EXPANDING HIS TERRITORY
WORKS + MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD + HARVEST REPORT + LETTERS FROM THE FIELD + NICARAGUA + AUGUST DAILY PRAYER WATCH
MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD by Dick Eastman
The world’s best athletes will be gathering in “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive London to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. the unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:4 NASB). James All of the contenders have a common goal in mind: to speaks of the crown of life: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, win an Olympic gold medal. The gold medal is the greatest prize an Olympic he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has athlete can bring home. It sets the winner apart from promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12 NASB). all others and earns the athlete a permanent place in Paul describes yet another crown: “… there is laid up sports history. for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, Winning a gold medal can also open doors to the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; success beyond the Olympic Games. Today, a gold and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His medal in the hand is also worth gold in the bank for appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8 NASB). Personally, I have athletes who agree to give commercial endorsements. long believed that any jewels that may appear in our It’s interesting that the apostle Paul uses imagery crowns will represent the souls we have helped bring from the Olympic Games some 2,000 years ago to to Christ, whether through our personal witness, describe the training, struggles, our prayers for the lost, or even and endurance necessary for victory our sowing financially into the AS BELIEVERS, OUR in the Christian life. harvest. In this way we play a vital Running the race requires part in helping win souls (“eternal ULTIMATE GOAL IN discipline in training. If we “break worshipers”) for Jesus. WINNING THE GOLD IS training” by slacking off in prayer, The greatest thing about Bible reading, or following God ultimately receiving these amazing NOT TO KEEP IT FOR through everyday struggles, we crowns is what we will be able to OURSELVES, BUT TO will become weak. Paul said, do with them when we enter the “Discipline yourself for the purpose GIVE IT ALL TO JESUS. Lord’s presence. As inhabitants of godliness; for bodily discipline of heaven give God glory (see is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for Revelation 4), notice what the 24 elders do with their all things, since it holds promise for the present life crowns: “And when the living creatures give glory and and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8 NASB). honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to The writer of Hebrews adds, “Let us lay aside every Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV). are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and Paul’s greatest encouragement is to run the honor and power; for You created all things, and race of faith with the attitude of a winner. “Run in because of Your will they existed, and were created’” such a way that you may win,” he admonished. (Revelation 4:9-11 NASB). (1 Corinthians 9:24 NASB) Of course, any heavenly rewards or crowns we But what is the prize we are running for? Paul may someday receive are only made possible through answers, “Everyone who competes in the games Christ. As believers, our ultimate goal in winning the exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to gold is not to keep it for ourselves, but to give it all to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” Jesus. This ultimate goal is, indeed, far more precious (1 Corinthians 9:25 NASB). than gold. Beloved, it may be sooner than we think that In Paul’s day, the winning athlete received a coveted we will stand together casting our crowns before our wreath, but I’m certain that the “imperishable” prize wonderful Lord. And my prayer is that each of these that Paul references is far more valuable and everlasting crowns will be filled with precious jewels representing than Olympic gold. a glorious harvest that we helped gather unto Jesus Consider the crowns Paul and the other apostles during our earthly journeys. tell us God has reserved for His children. Peter said,
TABLE OF CONTENTS from the President
2 MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD
4 EXPANDING HIS TERRITORY
10 HARVEST REPORT 11 LETTERS FROM THE FIELD
Testimony from Nicaragua
12 GOD BLESSES THE JOYFUL GIVER 13 AUGUST DAILY PRAYER WATCH
EHC International President | Dick Eastman Executive Director | Tim Middlebrook Editor | Dena Jefferson Designer | Isaac Reichenbach Production Supervisor | Marie Housman Editorial Assistant | Jordan DeCosta Contributing Editor | Andrew Winger EHC Regional Directors | José Seisdedos (Latin America) Pierre Clément (Europe), Ondrej Garaj (C.I.S.) Edoh Fiozandji (French Africa), Tom Rios (Middle East) Jacob George (South Asia Rim), Samuel Hilel Lal (India) Manasa Kolivuso (Asia-Paciﬁc)
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EXPANDING HIS TERRITORY
Through its 65-year history, Every Home for Christ has existed to serve the Church to reach every home on earth with the Gospel. In doing so, EHC has been active at one time or another in 216 nations, each with their own challenges and successes. Every year, EHC strives to launch new works in nations where we have never been. In 2012, Every Home for Christ has a goal to establish, or re-establish, a presence in 12 countries worldwide. So what does it take to establish a new EHC work in a nation? It doesn’t happen exactly the same everywhere, but EHC has a proven strategy to carry out home-to-home ministry. That process is saturated in prayer, guided by the Holy Spirit, and it begins in the hearts of EHC leadership around the world.
“IT’S ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON, GOD’S PERSON, TO SPEARHEAD THE WORK.” 4
IDENTIFYING TARGET NATIONS The process begins when EHC leadership identifies “target nations.” These are nations that are on the hearts and minds of regional and international leadership. It is not guaranteed that works will be launched in these nations—in fact, God might take EHC workers into areas we never expected—but these are the nations we will pursue. According to International Director Scott Middlebrook, EHC’s Regional Directors (RDs) work to identify the nations in which EHC might be best equipped to engage in home-tohome evangelism ministry.
“At EHC,” explains Middlebrook, “we feel it is important that God is preparing the work ahead of us. Thus, when we consider launching a new work in a nation we take into account two factors, which are indicators that God is indeed preparing the way. The first indicator is evidence that the Body of Christ in the nation is united or heading that way. The second indicator is evidence that the Body of Christ is praying. If these factors are not present, we start by asking, how do we break down the walls of division? How do we get the people praying?”
FINDING THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR—THE —THE “CRAZY MAN”! — In launching a work in any nation, the key factor is finding the right person to lead the work of reaching every home in his or her nation. This is a person who does not just believe it can be done, but someone who is involved in evangelism already on some level. EHC leaders seek out people who are engaged in ministry in their neighborhoods or who are already using literature as a primary tool in their outreach. It is also important to identify people who are connected with the Body of Christ in their nations and who look beyond denominational differences. “We usually start with the evangelical alliance groups in a nation, if they exist, and are willing to work with us,” says Middlebrook. “These are men and women of influence who are often able to lead us to the right people.” This “right person” must be especially ready to take on the cause of Christ in a huge way. He or she must be courageous and called by the Lord to take up an uncertain and possibly dangerous task. One EHC Regional Director (RD) says he seeks out the “crazy man” to lead the work. RDs are accustomed to meeting
Christian leaders who contend that going home to home cannot be done or isn’t effective. At EHC, we realize it is the crazy guy who has no doubt it can be done and will work with passion to see it accomplished. “If someone tells me it cannot be done,” this RD says, “I simply know he is not the one who is going to do it!” After RDs identify the leader, training begins. Regional Director for French Africa, Edoh Fiozandji, has his own method of training a new leader for a launch. He actually brings that person to his own home to stay with his family for a time of individualized instruction. He provides on-the-job training in one of our most successful nations, Togo, and mentors the “newbies” for a prolonged period of time. They follow his every move for weeks at a time! Finding and training the right person can be tedious work. On average, it takes six trips into a new nation. One Creative Access country in the Middle East took ten visits to establish the ministry. “It’s not about finding an available guy,” says Middlebrook. “It’s about finding the right person, God’s person, to spearhead the work.”
A Christ Group in Nepal
REGISTERING EHC IN THE NATION
We rejoice in seeing at least ten new EHC national works activated in 2011, the most ever for any single year in EHC’s 65-year history. In the past, if work was started in only one or two nations it was considered a good year. In 2011, EHC successfully launched ministries in the following nations: 1. Guinea-Bissau 2. Chad 3. Gabon 4. Peru (Page 7) 5. Haiti (Page 8) 6. Trinidad & Tobago (Page 9) 7. 4 Creative Access Nations
After a leader is appointed, the goal is to be legally registered in every nation. Registering with the government usually involves setting up a board or association. In developing a board, EHC seeks for a governing body of likeminded people who represent the Body of Christ in their nation. Diversity is desirable, both denominationally and vocationally, and it is preferred to have leaders who are in ministry as well as in business. If we can, we look for multiple denominational officers. “We don’t like to have just one denominational officer, though,” Middlebrook points out, “because we don’t want one denomination to dominate. We look for multiple denominational leaders who can open up access to churches in their nations.” Sometimes it is not possible to register in a nation, and we do have some clandestine works. We refer to these as “Creative Access” nations because we must be creative to find ways to access these nations to present the Gospel. In these cases we might not register at all, or our registration might come under an alias. For example, we could be a survey company, which is legal and allows us to go home to home. In Nepal, a former Creative Access nation, we developed hygiene booklets with basic information about washing hands and clean drinking water. This led to a small portion of the booklet describing clean spiritual living. EHC workers presented the Gospel as the method of cleansing the spirit. Thanks to a little ingenuity and a lot of courage, what used to be mere hundreds of believers has turned into hundreds of thousands in Nepal!
Peru is located on the western coast of South America, bordering the south Pacific Ocean. Though challenged by a history of dictatorships, oppressive military regimes, and years of guerilla warfare, Peru (pop. 29,549,517) today enjoys a growing economy and a mostly-stable government. Since 2002, Peru’s economy has grown, on average, 6.4 percent per year, and the poverty rate has dropped by 23 percent.
The list of nations potentially targeted for 2012 include: 1. The Gambia 2. East Timor 3. Grenada 4. Belize 5. Nigeria 6. Poland 7. Taiwan 8. Solomon Islands 9. 4 Creative Access Nations
Despite such growth, 50 percent of Peruvians still live in poverty. The nation is held back from potential growth by corruption, a flawed tax structure, and economic inequalities. Moreover, Peru is the world’s second largest producer of cocaine, and the presence of this illicit drug certainly takes its toll on the nation’s social and political stability. EHC Peru—Ministerio Cristiano a Cada Hogar (Christian Ministry to Every Home)— launched its first efforts with a goal of reaching and transforming entire families for Christ. Through home-to-home evangelism and discipleship focused on marriages and families, EHC Peru desires to reach, rescue, and restore whole families and then prepare them to impact families in neighboring countries. National Director Henry Romero describes Peru as, “a diverse community in culture and customs which has dealt with many social problems, and most of these problems stem from family dysfunction. So the key is reaching new homes through Christian homes.” EHC Peru plans to work with 400 different churches, and Henry Romero estimates that in ten years every home in Peru will be reached with the Gospel!
RECRUITING CHURCHES Once EHC is registered in a nation, the next hurdle is to recruit and mobilize churches for involvement. The goal in each new work is to develop a network of volunteers who will go home to home with us. EHC exists to serve the Church to reach every home on earth with the Gospel. Because of this, workers go into churches to plant the vision, then facilitate, train, mobilize, and equip those congregations to do the work. “I believe a strength of EHC is that if we finish our work in a nation, not only have we reached every home with the Gospel, but we’ve equipped the Church to have evangelism mindsets and methods,” Middlebrook shares. “If we must leave a nation for some reason, the work doesn’t stop!”
DEVELOPING LITERATURE While EHC leaders work to recruit churches, evangelistic literature is subsequently being developed that is specific to the nation. EHC uses a singular message—salvation in Christ alone—but unique literature is developed for every nation. We seek out inroads to particular cultural situations. Some nations have a single piece of literature, while others might have as many as 20 or 30 different titles. There might be literature specific to children, drug addicts, prison inmates, or alcoholics. Middlebrook states, “We focus on creating literature that will be a bridge to communicate why a particular person needs the message of the Gospel.”
Please pray for the work of EHC in Haiti to proceed unhindered and the Gospel to be proclaimed!
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and occupied first by Spain and then by France through the 17th century, Haiti became the first black republic to declare independence in 1804 when the nation’s nearly half million slaves revolted. Today, Haiti (pop. 9,801,664) is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most densely populated countries of the Americas. The Haitian people have a
history riddled with political, economic, and social instability. Roughly 75 percent of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The spiritual response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti has made the nation fertile ground for the Gospel. God seems to be moving out of disaster and suffering as the people are receptive to the message of hope. Haiti has been on the hearts and minds of EHC leadership for over two years, and today the work is finally underway! Already, literature is printed and a home-to-home evangelism outreach has begun. This effort is starting in Dessalines City, and newly-appointed National Director Jules Jasmin Joseph plans to reach two areas in the first year of ministry—North and Artibonite. Brother Joseph reports, “This evangelism project, supported by EHC and carried out through the churches in Haiti, will help make a big difference where a similar project has never existed!” In these first few months, EHC Haiti leadership will be working to connect with pastors to plant the EHC vision and will explore the possibility of working with Christian school directors to reach their students with evangelistic literature and Bibles.
CREATING A TACTICAL PLAN When leaders, churches, and literature have been finalized, a tactical plan is hashed out. Where will the work begin? How will it spread? Which churches will be responsible for which neighborhoods? Detailed maps are acquired and strategies are established to ensure that every home in a nation is reached. EHC workers have methodical ways of dividing up sections of cities, assigning them to churches, and avoiding duplication. Thus, it becomes a systematic process. And then the work begins. It is important to note that launching a new work for Every Home for Christ in any nation is not easy. Sometimes the new initiatives are on our list for years. And it almost always comes down to finding the right person to head up the work. Please pray that these right people are identified and stay strong while the work spreads and the Word of God is heard among the nations!
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO For a look at engaging footage from the field as EHC establishes a new work in Trinidad & Tobago, visit EHC.org/Trinidad, where you will hear the story from EHC staff and watch the outreach as people go home to home distributing gospel messages in this Caribbean nation.
HARVEST REPORT Worldwide Statistical Progress Report | 1953 to May 25, 2012
CREATIVE ACCESS HOMES REACHED
(Representing nations in most regions.)
OTHERS* DECISIONS/RESPONSES 3,370,272
*Countries where literature has been distributed, including: countries that no longer have an EHC oﬃce; countries that had distribution, but no oﬃce; countries that had literature sent to missionaries and nationals from 1946-1953.
Dear EHC Samoa,
LETTERS FROM THE
I am very grateful for the work EHC is doing in Samoa. I don’t think any other Christian church or ministry is doing systematic home visitation. My church hosted the EHC team for three weeks when they first arrived on our island of Savaii, and it was indeed a great joy for our church. I could see fire and passion in these young men to reach every home with the Gospel, and nothing was going to stop them. They have been a blessing to our local church and the community as well. When it was time for them to depart to their next location many tears were shed by our congregation. Thank you for a job well done. Rev. Jack, First Samoan Full Gospel Church Satupaitea Village, Savaii, Samoa
Dear EHC South Africa, I am writing my grade 12 exams this year and will be studying at the Nelson Mandela University next year. Recently I came across a booklet from your ministry called “The Way to God/Help from Above.” I have read through this booklet carefully, and it really changed my life. I have seen that there is more to life than just existing from day to day. The knowledge that I’ve gained from the contents of your booklet has made my life better. I believe that I will be able to meet the requirements that God expects from me in my life. I have the desire to help other people come to the same knowledge as I did. Can you please send me more books and reading materials that I can share with other students at the university next year? I will be living in a hostel on the campus, and I would like to give each student a booklet when they arrive. This will encourage them just as much as I was encouraged when I read and studied the booklet. Zwide Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Dear EHC Armenia, I have come to know God through EHC Armenia, and I appreciate that I am a lucky person to receive salvation. In this hard and sometimes mysterious life, I understand a very important thing—that everything in this life is temporary, even men themselves. And I think one day everything will come to its end. Every day I read the Bible and I understand that everything will pass, but those who believe in His name will live forever. Sometimes in our family we speak about God but nobody understands me; they even quiz me. I don’t lose hope and I continue praying for my family that their hearts may be opened and they may see that Jesus is the only truth. I ask you: please pray for my family and for our country to be filled with faith and to be salt and light. Alisa Armenia
EHC Nicaragua National Director Isaac Estrada
GOD BLESSES THE JOYFUL GIVER! Roberto Irogoyen is considered the most famous shoe shiner working in Central Park in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. No one can make shoes shine as brightly as Roberto. One day, EHC’s National Director for Nicaragua, Isaac Estrada, was near the park and decided to have his shoes polished. When Roberto heard his voice, he asked if Isaac was the same person whom Roberto had often heard on a local radio program. Roberto specifically referred to the program titled: “La Palabra en Cada Hogar” (The Word in Each Home)! Our Director answered he was indeed the host of the radio program. Roberto excitedly told him that he had just accepted Jesus through that same radio program but did not know what else he should do to grow as a new believer. Isaac quickly recommended that he visit a Christian church where he and his family could worship the Lord. After that, Roberto took something from his money box and told Isaac: “Here, I have an offering I want to give to your ministry.” It was 30 Córdoba, a significant sum for a man who shined shoes. This impacted our EHC Director greatly as he had never received offerings from a shoe shiner before. Suddenly, Isaac noticed a woman crying nearby. He asked her why she was crying, but she did not answer. Roberto suddenly explained, “Pastor, she is my wife and since we became married ten years ago, she has tried to get pregnant but has been unable. She is infertile. We have visited several doctors, and spent much money, but to no avail. This month, she thought she had become pregnant, but only today found out she is not. This is why she is so very sad and cannot stop crying.”
Isaac came close to the woman, took her hand, and began praying for God to open her womb and perform a miracle. This was one year ago in the month of December. When Isaac returned from Colorado following EHC’s 65th anniversary celebration in the United States, which ended just nine months after Isaac had prayed that prayer over Roberto’s wife, he learned that Roberto and his lovely wife were the proud parents of a healthy new baby boy. The baby had been born almost nine months to the day after Isaac had prayed for the wife of Roberto the shoe shiner. Naturally, Roberto’s wife is ecstatic. They told Brother Isaac that from that day on they have been blessed abundantly and have become Christians. Now, after a year of discipleship training, the Lord has made Roberto the leader of an EHC Christ Group in Managua. The Lord has also provided Roberto and his wife with a nice vehicle. Roberto has increased his monthly offerings for the EHC ministry to 50 Córdobas (almost double what he had been giving previously), which is a large amount for a shoe shiner in Nicaragua. Today, Roberto continues shining shoes in Central Park in Managua, and he proudly relates that he is the only shoe shiner in all of his nation who owns an automobile. We praise the Lord for the multiple miracles that have touched Roberto and his family—first, there was the miracle of Roberto’s salvation, and then that of his wife’s conversion as well. Beyond that there is the miracle-birth of their little boy. Truly, nothing is impossible for God, and He does indeed bless the joyful giver! Amen!
DAILY PRAYER WATCH 1 POLAND WEDNESDAY
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0.3% WPM # 84 We celebrate the exciting return of EHC to this country! Pray for EHC teams during this time of planning and strategizing for the evangelization of this nation, and ask God for zealous volunteers who will take the Gospel to every home in Poland. (Hosea 7-9)
19.6% MALAWI WPM # 15 The Mobile Training Center (MTC) program has been effective and in constant demand, helping leaders be equipped to disciple others. Pray for EHC workers as they continue to disciple through MTCs in Msundwe and surrounding areas. (Micah 2-4)
DAY OF PRAYER
Today, EHC staff and Intercessory Missionaries continue 12 hours of prayer and worship daily, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (MDT). Together we gather to pray for every nation on earth. Join us in person at EHC headquarters or at home for EHC’s global outreaches. (Psalms 97-99)
23.0% HONDURAS WPM # 182 Pray for Jorge Fortin, a board member and faithful servant of EHC Honduras. He was recently diagnosed with cancer in his lymph system and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Pray for miraculous healing for Brother Fortin. (Habakkuk 1-3)
10.7% WPM # 38 The team in Togo desires to train 1,440 new discipleship group leaders by the end of 2012. Pray that the Mobile Training Center (MTC) will be an effective tool in accomplishing this training and will produce spiritually mature leaders. (Jeremiah 11, 12, 26)
0.7% GUINEA REPUBLIC WPM # 45 Pray for God’s grace and favor on prison ministry as EHC workers visit inmates, provide food, address medical needs, and share the Gospel. Thank God that this Muslimdominated nation is open to the Gospel! (Hosea 10-12)
2.8% NEPAL WPM # 133 Training for the Be Fruitful and Multiply (BFAM) discipleship curriculum will be held soon in Freedim Pachthar of far eastern Nepal and in Kathmandu. Join the team in prayer that they will be able to train 30 leaders and begin 15 new Christ Groups. (Micah 5-7) 32.3% CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. WPM # 25 Pray for increased unity among pastors and leaders so that local churches might work together to evangelize in all corners of this nation. Praise the Lord for two former fetish worshipers who have rejected those practices to worship the one true God! (2 Chronicles 33, 34; Zephaniah 1) 0.1% BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA WPM # 70 Please pray for EHC workers as they begin to reach every home in Central Bosnian County through gospel booklets, radio, television, and Internet resources. The team asks for prayer for personal connections to be established in order to lead people to Christ. (Jeremiah 1-3) Pop. 47,000,000 TUESDAY 1.0% SPAIN WPM # 60 During a recent month, 41,650 gospel messages were distributed in thousands of homes. Teams often spent hours in a single home, and seeds of true knowledge were planted. Pray that those seeds will take root and bear fruit in the kingdom of God. (Psalms 100-102)
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Three churches were recently closed down by local authorities, and they will no longer be permitted to meet publicly. Pray for the members of these churches, as well as for new believers and Christ Groups, to grow into maturity in Christ through their perseverance. (Hosea 13, 14; Micah 1)
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EHC is striving to finish a complete coverage of this nation by the end of 2013. Individual believers as well as churches are currently being mobilized. Please pray for effectiveness in their work and for creative strategies to traverse challenging terrain. (Nahum 1-3)
1.2% WPM # 81 EHC Slovakia has developed and will soon unveil a new website to be used in conjunction with evangelization in the capital city. Pray this website will be an effective tool that will lead to personal encounters with Jesus Christ. (Zephaniah 2, 3; 2 Chronicles 35)
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Two cities in this nation are known for narcotics addictions in a large percentage of young people. Recently, EHC volunteers were able to distribute gospel literature among addicts. Pray the gospel message will grip hearts and initiate transformation. (Jeremiah 4-6) Pop. 8,200,000 WEDNESDAY 0.5% AUSTRIA WPM # 80 Praise God for the zeal of a veterinarian who sponsored a shipment of nearly 15,000 gospel messages to reach the people of his hometown! In a recent month, 46,000 booklets were distributed in just two districts. Please pray for a plentiful harvest from this work. (Jeremiah 7-9)
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21.1% SOUTH AFRICA WPM # 1 Teams recently conducted an outreach in parking lots in and around a city center, distributing copies of the Gospel of John and a booklet titled “Seven Steps to Knowing God.” Pray that God would move in the hearts of those who received that literature. (Jeremiah 16-18) 16.0% HAITI WPM # 191 Haiti is one of our newest works, and we are excited to report that there has been substantial response in the first few months of ministry! Pray for new believers in the two new Christ Groups that have been formed to grow into spiritual maturity. (Jeremiah 46-49)
11.1% MOZAMBIQUE WPM # 8 Pray for diligence and accuracy for teams in Mozambique who are hard at work translating the Be Fruitful and Multiply (BFAM) discipleship curriculum. Thank the Lord for volunteers who are capable of translating into local languages! (Jeremiah 24, 27, 28)
18.0% SAMOA WPM # 158 In one recent month, EHC teams visited 2,276 homes and led 2,167 people to Christ! Pray for workers who are encountering challenges in the field from corrupt Christian leaders. Ask God for breakthrough in these villages. (Jeremiah 21, 34, 37)
10.1% WPM # 34 The team of EHC Chad requests prayer for the village of Hory, which, they say, “the devil seems to have completely taken over.” Pray, also, for the people of the Kyabe Zone to be freed from the influence of occultism. (Jeremiah 10, 14, 15)
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1.0% WPM # 89 Thank God for one EHC worker who has been making his way on foot through the villages in the area of Isere for the past eleven years. Please ask God to stir the hearts of all those whom this one worker has reached. (Jeremiah 19, 20, 35) 8.9% WPM # 40
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Thank the Lord for a new Christ Group, a steady increase in Bible correspondence course students, and the conversion of a young Hindu woman! Please cover an upcoming election in this nation in prayer. (Jeremiah 36, 45, 25)
0.6% WPM # 71 In some predominately Muslim areas Praise God for 131 people who of this nation, believers are physically contacted our office in a recent month beaten for their faith. Pray for strength to request more literature! Please and courage for new believers and pray that these people will grow in pioneer missionaries—especially those understanding of salvation in Jesus who are women—and praise God for Christ, and pray that some will join the perseverance of new believers in the us to reach every home in Serbia. face of opposition! (Psalms 103-105) (Jeremiah 13, 22, 23) 1.2% BELGIUM WPM # 87 EHC works closely with two Bible schools in Belgium. These schools are in the process of expanding. Pray for an increasingly fruitful partnership between EHC and the schools and for the leadership of the schools as they take on an increased financial burden. (Jeremiah 29, 50-51) Pop. 103,800,000
12.3% PHILIPPINES WPM # 169 Please pray for the Lord’s protection as EHC workers travel to islands affected by recent landslides. The team invites you to join them in prayer for Pastor C. and Pastor W., who will coordinate the distribution in these villages. (Jeremiah 38, 39, 52) Pop. 44,900,000 THURSDAY 3.8% UKRAINE WPM # 101
Islam has taken a new hold on the people of the northern regions of this nation. Pray for the spiritual and physical needs of these people to be fulfilled in Christ alone. Praise God for strategic and fruitful partnerships with a variety of ministries. (Jeremiah 30-33)
28 TANZANIA TUESDAY
17.9% WPM # 16 Praise the Lord for the partnership between EHC Tanzania and UW Sports Ministry! The team requests prayer for the budget needs of an upcoming Youth Sports Outreach Training, which will train EHC workers to reach the youth of Tanzania. (Psalms 106-108) Pop. 3,200,000 Pop. 3,700,000 WEDNESDAY FRIDAY 1.2% 3.7% MOLDOVA MONGOLIA WPM # 175 WPM # 102 New literature has been designed During these warmer months, EHC workers received a donation of EHC teams focus on outreaches to 1,000 pairs of shoes and blessed local called “Prayer for Ukraine—Prayer for You” and has shown good results in nomadic peoples of Mongolia. Pray orphanages with them. One boy had for the teams as they travel, spend the prayed the night before for shoes, and recent field tests. Pray these gospel because of God’s immediate provision, booklets will be effective in reaching the night with nomadic groups, hand out literature, show gospel movies, and he was saved! Please pray God would Ukrainian people. Pray, also, for wider involvement across denominations. share Christ’s love. continue to touch lives like this. (Jeremiah 43-44; Lamentations 1) (Lamentations 2-5) (Jeremiah 40-42)
DO YOU OWN REAL ESTATE OTHER THAN YOUR HOME? Oftentimes when people own real estate in addition to their home, it was given to them through their parents’ or grandparents’ Will. Most people don’t realize that passing real estate down through the generations can become more problematic with each generation. The reason is because each generation typically multiplies the number of owners, who each bring their own speciﬁc personality and belief system. It then becomes diﬃcult for the owners to come to a consensus on issues related to the property. This can create hard feelings among family members and can sometimes end up eﬀectively rendering the property useless and unsalable. As you can imagine, these problems just keep getting worse with each new generation of owners. I mention this because I strongly believe that people should pray and think very carefully before leaving real property in their Will to their children. This is especially true if the children will own the property together. Instead of hanging on to real estate to leave it to children in the Will, I highly recommend that people prayerfully consider giving it away during their lifetime to their church or other ministries they care about. This not only protects family from ﬁghting with each other, but it also creates an opportunity to use possessions for immediate kingdom impact. Giving real estate to beneﬁt the Church goes back to apostolic times. In today’s world, it’s even a better plan of stewardship because you can get a double tax beneﬁt by avoiding capital gains tax and receiving a charitable deduction. So, if you have real estate that you need to give away during life or after death to your family, your church or other ministries you care about, please get in touch with me. I would be happy to help you understand your options. Guy Burgo Director of Stewardship Ministries 1-800-423-5054 firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IF WE WERE TO REACH THE ENTIRE WORLD WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN OUR LIFETIME?
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