Daily Topic for May 16, 2008

Romans 8:25
"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."

We hope for the glory to be revealed to us in eternity, and we wait for it patiently. We must persevere and go on, believing that it will happen. We must also believe that there will be a Church for those peoples who don’t yet have one in their cultural sphere. Can we persevere and eagerly work until every Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Animistic, and Hindu people group has a church community of its own? Some well-meaning Christians-even some deeply involved in missions-have expressed doubts about our ability to cross the political and cultural frontiers separating the unreached peoples from the gospel.

Pray for more missionaries and leaders who will hope for what we do not yet have-a Church for every people!

Muslim Mandingo (AKA Mandinka) People in the United States

The Mandingo musician in his multi-colored flowing robes mesmerized his audience as he sang and played the kora, a 21-stringed instrument which is the hallmark of his peoples’ traditional music. This singer was a member of a special caste of musicians known as griots who for centuries have passed down their rich oral history, making music one of the most distinctive traits of their people. The Mandingo society has been an oral one with their history, their genealogies, their customs, and their education communicated by griots through song.

The Mandingo people, also known as Mandinkas, are a major ethnic group of West Africa. They are descended from the ancient Mali Empire of the 13th century. They live in the West African countries of Guinea, Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Guinea Bissau. Many have immigrated to the U.S., where their distinctive music and storytelling have become a popular musical genre.

Most Mandingos are Muslim, but they have retained pre-Islamic beliefs. The few who have put their faith in Christ are viewed as traitors to Mandingo society, to their heritage and to their ancestors.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for spiritual conversions among the griots who can then sing the story of Jesus in a traditional way that will touch the hearts of fellow Mandingo Muslims.-JS

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