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PTAP: Basic Barrier to Faith in Arabia

For Muslims in the region most of the very basics of Christianity are a struggle to accept and contrary to their view of God. To think of God as Father is really difficult. The concept of the Trinity is a big obstacle as well. It is believed God does not share his deity with another, so it is hard for them to accept Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Another difficulty is the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. It is believed that if Christ was God, then…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on January 15, 2019 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Christmas in Arabia

During the Christmas season, many believers throughout the Arabian Peninsula host parties, gatherings, and events to share the true meaning of Christ's birth to their Muslim friends. It is also a time when many Muslims have opportunity to ask questions about Jesus if they are seeking and encounter the Christmas story on social media. …
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on December 26, 2018 at 3:36pm — No Comments

PTAP: Bahrain & Qatar

Bahrain National Day - December 16
1. Praise God for a handful of new contacts in recent months, local believers and those who are interested in reading the Bible. Also, praise God for increased and extended prayer for Bahrain which has brought about new interest in knowing more about Jesus.…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on December 11, 2018 at 9:11am — No Comments

PTAP: New Believers

Dave learned that his national friend, Adam, had become a believer about two years ago. Adam was disillusioned with Islam while still a teenager and started investigating religions. He found Jesus and the Bible to be historically valid, unlike the others. Dave heard him tell of faith in Jesus alone for salvation, and of several others in his prominent bedouin tribe who had also believed in Jesus. Pray for their growth both individually, and that their faith would spread to others.

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 26, 2018 at 11:24am — No Comments

PTAP: International Day of Prayer for Yemen

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people. - Psalm 113: 7,8

November 10, 2018
 
Dear Praying…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 7, 2018 at 11:52am — No Comments

PTAP: Assurance of Eternal Life

For both Muslims and Christians there is a great desire for the afterlife. This world and all that it offers still leaves us empty. We desire heaven. It is the work of Jesus on the cross that assures Christians their sins are forgiven and they have an eternal home in heaven when they die. Christians have confidence in the finished work of Jesus.
Muslims do not have Jesus' righteousness; all they have is the hope that Allah will allow them into paradise. They have no…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 6, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PTAP: Believers new and potential.

Ali calls himself an agnostic, but enjoys speaking with Christians about

matters of faith. Pray that he will be vulnerable to recognize his own

need of a Savior, and that God's Spirit will give him grace to believe.



Pray for a new believer who is seeking work. Living at the mercy of her family's generosity is very difficult. Pray that she will be encouraged and grow in her trust of her Lord during this trying time of waiting for provision. Ask that she will be a light in… Continue

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on October 22, 2018 at 9:59am — No Comments

PTAP: Pray for Spiritual Rain in Arabia.

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on October 10, 2018 at 1:12pm — No Comments

PTAP: Saudi National Day.

September 23 is Saudi Arabia's National Day and so let's focus our prayers on Saudi Arabia today.  Here are some current requests from people in the country:



Social media is growing and the potential to connect with seekers is growing.  Please pray for media teams that are using social media to reach the lost and bring them into discipling…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on September 21, 2018 at 1:29pm — No Comments

PTAP: May Heaven burst over the Arabian Peninsula

"Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!
As fire causes wood to burn
and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on September 11, 2018 at 10:16am — No Comments

PTAP: 2018 Prayer for Hajj.

HAJJ PRAYER 2018

Dear Friend of the Arabian Peninsula,

On 19-21 August 2018, PTAP (Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula) is asking for 100,000 people from around the world to join us in Prayer & Fasting for the two million Muslims going on the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. These are required acts of service for all…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on August 17, 2018 at 8:36pm — No Comments

PTAP: Hajj in Mecca

Prayer Requests - August 5, 2018…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on August 6, 2018 at 3:11pm — No Comments

PTAP: Social Media Witness; Samuel Zwemer's Prayer for Muslims

In the Arab Gulf, fruitful conversations are continuing to take place. A Christian professor was surprised to see Alex (pseudonym)'s Instagram post from in stylish script, with a tiny reference to Matt. 19.  The professor wrote to ask, "Do you know the source of your quote?" 
Alex answered, "Umm. No." This exchange later led to a private explanation of the gospel, and Alex was delighted to take an Arabic New Testament home. …
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on July 6, 2018 at 12:13pm — No Comments

PTAP: Witness during Ramadan; Prayer for Healing

Prayer Requests - June 17, 2018
 
Dylan (pseudonym) asked when the "night of power," a particular night at the end of Ramadan in which it is thought more clout is earned with Allah for praying through the night, was to a few young Gulf men. This question led to a sharing of thought in which three young Gulf men heard about…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 17, 2018 at 12:51pm — No Comments

PTAP: Pray for the Anglican Church in the UAE

St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Abu Dhabi opens doors for Iftar
ABU DHABI: St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Abu Dhabi opened its doors to serve Iftar to Muslims in an unprecedented ecumenical gesture during the holy month of Ramadan.


Muslims and non-Muslims alike gathered for the fast-breaking evening meal at…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 13, 2018 at 7:53am — No Comments

Ramadan Prayers (Week 4): Pray for the Persecuted Church of the Arabian Peninsula

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints." Colossians 1:24 - 26…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 5, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

PTAP: Ramadan Prayers: Pray for the Unreached of the Arabian Peninsula

The Arab people are the main indigenous people group in the AP. They are the Arab Bedouins of the desert where Mohammad came from and where he founded Islam. In addition, there are minority, indigenous people groups as well. Here are a few of them:
◦Zanzibari Omanis: Swahili-speaking Omanis who have roots in Zanzibar, Tanzania since Oman ruled East…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 30, 2018 at 9:47am — No Comments

Pray for the seeds of the Gospel to Grow

Please pray for the salvation of Dr. D's summer course student, Andy (pseudonym). Although from the Gulf, Andy once lived in Los Angeles, where he became involved with a gang. Thankfully, Andy was able to leave that situation left that situation, and he has shared some of his life with Dr. D. They have, in fact, become confident friends. Pray for meaningful conversations about the gospel in the next few weeks, and for the Spirit of God to convince Andy of the Truth.

There was a group…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 28, 2018 at 9:37am — No Comments

PTAP: Ramadan Prayers for the Children of the Arabian Peninsula

 
Children are a gift from the Lord and parents want the best for their children. Thankfully, the wealth of the oil-rich countries in the Arabian Peninsula has helped children not to be in want. Unfortunately, it has also created a generation of boys and girls who struggle with health issues due to unhealthy fast foods and a sedentary lifestyle. Childhood…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 23, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

PTAP: Disciple Making Movements

Requests for training believers in how to start Disciple-Making Movements are growing fast.  Numerous Discovery Bible Studies are happening in several languages and various areas of the Arabian Peninsula and spreading across international borders as people connect by Skype or travel.  It is a simple, transferrable, and easily reproducible method to introduce people to the Word of God and have them experience Him at the same time.  It can also be done even with the illiterate.  Please…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 22, 2018 at 8:52am — No Comments

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