A couple working with the DIASPORA CLUSTER in ITALY share, “Nine of the top 22 Unreached, Unengaged People Groups (UUPGs) in the European Affinity are related to Italy or Italians. For this reason, we just relocated to Milan, Italy. Please pray for the movement of the Spirit among these UUPG’s and for US churches that might possibly embrace them and begin churches among them. Also lift us up as we build relationships in our neighborhood, as well as across Italian borders in Switzerland, France and Germany. Pray that our language skills will be sharpened quickly and that we will sense and obey God’s leadership in our new setting.”
Have you ever thought about how languages change – sometimes even into new forms – still related, and yet very different? This is the case with a German-based language called Plautdietsch. Imagine a language used outside of its original country almost exclusively by Mennonite communities. Now, imagine other people using this language, who have left that community. Confusion and misunderstanding are certain to occur, as language evolves into different strains. Many of those living in Plautdietsch communities in Mexico read the Scriptures in High German, but few, especially the young, fully understand it. Recently, however, a Plautdietsch Bible translation has become available. Intercede for Christian workers to sow the Good News among Plautdietsch-speakers, who may have heard a little, but need a fuller understanding.
Spaniards of all ages and professions currently reside in Switzerland, where they and other Spanish-speaking peoples have strong and lengthy ties. Top professionals have taken Swiss citizenship to advance in their careers. Spaniards have a visible presence in this country, and several cities even have Spanish-speaking biker’s clubs. On the surface the Spanish in Switzerland may appear happy and successful, but they are surrounded by a wall of spiritual darkness. A barrier that only concerted, unified prayer can penetrate. Will you join in fervent intercession that this wall of spiritual darkness will come tumbling down and that the hearts of the Spaniards will be opened to embrace the loving Savior?
There are close to 6 million Germanic descendants living in Brazil, who speak a variety of languages including grammatical German, Hunsrik, Pomeranian, Mennonite Platt Deutsche, Westfalen and Bairisch. Two of these language groups are engaged, but all groups remain unreached with the gospel. Join members of the DIASPORA CLUSTER in BRAZIL in petitioning the Father to raise up more laborers for the harvest.