Daily Topic for May 15, 2008

Romans 8:5
"Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires."

Our world abounds in things of the flesh which compete with the things of the Spirit for our attention. Television, magazines, and the Internet-not inherently bad in themselves-often contain material which takes our minds away from the Spirit and onto the things of the flesh. One major reason for this Global Prayer Digest is to help us to set our minds on the things of the Spirit. We daily read of God’s concern for all nations, what He has done in the past for them, what He is doing now, and what still needs to be done to bring the gospel to every one of them.

Ask God to help you keep your mind on the things of the Spirit today-including prayer for the unreached peoples!

West African Muslims in New York City

Mrs. D. (name changed) mistakenly thought it would be a routine evening when she walked into her apartment one evening. She opened the door, and saw a strange woman sitting on her couch. Her husband, a Ghanaian immigrant, introduced the woman as his second wife, according to a March 23, 2007 article in the New York Times. Mrs. D, a West African Muslim immigrant herself, protested, “I can’t live with that woman in my house!” Her husband cited Islamic precepts allowing him to have as many as four wives. He concluded by saying, “Get used to it.” 

New York City has become home to many West African immigrants, and they have brought their Muslim and West African customs with them, even ones like polygamy that are illegal in the U.S. The presence of polygamy was recently revealed when a fatal apartment fire in the Bronx killed one wife and nine children in a polygamous marriage. No one knows the statistics on polygamy among African immigrants living in the city. Many of these West African immigrants are living in Harlem.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for local churches to reach out to these immigrants, to share Christ with them, and to help them to adapt to their new environment. Pray that Christ’s teachings about faithfulness to one God and one spouse will permeate the hearts of African Muslims in New York.-JS

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