FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
Last night I witnessed the Super Blood Moon. 'Super' because the timing of the orbit was such that the moon was visibly larger (compared to other seasons); and 'blood,' because the earth's shadow was cast on against the moon, creating a red shade. Its an eclipse that will not happen again for 30+ years. There are those who see this has a heavenly prediction of doom. However the scriptures say only that it will precede the Lord's coming. No official word on how long that will take...
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Acts 2:20
"The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day..."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Oman
The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al-Said overthrew his father, and has since ruled as sultan, but he has never designated a successor. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries. Inspired by the popular uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa beginning in January 2011, some Omanis began staging marches, demonstrations, and sit-ins calling mostly for more jobs and economic benefits and an end to corruption. In response to those protester demands, QABOOS in 2011 pledged to implement economic and political reforms, such as granting legislative and regulatory powers to the Majlis al-Shura and introducing unemployment benefits. Additionally, in August 2012, the Sultan announced a royal directive mandating the speedy implementation of a national job creation plan for thousands of public and private sector jobs. As part of the government's efforts to decentralize authority and allow greater citizen participation in local governance, Oman successfully conducted its first municipal council elections in December 2012. Announced by the Sultan in 2011, the municipal councils will have the power to advise the Royal Court on the needs of local districts across Oman's 11 governorates. The Sultan returned to Oman in March 2015 after eight months in Germany, where he received medical treatment. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for a wide open door to the Gospel that would spread to neighboring closed nations.
- Pray for the Gospel to infiltrate Omani culture, reaching the many who are still unreached.
- Pray for opportunities and courage for Muslims to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers on the field.
- Pray for the US office.