Daily Topic for January 29, 2007
Scholars have estimated that Daniel was about 90 years old-toward the end of his lifetime of civil service to successful regimes-when he experienced God’s miraculous protection in the lion’s den. God honored Daniel’s faith and obedience and used him to bless Babylonians, Chaldeans, Medes, and Persians. We may confidently expect to enjoy fellowship together around the throne of God with members of each of these ancient peoples. Daniel was faithful to his mission. Will Daniel be able to enjoy fellowship at that same gathering with representatives of other people groups because we too have been faithful to the task to which the Lord calls us?
Father, like Daniel of old, give us the perseverance to serve You well.
Jack felt his stomach rumbling from eating too much as he recited the names of his ancestors. The feast was over, and now came the part of the Bugun festival that was even better than over-eating. After finishing his recitation, Jack lifted a burning torch that he had in his right hand, and heaved against the tree that was before him.
Bugun, means “fire” or “hell,” and its purpose is to honor the ancestors. Like many of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the Dagomba people placate the spirits of their ancestors, whom they fear will otherwise retaliate. They share another characteristic with many peoples in West Africa: The Dagomba people are Muslim, but Animistic beliefs affect their daily lives more than Islam. They worship many gods, and each village sacrifices to its individual ancestral gods. They come together to collectively worship the more powerful gods. With a population of 785,000, the Dagombas are the largest unreached people group in their country, Ghana.
Dagomba chiefs are selected from the oldest men in a given village. Drummers are important in their culture; they not only provide entertainment, but they also act as court historians.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of Dagomba leaders to receive Christ.-KC