"My temptation is this, that I think I don't have a gracious God." - Martin Luther
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
Apologies for not updating the W.O.B recently, Team Bryan was busy welcoming baby number two into the world. My wife gave birth on Sunday morning and everyone is doing great - sleepy but great!
For the Win[dow],
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Romans 8:1
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Oman
The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered from Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, the nascent 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, although the Sultanate never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al-Said overthrew his father, and has since ruled as sultan, but he has not designated a successor. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world, while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK and US. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with its neighbors and to avoid external entanglements. Inspired by the popular uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa beginning in January 2011, some Omanis staged demonstrations, calling 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 increasing 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 Omani 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 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. He has since appeared publicly on a few occasions.
- 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 in the field.
- Pray for the US office.