Call2Prayer: The Future of Saudi Arabia

Call2Prayer: The Future of Saudi Arabia

Two weeks ago, we prayed for Blue Girl and Iran. This week we want to turn in prayer for Saudi Arabia. Like Iran, Saudi has been in the news a lot recently due to the different political situations within the region. However, one of the reasons they were in Western media is because they have announced, as part of their Vision 2030, to create visas for citizens from 49 countries. This has become a talking point as before now only businesses travellers and Hajj goers have been given visas.

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URGENT Call2Prayer: Team travelling to Syria

URGENT Call2Prayer: Team travelling to Syria

Our team in North Africa need our fervent prayers as they travel to Syria this week to do training with local believers for the first time. 5 colleagues from our media and training teams will conduct two of our most successful training programmes, called Future Leaders and Life in the Desert, during their 8-day visit in Syria. Since announcing the Future Leaders training, we have had 25 people sign up straight away, which is the fastest take up we’ve ever had for this training. It truly shows the need and desire that Syrians have to build up their own lives and also contribute to their communities in a significant way.  

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Call2Prayer: Blue Girl and women in Iran

Call2Prayer: Blue Girl and women in Iran

Iran has been in the news recently for many different political situations. One story that has united Iran in anger and frustration is the death of Sahar Khodayari. The 29-year-old was an avid football fan and regularly went to see her favourite team Esteghlal FC. However, to enter the stadium she had to dress up as a man due to Iran’s strict ban on women watching football matches. While trying to enter the Tehran’s Azadi stadium in March this year she was stopped by police and spent 3 nights in prison. Two weeks ago, while waiting for her trial, she went to the courthouse to collect her mobile phone and overheard that if convicted she could face between 6 months to 2 years in prison.

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Call2Prayer: Qatar World Cup 2022

Call2Prayer: Qatar World Cup 2022

Earlier this week the emblem of the Qatar 2022 World Cup was revealed. It was revealed in a promotional clip showing the build-up to the event with people from around the world coming together to watch the best teams in the world compete against each other. It will be the first time that the football World Cup is being hosted in the Middle East and it is therefore a monumental moment for the region. The decision to host it in Qatar has been controversial with FIFA and Qatar both receiving criticism. However, there is a lot of joy and positivity in having the football World Cup in the Middle East and we should be praying for this occasion.

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Call2Prayer: Muslim Children and OBK

Call2Prayer: Muslim Children and OBK

This week we would like to pray for our On Bended Knee (OBK) project and specifically the children’s episodes. As you may already know, our On Bended Knee projects aim is to produce short clips of poetry, prose, and prayer, while training up believers from a Muslim background (BMBs) in media so that they are able to reach their own communities. Poetry is a massive part of the culture of the Middle East but especially in the Gulf. It is a part of everyday life and something that all citizens partake in. 

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Update on LITD Training

Update on LITD Training

Our North African team have been busy training and empowering partner organisations and groups to provide our Life in the Desert training programme. Although around 3,000 children (mostly Syrian) have gone through this programme, there are still many more traumatised children across the region. In June this year we took this training to rural North Africa and trained 100 facilitators from 70 villages.

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Call2Prayer: FGM and healing for women and girls

Call2Prayer: FGM and healing for women and girls

Here in the West most of the schools have broken up for the summer holidays. While for many children this is a time of freedom, to sleep in, hang out with friends and enjoy themselves, for others it is a time of fear. It is believed that there are 200 million girls and women alive today who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Each summer more girls join that number. Families will have their girls undergo FGM during the summer holidays to give them time to heal before going back to school and to ensure their absence is not noted. 

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Call2Prayer: Sudanese Training

Call2Prayer: Sudanese Training

Sudan is a country that has seen large amounts of war and trauma. It is currently going through another time of unrest and upheaval. After mass demonstrations in April this year, President Omar Al-Bashir was removed from office by the military. Since then the military have run the country which is something the citizens have been peacefully protesting about, asking for a citizen run administration with elections. During peaceful protests the military opened fire and it is estimated more than 100 were killed with bodies being pulled out of the Nile with concrete blocks tied to their legs. These are not acts of protection, but of suppression. Not to be bowed by fear and oppression, peaceful protesters across the country are out again but now in greater numbers. Sudan is going through a time of change and it needs our prayers. 

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Call2Prayer: Persecution in the Gulf

Call2Prayer: Persecution in the Gulf

This week we’re praying for Christians living in countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Persecution of Christians in the Gulf takes many forms and is seen on a daily basis. In some Gulf countries such as United Arab Emirate and Oman, Christian migrants are tolerated and allowed to worship in designated buildings. However, across the whole of the Gulf, believers from a Muslim background (BMB’s) are constantly monitored and persecuted for their faith. In the Gulf evangelising and conversion to another faith is illegal which can mean a prison sentence and sometimes even death.

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Call2Prayer: Muslims finding refuge in God

Call2Prayer: Muslims finding refuge in God

We are now in the final ashra of Ramadan. Muslims will be using these final 10 days to pray fervently as this ashra is seen as more important and superior to the other stages. Laylat al-Qadr, which is believed to be the day Allah revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed, is observed during this ashra and therefore the prayers during this time will be counted higher than in other times of the year. 

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Call2Prayer: True forgiveness for Muslims

Call2Prayer: True forgiveness for Muslims

If you’re following our Ramadan Prayer Guide, you’ll see that we have just entered the second ashra (the Arabic word for ten) of Ramadan. These ten days focus on forgiveness, where Muslims believe that Allah’s forgiveness is at its peak. Muslims will be repenting of their sins, as well as forgiving fellow Muslims. Significantly, Muslims aim to read the whole Qur’an during Ramadan and by day 16 many will be reading Surah 19, which tells the story of Jesus’ birth and life.

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Breaking FGM's hold on generations

Breaking FGM's hold on generations

Our Nisa’a Women’s project has over 550,000 readers of their online magazine and have had over 1.2 million people engage with their social media pages over the last twelve months. With that many readers and impact on culture, we have such an opportunity to use that influence to start lowering the numbers of those who have to go through this trauma and see more young women flourish into their futures.

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Bringing The Bible Project to the Arab World

Bringing The Bible Project to the Arab World

In recent years MEM have been involved in 5 Bible media projects, such as Animating the Action Bible and the first Arabic Bible app. We are honoured to bring the Word of God to Arab children, young people, and adults of all ages. Therefore, we were excited to partner with the organisation called The Bible Project, to bring their innovative animations to the Arab world.

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Call2Prayer: Pray for Basma and her son

Call2Prayer: Pray for Basma and her son

As we have shared before, Basma is a believer from a Muslim background who, like many others, had to flee her country to be able to follow Christ. Her son, whom she had to leave at a young age due to her faith, gave his life to Isa (Jesus) at the age of 15 and sought out contact with his mother soon after. However, since becoming a Christian he has been severely rejected by his father and has had to go into hiding. He has since been accused of a crime he has not committed and has the prospect of spending up to 15 years in prison having already been in prison for approximately 6 months.

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Call2Prayer: Digital Media in the MENA region

Call2Prayer: Digital Media in the MENA region

A few weeks ago we had a privilege of meeting Ayoub, a believer from a Muslim background (BMB) and he shared his inspirational story with us. He grew up in North Africa in a Muslim family and during his teenage years he started to ask questions about the Quran and Islam. These questions went unanswered and the local Imam even forbade him from asking any more. By the time he turned 16 he no longer believed that Quran was a book from God and he spent 10 months as an atheist.

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