Monthly Archives: August 2016

Blessings and encouragement for workers

After the slow-paced, scorching summer, work begins afresh around this time of year. Let’s lift up workers and their children during this time, that they will know the Lord’s delight, strength and encouragement.

Praying from the first part of Psalm 34 (paraphrased from the Passion translation):

May workers in Mauritania burst with joy over what you’ve done for them, Lord! May their lips be full of perpetual praise. Let them boast of you and all your works, so let all who are discouraged take heart. Let’s praise the Lord together in Mauritania! Let’s make him famous here! Let’s make his name glorious to all! Let this be the testimony of many: “I cried to God in my distress and he answered me! He freed me from all my fears! ALL of them!” May they gaze upon you Lord, may they join their lives with yours, and joy will come. Their faces with glisten with glory… no more shame-face again…. may workers in Mauritania cry out to you – hear them, Lord, and bring your miracle-deliverance when they need it most. When they pray, may angels stoop down to listen, and to encircle them, empower them, and show them how to escape.. may workers and their families drink deeply of the pleasures of God, they they may experience for themselves the joyous mercies he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in you. Let’s worship in awe and wonder… all of us who fear you, Lord, will feast with plenty…. make this a year of feasting for Mauritania. Your goodness is unending!”

In the powerful name of our saviour and friend, Jesus. Amen.

Thousands of Moroccan students abroad

This month, many young Moroccans are embarking on a new adventure as university students in the West.

Each year, around 3000 Moroccan university students arrive in Canada; mostly to the province of Quebec, especially to Montreal. In France, 30 000 students of Moroccan origin are enrolled in institutions of higher education. Hundreds of others go to the United States and other countries in Western and Eastern Europe.

What an opportunity for college ministries and churches to reach out with a warm “Marhaba” (Moroccan Arabic for “Welcome”)!

Moroccan culture welcomes foreigners with enthusiasm and unparalleled generosity. Let’s pray that these young Moroccan men and women, many of them abroad for the first time, will experience the welcome of our heavenly Father through the kindness and love of Christians.

Pray for:

  • Each student to experience Jesus’ love during their time abroad
  • College campus ministries and churches to catch a vision for reaching out to Muslims with love and power.
  • New friendships between Moroccan international students and Jesus followers on campuses across Europe and North America
  • “Daniel-s” and “Esther-s” to be raised up among Moroccan students for such a time as this, for Morocco and the world

So many people have encountered Jesus for the first time at university. May the “freedom” that college life in the West offer pave the way to true freedom in Christ for many Moroccan students!

Father, we pray today for everybody in Libya who is waiting to be helped into the pool of living water like the paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda. (‘House of Mercy’) Please send disciples to help them into the life-giving pool of water. (John 5:1-8)

Boldness

Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” —Acts 4:29,30

Father GOD we stand before Your throne on behalf of the church (one church of all denominations) in Egypt. Many are raging against her from inside and outside, in the spiritual and physical world. Father grant her boldness to keep her eyes on YOU, speak the truth, walk like her Bridegroom Jesus and lean on the Holy Spirit

Fill Egypt with Your signs and wonders. Magnify the name of Jesus in Egypt and among Egyptians

Amen and amen.

Father God, we pray that you would reach down your hand from heaven and rescue the people in Tunisia from the enemy. Then all would say: “blessed is the people whose God is the LORD”. (Ps 144:7, 15)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9 Lord Jesus we pray for Algeria today. We recognize your ways are higher than our ways and pray the people in Algeria will turn their thoughts to You and allow You to establish their ways and turn their hearts back to you.

The abolitionist movement

“Thirteen anti-slavery activists in Mauritania have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for their alleged role in a riot in June… [they] were arrested in late June and early July after a protest against eviction by residents of a slum in the capital Nouakchott, any of whom are themselves former slaves.”

Read the full article here at Aljeezera

Pray Psalm 45:3-6 over this situation and over the nation, crying out to the true champion of justice:

“Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
clothe yourself with splendour and majesty.
In your majesty ride forth victoriously
in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a sceptor of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.”

Let’s sing this victory song (some of you might want to sing and dance) over Mauritania. May the Lord quicken the day when slavery is abolished, and may multitudes of previously enslaved people and exploiters alike rise up to sing songs of freedom and victory “In Jesus Name.”

The bridge says:

“God is fighting for us
Pushing back the darkness
Lighting up the Kingdom
That cannot be shaken
In the Name of Jesus
Enemy’s defeated
And we will shout it out, shout it out”

Pray for Morocco: Tuesday, August 23rd

Good News upon good news

A French language local magazine recently published an article about 10 items of good news that happened in Morocco in 2016 so far (*see below for a translated summary).

The remarkable thing is that almost all of these new developments concern issues of justice and equity, while the rest relate to the arts and culture.

Praise God that there is a momentum for positive change in this country! 

While changes on paper take time to trickle down, these proposed reforms show that lawmakers are turning their attention towards the the poor and marginalized. Doesn’t this resonate with our Father’s heart?

How is He calling us to agree with Him in prayer that there is much hope for even more radical heaven-on-earth change in this nation?

How is He calling us to persist in proclaiming that the Good News of the gospel will have its way, and that social change is ultimately inadequate without “heart change” that only Jesus can bring?

Let’s pray for an unprecedented wave of changed hearts; a wave of powerful yet “unseen” change to accompany the changes that could be seen all around.


Here is a roughly translated summary of the 10 items of good news. See the original article in French.

  1. The parliament has finally passed a law prohibiting girls under 18 from working as domestic servants.
  2. This July, a bill has been adopted by the government council, which could potentially increase the number of people eligible to be covered by health insurance to up to 60% of the population.
  3. Plastic bags are now banned as part of an ambitious initiative to protect the environment.
  4. All sexist and discriminatory references (especially towards the handicapped) have been edited out of this year’s editions of government textbooks.
  5. Parts of downtown Tetouan (a northern town) is now accessible to people with reduced mobility, thanks to a EU project which is the first of its kind in Morocco.
  6. A fund is being established to help victims of terrorism and natural disasters.
  7. A doctor has recently received authorization to open a gynecological clinic that offers free treatment to Moroccan women in poverty, Syrian refugees, and Sub-Saharan migrants.
  8. The ruling Islamist party of Morocco has proposed a new law that would allow 10 days of paternity leave and and 2 extra weeks of maternity leave (*the current number of weeks is 14).
  9. Two new museums are opened, one in Tangier and another Marrakech. Museums are few in this country, so this is positive news.
  10.  In 2019, an Institute of Fine Arts is due to open in Fes. The project was approved in June.

 

ShepherdsLord, there are many ‘voices’ claiming to be the answer to the Libya’s problems and to take control over people and resources. Reveal yourself to the people as the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for the sheep in Jesus name we pray. (John 10:11)

Call Them

However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.—Mark 1:45 NKJV

Holy Spirit awaken hearts of men and women who were touched by the Master to go every where in Egypt and proclaim freely the good news.

We pray Egyptians come to Jesus from every direction. North, South, East and West. Men and women. Young and old and even infants. Rich and poor. Strong and weak. Literate and illiterate.

Make Jesus mighty name known in Egypt
We love YOU
Amen!