It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Our family was all dressed and ready for church. We got in our car, ready to drive to our morning place of worship, when behold, our car wouldn’t start. At the very same time that my husband was trying to figure out why our car wouldn’t start, I was receiving a WhatsApp message from my Muslim friend, Sarah*, asking how I was doing. This friend of mine lives in a different country than I, but we used to live in the same location. I RARELY receive messages from her unless I have initiated first. This is particular morning I find this unusual. It’s also unusual that our brand-new Toyota Fortuner car is not starting.
We have learned to see God is all of our circumstances. “All things work together for good to those who love God” says Romans 8:28. So I immediately start wondering what this means for our morning – this message from my friend, and our car not allowing us to go to church. Our university son who just happens to be with us mentions watching a sermon on TV. We turn it on and the pastor ‘just happens’ to be preaching on Mark 5 – the story of the lady who has had bleeding for 12 years, and how she reached out her hand to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe. THIS IS THE STORY I HAVE SHARED WITH SARAH ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. Sarah has had bleeding, infertility, and many miscarriages the last few years, and she longs to get pregnant. I have encouraged her to “reach out to Jesus” just as the lady in this story. I have even given her a Bible in her own language, Urdu, and she has been reading the Bible.
Is this coincidence that we are kept from church, that I have received a message from Sarah at the exact time, and that this pastor is preaching the exact story which Sarah knows well? Could it be that God is showing me right now to pray for her, to share the story to her again, and to spend my morning reaching out to her instead of going to church? I believe my purpose on this Sunday morning is doing just that: connecting with Sarah.
I then share this happening with Sarah, and I remind her of Jesus’ love for her. Will you pray for Sarah right now? She is searching for truth. Jesus is her truth. Pray that she would reach out for His hem, and receive the truth into her heart. Also pray that Jesus would do a miracle for her – and allow her to conceive a child. Jesus wants her to be His child, and He can also give her her own child. This is my prayer.
Frank: The Taxi Driver/Disciple-Maker
Frank* makes a living for his family driving a taxi. He starts early and finishes late but shares Jesus with his clients on a daily basis. He and his family have led neighbors to Christ, planted a church in their home and are planting a second church in his sister-in-laws neighborhood. They also care for a 3 year-old whom they rescued from the street (literally).
One astounding fact is that a car here costs the same or more than the equivalent car in the west, yet a taxi fare is a fraction of the cost that it would be there. The math does not add up. When you visit, you notice immediately the great number of taxis and buses and that adds a lot of competition to Frank’s* already demanding and underpaid career.
Please pray for Frank* as he works out how to create a unique point of difference in his service, that makes him different to the competition. On a spiritual front, pray for Frank* to find a healthy balance between work, family and ministry. Pray that Frank* would continue to be a faithful and bold disciple of Jesus and use his work as his platform to share Christ!
Thanks so much for praying for the Urban Conference in Harare. Urban Specialist, Kurt Holiday, showed us how to learn more about our city, the people in our city, and how we can be pro-active in bringing God’s “shalom” to our cities.
The discussion groups were lively as people began to generate practical ideas their churches could use to engage in Kingdom activities in Harare.
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What a joy it is to work beside men of God who take the Great Commission seriously. Pray that as these men train believers to share the gospel and disciple new Christians, that the new Christians would also be obedient to share what they have learned with other. God is at work in a mighty way in Zimbabwe. But we do not have enough laborers. “Jesus said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” (Luke 10:2) Pray with us that out of the current harvest that God will raise up obedient and faithful laborers for the harvest yet to come!
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
In writing a prayer request for Namibia I find it almost impossible to convey to you how much we love the people here and how we long for Namibians to know Jesus. Therefore, I am posting this photo of a group of young adults who meet regularly in our home to learn how to share Jesus more effectively with their families and friends, in hopes that when you see their beautiful faces, God will place them on your heart and mind to pray for them often. They are learning the T4T method of sharing Jesus and multiplying His Kingdom throughout Namibia. These young adults are discovering that there are people who are just waiting to be told about the hope found only in Jesus. Each week they return to our home eager to tell their stories of who they met with during the week and what God’s results were. They remind me of Jesus’ disciples after they had been sent out and all their excitement as they retold their experiences when they had regrouped with Jesus. Oh, please wont you join us in praying for these precious young adults to be protected from Satan’s plans to kill their enthusiasm and joy, from his plans to steal the seeds that God is planting through their efforts, and from his plans to destroy their witness in any way that he can?!
Suama baptizing one of the girls she has led to Jesus
Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” These words from Jesus speak volumes to us as his followers. Our lives are to exemplify Christ so that when others see us they are drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ. I (Kyle) often ask myself; do others see Jesus in my life, am I a light to my neighbors and to those I meet at the post office, coffee shop, or grocery store. Just recently, I met an older Afrikaans lady who was my waitress at a local coffee shop. After I finished my cup of coffee, I handed her a card with Matthew 5:16 written on it. She took the card and read it, but didn’t say anything. I came back to the coffee shop the following week and she ran over to me and thanked me for sharing that Bible verse with her. She told me that she rarely reads the Bible, but she could not stop thinking about Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:16. She told me that she put the card on her refrigerator door to remind her to be an effective witness. Are you an effective witness? Are you shining for Jesus? I hope that you will have the freedom to share the word of God to those the Lord brings across your pathway.