Daily Topic for November 22, 2006

1 Sam. 23:3
"Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?"

Good question! But God had clearly commanded David and his troops to go, and He had promised them victory if they obeyed, so they went…and inflicted “heavy losses” on the Philistine forces. We might likewise ask: Why leave home, where we are not always successful against Satan’s forces, to go to some other land where Satan is even more firmly entrenched? The answer: because God has commanded us to go, and because He promises victory if we obey. Jesus told His followers to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18), and promised to be with them, and us, to the end of the age.

O Lord, may those in difficult ministries be especially aware of Your presence today. How glad we are that You are with them-and with us!

Al-Sliba Bedouins of Kuwait

Dispersed in a new way, the Bedouins lurk in the cities of the Arab World, as more of the nomadic remnants are challenged with changes. With government policies in different Arabic states regulating the herding, migrating life in the desert lands, Bedouins are increasingly forced to live in the modern world. This is especially true in small Arabic-speaking nations like Kuwait where there is little room for nomadic groups like the Al-Sliba Bedouins to roam. Adjustment is difficult. And It makes matters worse when they feel insulted by those who are forcing them to adjust to the 21st century.

Many Bedouins now live in cities. Arab city dwellers and those who edit television programs need to be careful about what they say. Al-Rai, a TV station in Kuwait City, found out the hard way. According to an October 2005 article in “BBC News,” a popular comedy show in Kuwait enraged the Al-Sliba Bedouins when the lead actor commented that Saddam Hussein is the “dog of the Al-Sliba Bedouins.” It didn’t take long for the Al-Sliba people to hear about it. They stormed the TV station, broke windows and roughed up al-Rai personnel before staff from the program had a chance to explain that they weren’t intending to insult anyone.

The Al-Sliba Bedouins are 100 percent Muslim. They know Jesus as a prophet, but not as the Savior.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Let us pray that the Lord’s workers reach out with love and might to the Al- Sliba Bedouins. Pray that as the Al-Sliba people accept the lordship of Christ that they will share the story of His glory with other Bedouins.-RG

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