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?
Switzerland, a tiny country renowned for its Alpine beauty, is home to thousands of Lombards. This people group originated from the lower Elbe Valley in present-day Germany. Tacitus the historian referred to them as “Suebi” or “Swabians,” but they later intermarried with Italians in Lombardy, an area in northern Italy and southeastern Switzerland, and became known as Lombards. Almost all of them speak Italian, but they also continue to speak and read their own dialect. Intercede for evangelical work to be established among the Lombard in Switzerland. Petition that these people, identified by various names, will learn the descriptive names of the Lord and develop an intimate relationship with Him.
UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP: It’s hard to think about Italians without working up an appetite for pizza or spaghetti – people around the world share a love for their food, including those in Germany and Switzerland, where over 1 million Italians have made their home. Many of them are involved in the food industry and run small businesses, such as restaurants and coffee shops. Although, they are well-integrated and enjoy a relatively high status among foreigners in these countries, their culture and family continue to play an important role – they use Italian as their major language and make frequent trips to Italy to visit extended family. Because they are well-integrated, they are often overlooked as a minority, even though they form one of the largest immigrant groups in these countries. Especially in Switzerland, many have become involved in New Age, Spiritism, and the Occult, but few of them worship the one true God. Intercede that these Italians won’t be overlooked by the Father. Ask Him to raise up believers, who will share the Truth with them. Petition that they will find an eternal home among God’s family.
Germans, Austrians, and Swiss tend to be very private. Family relationships are strong, but friendships are developed slowly and carefully. It is a great privilege to be invited into a German home to share a meal. The host will make elaborate preparations, decorating the table with candles and flowers. A small piece of chocolate is often laid beside each plate. The guest is expected to bring a small gift, such as flowers, chocolate or wine. A blessing is rarely said, but once everyone is seated at the table, the host will indicate that it’s time to begin eating by wishing everyone “Guten Appetit!” Intercede with members of the GERMANIC CLUSTER that Germans will invite the Lord into their lives and become fully aware of all the blessings He gives them.