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18 Days of Praying through the Arab World

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A Warning to the Itinerant Missionary

Missionaries are given the immense privilege of representing God’s heart to both the nations and the church. When we return from our fields of obedience, we are invited into pulpits—grand and humble—to speak on behalf of both the lost and the Lord. We are feted and lauded, which can lead to pride. We observe shallowness and performance, which can lead to a critical spirit. The more we travel and speak, the more we must beware our own hearts. I sat down this weekend and wrote out some warnings to myself: I do not deserve the pulpit; I have not “earned”…

The Idea of Sacrifice

It’s a holiday throughout the Muslim world. It’s Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are in Mecca, the most holy city in Islam. Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, they all wear white robes as a symbol of purity and equality. Pilgrims recite the Qur’an, pray, and perform rituals that symbolize cleansing. Yet we know only Jesus can cleanse us in a way that lasts forever. It’s Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice. Families are slaughtering animals to remember how God provided the sacrificial lamb for Abraham in…

You are Dangerous!

God’s story isn’t forced; if you have a relationship with Jesus, he is living out his story through you. – Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon in The Art of Neighboring   A new house was going up across the sand lot from ours. The family of 15 hadn’t moved in yet, but a flurry of activity brought aunts, uncles, and cousins to check their new home’s progress, the kids marking their territory and choosing which rooms they would share. Since it’s hot in the desert, I greeted them with water and a freshly-baked cake. They were thrilled to learn they…

Unless They Are Sent – Surrendered

At the Third World Missions Congress in Mexico, Dick Brogden and some of his international team leaders from Paraguay, Malawi, the Philippines, and Sudan share what it means to be surrendered to Jesus in frontier missions.

FROM A MISSIONARY KID: LIVING DEAD, FOR ME, MEANS…

by Hunter Glenn (not his real name). Hunter has spent 6 of his 13 years in the Arab world. ____ I think part of living dead is sacrificing the things that we can’t get in [our country]. Sacrificing myself to the Lord is another thing. I did not make the decision to come to [the Arab world] or anywhere else, but I am glad my parents made the decision to go. I have many more experiences than other kids or adults because of it. Lots of people, their entire lives, never leave their country! There are many advantages and disadvantages…

Day of Prayer for Syria

For hourly prayer points today, visit www.twitter.com/ldarabworld The Pope has called for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria today, and Syrian church leaders have welcomed and endorsed that call. The Pope condemned the use of chemical weapons and all other forms of violence, and appealed for a negotiated settlement rather than military intervention. The Syrian crisis is increasingly complex. The August 21 chemical weapons attack was a particularly heinous example of the many atrocities committed by many different groups. Widespread violence between Government and various opposition groups continues, between Kurdish groups and opposition groups, and clashes between different opposition groups. These…

An Open Letter to the Concerned Father of a Cairo Missionary

Dear Sir, Thanks for writing. I am thankful you are prayerfully and lovingly looking out for your daughter and son-in-law, and by extension all of us. There are certainly momentous changes going on in Egypt right now. We are watching very carefully. One eye takes in the physical dangers, risks, and developments, while the other eye watches what is harder to see: the spiritual ramifications and possibilities. Ironically, civil and sectarian strife—more than times of peace and prosperity—often coincide with openness to the Gospel. The bulging churches after 9/11 are an example of that. I want to give you a…

FROM A MISSIONARY KID: LIVING DEAD, FOR ME, MEANS…

by Hannah Largent (not her real name). Hannah is 12 years old. She and her family have lived in two Arab countries for a total of 6 years. ___ As a third culture kid, I find opportunities to live dead, to live for God, that I would not have if I lived in America. I can sacrifice for God just by being away from my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. By where I live I can live truly for God by doing what he asks me to do with my Muslim neighbors, just like everyone can share with everyone who is around…

Freedom

Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without a barbecue in the park. So when my host country celebrates theirs, I pack up my family, friends, and a picnic. Since local women spend a majority of their lives indoors, this is one of few opportunities to meet them in the park. We plant our picnic paraphernalia under a shady grove. Grabbing food to share and a couple friends, I breathe a silent prayer before greeting a nearby family. They invite us to sit. We make small talk while grandma serves tea. She seems disinterested in conversation, but the young mother opens up….