Day 27: Yida Refugee Camp

Day 27: Yida Refugee Camp
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/173106160

Written Transcript:

The Bible is full of stories of people who were driven from their homelands, and there are many refugees who are longing for safety and shelter nowadays. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have found safety in a refugee camp in Yida, South Sudan, the youngest state in the world.

There are 70 ethnic groups in the Yida camp, and some people groups have fled from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan such as the Dagig, Ashron, Lira, Moro, Shad and Tabanya. This is due to repeated bombings by the Sudanese military in an ongoing civil war conflict, and people have lost their homes, family members, and livelihoods. Now they are living in refugee camps where they receive only the most essential supplies through various aid organizations.

Among the refugees, there are a few who follow Jesus. They have formed small fellowships within the camp and aim to reach out with the gospel to their Muslim countrymen. The local church leaders have set an ambitious goal to engage all of the more than 70 ethnic groups in the Yida camp. One major obstacle is the majority of people in the camp speak languages that are not written and only a few are literate. Therefore they do not have translations of the Bible.

Jesus taught people with stories and parables. Following his example, motivated believers are trained to tell biblical content in exciting ways and to answer questions from their Muslim compatriots. Through this, it is evident God is at work! Muslims are hearing about Jesus for the first time and becoming his followers. The believers in refugee camps are using this unique opportunity to make the gospel known to these Muslim refugees. When they go back home, they will be able to take the good news to those who stayed at home.

– Pray for these new believers to grow in unity, encourage one another in fellowship and love, and be a light in the Yida camp.

– Pray for safety in the camps and for good stewardship of aid resources so that the needs of the refugees are met.

– Pray for peace in the region so that these refugees can return to their homes in the Nuba Mountains and the believers among them will take the gospel there.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org

Day 26: Syrian Refugees

Day 26: Syrian Refugees
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/172131354

Written Transcript:

Until recently, Syria was a stable country. The agricultural and petroleum economies provided a sufficient income for most of the population. Children were able to go to school and people obtain higher education. Under the authoritarian regime of Assad, ruthless actions were taken against political enemies, but religious and ethnic minorities enjoyed a peaceful coexistence with the Sunni Muslim majority.

Ever since the Arab Spring, a civil war has sprung up in 2011 that has only grown worse year after year. More than half of its population has had to leave their homes and embark on a journey into the unknown. Many fled the country to relatives and friends. More than 4 million are now living in neighboring countries where they are increasingly perceived as a heavy burden. Many manage to survive on handouts and children often have no access to education. No one knows what the future will hold for them.

This uncertain journey out of Syria has also made it possible for Muslims to escape a tightly controlled social environment, enabling them to show interest in the Christian faith more openly. The atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State extremists challenge the values of Islamic faith. Many Muslims are open now to invitations to churches who offer them practical love through distribution of food packages, blankets, heating material and counseling. God continues to work in midst of the Syrian refugees. In some areas, churches are full of new believers, in others there is openness and many opportunities to talk about faith.

– Pray for the end of the conflict in Syria.

– Pray for the millions of refugees and their physical and psychological needs.

– Pray that the church will respond wholeheartedly to help and support refugees with both immediate and ongoing needs as they integrate into their new homelands.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org 

Day 25: The Rohingya

Day 25: The Rohingya
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/172131359

Written Transcript:

The homeland of the Rohingya people lies on the border between the South Asian and the Indo-Malaysian regions. It is located between huge ethnic, linguistic, religious and political blocks, and there are some specific challenges facing this people group.

The Muslim Rohingyas have been living in the northern part of the Arakan Mountains on the cost of the Bengal Gulf for centuries. Much of that time they lived peacefully with their mostly Buddhist neighbor peoples. When Burma (known as Myanmar today) gained independence in 1948, the Rohingyas faced an overwhelming majority population of Buddhists. In the beginning, they were recognized as a minority with equal rights. But in 1982, the military dictatorship issued a law that didn’t accept the Rohingya people as citizens any more. That left their two million people as one of the largest ethnic groups in the world without recognized citizenship.

In 2012, a violent turmoil broke out between Buddhists and Rohingyas. Hundreds of people were killed and many Rohingya villages destroyed. Since then, 100,000 Rohingyas have been kept in refugee camps or ghettos – often only a few miles from their original place of residence. Hundreds of thousands have fled into neighboring countries and beyond, and sadly, they often fall victim to human trafficking or end up in criminal activity.

The Rohingyas are on a journey into an uncertain future – uprooted and without a homeland, without advocates, and without hope. But God “does not forget the cry of the afflicted” (Psalm 9:13 ESV). In some places, Rohingyas have found hope and joy through faith in Jesus Christ. But most of these precious people still have no opportunity to hear the gospel.

– Pray for justice in the resolution of this conflict between Buddhists and the Rohingyas.

– Pray that the Rohingyas can live in peace in their homeland and the areas they flee to.

– Pray for global efforts that are trying to give the Rohingyas the opportunity to thrive, live in dignity and offer their children a better future.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org

Day 24: US Migrants

Day 24: US Migrants
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/172131358

Written Transcript:

A World Bank study indicated that more than 250 million people today are immigrants. The number one designation for these immigrants is the United States. Among these millions are some of the world’s least-reached peoples – Kurds, Yemenis, Pushtuns, Somalis – who for centuries have been isolated from the gospel. For the first time in history, they reside in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as Toronto, London, Amsterdam, Vancouver and other gateway cities.

God is doing a new thing! He has brought the ends of the earth to the doorstep of one of the world’s most Christian nations. How will America respond? Will you go to the gateway cities and seek out to disciple those who have migrated into our country?

Find out more about missionaries who work to disciple the ends of the earth in other gateway cities at Global Gates (www.globalgates.info).

– Pray that the millions of unreached immigrants leaving their homelands in search of a new life may find new life in Christ there.

– Pray that American Christians will respond with Christ’s love to the unreached millions that God is bringing to their shores.

– Pray for churches and ministries such as Global Gates that are crossing cultural barriers to engage these unreached people groups that God has brought to our cities.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org

Day 23: Luton

Day 23: Luton
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Link: http://vimeo.com/172131360

Written Transcript:

Located forty miles north of London, England, Luton is a multicultural island in a sea of affluent white towns with over 25 percent of its 215,000 residents being Muslims. Since the 1990’s, it has been unfairly known as a hotbed of Muslim extremism, but more recently also of anti-Muslim “far right wing” extremism.

In March 2009, a protest by a very small group of Muslim extremists at a British Army parade provoked a near riot by local townspeople. In the following weeks tensions ran high, with threats and demonstrations, and the firebombing of a mosque, resulting in the formation of the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL), which soon spread nationally.

Many have been calling for peace and reconciliation between Muslims and the British population in light of rising anti-Muslim sentiments. A local church community worker named Peter Adams have stood with the imam of the firebombed mosque and also senior Christian and Muslim community leaders at a press conference, and together released a statement in May 2009 condemning the act of Islamic extremism and also a growing division between Muslims and the world due to hatred and widespread fear of extremism.

This unified sentiment has held and even grown. While the EDL has been a force for division, the friendship between faith and community leaders is growing and has allowed difficult issues to be addressed. “Christ’s influence among Muslims would be lost if,” Peter expressed, “Christians are known for hatred and fear.”

– 1 John 4:18 says: “Perfect love drives out fear.” Repent of fear and ask God to fill you and your community with love for Muslims who needs to know Jesus.

– Pray for opportunities to challenge the negative stereotypes of Muslims.

– Pray for opportunities to show love to Muslims you encounter as neighbors and fellow citizens.

Source: www.30daysprayer.org