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A seven hour bus ride, for what??

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.

Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, March 30

Mauritania: Ban Ki-moon in Nouakchott to praise country’s support to UN

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, – UN chief Ban Ki-moon began an official visit to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott late Thursday, as part of a tour of West and North African countries, Mauritania’s official AMI news agency said.

He plans to hold talks Friday with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine, his programme showed.

Before flying to Mauritania from Burkina Faso, the first stop in his tour, Ban had expressed “concern” over a string of jihadist attacks in Africa’s Sahel region.

“I am deeply concerned by the terrorist attacks in the (Sahel) region,” he said in Ouagadougou.

“The response to terrorism must be global,” he said, urging “a strict adherence to human rights and international humanitarian law.”

Burkina Faso was struck on January 15 by a string of coordinated attacks that left 31 dead, including 28 in Ouagadougou, where jihadists attacked a hotel and a nearby cafe popular with foreigners.

“I returned to the region to ensure the international community continues to support the Sahel region. This evening I will go to Mauritania to continue my work of awareness-raising,” Ban said.

In Mauritania, Ban is due to hold talks “about the relationship of cooperation between Mauritania and the United Nations”, chiefly “the growing role and the support given” by the country to the UN’s peacekeeping missions, particularly in Africa.

Some 1,000 Mauritanian nationals are deployed as UN peacekeepers in missions across the world, including Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and Darfur in Sudan.


How to pray:

  1. Pray for the Mauritanians serving as peacekeepers. May the Lord keep them safe.
  2. Pray that Mauritania will remain peaceful and stable despite the unrest in neighbouring nations.
  3. Pray that the government in Mauritania will grow in commitment to restraining any growth in Islamic extremism in the region.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, March 29

One Moroccan house church reports that they normally hold a baptism service once every two years, but in 2015 they held three baptism services.  This is a big increase which shows a clear increase in the number of people coming to faith in Jesus Christ in Morocco.  Praise God for this.  Give Him the glory and honour for building His Church in North Africa!  Pray for new believers to be discipled well.  Pray that a new generation of Believers in Morocco will be set free from past history in the Church. May they seek after unity, grow in boldness, be free from fear, and filled with a desire to share the Good News across Morocco and North Africa.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it. —Matthew 16:18

Sharing the Gospel of Luke

jesus film morocco

A worker in the middle east has completed a social media advertising campaign where the opportunity to watch the Jesus film was offered to more than 10 million people in 11 different middle east and north african countries, stretching from Somalia to Mauritania. Of those 10 million people who received invitations 750,000 started watching the video and 8,000 finished the video based on the Gospel of Luke.

The results were encouraging: Feedback was received from seekers, even in Mauritania, a desert country generally considered completely unreached.

  • Pray for the ministry producing these online campaigns, the potential for reaching people with the gospel through online ministries is tremendous.
  • Pray for their funding, running campaigns requires a financial commitment.
  • Pray for followup workers who will be fielding the questions campaigns such as this one. Pray for a patient and gentle spirit as they shepherd seekers to Christ.
  • Pray that these teams would wield and re-weild the tools available to them for maximum kingdom impact.

Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, March 23

Pray for plans for a prayer gathering that will focus on praying for Mauritania and Morocco.  May God bring plans together in His way. Pray protection, covering and hiddenness over this gathering.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will lead those who are preparing for it. May they know what is on His agenda to pray for.  Pray that great spiritual fruit will come forth as a result of the prayers. Ask God to increase faith among the Believers in Mauritania that God is indeed the Lord of the Harvest and will bring forth the harvest in Mauritania.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;
    I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
    and my blessing on your descendants.
    —Isaiah 44:3

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, March 22nd

Praise God for 3 new believers in a city in Morocco. There is a father and son, and another young man. The two young Believers were recently caught by the police trying to give a Bible to another Moroccan who didn’t want one. Subsequently they spent a short time in the police station before being released. Their faith has only grown through this experience and they have less fear now than ever before. Praise God for this. Pray also that they might grow in wisdom and discernment as they are bold to share their faith. May they learn not to press the Bible upon people who are not open or interested. May God bring into their lives others who are seeking and open to hear the Gospel. May a new house church grow through these new Believers. Pray for those who are discipling them to disciple with love, wisdom and freedom.

Pray for Mauritania: Wednesday, March 16

Pray for a group of Believers who are meeting secretly and in much fear. Pray that they might experience the Holy Spirit in their midst, building up their faith. Pray that they will be taught by the Word of God to grow into maturity. Pray that God will provide for them all that they need. Pray that they will learn to love one another and take care of one another just like the early Church did in the book of Acts.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, March 15

Praise God for five young people who have recently made the decision to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. They are all university students. Pray for them as they are discipled, to grow rapidly in their faith. Pray that they might have boldness and courage to share this decision with their family and friends.  May they bring many others into the Kingdom through their witness. Pray for protection over their new-found faith. Pray also for plans to hold a short weekend retreat for young and new Believers, so they can connect with each other, encourage one another and have fellowship with other young Christian Moroccans.

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. —Matthew 7:8

Altar in the Land

We're praying for Egypt today.In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. —Isaiah 19:19

This is a precious verse spoken by the Lord over Egypt and it will come to pass in HIS perfect timing.

This coming weekend there will be 48 hours non stop pray and worship time in Alexandria, one of Egypt’s most prominent cities. We’ll start Thursday 10/3 @6pm till Saturday 12/3 @6pm. Please pray for open heavens and for the voice of the LORD to be clearly heard in this critical hour. Also please pray for a church that would awaken to her destiny to establish such an altar and such pillars.

Prayer for the Unsaved

LENT 2016

Extract from The Sword, Praying Scripture Over Your Life by Estell Brink and Elizabeth Jordaan. Printed and published in South Africa 2012

Father, may Your Kingdom come. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Mat.6:10). As co-heirs with Christ Jesus, we ask the nations as our inheritance, the ends of the earth as our possession. (Ps 2:8; Rom.8:17). We pray for the salvation of people from every nation, tribe, people and language- that countless multitudes of people will one day stand before the throne in front of the Lamb (Rev.7:9).

Lord Jesus, You are the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world! (1 John 1:9). Turn the hearts of the nations to You. (Lam.5:21) Through the power of the Holy Spirit we pray that You will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement. (John 16:8)

You have been pierced for our transgressions; for our iniquities You were crushed. The punishment that brought us peace was upon you , and by Your wounds we were healed. (Isa.53:5) Therefore we have confidence to approach You. For we know that if we ask anything according to Your will, You hear us, and we know that we will have what we ask for. And Lord, we ask from You the salvation of the nations. (1 John 5:14-15) Almighty Father, You have exalted Your Son to the highest place. You have given Him a Name above every other name. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil.2:9-11)