Daily Topic for January 20, 2008
Daniel and his friends did not serve in Babylon on “missionary visas,” but as trainees for civil service positions. They were among the first “tentmakers” working in positions of useful service among foreign nations but also serving as representatives of the Most High God. Today, when many countries have closed their doors to career missionaries, God is using other job titles to place His chosen vessels. It is often difficult for tentmakers to fulfill their dual responsibilities to their employers and their Heavenly Father, but the rewards can be wonderful.
Heavenly Father, bless the 21st century tentmakers who serve You in nations around the world.
“Help us!” This is the cry of the Nubian peoples of Sudan. They have issued an S.O.S. asking that someone, anyone, come to their rescue.
The Nubians are facing extinction. The Islamic government of Sudan is quietly, yet effectively eradicating them. Aside from blatant attacks, the government has been building dams to evict them from their homeland, and continues to disrupt lines of transportation that link Nubia with the rest of the nation.
There are 70,000 Nyimang Nubians living in Sudan. These non-Arabs managed to survive the encroachment of the Ottoman Empire by seeking refuge in remote areas along the Nile River. Though many turned to Christ in the sixth century, Islam arrived in the l300s. Today, nearly all Nubians are Muslim. Many also hold Animistic beliefs, including the worship of the Nile River as a source of health and fertility.
The Nyimangs do not have the Bible or the JESUS Film in their heart language. They are truly a people in need of urgent spiritual and physical help.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to come to the rescue of the Nyimang Nubians. Ask Him to send workers, His Word, and the JESUS Film to these marginalized people. Pray for Him to arise as their Defender, protecting them from the violence of government abuse and freeing them from the spiritual bondage of folk Islam.-CL