• Day 1

    October 1st

    In Matthew 19:25 Jesus was talking about how hard it is for rich people to be saved. "When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, 'Who then can be saved?' Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" Today many believe it is impossible for Muslims in Egypt to be saved. This is especially true when we see media news reports of blood in the streets. Pray that God would give us faith to believe Him for impossible things. Pray that we would soon see media coverage of many turning to Jesus in humility and faith.

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  • Day 2

    October 2nd

    "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:13 Pray that God will call many to take the good news of Jesus to Africa, especially Sudan. Pray especially for those currently enrolled in the TOAG internships that God would call them to obediently follow Jesus.

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  • Day 3

    October 3rd

    The Prestons are on Church Based Team 1. Recently the Allens have been in the States weighing next steps. Pray that they would find what Jesus promised to us all, John 10:9 "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Pray they would find life rich and full and delightful because Jesus is not just the keeper of the gate, he is the Gate. Pray that they will find lush pastures while they wait on Jesus for direction.

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  • Day 4

    October 4th

    Eid al-Adha: today Muslims in Libya will celebrate Abraham's obedience to God's command to sacrifice his son. "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore." Genesis 22:16 Family and friends gather for meals, wearing new clothes, and giving gifts. Pray that many people in Libya will grasp the significance of Jesus' sacrificial obedience and choose to follow him regardless of where he may lead them.

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  • Day 5

    October 5th

    Hebrews 12:2 "Fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider (or think about) him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." A.W. Tozer said, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." The Dillons lead Church Based Team #2. Pray they would learn new things about God that would grow their faith. Pray they would unlearn any thought that undermines trust.

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  • Day 6

    October 6th

    This is Armed Forces Day in Egypt. The day celebrates the Egyptian army's crossing of the Suez Canal and the capture of the Bar Lev Line (a series of fortifications built by Israel along the Suez Canal) and marks the start of the 1973 October War with Israel. This could be a tough holiday with tensions running high between military leaders and unhappy citizens. When there is conflict in the streets the Christian minority often suffer. Pray that believers will experience the reality of Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."

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  • Day 7

    October 7th

    Evangelism is the church growing where it is. Missions is going where the church is not. There are several ways the kingdom of God expands. The best way is for the blessed (that's us) to willingly follow God's decree and can go with the good news. A more difficult way is for the blessed to unwillingly go with the good news, like Jonah. Or like Acts 8:1 where we read; "On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria." Some go. Some stay. All are called. Pray we would all respond obediently.

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  • Day 8

    October 8th

    Khartoum is the capital of Sudan. It is found at the confluence of the White and Blue Nile rivers. The main Nile flows north towards Egypt and the Mediterranean. In the Bible Sudan is called Cush. In Zephaniah 3:9 the prophet predicts that Sudan will be saved. "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings." Pray that the people of Sudan will turn away from darkness and come to Jesus who is the light of the world.


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  • Day 9

    October 9th

    Jesus used global connection trips to disciple the 12 apostles. One of the first is when he took them to Samaria in John 4. In Sychar Jesus revealed himself for the very first time as the Messiah. But this revelation was to a Samaritan woman, not to one of the Twelve. We see an interesting parallel as many Libyan Muslims are having visions and dreams of Jesus. Joel 2:28 says, "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." Pray that God's Spirit would be poured out more and more in Libya.

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  • Day 10

    October 10th

    Redemption was not a postscript in God's plan. Revelation 13:8 says, "the Lamb . . . was slain from the creation of the world." From day one God had a global agenda. "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: 'Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'" Revelation 7:9 Pray many Egyptians would be in that choir.

     

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  • Day 11

    October 11th

    There were hints in the Old Testament that a kingdom was coming. Daniel 7:13 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed." Jesus came and said, "The kingdom of heaven is in your midst." Pray that the rule of God would come to Tunisia.

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  • Day 12

    October 12th

    With the recent removal of Egypt's president, one Egyptian leader observed, "We need supernatural wisdom on how to handle this open door that God has given us. What we see happening is a reflection of what is happening in heaven—all-out spiritual war for the souls of men and women." Pray that the prophecy in Isaiah 19:21 will unfold, "And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them." So ask God to work in the halls of Egypt's government.

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  • Day 13

    October 13th

    Church Based Team #1. Today we are lifting up the Prestons. Thank God for Mrs. Preston. Ask for full health as she battles chronic illness. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full," John 10:10. Thank God for providing guidance about the timing of their return to North Africa. Pray that God would give the Prestons courage and wisdom. It is critically important that they not be away too long, or go back too soon. Romans 1:13 "I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) . . ."

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  • Day 14

    October 14th

    Each year millions of Muslim pilgrims (many from North Africa) will visit a hill east of Mecca; Mount Arafat or Mount Arafah, also known as the Mount of Mercy. This hill is the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad stood and delivered his farewell sermon to those who had accompanied him for the pilgrimage (Hajj). Ask Jesus to draw these spiritually hungry pilgrims to himself. He offered himself on another Mount of Mercy called Golgotha. "So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, 'On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.'" Genesis 22:14

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  • Day 15

    October 15th

    Part of Church Based Team 2's goal is to see a multiplying movement launched. Today is Evacuation Day, a celebration of the end of French occupation in Tunisia. Let's pray that the Dillons will be able to use this holiday to make connections. Pray for good contacts with neighbors. Pray that God will guide them. Jesus instructed us, "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages." Luke 10:6

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  • Day 16

    October 16th

    At Pentecost 2,000 years ago some people in the crowd were heard to say, "Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" Acts 2:11b-12 Pray a whole new generation of Arabs will be able to hear believers declaring the wonders of God in their heart language. So pray for the Centralites on Global Connection Teams, serving on Church Planting Teams, and those fulfilling a one-year internship in Northeast Africa would all be effective witnesses. Pray for the training that will equip them.

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  • Day 17

    October 17th

    Church Based Team #1. Today we are praying for those who are considering deploying to join this team. Pray that people would listen for God's soft, sometimes subtle, word. Thank God that whenever we do listen for his voice we can count on him to speak into our situation with clear direction. Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'" Maybe that's why Jesus spoke often about listening. Pray that this habit of listening well to the voice of God would serve them well as they obediently head out.

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  • Day 18

    October 18th

    Some nations are resistant to the gospel. Right now Sudan is one of those places where followers of Jesus are being expelled. Jesus said, "Therefore, go disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19 We have not been very effective in Sudan. Pray that new church planting movements would develop in Khartoum. Also pray that caring Christians in America will support humanitarian efforts in Sudan.

     

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  • Day 19

    October 19th

    "I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love." Psalm 59:16 Pray this prayer: "Beyond any circumstance or enemy, O Lord, we worship you as the strength and fortress of our Libyan brothers and sisters today. We ask that the walls around Libya, those built by the kingdom of darkness, would resemble the walls of Jericho and crumble. We pray that its place you would raise a citadel of faith in Jesus."

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  • Day 20

    October 20th

    At this time some are considering a one-year internship in North Africa. Pray that God would direct the steps of these faithful believers into his future for them. This is a critical point in their path. If God is calling them to cross-cultural ministry they need to know it. They also need to know with confidence if God is calling them to stay in America. Some go, some stay, all are called! "Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me." Psalm 31:3

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  • Day 21

    October 21st

    Libyans eat a lot of mutton. Pray that as they buy and sell sheep today, that many in Libya would soon recognize Jesus as the Lamb of God. Pray they would turn to Jesus and discover that he truly does take away the sins of the world. "They sang the song of God's servant Moses and of the Lamb: 'Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." Revelation 15:3

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  • Day 22

    October 22nd

    "The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night." Psalm 121:5 Pray that the scorching heat of dissent, bitterness and revolution would not consume people in Egypt. Pray that followers of Jesus would offer a shelter to the people they know by opening their homes for discovery Bible studies that would rapidly multiply to become discipling movements. Pray that these movements would shield and protect people from the terrible consequences of evil. Pray that the hopeless would find hope and the fearful find courage.

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  • Day 23

    October 23rd

    Jesus loved parties and was hassled for hanging with the wrong crowd. Pray that people in Tunisia would find Jesus, because he wants them at his party. "Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Luke 5:29 Friend of sinners was an accusation Jesus may have worn as a badge of honor. Pray that many in Tunis would find Jesus to be their best friend.

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  • Day 24

    October 24th

    Every minute of every day carries eternal weight. "I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!" Psalm 31:15 Pray followers of Jesus living in Libya. Pray that they would make their hours and days count for the kingdom of heaven. Ask God to give them effectiveness and courage in the face of danger. Pray that discipleship ministries will take root in homes and discovery Bible studies would be planted in coffee shops in Tripoli.

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  • Day 25

    October 25th

    Nubians are Muslim tribes from Nubia between Aswan in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Historically, this area was a crossroads between Egypt and African kingdoms. Many Nubian villages were flooded when the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960s. Most Nubians speak their own dialect of the Nubian language. Many also speak Arabic, which is the common language in Egypt. Pray for a church planting movement to emerge among the Nubian people wherever they live. "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3

     

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  • Day 26

    October 26th

    Jesus said in John 8:12 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' Pray that this reality would accurately describe the spiritual climate in Egypt. Too many Egyptians are stuck in the dark. Pray that the light would dawn on many. Especially pray that God would use the efforts of Central's Church Based Teams to help accomplish this. Ask God to give the team success in launching a multiplying discipleship ministry. Jesus also said, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

     

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  • Day 27

    October 27th

    Bedouins fall into two main groups. Some are "true" Bedouin, and live as nomads. The others have embraced farming and are known as fellahin. The fellahin lead a more settled life on the edge of the desert. Most of the Sirtican Bedouin are fellahin. Jesus said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like . . .? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade." Mark 4:30 Pray that kingdom would take root among the Libyan fellahin.

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  • Day 28

    October 28th

    Church Based Team #2 needs help. So we are lifting up those who are seeking God's will for the future after serving a 1-year internship in North Africa. They trust God and are seeking his plan for them as the Bible directs, "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" James 4:13

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  • Day 29

    October 29th

    Pray for those who are considering a Global Connection Trip. When they do go, they are following an ancient path. Jesus took the 12 disciples on a variety of short-term trips to all four kinds of places he mentions in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." In Mark 5 Jesus took the 13 across the Sea of Galilee to Decapolis. Pray that more and more people at will get a passport and get serious about following Jesus' instructions and the path he walked.

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  • Day 30

    October 30th

    The Bible starts in a garden and ends up in a big city. Revelation 22:14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city." Cities are not now what they could be. But followers of Jesus have an urban future. Khartoum is the second largest city in Muslim Africa and largely unreached. But there are signs that God is moving. Pray that God's Spirit would stir here in the capital of Sudan and that many of Khartoum's residents will find a home in the city of God because they have washed in the blood of the Lamb.

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  • Day 31

    October 31st

    Today daylight savings time ends in Libya. Tripoli's clocks will be turned back one hour to resume local standard time. People will be thinking about clocks, time and calendars. Pray that followers of Jesus will encourage locals to trust in Jesus. Pray that Libyans will put their lives in the hands of Jesus. "But I trust in you, LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; in your mercy save me." Psalm 31:15 Pray that Libyans will choose Jesus while there is still time.

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