Lord, we pray that you will still the hearts of those who live in constant fear. Remind each and every one that you have not given us spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)
ULF LAESSING writing for the Libya Sun
Hours before the handover, at least 16 people were wounded when Libyan rebels occupying three eastern oil ports clashed with troops and attacked an army base, where pro-government forces had been preparing to break the rebel blockade.
Anti-aircraft gunfire and explosions were heard overnight and after dawn on Saturday in Ajdabiya, the hometown of rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters seized the ports last summer to demand a greater share in Libya’s oil resources.
The struggle for control of Libya’s vital petroleum resources is one of the key challenges facing the weak central government, which has still failed to secure the North African country three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Things are still pretty rough in Libya, pray for peace, and for a bold witness.
In Egypt, as in all North African nations, there are many who follow Jesus in secret. For some, their family circumstances make it very difficult to openly declare they are Christians. Others do not know or realize that there are other Muslim-background Christians in their city to fellowship with. For many, being willing to pay the price of persecution for turning away from Islam to follow Christ is a very big step and may take time for the boldness to do so.
Here are two testimonies from Egypt:
Fatima is a great-grandmother who can recall a life spent in tents. Illiterate, she has heard the dramatized Bible on tape and seen mighty answers to Christians’ prayers for her family in Jesus’ name. She has asked how a Muslim can follow Jesus and confided that she knows other locals who share this faith. One of her sons and his wife appear to be secret believers and gladly receive Christian materials.
Abdul is a secret believer who has gladly received many Christian materials on Christian faith and witnessing. A violent man in the past, his life dramatically changed after reading through the Bible. His wife and mother also are secret believers, but their extended family has a history of demonic influence; a brother has been an informer in the past. Abdul was given resources on inner healing, freedom from bondage and spiritual warfare.
How can we pray?
- Pray for the strengthening of faith of secret believers across Egypt today.
- Ask that the Lord will continue to grow their faith and boldness until one day they are willing to openly declare their love for Jesus.
- Ask God to soften and prepare the hearts of their family members through the witness of their changed lives.
- Pray that God will give them opportunities to share about Jesus with others, even in the quiet private conversations they have with others.
We pray that Egypt would be healed self-pity and claim freedom from cruel economic political, economic and cultural bondages! Amen.
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. —Exodus 6:9
TUNIS: Tunisia is working against the clock to salvage its 2014 tourist season after three turbulent years, by revamping the country’s image – with the help of online media and a few Star Wars characters.
“To change a country from one that is relatively inexpensive to a top-end tourist destination will take 10 or 15 years,” said Amel Karboul, Tunisia’s new tourism minister.
“But to change the image of a country from one that’s cheap to one that is ‘fun’ can be done much more quickly, and that’s a priority for us,” Karboul said, referring to perceptions of Tunisia as a budget holiday destination.
The North African country hopes to welcome 7 million tourists this year, a slight increase on the 6.9 million who visited in 2010 before the revolution that ousted a decades-old dictatorship and unleashed outbreaks of Islamist violence that damaged Tunisia’s reputation.
The number of tourists fell to just 4.7 million in 2011, and has only recovered slowly, affecting the estimated 400,000 people working in the key sector that accounts for around seven percent of Gross Domestic Product.
I did not realize that Star Wars was filmed in Tunisia, I hadn’t much thought about it. Many North African countries rely on tourism for a significant portion of their GDP, this is important we should support the initiative with prayer and maybe even a trip to Tunis…
Thank you Lord that we can have confidence today to approach you. That you have promised if we ask anything according to your will, that you hear us and that we know we have what we ask for.(1 John 4:14-15)
God is amazing in His power and creativity in the ways He draws people to Himself.
Listen to these testimonies from Algeria:
An evangelist went around on the streets asking people if they had seen a glowing man in robes in visions or dreams. Many said no, so he told them, “If it happens, it will be Jesus. Come to me and we’ll talk about it.” Some however had seen Him in dreams, to whom he would explain the Gospel in detail and pray with.
A young man developed severe depression for two years. He had hardly slept for three months and his family tried everything: doctors, sorcerers, imams—all in vain. A Muslim neighbour told him, “I hear that, in a nearby town, there is a church where the pastor prays for people and they are healed. Why not try that?” He attended the service and then went forward for prayer. He left as a follower of Christ, and went home to sleep through the night from that point on. His family was amazed and asked what medicine he was taking, He replied that in fact he took none at all; he had gone to the Christians who prayed for him. His family said, “We all have different needs. Let us all go there and see what happens.” He had a truck, which he filled with people to take to church; nearly all of them trusted Christ that day. When we went to his home to record his testimony, the whole family came and said, “Everyone of us has a story and we want to tell them on TV.”
The faith of these believers is simple and therefore powerful. They believe the Word of God. One brother heard of a woman sorcerer who would use her power to destroy families, bring sickness, ruin businesses and other destructive results. Women seeking children, or families not wanting a child to marry a particular person will seek her help. It is a lucrative business. After praying and fasting, the brother went to see her in her home. The powers of darkness recognize the power of God’s light; as he entered her home, she screamed. He rebuked her in Jesus’ name and bound the evil spirit in her. She fell to the ground as he kept praying. When she awoke she confessed, “Jesus came to me in a dream five years ago but I rejected Him. Today is my day.” He explained the Gospel and she became a lover of Jesus. She immediately renounced her past, and many families have come to Christ through her witness.
How can we pray?
- Thank God for the boldness of the evangelist who goes looking for people who have had dreams of Jesus. Ask God to continue to connect him with people who have had dreams so that he can explain the meaning of the dream and introduce people to Jesus.
- Pray for the family who put their trust in Jesus because He met many of their needs and answered their prayers in powerful ways. Ask God to fill them with a hunger for His Word, that as a family they will read the Bible together and learn and grow in their faith quickly. Pray that as a family they will soon be the hub of a church fellowship.
- Praise God that His power overrules the power of darkness. Praise God that the sorcerer had a power encounter with God’s great power and love. Ask God to fill her with faith to share her testimony with other sorcerers. Pray that she will become a powerful instrument for God’s saving grace for those who struggle with demonic oppression.
- Ask God to surround the believers in Algeria with His presence. Ask God to teach them how to cover and protect themselves in the spiritual battle. Ask God for His mighty army of angels to defend His Church in Algeria when they face persecution and spiritual attack. May their faith grow in leaps and bounds as they grow more in knowledge and experience of His Word and Christian life.
There are nearly 2 million unreached Shawiya Berbers in Algeria. They have no Tachawit bible, but they have the Jesus film. Pray for them.
In Jesus name, I bless Mauritania’s government with wisdom from above. May those in leadership and authority be convicted of any unrighteousness, and may those seeking to walk in integrity be given favour and success in all their endeavours. Amen!
Today I pray for Moroccans who have a copy of God’s Word in their homes and haven’t picked it up lately. May You prompt them to read Your Word again and may it speak directly into their hearts and lives. In Jesus name, Amen!