Prayer Requests 5-8-19

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajissun and the folks in The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
   He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

One thought on “Prayer Requests 5-8-19

  1. The 30 day of prayer for Muslims focus today is Mali. Mali is named after the Malian Empire that thrived in West Africa from c. 1235-1400, renowned for its wealth and its centre of Islamic learning, Sankore university in Timbuktu, which was home to some 25,000 scholars. Timbuktu’s influence waned after its scholars were scattered by Moroccan invaders. Mali was colonized by the French in the late 1800s and became an independent republic in 1960. In 2012, just before I went to West Africa, northern Mali was invaded by a combination of nomadic Tuareg rebels (using arms given to them by the late General Qaddafi, who hired Tuaregs as mercenaries) and a new Islamic extremist group. The extremists quickly took over from the Tuaregs, and proceeded to enact a far more strict version of Sharia law than had existed in the primarily Islamic country and, in a pattern that was to become familiar with ISIS, to destroy some of the important historical monuments, particularly in ancient Timbuktu. They were eventually driven out by French forces, but they turned out to be a precursor to subsequent events in Iraq and Syria.
    In the village where I was, just two small countries over from southern Mali, I met some members from one of the Malian tribes, including a woodcarver who made a small mahogany elephant that I still have. The villagers often fearfully reported rumours to the team that the extremist group was coming west to their country – they had no desire for such a regime, one that would make their scholars and musicians flee as had happened in Mali. I also encountered Tuaregs, who are the nomads of the Sahara, including a sweet young couple who had just had their first child and brought him to the clinic. Pray that the light of the Gospel will penetrate into the heart of Mali, and that the country’s diverse tribes in the north and south will be drawn to together to that light.
    This is one of the musical groups that fled the extremists in Mali, the Tuareg band Tinariwen:

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