Daily Topic for December 10, 2009
The verse goes on to say that Mary was “troubled” by this angelic greeting. It must have been hard for her, a Jewish girl of about 14, to think that the God who created the Universe would “favor” her. Jewish men often thanked God that they weren’t created as dogs or women. Ironically, the God they prayed to has a very different view of women.
As we pray for fruit to come from the Arab women’s conference, pray that these sisters will recognize the favor they have with God and their importance in building the Kingdom among all nations.
Abuse of women is commonplace in much of the Muslim world, both in the Middle East and Africa. Long held gender bias and customs have resulted in women being treated as servants, property or worse. A husband and wife team, Lewiza and Samir Youssef, are trying to make a difference. They are media missionaries with MBMS International (a Mennonite Brethren organization), and so far they have conducted five annual conferences for abused women. The 2008 conference was held in Cairo, Egypt, and included seven academically trained counselors who served as both speakers and workshop facilitators. Following each seminar, women raced to the booths to order copies of the message. The conference concluded with a salvation message through drama, and attendees were invited to know Jesus Christ.
Volunteers have continued to follow up with the 155 Arab women attendees. A special time during the conference was devoted to wives interceding in prayer for their husbands. God heard that prayer! Women reported that as they returned home, they were greeted with loving support from their spouses. Lewiza and Samir host a variety of TV programs, aired 26 times a week. They receive thousands of emails, phone calls and letters from people wanting to know more about Jesus. The 2009 conference is being held as this article is being written.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for this organization’s outreach to touch all women in the Middle East and North Africa, and to ultimately touch their families with the kingdom message of Jesus Christ.-JS
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