FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
We're in the dog days of summer. NBA Finals - over. US Open - over. Just women's soccer and June baseball. I'm counting down the days until football (75) starts. For sports fans like me this is the worst part of the year. I'm also convinced that there are only 9 people in America that care about the Arena Football league ... which hurts because I love Arena Football!
Come on Fall! You cant get here fast enough!
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Romans 1:16
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Pakistan
The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for breakthroughs in reaching spiritually oppressed people living in areas currently beyond the reach of a Christian witness.
- Pray for leaders of integrity to carefully navigate ongoing tensions with neighbors which threaten the nation’s stability.
- Pray for the strongholds of Islamic extremism and terrorist violence to be broken and rendered powerless.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.