Long lockdowns behind them and new lockdowns before them are impacting many Punjabi families. Loss of their businesses and livelihoods place a strain on the communities and affect the churches. Despite the hardships, Mark and Shoni praise God for new births. They’re committed to reaching the Indian Diaspora living around the Philippines, starting in Metro Manila.
Prayer Walk to a New Church
Mark and Shoni used to prayer walk in Angeles City, claiming the city for Christ. About 3,000 people of the Indian diaspora live there. During the hardest of times brought on by the pandemic, a new church was born.
While unable to meet in person once again, the churches Pastor Mark leads around the Philippines creatively reach out to provide for practical needs and encouragement. Hearts are heavy, but hearts are open. Twice a week, they gather online for live streams of worship and Bible study.
“Despite the pandemic and all of the restrictions, we thank God for opening hearts of people towards the living God Jesus Christ through our online ministry activities.”
Celebrating a New Birth
Mark and Shoni visited one Sikh family on the occasion of their daughter’s 21st birthday. What better gift could they share but telling the Good News of God’s love for her and His purpose for her life? When the birthday girl heard the Gospel, she decided to be born again on her birthday!
“Please pray for her spiritual growth,” Pastor Mark asks. During all of 2021, as people faced trials brought on by the pandemic and natural disasters in the islands, Mark and Shoni shared hope in Christ. People responded.
“By God’s grace and all your prayers, we have witnessed Hindu and Sikh friends coming to Christ Jesus.”
Pray for the Work of New Births
Pray for Mark and Shoni’s ministry as they continue:
- Men’s Bible studies
- Women’s Bible studies
- Children’s ministry
- Outreach to medical students
- Media ministries
- Hospitality and compassion
Also pray for these specific needs:
- Please pray for church members to have strong faith during hardships.
- Pray for this young adult who placed her faith in Jesus; may she grow in Christ.
- Ask God to restore lost businesses and encourage those who are discouraged.
- Immigration complications are creating uncertainty and concern; ask God for favor.
Pastor Mark and Shoni are fasting and praying about all of these needs. Would you choose a day to join them?
You can help reach the Indian Diaspora of Sindi and Punjabi/Sikh people with the Gospel by giving towards building rental, compassionate relief, or an SUV for outreach ministries. Look here for ways to make a difference with a financial gift.