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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.  

Strengthen the Workers, Lord

Jesus, we ask you to strengthen the workers and believers in Qatar today. We specially ask for expat workers that are new to Qatar that you would help them in their time of transition and settling into this country. Help them with language learning. Encourage them today.

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…

Our Wide and Effectual Door

A recent article in Christianity Today reports how as cities like Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi boom with business and tourism, the region’s Christian population grows. Much of this comes from medical missions and market dynamics. We thank you Father for the creative ways you are getting believers into areas such as this and for this “wide and effectual door” (1 Corinthians 16:9). We pray that you will continue to send believers in with a heart for reaching the lost. We pray that you will bless them and anoint them for your purposes Lord.

Back to School

We pray for the education system in Qatar. We ask for the development of good education for children and youth.  Raise up teachers who have soft hearts for children. We ask for the development of higher education that will give young people a good start in life and open up job opportunities for them. Amen.

Jesus, the Liberator

Father, we know that in Qatar human trafficking and forced labor (such as maid slaves to wealthy Gulf families) are big issues. We are horrified at this evil industry that makes money from the vulnerability of people. We ask, in Jesus’ name, that his industry be exposed and broken apart. We ask Your protection on those who are vulnerable. And we ask that you would set people free! Amen! “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)  

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…

CREATED FOR RELATIONSHIP

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  Among Qatari people wealth and luxury are abundant. As humans we were created by God for relationship with Him; we were made to crave it and nothing else can satisfy that hunger. “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” –Ecclesiastes 5:10 Pray that Qataris realize that wealth and luxury are not enough, and that they would seek a relationship with Jesus.  

QATARIZATION

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Qatar is in a predicament. The discovery of abundant natural resources attracted foreigners from around the globe to take jobs. However, now, there is a tug of war between who should be given the jobs: Qataris or foreigners. About 8 years ago the electric company replaced all Qatari employees with Southeast Asians. The typical Qatari is expensive to hire. Qataris have a long list of social obligations to family and are unlikely to work the same hours as others, thus seen as unreliable employees. Frequently, even companies with Qatari business owners do not hire Qataris; when they are hired, they…

EXPAT WORKERS

A large percentage of Qatar’s population – up to 85% – is expatriate, or non-Qatari.  In 2010 the estimated population was 1.7 million, only 300,000 Qatari citizens. After the discovery of natural oil and gas, expats arrived en masse to assist the development of those resources. Qatar needs expats because some skills do not currently exist (locals were traditionally desert dwellers and seafarers), and there are certain jobs Qataris are unwilling to do themselves. However, educated expats compete with citizens for limited jobs, so polices are enforced that restrict their long-term residency. The expat community is relatively young and overwhelmingly male. Men are often…

NEW STADIUM DESIGN REVEALED FOR 2022

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On July 2nd a second stadium design for the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar was unveiled. This venue will seat 60,000 people and is planned to be the semi-final venue. The construction is expected to start this month and be completed in 2018. Pray that all of the immigrant workers will be kept safe in the construction of this building. Also pray that as immigrants come to work on this building they will come into contact with Christians and learn about His redemption.

MERCHANTS

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Can you pray for all of the merchants that are working in Qatar? Specifically pray that they would have dreams and visions of Christ, and that in result they would discover truth, power and freedom that comes from knowing Christ as savior.