Daily Topic for February 22, 2008
Jesus pointed to the fact that the gospel will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations. Along with other verses, this one is an indicator which points to the time of His coming at the end of the age. World evangelization surely is the bedrock purpose for which the Lord and His Church are working before He returns. If there was ever a truth to which all mankind will one day be exposed, it is the gospel of the kingdom.
Savior, show us as individuals how to participate with You in the central plan and purpose of history.
Imagine the feeling of isolation as the language you’ve used all your life becomes less and less known among your own people. This is what is happening to the Kotoko people of Cameroon as their culture is being increasingly taken over by Arabic-speaking peoples to their north. According to a UNESCO online article, the Kotoko de Koosseri language is being spoken now only by those either in or past middle age. Further, the article states, “The Kotokos do not have a common tongue to the whole of the population…”
The Kotoko people, however, have not simply been the unfortunate victims of others; there have been Kotoko abuses of Shuwa-Arab pastoralists as well. Shuwa-Arabs are considered untrustworthy, as thieves, and as bad Muslims. At the same time, the Kotoko people are viewed as dangerous witches and greedy for wealth and power.
Islam became the dominant religion of the Kotoko people by the 19th century, and it continues to be dominant in their daily lives today.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God’s people will be burdened to go to the Kotokos as Christ’s ambassadors. Pray for fellowships of Kotoko people who have put their trust in Jesus. Pray for the gospel to penetrate the barriers surrounding the Kotoko people.-JR