Daily Topic for December 11, 2006
The Lord wept at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:35). He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). He suffered distress of spirit over men’s hardness of heart (Mark 3:5). Do you think He is grieved today because “all the earth” does not fear Him, that “all the people of the world” do not yet revere Him? He bore sin’s penalty-death-for each one! But millions do not know this. How that must grieve Him! Does it grieve us as well?
Dear Lord, make us more sensitive to Your yearning for the unreached. Help us to respond to Your command to go and tell them the good news of Your salvation. How we long for them to know and love You!
“They dumped our water and drove us from the land!” Kawendthwe raged. “We have been in the Kalihari Desert since the beginning. And now we are in this camp, we sit all day with nothing to do. It is like being sick. We are told that we had to leave our land to protect the animals - the same animals we have always lived with. But I think it is because they want to start a diamond mine.”
About 14,000 almond - eyed, high cheekboned Mbarakwengo Bushmen live in the Kalihari of Western Botswana and Eastern Namibia. Alcoholism is killing many of the displaced people in the camps where Botswana’s government put them. These are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, and they are fading away.
Though some have embraced the gospel, most adhere to the traditional beliefs which they have held for centuries. These beliefs include the concepts of sin and an all-good God. God has truly placed eternity in the hearts of these Bushmen.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the traditional beliefs they hold will make a path for them to fully understand and embrace the gospel. Pray that they will call upon the Name of Jesus Christ for salvation and a loving relationship. Pray that while the sin of the camp is great, that a spiritual move of God will be greater and save these ancient people that God treasures.-PE