Daily Topic for January 06, 2009

Proverbs 16:25
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."

Even with access to God’s Word, it is very easy to stray from His instructions. Our ways are not His ways, and we can easily get side-tracked. Yet we have no excuse since we have God’s Word, the Bible. What about those who do not? Don’t they have the right to know?

Pray that all the nations will have His Word. Pray for God to grant success to Wycliffe Bible Translators goals to translate the Scriptures for every language by 2025.

Jewish People in South Africa

The Orthodox Jewish people were not amused. Jews for Jesus had placed an ad at a bus shelter in a suburb of Johannesburg which read, “Ten out of ten Jewish doctors recommend Jesus?” The innocent, but flippant comment was meant to make people laugh and think about the connection between their Jewish community in South Africa and the Messiah. The ad generated enough hostility that Orthodox Jews sued Jews for Jesus and won a settlement against them in October of 2007.

Orthodox Jewish history in South Africa dates back to the early 1800s when they were attracted to this Dutch colony by the promise of freedom of religious expression. Jews have always played an important part in the development of trade and industry in South Africa. Some were pioneers who settled and farmed in new territories. Most of them are Ashkenazi Jews, meaning that they are the descendants of Jews who lived in the Germanic regions of Europe.

Today, most of the Jewish people in South Africa would be described as Orthodox. Education is very important to them, and they tend to send their children to their own private schools. In recent years there have been many South African Jews who have emigrated to Israel, and Israeli Jews who have emigrated to South Africa.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these Jewish people will find and embrace their true Messiah. Pray for effective and culturally sensitive ways to reach Orthodox Jews in South Africa.-KC

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