Daily Topic for January 10, 2009
Zeal is a good thing, but it is not enough. We have all seen people go on short term mission trips, and based on zeal alone, they want to follow what they believe the Lord is telling them to do. Yet, they have access to plenty of information to give them the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where the needs are the greatest. One of the best tools is the Perspectives class, which takes you through the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic issues faced by missionaries. (http://www.perspectives.org/site/pp.aspx?c=eqLLI0OFKrF&b=2806295)
Pray for young missionaries to add knowledge to their zeal, so they can be effective for His Kingdom.
Grant Miller, from the United States, led the team of African medical workers through the Kami village in Tanzania. They were doing a health survey to see who needed medical care. People came out of their huts to take a look at the visitors. Grant knew he needed to win the trust of the mostly Muslim Kamis before he could tell them about Jesus Christ.
Grant is a Methodist missionary from the United States, but he works with Lutheran Christians from Tanzania. This unique partnership was formed by the Global Outreach Ministry (GOB), which has a history of forming cross-denominational partnerships on the mission field.
Like many people groups in Tanzania, the Kamis suffer from a host of diseases, ranging from malaria to AIDS. Doctors and hospitals are few and far between. In this part of the world, people often rely on unreliable traditional doctors. Help from qualified medical workers is welcome.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to raise up medical workers who have put their faith in Christ to shine their light among the Kamis and other unreached groups in Africa. Pray for Bible-based materials to be translated into the Kami language. Ask God to break the hold that Islam and tribal beliefs have on this people group. May the Kamis come to see Jesus Christ as the Great Physician, the one who can heal their bodies and save their souls.-WK