September Prayer Blog

On a sidewalk along the coast of the Mediterranean, in Beirut, Lebanon

"It was so difficult to hear the pain of their loss." Mike

In the last two weeks, I attended two funerals for Muslim Lebanese men. One was in his 60s. The second was a long time friend. He was only 35 years old, with two children under 4 years old. Ali was a kind and respectful man. A senseless accident took his life away. The tears of the young mother broke my heart. Pray that we would be motivated by the pain we feel. Pray for us to lovingly share the Gospel of Christ with those without assurance of eternal life. Pray for John in Omaha, as he is adjusting to temps below 80º.

"Christians know how to forgive." Hyame

Hyame said that to me tonight as we sat on the terrace of her Lebanese restaurant. Two taxi drivers were blocking the busy street, fighting over a customer. Knowing that we are forgiven by God, helps us to forgive others. Pray for us that we would lovingly communicate how to be forgiven by God. Pray that we would be good examples of Christ's grace and forgiveness as we face tense situations each day.

"There is a narrow line between sanity and insanity."

Abidjan is a city of insane contrasts. This afternoon, within blocks of seeing a man eating yogurt out of a trash can, I saw a $70,000.00 Mercedes Benz sports car. At nearly every traffic light beggars plead for money, while salesmen try to sell us "Rolex" watches! Pray that we would keep our sanity, sanctification and vision to reach the lost in Abidjan.

"Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much." Robert Greenleaf

God is opening incredible opportunities to us every day. We are truly "ambassadors on behalf of Christ." 2 Cor. 5:20 It is so exciting for us to hear how God is touching the people we serve. "I am now learning how to pray for the first time in my life." This is one of many encouraging words we heard in the last two weeks. Pray for us to say the words God has for us to share. Pray that we would be "ready in and out of season" to share the hope which we have in Christ. 2 Tim. 4:2

"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Stephen Covey

Praise God with us as we have many opportunities to try and understand the Arabic Language and the Lebanese Cultures. As we listen to others speak Arabic, it often seems to them as if we understand what is said. Actually, we only understand a few words. The Lebanese in Africa come from many different cultures. Some were born here in Abidjan. Others have lived in USA, France, Canada, or the Middle East. Pray for us to really understand the people we are here to serve and share Christ.

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