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PTAP: City Focus - Sur, Oman

As you travel the coastline down from Muscat, Oman, the mountains meet the ocean and you are immersed in the beauty of the expanse of blue on one side and the large rocky peaks and valleys on the other.  The road between these two features takes you to the city of Sur, Oman.  This town is settled around a bay that rests in a break between the mountains and opens the path to the interior of the country.  Historically, Sur's location proved to be ideal for accessing the trade routes from the Gulf east to India and down to East Africa.  It flourished as a city of trade and became renowned for the industry of shipbuilding.  But the winds of change were not kind to this city. The advancement of ships, change in shipping routes and the halt of the slave trade slowed the economy of Sur.  But now, the sails of this city are being filled again.  The infusion of industry, coupled with the growth of tourism to the many natural areas of beauty nearby, is creating the opportunity for growth again.  Sur lacks any known intentional witness to the Gospel message, but is uniquely positioned to provide the opportunity to live in a growing city with access to the Ash Sharqiyah region which contains many traditionally Bedouin areas.

"And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God'" -Matthew 14:32-33

Pray that those who hear the Gospel message in Sur would recognize the truth of who Christ is and worship him. As people find themselves in the midst of storms, pray that they would look beyond what they know in order to find a God that provides them with the ability to have peace through any storm, especially peace from self-striving salvation that leads to eternal death.  
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PTAP: To Know the Son

For Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula, most of the very basics of Christianity are so far out of their worldview. For them to think of God as Father, or even more out there as "Daddy (Abba)", is really hard.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father".  Romans 8:15
Islam teaches that God the Father cannot have a Son. God cannot become a man. God cannot die on a cross. For them the God of all creation cannot dwell in their hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit. Their worldview does not allow some of the most basic truths that come from God's Word.
Pray for the truth about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to grow right across the Arabian peninsula. Pray that many would cry out "Abba, Father." May they come to know Him for who He is. Pray that they would know the Father, who sent the Son, and of His great love.
People in the region who are seeking are finding Jesus online through different social and other media channels on their own. Please pray that the ones who are searching and seeking online may be connected to those on the ground and engage in the Word.
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