Monthly Archives: May 2017

True Fasting

“Hundreds of Mauritanians took to the streets in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, this month to protest against slavery in the country and to demand for justice for the victims of slavery.” From an article published on a Pan-African news site on May 28th, 2017.

During this first week of Ramadan, pray for the Mauritanians who are fighting for justice – for those who are oppressed, and for the advocates and activists.

Pray that God’s intentions for fasting will be revealed.

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I... 
Isaiah 58:6-9

May light and healing break forth over Mauritania as chains fall. May the nation know the one who desires to announce to them: Here am I.

Ramadan Prayer – Day 4

“Come to me, people of North Africa, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my joke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light,” says the Lord. Matthew 11:28-29

We are forever thankful that you Holy Father invite all people in a relationship with you and not to just follow empty rules and regulations.

Tensions in the North

There is an ongoing flare up of tension in the region surrounding the coastal city of Al Hoceima, in the Northeast of Morocco.

There has been protests, strikes, incidents at mosques, and arrests the past weekend. The root causes of this situation is quite complex and can be traced back to both historical and recent events. In brief, it comes down to a sense, shared by a growing number, that the region has been harassed and treated unjustly by the national government.

Let us pray for peace and positive steps forward.

Let’s pray also for the youth who are rising up in their discontent; who are acting out of a kind of hope for change.

Let us pray Isaiah 40:25-31 over them.

May the youth of Al Hoceima know that God is for them. May they hear the voice of their Creator, saying –

" 'To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?' says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
'My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God'?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

May the youth of Al Hoceima rise up like eagles, full of hope in God.

Ramadan Prayer – Day 3

"But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-25.

Father God, we pray for true worshippers among Muslim Background Believers (MBB) and amongst non-MBB believers who have come back into relationship with Jesus during this Ramadan time.

Father, may your Glory rise, your Kingdom come and your will be done in Libya. Matthew 6:10

Ramadan Prayer – Day 2

Lord, we ask for new doors to open for the gospel in North Africa. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Corinthians 16:9). …meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ… (Colossians 4:3).

Ramadan Prayer – Day 1

We pray, Lord, that you will reveal yourself to all Muslims in North Africa during this month of Ramadan; that you will be found by those who did not seek you initially, to a nation that did not call on you name. In Jesus name!  (Isaiah 65:1)

Another Attack

Saturday May 26th another evil terrorist attack against Christians was carried out. Sadly many of the victims were children. Around 10 masked men stopped 2 buses and opened fire leaving 28 dead and 24 injured. This was on the eve of the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Egyptian Airforce retaliated by bombing ISIS training camps in Libya, more details here

Please pray for peace and condolences for those who lost loved ones. Pray for the healing and recovery of the injured (people injured from previous attacks are still in hospitals. Pola is one of them who has been in coma since the Palm Sunday attack). Please pray for wisdom and guidance for the government officials and the church leaders as they respond and take actions. Please pray for peace and protection

But most of all please pray for the hearts of Muslims to be opened to the love of Christ. Most Egyptian Muslims condemn such attacks but some are starting to dismiss these attacks as ones driven by politics not by religious beliefs.

Holy Spirit, as Muslims start Ramadan daily fasting, please open the eyes of the Egyptians to know the love of God and put their faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ

Amen and amen!

Ramadan 2017

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This year ramadan runs from the 27th of May till the 25th of June 2017.

Ramadan refers to the holy month of fasting (saum) and prayer for all adult Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. It annually takes place on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar between the sighting of a new moon (crescent moon) and the following one, 30 days later. This year it is from the 27th May to the 25th June.

Between sunrise and sunset, adult Muslims are required to abstain from any food and drink. This includes chewing gum and smoking cigarettes. The main focus is on prayers and reciting the Quran as it is the month in which the prophet Mohammed received his revelations. Muslims are to practice self- control, deny bodily needs like food, sexual relations and abstain from bad behaviour and arguments. The month is all about denying self and submitting to God.

  • The only people who are exempt from fasting are those who are too young or old, the sick, pregnant, breastfeeding or traveling.
    Why pray during Ramadan?
    It is God’s will that all should be saved. (2 Pet 3:9)
  • Jesus commissioned all Christians to make disciples of all nations. (Mat 28:19-20)
  • The Lord has compassion on all He has made. (Ps 145:9)
  • He wants His people to stand in the gap for others. (Ezk. 22:30)
  • Christians have to represent Jesus and His heart of compassion to non-believers. (Acts 9:15; 26:17)
  • He desires to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. (Is. 49:6)
  • Since the start of the prayer movement for the Muslim world in 1992/93, more conversions were recorded than in centuries before. During the first 350 years of Islam’s existence, there was only one movement towards Christianity in the Muslim world. This all changed in the last parts of the 20th century with moves of the Holy Spirit in different countries. Just in the last 14/15 years, 69 movements towards Christ were recorded!!! Praise the Lord!
  • It is a way for Christians to identify themselves with the needs of a lost Muslim world.

Therefore, let us not grow weary and tired of asking Him for Muslim nations as our inheritance, but keep our lamps burning and dressed for service! (Psalms 2:8, Luke 12:35)