A mission team from my church (consisting of 3 young married couples + 1 single person) is on their way to visit a very anti-Christian nation in West Asia. For security reasons I've been asked not to reveal the name of this nation, but I can tell you that it is a nation that is strongly controlled by a very strong Islamic-influenced government. These 7 young folks (which also currently includes 3 small children aged 4 and under + 1 on the way [ETA in Feb.]) have committed their lives eventually to wind up serving as full term missionaries to this land, knowing full well that this might at some point require them (and/or their children) to face imprisonment or even death. This has already happened to some of this country's own citizens who dared publicly to proclaim their commitment to spreading the Good News about Christ. That's what these young people are up against, but they also fully realize that "our side" is still the one that ultimately will prevail! They will be gone for approximately one week for this journey. Please pray for their protection every step of the way. Thank you.