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Widows in Asia

Life as a widow can be so difficult, no matter where you live. But in many places in Asia, becoming a widow is like living in hell on earth. Society often believes widows have sinned in some horrible way which resulted in their husbands’ deaths, and as a result, widows can be labeled as cursed and rejected as outcasts. Even family members may walk out on their own mothers, sisters or daughters if they are widowed.

As hopeless as this situation seems, God cares deeply for each widow in Asia—so much so that He sent Jesus to their rescue. So let’s believe He will bring new life to these hurting widows.

Let’s pray for widows in Asia:

  • Praise God He sees each widow and cares for them.
  • Pray widows will be able to grieve their husbands’ deaths.
  • Ask God to provide for each widow’s needs.
  • Pray each widow will find hope—and the joy of Jesus—for her and her children’s future.

Putting an End to Child Labour

According to UNICEF, as of 2016, there are an estimated 150,000,000 (150 million) children who are involved in child labour worldwide. June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour, so let’s remember these suffering children around the world who are caught in hard labour, slavery and sex trafficking.

And as we pray, let’s also remember who God is and His heart for these children.

“Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. … The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow…” (Psalm 146:7,9).

Here are some ways we can be praying:

  • Pray abandoned children will be restored to their families.
  • Pray children will be freed from child labour and abuse. Most of these children do not get enough to eat, and the physical labour they’re forced into can cripple their bodies.
  • Pray for the girls—and boys—forced into the sex trade. Ask our great God to rescue these children and be very near to them (see Psalm 27:10 and Psalm 34:18).
  • Pray God will bless the governments of Asian countries in their efforts to end the exploitation of children.
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Women Missionaries

In cultures that maintain strict social rules for men and women, men aren’t always able to help widows or abandoned children in the same way women can. Let’s pray for women missionaries as they pour out their lives to love people who are hurting and broken.

Here are some ideas for prayer:

  • Praise God He is impacting many families and people through women missionaries.
  • Pray God will enable these women to minister to many widows and orphans.
  • Ask God to fill these women with His love for the people they help.
  • Pray God will call many more women in Asia to serve those in need.

Unity in the Body of Christ

Corporately, our GFA staff has been reading and praying through the book of Acts. In nearly every chapter, we’ve been reminded of the need to pray for unity in our ministry and in the Body of Christ at large. So, let’s join our hearts with Jesus and agree with His prayer: “May they [believers] experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me…” (John 17:23a, NLT).

Here are some ways we can be praying:

  • Praise God we are His children and have the privilege to love and serve one another!
  • Praise God He empowers us to live this life of love and unity through His Spirit.
  • Pray there will be unity and love in the Body of Christ, both in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Ask God to give His children boldness to love one another and to share with those in need.
  • Pray God’s Word will guide us as we grow in love (see Psalm 119:105).

Pray for Specific Areas of Ministry

Pray for Behind-the-Scenes Missionaries

As GFA national missionaries share Christ’s love with communities in Africa and Asia, they rely on a vital group of people—the Mission Support Team. As behind-the-scenes missionaries, the Mission Support Team keeps GFA World’s offices running. Their administrative work propels the ministry by linking national missionaries with their donors and prayer partners in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Finland, Germany, South Africa, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The staff who work in GFA’s offices have answered God’s call to give of their lives and use their skills to help fulfill the Great Commission. Many of these behind-the-scenes missionaries have moved from other states or provinces, leaving behind family, friends, careers or educational opportunities. GFA World’s Mission Support Team staff need partnership and prayer, just as the national missionaries do. Please lift up behind-the-scenes missionaries in prayer this month.

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Pray for Those Who Need Bicycles

In many of the areas where GFA World serves, transportation options are limited. These rural places, in which many of the world’s poor people live, are isolated by distance and by challenging terrain. GFA workers may trek miles, often by foot, just to visit a remote village. The isolation also affects the people within those communities, hampering adults from reaching their workplaces and children from obtaining a proper education.

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Pray for People Who Need Blankets and Winter Clothing

In the regions GFA World serves, many people still live in poverty, and even a blanket or a winter jacket can be unaffordable for them. This puts lives at risk, and it makes it harder for missionaries to visit people who are waiting to hear of Christ’s love. Please join us in praying this month for those who need blankets and winter clothing.

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Pray for Children's Ministry

Children are the future of any society, and right now, many children in South Asia find their futures may be teetering on a cliff’s edge.

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Pray for Child Sponsorship

Through GFA World’s Child Sponsorship Program, many impoverished children receive the opportunity to learn and advance themselves in life. The program staff encourages the children and demonstrate Christ’s love. With all the tools the program offers, which may include a free meal every day, school supplies, health care and hygiene training, children have the chance to break the cycle of poverty; this can change their lives and the lives of their families forever.

Join us this month as we pray for the child sponsorship program and children in the program.

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Pray for People in Desperate Need This Christmas

The practical gifts given through GFA World’s Christmas Gift Catalogue are an important tool in our mission to bring the love of Christ to communities in Africa and Asia. These gifts provide avenues for families to generate sustainable income or increase their quality of life, all while demonstrating Christ’s compassion to those in need. Please join us this month as we pray for people in need of gifts and for provision to supply those gifts.

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Pray for Church Buildings

For most Asian congregations, a church building is much more than a Sunday morning meeting place. Learn why thousands of congregations are currently praying for church buildings, and how you can pray with them.

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Pray for Entire Communities—and Thousands of People—to Find Transformation in Christ’s Love in 2024

As we start a new year, we look forward to the incredible ways that God will use GFA missionaries to bring lasting hope and abundant life to communities in Africa and Asia. We also know that “unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1).

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Pray for Compassion Services

GFA's Compassion Services—which includes disaster relief efforts, and the medical, slum and leprosy ministries—meet some of the most vital and urgent needs of people in South Asia.

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Pray for Disaster Relief

Join with us as we lift up those who brave the harshest of catastrophes to minister to affected communities.

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Pray for the Equipping of Missionaries

Unknown villages tucked away in the mountains, dusty roads and deep lush forests—these are only some of the places where GFA-supported national missionaries serve. Some travel on foot, while others have bicycles or motorcycles to get around.

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Pray for Film Ministry

Within a few hours, a film and a team of two to five missionaries can tell Jesus’ story to an entire community and provide an opportunity for the local pastor to start building relationships with villagers.

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Pray for Christmas Gifts

To many across the globe, Christmas is the season of giving. It’s a time we think about others and plan to bless our friends and family with gifts that let them know we love and care for them.

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Pray for Literature and Bibles

GFA-supported missionaries never head out to share the love of Christ without Gospel literature in hand. They know the powerful impact a small tract containing God's message of salvation can have on so many lives.

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Pray for Health

Help us pray for healing for the millions of people around the world who are suffering from disease. Some of the hardest-hit communities are in Asia, where poverty and destitution provide illnesses a way in.

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Pray for GFA's Leprosy Ministry

Today, leprosy (also known as Hansen’s Disease) is shattering thousands of lives worldwide. Although leprosy is treatable, in some parts of the world, people who live with this disease are commonly shunned by society. For them, a leprosy diagnosis can be like a death sentence as they face utter rejection and isolation. But through your prayers, they can find acceptance and hope in Christ.

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Pray for National Missionaries

GFA missionaries have dedicated their lives to sharing Christ’s love with others. They minister in a variety of places, living sacrificially and responding compassionately to the needs around them. As members of their communities, these men and women have unique insight into the needs and challenges within the community.

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Pray for GFA’s Mission Support Team

GFA’s Mission Support Team is made up of men and women serving behind the scenes in GFA’s administration offices. Their hearts are set on helping the people in Asia, and they serve as the vital link between GFA supporters around the globe and ministry on the field.

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Pray for Those Who Need Mosquito Nets

Malaria remains an ever-present threat to impoverished communities. In 2020, there were an estimated 241 million malaria cases worldwide, an increase from the previous year’s 227 million cases. The poorest communities often have no way to protect themselves, leaving many vulnerable to disease—or even death.

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Pray for Poverty Alleviation

Please join us this month as we intercede for those caught in poverty and the various ways GFA is working to help them.

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Pray for GFA World’s Feeding Program

GFA missionaries and churches have responded compassionately to the need for food and other essentials in light of this crisis. Please join us in praying this month for GFA World’s feeding efforts and the people who continue to grapple with hunger in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pray for GFA World’s Sanitation Initiative

Please join us in praying this month for GFA World’s sanitation initiative and for those without proper sanitation facilities.

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Pray for Kids in Need

Poverty keeps millions of children across the world in a seemingly endless cycle of despair—around 356 million children live in extreme poverty, which includes 150 million pushed into poverty in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no way to afford education, proper health care or even food, many children suffer in destitution, often with no way out. Hope is a stranger to these precious children.

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Pray for GFA World's Medical Ministry

They suffer in silence. Forgotten by the world, left to the mercy of their pain. They long for a way out—a way to ease their seizing stomach cramps, a way to ensure their children don’t go blind, a way to treat their diabetes. But there is no way. No clinic near enough or staffed enough to offer help. No money to pay for treatment even if they could find it. They’re forced to endure—and sometimes to die—with no hope. And there are millions of them, suffering every day for lack of essential health services they need to survive and thrive. Join us this month as we pray for GFA’s medical ministry.

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Pray for Those in Need of Sewing Machines

Join us as we pray this month for those in need of sewing machines.

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Pray for GFA-supported Radio

Since 1986, God has used GFA-supported radio programs to bring His message of love to people across Asia. Radio broadcasts can cross treacherous terrain to share with people who are hungering for a love greater than the world can offer. Walls cannot keep this faithful messenger away, so hope-filled programs can be heard within prisons, hospitals and even brothels.

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Pray for Sisters of Compassion

Let us pray with passion for this ministry as God equips these precious women to sow His unfailing love deep into the hearts of everyone they serve.

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Pray for Slum Ministry

GFA World is bringing help and hope into the slums. National missionaries and Sisters of Compassion joyfully enter even the harshest of settings to demonstrate the love of Christ to those without hope. We pray for God to strengthen them, give them discernment and help them as they help others.

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Pray for Strong Families in Asia

Through various ministries, GFA helps nurture family units. Strong families impact communities as they shape generations and form worldviews. Through education, income-generating gifts, hygiene, basic medical training and care, Jesus Wells and, most of all, the love of Christ, many families are experiencing change today. Healthy families are important to the Lord’s heart and society as a whole.

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Pray for Vacation Bible School

Squeals of excitement fill the air as thousands of children gather. Each one has a different story and background. But today, they get to set aside their differences and experience Vacation Bible School together.

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Pray for Vocational Training

Sewing, weaving and candle-making are most often seen as hobbies enjoyed here in the West. But for many women in Asia, these "hobbies" can be a genuine source of income.

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Pray for Clean Water

“He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings.” —Psalm 107:35 So often in the Holy Scriptures, God uses water to illustrate who He is and what He does for us. He compares His blessing to streams for dry ground, describes His Spirit as water for a thirsty man and calls Himself the “fountain of living waters” (Isaiah 44:3; Jeremiah 2:13). Just as God blesses, satisfies and gives us life, water has the power to bring fruitfulness to our communities, refreshment to our thirst and life to our bodies. Yet, in many places throughout Africa and Asia, precious people are living in “dry lands” and have yet to experience the gift of abundant, clean water. Their knowledge of the Living Water—and the wholeness He brings—is even more limited. This month, will you join us in asking God to bring water and hope to those still waiting in a “dry land”?

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Pray for Women's Fellowships

Christ-centred teaching and fellowship is precious to all believers, but it is especially valuable to the many women in Asia who are new in their faith or are the only believers in their family. Through GFA-supported Women’s Fellowships, women receive discipleship, encouragement and prayer support.

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Pray for Widows

In places such as Asia and Africa, widows commonly bear the burden of stigma and discrimination, in addition to their grief. They may be blamed for their husband’s death and viewed as cursed. It’s commonplace for widows’ own families to reject them, leaving them to fend for themselves.

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Pray for Widows and Abandoned Children

Join us this month as we pray for widows and abandoned children and for the missionaries ministering to them.

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Pray for Women

Abuse, illiteracy and poverty are but a few of the burdens challenging some women in Asia. In the face of such obstacles, GFA-supported workers help provide hope and freedom to these women. Various programs and initiatives, such as vocational training and literacy classes, are organized to give women the tools and skills they need to break free from whatever may bind them.

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Pray for Asia's Women Missionaries

In a culture where women don’t interact freely and openly with men, heartfelt conversations with male missionaries are limited. But God is raising up sisters in Christ to reach women in their spheres of influence.

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Countries to Pray for:

Pray for Nepal

Nepal is a nation that needs your prayers. From over a decade of bloody civil conflict that claimed thousands of lives to ongoing political instability in its government, this picturesque Himalayan country has suffered greatly and bears deep wounds.

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Pray for Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday in 2019, several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka were bombed, purportedly by suicide bombers. The death toll is up to 290 and includes many people who were attending Easter church services.

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