Daily Topic for February 07, 2016
In the 1800s, Modibo Adama, a scholar and Muslim holy warrior, led a jihad in what is now Cameroon and Nigeria, opening the region up to Fulani colonization. He continued his campaign, eventually conquering many villages and founding his own empire, which he named Adamawa after himself. His Fulani people established Islam as the religion in the region. New converts learned classical Arabic in order to study the Qur’an. To support themselves, the people raised cattle on land that was once forested. Today there are over a million people whom we call the Adamawa Fulani.
In May 2013, the president of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria because of the activities of Boko Haram. World Watch Monitor reported that violence persisted as recently as March 2015. At that time a group of Fulani herdsmen with ties to Islamist movements broke into homes and killed 100 men, women, and children. The attackers then burned the houses and surrounding crops in Adamawa.
The Adamawa Fulani people do not have to live in such a way that will bring God’s wrath on them. The complete Bible has been translated into their language, and they can also hear it online! The JESUS Film and gospel recordings are available in their mother tongue.
Pray for compassionate believers to bring these resources to the Adamawa Fulani people. Pray for courage and safety as missionaries venture into these turbulent areas to reach out to a people with a long history of violence.