God rescued Jacob Zailian out of a cycle of using and selling drugs while he was serving time in Fresno County Jail. Now, he and his wife, Francine, take the gospel to the streets of Sanger, California, to reach the homeless, drug addicts, gang members, and those who “would scare people who go to most churches,” stated Jacob. Most of their audience knows Jacob already – he used to live on the streets, too. With the support of a local church, the Zailians planted Set Free Church, which brings the gospel to the streets and tries to help addicts and the homeless find hope in Jesus. He, his wife, their three children, and other church members give out food and hot meals several times a week, and the community created through this act of compassion builds a bridge to share Christ. They want to give them a path to recovery, too. For those who meet Jesus and want a different life, Jacob helps connect them to a recovery ministry. After they’re out, Jacob is ready to help them keep growing. Set Free Church recently opened a residential program at a renovated house where men can spend a year being intensely discipled after their time in addiction recovery. The Zailian’s prayer is that the church would have its own recovery center, too – Set Free Ranch, a place where men can go to recover and get back on their feet.
Prayer Focus – Pray for Jacob and Francine to have endurance as they minister to people in need on the streets, especially with the challenges created by Covid. Pray God would transform hearts in Sanger with the gospel.
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Season of Prayer for North American Missions
During the pandemic, our missionaries display great courage and vision to persist – and even thrive – amid great challenges. When needs in local communities arise, these missionaries step up to bring material help and eternal hope by the grace and power of God. Lives are changed, and you are a significant part of that when you pray and give. Thank you! As our missionaries change course, innovate, and share the gospel, please continue to help them move the mission forward. WMU encourages you to use the Prayer Guides for North American Missions during your personal prayer time and to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Offering for Global Missions. Our goal is $20,000. Annie Armstrong Prayer Guide or Global Missions Prayer Guide