Daily Topic for December 26, 2007

Ps. 98:2, 4
"The Lord has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.... Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth"

The psalmist was deeply aware that God’s redemptive acts on Israel’s behalf were also played out on a stage before the nations. Israel, called to be a kingdom of priests, had the privilege and responsibility of interpreting these acts to the surrounding peoples. We who have come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord have the same privilege and responsibility, made greater by our knowledge of the completeness of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. What a delight to declare His acts to the nations so that they may respond with joy to their Master!

Father, open our lips to tell others of Your salvation and righteousness.

Kufra Bedouins of Libya

Would you rather be a “true” Bedouin, or a “fellahin?” The “true” Bedouins are nomadic shepherds who have been known to raid caravans crossing the desert the same way they have been doing for centuries. The “fellahins” are farmers who live a more settled life. During the rainy winter seasons both groups move towards the heart of the desert. In the dry summer they hug the desert border, giving it definition with a dotted line of black tents made from woven goat hair.

The Kufra people speak Badawi, Bedouin Arabic, and they do not have access to the Bible. There are only four believers among the Kufra people group who number 22,000. All others are Sunni Muslims.

They live in a patrilineal society. That means that inheritances are passed down through the males. They marry only within their Kufra ethnic group. The men make the decisions, and the women do most of the work.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will protect, encourage and strengthen the four known Kufra Bedouin believers of Libya. Faithfully pray that the Holy Spirit will break through the fear and deception that keeps them away from Christ. Pray that somehow they will gain access to God’s Word, and that the truth will set them free.-JKW

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