I have been looking for a good ‘season’ of time to take a break from blogging in order to (1) evaluate the blog’s format; (2) give my fingers a break; and (3) be intentional in the process.
Between now and August 1, I plan to do exactly that.
1. I want to examine closely and think through purposefully the format of the blog. I try to answer a question on Monday, walk through a passage from Timothy on Tuesday, meditate on a Proverb on Wednesday, throw out FBC El Dorado related on Thursday, and point you to 5 helpful “something’s” on Friday. I do this to (hopefully) fulfill the purpose of this blog (see sidebar, or at the bottom under the heading “Intentional Purpose”). ANY and ALL suggestions, thoughts, observations, or recommendations are more than welcome. Using the subject heading “Blog Thoughts” – send your thoughts (PLEASE!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
2. I want to give my fingers a break. I want to take a deep breath before heading into the Fall.
3. I want the blog to be intentional during the break.
If you are a regular follower, you will know that the Lord led FBC El Dorado to intentionally and purposefully engage with some fellow M’s in South Asia to strive to reach a people group known as Urdu Speaking Muslims (USM’s). In the city we are seeking to embrace, there are well over a million USM’s – with little to ZERO access to Gospel witness. FBC sent a team last winter and is in the process of sending another this Fall. You can read about this here, here, here, here, and/or here. Today starts Ramadan. You can read all about it here, or I refer you back to yesterday’s post here. For Muslims, it’s like Christmas to Christians. It lasts from today (June 28th) to July 27th. Every day during Ramadan, I want us to pray for Muslims to turn from the lie that is Islam to the truth and Good News found in the Gospel of Jesus.
So, I want to you and me to intentionally pray for Muslims – specifically Urdu Speaking Muslims living in the Southern part of India – every single day of the Ramadan holiday. You will see this post appear every day for the next 30 or so days, pointing you to various links and references for this month long call to prayer (see below).
Enjoy the break from the blog, but please pray for these countless millions to know the Savior and Lord, Jesus.
Click here to download a FREE prayer guide for Ramadan through the International Mission Board.
Go here every day during Ramadan to pray specifically for Muslims to come to faith in Christ.
5 recommended books to read during Ramadan to help you in your prayers and understanding of their need of the Gospel:
A Wind in the House of Islam by David Garrison
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi