NRB Strategic Partnership Prayer Newsletter
Fear or Trust…Go or Stay
Once again the headlines command our attention. Cairo in Turmoil.Hezbollah Pressure Brings Uncertainty in Lebanon. Protesters in Streets in Tunisia, Yemen. It seems the Middle East is once again being stirred to major unrest. Some say they are seeking democracy. Others believe the rioters are motivated by religious fervor. Muslims exerting their powerful influence to establish stronger Islamic-leaning governments. As usual, these issues are more complex than what is often seen on the surface, and the outcome is anything but certain.
In the midst of this turmoil are evangelical Christian broadcasters seeking to bring hope and salvation to all who will put their trust in Jesus. Reaching out to those seeking “something better” than what they have known for so long. Reaching out to those caught in the crossfire of political and religious chaos. Light for the darkness. Hope for the hopeless. Salvation for all who will call upon the name of the Lord.
What should be our response as evangelical believers in Jesus Christ? Fear…or trust? Do we see these days in the Middle East as barriers or open doors?
In last month’s prayer newsletter I mentioned that God was stirring my heart for our Christian broadcasters throughout the Middle East. By God’s grace…and with the dedication of His faithful servants…there are many ministries in the Middle East putting the truth of the Gospel into the air and over the Internet to all who will listen. Some broadcast ministries are visible and openly operating, while many others strive to stay below the radar, even while they have broadcast and production facilities and personnel at the epicenter of the turmoil. We have already been praying for all of these servants, for safety and for effectiveness in these unsettling days.
How do we encourage these who are on the front line, literally, for the Lord? How do we strengthen the work? How do we assist them in what God is leading them to do to impact that culture to which He has called them? Big questions.
If you have been reading these newsletters for a few months you may remember that the Lord brought to my attention a verse to share with Christian broadcasters in Russia. Hebrews 10:39 reminds us of the importance of standing for the Gospel.
I believe this is a message for those serving the Lord through Christian broadcasting in the Middle East. Yet I also believe it is for many of us in the US. Do we say to our colleagues in Egypt, Lebanon, and other countries in this region, “Be safe, be warm,” and then go about our daily routine in the relative comfort here? Or, seeing the need and the opportunity, do we look for ways to be actively involved in strengthening and encouraging God’s work through these front-line folks?
You are so faithful to pray for these needs. I greatly appreciate that. Pray that God will give clear direction to these in the Middle East who proclaim God’s Truth. And pray that the Lord will give us clear direction on how to best help. There is an opportunity to attend a conference in May for Arab Christian broadcasters. These gatherings are great opportunities for me to meet and get to know outstanding servants, and to learn from them how God is working. We also want to be open to ways we, through NRB, might be able to assist Christian broadcasters in this part of the world to accomplish the task that God has called them to do. We’re praying for both the Lord’s direction and provision. Your prayers on this will be a great encouragement to us.
Ministry Opportunities and Prayer Needs
2011 NRB Convention
Pray that our many international friends will receive the blessing and encouragement God intends for them, as they seek to build professional and personal relationships to strengthen their ministries and increase the impact of the Good News in their own land. For many of them a trip to America and the NRB Convention is a major expense. Our goal will be for them to make the connections they need for their broadcast ministries.
Other NRB member organizations, such as HCJB, FEBC, and TWR, have operations and people serving in these areas. We pray for the message of Hope through Jesus will be heard above the din of protesters seeking “change.” The change needed is the one that comes from inside…in the heart of a person touched by the grace of God by accepting the gift of His Son, Jesus.
Radio 7/Media 7 is still working towards television for their work in Tirane. God may be opening some unusual doors to bring this about. Pray for wisdom for Enkelejda Kumaraku as she explores theseopportunities. At the same time, they are seeking the needed $75,000 to launch a radio station in Kosovo, an almost totally Muslim country. With a license already granted, they have a limited time to get the station built and on the air. Pray for the financial resources for this project.
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Over the past two and a half years God has provided for the financial needs of this ministry effort in an amazing way. We are praying for His Spirit to draw others who can provide needed financial support to allow us to continue to encourage and enhance Christian broadcasting around the world. When I see what He has accomplished in this time I am amazed. When I see the growing need, I am hopeful…hopeful that the needed funds will be supplied to accomplish God’s plan in God’s way…and in His timing. I know He is faithful. May I be faithful, also.
Ronald L. Harris, DD