Daily Topic for December 30, 2007

Ps. 127:1
"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain"

World evangelization is the Lord’s work. He is “building a people” for Himself from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The Church is that people, who are also His laborers, His watchmen, His “channels of blessing” for all “nations.” But the Church must be careful how it builds, lest it build in its own strength and not according to God’s “blueprints.” Let us therefore be sure to keep our eyes fixed on the Master Builder, Jesus, and His work. For we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:58).

Heavenly Father, as we approach the new year, we renew our commitment to be Your witnesses. Build through us “a church for every people!”

Rawla People

“You traveled a long way,” said the Rawla clan leader as his Western guest, a believer, sipped tea in his tent. “I’m surprised the insurgents didn’t kill you. This part of Iraq is very dangerous.” “God protected me,” replied the guest, setting down his teacup. “You mean Allah?” The guest responded, “it was the power of Jesus, the One you call Isa, that protected me the entire way.” The clan leader tilted his head, puzzled. He knew that Isa was a prophet, but he didn’t know that He had the power to protect travelers.

The Rawlas are Bedouin nomads who cross freely between Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They live by herding sheep and camels. The Rawlas are also known for their hospitality. They welcome strangers and they are always eager for news about the outside world. Currently no mission agency is working among this people group, but their reputation for hospitality creates an open door.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that peace will be restored in Iraq so missionaries may safely reach out to this people group. Pray that God will raise up the right people to reach out to the Rawlas, and provide biblical materials so they can know the truth about Jesus.-WK

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