Daily Topic for December 05, 2008

Matt. 2:28
"...and he lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: 'He will be called a Nazarene."

Nazareth in Galilee was considered by the Jews to be the armpit of Israel. It was on the very edge of this nation, so the people had frequent dealings with “unclean” Gentiles from bordering areas. Yet because it was located so close to the Gentile peoples, and because it was on the crossroads where many people traveled, Jesus could reach many at a time when travel was rare. Do you live in a place that has low status? Does that mean that God can’t use you or your local church to reach the nations in your own back yard?

Pray that God will show you how to reach the nations, no matter where you live.

Negev Bedouins in Israel

Welcome to the Bedouin village that doesn’t exist! It’s located in the Negev Desert, but you won’t find it on any map of Israel, even though it has been there since before Israel became an independent nation in 1948. Their fields are located beneath power lines, unwanted by Jewish settlers. The village isn’t registered with the Israeli government, so there is the constant threat of all of the town’s buildings and fields being torn down by Israeli bulldozers.

Since 1948 Israel has tried to move the Negev Arabs away from the sensitive border with Egypt, but many have refused to move to government sponsored “relocation” camps. Food shortages are a constant threat for those who insist on living in unregistered villages.

The Negev Bedouins are Muslims. Their frustration with Israel’s land policies makes them a tempting target for recruitment by terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda or Hezbollah.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask God to send faithful relief and development workers to the Negev Bedouins. By meeting the physical needs of these people doors may open for sharing the message of salvation. Pray that God would break the hold that Islam has on this people group. Ask God for continued peace along the Israel-Egypt border.-WK

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