JOHANNESBURG (BP)--As uprisings in parts of Africa and the Middle East continue to escalate, many Christians are seeing God make Himself known in the midst of chaos.
Pro-democracy protests have swept through several Arab nations, with the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt forced to resign amid growing unrest. Most recently, activists in Libya, Iran and Bahrain are clashing with the police and military as they seek political reform.
Former International Mission Board (IMB) missionary Mike Edens, associate dean of graduate studies and professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), believes Christians all over the world can make a difference in this time of unrest.
"We who are outside of the situation pray for and are partners with people inside the situation, and God is working through both of us to make Himself known," Edens said.
DESPERATE FOR PRAYER
An Egyptian Christian monitoring the situation said it is difficult to know what's really going on in his country.
"The protest started as [a] real people's revolution -- it was the farmers, the poor workers, the true Egyptians asking for change, because they cannot take it any longer," he said.
Now it is as if "evil was unleashed on Egypt," he continued, with freed prisoners and thugs -- believed by some to be from the secret police -- taking to the streets to kill, steal and destroy.
"The church is confused in Egypt -- not sure how to pray," he said. "... We don't know if change is going to be good or worse. [We] need wisdom and revelation to move at this opportune time in strategic prayers led by the Holy Spirit."
The Egyptian man asked for prayer for peace and security to return to the streets of Egypt and for wisdom for Christians to speak truth to churches and to the nation.
SOUTHERN SUDAN SEEKS SECESSION
Believers in Sudan, a country divided between the northern and southern regions, also are relying on God during a crucial time for their nation.
A Jan. 9-15 referendum in southern Sudan yielded a nearly unanimous vote that the south secede from the north. Read More