30 Days of Prayer Int'l
Colorado Springs, CO
Abu grew up as a Muslim in North Africa. When he decided to follow Jesus, he was disowned by his family. All his acquaintances considered him a “traitor” and he lost his social status.
Abu longs for community and belonging. But even in the existing churches the has visited, the Christians treat him with suspicion because he used to be a Muslim. The church leader is afraid accusations by the public authorities. He is hesitant to baptize Abu and accept him as an official member of the church. Although Abu would like to go into Christian ministry, he is denied theological training or involvement in church leadership.
Abu is one of many Muslims who have found Jesus in the last thirty years. In many Islamic countries, however, converts have a difficult time growing in their new faith and becoming integrated into the family and fellowship of believers, sometimes due to fear, sometimes because there are no existing fellowships nearby. Some MBBs have formed their own fellowships and networks, encouraged by Christians from farther away, or rely on online connections and resources.
Becoming a disciple of Jesus involves being a part of a community of believers, loving one another and encouraging one another to live as Jesus taught. This looks different in every culture, but in areas where the dominant religion is hostile towards Christians, it can be very challenging. Where churches are just beginning to emerge, the process of organising discipleship and selecting leaders can be difficult, just as it was in the early days of the Church.
How to Pray
- Pray for mission workers who are discipling new Believers to have real wisdom and humility as they teach everything Christ has commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Pray for New Believers who are learning how to form churches, fellowships and Christian communities in places and cultures where they have never existed before. (Romans 15:20-21)
- Pray as Jesus did, for the Church to be one, unified in love, a living witness of the Father. (John 17:20-25)