Daily Topic for December 18, 2007

Is. 11:2
"And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him"

Although the missionary “Word” of God occupies a central position in the Christmas story, the missionary “Spirit” of God is at work as well. Just as the Spirit worked to bring the Word into the world, so that same Spirit later worked to reveal the Word to the representative nations gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Like a mighty wind the Spirit calls forth and accompanies those who will take His Word to each of the unreached peoples of the earth.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us! Fill us with power, and stir us to action!

Hijazi Arabs of Saudi Arabia

The Hijazi Arabs of Saudi Arabia are found primarily along the Red Sea coast and in major urban areas like Mecca and Medina, from whence spread the Arab Diaspora and with it, Islam and the Koran.

Oil also comes from this kingdom of Saudi Arabia, mostly from along the Persian (Arab) Gulf coastlands. Oil has transformed Hijazi Arabs into a prosperous people and the Saudi economy into an urban, technological state. Many foreign workers, Americans, Filipinos, Koreans, and others, work in Saudi Arabia. Those who are Christians can potentially reach out to the Hijazi Arabs. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia also exports wheat despite limited arable land.

Since the mid-18th century, the Hijazi Arabs have embraced a militant, orthodox Islamic sect called Wahabbism. Wahabbis are also the custodians of Medina and Mecca, the two main Islamic pilgrimage sites. Such a privilege makes the Hijazi Arabs more entrenched in Islam. The Hijazi Arabs are highly resistant to the gospel. Few if any of them have given Jesus the chance to be their lord.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give wisdom and strategies for reaching the Hijazis. Pray for openings for the JESUS Film in their communities. Pray for many to faithfully pray for Hijazis to embrace Christ. Pray that Christian guest workers will find creative ways to share their faith with Hijazi people.-TP

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