Today we pray for Attendees: Ani, Britta, Sarah
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. (Mark 6:31)
Women around the world are busy doing and responding to needs. As workers, friends, wives, mothers, sisters and daughters, and neighbors, we strive to meet the demands of our world. Our roles stretch us beyond our capacity and comfort zones. The retreat attendees find this to be even more real while living cross-culturally and doing life in another language.
May the retreat be a time of deep rest and renewal for the global women who may be coming tired and in need of rest. For those who feel burned out or on the edge of their capacity, please let the retreat be an oasis of peace and quiet for their souls. Please help the volunteer team offer the gift of quiet and gracious hospitality and a restful setting.
Thank You that You invite us to come away with You and get some rest. You know our deepest needs and daily You meet them.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Attendee Country of Service Prayer Focus Nation: Malaysia
Challenges for Prayer:
Islam is gaining ground in both numbers and socio-political power. Although many, including large numbers of Malays, are opposed to shari’a, the creeping changes in Malaysian public, religious and legal affairs are cause for concern and for prayer.
a) Islam itself is a battleground. With over 100 radical Islamist groups, there is never-ending agitation for sharia and the subjugation of all Malaysia to a much stricter version of Islam. Pray against the imposition of a harsh, aggressive Islam, which would bode ill for moderates, for minorities and for any Christian ministry.
b) Apostasy laws make conversion from Islam illegal in all but one state, with many states meting out harsh punishment for such offenses. It is nigh impossible for a Muslim (and therefore, by definition, for all Malays) to legally change their religion. Pray that federal constitutional rights might be upheld in courts. Pray for discretion and courage for all Muslims who choose to follow Christ.
Excerpts taken from Operation World