Culture

The God Who Sees

Father, we thank you that you hear the people of Qatar who want to know you better. We pray that many will be able to say like Hagar: “You are the God who sees me.” (Gen 16:13)

The Women Seeking God

‘Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord! ’ And she told them that he had said these things to her. ’ —John 20:18 Lord, your ways are truly not our ways and your thoughts not ours. Thank you for breaking the cultural code of the time and appeared first to a woman who was seeking you outside the tomb. We pray for all the seeking women in Qatar to see you as the Risen Lord.

Praying for the Seekers

Father we lift up Qatar to you and ask that You would reveal yourself to those who are seeking. Give dreams and visions of Jesus. Tune TVs to Christian satellite programs. May young people find Christian websites that give answers and hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen!  

Human Rights

In recent years there has been a growing awareness of human rights abuses in Qatar. Secular or nominal Muslim rights advocates have been speaking out against these abuses. Today, we invite you to pray for these human rights advocates. Pray that they may come to know Jesus as their Savior. Pray also that they will have wisdom in their work. May they know what issues to tackle and whom to work together with. Pray for their protection from people with more extreme religious views.  

May Christ come Again

In the coming days we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus the King of Kings. May He come again soon and be born in many hearts as we start celebrating his birth which brought the kingdom of God near to every heart. Let us pray that Jesus heals, saves, and sets captives free in Qatar, as we sing the songs of Joy celebrating his Christmas. Photo via Doha News

The Future of Our Youth

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) Jesus, we thank you for coming to earth so that all people can choose life and live an abundant life through you. We pray for all the young people in Qatar, to choose you and be saved from destruction and eternal death.

Finding True Wealth

“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) Qatar is filled with many affluent and wealthy people. Pray that the materialism would decrease. Pray that the wealthy would feel an emptiness from all of the money and objects they buy. They may have all of their needs met with money but pray that they would recognize their spiritual need of a savior. May they realize that nothing this world offers can bring them true fulfillment but that…

CHILD REARING & the MORAL COMPASS

CHILD REARING and the MORAL COMPASS Parents everywhere are concerned about raising their children well. Qatari parents, religious or not, are no exception. Because Islam is based on a moral code, even the irreligious often want to teach their children religious values. . Each family is different. Some parents take extreme measures to protect their children from evil, fearing their children will be exposed to too many damaging influences at too young an age. One such family only allows their children to interact with extended family or the hired nanny so their children internalize family behaviors and culture. Another parent rarely allows…

SINGING SAND DUNES

Many think the ocean is captivating. But the desert can have its own quixotic beauty: in some places, sands can create a melodious roar described as a symphony. Traveller Marco Polo said it created “the sounds of all kinds of musical instruments,” named by others as the combination of a double bass, trombone, didgeridoo and low-flying airplane. Qatar contains one of about 30 singing sand dunes on Earth. The singing sound is created by wind passing over dunes, or by walking in the sand. The grains at singing sand dunes are small and round and similar in diameter, and contain…

THE QATAR FLAG

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Qatar’s flag is maroon with a broad white jagged band on the hoist side. White symbolizes peace. Maroon symbolizes blood shed during wars. The nine-point serrated line indicates Qatar is the 9th member of the “reconciled Emirates” since the Qatari-British treaty in 1916. Legend says Qatar’s flag was once red. When a certain dye was used in making the original flag, it was left in the sun to dry, and the hot Gulf sun faded the color to maroon. The color was regarded as more beautiful and is now called “Qatar Red”. Red is the most popular color used in…

ACCESS, GOSPEL MATERIALS, & OBEDIENT BELIEVERS

  Access is generally the greatest challenge in sharing the Gospel and planting the Church in Qatar. Thankfully, across the Arab world, we can send materials to places where we can’t always send people. The Bible is available in several versions in Arabic. Anti-proselytism laws cannot prevent gospel radio, TV, and Christian websites from penetrating the homes and hearts of those living in Qatar. Many Arabic-language websites, chat rooms and programs seem to have a powerful effect. We believe in the transformative power of the Scriptures. We believe in the power of God to illuminate meaning and create understanding, whether or…

ALL THINGS NEW

In the early 1900s, millions immigrated to America, seeking to forget the past and reinvent themselves. Qatar, with its newfound riches, is one of very few with the same opportunity to reinvent itself in modern times. . Little evidence remains of Qatar’s obscurity before oil discovery in the 1940s or natural gas discovery in the 1970s. Fifteen years ago, the country was in debt. Now Qatar is the richest nation in the world per capita. Construction and development are exploding. . As modernization and its glory collide with culture, we must recognize that the new and shiny surface likely belies…