Daily Topic for February 20, 2008

Matt. 9:36
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them.... They were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd"

How the Shepherd’s heart aches when He sees the sheep deprived of what they need! How it aches to comfort the worried and help the helpless! Has your heart begun to ache like that? What would your life be like without the Shepherd? Have you envisioned the plight of two billion people who so far have little chance of knowing Him? Does your heart ache when you realize the extent of their needs? What can you do? Jesus said, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).

Lord, we simply ask You to do just that, especially for those Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Animists who have no churches in their midst.

Movement for African National Initiatives (MANI)

Just as individual West African nations have been organizing umbrella organizations to facilitate the evangelical efforts by local churches and mission agencies, so too has the continent of Africa organized a group to coordinate the efforts of African nations to reach every corner of the continent with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Movement for African National Initiatives (MANI) is the result.

The 1960s saw a surge for independence among African nations, and there was a parallel shift toward indigenous leadership within the African church. The evangelized were becoming the evangelists! Nationals were organizing efforts to reach both the unreached in their own countries as well as in other countries. The emergence of national movements over the last four decades paved the way for the strategic continental movement. A report from the meeting of MANI 2006 inspired those attending with stories of the progress of Christianity in Africa and the world. Churches are being planted in unprecedented numbers, often in difficult situations. Attendees were captivated by a shared sense of destiny that “this is Africa’s hour.” Still there remain 1,000 people groups and many unchurched communities on the continent.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for innovative leaders with passion, resilience, and a sacrificial spirit to take the gospel to the remaining unreached people groups of Africa and the world. Pray for unity of purpose for African believers to take Christ’s Kingdom to the lost.-JS

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