Daily Topic for January 15, 2007

Jer. 1:9, 10
"'Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.'"

The young prophet Jeremiah had protested to the God who commissioned him by saying, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child” (1:6). God responded by extending His hand, touching Jeremiah’s mouth, and making him a channel of the very words of God. Since we too have the delegated authority of the Word of God, let’s exercise it! As we pray, let’s confidently ask God to accomplish His revealed will among the nations and resist the evil one’s activity among these people groups. Above all, let’s ask the Lord Jesus to “plant” and “build” His church within each human society.

Lord Jesus, we ask that You establish Your church within every one of the unreached peoples.

Muslim Tukulor People of Mauritania and Senegal

A key to reaching the Tukulor people is reaching marabouts. These Islamic religious teachers are present during birth, education, marriage, sickness, and burial. Their grip is tight. The Tukulor people have been Sunni Muslims for nearly 1000 years and think of themselves as defenders of the Muslim faith. The close-knit communities with their rigid chain of command do not allow individuals to choose their beliefs. If some marabouts would accept Jesus, their followers would do likewise.

Traditionally the Tukulors are agriculturists, but many are becoming involved in commerce. This requires moving to towns where they can hear the gospel for the first time. One bad thing about the Tukulor moving to towns is that teenaged girls often turn to prostitution in exchange for goods that haven’t previously been available to them.

Storytelling is so important to Tukulor people that they even hire storytellers for special events. Perhaps some would listen to Christians as they share the story of Jesus. Christian radio broadcasts go forth among the Tukulors.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the salvation of key marabout leaders. Ask God to reach through radio waves and story tellers into needy hearts. Pray that Christians will remain strong under persecution. Ask God to give wisdom and peace to Christian workers.-AK

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