July 2017

My friend Samir was enjoying his morning time in the Word when he sensed the Spirit underlining the story of the Macedonian call from Acts 16. His prayer for the Oasis team was that they would be listening to God’s mission call. Later that day, he called his wife, Lewiza, who was visiting her family in Egypt.

Lewiza shared with Samir that, while she was walking that morning, the Spirit prompted her to talk to a Muslim woman she passed on the street. Once this woman discovered that Lewiza was a follower of Jesus, she invited her to her home. This woman said her family had been asking God to send someone to them to share about Jesus.

Samir, concerned about his wife’s safety after the recent killings of Christians in Egypt, cautioned Lewiza about walking into a trap. “Its too late,” she replied, “I already went to their home this morning.”

Lewiza arrived at the home to find 17 people waiting for her, ready to hear the Good News. After answering all their questions Lewiza asked them in they wanted to know Jesus personally. When they said “yes,” she had the privilege of leading them to Christ.

How many “Macedonian calls” are going up from the hearts of those we pass on the streets and in hallways of our offices each day? Are we listening to the Lord closely enough to stop and talk?

God is on a mission, and the Church is the missionary. Do we believe that? Others, like Alan Hirsch, have said that the Church doesn't do mission, we are a mission. Mission precedes Church. When we belong to Christ, whether we are businessmen, teachers, politicians or students, we are all called to live on mission. God is listening to silent calls for spiritual help all around us today – will we join him on his mission?

Randy Friesen
General Director

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for Samir and I as we travel to North Africa later in July to meet with our leaders there. Pray for protection, refreshing, encouragement and equipping for effective ministry.
  • Pray for opportunities in your own life for God to use you to provide spiritual help to those around you. Ask God for a greater awareness of these "Macedonian calls".
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Physical slavery is prevalent around the world; it takes many forms. Individuals and people groups are in bondage. Guest speaker, Randy Friesen has seen the amazing power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the oppressed. In our own lives, we can find ourselves enslaved – to sin and to fear. How can we be free? Knowing who we are in Christ is vital to our freedom.
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