Precious Time at Highland

Such a sweet time with these folks at Highland Baptist Church in Hogansville GA. Pastor Terry caught me in front of my new business card up on the screen.

At the end of the church service I asked everyone to “suspend” the normal view of the alter call which is that, “only those with BIG sounds confess to the alter.”

They agreed, and 90% of the church came to the alter. I was at the alter praying and kept hearing people walk down the aisle behind me. It was so special.

I finally went to the pastor and asked him to close. I them went and sat in one of the pews.

Looking forward to tonight!

Mark S Mirza


Men and Prayer – NOT an Oxymoron



This post originally printed in the Prayer Connect magazine dated September/October 2012.

It is based on the things I learned about getting men to pray when I led the Men’s Prayer Ministry for Dr. Charles Stanley at First Baptist Atlanta from March 2006 until September 2010.

The actual article is here at this link.

Enjoy, and, if you would, share with me your thoughts. Plus, feel free to call me if you have any questions.


Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker: Common Thread Ministries

Kenya, The Ministry Expands

Kenya Video History of Common Thread Ministries
October 2016 Video of our History in Kenya

I recently posted the following. I decided to follow it up with a video, above. It’s only 5 minutes long. Please watch it and give me your feedback.

In this article, you will see my current burden for these folks. It may surprise you. It sure did me!

CLICK HERE for the original article, which is below in it’s full format:


kenyaministryteam-2015-webresFrom my first visit I became burdened for the elderly, retired pastors. I’ll never forget the retired pastor who came up to me, NOT to ask me for money, but to ask me to remember him, for as with nearly all retired pastors, they have no money.

Well, we plan to engage them, the retired pastors, to marshal other elderly individuals in their towns and villages.

I couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night and recorded some thoughts that have been reverberating in my heart for awhile. Let me share my late night writing with you below:

My Kenyan Burden

God is opening doors in Kenya where we are rebuilding the foundations of prayer in men and women EVERYWHERE we go. We are now working to disciple retired pastors who in turn will marshal the elderly into prayer cells:

  • It is interesting that the dictionary defines “marshal” as, “to gather or organize people or things, especially in order to achieve a particular aim“

And what is that aim? To rebuild the foundations of prayer in the ones who, with their life experiences, SHOULD BE our prayer warriors, the elderly.

This next paragraph is so far out of my comfort zone that I am struggling to write it, but I am, because I really believe the Lord laid this on my heart.

We would be honored if some of you would commit to supporting Kenya monthly. If you do, we’d like to do the following:

  1. Send you a personally signed copy of Mark’s novel, “The Pray-ers”
  2. Keep you actively involved in Kenya by introducing to you, every month, to individual team members that live and serve there
  3. If 100 people gave $25.00 per month we could
    1. Raise one of our part-time staff to a full-time position.
    2. We could schedule 3 – 4 visits per year; and
    3. Our “Retired Pastors” ministry could reach into all 47 counties in Kenya.

The burden of my heart is big, for them in Kenya, and has been since my very first trip. After my last trip I returned home and told Naida, “I could return as a full time missionary, if God called me to do so.” The spiritual need is so great. Doctrines of demons runs rampant.

Nearly every-time I speak, and especially the last two visits pastors would stand up and say, in front of their congregations, “We have got to rethink the way we pray,” or “I have been convicted about the way I have been praying.” And then the words of Bishop Zachariah still ring in my ears, ‘Oh Bro. Mark, I am so ashamed of the way we order God around.’

If you believe the Lord is leading you, please join us in our ministry.

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A Short Note from Mark S Mirza

Turlock High School, Class of 1976

My Dear Pray-ers,

I just went to my 40th High School Class Reunion and there was a lot of music from the 70’s. I don’t recall if this one, For The Love of Money, from the O’Jays was played but it fits with something I need to say about money: