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Why do Muslims fast?
Tue, 25 Sep 2007
During the month of Ramadaan, Muslims refrain from food and drink during daylight hours, and do their best to avoid all sinful actions, thoughts, and words. Why? Some answers we've heard: to re-evaluate their lives, to identify with those who are poor, to worship God, to obey the Koran, to break bad habits, to grow closer to God, family and friends, to learn self-control, to keep the tradition, to purify body and soul, to be forgiven of sin.
Heavenly Father, open eyes and minds to see and understand the work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection. Give Muslims around the world dreams and visions of Jesus, the only Savior of mankind.
The Gospel arrived too late for Ali
Tue, 18 Sep 2007
It was a sunny Friday afternoon. Ali (not his real name) and his girl friend were returning to Abidjan from the beach. They were on a curve when a huge pothole appeared in their lane. Ali swiftly avoided the hole, but drove head-on into a mini-bus. He and 17 others in the bus died. His girlfriend is still in the hospital, but she lost both legs. The Good News didn't arrive on time for Ali.
Heavenly Father, we pray for this young Lebanese woman. Heal her body, horribly wounded in this accident. Open her heart to receive the Gospel. Protect Mike, Sue and Joshua as they travel very dangerous roads daily.
911 and Ramadan
Tue, 11 Sep 2007
911 is our USA emergency telephone number to call for help. This year, let's call for help from God. Ramadan is an extremely important month when Muslims around the globe fast for help from God. The greatest help anyone can receive is found in the work of Jesus on the cross. Any sacrifice we make can only be a way of saying thank You to God.
Heavenly Father, we ask You to open the minds and hearts of Muslims around the world, to understand and receive the gift of eternal life from Jesus. Give them dreams and visions about Jesus.
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What is different in Abidjan?
Tue, 4 Sep 2007
We were at Daniel's 11th birthday party. The mixture of French, Lebanese and Ivorians wanted to know our perspective after 5+ months away. My first answer was that there are fewer police roadblocks. They debated for some time about my observation. Today, my answer would be the deaths of a number of friends: Boni, Issa, Pascal and some Ivorian pastors. All their deaths were health related: Malaria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, heart disease, etc.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the Good News of salvation through Your Son Jesus. Help these families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. May many more trust in Jesus before it is too late.
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes..." Romans 1:16