Daily Topic for January 26, 2007
Daniel’s fourth chapter is a kind of “celebrity tract” in which the greatest king of his day tells how God broke his pride and stubbornness and how in simple childlike surrender he came to acknowledge the Most High God as his Sovereign. Nebuchadnezzar describes his conversion in these terms, “I raised my eyes toward heaven, and my reason returned to me and I blessed the Most High…” When we are tempted to believe that any individual, any people, or any nation is beyond the saving power of God, we should be reminded that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.”
Father, give us the faith to trust You for mighty miracles in the hearts of men and nations.
Out of 1,612 people groups in West Africa, 350 of them are still unreached, according to the “Commission.” Half the region’s population is completely unreached. “Some groups live every day in fear of spirits and forces that are beyond their control,” says one missionary. “They sacrifice chickens and goats, and they waste the little bit of money they have on charlatans.”
Teams of missionaries are canvassing the area to determine which people groups are in greatest need of missionaries. They hope that U.S. churches will adopt people groups and take the gospel to them.
One of the Senufo groups in Burkina Faso with the greatest need for the gospel is the Western Karaboro, a Senufo subgroup of about 16,000. “It is dry, dirty and hot here,” says one Southern Baptist missionary who works in Burkina Faso. “So, if you are willing to live without modern conveniences, the Senufo people await you. If you are unable to go, financial support and prayers are also greatly appreciated.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Thank the Lord for these early efforts to reach out to the Senufo peoples and to determine which groups need missionary teams. Pray that these efforts will bear lasting fruit. Ask the Lord to raise up many workers with a love for the Senufo people. Ask Him to raise up American and Latin American churches to “adopt” this people group, thus committing themselves to praying for and giving to work among the Senufos.-JWS