Daily Topic for December 10, 2007
Because He created us, we “belong” to the Lord. He also claims us for His own by the right of redemption (Heb. 2:9). We who acknowledge Christ as Savior and Lord know we are not our own. We are “bought with a price” (I Cor. 6:20). How were you informed of this? Who told you of His claim upon you? Today there are well over two billion individuals who have no one to tell them.
Dear Lord, burden our hearts for thousands of peoples still without a witness. Prepare the hearts of individuals in those people groups to hear and respond to Your Word. Send out laborers into this harvest.
Luwanda carefully examined the Arab woman’s palm by the flickering light of a stunted candle. After a long, pregnant pause, Luwanda looked up at her customer. “These two parallel lines tell us that your husband will not only stay with you, but he will fall in love with you all over again!” Luwanda is a Domari, one of two broad groups of Gypsies. Centuries ago, their ancestors moved out of what is now India to Persia. From there, one branch moved to various parts of the Middle East and became known as the Domaris. The other branch moved to Europe, and we now know them as the Romani.
The Domaris place a high value on faithfulness in marriage. Those who violate their sexual morals become outcasts. Ironically, the Domaris are not faithful in their Islamic beliefs. They can be called folk Muslims, only with a heavy emphasis on the folk part. Though their language borrows much from Arabic, Domari is a separate language.
The Joshua Project web site comments, “Most Gypsies have no Christian resources available to them. In fact, only the Nawari [Domari subgroup] in Egypt have some portions of the Bible available in their language. Christian broadcasts and Scriptures must be made available to them if they are to hear the gospel.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for such resources to soon become available, and for open Domari hearts to God’s Word.-KC