Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Week of Prayer for International Missions

Darkness often reigns in megacity life. One missionary family in South Asia, however, has cause for hope for individuals in the city of 22 million where they live.

The Cregg Family Story
The Indian bride wore blue silk, trimmed with gold. Rich fabrics in brilliant hues are traditional for wedding saris in this South Asian megacity.
But the guest list was anything but typical. Among those celebrating this day were 20 prostitutes—women who were like family to Shanti.* She knew them from the years she shared their heartbreaking lifestyle as a prostitute. That was before the ministry of a Christian activity center rescued Shanti from her former life. She is now a believer and has a good job to support herself. And on this day, she even married a Christian man.
IMB missionaries Rodney and Helen Cregg* have partnered in establishing the activity center in the middle of a notorious red-light district that offers prostitutes a place to learn basic skills.
“This is why we do what we do, to see these ladies—and other people in [this city]—realize the hope in the gospel and then find victory in freedom,” Rodney says. Another woman at the center agrees: “Being involved at the center, I am finding the love I didn’t get from my family from people who know the Lord. Through Jesus I am experiencing love. I am blessed.”

  • PRAY for women in the red-light areas of the city, that Christians can impact their lives and help them find a way out.
  • PRAY for Christians within the business community of this megacity of 22 million as they actively share the gospel in their places of work. 

Scripture to Claim:
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.  Matthew 24:14

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