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Eid al fitr or Hariraya also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, was celebrated last July 28 by all Muslims in Thailand and also in the world. They prepared a lot of food for celebration. During Hariraya Thai Muslims working in neighbouring countries and those far from their homes came home and celebrated Hariraya with family and friends.
We would like to thank you for joining the 30 days of prayer for our Muslim friends. I believe those prayer made a big difference in their lives. let’s continue to pray and expect more from God.
Before I believe in God, I came from Muslim family, all members in my family are Muslims. they are quiet busy for their living. no more family time, always working hard to earn big money, life looks so empty, no happiness. I worked so hard, till one day i got sick and I could not work anymore. then I have to quit my job. All of my savings was spent for my medication and household bills. It was for 2 years i had to in and out of the hospital. Later, my husband left me so I have to raise my child alone. My life was so tough at that time because I had no money and starving from time to time. I’ve come to God through the encouragement of my friend who is a christian. She told me that God is able to help in everything. I decided to attend the church at that night, it was Friday 2nd of November 2012. At the back of my mind I was asking myself, “What am I doing here”? and I feel like nothing seems to happen. I sat down and listen to the word of God till the end. A Pastor called out for God’s healing, while I was following his prayer of which I didn’t know the meaning, but he said just believe that God heals. In my mind I said, “If God is real please heal my back pain so I can work normally. If God can do this for me I will believe Him for the rest of my life.” It was 15 minutes later I felt God has touched my back and the pain was gone. I got healed and cured by God. I got recovered since then. As I believed in God for 2 years, my life has changed a lot by God’s grace and His love. after I got healed, I got a new job and got paid. Now I feel so peaceful. At church I have a lot of friends who are my brothers and sisters in Christ. They are very helpful and always encouraging each other. I like to say Thank you God that His love is with us all the time. I want to encourage others that whatever good things we want in life we can get it from God. in His time God will certainly answer our prayers. Let us be honest and keep loving Him with all our heart. God will help you like what He did in my life. He changes all in me even my old life and has transformed me to a good person. Thank you God for everything in my life. God always bless me richly. I’m blessed! Thank you. God bless you.
Please Pray for the whole family of P’Mai to know God as well.
Iat was an outcaste in her community. She never married, but had affairs. The first was with a Buddhist trucker and then with another Buddhist man, driving her further and further from the Muslim society. She had two children and no husband, a severe defiance of the Muslim faith. Nobody liked Iat.
She first heard of Isa from a church in the north, and she began to believe. But she still shifted between Islam, Buddhism and Christian beliefs, unsteady and unsure. Occasionally she attended a church in the city, but she did not really understand. Then she was introduced to Isa in her own language, and she began to study and pray with us.
Now, at 40 years old, Iat is ready to be baptized! God has been pursuing her for many years, and is showing Iat a pure, holy love that she has never known before.
Pray for Iat and her journey in knowing and following God.
Nasaa was a thin, dark woman with a poor relationship with her mother. Her hard life left her with a dark spirit and no light in her eyes. Her husband left her for another woman and she moved back in with her elderly mother. Many nights Nasaa would find a lonely place to sleep after fights with her mother. They lived in poverty, with little food, no gas for the stove, and no TV.
Sara, a friend and follower of Jesus, came to visit. One time, she bought beef curry (a popular local dish) and brought it to their house. She was shocked to hear that Nasaa had never had this kind of food before. Nasaa was overwhelmed; she ate until she was full and asked to keep the leftovers to give to her friends. It was a sobering thing to realize how much this simple dish meant to her, a food that most of us take for granted.
No one ever asked Nasaa if she wanted to become a follower of Jesus. She came to that decision entirely on her own; one day, out of the blue, she turned to Sara and asked “What do I need to do to become a follower of Isa?”
“What? Really?!” Sara was taken by surprise. They talked about it more, then prayed together.
When Sara hugged her, Nasaa said “I have never had anyone love me.”
“Isa loves you.” Sara replied.
God truly began to bless Nasaa after that. She found a good-paying job at a local supermarket, and was soon able to move into an apartment of her own, and afford utilities like cooking gas. Though she still has trouble with her mom, she has come to realize that God wants her to love and honor her family. She often brings her mother food and prays for her.
Pray that Nasaa stays strong in her faith, and that she would be able to continue to honor her family as she cares for them.
Prayer focus of the Day: Pray for the Christian students and faculty in the universities to be bold in sharing Christ with the Muslims
Nur is one of those students from whom you can really see the passion to learn English. She likes it so much she would go to great lengths just to be with foreigners. What makes her story unique though is not her success in learning but how she came to like English in the first place. In her own words, she would tell the story of how a missionary once came to her village when she was young and since then has been interested in learning the language.
Now in her university years, Nur has constantly been exposed to God’s workers. Her professor in the university whom she has gotten close with boldly shared the gospel to her. Even in her special classes, God still led her to more of His children who shared life with her.
Despite the tough challenges growing up as an orphan, she is on her way now to graduating and is now currently doing her on-the-job training in a major tourist spot in the country. The day before she left, we caught up with her and talked about the holiness of God and how no amount of good works can bridge the gap between us and God. We talked the sacrifice that our prophets in the Old testament has made, Christ has fulfilled for us. But, when we shared this to her, she
still re-iterated her beliefs that Isa did not die and even if He did His death is not what could save us.
- Please pray for the Lord to draw Nur to Himself and finally open her heart to the gift of salvation.
- Pray that all the Christian students and faculty to have the burden and be bold in sharing Christ to the Muslim.
- Pray that the University students will have exposure to the Gospel.