2021 Prayer Guide
What does it take to reach every people and nation with the Gospel?
It takes compassion.
It takes persistence.
But most of all, it takes prayer.
Roughly 17,000 indigenous people groups exist in the world, each with their own language, culture, and religion. Many reside in areas that Western missionaries can’t access. To reach them, only one option remains: equip local churches to evangelize them.
As the Global Church Developer, that’s what we do. As an ICM supporter, that’s what you do. And those efforts are helping indigenous churches to flourish among people groups all over the world.
This calendar highlights some of those groups. Please take time each month to pray for them as our work continues. Your prayers can remove the obstacles to all nations hearing the Good News. Share
All Scripture references come from the New Living Translation (NLT).
People Groups Within Reach
The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Because “zulu” means “sky” or “heaven,” the Zulu call themselves “the people of heaven.” They are warm, compassionate people who practice “ubuntu,” meaning “humaneness.” Typically, their villages are organized around communal homesteads that grow grain and herd cattle. Music, singing, and dancing mark important rites of passage in Zulu society, such as birth, marriage, and death. Their traditional clothing is worn only for celebrations like these.
Western missionaries taught the Zulu to read and write in the 1800s. Though many have since accepted Christ, the Zulu still honor ancestral spirits and occasionally engage in animal sacrifice. Judea Harvest, an ICM partner, is using our discipleship program to equip Zulu ministers with solid Christian theology. Share
Journal Prompt of the month
God desires a deep, intimate relationship with His people. How is your relationship with the King of Heaven? How can you grow closer to Him this month?