Daily Topic for January 21, 2008

Dan. 2:44
"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever."

What a note of assurance, of triumph, of victory! God’s unchangeable kingdom will last forever. These words of certain victory should encourage and strengthen us in the task of world evangelization. We do not yet see the Kingdom in its glory and power, but the Kingdom is here. It is among us. It is growing, pulsating with power as God calls and fills his people with the power of His Spirit. It is growing as God thrusts his people into a worldwide harvest, calling those from every nation to share in the glory of eternal fellowship with the Heavenly King.

O great King of Kings and Lord of Lords, strengthen our hands, quicken our minds, and encourage our hearts with a vision of Your victorious Kingdom.

Muslim Kenuzi Nubians

The Nubians of Sudan call their home “balad el aman,” a land of peace and security. Historically, however, this has not been the case. Since ancient times, the people inhabiting the Nile river basin, including the Nubian peoples, have struggled to survive. Having endured conflicts with Egypt, the Ottoman Empire, and various African kingdoms, they faced perhaps their greatest challenge in the l960s when the building of the Aswan High Dam washed away their homes. Forced to relocate, they forfeited land, but gained access to water and transportation. This sudden modernization resulted in a rapid increase in alcoholism and gambling.

The Kenuzi people settled near the Wadi Kenuz, giving rise to their name. They, like many of their fellow Nubians, practice a syncretistic brand of Islam that involves the appeasement of ancestral spirits. Because of the Sudanese government’s attempts to eliminate them, and because of their bondage to a religion based on fear, the Nubians continue to lack true peace and security.

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Pray that God will reveal himself to the Kenuzi people as the only source of eternal peace and lasting security. Ask Him to protect the heritage and lives of this people group that has seen so much violence. Pray for their freedom from physical and spiritual oppression through the power of Jesus Christ, the Comforter to the helpless.-CL

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