Intercession is a journey into the presence of God. Long for God's kingdom to come and for his will to be done as you lift up the names of the peoples of Central Asia.
In the 10th century, Tatars converted to Islam. Six centuries later, the Muslim Tatar people suffered atrocities “in the name of Jesus” at the hands of Ivan the Terrible. That dark period of Tatar history continues to be an obstacle to the gospel after more than 500 years. Join in prayer and fasting on April 26.
April 23, 2015
Tatars of Russia/Central Asia “When I first met Anvar*, it was at church. He was a very soft spoken young Tatar man in his early twenties and usually didn’t have much to say. It was difficult to engage him in conversation about spiritual matters. Sometime last winter, he stopped coming to church. Then, one day this fall, I saw him at church for the first time in quite a while. He had been sick and in the hospital and showed the signs of a recovering patient. But he also showed signs of a different kind of recovery. Since that time, I’ve seen a great difference in him. Although still shy and soft spoken, he participates at Bible study. He prays genuine prayers. He talks about reading the Bible at home and the great pleasure he receives from it. At a recent Bible study, he asked, ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons go door to door. Why don’t we?’ Anvar had started to see the need for evangelism. Recently his prayer request for the week was for a colleague with whom he was going to share the gospel. He’s an unlikely evangelist compared to the typical profile, but God is clearly working in and changing him. Anvar recently stopped working. Although not a good situation for him financially, it will allow us to begin to meet regularly for discipleship and encouragement. Please pray that Anvar will hunger for God, His Word, and fellowship with other believers, and have a desire to reach his people.” (*name changed)
Behind the Ottoman glory, behind the gleaming waters of the Bosporus, and behind the postcards, the neighborhoods of Istanbul are in desperate need of the Gospel. Learn about twelve of Istanbul’s districts and pray for God to work for His glory in Istanbul’s neighborhoods.
Women serving in Central Asia invite you into their world, sharing with you some of the issues and deep hurts revealed when women gather around a steaming pot of tea. This booklet includes a guide to hosting a prayer tea.