We desire to see God's Kingdom grow while people from every culture, nation, language group, and tribe turn from their sin to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. This will happen when adults and children alike hear the Gospel, respond by faith, and become growing disciples in healthy local churches. We believe that Jesus is building his church and that the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. It is our privilege to join the Chief Shepherd in his Great Commission!
This month we pray for the monks associated with the Taungpulu Kaba Aye Monastery in Boulder Creek. The monastery began in 1981 under the auspices of a Burmese Buddhist monk known as Taungpulu Tawya Kaba-Aye Sayadaw (a practitioner of Theravada Buddhism). One of the monk's students, Rina Sircar (a teacher of Buddhist Studies in California), worked to establish both the monastery and its associated pagoda. Sircar authored an account of Taungpulu Tawya Kaba-Aye Sayadaw available here. You can read more about Sircar herself, and the monastery, at this link. Please note that both articles are written in a manner sympathetic and supportive of Buddhism itself.
Pray this month for an opportunity to share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ - and him alone - with the monks of this monastery. Pray that the Holy Spirit will meet them with the truth of Creator God. Pray that they will discover the Bible and find the truly "noble path" of discipleship after Jesus Christ. Pray that these monks will learn the precious noble truths of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone.
M & M & M - M & M & M work in North Africa among Muslim peoples, seeking to make disciples of Jesus Christ and build his church.
The H Family - The H family loves Jesus and the body of Christ. They desire to serve, equip, and empower pastors and churches in Southeast Asia who will reach the unreached of their country with the Gospel. While they wait on the Lord to open doors of opportunity, A.H. leads a local church in California's central coast region as an interim pastor.
Keith & Judy Andersen - Long-time workers in South America, Keith and Judy began ProMETA in 1998 as a ministry of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), ReachGlobal. ProMETA labors to train Christian leaders in Latin America, with a particular focus on online education.
Tom & Marti Chance - Tom and Marti serve with Awana as senior leaders in the United States. They are passionate to see children and young people raised up into a life of faithful discipleship after Jesus Christ.
Jay & Vicky Dangers (New Hope Uganda) - Jay and Vicky founded New Hope Uganda in the late 1980's. NHU exists "to [bring] the fatherhood of God to the fatherless through holistic Gospel transformation in communities."
Mike & Janet Davis - Mike serves as the EFCA ReachGlobal Director of Mobilization. Mike and Janet serve to raise up and deploy Gospel workers into fields that Jesus said are ripe for the harvest.
Peter & Janet Payne - Peter and Janet minister to graduate students and scholars at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). They organize their work under The Institute for Credible Christianity.
The Gospel to the Nations - The presentation available here describes FBC's vision for reaching the world with the good news of Jesus.
Recommended - We recommend the following links or book resources for those seeking greater clarity on the global, Gospel mission of Jesus' church:
Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global - A short, helpful consideration of the local church pursuing missions.
Joshua Project - Learn about the progress of reaching people groups around the world with the Gospel.
Radius International - Radius International is a worthy partner of churches seeking to train believers for cross-cultural ministry. Radius' website is a good resource for those exploring the task and joy of Gospel work around the world.