August 26 - September 2, 2014
- Give thanks to the Lord that a young Tatar (pronounced TAH-tar) man in Russia who is a self-proclaimed atheist is continuing to discuss important topics with a believer, such as the existence and nature of the Most High.
- Most professionals in Kazakhstan have put their faith in money and not in God, so ask God to use this year, which saw a 20 percent devaluation of their currency, as a season to call men and women to Himself.
- Praise God for a Jebala (pronounced jeh-BAH-lah) man in North Africa who smiled as he headed to a public swimming hole so he could follow his Savior in obedience, while remembering his friend who had patiently listened for months to his questions and who had stood firm when challenged about his faith!
- Ask the Father to enlighten believers in Egypt to superstitious practices passed down as tradition that may open the doorway to spiritual attacks, and pray that believers will proclaim Truth to replace such practices.
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TATARS OF RUSSIA/CENTRAL ASIA (TAH-tars) - Ildar*, a computer programmer in his mid-20s, is a self-proclaimed atheist. He met Dennis* when he went to Dennis’s workplace to improve his English. Dennis has shared the Gospel with Ildar and has given him a book dealing with critical questions about the existence and nature of the Most High. Ildar has been reading this book and, at the invitation of one of Dennis’ colleagues, has been to a local group. Though uncomfortable with the singing and message he hears at the local group, he has visited on multiple occasions. Give thanks to the Lord that Ildar continues to discuss these important topics with Dennis! Please pray that Dennis will be bold to proclaim the Truth, and remember Ildar, asking that his heart will be softened today to the Spirit of the living, resurrected Savior! (*names changed)
KAZAKHS OF KAZAKHSTAN (KAH-zahks) - In February, the Kazakhstan tenge (that country’s currency) was devalued by 20 percent. The result was a high level of panic among many Kazakhs. Most professionals have put their faith in money and not in God. When an economic crisis occurs, that faith can be shaken. How will they respond to the inflation in Kazakhstan? Might God use this year as a season to call men and women to Himself? Might He show them the dangers of building their houses on sand? Please pray for a spiritual awakening among business people.
JEBALA OF NORTH AFRICA (jeh-BAH-lah) - Mounir* is headed not to just any swimming hole, but to a place so special that many desire to come just to gaze at the water. Some will leave, however, afraid of what might happen, yet Mounir is coming because he has drunk the Living Water from “the well that never runs dry.” How has a public beach where families love to play and cool off from the searing hot weather become so special? It’s because his close friends will be joining him: those he has trusted, those of whom he has asked so many questions--questions about his faith that have lingered in his mind for years. One friend listened very patiently to him into the wee hours of the night. That one night’s conversation turned into several. Then days turned into weeks, and weeks into months. Even with all the arguments Mounir threw out, his friend stood firm in his faith in the Messiah and the Injeel (the Gospels). As he considers the long journey to this swimming hole, and the journey he will now share with his Savior, whatever that may be, Mounir smiles. Now at his destination, and affirming all that could happen because he has believed, he nods to his friends and plunges under the water backwards--and jumps up just as quickly! “Wow! That’s refreshing!” Praise God for this brother in the Lord who has followed in obedience! Pray that he will stand as firm as his friend did when challenged about his faith. (*pseudonym)
DECISION MAKERS OF CAIRO, EGYPT - Nama* asks for prayer at the conclusion of a Bible study. She is afraid to sleep because she sees pictures of demons on the walls of her home. Nama understands that the Son gives her the authority to cast out demons in His name. Another believer explains that spiritual attacks are common in Egypt. She blames this on superstitious practices dating back to Pharaonic times, which have been passed down as tradition. For instance, during the time of welcoming a newborn baby, women beat a special metal bowl and sing loudly to ward off jinn (evil spirits) that threaten the baby. When people have problems, they often blame them on someone who has cursed them. An enemy sometimes will purchase black magic to bring harm to someone because they are jealous or angry. Many buy charms to ward off curses. It is common to see charms such as baby shoes and blue eyes hanging from rear-view mirrors in cars. Christians and Muslims alike ascribe to these practices. One friend’s mother went to the Orthodox priest when she was unable to conceive. After following his advice to jump over a grave, she became pregnant. A sheikh (leader) gave similar advice, and a woman ran across the tracks in front of a train in order to get pregnant. Please pray for women like Nama, who undergo spiritual attacks. Ask the Father to enlighten believers to any such practices that may open the doorway to spiritual attacks. Pray that believers will proclaim Truth to replace superstitious practices. (*name changed)
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