We have an amazing response team of men and women who are gifted evangelists or disciplers. They love people and want to see them grow and flourish in their lives; moreover, they love their jobs because they get to share about Jesus and help people understand the gospel. Every day they offer hope to people.
Team members stagger their work hours, with some of them working late at night when many people in the Arab world are searching the internet for answers to their problems. Some of them are specially qualified in counselling people – and there are many problems to talk through.
Even though the vast majority of the response team are native Arabic speakers, communication is not always straightforward. Spoken Arabic varies from country to country, giving lots of scope for misunderstanding and even insult.
Speaking of insults, members of our response team are verbally abused and threatened every day. They are called names and told they will burn in hell. Yet they count all of these things joy when they hear the tears of a man or woman who has found freedom in Christ for the first time.
What to do now
Please remember our response team in your prayers today…
- Pray for them to have steadfastness, courage, love, joy and passion for God.
- Pray for wisdom to respond quickly and appropriately to people’s questions. (Most of our response now happens in a voice call. This gives team members little time to think or prepare an answer. They are really kept on their toes!)
- Pray for the protection of this team at the forefront of our ministry. Pray that each one would enjoy physical health and be emotionally refreshed. Pray that they would be filled with peace and be able to leave behind even the difficult and heavy discussions at the end of the day.
Speaking to someone who contacts our internet ministry is usually more than a one-off event. Members of the response team may speak at length to someone every day or week for months. Give thanks for all the love and counsel that they are pouring into so many lives. Give thanks too for Christians on the ground in different countries who can meet and help nurture new believers.
And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. (Luke 12:11-12)
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)
Make a comment below or use social media to let us know what you’ve been praying and how God has been speaking to you. Use the hashtag #RethinkingRamadan.
Tomorrow, as we rediscover, we’ll be looking at the history of Islam.