We are getting reports from missions interns to the North Africa region. There are young and enthusiastic individuals heading into hard ground to help train believers from a Muslim background and aid evangelistic efforts.
Pray for our Missions Interns
That they would catch a fire to see the Gospel spread amongst least reached people
For Courage and Boldness first, then safety
For their field leaders, to have the time and wisdom to integrate the interns well into the exisiting ministry efforts
Jesus was Lord, but before He started His ministry, He went into the wilderness to fast and pray. He knew the power and place of prayer for the expansion and transformation of the kingdom. There is no way that you are going to succeed in the ministry if you don’t believe in the power of prayer, if you don’t practice what prayer is. Miraculous Movements, Chapter 3
A young Believer from a Muslim background in Libya has been detained by the police since the end of October. It is believed that his detention was instigated by a militant Islamic group. The young Believer uses social media to share Christian material. He was arrested because police claim he is “proselytizing” through social media and there have been allegations of blasphemy made against him.
Although he has been held since October, no official charges have been made and no legal proceedings have begun. The legal and judicial systems have been largely dysfunctional within Libya since the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.
It is believed that the Believer has been physically abused and that the people holding him are trying to get information from him about other Christians in the country.
Please stop and pray for this young man today:
Ask that the Lord would visit him with His tangible presence, bringing encouragement, hope and joy.
Pray that he may be released quickly and the case against him dropped.
Pray for advocates to speak up on his behalf.
Pray that the Church in Libya will grow as a result of the material this young Believer has shared on social media.
On Sunday, August 7, a court sentenced Slimani Bouhafs, a 49-year-old Algerian Christian man, to the maximum penalty of five years imprisonment on blasphemy charges. Algerian cybercrime police arrested Slimani Bouhafs on July 31, accusing him of blasphemy against Islam because of a statement he posted on Facebook. According to Middle East Concern, he published a message on social media “about the light of Jesus overcoming the lie of Islam and its Prophet in the Kabylie area.” President Haddad of the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA) confirmed the sentence.
Middle East Concern reports that although his family and an Algerian secular human rights organization appointed lawyers for him, the court claimed that he had elected to defend himself. According to Saïd Salhi, Vice President of the Algerian League for Human Rights (LADDH), this case is an attack on the freedom of conscience and worship. “It is a new attack against the rights guaranteed by national laws.”
The LADDH calls for a broad mobilization to obtain Bouhafs’ unconditional release from prison. Salhi decried the trial as unfair. “He appeared before the prosecutor the same day of his arrest, without the presence of a lawyer.” The news of Bouhafs’ sentence was a shock for the family of the condemned Christian, and they are concerned about his health. According to his daughter, he suffers from inflammatory rheumatism, a disease that worsens under stress and requires him to follow a special diet. The president of the EPA announced that the council of the church will appeal the sentence.
Father, truly You are the Light of the World, casting out the darkness of sin and evil. We lift up Slimani Bouhafs as he faces this harsh sentence, praying that the appeal will be successful and he will be released soon. You know his special health needs; sustain him during this time and encourage him with a knowledge of our prayers on his behalf. We pray Your hand of protection over Your church in Algeria that this will not usher in a season of increased persecution, but rather will be used to grow Your church and lift high the name of Jesus that all might know that He is truly the Lord of lords. It is in His precious and holy Name that we pray. Amen.
Christianity has existed in Egypt for centuries, and although believers have often been tolerated because of their historical presence and demographic size, they have been recently targeted. After a series of attacks on Coptic Orthodox believers this summer, a breaking point was reached.
The Egyptian government identified this tension and appointed Imam Mahmoud Gomaa, a Muslim cleric, the keep the peace between Christians and Muslims in upper Egypt.
This peace initiative will hopefully bring about better and more stable relations between the two religious groups.
We thank God for the appointment of a man whose goal is to bring about further peace and unity between the groups. Only God knows whether this will be a reality for believers or not, but we pray for their strength to continually come from God, no matter what happens. We know that God has a purpose in peace and in trial for them, so we pray for them to embrace their dependence on Him. We pray this in Jesus’ powerful Name, Amen.
“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
Southeast Libya consists mainly of Sahara Desert. In the middle of this huge desert, lies the small Kufrah Basin. Due to its location, Kufrah has long been a centre for trade – both legal and illegal. Kufrah is the centre for smuggling – drug and human trafficking, migration and illegal border crossings. The region is ruled by tribal cartels that disregard government and continue their trade and autonomous living through sharing a portion of the profits with the governments concerned.
How to pray :
Pray for spiritual breakthroughs in the Kufrah Basin.
Ask that people will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ through supernatural encounters.
Pray for an end to the human trafficking industry that is causing major worldwide issues in these days.
Pray that God will reveal Himself to people who are making profits from human suffering – God is a God of justice!
Pray for the people of Kufrah from the verse above – Isaiah 43:19
“Clearly the Lord is raising up a prayer standard to challenge the darkened, decadent soul of the age. A culture of prayer is what is needed, not a prayer meeting. The Muslims have a prayer culture, but the Christian church has a prayer meeting. How will a nice little prayer meeting contend with the Muslim prayer culture? A great shift is occurring, and as it does, the tongue of fire and the move of God will turn the masses to Jesus, and the cry will be heard once again ‘what must we do to be saved?'” -Lou Engle
What a powerful quote from Lou Engle! Its our hearts desire at Pray North Africa, that many would join with us to form a culture of prayer that lifts up North Africa daily, weekly, month after month, calling on the Lord to move in power and bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
You can sign up for daily prayers – these are normally short prayer prompts that remind us to pray for the focus nation for each day.
How can you bring others into our culture of prayer?
Thank you so much for joining with us to pray North Africa back to Jesus.
God IS moving and drawing people to Himself. Pray with faith that the Church will be built and the gates of hell will not prevail.
Ramadan refers to the holy month of fasting (saum) and prayer for all adult Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. It annually takes place on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar between the sighting of a new moon (crescent moon) and the following one, 30 days later. This year it is from the 6th June to the 5th July.
Between sunrise and sunset, adult Muslims are required to abstain from any food and drink. This includes chewing gum and smoking cigarettes. The main focus is on prayers and reciting the Quran as it is the month in which the prophet Mohammed received his revelations. Muslims are to practice self- control, deny bodily needs like food, sexual relations and abstain from bad behaviour and arguments. The month is all about denying self and submitting to God.
The only people who are exempt from fasting are those who are too young or old, the sick, pregnant, breastfeeding or traveling.
Why pray during Ramadan?
It is God’s will that all should be saved. (2 Pet 3:9)
Jesus commissioned all Christians to make disciples of all nations. (Mat 28:19-20)
The Lord has compassion on all He has made. (Ps 145:9)
He wants His people to stand in the gap for others. (Ezk. 22:30)
Christians have to represent Jesus and His heart of compassion to non-believers. (Acts 9:15; 26:17)
He desires to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. (Is. 49:6)
Since the start of the prayer movement for the Muslim world in 1992/93, more conversions were recorded than in centuries before. During the first 350 years of Islam’s existence, there was only one movement towards Christianity in the Muslim world. This all changed in the last parts of the 20th century with moves of the Holy Spirit in different countries. Just in the last 14/15 years, 69 movements towards Christ were recorded!!! Praise the Lord!
It is a way for Christians to identify themselves with the needs of a lost Muslim world.
Therefore, let us not grow weary and tired of asking Him for Muslim nations as our inheritance, but keep our lamps burning and dressed for service! (Ps 2:8, Luke 12:35)
Mokhtar has followed Jesus since he was a child. Tunisian children learn about the prophets and Islamic teaching in school. When he learned about the Islamic teaching of Jesus, he knew there was something different about Him. He believed that Jesus’ body was the body of a prophet, but inside Him was God. As an adult he received his first Bible. He reads it faithfully and carries it with him everywhere he goes. When he read about baptism, he wanted to be obedient. Since he didn’t know any other believers, he baptized himself. He rejoiced to meet another Tunisian believer who is teaching him about following Jesus. Pray for Mokhtar as he grows more into the image of Christ and as he shares his faith with others.
A worker in a North African nation felt one day that the Lord was prompting her to go and visit a family she had met and had some contact with. The problem? They lived in a city about seven hours away by bus. It was a long journey. But the feeling persisted, so the worker called the family and asked if she could come and visit with them. A welcome was extended, so the long bus ride was undertaken. Upon arrival, although the cultural welcome was given, the family didn’t seem all that interested in the visit of this worker. No spiritual conversations took place. Family members seemed busy, and nothing much seemed to happen. It became obvious to the worker that the older woman in the house was quite involved in folk Islam and witchcraft. There was quite a heavy spiritual atmosphere in the home and the worker became discouraged, “I took a seven hour bus ride for this??” Disappointed and a bit confused, the worker said her good-byes the following day and returned to the bus station. Another long bus ride lay ahead! Soon after the worker took a seat in the bus, the young lady sitting next to her initiated conversation. Conversation soon moved onto spiritual things and there was much interest and openness. The seven hour bus ride turned into a seven hour conversation about all manner of spiritual and personal things. At the end of the ride, they exchanged phone numbers and have continued to stay in touch. “So this is what that bus ride was all about,” the worker thought. It was a reminder to follow the promptings Jesus gives to us, and obey Him – who knows what might unfold?
Praise God for the worker’s obedience.
Pray that workers will be freshly reminded to pay attention when the Holy Spirit leads and guides them.
Praise God for the seeds sown during that long conversation.
Pray that this young lady will continue to seek and come to know Jesus as her Savior.