Pray for people in Creative Access locations

What does ‘Creative Access’ mean?

We use the phrase ‘creative access’ to refer to nations, areas or ministries where there is great hostility towards Christianity. In these areas traditional ‘mission work’ or even declaring yourself as a ‘missionary’ is not possible. Workers, therefore, need to be ‘creative’ on numerous levels. They will often need a viable business reason to be in a country or area, then they will need to be creative in how they go about sharing the gospel. They will also need to be careful in how they share updates about their work. 

What kind of places are they?

More than 200 million Africans live in creative access nations (CANs), the majority of which are Muslim. Creative access areas are also often Islamic strongholds within countries. Consequently, workers there struggle against some of the strongest opposition to Christianity. One of our workers in a CAN recently shared what they’d been told; ‘Teacher, before I met you I hated all Christians and wanted to kill them. I don’t think that way any more.’

What is being done to reach the people living there?

To protect the safety of missionaries and national believers we don’t share which CANs we are working in. To safeguard our personnel further, we sometimes don’t share photographs or identities of those working in particularly sensitive areas. At the moment though, a large number of workers from AIM Europe are serving in creative access situations, some of whom as part of International teams.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

In some Creative Access areas talking about God and religion is normal, but these kinds of conversations can stay fairly superficial. Please pray for workers who are wanting to move beyond this into deeper discussions about faith and Jesus. Pray that God would give them opportunities to witness in a way that engages people’s hearts. 

Even though sharing the good news of Jesus is challenging in Creative Access locations, God has been using dreams and visions to call people to faith in Jesus and encourage believers to persevere in their faith. Praise God that he reveals himself to people through dreams, and please pray that he will continue to speak to people in these locations through dreams and visions. Pray that those who hear his voice will respond to the call to believe in Jesus and come to eternal life in him. 

Graham and Fiona serve in a creative access location. Please pray for those who Graham and Fiona study the Bible with. Pray that God’s word would accomplish his purposes in them, and that Graham and Fiona would see fruit from their time reading the Bible with others. 

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