Lovefast 9: Turkish delight

Lovefast prayer and action campaign from the Mahabba Network

Day 9 of 30

By John from a local Mahabba group

Inspired by today's entry in the 30 Days of Prayer booklet, but with a UK twist!


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Daily verse

When a foreigner resides with you in your land, you must not oppress him. You must treat the foreigner living among you as native-born and love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
— Leviticus 19:33-34

Thought for the day

Turks in the UK

After the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016 the government clamped down on anyone even vaguely associated with it. Some were able to flee the country, even leaving their families behind. None can return without likely arrest.

For over a year a group of local Christians in our town has been meeting with some of these Muslims from Turkey to discuss the Scriptures. This is something they were very keen to do. The local Mahabba Group wrote about these encounters:

We have looked at the significance of Abraham and Joseph, some psalms and issues of hospitality, life-style, forgiveness, grace, judgement and eternity. All of us have come to understand ourselves and each other better from these encounters. We have enjoyed celebrating Christmas and Easter together and joining in Iftar parties. Friendships have developed and we have been able to give support to this group of relative newcomers to this country.

This is an example of what Mahabba love for the 'foreigner in your midst' can achieve when you love them as yourself..... It has been a source of real delight.


Prayer for the day

Pray that people find Jesus as they seek to understand and integrate into British society and who face great difficulties as they cannot visit family members back on their country of origin (like these friends from Turkey).


Daily action

Are you and your church ready to welcome refugees? Visit Welcome Churches below to see what you could do.


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Resources

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