Prayer Requests 5-20-19

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Psalm 1071-9

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
    those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
    from east and west, from north and south.

Some wandered in desert wastelands,
    finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
    and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
    to a city where they could settle.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things.

6 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 5-20-19

  1. The Fulani are a semi-nomadic people numbering approximately 40 million across 19 nations in the Sahel and West African region. They have been influential in local politics, economics, and antiquities throughout western Africa since migrating from North Africa and the Middle East over a thousand years ago.

    The Fulani mix farming with shepherding, although some have moved away from this to become scholarly, influential leaders in their communities. Virtually all Fulani are Muslims; as a whole, the Fulani are responsible for introducing and spreading Islam throughout much of western Africa. The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is an ethnic Fulani.

    Please pray…
    Their nomadic lifestyle means the Fulani travel and move with their religion and faith. Please pray that they will receive the truth so that the Gospel travels with them.
    Pray for strong partnerships to form between Christian ministries in the region, so they can learn from each other, expand and grow together.
    Pray for the entire Bible to be translated into their language.

    In general, other communities struggle to accept the Fulani, and tensions run high. Fulani militants severely persecute Christians in some regions. Pray for local believers to gain a heart of compassion for this least-reached tribe.

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  2. The focus of prayer today is for the Muslims of Chicago -
    “DuPage County in the western suburbs has one of the highest Muslim populations in the country, with a population that is about 6% Muslim, representing 60,000 people. Many nationalities are scattered in the region, although some groups cluster in neighborhoods. South Asians are found on the north side of Chicago, in the “Little India” neighborhood; various Arab nationalities live on the south side. Syrians, Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, and a variety of Africans, many of whom are refugees, live throughout the city and suburbs and own shops and restaurants. Large ornate mosques and small store-front mosques are in almost every community.”
    “- Pray that Christians in the Chicago region will reflect Christ to Muslims in this area. See Acts 17:26-27.
    – Pray for Muslim background believers and Muslim seekers as they meet in ethnic fellowship groups and Bible studies, that they would grow in their faith and commitment to Christ.
    – Pray for Muslim immigrants as they adjust to American life, education, language, and friendships.”

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  3. The Fula made a large minority population in the village where I was in West Africa, and quite a few of those employed by the team in the clinic and in other areas were Fula. Historically, the kingdom of the Fula existed within the Wolof Empire in the area, and the Fula were the first to convert to Islam, although both groups are now almost entirely Muslim. Some Fula were more settled, including those who worked for us, but many were still the herdsmen of the culture, often caring for the herds of the Wolof and living in grass hut villages, with walls and fences made from woven grass. Some suspicion did exist between the majority Wolof and the Fula, but there was not outright hostility. The Wolof feared the Fula, who were rumoured to be able to put curses on their enemies (Europeans thought the same of the Gypsies) and to poison their enemies (a rumour that had some basis in fact).

    Many of the patients we treated were Fula. I remember one such patient’s family who brought a gift of curdled cow’s milk – it is considered a delicacy – to the team member who had cared for their daughter, as they receive payment in milk for tending the herds. I often saw Fula herdsmen with their cattle when crossing on the ferry, some using trucks to transport the herd, with their hammocks slung across the open top of the truck bed, just clear of the long horns of the cattle, while others drove their loose herds onto the boat. I remember one herd that got on behind our car – the herdsman had the traditional long, robe-like shirt, his head wrapped in a turban, and staff in hand, looking like a Bible illustration. Then I heard a cell phone ringing, and the herdsman hitched up the hem of his shirt and pulled his cell phone out of his pocket to answer it. The Fula tended (there were many exceptions in both groups) to be of a slenderer build than the burlier Wolof, with a lighter complexion and straighter hair, but just as tall (if not malnourished in childhood, Wolof and Fula both were above average height). I always thought the Fula had a shattering dignity. The elderly Fula men would sweep into the clinic with their long robes, taqiyahs on their heads, long beards, staff in hand, prayer beads looped around their wrist, quietly uttering the conventional greetings of peace with the confident air of princes. Fula women walked and moved with quiet grace, more reserved than the talkative Wolof women. The Wolof culture equates being talkative with intelligence – the Wolof word for a quiet person also means stupid person (like the double meaning of the English word ‘dumb’) – so the greater reserve of the Fula is one factor in the suspicion that exists between the two groups.

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  4. She is doing well. They will have a bonding coach coming to the house to help her out.

    They figured out the medical neglect thing. Somebody tried to access the baby’s records but tried under the wrong name so said the baby was not getting any treatment. The somebody is going to be in significant trouble for a HIPPA infraction and the emotional trauma put on mom and dad.

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