Posts from 2014

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Prayer Focus for Swaziland – Sunday, December 28

by Cindy Riggle

Swaziland, Africa: Quality Christian leadership is in short supply and sporadic in quality. Most pastors are unpaid and limited in the time they can contribute to the ministry. Few congregations are trained to share the gospel confidently with either traditionalists or intellectuals, and so have little impact on the unchurched. There are seven Bible schools […]

Prayer Focus for Suriname – Sunday, December 21

by Cindy Riggle

Suriname, Latin America: Nearly half the population profess to be Christian, but many have little understanding of their faith, and Christian belief is often mixed with spiritism. In the larger Catholic and Moravian denominations, growth has been incremental, but recent Pentecostal and charismatic growth has been rapid. Pray for new life and dynamism to replace […]

Prayer Focus for Sudan – Sunday, December 14

by Cindy Riggle

Sudan, Africa: Sudanese Christian leaders have achieved so much against great odds. Many even lost their lives in serving Jesus. Few have opportunity for formal theological education. The sheer number of young converts overwhelms the number of trained pastors. Theological training institutions. Trained pastors are a great need due to rapid church growth. All major […]

Prayer Focus for Sri Lanka – Sunday, December 7

by Cindy Riggle

Sri Lanka, Asia: Evangelism and church growth are priorities, but also present are many sober and serious challenges that need a major shift: a) The fixation with rapid growth has led to prioritizing winning converts rather than making disciples, to attracting crowds with promises of miracles rather than with Christ-like character, to filling seats instead […]

Christian Education Classes – Winter 2014

by Cindy Riggle

Crossroads Christian Education – Winter 2014 Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 December 7 through March 1, 2015   Preschool (Ages 2–4) LEARNING TO LIVE IN GOD’S FAMILY – What is means to be part of God’s family and live as God’s child. Taught by Phillip and Bridget DiBella with Assistant Elena Mourad Younger Elementary (Grades K–3) […]

Prayer Focus for Spain – Sunday, November 30

by Cindy Riggle

Challenges for Prayer There is a considerable increase in missionaries and agencies since 1978, probably numbering over 1,000 today. But some areas remain largely unreached. Proliferation of agencies and lack of coordination are issues for concern. Pray for: a) Christian workers to be called to less-evangelized areas, such as Castilla Leon, parts of Andalucía, Extremadura, […]

Prayer Focus for South Africa – Sunday, November 23

by Cindy Riggle

Challenge for Prayer Christianity faces many challenges – not least is the question of how a nation that is 75% Christian can be crippled by poverty, violence, crime, AIDS and racial strife. Yet, believers are at the forefront of addressing all of these issues in many ways. Pray for: a) A prophetic voice for the […]

Prayer Focus for Somalia – Sunday, November 16

by Cindy Riggle

Challenges for Prayer The role of Islam is a troubled one. Radical Islamists contribute to the present troubles. Many jihadists flood into Somalia, eager to fight against the government. The Islamic courts have restored order in their spheres of influence, but by the most ruthless means, imposing strict shari’a on all. Pray that Islamist plans […]

Prayer Focus for Solomon Islands – Sunday, November 9

by Cindy Riggle

Nominalism is a problem even though the Islands are overwhelmingly Christian. The Church has sometimes stagnated; a proper enculturation of the gospel would go a long way in overcoming this. The Baha’i, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Unification Church prospered formerly; two different Islamic groups are now making inroads. Counterfeit Christian movements and quasi-Christian cults have also […]

Women’s Workshop – Saturday, November 1, 2014

by Cindy Riggle

“Wherever You Are, Be All There”-Jim Elliot The Impact of Technology on Relationships & Our Wise Response There’s no question that technology has changed our way of life. In what ways does technology help us build relationships? How does it sabotage them? What does the Bible say to us about this uniquely 21st-century issue? How […]