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Pray For East Africa During Ramadan

July 16, 2013 by Open Doors in , ,

East Africa There is a DC Talk song from the 90’s called ‘What If I Stumble’ and the chorus of the song says: What if I stumble, what if I fall? What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all? Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl? What if I stumble, and what if I fall? I have always loved the lyrics of this song. It notes that we are humans and that our Christian walk can become very difficult’. bringing us to a point where the walk becomes a crawl. This song came to mind as I read the following prayer requests from our brothers and sisters in East Africa. Many of them are facing more pressure and persecution for their faith during the season of Ramadan. While some are able to remain strong, it is more difficult for others. As I read through these request I wondered if I could stand strong in these situations. I would like to think that I could, but the truth is I am not sure if I could, as I have never had to experience this kind of persecution. The last line in the prayer says this: “Please pray for extra grace, strength and protection for all our secret believing brethren.” Grace– We serve a gracious God. Pray that these believers would know God’s grace, even if they are not able to stand strong in an instance of persecution. Strength-These believers have to endure so much. The strength that they require is more than human strength- we must pray for God to strengthen them in their greatest hour of need. Protection– We live a very protected life here in America. We do not have to worry about physical persecution like many of these believers do. It is vital that we pray for their protection. Thank you for praying for these requests from East Africa: Pray for God to reveal Himself to many Muslims “We pray that the Lord reveals Himself to Muslims in our region during this time. Many of them are genuinely seeking God. Unfortunately the only way they have ever known to seek God is through the religion passed on from their forefathers. Please join us in praying that many will come to know Him,” asked the team leader. Pray for God’s abundant grace for Muslims Background Believers (MBBs) “We also need prayer for the many secret believers in places like Somalia, Uganda, Northeastern Kenya, Comoros and Zanzibar. Many Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) have not yet made public their conversion to Christ. During Ramadan these secret believers are under greater than usual pressure to attend mosques and participate in the fast because of zealous Muslims who spy on neighbors. One female secret believer told me that because she does not feel confident enough yet to reveal her faith in Christ to family members, she is keeping up the appearance during Ramadan. This brings immense emotional turmoil. “Another couple who were known as converts to Christianity where they lived before told us everything has changed for them since they moved to a more radical area for the sake of employment. In the new area they felt it was unwise to be upfront about their conversion yet. ‘We face a lot of pressure to participate in the fast and even go to the mosque. My husband opted to keep up the appearance, but I asked him to allow me for the remainder of Ramadan to go to my parents who know that I am a Christian. Please pray for us. The separation will be hard for us,’ she asked. “Please pray for extra grace, strength and protection for all our secret believing brethren.” Pray Through Ramadan

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