April 2024 Prayer Gram

First Tuesday Prayer Gathering – April 2, Live on Zoom

Please join us live for our First Tuesday Prayer Gathering on April 2 from 7:00-7:30 am CDT. We’ll intercede together for our ministry partners around the world and for each other.

Colossians 4:2

Keep Saying “Yes” to the Lord and See More Lives Changed as a Result

“Diane’s journey of ‘yes’ started small. ‘I got so sick of myself making excuses,’ she says. ‘I was driving home from Bible study one night and said, “As long as I know that it’s you, God, I’m going to start saying yes.” And He’s so gentle. . . If you truly love Jesus and get to know His heart, you can trust Him and what He’s asking you to do. If your Christian walk is boring, just start saying ‘yes’ to the crazy little and big things He asks you to do.’” Read the rest of Diane’s amazing story that has touched thousands of lives!

1 John 2:3-6

Evangelists to the Deaf

Please join our partners serving the Deaf in praying for these requests:
⦁ A team in Kenya is seeking an editor to join them.
⦁ Deaf translators and support staff around the world are encountering spiritual warfare.
⦁ Deaf Missions’ post-production work on a deaf version of the “Jesus Film” for its April screening.

Philippians 4:6-7

Responses to the Gospel

Check out this podcast from our friends at e3 Partners with suggestions on how to proceed when you receive one of the three responses that Apostle Paul received after he shared the Gospel in Athens in Acts 17.

Acts 17:32-34

Building Churches with Soccer Balls

“My name is Charles. I am a follower of Jesus. I had the privilege of playing soccer professionally in Morocco, Tunisia, and Ukraine in 2016 and 2017. My city isn’t just the capital of the state I live in, but historically it’s been a major center of commerce and Islam that has attracted Quranic scholars from throughout western Africa.

Prayer is the Foundation

As I was prayer walking over time, I sensed the needs of the youth of the city who often felt hopeless about their future. I began two compassion ministries to engage some Muslim youth who were hanging out in my courtyard, one through drama and the other through soccer.
At first, when I began to play pick-up games with them, they were surprised at my ability and began to ask me, ‘Why have you come? Will you come and teach us how to play like that?’ So I challenged a couple of them to meet with me at 6:00 am during the week and started to train them with different exercises and drills to improve their skills. Then, I suggested that they invite some of their friends.

Discovery Bible Study

After a foundation of trust was built, I invited a few of them on Saturday to start a Discovery Bible Study (DBS). I also focused on building relationships with their parents. Most were very grateful for my assistance since their sons lacked discipline of all kinds. Over time they noticed that not only the boys’ discipline in soccer improved, but their discipline in other areas of life was improving as well, even in school.

Persecution

But then, when Ibrahim became one of my first disciples, his father—a local imam—put pressure on the owners of the stadium to refuse me entry for soccer practices. What’s worse is his father cut him off from his community and kicked Ibrahim out of his home. At first, I took Ibrahim in, providing for him and paying his school fees. He worked hard and was very talented at soccer. I helped him enroll in a soccer boarding school in the country’s capital for two years. Eventually, Ibrahim was able to play soccer in Europe.

Transformation

When Ibrahim was invited to play professionally in Europe, his parents changed their minds about my motives and allowed me access to land for a soccer field. Through family and friends of the soccer players, five churches have now been planted.”

A huge thank you to our partners, New Generations, for sharing this incredible testimony!

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

We’re giving God all the glory for stories like Charles’ and the miraculous ways He’s moving around the world.

Let’s continue pressing on to share Jesus’ name so that every person, everywhere can have an opportunity to respond to the hope of the Gospel. Thank you for being part of our mission!

The Doulos Partners Team

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