This week of Advent focuses on the demonstration of God’s love to us through His faithfulness and provision of redemption through Christ Jesus. Let us come before Him in adoration.
Christ first L O V E D us by promising a child born of a virgin who would be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”– Isaiah 9:6
“‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’” – Matthew 1:23
FROM THE FOUNDER’S DESK:
Shalom! On behalf of W&P, I graciously send my love and greetings to you this season. I am excited to report that 2017 was full of celebrations, transformations, and many beautiful stories of Islamic souls being won for Christ. By the power and the glory of Christ, we blessed countless lives in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Eritrea. My recent trip inspired and encouraged me because of the boldness and endurance of the believers. This region is being radically transformed for the Glory of God. There are over 300 people waiting to be baptized. We serve a great God!
I hope these stories will inspire you – because YOU have helped make this possible.The harvest is ripe and a fruitful harvest requires a faithful witness. It is harvest time and you can make impact right where you are in the harvesting of souls. Pray for us and with us as we join Christ in this movement to reap the harvest of valuable souls for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.By the grace of God, through your generosity, your prayers, and your love, we have seen many lives changed. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for partnering with us on this journey. Your continued love and sacrifice has allowed us to serve and spread the word, in Jesus’s name, to countless communities in northeast Africa. We praise the Lord for His gracious provision and the gospel.God bless you. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Pastor Getaneh Getaneh
Everybody is called to pray. Please pray for the following!
The UNREACHED in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, and South Sudan
Pray for the most important leaders of these countries – that the Holy Spirit will take away their spiritual blindness (2 Cor. 4:4). Pray for supernatural/extraordinary manifestations of God through dreams, healing, revelations and visions, etc. among the unreached of these countries (Acts 2:19; 4:30; Heb. 2:4). Pray that the Spirit of God will raise people from these countries to build a strong church among their own people. Pray that God’s Name be glorified and honored wherever the Truth is suppressed or denied. Pray that God’s Kingdom come and rule and His will become effective where it is defied and where it is opposed by His enemies! (Matthew 6:9-10)
The CHURCH of the UNREACHED and all over the World
It is the task of the church of Jesus Christ to take the Gospel of Salvation to the nations of the World. Pray that the Church of Christ will take the Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 literally. Pray for the church to gain a new vision for mission work. Pray for the Church to persevere despite persecution. Pray for unity among the small groups and against false doctrines that often come and destroy the young congregations. Pray for outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them (Acts 4:31).
For the SALVATION of the people from the UNREACHED
Pray that whole families will become converted – it makes it easier for the converts to remain standing. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts in a divine way and urge them to search for the True God in Jesus Christ. Pray especially for the redemption of individuals who are leaders or who are in positions of authority in these countries. Pray that these people will openly confess their sins and their faith in Christ and that they will also follow Him openly.
If my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – II Chronicles 7:14
Hindu nationalist group warns Christian schools in India against celebrating Christmas
Published December 19, 2017 --They The organization known as the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) in Aligarh have reportedly asked Christian schools associated with different dioceses not to celebrate Christmas, claiming that it is a step towards forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity.
How Christian girls in Egypt face an epidemic of grooming and kidnapping
December 18, 2017 — Christian girls in Egypt are being targeted for kidnapping, forced marriage and conversion, according to Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release describes an epidemic of grooming, forced conversion and kidnapping, believed to be funded by religious leaders with cash from Saudi Arabia.
100 Christians Killed in Clashes With Militant Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria
Published December 17, 2017 — The attack razed several villages in the southern part of the state, and a military jet bombed a Lutheran church and other targets, according to witnesses. The government claims it deployed military aircraft in response to the attack.
Why are Chile’s churches under attack?
December 07, 2017 -- Seven hours’ drive south of Chile’s capital, Santiago, in the Araucanía region, 27 churches have been burnt down in the past couple of years by a radical indigenous group, Weichan Auka Mapu.
Al Shabaab planning festive season attacks in Lamu Kenya
December 13, 2017 -- Lamu County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said intel shows militants from Jaysh Ayman, an Islamist insurgent group with ties to al Shabaab, were planning attacks during the festive seasons.
Nigeria: Plateau attackers arrested, as Christians call for grazing ban
December 11, 2017 -- Many experts now report that ongoing violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, where mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked predominantly Christian farmers, has killed more people than Boko Haram…Through September and October, repeated attacks against Christian communities left more than 75 dead.
Special Prayer Request!!
• Pray for the believers who are persecuted, imprisoned & even killed for their faith.
• Pray for the underground church and pastors we support in East Africa.
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S to you and your family!!
Weekly prayer insights from the heart of Pastor Getaneh. It is time to pray, let us pray that your will be done. Have your way!