“JESUS IS THE ONE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR”
After a year of seeking unity and sharing the message of Jesus Christ, one ministry says it was able to reach more than 100 million people with the Gospel in 2020. Pulse, a millennial-led evangelism movement, is looking to do it all again in 2021 by empowering more Christians to share the hope of Christ with a new generation. Founder Nick Hall says that today’s political atmosphere is actually driving young people closer to God.
“What I am hearing from young believers is really a desire to come together around the need to share Jesus, to share the Gospel,” he explained. “There’s all sorts of opinions about all sorts of things, all sorts of ideas and yet there is one thing that changes everything, and so I am seeing people praying, fasting, and really believing that no matter what happens, we know that God is in control and we need to trust Him now more than ever.”
He notes that the ministry is looking for fresh ways to engage with people because Jesus is what will bring them hope and healing. “Our team is really trying to rally the church to pray, to unite, to heal and really to mobilize because in the midst of an unsettled time, in the midst of uncertainty, we have the certain message of the Gospel. And now more than ever, people are open to that message. Now more than ever, we need to share it and we need to be looking for opportunities to reach more people who need Jesus.
“…This is a digital age, and in the midst of COVID-19, racial crisis, and political crisis, we as the church have an opportunity of what we’re going to respond with, and…our team in the midst of this, we’ve been able to pivot and put on some massive gatherings. In the last 12 months, even from March to May last year, we had over 150 million people hear the Gospel and over 100,000 publicly respond to Jesus. These are digital events, outreach events, Zoom all over the world and through television. I just think there’s never been a hunger like this.”
Hall said his prayer in 2021 is for revival. “I think we need revival. We need God to move, to change us as a church. God always starts in His house. More than we need a change in the White House or our neighbor’s house...God always likes to start in His house…we are His people. We need God to rend the heavens and stir in us.
“Repentance needs to start with us and we need to get before God that He would set us on fire for what matters, that we would burn for Scripture, that His Word would be alive in us… – it’s a prayer for an awakening. I believe that now is the time for the world to see a clear declaration of the Gospel and that Jesus is the One they are looking for.”
– CBN News
Praise the Lord for the way He is working through the Pulse ministry, and other ministries, even in the midst of the pandemic and other crises! Thank Him for bringing many lost people into salvation and for encouraging and strengthening many who already belong to Him. Pray that He will continue to guide and empower these ministries to reach many for Christ. Pray that He will rend the heavens and stir in the lives of His people so that 2021 is indeed a year of revival!
GOSPEL ADVANCE IN IRAQ
When throngs of Iraqis began converging on Baghdad’s main square in peaceful protests more than a year ago, a highly educated businessman made sure he was there on the first day (Oct. 1, 2019). Samer Jawad (name changed for security reasons) joined thousands of others in Tahrir Square frustrated at the faltering economy and breakdowns in public services. Demonstrations went on for months, spreading to central and southern provinces, with various groups in Tahrir Square setting up tents. Protesters included scientists, doctors, engineers and intellectuals, and Jawad visited tents filled with well-documented books on political and economic issues.
The leader of a ministry based in Iraq also set up a tent in Tahrir Square – eager to show solidarity with the protesters’ desire for basic rights and seeing a unique opportunity to reach a broad cross-section of the population with the Gospel. Over the ensuing weeks, local missionaries maintained their presence in the square even as demonstrations met with tent-burning, armed militias and a government military response that killed at least 700 people and injured more than 2,700 others.
Intrigued by the Christians’ tent, one day Jawad happened by and found a wide variety of Christian books, the scope of which he had never imagined. “Samer is an educated and rational person who always faces any argument using logic,” the ministry leader said. “He got a copy of the Gospel after he expressed a strong desire to read it. He said, ‘Throughout my entire life, I had hoped to get the Bible, but I had no opportunity.’ He had many questions about the Christian faith during the months of protests and visits to our tent.” The tent was staffed by a well-trained team to proclaim the message of Christ’s salvation and, if necessary, to discuss objections that Muslims might have.
“Samer asked Jesus Christ to be his personal Savior and started attending local church meetings,” the leader said. “He told us, ‘Who would have believed that I would meet Christ in the midst of this great revolution in Tahrir Square in Baghdad?’ He has now shared Christ with his three brothers and three sisters.”
The arrival of the novel coronavirus in 2020 helped put an end to the crowds in Tahrir Square, but not before the Lord used the protests to reach many people with the message of eternal life. “Despite the tension in Tahrir Square, the burning of tents and the intervention of armed militias, the Lord gave us a great opportunity to share the Gospel with hundreds of people, distribute more than 4,000 New Testaments to the protesters, pray with many of the wounded and offer condolences to the families of those who were killed during the demonstrations,” the leader said.
Most of the native ministry’s work is directed toward the continually growing number of displaced people and refugees, especially as they have been hit hard by the pandemic. “The pandemic has placed its weight heavily on them, which opens the door for us to intervene and help,” the leader said. “As we do this work, we present Christ and share the Gospel with many, and the results of people interacting with the work of the Holy Spirit are amazing.”
Praise the Lord for the people who met Christ in the midst of the protests in Iraq! Thank Him for the ministries that shared the message and love of Christ during that time and for their ongoing outreach in the midst of the pandemic. Thank the Lord for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives. Ask the Lord for His continued guidance, provision and blessings upon His people in Iraq and the ministry He has entrusted to them.
OPPOSITION TO CHRISTIANITY INCREASING IN CHINA
Authorities in Wenzhou City (China) have recently mandated that all teachers must sign a “Public Pledge Form.” The document forbids educators from professing any religious belief and also demands that they agree not to engage in any practice or propagation of religion. Along with these enforced requirements, they must also support Marxist socialist principles.
While these conditions do not reflect any change in policy, this mandate is only one of the many ways governing officials are increasing their opposition towards Christians in Zhejiang Province. Other policies have included the large-scale cross removal campaign from buildings and properties, banning minors from attending churches, and expelling Christian teachers from schools.
Please pray that despite the implementation of this unconstitutional document, the youth in China will be given opportunities to hear the message of Christ in their homes and communities – enabling them the privilege of experiencing a personal and meaningful relationship with their Creator God. Remember the Christian teachers who are trying to cope with the present demands and the prospect of losing their employment positions because of their faith. Ask our Lord to encourage these educators and their families, providing for their every need during this time of instability and uncertainty.
– Voice of the Martyrs. vomcanada.com
WAYS TO PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED
Pray our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ will sense God’s presence (Deut. 31:6; Psa. 34:17-18).
Pray they will feel connected to the greater body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:20, 26).
Pray they will experience God’s comfort whenever family members are injured, imprisoned or even killed for their Christian witness (2 Cor. 1:3-5).
Pray they will have the grace to love and forgive their persecutors (Matt. 5:44).
Pray they will be protected and strengthened through the prayers of fellow believers around the world (Jude 20-25; Psa. 34:7).
Pray their ministry activities will remain undetected by authorities or others who wish to silence them (Acts 9:25).
Pray they will rejoice even in the midst of suffering (Acts 5:41).
Pray they will be refreshed through the study of God’s Word, and thus further encouraged to grow strong in the faith (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Pray they will have more opportunities to share the Gospel (Col. 4:3).
Pray for the boldness necessary to make Christ known, and for God’s wisdom and direction as they endeavor to do so (Phil. 1:14; Jas. 1:5).
– Voice of the Martyrs. vomcanada.com
PRAY FOR ISRAEL
Intercede fervently for Israel’s government leaders that God would give the system He wants and which is right for Israel. Ask God to help us all “watch and pray” as He asked us to do as we near the Coming of the Lord and His Kingdom rule. We must remember that the antichrist kingdom is also rising. We must be ready for whatever comes as we live day-to-day, one day at a time, waiting for His Return.
– CFI Jerusalem