Daily Topic for May 17, 2008

Romans 9:3
"For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel."

Wait a minute! Isn’t this the same writer who only a few chapters ago assured us of the death that awaits those cut off from Christ? Yes, it is. His love for his own people even led him to wish to suffer their punishment for rejecting Christ. Note, however, that even though Paul loved his fellow Jews that much, he spent his life ministering among the Gentiles!

Father, give us more men and women who-in spite of their love for the Church and all of the needs here at home-will bring the good news to the unreached peoples.

Muslim Somalis in Canada

The word jihad spreads fear among Westerners, but it is a rallying point for Muslim extremists. Some of those expatriates answering the call to return and fight have been Somali Canadians returning to Somalia to join a hard line Islamic militia that some call Africa’s Taliban. Many Somali refugees fled to Canada in the 1980s and 1990s. Most have settled in the Toronto and Ottawa areas. The Somali community in Toronto numbers between 50,000 and 70,000.

Somalis in Canada have faced multiple problems, including massive unemployment, with estimates that 90 percent of Somalis in Canada are on welfare. Many are unemployed because of a lack of education, marketable skills or a lack of official documentation when they fled Somalia. Some Somali trained professionals have not been allowed to practice in their fields in Canada. In addition, Muslim cultural practices and the tendency for multiple families to share apartments have further created negative stereotyping and mistrust in the Canadian communities. 

A booklet written by a host program in Canada has good suggestions for welcoming Somalis, which followers of Christ could adopt: answer their many questions like where to buy food, which school children should attend and where to find doctors.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Canadian believers to befriend their Somali neighbors and practice relationship evangelization.-JS

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