Daily Topic for April 16, 2017
Pray for the unreached peoples to be in awe of Christ when they hear of His resurrection victory.
As news programs loudly proclaim terrorist activities in Europe, focus has fallen on Belgium as a nest of jihadist activities. Belgium has the majority of the jihadists who left to fight in Syria. Most of these are Moroccan Arabs. There are stark differences in the way the populations and local governments in Belgium address the concerns. For instance, while most cities demand tougher restrictions and crackdowns by police, one small Flemish-speaking town addressed their share of the “terror recruitment problem” by forming soccer clubs and promoting after school activities for 6-25 year-olds. Only those with good report cards can join these clubs. Teachers, police, and town officials meet bi-weekly to discuss young people who are showing at-risk behavior, and the family of problem children is visited by employment counselors, social workers, and teachers. With this changed dynamic, no young person has left for Syria or participated in terror in two years!
Since only about one in 500 Moroccan Arabs in these countries follows Christ, let us pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord who saves and transforms. Pray that Christian workers seek them out and boldly but tenderly share the love and salvation of Jesus Christ. Moroccan Arabs feel they have one foot in Belgium and one foot in Morocco, but their identity needs to be in Christ rather than in their nationality.
Pray for them to look to Him for their identity.
Previous day: Iraqi Arabs in Belgium and the Netherlands