“I sought the Lord, and He heard me.”
Kids on Mission Pray
“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” Luke 18:16b
THIS TIME CALLED RAMADAN
Some of the children you meet in school come from other religions. This month, a few of your classmates may be celebrating the month of Ramadan. It’s called a pillar of the Muslim faith. All month long, strict Muslims will fast (not eat any food) during the day. Then they will get together with friends and family to feast each evening. Many Muslim families will also spend extra time reading or listening to the Koran. The Koran is the book of instruction they follow. It is always read in public places in the Arabic language. Most Muslims do not understand Arabic, so they might not understand what they are reading or hearing.
In Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, Muslims work hard all day to set up tables and chairs, prepare food, and get the music ready. About 10:30 at night, everyone gets together for a big party. Women come in elegant and colorful clothes. But no one knows Jesus.
In lots of places in Northern Africa and the Middle East, it is over 120 degrees during the daytime. Really strict Somali Muslims do not eat or drink anything all day long. Think about it. Women are cooking outside over hot stoves. Children are fasting for the first time. Please pray for them not to get sick from the heat and not drinking any water.
Pray for your Muslim classmates and Muslims all over the world. Pray that they will want to read the Bible and hear what God has to say about the love of Jesus. Ask God to help them find Bibles in their own languages and to help them understand the truth they read and hear from the Bible.
MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS
Pray that I will make more friends. SEALIE, age 8 (Pacific Rim)
A friend of mine, Anna, died in a bike accident and we were really good friends. I am still trying to get over it. Please pray for me. KELLY, age 11 (Pacific Rim)
I live in Nepal and my Dad is the L.C. That stands for Logistics Coordinator (a person who helps others find a house, organize travel, make plans for visitors, and more). Nepali language is mostly Hindi and has the same script (letters). “Daal Baat” is rice and lentils. We eat that some times. My prayer is that my dad will be even more helpful in his work (but he’s very helpful!) Thank you. Also, I want to have the Nepali people learn more about Jesus. TAMARA, age 11 (South Asia)
Please pray that my friends become Christians. Please help me to do better in math
CALEB, age 11 (Pacific Rim)
Please pray for my family. We have moved to another country…I am a person of few words JONATHAN, age 12, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)
Please pray for me to do well in school and make good friends. I like to tell people that Jesus loves them, it is fun to be a missionary kid. ELIJAH, age 6 (South America)
Please pray for the people of Madagascar. Even the ones who believe in Jesus have beliefs tied to their ancestors. It can be very hard for my family and quite frightening in October when the people parade the bones of their ancestors around town. None of my friends at school are Christians, and it is very difficult to be a light in the darkness. Thankfully, more and more missionaries seem to be coming to Madagascar. LYDIA, age 13, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)
Pray for my temper and the way I treat my sisters and parents. Pray for my friend that is lost (her name is Ishu). KRISTA, age 12 (South Asia)
Pray that I have a new friend, all my friends moved away. HANNAH, age 7 (Pacific Rim)
Please pray for people to be receptive and open to the gospel. Pray for us to be able to reach them. Pray, too, for people all over the world to listen to God when He calls them to the mission field. So many more need to be reached and there aren’t enough people telling them. ANN, age 17, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)
MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Please pray for missionaries Chris and Katie Nalls, who will begin studying Portuguese in September. Pray that God will bless them with many opportunities to converse with people. Since they were both journeymen in the country of Mozambique and are now returning as a married couple with a precious baby, they already know some Portuguese. Pray that they will recall all the Portuguese that they knew before, and ask for a good adjustment to Maputo, Mozambique. Pray for them as they juggle language study and family time. Finally, ask God to strengthen them and encourage them, giving them diligence and perseverance as they study.
As we thank God Hurricane Ike is going to have only a slight effect on our area, pray for those in the path of the storm. Pray for wise decisions as preparations are made. Pray for smooth traveling for those who evacuate. Pray for quick and adequate response of disaster relief agencies.
In fact, for this reason, I was born,
and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
He was deserted by his followers. He was attacked by his enemies. He was rejected by the religious leaders who were looking for him. He was following a course of action that was not his first choice. He was tired. He was embarrassed.
But, He didn’t retaliate. He didn’t curse or blaspheme the desire of His father. He listened to the rebukes and kept silent. He was calm, respectful, and gentle.
The storm came into Jesus’ life and the chaos revealed his true identity. He knew the moment for his life. His purpose on the earth was coming in bright light.
I’ve wondered at times about my purpose, my contribution, and my ‘after it’s over worth’ bottom line. Apart from the Master, there is only a fleeting feeling of worth and importance. Apart from bringing attention to the Master, my best efforts are only selfish and short-sighted. Apart from interacting with others about eternal matters, crisis will implode our goals and reveal our weaknesses.
‘To testify, to bear witness’ means to give credit to God for the good, to direct other’s attention to eternal matters, and to focus upon divine and spiritual truth. Testifying doesn’t always mean in public, on the platform, or ‘church talk’. ‘Testifying’ is relaying true information about experiences, not only crimes or misdemeanors, but spiritual realities. What you haven’t experienced, you cannot share with another. What we have experienced should not stop with us. Pass it along.
1) Have you / have I experienced a life-changing reality with God which is shaping each day of my life?
2) Am I sharing that experience with others which will shape theirs and my eternity?
3) Does my purpose or passion change or evolve with time, experience, and situation?
Happy Friday! Make today count!