Daily Topic for December 28, 2006

Ps. 105:1
"Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His Name; make known among the nations what He has done"

If you want to know what God has done, read the Bible through! Next, reflect upon His creation surrounding you. Then look at history, and see His hand moving upon men and nations to fulfill His purposes. Read books and periodicals to marvel at those new things He is revealing to men from His treasures of wisdom. Finally, search your heart and meditate upon His work in you. You should find within yourself a threefold response to what you have seen and learned-the same threefold response the psalmist gave: gratitude, prayer, and a passion that these things be proclaimed to all. Do not be disobedient to the heavenly vision. Go and make Him known. Join His host of prayer warriors.

Praise Him without ceasing.

Omani Arabs of Djibouti

Djibouti, a tiny country in the Horn of northeastern Africa, has one of the hottest, driest climates in the world; some even call it “hell’s waiting room.” From May to October, temperatures run as high as 107 degrees F. Annual rainfall averages less than five inches. Scorching heat and scarcity of water limit the growth of vegetation; natural resources are almost non-existent. Most of Djibouti’s people live in the capital city, also called Djibouti. Plagued with poverty, the city’s unemployment rate is 80 percent. Famine and malnutrition have created a dependence on government food aid for most people in Djibouti. 

Omani Arabs represent about 11 percent of Djibouti’s 600,000 people. The Omani Arab minority is known for being excessively generous and polite in this poverty-stricken land. Islam is the official state religion, but people of other religions are given considerable freedom-as long as they are not Muslim converts.

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Pray that the relatively free religious climate in Djibouti will allow the Omani Arabs to hear the gospel, and that they will respond. Pray they will grasp God’s excessive generosity in sending his son to die for us. Pray the Lord will reveal Himself in dreams and visions to this largely illiterate people.-JWS

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