Headliners for the week of 20 September, 2019

Compassion helps families amid Colombia and Venezuela tensions

Colombia (MNN) -- Large-scale military exercises and a regional defense pact have rumors of war circling Colombia and Venezuela. Compassion International partners with churches in a Colombian border town called Cucuta*. They’re helping seven-hundred Venezuelan families in Christ’s name, along with their normal ministry activities. Each day brings a new wave of people across the border. Connect with us online to send help through Compassion.

Call to action

  • Ask the Lord for peace between Colombia and Venezuela.
  • Pray the current tensions won’t escalate into violence or war.
  • Pray Compassion receives the financial support it needs to continue aid efforts.

Greece may not want refugees, but God does

Greece (MNN) -- A new UN report says the number of refugees arriving in Europe is down 30-percent overall, but it’s a different story in Greece. Their arrivals are up nearly 50-percent compared to this time last year. AMG International President Tasos Ioannidis says Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan, is behind the latest spike. AMG shares the love of Christ with refugees as they meet physical needs, but they need your help to keep the work going. We’ll connect you at our website.

Call to action

  • Some of AMG’s staff are former refugees who came to faith and now minister to their fellow countrymen. Fanatical Muslims threaten these staff members because they became Christians, so pray for wisdom and God's protection.
  • Ask the Lord to raise up donors for AMG’s work in Greece. Greece’s current financial crisis severely limits local believers’ ability to support ministry efforts.

Radio programs offer hope, encouragement to hurricane survivors

Caribbean (MNN) -- Initial search and rescue efforts are wrapping up two weeks after Hurricane Dorian left portions of the Bahamas in pieces. The death toll currently stands at 51 but experts warn it WILL rise as aid workers discover more bodies. Hurricane season can be a grim affair in the Caribbean. Through TransWorld Radio, you can help broadcast the hope of Christ to this region. Visit us online to learn more about TWR’s radio ministry.

Call to action

  • Praise God for protecting TWR partners in Puerto Rico from Dorian’s wrath! Ask Him for continued protection throughout the rest of hurricane season.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and comfort those who survived Hurricane Dorian.
  • Pray Caribbean listeners will find hope and encouragement through TWR’s broadcasts.

Cap-Haitien is out of fuel, water, and food

Haiti (MNN) -- Hurricane Dorian recovery may get the most headlines, but ongoing drought makes daily life increasingly desperate in Haiti. For Haiti With Love’s Eva DeHart tells us people are describing the situation in northern Haiti as the worst it’s ever been. There’s no fuel, water, or food. She says For Haiti With Love and the people of Cap Haitian are running out of options. Will you join them as they pray for rain?

Call to action

  • Pray for days of light, soft rain in northern Haiti.
  • Pray for immediate provisions of fuel and food.

Church closure form of legalized discrimination?

Indonesia (MNN) -- A recent forced church closure on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is raising some questions. Are the regulations for churches a masked form of legalized discrimination against Christians? Executive International Director for FMI Bruce Allen says, either way, the church closure trend is disturbing. So, what are the regulations leading to church closures? “One of the rules is that the Church must have a membership of at least 90 people in order to gather and to establish a place of worship, it must be approved by at least 60 non-Christians in the village. So, not only do you have to have a fairly large core group of Christians in the village, which we have to remember, Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim majority nation. Most of the people in any given village are typically Muslim. So, to reach that threshold of 90 is very difficult.” Most FMI supported churches only number between 25 to 50 people. “In all practicality, that’s a very difficult minimum number for a church to reach.” Pray for the church planters and their congregations in Indonesia to have perseverance and creativity in their work. Also, pray for good relations with their majority-religion neighbors. Keep listening to find out where you can learn more on this story in just a moment.

Call to action

  • Pray for FMI partners to have good relationships, perseverance, and creativity in their work.
  • Also pray for these Christian congregations in Indonesia to reflect Christ in their communities, even when their communities are against them.
  • Help financially support a church planter through FMI!