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“The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect. ” James 5.16b (GNT)


On Palm Sunday, Egyptian Christians were attacked in two separate suicide bombings in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt. 49 people were killed and at least 100 injured. The Bible Society of Egypt shared, “The funerals were a mixture of wailing and rejoicing,” noting that while Egyptian Christians mourned the loss of their loved ones and fellow believers, they are assured and comforted by the truth that these victims are now in the presence of Jesus.

As we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this week, please pray:

  1. For Christians in Egypt as they seek to faithfully to forgive, applying the teachings and example of Jesus; 
  2. For comfort and patience during this time of sorrow and grief; 
  3. For victory over bitterness and anger;
  4. For wisdom and guidance for the church and government leaders. 



International Prayer Requests

April 23 – 29

Gulf States

Prayer Request: In March 2016 Bible Society in the Gulf (BSG) participated in the International Book Fair in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time. BSG was the only Christian publisher among the 350 participants of the Fair. The Bible was displayed in almost 200 different languages, and an interactive exhibition “How the Bible Came to Us” was open to the public. Thousands visited the BSG booth and purchased Scriptures. We thank God for this incredible opportunity and pray for our 'visitors,' especially those from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, so that they can read the Bible and open their hearts and minds to the Good News of the Gospel. Also, pray for our 25 different projects planned for 2017, including distribution of Scriptures, adult literacy classes, and seminars in Arabic. 

About the Country

  • Location: Middle East/Asia
  • Population: 71.28 million
  • Languages: Arabic, English and several Asian languages spoken by migrant workers.
  • Religion: Religion: Muslim; Christian/ and Hindu (mainly migrant workers).

* Gulf States consist of the six following countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

United States

Prayer Request: Pray for more people in the U.S. to grow in their love for God’s Word, for God to transform hearts through Bible-based trauma healing, for the plans for a Philadelphia-based Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and for new Scripture discovery and engagement across cities and channels of culture.

About the Country

  • Location: North America
  • Capital: Washington D.C.
  • Population: 323 million
  • Languages: The United States does not have an official language; however, English (specifically American English) is the main language.    
  • Religion: Christian: 70% | Non-Christian (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, etc.): 5.9% | No religion (atheist, agnostic, etc.): 22.8%      


Prayer Request: Please ask God to help us spread the Bible's message more and more in this country, especially among young people and children. Thank God for the work that has been carried out by the Bible Society in this country.

About the Country

  • Location:          North Europe
  • Capital: Tallinn
  • Population:      1.28 million
  • Languages: Estonian (official), Russian, Ukrainian.
  • Religion: Lutheran: 9.9% | Orthodox Christian: 16.2% | Other Christian religions: 2.2% | Other: 0.9% | No religion: 54.1% | Unspecified: 16.1%.

April 30 – May 6


Prayer Request: Praise God for the achievements made in spreading the Word of God in this country. Please pray that the local Bible Society will be able to teach Bible principles to different generations, especially young people and children. Pray also that publishing projects may attract more and more people to the Bible message.

About the Country

  • Location:          East Africa
  • Capital: Addis Ababa
  • Population:      96.5 million
  • Languages: Amharic (official), English, Oromo, Somali, Tigrigna, Afar, Arabic, among others.
  • Religion: Ethiopian Orthodox Christian: 43.5% | Muslim: 33.9% | Protestant: 18.5% | Traditional beliefs: 2.7% | Catholic: 0.7% | Other: 0.6%.


Prayer Request: Please pray for the completion of the Philippine Bible Society headquarters construction, which will support the future development of the Bible work in the country. Pray also for the new Scripture engagement program for women to be launched this year. Finally, pray for the MTBO Bible campaign that will distribute 500,000 copies of the Bible to poor families.

About the Country

  • Location: Southeast Asia
  • Capital: Manila
  • Population: 100 million
  • Languages: Filipino, English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano.  
  • Religion: Christian (Catholic, Protestant, etc.): 85%


Prayer Request: Please ask God to bless the Bible Work in this country and that His Word can reach the hearts of the entire population. Pray that the work carried out by the Bible Society reaches every individual, thus making the Bible available in formats and translations that can meet their needs.

About the Country

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Population: 5.4 million
  • Languages: Official: Finnish and Swedish. Other: Sami languages (North Sami, Skolt Sami and Inari Sami are officially recognized in Finland).
  • Religion: Lutheran: 75% | Orthodox Christian: 1.1% | Other: 1.5% | No religion: 22.2%.

Canadian Bible Society Prayer Needs

  • Please continue to pray for all CBS staff and volunteers across Canada. Pray also for God’s leading as CBS implements new strategies to reach more Canadians with God’s Word through various partnerships with churches and organizations.
  • Pray for sufficient financial support from churches, individuals and organizations to maintain Bible translation work, the supply of subsidized or free Scriptures, and other Bible-based programs.
  • Praise God for our partner organizations in Canada that provide us with the opportunity to reach out with God's Word to homeless people, immigrants, young people, new readers and many others. Pray that this work will continue and grow.
  • Many native language projects are underway, including the revision of the Inuktitut Bible. Please pray for wisdom, provision and protection for our translation teams.
  • Pray for our soldiers in conflict zones around the world. Praise God for Operation Bible – a joint project of the Canadian Forces and CBS– a complete Bible in camouflage cover available to all members of the Forces..
  • Pray that Bible work can continue effectively around the world despite wars, political tensions, changes in religious climate, economic hardship and frequent natural disasters. Pray for Bible work in countries where distribution is restricted or not permitted at all.
  • Pray that God will give us wisdom and means to face our financial challenges and for an increased spreading of His Word in Canada. Pray also that our ministry will be well received in churches, resulting in more opportunities.

Prayer Needs for the Bible Work in Bermuda

The Canadian Bible Society looks after the Bible work in Bermuda. Please pray for the following request:

  • Please pray that the Bible Society in Bermuda will have some meaningful way of interacting with the thousands of people coming to Bermuda for the America's Cup event to take place this summer. This is a yachting event that is known world wide.