The Importance of Prayer

From a field worker in the Middle East

Some of our associates are medical workers in the Middle East and North Africa. Their employment within the health-care industry in their country of assignment provides for their residence visa and allows them to remain in-country legally. They are living the message penned by Matthew, ‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’. One of our Pioneers’ families recently wrote to share with us the importance of prayer – ours, yours and theirs – as they seek to live Christ-like lives in an often hostile environment.

Recently we have seen some answers to prayer in the lives and bodies of our patients. We have seen significant healing in three of our patients, who until recently were not responding to treatment. After months of apparently ineffective treatment and effective prayer, the Lord has healed a couple of women who will be heading home soon.

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Faith Comes by Hearing

From a Pioneers field worker in North Africa

As the Bible says, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ (Romans 10:17), one of our team’s objectives is to expose people to God’s Word as we interact with them. We often invite those who show interest to gather with their family, friends, and others to discuss with us what the Bible says. Recently the Lord opened a door for me to visit with my friend Fadoul* and some other women in her house. We had taken up our typical position of sitting on the mat on the floor when Pierrette took my phone and started to look at it. She found my music selection and I asked her if she wanted to hear something in Arabic. She nodded her head and I began to play some of the audio of Old Testament stories in Arabic. Pierrette, Fadoul and Angela listened intently. They are familiar with the stories of creation, Abraham and Joseph as told in the Qur’an, which means it isn’t a big jump for them to be open to hearing them from the Bible.

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The Power of a Dream

Recently, some of our Pioneers members were working at a bookstand in a non-Arab land that is host to many Arab world immigrants. A gentleman passed by the bookstand and because our Pioneers workers presumed he was a follower of Islam, they offered him some information on Christianity. He refused the offer, saying that he was already a follower of Jesus; then he shared his testimony.

When I was very young, my cousin was born with a heart defect. My aunt was told that he was very ill and that he would not live long but would die in a few months. My aunt was heartbroken. She went home to her room and lay on the floor, crying out to Allah, to Ali, to Moses and to Jesus. She prayed for days and cried all the time. Then one night while she was sleeping she had a dream. In her dream she saw a door open to a very, very bright light. It was so bright that she asked to close the door because she was so tired and sad.

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A Heart Searching for Eternity

June 28, 2014 will mark the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It is the time of year when even  nominal Muslims take their religion seriously and spend the month in quest of an opportunity to be closer to God through prayer and reading the Qur’an. It is an earnest search for peace with God by millions of Muslims. As such, Ramadan is one of the most important times of the year for Christians to pray for Muslims.

As Elisabeth Elliot said, ‘Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer’.

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Tea in the Sahara

It’s time for tea!! Traditionally, tea is a focal point for social gatherings and ceremonies in many Arab cultures.

We’d like you to join a global family of Christians at Tea in the Sahara by inviting your friends for tea on Saturday, 28th June, in preparation for praying for the month of Ramadan. Watch this short video, Behind the Veil, download our prayer calendar and intercede for the women and families of the Arab world around the theme Perfect love casts out all fear (John 4:18). Please remember to send your pictures of tea and fellowship to as we would love to virtually join you for tea!

Connecting Seekers With Truth

We can provide answers to searching hearts but we need your help.  
Post Arab Spring, the promise that ‘Islam is the solution’ is wearing thin. Social media has repeatedly exposed the undesirable face of Islam. The attempted assassination of school girl Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban, the rape and abuse of hundreds of Syrian women and girls in refugee camps, and the kidnapping of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram are just a few of the many news items revealing the objectionable side. In Tunisia, the assassination of the opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi in 2013 was the deciding factor in the rejection of the Islamist party.

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A Life Impacted

Samir’s* testimony

Samir made an inquiry through Maarifa and was subsequently contacted by one of our Arabic speaking personnel. They have continued to email back and forth. As you watch this video  created by Arab World Media, using the dialogue from Samir’s email (it begins in Arabic but after a few seconds it will transition to English), may it encourage you to know that God is using technology and the internet to draw people to himself. Please pray for Samir and the thousands of Arabic speaking Muslims who are searching and responding to his offer of peace of heart.

Neighborhood Boys

From Pioneers in North Africa.

Since we began our life here in North African, one great joy and struggle has been our relationship with the neighborhood boys. Like the boys of any neighborhood, some are kind, good-natured and gentle. Yet others are tough, mean and bullies. When a new boy joins the group, the boys must prove who is on top. This is especially the case with a nasaara, or a white person like our son Josiah*. In general, the boys in this nation lack discipline from their elders and tend to play roughly. Showmanship comes into the mix, bringing slaps, pinches and kicks. Some go so far as to snap rubber bands on another boy’s skin or throw balls and even rocks at one another’s face. Our son Josiah has endured all of this. He is playful but gentle and has yet to retaliate. But as you can imagine, it has become a challenge for Josiah to choose playing outside when many of the boys have fun hurting him or laughing at him.

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