessors desiring to better support those teams. As more people learn how to pray strategically, may we see the movement of people become the movement of the good news of Christ.
Please lift up JU as she teaches on ethnographic research methods at a seminary in the Philippines from November 6-10. Pray that the Spirit will lead the students to gather information which will help the Kingdom advance in key ways.
Please ask the Lord to give wisdom and insight to those attending the Executive Meeting of GDN in Seoul from November 12-14. May the Holy Spirit give clear direction and unity of hearts and minds.
Remember our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for following Christ. Pray also for those who have fled, that the Lord may make their footsteps firm. Pray for those who have been sent to places of persecution, that the Lord may be their Shield and Defender.
Pray that the Lord will draw many to Himself as ministries reach out to the over 50,000 Indians in the Philippines.
Today there are still over 1500 unengaged, unreached people groups. In other words, no church or ministry is actively involved in trying to help these 46 million people hear about Christ for the first time. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth more laborers. Please pray for the Finishing the Task conference in California from December 5-7 to lead to more collaborative efforts to ensure every man, woman and child has an opportunity to receive the good news. There are 207 unengaged, unreached people groups in the US and 141 in Canada; please pray that followers of Christ in North America will be awakened to what God has done through diaspora movement.
People Going: Kazakhs
Most Kazakh people today live in Kazakhstan but close to one-third live in western China, Russia, Mongolia, Germany and former Soviet republics. One of the largest people groups in Central Asia, Kazakhs have been trying since the breakup of the USSR to reestablish their cultural identity, use of the Kazakh language and ties to Islam. To give an example, Kazakhstan is preparing to switch to officially using a Latin alphabet rather than the Cyrillic one used by Russia. Kazakhs in western China are one of the ethnic minorities facing extra government scrutiny in an apparent effort to reduce extremism.
Praise the Lord that one day the glory and honor of the Kazakhs, including the God-given beauty of their culture and language, will be brought into the city of God (Revelation 21:26). Pray for the destruction of evil strongholds and arguments in Kazakh minds and hearts raised against the knowledge of God; in particular, pray for an end to tying Kazakh identity with Islam, associating Christianity with historical Russian oppression and viewing Christ as foreign (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Pray that instead of turning to shamans out of fear, Kazakhs will turn to their heavenly Father, who has numbered their hairs, and know His love (Luke 12:7). Pray that diaspora Kazakhs will continue extending hospitality to strangers and welcome Christ-followers who will help them to welcome Christ (Matthew 25:35). Pray that the Lord will renew the heritage of the Kazakhs as an influential, nomadic people – as His ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Several centuries-old caravan routes meet in the city of Sabha in southwestern Libya. The harshness of the Sahara Desert means much of Libya’s borders are not strictly watched, leading to a flow of Egyptians from the east, of West Africans by way of Niger and of East Africans by way of Chad. From Sabha, guides and smugglers take people north to then attempt crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Aside from internally displaced Libyans, refugees and exiles from Chad and Niger and UN guards from Nepal, most of the diaspora people found in Sabha are economic migrants, human trafficking victims, or both. According to reports, some are being caged like prisoners, physically or sexually abused, and sold as slaves at auctions.
(Please see Isaiah 35) Praise the King of righteousness, who makes the wilderness glad and the desert rejoice and blossom. Pray that the many nations in Sabha will see the glory and majesty of the Lord God. Pray that all those with anxious hearts will turn to God and know His salvation. Ask for physical and spiritual healing to happen as people call on Jesus – opened eyes, opened ears, dancing feet, praising tongues. Pray against the activity of evil spirits seeking to devour the oppressed and the oppressors. Pray that the paths of migration in and out of Sabha will be transformed into highways of holiness – where Tubu and Tuareg, Senegalese and Nepalese, Nigerian, Nigerien and Eritrean find “gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
(Information gathered from Finishing the Task, JDPayne.org, Migration Policy Institute, Wikipedia, Nomadic Peoples Network, Radio Free Asia, The Guardian, and EU Observer)