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7-nation Arabian Peninsula to be focus of prayer May 30

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–On Pentecost Sunday, May 30, Southern Baptists across America will unite in prayer asking God to help 43 million people in seven countries of the Arab world understand how much He loves them.

“Beyond the Wall: Loving the Peoples of the Arabian Peninsula” marks the 17th year for such a focused, 24-hour prayer effort, said Wendy Hines, associate director of the International Mission Board’s prayer strategy office. The effort spotlights a different people group each year.

“The people of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen are in need of Jesus,” Hines said. “Believers are few, and the church is virtually nonexistent. Those who do follow Christ keep their faith secret in order to remain part of the community.

“Apart from the Holy Spirit’s help, this will not change.”

A free resource kit for the emphasis is available in English, Korean and Spanish. The kit includes four video segments, a music video and a bonus “Kids on Mission” episode — in VHS and DVD formats — as well as a sermon outline and planning tips.

Also available free of charge: a 30-day pocket prayer guide, bulletin inserts and brochures explaining how to pray more effectively for the peoples of the world.

One video segment outlines what Great Commission praying can do to help people who live behind the walls of Islam. Another shows how one Arab country is spending millions to propagate Islam all over the world. A third gives a glimpse into the life of an Arab Muslim who, because of his religion, sees no need to change his life.

“Please pray with us for the salvation of these precious people,” Hines urged. “Committed intercessory prayer connects God’s people with the peoples of the world.

“God is eager to reach them, and He has given us the privilege of participating as He draws the people of the Arabian Peninsula to Himself.”
Order free resources for the Day of Prayer — http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prodlist/CatID/2/DeptID/1.htm.
Day of Prayer on the Internet — http://ime.imb.org/dayofprayer.
Beyond the Wall — http://btw.imb.org. (BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: PENTECOST PRAYER.

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