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An outstanding pearl found by one of Qatar's pearl divers.

Dana and the Pearl of Great Price

Hump Day - Day of Prayer for the Muslim World Vol. 233
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
Matthew 13:45-46

Today we are sending out the first Hump Day newsletter in a long time. Though not every week to begin with, we hope to be bringing you Hump Day prayer newsletters more regularly soon. Thank you for your patience.

What is a Dana?
A Dana is a large, heavy, perfectly round and highly prized pearl. It is the ultimate in hunting for pearls and is found on more expensive jewelry.

Qatar and its History with Pearls
Qatar used to be a very rich nation due to its pearl industry (see Pearl Fountain photo below). For many years, it made up the largest portion of its economy.

  • For years, due to the Qatar's pearl trade, many divers made long and dangerous voyages cramped on a ship and take months away from their families to come to Qatar to dive for the best pearls.
  • Generations of Qataris were trained on how to dive deep (59 feet for over 2 minutes!) to collect pearls without modern diving equipment! Such was the value of pearls - particularly the Dana!

Prayer Needs
Perhaps Jesus had in mind the pearl trade of the Arab Gulf when He made His statement about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 13:45-46. We don't know.

Many do not realize that Qatar used to be a Christian kingdom until Islam took over. Now?
Qatar is 88% Islam and only .83% Christian!
  1. Pray for a spiritual awakening to take place so that Qataris would seek Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven and see this as the REAL pearl of great value - much greater than a Dana! Their eternity rests upon it!
  2. Pray for these people groups who live in Qatar numbering about 458,000 people. There are 0.00% Christians found among these four groups -- Hijazi, Persian, Turk and Urdu. May the LORD send laborers of the gospel among them.

Thank you for praying with us again today! We love and appreciate all of you!

Dream so big only Jesus can make it happen!

Jay & Marsha Crenshaw
e3 Partners
Strategy Coordinators MECANA/USA
Qatar's famous pearl fountain - a tribute to the history of the nation's pearl industry.
Diver brings up six oysters hoping for some valuable pearls to be found inside.



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