September 16 -22, 2014
- A woman in the Sahara Desert became curious and asked questions about the Way until her husband put a stop to it; please ask God to soften this man’s heart towards Him.
- Please pray for a former student who has been taught truths from the Word; he has been elected to a position of authority in Iraq.
- Praise God for His provision, through the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund, for many refugee families in Cape Town, South Africa, who “clapped, cried, praised God, and jumped with joy” when they received the food!
- Pray for a Bambara (pronounced BAHM-bah-rah) believer in Mali who, along with his wife and children, has been threatened by neighbors; ask that he will have the courage to stand firm in the face of opposition.
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M’ZAB OF THE SAHARA DESERT AND BEYOND (m-zab) - They were often seen together, laughing and sharing the details of their lives with one another, and they even discussed their religions. As time passed, Miriam* realized that her friend’s religion wasn’t what she had always believed it to be, what she had always been taught about it. Miriam learned about a hope, an assurance of salvation from One who could clean her of every sin she had ever committed. Curious, she continued to ask questions about this Way. However, the questions didn’t last for long--Omar*, her husband, stopped Miriam from asking such questions. He prohibited Miriam from spending time with her friend one on one. He only permitted them to be together in his presence, and the topic of religion was strictly forbidden. Under such control, Miriam desires a way to be free. Pray that God will soften Omar’s heart towards Him, that Miriam will find true freedom in Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit will draw this couple to Himself. (*names changed)
SHIA MUSLIMS OF IRAQ (SHEE-ah) - A former student has been elected to a position of authority. Pray that he will not forget the truths he has been taught from the Word, and that he will lead with integrity and true compassion for all peoples in the country.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (KAYP town) - “The Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund approved the feeding project for 88 of my refugee students and their families,” writes missionary Gail Davis. “When the vendor delivered the food to us, it was a mass of food greater than any the mind could picture! After days of sorting, the day of distribution arrived. The anticipation was great. The people didn’t know what they would be receiving. The excitement and tension was so great that the people were giddy, which made them chatter and move around like a child waiting to open the unknown gifts on Christmas morning. They had a sparkle in their eyes. At last the moment arrived. As we called their names, the family groups came forward and were given their food. They immediately clapped, cried, praised God, and jumped with joy. They saw that the God about whom the missionary had been teaching loved them so much that He provided, through His children, three meals a day for a month for each person in each family. They would no longer need to fight for the last two tablespoons of oatmeal, because each person would now have his or her own and it would be enough. Thank you for contributing to the World Hunger Fund. Praise God for His provision and for leading you to give.”
BAMBARA OF MALI (BAHM-bah-rah) - “Baba* was excited when we arrived in his Bambara village in November 2013. There were no believers there, but he had heard of Jesus and wanted to know more. He quickly came to believe and prayed to receive salvation. In the months that followed, he diligently studied the Bible we gave him and asked us to hold worship services in his courtyard so that others could learn about Jesus. But he came to us after a teaching session in June and told us that his neighbors had threatened him, his wife and his children. They said that he must not hold worship services in his courtyard and that he must return to his Islamic faith to maintain unity in the village. His mother even told him he should renounce his faith in Jesus. Heartbroken, we prayed for him, as our Bambara ministry partner quietly sobbed over Baba’s decision. Now we wonder what will happen with the other five believers in this village. Please pray for the Bambara people to have the courage to stand firm in the face of opposition.” (*name changed)
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