Daily Topic for December 24, 2008
God is a missionary God who carries within His heart the desire to communicate His “Word.” Not only is He the great Creator, He is also the great Communicator. Amid this week’s preparations for Christmas, let’s reverently recall the great passages in Scripture, which anticipate and describe the birth of Jesus Christ. Then, let’s allow the drama of the great event to give focus to our prayers for the unreached peoples. Christmas is the most “missionary” time of the year!
Pray that God will give us a new zeal to make Him known among the unreached peoples this Christmas season.
In A.D. 711, a Berber-Arab army from Morocco invaded Spain hoping to conquer Europe, only to be stopped in 732 at Tours, France. Under Islam, Spain thrived. However, small Spanish Catholic kingdoms fought back. In 1492, the last Muslim state, Granada, was taken back by the Spaniards. Reconquest soon became conquest as Spain drove into North Africa, where it still controls a few ports.
Today many North Africans are again entering Europe, legally and illegally, via Spain, some for work, and others in hope of regaining Spain for Islam. PM International (PMI) hopes to gain these same Muslim immigrants for Christ.
PM International, headquartered in Granada, Spain, with a branch office in the United States, is a Latino mission agency that works in eight countries among 11 unreached people groups in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, in humanitarian, social, educational, and medical projects.
Why Latinos to Islam? A third of Spanish vocabulary derives from Arabic.
Hispanics are less visible than Anglos. Hispanic culture, although Catholic, also has roots in Medieval Moorish Spain. Accordingly, Latinos have been successful as Christ’s ambassadors.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Praise God for the house churches PMI and other Hispanic ministries to Muslims have established. Pray for PMI and other such agencies; for wisdom, openings, and a movement of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Muslims in the Middle East, N. Africa, Asia, and Europe, where Latinos work to extend God’s Kingdom.-TP