Daily Topic for December 01, 2006
King David longed for all the people groups of the earth to worship God, the Creator. In order for this to occur, those who know God must tell of His wonderful deeds so that the nations will seek Him. David encouraged God’s people to “sing…proclaim ...and tell” God’s Good News to all the peoples of the world.
Father, we praise You for Your marvelous love and for Your Son, Jesus. Use us to wonderfully bless the world’s unreached peoples.
The Bunna people of southern Ethiopia were known as killers. Young men proved themselves worthy to marry by killing large animals or a person. One of the first evangelists among the Bunna was an Ari man named Peter, born with a conspicuous harelip that also affected his speech. Disabled children like Peter were seen as cursed and often left to die, but because Christianity had already reached the Ari, Peter was taken in and raised by a Christian family. Peter knew he had been physically saved by the gospel and he grew up wanting to share its message.
The Ari church trained the maturing Peter as a leader and pastor, despite his speech disability. He met and married a young woman who loved and accepted him. One day their church asked for workers to go to the nearby Bunna people to serve and live among them. As a youth, Peter had learned the Bunna language while herding cattle nearby the Bunna herdsman, so he and his wife agreed to take God’s message of love to this tribe known for killing outsiders. Peter received permission to live among the Bunna through the influence and contacts of two other missionaries already working in the area, Ato Mahey and Charlie Bonk. Bonk and Mahey had successfully lived and worked among the Bunna already for several years.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to give compassion for the lost among the reached nations of East Africa. (Continued tomorrow)