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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: Bedouins of the Levant

The history of the term “Levant States” is expansive and prolific.  Maybe the term even precedes the Levant Company of 1581 A.D.  In our day, the Levant are Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Cyprus.

It is my understanding that most of the Bedouins have never heard of Jesus or the Good News.  With Christians living in the same region, we pray for connections to develop through which the Gospel may be shared.

Posted on 28th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: The Kohistan

In the mountainous region of northern Pakistan live the approximate 600,000 Kohistani.  In addition to meeting Jesus and receiving eternal life in Him, a great need is for affordable and accessible health care.

More workers and research are needed for translating the Bible into the Kohistani language.  For God’s provision and blessing, we pray.

Posted on 28th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: Swahili of Zanzibar

For those sharing Christ with the Swahili, we pray for mercy, grace and favor.  May their witness be wise, authentic and effective.

May the powers behind witchcraft be subdued, in Jesus’ name.  May all attempts to hinder the Gospel be abolished.

Numerous muslims from the Philippines are resident in Zanzibar.  For their conversion to Christ and growth into the image of Jesus, we pray.

Posted on 28th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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A Thankful Father of the Bride

Today, our nineteen year old daughter becomes the wife of her beloved.

Amidst a variety of paternal emotions, thanksgiving rises above all others.  Words seem too limiting to express the appreciation and joy I have for every second of these nearly twenty years.

She is God’s daughter placed in our care to love, nurture, disciple and prepare.  Perfect in every way, she is a source of immense thanksgiving to God.

Her faith, commitment to Christ and Godly righteousness are a glorious reflection of her mother.  The faith that “is also in her mother” multiplies the gratitude.  I am exponentially blessed by the integrity and character of her mother and herself.  My soul is full of appreciation for them both.

Being born the youngest in the family isn’t always an easy path.  Her respect and grace for her sister and both of her brothers is an inspiration and delight.  For her relationships with them, I am most grateful.

If Paula and I were to dream of a God made match for her, he would be the exact fulfillment of the dream; godly, peaceable, gentle, Christ-like, strong and courageous.  For him my soul rejoices in thanksgiving.

 

Danée Mikal Redfearn and Judah David Kesler, today is your day and I am THANKFUL!

 

Posted on 25th May 2019 in Weddings  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: The Saho of Eritrea and Ethiopia

God’s word is mostly unavailable in the language of the Saho people.  A few portions of Scripture have been translated into this language, but the majority of the Bible is not yet available.  May the Lord enable rapid translation, publication and broadcasting of His most holy and precious Word.

Lacking peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia, creates a lack of stability for the Saho people to build their lives, families and villages upon.  May the Lord grant peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

 

Posted on 24th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: Morocco

Bibles are a treasured possession, often difficult to obtain, in Morocco.  We are praying for the Christians there to have access to the written Word of God and thus being empowered in discipleship and evangelism.

Grief, a common experience in Morocco, is an opportunity to declare the wonders of life eternal.  The confidence we have in Christ is absent from Islam and yet deeply longed for.  May our Brothers and Sisters have God’s special grace to proclaim the eternal life available in Jesus and the confidence that what God has said, He will do.

Posted on 24th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: The Muslims in Chicago

With over 500,000 Muslims from a huge variety of ethnic backgrounds living in the Chicago area, we have vibrant ministry opportunities there.

May the Lord grant to the Christians in the area understanding on how to “Bridge the Gap” with the love of Jesus.

In prayer today, an image came to mind.  I saw a devout man in prayer.  He was bowed down in reverence and facing Mecca.  When he tried to rise, his head was somehow riveted to the floor.

A voice behind me proclaimed Psalm 3:3.

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ lift the heads of our Muslim family and friends to ministry of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

 

Posted on 20th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: Bengali Muslims

Living in West Bengal for three months as a teenager influenced my life greatly and continues to do so to this day.  While serving among people in poverty I had never seen before, I first heard Mahatma Gandhi’s, “Live simply so others may simply live.”

While walking down a Kolkata street my walking partners said, “We’ve got to get out of here now.”  So we hurried our way in a different direction.  After the run to safety, I asked, “What is this all about?”

“The group of people coming our way on the street are Muslims on their way to make an animal sacrifice.  The group behind us are Hindus who include the same animals in their worship.  There will be a bloody battle between the two groups today.”

Bengali Muslims are the second largest Muslim ethnic group.  May the Lord hear our prayers on their behalf.

Posted on 20th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post
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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: Unnamed Group in Central Asia

With today’s prayer focus being an unnamed people group, I think it best to provide the group information from the prayer guide.

This unnamed people group are strong, independent mountain-dwellers, easily walking for a day to spend time with friends. Until recently, their rough mountainous region had no vehicular access, but working hard (with lots of dynamite!) the people are making a level way through the valleys, for the first time connecting needy people to markets and much-needed health services.

They live in Central Asia, and comprise only about 300,000 people made up of about five ethnic groups and speaking different languages. Known for straight-talking, honesty and practical jokes, their lives are plagued by conflict, religious laws, violence, sickness and death. Many leave their mountain due to fear of family revenge killings, lack of food or a desire to educate their children. Islamic extremism is also bringing conflict and widespread fear.

When praying for an unnamed people and situation, we totally rely upon the Holy Spirit to guide us.

 

Posted on 20th May 2019 in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World  •  Comments are off for this post