28 Feb

“I am finally able to know what God wants of me”

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“I found this Bible study a month ago, and I’ve been studying a passage that looked so difficult and incomprehensible. But now it is so easy to understand. I am finally able to know what God wants of me, and that is a huge blessing.”

That’s the good news we hear from a listener in Ecuador today. Let’s pray that more listeners in Ecuador will hear God’s Word and apply to it their lives.

And let’s also intercede for Thru the Bible’s Quichua language broadcasts that have the potential to reach roughly three million indigenous people in Ecuador and throughout Latin America.

Our prayer journey continues tomorrow in the West Indies. Invite your friends to join us at TTB.org/pray.

27 Feb

Finding freedom from superstition

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Roughly the size of the state of New Hampshire, the small country of Belize has big spiritual needs. Although the majority of Belizeans profess Christianity, it is often combined with other practices including superstitions, paganism, and black magic.

So, today as we travel over the gorgeous blue waters and lush jungles, let’s take time to pray that God’s Word heard on Thru the Bible’s Spanish broadcasts will bring truth and freedom from the dark traditions that enslave people in Belize.

And while we’re at it, let’s pray for Thru the Bible’s Spanish producer, Samuel Montoya. May God bless his heart and mind as he reaches so many in Latin America and around the world with words of hope, comfort, and the love of our Savior of Jesus Christ.

Thanks for your prayer and partnership. Join us tomorrow as we pray for listeners in Ecuador.

24 Feb

Pray for the land of Komodo dragons, jungles, and volcanoes

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Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of 6,000 volcanic islands, is known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons, and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans, and tigers. But did you also know that Indonesia is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking more than 700 different languages and dialects? Wow!

Indonesians are proud of their cultural diversity. Among their faith practices, about 15% believe in the God of the Bible. Thru the Bible gets many great letters from devoted Indonesian listeners, like this one:

“Thru the Bible helps me believe in the Lord Jesus. When I trust Him, my struggles and problems work themselves out.”

Today ask the Lord to strengthen our Indonesian brothers and sisters as they witness to the one true Light in a dark world. Pray that those 15% are strengthened in their faith and grow in grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Next week our prayer journey takes us to Latin America. Please join us.

23 Feb

Praying for peace in the Pacific

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If you were to set sail going southwest from the Hawaiian Islands, 3,000 miles out in the open Pacific Ocean you would reach the remote Fiji Islands. More than three hundred of them!

That sounds impressive, but if you could gather them all together, Fiji’s land mass would be smaller than the state of New Jersey.

Fiji once was a British colony, having only gained independence in 1970, with many locals (known as Indo-Fijians) being descendants of slaves working in the sugarcane fields—the island’s main industry next to tourism. In spite of the idyllic beauty, the Fiji people suffer in huge racial tensions and segregation. Indo-Fijians make up more than 35 percent of the population, the majority practicing Hinduism.

Pray today for the people living on this tiny spot in the vast Pacific Ocean. Intercede for them to find peace with God and with each other. Pray with confidence for the day when Habakkuk 2:14 is a reality: “… the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

(By the way, here’s an interesting fact about Fiji: The International Date Line runs through Fiji’s island of Taveuni. You can stand with one foot in today, and the other still lingering in yesterday.)

Tomorrow we sail the Pacific to another group of islands—where over 260 million people live.

22 Feb

Once far-off, now near

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As we travel the world this week on our knees, we intercede for Arabic-speaking people all over the world.

Living in some of the most spiritually restrictive countries on earth as well as down the street in each of our communities, Arabic speakers now blanket the globe. Surprisingly, many, many people who were once far from God, who refused to hear about the beautiful gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, now are willing. Many hearts are turning from darkness because they have seen a great light (Matthew 4:16).

This encouraging letter from an Arabic-speaking person in Australia is like many we receive every day:

“I am not a Christian, but I listen to your broadcasts. I am learning to love Jesus through your program! Please pray as I decide how to navigate rough waters of faith.”

Thank you for praying for Arabic-speaking people as they hear the Good News. Ask God to give them courage to break through spiritual and cultural barriers to come to know Jesus as their Savior.

Then join us again tomorrow as the World Prayer Team travels to the island of Fiji.

21 Feb

“Quit quarreling with God!” says a Burmese sister

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A sister in Christ named Myo Myo recently wrote Thru the Bible from her home in Myanmar. As you may know, up until a short time ago, this country (formerly known as Burma) was shut off from the world. Now Christian radio is making an inroad into people’s lives. Listen to her sweet word and let’s praise God together:

“I listen to your program and receive much spiritual strength. I am continuously thankful for Burmese Thru the Bible. I was recently strengthened spiritually by walking with you through Job 22:21, ‘Quit quarreling with God! Agree with Him and you will have peace at last!’ I learned that God will bless us as long as we make Him a home in our hearts. Please extend my gratitude to people who are praying for me and my countrymen.”

Keep praying, World Prayer Team. Our prayers are being heard and answered.

Tomorrow we’ll hear of another people-group that once was far from God—but is now drawing near!

20 Feb

God’s Word will be accomplished

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Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Welcome to Cambodia—a beautiful, ravaged land in Southeast Asia. Today we’ll visit with Maly, who writes:

“I am hard-headed. Whenever Christians told me about Jesus, I always rejected what they said. Then a neighbor invited me to have lunch and listen to your radio program. Afterwards, I went back home and started to cry. Finally, I decided to go and ask them how to accept Christ. Thank you for introducing me to Jesus, my Savior and Lord.”

That’s the power of God’s Spirit at work through His Word, drawing a hard heart to Himself.

Today let’s be on our knees for the people of Cambodia who hear God’s Word on Thru the Bible. We can praise God together for the confidence that He will accomplish His purpose through His Word.

While we’re in Southeast Asia, let’s visit Myanmar tomorrow—a land once forbidden, now is receiving God’s Word.

17 Feb

“I owe you my life…”

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“I owe you my life ….”

That’s the news we recently received from a listener of our Hungarian broadcasts. Here’s the rest of his riveting story:

“The fact is that your programs helped save me from suicide, and enlightened me about things I had never believed before. I was arrested years ago at the Hungarian-Austrian border and taken to prison in Germany. It was hard being far away from my homeland and my parents, in the midst of strange people whose language was foreign to me. They threw me into a dark cell, and I was alone for six months. My only interaction was hearing others shout at me.

“During that time, a kind guard slipped me a tiny radio receiver. He didn’t know it, but that night I decided to make an end to my sufferings and kill myself. I was going to wait until the others had quieted down for the night, and so I distracted myself by searching the receiver for programs. Suddenly, I heard some Hungarian words being spoken and almost jumped up for joy. Hearing my native tongue took me back to my home and the people I love so much. I was sad that the program soon ended, but I was so preoccupied with your transmission that I forgot about my suicidal plans. The whole next day I tried to find the program and then from that day forward. I counted the hours like a child and waited for it. Thanks to this word about God, my decision to commit suicide grew weaker and weaker. Now I have hope for the future. Please pray that more people in my homeland will hear your messages of hope and be encouraged to live a life that’s pleasing to God. Today that is my mission. I want to serve Him until He takes me home.”

The truth is that we all owe God for our lives! Let’s praise Him that He reaches us in our deepest moments of need. And let’s join this listener, asking God to expand the reach of His Word to every town and every home in Hungary and beyond.

Our worldwide prayer journey continues next week in Southeast Asia. Climb aboard and join us!

16 Feb

“Carry on, faithful prayer warriors. God’s Word is our best defense.”

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“The more I get to know Jesus, the more I love Him.”

That’s what we hear from a fellow World Prayer Team member as we travel on our knees through Poland today. She continues:

“As I study with you, my love for His Word is more mature. My Lord comforts me and gives me joy. He leads me through storms and hard times in my life. His enemy does his best to ruin our spiritual lives, but we win because our Lord was victorious at Calvary. Carry on, faithful prayer warriors. God’s Word is our best defense. Let’s share it from the mountain tops and valleys. The world needs to know of His glory!”

Isn’t that wonderful encouragement? Let’s lift up all those who are faithfully studying God’s Word. Pray that His Spirit will guide their hearts and give them favor as they reach out with the Good News of Jesus.

Tomorrow we’re off to Hungary. We’ll meet you there.

15 Feb

God’s Word fills an empty home

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As our journey through Central Europe continues this week, we stop and pray for this listener of our Croatian broadcasts in Bosnia-Herzegovina:

“I lost my wife, Ana, who was everything in the world to me. She knew how to do everything at home and in the field, but the illness came quickly and devastated her so fast I didn’t even have time to realize she was leaving. Thank you for your broadcasts that have brought me the hope of Jesus in this dark time. I am your regular listener and rely on your presence in my home. God’s Word seems to fill the rooms even though they are now empty.”

As we mourn alongside this brother, let’s also rejoice that God’s Word can indeed fill our homes and our hearts in our darkest hours. And let’s pray that more people in Bosnia-Herzegovina and all over Central Europe will also find the hope that can only be found in Jesus.

Our prayers for God’s whole Word to reach His whole world continue tomorrow in Poland. Join us, won’t you?

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