Christian – Muslim dialogue on 14th May

We have a dialogue with Muslims on Saturday. The topic is – Who is Jesus?
Please pray for clear minds in the audience to hear, understand and believe the truth about Jesus’ identity and His work. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work powerfully through the discussions.

Bible study with Mo

Just before the start of Ramadhan we agreed with Mo that we would start a Bible study together after the 30 days of fasting. Please pray with me that God will guide him so that he makes time for this. That God will speak clearly to both of us in a new way and that this will transform our hearts and lives.

Healing

A teenage Som* boy who has been living with our neighbour was admitted at Kijabe hospital and the family expected that his cancerous leg would be amputated. Happily, the doctors decided otherwise. The boy is currently back home and will return next week for chemo. The family has been very open to prayers. They are excited by the improvement of this young man’s health as he can now walk! He is getting better. Praise the Lord!
We are trusting the Lord for total healing. Pray with us.

Reconnect

Please pray with us for Is** who is a MBB but says he is now not religious and does not like his background people. We pray God will touch his heart and create time so that we can walk this journey together and disciple him. There is also another brother, (call him E**), also a MBB but who always appears to be busy each time we connect on the phone. He will either not answer the phone or answer to say he is busy. God, you alone, know what E** is going through. Please reconnect us so that we can walk together for the extension of your Kingdom.

No show in class …

We have various classes taking place as a way of connecting with these friends. For one reason or another, they have stopped attending! Surprisingly, they all do not turnup. Main reasons they give is that they are busy with other courses, … which is true.
Please pray with us that God will give us other ways to connect and network with these friends and that we will use every opportunity to share the love of Christ, either by words or by our lifestyle.

Quiet

Our classes in English and Computer have gone quiet. Students have been engaged in many other classes and have little time to attend our lessons.

Pray that God may release them to give priority to our classes. Please also pray with us for more students for new classes that we plan to have for French, Leadership, and Piano/Organ. A few students are interested.

Praise the Lord for joyful times we are having engaging with them in outings. Anything to get them out of their ‘lockdown’ in this congested suburb where they all live is always attractive to them.

Pray for God’s wisdom and direction on how to engage them when we are all together having fun.

A former Mus. coming to share

A MBB who was a very senior official in his former faith is coming to share with the locals.

Please pray with us for the training that he will give to the local Christians and the debates he will be engaging with the local people. Pray for ready hearts to receive the seed of the gospel and that God will prepare us to disciple the many new believers that will come to faith. We especially seek your prayers for safety for everyone during and after the meetings. We pray that plans for the visit will run smoothly and God will be glorified and we will be blessed with new believers.

Taxis

Pray every taxi ride we take provides us an opportunity for sharing good news. May He send drivers to us who are searching for Him.

Hope and Life

Pray for the healing & protection for our watchman who is ill. Ask for more times to share hope with him and that he would receive Hope and Life.

Security concerns

This week, at least 4 major foreign embassies issued alerts of possible terror attacks in Nairobi/Kenya. When this happens (and it has happened in the past), our students do not come to class. I suspect this could be due to expected heightened security checks, etc …
Most of them did not respond to our calls or messages.
Please pray that this whole issue may be resolved to bring confidence to our students so that they may return to class. May God who gives us peace that the world does not know, touch their hearts and show His Light to them. May His Light transform their hearts to see Him as the Saviour of the world.

God so loved

Ask that Truth sets my friend free. Although she thinks God loves her, she has doubts.
She believes that God is harsh and able to change his mind at any moment.
As such, he cannot be ‘trustworthy’, so how can she know she really is loved?
Pray for a revelation for her and many others in this land, of the God who so loved the world he sent his son.

Cancer?

Pray for a local sister as she is facing a possible cancer diagnosis: pray she will receive healing, grace, and strength; and through whatever plans God has for her, that her unbelieving family will see His glory and come to the Truth.

Transformational thinking

By request from some new Som.* students, we started a second English class, though they are not beginners. One of the books we are using is ‘Mental Independence – an innovators guide to transformational thinking’. Please pray with us, the students have found this book very helpful in assisting them to think outside the box. It helped us delve into matters of faith very easily as we accept each other’s independent views and opinions. This was new to them. Acceptance. We discussed about building bridges (not walls) between Muslims and Christians. Pray that God will help them see the Light of His Word as we share what the Scriptures say. One lady was also excited to know there is something like unconditional love and forgiveness.

Deep discussion

In class yesterday, one of the students mentioned about the death of a friend and I shared that two of my friends had died the previous week. This led to a lengthy discussion on death, where we believe the dead go, … we touched on paradise, eternal hell, purpose of life, money, God, … and the main discussion was actually about our purpose in this world. The Som** students agreed that our purpose is to worship God, obey Him, serve Him, and relate well with others.
Pray that we will continue with the discussion next week as I want to introduce them to Jesus and the reason He came. We all agreed that this is the most important topic. Also pray that God will touch their hearts to see the true Light of the world especially as we go into Christmas.

We have invited them and other friends for an outing on 23rd December. Please pray with us that God will guide our conversation to explain about Christmas.

Busy Students

We gave a short break to everyone (teachers and students) and when we contacted the students on our return, they said they were busy with their college studies and can only attend 2 days a week.

Please pray with us that God will release these students from their busy schedules. Also pray for our trip with them to climb a mountain in the Rift Valley on Saturday, that we will have opportunity to share what God will place in our hearts. Please also pray for God to open other opportunities to share during the extended holiday break.

Considering baptism

Praise God for our brother Abdi, his faith in Jesus Christ is growing, he is considering baptism before leaving Kenya. He will probably be leaving by the middle of next year! Pray that he can make this important decision before that time. Also, pray for his boldness for sharing his testimony with his family members.

Looking for that Book

Yesterday after class, my partner was discussing the story of the flood and other stories with Far**, a Som** student. Using a Som.** Bible that she had, she was able to get Far.** to read the story for himself.

Today, my colleague was not in and I saw Far** searching for something in our bags. When I asked him what he was looking for, he said that my colleague had promised to leave that Book behind for him to read. I promised him that I would bring it for him tomorrow and ensure my colleague is in.

Please pray with us that God will open the heart of Far** as he searches through this treasure, and that he will want to continue reading it.

Bible study

At our weekly Bible study with class 8 students, eight Som** girls chose to remain in class and learn with the other students.
We were studying ‘Jesus is Lord and Saviour’. We had two passages to read and when I requested a volunteer, one of the Som.** girls volunteered and this brought a lot of cheer and clapping from the other students. There was more cheer and clapping at the end of her reading 20 verses and we could see she was encouraged and happy.
Please pray with us that God would open the hearts of these Som.** students to recognize Him as Lord and Saviour and the only true living God.
Also pray that God will bring them back to the next Bible study.

Inquisitive

This week after class when the students left, I stayed behind to wrap-up. Within a few minutes, Is***, an old student, walked in as he saw the windows open and knew there was someone indoors. He said he was just passing by to say hello.
Then he surprised me when he asked about the number of chapters in the Bible, and then went on to discuss about some of the people found in our Book and their book. He then said that there is very little difference between our faiths (which is not true!) and that it is important to find the truth (which is true!).
I suggested that we should both get time to have a study of the Books. He agreed but mentioned that he is currently busy with college work. Pray we could study together.

Please pray that God will open doors for time and opportunity to study His Word with my friend and that his eyes and heart will respond to the truth of the gospel.

Building relationships

We thank God for 5 Som** students in our English class. Tomorrow we will visit an orphaned children’s home to donate various items. We are also in the process of drawing up a program of various activities that we plan to do together over the next few months. We thank God for the unity of this group and pray that as we bond and share in various activities (including fun outings), He will give us opportunities to share of His love for All people and that this will be another avenue of pointing us to His Word.

My book your book

My S friend is moving to Turkey and will be in Som** for two weeks to sort out his papers as it is easier from there.
We held a farewell party for him, and I gifted him with a book, “My Book, Your Book”. This is in return for a book that he had given me earlier comparing our two faiths. Unfortunately, his book has a one-sided view and was generally not correct.

We have shared our beliefs in the past and my prayer is that as we keep in touch, he will read My book and have an interest in asking good questions. Pray that God may open his heart to believe and understand the good news. He plans to come back for a short holiday in September next year when we will reconnect again.

Outcry

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Horn. One of the letters from Ministry of Religious Affairs to the court regarding the release of the prisoners was leaked on public media yesterday. Now there is public outcry at their release. There is now fear that names, videos and photos will also be leaked. Please pray for the safety of our friends and wisdom to know how to live out their faith in light of this. Thank you.

Treatments

Praise God for more and more patients coming for treatments. Ask the Lord to open many hearts to spiritual treatment and healing!

Released today!

The court case and verdict was today for our friends in prison in the Horn and they were released! Bless the Lord! Pray for the Lord’s blessing and provision and wisdom what to do next.

Pray for a breakthrough

Pray for fruitful outreach among our neighbors, colleagues, and patients. Ask the Lord to open doors and open hearts to the Gospel. Pray for a breakthrough! So many are blind and deaf to the good news and held captive by the Evil One.

5th Letter from prison

This is my testimony while I have been in jail for my faith in the Lord: Shalom, I greet you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. When we went to prison, the Lord did not forsake us, He stood with us as He promised in His Word. He was not far from us a second, and He humbled the hearts of those around us, He caused the inmates, prison guards, and those visiting us to like us. The Lord has made the prison like a home for me. Prison doors are closed at all times but for the last 3 months I have been living alone in a room where I am able to close or open the door of my room. The Lord has given me perseverance and patience. The Lord has given me wisdom to use with inmates, and they all call me Mother. The Lord has given me all his grace and mercy. He wipes away my tears with His hand, my heart is with Him and He is closer to me than the breath I breathe, He is my Father and I am his daughter. He has raised my head to the point where the director of the prison asked me about the situation of the female inmates because he said, “She tells the truth- Christians do not lie.” I am happy to be a prisoner in the name of Jesus Christ because He has promised me that I will inherit the kingdom of God. My husband and I know very well that our real home is the Kingdom of God in heaven, and surely we are just guests on this earth. I love God with all my heart. Finally, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I love you and I know that you always pray for us because we are one body with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will definitely come out when we have finished the work that the Lord has brought us here to do and we will all celebrate the joy of our freedom. We are waiting for the day when the Lord will answer us. “The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of its site, And will pursue His enemies into darkness.” (Nahum 1:7-8)

4th Letter from prison

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet you first in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and may the grace and the blessings of the Lord be with you all.

I want to share two areas of concern I have since being in prison: I have seen youths being arrested in the police station that I am detained in, and the reason they got arrested is drugs and alcohol. I have seen the hopelessness of those young people, they don’t have hope, and they don’t have people who take care of them. These problems are getting worse in the communities.

Pray for healing from drugs and alcoholism for the young people here. Pray they will find people who love them and take care of them, and pray many will find the hope and the peace and the love that only Jesus Christ can give. Pray for a breakthrough from this addiction of drugs in the community that are affecting mainly young people.

The other problem that I have seen is an increase of children with autism being brought to the police station. When a child with autism gets lost, they bring him to the police station, and I see this as a problem facing the community. Pray that these neglected and unloved children will find people who will take care of them, and who will love them.

Thank you so much my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

Diaspora in Portland

Please pray for one of our Somali sisters here in Portland. She was coming to a church gathering for a while and was engaging in spiritual conversations, but lately has been struggling with depression and has been pulling away from believers in the area. Please be praying for healing for her heart and that she would be drawn into the beauty of Jesus.

Diaspora in Missouri

Pray for “MH” who works at a meat packing plant in SW Missouri. Recently he has experienced stomach problems and is seeking medical consultations. He’s planning to move to another state so he can get a job driving commercial trucks but the stomach problem has prevented him from moving. Pray that MH will hear the Gospel from his Christian friend before he moves.

Diaspora in USA

There are several thousand Somalis living in Louisville, Kentucky. Many work at meat processing plants and own small businesses. Pray for divine meetings and crossing paths with local church members so they can experience God’s love in deed and in truth.

Still in prison

Please continue to pray for our friends in prison for their faith. They have still not had their final hearing. Pray the Lord would sustain and encourage them, and give courage to the judge to do what is right.

Prodigal son

Moh., who initiated and brought students together for our English class, has been seeking to understand some English phrases/words. He sends me messages on WhatsApp, and I reply. Recently he asked me the meaning of ‘prodigal son’. This was a great opportunity to add to my answer the way the father forgives his son when he returns and welcomes him home, … God also waits for humans to realise that they have done wrong and ask for forgiveness and welcomes them back when they do.

Pray that when we meet physically, he will want to know more. Pray that God will put into his heart similar questions where we will only be able to get the answers from the Bible.

Kidnapping

In the news for the last two weeks there are reports about S@mali girls and children being kidnapped, and abused or murdered if ransom is not paid. One of the girls was kidnapped in the capital, with serious injuries, but now thankfully she has been rescued by policemen. However, there are still some girls missing. Please pray for them.
This news makes our students and other S@malis living in the neighbourhood very frightened. May God protect them and pray the kidnapping gang will be arrested soon.

Time

Please pray for 3 MBB’s (M* background believers) that God may give them time so that we can share our lives and walk together. They are busy trying to balance their work and travels and time to connect with us. Pray that God may give them time for fellowship and friendship with our team.

New students!

Moh*, one of our very good friends and a man of peace, asked if we could start an English class for 6 students. This was an answer to prayer that God bring the students back to class!
We accepted and thanked God for this new class. Our first meeting to meet the excited students and introduce the class was last week. Four students (2 guys and 2 ladies) came. We agreed on a plan to have 3 classes per week starting this week. Please pray that God will lead us to connect to their hearts as we teach and share our lives with them.

Diaspora in Canada

Pray for “A” , a Somali man who lives in Toronto. He’s asking questions about Jesus and the meaning of the “last days”. Pray that the Gospel will become clear in conversations with him.
Also, pray for “Harry”, a believer from Somali background. “Harry” is traveling to Somalia to visit his family. They are eager to win him back to Islam. Pray for strength, courage, and endurance for him when he visits his family this summer.

Diaspora in the UK

Pray for the Somali women and children in Cardiff, England who attend sewing groups and homework clubs. Ask God to open their hearts to the love of Jesus they experience as they hear Bible stories and interact with church volunteers.

Outing

Our friends appear to be very busy with their various engagements in classes, work, etc. … They have not had time for our training and meetings. We are therefore planning an outing to visit a recreational park and have some fun with games, etc.

One of our Som.* friends is so excited about it that he has offered to mobilise a small team/group that will go on the outing.

Please pray that God will reconnect us, renew and refresh us as we share what He places on our hearts.

Pray for an exciting and joyful day and an opportunity to create similar outings in the future to share God’s love and good news.

Transformation

We had a lesson on Personal Growth with two of my S* friends (Ged** and Ahm**) and I mentioned transformation, unlearning (letting go) and relearning (change) and how one’s faith (relationship with God)  influences their relationship with others.

Pray that Jesus will enable them to be transformed and the roots of their faith uprooted from their hearts so that they may know the truths of the Good News of our Lord and Saviour.

My colleagues and I are ready to be used as vessels of this transformation in our friends lives and to disciple them.

Sharing food

Our immediate neighbours are Somalis. A very friendly family. As they celebrated Eid Fitr, they brought us some cakes and food! … I am not sure we had planned for lunch that day! … But then, love came through these very good neighbours.
We thank God for our relationship, and we pray that He will shine His light in their hearts so that they may see Jesus.
We reciprocated after a few days and we bought them some drinks and scones for the children. They were surprised and excited! Am glad this was well received as my wife is our bridge to the family. The mother of the Somali home is working in Somalia and she will be away for a couple of months. My wife keeps in touch with her and they also pray together on phone.
May God use all these connections to reveal Himself.