Daily Topic for December 25, 2006
As we recall Jesus’ birth this Christmas Day, we see Almighty God crossing the greatest barriers which separated Him from man. And in God’s initiative to live among us we see the missionary dynamic necessary to reach unreached people groups. Jesus - the missionary Word of God - “became flesh” so that 33 years later He might die and decisively deal with the barrier of sin. The same Word which had created man became man, took on human flesh, and “lived for a while among us.” It is now our task to cross other barriers (culture, language, religion) to the unreached peoples and proclaim the “Word” in person!
Father, as You sent Your Son, now send us.
Today is Christmas, and many people are thinking about gifts. Though few know about Christmas or the Savior born in Bethlehem, the Mursi people are well acquainted with gifts given to the bride’s family before a wedding. A teenaged Mursi girl must have her lower lip pierced, and a lip plate inserted. If she can tolerate a large lip plate, her father will receive more cattle as a bride price. To the cattle-herding Mursi people, this is important. Cattle and crops dominate Mursi lives.
SIM International missionaries are serving the Mursi through health care, water development, agricultural programs, and animal husbandry. A veterinarian ministers through caring for the Mursi’s cattle. SIM has been working among the Mursi people for about 20 years now. It took 14 years of relationship building before the first Mursi placed his trust in Jesus Christ. Now the Mursi people can watch the JESUS film in their own language. SIM is partnering with Kale Heywet Church to reach the Mursi and other Ethiopian people groups. Through prayer, we can also become partners in this vital ministry.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for those working among this isolated group. Ask God to strengthen new believers and give them a desire to share the Good News with their Mursi village and clan leaders. Pray that God will work through the JESUS Film to make His Name known among the Mursi people.-AK