Daily Topic for January 07, 2007

Ecc. 11:1-2
"Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land."

Solomon’s exhortation for us to share our blessings carries with it the reiteration of a major biblical theme: we receive when we give, we are blessed as we bless others, and we experience real life as we experience daily death to self and sin. How difficult it is for us to really believe the truth of such a paradox! How easy it is instead to clutch at our possessions and opportunities so that they won’t slip through our fingers. Yet God honors the man or woman willing to take Him at His word. Jesus said, “Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and the gospel’s will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35 LB).

Lord Jesus, we cast our bread upon the waters!

Sokoto Fulani People of Nigeria

“Your university achievements are outstanding, Mr. Obanikoro! We are pleased to hire you as manager of our Sokoto branch of Nigerian Power Authority (NEPA). It will be a difficult job. Many of our customers are unhappy because they only receive electricity from us for a few hours a day. They humorously say that NEPA means ‘Never Expect Power Always!’ We are confident that you will do a great job. Welcome!” With that the two men stood and shook hands.

Almost 1,200,000 Sokoto Fulanis live in Nigeria’s northern state of Sokoto. Almost half of these people live in cities. They are usually well-educated professionals. The remaining Sokoto live in villages and are primarily farmers.

Almost all Sokoto Fulanis are Muslims. They are proud of their Islamic history. In the 19th century their leader Usman dan Fodio selected Sokoto as the center for the control of the Islamic Fulani Empire. The enforcement of strict Sharia law in 2000 has placed the women under more restrictions. Only a few Sokoto Fulanis are Christian and they are not well received by other Muslim Sokotos.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will give wisdom and strength to Christian Fulanis so they can lead their Muslim neighbors to the Lord.-PD

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