The Arabian Peninsula Partnership

The Gospel for every person and a church for every people in the Arabian Peninsula amongst indigenous peoples

4 March, 2011

Special Update

Middle East Protests

Newspapers report large protests in Yemen; there is no resolution yet to the situation in Bahrain, many remain camped out at the Pearl Roundabout. Small protests are occurring in Oman, and there are rumours of unrest in Saudi Arabia. Information of each country's protests can be found at:

Middle East Protests

We remember seeing pictures of the people crowded into Tahrir Square in Cairo. Other Arab countries also have that name on the squares in the centre of town. Tahrir means "freedom". People are crying out for freedom. They want to pursue their own ideas. They want corruption to stop. They want equality. Pray that the people of North Africa and the Middle East will find out what REAL FREEDOM is. Ask that they will hear about freedom from sin, freedom from worry and freedom to one day be in Heaven.

The people of the Middle East and North Africa are crying out for change. They want to see changes in their governments, changes in their lives. Most have not heard about the most powerful change that anyone could ever ask for. The Father has offered to change their hearts. He wants to take away their sins and give them eternal life. Pray that they will hear this Good News.

Thank the Lord that He knows the hearts of rulers and those in authority. As we see events unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East, pray for the leaders of the nations. Ask the Father to give them wisdom, discernment and compassion for the people . Ask that if they should step down, those who take their place will bring about changes for the better. Ask that the people will be given the freedom to hear the Good News of the Gospel.

Some have died in North Africa and the Middle East because they desire changes to be made in their nations. Ask that the families of these will be comforted. Ask that they will hear about the One who died for them, so that all may have eternal life. Ask that believers will come forth and comfort those who mourn, that they will minister to those who are suffering, giving a "cup of cold water" in Jesus' name.

On TV we have seen pictures of people shouting passionately for reform in their countries. They have spent days and nights sitting in the city streets, their presence stating their requests. Do we, as believers in Christ, have the passion of these people, about our beliefs? Do we spend hours on our knees praying for the lost in Northern Africa and the Middle East? May we learn from them.