Daily Topic for January 14, 2007

Is. 58:10
"If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."

There is significant overlap between the 10,000 “unreached people groups” without a church in their midst and the “hungry half” of the world without adequate physical and material resources. Isaiah reminds us that the people of God are called not only to spend their money to feed the hungry, but also to spend themselves, to pour out their lives in sacrificial service. That service cannot be a mere token. It must “satisfy the needs” of the oppressed. Isaiah also points out that those who serve receive the fruits of service: healing, answered prayer, guidance, personal provision, and joy.

Gracious Father, teach us to “spend ourselves” on behalf of those who are desperately hungry both for bread and the Bread of Life.

Moors (Maures) in Mauritania and Senegal

What do petroleum and camel’s milk have in common? These are two resources that might lead Mauritania out of poverty. Since camel’s milk has more vitamins than cow’s milk, with less fat, it is gaining acceptance. Mauritania is working to meet European standards in order to export camel cheese. Another boost to the economy came when Mauritania began producing oil in February 2006. In a land where two-thirds of the people live on less than two dollars a day, this is welcome news.

Most of the people of Mauritania are Moors (Maures). Some are lighter-skinned, and some darker. Racial problems, social divisions, and even slavery have plagued the Moorish peoples for centuries. About 70,000 migrated to the Senegal River Valley where a few missionaries can minister through agricultural and medical means.

Though we hear good economic news for the Moors, their spiritual condition is still poor. They remain Muslim with Animistic habits. It is against the law to evangelize them, but no law can restrict our prayers. No law can keep the Holy Spirit from working in hearts.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask God to work in the Moorish people’s hearts and reveal His plan of salvation to them. Pray that the Mauritania election on March 11 will open the door to evangelism.-AK

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