Think about your church and the believers who worship with you every Sunday morning. Imagine you and your church family did not have a church building to meet in. There were no classrooms, no sanctuary or gymnasium to meet in, no foyer with coffee and donuts to greet you. Instead, you hosted your church family in your home every Sunday morning.
For multitudes of congregations in Asia, this is normal. In certain areas, it is difficult to begin the process of constructing a church building because of many obstacles, which may include opposition from anti-Christian groups, lack of finances and various extreme weather patterns. Fortunately, when church buildings are constructed, they not only provide a safe haven for believers, they also become the central hub of activities where believers can serve the Lord with joy.
This month, we have an opportunity to intervene in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Asia who do not have church buildings. Together, let us pray to the Lord for the various needs that arise because of this.
Pray for God’s Presence in Communities
There are many distinct cultures throughout Asia that highly value religion and symbolism. Because of this, Christianity has more credibility and respect when there is a church building. Individuals who would normally be apprehensive toward the Good News become more curious when they see a permanent place of worship. After churches are constructed, they become positive witnesses in the communities they are in.
In many areas in Asia, opposition toward Christianity is a given. Church building construction efforts are often thwarted because of what they represent: permanence. When the commencement of construction is hampered or the construction site is destroyed, believers can face significant discouragement.
Please pray against opposition toward church buildings. Pray also for peace and protection for believers.
Pray for Construction
In addition to the obstacles regarding opposition, church construction can also be compromised by harsh weather conditions which can put construction workers in danger. For example, monsoon season is a time of year where heavy rains fall at a constant rate along the coast of Asia. Construction comes to a halt during these seasons, and the safety of contractors is often compromised.
Please pray for the safety regarding contractors and church building construction processes occurring in regions that experience extreme weather conditions.
Pray for Pastors and Elders
Due to the lack of church buildings, many pastors across Asia conduct their Sunday services in temporary, rented spaces or in their homes. If there are no spaces available, the pastor and his family may be left with the responsibility of making their homes ready for their congregations every Sunday morning. This can include moving furniture around, putting belongings in drawers to save space and making refreshments. At times, this can be taxing on pastors, as they also have the tasks of preparing for sermons and shepherding their flock.
Pray for wisdom for pastors and elders in planning services and ironing out logistics in finding rented spaces and church buildings.
Pray for People to Give Church Buildings
Believers in the West have an opportunity to unite with the Church in Asia by donating toward church buildings. This would help grow the Body of Christ because church buildings in Asia are more than just buildings used on Sunday mornings. They are the central location of all church activities and a safe haven for believers who pray in it throughout the week. By partnering financially with believers in Asia, many congregations that have been crying out to God for a church home may finally have one.
Please pray donations would be provided for the construction of church buildings, so that believers throughout Asia will have a place to worship the Lord.
Join with us as we lift up in prayer the people of Asia and their needs. Receive prayer request with a special focus each month from Asia. You can have a part in ministering to those in need, through our most powerful tool, prayer.