Daily Topic for January 05, 2009
Have you ever thought of how difficult it has been to get the Bible to the nations? Even within “Christian” kingdoms during the Middle Ages, people were sometimes executed for trying to get the Bible to those who didn’t have access to it in their own language. A privileged elite kept His Word a well-kept secret. In today’s world, Wycliffe Bible Translators is trying to get the Bible into every language by 2025. (http://www.wycliffe.org/Explore/WhenWillWeFinishtheTask.aspx)
Pray that the Lord’s instructions and blessings will be made available to the nations, so that they can trust in the Lord.
As Arab Muslims swept across along the coast of East Africa in search of slaves over 1,000 years ago, many people groups converted to Islam to avoid being taken as slaves. Arab Muslims could not take other Muslims as slaves, so there was a strong incentive to “convert.” Such people included the Mwani people of Mozambique.
Most Mwanis are poor and illiteracy rates are high. According to the Joshua Project, many can read a little of their own language, but not enough to understand the gospel. A 2004 report stated that Wycliffe was almost finished with a New Testament translation for the Mwanis. The younger generation of Mwanis is getting a better education and their literacy rate is rising, so they should be able to read this Bible. Christian radio programming will continue to be useful for those who are oral learners.
In 2004, there were fewer than 10 believers in a population of 800,000 Mwanis. Africa Inland Mission Int’l. has been doing great work among them. In February of last year, they sent out a report about their new center where they offer English lessons, sports, a pre-school program, and a library of Christian literature. Workers have not seen a deluge of Mwanis coming to Christ, but they are establishing relationships and bringing Jesus to the people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Mwanis to be receptive to efforts to reach them for Christ. Pray that they will embrace Christ as their own.-KW