14th Sep 2018

Frontiers workers Nate and Amber had been praying for months, asking God to give them relationships with men and women who were spiritually hungry.

Amber had met plenty of women who enjoyed talking about religion. Most Muslims do. But Amber didn’t want to discuss religion. She longed to spend time with women who were hungry for a faith that searched deeper than religious practices.

Then, Amber met Adeena, a woman who expressed a desire to study God’s Word.

Instead of just giving Adeena a Bible, Amber encouraged her to find others—family and friends from within her own community—with whom she could study the Bible.  In order to see a movement to Jesus start in this people, the Truth needed to get into as many people’s hands as possible.

 

“God gave us this Word to share with others,” Amber explained. “Do you know others who need to hear God’s truth?”

 

Adeena immediately thought of her husband Kadeem. In addition, Adeena listed almost a dozen friends and their husbands whom she thought would also be eager to learn from God’s Word. Amber began helping Adeena plan the first Bible study.

At the first Bible study, Adeena, her husband Kadeem, and a few friends and their spouses quieted to listen to a portion of Genesis in the local language. Nate and Amber joined the gathering in Adeena and Kadeem’s living room.

They listened to the story of creation and God’s relationship with Adam. Then Adeena prompted the group with questions such as, “What does this passage tell us about man? What does this tell us about God?” As Adeena led them through the passage, they were each encouraged to respond with their own answers. This process was a new concept for them. They found it challenging to give such unscripted, tentative responses. But it was a process they immediately liked!

As the study ended, the group was astounded. They had never studied like this before. Their educational upbringing required them to take in information through rote memorisation—a method that fails to equip students to actually make use of the information in any practical way.

But in this process, each person was discovering, for the first time in their lives, that it is possible to encounter God for themselves through His Word.

As the couples began preparing to leave, a friend of Adeena’s named Noura came over to Amber and said, “Finally, I know why God created us—He wants relationship us—not just for us to be his slaves.”

 

Noura’s husband chimed in, “You know, the Qur’an doesn’t say anything like this—about why God created the world.”

 

Amber looked at Noura and her husband, smiled, and asked, “What would it look like for you two to start your own study? Surely you know other people who need to hear this, right?”

Nate and Amber met with Adeena and Kadeem a few days later. As they talked about how the study went, they encouraged their local friends and said that—if they wanted—they could continue leading this group and—if they were up for it—the group should grow and multiply in order to get the truth into many people’s hands.

I hope they don’t feel that we are forcing them to do anything, Amber thought to herself.

Kadeem sensed Nate and Amber’s reluctance to push too hard.

“You say we should lead this if we want to,” Kadeem said. “Well, that is not the point. We do want to because we know this Book is true and right!”

Nate and Amber are encouraged to see how God is answering prayer. He is multiplying His Word through men and women like Kadeem and Adeena—people who are so captured by the truth of God’s Word that they will do what it takes to share it with others.

Join us in praying for God to stir up spiritual hunger in the hearts of Muslims—as He is doing in Adeena, in her friends, and in their families!

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Tuesday 19th March

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Friday 15th March

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Thursday 14th March

Somalis Pop: 10.7 million Muslim: 99%

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Wednesday 13th March

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Tuesday 19th March

Sudan Pop: 42 million Muslim: 97%

Sudan is one of the poorest and least developed countries of the world. The majority of its inhabitants are dependent on farming and animal breeding for their livelihoods. For most of the Arab tribes, agriculture is the basis of the economy. Sorghum and millet are their staple crops, along with watermelons, gourds, okra, sesame and cotton. They also raise cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys. Cheese and butter are made from the milk of both their cows and goats.

Not all of the Arab tribes are farmers. Some tribes, such as the Arab Midob and the Mongallese Arab, are nomadic herdsmen travelling from place to place with their herds of cattle and camels in search of better grazing lands. Other Arab tribes, such as the Hasania and Husseinat, have become successful businessmen and merchants in Sudan. These groups are heavily engaged in the commercial activities of the cities in their region.

Today, the majority of Sudan's inhabitants are Arab Sunni Muslims. With the death of Mohammed in 632 AD, Arabs spread from the desert pastures of Arabia and migrated to the lands to the east and west. They engaged with the local North African tribes and introduced them to Islam. As the ruling majority, their influence over law and government is strong.

Omar Hassan al-Bashir was elected president of Sudan 1996 and has been re-elected several times since. He has been a strong and harsh ruler and is now facing sporadic protests against his oppressive leadership. This is mainly due to discontent over the rising cost of living and the worsening economic crisis. He also faces two international arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Last year, up to 40 people were killed in clashes with security forces. Demonstrators have been on the streets almost daily since mid-December, calling for an end to the long rule of President al-Bashir.

The state restricts what is broadcast on TV and radio and influences what is published in the private press. A recent agreement provided protection for non-Arabs, but conversion to Christianity is legally punishable by death and believers in Sudan face strong persecution.

Christians comprise only 7% of the population, according to Operation World. This has meant that many Muslims in Sudan remain unreached with the gospel and many workers are needed. Christians are able to enter Sudan, but are not allowed to proselytise. It is very difficult to import Bibles and Christian literature into the country.

Nonetheless, we have heard encouraging reports from a worker in neighbouring Chad that the number of Muslim background believers in Darfur in western Sudan is growing; hundreds are coming to Christ. As we so often hear, when the church is persecuted, the number of believers increases.

• Let’s keep praying for the peace of Sudan.

• Pray that God would fan the faith of Sudan’s small community of believers to join Him in establishing His church among Muslims.

• Praise God for the growing number of believers, despite the persecution they face. Let’s pray there is a multiplication as Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) tell their friends about Jesus.

• There are 94 different languages spoken within Sudan. Let’s pray for Bible translations to be available in all languages, despite the restrictions.

Source of some material: http://en.etnopedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Harasi,_Harsiyyat

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Introduction to Sudan, Chad and South Sudan Pop: 71 million Muslim: 72%

The countries of Sudan, Chad and South Sudan in Northeast Africa aren’t easy places to live in. The climate is harsh with hot summers and unpredictable rainfall. In this dry and dusty region, comforts are few and in many areas public infrastructure is weak. The lack of water impacts health and agriculture. Illiteracy and famine continue to be widespread too.

Parts of the region have experienced ongoing civil violence and ethnic division for years, making long-term stability uncertain. It also means this region experiences some of the most extreme poverty.

Due to traditional tribal migration patterns, many Muslim people groups have seen their clans separated by international borders.

Within this large and dispersed population, there are hundreds of unengaged Muslim people groups in these three countries who still have no one bringing them the healing hope of Jesus Christ. “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few.” (Luke 10:2) Nevertheless, spiritual history is being written in this very generation! God is doing something new as Frontiers teams make disciples and help catalyse movements to Christ in Northeast Africa.

The doors of opportunity are wide open. Those skilled in education, medicine, engineering and other professions will find remarkable ease of access into even the most remote corners of the region.

More workers are desperately needed to help bring the Good News to Northeast Africa’s unengaged Muslim people groups. It will require workers who courageously embrace the harsh physical realities of the region.

You can watch a one-minute video of this region here https://vimeo.com/98947819

• Ask the Lord to send more cross-cultural workers with professional skills who are unafraid to live simply for Christ in remote areas.

• Pray for new field workers skilled as doctors, teachers and engineers to help bring lasting change.

• Ask that righteous political leaders would recognise and serve the true needs of the region.

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Saturday 16th March

Milk and Honey – an article from a Frontiers worker in Northeast Africa

“Recently I sat in my teammate’s home, sharing a breakfast of spiced coffee and fried dough as we chatted about new friends, neighbourhood happenings and things we’ve been learning.

Our conversation turned toward the hard things that local Muslim women, our friends, face here: abuse, rape, war, hunger, poverty, corruption, lies, deceit and being only one of several wives. These are normal things women in this country experience.

I remember crying after hearing Aiseta, my language helper, telling me about the traumas in her own life. She was raped by her teacher at the age of 13 and became pregnant. Aiseta was shamed and blamed for the incident; the teacher was never punished, and he denied even knowing her. No one helped her when her baby girl was born. Since she had no clothes for her baby, Aiseta kept her wrapped in an old headscarf until she could buy clothes.

She’s experienced so much sorrow. Perhaps that’s why she recognised the treasure of the Gospel when I shared it with her. She listened eagerly and quickly embraced the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

Sadly, I’ve grown accustomed to hearing my friends share their tragedies. Sometimes I’m shocked when I hear a woman say that nothing bad has ever happened to her.

It’s easy to become calloused. I’d be too emotional to get through my days if I didn’t harden my heart every time I heard about another sorrow. But have I become too hardened? Too calloused? How do I find a balance?

As I left my teammate’s home that morning, I decided to stop and visit Rabia, one of my Muslim friends. Rabia was happy to see me and stopped her washing to chat with me. We sat under the shade of a tree, and she laid her sleeping 4-month-old son between us. A few minutes later, Rabia’s mother arrived. She’d been busy in the fields and hadn’t visited in several weeks.

Even though her little grandson was sound asleep, Grandma scooped him up and lavished him with kisses. Over and over again, she kissed him: cheek, cheek, forehead, lips… cheek, cheek, forehead, lips.

The little boy opened one eye. And instead of crying, he smiled and looked right into his sweet grandmother’s grinning face. They looked smitten, full of love for one another.

Pay attention, I felt the Lord say to me as I blinked back tears over this precious sight. This is how you don’t get too hardened here, I felt Him say. Pay attention to the little glimpses of sweetness I show you here.

Rabia poured us small glasses of warm milk, handed out some bread, and placed a plate full of honey for us to dip our bread into—a mini feast to accompany the love between grandmother and grandchild.

What a privilege to partake in our Muslim friends’ lives, so full of pain and hardship. My teammates and I are here to invite them into Jesus’ Kingdom. We are honoured to present to them the hope of the gospel and to share in their joy.

And sometimes, God reminds us of His sweet love when a friend like Rabia serves us milk and honey.”

• Let’s call out for the women of Somalia who face hardship and rejection, to find the One who can heal the broken-hearted and bind up all their wounds. (Ps 147:3).

• Pray for more workers to go to this region and introduce women and men who face such hardship to the One who understands their suffering and offers new life in Christ.

• Pray for Somalis to find joy and purpose in serving the Lord.

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Friday 15th March

Mushunguli People Pop: 41,000 Muslim: 99%

To say that the Mushungulis of Somalia have a difficult life would be an understatement.

The Mushunguli are said to have descended from fugitive slaves who escaped from their Somali masters in northeast Tanzania around 1840. Many migrated to Somalia in search of security from the slave-trade. Mainstream Somalis look down upon them because of their slave origins.

In recent years their homeland has been ruled by the terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab. While some Mushunguli support al-Shabaab, many men have been forced against their will to work or fight for them, and many women are forced to ‘marry’ terrorist fighters. Others attempt to grow crops so they can survive. They are often treated like slaves by the other Somalis.

Food and other essential supplies worth millions of pounds have been donated to Somalia by the United Nations and Christian agencies. But, unfortunately, much of it ends up in the hands of terrorists or clan militias. Conditions have been so bad for the Mushungulis that many have fled to refugee camps in Kenya. Several thousand Mushunguli refugees have made it to American cities.

Over 99% of the Mushungulis are Muslims. But there are some believers and in Somalia, these believers face terrible persecution from Al-Shabaab. Even as refugees they are still cast out from their communities.

• Pray these people will be able to care for their families and live in safety and peace.

• Pray that the few believers become the leaders of Mushunguli churches in Somalia, who draw in others from their communities.

• Pray for the few Christians among the Mushunguli tribe, that they will find each other, fellowship together and grow in their faith.

Source: http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/mushunguli-people/

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Thursday 14th March

Somalis Pop: 10.7 million Muslim: 99%

In Somalia, the largest ethnic group are the Somalis, making up 85% of the population. They range from well-to-do, educated urbanites to nomads struggling for the basic necessities such as water. The majority of the population are on the lower end of the economic spectrum and very few children go to school. Since the language did not have a written script until 1972, many adults are illiterate.

The Somalis depend on their camels. There is one camel for every 2.5 humans. The camel is a Somali’s ‘car,’ his ‘bank account,’ and his ‘food pantry.’ The more camels a man has, the greater his standing in the community. Camel milk is a major source of nutrition and herdsmen may drink up to eleven litres a day. Camel meat is savoured at celebrations and the fatty hump is the most prized portion. Interestingly, the name of the people comes from “so maal,” which is an expression of hospitality meaning “Go milk a beast for yourself!”

Somalis are Muslims who believe that their religious leaders have the power to bless and curse. This power lingers around tombs and helps cure illness following a visit to a tomb. Less than one percent of Somalis follow Christ, and these believers are despised by their countrymen. But there are a growing number of believers. Some will now have available the newly translated Old Testament books of Jonah and Ruth which were released in a minority language spoken by 1.75 million Somalis at the end of February. These are audio books with text that highlights phrase by phrase as Scripture is being read. These are being distributed via a smartphone reading/listening app and a website.

• Praise God that a Christian Somali website that normally gets 2,000 visits in a month had over 15,000 visits last May! People responded to a song about Jesus that had been advertised on Facebook. Please pray that many more Somalis will listen to the song and that the Lord will speak to them and they will put their faith in Jesus Christ. (Source: Pray Africa).

• Pray for the peoples of Somalia to come together with the united purpose of building a nation to glorify the King of kings.

• Pray for the Somali Muslim background believers to stay faithful. Last December, Pray Africa reported the following: “Please pray for the new Somali believer who is a language teacher. He became a believer last August. We are praying that he will know how to conduct himself, and when and how to reveal his faith to his family.”

Did you know? As a country, Somalia has the largest population of camels!

Source: http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/somalis-in-somalia/

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Wednesday 13th March

Coast

Somalia has 2,000 miles of coastland, giving opportunities for tourism and a strong fishing industry. Without a coastguard, to protect their coast, Somalia is left to the mercy of whoever is willing to fish with modern equipment and to those who dump nuclear and non-nuclear waste in to their waters.

With scant government resources, rubbish is a mounting problem in Somalia. A Tsunami surge in 2004 carried hazardous waste containers to Somalia’s shores. According to the UN, some firms took advantage of Somalia’s lack of a functioning government to dump waste off its coast. Unfortunately, the industrialised countries of the world have used a number of underdeveloped countries in the world as their dumping ground for toxic waste and Somalia is one of them.

A video from 2016 shows the coastline of Mogadishu littered with all kinds of plastic waste. Desperate Somalis are scavenging the rubbish looking for anything salvageable, while hosts of little boys are playing in the plastic-filled waters. This rubbish brings with it disease, death and economic dysfunction.

Somalia is infamous for its pirates, who, since 1991, have preyed upon merchant vessels traversing the Horn of Africa; holding hostages and demanding ransoms. It was then the government collapsed, and along with it, Somalia’s coastguard. Civil war ensued, and there was no one protecting the coastline.

This situation was all that was needed for illegal trawlers from countries all over the world to poach Somalia’s fishing banks. Plentiful fish soon disappeared. Along with overfishing, illegal trawlers dumped toxic waste into the waters which soon became so polluted that the remaining fish were killed. Villages that once thrived because of fishing were left starving and destitute. Pirates filled the void left by the government. Some refer to themselves as the ‘coastguard’, since they controlled part of the coastline for their own use.

Somali fishermen and others found they could make huge profits by capturing ship cargoes and their crew for ransom. Since the Somali coast is a bottleneck for ships, it is relatively easy to capture unprotected vessels. Pirate attacks peaked between 2008 and 2013, but then crew began to protect their ships and successful pirate attacks have dropped significantly.

More than 1,300 young Somali men have been jailed in prisons abroad for piracy since 2005, most given life sentences. They have no family to visit them; a double tragedy.

• Pray for international agencies to take positive steps in enforcing illegal as well as legal toxic dumping in Somalia.

• Pray for gospel workers to bring and develop alternative trades and work opportunities that can bring life and hope to Somalis.

• Pray for the young Somali men in prison to find hope and joy in a relationship with Jesus.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Sources: http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/coastal-dumping-ground/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/piracy-in-somalia/

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