GFA Prayer Team - Pray without ceasing (Came in my email)
Dear Fellow Christian,
We have two situations that need your prayers today.
First, a believer is being forced from his village because of his faith in Christ. He Must Choose Between Jesus and His Home.
April 25, 2011
Thousands of believers like Shanim are cut off from their family and thrown out of their villages each year after they choose to follow Christ.
Shanim Dal's wife took their child and left him. Now, his friends and neighbors are threatening to kick him out of the village he has called home his entire life.
It seems like everyone in Shanim's life is angry about his decision to follow Christ.
Shanim learned about the love of Jesus from a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary who works in his village. He was so amazed by the message of love and forgiveness that he chose to give his heart to Jesus. He attended all the worship services and prayer meetings at the small Christian fellowship in his village, as he wholeheartedly devoted his life to Christ.
However, his family was not pleased with his decision. They didn't understand why he had to stop worshiping the gods they bowed down to. But Shanim was steadfast in his love for Jesus.
So far, that love has cost him his wife and child. This was a difficult blow to Shanim, but he continued worshiping Jesus.
When his wife's departure failed to dampen his love for Jesus, his neighbors started threatening him. Their ultimatum: "Stop worshiping Jesus or we will physically force you out of our village!"
Shanim needs prayer to remain steadfast despite the opposition. He also asks for prayer that his familyespecially his wifewould come to know Jesus, and that his neighbor's hearts would be softened toward the love of Jesus.
Second, two churches led by Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries are facing possible demolition because of a land-use issue. See how you can pray for these churches here.
Churches, Homes on Disputed Land Face Demolition
April 25, 2011
Dozens of believers are asking for prayer about a land dispute that could lead to the demolition of their homes.
Two churches served by Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries are in danger of being demolished due to confusion over who owns the land.
The churches are both in northwest India. The church buildings, along with hundreds of homes and medical clinics, are involved in a confusing legal quagmire.
The residents of the homes, businesses and churches in this area were reported to have been served with eviction notices stating they had to move out of their homes in April. The residents, business owners and congregations were told that their homes and church buildings were built on land that really belongs to the government. Most of the people have lived in this area for 30 years.
In one of the affected areas, the residents facing eviction are mostly poor day laborers, along with a few government employees. The second affected area is home to a more middle class neighborhood inhabited by teachers, medical professionals, engineers and businessmen.
Residents of both neighborhoods contend that they legally purchased the land on which their homes reside. The land is reported to originally belong to a tribal group that sold portions of it off to the people who went on to build homes and businesses. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the majority of the land purchases and building construction occurred before the state was created.
The agency serving the eviction notices insists the current residents encroached on the property, and they must now leave so it can be used for public purposes.
A similar situation recently occurred in another area of this state, which resulted in the demolition of several homes and a church building.
Two GFA-supported missionaries serving in the area, Pavita Sushan and Ravendra Joh, have combined congregations of about 75 people. Their ministries have been extremely fruitful, and many have chosen to follow Christ.
Yours for the unreached,
Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia
245 King St. E.
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1L9