Day 30: What’s next?
By Gary Fallesen
, founding president, Climbing For Christ,
and Jordan Rowley
, spiritual coordinator, Climbing For Christ
Grace and peace to you from God our Father! On this final day of Ramadan, today’s message is for you.
We hope you have learned and prayed along with us through this 30-day series, Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016, as we’ve dug deeply into the religion of Islam and its people, its challenges, and how we can best reach them for Christ. We were blessed to bring it to you.
But now what? What’s next?
Our hope is that you will continue to pray for, learn about and engage the Muslim world. As we stated on Day 1, this was intended to be “30 days of prayer and preparation to preach the Good News to the Muslim world.”
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is ending for another 9 ¾ months. It begins again on May 27, 2017.
But our work as Christ followers goes on. The task of bringing the Gospel to every nation, tribe, people and language to the ends of the earth remains unfinished.
That said, will you continue to PRAY
for Muslims? Will you GIVE
to the work God prepared in advance for Climbing For Christ? Will you GO
to deliver the Good News to our Muslim neighbors across the room, across the street, and across the world?
Take a moment now to ask God, “How can I use what I have read these past 30 days in Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016 to glorify Your name?” But don’t just ask; LISTEN.
Pastor Dalsur, a former Maoist leader, praying in a church Climbing For Christ was blessed to help build in Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen, Mission: Nepal 2013)
I (Gary) want to take this opportunity to share with you a prophetic warning: We have seen in places such as Indonesia and the Philippines how jihadis trained in Afghanistan in the 1980s returned to their homelands and applied the evil they were taught. The same is and will continue happening as a result of recruits leaving homes to be trained by the Islamic State (or ISIS). The need for prayer for the hearts of these recruits is imperative.
Moving forward the need is great for those bearing the name of Christ to be strong, to not be fearful, to be loving, and to be willing to sacrifice. We are not only called to love others; we are called to lay down our lives for others.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” — 1 John 3:16-18
This, of course, extends beyond the Muslim world that we have been focusing on during this 30 days of prayer.
While Ramadan has been the subject of this series, Climbing For Christ and our indigenous members have continued to minister among the non-Muslim nations as well.
Will you join us now in praying not only for unreached Muslims, but for Buddhists, Hindus, animists, atheists and agnostics? Will you pray for people groups such as the Tamang (mostly Buddhist) in Nepal, the Koma (predominantly animist) in Nigeria, the Quechua (lost in syncretism) in Peru, and the Tibetan (Buddhists) of China? Will you pray for your own unsaved family, friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors?
And as powerful and critical as prayer is, will you pray about GO-ing? Will you open yourself to the idea that God may want to use you – yes, you
– in the life of that co-worker or that far off, remote village where others cannot or will not go?
May the Lord have His wonderful way in your life. May He lead and direct your every step. May He bless you with opportunities to bless others with His words of love and life. May you surrender more fully to the will of our great God and Savior. Until ALL have heard!
Thanks for joining us throughout Project Prayer: Ramadan 2016. The LORD bless you and keep you!
- Day 1: Introduction to 30 days of prayer and preparation to preach the Good News to the Muslim world.
- Day 2: Understanding Islam, part 1 —Allah and his prophet.
- Day 3: The honor/shame culture, part 1.
- Day 4: Sharing the Gospel, part 1 — Truth and love, no compromise.
- Day 5: The Muslim unengaged.
- Day 6: What’s so radical about loving Muslims?
- Day 7: Entering rooms in the House of Islam —Pakistan.
- Day 8: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Nigeria.
- Day 9: Entering rooms in the House of Islam — Turkey.
- Day 10: Understanding Islam, part 2.
- Day 11: Sharing the Gospel, part 2 — Simply Jesus.
- Day 12: Overcoming obstacles, part 1 — Family, fear, community and tradition.
- Day 13: Something is happening! New ways for new movements.
- Day 14: Entering rooms in the House of Islam – East Africa.
- Day 15: Understanding Islam, part 3 — Beliefs and duties
- Day 16: Sharing the Gospel, part 3 — Persevering in prayer.
- Day 17: The honor/shame culture, part 2 — Who I am.
- Day 18: Overcoming obstacles, part 2 — A history of conflict and contempt.
- Day 19: Muslim extremists — praying for our enemies.
- Day 20: Entering rooms in the House of Islam —Indonesia.
- Day 21: The honor/shame culture, part 3 — For His purpose.
- Day 22: Sharing the Gospel with Muslims, part 4 — A growing opportunity.
- Day 23: A sacred stirring – Muslims coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers.
- Day 24: Counting the cost.
- Day 25: Five daily prayers for the Muslim world.
- Day 26: Entering rooms in the House of Islam – Philippines.
- Day 27: “Night of Power” – dreams and visions.
- Day 28: Blessed are the persecuted.
- Day 29: Overcoming fear of Muslims.
- Day 30: What’s next?