Wednesday, May 29 2024
North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
North Africans/Middle Easterners, Northern France

Despite Tarik's frequent travels and commitment to his journalism studies at a local university, he makes time to study the Bible and meet regularly with other believers for worship and discipleship. He decided to follow Jesus after connecting to an online chat about spiritual topics. He eagerly desires to be baptized; however, his pastor is encouraging him to wait until he has grown in his depth of understanding so that he has a firm foundation in the Word. Tarik has courageously shared his testimony and desires to boldly share the hope of Jesus. Praise God for this brother and his obedience in following Jesus! Pray for Tarik to persevere and trust his pastor as he commits to discipleship that will lead to baptism. Pray that he will be "strengthened with power through his Spirit in [his] inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [his heart] through faith--that [he], being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [he] may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:16-19 ESV).

 
Tuesday, May 28 2024
North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Peoples of Yemen

The situation for Yemen seems hopeless. After nine years of civil war, many different sides still vie for power. There has been death on all sides. Food is limited or expensive, and many people go without. There are fears of impending famine. In Psalm 33:16-19 (ESV), David reminds us: "The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. . . . Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine." Please pray that the Yemeni people will turn their eyes to the only One who can save them. Ask God to indeed have mercy on the people of Yemen who are starved by this war and its effects. God loves the people of Yemen. Pray that they will know that He sees them in their suffering. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to them so that He may deliver their souls from death. Pray that God will keep them alive in famine so they can find Him. Pray that they will place their hope in Him today.

 
Tuesday, May 28 2024
North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Commerce City in Northern Africa

Some women belonging to the same family live together in a house in the city. Latifa is the single mother of Fatima, Amina, Bouchra, and Najet. A few years ago, Fatima believed in Jesus. She quickly became a part of a local church and started sharing with her family. Later, Amina and Bouchra also believed. Latifa says that she believes in Jesus, but she still follows the traditions and values of Islam. Najet is very much against the gospel and is adamant about following Islam. About a year ago, Fatima went to another country for work. When she left, Amina became the spiritual leader in her household. Amina has been studying the Word with her mother, Latifa, and teaching her the true things of God. Pray for Amina to have the strength and wisdom needed to continue sharing her faith with her family and those around her. Pray for Latifa to turn from her old traditions, joyfully understanding that Jesus is enough. Pray for Najet to desire the peace seen in her sisters and come to faith. Pray for Fatima to get connected to a church in her new country and continue growing in her faith.

 
Monday, May 27 2024
North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
North Africa/Middle East Refugees in the Diaspora

Two believers recently met a man who was interested in getting a copy of God's Word in his native language. After some planning, the believers set up a meeting time in a nearby city to deliver the book to him. When they met, the man was cordial and friendly, so they went to a local coffee shop. While exchanging more pleasantries and getting to know one another, one of the believers pulled out the Bible to give to the man. He couldn't believe his eyes! He kept saying, "I've never seen one before!" He asked the believer to open it immediately, and once opened, the man started to read the Scriptures. When asked about what he believed, this new friend stated that he was "in the middle" between Christianity and his home country's predominant religion. Please pray that as this man reads the Scriptures, he will come to know the truth about who Jesus is and give his life to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw this man to Himself, and pray that he will reach out to the believers again to follow up and ask questions.

 
Saturday, May 25 2024
North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Scattered Syrians of the Middle East

There is a lack of believing Syrian men in places where the Word has been spread among Syrian refugees in the Middle East. So often, it is women who are spiritually sensitive or willing to investigate. Please pray that Syrian men in the Middle East will finally come to the end of themselves, be drawn by the Father, have their hearts softened, become curious, and then hear the truth of the gospel clearly. Ask that they will humble themselves, repent, and believe. Beseech the Father to draw men who will boldly and lovingly lead their families to faith. Pray these things in general, but intercede specifically for Abed and his family. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him" (John 6:44 ESV).

 
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