Missions Blog

Oct 8

North Africa in the News – Some Perspective

With our hopes through the Sunrise North AFrica Partnership (SNAP) to send a church planting team beginning in 2014 to this part of the world, it makes sense to gather some perspective on recent events and how we can understand them better and be praying for them.

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  (Romans 10:14-15 ESV)

What better place to go than those that have served in this area (some presently, some in the past) to get some perspective and some prayer points?

One worker with our partners over at PIONEERS says this:

Recent world events have seen attention directed once again to the Mus1im world.  News from foreign friends living in Libya are saying that everyone is very apologetic to them about what happened with the ambassador there and are very outspoken about their opposition to the radical group that has committed this act.  Our friends are finding more and more openness among Libyans since the recent change in government there.  This is a huge praise and we are asking you to join with us in praying for a great harvest in that country and for doors to open for more laborers to be sent into this harvest.

In other countries there are expressions of anger against those who would defame the name of their prophet.  This is a great offense to our Mus1im friends and we need to know how to walk in wisdom and speak the truth in love.  Their concept of free speech is quite different than most of ours, and their understanding of how we are to respond to ridicule is far from what Jesus taught us.   It’s at times like these we need to remember we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of darkness.  Pray that the spiritual strongholds that bind them will be broken and that God will open their eyes lead them into hope and freedom in Jesus Christ.

You know how “JESUS” is the answer to almost every question that is asked in Sunday school?  Well it’s a good answer.  Let’s remember this is the answer to the question of how do we deal with the M*s1im in our midst.  It’s JESUS!  If each of us determines to be the love of Jesus to one or two M*s1ims in our lives, can you imagine the change the church could bring to the M*s1im community around us?  Give it a try.  They just need to experience the power of the love of Christ shared boldly in word and deed.

Another of our friends in the region says this:

No doubt you have seen news reports about violent groups in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia, attacking embassies in response to the deliberately inflammatory anti-Muslim film, ‘Innocence of Muslims’.   Most people in these countries will realize that there is no relation between governments and what individuals post on YouTube, but those seeking a pretext to attack the West have taken an opportunity to do so as a response to this film.

Please pray:

  • For our teams and other local Christians, that they may be given wisdom and safety, as it is difficult to know how things might unfold.
  • For the recently elected moderate Muslim governments of these countries, that they may have the courage to address the threat of violent groups who seriously threaten stability and personal freedoms.

If you aren’t yet helping us plant churches through prayer and giving (beyond normal church giving) then check out our church planting page, as well as the Sunrise North Africa Partnership page.