01 Aug

Answering the universal question

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One thing you learn quickly when traveling the world is that people’s needs are basically the same.

We all need love and safety, and we also all are asking the bigger questions about how to have peace with God.

One woman in Uttar Pradesh found the answer. She writes:

“My family was in turmoil. A Christian who knew us asked me to listen to the Thru the Bible program. One day, I heard that Matthew 11:28 says, ‘Come to me, all you who . . . are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I cried out to Jesus with all my heart. I prayed for my family’s hopeless situation. Today I am a child of God!”

In her search for peace, she found eternal life! Pray for other families around the world to find their peace in Jesus, too.

Next week, our prayer journey takes us to Africa!

31 Jul

The same beautiful story . . . today from Maharashtra

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From Milwaukie to Maharashtra, the same story is told. When you listen to God’s Word being taught, you grow more confident in your faith.

A young woman from Maharashtra encourages us in this:

“Thru the Bible helps me lead a Christian life. When there was no one to teach me about faith, it wavered. But since I began listening to your systematic study of the Bible, my faith has grown strong. My relatives often question what I believe, but I am able to respond well to them about the hope I have in Jesus. Please pray that I may remain strong in faith.”

Yes, that’s our prayer today: Help us all to remain strong in Jesus.

Join us next time in our prayer journey through India!

30 Jul

“You will need Jesus at some point in your life”

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“From my childhood I had heard about Jesus, the Christian God,” writes a man from Madhya Pradesh.

“But I hated them. I even insulted a person who told me about Christ. They said, ‘You will need Jesus at some point in your life.’ And then that day came. I met with a disaster with nowhere to turn. In our hopelessness, my wife and I turned on the radio and we heard the name ‘Jesus’ in the Gondi language. We listened to the message and it touched my heart. I repented at that moment and accepted Jesus as my Savior. I give all glory to the living Lord Jesus for my transformation.”

Pray today for people around the world who in their most helpless and hopeless moment hear the name “Jesus” and believe. What a privilege to pray for moments like these.

Join us tomorrow as we travel to Maharashtra.

29 Jul

Life springs out of the wilderness

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Afghanistan has been a hotbed of personal heartache for decades now. Racial tension and war has displaced many Afghan families—forcing them from their homes.

A Thru the Bible partner in a refugee camp heard this from one family man:

“In a refugee camp, I heard a man teach from God’s holy Word. I returned to listen night after night. I began to understand how life comes from the name of Jesus and I have accepted His death for my sin. Now that I have the living God, I have peace.”

Wow—life springs from the wilderness! Praise God for this man’s salvation. Intercede for others, worldwide, who are displaced and need to find their home in Christ.

Pray with us tomorrow when we travel again to India.

28 Jul

“But Jesus changed all that . . .”

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No matter where we travel on our world prayer journey, we meet people who touch our hearts.

Today, we’re in India where we meet a man and his wife who are laborers and listen to the Chhattisgarhi broadcast of Thru the Bible:

“Through your program, my wife and I came to faith in Jesus Christ and surrendered our lives into His mighty hands. We belonged to a different faith and worshipped idols and lived in sin. We had no hope. But Jesus changed all that. He brought joy, peace, and hope to us. Your program is a source of spiritual food and so it is a blessing to me.”

God blesses a grateful heart—have you also found this to be true? Be grateful like this man and his wife who surrendered their hopeless lives for a bright future in God.

Tomorrow we travel to Afghanistan.

25 Jul

A blind man helps others see in the Czech Republic

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In Presov, Czech Republic, there is a family that faithfully listens to Thru the Bible. In fact, it’s a family tradition!

The son writes:

“My father, Imrich, is 84. He was born blind and began listening to your program in 1970. He recorded them each night on an old tape recorder, often staying up after midnight to catch the broadcast from Monte Carlo. Then he would play them the next day. His ministry with these recordings helped me, as well as many others, to receive the Good News. May God the Father bless you with all spiritual blessings and with many newly saved listeners.”

Let’s join this man in that prayer, specifically for his home country, the Czech Republic.

Join us next time when we travel to India.

24 Jul

Reaching the Roma

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Who will love the Roma people, often referred to as gypsies?

Many people groups have suffered hardship, but the nomadic people of Romania have always lived on the fringes of society. Most are uneducated and poor. They are unwelcomed in social groups—even churches. But just as Jesus ministered to those who were deemed “unworthy,” pray today that Thru the Bible reaches those whom society rejects.

A recent report came from Greece about a Roma commune:

“I know that from 15 to 25 families are now listening every night to your programs. I hope and pray that they will be transformed through the power of the Holy Word of God.”

As a World Prayer Team, pray that God will touch more gypsies through the Romani broadcast of Thru the Bible.

Join us tomorrow for a visit to the Czech Republic.

23 Jul

Who needs a crutch?

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In far northern Europe along the Baltic Sea, the people of Lithuania are responding to the gospel as they listen to Thru the Bible.

Uri from Vilnius tells us,

“Programs like Thru the Bible are like crutches that help a disabled person walk his difficult road. Such is needed in my country! Thank GOD for crutches! The Bible I learn each day strengthens me. Sometimes it matches my life. I now have an understanding about sin and the price of Jesus’ blood. When you know the truth, you can choose a way to walk. I personally feel I’ve been provided a choice. And I choose to follow Jesus.”

Isn’t that a great word? Yes, thank God for crutches! Lift up this man and the other hungry souls in Lithuania today—pray that their hearts would be satisfied in Jesus.

We head south to Romania tomorrow.

22 Jul

A message from modern, ancient Greece

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In the air waves that flow around Mount Olympus rides the life-giving message of Jesus Christ, offered to everyone who hears it in the modern, ancient land of Greece.

Not unlike those to whom the apostle Paul wrote centuries ago, some modern Greeks are blending the teachings of different cults and churches and embracing a mixed message—often far from what the Bible teaches.

We hear from many Greek listeners of Thru the Bible, surprisingly, by phone. A man from Athos called and asked,

“I am a monk on a holy mountain. Would you send me information about Jesus, please? I would like to know more about this man.”

Pray today for this man and for many others whose spirits are stirred by the name of Jesus Christ.

Join us tomorrow when we travel north to Lithuania.

21 Jul

Where’s the hope for Bulgaria?

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What if you had no hope that anything was going to change . . . or life would get any better?

That’s the mood that floods Bulgaria today, especially among the young. Our Thru the Bible team there asks that we pray for a spiritual awakening, and that the indifference to Christianity would turn to great revival!

A young man from Svoge wrote to us about this great news:

“Because of your program, I understand about God’s truth and received Jesus with great faith and conviction. These 30 minutes every day are very insufficient for my big desire to learn more from the Bible.”

Let this man’s story inspire us to pray for more Bulgarians to respond to the hope found in Jesus Christ. Let’s pray for a spiritual awakening in Bulgaria!

Tomorrow’s journey takes us to beautiful Greece.

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