• Day 1

    July 1st

    Halebi is Egyptian for Gypsy. The Halebi people live in the Nile delta region. Traditionally, the men trade in horses and the women practice folk medicine, fortune-telling and divination. Some travel into the Sudan because of economic hardship. Christians need to build friendships with these gypsies, caring genuinely for their material and physically needs. There may be a few followers of Christ among the Halebi. Pray for them that despite the surrounding darkness that they would "grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ." Ephesians 4:15.

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  • Day 2

    July 2nd

    In ancient times Somalia had a steady trade link with the Ancient Egyptians and exported precious natural resources such as myrrh, frankincense, and gum. Somali sailors used the ancient Somali maritime vessel known as the beden to transport their cargo. Somalis are still accomplished sailors sometimes resorting to piracy. Pray today for Somalis who make their living from the sea. Ask God to draw Somalis to himself through Jesus. Pray that Habakkuk 2:14 will become a reality for them, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."

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  • Day 3

    July 3rd

    Bedouins have migrated to North Africa. Over 170,000 Fezzan Bedouin now live in Libya. Almost all are Muslims. None follow Jesus. A few live along the coast. But most live in the western part of Libya, known as Fezzan, a region with incredible rock formations that lies inside the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to reach out and share the love of Christ with them. Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Pray that Bedouins would follow Jesus.

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  • Day 4

    July 4th

    Evangelism is the church growing where it is. Missions is the church going where it is not. There are several ways the kingdom of God grows. One way is for the blessed (that's us) to willingly follow God's decree and go with the good news. A more difficult way is for us 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." Acts 8:1 - Some go. Some stay. But all are called. Pray that we would all respond obediently.

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  • Day 5

    July 5th

    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 6

    July 6th

    Some nations are highly resistant to Jesus. 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. So far we have not be very effective in Sudan. Pray that new church planting movements would develop in the capital city, Khartoum, soon. Pray that new house churches would pop up all over Sudan.

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  • Day 7

    July 7th

    1.8 Million Libyan Arabs, also known as Arabized Berbers, live in Libya. Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya. Matthew 27:32 "And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross." After Pentecost Libyan Jews carried the Gospel back to Libya 2000 years ago. However, Islam replaced Christianity in 624 A.D. Today there are almost no followers of Jesus in Libya. Pray believers would once again proclaim Jesus to Libyan Arabs. Ask God to give great wisdom and courage as they speak about, and live out, the good news.

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  • Day 8

    July 8th

    Most Somali are Shafiite Muslims. Yet folk beliefs mingle with Islam. They achieve "ecstasy" by chanting or taking narcotics. In the cities, boys steal to support their drug habit. Islam is usually observed. But Somali women don't wear veils. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad for blessings, charms, and advice in worldly matters. In Mark 10:21 Jesus looked at a certain man and said, "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Pray that many Somali would become sold-out followers of Jesus.


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  • Day 9

    July 9th

    Pray that what 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,' would accurately describe the spiritual climate in Egypt. Pray that the light would dawn on Egyptians. Especially pray that God would use the efforts of Central's Church Based Team #1 to help accomplish this. Ask God to give the team success in launching a multiplying discipleship ministry. Pray that new house churches, led by Egyptian believers, would pop up in Cairo and Alexandria. Pray that the lights would come on in Egypt's cities.

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  • Day 10

    July 10th

    "The Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world" Revelation 13:8 is living proof that the fall and depravity of humanity was no surprise to the Almighty. God has always had the whole world in his heart. Today pray for the unreached and unengaged people groups in Northeast Africa. We are committed for the long haul to see the kingdom of heaven become a visible reality in the region. Pray that people in all these groups would someday pray with us, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Revelation 5:12.

     

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  • Day 11

    July 11th

    Central often sends groups to Egypt. This year terrorists bombed a bus in the Sinai. Our response to news reports could be fear or hostility. Ask God to work in our hearts so that we are willing to show love to those see themselves as our enemies. Romans 12:20 "On the contrary: 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.'" Isn't the very best way to conquer our enemies to bring them to Jesus so he can transform them into family members? He can as easily change them as he has transformed us.

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  • Day 12

    July 12th

    The first person Jesus ever told he was the Messiah was the Samaritan woman in John 4:25, "The woman said, 'I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.' Then Jesus declared, 'I, the one speaking to you - I am he.'" When she learned who Jesus was she brought the whole town to him. There is a debate about the role of women in Tunisia. Regardless of the outcome of that conversation, pray that gospel workers, in cooperation with God's Spirit, will succeed in making Jesus and his true identity known to influential Tunisian women, who will bring many to Jesus.

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  • Day 13

    July 13th

    This is Imam Mahdi's birthday, a Shi'a Muslim holy day. Shiites believe, that Allah hid the Imam Mahdi (born 868 AD) at the age of five. They believe he is still alive but waiting for the time that Allah has decreed for his reappearance. Pray that workers in Tunisia, especially today, would find people of peace with whom they could share, Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Pray that new house churches would pop up in Tunisia.

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  • Day 14

    July 14th

    Two thousand years ago Jesus said, "I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out." Matthew 16:18 (MSG). As the turmoil in Libya demonstrates, the evil one still puts up a fight against God's relentlessly advancing kingdom. But Jesus made it clear that darkness has no chance against the light. Pray that whenever dark days come to Libya, that believers, both workers and locals, will shine brightest. Pray that believers would talk about Jesus at every opportunity and that new house churches would be the result.

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  • Day 15

    July 15th

    Pray for those among us 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." For instance in John 4 Jesus took the 12 to Samaria. Pray that more and more people at Central will get a passport and get excited about following Jesus' instructions and the path he walked.

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  • Day 16

    July 16th

    The Afar live in Somalia. Although Muslims may have up to four wives, Afar marriages are usually monogamous. Girls may marry as early as age ten. Marriages between first cousins are preferred, particularly between a man and his father's sister's daughter. The night of the full moon is favored for a wedding ceremony, and the presence of someone able to read the Qur'an is required. The Qur'an says that Jesus is the "Word of Allah." Pray that the truth of John 1:1 would begin to take root in Afar hearts, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

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  • Day 17

    July 17th

    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 18

    July 18th

    Today is Evacuation Day in Egypt. This event celebrates the withdrawal of all British forces from Egypt on this date in 1956. Evacuation Day is celebrated every year and is considered a national holiday. Most organizations and institutions won't work today. Pray that Jesus followers will take the opportunity to reach out on holidays to their Muslim friends. Pray that Isaiah 19:19 would be fulfilled because the Egyptian people respond to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus: "In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border."

     

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  • Day 19

    July 19th

    Thirty percent of Tunisians are under 25. Most people who choose to follow Jesus do so by that age. Once Jesus said to the Twelve, "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." In Luke 10:2 he said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." According to Jesus, Tunisia is ripe and ready. There is no harvest problem, only a human resource problem. Pray that God would raise-up teams of people with a harvest mentality and a willingness to get their hands dirty.

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  • Day 20

    July 20th

    What will make Team #1 effective in North Africa? One key will be to hear the voice of God. Pray for ears that hear Him. "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." Hebrews 1:1-3

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  • Day 21

    July 21st

    "Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul" Acts 13:1 Lucius was from Cyrene (=Libya). Lucius was part of the leadership team at the church in Syrian Antioch that sent Paul and Barnabas out as cross-cultural workers. Let's pray that God would bring many Libyans to faith in Jesus. Pray that they would then be involved in sending lots of workers among the unreached people groups in Libya. Ask God to call foreigners to Libya to be witnesses for Christ.

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  • Day 22

    July 22nd

    The Somali Tunni are farmers and live in huts with cone-shaped grass roofs. The male is head of the house. Elders rule the village. They live in the south between the Juba and Shebelle Rivers where one finds the richest agricultural land, with average temperatures in the low 80's. Area wildlife includes lions, elephants, and zebras. Pray that many Tunni huts would someday hold house church meetings like the ones mentioned in Romans 16, "Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. . . Greet also the church that meets at their house."

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  • Day 23

    July 23rd

    The average temperature in Cairo in July is 93°. The relative humidity typically ranges from 26% to 79% over a typical July. Pray that this summer season would be a time of abundant gospel planting as workers focus on sharing the good news about Jesus. "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal . . . a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace," Ecclesiastes 3. Pray that Egypt would turn to Jesus and find peace.

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  • Day 24

    July 24th

    God promised to bless Abram as he obeyed God's call. "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you," Genesis 12:2. Pray that Egyptians will be blessed as we pray for Egypt and reach out to the 16 unreached and unengaged people groups living there. Especially pray for workers living in country that they would be effective in learning the language and communicating the awesome news about Jesus.

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  • Day 25

    July 25th

    500,000 Egyptians live in Libya. About 2%, or 10,000 of them are Evangelicals. They could be a powerful force for the kingdom of heaven. Pray that believers would respond with courage, faith, and obedience to their role as ambassadors of Christ, "This is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation" 2 Corinthians 5:18. Pray that new house churches would pop up all over Tunisia.

     

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  • Day 26

    July 26th

    Pray for Church Based Team #1. A huge challenge is language learning. It takes years of patience in order to be able to communicate effectively. Pray 2 Timothy 4:5 for them; "But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry." Pray for diligence in getting out there in public to talk with locals and make friends. Pray for the courage to make mistakes and a willingness to look foolish. The only way to move forward is by failing forward. Ask God to give them the persistence He routinely gives 2 year-olds.

     

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  • Day 27

    July 27th

    There is an ongoing battle for control in Egypt. The country is deeply fragmented between Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, and opposition groups. The conflict mirrors a supernatural battle going on for the loyalty of the Egyptian people. Ephesians 6:12 says, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." So pray that Egyptians would intellectually assent to the truth of the gospel and surrender of their wills to Jesus.

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  • Day 28

    July 28th

    Ramadan begins today. All over North Africa during daylight hours, Muslims will fast for 30 days. From sunrise to sunset there is to be no drinking of water or eating of food. Those who are able to do so will spend much of the day sleeping. At sunset there is a community meal called Iftar. Before dawn the morning meal is called Suhoor. Pray that whether fasting, feasting, or praying that Muslims would find themselves hungry for God. "Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'" John 6:35

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  • Day 29

    July 29th

    Pray that the Lord would reveal himself to the Tunisian people through his word, circumstances, and through visions. Pray they would believe Isaiah 43:11-13 which is really all about Jesus; "I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed - I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?" Pray that recent turmoil would cause Tunisians to long for deliverance, and find it in Jesus.

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  • Day 30

    July 30th

    Despite all the junk found on TV and the web, the advance of technology may be driven by a divine agenda. Innovative uses of electronic media through websites, chat rooms, satellite TV and mobile phone downloads have opened a way for millions of Egyptian Muslims to hear the gospel clearly, in safer environments for true seekers. Signs indicate a very widespread response. Pray that follow-up efforts would lead to fellowships of Jesus followers springing up all over Egypt. 1 Chronicles 16:31 "Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!"

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  • Day 31

    July 31st

    Despite all the junk found on TV and the web, the advance of technology may be driven by a divine agenda. Innovative uses of electronic media through websites, chat rooms, satellite TV and mobile phone downloads have opened a way for millions of Egyptian Muslims to hear the gospel clearly, in safer environments for true seekers. Signs indicate a very widespread response. Pray that follow-up efforts would lead to fellowships of Jesus followers springing up all over Egypt. 1 Chronicles 16:31 "Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!"

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