Daily Topic for February 13, 2008

Haggai 1:2
"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'These people say, The time has not yet come for the Lord's house to be built'"

A small company of Jews had returned to Judah from exile in Babylon. Initial efforts to rebuild the temple were frustrated by opposition from surrounding peoples. The people of God became too discouraged to do anything but just rebuild their homes. Haggai’s message was, “God will honor us only if we put His concerns first!” What about your church? Is it putting God’s kingdom first? What about its vision for the world? Does God want to use us the way He used Haggai to rebuild a mission vision long neglected?

Lord, please give us the courage, vision and wisdom to be like Haggai, that we may call the Church to rebuild that vision which we have neglected for too long.

Folk Islamic Gola People of Liberia

Foreign businessmen who hire cheap local labor to mine ore and operate rubber plants have plundered the rich natural resources of Liberia for two centuries. 

For most Gola people in Liberia, however, life revolves around farming. Family members work together to plant and harvest their crops. Men cultivate the soil, women plant the crops, and boys protect the fields from birds and animals that come to devour crops. Later women harvest and girls winnow the rice.

Most traditional rites and celebrations revolve around agriculture. None of the families may harvest their crops until the “first fruits” are offered to the gods. During times of drought, a village elder will pray to Da, the god of rain, while holding the skull of an ancestor. Afterwards, he sacrifices a small animal (often a chicken) and pours its blood over the skull. Golas combine ceremonies like this with ancestor worship and Muslim beliefs. About 75 percent are considered to be followers of Islam.

Parts of the Bible have been translated into their language, but no other evangelistic materials are available. However, about two percent of the Golas have become believers in Jesus.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for these believers to be bold in their witness to other Golas. Pray that they will live victorious lives that will draw their neighbors to Christ.-JWS

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