Daily Topic for January 22, 2009

Ecc. 1:14
"I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind."

Can you imagine going through life with this mindset? Everything is meaningless! Most people throughout history have lived and died with little or no purpose other than to survive. Doesn’t our loving Heavenly Father want more for us? He certainly does! You have found the most important purpose of all, to glorify His Name and to expand His Kingdom. Isn’t that worth telling others?

Pray that we will have the boldness to tell others of His meaningful purpose for life: to love God, and to make Him known.

Issa Somalis in Djibouti

Health officials estimate that about 98 percent of the women in Djibouti have suffered pharaonic circumcision. That means when they were children, usually between five and nine years old, someone had cut away part of their genitals. In the culture of the Issa Somalis, a key Somali subgroup in Djibouti, this has been the practice for hundreds of years. After decades of meetings, imams (Islamic leaders) have finally conceded that the Koran does not teach circumcision for women. Mothers still face tremendous pressure to have their girls endure this mutilation. Some men refuse to marry “uncircumcised” women. In addition to the pain and emotional trauma, botched circumcisions cause a myriad of medical problems.

Djibouti lies on the western shore of Bab-el-Mandeb, which is Arabic for “gate of tears.” Issa Somalis are nearly 100 percent Sunni Muslim, and men commonly have more than one wife. Nomadic tribes are impoverished and face major health threats like malaria and tuberculosis. Infant mortality is high and the average life expectancy is low. Only 10 percent of the people receive any education, and there are no universities.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Issa Somali people in Djibouti will soon have recorded transmissions of the gospel message. Ask God to prepare hearts to receive the hope that is available through Jesus. Pray that their imams will embrace and teach the words of Jesus and realize that abuse of women is not His will. -AK

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