Week Four of Eight–Prayer and Action
This next Monday, August 1 officially starts the Islamic fast of Ramadan in Algeria. (Sunday Evening July 31st in North America) It will last until August 30th. Ramadan is required for all Muslims to fast during daylight hours by refraining from all liquids, food and sexual intimacy. When the sun goes down all these activities resume until the next morning sunrise. Culturally, this is a high point in Algeria for family interaction. For many families, this is the only time they eat together for dinner after sunset. Most Algerians sleep and limit activity during the day. People get all excited and lively in the evenings, tea and coffee shops are invaded, women and children are found strolling around eating ice-cream and all kinds of Ramadan sweets.
Religiously, this is a very zealous time. Muslims hope the religious duties of Ramadan will work off their sins. Muslims read through the Qur’an (The Qur’an is divided into 30 sections for daily Ramadan readings.) Day 27 is called the night of prayer. On this night, Muslims believe that Allah is most close and will hear their prayers and see their pious actions more than any other night. Eid celebrates the end of Ramadan with a big feast. Unfortunately, the religious piety stirred during Ramadan has historically inspired much persecution against Christians in Islamic countries. In 2010 two ex-Muslims Hocine Hocini and Salem Fellak were arrested during the month of Ramadan, after they were seen eating lunch on the building site where they worked in Kabylie, northern Algeria. The prosecution pursued a sentence of 3 years in prison. Human rights groups responded with an outcry of injustice. The Algerian judge stated that they had not broken the law and threw out the case. This incident was a good example of how our prayers and actions make a difference in the freedom of others.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to pray and fast for Muslims to find salvation in Jesus Christ and specifically for ex-Muslims in Algeria who suffer the persecution for their Christian faith like Pastor Krimo (see www.SpiritofMartyrdom.com/som-global-update for more info.) http://www.30-days.net/resources/download/ gives resources that you can download for daily prayers for the Muslim world.
Please click here: https://www.spiritofmartyrdom.com/som-global-update to use our BLOG and share more of your thoughts and ideas. Tell us how you are praying and serving in this Algerian Campaign.
Pray for Algerian Christians to be a light of hope during Ramadan.
Pray for all Algerians that this Ramadan the Holy Spirit will reveal to them true freedom by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for Imams and the spiritual leaders of Algeria that God open their eyes and that the Holy Spirit give clear thinking and a hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Pray for Spirit of Martyrdom ministries that we serve the living martyrs of Christ in Algeria with spiritual encouragement and love.
Matthew 5:44-47 – But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
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Forward this e-mail to your church or Bible study prayer network and ask them to pray for the freedom of ex-Muslim Christians in Algeria and the reversal of the sentence of five years in prison for Pastor Krimo.
Join us for 15 minutes on the phone for prayer. Dial (916)233-2999 then enter access code – 242511# from 8:45am-9:00am Pacific Standard time Monday thru Thursday.
Join a Skype prayer group. Spirit of Martyrdom volunteer Ann B. has volunteered to coordinate this group. Prayer will be from 8pm-9pm PST Monday- Friday if interested please IM her at her Skype address: mrsbofaz
E-mail your local Imam in the nearest mosque to your city. To find the closest mosque use http://www.islamicity.com/orgs/ then copy the name of the Mosque and location and paste into a Google search. Then click on the home web page of the mosque. You should then find a contact location for an e-mail address.
Feel free to copy and paste this letter:
I know this is a holy time for you during Ramadan and I hope that you are blessed.
The Lord Jesus Christ has given me a love for Muslims and I am praying specifically for Algerians this month. I praise God for the freedoms we have in America for Muslims of all sects and people of different faiths to practice their religion. This is why I am contacting you. I am concerned about the religious freedom of Algerians. According the Algerian Constitution, people have fundamental rights and freedoms.However, Ordinance 06-03 was passed in 2006 and continues to be used to discriminate against the growing Christian minority in Algeria. This law can also be used against the minority Algerian Muslim sects. Pastor Siaghi Krimo on May 28th was sentence to 5 years in prison and $2,760,USD for simply giving a Christian CD away to his Muslim neighbor.
Can you imagine a Muslim giving an educational CD in America to a Christian neighbor and then sentenced to five years in prison? During Ramadan would you please use your leadership and ask Muslims to pray and do everything possible to influence the Algerian government to abolish the laws of Ordinance 06-03 and that the fine and prison sentence against Pastor Siaghi Krimo will be dropped.