Divine Appointments, Ramadan and the Syrian Crisis


I stopped by a market stall a few days ago and ordered some firewood. It’s winter in Cape Town, and like most homes, we don’t have central heating. I had a nice chat with the lady I ordered the wood from.

She came this morning with a bakkie load (pickup truck for us Americans) of wood. As it was being unloaded, we chatted about her business, her father, and about Ramadan coming up.

She is a Muslim. She will fast during Ramadan (July 9 – August 7). She told me, “I will fast to save money so I can buy food parcels for the poor”. She told me she loves Jesus and has him in her heart. It was a beautiful conversation, including tears...and then agreement to meet again to talk more. I told her I would like to meet her husband and father.

I have prayed intentionally the last few weeks for divine appointments, for new friends to meet who don’t know Jesus, who are open to talk more. It was a divine appointment.

In fact, we can with confidence journey through life knowing Father God is drawing every human being to Himself. Holy Spirit is wooing people to the Father. Non-stop, 24 hours a day… He never ceases.

Every conversation we have can be one more step in a person’s journey, one more seed we plant, a little more water of prayer we pour on people’s hearts as they are being drawn to saving faith in Jesus. God is always working in people, it is we who need to be more alert.

As I mentioned above, Ramadan is drawing near. Some friends and I prayed in the Sinai desert 20 years ago, and as a result, the 30 Days of Prayer movement was born to pray for Muslims during Ramadan. Now millions of Jesus followers pray and fast for Muslims during this month. Please join in… to learn how you can pray, simply click on one of the links below:

“30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World”
Hard copy booklet

To sign up for the email edition, fill out the info at:
http://www.30-days.net/resources/email-sign up/

You can also download the eBooklet at:

PLEASE pray for the Syrian refugee crisis… more than 93,000 Syrians have been killed in the Syrian war. The United Nations refugee commission says it cannot cope with the crisis. But we can be involved. We are not helpless. Pray the refugees will be comforted in their loss and in their grief; pray for them to experience the saving love of Jesus, and please pray for an end to the fighting.

As I am writing to you this morning, I just received news that one of our All Nations teams has been caught in the fighting between the Hezbollah and another Muslim faction in Sidon, south of Beirut. A RPG rocket hit the building next door to where our team lives. No one was injured and they are being evacuated to Beirut this morning. Sadly, the fighting in Syria is spreading to neighboring countries.

I am preparing for my trip to the Syrian refugee camps in a few weeks time. I am praying for my heart to experience what God sees and feels, and to find out what needs we can meet by mobilizing short term and long term teams. 

Thank you for praying, and thank you for your love and partnership with Sally and me.

Warm regards,

Floyd and Sally McCLung

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