Central Asia--Sewing Machines Help Make Gospel Outreach Possible
Source: VOM Contacts
Ten Christian women in a Central Asian
country received sewing machines that will help them generate an income
for their families. "Thank you for your blessing," wrote one of the
sewing machine recipients. "We wanted to buy a good sewing machine for a
but we didn't have funds. It will help us to earn money and to bless
other church members." Nearly all the sewing machine recipients
mentioned that they will also use the machines to bless other church
members with clothing and linens. These families live in an area where
potential employers first ask if job applicants are Christians. If the
job applicants say they are,
they will not be hired. Each of these families is involved in ministry.
The sewing businesses will also allow them to be flexible with their
work hours so they have more opportunity for ministry. One mother of
four who received a sewing machine wrote,
"I will teach my children,
and we will serve our church and neighbors with a practical gospel."
Thank you for your part in blessing these women with sewing machines.
Praise God for his work in Central Asia.
Kenya--Boy Dies in Al-Shabaab Attack on Church
Sources: VOM Contacts,
1 Peter 1:6–7
A grenade tossed near the Sunday school
area of ACK Polycarp Church in Nairobi on Sunday,
Sept. 30 took the life of a 9-year-old boy and injured several more
severely. John Ian Maina suffered fatal injuries in the explosion that
happened as he waited around 10:25 a.m. with a group of other children
for Sunday school to start. Police had just warned the previous day that
al-Shabaab was planning retaliatory attacks in the country following
the capture of Kismayu port by the Kenya Defense Forces in southern
Somalia. St. Polycarp's is near Eastleigh,
a district of Nairobi popularly known as "Little Mogadishu" due to its
many Somali immigrants. The bomb left a six-inch deep,
12-inch wide hole in the floor. Pray for Christians in Kenya,
who are increasingly subject to harm at the hands of al-Shabaab
militants from Somalia.
Nigeria--Students Shot to Death in Apparent Boko Haram Attack
Source: BBC News,
Twenty-two students were shot dead or
stabbed at a Federal Polytechnic University in northeastern Nigeria in
Adamawa state Oct. 2 by suspected Boko Haram militants. Just after
men in military uniform entered a residence hall and called some
students by name. The students were marched out of their rooms and lined
up outside the building. Some were shot,
and others were knifed. Their bodies were left lying in lines. Some of
the dead were Muslims,
while others were Christians. Police aren't sure why the 22 students and
three security guards were killed,
though the military arrested dozens of people suspected of Boko Haram
links days earlier. Cell towers in the area were recently attacked by
making getting information out of the area difficult. One of the
students told BBC News,
"Everybody is scared." Pray God will show his power in defeating Boko
Haram and that members of the group will turn to Christ.
Pray for those involved in a digital Bible project. Digital music players are loaded with audio New Testaments,
portions of the Old Testament,
VOM books and hymns.