Archive for the North Africa (SNAP) Category


Jul 13

Praying for Muslims During Ramadan

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,North Africa (SNAP)

As we look forward to the day when our first SNAP family heads for the field (Lord Willing in early 2014), we are calling for a renewed commitment within the body of Christ here at DSC for both prayer and financial support for this work to plant churches among the unreached of North Africa.

Our SNAP couple writes:

Will you join us in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World?  Starting July 20th all Muslims around the world will participate in the month of Ramadan.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and this is a crucial time in the hearts of Muslims as they are seeking God’s face and are more open to spiritual realities than any other time of the year. 30 Days Prayer Network is a global prayer effort that allows Christians in a coordinated, focused, and concentrated manner to pray for Muslims during this 30-Day period.  This is their 21st edition and they have seen powerful things happening in the specific cities that people are praying for on a given day and stories of many coming to faith during this time.

As we start to pray during Ramadan together, let us remember the very real battle for the lost. Let us pray that blind eyes will be opened and that many will experience a true and lasting salvation.  Pray that many would have dreams and visions of Jesus and that Muslims will have a full revelation of the true God and His loving character. We also challenge those who can, to fast occasionally during this time to remind ourselves of the work at hand.

You can pick up your 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World this Sunday at a information center in the foyer.  We will also be passing out a “Just for Kids” prayer guide to the elementary age children in their classes on July 15th that families can go through together.  It is an awesome and interactive way for kids and parents to read about Muslims around the world, learn about Islam, know how to pray, and do a fun activity together.  You can also follow along on the 30 Days website or have e-mails sent to you daily.  Sign up at http://www.30-days.net/.  We are excited to see how God is going to use this prayer movement to further his kingdom and renown!

Jul 2

TC12 – Joining AWM by Praying for North Africa

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Global,North Africa (SNAP)

 

Arab World Media is a ministry of Pioneers and they are currently doing a program called TC12, which is 12-month prayer initiative for 10 key Arab world countries. They are using maarifa.org  (a project that DSC gives to through our SNAP core initiative) as a means to reach Muslims all over North Africa and Middle East using online tailor-made gospel presentations.  The site features forums they can ask questions about Christianity and can also request materials to be sent to them.

This month will you join us in praying for Morocco?

Morocco is a country located on the Northwest border of Africa and has around 32 million people with over 99% being Muslim.  There are about 1,000 known national Christians but only half are meeting in fellowship with other believers.  Two years ago widespread expulsions of ex-patriots left Morocco with a depleted number of workers.  With the month Ramadan nearly upon us, it’s imperative we pray for strongholds to be broken across the North Africa and the Middle East.   Ramadan begins July 20th and is a period of intense spiritual oppression in the Arab world and as it approaches it will be much on people’s minds. Please pray that the coming fast would cause many to question the value of trying to please God in this way. Pray that they would be interested to learn what Christians believe about fasting.  Also pray for maarifa.org as Ramadan subjects the site to more cyber-hacking.  People are trying to take it down so others cannot access it and have an opportunity to hear the Good News of Christ.

Here are some things to pray for throughout the month(s):

Monday:  Pray that the content of our website would truly bless Moroccans. Pray that it would lead many on a journey towards salvation. Pray that our site would remain accessible and that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as he guides.

Tuesday: Plans are in the works for a Facebook discussion starter video on the ‘death boats’. These are boats of refugees who brave the seas in an effort to reach Europe and start a new life there. The boats are often overcrowded and many die as a result of dehydration or drowning. The Arab Awakening has led to increasing numbers attempting to leave their homeland in this way – not just from Morocco. Pray that this video would provoke a healthy discussion on the issue. Pray that as people are challenged to give their own view on this subject, they would also be drawn into other discussions, maybe even spiritual ones.

Wednesday: Most Moroccans have had no contact with Christians at all. They have a false understanding of what Christianity is because they assume that it is political. They see the West going to war with countries like Iraq and it makes them believe that Christians are against Muslims. In addition, their exposure to Western music, television and film reinforces a view that Christians are immoral. Pray that these misconceptions would be removed through meeting Christians and learning the difference between being Western and being a follower of Christ. Pray that the true Christian lifestyle would be attractive to many Moroccans.

Thursday: Pray for strongholds of the Evil One to be broken. Folk Islam is widely practiced in Morocco, even in modern cities. Examples include curses and the evil eye, superstitions, fears of Jinn or demons, and wearing or displaying the hand of Fatima.

Friday: Please pray for a new sister in Christ who gave her life to Christ just a few weeks ago and was recently baptized. She has terminal cancer that has spread throughout her body and the doctors have given her no hope of cure or survival. Please pray for a miracle of healing as well as a miracle of more family members coming to Christ in the days to come. She is a single mother of five.

Saturday: Pray for existing believers in Morocco. Rejoice that some are boldly sharing with family and friends, including Salima who has been telling her cousin about Jesus. Pray for spiritual and physical protection over those taking the gospel to their own nation, including several members of our own response and follow-up teams. Also pray for wisdom.

Sunday: Pessimism and negative feelings are widespread in Morocco. Many feel there is too much corruption, greed and distrust in society and are critical of themselves, the government and the king. Pray for social and spiritual change. Pray for a lifting of negative attitudes and feelings and for any societal change to be peaceful and positive. Pray that Moroccans would have freedom to express themselves and freedom to choose what to believe. Pray that believers would be legally recognized and given freedom to practice their faith without fear.

For more information visit arabworldmedia.org.  Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel!

Jun 11

SNAP June 2012 Survey Trip Update #2

This just in from our SNAP Team Leader:

  • We got pulled over but my wife talked the cop out of giving us a ticket.
  • Have been in 6-8 hrs of meetings each day
  • We were just down the road from a world cup qualifying match which ended at midnight and kept everyone up very late from the partying in the streets
  • We had a huge feast of fried calamari, fish and eel as we arrived at a coastal city

Here are some updated prayer requests they sent as well:

  • Safety. the driving is pretty sketchy here
  • Wisdom. We are presented a lot of options and opportunities for future work.
  • Endurance. We want to serve and encourage but it is easy just to take and be served (and we are already pretty exhausted)

Please continue to pray for them as they continue on this whirlwind survey trip.

And read here to find out how you can support their current and future church planting efforts in North Africa.