Daily Topic for January 10, 2007

Song 6:3
"I am my lover's and my lover is mine."

When we gaze upon the beauty of our Savior, who loves us with an everlasting love, the significance of Solomon’s words comes home to us: He is ours and we are His. He claimed us as His “bride” before we claimed Him as our “groom.” We did not choose Him, but He chose us and loved us, and then set us free to love Him in return. He chose us “to go and bear (lasting) fruit” (John 15:16). Unlike the love between a man and his wife, the love between Jesus and His disciple is meant to be shared with many others. This way His love can spread throughout the earth.

Father, may Christ’s beauty be in us so that those who don’t know Him may come to know Him intimately.

Wodaabe People of Niger

“Last year, there was no rain. Then a terrible cold wind came. Our animals had no shelter, and their bellies were empty because we had nothing to feed them. For Wodaabes to lose their animals is very bad! They give us what we need to survive.” The young Wodaabe was explaining to a foreigner what happened to his people. He continued, “My family lost 59 cows! We only have 14 left. Rain finally came. Thanks be to Allah! My family and I live right here at this water well and do not wander any more. My sister has gone to the city to work cleaning. We are proud people and will not give up.”

There are about 150,000-200,000 Wodaabe people in Niger who recently have suffered from a long drought. They practice a form of Islam that is mixed with folk customs and traditions. The Bible has been translated into their Fufuide dialect, and these people have won the hearts of several Christian missionaries who desire to reach them. Drought has caused many to go to work in cities and to leave their nomadic lives. More of their children are starting to be educated and are learning to read.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will provide Christians who will live with them for however long it takes to see them embrace Christ. Praise God that a few Wodaabes have come to the Lord in Niger.-PD

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