Monday, July 21, 2014
Supply & Demand
Prior to the beginning of Ramadan these hangars comprised a bustling little business, feeding faithful breakfast and lunch seekers along the side of the road. Since the beginning of Ramadan and the Muslim fast the benches and tables have been stacked up, unused, collecting dust. Across the city as I walk or drive, I notice the absence of these small street vendors who earn a living by providing food for those who pass by. With the majority of the country fasting there simply isn't a demand for the service they supply. In this nation that is one of the poorest in the world, what does it mean to lose your livelihood for an entire month? At the same time, there is an increasing demand for faithful Muslims to spend their income on feasting each night and on brand new expensive outfits for the end of Ramadan. This often leads to debt which they spend the remainder of the year paying off. During this month when followers of Islam are working extra hard to meet the requirements of their religion, pray that God would open their eyes and help them to see that fulfilling all of these demands cannot supply them with peace or a right relationship with God. Pray that many will encounter Jesus - The Way, The Truth and The Life.