Prayer Requests 6-4-19

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Psalm 119:9-16

ב Beth

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

7 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 6-4-19

  1. The traditional homeland of the world’s 50 million Pashtuns is an area the size of Texas that stretches from southeast Afghanistan to the northwest corner of Pakistan. There’s a lot to love about the Pashtuns, from their rugged good looks, to their fierce clan loyalty and delightful poetic sentimentality. This is the tribe that consider themselves the lost tribe of Israel, are photogenic enough to star in Bollywood films, tough enough to defy British, Russian and American invaders and sensitive enough to weep at poetry recitals.

    When you meet individual Pashtuns face to face, it quickly becomes clear that the popular perception of them as fanatical warriors is not accurate. A small part of their community has become radicalised, but the vast majority of Pashtuns are devout, hospitable, brave and modest. They are much more likely to offer you a cup of tea than cut off your head.

    A key barrier to the Gospel is fear. Although thousands of Pashtuns have privately rejected Islam, fear makes them reluctant to step forward. In the same way, hundreds have secretly come to faith in Jesus, but very few are willing to declare their faith openly, or trust others like them. Until they do, the coercive power of fear will continue to stifle the spread of the Gospel.

    Please pray…
    Response to the Gospel has been muted by the fact that the vast majority of Pashtuns throughout history have never heard the Good News. Pray for unprecedented fruit from the recent release of Pashto Bible apps, MW radio broadcasts and the massive flood of Pashtun migrants into places where they can hear the Gospel for the first time.

    Response to the Gospel has been muted because the message has been plagued by misinformation. Pashtuns think Christians worship three gods, hate Muslims, drink alcohol and eat pork. Pray for those crafting audio and video messages in Pashto to clearly present truth in a way that resonates with their audience.

    Response to the Gospel has also been muted by the lack of a Pashtun Church. Pray for the small groups of believers in tribal homelands and around the world to stand together… and to stand up despite fierce opposition. 

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  2. Today is the final day of Ramadan, and Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of Breaking the Fast, will take place in the evening. Such celebrations as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice which occurs three months later, are an opportunity for Christians to show friendship to their Muslim neighbours, and many Christians, around the world, will do so this evening. Pray that the Spirit of God will give them the words to speak, that the Gospel will be shared clearly, and that the spiritual longings of Muslims to please God would be satisfied by the Mediator whom God has already provided between humanity and Himself.

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  3. The Pashtuns have long been near to my heart and I have met a few Pashtu refugees over the years. The misinformation the Pashtu have about Christians is not limited to only them as the Muslims of West Africa had similar misperceptions, partly was based on fact. Besides the team and a handful of secret believers, the only family in the village who bore the designation Christian was a Catholic family who had grown wealthy by selling alcohol. Drunks passed out near or on the property of the Christian family of the village did nothing to improve the image of Christianity – I remember our ambulance driver coming and asking us to do something about it after he nearly drove over a drunk unconscious on the road one night. Our own encounters with the man of the family were distinctly unpleasant, as he was a bully. The Pashtu of Central Asia’s distorted image of Christianity is once again, based partly on fact. Although the different tribes of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India have different languages and different religions, they still have many things in common, and one is loving to watch Bollywood (or imitations thereof – the Pakistani film industry puts out fair imitations of Bollywood) films. The depictions of Christianity in the Bollywood films are surprisingly frequent, as India has a long established Christian population in the St. Thomas Christians, historically centred around Goa. But Goa is also the Las Vegas of India, where fleshly pleasures and indulgences, including alcohol, abound. Furthermore, Christians are frequently depicted praying in front of images of either the Virgin and Child or the Crucified Christ, as Portuguese missionaries who came to India basically forced much of the St. Thomas Church into following Catholic practices – the filmed images of Indians praying to distinctly European-looking images is a bit jarring – so that Pashtus watching those films (most Pashtu know Urdu, which is closely related to Hindi, and thus can understand the films) would perceive Christians as worshipping multiple gods.

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  4. Off to teach the last Bible study of the season in half an hour.

    Donna Pyle’s The God of All Comfort has been our resource this spring. The final chapter is about how to find God’s comfort when you try to control a situation where an addict is in your life.

    I’ve been a wreck working through this because it so much reflects my home of origin with a highly charismatic and successful father with alcohol addiction issues.

    I did the study two weeks ago in preparation and have dreaded leading it ever since. I finally reviewed it just now and I’m feeling weak and an emotional wreck already.

    Last June, I spent three days with one of my co-godparents (we’re godparents to each other’s children). She is the governor-appointed head of the addiction task force in the state of Virginia and she lectured me on addictions for three straight days.

    She’s also the person who first confronted me about dealing with my father’s issues 33 years ago.

    Which I did.

    ML is very wise and knowledgeable. What she had to say agreed with some of Donna, but went further into the medical end–the why of addiction and how to treat it. Of course. it did.

    Anyway, I’m off to lead the study and I’m feeling really weepy.

    I’ve dealt with these issues in my life–I struggle with control, which is often the outcome of people who live with addicted relatives, and is really the focus of this study. Releasing control and putting your hope in Jesus and His grace.

    Amen.

    Please pray for me over the next 90 minutes! Thanks.

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  5. Sounds like a study I need to do with twenty two year old. She has always fought for control of everything. One of our favorite stories was the time I took her on a different route than she was used to, past our old house. She was in near panic that we were lost and never getting home again. She lives that way. Her parents are addicts.

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  6. My mother was the daughter of two alcoholics. She was also very controlling. Considering we cannot truly control anything, she had a lot of stress and anxiety in her life. 😦

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