A national missions committee has been formed in Algeria with many churches getting an increased vision for reaching their own nation and the rest of North Africa with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The committee plans to visit churches around the country sharing their vision for missions. They hope to soon begin short and long term training programs.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28: 18,19
If you love Me, keep my commandments –John 14:15
- That the Lord opens the door for Algerian short and long term missions teams and for financial provision.
- That the vision for missions in Algeria will increase.
I can remember two things. One is a grand taxi driver, who was really upset so much. He was complaining about people buying so much food, food, food. (The passengers were simply listening quietly). There are many upset people during Ramadan, but it was rather unique case in just how upset he was. The other one was at Macdonalds. I went there a couple of times and was quite surprised that there were more people than before. Previous years I used to felt more cautious to go there as there were only some people who came for their children. But this year I saw just adults came for themselves. (young ladies).” “In our city we felt this was the least oppressive Ramadan we’ve ever experienced! Perhaps its largely due to being summer, but we felt that it was quieter, less aggressive, and far less “spiritual and holy”. In the past this has been the month where we’ve seen the fundamentalists out in force in our community due to the large training mosque nearby, but we hardly saw any around. Previously we also really felt in our city that Ramadan brings with it a somber, serious, religious atmosphere into the city, but not this year. Down near the beach it was one huge party every night until the early hours of the morning.”
Watch the TV broadcast from al-Hayat channel where Brother Rachid (Moroccan believer now living abroad who hosts a Christian tv show) interviews by phone the sister of the Christian who was imprisoned recently.
It’s encouraging to hear the calls of Moroccans declaring that, as Christians, they love their country and are changed for the better and not a menace to society.
During the summer I had a picture when praying for Egypt and North Africa which I wanted to share with you all, and ask you to pray into during this week. Perhaps the Lord will lead you to pray further into this picture. Perhaps it will inspire you to pray more for North Africa during this significant time. As always, please let me know if you have any feedback to share from your prayer times.
July 2013 – As I pray for North Africa I keep getting a picture of a sleeping giant who was lying across North Africa. All the ground was quite steady while the giant was sleeping. There was an occasional rumble as he snored, but on the whole the ground was steady. Since the sleeping giant woke up (in Tunisia) there has been much stomping around and great restlessness. The ground is constantly moving and shifting and there is still more to come. The giant shows no sign of going back to sleep. I sense God’s hand in the waking up of the giant, and His mighty hand is still present and at work across North Africa. But its like a roller coaster ride for many things in the earthly and the spiritual realms. In response to this picture, I often felt drawn to focus my prayers on the great restlessness – there is something of God’s exasperation in allowing the people’s restlessness to continue – like a thorn in the side that keeps pricking, not allowing the giant to lie back down again. Ultimately God is calling people, waving for their attention, trying to say that HE is what they are looking for… How does the Lord lead you to pray?