*Pray for the people in these countries; especially the vulnerable. Many people are hurting. I
heard on person comment that they were not afraid anymore of what their harsh government
would do to them because they had nothing left to loose.
*Pray for the Christians in these countries. It is very difficult to live out a Christian faith in these
countries. Rejection, persecution and harassment are frequently experienced. Over the past
couple of years there have been attacks (gunfire and bombings) on Christians during and after
worship services. Pray for their safety and that they would model our Savior’s love, hope and
*Pray for the world to respond helpfully. This is a complex situation in each of the countries and
we all have our biases and self serving preferences. Pray that world leaders as well as each of us
will have a heart of compassion for those in these nations.
*Pray for our hearts to be open to how we personally need to respond. It is easy to say that these
events are not our issue or within the realm of our influence. But we need to be unwilling to
wash our hands of the situation too quickly. What can we do? What do we need to do?
One thing we can do it so become more familiar with this area of the world. If you are like me, Middle Eastern and Northern Africa geography is a challenge to remember. The link below goes to a quiz on naming the countries of the area. On the map you drag the country's name onto the correct spot. If you are correct it will stay there. If not it will return to the list of nations. There is no humbling score or time limit with this quiz but only an opportunity to learn. So don't be afraid to do a “trial and error” system.