Daily Topic for January 12, 2008

Is. 37:20
"Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God."

Sennacherib and the Assyrian army had laid siege to the walls of Jerusalem, and when their army officials taunted King Hezekiah and his God in a written message, Hezekiah went to the Temple and spread out the scroll before the Lord in prayer. And for what did he ask? For deliverance, yes, but deliverance with a purpose-so that all kingdoms on earth, including the Assyrians, would know that only Jehovah is God. How often do we, when pressed by adversity or personal need, ask God to further His purposes among the nations by meeting our needs?

Lord God, we commit to You the crises in our lives. Answer our prayers in ways that will glorify You among the nations.

Fur People

It started in 1957 as skirmishes over cattle rustling, and escalated over time as to who had access to water and grazing land. It developed over the years into full-fledged warfare and involved 27 Arab tribes against the Fur farmers and the non-Arab groups.

The Fur are 99 percent Muslim, yet largely Animistic in their daily spiritual practices. With a population of 838,000, they are the largest ethnic group in the region. Since 2003 some 200,000 have been killed, and more than two million throughout Darfur driven from their homes into squalid camps. Relief agencies warn that violence is preventing aid from reaching the displaced. The U.N. team in Sudan reported that 12 relief workers were killed in the first six months of 2007. Some agencies have had to suspend aid. This happened at a time when 25 percent of children under five were dying due to malnutrition and water-borne diseases.

But there is hope. The humanitarian arm of Campus Crusade for Christ (known as Global Aid Network) is going in with large quantities of food and water for the refugee camps. In addition they are sharing Christ’s compassion and the message of salvation.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for lasting peace in Darfur and for the JESUS Film to be viewed by thousands throughout Darfur.-MH

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