Thank you for your partnership in prayer as we continue our work in supporting churches to make disciples of all nations.
UFM Prayer Day 2019 is on Sunday 20th January
We hope the information below will be useful fuel for prayer at the beginning of this year.
1. God is raising up workers for the harvest fields
- 18 long term missionaries joined UFM in 2018. They will be serving in areas such as: Church planting in France, Ireland & Uganda and evangelism in Central Asia and Croatia.
- UFM now serves 175 long term missionaries, sent from 90 gospel hearted churches.
- In 2019 we are relaunching our short term mission opportunities to better serve churches, including a new cross-cultural ministry training programme and a partnership with UCCF’s ‘Relay Homestart’ programme for people serving short term in student ministry in Europe.
- Give thanks:
• God has been raising up workers for the harvest fields
• For partner churches willing and eager to send workers cross-culturally
• For a new partnership with UCCF’s Relay Homestart programme
• For a number of staff appointments to better support the growing work
- Please pray:
• As missionary numbers grow, that our relationships with sending churches and missionaries would stay close and strong
• For wisdom as we continue to work on strengthening our support structures to accommodate the growth and build capacity for the future
• Please pray particularly for new office space for the Swindon team
• For God to go on raising up workers for the harvest fields, particularly in areas where there is very little, if any, opportunity to hear the gospel
2. The gospel is making progress
UFM missionaries are committed to making disciples of all nations, loving people in actions and in truth, believing that God’s word taught in the power of the Holy Spirit changes lives. Much of the fruit of the work that UFM missionaries are involved in won’t be seen until eternity, yet we have the joy of seeing snippets of what God is doing in people’s lives.
Give thanks for:
• A young lady who recently came to faith and was baptised in Eurasia in a country where less than 0.1% are evangelical Christians. She was first contacted by a UFM worker 7 years ago who was giving out flyers for a student English conversation club
• A new French church launched in Bordeaux in September 2018
• Not infrequent reports of conversions over this last year in places such as Greece, Ireland, Middle East, Kenya & France
• Over 1,000,000 scripture portions linked to the 100fold project that were downloaded in Muslim majority countries in 2018. Over 300,000 of these were opened and read for at least 10 minutes
Please pray for:
• A fledgling church among a people in the Middle East, the first in that city that is in the local language
• Open hearts among the least reached in parts of the world where there are very few believers and where UFM missionaries are serving – Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, SE Asia, Eastern Europe
• For those involved in early church planting efforts in various parts of France, Uganda, Ireland, Kenya & Italy for perseverance and open doors of opportunity
• For those UFM missionaries facing significant times of trial – a number with cancer, some with family issues, others feeling the burdens of ministry heavily in challenging places
3. The mission movement is a global movement
The UFM missionary family now has people from 27 different nationalities sent by churches in 6 different countries. We hope over the coming year to consider how best to support the development of our small office in the USA, as well as learning more about emerging mission movements in the majority world.
Give thanks for:
• UFM missionaries serving to support a new mission movement in East Asia
• Organic growth in the work of UFM USA and for the churches in the USA who are interested in our model of mission
Please pray for:
• Wisdom in thinking over how best to engage with emerging mission movements in the majority world
• Cross-cultural sensitivity within the UFM family