Pray for Sydney, Australia

Muslims account for less than 2{1ef34f8f1cacfdc6c19f5319e487deec2393c82eacea09a13da7feed1a24e305} of the Australian population, but approximately 40{1ef34f8f1cacfdc6c19f5319e487deec2393c82eacea09a13da7feed1a24e305} of the Muslim population lives in the modern, multi-cultural city of Sydney. Muslims in Sydney are ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse, having come from more than 120 countries.

Ali is from a strongly Muslim nation but has found refuge and work in Sydney. A friend invited him along to a home fellowship, where he knew followers of Jesus gathered for prayer and Bible study.

Ali had been warned about ‘churches’ all his life and would certainly not want to be seen entering a church building. This city seemed to be filled with endless cultural centers, places of worship, and places of debauchery. And Ali steadfastly avoided them all. But this seemed different. These were mostly people from his own country, or countries nearby. Ali was both interested and sceptical and went along with his friend to see what it was about.

Muslim family relaxing near Sydney Opera House | photo by Jerry Dohnal via Flickr CC

Ali enjoyed the meal and was intrigued by the group’s sincere desire to follow Scripture. Impressed by the way everyone loved and respected one another, despite different ages, genders, jobs, and nationalities, Ali kept coming to the meeting and eventually came to know and love Jesus too.

The house fellowship meetings included familiar elements of his home country’s hospitality and language, but the love of the community was radically different, and Ali heard and believed the gospel in an environment of community, respect and love.

How to Pray

  • Pray for many Christians in Sydney to be willing to show Christlike love to immigrants, students, and visitors from Muslim countries. (Ephesians 2:19)
  • Pray for Muslims in Sydney to understand and be transformed by the love and life of Christ. (Romans 12:9)
  • May God continue to use the movement of people around the world to bring those from “closed” countries into contact with the gospel for His glory! (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

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