As many of you know from the news, a lot is happening in the AP these days. Tensions between the US and Iran are rising due to oil tankers being attacked in the Gulf of Oman. Drones are being shot down. The US will be sending 1500 more troops to the Middle East. Air travel is being diverted away from the Strait of Hormuz.
The Houthis in Yemen are firing missiles into Saudi Arabia, particularly Abha airport in the southern part of Saudi close to Yemen. The Houthis have fired missiles into the capital city of Riyadh as well.
The UK has ruled that British arm sales to Saudi Arabia are unlawful. The World Food Programme has been forced to suspend food deliveries to Sana'a, Yemen due to Houthi interference in aid delivery.
The economy of the UAE is struggling as evidenced by white collar, expat workers not being hired in similar numbers as before, and much money being spent on UAE military involvement in Yemen and in other countries. The broken ties between Qatar and Saudi Arabia/Bahrain/Egypt/UAE continue with no solution in sight.
It looks like God is shaking up the region.
Let's pray Hebrews 12:28, giving thanks to God for giving us a kingdom that CANNOT BE SHAKEN! Pray that AP Arabs would receive this unshakable kingdom and offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire. Praise God for all the local believers in the AP. The numbers are small and the growth is slow, but it continues and the worship of Jesus will not be thwarted by wars or rumors of war or anything else in all creation!
Also, here is an interesting report from the BBC about the ancient city of Marib in Yemen. The Yemenis believe that Marib was the center of the Queen of Sheba's kingdom. Both Yemenis and Ethiopians claim the Queen of Sheba as their own.
Here is a small oasis in the midst of a country shaken up by war, but this is only temporary unless the war ends. Let's continue to pray for the end of this war, confident that God promises to build his UNSHAKABLE church in Yemen and the rest of the AP no matter what happens for we know that he can do all things and that no purpose of his can be thwarted (Job 42:2). Amen!
"To see the global church praying for the Arabian Peninsula so that the gospel and churches will be planted for every indigenous people in the Arabian Peninsula"