Praise report–Muslims

November 28, 2014

The bulletin of the the New Wineskins Missionary Network, Reach Out, has an interview with David Garrison, author of A Wind in the House of Islam. Below are two excerpts:

. . .in the whole course of Muslim-Christian interaction, there’s been 82 times, 82 movements, of Muslims to Christ of at least 1,000 baptisms or 100 church plants over two decades. Eighty-two times. Now here’s what striking: 69 of those have occurred since the year 2000. We are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

Prayer is making a difference. The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World every year during Ramadan has been going on about 23 years now. That coincides with 84% of all these movements. I don’t think that’s an accident.

Lent & Beyond has not been praying for Muslim countries for 23 years. However, we’ve run several series in recent years, including Arab Spring, Sudan’s civil war, Syria’s civil war, Global Day of Prayer, the Ebola crisis, Iraq and the ISIS crisis, and Ramadan series for Yemen and Mali. I thank you all for your faithfulness.
God is good!

Ebola aid–inefficient coordination

November 28, 2014

Ebola aid efforts are plagued by inefficiencies.

Tabgha (“seven springs”) is situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally regarded as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after his Crucifixion.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

Our Father in heaven,
You are enthroned in heaven in manifold splendor. From Your throne come flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne are burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.
When Jesus presided at “seven springs”, did he not look to heaven, bless the food, break it, and multiply it? When the resurrected Jesus appeared on the shore, did he not instruct the disciples to cast their net on the other side of the boat? Did he not serve them breakfast?
O Lord, may the seven spirits of God flow to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mali! Flow over this land, O Holy Spirit, that western Africa may become a place of miracles, instruction, and provision from Jesus. Amen.

Diocese of South Carolina

November 28, 2014

Awaiting outcome of litigation–

1 Samuel 6:20-7:2 (ESV)
Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? And to whom shall he go up away from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath-jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the Lord. Come down and take it up to you.”
And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the Lord. From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

Abinadab–father of nobleness
Eleazar–my God has helped

The ark had been housed in Shiloh 369 years. At the time of Samuel’s apprenticeship in Shiloh, the priesthood was discredited by Eli’s sons. Israel goes to war with the Philistines and loses the first battle. They move the ark to the battle field, accompanied by Eli’s sons. The Philistines have the victory and capture the ark. Tradition holds that Shiloh was burned.
The Philistines move the ark to Ashdod and set it next to Dagon, a fertility god. Dagon is broken. They move the ark to Gath, whose people reject the ark from fear of the God of Israel. Then the ark is moved to Ekron, a Baal worship center. The Philistines suffer so much, the decision is made to return the ark to Israel.
It is transported to Beth-shemesh, but seventy of their men die because they looked on the ark. Finally the ark is lodged at Keriath-jearim.

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the help You have provided the Diocese of South Carolina in this season of litigation. We thank You that they are a house of nobleness and a lodging place for Your Holy Spirit. Bless them bountifully, we pray. Amen.

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