Prayer Mobilization Line
April 27, 2016

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:3, NIV

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What Can We Possibly Do?
  Missionary Hermann Gschwandtner says, “In 1995 we were asked to concentrate ministry efforts on the oldest mission field of the Church of the Nazarene—India and the surrounding countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. After 100 years of missionary work on the Indian subcontinent, we already had 500 churches and I sometimes wondered what I could do after all those great forerunners? But the Lord gave fruit beyond our wildest dreams and 20 years later we have over 3,000 churches in these new countries (not counting India).”
Out of Devastation
  Even in the midst of devastation like our brothers and sisters in Ecuador are dealing with, God’s word goes forth. On April 20, a Nazarene JESUS Film team made its way to the highest hill in Jama where earthquake survivors have erected rustic, temporary dwellings. There, the team showed the JESUS Film to 120 people. When an invitation was given at the close of the film, 20 people prayed to receive Jesus as their personal Savior.
Missionary News
  706 missionaries and 327 missionary kids were deployed from 50 world areas in 2015 (including 302 long-term volunteers). Last year, 121 new missionaries were added—4 in global contract, 20 on special assignment, 6 interns, 91 on Mission Corps, including regional Mission Corps (all supported either directly or indirectly by the World Evangelism Fund). Praise God for each one of these who serve God through Nazarene missions. Click here for more mission information in NMI’s Fast Facts.
Missing Nazarenes
  In Melbourne, Australia, one of the Mt. Waverley Church of the Nazarene’s congregations is comprised mainly of refugees from South Sudan, Africa. The Sudanese congregation’s leader, Pastor Stephen Riek, recently visited South Sudan and while there, he learned that as many as 208 family members of his congregants in Australia have been killed in South Sudan. Another 102 are missing and feared dead. Pastor Stephen and his congregation say, “Our request is that you may join in our prayers that the killing be stopped and the missing be found alive and safe.“
Ecuador Earthquake—UPDATE

A plea for help has come from the South America Region (SAM) as they invite all Nazarenes to kneel in prayer for the Ecuadorian people April 25 – May 1.  SAM Regional Director Christian Sarmiento says, “The number of deaths within our Nazarene family surpasses the number suffered in our global church in recent years and on the region in the last decade.”

  • Pray for safety of the people in devastated areas as there are still many big aftershocks. This affects the population in many ways and also makes them fearful.
  • Pray for the people in areas that have not received help because damaged roads have cut off access to their communities. They have very little water and food and children are holding signs on the side of the road begging for food and water.
  • Pray for Nazarene rescue teams that they may be strengthened and remain healthy while in places where viruses could develop rapidly and where there is a great risk of contracting dengue, Zika and chikungunya due to mosquito bites. Pray also for safe journeys as they travel to affected areas using roads that are in terrible conditions.
  • Pray for wisdom for the Church of the Nazarene on where and how to minister to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of those affected.

Click here to help financially with the church’s earthquake response.

Bulgaria Business Development
  The Montana region of northern Bulgaria is one of the most disadvantaged areas of the European Union. Many people migrated out of the area after the fall of communism and those left behind struggle to provide for themselves. The local Nazarene church is offering training classes that allow residents to see a future in their home province and how they can prosper. Pray for the members of the Montana Church of the Nazarene in Bulgaria and their efforts to minister help and the love of Christ in their community.
May Missionary Prayer Focus

During the month of May, Verne Ward, director of Global Mission, will be communicating with and praying specifically for the requests of the following missionaries:

Klaus and Martina Arnold, Switzerland
Stan and Beverly Arnold, Japan
Ruthie Cordova, Guatemala
Ana Zoila Diaz Crocker, Costa Rica
John and Sandy Cunningham, USA/Canada
Chad and Amanda Duerre, Ecuador
Tim and Michelle Eby, Senegal
Brad and Nancy Firestone, Eurasia Region
Jonathan and Brittany Kroeze, Senegal
Chuck and Joanne Nicholson, USA/Canada
Wellington and Hellen Obotte, Malawi
Kent and Kathleen Pelton, Thailand
Joseph and Ree Sumi, Ukraine

Thanks for praying also for missionaries who serve in areas of the world where ministering for Christ can be a challenge that preclude us from sharing their names. As requests are received, they will be published in upcoming editions of PML.
Pastor and Wife Doused
  On a recent Sunday, fundamentalists entered a church in Chhattisgarh, India, and terrorized members. They poured gasoline on the pastor and his seven-month pregnant wife. Fortunately, that attempt to set them on fire was unsuccessful. Pray for the pastor and his wife as they return to daily life with this fresh on their minds. Pray for their unborn child who will soon enter this world and the troubled community where his parents live. Pray for the congregation who also endured the persecution, may they stay strong, continue worshipping Christ, and share His love and saving grace in the community.
—Open Doors USA
Family of Glenna Shmidt
  Glenna J. Shmidt, mother of missionary Lynn Shmidt, passed away on April 22 in Ohio. A funeral service was held on April 26. Please pray for Lynn and his family as they mourn the passing of Glenna. Lynn and his wife, Shearon, serve in the Philippines.
Thank you for praying.

Let God’s promises shine on your problems.
— Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983), Dutch author, speaker, and concentration camp survivor

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