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Alabamian serving in Middle East asks for prayercomment (0)

March 24, 2011

By Ava Thomas

In the country where Lucy Hamilton works, the predominant religious view on what the end times look like is pretty different from the way it looks in the Bible.

But with North Africa and the Middle East in their current state of turmoil, some people she knows are starting to take another look — and ask some questions.

“The other day, I had a conversation with someone about the end times,” said Hamilton, an Alabamian serving as a Southern Baptist representative among the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East. “He was wondering if possibly everything that is happening here was a sign that the end was near. In Islam, their idea of what this will look like is very different from what the Bible describes. I was able to share with him a little about Christ’s return and His ability to rule and be glorified by all the world.”

It’s not the first time the unrest has opened a door for her to talk about Christ, and it likely won’t be the last.

“He’s definitely at work,” Hamilton said. “With everyone searching for change and more freedom in their lives, we’ve found many opportunities to speak about the Truth.”

The protests against the governments — while staged for valid needs at times — are really souls crying out over a deeper unmet need, she said.

“It is clear they are seeking for some purpose and hope in their lives. We are praying He will use these times to show Himself clearly in the midst of people’s struggles and open the way for His Kingdom to come in this country,” she said. “I think most of the people here think that God is on their side, whether they are pro-government or with the current opposition. They are confident that He will help them and will make things right. However, their concept of God keeps them from seeing the bigger picture of what He might be doing and from seeing what He would personally teach them.”

Hamilton asks that believers in Alabama pray for people to experience conviction and realization of sin, as well as God’s wrath against sin, so that they can see their need for the Savior.

“Please pray also that this time of unrest in this area of the world will open the doors for His Kingdom to enter into a place that has been so dark for so long,” she said.

She also asked for prayer for the handful of believers in her country, that they would be strengthened and used by the Father to spread hope among a people desperately searching for it.

“Please ask for boldness and wisdom for those working here to make the most of opportunities He has given during this time,” Hamilton said. She noted specifically three of her friends that she’s gotten to share Truth with since the unrest began.

“So much stands in their way but He opens blind eyes,” she said.

Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, is encouraging Alabama Baptists to set aside March 27 as a Day of Prayer for the Middle East.

“While the Middle East has always been a hot spot, we have never seen this type of overall impact and unrest,” he said.

“Pray for those areas and the people in general and particularly for Christians as they try to be salt and light in a very extreme, difficult time.”

For more information, visit mepray.net.

EDITOR’S NOTE — Name changed for security reasons.

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