Dear heavenly Father, I praise and thank you in the name of Jesus Christ.
I praise you because you have created heaven and the earth, and you have created humankind in your own image. I thank you for your great plan for humankind. You have send Jesus Christ who has forgiven all the sins from the cross. I know that Jesus Christ has forgiven all sins and iniquities of humankind.
I thank you for all the good works that you have done for humankind and open the way to God. I thank you that Jesus Christ took all the sins, died on the cross, and rose from the death.
Ramadan 2020 began last night. As they pray, we want to pray for them. Periodically over the next month, we will highlight a Muslim people group (or Muslims in a specific country/region) and we ask that you join with us in prayer for them. To begin, we are highlighting a people group close to our hearts, the Hui in China.
The following is a translated prayer focused on the Hui (回族) of China. The person praying in the audio is a Hui Jesus follower. The Hui people is a Muslim people group originating in China comprising of approximately 15 million people. Last checked, there were just a few thousand Jesus followers and maybe a few known Hui based house churches. Other than that, they are predominantly Muslim.
Please join with us in prayer for the Hui people of China.
Today on my coaching call, I was with my dear brother from Africa, we discussed starting little churches. We discussed how simple little home-based churches are important in places where the authorities are hostile.
As we discussed, he tells me of the Bible Study he began with a local family. The apartment he is in right now, while we are on this call, belongs to this family. The dad used to work in the police department (he's retired now) and the apartment community was specifically designated for local police officials and their families.
In this Bible study, the father came to faith while this man’s wife and daughter were already believers. The group grew and ultimately included two high level local police officers within the department.
It was first in January that we heard of the corona-virus on TV and everyone thought that it would be just like EBOLA or SARS and life went on as usual.
I run shop in Delhi, India, one of the metropolitan cities with a population around 30 million crammed into an area around 14 hundred square kilometers with a population density around 30,000 people per square mile. The primary reason for this high population density is that people from all over the country visit Delhi in search of work, mostly migrant workers.
On the 21st of March, the Prime Minister called for a voluntary lock down for one day on the 22nd. On the evening of the 22nd, he announced that the lock down would be extended till the 14th of April. This announcement caught people off-guard and unprepared.
Maybe your schedule has gotten weird with the stay at home order. I’m up at 3 in the morning studying Matthew 24-25. I believe it is a good time to revisit these chapters and get a grip on what Jesus is saying here.
One of the flagship verses planted deep in my heart is Matthew 24:14. Before the end that Jesus is teaching about in Matthew 24 comes, the gospel will go to every ethnic group. It will NOT magically go to them. Followers of Jesus, the elect, will bring it to them. Jesus says this after He says the world will bring great tribulation upon his followers, even killing his followers, and that they will be hated by all nations.
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