Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When “Zibia” recently lost her husband, her grown children decided that it was no longer safe for her to live in her village because of terrorist activity. In the past few months, she has lost her husband, her home, her community, and her livelihood. Now, family members are constantly antagonizing and tormenting her and calling her an infidel for remaining a Christian. One of her sons has been so overwhelmed by the familial taunts that he has abandoned his faith and returned to Islam.
Today, Nigerien Muslims are celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, which means “The Celebration of Breaking the Fast.” Most people celebrate with special foods and newly tailored clothing. Communal prayers are a significant part of the Eid, and after the prayers, the feasting and celebrating begins.
Pray for “Mimi,” a hard-working, devout Muslim woman who is well known for her generosity in her neighborhood. Mimi is well-educated, wealthy, respected, and well-liked among her neighbors, but at home, she feels lonely and rejected. Mimi’s husband prefers his second wife and her children more than Mimi and spends the majority of his time with her in a separate home across town. Mimi feels dejected and jealous, but it is culturally unacceptable for her to express her feelings.
“And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.”” 1 Kings 18:33
I am a twenty-two-year-old woman and study at the university. Before I was born, my mother dedicated me to an Islamic saint and made a covenant. Every year of my life I was made to go back to where the Islamic saint is buried, cut myself, and do a blood sacrifice. I feel that I have been in spiritual bondage and want to break free.
I had a vision six times in which someone was holding my hand. The man said, “I love you. Follow me.” I wondered if He could be the Messiah. I searched in many places. Finally, I found someone on the internet who explained God’s love to me. Unfortunately, I have been living in much sin and all of my friends are like me. At first, I was in denial that my actions were actually sin, but the Lord convicted me and I spent one night in a prayer of repentance.
I know of many others, like me, living in sin. Please pray that God will convict them of their sins, rescue them, and give them new life. Pray also that I will be completely free in Christ.
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God, we love you! As your Church, help us do what it takes to let the people of Niger grasp the Good News that Jesus knowingly took one step after another toward Jerusalem knowing He would be condemned to death, mocked, flogged, crucified and then be raised on the third day! (Matthew 20:19)Read
God, we love you! As your Church, help us do what it takes to let the people of Niger grasp the Good News that Jesus' cross was the one place in the world's history in which your Father's justice AND mercy were simultaneously fulfilled as He was marred beyond human semblance, despised, rejected, sorrowful, acquainted with grief, smitten, afflicted, pierced, crushed, chastised, and anguished (Isaiah 52-53) so that WE don't have to be.Read