Daily Topic for January 24, 2007
What courage, and what insight! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego teach us at least three lessons as we confront the challenge of principalities and powers raised up against the knowledge of God. First, God is able to deliver His servants from danger, and give us great boldness and confidence. Nothing is too hard for Him! Second, He is not obligated to rescue His servants from physical harm; His power is directed by His wisdom. Third, a balanced view of God’s ability and His providence keeps us from timidity on the one hand or presumption on the other.
Wonderful Lord, teach us to walk in truth and wisdom as we face challenges to Your authority.
In the 13th-17th centuries the great Songhai Empire existed around the large bend in the Niger River. The people who live there today are their descendants. Only a discerning eye can see the small x -shaped slashes on the upper cheekbone which designate the Songhai tribal affiliation. The elaborately braided hairstyles so fashionable today among girls in the U.S. originated from the Songhai women, although the Muslim veils cover nearly every head.
SIM work began here in 1924 and now maintains 15 locations. There is still much to be done as only approximately one in 500 Songhais are thought to be followers of Christ. Songhais who convert are considered traitors and are often exiled from the community. It is difficult to penetrate the social customs, the traditions and the stranglehold of Islam and sorcery so ingrained in the life of the people.
Praise God for victories! One church in Tera, Niger is growing and maturing. When the missionaries, John and Nancy DeValve, were on home assignment, one African member did the preaching and another took care of the children’s ministry. A church building is planned and a wall around the property has already been built.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Bible schools and Women’s Bible studies, but especially that the men, who are the tribal leaders, will accept Christ and bring their families to Him. Pray that missionaries will overcome the barriers of culture, and present Jesus to the Songhai people in a way that they can understand.-PE