Prayer Requests 11-3-18

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Psalm 89:1-8

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”

The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
    your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
    he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
    You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

9 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 11-3-18

  1. A couple of follow-ups to this that I posted on October 14th:

    Please remember in your prayers a piano-teaching friend of mine. She just told me she has two nodules on her lungs, and now a benign tumor near the kidney, and what appears to be a lesion on the pancreas. It is unclear, and she may have to wait months for another scan. She is afraid of pancreatic cancer, and the unknown, and has sunken into a depression in her worry.

    Please pray for K. Thank you so much.

    Your prayers have uplifted her. She wrote to me on October 26th:

    I think my CT scan will be at the end of November. I am being positive, I am sure it will be OK as everything else is benign.

    She has also thanked me for the prayers going up.

    Yesterday, she wrote this:

    I go for my CT scan on the 6th Nov. So please say some prayers for me?

    Will you join me in praising God that He worked things out that she could get the scan much earlier than it first looked, and in praying for K before her Tuesday appointment? I know she’ll appreciate it.

    Thank you.

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  2. Michelle – Thank you for sharing that. Twice, I had copied Joanne’s post to share it here, but somehow forgot about it by the time I got here. 😦

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  3. Michelle, et al., when I was with Aji Suun, I witnessed and helped to treat more than one such case, as there was another such an outbreak then. We could only sedate them. Organic causes, were, as far as possible, ruled out. It was definitely not epilepsy and not cerebral malaria, for which we tested repeatedly. At least one even went to the city to have a brain scan, which showed nothing abnormal. One of the effects of the attacks was to cause girls to stop attending school altogether. The rash of attacks, was, by more experienced people than myself, suspected to be linked with a kind of charm that the school girls were wearing. Without being sensational, charms worked to at least a limited extent, because spiritual powers were actually invoked by the wearing of the charm (we must remember that such spiritual forces are limited by their Creator, even though they are rebels, in the kinds of power they can exert on people). We witnessed a separate occasion where a man overcome by emotion was attacked in a similar manner to the school girls, and another of this man’s own culture said that the attack came from the spirits of the man’s charms – we were told that the reason people of the culture do not show strong emotions is because the spirits could take over in the midst of the emotion. The culture in that place is one based on alliance, and alliances are not only made with humans. Charms are worn to guarantee not only safety but also success, and academic success is becoming more important in the culture, especially for women, who are quicker to see its advantages in their struggle to support themselves and care for their children in an impoverished and polygamous culture.


  4. Cheryl, I would venture to say so loosely as to have no significance. Certainly, some Western people may wear/carry charms because they think they have significance to protect them. I would not, however, say that such charms are attached to spirits. Certainly, at one point in European history, that was the case, as we have such charms from the Roman era found at old shrines to Latin and Greek deities, while the practice of making little images of the things one wanted (or did not want, in the case of diseases) even lasted for quite a while in Catholicism, with such charms being hung on altars and roadside shrines. But now most people only wear such things, as a German friend of mine would say, “for beauty”, not to gain power with the spirits, in which most no longer believe. That is certainly the case where I am currently, as once carvings of animals done in bone and ivory were amulets here, and now they are just fashion accessories.

    Furthermore, the charms I saw in West Africa were generally not recognizable representations of things in the way we think of charms. The vast majority of them were little leather bags – reported to contain stones, leaves, etc., although I never saw the contents – sewn to knotted cords or strings with plain beads strung in a pattern that only had significance to the maker and wearer. The word maker is key there. People did not make these charms themselves. They went to marabout (mara-boo) who had powers to make certain kinds of charms. One would not necessarily go to the same marabout for all the different kinds of charms of which one felt in need. Each marabout had his specialty, as it were. The charms which were thought to be associated with these attacks were plain bands of iron worn as rings.

    By the way, although we often spoke about the syncretization of Islam with animism that was on display with these charms being worn by devout Muslims, the syncretization was not with the traditional animism that had preceded Islam in the area (that traditional animism was considered witchcraft), but a much older syncretizing that had happened long before with the formation of Sufism, the mystical brand of Islam. That particular area of West Africa actually did not become completely Islamic until the late 1800s, under the very noses of the French and British colonists during what is termed “The Marabout Wars”. The marabout were Islamic teachers from North Africa who gained political sway and engaged in a series of conflicts with the traditional leaders of the area. They have since dwindled to peddlers in Islamic charms. The local imam was not a marabout. I was informed that the most powerful charms were said to be sheets of paper or parchment on which were written, in charcoal, verses from the Quran. I have seen a picture of a political and cultural leader in the area wearing what appears to be pages sewn into leather sleeves and tied onto his body by cords. The Sufi Islamic brotherhoods (not to be confused with the socialist organization of the Muslim Brotherhood that started in Egypt) are devoted to specific teachers, called sheikhs, whose pictures often were displayed on shop walls or hung on the fronts of buses or taxis. There was a Sufist shrine to one such sheikh in a neighbouring country, of which it was said the spiritual benefit of a pilgrimage to it was the equivalent of going to Mecca. One of the other experienced team members had once witnessed a devotee of the shrine levitate during a gathering of the shrine’s followers. Such Sufism practices exists across the expanse of Islam, one famous one being the dervishes. Nearly identical practices of using charms and visiting the shrines of teachers for spiritual benefit are to be found among the Pashtu in the mountains of northeast Pakistan and northern India around the Kashmiri region – the late author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus was raised in one such Sufist brotherhood from Pakistan.


  5. Please pray for an older friend of mine in Sunday morning Bible study — her name is Lois — and for her family. One of Lois’s step-daughters died on Friday last weekend, then that step-daughter’s twin, Linda, lost her husband three days later.

    Both of the deceased were believers, as is Linda, so there is the joy of knowing they’re home with the Lord, but imagine Linda’s pain at losing her husband and her closest sister in a three-day time span.

    Prayers very much appreciated. Thank you.

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  6. Roscuro, I wasn’t wondering whether people who wear charm bracelets think of them that way, but if they had such an origin. I can’t really wear bracelets–my wrists are too thin–but I know charm bracelets are back in style, and so are various pagan things, so it occured to me there might be some sliver of a connection.

    In art class in grade school the teacher once had us make totem poles, maybe out of paper-towel tubes. As I recall, I didn’t make one. Maybe I told Mom we needed a tube, and why, and she explained that the origin of such things is false worship, but I’m not completely sure. I do know that when I see totem poles as something cute, it bothers me. I once saw one that was supposed to be a Christian version, and it rather repulsed me. God couldn’t have been clearer about the use of images for worship, and we just can’t do that stuff willy-nilly and think it’s harmless or even good.

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