FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
If we wanted to, we could devote this weekly blog exclusively to updates regarding ISIS movement in Iraq and Syria. Our work in this region has slowed to a crawl (as it should... sport development is not a national priority during violent jihad) and today it appears that ISIS has once again made major strides by taking Ramadi - a strategic city about 100 miles from the capital of Iraq.
It seems these advancements happen so frequently that it doesn't even warrant headlines anymore which is discouraging in of itself. I don't know when/if/who will restore this region, but we must continue to ask Jesus to bring his children to himself. Nothing else is strong enough.
For the win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: John 10:10
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Jordan
Following World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the League of Nations awarded Britain the mandate to govern much of the Middle East. Britain demarcated a semi-autonomous region of Transjordan from Palestine in the early 1920s. The area gained its independence in 1946 and thereafter became The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country's long-time ruler, King HUSSEIN (1953-99), successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. King HUSSEIN in 1988 permanently relinquished Jordanian claims to the West Bank; in 1994 he signed a peace treaty with Israel. King ABDALLAH II, King HUSSEIN's eldest son, assumed the throne following his father's death in 1999. He implemented modest political and economic reforms, but in the wake of the "Arab Revolution" across the Middle East, Jordanians continue to press for further political liberalization, government reforms, and economic improvements. In January 2014, Jordan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.
- Pray for current religious freedom to remain despite increasing pressure to suppress it.
- Pray for the multitude of refugees who have crossed into Jordan to clearly hear the true gospel.
- Pray for Christianity to be held in high regard so that God's work in this strategic part of the Middle East would not be thwarted.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.