"I gave up all for Christ and what have I found? Everything in Christ?" - John Calvin
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
Laid low yesterday for Labor Day. Watched many, many hours of glorious college football. Getting back into the swing of things today - gearing up for our annual adaptive sports camp. Everyone deserves the right to play. More info on this soon.
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Isaiah 55:1
"Come everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money; come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price..."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Mauritania
Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. He was reelected in 2014 to a second and final term as president (according to the present constitution). The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among three major groups: Arabic-speaking descendants of slaves (Haratines), Arabic-speaking "White Moors" (Bidhan), and members of Sub-Saharan ethnic groups mostly originating in the Senegal River valley (Halpulaar, Soninke, and Wolof). Mauritania confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, which launched successful attacks between 2005 and 2010. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for the Word of God to be preached among Mauritanians in their heart language.
- Pray for God’s mercy in the wake of severe drought and a poor economy that plagues the people.
- Pray for Christ’s freedom to be understood by those suffering under the bondage of slavery.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers on the field.
- Pray for the US office.