Monthly Archives: October 2014

Today we pray that Mauritanian believers will be filled with love for their wives and husbands, causing them to be faithful to one another, setting an example of the real life-changing power of Jesus in a country where divorce rates are extremely high. We pray that marriages be protected and strengthened. We pray for good teaching and discipling on marriage and family in Mauritania.

Church Planting Movements Part 2


This is part two of a series exploring the partnership between prayer and Disciple Making Movements (DMM) or Church Planting Movements (CPM).

People who practice Disciple Making Movements (DMM) principles are looking for someone who is very open to spiritual discussion and also willing to open their family or circle of influence (the Biblical word is oikos) to an outsider relatively quickly. We call them people of peace or PoPs (from ‘man of peace’ in Luke 10:6 NIV). We believe that there are a number of biblical characters that fit the description: Cornelius, Lydia and the Philipian jailer being strong examples.

John 6:44-45 says “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘they’ll all be taught by God.’ everyone who has heard the father and learned from him comes to me.

For a long time I felt the pressure that I needed to draw people to Jesus. And once they were drawn to him it was my job to teach them. These verses give us a very different perspective don’t they?

In a North African country a short termer sat down in a taxi and immediately struck up a conversation with the male driver. The driver said something unusual and out of her ignorance she asked if he was a Christian or a Muslim. He responded by saying “right now I don’t know.” She connected him with friends who were trying DMM principles and they started studying the scriptures with him. Within a few weeks other groups were forming through his network and now many have come to faith. The long termers had been praying desperate prayers and were trying to meet people but it was the ignorance of this short termer that exposed this driver, that God had been drawing, to the gospel.

People who follow DMM principles believe that the harvesters are in the harvest. They believe that even the newest believer is a fellow priest, a fellow labourer. Once the worker finds a PoP they are encouraged, within the first few meetings, to ask if they want to read the Scriptures together with their family or friends. At this point the worker is praying that the person will open their oikos and open the PoPs heart to the scripture.

How often do we pray that we (or others) will be lead to the harvest as we go out? How often do we feel the responsibility of drawing others to Jesus? Could you place that yoke back on His shoulders right now?

1. Please join us and start praying that workers across North Africa will find People of Peace.
2. If you want to pray very specifically, why not pray that the People of Peace will be met within in the next 3-6 months!
3. Pray that workers will be able to quickly discern if someone they meet is a person of peace.
4. Pray for groups to start emerging who will study God’s word together all across North Africa.
5. Ask God that workers will be able to set aside more time to pray for this harvest, as prayer is key to the success of church planting movements.

*CPM – a church planing movement
** PoP – Person of Peace
***DMM – for the sake of these articles I have used the term DMM – Disciple Making Movement – as a methodology that ideally produces a CPM as the end goal but these terms are often used interchangeably.

We recommend reading a book called Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousedale. It will build your faith and give you more ideas for how you can specifically pray for church planting movements to begin all over North Africa.

Part 3 of this series of web posts will be posted next week.

Middle East: Persecuted Christians Sing of Forgiveness

A number of the 120,000 Christians who fled Mosul and the Nineveh plains to areas like Kurdistan had the Arabic letter N (‘noon’) painted on their homes by IS to identify them as Christians (Nazarenes). IS view Christians as non-believers, but refugee Christians in Kurdistan have written a song to explain that being N means ‘unconditional love, to build bridges of peace, to believe in Jesus Christ, to teach, to forgive regardless of the crimes against you’. In September 2014 at SAT-7 a current affairs programme ‘Bridges’ visited Christian refugees from Mosul and Qaraqosh in Iraqi Kurdistan. As well as describing their losses and hopes these believers with the label of N hanging over them sang this remarkable song.

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, October 21

Thank you Father that you are drawing people to yourself in Morocco. We ask for divine appointments between those who are seeking after Jesus and those who already know and love Jesus. We pray for protection over the openness reported in Morocco in these days. We ask for even more openness and genuine seeking for real faith and relationship with God that will lead people to Jesus. Amen!

Church Planting Movements Part 1

This is part one of a series exploring the partnership between prayer and Disciple Making Movements (DMM) or Church Planting Movements (CPM).

The question of how to unite the efforts of prayer and church planting has been a growing one, by both people whose gifting is in prayer/intersession and those who have thrown themselves into church planting ministries. Prayer and evangelism can be wonderfully partnered together to increase the effectiveness of both.

Over the next few web posts I hope to talk about ways that through prayer we can see a Church Planting Movement (CPM) emerge in North Africa. For those who don’t know, a CPM is generally considered to have started where groups are consistently reproducing to the fourth generation** and churches are forming.

CPMs used to be considered “only something that happens in China.” And I often hear statements like “well, everything works in Bangladesh” but now they are on every continent, and even in our own region.

It should be noted at the very beginning that CPMs are a sovereign work of God. It should also be stated that anyone I’ve ever met involved in seeing a CPM start have been people of immense prayer. It is a common statement in DMM*** that “A prayer movement must proceed a church planting movement.”

The DMM worker prays that God will lead them to a person of peace or PoP (Luke 9, Luke 10, Matthew 10, Mark 6), they pray that the PoP will open their Oikos (family, friends, circle of influence) to studying the Scriptures with the DMMer, they pray that God would illuminate His Scriptures and that the Oikos would obey and share it with others.

None of these ideas work without prayer. There has to be a real change in the DMMers prayer life, a need to spend time with God, to hear His voice and His plans for the people of this country. It’s a daunting task to increase personal prayer time but try starting by increasing it by 10 mins a day.

Recently I met the man who wrote “Any Three.” He has been involved in starting a large CPM in South East Asia. He said that before the CPM started they were praying what he called “honest, ugly prayers” for up to 3 hours a day. He was beseeching God because he said “it wasn’t right that [their target group] was going to hell.” This was a man who had acronym for everything and strategy and plan for every situation but it was prayer (not without action) that was the key component to them finding their initial people of peace.

Please join us and start praying that workers across North Africa will find People of Peace. Those who are genuinely seeking to find God and who are willing to do that seeking together with their circle of family and friends. Pray for groups to start emerging who will study God’s word together. Pray for workers who are seeking to develop their prayer life further – spending more time praying fervently and desperately for God to move across North Africa.

*CPM – a church planing movement
**Forth generation – a group is started, first-generation, that starts another group, Second generation, that starts a group, etc etc
***DMM – for the sake of these articles I have used the term DMM – Disciple Making Movement – as a methodology that ideally produces a CPM as the end goal but these terms are often used interchangeably.

We recommend reading a book called Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousedale. It will build your faith and help inspire your prayers for North Africa.

Part 2 coming tomorrow!

We pray today that ALL Libyans will all be able to say like Job,

Surely then you will count my steps
    but not keep track of my sin.
My offences will be sealed up in a bag;
    you will cover over my sin. 
—Job 14:16-17

In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.
—Isaiah 19:19-21

Please Pray with us for Egypt as the nation continues to long for what the Lord purposed her to be!!

There are a few events coming up in Egypt soon such as the One Thing event: Pray for His presence to touch, heal and Restore!

We pray for the Tunisian Christians today. May every brother and sister be like a tree firmly planted by the stream and yield fruit in its season. May they prosper in whatever they do. (Psalms 1:3)

Making friends with expats

Jesus, we bless Mauritania today in Jesus’ name, with an openness to friendship with expatriates living in that country who love and follow Jesus. May Mauritanians be drawn to them and find them to be trustworthy.