Daily Topic for February 12, 2008

Zeph. 3:9
"Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder"

We are already witnessing the first fruits of this promise. Two-thirds World brothers and sisters now serve shoulder-to-shoulder with missionaries from Western nations. Concerts of prayer for world evangelization have begun around the globe. More people use this Prayer Digest in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish than in English. These encouraging signs are but a glimpse of the day in which all peoples will be represented in the service of praise at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Father, what a privilege it is to witness Your work in Your Church. Fulfill these beginnings until the day we sing Your praises in absolute purity and harmony.

Folk Islamic Bambara People of Mali

Chi Wara, the mythical creature of the Bambara people, was honored in ceremonial dances. The people believe this god was the first farmer who learned from a wild beast to cultivate the fields. They also developed a Chi Wara society in which elders teach young men to be fathers, husbands and farmers. The dance and Chi Wara art objects draw foreigners to learn about the Bambaras. However, the majority of the Bambara people no longer follow this ritual because more than 70 percent of them are Muslim. 

Their ceremonial dances to this idol have not proved fruitful for this agricultural people. Mali is plagued by frequent droughts and insufficient food. Sixty-four percent of the Malian people live in poverty. The 2,500,000 Bambaras are the largest ethnic group in this dry country.

Only about three percent of the Bambaras are believers. There are several mission groups working among them, and World Vision is involved in attempting to help them with many problems.

Because most Bambaras cannot read, pray that they will hear and respond to God’s Word in their own language, which is transmitted by radio into many of their towns and villages.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that thousands of Bambaras will give their thanks and obedience to Christ as a result of the mission efforts in progress.-PD

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