Monday, September 29, 2008

Suriname

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Suriname: A country of vast diversity

"Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) is a small Republic on the northeast coast of South America, 80% of which is tropical rain forest. It is not unusual to see monkeys traversing the trees and boa constrictors crossing well travelled roads.

Suriname has an amazing mix of peoples, languages and religions. Religious affiliation is also quite varied: Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%. In the capital Paramaribo, a mosque, a Hindu temple, a church, a cathedral and a synagogue are all within walking distance of each other. In other countries, Muslims are called to prayer from the top of the minaret (the tower) of a mosque. In Suriname, however, Muslims of Javanese origins follow their ancestral customs and respond to the sound of a drum.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • There are several Christian denominations active in the country but the Gospel has been slow to take root among both Javanese and Hindustani Muslims. Pray that the Jesus film, and other media efforts can reach the Muslim population. The Jesus film has been extensively used in film showings and on television.
  • Roughly a third of the population left for the Netherlands after independence. One of the first mosques in Netherlands was built in 1981 by Muslims immigrants from Suriname. Pray for the Surinamese Muslims in Holland to be touched by the Gospel.

+ Google Map Link: Suriname, South America

+ YouTube Video Link: Suriname Sights and Sounds [5:11]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear Words of Life in the Sranan Tongo language--

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Show Me FUN!

Behind the times still, but here are pics from last weekend at home in Missouri. Nothing really went as planned but it was all good. Got in late at Tracy's, then up the next morning headed to Springfield MO with 4 yr old Haddon in tow. Grace & Haddon were great listeners & got along so well. Happy! Happy, but with many MANY potty stops. :o) We enjoyed a delightful visit with my Grandma/Aunt Jean & cousins, Bob & Angie. Too short for sure as we headed back to St Louis for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. Arrived at Turtle Park just in time to see great race. Wish I could take credit for these pics. They are from the race website from last year. We stayed/played at Turtle Park where the view was good but not great for photos. Maybe next year.






SAT 7 - Christian programs for Arab children

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

SAT 7: A new TV-channel for the children of the Arab World

Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Arab children now have the opportunity to watch Christian programming at all times of the day. In December 2007, the SAT-7 network launched SAT-7 KIDS - a 24-hour Arabic satellite television channel for children. One hundred million children under the age of 15 live in the Arab world and at least half of them have access to satellite television.

On SAT-7 KIDS, children can see programs with messages of love, forgiveness and turning the other cheek. The channel is broadcasting cartoons, dramas, Bible stories, game shows and many kinds of programs about how to walk with the Lord. From the beginning, programs for children have been among the most popular of the wide variety of shows available on SAT-7.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray for the children of the Arab world, that they may be blessed through watching SAT-7 KIDS.
  • Pray the strong message of hope gets through to these kids who often are in seemingly hopeless situations. If you have children, engage them in this prayer time explaining some difficulties for Arab-world kids.
  • Pray for inspiration and creativity for those actively working to make SAT-7 KIDS an attractive and helpful channel for followers of Jesus and Muslims alike.
  • Pray for additional funding for SAT-7.

Video Link: View the SAT 7 God's Love video [03:45]--

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Apple Happy Day

Great day yesterday picking apples at County Line Orchard. We picked up Gracie's little friend & met up with Em/Steph/Grandma Marcia at the orchard. I think we got more mosquito bites than apples, but still had a delightFULL time. The trees were loaded, some bent low under the weight of all that fruit. That's a spiritual picture I must explore - bent low with fruit.

Heavy laden

The apple of my eye~

Em & Grace - Apple taste testers

Grandma Marcia gets a little fiber with her fruit

Making our way back to the barn for apple happy treats

Grace & Jaaliyah enjoy a cider slushy...not a spider slushy - that's Halloweeny treat :o)

Look for a Smilebox coming soon of all the apple day fun! AND I still have pics from last weekend in Missouri. Great Turtle Park pictures to share~
Finally, check out this generous treasure they are giving away at the Share Forum. Just click on the picture~

Pakistan Hindko

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Pakistan - The Hindko speakers: one language, many tribes

For Friday 26 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Possibly five million people in northern Pakistan are Hindko speakers. Made up of several ethnic groups, mostly Pathans and Moghuls, the Hindko are more of a language group than a people group.

Hindko speakers make their living as farmers or merchants in the foothills of the Himalayas. Corn and wheat are the most important crops. These grains are ground into flour and used to make a flat bread that accompanies every meal. The people lead very simple lives, but often go to great lengths to secure an education and a better future for their children. Only about 25% of Hindko speakers can read in any language. [Full Text]

Prayer Starters:
  • Pray that Hindko believers would overcome their fear of persecution.
    Pray for additional believers willing to lovingly serve Hindko speakers through practical means.
  • Pray that God would reveal Himself through various means including dreams and visions among Hindko speakers.
  • Pray that Hindko speakers would have access to God's Word in their own language through print, audio recordings, radio and the internet..

+ Google Map Link: Pakistan, South Central Asia

+ GodTube Video Link: The Persecuted Church in Pakistan [4 min. 45 sec]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in HINDKO, HAZARA language-

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Somalia: A Testimony

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30


Somalia: A Testimony


Libaan spent years outside of Somalia in several different countries. Eventually, he received a portion from the Injil (Gospel). He was impressed by what he read. The text was beautiful with a deep message. After two more years he fully believed the message and entrusted his life to Isa Al Masih (Jesus the Messiah). Libaan’s relatives heard that Libaan had become a Gal (Somali word for a pagan).


Most Somalis can’t imagine that Christians may also be people who fear God, because they assume that Christians live a very worldly lifestyle (including drunkenness and immorality). Returning to see his family Libaan insisted that he not be called a Gal. In his view he was submitted to God, the Almighty. While his family received him well at first, later they rejected him. This experience broke his heart.

Somali believers are few in number. They experience loneliness and rejection even from their most beloved family members. Only encouragement and comfort from God helps them to overcome. [Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray that Somalis could see the true value of the kingdom (Mt.13:44-46). God’s forgiveness and abundant life in the Messiah are present realities of that kingdom.

  • Pray that the Somalis who come to faith in the Messiah would not only be seen as rebels by their families. May they have opportunities to demonstrate that they can be culturally Somali and followers of Jesus at the same time.

+ Google Map Link: Somalia, East Africa

+ YouTube Video Link: Currency crisis in a famished Somalia [2:08]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in the SOMALI language--

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy blogger

I'm one happy blogger tonight~ I'm always delighted to see the locations of my visitors. But to see my blog translated into Arabic...happy blogger! I hope I've said something worthy of transcription~

السعادة لا يمكن أن يكون سافر إلى المملوكة ، حصل ، أو البالية المستهلكة. السعادة الروحية هي تجربة المعيشة في كل دقيقة مع الحب ، ونعمة الامتنان. من جانب دينيس Waitley

الرقص مع صانع
Sooner or later you figure out life is constructed specifically and brilliantly to squeeze a man into association with the Owner of heaven. عاجلا أو آجلا لكم معرفة الحياة التي شيدت خصيصا لهذا الغرض وببراعة للضغط على الرجل في تكوين الجمعيات مع المالك من السماء. It is a struggle, with labor pains and thorny landscape, bloody hands and sweaty brow, head in hands, moments of severe loneliness and questioning, moments of ache and desire. ومن النضال ، مع الآم المخاض الشائكة والمناظر الطبيعية ، وتفوح منه رائحة العرق الدموية أيدي جبين ، في أيدي رئيس ، لحظات قاسية والشعور بالوحدة واستجوابهم ، لحظات من الم ورغبة. All this leads to God, I think... كل هذا يؤدي إلى الله ، وأعتقد... Matter and thought are a canvas on which God paints, a painting with tragedy and delivery, with sin and redemption. ويعتقد أن المسألة هي لوحة زيتية على قماش على الله الذي يرسم ، لوحة ، مع مأساة والتسليم ، مع الخطيئة والخلاص. Life is a dance toward God, I begin to think. الحياة عبارة عن رقص نحو الله ، أود أن أبدأ التفكير. And the dance is not so graceful as we might want. والرقص ليس ذلك المشرف ونحن قد تريد. While we glide and swing our practiced sway, God crowds our feet, bumps our toes, and scuffs our shoes. وفي حين أننا نحن البديل وأنسل من يمارس التأثير ، الله الحشود أقدامنا ، المطبات لنا أصابع القدمين ، ويجرجر لنا الأحذية. So we learn to dance with the One who made us. حتى نتعلم الرقص مع أحد الذين قدموا لنا. And it is a difficult dance to learn, because its steps are foreign. والامر صعب جدا لتعلم الرقص ، لأن الخطوات الأجنبية. - Donald Miller -- دونالد ميلر

Somalia

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Somalia: Hard realities for Muslim men and families
For Tuesday 23 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Total Somali population: 9,119,000 (July 2007 est.)

Some men have found a way to escape from the harsh realities of Somali life. Khat (Catha Edulis) is an evergreen shrub that grows in the highlands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Yemen. Chewing the leaves of khat has a stimulating, narcotic effect, and like most drugs, khat is addictive and must be consumed daily. The majority of Somali men are addicted to khat, which has a huge influence on their life in Somali society.

Khat chewers suffer from various health problems, yet those who really suffer the most are their families. Men often spend most of their money on khat, yet their families go hungry.

[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray that the bondage of khat would be broken. Social pressure encouraging men to chew khat is huge. Strength, wisdom and courage are needed to break this national addiction.
  • Pray for wives and children to know how to cope with the absence of men.
  • Pray that Somali society will experience God's healing of families and come to know true fatherhood and the Father in Heaven.
  • Pray with the whole family for Somali families, giving God special thanks for Dads and Mums.

+ Google Map Link: Somalia, East Africa

+ YouTube Video Link: Somalia, land of Need [18: 34]

+ Gospel Language Link: The Look Listen and Live series is a discipleship series in the Somali language --

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Birthday Glow

Well, not so much glow on my cake - but this is great picture! Thanks for the birthday wishes! Happy day to you & me~

Nagpur India

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

India: Nagpur, the centre of India

For Monday 22 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

The central Indian city of Nagpur (whose name means ‘City of Snakes’) has a population of over three million people. Nagpur lies on major north-south and east-west transportation routes. The city is at the geographic centre of India. It is a commonly held misconception in the region that followers of Jesus bribe downtrodden Muslims and Hindus to accept Christ in return for material benefit or social advantage. Therefore actions by local believers are often misunderstood. Those who do come to Christ are often pressured into returning to Islam by various social, economic, emotional and even physical pressures. [Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray for local believers to enter into their role as those who are part of God’s plan to bless all nations, tribes and tongues (Gen. 22:18 and Galatians 3:16,29).
  • Pray for the effective distribution of these new translations of the Bible.
  • Pray for the local believers who face real persecution due to the prejudices and misunderstandings.
  • Pray for believers to be trained in how to proclaim the Messiah with wisdom and understanding in the Muslim community.

+ Google Map Link: Central India

+ YouTube Video Link: Nagpur Today [4:26]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in the MARATHI language--

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

India: Murshidabad, land of the Nawabs

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

India (east)

Murshidabad, the land of the Nawabs

For Saturday 20 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Spread across both sides of the Bhagirathi (Hooghly) River, a main tributary of the Ganges, Murshidabad district was the seat of Muslim power in the Bengal region after 1704. This land was once famous for its Nawab dynasties (Muslim Moghol provencial governors). However, it has largely been forgotten in recent times.

Unfortunately the region is also now known for its numerous problems, including cases of human trafficking, child labour, severe poverty and local political assassinations. It has largely missed out on the foreign influence and development that have been present in other parts of West Bengal.

There is less than one full time minister for every million Muslims in this district.


[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray that God will reveal Himself to the young and old Bengali Muslims in Murshidabad (Acts 2:16-21).

  • Pray that Muslim background believers will be called, equipped and motivated to witness and teach the Way of Christ in unity with other believers (Matthew 28:20).

  • Pray for strength and vision for the believers. There has been much violence against Christians in India in recent times.

  • May the Messiah's glory be revealed in the land of the Nawab dynasties.

+ Google Map Link: India, East

+ YouTube Video Link: India’s amazing diversity …Video [6:29]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in the BENGALI language

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Aleppo Syria

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Aleppo,

The second-largest city in Syria

For Thursday, 18 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"


The second largest city in Syria, Aleppo, is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, along with the capital, Damascus. With populations of around 4 million and 6 million respectively, about half the country’s population live in these two cities.

The people of Aleppo are predominantly Sunni Muslim and have a reputation for being conservative and devout. This is both a challenge and an opportunity... Some Muslims, especially the young and educated, are growing dissatisfied with Islam but are drawn towards materialism, secularism and even atheism as the only alternatives they know. Very few Muslims in the city have ever heard a clear presentation of the Good News.


[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray for peace and stability between conservative and less religious Muslims.

  • Pray for Muslims dissatisfied with Islam to be drawn towards Christ.

  • Pray for the different Syrian believers; for love, unity and a passion to explain their faith in Jesus to all.

  • Pray for at least one extended family of Muslims in Aleppo to follow Jesus and share the Good News with their Muslim relatives, friends and neighbours. Ask your family to take the challenge to continue praying for your extended Syrian family for 1 year.

+ Google Map Link: Syria

+ YouTube Video Link: Sights and Sounds of Aleppo in Syria [4 min 13]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Arabic from Damascus

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Indonesian Minangkabau

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Indonesia's unreached Minangkabau

Lina's fear of evil
For Friday, 19 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Lina is a young Minangkabau woman from a large family. They do everything that Islam requires of them, but they are also involved in other traditional practices. Instead of going to a doctor when someone is sick, they will often visit a dukun (a traditional healer). Lina especially believes that evil spirits are everywhere and she is very interested in all things supernatural.

This life of fear even affects Lina’s attitude toward her religion: she sees God as a faraway figure and she seems resigned to the idea that she will never be in paradise, because her good deeds never seem to be enough to outweigh her sins.

Even though Lina has had many conversations with some followers of Jesus about the forgiveness of sins through Isa Almasih (Jesus the Messiah), she is still too afraid to even consider the possibility that it is actually truth.

[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

>Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of the Minangkabau to the truth that only Jesus can bring salvation, and that He can free them from a life of fear.

>Pray that Minangkabau people, including Lina and her family, will no longer look to the dukuns (healers) to solve their problems but rather they will look to Jesus for help and healing.

>Pray that whole families of the Minangkabau will come to a trusting reliance on Jesus.

+ Google Map Link: Indonesia

+ YouTube Video Link: Home of the Minangkabau People: [2 min]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in the MINANGKABAU language

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Summer Days

Can you tell I can't sleep? Up since 2:30 AM - always stuff to do. Finally made headway on sharing some summer photos. This is a medley of summer school shots, water park play & fair/festival fun with some of our favorite folks. Now I think I could sleep, but now it's time to get up - start me day. :o) Have a good one!
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Iran Mazandarani

Iran, The Mazandarani People

For Wednesday, 17 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

The Mazandarani speakers of Iran number between 3 and 4.5 million people who live mainly in the Mazandaran province and neighbouring provinces bordering the Caspian Sea, in northern Iran. The more educated Mazandarani can read Farsi well. This people is almost 100% Shi’a Muslim, and Islam has been present in this province for about 1,300 years. In Iran it is a capital offence to convert from Islam to another religion.

There are a number of small cell churches and scattered believers throughout the region. In addition there are individual Most Mazandarani believers readily recognize the benefits of audio materials in their language and are eager to promote Scripture translation activity. Radio and satellite broadcasts are being planned. Training and discipleship of believers is being done discretely with small numbers of people in Iran.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray for receptive hearts towards the Gospel.
  • Pray for the few Mazandarani believers to grow in faith and develop ministry skills, and to becoming increasingly active and effective in witnessing discretely within the restrictions of their hostile environment.
  • Pray for spiritual and physical protection of the believers (several have endured persecution).
  • Pray for the Mazandarani Scripture translation team and their work.

+ Google Map Link: Iran

+ YouTube Video Link: Sights and Sounds Mazandaran- North of Iran [3:30]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Prodical Son message in MAZANDARANI--

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Thank you


I'm chuckling about this photo. It popped up when I subscribed to some parent blog thing. It's too funny! Just wanted to say THANK YOU for reading Grace FULL Days - be it your 1st visit, coming here by happenstance or if you are a regular reader.

THANK YOU for praying for the harvest these past few days - couple of weeks, as we focus on loving Muslims through prayer. Reaching the harvest is the heartbeat of Christ - it was the only prayer request Christ made "Pray that the Lord of the harvest would send for laborers into the field".

It's a season - always a season - of ministering to those around you; in your home - in your neighborhood. Yet, there is call I can't deny to be in a foreign neighborhood reaching the harvest where there is no voice. Just typing that brings up the accusing voice of the enemy reminding me of my chance...that I so aptly blew in my frailty. Yes, but - God does not repent His calling - He doesn't change His mind just because we fell down. We just get back up & make it right. Just like Jen can't get away from Africa - she's called & thus, her heart is planted there. You can't be apart from your heart without a longing from deep within calling for your return. "I thought it was gone." No, it's just a season.

After a full day of CLC on Sunday - my first rotation of three services, Grace & I came home to rest. Rest - that was my plan. Good old fashioned nap. Though with the flooding crises on our regular route home, curiosity got the best of us & we immediately checked out the river status behind our little cozy cottage. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the water was quite high.

There is a rotting stump - now just 5-6 feet from the water. The stump, in it's decay, is falling apart. I just helped it a bit - throwing pieces of stump into the now close river to carry it away. In doing so, I found some rooting flower bulbs I threw in there at the end of spring. The bulbs bloomed & the flowers faded, so I tossed them into this decaying stump.

What I thought was used, spent, dead & worthless is now putting out roots with the promise of life. Grace & I planted those babies along with about a 20 more "dead" bulbs that were dried & withered in the box inside. I'm telling you, we were so excited about planting those dry, dusty bulbs. They sure felt lifeless, but when I broke them up, there was life still inside - just waiting to be planted. I have a hopeful anticipation of flowers blooming there in the spring. Wow! Never had that before in this spot of ground. Why? I haven't sown seed there in the past.

Those who sow have an expectancy for the harvest. Follow me - this reminded me of the prayer through Ramadan. Comments are historically few & far between through this month of posts. However, when you sow into the harvest - sow seeds of prayer, there is a budding expectancy of what God will do with your seed. You many never know until to stand before Him.

Thank you for praying for the harvest -at home & abroad. We can go or we can send or we can pray. Until I can go, I'll send & I'll pray. How about you?
The Massalit People: Daring to question Islam in Darfur

For Tuesday, 16 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

The Massalit are a group of some 400,000 people in Sudan (most in Darfur) and in Eastern Chad. Even though their life is hard, they have generally been a happy people.

Unfortunately, many things have changed for the Massalit people in the last three years. They have become one of the ethnic groups involved in the Darfur crisis where 200,000 people have been killed since 2003.

Through the suffering brought on by those of their own Islamic religious background, many people in Darfur have dared to question their own faith and have even ceased to pray. Christian Evangelism in frowned upon, however, spiritual encouragement and testimonies are usually welcome. There are several followers of Christ helping in the region. Schools have been set up and many adults have become interested in learning to read.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Please pray for an end to the horror of Darfur.
  • Pray that the positive aspects of Massalit culture would not be changed due to the crisis, and that they will be able to truly differentiate between good and evil influences in their lives.
  • Pray that God will open the hearts of the hurting Massalit to receive His Word and healing, creating vibrant new communities of faith from which Massalit believers can preach in their own language to those around them.

+ Google Map Link: Darfur, Sudan

+ YouTube Video Link: Google Darfur DVD Trailer [2 min]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Massalit--

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Early birthday fun



Delightful weekend, though quite soggy. The river is up as high as I've ever seen it - thankfully, we have a good 10 feet swelling room remaining. Praying it recedes quickly. I have to plan an alternate route to Gracie's preschool as well as to my clients because of the flooding. Thank God for real time traffic conditions!

Back to the delightful part...I was exploring a visit the Wizard of Oz fest in Indiana this weekend, putting that out there as a possbility for our UB hang out day. Breakfast with the Munchkins & a birthday party for Dorothy. Sounded like fun - from an Oz-loving-ruby-shoe-wearing-Gracie- girl point of view. That researching reminded me of my fun birthday trip to see Wicked last year! That was an Oz size celebration! I've wanted to take Grace since she became enamored with the vintage classic last October. You know, it's always shown in October. I peeked in a the Broadway in Chicago site & ticket prices, thinkin I might take her down soon with hopes of winning a couple of the front row seats they give away each performance.

That was Thursday thinking...round comes Friday & what does Bob suggest as an alternative to the Wizard of Oz festival?? Going to see WICKED! Oh, yeah - great idea & let's take Gracie!

It was a wonderful performance! Gracie did super & she loved it! She said yesterday evening as we were cleaning up the yard, "Mom, Glinda wasn't good all the time. Sometimes she was mean. Elphaba was really the good girl." She got it! Happy Birthday!

Kanuri Living in Nigeria, Niger & Chad

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

The Kanuri: Living in Nigeria, Niger and Chad

For Monday, 15 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Kanuri main tribes consist of the Yerwa Kanuri, the Manga Kanuri, and Kanembu Kanuri. The Kanuri are tall and very dark in appearance, with a stately, dignified look. Many Kanuri speak Hausa and Arabic.

The Kanuri have been Muslims since the eleventh century (about 1,000 years). Many superstitions and animistic beliefs are still practiced in conjunction with Islam. Charms and amulets are worn around the neck or in pockets for various reasons.

Some of the Kanuri tribes do not yet have a translation of the Bible in their native dialect; others tribes have only portions of the Bible. Among the nearly five million Kanuri, there are several hundred known believers.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:
  • Ask God to call more people to proclaim the love of Jesus among the Kanuri.
  • Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Kanuri and increasingly use the small number of Kanuri believers to share the Gospel with others.
  • Pray that God will raise up people to translate the Bible into each of the Kanuri dialects.

+ Google Map Link: Chad

+ YouTube Video Link: 3 min 35 sec, Lake Chad under threat

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Kanuri--

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thailand - Bangkok

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Thailand: A great opportunity for Bangkok

For Sunday, 14 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
City Population: 10 million

Muslims have lived in Bangkok for generations, often forming homogenous communities, largely closed to non-Muslims. The size of each community differs, but on average it is about 150 - 200 households. These communities have been able to develop their own mosques and religious schools, and maintain their social and dietary customs.

Muslims tend not to move into areas where the residents are primarily Buddhist. However, because Bangkok has become such a huge city, there are many places where Muslims mix with non-Muslims - even though they prefer to both live and work together with fellow Muslims. While large areas in the eastern part of Bangkok used to be primarily Muslim, they are now a minority in these districts.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:
  • Pray that many Muslims in Bangkok will realise that life is not about religion; it is about having a relationship with God through the Messiah (John 17:3).
  • Pray that Bangkok's Muslims will discover the blessings which come through Jesus.
  • Pray that Thai believers will be able to build positive and beneficial friendships with Muslims.

+ Google Map Link: Bangkok, Thailand

+ YouTube Video Link: 2 min 24 sec, Islamic Religious Schools in Thailand

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Thai--

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Tunisia Kairouan

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Tunisia's Kairouan, the oldest Islamic city in Northwest African

For Friday, 12 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

The city of Kairouan has existed for about 1,300 years. Founded as part of the expansion of the Islamic Empire, it boasts the oldest mosque in North Africa, with the oldest standing minaret in the world - a tribute to the city's original purpose: to be a base for the spread of Islam across the region.For many North Africans, Kairouan is considered the fourth holiest city of Islam. Its school trains religious leaders (Imams) for all of Tunisia.

The city is known for the quiet conservatism, women stay in their homes more than in other parts of the country. Kairouan lacks the bustle of many Tunisian cities, with little industry to boost the economy. Young people long to leave for the West in search of employment.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Some believers in Kairouan are convinced that God has asked them to raise a banner of praise over this city, just as he called the worshippers to lead the march around Jericho.
  • By His grace, they claim the promises of Isaiah 62 for their city. Pray through this text with Kairouan in mind.

+ Google Map Link: Tunisia

+ YouTube Video Link: 3 min 5 sec, Short history and travel log of Tunisia

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Kanuri--

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Remembrance

God bless us everyone~













Ismailis

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

The Ismailis
Devoted to their leader
For Thursday, 11 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

To his followers Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is more then just their leader; he traces his ancestry back to the Prophet Muhammad through the line of Ali and Fatima, the Prophet's daughter. The Aga Khan's 18 million followers reside in more than 25 countries, stretching from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe all the way to North America.

As Imam and spiritual leader of the Shiite Ismailis, he has absolute authority over his followers. The feeling of family within the Ismaili community is so strong that the Aga Khan's picture is not only put up in every shop and office but a photo of him and his close family are in every Ismaili family photograph album. Ismailis pray three times instead of five times a day and don't use the general practice of Muslim worship postures; one even finds Indian and Hindu elements in their worship.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • Pray for a spiritual hunger for the Ismailis, that they will discover life in Christ.
  • Pray for culturally sensitive outreach towards the Ismailis, wherever they are, through friendship with believers.
  • Pray for boldness and sensitivity for the few Ismaili believers who have mostly been ostracised from the community and sometimes from their families.

+ YouTube Video Link: 5 min 37 sec, History of Prince Karim Aga Khan--

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Beijing - the ancient capital of China

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Beijing Muslims in the ancient capital of China

For Wednesday, 10 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Population: 15,380,000
Ethnic Han Chinese: 96%
Major Muslim group: Hui people (approx. 2% or about 280,000)

There are about 12 million Hui in all of China.The Hui people trace their ancestors back to Muslim traders, soldiers, and officials who came to China during the seventh through fourteenth centuries. These men settled and married local native (Han) Chinese women. The Hui have so well assimilated into the Chinese society that they are almost indistinguishable from the Han Chinese, except in dietary and religious practices. There is very little if any Christian witness to the Hui Muslims in general. There are no known believers among the Muslim Hui in Beijing.

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, The city was founded more than 3,000 years ago, and was regarded as the capital of China for over 850 years.[Full Text]

Prayer Starters:

  • May God open doors for Chinese believers in the Messiah to proclaim Christ to Muslims.
  • May God cause the Muslim Hui people in the Beijing area to seek the true God.
  • Pray that Chinese believers can be agents of blessing and positive change for the city and the Muslim population.

+ Google Map Link: Beijing, China

+ YouTube Video Link: Legendary missionary Dennis Balcombe shares the Vision for China [5:34]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Mandarin--

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Ghana
Peaceful despite religious and economic division

For Monday, 8 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

There is a religious divide in Ghana between the more Christian South and the largely Muslim North (although most tribes are still influenced by animist beliefs). Happily there are some communities of believers in the North, however, Islamic countries have invested a great deal of money to bring Islam to the various ethnic groups.

Ghana lies in West Africa.A stronghold of Islam in Ghana is the city of Wa in the north-west of the country. Its residents are mostly Muslim merchants. Some of the believers in Wa did see a few people come to Jesus during the last year. It is difficult for new believers to attend public worship services, for most, it would mean rejection from their families. [Full Text]

Prayer Starters:
  • Pray for the Ghanaians who are seeking to make Christ known to Muslims. They need encouragement and support in order to continue the work.
  • Pray for the people of Wa to become open to the Gospel. Pray for the new believers to have courage and grow in their faith so others may be reached.
  • May believers in Wa and other regions grow in God's strength and wisdom, developing good relationships with one-another, and encouraging one-another.
  • Join in grouops and pray for good relationships within your group, with one-another and encourage one-another with God's Word.

Google Map Link: Ghana, West Africa

YouTube Video Link: 9 min 45 sec, Sights and Sounds and Ideas, from Ghana

Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in various languages spoken in Ghana--

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Turning to Christ
What are the challenges for new believers?
For Sunday, 7 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

As we follow Jesus, our identity and our sense of belonging are affected. Questions arise: Who am I? What are my values? New believers from Muslim backgrounds have similar questions. But in addition they also suffer intense psychological pressures that may include fear (of Allah, that He will punish them if they change, of family and relatives, of community, of death).

Relationships are primary in Muslim communities so new believers ask questions like: How can we honour Christ in daily life, marriage, and raising children in a predominately Muslim society? What does one do when it is not legal to follow Christ? How can new believers find a partner and celebrate their marriage as followers of Christ in the local community? Where and how can one be buried?

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Prayer Starters:

  • Pray for cultural sensitivity, awareness and respect among believers as we interact with new believers from Muslim backgrounds.
  • Pray for wisdom, creativity and confidence for new believers and new communities of faith as they explore culturally appropriate ways to serve and worship Christ in the context of Muslim societies.--

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National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
White House News

During National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pay special tribute to the thousands of innocent victims who died on September 11, 2001. Our Nation honors the brave citizens, service members, police officers, and firefighters who heroically responded in the face of terror. On these important days, we reflect on the terrible events of September 11, 2001, and lift the victims and their families in our prayers.

Our Nation will never forget the individuals who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. America remains inspired by the countless acts of kindness and sacrifice we saw that day -- fearless rescuers who rushed toward danger, a beloved priest who died helping others, two office workers who carried a disabled person 68 floors to safety.

We also pray for the safety and success of the members of our Armed Forces now serving freedom's cause. We seek God's grace on their families, and commit to Heaven's care those brave men and women He has called home. We ask the Almighty to watch over America and pray for His providence and continued blessings on our country. May He always guide the United States of America. As we defend our country against its enemies, we pray for help in protecting the gift of freedom from those who seek to destroy it, and we ask the Almighty to strengthen all those securing liberty on distant shores.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 5, through Sunday, September 7, 2008, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States and their places of worship mark these National Days of Prayer and Remembrance with memorial services, the ringing of bells, and evening candlelight remembrance vigils. I also invite all people across the world to share in these Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Turkmenistan
Surviving in Central Asia

For Saturday, 6 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Population: 5,179,571 (July 2008 est.)

Beginning in 1998, almost all missionaries were expelled by the Turkmen government. Since then all religious activities have been highly repressed. House group meetings of any kind are prohibited and people found attending secret religious meetings risk losing their home and their job. Nevertheless the church does continue to grow slowly in Turkmenistan. There are about 700-1,000 believers in the country and numbers of underground house groups that meet in secret.

Two Russian speaking Christian churches have been given official permission to gather. Unfortunately the registered churches and most of the underground house groups are Russian speaking - believers are still praying for the emergence of an indigenous Turkmen speaking communities of believers.
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Prayer Starters:

  • The Turkmen are disillusioned and are looking for the Truth. There is a huge need for people who can disciple believers and help forming strong, multiplying communities of faith that speak Turkmen and are accepted as part of the Turkmen culture.
  • Join with your family and talk about the freedoms you have to worship. As you talk, note the key points which come out of the discussion and pray along those lines.

+ Google Map Link: Turkmenistan

+ YouTube Video Link: 5 min 59 sec, people of Turkmenistan

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Turkmen - great for evengelism / mission etc-

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This is an excerpt from the 30-Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklet, also available in Finnish / Suomi.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Indonesia Bugis Peoples

Indonesia
The Challenge: Winning the Bugis peoples

For Friday, 5 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

The vast majority of the Bugis in Indonesia (over 3.5 million) live on the south-western peninsula of Sulawesi Island. For the Bugis people, Islam is part of their ethnic, as well as, their religious identity. They have a reputation of being fanatical Muslims with a history of violent persecution of the Christian minorities.

In addition to following Islam, many Bugis people are involved in animistic spiritual practices such as seeking power from spirits of the dead, seeking help from dukuns (shamans), and using amulets and charms. Due to their links to dark spiritual forces, the Bugis people present a great challenge for those who seek to reach them with the love and truth of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah (Isa Al-Masih).

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Prayer Starters:

Pray that the barriers of Islam and occult practices among the Bugis will be overcome by the Holy Spirit.

Pray that the Good News will spread powerfully and that Jesus will be honoured among the Bugis people.

Pray for more Indonesian workers who demonstrate great sacrificial faith to build God’s kingdom. May financial matters not become a distraction to their ministries.

Google Map Link: Indonesia

YouTube Video Link: Words of HOPE to Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the Makassar and Buginese languages. [2:33]

Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in Bugis - great for evengelism / mission etc

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Spain & Islam

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World Ramadan 2008 September 01 - September 30

Spain
Historical Islam in 21st century Circumstances

For Thursday, 4 September, Ramadan 2008. “Loving Muslims Through Prayer”

Much of Spain was under Islamic rule for almost seven hundred years. Al-Andalus, was the Arabic name given to those parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims, or Moors, up until the fall of the last Islamic stronghold, the city of Granada, in 1492.

Today’s Spain has around 800,000 Muslims. One of the largest mosques in Europe, which was built with financial help from Saudi Arabia, is located in Madrid. Although the Muslim North Africans have now become a significant minority in Spain, few Spanish Christians are actively seeking to proclaim Christ to them. The two Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which are actually on the northern Moroccan coast, almost half the population is Muslim.

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Prayer Starters:
  • Committed Spanish believers are relatively few in number, however, there are increasing opportunities for them to reach out to Muslims living in Spain. Pray for greater wisdom, zeal and mobilisation of Spanish Christians for ministry among Muslims.
  • Pray for the distribution of Gospel literature and DVDs in areas where there are Muslims.
  • Pray for North African young people who come to study in Spanish Bible schools.
  • Pray for the radio and TV programmes being produced in Spain for North Africa.
Google Map Link: Spain
YouTube Video Link: 6 min 30 sec, The Muslim Spain – history of Islam in Spain

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Back to School & Circus Time

The 1st day of a new school year was met with courage, confidence & big smiles. I had to chase the girl down just to kiss her bye-bye today. She's growing up!


After school, we enjoyed our 1st experience at the CIRCUS! Mind you, it was over 90 degrees OUTSIDE the tent. Whew!! Despite the heat, we had a great time with Circus 1st time Emily & her mom (AKA: Stephanie). See below for Gracie's bestest part. Emily's favorite part: donuts


Cooling off with snowcones

Star power

Twirly girl

Gracie cheesin it up with Em & Steph

And then there were elephants - fuzzy elephants. The camera just wasn't working tonight :o(

Afterward, we snagged McDonald's; retreating to Grandma Marcia's house to dine & enjoy the bestest ice cream in the world with a menagerie of sprinkles. AND then there's Merf the dog. Gracie & Em had a great idea to draw kid-shy Merf out of his shell. Mastermind Grace suggested they sit on the couch with their french fries. They would hold one out for Merf to smell and pet him when he came to eat it. :o) Great plan except Merf can't eat people food. Too bad.

Last night's dreams: tons of kitties & puppies
Gracie's best of the day: seeing the horses at the circus
Mommy's best: Gracie's shining smile in the window when I came to pick her up
Gracie's worst: none today, though I know she really wanted one of those $10 balloons
Mommy's worst: none today - well, if I had one, it might have been the heat in the circus tent


Gracie's Prayer: Thank you God that you protect Papi from having a crash and keep him safe. Thank you that any of us never have a crash and always keep us safe.


**Thanks to Nae & Olivia for sharing this treasured bedtime routine with us - we've made it part of our own nighty night parade


Tonight's story: Town Mouse and Country Mouse


Worth sharing: pictures from Gracie neighbor play with Alex & Becky
Three Amigos


Cheer up!

Hood ornaments :o) Reading is FUNdamental!

I have a couple Smileboxes in the works. Just can't get in the Smilebox mode these days. Neursoscience starts tonight. Sigh. God help me. Good news! GSU is taking my Ed Foundations course from SEMO. Whoo hooo! Looks like I'm graduating at the end of the winter trimester. Oh yeah! Applying to grad school that March. Walking in favor - yes, I am!

Good night!

Window Shopping

Doing a bit of window shopping this morning & look what I found at Louise Felice's shop! This is something a Gracie grandma might have made for her little darling. If I don't win it, I might just have to buy one! Find your own treasure at Louise Felice.