Daily Topic for January 09, 2009

Proverbs 18:15
"The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; and the ears of the wise seek it out."

How do you feel when you are told that you need to learn new things? Are you prepared to allow the Lord to jar you out of your comfortable life with the news of thousands of groups of people who have no church? Are you willing to take the time to study about them and learn all you can so you can be a part of His plan to bless them with the good news of new life in Christ?

Pray that the Father will open our minds to learn about those who are isolated from the good news. Pray that He will use this prayer guide to stimulate us to action.

Makonde People of Tanzania, and Mayotte Island

In 2006, the U.S. Congress appropriated almost a billion dollars to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These funds should hopefully help the Bantu Makonde people of Mayotte Island and the Tanzania-Mozambique borderlands, their traditional homelands. While they managed to elude Europeans until about 100 years ago, they have not managed to avoid diseases like AIDS or tuberculosis. Nor did they avoid earlier involvement with the slave trade.

No doubt these diseases spread during the Mozambique war of independence in the 20th century. During the war, the Makonde people came to identify themselves with Frelimo, the pro-independence faction. In the process, they became politicized.

Today the Makondes make their living primarily from cash crops. Increasingly the coastal Makondes and those near urban centers are making their living by selling wood carving to tourists and art collectors. Indeed, their creation myth identifies the Makonde people with wood carving. Their religion is a mixture of Animism, ancestor worship, and Sunni Islam. Animism and ancestor worship predominate. Theirs is basically a closed society; and therefore, there are few followers of Christ among them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that medical treatment for AIDS will be made available to them. Pray that this will lead the Makonde people to hear and heed the gospel message. Pray for medical missionaries to serve them. Pray for translators and assistants to translate the Bible into their language and life.-TP

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