Daily Topic for January 07, 2008

Ecc. 11:1-2
"Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land."

Solomon’s exhortation for us to share our blessings carries with it the reiteration of a major biblical theme: we receive when we give, we are blessed as we bless others, and we experience real life as we experience daily death to self and sin. How difficult it is for us to really believe the truth of such a paradox! How easy it is instead to clutch at our possessions and opportunities so that they won’t slip through our fingers. Yet God honors the man or woman willing to take Him at His word. Jesus said, “Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and the gospel’s will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35 LB).

Lord Jesus, we cast our bread upon the waters!

Muslim Midob People of Darfur

Darfur is an Arabic word meaning “home of the Fur.” But many other tribes reside there who are non-Arabic, mainly descendents of other Africans who were being exported for the slave trade.

The 45,000 Midob people are one of these tribes. They live mainly in the hills of western Sudan. Tribes of Midob farmers and Arab shepherds live at the base of the hills and hostility reigns between the groups. The Midobs are widely distrusted, considered to be animal thieves by their neighbors. Because the Midobs don’t want to pay taxes, the Sudanese government has incited their Arab neighbors against them. A Sudanese army patrol once raided Midob towns and attacked the women, whereupon the Midob villagers killed the 18 soldiers involved. The army then took youth from the Midob and tortured them. All involved are Muslim. The evil one is wreaking havoc in the lives of the Midobs, both as victims and perpetrators.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send workers to the completely unreached Midob people. Pray that broadcasts of the gospel, the Bible in their language, and the JESUS Film might penetrate their hearts. Pray that God will remove the veils from their eyes and that they will have a sovereign revelation of Christ who wants to heal and transform them.-PE

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