Daily Topic for February 16, 2008
John the Baptist’s ministry was the fulfillment of this prophetic promise of Isaiah. John disturbed, upset, heightened, and aroused the expectations of the people. Why? The Lord was coming! The Lord was coming! John’s preaching and baptism pointed with eager anticipation to the appearance of the promised Messiah. And the result of the Lord’s coming, the natural end with which this revelation will conclude, is that all mankind at last will see Him. God Himself has promised no less.
Lord, we want to hasten history to this climax-that all peoples will see Him.
“Serer people don’t run shops! That’s something only foreigners do!” Such were the excuses of Serer people when Mauritanians temporarily left shops to their care in neighboring Senegal. It was 1989, and there was a lot of anti-foreign sentiment. The Mauritanians had to flee for a year. These Serer people all had relatives and friends who would “buy” some of the goods on credit. Before long the shelves were bare, and there was nothing to sell to paying customers. When the Mauritanians returned, the Serer people had to pay for the missing goods, and they were happy to return to farming.
This is the way it works among many people groups in West Africa. If your relative needs something and you have it, you are obligated to give it to him. But “need” is a relative term. Did I mention that “need” rhymes with greed?
The Serer people are master farmers and herdsmen, though they attribute much of their success to ancestral spirits whom they claim ensure that the land is productive. Yet they consider themselves to be Muslims. There are three Serer subgroups in Senegal, all of which are marginally unreached, according to the Joshua Project.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Serer believers will start churches that can grow and reproduce throughout Senegal.-JKW