"It is entirely by the intervention of Christ's righteousness that we obtain justification before God." - John Calvin
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
Short staffed around the office this week. Our Director of Strategic Partnerships is in Florida this week for a series of meetings. Pray that these meetings are fruitful and lead to future partnerships; additionally, pray for that entire area as they recover from Hurricane Matthew.
For the Win[dow],
VERSE OF THE WEEK: 1 Samuel 16:7
"Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Algeria
After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was established in 1954 as part of the struggle for independence and has since largely dominated politics. The Government of Algeria in 1988 instituted a multi-party system in response to public unrest, but the surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting led the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. Fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense violence from 1992-98, resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s, and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000.
Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent and won subsequent elections in 2004, 2009, and 2014. The government in 2011 introduced some political reforms in response to the Arab Spring, including lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency restrictions and increasing women's quotas for elected assemblies, while also increasing subsidies to the populace. Algeria’s reliance on hydrocarbon revenues to finance the government and large subsidies for the population is under stress because of declining oil prices.
- Pray for the Berber peoples and many other unreached people groups who span across the entire nation.
- Pray for faith-filled bold believers to persevere despite intensifying persecution by Muslims.
- Pray for those scarred by violence and war to find their healing in Jesus Christ.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers on the field.
- Pray for the US office.