Ebola virus

June 30, 2014

From CNN:   Relief workers on the ground said the epidemic has hit unprecedented proportions.
“The epidemic is out of control,” said Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders.
There have been at least 600 cases and 390 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to a WHO statement released Thursday.


Triune God,

In Your tenderness, watch over Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  In Your might, stay this virus.   In Your wisdom, teach them how to order their lives in the midst of this epidemic.  Reach down and guide the medical personnel.

Give speech to the church in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  In Your ear, hearken to the prayers of the Christians living in this region.  Be their shield and Your heavenly host their guard.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.  Amen.



June 30, 2014

From Wikipedia:  The nation has considerable natural resources, with gold, uranium, phosphates, kaolinite, salt and limestone being most widely exploited.

Proverbs 8:1,10,11 (ESV)

Does not wisdom call?  Does not understanding raise her voice?

Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

O Father,

Is not wisdom calling to Mali?  Does not understanding raise her voice in this land?  May the people of Mali receive the riches of Your presence.  Amen.

Prayers and Resources – Praying for Muslims during Ramadan

June 29, 2014

This post will be sticky for a few days.  Look below for new entries.

 I’m so thankful that Jill has organized the prayer campaign for Mali during Ramadan!  Below are a few good resources for praying more broadly for Muslims and the Muslim world during Ramadan.   Please pray especially for those Christians who work among Muslims, that they will have many opportunities to share about Jesus’ love, grace and free gift of salvation during this month when Muslims are devoting themselves to fasting and trying to please God.


Some prayer guidelines / ideas for Christians during Ramadan:

A great list of prayer topics.   Some Excerpts:

How Can We Pray During Ramadan?

Father, we pray that as they set their hearts to worship their god Allah, that You might make them to “know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Help them see that Jesus is Your eternal Son through whom they can have eternal life.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mali–a languishing inheritance

June 29, 2014

Ramadan runs from June 28-July 27 in 2014. We are praying for the nation of Mali during this season.

At its apogee in the 14th century, Mali dominated most of the upper and middle Niger River basin, a space roughly twice the size of California, and hence commanded the richest share of the gold and salt trade. Its king then, known as Kankan Musa, was a devout Muslim. He made a pilgrimage to Mecca accompanied by a retinue that included, according to accounts of Arab writers, 500 slaves each carrying a golden staff and a camel train carrying tons of gold.
Within a few generations after his death, Mali began disintegrating under the attack of warlike neighbors.

Ezekiel 46:16 (ESV)
“Thus says the Lord God: If the prince makes a gift to any of his sons as his inheritance, it shall belong to his sons. It is their property by inheritance.”

Our Father in heaven,

Your holy word teaches us that all the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.  We thank you for the inheritance you have promised.

Yet, 94% of Malians are Muslim.  Their inheritance in Christ Jesus is languishing, for in Christ Jesus we are all sons of God, through faith.

If any keys to their inheritance have been lost, help the Malians to find them. If any of the keys have been stolen or pawned, You have provided the price of redemption–the Blood of Jesus.  Grant them the faith to lay claim to their inheritance as sons and daughters of the King.

Oh, Father, for the languishing inheritance to be restored, and the lost keys to be recovered in Mali! We cry out for the nation of Mali to come before Your throne in worship and adoration!  Amen.
Psalm 86:9,68:9b, Galatians 3:26

 Reference: Tropical Africa by Robert Coughlan and the editors of LIFE, Times Inc. book division, 1962.


Education in the Mississippi Delta

June 28, 2014

2 Kings 6:5-7 (ESV)
But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

According to the States Project, Mississippi is 50th in educational achievement.  It is my understanding that if one region of Mississippi is removed from the analysis–the Delta–the rank would be considerably different.

O Father,
We thank You that through Christ Jesus, who loved us, we are more than conquerors. Just as Elisha threw the stick into the water and made the iron axe head float, we speak the cross of Christ over the students, their parents, and the staffs of the schools of the Mississippi Delta.
We humbly implore You to raise the quality of education in our land. We cry out for godly precepts of education in our homes and our schools. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Oh, how we need You, Lord. We are helpless without You!
Off the bottom, Lord! The schools in the Mississippi Delta are sinking in deep mire, where there is no foothold. Deliver them. Jesus Christ is the sure foundation for the students in the Mississippi Delta.
We speak the cross of Christ! Like the iron axe head on the bottom of the Jordan River, rise, educational achievement of the Mississippi Delta ! Amen.
Romans 8:37, Psalm 69:2,14


June 28, 2014

Ramadan runs from June 28-July 27 in 2014. Lent & Beyond is praying for the nation of Mali during this season.  Anglican blogger Rev. Anne Kennedy of Preventing Grace grew up in Mali.  To launch us on this prayer initiative, she kindly contributed the following:

Prayer Points for Mali During Ramadan
Mali, like so many African countries, is extremely poor. Issues of water, rain, HIV, infant mortality and just keeping body and soul together are even more relevant when Ramadan falls in the heat of summer. The 2009 census affirms Islam as the majority religion at 94%. The vast majority of Malians will take part in the fast.
Pray for
– The encroaching and ongoing threat of Muslim extremism in the north. Pray for Christians as far north as Timbuktu and Gao who, though not caught in outright war, are by no means safe.
– Pray for the church in the south that God would give opportunities for evangelism during this month of heightened need.
– Pray for missionaries for encouragement, for signs of God’s action around them, for perseverance in the added difficulty of getting work done during Ramadan.
– Pray for the grace and mercy of the gospel to be a light in the dark time when so many are living the false gospel of human achievement.
– Pray for safety for children, for pregnant and nursing women, for strength to get through the long days without water before the evening, and for endurance to endure the extra work of cooking and feasting.
– Pray for men and women to come to the end of themselves and long for a savior.

Anne has also recommended these resources:
A Good Map

A Good Blog

What is the Christian response?

June 23, 2014

By Jill Woodliff

Last September, an anointed friend of mine went on a mission trip to Honduras. I led a group of intercessors in a prayer campaign for the mission trip. Concomitantly, I posted a series of prayers for Honduras on Lent & Beyond.

I did a 24 hour fast from food and water. I don’t fast well. I spent the whole day in bed. Anyway, I had a vision of two demons. Both were Amerindian males. One was seated, looking at me as if I were a nuisance, but he did not look frightened. Coming from his right hand were two long metal claws.
The other was kneeling on a battlefield licking blood. He looked at me and laughed. (From Wikipedia: Amalek is etymologised as a people who lick blood.)  That is the only time I have received a vision of demonic spirits, but then I almost never fast.

As a result of this campaign, God gave me a heart for these people.  So, I have read the stories of the Central American migration surge with great interest.  I have heard discussion of the legal complexities, the political response, and the economic burden.  But I have seen no one ask, “What is the Christian response to this crisis?”   Perhaps I am missing it.

The government will do what the government will do.  We Christians don’t have to wait for the government.  We can write, we can pray, we can fast, we can send alms, we can provide shelter, we can preach, we can network and do all of the above on a grander scale.  We can do lots of things without the government.

If any of you are aware of Christian responses to the Central American surge, please share it in the comments.

(This article from the Christian Science Monitor brings out some of the complexities of the surge.)

%d bloggers like this: