Daily Topic for December 16, 2006

Ps. 67:3
"May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You"

Because of the compelling love of Jesus (cf. (2 Cor. 5:14), this psalm can be the prayer of our hearts, that the whole earth may receive the blessing of Abraham which we have received through Christ. Perhaps this psalm was on Charles Wesley’s heart when he wrote the words to his hymn, “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.” The second verse of that hymn reminds us that it is God, our gracious Master, who assists us “to spread through all the earth abroad, the honors of (His) Name.”

Dear Father, may indeed “Your ways be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations” through us, we pray.

Swahili People of Eastern Africa

Mumbajo grabbed his small son and cried out to his wife, “Hold on, the cow is moving his horns!” Traditionally, the Swahili people like Mumbajo have believed that since a cow is holding up the world, that earthquakes come when this cow moves her horns.

“Maybe God will talk to the angels (i.e., make thunder) and be pleased and form the lightning,” Mumbajo’s wife commented as she swayed with the temblor. “We need the rain.”

Swahili means “coast” and the coastal people of East Africa of several groups who have a common language, beliefs and customs are all called Swahili. These 1,500,000 people are 100 percent Muslim though traditional beliefs still linger. They began as a people 2,000 years ago when Arab and Persian traders intermarried with the local women. 

Translations of the Bible, a myriad of Christian films, tracts and outreach material exist, but few of these folk Muslims are willing to listen to anything seen as Christian. However, the people are becoming fascinated by Western ways and lifestyles, and are eager to speak to Westerners and learn more about them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to break up the rocky soil of these hearts to Jesus. Pray that Western Christians will make friends with Swahili Muslims. Pray that the avenue of commerce will be mightily used as Christian businessmen share Christ with their Swahili counterparts.-PE

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