Ramadan: A Cup of Coffee In The Desert

Desert Villag_1.AA few years ago a Follower of Jesus, decided to go radical i.e. to walk in a place where few dare to go.  The road was long and tiresome, and he had plenty of time to chat with God. Not knowing the area or the people and how they would react to his presence in such a remote location; he asked God to guide him.  As he drove into the Muslim desert village, he saw men sitting, chatting and drinking coffee. He walked toward the group and before he could take a seat, an elderly man invited him for a cup of coffee. The Follower accepted the offer and silently thanked God for the swift response to prayer.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isa 55:8-9)

North african_6The man introduced himself as Ali and asked the Follower to come with him. Walking at a quick pace they took a narrow road that led them  into a valley, far more isolated than the village.  Just about the time the Follower thought he would turn back, they stopped beneath a tree where Ali took out a small pot, filled it with water, and then buried it in the warm sand saying that it would take “just a  few minutes” for the water to boil.

While the men were sipping strong coffee, a scrap of a book lodged in a tree branch caught the Followers eye. Ali told him that it was a book of stories saying that he loved reading them, and regularly told them to his visitors; adding that many returned to hear more stories.

Astonished, the Follower saw that it was a portion of the gospel; well-worn with many pages missing. Explaining to Ali that it was only a part of the Book he asked Ali if he would like the whole Book.  Ali eagerly smiled in agreement. With a quick step, the Follower hurried back to his car to fetch a Bible.   Returning to Ali’s “coffee shop” with the book clenched under his arm, he proudly presented Ali with his new Bible.

“Then I will change the people of the nations, and they will pray to me alone and not to other gods. They will all obey me” Zephaniah 3:9.

 

  • Please pray that God would continue to smile and bless all Muslims with His favor and love.
  • Please pray for Muslims who are praying and fasting-seeking spiritual renewal.
  • Please pray that You would give all Followers a heart of love for Muslim people.
  • For more information & directed ways to pray during Ramadan go to: 30daysPrayer.com
  • Or…  Pray30Days.org
  • Day Seven of Ramadan
  • Day Eight of Ramadan

(This story was re-posted from One With Them Devotional: Open Doors)

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