17 Jan

“Who will help me know Issa?”

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“Who will help me know Issa?”

That’s what Murad, a young man in Iraq asked, but no one could help him. But then God led him to Thru the Bible. Here’s what happened:

“Dear Friends, your radio broadcast is one of a kind. From where I live, Christianity is vague and we do not have literature or books about it. Since my childhood I liked Issa Christ, but because no one could help me with knowing Him better, I tried to seek Him through different means. Many Christian TV channels and radio, all they do is criticize the non-Christian religions. I found only your program not doing that. Apparently you go with the teachings of Issa, to love and to forgive one another. I’ve always wanted to have the Holy Bible but I couldn’t find it in my country because it is forbidden, but you directed me to download it as a phone app. Now I can read it all the time, but I couldn’t have loved the Bible if not for TTB radio program! It really is helping me understand Christ and Christianity. TTB is like a door to light for me, with all the teachings and explanations. I feel happy and not wanting each episode to end because it is like treasure for me! Many of those who are around me are listeners too, but they are hesitant to write because of the security issue. Thank you so much and keep it up.”

Yes, keep it up! Keep praying for people in Iraq to hear and respond in faith to the good news of Issa!

Tomorrow we’ll find out what God is doing in Kuwait.

16 Jan

Prayer request from a refugee

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Do we have brothers and sisters among the Syrian refugees? Today we’ll hear the heart of one displaced from his family and country. Surprisingly, his voice is full of hope in the Lord.

Pray for this one whose name is known by God:

“Do you remember the verse that says: ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ Recently I forgot that prayer is the key for solving our dilemmas; I depend on it now since all doors are closed to escape the persecution we live every day. Thanks for your prayers, and thanks for sharing with us the truth from the Word of God. Yes, truth frees us from fear and worry. Please don’t ignore in your prayers those of us without a family or country. Please ask that God will bring His will in our beloved country, in our present land of Lebanon, and in our lives.

“I am determined to continue to listen to TTB-Arabic, especially for the studies from the gospel of John. I want to continue to be blessed by this powerful material.

“Please pray for us so God will fill His peace as the war is rising. God’s promise is true; didn’t He say: ‘In this world you will have troubles, but take heart! I have overcome the world.’ We are waiting for Him to fulfill His promises for He is honest and just. May His grace and peace fill your heart.”

Pray with confidence that the Lord sees and knows His own.

Come intercede for other Arabic-speaking brothers and sisters tomorrow as we discover what God is doing in the ancient land of Iraq.

13 Jan

“Many in church are unbelievers; I was one of them.”

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“Thank you for your program that teaches us the Word of God. There are many in church that are unbelievers; I was one of them. You have opened my eyes and heart to Jesus and I praise Him that He has delivered me from my sin.”

That’s what we hear today from one listener as we travel across the world’s largest country, Russia. Another Russian listener tells us:

“How nice after a full day to come to hear your broadcasts that gently touch our souls by the words of the Good Shepherd. We pray for your ministry, it so needed at this time. Because you are sowing the seeds of the Word of God over the radio, many see their mistakes and the Lord lovingly corrects. May the Lord bless you and give you strength for everything.”

Praise God His Word continues to be heard in Russia even under increasingly difficult political circumstances. Continue to pray that God will open up more avenues to share His Word with those who hunger and thirst for the truth.

We journey next week to the Middle East and North Africa. We hope you’ll join us and invite a friend!

12 Jan

Praying Uzbeks replace traditional fodder with the Bread of Life

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Along the Silk Road traveled by famed merchants such as Marco Polo and its pioneer Zhang Qian, we stop today in the country of Uzbekistan.

Here in this beautiful land, life can be hard. Trafficking of human life and illicit drugs are all too common, and freedoms of information and religion are tightly controlled by the government. All churches must be registered with the state, but despite persecution and harassment, God’s people continue to grow in number.

Today as many Uzbeks prepare their traditional bread called tandir non, let’s pray that Thru the Bible broadcasts introduce them to Jesus, the Bread of Life. In Him may they find the nourishment, peace, and hope they are looking for.

Our journey of prayer continues tomorrow in the largest country of the world, Russia.

11 Jan

Bringing hope and life to Turkmenistan

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Today’s stop on our world prayer tour brings us to the dry, desolate country of Turkmenistan. It’s here in the middle of the desert that God’s Word heard on Thru the Bible is providing an oasis of hope and life in the languages of Uzbek and Central-Asian Russian.

Although the Turkmen constitution claims religious freedom, the reality is quite different. With Sunni Islam (89%) and Russian Orthodoxy (9%) considered the only two legal religions, persecution of other faiths is prevalent.

So today, please intercede for the physical strength, spiritual discernment, and protection of Thru the Bible’s Uzbek producer. While his name is withheld for safety reasons, let’s pray that his ministry reveals the glory and great love of our mighty 11God.

Thank you for your prayer partnership! Join us tomorrow as we travel to Uzbekistan.

10 Jan

“She told me that I needed Jesus.”

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“I was studying the Bible for several years, but was not yet a believer. I was looking for God but I had so many questions about religion.”

That’s the beginning of a heartfelt letter we received from a young listener of our Central-Asian Russian broadcast. She continues:

“Finally I met a woman who made it clear that religion isn’t what I was looking for … she told me that I needed Jesus. She told me that only the Holy Spirit can reveal the depth of the gospel. After our conversation, we prayed together and I accepted Jesus. My parents are not Christians so I am not able to attend church. But I listen to the radio every day and then weekly I meet with the same woman. We pray together and study the Word of God.”

Isn’t this amazing? Let’s pray today for so many others in Central Asia, particularly those in Kyrgyzstan. Ask God to stir the seeds of faith in their hearts. And let’s praise Him for those who share their faith and mentor others.

Tomorrow we’re off to the fascinating desert country of Turkmenistan. We’ll meet you there!

09 Jan

“Although people may stare and jeer, you remind me that God loves me.”

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Psalm 136:26 says, “Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For his mercy endures forever.” Welcome to World Prayer Today, where our journey brings us to Armenia as we meet with a listener who clings to these words.

He says:

“My name is Araik, and I’m very grateful for your program. I have a serious skin disease and I go out very little. Although people may stare and jeer, you remind me that God loves me and I have much to be thankful for. Whenever I feel sorry for myself, I read Psalm 136:26 and praise God for His faithfulness. I am grateful to have the opportunity to listen to your Bible teaching at home.”

Today let’s thank the Lord for the comfort His Word brings us in the midst of our trials. And let’s pray that God continues to meet the needs of listeners like Araik as they seek to know Him better.

Our prayer tour continues tomorrow in Kyrgyzstan. Hop aboard and join us!

06 Jan

“I’m just curious … could He be God?”

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“I’m writing you today because I am just curious. I heard your program on the radio and the teacher sounded very confident that Jesus was God. Is this true? How can we know?”

Praise God for curious college students, like Shumel in Sweden. For an entire generation of secular, humanistic, Swedish youth, questions are flying. Much of Swedish culture communicates that spiritual issues are not relevant to real life and instead the pursuit of pleasure and material things—or at least whatever is important to you as a person—should be priority in life. Naturally this has led to a superficial perspective and empty lives.

Pray for the people of Sweden to wake up to the truth and seek God with their whole hearts. Intercede for Christian leaders and educators to be strong apologists for a biblical worldview and for more curious seekers to listen to God’s Word taught on Thru the Bible. And if you want to be even more specific in your intercession, pray for the people who live in Stockholm, the capital city and hub of culture. Include in your prayers those who have come to Stockholm as refugees (one of the largest populations worldwide).

Pray with confidence that those who seek God will find Him as they search for Him with their whole hearts.

Ask God to bring the needs of Europe to your heart over the weekend. See you next week!

05 Jan

How did you welcome the year?

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“Thank you all for your presence on the radio on Christmas and New Year´s Eve. I was very pleased to turn on the radio and listen to Som do Livro [Portuguese Thru the Bible].

That’s what Paulo wrote us about how he celebrated the new year. He continues,

“My family is in heaven and I am new to this city and so have little fellowship. I thank God for His Word and His people globally who bring good news of comfort and joy.”

Look around you today to find someone who might be going through life alone. Like Paulo, they likely would love the gift of good news and comfort your kind words can bring.

And pray for the people of Portugal who hunger after the Word of God and a living and growing relationship with the Lord.

Tomorrow we continue this week’s prayer journey across Europe with a visit to Sweden.

04 Jan

Five voices from Italy

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As often is our practice, we pray for people in our “country of the day” by reading their letters to Thru the Bible. Today as we visit with the people of Italy, we will eavesdrop on their calls to our partner office there.

As you meet these five people, pray for them and others like them around Italy and the world whose spiritual need cries out and is answered by a loving Savior. Pray for those like:

Angelo (40 years old): “I have been listening to your program while in hospital. I realize that God held His hand above me in the car accident that brought me here. I’ve never professed my faith, but I do realize I am a sinner. As I lay in my hospital bed, I hear on your program that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. Please, will you tell me more?”

Dominic: “I listen to your program every day, but cannot believe in God any more as the trials are too much for me. I have many scars.”

Paola: “I am a faithful listener to God’s instruction in His Word. Thank you for the chance you give me to hear from Him through the radio. Tonight I am very sad, but the Lord is our Comforter. I pray for others who are sad, too, within the reach of your program.”

Piemonte: “I’m a policeman. I would like to know something more about God. I know some evangelical people and I’ve noticed there is a peace in their eyes that I can’t explain. I would like to have the same peace that is beyond explanation.”

Puglia: “I’m a faithful listener. I have big problems with my husband. You are the only way I can spiritually grow. I listen to your program and study the Bible while he sleeps.”

The one seeking God … the one who needs comfort … the one who needs hope … the one who needs rescue … pray for these today in Italy and also in your own hometown. We all need Jesus; pray that as His Word goes out, many find Him today.

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