“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains." Colossians 4:2-3
Please join us in praying for the following unreached or unengaged people groups:
TICUNA: (Brazil, Colombia and Peru) About 45,000 Amerindians speak Ticuna, which is classified as a language isolate, meaning it probably isn’t related to any other living language. Brazil has the largest population of Ticuna Indians, though significant numbers are also found in Colombia and Peru.
QUICHÉ: (Guatemala) Although Spanish dominates the worlds of commerce, media and government, the K’iché people living in the northern highlands of Guatemala speak their native Quiché (the Spanish spelling) in their rural communities. The K’iché are among the substantial population of Mayan descendants living in this Central American republic, which today has democratic elections after decades of civil war. In 2009 audiences could begin tuning into daily broadcasts of Thru the Bible translated into Quiché.
NIVACLÉ: (Paraguay and Argentina) The indigenous Nivaclé people are spread across the Paraguayan Chaco area and parts of Argentina. Many Nivaclé women are illiterate, and for them, life is very difficult. Opportunities to hear the gospel are limited, though audio versions of the New Testament are now available and being used on local radio stations. Please pray for TWR’s production of Project Hannah's Women of Hope program in the Nivaclé language.
CHECHEN: (Russia, Northern Caucasus) The Chechen live in remote valleys of the North Caucasus Mountains. They are a strong, determined people with a long history of fighting for their independence. TWR is presently preparing a new program for women in Chechen language that will be broadcast in 2012.
ARABIC: (Algerian dialect – Algeria, North Africa) The Christian church used to flourish and have deep roots in Algeria, but now the number of Christian believers is estimated at 0.28%. TWR’s broadcasts serve as a spiritual guide for the Arabic people of Algeria. Pray for those who are persecuted because of their faith in Christ, that the Lord would protect them and help sustain and spread their faith to their families.
UYGHUR: (People' Republic of China) Religious and cultural traditions are closely intertwined for the Uyghur people, expressed through their close-knit, extended family structure. God is doing mighty things among the Uyghur people – he has already led many to himself! Believers tend to gather in smaller sizes and radio broadcast could play a significant role in nurturing their spiritual lives. With God's guidance and grace, we are partnering with a fellowship that is like-minded in reaching the Uyghurs.
ISAN: (Northeast Thailand/Lowland Laos) The religion of the Isan people comprises of a mixture of Buddhism, traditional culture, and especially spirit appeasement. Belief in spirits of the land produces not only a form of social cohesiveness, but also great social pressure to conform to the religious status quo. The Isan people living in the lowlands of Laos share some similarities with their counterparts from the neighboring northeastern part of Thailand. Among these is that they understand the Thai language, and prefer to listen to Thai radio stations (instead of Laotian stations).
THARU: (Federal Democratic Repulic of Nepal) In Nepal, the Tharu people group lags behind the rest of the country in the aspects of economic, social and educational development. Most live below the poverty line. Traditional Tharu religious practices are animistic, worshipping various idols that are usually in the form of animals. Today, only one FM station continues to air TWR programs.
Thank you for praying with us.